A client of mine recently had their vCenter 5.0 appliance replaced with a new vCenter 5.1 appliance, something vCenter Operations Manager did not enjoy. In this case the original vCenter 5.0 Appliance was turned shut down, a new 5.1 Appliance deployed, with the same IP as the old one, and then configured. Naturally the existing hosts were added to the fresh vCenter, clusters recreated and in general everything was reconfigured.

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SearchserverVirtualization published an article today called «Experts weigh in on CTO Herrod’s departure, future of VMware» where I have been quoted in regard toSteve Herrod’s departure from VMware. While the quote itself is correct, I feel that there is a need to further expand on what I said, in the context it was given in. So here it is, my entire response: My reaction to Steve Herrods departure is probably on par with just about everyone else's, one of surprise.

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In order to be able to deploy vCenter Operations Manager, the ESXi host it is deployed to needs to be managed by a vCenter. At first glance, that seems like a fair and pretty straight forward requirement, right? But, is it? While I can see the need for a vCenter in the environment that vCenter Operations Manager is supposed to monitor, I don´t understand why the host you want to deploy the vApp on has to be managed by a vCenter instance as well?

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vOPS 6.3 Environment Explorer Yesterday fellow vExpert Mattias Sundling gave me a little pre-release briefing of the new Dell/VKernel vOPS Server Explorer 6.3 release. While I don´t normally do press release posts like these, I´m willing to make an exception in this case. Not only is vOPS Server Explorer 6.3 available in a free version, with the familiar tools from previous versions, the new release also comes armed with a couple of new interesting tools in the suite:

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Christopher Kusek, who runs pkguild.com, has just announced that he is running a contest where you can win a VMware Workstation 9 license. Seeing that announcement, and the fact that Christopher was nice enough to mention both me and vNinja.net in it, I have decided to also give away a license that has been lingering unused in my possession way to long. Instead of running my own contest, my license has been added to the existing contest so head on over there to read all the details.

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One of the smaller improvements in vSphere 5 was the introduction of the «Virtual machine disks consolidation is needed» configuration alert if vSphere determines that there are orphaned snapshots for a given VM. Previous versions does not show this warning message, and datastore usage could potentially skyrocket for no apparent reason if something continues to create snapshots that are not properly cleaned up when they are no longer in use.

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A little while ago VMware announced Project Nee, something I was, and still am, pretty excited about. This afternoon I finally got access to the Hands-on Labs Online Beta part of Project Nee, and I have to say, this looks incredibly promising and useful. At the moment, the available labs are:Cloud Infrastructure: HOL-INF-02 - Explore vSphere 5.1 Distributed Switch (vDS) New Features This lab explores the new features of the vSphere Distributed Switch (vDS).

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VMware vSphere Health Check is a service provided by VMware Professional Services, either by their own consultants or by a consultant from a VMware Certified Solution Provider. I´m lucky enough to be employed by a Premier VMware Solution Provider who offers this service to our customers, and I´ve completed a fair number of these health checks in the last couple of months. You might ask what the value of the Health Check is, and for the end customer it´s pretty clear cut.

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The new vCenter Operations Manager 5.6 is now generally available, and one of many improvements from v5.5 is the new licensing scheme. The new foundation edition, is the new entry-level edition which from now on is included in every licensed vSphere edition free of charge. That´s right, you can now run vCenter Operations Manager 5.6 Foundation without purchasing any additional licenses. vCenter Operations Manager now comes in the following flavors:

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One of my clients has recently been having issues with their storage solution, and wanted to export the events from vCenter that show storage performance degradation, to aid in troubleshooting with the vendor. For some reason, and I have yet to confirm that this is a bug with the vCenter 5.0 appliance or the vCenter Desktop Client, when an event export is done, the storage related events are not exported with the rest of the events.

