RTFM Education – Virtualization, VMware, Citrix

April 1, 2010  6:06 AM

The VMware Express Virtualization Tour; VMware’s many acquisitions: What does it all mean?

Michelle Laverick Michelle Laverick Profile: Michelle Laverick

Here in the United Kingdom it’s election year and very soon our respective politicians will be climbing aboard their battle buses to convince the weary voters to place an X in the respective spot. In a not dissimilar way, a battle bus is touring the U.S., showcasing the latest and greatest virtualization from VMware in the shape of the VMware Express. The VMware Express is a 16-wheeler truck, jam-packed with VMware technologies and showcases VMware’s flagship vSphere and View products.

Read on…

March 29, 2010  6:04 AM

Next Northern (UK) VMUG meeting

Michelle Laverick Michelle Laverick Profile: Michelle Laverick

as cannibalised from Tom Howarth’s planetvm.net blog:


I think I might be speaking – just doing the Virtualization News slot – not sure yet!

March 15, 2010  5:40 AM

eInterview with Mike Laverick – Veteran Virtualisation vExpert

Michelle Laverick Michelle Laverick Profile: Michelle Laverick

I recently did an eInterview for the guys at Xtravirt.com… What is an eInterview. Sounds fancy, huh. Well, its basically a list of questions. You right your answer inline, and then it gets published. Now is that a eMarvel of modern technology.

  1. We received a copy of your new vSphere 4 Implementation book in the post this week. It looks like you have done a great job again! Can we expect to see other publications from you in future?
  2. Back in January you announced that you had signed a deal with SearchVMware.Com. Can you tell us more about this?
  3. What does a typical week in the life of Mike Laverick look like?
  4. What do you think the biggest shift has been in Virtualisation over the past year?
  5. What do you think will be the main focus area for virtualisation adopters in 2010?
  6. We have seen a number of clients starting to seriously look at deploying Virtual Desktops. Any tips for people looking at doing this?
  7. What do you feel is the most overlooked or misunderstood component of a Virtual Infrastructure?
  8. For people new to virtualisation, what’s a good way for them to network with their peers?
  9. What are your favourite ways to chill out after a hard day at the office?

and these are my answers:


March 3, 2010  9:12 AM

Mac+Citrix ICA Client and Temporary Licenses

Michelle Laverick Michelle Laverick Profile: Michelle Laverick

I recently made the move over to using an Apple MBP, and was able to find the full Mac Client for my new laptop. The wheels came off when it came to licensing. Seems like I had temporary license on my MBP which when it expired wouldn’t be cleared. It took some google-wacking to find how to clear the cached temporary Microsoft CAL and Citrix CAL before I could connect again. So partly for my own future referrence, and partly to help others I thought I would document this process…

Firstly, started by clearing out the BUCKETS for non-windows clients which is held on the Citrix MetaFrame/Presentation Servers. This is located in the registry in \HKLM \Software \Citrix \MS Licensing followed by the Bucket ID

Next on the Mac, delete the CitrixID file held in Macintosh HD/Users/UserName/Library/Preferences/Citrix ICA Client/

Then finally, for good measure delete the contents of the Windows location for licensing (used if you RDP into the Citrix MetaFrame/Presentation server this located in /users /Shared /Microsoft /RDC Crucial Server Information

March 2, 2010  7:32 AM

From TechTarget

Michelle Laverick Michelle Laverick Profile: Michelle Laverick

Here’s a round up of my favourite articles on the TechTarget site. VDI is a hot hot hot topic this week. At the top of my agenda this year is getting familiar with the XenDesktop product – and these need to know articles do help in that process.

What you need to know about Citrix XenDesktop 4
A relatively complete product, XenDesktop 4 may be the VDI platform for you. Find out what it offers and if it’s a good fit for your enterprise.

VMware vies for virtual desktop dominance with View 4.5
VMware’s View 4.5 won’t be out until later this year. But sources said the VDI software has better management and tighter integration with ThinApp.

On the humorous side the co.uk arm of the TechTarget team has this fun post/round of “news’. I think they work for the Onion down in that London! :-)

From SearchVirtualDataCentre.co.uk…
The Virtual Vidalia: EMC recruits top 25 bloggers; VMware fanboy upset Hyper-V doesn’t suck

In this edition: EMC has offered all top 25 VMware bloggers according to vSphere-land.com jobs; a VMware aficionado is deeply saddened that Microsoft Hyper-V R2 isn’t a ‘humungous flop’; a virtualization architect’s family still doesn’t understand what he does despite multiple explanation attempts; CBS contemplates “Survivor Island: The Virtualization Administrator”; and the mystery behind who @jtroyer follows on Twitter.

