• Nakivo backup & replication v4.0 released

    Nakivo backup & replication v4.0 released

    Published April 22, 2014 by -- No Comments

    Today Nakivo announced the release of their fourth version for backup & replication. Nakivo backup & replication is build for handeling virtual infrastructures and is certified by VMware. The product works agentless and is meant for both onsite and offsite backup of virtual machine ...

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  • VMware vSphere 5.5 Update 1 NFS disconnects

    VMware vSphere 5.5 Update 1 NFS disconnects

    Published April 20, 2014 by -- No Comments

    A new issue has been discovered with vSphere 5.5 Update 1 that is related to loss of connection of NFS based datastores. The result is an All Paths Down (APD) of the NFS datastores meaning that vSphere loses connection to the virtual machine files and/or the virtual machines will not be a ...

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  • VMware announces VMware Horizon 6

    VMware announces VMware Horizon 6

    Published April 9, 2014 by -- No Comments

    “VMware to the power of 6” That’s how, a few minutes ago, VMware announced VMware Horizon 6, the next step in VMware VDI solutions. It is an integrated solution that delivers published applications and desktops on a single platform. Horizon 6 is a complete desktop solutio ...

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  • VMware vExpert 2014 !

    VMware vExpert 2014 !

    Published April 2, 2014 by -- No Comments

    VMGuru is very proud to announce that for the sixth year in a row, we can proudly put the VMware vExpert logo on our site. Alex, Edwin and myself have been awarded the vExpert award 2014 for our contributions to the VMware virtualization community. This is an acknowledgement of our work a ...

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  • Updated: Supported Business Applications on the VMware Platform

    Updated: Supported Business Applications on the VMware Platform

    Published March 24, 2014 by -- 2 Comments

    More and more applications are supported on the VMware Platform, with the release of VMware vSphere 5.5 the boundaries of virtual machines have been expanded even more. Often we get questions about which applications are supported on the VMware virtual platform. There is a website page whe ...

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  • VMware Horizon View graphics – vSGA vs vDGA

    VMware Horizon View graphics – vSGA vs vDGA

    Published March 18, 2014 by -- No Comments

    As VDI solutions become more and more mainstream for standard office environments, a new challenge appears. We can swap the bulky desktop and replace it with a small thin client, delivering Windows desktops from the datacenter. Enabling a more flexible way of working with free seating, wor ...

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  • Nakivo backup & replication v4.0 released
  • VMware vSphere 5.5 Update 1 NFS disconnects
  • VMware announces VMware Horizon 6
  • VMware vExpert 2014 !
  • Updated: Supported Business Applications on the VMware Platform
  • VMware Horizon View graphics – vSGA vs vDGA

Building a new ESXi whitebox

Unfortunately the whitebox ESXi server I build in June 2011 died on me when testing a Nvidia Quadro K5000 graphics card. So I needed a new ESXi server for my home lab. I looked at some HP and Dell mini servers but  I decided to build a new VMware ESXi whitebox. Power supply, hard disks and SSD were still fine so I only needed a new motherboard, processor and memory. In the past I’ve used websites like, ‘Ultimate VMware ESX Whitebox‘ and ‘VM-help.com‘ to find compatible parts but because one no longer exists and the other is pretty outdated I […]

BLAST Windows Apps to your Chromebook

In September 2011 VMware gave us a sneak peek at Project AppBlast and with VMware Horizon View we can use AppBlast technology to access desktops using a HTML5 compatible browse. But as of today we can experience the true power of AppBlast. Today VMware and Google announced a new service to deliver Windows applications to Google Chromebooks. Google and VMware today announced that they are working together to make it easier for Chromebook users in the enterprise to access Windows applications and the Windows desktops on their Google ChromeBooks by using VMware’s Horizon desktop as a service (DaaS), which uses VMware‘s HTML5 Blast protocol, it will now be […]

VMworld 2014 – Save The Date!

