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vCenter and the physical or virtual discussion – vSphere 5.5

Since vSphere 5.1 I have heard many advises that it is better to have a physical vCenter due to its enormous resource requirements. In the last years I had many discussions on that topics and it turned out that most people are just afraid because of ...
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SQL Server Recovery Model Affects Transaction Log Disk Space Requirements (1001046)

Many customers choose to deploy vCenter Server with a Microsoft SQL Server database. SQL Server offers administrators a choice of recovery models, which is the primary factor that determines transaction log disk space requirements. The Full recovery model ...
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vCenter Single Sign-On 5.5 – Backwards Compatible?

Part of my role at VMware is to  work closely with our customers and partners, sharing experiences and feedback with internal VMware Product Management and Engineers to help make our products better. One area that has been dominantly more focused tha ...
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VMware vCenter Server 5.5: Installable vs Appliance (Virtual to the Core)

With the new release of vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 5.5, VMware has made a huge step forward in order to make the appliance a real choice not only for test and small business environments, but also for medium and large ones. Specifically, the new limi ...
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Allow me to introduce you to vCenter Single Sign-On 5.5

With the announcement at VMworld on the upcoming vSphere 5.5 release, one area that I have been greatly involved with (hence why I have been in stealth mode), has been the new and improved vCenter Single Sign-On. You may still say why do we need it? and w ...
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vCenter Server Heartbeat 6.5 – Design Considerations

vCenter Server Heartbeat (vCSHB) is a great mechanism for protecting vCenter Server and related or supporting services, such as its Microsoft SQL database or Horizon View Composer. However, with any solution of this magnitude, there will be points in the ...
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VMworld2013: VMware Mgmt with Avamar & LogInsight vCOps - YouTube 6:04

This is a demonstration of the integration that has been built around vCenter Operations and EMC Avamar based on the work done around the vCloud Hybrid Service and EMC Avamar 7 customers. This integration with vCOPs itself and vCenter Operations LogInsigh ...
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VMworld 2013: What’s New in vCenter 5.5

I guess there’s going to be a bit of “mea culpa” to had around vCenter and SSO. I guess we were little caught out on this feature. Hopefully that’s been addressed with updates and plenty (some too many) KB articles. It’s hoped that SSO in vSphere 5.5 goes ...
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vSphere 5.5 Improvements Part 7 – Single Sign On Completely Redesigned  by wahlnetwork

For many folks, the utterance of the term vCenter Single Sign On (SSO) is met with an angry scowl and a fresh battle scar. To be perfectly blunt: it was bad. I’m not going to enumerate a list of reasons why it was bad, but let’s just say that numerous VMw ...
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VMware vCenter Server 5.5 Enhancements – Linux version supports up to 500 ESXi hosts now by vladan

vCenter Server 5.5 has brings new functions within the vSphere Web Client faster UI and improved (simplified) Single Sign On installations and deployments. The user interface of the vSphere web client is faster, has more functions and brings support for M ...
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Video 14:52 HotLink Hybrid Express 2.0 for VMware vCenter

One of the latest release of a solution for deploying and managing hybrid on and off-premise resources using VMware vCenter or Microsoft SCVMM infrastructure is the HotLink Hybrid Express 2.0. This video presents the solution which extends existing manag ...
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VMworld 2012: Session VSP3046 - Cloud Infrastructure Suite Video 36:25

vCenter, the management heart of vSphere, is primarily a closed application with a large API for integration. The application ecosystem around vCenter (from VMware and partners) is fairly loosely integrated. This situation is starting to change. Over the ...
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Retina Plug-in for VMware vCenter Datasheet

VMware’s vCenter Server provides a scalable and extensible platform that forms the foundation for virtualization management. It provides unified management of all the hosts and VMs in your datacenter from a single console with an aggregate perfo ...
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Multiple vCenter Servers, SSO, and How To Design for Failure

Internally within my company, there is usually a lot of discussion about how a customer goes about managing multiple vCenter servers. With the vSphere 5.1 addition of Single Sign-On (SSO), it dramatically complicates the design itself. This topic won't me ...
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Example Architectural Decision – Single Sign On Configuration for Single Site w/ Multiple vCenter Servers

What is the most suitable deployment mode for vCenter Single-Sign On (SSO) in an environment where there is a single physical datacenter with multiple vCenter servers?

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VMware Consulting Blog: How Virtualizing Your Desktops Can Help You Protect Sensitive Data

I have been discussing and presenting vCenter server topics almost daily over the last few months and one area that hasn’t been covered to its potential is the use of vCenter Single Sign in a centralized configuration. Firstly I feel I need to remind you ...
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Physical or Appliance – Upgrading to vCenter Server 5.1 (VMware KBTV)

We thought a few more of you might have the same questions so we decided we would take the opportunity to explain the differences between vCenter server and vCenter appliance and under what situation which one should be opted for, over the other. The vCe ...
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VMware releases VMware vCenter Server 5.1 Update 1a. Resolves AD authentication issue.

vCenter Server 5.1 Update 1 has been removed from the VMware download site due to issues encountered when logging in to vCenter Server 5.1 Update 1 with domain credentials. See the alert about Update 1 here.

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VMware vCenter 5.1U1a Released fixing SSO Multidomain Authentication bug

Latest release of VMware vCenter 5.1U1a has been released yesterday. This latest release comes up after several weeks only, because a fix was discovered just after the release of 5.1U1. A bug which affected users which were logging into vCenter Server usi ...
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