New free tool: Task Manager for Hyper-V

Task Manager for Hyper-V 1.0 is a new free tool from Veeam. Task Manager can connect to a individual Hyper-V hosts and display information about the host and the guest VMs. Real time CPU and memory utilization is displayed.  This can be useful when monitoring or troubleshoot Hyper-V server utilization. Task Manager for Hyper-V requires no installation and is free of charge.

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More information about Veeam Task Manager can be found here

Conflicting VIBS error when upgrading ESXi using the HP ESXi 5.5u1 ISO

When upgrading from VMware vSphere 5.1 Update 2 to vSphere 5.5 Update 1 using the HP 5.5u1 ISO (VMware-ESXi-5.5.0-Update1-1746018-HP-5.74.27-Jun2014) the following error occurred:

<CONFLICTING_VIBS ERROR:Vibs on the host are conflicting with vibs in metadata.Remove the conflicting VIBs or use Image Builder to create a custom ISO providing newer versions of the conflicting vibs. ['Broadcom_bootbank_net-bnx2 – 2.2.5d.v55.2-1OEM.550.0.0.1331820,'Broadcom_bootbank_net-bnx2x_bnx2 – 2.2.5d.v55.2-1OEM.550.0.0.1331820]>

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This issue occurs due to the version numbering of the Broadcom NX2 and Nx2x driver drivers within the HP Custom Image for ESXi 5.5 Update 1, which prevents the upgrade installation of these drivers in ESXi 5.5 Update 1.

To work around this issue use the VMware-ESXi-5.5.0-Update1-1623387-HP-5.73.21-Mar2014.iso. After the upgrade use VMware Update Manager to install the latest patches. Another work around is tocreate custom ISO with the “HP 5.5u1 ISO (VMware-ESXi-5.5.0-Update1-1746018-HP-5.74.27-Jun2014” using  ESXi Image Builder.

More information about this issue can be found here:

  • VMware Community thread, link
  • VMware KB article, link

Installing Update rollup 3 for System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager

Update rollup 3 for System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager is released this week. This update includes a Linux guest agent upgrade to support the following new operating systems:

  • Ubuntu Linux 14.04 (32-bit)
  • Ubuntu Linux 14.04 (64-bit)

This update also includes the following:

  • Host DHCP extension driver upgrade
  • Several performance improvements??????
  • Several Management Pack package improvements

And a huge list of issues that are fixed. More information can be found in the Microsoft KB article found here, link.

The update can be installed by using Windows Update, WSUS or manual downloading the files and execute them. After the installation of Update rollup 3 execute the SQL Script against the SCVMM database. The SQL script is listed in the Microsoft KB. Don’t forget to update the VMM agents on all the infrastructure server.

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The update of the VMM agents doesn’t require a reboot. The Update Rollup 3 agent version is 3.2.7672.0.

Host DHCP extension driver upgrade

Update Rollup 3 includes an VMM DHCP server extension update for the Hyper-V host.  When using Hyper-V Network Virtualization networks with dynamic IP address allocation, the VM may not get an IP address for a few minutes after the reboot. The new DHCP extension fix this problem. To check the DHCP Extension driver version use the following PowerShell command on the Hyper-V host:

Get-WmiObject -Class win32_product -Filter ‘Name = “Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager DHCP Server(x64)”‘

The new Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager DHCP Server (x64) version is 3.2.7672.0. More information about the installation can be found here.

For more tips see my earlier blog post “Tips for deploying SCVMM 2012 R2 Rollup 2”, Link.

VMware Horizon View Optimization Guide for Windows 7 and Windows 8 white paper update

VMware released an updated version of the “VMware Horizon with View Optimization Guide for Windows 7 and Windows 8” whitepaper. This white paper discuss the necessary information for optimizing a Windows 7 or Windows 8 virtual desktop image for VMware Horizon View using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) or use a script-based approach.

The updated (July 15, 2014) “VMware Horizon with View Optimization Guide for Windows 7 and Windows 8” whitepaper can be found here. Link

Changelog scripts:

Removed on 03 June 2014
The following code was removed to fix issues with IE10, IE11, and Adobe Acrobat:
rem reg ADD “HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory
Management” /v MoveImages /t REG_DWORD /d 0×0 /f

Removed on 11 February 2014
Rem Remove recycling bin
reg ADD “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\
policies\Explorer” /v NoRecycleFiles /t REG_DWORD /d 0×1 /f

Updated version of the VMware OS Optimization Tool

The VMware Labs Flings has an updated version of the “VMware OS Optimalization Tool”. The VMware OS Optimization Tool helps optimize Windows 7/8/2008/2012 systems for use with VMware Horizon View. New enhancements are:

  • Updated templates for Windows 7/8 – based on VMware’s OS Optimization Guide
  • New templates for Windows 2008/2012 RDSH servers for use as a desktop
  • Single portal EXE design for ease of deployment and distribution
  • Combination of Remote and Local tools into one tool
  • Better template management, with built in and user-definable templates
  • Results report export feature.

The VMware OS Optimization Tool can be found here, link

Veeam v8 is coming

The new version of Veeam is called “Veeam Availability Suite v8”.

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The Veeam Availability Suite v8 has improvements in the following areas:

  • High Speed Recovery
  • Data Loss Avoidance
  • Verified Protection
  • Leverage Data
  • Complete Visibility

HIGH-SPEED RECOVERY

Enables low recovery time objectives (RTOs) of <15 minutes; enables rapid recovery of the data customers want, in the form that they want it. Features are:

  • Instant VM Recovery
  • Instant File-Level Recovery
  • NEW v8 Veeam Explorer™ for Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, SQL
  • Server,Active Directory
  • NEW v8 Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots (HP and NetApp)

DATA LOSS AVOIDANCE

Avoids data loss by enabling low recovery point objectives (RPOs) of < 15 minutes and facilitating offsite data protection. New features v8 are:

  • 2-in-1: backup and replication
  • Built-in WAN Acceleration
  • Native tape support
  • NEW v8 Backup from Storage Snapshots (HP and NetApp)
  • NEW v8 EMC Data Domain Boost
  • NEW v8 Veeam Cloud Connect
  • NEW v8 End-to-end encryption
  • NEW v8 Replication enhancements

VERIFIED PROTECTION

Reliably restores files, applications and virtual servers when needed; ensures business resiliency through automated backup and DR testing.

  • SureBackup
  • SureReplica

LEVERAGE DATA

Eliminates the risks associated with application deployment; allows you to test changes in a production‐like environment before actually deploying them.

  • Virtual Lab

COMPLETE VISIBILITY

Provides monitoring and alerting tools so that you can discover and be alerted to issues in your IT environment before they have a significant impact.

  • Complete visibility of the Veeam backup infrastructure
  • vSphere Web Client Plug-in
  • vCloud Director integration
  • Centralized management

The Veeam Availability Suite v8 is scheduled for Q3 2014.  More information can be found here, link.