The New Windows Optimization Guide

This guide provides the necessary information for optimizing a Windows virtual desktop or server master image for use in View in Horizon 6 or Horizon 7, or in Horizon Air Cloud-Hosted.

The document is a companion to the VMware OSOT Fling (Operating System Optimization Tool). The document describes optimizations for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2012.


These recommended optimizations enhance the overall scalability and performance within a View virtual desktop infrastructure or Horizon Air cloud tenant environment.

Taking VSAN to the next level, join the VSAN beta!

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In 2013 VSAN saw the day of light, the beta was released. Now 3 years later you have the opportunity to once again sign up and help improve our product. Over the last couple of years we have seen many new features introduced, so you may wonder what is left. There will be various enhancements in this release, but we are in particular looking for feedback on the following 3 features:

  • Software data-at-rest encryption
  • Nested Fault Domains (FDs) for two-layer protection of stretched clusters, across sites and locally
  • New operational management enhancements (Health checks from vCenter, monitoring networking stats, and more)

I think most of these speak for itself, with regards to the nested fault domains, it basically allows you to protect your data within a site and across sites at the same time in a stretched cluster. In other words: RAID-1 across site and then RAID-1, 5 or 6 within a site. Something I am very excited about personally.

I don’t know how many people will be accepted for the beta, but if I find out I will report back. Sign up now: vmware.com/go/virtual-san-beta. PS: remember, these capabilities are still under development, are subject to change without notice and there is no guarantee of future availability.

"Taking VSAN to the next level, join the VSAN beta!" originally appeared on Yellow-Bricks.com. Follow me on twitter - @DuncanYB.

Taking VSAN to the next level, join the VSAN beta!

Advertise here with BSA


In 2013 VSAN saw the day of light, the beta was released. Now 3 years later you have the opportunity to once again sign up and help improve our product. Over the last couple of years we have seen many new features introduced, so you may wonder what is left. There will be various enhancements in this release, but we are in particular looking for feedback on the following 3 features:

  • Software data-at-rest encryption
  • Nested Fault Domains (FDs) for two-layer protection of stretched clusters, across sites and locally
  • New operational management enhancements (vRA integration, health checks from vCenter, monitoring networking stats, and more)

I think most of these speak for itself, with regards to the nested fault domains, it basically allows you to protect your data within a site and across sites at the same time in a stretched cluster. In other words: RAID-1 across site and then RAID-1, 5 or 6 within a site. Something I am very excited about personally.

I don’t know how many people will be accepted for the beta, but if I find out I will report back. Sign up now: vmware.com/go/virtual-san-beta

"Taking VSAN to the next level, join the VSAN beta!" originally appeared on Yellow-Bricks.com. Follow me on twitter - @DuncanYB.

vRealize Automation 7.1 – What’s New

vRealize Automation 7.1 is optimized for growing clouds thanks to significant improvements in the automated installation experience. The new unattended installation includes:

  • A new virtual appliance command-line (CLI) tool wrapping all install commands: IaaS Management CLI, IaaS Pre-requisites checker CLI, and Dynamic, context-based help
  • Silent installer that will mimic the steps performed by the UI-based installer
  • Support for multiple deployments without the need to re-enter configuration data

 

With vRealize Automation 7.1, Cloud Admins are now able to scale out existing vRealize deployment by adding more vRA components and manage them automatically through the new Command Line interface (CLI).

vRealize Automation 7.1 is also equipped with a brand new Migration Wizard, which allows you to perform safe and sound side by side upgrade (migration) existing vRealize Automation systems 6.2.X to the latest and greatest release. During the migration process the source production environment remains intact which guarantees a minimum downtime of the production environment. The Migration Wizard Supports simple and High Availability deployments as well as external or internal Postgres.

In addition to the great things coming in vRealize Automation 7.1, VMware continues to offer ready to import blueprints to assist in accelerating your time to value. These blueprints are validated designs, contain multi-tier application examples and are ready to import as YAML files. Find them today on the VMware Solutions Exchange.

Additional Information and Links:

Product Download
Documentation Landing Page
Release Notes

vRealize Automation Blueprints

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VMworld 2016: What’s New With XtremIO?

Short answer?   Momentum.   EMC has the industry’s best AFA portfolio as I mentioned in my last post – from the unified mid-range (Unity), the most mature and widely deployed rich enterprise data services (VMAX), and the best “clean sheet” scale-out system (XtremIO).    When it comes to HCI/SDS – we have all flash-ScaleIO and all-flash VSAN of course.

How do I feel about our position?  Well…

…Even shorter answer – and let’s make this focused on the strongest next-gen, clean sheet design AFA, and make it XtremIO specific?   You want it in the spirit of the recently completed Olympic Games?

