The difference of the Virtual Machine power and reset buttons

This is something that I did not pay much attention to but it’s one of those wacky things that you will notice at 4 AM while working a Disaster Recovery Drill. Anyways it struck me weird that the power controls and reset buttons available in the VM console are different than the ones available by right click the VM in the inventory list. The ones from the VM console require VMware tools to be installed and the ones from the tree list do not.

I really came to this conclusion while working on a DR drill this week for a client and we are using vSphere 4.1 for the drill. I had never ran into this with previous versions of vCenter server so I’ll have to take another look and see if this is something new to 4.1.

About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design

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VMware View 4.5 goes GA and is available for download

Just a few minutes ago word hit Twitter that VMware View 4.5 is now GA and is available for download. This is great news because View 4.5 offers another big leap in functionality to the VDI product from VMware. The Burton Group has already deemed View 4.5 as being an enterprise ready platform meeting 100% of the criteria for Server-Hosted Virtual Desktop requirements.

Here are the new features in View 4.5 per the VMware release notes.

  • View Client with Local Mode – Provides the industry’s first integrated offline and server-hosted solution for desktop virtualization, addressing BYOPC use cases.
  • Full Windows 7 support – Provides full support for Windows 7. With View 4.5 and ThinApp 4.6, organizations can migrate to Windows 7 at half the cost and time.
  • View Client for Mac OS X – Enables Mac users to access hosted Windows virtual desktops, extending the BYOPC use cases to Mac users.
  • Integrated Application Assignment – Simplifies the delivery of ThinApp applications to end-users using the View Administrator console.
  • Rich Graphical Dashboards – Simplifies management and monitoring through improved reporting and diagnostics.
  • Role Based Administration – Distributes IT tasks to the right administrator.
  • Integration with Microsoft SCOM and PowerShell – Enables integration into existing management infrastructure to further simplify the management of View virtual desktops.
  • Support for vSphere 4.1 and vCenter 4.1 – Delivers integration with the most widely-deployed desktop virtualization platform in the industry. Takes advantage of optimizations for View virtual desktops.
  • Increased scalability – Allows you to deploy 10,000 virtual desktops per pod and use this modular architecture to scale out across your organization.
  • Tiered storage support – Reduces the cost and increases the performance of storage by enabling you to take advantage of multiple storage tiers, including high performance and locally attached storage.
  • Lowest Cost Reference Architectures – VMware has worked with partners such as Dell, HP, Cisco, NetApp, and EMC to provide prescriptive reference architectures to enable you to deploy a scalable and cost-effective desktop virtualization solution.

VMware View 4.5 Documentation

VMware View 4.5 download link

About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design

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VMware vSphere and security scan false positives on OpenSSH vulnerabilities

This is something that we get on a regular basis from the security team. When doing their regular security scans for compliance and vulnerabilities I always get a long list of ESX hosts. The scans normally come back and complain about an OpenSSH x11 vulnerability or an OpenSSH Memory and Buffer Overflow.

These seem to be False positives from the tool being used to scan the hosts. We always make sure that we have installed the necessary updates related to OpenSSH as VMware releases them. But the tool always comes back with these issues. It seems to stem from the fact that the tool looks at OpenSSH in generic terms and assumes that all vendors implement it in the same way. From the documents listed below VMware indicates that since ESX 3.x VMware no longer included the x11 packages with their products. I would recommend that you make sure you are up to date on your patches and if the scans still come back dirty that you should discuss this results with the Application vendor that created the scanning tool. You might find out that this is common and they are just false positives.

Links:

VMware ESX Server and Security Issues in OpenSSH

Security Response: SSH Version Installed with ESX Server May Be Vulnerable

About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design

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VMware vSphere Management App for iPad coming to VMworld Europe

The dreams of many VMware Admins will be coming true very soon. The VMware Labs team will be releasing a vSphere Management app for iPad. There is a short video from VMworld 2010 below that shows the base functionality of the app. It looks pretty cool both the aesthetics of it and how you are able to control the app.

About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design

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What is VMware vCloud Datacenter services

So your head is probably spinning this week with all of the news coming out of VMworld 2010. I know it’s only day 2 and each evening my head was pounding after absorbing so much new information. Today was day 2 and the information fountain was turned up all the way with the Keynote speak, there was several new products announced. In this post I am covering vCloud Datacenter service and what it has to offer to your Service Catalog.

To break this down in simple terms. I see this as the public version of vCloud that provides you the ability to link up your internal private cloud build on vCloud Director. This service allows you to provision app’s and VM’s out in the public space when you need to. Maybe its because you are out of space on your private cloud or that you just want something out there for other reasons. The vCloud Datacenter services gives you the interoperability that you want with ease of use and VMware is promising the security that Corporations are demanding. This will all be provided by vCloud Director and the new vShield product family.

Here some of what VMware has to say about vCloud Datacenter services.

Built to predefined specifications and based on secure VMware cloud infrastructure technology, vCloud Datacenter Services provide multilevel, auditable security through SAS 70 Type II or ISO 27001 compliance. vCloud Datacenter Services also provide best-in-class virtual firewall capabilities, Layer 2 isolation, role-based access control and the ability to integrate with Active Directory. Access to end user activity logs keeps you in control and allows you to calibrate user access levels for enhanced end user security.

Because vCloud Datacenter Services are built upon the same, globally consistent foundation as your internal datacenter or private cloud, VMware vCloud Director and VMware vSphere, internal virtualized applications can be easily moved to a vCloud Datacenter Services without re-architecting or refactoring. Rather than being locked into a proprietary cloud platform as you may be with other providers, you can choose the vCloud Service Provider that best meets your needs and manage, move and operate your applications as if they were on site.

Link to vCloud Datacenter services at VMware

Here are some of the differences between what vCloud Datacenter Service has to offer compared to public clouds.

vCloud Datacenter Services
Other public clouds
COMPATIBILITY AND ADMINISTRATION
Use existing internal VMs or vApps in the cloud
Yes
No
Familiar VMware infrastructure
Yes
No
Authenticate users against enterprise directory
Yes
No
Multi-user, role-based access control
Yes
No – one user per account
Identical GUI for internal and external clouds
Yes
No
Move applications between virtual data centers
Yes
No
PERFORMANCE
Predictable performance from resource allocation (committed VDC and dedicated VDC)
Yes
No – depends on other tenants’ use
Storage performance
5x
1x
NETWORKING AND SECURITY
Firewall per vApp and per organization
Yes
No – per VM
Full virtual layer 2 networking
Yes
No – L3 only
Auditable security with all logs provided
Yes
No
Optional physical segregation of resources
Yes
No

About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design

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