Free VMware View Load Balancer Using SUSE Studio and HAProxy

I've had several customers ask me what options they have for providing redundancy / high availability / load balancing for their VMware View Connection Servers and Security Servers.  VMware View does not provide its own load balancing functionality.  Many are smaller customers without any existing load balancers in place, or want something they can use during a View pilot or Proof of Concept engagement.  Administrators who find themselves in a similar situation have a few choices for providing high availability for View servers: Buy a load balancer - F5, A10, Cisco ACE.  Expensive, … [Read more...]

VMware Tools Upgrade Execution Aborted

I was doing a vSphere 5.0 to 5.1 upgrade in my home lab tonight and ran into a small issue with upgrading VMware Tools on a Linux VM.   During the install I received an error message 'Unable to create symlink "/etc/cups/ppd/VMware_Virtual_Printer.ppd" pointing to file "/usr/lib/vmware-tools/configurator/thinprint.ppd".  Execution Aborted.' It seemed that CUPS was already present on the server I was upgrading - CUPS is an open source software for modular printing in Unix-like systems.  VMware tools leverages CUPS for ThinPrint / Virtual Printers in Linux systems.  Because the /etc/cups … [Read more...]

VMware vSphere Scripts & Free Tools

Here's the SlideRocket presentation for tomorrow's DC VMUG.  My first real time playing with VMware's Slide Rocket. It took me a few crashes of PowerPoint to move to SlideRocket (even after I had included it in the recent VMware Acquisitions slide).  Overall a pretty good experience! This presentation is subject to change (I'm running out of steam tonight).  If/when I do update it on SlideRocket, this embedded deck will just magically update - the magic of the cloud! Feel free to comment with changes or suggestions for other free utilities and scripts!  I  added a Scripts & Free … [Read more...]

Windows Server 2008 R2 & Windows 7 Freeze When Using SVGA Drivers

I recently ran into an issue when installing my first Windows Server 2008 R2 virtual machine.  The VM would hang/freeze randomly when used through the VMware vCenter Client's console.  It turns out this is a known issue (see this VMware KB Article) with the SVGA driver that is installed as part of the default installation of VMware Tools.  While the article does not explain why you should disable the SVGA driver, it's advice is correct if you want to avoid problems in your guest VM.  To correct my problem, I removed the SVGA driver from the Windows Device Manager and rebooted.  If you are … [Read more...]