vExpert 2019 Applications are finally open!

We have been waiting a long time (after a small delay) but applications for the 2019 vExpert program are now open. I think back to when I started to get involved in this program probably around 2010-2011 I guess, I authored a lot of content for HP, and with the help of my bud Calvin […]

More announcements from Vembu! (Sponsored Post)

More on the Vembu front, with recent announcements coming on the licensing front as well as a new service program aimed at providing service providers a platform to offer Backup as a Service (BaaS) and Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) for virtual environments through the Vembu software. Service providers can leverage the native multi-tenancy […]

Welcome Cloud-land sponsor Vembu!

Quick post to welcome Vembu as an official sponsor of cloud-land.com!!!  Vembu has been around for a little while and has been a quiet achiever in the backup and disaster recovery space covering backup for application sets such as Microsoft Exchange, SQL, SharePoint, Active Directory, Outlook, PostgreSQL, MySQL, Oracle. Their Vembu BDR suite provides backup and recovery […]

VMware vSphere 6.5 Update 1 released

Finally! vSphere 6.5 Update 1 is now available and it has some further enhancements and fixes, quite notably the vCenter HTML5 client receives a number of new functionality to it, what is impressive is some of the staggering vCenter related improvement numbers:   Maximum vCenter Servers per vSphere Domain: 15 (increased from 10) Maximum ESXi Hosts […]

VMware, Oracle, Cloud in Ravello?

It is not very often that I get to talk or write about VMware related technologies within Oracle, other than Customer purchasing our Oracle X86 based servers for their VMware farms or some workshops I have run in the past for our ZFS customers (VM troubleshooting with dTrace is excellent!). Even more rarely, does this event […]

Update – A hiatus? Yes please!

Happy new year! I hope that my readers have had a good break and are fully refreshed to hit 2016 running, I know for me it is going to be a defining year after 2015. (its now March and 2015 seems a long time ago!). I have not blogged for a while and have been […]

Veeam Availability Suite v9 extending in the Storage land with further EMC, HP and NetApp support

Today is a very exciting day at Veeam, for those who use NetApp ONTAP and/or EMC VNX\VNXe primary storage in their environments. We are announcing further integration to our existing storage integration capabilities by allowing customers to now: Use storage snapshots to create complete, isolated copies of your production environment in just a few clicks, for fast […]

VMware vExpert 2015 – what does it really mean to me

Short note to help promote and congratulate the latest vExpert 2015 awardees announcement, and a special welcome to new folk on the list. I am typing this on an iPad so grammar isn’t going to be a strong point especially because of IOS semi-intuitive autocorrect feature, I’ll try clean it up later. The list has […]

Veeam Endpoint Backup

Veeam has recently announced “Veeam Endpoint Backup Free” to our portfolio of products, I am excited to share with you what Veeam Endpoint Backup is and what it is not.  The release of this product is our showcase of our exciting innovation we drive at Veeam. Ok so what does this mean to virtualisation practitioners, […]

Veeam Backup & Replication v8 for VMware: General Overview Poster

We have just updated and released the “Veeam Backup & Replication v8 for VMware: General Overview” Poster which covers deployment methods, components of Veeam Backup and Replication v8 and probably most useful – requirements of all the different moving parts of what makes our software.   Use it as quick reference – Hang in the office, any […]

#vExpert 2015 – It’s time again!

It’s that time again, applications for the inaugural vExpert 2015 award is now open – It feels like it was only yesterday that the 2014 vExpert announcement was made, I was luckily and privileged enough to be included in that list. There is no point regurgitating what the vExpert programme is and what tracks you […]

The Value of Veeam and Storage Array Integration

Time and time again, I get asked by partners and customers what is the value prop behind Veeam Backup and replication integrating with the various storage arrays for offload operations.   Why is there value there? I usually respond by stating that Veeam integrates with specific SAN arrays to let them perform the “heavy-lifting” when […]

Resetting #VMware Change Block Tracking due to error

So I got this error message today: Cannot use CBT: Soap fault. A specified parameter was not correct. . deviceKeyDetail: ‘<InvalidArgumentFault xmlns=”urn:internalvim25″ xsi:type=”InvalidArgument”><invalidProperty>deviceKey</invalidProperty></InvalidArgumentFault>’, endpoint: ” Virtual machines running on ESX/ESXi hosts can identify and track disk sectors that have changed. This feature is called Changed Block Tracking (CBT) After much research and trying to manually fix […]

