Public Catalog Access for vApp Authors fails post-v5.5.1 Upgrade

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This one stumped me for a little bit. The private cloud in my lab is fairly simple in layout - 2 RHEL cells with a vCNS load balancer, shared NFS server and DB server. The Organisations are provisioned such that of the 3 tenants, one is a master tenant that is only used for creating and maintaining vApp templates, via a Public Catalog for sharing the templates for cloud provisioning and vCAC blueprint testing. Running this configuration in with no changes to the default vCloud Director (vCD) roles worked fine - delegated LDAP users in the 2 user organisations were able to select vApp templates from the Public Catalog and deploy them locally. All good. The issue came when the cells for vCD were upgraded to the latest v5.5.1 build. … [Read more...]

vCHS in the UK

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I was fortunate and privileged recently to be invited to the UK launch event for VMware's vCloud Hybrid Service in the UK. The first of many planned deployments in the EMEA region for VMware. VMware’s vCloud Hybrid Service became public in the US in September last year.  Swiftly afterwards, VMware announced their plans to bring the service to EMEA in 2014 and, as of Tuesday 25th February, it is generally available in Europe. Besides being a blogger, I'm also fortunate to work for a leading VMware Partner in EMEA (Xtravirt). As we're one of the few Hybrid Cloud certified partners (at the time of writing), I'm hoping to be working on some vCHS projects in the near future. Exciting! Why the UK and Why now? The feedback from EMEA … [Read more...]

Improving vSphere Web Client Performance

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With the release of the (now maturing) VMware vSphere 5.5 release, more and more operations (but not all - yet) are being migrated to the vSphere Web Client. Functionality of the vSphere 5.1 features are all fully available in the vSphere 5.5 .Net Windows client (the traditional client) along with Site Recovery Manager and Update Manager administration functions, but any and new vSphere 5.5 features are now only available via the web client. Lots is made of the performance of the web client, and having used it on my home lab and now in Production environments, I can see why some users report on there being some perceived performance lag in the web client compared to the Windows client (population of menus, general navigation etc). … [Read more...]

vCloud Director 5.1 to 5.5 Cell Upgrade ‘cpio: chown failed’

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Upgrading my lab environment from vCloud Director v5.1 to v5.5, I came across an interesting error whilst upgrading the cells. My lab has the following vCD configuration: 2 x RHEL 6.2 Cells 1 x RHEL 6.2 NFS Server 2 x vShield load balancer instances 1 x Windows 2008 R2 DB server running SQL Server 2005 The upgrade process was: Quiesce the cell using the Cell Management Tool commands. (Upgrade Guide) Upload the vCD .BIN file to the /install directory of the cell (using WinSCP or similar). Change the execution parameters for the vCD .BIN file. (Upgrade Guide) Running the installation .BIN file. (Upgrade Guide) Confirm the existing v5.1 cell instance can be upgraded. This is where the interesting error came in. The … [Read more...]

Getting Started with VMware Certification (The Easier Way)

It's always been difficult to justify getting started on the journey to a VMware certification. In the past, the first certification available from VMware was the VMware Certified Professional (VCP). This in itself was a large first step to take, comprising an instructor-led prerequisite and a technical-level exam. Somewhat daunting and costly! All that is changing with 2 important new developments from the VMware Certification Team: VMware Certified Associate (VCA) and on-line training availability. The VMware Certified Associate-level exams are aimed at giving users a broader understanding of the 4 technology areas (Virtualization, Cloud, Mobility & Network Virtualization), to allow them to become conversant in the technologies … [Read more...]

VMworld Europe 2013 – Partner Day

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I have to confess to feeling a little jaded this morning thanks to the vRockstar party last night. I'm not complaining though, as I have been on the previous two occasions that I've attended VMworld Europe, I'm both excited and glad to be here. Registration was a breeze and a few subtle changes to the layout of the venue were immediately apparent. Compared to last year, I think that the conference is occupying a lot more floor space. The Solutions Exchange will open tomorrow where the General Sessions were last year. The HoL and Community / Alumni / Partner lounges have moved to occupy the space where the Solutions Exchange was last year. So far I like the layout. As with previous years, Monday is VMware's Partner Day. Owing to a … [Read more...]

My VMworld 2013 Barcelona Schedule

With all the hype about VMworld US starting in a few days, I decided to make my first pass at a schedule plan for VMworld EMEA Barcelona in October. In the last 2 years, I didn't make enough use of the Partner sessions, so I've tried to add in more of those this year. Also, I've added more business-focused sessions, so now I have a more rounded mix of technical, partner and business focus. So, my schedule as it is at the moment looks like this: Monday: PAR6419 - VMware Partner Network: Partnerships Built for You and Your Customers PAR4496 - VMware Purchasing Programs: Giving Your Customers Flexibility in Aquiring VMware Technology PAR6394 - Make Every Euro Count: Effective Marketing that Drives … [Read more...]

The End of the VMTN Saga?

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If you don't know what VMTN is, you might be new to VMware virtualisation or the IT industry. Either way, I have an older post that covers it a bit. I posted it in November 2011 just as the campaign to get the VMTN subscription re-instated by VMware was kicking off. Here we are though, nearly 18 months later, and it looks like it's not going to happen. One of VMTN's biggest proponents, Mike Laverick, posted on the VMware Communities thread related to VMTN today that it looks unlikely. In his words: The prevailing view appears to be that other projects will be sufficient... Such as Project Nee... Project NEE is VMware's online learning resource that's currently being put through its paces. If you read around what it does, you can see … [Read more...]

Are you a vExpert?

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VMware's vExpert award isn't something that you can study for. It's not something that you know, it's something that you are! This is the 5th year that VMware have operated the the programme ("program" for any US readers) and applications for the 2013 award are open now. If you've contributed any of your time in 2012 to enhancing the VMware community in some way then it might be worth your while applying.   … [Read more...]

New Book – VMware vSphere Design (2nd Edition)

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Forbes Guthrie and Scott Lowe have been busy. I very much enjoyed the first edition of the VMware vSphere Design book and now the second edition is up on Amazon for download in Kindle format or pre-order for print copies. In this edition, there's also a chapter on vCloud design by Kendrick Coleman. Besides being a good read in and of itself, the first book was good to help with VCAP4-DCD preparation. I imagine that this edition will be equally useful for VCAP5-DCD preparation. I look forward to reading it. Well, I will when my copy shows up (family rule: I'm not allowed to buy anything for myself in the month of my birthday). … [Read more...]