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VMware Norway held their first ever _VIP VCP Club_ yesterday in Oslo. **What is VIP VCP Club? ** This a new concept by VMware Norway, for certified VMware professionals, where the idea is to gather local certified VMware Professionals for a day of hands-on labs, specialized technical sessions and general community building. Agenda: Lee Dilworth Juggling for the Crowd **Storage/HA/DR/Clustering **Presented by Lee Dilworth **End User Computing **Presented by Joel Lindberg

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Post Update: As per Preetam´s comment, HP has published a customer advisory regarding the usage of install vs update. After installing a couple of brand new HP ProLiant BL460c G8 blades with HP Smart Array P220i controllers at a customer site, I decided that I should upgrade from the VMware-ESXi-5.0.0-Update1-623860-HP-5.20.43.iso Build 623860 used to install the blades, to the latest 821926 build offered by VMware. Normally this is a really easy process using VMware Update Manager, but since this is a new installation all the prerequisites for that are not in place just yet and I decided to use esxcli to perform the update.

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Fellow vExpert Rick Scherer is giving away a voucher that provides free access to all of the VMworld 2012 sessions, including associated MP3′s and PDF’s. Have a look at his post Win Access to VMworld 2012 Sessions and enter to win now! Good stuff Rick, real good! Update October 30th: Fresh VCDX and fellow vExpert Joep Piscaer has followed suit and announced his own «Want to win a VMworld 2012 Subscription?

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When VMware vSphere 5.1 and vCloud Networking and Security 5.1 was launched at VMworld US in late August, one of the news items was the change in licensing relating to vShield Endpoint. vShield Endpoint is now included in every vSphere edition, with the exception of the lowest tier vSphere Essentials package. I was under the impression that you had to upgrade to the new 5.1 version to take advantage of the licensing change, and get licenses available for vShield Endpoint, but a new VMware Knowledgebase article named KB: 2036875 Downloading and enabling vShield Endpoint on supported vSphere platforms debunks that.

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Everyone, and probably their extended family including their mother-in-law, has heard me whine and complain about the VCP training requirements. VMware has unveiled a new lab, namely Project Nee (Next-Generation Education Environment) and this is something I´m really excited about. Project Nee is described as this: VMware Project NEE is a new VMware Labs project providing a richly featured, powerful online learning and lab environment delivered from the cloud to any device, anywhere, anytime.

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This post is inspired by a tweet from Andrew Storrs, where he pinpoints that the host log file locations have changed between ESXi 4 and ESXi 5. Note: This post has been updated with new log files for ESXi 5.1 ESXi 4 Log File Locations: [table id=6 /] ESXi 5 Log File Locations: [table id=5 /] Between version 5.0 and 5.1 the log file locations have not changed, but a couple of new logs have been added.

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Now that vSphere 5.1 and assorted products have been released into the wild, how do you check the integrity of your downloaded file? As you might be aware of, VMware publishes both MD5 and SHA1 hashes for their files, making it possible to check if the file you just downloaded is identical to the file offered from VMware. Checking the MD5 or SHA1 hash for a single file is easy, at least in OS X where you don´t need any third party tools to check.

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Way back in the old days, you know when VMworld 2012 was held in San Francisco, I tweeted that if someone could get hold of a VCP pin for me, I would be very happy. Luckily Paul Valentino from vCommunity Trust picked that up, and apparently went on quite the scavenger hunt on my behalf. Imagine my surprise today when this little square meter of carton appeared, courtesy of Mr. Valentino:

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Fabio Rapposelli´s post «On the Real Value of IT certifications» highlights some of the current problems related to IT certifications in general, and basic «entry level» exams in particular. The problems with brain dumps, lack of experience and testing methods is not new, and the_ «Paper MCSE»_ term was coined back in the early 2000´s when the influx of newly certified Microsoft Certified Systems Engineers, with little or no real world experience flooded the market.

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My Saturday morning started the same as any other. I checked my emails and my tweets, started a coffee, walked my dog and got into the shower. My iPhone buzzing on the sink caught my attention a few minutes into it. Covered in soap and the rest censored for the public here I answered the call. Without getting into too many details of my organization - my bosses-bossess-boss contacted me reporting a fire in one of our server rooms in Shanghai China.

