Horizon View 5.3.1 is here with VSAN support!

Now that VSAN has become GA (General Availability) it makes sense that VMware will start pushing updates of it’s software offerings with VSAN support, Horizon View is no different!

What’s New in Horizon View 5.3.1

  • Requires vSphere 5.5.0 Update 1 or newer
  • Support for VSAN
  • 100 VM’s per Host using VSAN

Below is a list of links for all the vPieces to make your View VSAN environment come alive (some links require My VMware account to access):

vSphere and vCenter 5.5.0 Update 1

ESXi 5.5.0 Update 1

ESXi 5.5.0 Update 1 Readme

vSphere Client 5.5.0 Update 1

vCenter Server 5.5.0 Update 1 – Windows Instance

vCenter Server 5.5.0 Update 1 – Virtual Appliance

Horizon View 5.3.1 Feature Pack 1

Remote Experience Agent for 32-bit desktops

Remote Experience Agent for 64-bit desktops

HTML Access Web Portal installer

GPO bundle file

What’s Next?

I will be releasing my complete walkthrough of Horizon View 5.3 so stay tuned!

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vExpert 2014 is here!

Two weeks ago, the VMTN Blog was buzzing with exciting news, the Annual vExpert designation is upon us! What is a vExpert? I’m glad you asked, the VMware Technology Network recognizes “Experts” of virtualization each year in three categories: Evangelist, Customer and Partner. People can either nominate themselves or others during an application period, then vExperts are announced! That is way too simple of an explanation of what it is because there are a ton of benefits with the program, not to mention the honor of being recognized by your peers as a solid contributor to the amazing world of virtualization.

PKGuild has a very thorough breakdown of the vExpert program here.

Applications are being accepted until March 6th @ Midnight PST. If you know someone who has contributed above and beyond the call of duty and feel they should be considered nominate them, if you feel you are one of those contributors then go for it! There are some changes this year regarding quarterly nominations so read the blog post below for more details.

The vExpert membership is a high honor and recognition of those dedicated to serving the virtualization community.

The below information is from VMTN’s Blog Post regarding the vExpert 2014 program and application details:

vExpert 2014 applications are open

Each year, we bring together in the vExpert Program the people who have made some of the most important contributions to the VMware community. These are the bloggers, book authors, VMUG leaders, speakers, tool builders, community leaders and general enthusiasts. They work as IT admins and architects for VMware customers, they act as trusted advisors and implementors for VMware partners or as independent consultants, and some work for VMware itself. All of them have the passion and enthusiasm for technology and applying technology to solve problems. They have contributed to the success of us all by sharing their knowledge and expertise over their days, nights, and weekends.

vExperts who participate in the program have access to private betas, free licenses, early access briefings, exclusive events, free access to VMworld conference materials online, and other opportunities to interact with VMware product teams. They also get access to a private community and networking opportunities.

Changes for the 2014 vExpert Program
This year we are implementing two new changes to the vExpert program. The first change is fast track current vExperts into the 2014 program. If you are a current 2013 vExpert, your 2014 application process has been shortened. Since you are a proven vExpert all we want to know is what you have been doing since the May 2013 vExpert announcement. Simple, right?

The second change is quarterly nominations into the 2014 vExpert program. We will leave the application open year round and at the end of each quarter we will begin the voting process for new vExperts from the previous quarter. So even if you are not picked to become a vExpert 2014 right away, we will allow for quarterly voting and nominations.

Evangelist Path
The Evangelist Path includes book authors, bloggers, tool builders, public speakers, VMTN contributors, and other IT professionals who share their knowledge and passion with others with the leverage of a personal public platform to reach many people. Employees of VMware can also apply via the Evangelist path. A VMware employee reference is recommended if your activities weren’t all in public or were in a language other than English.

Customer Path
The Customer Path is for leaders from VMware customer organizations. They have been internal champions in their organizations, or worked with VMware to build success stories, act as customer references, given public interviews, spoken at conferences, or were VMUG leaders. A VMware employee reference is recommended if your activities weren’t all in public.

VPN (VMware Partner Network) Path
The VPN Path is for employees of our partner companies who lead with passion and by example, who are committed to continuous learning through accreditations and certifications and to making their technical knowledge and expertise available to many. This can take shape of event participation, video, IP generation, as well as public speaking engagements. A VMware employee reference is required for VPN Path candidates.

Apply for vExpert 2014
Current 2013 vExperts use the 2014 vExpert Fast Track application: http://bit.ly/1ikZ8hi
2014 vExpert application: http://bit.ly/LMJqB5
Recommend a colleague to apply for 2014 vExpert: http://bit.ly/1bobFfF

Questions & Updates

For questions about the application process or the vExpert Program, please send email to  vexpert@vmware.com. Be sure to follow @vExpert for updates on the 2014 vExpert program.

