Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Free VMware Fusion and Workstation Licenses

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During yesterday VMWorld's General Session, VMware has announced free Fusion 8.5 and Workstation 12.5 Licenses.

You heard it right.  FREE !!!

It shows VMware commitment with the community and appreciation of your loyalty throughout the years.

It has been told that the license will be handled through the VMWorld App, but I figured out there's also a website you can request your license.

Once you registered you will receive your it within 24 hours.

Don't miss the opportunity, get your free license now.

Friday, August 26, 2016

VMworld 2016 Live

VMworld 2016 is fast approaching, from August 28th to September 01st, you will hear and learn from specialists and partners all the news about networking, computing, virtualization, DevOps, storage, hyper-converged and more;
There’ll be 4 days of innovation to accelerate your journey to a software-defined business from mobile devices to the data center and the cloud.

I know that not all of us will be able to make it, but you can still be part of it watching the General Sessions remotely.

On Monday at 09:00 am (PT) VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger discusses VMware’s industry perspective on digital business and the state of the cloud, as well as how VMware is empowering its customers to innovate in this new era of multiple clouds.

On Tuesday at 09:00 am (PT) VMware’s Executive Vice President and General Manager of End-User Computing Sanjay Poonen and Global Head of Marketing & Communications, VMware Chief Technology Officer Ray O’Farrell and a group of senior executives across VMware business units highlight how VMware is enhancing the user experience by simplifying the development, deployment and security of all apps, no matter where they’re running.

Register today and don’t miss the show !!!

Monday, August 22, 2016

VMware – EUC Summit – Digital Workspace Experience

That’s for my friends down here in Brazil.
End user access, mobile security, remote access and virtual desktops are recurrent topics on every organization these days.

So, why not to learn from VMware’s specialist and partners how to proper manage such dynamic and challenge environment without abdicate of security.

On September 15th VMware will be holding the EUC Summit event in São Paulo, covering topics like mobility, virtualized applications, VDI, mobile security and more.

Did I mention it’s FREE ??

Register yourself and guarantee your spot before it runs out !!!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

RDM Disk corruption on Microsoft Failover Cluster

Recently I’ve been working on a fresh new vSphere 6 environment and we wanted to test a new functionality, vMotion of clustered guest VMs with RDM.

We created and configured Windows Server Failover Cluster solution (WSFC) in accordanced with VMware's Best Practices and then vMotion it to another hosts, as expected successfully !!!

Then we decided to change the Multi Path Policy of the RDM disk to Round Robin, already supported since vSphere 5.5, when we vMotion the clustered guest VM ,in this specific scenario, we faced a disk corruption on the WSFC solution.

Checking the guest OS you would see a few events:

Source: NTFS
Event ID: 57
Message: The system failed to flush data to the transaction log. Corruption may occur.

 At this point the RDM (Raw Device Mapping) disk was not online anymore.

Source: FailoverClustering
Event ID: 1066
Message: Cluster disk resource indicates corruption for volume

 Trying to bring the disk online again is useless. The disk is fully corrupted by now.

Source: NTFS
Event ID: 55
Message: The file system structure on the disk is corrupted and unusable. Please run chkdsk utility on the volume.

We get not luck to repair the disk even running check-disk and we had to restore the data back from a backup.

Well, after some extensive troubleshooting, it has been confirmed by VMware, it was a bug when the use of these two things in combination.

-       vMotion of the guest VM with RDM.
-       RDM disk configured with Round Robin as Path Selection Policy.

Luckily VMware, has already released the hotfix that fixes this bug on March, 04th.

If you are in an environment like that, it's extremely recommended that you install this hotfix as soon as possible.

If for some reason you cannot install the hotfix, there’s a workaround that will prevent the disk corruption. Just change your Policy Multi Path to FIXED.
That’s it, the bug just occurs when the PMP is set to Round Robin.

See you…

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