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VMware Offers vCloud “Test-Drive” with New Evaluation Service. This announcement doesn´t seem to be «Project Zephyr» which, if the rumors are true, is VMware´s own fully fledged IaaS service. This Public vCloud “Test-Drive” service, which VMware themselves describe as “white-label” from a vCloud service provider, seems like a way for VMware to provide cheap test-drive access, to vCloud through their existing service providers. Where the rumored «Project Zephyr» might be seen as a competing service, Public vCloud looks to be engineered to drive long term customers to the existing ecosystem of providers.

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Mike Laverick and Barry Coombs has released their new book, elegantly titled «Building End-User Computing Solutions with VMware View». Not only is this a great book, it is something that every existing and potential VMware View (and related technologies in the EUC area) administrator should add to their (digital) bookshelves. I´ll let the authors themselves describe it: This book is all about VMware View 5.1 and ThinApp 4.7.2 administration - and it takes in a wide scope of complementary technologies from the likes of Teradici, BitDefender and F5 Networks.

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I´ve been a Mac and OS X user now for about 7 months, but to be honest I have not been very experimental in my usage of my Macbook Air. Until now, my main focus has been basic usage of the hardware and operating systems, and making it work in my corporate environment. As I feel that I´ve reached mission accomplished status on that initial project, I decided to use some of my «free» vacation time to play around a bit and experiment a bit more.

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I love it when a plan comes together, especially when someone gets an idea and then someone fires on all cylinders and executes! As mentioned before, there has been a lot of talk about various ways to create a «soapbox» for all those who submitted VMworld sessions and got rejected, or those who did not submit but would still like to present. Thankfully the guys behind vBrownBags has teamed up with VMware communities and are now offering this opportunity at VMworld 2012.

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I recently had a need to create a VM for usage on ESX 3.x, but the only thing available to me in my lab was vSphere 5, which naturally creates new VMs with the latest and greatest version 8 virtual hardware. The following table lists the virtual hardware versions and the corresponding ESX and ESXi releases: Version Virtual Hardware Version ESXi 5.x 8 ESX/ESXi 4.

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**VMworld Session Reject Club 1st RULE: You do talk about Reject Club. ** Today VMware has sent out notifications to VMworld 2012 session submitters, with a yay or nay email. Of course, this sparked a lot of conversation on Twitter, and Scott Lowe published a blog post proposing a VMworld Unconference, and exploring several options: A physical “unconference” A virtual “unconference” A series of 10-minute “flash talks” at VMworld 2012

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The Thinapped vSphere Client has finally been updated to v5.0, and is readily available for download! Sadly the new version is v5.0 only, and will only allow you to connect to vSphere v5 hosts and since the new release has replaced the old release on the VMware Fling website, you´re out of luck if you haven´t already got the 4.0 version stowed away in your own private locker. I hope VMware decides to either make the 4.

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Just like last year, I got up really early and caught a 06:40 am flight from Bergen to Oslo to attend the VMware Forum. A couple of things have changed since the last time, one of them being the venue. This time around it was held at Ullevaal Business Class, and the venue itself worked great for a one day conference like this, divided into three sections, two for parallel sessions and one for the exhibitor area.

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My little pet project VCDX Wannabe has now (finally) gone live. For now it´s mostly a collection of links and resources, but that will change over time. So, if you want to see me (and possibly a few others) either go down in flames, kicking and screaming, or succeed obtaining the VCDX certification you now have the opportunity to do so.

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Since the vCenter Client no longer is bundled with an ESXi host installation, I´ve compiled a quick list of direct download URLs for the most recent clients. Update 17th September 2014: VMware has published the official list in knowledge base article KB2089791, use that as the official list going forward. Remember, the client download URL is still available from the vCenter server, if you point your browser to it.

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