About one month ago a new VMware vCenter Converter Standalone was released.
You will find the release note for build 1087880 here, respectively you can download the Converter Standalone SDK 5.1 from here. In contrast to the past it is only available in English.
The new version has some interesting innovations:
• it supports Microsoft Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012
• support for machines with GUID Partition Table disks (GPT) – long awaited!
• and support for machines with UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface)
• support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
• support for virtual hardware version 9
If you have to convert older operating systems (like Microsoft Windows Server 2000, NT,…) you should backup your older versions of VMware Converter Standalone, because this version is only supporting Microsoft Server 2003 and newer.
Releasenote VMware COnverter Standalone 5.1
Download VMware Converter Standalone SDK 5.1
VMware just released a patch for the issue descriped in KB 2048655 (ESXi host fails with a purple diagnostic screen and reports the error: #PF Exception 14 in world wwww:VMName IP 0xnnnnnn addr 0xnnnnn).
You will find deeper information about the patch here: KB 2051212
You can apply the patch through VMware Update Manager as usual.
If you have to install it manually download the ZIP file and install the VIB using the command “esxcli software vib”.
It is very difficult to find information or a list about supported USB and SD devices to deploy ESXi 5.x (or ESXi 4.x).
If you search in the VMware Knowledge Base, you will find KB 1010574 (VMware support for USB/SD devices used for installing VMware ESXi) – but there is only a hint to use a device that is approved by the server vendor. Unfortunately it is very time consuming to search for this information on the vendors websites.
Therefore I have arranged a list where you will find information about supported devices from some well-known vendors.
If you have more information about supported devices from vendors not listed – please leave a comment or write me a short mail:
Hewlett Packard – HP:
HP 4GB SD Enterprise Performance Flash Media Kit #580387-B21
Source: link to ibm.com
You will find information about supported USB and SD devices in the VMware vSphere 5 on Dell PowerEdge and Storage Systems Compatibility Matrix at page 10.
At the moment Veeam is running a countdown, announcing new features from Veeam Backup & Replications v7.
Up to now seven new features were presented to the public:
#1 vCloud Director
#2 vSphere Web Client
#3 Veeam Explorer for MS SharePoint
#4 Virtual Lab for Hyper-V
#5 Archive to Tape
#6 Enhanced 1-Click Restore
#7 Virtual Lab for VMware Replicas
Feature number seven was the most exciting one for me. It enables you to create a functional but isolated copy of your production environment – or as Veeam says: Put your replicas to work.
If you take a look at the blog post you will see how this feature works. Veeam is using a Proxy Appliance which supports masquerading. Therefore, it is possible to connect to the virtual lab from your production network, but there is no chance for the Lab-VMs to establish a connections back as they are completely isolated.
Think about the opportunities this feature will offer to you:
• test new policies, patches and upgrades in a copy of your production environment without fear
• train and instruct new colleagues in a live environment
• troubleshoot issues without endangering your production
• try new software
In the next days Veeam will announce some more new features – you can sign up for updates here: Veeam Backup & Replications v7.
The event will take place from octobre 15 to 17 in Barcelona again.
Registration is already open – so do not hesitate to convince your boss that VMworld 2013 is a must-to-visit event for everyone working with the products from VMware.
Here are some top reasons why you should not miss VMworld 2013 this year:
• nowhere else you will get deeper information about virtualization and cloud computing technologies
• Get access to the Hands-on-Labs (HOLs) – try new and established products in an interactive learning environment
• learn more about VMware’s visions for the future in the General Sessions
• get in touch with the experts: a lot of experts from different vendors are available to answer your questions
• networking… meet with peers from around the world and across the industry
• Solutions exchange: discover the hottest virtualization trends, presented by more than 250 companies
• last but not least – have a great time at the VMworld Party and enjoy the city of Barcelona!