Memory page combining in Windows 8/2012 2

Memory page combining in Windows 8/2012
One of the new features introduced in Windows kernel for Windows 8 and Server 2012 was memory page combining which allows more efficient use of available RAM resources on small systems. Windows 8 memory page combining is pretty much identical to Transparent Page Sharing feature available in VMkernel of VMware ESXi. There is very little ...

Hot-fix released for vCenter Orchestrator 5.5.1 workflow scheduling bug 1

If you have used workflow scheduling in VMware vCenter Orchestrator 5.5.1 and you have a workflow which is scheduled to run repeatedly you may have noticed that after a while this scheduled workflow stops executing. This is a known bug in vCO 5.5.1 and VMware has recently released a hot-fix for this in KB article 2083003. Update ...

How-to use Nginx as gateway service for VMware Horizon Workspace 1

How-to use Nginx as gateway service for VMware Horizon Workspace
For external users to be able to access VMware Horizon Workspace portal you need use either a load balancer appliance or reverse proxy software running on some standard OS. Many enterprises do have load balancer appliances available for use but in case if you don’t there is a very good open source software available to ...

vSphere 5.1 Update 1 released

VMware has released vSphere 5.1 Update today. This update brings tons of fixes and enhancements to vSphere 5.1 product family, including new release of vCloud Director. Updated products with links to their release notes are below. VMware ESXi 5.1.0 U1 VMware vCenter Server 5.1.0 U1 VMware vSphere Data Protection 5.1.10 VMware vSphere Replication 5.1.1 vSphere ...

Removing vDS VXLAN virtual wires using vCenter Orchestrator 2

Removing vDS VXLAN virtual wires using vCenter Orchestrator
In my previous article I wrote about provisioning vNetwork Distributed Switch backed VXLAN virtual wires using vCenter Orchestrator (vCO) and vCloud Network and Security (vCNS) REST API. In this article I will show you how to remove them using vCO. I will not go into details of creating REST workflow elements in this article, see ...

Provisioning vDS VXLAN virtual wires using vCenter Orchestrator 3

Provisioning vDS VXLAN virtual wires using vCenter Orchestrator
Recently while I was working on vSphere infrastructure automation processes I came up with a need to provision vNetwork Distributed Switch VXLAN virtual wires using vCenter Orchestrator 5.1 (vCO). I learned that there is no VMware vCloud Networking and Security (vCNS) plug-in for vCO 5.1 so I had to come up with a way to ...

Automate VMware Tools upgrade using vCenter Orchestrator 6

Automate VMware Tools upgrade using vCenter Orchestrator
Keeping VMware Tools up to date can be somewhat challenging as up until vSphere 5.1 installing updated version of VMware Tools requires a guest OS reboot which in many cases is not possible during normal operation hours. There is a simple solution though, in Virtual Machine settings on options tab and in VMware Tools settings ...

vCenter Server 5.1.0a and ESXi 5.1 patches released

vCenter Server 5.1.0a and ESXi 5.1 patches released
VMware has just released an vCenter Server 5.1.0a update to address some issues found in GA release. I personally have had no issues with GA build in our small lab environment but there are people facing some trouble with new SSO service, and for that there are quite few items in the new vCenter Server ...
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