RVTools 3.9.3 vSphere 6.5 Supported

Version Info

Version 3.9.3 (March, 2017)

  • Bug fix: unhandled exception in decrypt function solved

Version 3.9.2 (February, 2017)

  • Migrated RVTools to use .NET Framework version 4
  • Migrated RVTools to use NPOI 2.1.3.1
  • Support for vSphere 6.5
  • Improved logon performance
  • RVTools will no longer write messages to the Windows eventlog
  • All VM related tab pages now have a new column: OS according to the VMware Tools
  • All tab pages now have a new column: VI SDK Server
  • All tab pages column vCenter UUID renamed to VI SDK UUID
  • vInfo tab page: new column VI SDK API version
  • Export to Excel will now use xlsx format
  • Export to Excel all columns are now auto sized
  • Excel worksheet names will use same name as the tab page names
  • Annotations fields can now be excluded! See preference window
  • vPartition tab page new column: Consumed MB
  • vHealth _replica directories are excluded for zombie checks
  • *_sesparse.vmdk files are excluded for zombie checks
  • New tab page with license information
  • New PasswordEncryption application added with which you can encrypt your password
  • RVTools command line interface accepts now encrypted passwords
  • Bug fix: URL Link to online version info issue solved.

http://www.robware.net/rvtools/

VMware AppVolumes the solution for Microsoft Outlook Cache problem with Office 365

Yesterday i attendant Experts Live. I followed the session: Winning hearts and minds of your users with an optimized VDI environment

I saw a interesting thing Using VMware App Volumes and User Environment Manager to Store the Microsoft Outlook Cache (.OST)

Interesting thing to test Smile

For Emergency case Shutdown all Running VM’s

In Emergency case (Power Lost, Backup Power Won’t Start, UPS battery gone bad) it’s fine that you have a script that will shutdown every running VM

######################################################################
# Shutdown All VM’s at Once Emergency case
######################################################################>
CLS
# write-host “Shutdown All VM’s at Once Emergency case”
$viserver = Read-Host ‘What is the name of the Virtual Center Server?’

$choice = “”
while ($choice -notmatch “[y|n]”){
     $choice = read-host “ARE YOU SURE ALL VM’s WILL SHUTDOWN? (Y/N)”
     }

if ($choice -eq “y”){
     Connect-VIServer $viserver
     $vmservers=Get-VM | Where-Object {$_.powerstate -eq ‘PoweredOn’}
     $vmservers | Shutdown-VMGuest -Confirm:$false
     }

Fix “Already Used” status VMware Horizon View

When linked-clone desktops are not cleanly logged off and the “Refresh on logoff” policy is used, VMware Horizon View marks the desktop as “Already used” and blocks other users from accessing the machine.

This “Already Used” state is a default VMware security feature which prevents other users from accessing the previous user’s data and allows a VMware Horizon View administrator to investigate potential problems with the desktop.

The VMware Horizon View desktop can also go into the “Already Used” state if a virtual machine is powered on on another ESXi host in the cluster in response to an HA event, or if it was shut down without reporting to the broker that the user had logged out.

The problem with this “Already Used” state is that the default within VMware Horizon View waits until a View Administrator actually does something to resolve the issue.

To resolve the “Already Used” issue, you can

  • Refresh or delete the desktop through teh VMware Horizon View Administrator console (this is a manual action)
  • Set an LDAP attribute pae-DirtyVMPolicy in the VMware Horizon View ADAM database under OU=Server Groups,DC=vdi, DC=vmware, DC=int
    • pae-DirtyVMPolicy=0 – This is the default behavior of leaving the desktop in the error state and not available for use.
    • pae-DirtyVMPolicy=1 – This allows desktops that were not cleanly logged off to be available without being refreshed. The desktop is available in the pool for another user.
    • pae-DirtyVMPolicy=2 – This setting will automatically refresh a desktop in the “already used” state and make it available again in the pool.

