Introducing vBeers.org

vBeers.org

I'm sure most of you have heard of vBeers by now. if you haven't, where have you been? You can read more about it here

Simon Seagrave and I been putting this together the new vbeers.org website over the past 6 months, inbetween our busy schedules. It still needs a few tweeks, but we think it's ready to be launched to the world.

The idea of the vBeer.org website is to give vBeers go'ers a common place to check for the next or nearest events. Organizers can be given a user account to the website to allow them to publish the details of their vBeers events. Please contact us if you would like an account. Each post will also be tweeted to twitter via the vBeers.org twitter account @vBeers_org.

As I mentioned earlier, it's still a work in progress. If you think you have any good ideas that might help the website, please feel free to contact either myself or Simon

If any of you have any photos from previous vBeers, we'd love to get a copy of them so we can display them on the website.

We'd also be grateful to those bloggers out there to give this new website a mention to help get the word out.

Simon and Simon

VMware View: Transfer Server Functions

Summary 
I thought I'd put together some notes on the VMware View Transfer server as there doesn't seem to be to much information easily available on this feature of View.  Essentially it is used to Check-Out and Check-In virtual desktops, allowing them to be used in Local-mode (Offline). I want to show you in a bit more depth what happens when you Check-in, Check-out, Replicate and Rollback your virtual desktops.

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VMware View 4.5: Rebalance

Rebalance: A desktop rebalance operation that evenly redistributes linked-clone desktops among available datastores.

When testing this, customers can often see unexpected results. This is often due to their misconception of how this function of View works. 

Rebalancing

Why? View 4.5 looks for the datastore/s that have the highest "weighted available space". The formula that View 4.5 uses to calculate this is:

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VMware View Desktops: IDE or SCSI? BusLogic, LSI Logic or PVSCSI?

confusedI've seen and had many discussions around this topic when discussing VMware View desktop design, so I though I'd gather as much information as I could to help you decide. 

From the information below, I would personally recommend using the following:

  • Windows XP: LSI Logic Parallel or SAS
  • Windows 7: LSI Logic SAS 

The PVSCSI controller will be the controller of the future so you may also want to keep this in mind. Of course you can make your own decisions. Most of the points made are desktop focused, however most will apply outside of a View environment.

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Smartphone Virtualization

I've just seen this news I feel you all need to know about this:

LG and VMware announced this morning a partnership that brings visualization to Android smartphones. The non-nerd premise is this: You've got your standard Android smartphone, with your e-mail, your apps, your phone number. And in a virtual space on the same device, you have another set of apps, corporate e-mail, another phone number — completely sandboxed from your personal stuff, unable to talk to or access its data.

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vSphere 4.1 HA and DRS Technical Deepdive – Book Review

42-15968313I've been hearing little teasers from Frank Denneman (One of the Authors) about this book since way back in the summer when it was first announced.  Now I finally have my hands on a copy. 

Most people would have heard of the two guys (Duncan Epping and Frank Denneman) who wrote this book and most of you will know that these guys are smart, real smart. This is something that has drawn me to read this book. Being a regular reader of their blogs I know that they are very "straight to the point" people. There will be no bullshit. Just good, complicated, technical content.

So far, I've read it on the bus, train, plane, taxi and tram. To be honest, any spare time I've had, I've picked it up and read a little. Usually, with me this wouldn't happen. I've often found many IT books to be too large/heavy. So much so, I don't carry it around with me. This book is a good size, 220 pages. It's really easy to read, it's like reading a long blog post. The language is informal, there is a little humor in there to. The chapters are short so you don't always need loads of spare time to read a section. It could even used as a Toilet Book, you could get a chapter read in a single visit. 

haanddrsI like to think I know quite a bit about virtualisation, I work for VMware so I really should.  I know how to setup/configure HA and DRS and I've done it many many times. Select this setting, click a few drop-down menus and hey presto, HA and DRS does it's thing – Feet up, relax. It's the same for Reservations/Share/Limits, we all have a good idea of what they do, but do you fully understand the impact of the changes you are making? Are you making the right decisions? Read this book and you will be able to answer Yes to both of those questions.

In addition to the in-depth technical information, there are also Pro's, Con's and recommendations for various design configurations helping you to make decisions on what is best for you and your environment.

It's one of those books where you can take as much or as little as you like. If you want a better basic knowledge or HA and DRS, then this book explains everything in a very clear and easy to understand context. If you really want to know how the DRS algorithm calculates the Priority Level of a Migration Recommendation this book will also service you well.

This book is available NOW from the following:

VMware View Log Bundle Generation Redirection

On a couple of occasions in the past few weeks I’ve had to generate log bundles for both and VMware View Connection Brokers and View Composer. VMware provides a simple script, which collects all of the relevant logs for you and creates a tidy zip file for you to send off to VMware Support.

Great! Unless your C drives is running low on space…..

The log bundles created automatically get placed onto the desktop of the user running the script (C:\Documents and Settings\<current user>\Desktop). These log bundles vary in size and can be up to 1GB each. So if your C drive is almost full before hand, it soon would be completely full.

With the help of Ian Gibbs from Virtual Clarity we have been able to find a way of redirecting these logs to a destination of our choice.

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Operation #PinkShirt

pinkshirtHere it is, the post you've all been waiting for…..Well maybe not, but it's here none the less.

What Is Operation #PinkShirt? 

Read on and all will be revealed »

VMWorld Europe 2010 – Thanks

I've just returned from a week away at VMworld Europe. I'm still a little blurry eyed from the late nights, early mornings and information overload. Although I am suffering a little now, I have to say it was well worth it.

This was my first ever VMWorld and was fortunate to get invited to attend as a blogger by HP. So first of all, I'd like to say thanks to HP. Secondly, I've you've never been before; MAKE SURE YOU GO NEXT YEAR!!!

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11th

Eleven

The SLOG has been voted 11th in the world out of all of the virtualization blogs.

http://vsphere-land.com/news/top-vmware-blogger-results.html

Thank you to all that voted for both my Blog and all of the other Blogs out there.

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