EMC PowerPath/VE – Installation with VUM

In this post I will describe how to install PowerPath/VE on a ESXi 5.0 host using the VMware Update manager. Also I will show how to verify the installation with a tool provided by EMC. 1.) Download the latest build of PowerPath/VE from your EMC Powerlink account. After you logged into Powerlink follow this menu-path: […]

VMware announced vExperts 2012

VMware just announced the list of vExperts 2012! You can find a list of all names here. Because of the large numbers of applications VMware will add may some names durring the next weeks. Congratulations to all who had made it and thanks for you effort and work to support the community!

Signed up for VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.0]

I just signed up for the new official VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.0] course. After searching for some weeks I gladly found a course here in Germany taking place in May. The first time I requested this course at our distributor last month, they wanted to send me to South Africa […]

VMUG – Germany South: Meeting on April 24th 2012

I just got an invitation to the upcoming Germany South VMUG meeting, which taking place on April 24th in Stuttgart. Meeting Agenda 9:00 Begrüßung – Patrick Häfner, VMUG Leader Germany South 9:30 VMUG News & Quartals-Video – Patrick Häfner, VMUG Leader Germany South 10:00 Optimierung von VMware View mit RES Workspace Manager 11:00 Kaffeepause 11:30 […]

VAAI status “Unknown” on EMC array using > 2TB LUNs (Update)

Today I noticed that some new created LUNs on an EMC Clariion CX4 array stuck on the VAAI status “Unknown” below the storage configuration on vSphere 5. This was quite strange, because I was creating and adding multiple LUNs and only the 2TB LUNs (on SATA drives) seems to have this problem. All other LUNs […]

VMware Certified Professional 5 (VCP5) – Exam experience

After I attended one of the first VMware vSphere: Install, Configure & Manage [V5.0] courses in Europe last summer, I wanted to take the VCP5 exam as fast as possible. Some unanticipated events unfortunately prevented me from my plan (got really ill over months, moved into a new apartment etc.). Last week I decided to […]

New White Paper: Stretched Clusters and VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager

VMware just released a very interessting white paper about stretched clusters compared with Site Recovery Manager (SRM). I just can recommend to have a closer look at it! http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/techpaper/Stretched_Clusters_and_VMware_vCenter_Site_Recovery_Manage_USLTR_Regalix.pdf “This paper is intended to clarify concepts involved with choosing solutions for vSphere site availability, and to help understand the use cases for availability solutions for […]

vCenter Design: Why you should run it virtual …

Note: There can be still some use cases, where it makes sense to run a vCenter installation directly on a physical host. Like in all design considerations the only “correct” global answer is “It depends!” 🙂 A colleague asked me last week, if it wouldn´t be more secure to run vCenter beside the ESXi hosts on […]

Running Windows 8 (Customer Preview) on vSphere 5

After this week Microsoft released the customer preview version of it´s new Windows 8, I tried to install it on VMware vSphere 5. There are some smaller steps you need to beaware of. Note: First I tried the german version of Windows 8 (x64) and I wasn´t able to install it. Got a message (from […]

Book review: VMware vSphere 5.0 – Clustering Technical Deepdive

Some weeks ago I finished reading the book VMware vSphere 5.0 – Clustering Technical Deepdive from Duncan Epping and Frank Denneman. The book is devided into the following four parts: vSphere High Availibility, vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler, vSphere Storage DRS and Integration. To make it generalized: It covers all features and settings a cluster (inside […]