VMware VCP – Recertification policy

Do you have a VCP from VMware? If so read on!  Maintaining currency in the expertise gained and proven by VMware certifications is just as important as earning the certification initially. If your skills are not current, your certification loses value. The technical and business communities expect that VMware certified professionals are current on the […]

#HP 3PAR Recovery Manager for vSphere 2.5 and Hyper-V 2.0 #VMware #Microsoft

What are they? HP 3PAR Application Suite of solutions eases administration by providing rapid, efficient online backup and recovery of application specific databases. These software packages enhances the functionality of HP 3PAR Virtual Copy software to allow dozens of VMware VM, Hyper-V VM, Exchange, SQL or Oracle  snapshots to kept online economically allowing for extended […]

#HP Insight Control for #VMware vCenter Server 7.3 Now Available! Includes HP OneView support!

HP Insight Control for VMware vCenter server, which is available as a single download, seamlessly integrates the manageability features of HP ProLiant, HP BladeSystem, HP Virtual Connect and HP Storage into the VMware vCenter console. By integrating HP Converged Infrastructure management features directly into VMware vCenter, administrators gain insight and control of their HP infrastructure supporting their […]

VMware ESXi 5.1 U2 HP custom image is now available

VMware has released ESXi 5.1 U2 to the general public. The HP custom ISO for this version is available at the following URL: https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/details?downloadGroup=HP-ESXI-5.1.0U2-GA-JAN2014&productId=285 meaning that HP now support this Update across our server line. The updated recipe document has been published and is available on vibsdepot at http://vibsdepot.hp.com/hpq/recipes/HP-VMware-Recipe.pdf Enjoy

NEW HP StoreFront Analytics for VMware vCenter Operations Manager available now!

What is it? The HP StoreFront Analytics for VMware vCenter Operations Manager, an adapter for vCenter Operations Manager from VMware, relates virtual machines and datastores to volumes from HP 3PAR StoreServ storage systems. Administrators using HP StoreFront Analytics are able to visualize and analyze data from their HP 3PAR StoreServ storage array directly within vCenter […]

Support for Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 in vSphere 5.0

Now this is cool, Think Inception – Hypervisor on Hypervisor!! VMware have updated their Guest Compatibility Guide to include Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 as a supported guest operating system with vSphere 5.0 U2 or above. For more information please to go  http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/pdf/VMware_GOS_Compatibility_Guide.pdf

Stale NFS Mount in VMware ESXi 5.5

So after successfully updating my vCenter and ESXi host to version 5.5, I proceeded to add back the NFS mount that had previously been mounted only to be met by the following error message: The “Create NAS datastore” operation failed for the entity with the following error message. An error occurred during host configuration. Operation […]

vSphere 5.5 is live – HP custom ISO is now available

VMware has just released version 5.5 of their ever popular Hypervisor, to coincide with this release, HP has also provided the customised image of this release prepared for HP Proliant servers running ESXi environments, put simply – this image provides customised drivers, features that Proliant Servers can leverage.  I run this on my home lab […]

vCloud Director 5.1 Documentation

The vCloud Suite is a complex combination of vSphere,  vCloud Networking and Security (vShield), vCenter Operations  with vCloud Director automating the show with all products now aligned at version 5.1.   VMware has also released an updated vCloud Architecture Toolkit  (vCAT) for vCloud Director.  The vCAT provides modular components so that you can design a […]

Back from Holiday “Vacation” and VMworld

Finally back from an epic time in the US of A,  VMworld next week.  I was intending on doing a post on the leadup to VMworld including a timetable of events I will be attending.  For those who are going, get in touch – would be great to catch up/meet some of you..  HP are […]

VMware ESXi 5.1 U1 Release and HP Custom ESXi Image

VMware released ESXi 5.1 U1 in April earlier this year,  HP also released a custom image of this release that incorporates customised HP drivers and management software saving you time to download and install the software yourself. A good point to make is that by using the customised HP Proliant ESXi image – this is […]

