VMworld Day 2 – Quick Review

Better late than never, right?  I’m about 36 hours past due on this, but the crazy that is VMworld is in full effect and I’m finally just getting caught up on some e-mail and my review.

Tuesday morning we started at 9am with Sanjay Poonen who leads the End-User Computing Business Unit at VMware, who talked with the audience about why people-centric computing. People-centric computing is a simple concept—application and content delivery should be a matter of connecting them to people and not to devices.

Typically this is handled by two separate teams with a collection of independent tools to make it all possible, usually separated by the Windows Desktop Administrators and the Mobile Device Administrators. Tuesday it was announced and demonstrated how to manage application delivery and device management to a myriad of different types of devices. Including Windows 10 devices, which was specifically called out by bringing Microsoft on stage and announcing a great partnership.


VMware Project A2 was announced which bridges the VMware App Volumes technology to Windows 10 physical PCs. This means administrators will now have a single solution to manage virtual, physical and mobile end-points along with simple abstracted deployment of applications while following security policies at a people-centric level rather than device level. If you’re not aware of what App Volumes is, this came from the acquisition of CloudVolumes, it allows desktop administrators to rapidly package, deliver, and manage the lifecycle of application layers on virtual desktops and published application (RDSH) servers, including Citrix XenApp. Wrapping up the End-User Computing portion, Poonen talked about the integration work they’ve done with Horizon, Airwatch and NSX. It was demonstrated how policy settings in NSX can affect Airwatch connectivity to mobile applications.

Next, keeping up with the now Network & Security theme, Martin Casado who leads the Networking and Security business unit at VMware joined the stage. He spoke of the realities of IT and how applications are changing and how provisioning these new distributed systems is dramatically affecting security. The Applications have become the network, they are truly distributed and could have a combination of servers, load balancers, firewalls, etc. There was a huge focus on security, and the work VMware has done and will continue to do in this space. Encryption everywhere, and it has to be simple, as a simple attribute to the application – you check the box and traffic is automatically encrypted. In-flight encryption is good, but it’s only half of the story as at rest is also critical.

Pat Gelsinger wrapped up the morning general session, he discussed the growth of Internet connectivity and how it is having major impact on education and healthcare. He spoke of the trends of the number of connected devices, and how iOS application revenue has surpassed the revenues of the US film industry. He continued to discuss these trends of change, and reviewed the importance of the moves VMware has made as well as the product announcements, trying to show a common link among all of the announcements and keynotes of the week. I also strongly suggest you watch the replay of the keynote, as Gelsinger highlights his Top 5 Imperatives for the Digital Economy. Replays are available on VMworld.com.

In closing, in addition to what was mentioned above, VMworld also announced VMware Horizon 6.2, VMware Identity Manager Advanced Edition and VMware NSX 6.2.

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VMworld 2013 Public Voting Now Open

It’s that joyous time of year again! VMworld is fast approaching and Public Voting is NOW OPEN.  This year I’ve submitted three different Ask the Expert sessions with focus on different topics, so there should be an Ask the Expert session for you! I’ve also submitted a great session on integrating two great technologies, vSphere Metro Cluster and VMware Horizon View, you should definitely vote for it if you’re planning on building a geo-clustered View environment. These sessions won’t be picked up unless you vote for them, I’d love to see you all in these sessions so please, vote early and vote often :)

