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This week VMware have been holding its annual conference in San Francisco, as usual VMware have used this opportunity to release a number of new updates and changes to it suite of products. 

The day one keynote started with the hand over of the reins from current CEO Paul Maritz to incoming CEO Pat Gelsinger

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One of Pat Gelsinger’s first announcements as a CEO was the removal of the VRAM allocation from the licensing model, this was met by applause and cheers from the audience. Realisticly we hadn’t seen many issues with the VRAM policy but we had certainly seen customers need to purchase a higher licensing model than was required for the functionality they needed, particularly within the Essential bundles. This change in policy may also be a hard pill to swallow for those that upgraded their licensing model to meet the VRAM policy. But largely I think this will allow VMware to continue to be competitive in the industry against the likes of Microsoft. 

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vCloud Suites

The first product announcement on the day one keynote was the vCloud Suite. 

The vCloud suites are bundles of VMware products that gives you the full stack of software required to create your cloud  

The suites are available in three flavours, Standard, Advanced and Enterprise Plus detailed as below. 

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All the suites include vSphere Enterprise Plus, Cloud Director and Cloud Connector, and “Standard” vCloud Networking and Security, the advanced suite then adds the advanced vCloud Networking and Secuirty features as well as vCenter Operations Advanced. 

The differences between vCloud Networking Advanced and Standard is as follows >> http://www.vmware.com/products/datacenter-virtualization/vcloud-network-security/compare-editions.html

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The final Enterprise Plus edition adds vCenter Charge Back, Config Manager, Infrastructure Navigator and vFabric Application Director. The introduction of these suites certainly makes the purchase of products easier and more defined. 

vSphere 5.1

Pat Gelsinger handed over to CTO Steve Herrod to talk about the new technical product updates, one of the first announcements was the increase in girth for the monster VM

 

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Realistically I image these maximums are way over and above most customers workloads but it certainly adds to the fact that all workloads should now be able to be virtualised, the most impressive one of these figures is probably the ability for an individual VM to be able to cope with in excess of 1million IOPS.

vSphere 5.1 includes a number of new features these included

  • Enhanced vMotion
    • Enhanced vMotion adds the ability to be able to vMotion a VM without shared storage, basically the ability to be able to storage vMotion and vMotion at the same time. This certainly adds to the functionality of vMotion and introduces new possibilities for those without shared storage or with multiple SANs ETC.
  • New Web Based Client
    • The web based client has been completely redesigned and is now the favoured method to administer your vCenter, the standard Windows client is still available at the moment but you will find that most of the new 5.1 functionality on exists in the new web client. I have been lucky enough to be part of the vSphere 5.1 beta and whilst getting used to the new client took awhile I could fine my way around it a lot easier and in certain situations found it a lot faster than the Windows client
  • vSphere Data Protection
    • Gone is the previously bundled vSphere Data Recovery product and we now have a new bundled backup product based on EMC Avamar technology. Im looking forward to playing with this product to see how it compares to the likes of Veeam and indeed vSphere Data Recovery. 
  • vSphere Replication
    • Previously only bundled with SRM 5.0, vSphere Replication is now available with VMware Essentials Plus and above, allowing you to replicate your VM’s to another ESXi host up to every 15minutes, this certainly adds a new opportunities particularly to SMBs and Branch offices that would previously only be available through SAN based replication, SRM or another third party product. This is something that Microsoft are introducing in Hyper-V 3.0 so you can see why VMware have had to include this. 
  • Zero Downtime Upgrade for VMware Tools
    • Subsequent VMware tools updates after 5.1 will no longer require a VM reboot, so hopefully gone will be the excuse that the VM Tools are out of date because you havent been able to reboot a VM.