Thank you to all who have participated in years past,
Corey Romero & the vExpert Team

vBlog voting starts soon…

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I woke up to some good news yesterday, Eric Siebert from vSphere-land updated his vBlog list and announced that voting for vBlog 2014 will be starting soon. He has updated his vLaunchPad site and I am happy to have been added to the list of awesome bloggers and contributors of the technology community. He will be updating the site and add categories for nominations. I have a few articles to post in the next few days so be on the lookout….maybe something about a certain Synology DS3612xs that we have running some VDI….so stay tuned!

Horizon View 5.3 available for download!

5.3 Screenshot

Hot off the Press! View 5.3 Pieces are available to download.

I will have a couple of posts detailing the upgrade process from 5.2 in the next few weeks (holidays will slow this down) but for now here are the download links:

Quick overview of some of the features for Horizon View 5.3:

  • vDGA is no longer Tech Preview, full support for NVIDIA GPU’s passed directly to VM’s
  • VSAN Tech Preview – this will be a lot of fun to play around in the lab!
  • Windows 8.1 Support
  • Multimedia Redirection for H.264 media encoding
  • View Blast protocol now supports Audio, Copy/Paste and GFX improvements (View 5.3 Feature Pack 1 and HTML Access install required)
  • USB 3.0 Support (Thin/Zero Clients must have USB 3.0 for support)
  • VCAI is fully supported (offload composer operations to your SAN – a dream come true!)
  • iOS 7 – New View Client (released last week)
  • and much more!

Andre Leibovici has a great article detailing what really is in View 5.3, you can find it here.

Top vBlog 2014 – Starts Soon

If you are not familiar with Eric Siebert’s Blog and vBlog awards please check out his site. Eric hosts an annual Top vBlog Awards to those dedicated several that blog about Virtualization and Storage. For 2014, Eric has got some very special news, Veeam is sponsoring it so not only can you brag about being one of the best vBlogs (think – Highlander) but you could also win some cool prizes like a Mac Mini, iPad Mini, HP MicroServer, Beats by Dre Headphones, Roku 3 and a Wii U.

Call for nominations  for blogger categories will start in December with official voting beginning in January. For more information about vBlog 2014, check out Coming Soon: Top vBlog 2014 Edition on vsphere-land.com

Veeam B&R v7 Support for vSphere 5.5 is here!

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Veeam has released Update 2 for Backup & Replication v7 today with full support for vSphere 5.5 and Hyper-V 2012 R2 (the first backup company to support both!), here is a breakdown of all the new and exciting features:

VMware

  • vSphere 5.5 support, including support for 62TB virtual disks and virtual hardware v10 virtual machines.
  • vCloud Director 5.5 support.
  • Support for Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1 as guest virtual machines (VMs).
  • Added ability to limit maximum amount of active VM snapshots per datastore to prevent it from being overfilled with snapshot deltas. The default value of 4 active snapshots can be controlled with MaxSnapshotsPerDatastore (REG_DWORD) registry key.

Microsoft

  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V and free Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 support, including support for Generation 2 virtual machines.
  • Support for Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1 as guest virtual machines (VMs)
  • Support for System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM)
  • Support for the installation of Veeam Backup & Replication and its components on Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1.

Built-in WAN acceleration

  • Increased data processing performance up to 50% with hard drive based cache, and up to 3 times with SSD based cache. Multi-core CPU on source WAN accelerator is recommended to take full advantage of the enhanced data processing engine.

Replication

  • Added ability for source and target proxy servers to reconnect and resume replication when network connection between source and target site drops for a short period of time.

Tape

  • Added support for a number of enterprise-class tape libraries with partitioning functionality that allows presenting multiple tape library partitions to the same host.
  • Import/export slot interaction has been redesigned to add support for a number of IBM and Oracle tape libraries.

Application-aware processing

  • Added ability for application-aware processing logic to detect passive Microsoft Exchange DAG database present on the VM, and process it accordingly.
  • Added support for Exchange CCR clusters.

User interface

  • User interface should now remember size and positions off the main window, as well as all panels and columns.

I am proud to say that we upgraded our Backup Environment this morning and everything is running great. Big thanks to Veeam and their Engineering Team for releasing this so fast!

Here is a link to the KB article for this Update.

VMware Online Forum 2013 is almost here!

f874ad985f8379539bc481f1266d29e591b2d39aEach year VMware hosts an Online Forum that has industry experts (vExperts), vendor showcases and keynotes highlighting what new and next for VMware. This is a great opportunity to network with VMware colleagues and get a better understanding of some of the vendor offerings for your environment. Come check it out on October 22 from 8-1 PST.

Registration Link

There are also some cool CloudCred tasks and prizes up for grabs as well!

Hello World!

This is the first of what I hope is many posts related to the ever expanding world of Virtualization as it relates to VMware and the solutions that it supports. From vSphere to Horizon View and beyond, it is my goal to continue to enhance my knowledge about VMware Solutions and how they are helping me achieve efficiency at my job.

 

So stay tuned for more (hopefully good!) articles in the near future.