Barrier Reef: Street View taucht ab

Abtauchen mit Street View: Google hat Unterwasserbilder in sein Panoramaangebot integriert. Nutzer können virtuell an verschiedenen Stellen im Pazifik abtauchen.

Street View geht ins Wasser: Google hat Unterwasseransichten in das Angebot aufgenommen. Nutzer können virtuell vor Australien, den Philippinen und Hawaii tauchen.

Die Panoramabilder zeigen die Unterwasserwelt des Great Barrier Reef vor der Westküste Australiens, vor der Philippinen-Insel Apo sowie vor Oahu und Maui, zwei hawaiianischen Inseln. Mit dem Angebot könne jeder zum "virtuellen Jacques Cousteau werden und mit Wasserschildkröten, Fischen und Mantarochen tauchen", schreibt Brian McClendon, Bereichsleiter für Google Maps und Google Earth, im Latlong-Blog.

Die Bilder stammen nicht von Googles Fotofahrzeugen, sondern vom Catlin Seaview Survey, einem Projekt zur Erforschung der Korallenriffe. Die Forscher haben sie mit einer eigens entwickelten Kamera aufgenommen: Die SVII-Kamera zeichnet unter Wasser kontinuierlich 360-Grad-Ansichten auf.

Street View zeigt seit einiger Zeit nicht mehr nur Straßenansichten: Seit kurzem können Nutzer das Kennedy Space Center im US-Bundesstaat Florida und die Amundsen-Scott-Südpolstation über das Angebot erkunden. Außerdem können sie den Amazonas bereisen und mit der Rhätischen Bahn durch die Alpen fahren. Wer Kunst liebt, kann auch einigen renommierten Museen einen virtuellen Besuch abstatten.

iOS 6 im Test: Eine Uhr, eine Karte und kleine Macken

Apple hat iOS 6 fertiggestellt und bietet das System für iPad, iPhone und iPod Touch nun zum Download an. Im Test zeigen sich nur wenige, aber durchaus sinnvolle Neuerungen. Die neue Karten-App wird aber nur einer Zielgruppe wirklich gut gefallen.

Mit iOS 6 kommen wieder einige Neuerungen auf den Nutzer von Apples mobilen Geräten zu. Halbwegs aktuelle iPads, iPhones und iPod Touch können das System nun installieren. Gleichzeitig fällt aber nun das allererste iPad aus dem Support bei Apple heraus. Die Änderungen sind zum Teil tiefgreifend - einige betreffen alle Nutzer -, aber nicht unbedingt spektakulär.

Änderungen gibt es vor allem bei den Karten, die wir im Detail betrachten. Aber auch andere Neuerungen, die teils nicht für alle iOS-Geräte gelten, sind für den Test wichtig. Besonders beschäftigen wir uns mit der neuen Karten-App, die Google Maps zugunsten von Tom Tom ablöst. Außerdem gibt es jetzt Siri auch für das iPad 3, aber nicht für das iPad 2.

Neu ist auch die Facebook-Integration in iOS. Wir haben da allerdings erhebliche Vorbehalte. Das soziale Netzwerk Facebook ist bekannt dafür, wenig respektvoll mit persönlichen Daten umzugehen. Die Facebook-Entwickler haben nicht nur einfach ungefragt E-Mail-Adressen ausgetauscht, sondern sogar Kontaktdatenbanken verändert, was auch iOS-Nutzer betraf.

Facebook und Twitter sind jetzt sehr viel stärker ins System integriert. Bei einem Twitteraccount sieht der Nutzer etwa, was andere Freunde der Kontaktdatenbank getweetet haben. Das funktioniert sogar mit Apps: Wer andere iPhone-Nutzer mit Twitterintegration kennt, sieht entsprechende Tweets. Die Facebookintegration ermöglicht zudem, dass der Nutzer nicht nur Kontakte stärker bindet, sondern beispielsweise auch von Apps wie dem Gamecenter Spiele weiterempfehlen kann. Mit dieser systemweiten Integration dürften die Einzelintegrationen insbesondere bei Spielen weitgehend unnötig werden.

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Für Vielreisende: Mobiler WLAN-Hotspot für zehn SIM-Karten

Speziell für Vielreisende hat das finnische Unternehmen Uros mit dem Goodspeed einen mobilen WLAN-Hotspot für bis zu zehn SIM-Karten entwickelt. Den WLAN-Hotspot gibt es gleich mit SIM-Karten für sieben Länder Europas.

