VMware NSX for vSphere 6.1 released

At September 11 VMware released NSX for vSphere 6.1

Release notes are here 

Download here . This is not a public download. Only user accouts on myvmware.com  entitled for download of NSX for vSphere will actually be able to download the bits.

Some more info on Network Inferno & Vladan Seget his website

What is new

NSX vSphere 6.1 includes multiple new features as well as operations, consumption, and hardening enhancements.

  • Highly available NSX Edge clusters with faster uplink speeds
    Equal Cost Multi-Path (ECMP)
    NSX enables you to create highly available and distributed NSX Edge clusters, provides high-bandwidth uplink connection to physical networks, and also ensures active-active redundancy at network virtualization edge – all in software. ECMP on NSX Edge allows up to 80 GBps of aggregate North-South bandwidth and enables a scaleout edge.
  • Enhanced micro-segmentation and firewall operations
    NSX 6.1 improves micro-segmentation capabilities by providing improved provisioning, troubleshooting, and monitoring with NSX Distributed and Edge Firewalls. There is a new unified interface for configuring both Distributed and Edge firewalls. Integration of NSX with vCAC 6.1 allows for security automation workflows to be integrated with compute automation. In addition, NSX 6.1 enables traffic redirection to network and security partner products like Next Generation Firewalls and Intrusion Prevention Services.
  • Connect multiple data centers or offer hybrid cloud services in Software Defined Datacenter (SDDC)
    Layer 2 VPN on NSX Edge
    With Layer 2 VPN, enterprises can migrate workloads, consolidate datacenters, or create stretched application tiers across multiple datacenters. Service providers can offer tenant on-boarding and cloud bursting services where tenant application networks are preserved across datacenters without the need for NSX on customer premises.
  • Unified IP Address management across entire data center
    DHCP Relay With DHCP Relay, you can integrate existing DHCP services available in physical data centers into SDDC. This ensuring a consistent IP addressing policy and easy IP management across the entire data center. NSX vSphere 6.1 supports multiple DHCP servers on a single logical router and allows multiple existing DHCP servers to be integrated.
  • NSX Load Balancer Enhancement
    To allow the load balancing and high availability of more applications hosted in NSX, UDP and FTP load balancing is now available on NSX. This allows the load balancing of applications such as syslog, NTP, DNS.
  • Protect Application Delivery Controller (ADC) investments and seamlessly leverage them in SDDC
    Tight integrations with partners to enable ADCaaS
    NSX 6.1 allows customers using NSX partner ADCs to protect their investment and leverage advanced ADC services from best-of-breed vendors. This out-of-the-box solution brings operational simplicity, integrated workflows, auto deployment of resources, and a central pane for troubleshooting and monitoring both virtual and physical ADCs.
  • Advanced host or network security services within SDDC
    Enhanced partner integration with Service Composer supports multiple security services including suite solutions that comprise host versus network based services in a single policy.
  • Dynamic and secure self-service in SDDC
    NSX 6.1 with vCloud Automation Center ® helps you optimize resource utilization and scale by dynamically connecting self-service applications to NSX logical networks while ensuring that infrastructure security policies are automatically applied to isolate and protect the applications.
    Refer to the VMware vCloud Automation Center Release Notes for feature list.

VMware VMware Workspace Portal 2.1 released

At September 9 VMware released Workspace Portal 2.1

Workspace Portal is a portal which allows end-users access to web-based app, a Windows app hosted by Horizon or XenApp, a local Windows app packaged and streamed through Thinapp, a Google app, or Office 365 app, or nearly any SaaS app like ADP, SalesForce, Workday, or Box.

Workspace Portal provides the entitlement, access policy and single sign-on capability for all but native mobile applications. From laptops and desktops, it is truly a one-stop show for any app or service. When that same user is using their tablet or smartphone, now, there is no need to “go” to Workspace Portal as AirWatch can deliver the Workspace Portal entitled apps directly through to the “springboard” (what Apple iOS calls their “home screen”) or container on the device.

Apps which are run on a mobile device are deployed using VMware AirWatch.

