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  • Virtualizing Oracle Databases on vSphere a book review

    Published January 31, 2015 by -- No Comments

    As VMGuru we are virtualizing all kind of business critical applications since 2005. Virtualizing Oracle Databases on vSphere is often part of those projects. I must express tho that none of us is an Oracle DBA, but we are often involved in virtualization projects were their is Oracle software present in the application stacks. Within su ...

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  • VMware and Google team up on Enterprise Clouds

    Published January 29, 2015 by -- No Comments

    Pretty amazing news came out today. VMware and Google are to team up to accelerate enterprise clouds! VMware’s vCloud Air will incorporate Google’s Cloud DNS, Cloud Storage, Cloud Datastore and Bigquery. “Our collaboration will prov ...

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  • vRealize Automation Management Pack for vRealize Operations Manager is available now

    Published January 28, 2015 by -- No Comments

    VMware just released the vRealize Automation Management Pack for vRealize Operations Manager. The Management Pack for vRealize Automation extends operational management capabilities of the vRealize OperationsManager platform to provide tenant-aware op ...

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  • Technical Preview: CoreOS on vSphere 5.5

    Published January 24, 2015 by -- No Comments

    CoreOS is a new Linux distribution that has been re-architected to provide features needed to run modern infrastructure stacks. CoreOS is a new, lightweight Linux distribution that’s designed from the ground up to run containerized applications. The str ...

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  • vRealize Orchestrator Cisco UCS Plugin is available now

    Published January 23, 2015 by -- No Comments

    VMware Orchestrator is a development and process-automation platform that provides a library of extensible workflows that allow you to create and run automated, configurable processes to manage the VMware vSphere infrastructure. Orchestrator uses its open plugin architecture to allow you to integrate with other management and administrat ...

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  • Coffee as a Service with VMware Orchestrator

    Published January 22, 2015 by -- No Comments

    Coffee as a Service, (CaaS?) I guess we all have that in some form. Some have a kind lady bringing coffee, others have a kind collegue.. but that is not what this is about. What this is about, is vCenter Orchestrator, or vRealize Orchestrator ...

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  • Put that USB Scanner in VMware Horizon View

    Published January 21, 2015 by -- One Comment

    Putting a USB Scanner to work in a VMware Horizon View environment always was a pain in the butt. Either images came into the session sooooooo slooooooow you had a caffeine shock by the time the scan was finished, or images were garbled and looked ...

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  • For the Dutchies: 19 March, Dutch VMUG Event – Mark your calendar!

    Published January 20, 2015 by -- No Comments

    It has been a long standing tradition: The dutch VMUG event. Last year in March the event was held in Den Bosch for the first time in a new format. And as we dutchies are fanatical lovers of virtualization in almost any form, this year it’s no ...

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  • VMware Fling: Horizon Toolbox

    Published January 19, 2015 by -- No Comments

    Recently, VMware updated the Horizon Toolbox, a fling for Horizon. The Horizon Toolbox was formally known as the “View auditing portal” and acts as an extension to the Horizon View Administrator (Horizon 6.0 or above is required). This new ...

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  • vRealize Orchestrator Puppet plugin is available now

    Published January 18, 2015 by -- No Comments

    vRealize Orchestrator (vRO) Puppet plugin enables vRealize Automation (vRA) and Puppet to work together to achieve infrastructure configuration, application deployment, and lifecycle management. vRO Puppet plugin is a collection of vRO workflows which work with embedded or external vRealize orchestrator, and it supports Puppet enterprise ...

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  • Virtualizing Oracle Databases on vSphere a book review
  • VMware and Google team up on Enterprise Clouds
  • vRealize Automation Management Pack for vRealize Operations Manager is available now
  • Technical Preview: CoreOS on vSphere 5.5
  • vRealize Orchestrator Cisco UCS Plugin is available now
  • Coffee as a Service with VMware Orchestrator
  • Put that USB Scanner in VMware Horizon View
  • For the Dutchies: 19 March, Dutch VMUG Event – Mark your calendar!
  • VMware Fling: Horizon Toolbox
  • vRealize Orchestrator Puppet plugin is available now

Virtualizing Oracle Databases on vSphere a book review

As VMGuru we are virtualizing all kind of business critical applications since 2005. Virtualizing Oracle Databases on vSphere is often part of those projects. I must express tho that none of us is an Oracle DBA, but we are often involved in virtualization projects were their is Oracle software present in the application stacks. Within such a project, one of the first steps is explaining how virtualization works and which benefits the organization and especially the DBAs get by virtualizing Oracle. Virtualizing database workloads on vSphere significantly reduces the number of physical systems your organization requires, while achieving more effective utilization [ … ]

