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VMware View Tech Preview app for Android Tablet

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VMware has release the View app (Tech Preview) for Android Tablet. I have tested this on Windows XP and Windows 7 using View Manager and also Security Server on VMware View 4.6.  Both works very well. The Android Tablet used here is Asus Eee Pad Transformer.  Below is the picture of a connection made.  It works just like the app on iPad with the mouse pad and multiple finger gestures.
Asus Ee Pad Transformer with Honeycomb 3.2 which also comes with a keyboard dock which I have and it looks just like a netbook.
Could the future look like this with a simple hardware to access all desktop? With low hardware cost of SGD700 like what I have here a Wifi model.

Upgrade VMware Tools and virtual hardware with Update Manager

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Upgrade ESX/ESXi 4.x to ESXi 5.0 using Update Manager

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This video will demostrate how to upgrade your ESXi or ESXi 4.x server to ESXi 5.0 using the Update Manager 5.0 plug-in on vCenter 5.0.  Procedures to upgrade your vCenter is in the previous post.



Tested with ESX 4.x and ESXi 4.x which has a local datastore with VM in it.  Both upgrade with VUM complete successfully with datastore still intact and VM still exist.

The only different is that, when you browse the local datastore which was upgraded from ESX 4.x, you will find the esxconsole folder in it which you would not see this if it was upgraded from an ESXi 4.x.

Local datastore from ESX 4.x

Local datastore from ESXi 4.x

Update: Test with local datastore to test if it will be removed.

Next Post: vSphere 5 Migration White Paper and Tools 

Other related posts:
vSphere 5 vRAM Licensing
vSphere 5 ESXi 5 Installation
Upgrade vSphere vCenter 4.x to 5.0
Upgrade ESX/ESXi 4.x to ESXi 5.0 using Update Manager
Upgrade VMware Tools and virtual hardware with Update Manager

Upgrade vSphere vCenter 4.x to 5.0

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vSphere 5 vRAM Licensing

The new licensing scheme is used in vSphere 5. Unlike in vSphere 4, where vRAM is not taken into consideration rather the number of cores per socket.

Let do a refresh. In vSphere 4, for Enterprise edition is entitled to 6 cores per physical processor per server. For Advanced/Enterprise Plus edition, is entitled to 12 cores per physical processor.  As for the RAM limitation will be 256GB memory per host except Enterprise Plus which is unlimited.

An example would be follows:
1 server with 2 physical CPUs, each with 8 cores. This will require 2 x Enterprise Plus license.
If you apply 2 x Enterprise instead of Enterprise Plus license, only 6 cores per CPU will be used and 2 cores per CPU left idle.

Let's talk about vSphere 5 licensing. Before we begin, vSphere 5 have removed Advanced edition. A customers who is on Advanced Edition on vSphere 4 will be upgrade to vSphere 5 Enterprise.

vRAM entitlement is based on an edition per physical CPU (no more limitation of number of …

vSphere 5 ESXi 5 Installation

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Added this video to my start of video recording on vSphere 5.

Note that the minimum memory requirements is 2098MB from the initial 2048MB in ESX/ESXi 4.x.



Other related posts:
vSphere 5 vRAM Licensing
vSphere 5 ESXi 5 Installation
Upgrade vSphere vCenter 4.x to 5.0
Upgrade ESX/ESXi 4.x to ESXi 5.0 using Update Manager
Upgrade VMware Tools and virtual hardware with Update Manager

vSphere 5 compare with vSphere 4

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I have got the chance to play with vSphere 5 RTM release and rather than going through all the new features that can be found on VMware TV in youTube, I shall find some common features that are on both release and see the differences.

HA Admission Control Policy

vSphere 4
The Admission Control Policy for vSphere 4 as shown on the left in the percentage of cluster resources is fixed and irregardless of CPU or Memory the percentage is applied for both.








vSphere 5
In vSphere 5, notice that the percentage has be split out to memory and CPU. This updated percentage options, helps eliminate when you have like to specific different amount for CPU and memory with different tolerance.









Virtual Machines Options
vSphere 4
In the Virtual Machine Options, in was leave VM shutdown as the default value whenever Host Isolation is detected. Many of my customers actually thought this was the default value recommended by VMware and leave it as it is however whenever a host isolation is really found, thei…

Home Lab Setup

Here is a list of the item for my Home Lab
Intel Core2Quad 95504 x 4GB DDR2 800MHz Kingston ValueRamAsus P5Q-E Motherboard2 x Western Digital Sata2 500GB HarddiskCoolerMaster GX-550W PSUXFXForce Graphic card (this was board to play game when I was using windows back then)Thermaltake Casing1 x 2GB thumbdrive (Got free on a VMware event)ESXi 4.0 was installed on the machine. Did tried using 4.1 but there was an issue booting up after installation not sure why.

After which upgrade was done via CLI to 4.1. After which everything run smooth.