The VMware Partner Exchange is due in one week, but we are already looking forward towards VMworld 2014! This year the conference will also be held in San Francisco in August and six week later the Europe edition in Barcelona. Aug. 24-28 VMworld 2014 U.S. San Francisco Moscone Center Oct. 13 VMworld 2014 Europe Barcelona Fira Barcelona Gran Via – Partner day Oct. 14-16 VMworld 2014 Europe Barcelona Fira Barcelona Gran Via With a lot of new and exciting news around Software Defined Data Centers (SDDC) combined with NSX, the Hybrid Cloud with vCAC 6.x and the Workforce Mobility expansion […]

Manually deleting protected Horizon View replicas

Two weeks ago Sander wrote an article on ‘How to link VMware View desktop to its replica‘. Unfortunately in my case my server died and because I had to reinstall my Horizon View environment. Because the View desktops were provisioned on another server and on shared storage the  the replicas became orphaned. During normal operation the View Connection Server creates, manages, and deletes linked clones during View Composer operations. If the Connection Server functions are interrupted, the linked clones create orphaned folders, protected folders and virtual machine objects remaining in the vCenter Server. The problem now is to remove the […]

VMware acquires AirWatch

VMware and AirWatch just announced that they have signed a definitive agreement under which VMware will acquire AirWatch. Airwatch is a leading provider of enterprise mobile management and security solutions. VMware will acquire AirWatch for approximately $1.175B in cash and approximately $365M of installment payments and assumed unvested equity. AirWatch is a leading provider of enterprise solutions for Mobile Device Management, Mobile Application Management and Mobile Content Management with 1.600 employees,currently has more than 10,000 customers globally. AirWatch products offer enterprises a platform to securely manage a rapidly growing set of mobile devices and an increasingly mobile workforce. The vision […]

Review: Synology Diskstation DS1513+ with VMware – Part 3

In part 1 we finished the hardware installation of the Synology and setup of the DSM software. In part 2 we finished setting up the ESXi environment with iSCSI and the networking part which includes multipathing. In this final part 3 we will setup the VMware environment and the Synology to use NFS and some datastores on iSCSI and NFS. NFS Setup on the Synology DS1513+ For a correct use you have to setup NFS on the Synology by opening Control Panel in the DSM software and select under File Sharing and Privileges the Win/Mac/NFS icon. On the tab NFS […]

IBM Cognos licensing in a VMware environment

IBM makes it possible with their licensing to run IBM Cognos on a virtualisation hypervisor like VMware ESXi and make full use of vMotion, HA and DRS. Many IBM products can be licensed as User-Based or Capacity-based. If the product has a server component, it will commonly be licensed as Capacity-based. Within a virtual environment like VMware you may use sub-capacity licensing for certain IBM products like Cognos. Common used abbreviations are: PVU – Processor Value Unit / ILMT – IBM License Metric Tool / VM – Virtual Machine, a VM represents a complete system with processors, memory, disk and […]

How to link VMware View desktop to its replica

A while back I was looking at a VMware View environment that had Storage DRS enabled and set to automatic. If I recall correctly, one of the first things the installation document from VMware mentions is not to use Storage DRS in a View enviroment. If you need to rebalance the desktops and replica data on your datastores you can do so with the “Rebalance” option within the View administrator console. In this enviroment storage DRS had been running like that for some time resulting in desktops and replica’s beeing moved across the datastores and View losing control over the […]

Top 10 articles of 2013

For VMGuru 2013 was a great year in which we wrote 104 blog posts and introduced our new, more responsive and bandwidth-friendly website-layout. Due to this served 2.2M pages to 426.338 visitors, using 346,5GB bandwidth last year. But which are the most popular blog posts from 2013? We created a 2013 Top 10! No 1. – How to improve VMware View video performance. In 2013 we did two articles on how to improve video performance with VMware Horizon View. Probably due to the increased use of VDI and VMware Horizon View this is the best read article-series of 2013. Part […]

Happy new year!

We finished 2013 on a high with our new website-layout and a increasing number of visitors. In 2013 we served 2.2M pages to 426.338 visitors, using 346,5GB bandwidth. In comparison: in 2012 we served 1.4M pages to 371.669 visitors, using 632.4GB bandwidth. in 2011 we served 1.3M pages to 391.567 visitors, using 556.3GB bandwidth. This huge increase is a confirmation for us that we’re on the right path, thank you very much for your support in 2013! So from all of us at VMGuru, We wish you a very happy & healthy new year and we hope 2014 brings you […]