Monthly Archives: February 2013

Friday Shorts – Virsto, Horizon Mail, Speaking In Tech, Topless @sakacc and more….

“I see you’re drinking 1%. Is that ’cause you think you’re fat? ‘Cause you’re not. You could be drinking whole if you wanted to.” – Napolean Dynamite

Yup I did it, I put a random quote there – It’s Friday right, laugh a little ūüôā

VMware to acquire Virsto

virstoVMware announced on Monday that they have signed an agreement to buy Virsto Software. ¬†After aquiring Nicera last year and gaining momentum into the Software Defined Networking world, they have now pulled in Virsto in efforts to push their Software Defined Storage initiatives. ¬†There’s a lot of Software Defined everything going on right now. ¬†I’m interested to see as to how VMware will pull Virsto into future releases of vSphere. ¬†If Nicera didn’t, this¬†acquisition¬†most certainly should, show that VMware’s vision of the datacenter goes far beyond simple server and desktop virtualization.

Zimbra client for Android now Horizon Mail

horizonmailiconFor all those Zimbra client Android users, your mail application is now called Horizon Mail. ¬†Also on Monday VMware has announced the availability of Horizon Mail on the Google Play store. ¬†IMO this is one of, if not the best mail client available for Android today. ¬†And guess what, you don’t have to connect to Zimbra Collaboration Suite to use it, it’s¬†compatible¬†with any Microsoft ActiveSync server (you know, those Exchange ones :)) ¬†If you are an Android user I would for sure check it out! ¬†Unless you are in Canada! ¬†Google Play is doing the infamous “not available in your country” ūüôĀ

Speaking in Tech goes Topless

speakingintechNot sure who the winner is on this one but the big bet between Greg Knieriemen and Chad Sakac has been decided and it appears that Greg is the big winner – I guess. ¬†The cast and crew from Speaking in Tech will be raffling off chances to win a spot in a Google hangout in which they will record a podcast live, with a topless Chad Sakac and some sort of mystery¬†tattoo¬† ¬†Either way, it’s all in good nature as proceeds will be going to the Wounded Warrior program so if topless geeks is your thing be sure to follow the SIT crew for more information (might as well subscribe to the podcast while you’re at it)…That’s really all I got to say about that ūüôā

More releases from VMware

VMware LogoIn another press release on Tuesday VMware announced a couple of new sku’s and products. ¬†The first being VMware vSphere with Operations Management. ¬†Nothing really new here, just bundling up some products together to help users get more bang for their buck. ¬†A pretty cool option for new customers as well as those who currently don’t have vCenter Operations. ¬†vCOPs is a very¬†helpful¬† intuitive application and a necessity for a virtual environment with plans to scale. ¬† The second release is a bit more interesting; VMware vSphere Data Protection Advanced. ¬†This is the big brother of the product that was bundled into vSphere 5.1. ¬†Built on an EMC Avamar codebase, the advanced version of vSphere Data Protection adds the necessary backup features such as Application Awareness with support for MS SQL and Exchange Server. ¬†On top of that it can now scale up to 400 VMs per appliance and 8TB of deduped storage, whereas the ‘free’ version only supports 100 VMs and 2TB of storage.

Updates to PowerCLI

powerclilogoAlso if you missed it VMware has released another update to PowerCLI 5.1. ¬†This post here outlines most of the new functionality including support for Virtual Distributed Switches!! ¬†What! ¬†Yes, finally, the fling has been baked into the product and you can now perform all of those networking based Cmdlet’s from the comfort of your console ūüôā ¬†Also provided with this release is support for vCloud Director 5.1 and Powershell v3. ¬†Go get it!

Veeam Backup and Replication Cloud Edition!!!

veeam_logoToday Veeam has announced the release of a new addition to their flagship Veeam Backup and Replication software.  This edition, labelled Veeam Backup Cloud Edition adds additional capability to automatically sync or copy your VMware or Hyper-V backups to the cloud.  And when they say cloud they really mean it.  This bad boy comes with support for 15 of the most popular cloud storage providers (Amazon, Glacier, Rackspace, Azure) making it very cost effective for customers to get some offsite disaster recovery type solutions in place without the need for a second site or even more infrastructure.