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These are just a taster of some of the updates and I will do some more dedicated hands on blog posts with these features soon, for a more extensive list check out the whats new white paper here >> http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/products/vsphere/vmware-what-is-new-vsphere51.pdf 

vSphere 5.1 Licensing Updates

Other than the removal of the vRAM restriction there is also a number of other licensing changes, one of which is a new vSphere Standard with Operations Manager bundle, in my mind this is aimed to compete with Microsoft HyperV 3.0 with System Center directly. There are also a number of changes such as storage vMotion and FT are now available as low as Standard where as previously they have only been available in Enterprise. vShield Endpoint is now also bundled with Essentials Plus and above which certainly makes the AntiVirus solutions that plug into Endpoint more affordable. One other thing that I noticed is that the VSA (Virtual Storage Appliance) now appears to be bundled with Essentials Plus and above, previously this was a seperate SKU only available for the Essentials Bundles. Full details on the licensing can be found here >> http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/vsphere_pricing.pdf

vCloud Director 5.1 

There were also a number of updates to vCloud Director which has now been bought up to date with the version number of vSphere, vCloud Director goes from 1.5 to 5.1 and adds a number of new features including

  • Support for vSphere 5.1 (No Supprise There)
  • Software Defined Storage – vCloud Director is now aware of storage profiles as defined within vCenter, A primary VDC (Virtual Datacenter) is able to consume all storage tiers, the organisation administrator is then able to define a default storage tier which can then be overridden by the vApp author as needed for the requirement of the vApp.
  • Software Defined Networking
  • Usability Enhancements
  • Snapshot functionality as a cloud consumer
  • Load balancing as part of the VCNS Gateway

All the details for the vCloud Director update can be found in this white paper >> http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/techpaper/Whats-New-VMware-vCloud-Director-51-Technical-Whitepaper.pdf

One of my key goals for 2012 is to get up to speed with vCloud Director, I have had the opportunity to use it as an end user on a number of occasions and have completed the VMworld labs but I am going to concentrate on the architecture and administration now and will blog as I learn more. 

SRM 5.1

SRM also features an incremental update adding a number of improvements, check out the blog post here for more information >> http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2012/08/srm-5-1-and-vsphere-replication-as-a-standalone-feature.html

I was really happy to see that Essentials + would now be supported with SRM, I have a number of customers who use Essentials Plus or were forced to but a higher edition just because they wanted to be able to use SRM. 

 vSphere, vCloud Director and the vCloud Suite 5.1 will be available as of September 11th 2012

Xangati StormTracker

August 22, 2012 — Leave a comment

Today Xangati have announced StormTracker the latest feature coming to their monitoring product, I was lucky enough to get a pre-release demo with Nathanael Iversen VP for Product Management at Xangati.

For those of you who aren’t aware of Xangati their monitoring product offers a realtime insight into your virtual environment by not simply just collecting the statistics from vCenter but also by being able to inspect many key network elements. It also has PVR like functionality allowing you to capture what is going on during key points during the day or when an alarm was raised, this means you can go back in time and look at exactly what was happening.

See the video below to give you an overview of their VI dashboard, it is a little old now but will give you a good flavour.

The new StormTracker adds further intelligence to their product allowing live performance storms to be detected and the route cause to be pinpointed with a simple easy to use UI, this new functionality is being added to their Management Dashboard Suite as well their free 1 host version at no extra cost to customers.

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The view above shows the StormTracker view inside the product, each of the clouds shown are representing ESX hosts and their virtual machines followed by the data stores, network interfaces and finally the applications, we can see that the darker clouds are indicating some kind of performance storm is apparent at that level, severity is then marked by the darkness of the cloud. By clicking down through the storms we are quickly and easily able to get to the route cause with a clear explanation of the problem and how we should look to rectify it. This level of intelligence in the product is something I am really pleased to see, the Xanagati dashboard collects such a large amount of data that often trying to pinpoint the route cause yourself can take time, but with the new StormTracker functionality Nathaneal was able to show me that within 4 clicks we had found the storm, tracked the route cause and the StormTracker was even suggesting some remedial actions for us.

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Xanagti will be demonstrating this new functionality at VMworld in San Francisco and it will be ready for public release on the 30th September, I am really looking forward to putting it to action and seeing how good it actually works.

For more information be sure to check out Xangati’s site here >> http://xangati.com

I am pleased to report that after 18 months work the VMware View book I have been working with alongside co-author Mike Laverick has now been released.

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I originally embarked on this project after Mike Laverick released his original View 4.5 authors edition manuscript, Mike was looking for someone to update it to View 4.6 whilst he was working on his SRM book, being up for a challenge I volunteered having never attempted to write a book before. Back then I never thought a year and a half later we would just be finishing.

