Jul 21, 2010 Blogs
An e-mail from the VMware User Group Team:
As announced earlier this year, VMware is supporting the establishment of an independent, customer-led, customer-driven global VMware User Group (VMUG). The VMUG Steering Committee has been focused on forming the structure for this new organization and we are pleased to announce the inaugural VMware User Group Board of Directors.
|Name||Position||VMUG Local Group|
|Mariano Maluf||President||Atlanta, GA (USA)|
|Charlie Gautreaux||Vice-President||Charlotte, NC (USA)|
|Scott Elliott||Secretary/Treasurer||SW Ontario (Canada)|
|Ben Clayton||Director||Kansas City, MO (USA)|
|Rod Gabriel||Director||Wisconsin (USA)|
|Matt McLaughlin||Director||Iowa (USA)|
|Viktor van den Berg||Director||Netherlands (Europe)|
|Chris Harney||Director||New England (USA)|
|Jodi Shely||Director||Omaha, NE (USA)|
|Kathi Kaplan||VMware Board Member||VMware|
|Teresa Streit||VMware Board Member||VMware|
Jul 13, 2010 Blogs
The big news today is the release of VMware vSphere 4.1, but let’s not forget SRM! From the release notes:
New in This Release
This release of Site Recovery Manager introduces several new features and fixes:
- Full compatibility with vCenter 4.1.
- Support for IP customization of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.
- Test recovery times have been improved for ESX 4.0.1 hosts that use iSCSI arrays.
- Full compatibility with vCenter Solution Licensing.
- New configuration file options: change guest operating system shutdown retry timeout when customizing IP address during recovery, and change datastore discovery timeout during recovery (see Configuration Notes).
- Full support for networks backed by a VMware vNetwork Distributed Switch (vDS) at the protected and recovery sites.
- Fixes for several problems identified in previous releases. For more information, see VMware Knowledge Base Articles 1019890, 1021827, 1021491, 1021829, 1017882, 1021919, and 1021920.
Jul 13, 2010 Blogs
A couple of products will change licensing model from a per-socket to a per-vm model.
What You Need to Know About Per VM Licensing
As cloud computing becomes the norm in IT environments, IT increasingly needs to manage at the virtual machine (VM) level rather than the physical hardware from which it is abstracted. With virtual machines now being the new unit of management, IT organizations need flexible deployment and licensing options that fit the demands of the new model.
Starting September 1, 2010, some VMware vCenter products will transition from the existing per processor licensing to per VM licensing. Other vCenter products will continue to be sold under existing licensing models.
How Much Will the Per VM Licenses Cost?
Products will be sold in packs of 25 virtual machine licenses (prices do not include SnS). This is a more cost-effective way for customers to implement the management products since it eliminates the need to license them on a per processor basis.
As noted above, customers who have purchased per processor licenses for these products prior to September 1, 2010, will be eligible to exchange their licenses to receive a specific number of per VM licenses for each per processor license.
VMware will provide more details for existing customers in the coming weeks.
Jul 13, 2010 Blogs
I’ve been away for a long time (almost two months), but with a good excuse, I think. I’ve been in the process of buying a house, so I’ve gone through the financial and administrative bureaucracy, bought new furniture, a new kitchen and have been packing and cleaning up my current place. Besides that, I’ve been incredibly busy at work, creating many documents for standard workflows for project implementations of VMware vSphere and a reference architecture for coworkers so they know what they need to think of when implementing VMware vSphere. And lastly, I rediscovered my passion to go sailing, which takes up a couple of my evenings and weekends, especially with the good summer weather in the Netherlands lately.
But a couple of documents on VMware’s Partner Central caught my eye. I found loads of PDFs and Powerpoint presentations demonstrating vSphere 4.1′s new features and improvements. I just couldn’t let this one slip by. It even seemed I was right on time, forbidding publication until only a couple of hours later. So, What’s New and Improved? Quite a lot, actually: