Archive for the ‘vSphere’ tag
The wait is over! VMware has just published a new knowledge base article which points to an update for ESXi. This patch closes the gap between vSphere 5.1 and View 5.1.x. The update for ESXi requires a host reboot as of the release notes which you can find here. (Release Notes for ESXi510-20121001)
I guess the fixed issue in regards to View is: http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2034550
PR923756: When the View Storage Accelerator feature is enabled in View, Multiple Content-Based Read Cache (CBRC) disable requests issued from View to hostd might cause View to lose connectivity to an ESXi host.
You should be aware of an alert which was sent out yesterday by VMware support. There is currently no version of VMware View supported with the new VMware vSphere 5.1 release. Please be aware of that. Even if it seems to work, you won’t get support on this configuration.
As of the VMware View 5.1.1 release notes here’re the supported vSphere versions:
- VMware View 5.1.1 is supported on the following versions of VMware vSphere:
- vSphere 5.0 or later
- vSphere 4.1 Update 1 or later
- vSphere 4.0 Update 3 or later
Note: The View Storage Accelerator feature is supported only on vSphere 5.0 Update 1 or later versions.
- Both ESXi and ESX hosts are supported.
- Supported browsers for View Administrator and View Portal include Internet Explorer 8 and 9 and Firefox 6 and 7. Safari 5 is supported for browsing to View Portal on a Mac.
- For more system requirements, see the VMware View 5.1 Installation documentation.
- For more compatibility guidelines, see the View 5.1 Readme First document and VMware View Component Compatibility Matrix in the VMware View Upgrades document.
View 5.1.1 Release notes: https://www.vmware.com/support/view51/doc/view-511-release-notes.html#compatibility
VMware has released a new version of it’s enterprise class virtualization software vSphere and the new vCloud Suite. Here’s a quick overview of the new features.
- Larger virtual machines (64 vCPU and 1TB vRAM)
- New virtual machine format (better graphics acceleration and overall performance)
- Flexible space efficient storage for VDI (new disk format)
- vSphere distributed switch (enhancements for Network health check, backup and restore)
- vSphere vMotion (No need for shared storage)
- vSphere Data Protection (New architecture based on EMC Avamar technology)
- vSphere Replication (Efficient Array agnostic replication of virtual machines over the LAN or WAN)
- Zero-downtime upgrades for VMware Tools (No reboots will be required)
- VMware vShield Endpoint (Proven endpoint security for every endpoint with a 3rd Party vendor appliance such as McAfee MOVE or Trendmicro or others)
- vSphere Storage DRS (New integration with vCloud Director)
- vSphere Auto Deploy (Two new methods of deploying vSphere hosts)
- vSphere Web Client (The new core administration interface)
- vCenter Single-SignOn (Access all instances of vCenter authenticating once)
- vCenter Orchestrator (Newly designed workflows)
Again a great release and loads of interesting stuff for your virtual desktop infrastructure.
Two days ago VMware announced the new version of vSphere which also comes with a new licensing model which is based on the vRAM. This is the first cloud licensing model but in case of VMware View you’ll still be able to license your desktops per concurrent connection. VMware also has a new SKU for a vSphere Edition especially for hosting desktops. As others already have written great articles about that today I’ll not start a new post but refer you to one. Check Think Loud for a summary.
VMware has released the brand new vSphere iPad client which is now available on iTunes. With that app you can control the virtual machines in your datacenter and view key performance metrics. The client is not a full replacement for the vSphere Windows client but you can do a lot of tasks with it. Eric Sloof wrote a nice article about it which is a good read.
Today VMware announced the availability of the final release of the vSphere 4.0 Hardening Guide, which includes the extensive feedback of the VMware Community on the previous draft. You can find further details on the VMware Blogs.
Today VMware announced View 4, the industry’s first purpose built solution for delivering desktops as a managed service. The new version provides a consistent high performance desktop experience to the end users and reduces the total cost of desktop ownership by 50%. Based on VMware vSphere 4 the new solution offers Simplified Desktop Management, Automated Desktop Provisioning a Superior End User Experience and more. This is the first version with the new built-in software version of Teradici’s PCoIP protocol which is developed to address the broadest range of use cases and deployment options and deliver a high-performance desktop experience, even over high latency and low bandwidth connections.
You can check out View 4 on the brand new website at: http://www.vmware.com/products/view/ We’ll provide you with more technical information in the next days.