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...]

How to Upgrade Memory and Storage on the Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 13

My awesome wife and terrific in-laws got me one of those nifty new Yoga 13 IdeaPad's by Lenovo (Lenovo Yoga 13 IdeaPad Ultrabook 13.3" Touch-Screen Convertible Laptop) for my birthday/Christmas (one of the benefits of having your birthday 3 days before Christmas is "bigger" gifts). I'll be using the Yoga at home and at work as we do some BYOD (Bring Your Own Desktop) against the VMware View environment at Clearpath Solutions Group.  The form factor of the Yoga is great - lightweight to be used as a tablet, but big enough to be a full time laptop.  I also dig Windows 8 - I use the traditional … [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...]

vCloud Suite Upgrade Notes

I live blogged at VMworld about VMware giving a free upgrade (technically a $1 upgrade, but what's a buck amongst friends) to the newly announced VMware vCloud Stuite Standard Edition for all current customers with VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus under active Support and Subscription (SnS).  This gives customers the basic building blocks for starting to shift their virtualized datacenters towards a software-defined datacenter with all the cloud automation needed to drive the next stage of datacenter efficiency, mobility, and consumption-based provisioning. VMware vCloud Suite is a … [Read more...]

You Get A Cloud, and You Get a Cloud, and You Get a Cloud

It's like Oprah has visited VMworld today, proclaiming "You Get a Cloud, and You Get a Cloud, and You Get a Cloud!" Look at your vSphere 5 box.  If it says 'Enterprise Plus Edition' you get a key -- to the cloud.  That's right - if you own VMware vSphere 5 Enterprise Plus edition, you now have VMware vCloud Director.  For free.  As I predicted in Reading the Tea Leaves Before VMworld 2012 Part 2, VMware has introduced a new pricing/packaging scheme called the vCloud Suite, which combines vSphere 5.1, vCloud 5.1, and vCloud Networking and Security into a new package called the vCloud … [Read more...]

Upgrading Virtual Hardware in a VMware Virtual Machine May Cause Disks to go Offline

I recently posted an article on how specific actions during the upgrade of a VMware Virtual Machine's hardware from v4 to v7 can cause problems with certain services, including DNS, DHCP, and WINS. In that case, the problem was related to Microsoft Windows leaving non-present devices with networking configurations and  the failure of the VMware Upgrade Helper service to copy WINS settings when updating the NIC.  As my fellow blogger and VMUG leader, Jason Boche, responded on Twitter: "Same gotchas, different version."  And right he is - anyone with experience in P2V or V2V, or who has been … [Read more...]

vSphere Upgrade Breaks Active Directory

I recently completed a VMware VI 3.5 to vSphere upgrade in a small environment (5 hosts, 80 VM's).  Being a small environment, the upgrade was planned for one big overnight blitz.  Unfortunately, the size of the environment did not afford a test environment to uncover potential issues before the upgrade.  The upgrade to vSphere itself went swimmingly (the vCenter server had been upgraded a couple weeks earlier).  However, some things in the environment started to go wonky once the upgrade was complete.  Specifically, name resolution (DNS), DHCP, WINS, Group Policy, and really anything … [Read more...]