26 Sep 2012
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PHD Virtual Technologies recently released PHD Virtual Backup v6.0 at VMworld.

This latest version builds on unique, patented virtual appliance architecture to deliver a powerful, feature-filled, easy to use backup solution for virtual servers at a fraction of the cost of competitive alternatives. Designed from the ground up as an exclusively virtual solution for the virtual environment, additional functionality in PHD Virtual Backup v6.0 includes:

  • PHD Instant Recovery for VMware: Eliminate downtime and meet SLA’s

Make any application available as quickly as possible in the event of a failure. PHD Instant Recovery gets you back up and running in less than 3 minutes.

  • Full/Incremental Backup Mode: Optimized for Moving Data Offsite & to the Cloud

Extending the flexibility of PHD Virtual Backup, full/incremental mode is ideal for organizations leveraging third party tools to copy backup files to the Cloud, or Tape, or those utilizing a hardware deduplication appliance or CIFS as a backup target.

  • Application Aware Backups: Ensure Application Consistent Backup

Take an application aware backup for any application every time. Maintain full confidence that backups of your mission critical applications will complete without fail.

  • Enhanced File Recovery: Dramatically Simplified File Recovery

Consume fewer resources and take advantage of unprecedented flexibility with enhanced file recovery.

  • Email Report Enhancements: Manage Your Daily Backups with Ease

“Set it and Forget it” backup management with daily, easy to read, HTML emails detailing backup jobs.

  • Encryption and Security Improvements: Meet your Organization’s Compliance Policies with Ease

Enhance security with built-in encryption and meet compliance requirements with customizable security certificates.

  • Virtual Backup Appliance (VBA) Tools: Efficient Backup Infrastructure Management

Simplify and streamline backup infrastructure management even further with new VBA Tools like Health Monitor.

How does PHD Virtual Backup v6.0 deliver value compared to other backup products? The main points are listed below although there are more!

  1. PHD Virtual installs and configures in 10 minutes or less sporting one of the easiest installations for a ranking backup product.
  2. It also has menus that are integrated into your existing hypervisor client and an intuitive,  wizard-driven interface. This means you don’t need to read the documentation. It’s just that easy!
  3. One of the best features of PHD Virtual is their unique architecture! You can easily deploy a new Virtual Backup Appliance (VBA) to handle additional workload and set up a new backup job takes only minutes.
  4. PHD Virtual Backup performs much faster on incremental backups than most other vendors maximizing speed by leveraging the best technologies available, including hot-add from VMware, change block tracking, and deduplication.
  5. Instant VM Recovery is a great new feature of 6.0 allowing you to get back up and running in less than 3 minutes while File Recovery options provide access to your backed up files, folders, and application objects within seconds.
  6. Virtual Backup Appliance also mean there are no management servers, proxy servers, or data servers (usually required by many other solutions)

PHD Virtual costs up to 40% less than its competitors while delivering product value to rival any other vendor!

 

 

For more information on PHD Virtual Backup 6.0 please go to http://PHDVirtual.com

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03 Aug 2012
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Building End-User Computing Solutions with VMware ViewMike Laverick (@Mike_Laverick) over at www.rtfm-ed.co.uk has released a new book, “Building End-User Computing Solutions with VMware View”. Mike and co-author Barry Coombs (@VirtualisedReal) over at www.virtualisedreality.com have been working on the title for quite some time.

This book is all about VMware View 5.1 and ThinApp 4.7.2 administration - and it takes in a wide scope of complementary technologies from the likes of Teradici, BitDefender and F5 Networks. Towards the end the focus switches away from virtual desktops to look at the future of end-user computing including VMware’s ThinApp Factory and Horizon Application Manager.

This book is a not for profit venture. The monies raised by the sale of the book will be donated in full to the work of UNICEF. UNICEF carries out work across the globe that benefits all children regardless of their social, ethnic, religious or geographical location. It’s our sincere hope that people will use the legitimate sources for acquiring this book – and by doing so support the work of UNICEF.

The book can be purchased from LULU.COM

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19 Jul 2012
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I have been made aware by StratoGen that they are seeking beta testers to participate in the StratoGen Beta program for the upcoming VMware vCloud Director V5.1. They are looking for beta testers that can really push this new platform to the limits. In particularthey are looking for power users familiar with building complex environments using VPNs, inter-vApp networking and tiered storage.

 

The original announcement follows:

StratoGen are pleased to announce the start of our VCD51 beta program which will provide valuable feedback on our implementation of the next version of VMware vCloud Director.

 Beta testing underpins all of our product launches and is crucial in our ability to provide services that lead the hosted VMware market whilst remaining highly resilient. In this program we are particularly interested in working with experienced “power users” who are familiar with VPNs, complex internetworking and able to utilize tiered SAN storage.

 By participating in this program you agree to be contacted to provide feedback on usability and platform performance. In return you will be one of the first to use this exciting new technology, and allocated temporary resources on our USA based enterprise platform.

 StratoGen is a leading VMware hosting provider with award winning cloud platforms in both the USA and UK.

If you would like to take part in the program please visit http://www.stratogen.com/products/vmware-hosting.html and follow the link for the Beta program to register your interest.


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05 Jan 2012
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Yesterday I had the unpleasant experience of having to go through my email to find an email I wrote back in February 2011 in which I detailed the steps required in order to perform an offline update of VMware ESXi hosts via PowerCLI. Had I posted the steps here on this site at the time, it would have saved me a lot of pain in trying to retrieve the email from an Enterprise Vault archive! So, as I have learned my lesson, I am posting the steps required to update ESXi from PowerCLI.

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30 Nov 2011
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view-pcoip-linux-clntI am happy to report that I have managed to get the VMware View PCoIP Client to work on openSUSE Linux 12 with the GNOME 3 desktop environment. The first client I tried was the VMware View Open Client, which is an open source project. However the View Open Client does not support PCoIP and only connects to the View desktops using RDP. As I am not a fan of RDP, I was keen on getting PCoIP to work.

Some background as to why I needed the PCoIP View Client to work on Linux:

Generally for remote access to my lab, I use the VMware View PCoIP Client for Windows, Android and iOS (on the iPad). VMware has made the PCoIP client available on all of these platforms, but no Linux PCoIP client has been released. This article should get you up and running, but bear in mind that it is not supported by VMware.

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03 Nov 2011
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When working on a Linux VM via the VMware Remote Console over a WAN or slow link, the keystrokes sent to the console might end up reppeating. In order to avoind this, perform the following steps:

 

1. Power down the VM

2. Add the following line to the VMX file (can also be done by editing the Advanced VM settings using the vSphere Client):

keyboard.typematicMinDelay = "2000000"

3. Save the VMX file

4. Power on the VM.

 

I decided to post this as I keep on forgetting what the fix is. Now I'll know where to find it in the future without having to go to Google ;-)

 

 

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