  • 4569 – Ask the Expert vBloggers — Duncan EppingWilliam LamScott Lowe, Rick SchererVaughn Stewart 
    One of the highest rated sessions at VMworld is back for it’s sixth year! We got the top Virtualization Bloggers in the industry and put them on stage answering your questions in a wide array of topics.
  • 4570 – Ask the Expert VCDX’s — Chris Colotti, Matt Cowger, Jason Nash, Rick Scherer, Chris Wahl
    Come get interactive with a panel of five VMware Certified Design Experts, they’ll answer your questions live.
    Experts in Cloud, Application Modernization and End User Computing are here to help.
    Working on becoming a VCDX? Ask you questions about our panel members journey to becoming a VMware Certified Design Expert.
  • 4571 – Ask the Experts – Storage Leaders — Jason Boche, Chad Sakac, Rick Scherer, Eric Siebert, Vaughn Stewart
    Come get interactive with four huge names in the storage industry. Ask your questions to leaders from EMC, NetApp, Dell and HP. How do you build a scalable storage infrastructure to match your vSphere compute deployment? What’s the best storage protocol for your Private Cloud deployment? Should I be using Round Robin or Fixed pathing? What is a SATP or PSP? Come find out!
  • 4572 – Building a vSphere Metro Cluster for VMware Horizon View — Rick Scherer
    Learn how you can leverage the vSphere Metro Storage Cluster (vMSC) reference architecture to stretch a cluster used for End User Computing. Say Hello to Always-On Follow-Me Computing.

Remember, the Ask the Expert sessions are driven by the audience… no script, no presentation, just a panel of experts hungry to answer your questions live! Please be sure to vote for these great sessions to ensure they’re scheduled at VMworld 2013!

Thanks for taking the time to vote, but please don’t stop once you’ve voted for my sessions. There are a number of other excellent sessions from people like Duncan Epping, Frank Denneman, Chad Sakac, Scott Lowe, Chris Colotti, Kendrick Coleman, Jeremiah Dooley, a number of them from the EMC vSpecialists as well as a  joint session between Chad Sakac (EMC) and Vaughn Stewart (NetApp) which shouldn’t be missed!

Thanks again and I hope to see you at VMworld US and Europe!

Created on April 23, 2013 by Rick Scherer

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Phoenix Readers – Join Me for a Discussion on End User Computing

***Sadly, this event has been canceled. I hope it gets rescheduled soon!***

Transform Your End User Computing Environment

Empower End Users with EMC and VMware

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
10:00am – 2:30pm (MDT)

Octane Raceway
317 S. 48th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85034

Register now

I’ll be in the Phoenix area the third week of September for a lunch and learn event all around End User Computing (VDI). Come join me for some good grub, an informative and educational discussion and then for some fun on the race track afterwards!

Technology is changing faster than ever for today’s mobile workforce. Can your end user computing environment provision new technologies rapidly and meet ever-escalating performance requirements? Are you able to give users access to key applications across all leading platforms and devices?

EMC and VMware solutions help transform end user computing with new efficiency and flexibility. All while providing simple management, centralized control, and maximum protection.

EMC and VMware joint solutions deliver end user freedom and IT control. Simplify desktop management with VMware View. Enable new efficiency and agility with EMC VNX unified storage and Avamar deduplication backup software and system. Plus, expertise from EMC Global Services helps you plan, deploy, manage, and protect your end user computing environment.

Our end-to-end solutions enable you to:

  • Raise Performance. Boot 1,000 desktops in 8 minutes, and speed backups by 10x
  • Raise Efficiency. Scale to thousands of users without disruption, and reduce backup storage by 10-30x
  • Choose a Proven Solution. Turn to EMC for powerful solutions validated for VMware

Join us for some indoor go-kart racing after lunch.

Register for the seminar today >>

Created on August 14, 2012 by Rick Scherer

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vSphere 5 Video Series – Install vCenter 5.0 in Around 5 Minutes

In this video we’re going to cover the installation, configuration and usage of the VMware vCenter 5.0 Server Appliance (vCSA). The vCSA is a brand new production ready Virtual Appliance that allows you to stand up vCenter Server in literally a few minutes. Once you watch the video you’re going to be like, “Hey Rick, that was more than 5 minutes!”.  For that I do apologize, but when you do watch it you will realize we’re doing a lot more than just installing vCenter 5.0.