This was for a number of reasons, initially my home lab was a big weakness when trying to run multiple desktops, causing many problems, after many upgrades I was finally in a lot better position to complete the content. Secondly trying to write a technical book and beat the manufacturers release schedule proved very difficult, with the View 4.6 book quick turning into a View 5.0 book and finally View 5.1, each time there was a new release the whole content of the book needed reviewing, each procedure recreating, screenshots retaking etc. Thirdly Mike and I had a very good catchup at VMworld Europe last year to discuss the book and agreed to add a lot more content than the previous manuscript contained, the result of this is a 188 page manuscript has now turned into a 559 page book, the final book also contains many other end user computing technologies such as ThinApp, Horizon Application Manager and ThinApp Factory. Lastly I have to thank my ever patient wife Laura as not only have I been working on the book with Mike over the last year and half, I have got married and moved house, this teamed by only being able to work on the book in my evenings and weekends meant progress wasn’t as quick as I would have liked to at times and Laura was very understanding allowing me to prioritise the book on a number of occasions.

Anyway excuses over I have to thank Mike Laverick for giving me the opportunity of working with him on this project, it has certainly opened my eyes to the work involved in creating a technical book, Mike was certainly good at getting me to refocus, I think for both of us if it was an individual project we may have let it goto the wayside at some point.

We’d both like to take this opportunity to thank everyone one who has assisted in bringing this text to the Community.

From VMware would like to thank – Spencer Pitts, Peter von Oven, Peter Björk, Christoph Harding and Matthew Northam. Additionally I would like to thank Aaron Black, Jared Cook, Alejandro Guzman, Alan LaMielle and Deam Flaming who helped greatly with the ThinApp Factory and Horizon Application Manager chapters.

We would also like to thank Paul Pindel of F5 Networks, Andrei Valentin of BitDefender and Elcio Mello of Teradici.

Finally, we would like to thank all the people in the vExperts Community and elsewhere who assisted in the review process including: Duco Jaspars, Gabrie Van Zantan, Chris Mohn, Jonathan Medd, Rick Al Eqesem, Bas Raayman, Jane Rimmer, Stu McHugh, Ivo Beerens, Chris Deardon, Bilal Hashmi, James Bowling, Brian Jordon, Shane Williford, Andrew Hancock, Brian Suhr, Alex Muetstege, Dan Berkowitz, Matt Murray, Ryan Makamson, Julian Wood, Tim Myers, Matthew Northam, Alan Renouf, Michael Letschin and Kong L. Yang.

As special thanks goes to  Christian Mohn who wrote the forward to the book.

Due to time restraints mainly on my side we decided we wanted to self publish rather than take up an offer from a publisher, so for now the book is only available from LULU, to either be downloaded or as a hardcopy , with all royalties going to UNICEF as a charitable donation after 1 year. When I originally purchased Mike’s authors edition manuscript this was largely because he was donating the money to charity as well as the content, so when Mike asked me if I was happy to do this again I was more than happy to continue in this vein.

As Mike is taking up a new role this is going to be his last book in a while, but when View .next appears I maybe looking for help from the community to upgrade the content to the new version. Mike and I have had numerous conversations about the book writing process and both agree that some kind of online community project maybe the way we want to take this kind of content, this will allow us to speed up the process and keep ahead of the curve of the technology. With the frequency of updates in the industry today printed material becomes very quickly outdated, so an online version of some kind seems to make sense, I will be looking into ways of doing this over the coming months.

Lastly from me, the experience has certainly been an eye opener, I am looking forward to having at least a couple of months off from book work to catchup with some DIY on the new house and also put some focus back onto my blog and podcast. But I can definitely see me tackling something like this again, I did find the process of reviewing someone else’s work, trying to recreate exactly and up date a difficult task and very time consuming but creating the new content was very enjoyable and actually a lot quicker than the chapters that needed updating. So maybe the correct answer would have been to start from scratch with only the headers to work from.

If you would like to download an electronic please head over to LULU at the link below. The hard copy should be available in a few weeks

Veeam Fast SCP has been part of many virtualisation engineers / administrators toolkits for quite some time, however updates on it have been a little scarce in recent times. On Monday Veeam announced Veeam Backup Free Edition replacing the Veeam Fast SCP Product.