Der mobile WLAN-Hotspot Goodspeed von Uros eignet sich vor allem für Geschäftsreisende, die viel in Europa unterwegs sind und hohe Roaminggebühren für die Internetnutzung im Ausland umgehen wollen. Wer nicht regelmäßig das mobile Internet im europäischen Ausland benötigt, dem wird das Gerät samt regelmäßiger Monatsrate wohl zu teuer werden. Denn für den WLAN-Hotspot fallen nach der Aktivierung des Geräts monatliche Kosten von 9,90 Euro an, auch wenn das Gerät nicht genutzt wird. Diese Servicegebühr wird für Updates und die Verwaltung der SIM-Karten erhoben.

Hinzu kommen dann noch die Kosten für die Internetnutzung im jeweiligen Land, die pro Land 5,90 Euro am Tag betragen. Dabei wird dann jeweils die SIM-Karte des entsprechenden Landes verwendet. Wer dabei innerhalb eines Tages von einem Land in ein anderes reist, muss in beiden Ländern die Tagesrate von 5,90 Euro zahlen. Der Tagestarif gilt nicht grenzüberschreitend.

In Großbritannien, Irland, Luxemburg und Italien stehen dem Nutzer maximal 500 MByte Datenvolumen mit bis zu 21,1 MBit/s pro Tag zur Verfügung, danach wird die Bandbreite gedrosselt. In Finnland, der Schweiz und Deutschland gibt es ein ungedrosseltes Datenvolumen von 1 GByte mit maximal 21,1 MBit/s.

Goodspeed wird in Deutschland über Amazons Marketplace direkt vom Hersteller angeboten. Es kostet zusammen mit Versandgebühren 277,05 Euro.

Derzeit werden die sieben Länder Deutschland, Schweiz, Liechtenstein, Italien, Großbritannien, Irland und Norwegen unterstützt. Damit kann der WLAN-Hotspot in vielen Ländern Europas noch nicht eingesetzt werden. Bis Ende des Jahres sollen weitere Länder dazukommen. Besitzer eines Goodspeed sollen dann entsprechende SIM-Karten nachbestellen können.

Im Goodspeed befindet sich ein Mobilfunkmodem für die UMTS-Netze 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1.900 MHz sowie 2.100 MHz und alle vier GSM-Netze. Im HSPA-Betrieb wird eine Downloadrate von bis zu 21,1 MBit/s geboten, im Upload sind Datenraten von bis zu 5,76 MBit/s möglich. Das WLAN-Modul unterstützt Single-Band-WLAN nach 802.11b/g/n. Maximal fünf Geräte können sich an dem WLAN-Hotspot anmelden.

Das Gehäuse des Goodspeed misst 123 x 63 x 13 mm und ist damit etwa so groß wie ein aktuelles Smartphone. Auch mit einem Gewicht von 127 Gramm ist der WLAN-Hotspot so schwer wie aktuelle Mobiltelefone. Auf dem Goodspeed gibt es ein Display, das den Ladestand des Akkus anzeigt. Mit einer Akkuladung verspricht der Hersteller eine Nutzungsdauer von 8 Stunden am Stück, das könnte also halbwegs für einen Arbeitstag ausreichen.

vSphere 5.1 Link-O-Rama

Your complete guide to all the essential vSphere 5.1 links. Bookmark this page and keep checking back as it will grow as new links are added.

What’s New Links

What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.1 (Technical Paper)
What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.1 - Storage (Technical Paper)
What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.1 - Performance (Technical Paper)
What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.1 - Platform (Technical Paper)
What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.1 - Networking (Technical Paper)
What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.1 - VMware vCenter Server (Technical Paper)

Documentation Links

VMware vSphere Documentation
VMware vSphere 5.1 Release Notes
Configuration Maximums for VMware vSphere 5.1

Download Links

Download vSphere 5.1
ESXi 5.1.0 Installable
vCenter Server 5.1.0 and modules
vSphere Data Protection 5.1.0
vSphere Replication 5.1.0
vSphere Storage Appliance 5.1.0
vCenter Orchestrator Appliance 5.1.0
vCloud Networking and Security 5.1.0
vSphere Management Assistant 5.1 (vMA)
vShield Zones for vSphere 5.1
HP Custom Image for ESXi 5.1.0 GA Install CD
vSphere PowerCLI 5.1
vSphere 5.1 Virtual Disk Development Kit
vSphere CLI 5.1

AutoDeploy Links

VMware vSphere 5.1 iPXE problems with AutoDeploy (Gabe’s Virtual World)
Understanding vSphere Auto Deploy Stateless Caching and Stateful Installs (KB Article)
vSphere 5.1 - Auto Deploy Stateless Caching and Stateful Installs (VMware vSphere Blog)

