Archives for September 2012

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 View Android Client Updated

The VMware View Client for Android was updated to version 1.6.0 on September 25th.  The new version brings several enhancements, including: Support for Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Integrated RSA soft token for easier login URI schema using vmware-view:// for easier setup.  This will allow administrators to send a link directly to View Connection or Security Servers.  When a user clicks the URI, the  View Client will automatically connect to the defined View server. Client-side caching for reduced bandwidth.  This will cache same pixels locally on the device resulting in reduced … [Read more...]

New VMUG Advantage Benefit: Free VMworld Online Content Access!

The VMUG Advantage subscription is an awesome benefit for members of the VMware User Group, and just got more awesomer with the addition of a new benefit - full access to all of the VMworld content, including breakout session recordings and slide decks, labs, and general sessions.  Normally a VMworld.com subscription for online access to content is $699.  The VMUG Advantage subscription is only $200 (or less if you got the 15% discount codes from yesterday's Potomac Regional VMUG in Washington DC), and VMworld content is free with the VMUG Advantage subscription. The VMworld session benefit … [Read more...]

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...]

Failed to connect to VMware Lookup Service on VMware vCenter Virtual Appliance

I've been rebuilding my home VMware lab environment recently.  I decided to jump right into vSphere 5.1 with the vCenter Server Virtual Appliance instead of the traditional Windows SQL combo.  Deploying a vApp is much faster and cheaper from a licensing perspective than a full-blown Windows and SQL setup.  After I imported the vCenter Virtual Appliance .OVA,  I logged into the administrative web interface of the appliance (https://vcenterIP:5480) and started to make a few configuration changes.  First up were assigning a hostname, setting the correct time zone, and setting a static IP … [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...]

iSCSI Bug – Traffic Routed Out Wrong Interface – Update

One of my most popular posts to date has been 'vSphere 5 Networking Bug Affects Software iSCSI' with some 20,000 page views and a bunch of comments.  The problem is a bug that causes vmkernel traffic (including iSCSI) to be sent out the unused/inactive/null NIC on a vSwitch with a manual failover order and Active and Unused vmnics.  It still appears that the issue I covered is affecting customers - we just had a new Clearpath customer call for help with this very issue.  VMware's KB on the issue … [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...]

VMware View Persona on DFS – Replication Considerations and Issue

I'm presenting this week at the Boston VMware User Group (VMUG) conference on 'What You Didn't Know That You Needed To Know Before Implementing VMware View'.  If you are in the Boston area I hope to see you there! My session abstract is as follows: Don’t be caught unprepared when you make the move to virtual desktops!  This session will provide attendees with an overview of how VMware View integrates with your existing infrastructure, Windows images, applications, and processes.  Building on Clearpath’s experience in implementing VMware View for customers of many sizes in a variety of … [Read more...]