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With a typical Veeam countdown clock Veeam announced the free edition of their backup product with a new feature called Veeam ZIP. Veeam ZIP allows administrators to be able to select a VM from the vCenter tree view inside Veeam Backup Free Edition and choose to ZIP it up to their local machine using Veeam’s compression algorithms into a .VBK file.  Of course the free version is limited to allow only one time backups of VM’s using Veeam ZIP and doesn’t include a scheduling engine of any of the other advanced feature seen in the full product.

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Veeam Backup Free Edition wasn’t the only release on Monday with the new GUI used with the free product also appearing in Veeam Backup and Replication 6.1. Veeam have used Microsoft UX (User Experience) Guidelines to clean up the view and split of the sections of the product with a new ribbon and tabbed menu to the right.

 

Also for any Microsoft Hyper-V users out there Veeam have taken the much loved Instant Recovery Feature previously only available for VMware to now also be available for Hyper-V backups.

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To download Veeam Backup Free edition please head over to Veeam’s site here >> http://www.veeam.com/virtual-machine-backup-solution-free.html

I’m really liking the new Veeam ZIP feature in both the new free and paid for versions as being able to take a one time backup of a VM without needing to create a dedicated job can be useful for many reasons, such as prior to upgrading a VM or prior to retiring and deleting a VM. I hope in the future we may see a vCenter plugin that either a. allows us to Veeam ZIP the VM to our local machine or more interestingly for me b. Allowing you to directly Veeam ZIP a VM to you Backup Repository.

Today VMware EUC have announced not only VMware View 5.1 but many of the much anticipated EUC products including Horizon Application Manager, vCenter Operations Manager for View and Project Octopus!

Over the last year VMware have been teasing us with information on their continued vision for End User Computing and todays announcements start bringing those visions to reality.

VMware View 5.1

One of the most exciting new features for me in this new release is the VMware View Storage Accelerator, the storage requirements for View and any type of VDI can be an issue for any deployment but probably most relevantly for SMB’s. With the Storage Accelerator up to 2GB of RAM in each of your VDI hosts is used to accelerate the most commonly used storage blocks, meaning there can be up to a massive 80% reduction in peaks IOPS required from the storage device. 

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I can’t wait to see this live in some of my customers environments to see what reductions in IO we see after we enable storage acceleration.

This isn’t the only new feature, USB support has been greatly enhanced, RADIUS is supported for greater second form factor authentication support and a number of other features have been enhanced or introduced to further allow greater scale with View, these include user interface response times, allowing View Composer to be installed on a separate server to the vCenter and a further optimised PCoIP protocol.

 

VMware Horizon Application Manager 1.5

For the first time VMware Horizon Application Manger is available internationally and not just in the US and it  can now be installed on premise with a simple new virtual appliance format. For me this is one of the products I have been waiting for, I think the enterprise application store is going to be an important change in the way we are delivering applications to our end users and Horizon answers two of the most common ways I see applications being consumed moving forward. Horizon Application Manager 1.5 not only allows us to distribute ThinApps to our users but also allows us to manage the provisioning and authentication of cloud based applications that we are starting to see increasingly more common within everyday life as well as within the enterprise. 

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I had a chance to play with distributing ThinApps via Horizon Application Manager at VMworld last year and I was very impressed, I have been waiting for a VMware mechanism to distribute ThinApps for some time, for me distributing them via View has never gelled well with me, but the way Horizon Application Manager allows you to do it in the style of an Enterprise Application store I think works really well. At present I am waiting for more information on licensing for this, I understand it is going to ship with ThinApp licences as standard, I want to understand how existing ThinApp customers would be able to purchase App Manager without having to buy more licenses.

 

VMware vCenter Operations Manager for View

I am a big fan of VMware vCenter Operations Manager and I am pleased to see that a VDI specific version is now being released, which is specifically geared around the VDI workloads and includes elements like PCoIP bandwidth utilisation. This is probably the product I have had the least amount of exposure to thus far as I haven’t been part of the beta for this product, for this reason I will reserve judgement till later. Having said that I think when monitoring end user workloads their are a number of metrics that you need to know below the infrastructure layer itself, such as logon times and application load times, these tend to be the elements that users will notice the most, I also want to be alerted to crashing applications etc, I have had good experience with products like LiquidWare Labs Stratusphere UX for these reasons. It will be interesting to see how vCenter Operations Manager for View compares to their product.