Some more info on what is new here

More info on Workspace Portal in this VMware blog

Release notes are here

 

StarWind webinars on Hyper-V & on Software-Defined Storage Architecture

StarWind Software has two webinars planned:

  • New Microsoft Storage Best Practices for Hyper-V & SQL Server: SMB 3.0 and Scale-Out File Servers
  • Software-Defined Storage Architecture: Optimizing Business Value and Minimizing Risk in Microsoft/VMware Storage Strategies

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New Microsoft Storage Best Practices for Hyper-V & SQL Server: SMB 3.0 and Scale-Out File Servers

Tuesday, September 16, 2:00 pm ET / 11:00 am PT
Featured Speaker: Greg Schulz, Founder, StorageIO

What is the trick to supporting growth for your Microsoft environment without breaking your budget, or causing performance problems? Scale-Out File Server (SOFS) is the Microsoft solution for enabling a flexible, scalable resilient data infrastructure supporting Windows, Hyper-V and SQL Server environments.
Attend this webinar with Greg Schulz, Founder of Server and StorageIO to learn how to scale with stability of Microsoft SOFS environments including:

  • Explore SOFS issues, challenges and opportunities
  • Scaling SOFS with flexibility and resiliency
  • Leverage RAM and flash SSD as a write-back cache
  • Server side PCIe, SAS and SATA storage options
  • Stretch your budget further using less hardware
  • Flexible networking with your server and storage
  • Boosting performance and increasing flash SSD life
  • Reduce your data footprint impact with deduplication

Link for registration: http://w.on24.com/r.htm?e=844957&s=1&k=A5630C9D2A97320C3C6BD7724D8E2A74&partnerref=starwind

The other webinar is:

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Live Webinar: Software-Defined Storage Architecture: Optimizing Business Value and Minimizing Risk in Microsoft/VMware Storage Strategies

Tuesday, September 24, 2:00 pm ET / 11:00 am PT
Featured Speaker: Jon Toigo, Toigo Partners International

Sifting through the marketing hype from VMware and Microsoft regarding their “server-side software-defined storage models” can be almost as challenging as understanding the underlying technical issues that software-defined storage seeks to solve. What is needed is a clear headed analysis of the storage challenges created by virtual server computing, the benefits and limitations of competing software-defined approaches to addressing them, and what alternatives exist that might provide highly available and scalable storage capacity in a business-savvy way.

In this webinar, storage expert Jon Toigo:

  • Provides a brief retrospective on the drivers of software-defined storage
  • Delivers a snapshot of the current approaches of the leading hypervisor vendors for delivering SDS architecture
  • Identifies the key requirements that have yet to be met

Special Offer: Attend the webinar and get a chance to win FREE 6-month NFR license key for StarWind Virtual SAN!

Link for registration: http://virtualizationreview.com/webcasts/2014/09/starwind-software-defined-storage-architecture.aspx?partnerref=sw5

 

VMware ThinApp 5.1 released

VMware released at September 9 ThinApp 5.1

VMware ThinApp 5.1 is the latest version of ThinApp. This release has the following enhancements.

Release notes are here 

ThinApp is part of the VMware Horizon Suite. Download here

ThinApp Package Management

In earlier versions of ThinApp, to change some specific Package.ini parameters, you had to first make those changes in the configuration file, save the file, and rebuild the package. Using the new ThinApp package management feature, you can dynamically reconfigure the attributes of deployed ThinApp packages at runtime. ThinApp Package management helps IT administrators manage ThinApp packages and define group policy for each package. Each package to be managed must have an associated group policy defined using its inventory name.

When you install ThinApp 5.1, a new folder named Policy is created in the installation directory. This folder contains tools and templates for managing ThinApp packages and contains the following files:

  • AppPolicy.exe
  • README.TXT
  • ThinAppBase.adml
  • ThinAppBase.admx
  • ThinAppGeneric.adml
  • ThinAppGeneric.admx

ThinApp selects the policy precedence when you rebuild a package and deploy it. If a package is managed by a group policy, ThinApp gives precedence to the policy over its Package.ini configuration.