ESXi Links

ESXi 5.1 Free with no vRAM limit but physical RAM limit of 32Gb (ESX Virtualization)
Power and maintenance operations in ESXi 5.1 with esxcli (Juanma’s Blog)
Host warning for ESXi Shell and SSH appear on a ESXi 5.1 host (KB Article)
VMware vSphere 5.1 Hypervisor (Free - ESXi 5.1) Limitations (TechHead)
Enabling 64-bit VMs on nested ESXi 5.1 (Virtualization Infrastructure Tips)
Having Difficulties Enabling Nested ESXi in vSphere 5.1? (Virtually Ghetto)
2gbsparse Disk Format No Longer Working On ESXi 5.1 (Virtually Ghetto)
Automating ESXi 5.1 Kickstart Tips & Tricks (Virtually Ghetto)
vSphere 5.1 - New ESXiShellInteractiveTimeOut (VMware vSphere Blog)
vSphere 5.1 - Full Admin Support for Named User Accounts (VMware vSphere Blog)
Joining vSphere Hosts to Active Directory (VMware vSphere Blog)
Identifying Non-Default Advanced & Kernel Settings Using ESXCLI 5.1 (VMware vSphere Blog)
What’s New In ESXCLI 5.1 (VMware vSphere Blog)

General Links

VMware vSphere: What’s New [V 5.1] (Free VMware eLearning Course)
Read the vSphere 5.1 Release Notes!! (Technodrone)
New in vSphere 5.1 support for five node failover clusters (The Lowercase W)
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V compared to VMware vSphere 5.1 (UP2V)

HA & DRS

Retaining resource pools when disabling VMware DRS clusters (KB Article)
What’s new in vSphere 5.1 for High Availability
(Yellow Bricks)
Limit the amount of eggs in a single basket through vSphere 5.1 DRS (Yellow Bricks)

Installing & Upgrading

Upgrade vCenter Server 5.x to vCenter Server 5.1 (Default Reasoning)
Upgrading from ESXi 5.x to ESXi 5.1 using VMware Update Manager (Default Reasoning)
VMware vCenter 5.1 Installation: Part 1 (SSO Service) (Derek Seaman)
VMware vCenter 5.1 Installation: Part 2 (Create vCenter SSL Certificate) (Derek Seaman)
VMware vCenter 5.1 Installation: Part 3 (Install SSO Service SSL Certificate) (Derek Seaman)
VMware vCenter 5.1 Installation: Part 4 (Install Inventory Service) (Derek Seaman)
VMware vCenter 5.1 Installation: Part 5 (Install Inventory Service SSL Certificate) (Derek Seaman)
VMware vCenter 5.1 Installation: Part 6 (Create vCenter and VUM Databases) (Derek Seaman)
VMware vCenter 5.1 Installation: Part 7 (Install vCenter Server) (Derek Seaman)
VMware vCenter 5.1 Installation: Part 8 (Install Web Client) (Derek Seaman)
VMware vCenter 5.1 Installation: Part 9 (Optional SSO Configuration) (Derek Seaman)
VMware vCenter 5.1 Installation: Part 10 (Create VUM DSN) (Derek Seaman)
VMware vCenter 5.1 Installation: Part 11 (Install VUM) (Derek Seaman)
VMware vCenter 5.1 Installation: Part 12 (VUM SSL Configuration) (Derek Seaman)
VMware vCenter 5.1 Installation: Part 13 (VUM Configuration) (Derek Seaman)
ESXi Free - how to upgrade to ESXi 5.1 (ESX Virtualization)
Tips for upgrading to VMware vCenter 5.1 (Ivo Beerens)
Methods of installing ESXi 5.1 (KB Article)
Methods of upgrading to ESXi 5.1 (KB Article)
Installing or upgrading to ESXi 5.1 best practices (KB Article)
Overview of upgrading from vCenter Server 5.0 to vCenter Server 5.1 (KB Article)
Methods of Upgrading to vCenter Server 5.1 (KB Article)
Methods of installing vCenter Server 5.1 (KB Article)
Installing vCenter Server 5.1 best practices (KB Article)
Upgrading to vCenter Server 5.1 best practices (KB Article)
Upgrading vCenter Server, ESX/ESXi hosts, and vShield Edge Appliances for vCloud Director 5.1 (KB Article)
Installing ESXi 5.1 using the Interactive Installation method (KBTV Video)
Installing VMware vCenter Server 5.1 using the Simple Install method (KBTV Video)
Installing ESXi 5.x in VMware Workstation (KB Article/Video)
vSphere 5.1 Generally Available - Important Upgrade Considerations (Long White Virtual Clouds)
ESXi 5.1 Upgrade fails with the error: Cannot execute upgrade script on host (Viktorious.nl)
A Pretty Cool Method of Upgrading to ESXi 5.1 (Virtually Ghetto)
How to update your (free / whitebox) ESXi server to ESXi 5.1 (VMware Front Experience)
What is SAHF and LAHF and why do I need it to install vSphere 5.1? (vSphere-land)

