Horizon View Events Notifier Tool

Chris Halstead (@chrisdhalsted), just made every Horizon View administrators job just a little bit easier by releasing a free tool that will allow you to setup alerts and notifications for events in View such as Warnings and Audit failures. The Horizon View Events Notifier tool uses SMTP and allows you to add multiple addresses in the alert recipients field.

view events config

Install ESXi 5.1 from a USB Flash Drive

Many servers already come with a DVD/CD-ROM drive or some kind of ability to virtually mount an ISO image from a network share onto your server to then install ESXi. However, not all do or you just want to have your ESXi image readily available. Here’s a quick step by step instructions on how to use a USB flash drive to install ESXi.

  1. Download ESXi 5.1 from VMware (if you haven’t already) as well as UNettbootin.
  2. Plug in your USB Flash Drive.
  3. Open UNetbootin and select “Diskimage”, set Type to “USB Drive”, select Drive letter of your USB flash drive, and set the path of your ESXi 5.1 ISO image. Then click on “OK”.
    unetbootin setup

A windows 8 like Task Manager for Windows 7

Windows 8 on Windows 7 memory task manager

I’m not a fan of Windows 8 by no means but this isn’t about how bad I think Windows 8 is, but instead about a neat portable app I’ve came across over at NeoWin.net called DBCTaskman.

DBCTaskman obviously allows you to kill processes or applications as to be expected with any task manager but also allows for detailed views of Memory, Process, and Services running in Windows 7 and is also available in two versions, x86 or x64.

VMware Horizon View White Papers

VMware has been on a roll here lately releasing new technical white papers for VMware Horizon View. If you already have a View environment or about to roll one out, I’d recommend reading these papers to make sure you’re following the recommended best practices.

Also, be sure to check out my View Windows 7 Optimization Guide as well.

VMware’s Dual Persona smartphones now available at Verizon Wireless

VMware Ready for Verizon

VMware has announced that the Android running LG Intuition and Motorola Razr M can now both be purchased with VMWare Horizon Mobile software. The VMWare Horizon Mobile software separates the devices into isolated partitions that allow users to keep their work applications and data separate from their personal applications and data.

Today, VMware and Verizon Wireless announced that the Android-based LG Intuition and Motorola Razr M can now be purchased with VMware’s Horizon Mobile software, which separates the device into isolated partitions that keep a user’s work applications and data separate from personal stuff. Licenses to Horizon Mobile start at $125 per user and can be purchased through local resellers of VMware and Verizon Wireless.

VMware Workstation updated to 9.0.2

VMware is released a maintenance update for VMware Workstation to version 9.0.2. The update is available for free for all VMware Workstation 9.x customers.

Mostly just bug fixes and a few improvements, here are a few highlights:

  • Fedora 18 supported as a guest operating system
  • Windows 8 host permissions issues fixed
  • VMware Tool updated to support the latest Linux kernels
  • Improved general host resource management
  • OVF Tool has been updated to version 3.0.2
  • Virtual machine sharing improvements
  • Memory leak which impacted Windows hosts has been fixed

VCP5 Exam: Passed

Pass

This morning I took the VCP510 exam and passed it on my first go at it!

Overall I felt the exam was a nice challenge, while I can’t go into details of the exam, per the NDA. I will say I was surprised at the number of multiple answer questions and the VPC510 was certainly more “real-world” based and not so much memorizing config maximums.

That said, I’ll do as others have done and list what I used in my preparation for the VCP510 exam…

vSphere 5.1 and View 5.1 are finally compatible

As mentioned before, I mentioned vSphere 5.1 currently not compatible with any VMware View version. As of yesterday, VMware has finally released a patch (ESXi510-201210001) to correct the incompatibility issues.

Alternatively you can also download an updated ESXi 5.0 ISO. To download the ISO:

  1. Navigate to the vSphere Download Center.
  2. Click View Download for the VMware ESXi 5.1.0 Installable for your version of ESXi.
  3. On the Product Downloads tab, download VMware-VMvisor-Installer-201210001-838463.x86_64.iso.

KB 2035268

vSphere 5.1 currently not compatible with any VMware View version

Before you go updating your vSphere to the new 5.1 version that was just released, VMware had just released this alert yesterday (9/12) that vSphere 5.1 is currently NOT compatible with any version of VMware View.

vSphere 5.1 is in the process of being certified against VMware View. We recommend that you do not upgrade vSphere above the supported versions listed in the VMware View 5.1 Release Notes.

For further updates and more information on this alert, refer to KB article:
vSphere 5.1 is not compatible with any versions VMware View (2035268).

If you don’t use VMware View, and are ready to upgrade to vSphere 5.1 be sure to check out the Installing vCenter Server 5.1 best practices from VMware.

Improve Linux VM IO performance by disabling IO Scheduler

For a little while now we’ve been seeing RedHat Linux virtual machines performing poorly. Tasks would take considerably longer on the Linux VM’s then other Windows VM’s. After digging around I eventually found that RedHat has it’s own IO scheduler that runs in the background. On a physical box this wouldn’t be a big deal, but as a virtual machine everything is already being processed by VMware hypervisor. The fix, disable the IO Scheduler!

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