First a little disclaimer. vCSA is not for everyone, but in my opinion it should definitely be looked at and should be leveraged wherever it can. vCSA is obviously the direction of where the vCenter Server product is going and hopefully relatively soon it should be at par with its Windows based big brother.

So, why isn’t it for everyone?

As of right now it does not have support for integration with VMware Update Manager (VUM), VMware vCenter Linked-Mode, VMware vSphere Storage Appliance (vSA), VMware vCenter Heartbeat and VMware View Composer. Another concern you may have is that it’s embedded database option (based on DB2) is limited to 5 Hosts and 50 Virtual Machines. Think of the embedded option to be similar to the SQL Express Option in vCenter Server for Windows, great for POC, Demo, Test and extremely small SMB situations, but not practical for production. The final nail in the coffin might be that it only supports Oracle to offer external DB functionality.

Some of those constraints are not going to be avoidable, for example if you require more than 1,000 hosts or 10,000 powered on virtual machines you’re obviously going to need Linked-Mode and the Windows based vCenter Server. If you’re looking to deploy a VDI solution based on VMware View, you’re going to need the Windows based vCenter Server as well. But, if you’re like the majority of VMware vSphere customers, have less than 1,000 hosts, are confident in VMware DRS and HA to protect your vCSA and are OK with the fact that you need Oracle for the external database (which you can virtualize as well)….the vCSA might be for you!

One last thing I wanted to comment on was VMware Update Manager, in my opinion the lack of VUM support for the vCSA might not be that big of an issue, and here’s why; With the introduction of vSphere 5.0, VMware also introduced a few new features, Auto Deploy and Image Builder. These features tied together with Host Profiles truly enable the concept of stateless ESXi. My thought is, if you need to update your ESXi host, simply update the Auto Deploy rule and reboot the machine. Upon the next boot it will automatically be updated and configured properly.  Obviously VUM does a lot more than just ESXi patching, but again, for the majority of vSphere customers they’d be just fine with Auto Deploy.

So have a view of this video to see just how easy it is. I have sped up some portions of the video, specifically the loading of the vSphere Client as well as the deployment of the vCSA OVF template. Also, I suggest watching the video in full-screen mode by clicking the icon on the bottom right of the video. If for whatever reason the video isn’t displaying, you can also use the following link to view; http://youtu.be/o2f1b1vYSis

Created on October 13, 2011 by Rick Scherer

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vmworld 2011 – time to vote!

it’s that time of year again! vmworld 2011 is fast approaching and some great sessions are now up for public vote! Included in all of those great sessions are (5) sessions that I’m part of and I’d love for you to review and vote on them if you’d like to see them in the agenda.

Session details are below and you can vote for them by visiting http://www.vmworld.com/cfp.jspa

1425 – Ask the Expert vBloggers
Rick Scherer, Duncan Epping, Scott Lowe, Frank Denneman, Chad Sakac

Four VMware Certified Design Experts (VCDX) On Stage! Are you running a virtual environment and experiencing some problems? Are you planning your companies Private Cloud strategy? Looking to deploy VDI and have some last minute questions? Do you have a virtual infrastructure design and want it blessed by the experts? Come join us for a one hour panel session where your questions are the topic of discussion! Join the Virtualization Experts, Frank Denneman (VCDX), Duncan Epping (VCDX), Scott Lowe (VCDX) and Chad Sakac, VP-VMware Alliance within EMC, as they answer your questions on virtualization design. Moderated by VCDX #21, Rick Scherer from VMwareTips.com

1426 – Designing Virtualized Desktops for Success
Rick Scherer, Tyler Baker, Asif Khan

One of the hottest topics of 2011 has to be virtualizing desktops. Hundreds if not thousands of VDI proof of concepts have been ran, but truth of the matter is only a small percentage of these PoCs turn into production.