Licensing Links

VMware vCloud Suite Upgrade Notes (Clearpath’s Blog)
Behind vRAM - What’s VMware’s Deepest Fear?
(Double Cloud)
VMware turns attention to small businesses with vSphere 5.1 Essentials Plus (Infoworld)
vRAM eliminated on both vSphere 5.0 and 5.1 (vCritical)
Upgrade paths from vSphere editions to VMware vCloud Suite 5.1 (KB Article)
vCloud Suite per CPU licensing versus vCD/SRM/vCOPS per VM licensing (Viktorious.nl)
Killing vRAM is a backward step (Vinf.net)
Compare vSphere 5 Editions (VMware)
vCloud Suite Licensing Guide (VMware)
vSphere 5 Licensing, Pricing and Packaging (VMware)

Networking Links

vSphere 5.1 - New Features and Enhancements in Networking (ESX Virtualization)
Enabling vSphere Distributed Switch health check in the vSphere Web Client (KB Article)
Understanding vSphere 5.1 network rollback and recovery (KB Article)
Enabling or disabling LACP on an Uplink Port Group using the vSphere Web Client (KB Article)
The impact of the VXLAN overlay networks on netqueue behavior (KB Article)
Exporting/importing/restoring Distributed Switch configs using vSphere Web client (KB Article)
vCloud Director 5.1 VXLAN Configuration (Punching Clouds)
ESXi 5.1 Network Health Check with Jumbo Frames (Rickard Nobel)
ESXi 5.1 Network Health Check VLANs (Rickard Nobel)
ESXi 5.1 and BPDU Guard (Rickard Nobel)
LACP and ESXi 5.1 (Rickard Nobel)
Distributed Virtual Switch 5.1 Health Check for VLAN configuration issues (Shogan.tech)
Single Root IO Virtualization (SR-IOV) Finally in vSphere 5.1 (Stretch Cloud)
DVMirror v2 aka Port Mirroring - Closing the competition with Cisco N1KV (Stretch Cloud)
vESXi with 10Gb Ethernet Using VMXNET3 - Yes You Can!! (Technodrone)
What’s New in vSphere 5.1 - Networking (VMware vSphere Blog)
What’s New in VMware vCloud Networking and Security 5.1 (VMware vSphere Blog)
VXLAN Performance Evaluation on VMware vSphere 5.1 (VMware Technical Paper)
VMware vSphere 5.1 - Networking Rollback and Recovery (VMware TV Video)
New 5.1 Distributed Switch Features Part 1 - Network Health Check (Wahl Network)
New 5.1 Distributed Switch Features Part 2 - Configuration Backups and Rollbacks (Wahl Network)
New 5.1 Distributed Switch Features Part 3 - Port Mirror and NetFlow Enhancements (Wahl Network)
New 5.1 Distributed Switch Features Part 4 - LACP, SR-IOV, Elastic Ports, and More (Wahl Network)
vSphere 5.1 networking enhancements (Yellow Bricks)

Performance

Performance Best Practices for VMware vSphere 5.1 (VMware Technical Paper)

Scripting Links

Automating ESXi 5.1 Kickstart Tips & Tricks (Virtually Ghetto)
PowerCLI 5.1 - What’s New ?
(VMware PowerCLI Blog)
“vMotion without shared storage” API (VMware vSphere Blog)

