Screen resolution scaling has stopped working after Horizon View agent update

Another inconvenience that I noticed during the update process from VMware Horizon View 6.1.1 to 6.2 was, that the automatic screen resizing stopped working. When I connected to a desktop pool with the VMware Horizon client, I only got the screen resolution of the VM (the resolution that is used when connecting to the VM with the vSphere console)), not 1920x1200 as expected. This issue only occured with PCoIP, not with RDP.

VMware Horizon View agent update on RDS host fails with "Internal Error 25030"

I’m running a small VMware Horizon View environment in my lab. Nothing fancy, but all you need to show what Horizon View can do for you. This environment includes a Windows Server 2012 R2 RDS host. During the update process from Horizon View 6.1.1 to 6.2, I had to update the View agent on this RDS host. This update installation failed with an “Internal Error 25030”, followed by a rollback. Fortunately I had a snapshot, so I went back to the previous state and tried the update again.

PernixData Architect Software

With the general availability of PernixData FVP 3.1, PernixData released the first version of PernixData Architect. One of the biggest problems today is, that management tools are often focused on deployment and monitoring of applications or infrastructure. This doesn’t lead to a holistic view over applications and related data center infrastructure. You have to monitor at several points within the application stack and even then, you won’t get a holistic view.

Using VCSA as remote syslog - Don't forget the log rotation!

Important note: It seems that vCenter Server Appliance updates revert the changes. Please check the settings after each update! The VMware vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) can act as a remote syslog destition for ESXi hosts. This is very handy for troubleshooting and I really recommend to use this feature. But VMware ESXi hosts can be really chatty and therefore it’s a good idea to keep an eye on the free disk space of the VCSA.

HP offers 1TB StoreOnce VSA for free

A free StoreOnce VSA, like the well known 1 TB StoreVirtual VSA? That would be too cool to be real. But it is real! Since February, HP offers a free 1 TB version of their StoreOnce VSA. I totally missed this announcement, but thanks to Calvin Zito I noticed it today: Can you protect your data for free? Introducing the new free 1TB StoreOnce VSA — IT Godfather (@CalvinZito) April 19, 2015 The link leads to another blog post from Ashwin Shetty (Can you protect your data for free?

Top vBlog 2015: placed on #133

What a great show by Eric Siebert, David Davis, Simon Seagrave and their special guests Scott Davis from Infinio and John Troyer from TechReckoning! If you missed it, watch the recording! First, I want to thank Eric for his work. If you read tweets like these, you will get a bad conscience. This is the seventh year that Eric has organized and conducted the annual Top vBlog contest. He put so much work into this contest and this should be be recognized.

Tiering? Caching? Why it's important to differ between them.

Some days ago I talked to a colleague from our sales team and we discussed different solutions for a customer. I will spare you the details, but we discussed different solutions and we came across PernixData FVP, HP 3PAR Adaptive Optimization, HP 3PAR Adaptive Flash Cache and DataCore SANsymphony-V. And then the question of all questions came up: “What is the difference?”. Simplify, then add Lightness Lets talk about tiering. To make it simple: Tiering moves a block from one tier to another, depending on how often a block is accessed in a specific time.

My first impressions about PernixData FVP 2.5

On February 25, 2015 PernixData released the latest version of PernixData FVP. Even if it’s only a .5 release, FVP 2.5 adds some really cool features and improvements. New features are: Distributed Fault Tolerant Memory-Z (DFTM-Z) Intelligent I/O profiling Role-based access control (RBAC), and Network acceleration for NFS datastores Distributed Fault Tolerant Memory-Z (DFTM-Z) FVP 2.0 introduced support for server side memory as an acceleration resources. With this it was possible to use server side memroy to accelerate VM I/O operations.

vCenter Server Appliance: Troubleshooting full database partition

A customer of mine had within 6 months twice a full database partition on a VMware vCenter Server Appliance. After the first outage, the customer increased the size of the partition which is mounted to /storage/db. Some months later, some days ago, the vCSA became unresponsive again. Again because of a filled up database partition. The customer increased the size of the database partition again (~ 200 GB!!) and today I had time to take a look at this nasty vCSA.

Top vBlog 2015 Contest has started

If you are a frequent reader of virtualization blogs, then you may have heard about the vLaunchPad. It lists hundreds of VMware & virtualization blogs, as well as links to resources and other material. The vLaunchPad is managed by Eric Siebert (@ericsiebert, and he organizes year for year the annual Top vBlog voting contest. This year the Top vBlog contest is sponsored by Infinio. In the 2014 voting my “old” blog was voted on place 292 of 320.