 

VMware Project Octopus Beta

I have been a big user of Dropbox for a long time now so fully understand the passion end users have for wanting to use this in their work lives as well as personal lives, but in my position as a consultant I can also fully understand the risks to a business and the difficulties an IT manager has over being able to administer, manage and police such an application in the workplace. When I heard about Project Octopus last year I really wanted to get my hands on it and see how good it was! Project Octopus is exactly what you would expect from a corporate DropBox alternative, it is an on premise, file sharing solutions with multiple end point device support. The IT department are in control of external sharing, file retention, versioning and quota’s via policies, the end users can store their files in their Octopus folder much like their DropBox folder, there is then a web interface, Windows and Mac clients and IOS and Android clients. I have been impressed with what I have seen so far from this product and I cant wait to see how it is developed before release. I would love granular controls to be able to manage the types of files being synced as I don’t want to be syncing my users personal MP3’s and Movie collection on my shared storage, the Octopus server is also a Linux virtual appliance so I need to understand backup and recovery of individual files a lot better moving forward. This is also a space that is starting to become very crowded very quickly with Microsoft’s SkyDrive, Google Drive and maybe more relevantly on premise solutions like RES Software’s HyperDrive and Citrix’s Sharefile, so it is going to be interesting to see who comes out on top, if indeed Dropbox doesn’t have something up their sleeves to meet these corporate requirements.

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Release Dates and More Information

VMware states that they expect these products will be available in the 2nd quarter of 2012 so watch out for more information. VMware are also running an online conference covering the end user computing announcements tomorrow, to register please view their website here >> https://event.on24.com/eventRegistration/EventLobbyServlet?target=registration.jsp&eventid=450929&sessionid=1&key=66DC78E604772289A3EC818E9C7FD1E0&partnerref=W_EUC&sourcepage=register

To view the whole announcement visit VMware’s website here >> http://www.vmware.com/company/news/releases/vmw-euc-portfolio-05-02-12.html

It’s that time again for the vSphere-Land.com (Eric Siebert’s) Top Blogs voting to begin. This year their are also special categories to distinguish certain types of blog. The vote should be judged on the following criteria.

  • Longevity – Anyone can start a blog but it requires dedication, time & effort to keep it going. Some bloggers start a blog only to have it fall to the wayside several months later. Things always come up in life but the good bloggers keep going regardless of what is happening in their life.
  • Length – It’s easy to make a quick blog post without much content, nothing wrong with this as long as you have good content in the post that people will enjoy. But some bloggers post pretty long detailed posts which takes a lot of time and effort to produce. The tip of the hat goes to these guys that burn the midnight oil trying to get you some great detailed information.
  • Frequency – Some bloggers post several times a week which provides readers with lots of content. This requires a lot of effort as bloggers have to come up with more content ideas to write about. Frequency ties into length, some do high frequency/low length, some do low frequency/high length, some do both. They’re all good and require a lot of time and effort on the bloggers part.
  • Quality – It all comes down to whats in the blog post regardless of how often or how long the blog posts are. After reading a blog post if you come away with learning something that you did not previously know and it benefits you in some way then you know you are reading a quality post. Good quality is usually the result of original content, its easy to re-hash something previously published elsewhere, the good bloggers come up with unique content or put their own unique spin on popular topics.

Obviously I would ask everyone to vote for their favourite bloggers and of course if you follow my blog or listen to the Hands On Virtualization podcast I would appreciate your vote. Some of my favourite blogs that I will be voting for include Alan Renouf http://virtu-al.net and Jonathan Medd http://www.jonathanmedd.net/

To place your vote please visit vSphere-Land.com for the full information http://vsphere-land.com/news/voting-now-open-for-the-top-vmware-virtualization-blogs.html

Please note there is only 1 vote per IP address, if you start the survey you must finish or your IP is blocked.