SRM 5.1/vSphere Replication

VMware SRM 5.1 and vSphere Replication - New release - 64bit process, Application Quiescence (ESX Virtualization)
SRM 5.1 and vSphere Replication as a Standalone Feature
(VMware vSphere Blog)
Introduction to VMware vSphere Replication (VMware Technical Paper)
VMware vSphere 5.1 - Replication Recovery (VMware TV Video)
VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager: Storage Replication - Part 1 (VMware TV Video)
VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager: Storage Replication - Part 2 (VMware TV Video)
VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager: Concepts/Architecture (VMware TV Video)
VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager: Installation (VMware TV Video)
VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager: Site Pairing (VMware TV Video)
VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager: Inventory Mapping (VMware TV Video)
VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager: Protection Groups (VMware TV Video)
VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager: Creating a Recovery Plan (VMware TV Video)
VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager: Testing a Recovery Plan (VMware TV Video)
VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager: Failover (VMware TV Video)
VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager: Failback (VMware TV Video)
Back to Basics: Install, configure and use vSphere Replication (Yellow Bricks)
Can I protect my vCenter Server with vSphere Replication? (Yellow Bricks)

Storage Links

vSphere 5.1 Storage Enhancements - Part 1: VMFS-5 (Cormac Hogan.com)
vSphere 5.1 Storage Enhancements - Part 2: SE Sparse Disks (Cormac Hogan.com)
vSphere 5.1 Storage Enhancements - Part 3: vCloud Director (Cormac Hogan.com)
vSphere 5.1 Storage Enhancements - Part 4: All Paths Down (APD) (Cormac Hogan.com)
vSphere 5.1 Storage Enhancements - Part 5: Storage Protocols (Cormac Hogan.com)
vSphere 5.1 Storage Enhancements - Part 6: IODM & SSD Monitoring (CormacHogan.com)
vSphere 5.1 Storage Enhancements - Part 7: Storage vMotion (CormacHogan.com)
vSphere 5.1 Storage Enhancements - Part 8: Storage I/O Control (CormacHogan.com)
vSphere 5.1 Storage Enhancements - Part 9: Storage DRS (CormacHogan.com)
vSphere 5.1 Storage Enhancements - Part 10: 5 Node MSCS Support (CormacHogan.com)
vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA) 5.1 new features and enhancements (ESX Virtualization)
Storage DRS datastore correlation detector (Frank Denneman)
vSphere 5.1 storage vMotion parallel disk migrations (Frank Denneman)
Storage DRS datastore cluster default affinity rule (Frank Denneman)
VM Storage Profiles and Storage DRS - Part 1 (Frank Denneman)
VM Storage Profiles and Storage DRS - Part 2 - Distributed VMs (Frank Denneman)
VCSA 5.1- Deployment and upgrade (Juanma’s Blog)
Booting ESXi with Software FCoE (KB Article)
iSCSI and Jumbo Frames configuration on ESX/ESXi (KB Article)
vSphere 5.1 vCenter Virtual Appliance and vSphere Web Client Video Tutorial Series (Kendrick Coleman)
Space-Efficient Sparse Virtual Disks and VMware View (MyVirtualCloud.net)
vSphere 5.1 storage enhancements and future vision (Ray On Storage)
Storage Changes in VMware vSphere 5.1 (Stephen Foskett)
VMware VSA 5.1 - Entry level Virtual Storage Appliance (vInfrastructure Blog)
VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast #203 - What’s New in vSphere 5.1 Storage (VMTN - MP3 Recording)
vSphere 5.1 New Storage Features (VMware vSphere Blog)
New Features of the vSphere Storage Appliance version 5.1 (VMware vSphere Blog)
Storage I/O Performance on VMware vSphere 5.1 over 16 Gigabit Fibre Channel (VMware Technical Paper)
vSphere 5.1 All Paths Down (APD) enhancements (Yellow Bricks)

vCenter Server Links

Tweaking Java.exe memory usage on vCenter Server 5.1 (Default Reasoning)
vSphere 5.1 and New VMware Enhanced vMotion
(ESX Virtualization)
vSphere 5.1 vMotion deepdive (Frank Denneman)
Where is my new vMotion functionality? (Frank Denneman)
vCenter Server 5.1 start up may take longer than previous versions (KB Article)
vCenter Server Services hang on startup after upgrading to vCenter Server 5.1 (KB Article)
Enhanced vMotion / X-vMotion / shared nothing vMotion live demo [video] (Shogan.tech)
VMware Converter 5 not compatible with vSphere 5.1? (Viktorious.nl)
VMware vCenter Server 5.1 Database Performance Improvements and Best Practices for Large-Scale Environments (VMware Technical Paper)
VMware vSphere 5.1 vMotion Architecture, Performance and Best Practices (VMware Technical Paper)
Command-Line Installation and Upgrade of VMware vCenter Server 5.1 (VMware Technical Paper)
vMotion without shared storage requirement, does it have a name? (VMware vSphere Blog)
vMotion enhancement in vSphere 5.1 (Yellow Bricks)