Life has gotten VERY busy for me in my new role (I know, excuses, excuses).

As you might decode watching these videos – I recorded these several weeks ago, and took a calculated gamble using the Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps references… Would have been awkward if they didn’t win.   Of course, they are champions – and it was a safe bet.

Likewise, XtremIO is a champion and a safe bet :-)

Reflecting on it a couple weeks later… if I was recording the video now, I would have drawn the analogy to Canada’s own Penny Oleksiak.   She is an even BETTER analogy than Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps.

Penny Oleksiak

The picture above is Penny winning one of her 4 Olympic medals this year (gold in the 100m freestyle, silver in the 100m butterfly, and bronze in the 4x100m and 4x200m relays with her Canadian teammates). 

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The snapshot above is XtremIO winning in the market.  Award winner.  Revenue winner.  Share winner.  65% of the Fortune 100, and climbing.  We did $1B+ in 2015.  Can you imagine where it is now, 9 months into 2016?

So why is Penny (your my hero Penny!) an even better analogy when it comes to XtremIO? 

  • Like Penny, XtremIO is young.   Penny is 16 (which is insane), and this was her first Olympics.  XtremIO is only a few years old – acquired by EMC in 2012, and in development for about 6 years which makes it a teenager in “storage stack years”.   Storage stacks take 5-6 years from inception to firm up, and they hit their full stride a few years after that.
  • Like Penny, XtremIO came out of nowhere.   Penny started swimming competitively just 3 years ago (CRAZY).   XtremIO went GA 3 years ago.   3 years ago, all the AFA startups where all the rage – with Violin, Pure and a few others the talk of the town.    3 short years later, the AFA market only has one of those startups in any position of some relevance (Pure), with most of the startups gone or nearly gone – time flies.   In 3 short years, Penny became an Olympian and 4 medal winner.  In 3 short years, XtremIO became the fastest growing product in EMC history, and far and away the AFA market leader by share and by revenue – and the gap is widening.
  • Like Penny, XtremIO has a long bright future ahead.   In 4 years, Penny will be 20, and for swimmers, that age of 18-22 is really the peak.  There’s lots of maturing, strengthening muscles, refining strokes and flip turns ahead.  I can’t wait to see what’s in Penny’s future at the 2020 Toyko Olympics!   Likewise, XtremIO has a bright, bright future – with maturing, strengthening muscles, refining strokes and turns.

I want to elaborate on that last bullet re “maturing”, “strengthening”, “refining”. 

With XtremIO doing well – we’re seeing all sorts of crazy in the market.  Because we didn’t announce a major update since EMC World (umm, that was only a couple months ago) and the pending Dell/EMC merger some (I would wager some of our competitors) are suggesting that XtremIO is going to be put out to pasture.

Umm, take the industry’s strongest AFA, our fastest growing product and put it out to pasture?  NO.   I think some competitor salespeople are getting a little delusional, and perhaps trying to get leverage from the Dell EMC merger.

That said, is XtremIO perfect?  Goodness no!

  • Like Penny, XtremIO needs to mature.  While both are already gold-medal winners – champions are always working to be better.   We are spending a lot of time and effort to continue hardening the core XtremIO platform.  XtremIO is doing very well statistically when it comes to availability relative to our storage stacks that have more run-time (and as you can see from the stats above – with 7000 X-bricks deployed, is at the scale where stats matter).   However, we know we really need to double down on hardening the platform, improving updates, cluster expansions and other use cases.  We’re now on release 4.0.5 – and the focus has been squarely on platform hardening.   As customers press XtremIO into their most mission critical use cases, they want a rock, and we must always deliver.
  • Like Penny, XtremIO needs to strengthen muscles.   In time, of course there will be a 5.x release.  Of course there will be new X-brick hardware.   Of course there will be denser media.   Of course there will be larger clusters.  And… of course we’re looking at ways to add more capacity when you don’t need the compute/memory of an X-Brick (aka adding the right amount of “Scale-Up” to the great Scale-Out  architecture of XtremIO.   Those are the “muscles” of the future.
  • Like Penny, XtremIO needs to keep refining strokes and flip-turns.   Any elite swimmer knows you need to have talent and drive (great engineers, great support, great sales and marketing), a body for swimming (architecture matters and ultimately the core product needs to rock!) – but it’s the “little things” that separate the best from the rest.

Here, the “little things” are features like VMware and application (Microsoft ecosystem too) integration.

That’s what’s new NOW.  Last week, we announced several big steps forward in refining our “strokes” and “flip-turns”.   My friend and colleague Itzik Reich did a great series of posts here, here with demos, details and more – but I will hit the key news below.   As has been our pattern with these sort of things in recent years – most of this bonus capability is available for free with the platform itself, as well as in some cases in incremental scale/functionality commercially.

  • New EMC XtremIO application integration and management features for virtual machines via SMI-S and VMware vRealize Orchestrator (vRO) – simple workflow automation for provisioning and local and remote replication work – standalone or for use in conjunction with vRealize Automation. image
  • Simplified storage management in virtual environments with XtremIO Management Server leveraging EMC Virtual Storage Integrator (VSI) and EMC AppSync.    Together – these provide amazing vCenter integration, automation of best practices, and also VMware and application-integrated copy data management.   With VSI at version 7.0 (and this single plugin supports all EMC products) – it’s hard to think of anyone who has been at it for this long, this consistently.image
  • Expanded SMI-S support for Microsoft SCVMM and Azure Pack integration.  While less interesting to a pure VMware shop (where VASA is the control-plane path), for customers using the Microsoft ecosystem, SMI-S support is important.

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  • Native PowerShell 4.0 and 5.0 support.   With Microsoft open-sourcing PowerShell (interesting – more here), I suspect this will only accelerate people using PowerShell for all sorts of automation.   Like all our EMC open source projects, you can find it at EMC{code}!image
  • Tech Preview (aka Beta) HTML5 web-based XtremIO GUI.   People dig the simplicity of the XtremIO UI (dig the XMS itself less – aka the external physical or VM-based management appliance).   We’re working to always improve – and in XMS 4.2, customers get a Tech Preview of the new HTML5 UI – something you can access from a mobile device.

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To all XtremIO team, THANK YOU.   To our customers, an even bigger THANK YOU.   It’s never easy to bring new products to market, and as all veterans of the IT industry know, it’s even harder to maintain success, quality, innovation though the growth years.  

And to all who will enjoy the awesome VMworld 2016 hands-on-labs, know that like the last four years, XtremIO is one of the ingredients that underpins the labs and makes them possible.

Like Penny Oleksiak – XtremIO is just getting started – I can’t wait to see what will happen in the coming years – for both :-)

VMworld 2016 sessions available on VMworld TV

I've created a playlist with some of the top VMworld 2016 sessions. These sessions are free to wacht at this playlist hosted by VMworld TV.

VMworld 2016: MGT7718 - The KISS of vRealize Operations!
VMworld 2016: INF9083 - Ask the vCenter Server Experts Panel
VMworld 2016: VIRT7621 - Virtualize Active Directory, the Right Way!
VMworld 2016: EUC7601 - Advances in Remote Display Protocol Tec
VMworld 2016: INF8038 - Getting Started with PowerShell and PowerCLI for Your VMware Environment
VMworld 2016: INF8036 - Enforcing a vSphere Cluster Design with PowerCLI Automation
VMworld 2016: STO7645 - Virtual Volumes Technical Deep Dive

Get Your Free Promo Code for Software Defined Networking with VMware NSX [Video]

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This video course provides step-by-step instructions to help you quickly deploy SDN in production and perform network virtualization with VMware. It will help you install and configure NSX and show you how to deploy NSX on top of your existing physical network and gain control of every aspect of network components (switches and routers) and your connected IT workloads.

The next section covers how to deploy and configure VxLAN-based switches and manage and configure network and gateway services. Finally, you will learn how to use NSX to secure your environment. After finishing this course, you will be able to deploy and maintain network virtualizations and automate your VMware-based infrastructure in less time and in a cost-effective manner. All this will be covered through a practical real-world example right from the start of the course.

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How to capture performance statistics using Virtual SAN Observer for Virtual SAN

This video tutorial demonstrates and shows how to capture performance statistics using Virtual SAN Observer for VMware Virtual SAN. For additional information see VMware Knowledge Base article Enabling or capturing performance statistics using Virtual SAN Observer for VMware Virtual SAN (2064240).

While watching this video you will see the necessary steps to launch, collect and display Virtual SAN Observer (VSAN Observer) performance charts and information for VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN).

VSAN Observer is designed to capture performance statistics for a Virtual SAN Cluster and provide access through a web browser and capture the statistics for customer use or for VMware Technical Support.

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Multi-site with Cross-VC NSX: Workload Mobility and Consistent Security Across Sites

A great demo showing how Cross-VC NSX provides workload mobility and consistent security across multiple vCenter domains and sites. Universal Distributed Firewall Rules are utilized to provide consistent security policies across multiple vCenter domains and sites, and workloads are vMotioned between sites demonstrating the ability of security policies to move with the workloads.