New: Veeam Backup & Replication v6.5

Veeam

Last week Veeam made their newest version of Backup & Replication v6.5 available. Veeam published their latest version as having the “WOW-factor”. Let’s have a look at the new features and see if it really has the WOW-factor.

First: Veeam Backup & replication 6.5 now fully supports VMware vSphere 5.1 and Windows 2012 Hyper-V. With the support of those two platforms they are the first to be doing so.

Second: Even though Backup & replication uses no agents it is now able to restore e-mails, calendars or contacts from a user’s Exchange mailbox without restoring a entire mailbox first. With the explorer capabilities you can simply browse through your backups, select a user’s mailbox and select the item that you want to recover.

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VMware View 5.1 and vSphere 5.1 now compatible

During the last patch cycle VMware made VMware View 5.1 and vSphere 5.1 compatible with each other.
For VMware vSphere 5.1 to support View 5.1 you need to do download a patch for ESXi 5.1 or an up to date ESXi 5.1 ISO image.

To download the ISO:

  • Navigate to the vSphere Download Center.
  • Click View Download for the VMware ESXi 5.1.0 Installable for your version of ESXi.
  • On the Product Downloads tab, download VMware-VMvisor-Installer-201210001-838463.x86_64.iso.

To download the patch, download ESXi510-201210001 from the Patch Download Center.

Just like with all the other updates: Before you update, make sure all the other components are compatible as well. For example back-up solutions and anti-malware are not always compatible with the most recent versions. Check the documentation before you do the upgrade.

SmartStack by Cisco, Nimble & VMware

Last week Nimble Storage announced a new reference architecture with Cisco Systems and VMware for 1.000 simultaneous VDI users, requiring only 3U of rack space, for $43 for storage per desktop. A pre-configured, fully-integrated system – built around the reference architecture, which consists of a Nimble CS220G-X2 array, Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) B-Series Blade server platform, and VMware View 5.1 – enables customers to rapidly provision VDI, realize significant savings over deployment of physical desktops, and achieve high levels of security and central manageability.

Highlights

  • Fully validated and tested Nimble Storage, Cisco and VMware reference architecture that eliminates the complexities of configuring compute, networking and storage;
  • Nimble Storage conducted load stress tests, including tests for boot storms and software patches, that optimize the system configuration;
  • Optimized desktop storage density: $43 per desktop for 1,000 users in 3U of rack space;
  • The architecture was tested with a moderate profile steady-state workload;
  • Modular product architecture provides easy scalability and support.

Architecture

  • Cisco UCS B-Series Blade server platform including six UCS B230 M2 blades, each with dual-socketed 10-core Intel CPU and 256GB RAM;
  • Dual, redundant 10 Gigabit Ethernet connections between the Nimble Storage array and Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect;
  • Windows 7 Enterprise virtual desktops with 1.5GB vRAM and one vCPU per desktop;
  • One Nimble Storage CS220G-X2 array with twelve 1TB hard disk drives and four 160GB flash SSDs;
  • VMware View 5.1 with VMware vSphere.

VMguru.nl at new hosting

Last Friday we moved to a new co-locating party. We experienced too much drop out in performance, connectivity or even power in the datacenter of our previous hoster. Therefore we decided to move to a first class hosting party, TransIP.

As far as we can tell, our web server is loading faster all over the world. But as you might imagine, we can’t check that everywhere for real. So let us know how you experience our website’s performance. Has it improved for you? Drop us a tweet via @vmguru_nl!

Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V: overpromising and underdelivering

A few weeks ago Microsoft released Windows Server 2012 and with it also Hyper-V 3. Hyper-V logoThe newest release of Hyper-V has some great improvements and new features which will in some cases definitely challenge VMware. To make use of these features and to manage your entire environment you need a management tool, just like VMware vSphere uses vCenter Server.

However at the time of writing, Hyper-V has no management tooling available. Normally System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 (which is part of the System Center 2012 suite) would be used to manage the Hyper-V infrastructure. But the current version of System Center can’t handle Windows Server 2012, meaning no management for Hyper-V 3 servers either. The support for Windows Server 2012 is coming with the release of SP1 for System Center 2012 which will probably be released somewhere at the end of Q4 2012 or Q1 2013.

“It’s like selling a car without a steering wheel, dangerous and unsuitable for every day use.”

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Bye VMworld, until next year?

VMworld 2012 San Francisco / Barcelona

 

 

It is done! VMworld 2012 in Barcelona is over and today I will fly back home. Yesterday I mainly bested by visiting suppliers and sponsors of VMguru.nl.

The things that really matter to me and jumped in my daily work directly also can use were:

• The new ExpressPod by Cisco and NetApp;
• The storage solution of Violin Memory;
• The Cisco UCS Central Manager.

So yesterday was relationsmanagement/networking time and at the end of the day I said goodbye to the rest of the VMware Community. Most of them I see probably next year again until the next VMworld.

If I will be going again or if it’s going to be a VMworld in Barcelona or San Francisco I do not know. It was another great VMworld but I’m going home with mixed feelings.

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VMworld 2012 Barcelona wrap-up with VKernel

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A wrap-up of VMworld 2012 in Barcelona with Alex Rosemblat of VKernel/Quest/Dell.

