Optimize Microsoft Office and Outlook in VDI Environments

I've been working on a VMware View Optimization and Best Practices whitepaper for Clearpath.  The document isn't quite ready for publication yet, but I wanted to share a section that I've been working on as I've had several people ask me about this topic recently.  This section is dealing with deploying Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Outlook in particular in VMware View VDI environments.  Stay tuned for the full document.  In the meantime, I hope this bit is helpful to you. Microsoft Office in View Desktops Microsoft Office, including Outlook, can be deployed as a ThinApp to View … [Read more...]

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What You Didn’t Know You Needed To Know Before Implementing VMware View

I had the privilege of presenting at the Potomac Regional VMware User Group (VMUG) conference yesterday and at the inaugural Boston VMUG last week.  The Potomac Regional event was a combination of Washington DC, Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Federal VMUG’s.  Clearpath participated in both the Potomac and Boston events as a gold sponsor.  My session was entitled, “What You Didn’t Know You Needed To Know Before Implementing VMware View”. My session provided attendees with an overview of how VMware View integrates with existing infrastructures, Windows images, applications, and processes.  … [Read more...]

VMware Press Releases “Managing and Optimizing VMware vSphere Deployments” For Pre-Order

VMware Press has released Managing and Optimizing VMware vSphere Deployments by Sean Crookston & Harley Stagner for pre-order on Amazon.  The book is billed as "The Complete Guide to Planning, Deploying, and Operating  High-Performance VMware vSphere 5 Virtual Infrastructure."  The description of the book on Amazon (copied below) sounds like this title will be well worth the price ($15 on the Kindle, $25 for the paperback). To make the most of VMware’s vSphere 5, IT professionals need knowledge, tips, and insights they’ll  never find in the manuals–or in any book, until now! In Managing … [Read more...]

Storage Basics – Part VIII – The Difference in Consumer vs. Enterprise Class Disks and Storage Arrays; or ‘Why is the SAN you are proposing so darn expensive?’

As both an IT Manager and storage & virtualization consultant, I have shepherded SMB's through SAN purchases in support of VMware environments.  This may not hold true for the bigger IT shops, but as I take these smaller companies through the SAN purchase process, a common set of questions is often asked - Do we really need a SAN, and why is it so darn expensive!?!? I quickly learned that my (cheeky) answer "because it's enterprise class, baby" just didn't cut it.  So how do you move beyond "I can get a 2TB hard drive for $100 at Best Buy, why are you selling me on 300GB hard drives for … [Read more...]

High CPU Ready, Poor Performance

**Update** January 2013: You've probably found your way here by doing a search for 'High CPU Ready in VMware' or something to that effect.  Welcome, I'm glad you're here.  Give this article a read as it still has relevant content, then check out this newer post on CPU Ready, with some handy quick reference charts and more detailed info on the condition: http://vmtoday.com/2013/01/cpu-ready-revisted-quick-reference-charts/.  Thanks for reading! --Josh I ran into an issue with a customer today where a VM was performing terribly.  From within the guest OS (a Windows 2003 application server … [Read more...]

Double-Check the HCL

I wrote some time back about networking problems with a clean install of ESX 3.5 U3 on a HP DL380 G3 server in a lab environment.  A simple downgrade to ESX 3.5 RTM corrected the issue and I didn't think much about it.  One of the servers in the lab died and I went about the business of rebuilding it.  Having learned my lesson, I started with an ESX 3.5 RTM install and then patched to Update 3 plus other applicable updates.  Much to my chagrin, the server began crapping out on me randomly.  Some reboots, some networking issues, and other assorted not so good things.  Now the DL380 G3 is not … [Read more...]

Securing Your Virtual Infrastructure

Between budget cuts and New Year's resolutions, improving your security posture is probably near the top of your to-do list.  Much has been made of security concerns in a virtual environment, but it is always good to re-visit your configurations and make sure they are still on par with recommended best practices.  I began re-reviewing VI security best practices after reading at post by Bob Plankers at The Lone SysAdmin (Bob has been on my reading list for years - he has a great style and always brings fresh insights) on why you would want a second super-user account on your ESX servers. We … [Read more...]