Update: NetApp SRA 1.4.3 Reported Issue with VMware SRM

NetAppAlright Folks, here is the official update on the previously reported issue with the NetApp SRA 1.4.3 and VMware SRM post. Here are actual facts as of why VMware took down the SRA bits down from their download site. Again thanks to LarryT from NetApp for replaying to the original post from last week, and shedding some light on the situation, and also thanks to Michael White from VMware for the update.
The NetApp SRM SRA 1.4.3 is now available again. It turns out VMware pulled the SRA bits from the download site due to an install / configuration issue, and NOT an operational one.  The NetApp SRM SRA 1.4.3 back and it is available for download.  It is a small issue for NFS users.  If you are a NetApp partner, and need more info, you should be able to search the knowledgebase for KB article KB58002.  You’ll need your NetApp partner login to gain access to the information provided on listed link. There will be an update in the near future to avoid the issue completely, but the KB article has an easy workaround.

Error: Network device needed by recovered virtual machine could not be found at recovery or test time

This issue is also impacts IBM N Series SRA. The error listed above is what you will experience if you protect virtual machines that are using distributed virtual switches and try to recovery them.  This issue will be fixed in the next patch, and the next release of SRM. You can talk to VMware GSS for a patch if you need one.  It will only be provided by request, and is available now.  I should mention that there is a small  cosmetic issue connected with this problem that is in vCenter Server, and it will only be fixed in Update 2 of vCenter Server, but will not stop a successful failover.

Punching Clouds VMworld 2010 Presentations

VMworld 2010VMworld 2010 is going to be loaded with an incredibly interesting amount of presentations. This year there many new things planned, but this year VMworld is bringing something truly special… the virtualization’s dynamic duo, the Chips (TV Show) of virtualization, the John & Ponch of virtualization, AKA Chris McCain, and I (being funny).  We have a couple of interesting topics for VMworld, and now that the VMworld sessions are now available for public voting, go and check all the sessions out and what’s going to be possibly available this years,  and vote for ours if you want to see them at VMworld 2010. We’ve submitted the following session:

VMworld 2010 Session:

Private Cloud – Business Continuity Section

Exploring the vSphere 4 Business Continuity Spectrum

Session Id: BC7521

This session will explore all of the business continuity options available within a vSphere 4 virtual infrastructure. The session will define the various types of data tragedies that can occur and how to plan and react to these events. Attendees will learn how to apply defined Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs) and Recovery Time Objectives (RTOs) to the various vSphere 4 business continuity features.

Technology and Architecture Session

Breaking Down the Distributed Virtual Switch Starring the Nexus 1000v

Session Id: TA7523

This session will break down the components of the distributed virtual switch. Attendees will learn how to implement and manage a DVS including a look at implementing the Cisco Nexus 1000v. Topics covered will include VLANs, PVLANs, DVS security, and granular DVS port management.

Virtualization 101 Section

Managing vCenter Server Certificates

Session Id: V17522

This session will detail certificate management for vCenter Server. Attendees will learn how to implement a trusted Public Key Infrastructure using Microsoft Active Directory Certificate Services along with the steps to allow vCenter to use self-issued certificates.

We’ll also be around to discuss some of the punching topics about the vSphere Resource Kit , and some other cool projects. Check out Chris’s blog, which is yet another dynamic duo creation. Hopefully we will see you all at VMworld 2010.

NetApp SRA 1.4.3 Reported Issue with VMware SRM

NetAppHead’s up Folks, here is a bit of useful information for all VMware SRM, and NetApp customers. I’ve been informed about a very serious issue that was detected with the NetApp SRA 1.4.3. As a result of this issue VMware has pulled that version of the SRA from their download site so that customers are not able to download that version of the NetApp SRA in order to protect them from possible failures with BC/DR scenarios. At the current time it’s recommended not to use that version of the NetApp SRA until the issue is corrected, and given a green light for usage by VMware, and NetApp.  At the current I don’t have any details on what the actual issues is, so if any you guys know of anything please post some feed back.

In the mean time it is recommended to use the previous version of the SAN or NFS SRA. I will post updates when things change. Thanks to Michael White from VMware for the heads up on this issue.

New VMware Application Virtualization Class

ThinApp Class

Ok Folks, I’m finally back! I been kind a busy lately, and haven’t been able to get post some new material and for some time even the site was down due to some database issues. Now for those of you that are system administrators, application administrators, and/or solutions architects with interest in the VDI,  and application virtualization environments with VMware View, and ThinApp, VMware just release training to satisfy your hunger. The new class Application Virtualization with ThinApp is a one day instructor led training with over 60% of the class focus on hands on labs. The course is targeted for administrators with the skills to virtualize Windows applications with VMware ThinApp application.

The Course objectives are to get the attendees to understand the operations major components, and architecture of ThinApp. This will provide knowledge on how to modify Package.ini parameters to increase the variety and complexity of virtualized applications. Make use of the Application Link to dynamically link application components such as Microsoft.NET to multiple applications, and Application Sync to update applications deployed from centralized servers. The class is not targeted for total rookies as there is a certain level of knowledge required on VMware View, and ThinApp. Take a look at the VMware Education site for more detain information.

Application Virtualization with ThinApp Course Outline

VMware ThinApp Architecture

  • Architecture that supports a virtualized application
  • Relationships between the ThinApp runtime, the virtual file system and the virtual registry

Packaging Applications

  • Capturing and virtualizing an application

Modify Package.ini Parameters

  • entry point, access control, and isolation parameters
  • the sandbox folder and the sbmerge.exe utility

Building Applications with Application Link

  • Application Link features
  • Application Link parameters in the Package.ini file

Deploying and Updating Applications

  • EXE files versus MSI files for local application deployment
  • Streaming applications from servers
  • Using the versioning model to update applications
  • Using Application Sync to update applications

Performance and Troubleshooting

  • Performance considerations
  • Troubleshooting ThinApp packages

I can tell you all that there is a great deal of focus on VDI, and application virtualization and getting it done right will drive the use and stability of your deployments. If you use VMware View and ThinApp or were considering them as a possible or future solution,  one day of training on the material wont hurt.