vCenter Server Single Sign-On

Adding AD authentication to VMware SSO 5.1 (Gabe’s Virtual World)
vSphere 5.1 Gotcha with Single Sign On (SSO) (Long White Virtual Clouds)
Comparing behaviour of vCenter Single Sign On with earlier versions of vCenter Server (KB Article)
vCenter Single Sign On FAQ (KB Article)
Installing vCenter Single Sign On in a multisite deployment (KB Article)
Setting up Apache load balancing software with vCenter Single Sign On (KB Article)
Configuring vCenter Single Sign On for high availability (KB Article)
Troubleshooting Single Sign On (SSO) issues in vCenter Server 5.1 (KB Article)
Troubleshooting Single Sign On on a Windows Installation (KB Article)
Understanding and troubleshooting vCenter Single Sign-On users, groups, and login qualifications (KB Article)
Backup and restore the vCenter Single Sign On (SSO) configuration (KB Article)
VMware vCenter 5.1 SSO Installation Error 29133: Administrator login Error (Valco Labs)
vCenter SSO 5.1 Install Issues (VMwise)
vCenter SSO Config + Multiple Domains (VMwise)
vCenter SSO + Active Directory (VMwise)
How vCenter Single Sign On Affects vCenter Server Installation and Upgrades (vSphere 5.1 Docs)
How vCenter Single Sign On Deployment Scenarios Affect Log In Behavior (vSphere 5.1 Docs)
vCenter Single Sign-On Part 1: what is vCenter Single Sign-On? (VMware vSphere Blog)
vCenter Single Sign On: Understanding the Administrators role (VMwareTechPubs Video)
vCenter Single Sign On: Managing Users (VMwareTechPubs Video)
vCenter Single Sign On in the vSphere Web Client (VMwareTechPubs Video)

vCloud Director 5.1

vCloud Director 5.1 released - what’s new (ESX Virtualization)
VMware vCloud 5.1 Networking for dummies (Gabe’s Virtual World)
VMware vCloud 5.1 Networking for dummies part 2 (Gabe’s Virtual World)
VMware vCloud 5.1 Networking for dummies part 3 (Gabe’s Virtual World)
Making a vCloud multi VM vApp template (Gabe’s Virtual World)
Design Considerations for vShield Edge Gateway HA feature in vCloud 5.1 (Punching Clouds)
Network port requirements for vCloud Director 5.1 (KB Article)
Installing vCloud Director 5.1 best practices (KB Article)
Upgrading to vCloud Director 5.1 best practices (KB Article)
Installing and configuring a vCloud Director 5.1 database (KB Article)
Supported web browsers in vCloud Director 5.1 (KB Article)
Supported guest operating systems in vCloud Director 5.1 (KB Article)
Upgrading From vCloud Director 1.5 to 5.1 (Shiplett.org)
vCloud Director 5.1 Introduces “Open in vSphere Web Client” & Task Correlation (Virtually Ghetto)
vCloud Director 5.1 Virtual Appliance Passwords (VMware vSphere Blog)
Announcing VMware vCloud Director 5.1! (VMware vSphere Blog)
What’s New In vCloud 5.1 API (VMware vSphere Blog)
vCloud Director SAML/SSO FAIL OMG (vSential)

Virtual Machine

VMware vSphere 5.1 - Virtual Hardware Version 9 (ESX Virtualization)

vShield

Installing vShield 5.1 best practices (KB Article)
Upgrading to vShield 5.1 best practices (KB Article)
Accessing and using the vShield 5.1 REST API (KB Article)
Hardening vShield 5.1 virtual appliances (KB Article)
VXLAN support in vShield Manager (KB Article)
After upgrading to vSphere 5.1 vShield Endpoint stops functioning (KB Article)
Kernel Panic in vShield Manager after Upgrade to 5.1 (Long White Clouds)
ALERT: Full disk on vShield Edge 5.1.x fails with error: VIX_E_DISK_FULL ERROR (VMware Support Insider)

vSphere 5.1 Evaluation Videos

Auto Deploy Stateless Caching
Auto Deploy Stateful Install
Auto Deploy Stateless Mode
Enhanced vMotion
Replication - Protection
Replication - Recovery
Replication - Network Health Check
Network Rollback and Recovery
Network Config Backup and Restore
vSphere Data Protection - Install and Configure
vSphere Data Protection - File Level Restore
vSphere Data Protection - Create and Edit Backup jobs
VSA 5.1 - Installation
VSA 5.1 - ROBO environments
VSA 5.1 - Resilience
VSA 5.1 - Growing Storage

