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 View Performance Analysis of Logs (PAL) Utility

Introducing a new free tool for doing performance analysis on VMware View environments. Background I’ve been using the Performance Analysis of Logs (PAL) tool for years (since the first version released in 2007) to assist in analyzing, reporting, and visualizing performance logs in Windows environments.  The real power of PAL is the built-in threshold files that interpret Perfmon counters, providing an explanation of what the counter is, why it matters, and thresholds for warnings and critical to help quickly zero in on performance bottlenecks.  PAL includes templates for Windows, Hyper-V, … [Read more...]

Free SAN Monitor for DS3300, MD3000i and others

One of my most popular posts to date had been IBM DS3300 Write Performance Problem Solved.  I am pleased to have upgrade my internal environment to an EMC Clariion CX4 array, but still have customers using the DS3300 and the MD3000i from Dell.  For that reason, I keep an eye out for news on these arrays.  You'll recall that these arrays are based on the same LSI kit.  Truth be told, properly designed and configured, these arrays are a technically proficient and cost efficient solution for SMB's looking to get their VMware environments going. While reviewing my email today I found an email … [Read more...]