VMware View 4.6 released

Last night VMware released the new version of VMware View.

The new version 4.6 includes new features, product improvements and more than 160 bug fixes.

Here is a list:

  • Security servers PCoIP support
    Security servers now include a PCoIP Secure Gateway component which offers the following advantages:

    • The only remote desktop traffic that can enter the corporate data center is traffic on behalf of a strongly authenticated user;
    • Users can access only the desktop resources that they are authorized to access;
    • No VPN is required, as long as PCoIP is not blocked by any networking component;
    • Security servers with PCoIP support run on Windows Server 2008 R2 and take full advantage of the 64-bit architecture;

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Looking forward into 2011 and beyond..

We here at VMGuru.nl hope you all had a proper start of 2011. We sure did!

But what will 2011 bring us? Some curtains have been lifted a little. We know we can expect a brand new version of vSphere in 2011. But what features will vSphere 5 have. Personally I hope we will finally see a vSphere Client for Linux/OSX with this version.

We will certainly see Citrix and Microsoft push the boundaries more and more in the desktop virtualization area. But do you think we will finally see the major shift to 64 bit in this field too? It has been predicted for years and years (some folks even mention 128 bit systems in the near future).

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Windows 7 unable to connect to View Connection Server

After installing the patches described in Microsoft Knowledge Base articles 2482017 or 2467023 Windows 7 clients are unable to connect from the View Client to the View Connection Server.

According to a VMware Knowledge Base article there is a conflict with two security bulletins issued for Windows 7, causing disruptions for VMware’s View Client and creating connection failures for users attempting to access the View Client Server.

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Love is in the air!

Today a real Valentines article.

I always knew that Anne Jan is really in love with anything virtual and after last week I also knew that Anne Jan extended his love to the physical world with the Cisco UCS.

But tonight between Cisco UCS and VMware he quickly mentioned he asked his girlfriend to marry him this weekend.

The ‘little rascal’ hadn’t informed anyone, no article on his favorite website, no twitter, no MSN message.

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VMware released vSphere 4.1 Update 1

Tonight VMware released Update 1 for vSphere 4.1 and vCenter server 4.1.

Update 1 for ESX/ESXi contains a few new/improved features:

  • Enablement of Trusted Execution Technology (TXT) ESXi 4.1 Update 1 can be configured to boot with Intel Trusted Execution Technology (TXT). This boot option can protect ESXi in some cases where system binaries are corrupted or have been tampered with. TXT is currently available on Intel Xeon processor 5600 series servers.
  • Improvement in scalability — ESX 4.1 Update 1 supports up to 160 logical processors.
  • Support for additional guest operating systems Added support for RHEL 6, RHEL 5.6, SLES 11 SP1 for VMware, Ubuntu 10.10, and Solaris 10 Update 9 guest operating systems.
  • Inclusion of additional drivers ESX 4.1 Update 1 includes the 3ware SCSI 2.26.08.036vm40 and Neterion vxge 2.0.28.21239-p3.0.1.2 drivers.

Furthermore ESX/ESXi 4.1 Update 1 contains a lot of patches and fixes a list of issues.

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VMware ready for the Enterprise Hybrid Cloud

Yesterday VMware announced that it is ready to deliver the enterprise hybrid cloud with the availability of VMware vCloud Datacenter services.

For now this is only available from BlueLock and Colt and through beta services from Verizon.

VMware also introduced VMware vCloud Connector, a free plug-in that will allow deployment and management of virtual machines across VMware vCloud powered cloud services from within the VMware vSphere Client.

The vCloud Connector will be available for download in Q1 2011.

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HP StorageWorks IO Accelerator

In May 2010 HP introduced the new HP Storageworks IO Accelerator modules for HP Blade and ProLiant servers.

So what is this IO module. It is a mezzanine card that is available for HP C-class Blades or a PCI-e I/O card for HP ProLiant servers.

It is available in three different capacities: 80GB, 160GB and 320GB. But the MOST interesting is that it can deliver 100,000 IOPS.

Because it was not certified by VMware this IO Accelerator could not be used in ESX implementations. Until now! And today HP released drivers for VMware vSphere 4.0 Update 1.

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