VMware vCenter Server 5.5 Update 2d released

Today VMware released an update to its vCenter Server management solution.

vCenter Server 5.5 Update 2d | 27 JAN 2015 | Build 2442329
vCenter Server 5.5 Update 2d Installation Package | 27 JAN 2015 | Build 2442328
vCenter Server Appliance 5.5 Update 2d | 27 JAN 2015 | Build 2442330

Please make sure to review the release notes and download from vmware.com

While this is a minor release it does resolve many issues previously experienced as summarized here:

 

vCenter Single Sign-On

  • VMware Directory Service consumes excessive memory
  • Backup and restore of vCenter Single Sign-On database might not replicate the data between primary and secondary nodes correctly
  • Attempts to logout through the vCloud Automation Center UI might fail

Networking

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  • Network Interface Cards of virtual machines in disconnected state might get ejected during vMotion
  • vCenter Server, vSphere Client, and vSphere Web Access
  • Virtual machines on ESXi hosts containing NSX Endpoint virtual machines might not power on
  • Update to SUSE Linux Enterprise Edition Server in vCenter Server Appliance to address time zone changes
  • vpxd reports massive logging
  • Accessing the Storage View tab fails with the error
  • Scheduled tasks cannot be created for a different time on the same day in vSphere Web Client
  • The VMware VirtualCenter Server service fails intermittently
  • HTML console cannot be launched with custom port
  • Datastore browser in vSphere Web Client does not overwrite existing files
  • VMware VirtualCenter Server service fails

Virtual Machine Management

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  • Cloning or deploying deploying virtual machines over the network causes performance degradation
  • Alert event is not triggered when one VM has multiple vNICs with same MAC address

vMotion and Storage vMotion

  • The default behavior of DRS has been changed to make the feature less aggressive during cluster upgrade

My experience of Microsoft exam 70-534 Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions

Early January I took the beta exam 70-534 Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions. Normal rate for this exam is Euro 150,- but Microsoft offered this for a limited period for free.

My idea was to just book this free exam and see what kind of questions are asked. I did not do any study. Having worked with the Azure IaaS offering but not at all with the PaaS offering I was very curious about the balance of these two services in the exam.

In sort: I guess about 90 percent of all questions were on PaaS. If you do not have any experience on working with SQL, websites, servicebus, scaling and other PaaS offerings do not even try to register for this exam! You will fail. 

If you are mainly into Azure Infrastructure this exam is the one to take: 70-533 Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions For a Study Guide on 70-533 read this blog of Niklas Akerlund.

The exam starts with about 20 multiple choise questions. Some questions request you to drag and drop certain actions in the right order. Then about 5 scenario’s are presented. You will need to read the situation of a fictive organization which moves to Azure. Each scenario has about 7-10 questions.

There were very few questions on infrastructure components of Azure. Some were on connections like ExpressRoute, Site to Site VPN etc.

Almost all questions were on PaaS like how to scale, how to loadbalance, media services , Servicebus etc etc.

If you have hand-on experiece with Azure PaaS services this exam does not looks to be very different.

This is a great study guide. This is also a great blogpost.

 

 

Save the date! VMware vSphere 6.0 announcement??

VMware has planned their biggest announcement ever on February 2. In fact this announcement will be repeated severall times so people living in various timezones are able to watch the event in their most convinient time.

While nothing has been made public about the content of the online event, it is very likely this will be the announcement of VMware vSphere 6.0.

At VMworld 2014 a couple of new vSphere 6.0 features were announced. For a complete overview of what has been made public see my post on ‘vSphere 6.0 what is new

Both Pat Gelsinger, Chief Executive Officer of VMware and  Ben Fathi, Chief Technology Officer will have a speech.

Registration for the event here.

