Archive for May, 2012

New VMware PowerPoint Icons and Images – Released May 3, 2012

Several weeks ago the latest set of VMware icons and images were released via the VMware communities. These are a must have for anyone who create presentations or diagrams for any VMware product. Personally, I also use the images for non-VMware (system agnostic) related diagrams/presentations. The images are just pleasant to look at! Download them via the links below.

note: please respect the work that VMware put into these images and read the copyright information included in each of the files.

VMW_PPT_LIBRARY_Icons-Diagrams_2Q12_1_of_3.pptx (17.4 MB)

VMW_PPT_LIBRARY_Icons-Diagrams_2Q12_2_of_3.pptx (2.6 MB)

VMW_PPT_LIBRARY_Icons-Diagrams_2Q12_3_of_3.pptx (2.9 MB)


Top 7 VMware Management Challenges of 2012

Watch this presentation from Eric Siebert, an IT industry veteran, VMware vExpert, author and blogger with more than 25 years of experience, most recently specializing in server administration and virtualization. Siebert′s most recent book is Maximum vSphere from Pearson Publishing.

This presentation highlights the top headaches that IT has when managing not just VMware, but any virtual environment.

Download the PDF presentation

or watch the video from youtube.

Categories: Uncategorized

Backup Design for vCloud Director Tenant vApps [Technical Whitepaper]

This document introduces software developers to the concepts and procedures necessary to create backup and
restore solutions for vCloud Director. The multi‐tenant and self‐service capabilities of vCloud Director provide multiple levels of protection for a vApp. A service provider can offer vApp protection at the system level, the tenant level, or the end‐user level. These functions are managed by a system administrator, an Organization administrator, and an end user,
respectively. This document focuses particularly on the protection provided at the system level, where service
providers use backup solutions from data protection software vendors.

Download the whitepaper from VMware -> here

Categories: Uncategorized

Montreal VMUG: Presentations (May 1, 2012)

Je voudrais remercier tout le monde qu’on participé au VMUG de Montreal! Voici les présentations qui ont été affichées:

I would like to thank everyone for making the May 1st Montreal VMUG a success! Below are the links to download the presentations that were shown:

VMware: vCloud Director 1.5

Nimble Storage: Technology Presentation

Veeam: 5 Ways Smart vSphere Backups May Surprise You

Visit the Montreal VMUG Workspace for our new forum!


Categories: VMUG

VMware View 5 Reference Architecture for Stateless Virtual Desktops

This document provides the reference architecture for Stateless Virtual Desktops with VMware View 5 on local solid-state storage. A stateless desktop architecture is ideally suited for standard desktop environments where the desktop image is consistent from user to user; however with proper application design can be used in broad use cases.
VMware View 5 allows specific placement of different types of disks to be re-directed, even to local storage, the I/O requirements on shared storage can be drastically reduced. The VMware View 5 Reference Architecture for Stateless Virtual Desktops involves high-performing, solid-state drives within a physical host to offload the majority of desktop virtualization IOPS needed, while providing a stateless desktop virtualization design for planned and unplanned downtime. This use of local solid-state drives (SSDs) is a completely new approach to desktop virtualization storage. SSDs are critical to achieving a low per-desktop cost because they remove the need for operating system and application storage requirements on the SAN. By decentralizing these storage needs, the desktop environment for CPU and memory resources scales linearly, with extremely low latency.
The simplicity of the architecture that is enabled by View 5’s tiered storage capability allows for a new era in the evolution of desktop virtualization cost modeling. Increasingly, organizations are turning to virtual desktop technologies to address the operational and strategic issues related to traditional corporate desktop environments. VMware View 5 provides not only a virtual desktop environment that is secure, cost effective, and easy to deploy; but now can also provide comprehensive storage flexibility. VMware View 5 modernizes the desktop experience to deliver private cloud capabilities to users for a consistent experience across the global enterprise. This Desktop-as-a-Service model is possible with unmatched scalability in a stateless design.
The challenges of traditional desktop administration, especially at scale, range from lost laptops with corporate data, security issues related to viruses or hackers, or simply ensuring IT resources can maintain a service level agreement (SLA) appropriate for specific end users. In addition to the challenges of operational management, IT must also consider the implication of broader system-wide issues such as compliance, corporate governance and business continuity strategies.

You can download the the whitepaper -> here

VMware View 5 Architecture for Stateless Virtual Desktops:

Cool Tool: RVTools 3.3 released!

RVTools is a windows .NET 2.0 application which uses the VI SDK to display information about your virtual machines and ESX hosts. Interacting with VirtualCenter 2.5, ESX Server 3.5, ESX Server 3i, ESX Server 4i, VirtualCenter 4.0, ESX Server 4.0, VirtualCenter 4.1, ESX Server 4.1, VirtualCenter 5.0, VirtualCenter Appliance or ESX Server 5 RVTools is able to list information about VMs, CPU, Memory, Disks, Partitions, Network, Floppy drives, CD drives, Snapshots, VMware tools, ESX hosts, HBAs, Nics, Switches, Ports, Distributed Switches, Distributed Ports, Service consoles, VM Kernels, Datastores and health checks. With RVTools you can disconnect the cd-rom or floppy drives from the virtual machines and RVTools is able to update the VMware Tools installed inside each virtual machine to the latest version.


This application supports ESX Server 3.5, VirtualCenter 2.5, ESX Server 3i, ESX Server 4i, VirtualCenter 4.0, ESX 4.0, VirtualCenter 4.1, ESX 4.1, VirtualCenter 5.0, VirtualCenter Appliance and ESX 5.

Latest Version: 3.3 | April, 2012
Download | Documentation

Categories: Virtualization
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