1427 – Battle of the Storage Experts
Rick Scherer, Chad Sakac, Vaughn Stewart, Eric Schott, Mike Koponen

Come ask a panel of the virtualization industries top Storage Experts your questions around storage and how it related to virtualization. The biggest names in the industry are here to answer you questions as well as challenge each-other. Come see these heavyweights battle it out! Experts from Dell, EMC, HP and NetApp are here to tackle your hard hitting questions. Moderated by VCDX #21 and author of VMwareTips.com, Rick Scherer.

1712 – Virtualizing SAP for Private Cloud
Rick Scherer, Eric Walter

An in-depth look on how to leverage VMware vSphere virtualization for this mission critical application. We will discuss the basics of building a solid vSphere Infrastructure that will meet your Business Continuity and Disaster Recover needs, along with some best practice recommendations, real world implementations as well as lessons learned and some very cool tips and tricks.

2820 – Real World Storage API for Array Integration Effects, Design and Planning with VMFS and NFS
Rick Scherer, David Robertson

A deep dive into the VMware storage array integration API’s such as the vStorage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI) as well as vStorage APIs for Storage Awareness (VASA). Learn how VMware’s latest open API stack allows storage vendors to offload common data migration tasks to the array, which increases overall performance and reduces load on your virtual infrastructure. See the performance benefits and design considerations in this technical deep dive.

Once again, please check out my session abstracts and vote! http://www.vmworld.com/cfp.jspa

Created on May 12, 2011 by Rick Scherer

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VMware View 4.6 Released

vmware just dropped another dot release to their flagship desktop virtualization product, View. vmware View 4.6 is now officially available for download. Although this release is mostly a ton of bug fixes rolled up into a single package, there are a number of great new features including PCoIP support when going through a Security Server as well as Sync Support for iPhone and iPad users.

Like I mention above, the biggest feature for me is now the ability to do PCoIP through the Security Server. Before this functionality was available you were either required to use RDP or you must VPN into the network where the View Connection Broker server was located, but this typically wouldn’t work because of the added latency the VPN tunnel would create.

All of the updates in this release can be found in the official release notes, however here are the hot what’s new items:

  • Security servers can now accommodate PCoIP connections – Security servers now include a PCoIP Secure Gateway component. The PCoIP Secure Gateway connection offers the following advantages:
    • The only remote desktop traffic that can enter the corporate data center is traffic on behalf of a strongly authenticated user.
    • Users can access only the desktop resources that they are authorized to access.
    • No VPN is required, as long as PCoIP is not blocked by any networking component.
    • Security servers with PCoIP support run on Windows Server 2008 R2 and take full advantage of the 64-bit architecture.
  • Enhanced USB device compatibility – View 4.6 supports USB redirection for syncing and managing iPhones and iPads with View desktops. This release also includes improvements for using USB scanners, and adds to the list of USB printers that you can use with thin clients. For more information, see the list of View Client resolved issues.
  • Keyboard mapping improvements – Many keyboard-related issues have been fixed. For more information, see the list of View Client resolved issues.
  • New timeout setting for SSO users – With the single-sign-on (SSO) feature, after users authenticate to View Connection Server, they are automatically logged in to their View desktop operating systems. This new timeout setting allows administrators to limit the number of minutes that the SSO feature is valid for.
    • For example, if an administrator sets the time limit to 10 minutes, then 10 minutes after the user authenticates to View Connection Server, the automatic login ability expires. If the user then walks away from the desktop and it becomes inactive, when the user returns, the user is prompted for login credentials. For more information, see the VMware View Administration documentation.
  • VMware View 4.6 includes more than 160 bug fixes – For descriptions of selected resolved issues, see Resolved Issues.
  • Experimental support for Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 RC operating systems

Created on February 26, 2011 by Rick Scherer

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VMware View 4.5 is Now Available

One week after the finish of VMworld 2010 US Edition VMware drops one of the most anticipated releases of their flagship desktop virtualization product, VMware View 4.5.