Recently I had the need to import an OVF into VMware Fusion, I was suprised to find this wasn’t a feature of Fusion (At least the version I am running) after a quick Google search on the subject I found VMware has a tool called, OVF Tool, the tool can be downloaded from here >> http://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/server/vsphere/automationtools/ovf and can be used with Windows, Mac OSX and Linux.

Once you have downloaded the tool you are able to run the .pkg file to install it to your Mac, by default it will appear in your applications folder but be aware this is a command line tool and isn’t of much use in there.

To convert your virtual machine simply jump to a terminal window, call the OVF tool and point it to firstly the OVF and secondly where you wish the VM to be created as per the example below

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Maybe not as easy as a simple import option in Fusion would be but never less it got the job done in very little time.

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VMware Boomerang Fling

December 18, 2011 — 1 Comment

Once ever now and then you come across a small application that helps save you time and make your life a little easier, whilst browsing VMware’s Fling website yesterday I came across the Boomerang Fling. The Fling’s website is a place for VMware engineers to work on pet projects in their own time. A number of features that have started off as flings have subsequently made it into the product itself. The Boomerang fling was developed by Adam Gross who works for VMware Enterprise Desktop group, this fling is a simple client for vSphere that takes up minimal space and allows you quick an easy access to your favourite VM’s

Once downloaded from here >> http://labs.vmware.com/flings/boomerang

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Boomerang is simply installed and ready to get going in seconds, when loading Boomerang sits by the clock on the task bar and is represented by a Green and Yellow square. First of all you will need to configure Boomerang to connect to your vCenter, to configure you vCenter choose “Add Servers” from the bottom of the Boomerang screen

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From here you simply input the hostname of your vCenter or standalone host and enter your credentials, you can optionally choose to store the credentials for future connections.

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One of the great things about this little program is that you can actually connect to multiple hosts or VC’s at once.

Once connected to your vCenter or host you will see a list of your virtual machines and can choose to favourite the ones you use most often.

imageWhen you select a virtual machine you are able to perform the power management options or alternatively connect to the console of the machine using the VMware Remote Console.

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When you don’t need the full vSphere client open but need to quick access to your VM’s this application certainly helps, I have found it really useful whilst writing the VMware View book to allow me to quickly and easily move around the virtual machines.

The much anticipated release of Veeam Backup and Replication V6 was released yesterday bringing a wealth of new features and many improvements for existing users.

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Some of the biggest new features and improvements are as follows

  • New distributed architecture
  • Hyper-V Support
  • One Click File Restore
  • Massive Replication Enhancements

To get the full low down on what is new in V6 check of this PDF >> Click Here

Distributed Architecture

With the new distributed architecture their are new roles that can be split away from the backup server to help you distribute the various tasks of the backup, they then use intelligent load balancing to help ensure you get the most out of your available resource.

The roles are as follows

Proxy Servers – The proxy server acts as a data mover unlike the full backup server they don’t require a dedicated SQL database and only a few light wait components need to be installed

Backup Repositories – The backup repositories decouple the backup target information from the backup jobs

Windows Smart Target – A windows target agent can be installed to Windows based target to provide the most efficient backup across networks with added traffic compression and updating of synthetic backups locally on the backup target

All the relevant components can be installed remotely from the Veeam server and also all future updates can be managed and installed from the Veeam server.

Hyper-V Support

With the new Hyper-V support Veeam is now able to offer multi hypervisor support from a single management console

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Replication Enhancements

One of the most popular features of Veeam Backup and Replication has been the replication feature but if you were replicating over a high speed link some found the performance wasn’t as good as they were expecting. With the new V6 release Veeam are now seeing up to a 10x performance increase. Not only this but there are also numerous new features such as seeding from a backup job and the ability to Re-IP a VM when you failover functionality that we have only ever seen in products such as VMware SRM previously.

Conclusion

This latest version of Veeam Backup and Replication not only see’s the usual new features but a complete design change in the way we can use Veeam in larger organisation while still being able to work in the traditional non distributed manner for smaller customer. With the new features available Veeam has further secured it’s place as the must have backup solution for your virtualised environment. Unfortunately we will need to continue to use other legacy products for our physical servers but maybe that is the reason on it own we need to be pushing towards 100% virtualisation. I will be digging deeper into the product over the coming weeks and hope to do some more in-depth blog posts soon. V6 is already running in my home lab at the moment and I have been really impressed by what I have seen so far.