vSphere Data Protection

vSphere Data Protection - a new backup product included with vSphere 5.1 (ESX Virtualization)
VMware vSphere 5.1 Video - VDP, VR - look and feel (ESX Virtualization)
vSphere Data Protection (VDP) - install, configure, manage (ESX Virtualization)
vSphere Data Protection (VDP) - backup and master (ESX Virtualization)
vSphere Data Protection (VDP) - restore operations (ESX Virtualization)
Implementing vSphere Data Protection (VDP) tips (Ivobeerens.nl)
VMware Data Protection (VDP) FAQ (KB Article)
Required ports for vSphere Data Protection 5.1 (KB Article)
Setting the record straight on VMware vSphere Data Protection (VMware vSphere Blog)
Introduction to VMware vSphere Data Protection (VMware Technical Paper)
VMware’s new vSphere Data Protection backup application (vSphere-land.com)
My vCenter Server 5.1 appliance crashed and I was using VDP… now what? (Yellow Bricks)
Back to Basics: Install, configure and use vSphere Data Protection (Yellow Bricks)

vSphere Web Client

VMware vSphere Web Client Video Support Series (VMware)
Discovering vSphere web client 5.1
(Cloud Buddy)
Install or upgrade the vSphere Web Client (Default Reasoning)
vSphere Web Client - New in VMware vSphere 5.1 (ESX Virtualization)
New vSphere Web Client Search Capabilities (ESX Virtualization)
How to create a datastore cluster using the new web client (Frank Denneman)
How to attach VM storage profiles to a virtual machine using the web client (Frank Denneman)
How to create VM to Host affinity rules using the webclient (Frank Denneman)
vSphere 5.1 vCenter Virtual Appliance and vSphere Web Client Video Tutorial Series (Kendrick Coleman)
Hide those ‘Getting Started’ tabs in the #vSphere 5.1 Web Client (mwpreston.net)
vSphere Web Client vs. vSphere Client - Sessions (Technodrone)
Configuring Additional Windows vSphere Web Client 5.1 Servers (Virtually Ghetto)
Installing the vSphere 5.1 Web Client (VMware KB Video)
Creating a Datacenter and adding an ESXi host using the vSphere 5.1 Web Client (VMware KB Video)
Creating a resource pool in the vSphere Web Client (VMware KB Video)
Creating a vSphere DRS and HA Cluster using the vSphere Web Client (VMware KB Video)
Managing Licenses on ESXi hosts in vSphere Web Client (VMware KB Video)
Registering a vCenter Server 5.0 system with the vSphere 5.1 Web Client (VMware KB Video)
Retaining resource pools when disabling VMware DRS Clusters (VMware KB Video)
Using the vSphere Web Client or PowerCLI to identify impacted VMs after a host failure (VMware KB Video)
VMware vSphere Web Client - Part 1 (VMware TV Video)
VMware vSphere Web Client - Part 2 (VMware TV Video)
Back to Basics: Using the vSphere 5.1 Web Client to create a Cluster object (Yellow Bricks)
Back to Basics: Using the vSphere 5.1 Web Client to create a Datacenter object (Yellow Bricks)
Back to Basics: Using the vSphere 5.1 Web Client to add an NFS share (Yellow Bricks)
Back to Basics: Using the vSphere 5.1 Web Client to configure iSCSI (Yellow Bricks)
Back to Basics: Using the vSphere 5.1 Web Client to configure a vSwitch (Yellow Bricks)

ESXi Chronicles: What’s New In ESXCLI 5.1

With the release of vSphere 5.1, there have been some major enhancements to ESXCLI which is part of the vCLI 5.1 release, also available with the latest vMA 5.1. Here’s a quick summary overview of the ESXCLI top level root namespaces that have received updates.

82 new ESXCLI commands:

  • 7 hardware

  • 2 sched

  • 47 network

  • 15 storage

  • 11 system

In addition to the new ESXCLI commands for vSphere 5.1 features, we continue to bring further parity from some of our legacy esxcfg-* and vicfg-* commands over to ESXCLI and to standardize on a common command-line interface for host configuration and management. In this release, we have introduced the following new namespaces:

Previous Command New ESXCLI Command
esxcfg-route/vicfg-route esxcli network ip route
vicfg-snmp esxcli system snmp
vicfg-hostops (maintenance mode) esxcli system maintenanceMode
vicfg-hostops (shutdown/reboot) esxcli system shutdown

For more details on all the new ESXCLI commands, please take a look at the release notes here. Also stay tuned for upcoming blogs posts in which we will be exploring some of the new ESXCLI 5.1 commands in greater detail!