Before I get into the details of what’s new in this major dot release one must ponder why this release goes against the VMware version standards that were placed when vSphere 4.0 was released.  How come this version isn’t 4.1? Or furthermore how come vSphere 4.1 isn’t vSphere 4.5 — there were definitely enough enhancements for vS 4.1 to be a major release.

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Created on September 11, 2010 by Rick Scherer

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EMC Celerra Plug-in for VMware v1.1 – View Integration

Just a little teaser of what we’re working on here at EMC. This is the next version of the EMC Celerra Plug-in for VMware which is v1.1 and offers great new VMware View integration. Below in the video you will see that it has a new wizard based interface for common tasks, as well as the ability to place clones (Full and Fast) of Virtual Machines into a VMware View pool which then can be entitled to users for access.

What does this mean?  Well, with Fast Clones you are now offloading the great ability to do Linked Clones back to the storage array. You can ultimately have hundreds of copies of a single virtual machine which only using minimal disk space, and now with the plug-in have those automatically provisioned into VMware View.

Fast, Easy and Efficient…just how we like it!

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Created on June 8, 2010 by Rick Scherer

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VMware View 4 Released Along with New VMware Website

Being on the west coast of the US typically means I’m a little late on getting to the newest announcements, especially since this one came around 5am PST while I was still dreaming of VMotion, DRS and HA. But here it is, the long awaited VMware View 4 is official, complete with it’s PCoIP goodness.

For the most part you should all understand the concept of VMware View and virtualized desktops.  Virtualized Desktops are simply Virtual Machines with a desktop operating system installed (Windows 7, etc.) running on the VMware vSphere platform.  They are delivered and managed through the VMware View Manager, this utility allows the creation and assignment of these desktop virtual machines.

So, what is new in VMware View 4?

  • PCoIP – A display protocol specifically developed for virtual desktop delivery. PCoIP is able to dynamically detect and adapt to the end users network connection providing each user with the best desktop experience regardless of location or task. VMware View with PCoIP is delivered with support for software end points, which include the View Client and a VMware View virtual desktop. In addition to software support, the VMware View solution also supports PCoIP enabled end points to address the requirements of even the highest end users.
  • vSphere Support – Provides the foundation for VMware View and helps to extend the power of the datacenter to the desktop environment by delivering powerful business continuity and disaster recovery features such as VMotion, High Availability, Dynamic Resource Scheduler (DRS) and Consolidated Back Up. Optimized specifically for VMware View desktop workloads, VMware vSphere is able to scale to support 1000s of desktops to meet the requirements of even the largest organizations. In addition vCenter helps organizations to manage more than 1,000 hosts and up to 10,000 Virtual Machines from a single console providing a common platform to manage both servers and desktops from the datacenter to the cloud with unparalleled levels of scale, control and automation.
  • Simplified Sign On – Addresses the need for a seamless end user experience when logging into a VMware View virtual desktop from a physical thin client or workstation. With Simplified Sign On user credentials entered into the local client can be reused to authenticate the user as they log into their virtual desktop. This makes the login process simple and efficient.
  • Restricted Entitlements – Enables to ability to restrict user access to desktop pools based on the connection server being used for access. With connection servers being deployed across different networks, IT organizations can enforce access based on the user’s location. Depending on how the connection server is configured a group of users can be either permitted or denied access to their virtual desktop according to the connection server being used for access.

In addition to PCoIP VMware View 4 supports ALP, RDP and RGS protocols.  Sadly Offline Desktop is still an experimental feature as well as Windows 7 host and guest support.

For additional details and features available in VMware View 4 please see the release notes: http://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/view_pubs.html

Update: VMware View 4 is still not available for download as of the writing of this post, I really expect to see this within the next week or two.  To be notified when the download is available you can sign up for the evaluation at https://www.vmware.com/tryvmware/?p=default

On a side note, for those of you that haven’t noticed, when you visit the VMware website you’ll now be greeted with the new VMware branding as well as a new color scheme….which I’m not sure if I like.

Created on November 9, 2009 by Rick Scherer

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