Achieved VCP 6 – Data Center Virtualization

Today I achieved VMware Certified Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization by passing Delta t exam 2V0-621D.

 

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I’ve been an VMware VCP (3) since December 6th 2006 and work with VMware ESX (2.5) since 2005. Still the greatest hypervisor solution on the planet. Glimlach

 

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VMware vExpert 2016!

Happy to be awarded (again) with the VMware vExpert title! Smile Congrats to all existing and new VMware vExperts!

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Thanks VMware for the great recognition and great community you are creating and continued support.

From the VMware vExpert website:

The VMware vExpert program is VMware’s global evangelism and advocacy program. The program is designed to put VMware’s marketing resources towards your advocacy efforts. Promotion of your articles, exposure at our global events, co-op advertising, traffic analysis, and early access to beta programs and VMware’s roadmap. VMware will provide you with a unique vExpert id that will allow insights into analytics to help understand customer trends to assist you and keep your advocacy activities on track.

The awards are for individuals, not companies, and last for one year. Employees of both customers and partners can receive the awards. In the application, we consider activities from the previous year as well as the current year’s activities in determining who gets awards. We look to see that not only were you active but are still active in the path you chose to apply for.
Benefits and Activities throughout the program year the awardees will receive

  • vExpert certificate
  • permission to use the vExpert logo on cards, website, etc for one year
  • access to a private directory for networking, etc.
  • exclusive gifts from various VMware partners
  • access to private betas (subject to admission by beta teams)
  • 365-day eval licenses for most products
  • private pre-launch briefings
  • rivate briefings from tier 1 alliance partners
  • "blogger early access" program for vSphere and some other products
  • featured in a public vExpert online directory

Monitoring the VMware View VDI Hosts using Citrix NetScaler

Yesterday I was at a long time customer of mine which had implemented VMware Horizon View as a their VDI solution. This customer load balances everything through Citrix NetScaler, it’s pretty much company policy to load balance every infrastructure component unless. Good policy I think.

A little information on how VMware (Horizon) View works from an architectural point of view, (see image below). A VMware VDI connection dataflow is completely serial, it cannot switch connection over servers. You will also need to create a Persistency Group on the NetScaler to tie these protocols together so they stay in the same connection data flow. In the below scenario the environment consists of a single Horizon View deployment using two VMware Connection Servers and two VMware VDI Hosts.

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Image from http://vmfocus.com

Not about load balancing. This blog post will not go into detail of how to load balance VMware View (Connections Servers) but how to configure the monitor the VMware VDI Hosts behind the VMware Connection Servers. There are a numerous sites on the topic of load balancing, for instance:
http://vmfocus.com/2014/01/14/load-balancing-horizon-view-design/

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VMware vExpert 2015!

Happy to be awarded (again) with the VMware vExpert title! Smile Congrats to all existing and new VMware vExperts!

 

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Thanks VMware for the great recognition and great community you are creating and continued support.

From the VMware vExpert website:

The VMware vExpert program is VMware’s global evangelism and advocacy program. The program is designed to put VMware’s marketing resources towards your advocacy efforts. Promotion of your articles, exposure at our global events, co-op advertising, traffic analysis, and early access to beta programs and VMware’s roadmap. VMware will provide you with a unique vExpert id that will allow insights into analytics to help understand customer trends to assist you and keep your advocacy activities on track.

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Awarded with VMware vExpert 2014

I am very proud to be awarded with the VMware vExpert title of 2014. 🙂

Always have been working extensively with VMware products and a huge fan of the VMware product portfolio which once started with VMware ESX 2.5 back in 2006.

 

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The annual VMware vExpert title is given to individuals who have significantly contributed to the community of VMware users over the past year. The title is awarded to individuals (not employers) for their commitment to sharing their knowledge and passion for VMware technology above and beyond their job requirements.

Thanks VMware!

https://communities.vmware.com/vexpert.jspa?src=vmw_so_vex_hlouw_917
https://communities.vmware.com/vexpert.jspa
http://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/2014/04/vexpert-2014-announcement.html

“Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart” (Installing Windows Server 2012 on VMware ESXi 5.0)

Preparing somewhat for the upcoming Microsoft Beta Exams (071-413, 071-414, 071-415 and 071-416) thinking I would go ahead and install Microsoft Windows Server 2012 into my testing environment which is VMWare ESXi (at the moment). I created a custom VM, removed the Floppy drive (because that seemed to be the issue not getting Windows 8 working within VMware Workstation 8). I did do some other standard stuff like selecting Windows Server 2008 (64-bit) instead of Windows Server 2008 R2 (That seemed part of the solution on Workstation). All this to no avail on VMWare ESXi 5.0.

The resolution for me was to patch the VMware ESXi 5.0 server to Build 768111 which is up to 5.0.0 Patch 7.

I like the new fun error message though … Hope it will last beyond RC level, Microsoft should do more fun stuff like this, and I don’t mean more error messages Winking smile.

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