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Installing in my home lab

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Highlighted is the new bottleneck detection within the job information screen, as you can see in my home lab the bottleneck is my target storage (Maybe thats an excuse for an upgrade!)

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The new add server screen for the virtualisation hosts and the smart targets

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The updated backup and replication console

 

 

 

My appologese for the delay with this post, things have been a little manic since I got back from VMworld Europe, I have previously blogged about my experience of the first 3 days at VMworld Europe. The 4th and final day for me started with Paul Maritz’s keynote.

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The keynote started with three of VMware’s customers presenting their uses of VMware’s products, first on stage were Ducati talking about their server virtualisation, Ducati are now approximatly 97% virtualised and all ontop of VMware.

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Next on stage were NYSE Euronet, describing how they were building a private Cloud for their customers, the cloud that they are builing uses a dedicated worldwide network for their industry and doesnt touch the internet.

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The final customer on stage was SAP, SAP started virtualising some 10 years ago, they now have over 25,000 virtual machines and 1000 ESX hosts. Over 80% of new server are built as VM’s (I wonder what the restriction is that stops this being nearer 100%?)

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Next on stage it was Paul Maritz, Paul took us on a journey throigh the cloud era, starting with the mainframe. Paul’s first job in the IT indusrty was working with a mainframe in London.

 

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Paul went on to explain how VMware are working on a complete suite for operational effciency at the infrastructure level, they have a product in every area now and are working on maturing these products as we have seen through VMworld.

Finally Paul talked about the reveloution of the end user, explaining that the consumer industry was now dictating the devices that users hold in their hands and now business. VMware are working towards any application, any device, anywhere, anytime.

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I enjoyed the keynote and although a lot of it had been heard before in some form it is always good to hear it in person from the industry leaders.

The most of the remainder of my day was spent in the labs and Solution Exchange.

The first lab I sat was building a hybrid cloud, this was a really good insight for me into vCloud Director and how it is working behind the scenes.

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Next was deploying vCloud Director with Nexus 1000V, for me I looked to take this lab to get some experience with the Nexus 1000V to which I wasnt disappointed, although it has highlighted that I want to get this setup from scratch in my home lab. The lab didn’t start from scratch, in that aspect the 1000V was already installed.

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Next I wanted to sit one of the labs that was completly out of my comfort zone, so I chose Exploring your core email and collaboration services migration, this lab covered migrating users from Exchange to Zimbra, I have never been heavily involved with Exchange (More Domino in the past) so this was really a completly new topic for me, I was pleased to see how easy it was to migrate from Exchange to Zimbra with the built in tools. It was also a good oppertunutity for me to have a look around Zimbra and I wasnt disapointed, I will be interested to find out more about Zimbra in my home lab.

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My final lab before the labs closed was controlling SaaS and Web Application with Secure Access to Your Cloud Applications, this covered Horizon App Manager amongst other techniques, having sat this lab I cant wait for Horizon App Manager to be avaialable in the UK, it was a very easy way to be able to manage the distribution of your ThinApp packages and integration with SaaS providors for single sign on is growing to be a must have service for business.

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Once the labs were closed I spent the remainder of the afternoon in the solution Exchange visiting vendors I hadn’t spoken too and speaking to various people on the VMware stand about vSphere 5, View and the new products coming from the Shavlik aqcuasition.

This bought to an end my first ever VMworld experience and I thoughly enjoyed it, I didnt get to attend as many sessions as I would have liked but I will look forward to catching up what I have missed out on when the sessions are available. Copenhagen was a fantastic location for VMworld and I hope I get to attend next year in Barcelona. I feel in my possition within a reseller being part of leading my company in the right direction and speaking to my customers about the benefits of the various products and what is happening in the industry this event is a must.

My main role post VMworld is to research the technologies that impressed me, ensure that what I learned during VMworld is put to use not just by myself but my other collegues. My company is hosting a number of customer seminars and my role is to present what happened at VMworld and what direction VMware are heading in as well as building a mobile enviroment to support the seminar on tour.

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I will leave you with a few photos I took from my journey to Copenhagen for VMworld Europe 2011

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