I prefer to set the pae-DirtyVMPolicy to 2 so “Already Used” situations will be automatically resolved by VMware Horizon View.

Changing the pae-DirtyVMPolicy needs to be done for each pool.

Manual method of setting the pae-DirtyVMPolicy value:

  • Start the ADSI Edit utility on your VMware Horizon View Connection Server host. Go to Start > Programs > ADAM > ADAM ADSI Edit.
  • Select or type a Distinguished Name or connect to DC=vdi, DC=vmware, DC=int.
  • Select or type a domain or server to localhost:389.
  • Locate the OU=Server Groups for editing.
  • Under the Server Groups OU, double-click CN=pool_name. This opens the properties of the CN.
  • Click the pae-DirtyVmPolicy attribute and click Edit.
  • Set the pae-DirtyVmPolicy attribute

PowerCLI method of setting the pae-DirtyVMPolicy value:

  • Create a function “Set-DirtyVMPolicy”

function Set-DirtyVmPolicy([string]$desktopid, [int]$policy) {
     $pool = [ADSI](“LDAP://localhost:389/cn=” + $desktopid + “,ou=server groups,dc=vdi,dc=vmware,dc=int”)
     $pool.put(“pae-DirtyVmPolicy”, $policy )
     $pool.setinfo()
     }

  • Run the function on the desktop pool

Set-DirtyVMPolicy -desktopid <yourdesktoppoolid> -policy 2

AlreadyUsed

References: Ituda & TheFinalByte

ESXi host that is disconnected or not responding in VMware vCenter Server

ESXi

ALT-F1 = Switches to the console
ALT-F2 = Switches to the DCUI

Restart the Management agents on an ESXi or ESX host

From the Local Console or SSH:

Log in to SSH or Local console as root.
Run these commands:

/etc/init.d/hostd restart
/etc/init.d/vpxa restart

RVTools version 3.8 is now available

RVTools is a windows .NET 2.0 application which uses the VI SDK to display information about your virtual machines and ESX hosts. Interacting with VirtualCenter. RVTools is able to list information about VMs, CPU, Memory, Disks, Partitions, Network, Floppy drives, CD drives, Snapshots, VMware tools, Resource pools, Clusters, ESX hosts, HBAs, Nics, Switches, Ports, Distributed Switches, Distributed Ports, Service consoles, VM Kernels, Datastores, Multipath info and health checks. With RVTools you can disconnect the cd-rom or floppy drives from the virtual machines and RVTools is able to update the VMware Tools installed inside each virtual machine to the latest version.
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Version 3.8 (March, 2016)

  • VI SDK reference changed from 5.5 to 6.0
  • on vInfo tab page new field: ChangeVersion unique identifier for a given version of the configuration
  • on vInfo tab page new field: HA VM Monitoring status
  • on vInfo tab page new fields: Number of supported monitors and Video RAM in KB.
  • on vInfo tab page new field: Config status.
  • Config issues are visible on the vHealth tab page
  • on vInfo tab page new field: OS according to the VMware Tools
  • on vTools tab page new fields: App state, App heartbeat status and Kernel crash state
  • on vTools tab page new fields: Operations availability, State change support and
  • Interactive Guest Operations availability
  • on vHost tab page new field: NTPD running state.
  • NTP issues are visible on the vHealth tab page
  • on vHost tab page new field: Config status.
  • Config issues are visible on the vHealth tab page
  • on vCluster tab page new field: Config status.
  • Config issues are visible on the vHealth tab page
  • on vDatastore tab page new field: Config status.
  • Config issues are visible on the vHealth tab page
  • on vSC+VMK tab page new fields: IP 6 Address and IP 6 Gateway
  • all VM related tab pages now have a VM Object ID and VM UUID columnsall VM related tab pages now have powerstate and template columns
  • all tab pages. Now have a vCenter UUID column (= unique identifier for a vCenterServer)
  • all VM related tab pages. The Custom Attributes columns are now ordered alphabetically
  • all tab pages. A select is now a full row select so it is easier to follow the information across many columns
  • bug fix: Refresh data issue on vRP and vCluster tab pages solved
  • bug fix: Filter issue on vCluster tab page solved
  • bug fix: On vInfo tab page the HA information was not filled with cluster default values
  • bug fix: Content Libraries vmdk files are no longer reported as possible zombie files
  • bug fix: msi installer sometimes installs RVTools in root of c:\ drive. This is solved now.