VMware and Google team up on Enterprise Clouds

Pretty amazing news came out today. VMware and Google are to team up to accelerate enterprise clouds! VMware’s vCloud Air will incorporate Google’s Cloud DNS, Cloud Storage, Cloud Datastore and Bigquery. “Our collaboration will provide customers with a unique hybrid solution that combines the power and efficiencies of VMware virtualization and the hyperscale of Google Cloud Platform,” said Murali Sitaram, managing director, Global Partner Strategy & Alliances, Google. “As a result of this agreement, enterprise customers will be able to combine their VMware cloud environments with the security, scalability, and price performance of Google’s public cloud, built on the [ … ]

vRealize Automation Management Pack for vRealize Operations Manager is available now

VMware just released the vRealize Automation Management Pack for vRealize Operations Manager. The Management Pack for vRealize Automation extends operational management capabilities of the vRealize OperationsManager platform to provide tenant-aware operational visibility of the infrastructure supporting private clouds to cloud provider administrators. In addition to the 3 out of box dashboards, this MP extends operational management platform, analytics and custom dashboarding capabilities of vR Ops to vRA’s cloud constructs like Tenants, Business Groups, Reservations, Reservation policies, etc. This management pack provides comprehensive visibility into the performance health and capacity risk of the tenant’s business groups supported by the underlying [ … ]

Technical Preview: CoreOS on vSphere 5.5

CoreOS is a new Linux distribution that has been re-architected to provide features needed to run modern infrastructure stacks. CoreOS is a new, lightweight Linux distribution that’s designed from the ground up to run containerized applications. The strategies and architectures that influence CoreOS allow companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter to run their services at scale with high resilience.  VMware has been working with the CoreOS team to enable the new OS to run on their vSphere platform, including integrating open-vm-tools. VMware is focused on bringing the value of containers to our customers and helping them streamline application delivery and [ … ]

vRealize Orchestrator Cisco UCS Plugin is available now

VMware Orchestrator is a development and process-automation platform that provides a library of extensible workflows that allow you to create and run automated, configurable processes to manage the VMware vSphere infrastructure. Orchestrator uses its open plugin architecture to allow you to integrate with other management and administration solutions. Cisco has done just that and created an Orchestrator plugin for Cisco UCS. The Cisco UCS Manager plugin for VMware Orchestrator leverages the open plugin architecture of the Orchestrator to integrate the Orchestrator with UCS Manager. After integration, the plugin utilizes the capabilities of Orchestrator enabling you to create actions and workflows for managing [ … ]

Coffee as a Service with VMware Orchestrator

Coffee as a Service, (CaaS?) I guess we all have that in some form. Some have a kind lady bringing coffee, others have a kind collegue.. but that is not what this is about. What this is about, is vCenter Orchestrator, or vRealize Orchestrator as it is recently renamed to. Not many people know that Orchestrator is actually a standard part of their VMware package and that they already have it at their disposal. But it really is! And you can already do amazing things with it, as Rob Shaw proves in his article, where he really did create [ … ]

Put that USB Scanner in VMware Horizon View

Putting a USB Scanner to work in a VMware Horizon View environment always was a pain in the butt. Either images came into the session sooooooo slooooooow you had a caffeine shock by the time the scan was finished, or images were garbled and looked like they were send from Mars, or you never got a scan at all. It all was very frustrating, especially if you were trying to get that desk clear of paper to put it into a document management system or when you wanted to add those pictures to your project. The standard USB redirection [ … ]

For the Dutchies: 19 March, Dutch VMUG Event – Mark your calendar!

It has been a long standing tradition: The dutch VMUG event. Last year in March the event was held in Den Bosch for the first time in a new format. And as we dutchies are fanatical lovers of virtualization in almost any form, this year it’s no different! At thursday, the 19th of March, the dutch VMUG Event will take place again in Congrescenter “1931” in Den Bosch, Netherlands. The program will be published soon at the Dutch VMUG website, so stay tuned for that. If you are confident it will fit your needs (and we all [ … ]

VMware Fling: Horizon Toolbox

Recently, VMware updated the Horizon Toolbox, a fling for Horizon. The Horizon Toolbox was formally known as the “View auditing portal” and acts as an extension to the Horizon View Administrator (Horizon 6.0 or above is required). This new web portal offers several functions that you, like me, might have missed in the View Administrator. Auditing Some extra Auditing functions are added that should give you extra insight into your Horizon View infrastructure. Sessions:  Shows historical concurrent session trend for last 2 days, last week and last month. Shows current virtual desktop connections by desktop pools, and shows [ … ]

vRealize Orchestrator Puppet plugin is available now

vRealize Orchestrator (vRO) Puppet plugin enables vRealize Automation (vRA) and Puppet to work together to achieve infrastructure configuration, application deployment, and lifecycle management. vRO Puppet plugin is a collection of vRO workflows which work with embedded or external vRealize orchestrator, and it supports Puppet enterprise as well as Puppet open source flavors. Workflows available with this plugin can be used in a standalone manner as well as multiple workflows can be combined for desired results. In a nutshell, vRO Puppet plugin is a framework of vRO workflows for Puppet that can be customized and extended by user as needed. [ … ]