March 2, 2010  7:18 AM

Using EMC’s Storage Viewer 2.1

Michelle Laverick Michelle Laverick Profile: Michelle Laverick

In this quick little tip I show you how you can use EMC Storage Viewer – to bridge the gap between the information you see in EMC NaviSphere application and the information you see in vSphere4. For years VMware Admins have struggled to map their datastores in ESX to the underlying LUN on the storage array. Not any longer they don’t. And like NetApps RCU and VSC – the EMC Plug-in is for free!

Click Here to read more:

March 2, 2010  7:03 AM

Getting Started with the NetApp Rapid Clone Utility 3.0

Michelle Laverick Michelle Laverick Profile: Michelle Laverick

Here’s all the articles I wrote about the NetApp Rapid Clone Utility 3.0 available on TechTarget.com. The three articles build as series to show you the full functionality of the NetApp RCU 3.0. At the time I wrote this – 3.0 was in beta but I imagine it has GA’d now.

Part one of the series describes what the RCU can do, and how its setup. Part 2 covers how you can provision new volumes from the NetApp Filer, and mount them to each and every ESX host as click of mouse. Finally, part 3 covers how you can quickly clone many VMs using the RCU – and then make those cloned desktops accessible by VMware View or Citrix XenDesktop

Part 1: Initial First-Time Configuration

Part 2: Deploying new datastores

Part 3: Cloning Virtual Machines

February 23, 2010  5:04 AM

The Virtual Desktop Mole

Michelle Laverick Michelle Laverick Profile: Michelle Laverick

Following on from my recent “Chinwag” with Gabrie Van Zanten, this blogpost compares the relative merits of VMware View and Citrix XenDesktop. It raises the issue that a VDI project does offer the tempting possibility of considering other virtualization vendors other than VMware. It also posits the idea that by diversifying your virtual portfolio to be more multi-vendor you might reduce your dependency on a single virtualization vendor, build the virtualization team out of the striaght-jacket of being a VMware-One-Trick-Pony – and although your organization to really play one virtualization vendor of against another from a licensing perspective.

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February 19, 2010  5:53 AM

Microsoft Virtualization Q&A – Tues 23rd Feb 2010

Michelle Laverick Michelle Laverick Profile: Michelle Laverick

There’s a live Q&A with the Microsoft virtualization team next Tuesday (23rd February) from 4pm to 7pm on Vistaheads. Representatives from Microsoft, including Senior Product Manager for System Center Virtual Machine Manager Edwin Yuen, will be fielding questions and contributing to discussions about the future of the virtualization industry. Topics for discussion will include:

  • Security – Are you ensuring that your VM is as secure as your physical machines? How are you managing this?
  • Cloud – Is the cloud the future? Is virtualization yesterday’s news?
  • Live Migration – has the introduction of Live Migration to Hyper-V made Microsoft competitive?
  • Features – What features would you like to see included on Hyper-V? What would provide the most benefit to you and why?
  • VDI – What are your experiences of using VDI?
  • General – Any other comments or advice for users on using Hyper-V and virtualization platforms

The event will be taking place here: http://www.vistaheads.com/forums/microsoft-virtualization-q-tues-23rd-feb-2010. This even will provide the virtualization community with a chance to engage directly with key decision makers at Microsoft.

February 17, 2010  6:52 AM

Introducing NetApp Rapid Clone Utility 3.0 (Part 1 & 2)

Michelle Laverick Michelle Laverick Profile: Michelle Laverick

In this series of articles, we will be looking at the new generation of VMware vSphere 4 plug-ins that make it increasingly easier to see your storage from the vCenter/vSphere client. In addition, you will learn how the NetApp Rapid Cloning Utility is not just a virtual machine (VM) copying tool, but also allows you to quickly and easily create and mount new data stores without needing access to the storage management tools.

This is a must-read series for VMware admins who maintain and manage their own storage, and for storage admins who want to offload the burden of provisioning new storage to their VMware guys.

Part 1
Part 2

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