Virtualization 2.0 For Dummies

Virtualizing your servers was the first step to achieving cost savings, high availability, and greater IT efficiency. But as your business is evolving and growing, your virtualized infrastructure needs to do the same – leading to the next-generation data center running on Virtualization 2.0.
In Virtualization 2.0 For Dummies®, we will explore:

  • How Virtualization 2.0 can deliver improved visibility, optimized planning and more predictive control through capacity management and performance monitoring
  • A deep dive into virtualization beyond the server, including operations management, virtualized backup, storage, and networking
  • How to prepare your IT environment for the next steps in your virtualization journey, with advice on storage options and security
  • Technical tips, best practices, and links to in-depth resources to help you save time setting up, managing, and troubleshooting

New release RVTools, version 3.6

Rob de Veij released today TVTools version 3.6, the release notes:

  • New tabpage with cluster information
  • New tabpage with multipath information
  • On vInfo tabpage new fields HA Isolation response and HA restart priority
  • On vInfo tabpage new fields Cluster affinity rule information
  • On vInfo tabpage new fields connection state and suspend time
  • On vInfo tabpage new field The vSphere HA protection state for a virtual machine (DAS Protection)
  • On vInfo tabpage new field quest state.
  • On vCPU tabpage new fields Hot Add and Hot Remove information
  • On vCPU tabpage cpu/socket/cores information adapted
  • On vHost tabpage new fields VMotion support and storage VMotion support
  • On vMemory tabpage new field Hot Add
  • On vNetwork tabpage new field VM folder.
  • On vSC_VMK tabpage new field MTU
  • RVToolsSendMail: you can now also set the mail subject
  • Fixed a datastore bug for ESX version 3.5
  • Fixed a vmFolder bug when started from the commandline
  • Improved documentation for the commandline options

Latest Version: 3.6 | February, 2014
Download | Documentation

Free e-learning course – Virtualizing Microsoft Exchange 2013 on VMware vSphere 5 Fundamentals

This self paced free eLearning course illustrates why organizations need to consider virtualizing Exchange 2013 on VMware vSphere. This course focuses on Exchange design prerequisites and considerations, when virtualizing Exchange 2013.
It also describes design, sizing, and implementation guidelines and best practices, that should be followed as part of a structured design and implementation methodology.

The course consists of three modules:

  • Introduction to Virtualizing Microsoft Exchange 2013 provides an overview of the challenges that organizations typically face when deploying Microsoft Exchange 2013 on physical hardware, and how these challenges can be addressed by virtualizing Exchange on VMware vSphere. This module also describes the benefits that organizations can realize by virtualizing Exchange 2013 on the vSphere platform.
  • Designing the Virtualized Exchange Environment evaluates the prerequisites for designing an Exchange 2013 solution when deployed in a virtualized environment. This module also covers the design considerations and guidelines for designing and sizing Exchange 2013 on vSphere.
  • Implementing the Virtualized Exchange Solution covers various implementation options that should be considered when virtualizing Exchange 2013 on the vSphere platform. This module also discusses several implementation considerations that should be factored into an Exchange 2013 design. Finally, this module discusses how to monitor and test the performance of Exchange 2013 on VMware vSphere.

Virtualizing Microsoft Exchange 2013 on VMware vSphere [V5.X] Fundamentals

Thnx to Eric Sloof