All or selected backups (and even other files you select) are compressed and deduped yet again, then sent to the cloud provider in a secure, encrypted fashion (up to 256 AES encryption). ¬†Again, the support for the most popular cloud providers eliminate the need for you to learn complicated cloud APIs and just like every other Veeam product, this seems to be¬†fairly¬†easy and simple to setup, configure and use. ¬†It provides the ability to schedule limits on your bandwidth used and provides some nifty reporting features as well to inform you that your backups have been successfully copied offsite. ¬†Also included is a cost estimator to help you¬†gauge¬†just how much those monthly storage bills are going to be. ¬†Have a look at the following video to see all of the new features in action…

And for those who can’t take the time for the video, a few screenshots below ūüôā

Cloud Options Storage Cloud Selection Select Files to send to Cloud Main Screen File Purge Optoins Encryption Options Encryption Options 2 Delete After 30 Days - Keep them after Veeam deletes them

As per lisensing, current customers are able to purchase this as an additional product, on a per socket basis, just as they have purchased Backup and Replication. ¬†New customers have the ability to bundle this with their purchase of Veeam Backup and Replication on a yearly subscription basis. ¬†Buuuut, I’m know lisensing expert and do not work for Veeam so you should probably contact them for the details…

Nakivo the latest to offer NFR lisenses to VMware professionals for FREE!!!

nakivo logoIf you are a VCP, vExpert, VCI or even a VMUG member you have no excuse to not try out Nakivo.  In a press release yesterday Nakivo announced that they are now handing out free 2 socket NFR lisenses of the latest version (2) of their flagship product Backup and Replication.

In addition to their day-to-day duties, VMware professionals run their home and work labs to try and learn new software, verify new concepts and ideas, and run pre-production tests. ‚ÄúWe are pleased to provide VMware professionals with a fully-functional, yet a free data protection solution for their home and work labs allowing them to drive innovations in business and technology, enhance their IT infrastructure, and improve professional skills,‚ÄĚ said Bruce Talley, CEO at NAKIVO.

IMO this is a good move by all companies. ¬†vExperts, VCPs, and VCI’s are on the verge of the latest technologies and often throw these products into their homelabs to evaluate and try out, which normally results in some free marketing and exposure to the companies as blog posts and tweets go flying out about the products.

So, if you qualify and are looking for your lisenses, head on over here and sign up to grab yourself a couple of sockets worth.  I know I will!!!

Veeam Job taking a crazy long time on Processing Configuration…Check your destination!

veeam_logoAs of late I’ve found myself engulfed in configuring and tuning some Veeam replication jobs. ¬†As I’ve been monitoring these I’ve noticed that there were a few VMs that seemed to be taking what I considered too long to replicate. ¬†After a little bit of investigation I realized that the majority of the job was spent on the Processing Configuration section of the Veeam job.

ProcessingConfigurationTimeNow after a look into the logs it appeared that the VM replica in question was actually living on a different datastore than was setup for the destination location of the job.  Also, when i went to browse that destination datastore, there were a ton of folders labelled VMName_Replica_1, Replica_2, Replica_3 and so on and so forth, around 50 or so :).  So, the solution to solve this issue is either to change your job destination to the proper datastore (where the replica actually is) or to Storage vMotion your replica to the original job destination.  I chose the latter as I had many other VMs in the job that already resided on the correct datastore.  Anyways, after that the next round of replication sat on Processing Configuration for 30 seconds instead of 40 minutes.

Moral of the story, if you are Processing Config for a long time have a look at your job definitions, more¬†particularly¬†your destination datastore and where your actual replicas are physically located. ¬†You probably have a mismatch there. ¬†No Storage vMotion – No Problem, check out Veeam’s Quick Migrate – it’ll do the same thing for you.

Upgraded to vCenter 5.1 – now I need to login using DOMAIN\Username ?!?!?

VMware LogoSomething I’ve noticed on my 3 upgrades of vCenter so far is that after implementing SSO and upgrading to vCenter 5.1 users now have to log into the clients using the format DOMAIN\Username. ¬†Not a big deal, but different than what they are previously used to, and different in most cases is not good. ¬†Honestly, it drives me a little crazy too ūüôā


Thankfully it’s not a big job to get things back to the way they were. ¬†All that needs to be done is to actually set up your domain as one of the default domains, something which doesn’t seem to be applied by default (in my case anyways). ¬†To do so you will need the new web client and you will need to login using your administrative SSO credentials that you setup during that install. ¬†By default the username is [email protected] and the password is one that you have created (can’t tell you that ūüôā )

AddToDefaultDomainsOnce your in select Administration from the left hand navigational menu and then Configuration in the Sign-On and Discovery section. ¬†First off you should see your domain configuration listed in the top section of the Identity Sources tab. ¬†Simply select it and then click the Default Domains button (shown left) to add it to your list of default domains. ¬†You may experience a warning at this pointing, something about locking out accounts – I ignored this and have not had any issues at all, but it’s your choice whether you want to investigate this further.


DefaultDomainsDoneOne more thing, do not forget to apply your changes by clicking the ‘Save’ icon – this one bit me about three times before I even noticed it was there ūüôā


As always I appreciate any comments, questions and concerns below ūüôā