VMware Horizon Mobile and Switch

About a month ago, VMware announced two new “VMware Ready” devices for their VMware Horizon Mobile software,  although Apple iPhones are still yet to make an appearance in this list – this is still something I am very excited about. Firstly, because its an area where I am still technically upskilling  and secondly because I […]

vExpert 2013 award

        Yesterday, VMware announced this years awardees with the prestigious  vExpert 2013 title, an award that has been around since 2009 to recognise individuals on their contributions to the global virtualization and cloud community.  The list is put together by VMware and in particular John Troyer (@JohnTroyer) and the VMware Social Media & Community Team- […]

VMware has released vSphere 5.1 Update 1

Quick update – This new patch release boasts new features such as SQL Server 2012 support as well as updated guest operating system support. The official VMware release notes on this patch are available at: https://www.vmware.com/support/vsphere5/doc/vsphere-esxi-51u1-release-notes.html https://www.vmware.com/support/vsphere5/doc/vsphere-vcenter-server-51u1-release-notes.html You can find the HP customized image release notes here as well the updated HP VMware Utilities User […]

VMware Partner Exchange 1-2 May Australian Technology Park

    This year  VMware Partner Exchange will be held at the Australian Technology Park South Sydney between 1st May – 2nd May. This event takes place every year in different regions all around the world giving VMware partners and associates a glimpse on  next-generation VMware products and programs so they are better prepared to talk to […]

VMware vVol and HP 3PAR

Last year,  Calvin Zito did a good overview on VMware Virtual Volumes or vVols. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKVui0W3NT0   This is game changing in my opinion, this essentially means the virtual machines will be able to leverage the 3PAR for ANY operation – when you throw an ASIC in the mix and our wide striping and you will […]

There and back again: Storage in the 21st Century

Where is storage going in this century?  How does it integrate with Cloud? What should CIO’s be aware off in this new age?  Want to find out? My blog post on this is now live on the HP site, you can have a read at http://h30507.www3.hp.com/t5/Transforming-IT-Blog/There-and-back-again-Storage-in-the-21st-Century/ba-p/130519  

HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage and VMware vSphere 5 best practices whitepaper

  When supported with the correct underlying storage platform, server virtualization delivers greater consolidation, administrative efficiency, business continuity and cost savings. As a result, server virtualization is not only transforming the data center, but also the businesses that those data centers fuel. However, these transformative results depend on enterprise class storage to deliver the performance, […]

FYI: VMware EOA for ESX 4 (not ESXi)

    VMware Announces End of Availability Date for VMware vSphere® ESX hypervisor 4.x and VMware Management Assistant Versions 1 and 4   On November 28, 2012, VMware is notifying customers of an End of Availability (“EoA”) date for VMware vSphere® ESX hypervisor 4.x and for VMware Management Assistant (“vMA”) versions 1 and 4. The end of availability […]

Release of VMware vCenter Multi-Hypervisor Manager 1.0

What is it? VMware vCenter Multi-Hypervisor Manager is a component that enables support for managing heterogeneous hypervisors when used in conjunction with VMware vCenter Server v5.1 and vSphere Client 5.1. It is not available for the vSphere Web Client, with this in mind I am not sure what the roadmap for this will be post […]

APAC Virtualization Podcast – Episode 62 – VSA

Join Craig Waters (@cswaters1), Chris Trioni – (vArchitect, VCE), John Martin (Principal Technologist, NetApp), Cormac Hogan (Senior Marketing Architect for Storage, VMware) and myself (Solutions Architect, HP) where we will discuss the recently announced Software Defined Datacentre (SDD) and where storage fits into the whole story. Start Time (GMT+11): 17/10/12 9:00 PM Sydney time (EDT)   […]

run VMware View?? read this!!

Following the announcement of VMware vSphere 5.1, I came across this interesting KB article http://bit.ly/PksIcy In a nutshell:               This is important as VMware View runs on the vSphere platform, so if you are looking to upgrade the hypervisor to 5.1 then you may run into some support problems […]

My first VMworld 2012 – A wrap

VMworld 2012 was held in San Francisco, USA  in August this year.  This was to be my first (and hopefully not last) VMworld conference,  I have a lot of memorable moments from the whole trip – probably too many to list here but nonetheless it was a very memorable trip.  The flight over and back […]