Updated HAProxy Load Balancer Virtual Appliance

Last year I shared a free load balancer virtual appliance for VMware View that I created on SuSE Studio.  The load balancer uses HAProxy and came with a very basic configuration for use with VMware Horizon View Connection Servers or Security Servers.  The appliance has been downloaded a few hundred times and has been useful to me in my own home lab. Since publishing the appliance I have made several changes to the configuration and thought I would share those updates. You can download the latest version of the appliance in OVF format here: … [Read more...]

VMware Product Updates – April 2013

VMware has released updates to several products over the past couple weeks.  Many of the updates take the version 5.1 products announced at VMworld 2012 to Update 1 (i.e. the first major service pack).  The updates, spanning vSphere (ESXi and vCenter), vCloud Director, vCenter Operations, vCenter Orchestrator, vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM), vSphere Data Protection, and the vSphere Storage Appliance, include bug fixes, security fixes, and functionality changes.  Here’s what you need to know about the updates, including a few upgrade bugs that you need to know about before you pull the … [Read more...]

VMware End-User Computing Announcements

VMware announced this week the launch of several new products in the growing portfolio of End-User Computing (EUC) solutions, under the VMware Horizon family of products. The expansion of EUC products across the industry is being fueled by increasing demands for IT solutions for business users to be delivered ‘as-a-service’, as well as by the growing trend of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). The ability of technology departments to deliver applications, user data, and desktop as a service, while maintaining user mobility and freedom must be balanced against the need to standardize and secure … [Read more...]

Microsoft KB2661254 and VMware

Microsoft today is pushing an update to Windows via Windows Updates that increases the bit length requirements for RSA certificates.  With this update, Microsoft is requiring RSA certificates to have a key length of 1024 bits.  Some applications do not yet use a 1024 or greater key length and could be impacted by this updated.  Some examples: Internal Microsoft Certificate Authority servers that were built with a less than 1024 key will not start after the update – this will make certification validation for internally generated certs fail (could impact Outlook Web Access, vCenter … [Read more...]

vSphere 5.1 Announcement, Features, and Specifications

Today at VMworld 2012 in San Francisco, VMware announced the new version of their flagship product vSphere 5.1.  Version 5.1 builds on the success of vSphere 5, enabling more flexibility, scalability, and automation for running your private cloud of storage, network and compute resources.  There's lots of coverage of vSphere 5.1 by the tech media, bloggers, and VMware, so I won't cover all of the nitty gritty details, but I do want to highlight several that are of interest.  I'm saving some of the features for more in-depth posts, so stay tuned for more! vSphere vMotion no longer requires … [Read more...]

VMware View 5.1.1 Update Released – Addresses Persona Management Problem

VMware released VMware View 5.1.1 yesterday (8/16/2012). The update addresses a few different issues , and applies only to VMware View Connection Servers, not View Security Servers, View Transfer Servers, View Composer, or View Clients. The first issue resolved in the VMware View 5.1.1 update is a scalability fix for View deployments over 10,000 desktops managed by one group of View Connection Servers. If you are following standard View reference architectures as pictured below, your View Pod should extend beyond 10,000 desktop. If you did scale to near or beyond 10,000 managed entities … [Read more...]

VMware Workstation 8.0.3 Released – Security Update

VMware released an update to VMware Workstation 8.0.3 Build 703057 yesterday (May 3, 2012).  The update is a security update addresses two vulnerabilities that would allow out-of-bounds memory writes on floppy and SCSI devices under certain conditions.  The vulnerabilities may allow specially crafted attacks to crash the VMX process (i.e. crash the running VM) or theoretically execute commands on the host.  The VMware Workstation 8.0.3 release notes can be found here: https://www.vmware.com/support/ws80/doc/releasenotes_workstation_803.html. VMware's security advisories for these … [Read more...]

Virtualization Bookmarks for August 28th

Here are some bookmarks for resources that I have recently referenced: vCenter 4 and ESX 4 Now Use 10 Year Default SSL Certificate | VM /ETC - Rich Brambly has some guidance on installing a new SSL certificate on vCenter, with very useful links in his post to official VMware documentation and KB's on the subject. VMware vSphere Client on Microsoft Windows 7! | Virtual Lifestyle - Heiko Verlande has found a way to run the VMware vSphere Client on Windows 7. Virtu-Al » PowerCLI: Daily Report V2 - Version two of a handy PowerShell based VMware Environment Daily Report from VMware vExpert … [Read more...]