AJ discusses VDI storage solutions

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AJ discusses VDI storage solutions with Jonathan Klick from VKernel/Quest/Dell.

Manage multiple Cisco UCS domains with one tool

VMworld 2012 San Francisco / Barcelona

 

 

Today I visited the Cisco booth here at VMworld 2012 in Barcelona and got a inside view of the UCS Central. UCS Central is a tool Cisco is working on to manage multiple Cisco UCS systems/domains. At the moment it is still in beta but they expect to release it Nov/Dec 2012.


UCS Central is serves as the UCS central nervous system and integrates all UCS components across multiple UCS domains, managing server blades, VMs, storage and networking—across multiple chassis—as a single logical domain. UCS Central provides an intuitive GUI with a command-line interface (CLI) and XML API options. It enables real-time configuration and reconfiguration of resources. The built-in XML API provides an open management framework for customers, developers, system integrators and managed service providers to interoperate with Cisco Unified Computing System resources.

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A VMworld party hangover

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Wednesday evening is traditionally the evening for the VMworld party. At VMworld we work very hard but we party harder but yesterday it got a bit too wild. This morning I woke up with a large VMGuru-logo-tattoo on my arm ;-)

There’s just no limit to my dedication to VMGuru.nl I suppose ….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Impressions of VMworld 2012 Europe in Barcelona Day 3

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NetApp & Cisco present the Express Pod

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Today NetApp will present a new baby FlexPod called the Express Pod. It’s a small FlexPod ideal for smaller customers for whom the full scale FlexPod is too big and expensive.

In April 2012 I wrote:

So, Cisco and NetApp now include cheaper storage and server components in FlexPod solutions, this leaves the ever expensive Cisco Nexus 5000 network components needed. I would love to see Cisco and NetApp take the last step and also introduce an entry-level Cisco Nexus network based on e.g. the Cisco Nexus 3000 series switches.

It looks like they listened because the new (minimum) Express Pod configuration consists of:

  • 2 x Cisco Nexus 3000 switches;
  • 2 x Cisco C220 rack servers;
  • 1 x NetApp FAS2220.
By using Cisco Nexus 3000 switches and eliminating the expensive components like the Fabric Interconnects and the Nexus 5000 switches you need to create a FlexPod, they were able to drop the price of the new Express Pod under $100k.

 

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QNAP announces firmware update with full VMware VAAI support.

VMworld 2012 San Francisco / Barcelona

 

 

Yesterday at the VMworld 2012 Europe event in Barcelona I spoke with an engineer from QNAP at their booth. He told us that QNAP will be introducing a new firmware release for their Pro line. The version number will probably be 3.8 (current version is 3.7.3) and it will contain full VMware VAAI support for vSphere 4 and 5. Also, QNAP will introduce a plugin for the vSphere Client software so users can manage the QNAP from within the client.

For those of you who don’t quite remember what VAAI is, VAAI stands for VStorage API for Array Integration. It is a hardware acceleration functionality that can dramatically improve the storage performance with VMware vSphere. More info on VAAI can be found here. This makes a QNAP Pro NAS even more suitable for SMB and Lab environments.

The exact release date is not known yet, but it is expected to be in Q4 2012. So, if you own a QNAP Pro NAS, keep your eye on the QNAP Website.

VMworld Europe 2012 – General Session Wednesday 2012

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Transcript of this mornings General Session with Steve Herrod.

 

There are all kinds of discussions about access, applications and infrastructrures and how that looks. In the past the pc was the device of access. IT could dictate the rules. Now the user or consumer dictates IT with tablets and smartphones. From IT perspective this has a load of challenges.

Safety is a big issue. IT is struggling with BYOD and secure access approach. It usually ends up in point solutions or IT to ask users not to bring specific devices in. The problem is pretty clear, how to handle secure access with freedom without point solutions.

This can be broken down into three steps:

  1. Take the apps and transform them into services (legacy into service);
  2. Broker access to the services;
  3. Deliver the multi device workspace.

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Impressions of VMworld 2012 Europa at Barcelona Day 2

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Licensing Oracle in a virtualized environments

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Licensing Oracle servers in a virtualized environment has always been a difficult issue. Edwin wrote an extensive article on that in the past. At VMworld 2012 in San Francisco an Oracle employee made some statements regarding Oracle licensing on VMworldTV but they were forced to withdraw the video. This is how difficult and complex it can be.

So VMworldTV got a lot of questions on that topic so Eric Sloof interviews a lawyer and a licensing consultant to try to answer this question. A must see if you are virtualizing Oracle workloads.

Demo of the new VMware vSphere Multi-Hypervisor Management

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As we heard in the keynote this morning you can now manage multiple hypervisors with VMware vCenter.
Eric Sloof visited the VMware booth and got a demo.

VMware releases Mobile Knowledge Portal

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Is it hard for you to locate the latest VMware documentation? Wouldn’t it be great to have the VMware documentation with you on your mobile device?

Now you can! VMware just published a cool application which just does this all, the VMware Mobile Knowledge Portal. You can now watch videos and read collateral on how to install and use VMware products, stay up to date on what’s new at VMware, and explore best practices for our products and solutions. At home. In the office. On the go. Offline or online.

It is available now from the Apple App store.