Group Policy Administrative Templates

ThinApp 5.1, introduces the group policy administrative template (ADMX/ADML) files. With these template files you can reconfigure group policy settings for applications that were packaged by ThinApp. The GPO files work on domain controllers that run in the following environments:

  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2012

Administrative Template files contain markup language that is used to describe a registry-based Group Policy. The administrative files are divided into language-neutral (.admx files) and language-specific resources (.adml files), available to all Group Policy administrators. These factors allow Group Policy tools to adjust the user interface according to the administrator’s configured language.

Reconfiguring Attributes of Deployed ThinApp Packages

In addition to ThinDirect, with ThinApp 5.1 you can now reconfigure or manage the following attributes of a deployed package:

  • AppSync
  • AppLink
  • Entry-Point Shortcuts

Note: To know how to reconfigure these package attributes, see the ThinApp 5.1 User’s Guide.

ThinDirect

In ThinApp 5.1, the following enhancements have been made to the ThinDirect plug-in:

    • Support for the update of ThinDirect settings at specified time intervals

In ThinApp 5.1, the ThinDirect functionality has been enhanced to periodically poll for the ThinDirect setting changes. Since, the ThinDirect settings are now detected dynamically, the user need not restart the browser to view the updated changes.

    • Support for dynamic changes to Thindirect via ADM

In ThinApp 5.1, you can use ThinDirect.ADM file to manage the thindirect enabled firefox.

    • Support for Overriding the Thindirect settings through GPO

In ThinApp installation directory, locate the Thindirect.admx andThinDirect.adml files. Use these files to manage the settings for ThinDirect feature by defining a group policy object. If the Thindirect feature is defined through the GPO, these settings would override the text file (thindirect.txt) based redirection.

    • Support for Redirection between two virtual browsers

ThinApp 5.1 supports redirection between two virtual browsers.

    • Support for Thindirect in Mozilla Firefox

In ThinApp 5.1, ThinDirect has been enhanced to work with Mozilla Firefox version 22 and later. In earlier versions of ThinApp, ThinDirect was limited to Internet Explorer.

New Package.ini Parameter Introduced

ThinApp 5.1 introduces the SandboxWindowClassName parameter. When you set theSandboxWindowClassName=1 you can sandbox or isolate the application defined window class names created and used within the ThinApp package.

Extracting an existing ThinApp project to a system

ThinApp 5.1 allows you to extract an existing ThinApp project to a capture and build operating system by using snapshot.exe and snapshot64.exe commands.

Pre-requisites
Before you extract an existing ThinApp project to a capture and build operating system, ensure that the following conditions are met:

  • Verify that the architecture and type of the captured operating system is the same as that of deployed operating system.
  • Perform the extraction of an existing ThinApp project on a clean capture and build machine.
  • Ensure that the user profile in the existing virtual project is the same as that of the capture and build machine.

ThinApp 5.1 has the following command line options to extract existing projects to capture and build operating systems.

  • snapshot.exe: Is used to extract an existing ThinApp project to a capture and build 32-bit operating system
  • snapshot64.exe: Is used to extract an existing ThinApp project to a capture and build 64-bit operating system

Note: To know more about the process for extracting existing ThinApp packages, see the ThinApp 5.1 User’s Guide.

MAPI Support

ThinApp 5.1 supports the Messaging Application Programming Interface (MAPI) on the following Microsoft Windows platforms:

  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8 32-bit
  • Windows 8 64-bit
  • Windows 8.1 32-bit
  • Windows 8.1 64-bit

ThinApp 5.1 provides the DefaultEmailProgram option in Package.ini to register a virtual email client as the host’s default email program. You have to enable this option to register the default email program. The Messaging Application Programming Interface (MAPI) is not supported on Windows XP x86 operating system. For more information, see KB artilce2087898.

Support for Internet Explorer 10 and Internet Explorer 11

ThinApp 5.1 supports Internet Explorer 10 and Internet Explorer 11 only on the Windows 7 operating system.

Support for Windows 8.1

ThinApp 5.1 works on the Windows 8.1 August update (Update 2).

For additional information about ThinApp 5.1, visit the following Web site: