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5 Key Reasons to Upgrade Now to VMware vSphere 6.5

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Mike Garner [fa icon="calendar'] March 28, 2018 [fa icon="tags'] VMware vSphere, VMware Horizon, VMware vCenter, VMware, Managed Infrastructure & Helpdesk, Virtualization, Information Security, Data Security

How time flies! Old reliable – Vmware vSphere 5.5 – is set for retirement in September of this year, meaning it will no longer be supported as of September 19, 2018.

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It’s had a good run and due to its impressive stability and wide adoption, I still see it deployed within many of our clients’ environments.

So what now? Our recommendation is to upgrade your systems to vSphere 6.5. Not only do you get the essential extension of support, but some really great new features.

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Sizing Guide for VMware Horizon Servers and Access Points

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Lewan Solutions [fa icon="calendar'] June 21, 2017 [fa icon="tags'] VMware, PowerShell, VMware vSphere, VMware Horizon, How To Guide

Often times I’m called in to perform a health check of a VMware Horizon environment due to a performance or operational issue. These issues make the environment unstable and effect user productivity. There are various things we can do in the environment to optimize the persistent or non-persistent virtual desktops, but first we need to make sure the virtual desktop infrastructure is configured properly.

Proper configuration entails proper server sizing. More often than not, these servers are not sized properly. Under-sizing causes performance issues and over-sizing wastes resources.

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How to Deploy VMware Horizon Access Point via PowerShell

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Lewan Solutions [fa icon="calendar'] May 24, 2017 [fa icon="tags'] VMware, PowerShell, How To Guide, VMware vSphere

The VMware Horizon Access Point greatly reduces the amount of resources needed for the redundant or non-redundant Horizon Environment.

Previously when deploying Security Server, a single Security Server needed to be sized as a Connection Server which is 4vCPU and 12GB of RAM. If you combine that with the Connection Server that the Security Server is paired with, the Connection Server is once again 4vCPU and 12GB of RAM. If this was a redundant environment your Connection Server and Security Server infrastructure tallies up to 24vCPU and 72Gb of RAM (2 Internal Connection Servers, 2 External Connection Servers and 2 Security Servers all sized at 4vCPU and 12GB of RAM).

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Still running VMWare vSphere 5.1? Time to plan your upgrade!

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Lewan Solutions [fa icon="calendar'] February 24, 2016 [fa icon="tags'] Virtualization, VMware, Managed Infrastructure & Helpdesk, VMware vSphere, Data Storage

Do you know what VMWare vSphere version you're running? If its 5.1 or below, it's time to think about upgrading so you don't lose support.

Last week I went into a customer environment to talk about infrastructure planning and found that they were on an old 4.x version of vSphere, which went end-of-general-support back in 2014, yikes!

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VMware 2016 Launch Recap: Feature Changes & Product Updates

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Mike Garner [fa icon="calendar'] February 15, 2016 [fa icon="tags'] Virtualization, VMware, Networking, Managed Infrastructure & Helpdesk, VMware vSphere, VMware vCenter, Data Storage, Cloud Computing

As a VMware solutions provider, last week was an important week for announcements of changes to the VMware product line. In a series of launch events titled The IT Agenda for 2016: Enabling the Digital Enterprise, the VMware team from Palo Alto outlined a number of feature changes, major product revisions and improvements to licensing options. If you missed the launches, here's a recap of the highlights and changes you need to know about.

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Atlantis USX 3.0.1 Release: New Features Update

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Lewan Solutions [fa icon="calendar'] September 10, 2015 [fa icon="tags'] VMware, VMware vSphere, Data Storage

Last week Atlantis Computing released the 3.0.1 version of their USX SAN virtualization and acceleration software. So what new features in Atlantis USX 3.0.1 GA should you know about?

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Unable to get vCenter server certification chain error during vcOPs 5.8.1 install

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Mike Garner [fa icon="calendar'] May 21, 2014 [fa icon="tags'] Virtualization, VMware, VMware vSphere

During the deployment of the vcOPs vApp for a customer I ran into a new error - well, new for me. While the vApp (v5.8.1) deployed and booted fine, as I was registering it with the vCenter (v 5.1) as part of the initial configuration I got the following error: Unable to get vCenter server certification chain. Off we go to Google... Here's a quick summary of things to check:

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Windows Server 2012 Licensing - a quick reminder

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Mike Garner [fa icon="calendar'] July 29, 2013 [fa icon="tags'] Virtualization, VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix, Citrix XenServer, Microsoft, Microsoft Windows, VMware vSphere

This came up recently for a customer and while it's not new news, I thought a quick reminder would be useful. There are a few key points to remember about licensing of Windows Server 2012 in server virtualization projects, these rules apply to XenServer, VMware, Hyper-V, Oracle VM, etc.:

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General Availability of VMware ESX/ESXi 3.5, 4.0, 4.1 and 5.0 Patches

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Lewan Solutions [fa icon="calendar'] May 3, 2012 [fa icon="tags'] VMware, VMware vSphere

A new patch release notification from VMware was received today, it's copied below.

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VMware - How to check the status of VMware Tools per virtual Machine

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Lewan Solutions [fa icon="calendar'] May 2, 2011 [fa icon="tags'] VMware vSphere

Via a Perl Script, a very helpful post can be found here:

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