AMERICAS
Date:  February 2, 2015
Time:  1:00 – 2:00 PM PST / 4:00 – 5:00 PM EST


EMEA
Date:  February 3, 2015
Time:  9:00 – 10:00 AM GMT / 10:00 – 11:00 AM CET


ASIA PACIFIC – ASEAN, Western Australia, Hong Kong
Date:  February 5, 2015
Time:  10:00 – 11:00 AM SGT


ASIA PACIFIC – Sydney, Australia
Date:  February 5, 2015
Time:  10:00 – 11:00 AM AEDT


ASIA PACIFIC – Mumbai, India
Date:  February 5, 2015
Time:  10:30 – 11:30 AM IST

 

Inschrijving geopend – NLVMUG event 19 maart 2015

Datum:

Donderdag, 19 maart 2015

Event tijden:
9:30–17:30 CET

Locatie:

1931 Congrescentrum Brabanthallen

Oude Engelenseweg 1

5222 AA ’s-Hertogenbosch

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Over twee maanden is het weer zover. Dan vindt op 19 maart in Den Bosch het NLVMUG event 2015 plaats. De inschrijving voor het jaarlijkse usergroup evenement van de Nederlandse VMUG is inmiddels geopend. Dus schrijf je NU hier in en zet de datum in je agenda. Wij verwachten wederom meer dan 600 deelnemers en diverse sponsoren op de conferentie te ontvangen.

Mogelijk wordt je hier geinformeerd over VMware vSphere 6.0. Deze is al enige tijd in beta en de release wordt verwacht in de eerste helft van 2015.

Tijdens het NLVMUG event krijg je antwoord op je vragen én kunnen experts van VMware, mede-sponsoren en VMUGers je van waardevolle tips en adviezen voorzien. En ook in 2015 verzorgen we een gevarieerd programma met voor ieder wat wils!

Deelname aan de NLVMUG kost 49,00 euro excl BTW. Verder kun je je gratis inschrijven als VMUG lid op de officiële website en blijf op de hoogte van de activiteiten in Nederland op nlvmug.com.
NLVMUG Agenda:

  • Keynote Sessies gepresenteerd door VMware Experts
  • Sponsor breakout sessies
  • VMware educatie sessies
  • Interactieve discussies, zoals Focus Groepen en Panels
  • Exhibition Area met diverse VMware Partners

Time to participate in the Project VRC “State of the VDI and SBC union 2015″ survey

The independent R&D project ‘Virtual Reality Check’ (VRC) (www.projectvrc.com) was started in early 2009 by Ruben Spruijt (@rspruijt) and Jeroen van de Kamp (@thejeroen) and focuses on research in the desktop and application virtualization market. Several white papers with Login VSI (www.loginvsi.com) test results were published about the performance and best practices of different hypervisors, Microsoft Office versions, application virtualization solutions, Windows Operating Systems in server hosted desktop solutions and the impact of antivirus.

In 2013 and early 2014, Project VRC released the annual ‘State of the VDI and SBC union’ community survey (download for free at www.projectvrc.com/white-papers). Over 1300 people participated. The results of this independent and truly unique survey have provided many new insights into the usage of desktop virtualization around the world.

This year Project VRC would like to repeat this survey to see how our industry has changed and to take a look at the future of Virtual Desktop Infrastructures and Server Based Computing in 2015. To do this they need your help again. Everyone who is involved in building or maintaining VDI or SBC environments is invited to participate in this survey. Also if you participated in the previous two editions.

The questions of this survey are both functional and technical and range from “What are the most important design goals set for this environment”, to “Which storage is used”, to “How are the VM’s configured”. The 2015 VRC survey will only take 10 minutes of your time.

The success of the survey will be determined by the amount of the responses, but also by the quality of these responses. This led Project VRC to the conclusion that they should stay away from giving away iPads or other price draws for survey participants. Instead, they opted for the following strategy: only survey participants will receive the exclusive overview report with all results immediately after the survey closes.

The survey will be closed February 15th this year. I really hope you want to participate and enjoy the official Project VRC “State of the VDI and SBC union 2015” survey!

Visit www.projectvrc.com/blog/23-project-vrc-state-of-the-vdi-and-sbc-union-2015-survey to fill out the Project Virtual Reality Check “State of the VDI and SBC Union 2014″ survey.