Download: vSphere CLI 5.1

Also don’t forget to check out our updated VMware ESXi reference poster which has recently been refreshed for ESXi 5.1 and you can download your copy here.

If you are visiting VMworld Europe in 2012 make sure you add  INF-VSP1252 – What’s New with vSphere 5.1 – ESXCLI & PowerCLI to your session list and we hope to see you there!

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VMware Support Insider: Getting Started Right with vSphere 5.1

Here’s a great list of documentation that you’re going to be interested in if you’re eager to get vSphere 5.1 installed and running. You’ll notice how we’ve kept this list in a tweetable format — just cut/paste these items to your twitter stream!

Learn more about the new vSphere Web Client with the videos here: http://www.vmware.com/support/product-support/vsphere-web-client-video.html

Find out how to install ESXi 5.1 and vCenter Server 5.1
http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-51/topic/com.vmware.vsphere.install.doc/GUID-7C9A1E23-7FCD-4295-9CB1-C932F2423C63.html

vCenter Single Sign On affects vSphere 5.1 installation – find out how
http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-51/topic/com.vmware.vsphere.install.doc/GUID-3BDE41A9-32C2-40D8-A17E-5070E2332D2F.html

Find out how to upgrade to ESXi 5.1 and vCenter Server 5.1
http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-51/topic/com.vmware.vsphere.upgrade.doc/GUID-18B7B4BB-C24A-49CD-AE76-13285157B29F.html

vCenter Single Sign On authentication makes vSphere 5.1 cloud platform more secure and manageable
http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-51/topic/com.vmware.vsphere.security.doc/GUID-A2A90265-4A6B-4E23-9681-97B867E55457.html

Learn how to use the navigator in the vSphere Web Client to locate objects in your inventory: http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-51/topic/com.vmware.vsphere.vcenterhost.doc/GUID-C29138BE-77AD-40D6-B0E5-2FCD49813056.html

Use Work in Progress to pause a task in the vSphere Web Client and resume it without losing your work: http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-51/topic/com.vmware.vsphere.vcenterhost.doc/GUID-80233832-23C2-4FA1-BA33-D301C71A7803.html

Search the vSphere Web Client inventory to find hosts, virtual machines, and other objects quickly: http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-51/topic/com.vmware.vsphere.vcenterhost.doc/GUID-D3F76953-822A-4D45-B654-056D8C6D6088.html

vCenter Single Sign On affects vSphere 5.1 installation – find out how
http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-51/topic/com.vmware.vsphere.install.doc/GUID-3BDE41A9-32C2-40D8-A17E-5070E2332D2F.html

vCenter Single Sign On affects vSphere 5.1 upgrades – find out how
http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-51/topic/com.vmware.vsphere.upgrade.doc/GUID-3BDE41A9-32C2-40D8-A17E-5070E2332D2F.html

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ESXi Chronicles: What’s New in vSphere 5.1 – Networking

With the release of VMware vSphere 5.1, VMware brings a number of powerful new features and enhancements to the networking capabilities in the VMware vSphere platform. The following diagram provides a list of new features in different categories

The main thing I would like to highlight is that the operational improvements in VDS will help customers to go away from the hybrid virtual switch design approach, where management traffic is carried on vSphere Standard Switch (VSS) and all other traffic flows through vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS). The Rollback and Recovery and Configuration Backup and Restore features address some of the operational concerns customers had about VDS and thus simplifies the virtual network operational aspects. Going forward with vSphere 5.1 all things on VDS is the way to go !

For more details about all the new features please take a look at the What’s New paper here. In the coming weeks, I will dive down into each feature and provide more technical details. So please stay tuned.

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vSphere PowerCLI Blog: PowerCLI 5.1 Poster

Following the release of PowerCLI 5.1 there is of course a new PowerCLI Poster, those of you who attended VMworld San Francisco may have been lucky enough to grab one of the few posters we had there, they went very quick and I’m sorry to the people who did not get one.

We plan on having some at VMworld Barcelona (No guarantees) so make sure you attend some of the PowerCLI sessions to get your copy.

In the meantime, for those of you who could not wait and want to print your own copy right now please find below the latest PowerCLI 5.1 poster including a list of all the new cmdlets and the cmdlets in the new PowerCLI for vCloud Tenants snapin.

Download the poster here, this is ideal for printing on large printers or even just keeping on the iPad or as a PDF for reference.

PowerCLI Poster

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