Oracle Real Application Clusters on VMware Virtual SAN

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This solution addresses the common business challenges discussed in the previous section that CIOs face today in an online transaction processing (OLTP) environment that requires availability, reliability, scalability, predictability and cost-effective storage, which helps customers design and implement optimal configurations specifically for Oracle RAC Database on Virtual SAN. Key Results The following highlights validate that Virtual SAN is an enterprise-class storage solution suitable for Oracle RAC Database: Predictable and highly available Oracle RAC OLTP performance on Virtual SAN Simple design methodology that eliminates operational and maintenance complexity of traditional SAN Sustainable solution for enterprise Tier-1 Database Management System (DBMS) application platform Validated architecture that reduces implementation and operational risks Integrated technologies to provide unparalleled availability, business continuity (BC), and disaster recovery (DR) Efficient backup and recovery solution using Oracle RMAN
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VMware Virtual SAN 6.1 Stretched Cluster Bandwidth Sizing Guidance

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The purpose of this document is to explain how to size bandwidth requirements for Virtual SAN in Stretched Cluster configurations. This document only covers the Virtual SAN network bandwidth requirements. In Stretched Cluster configurations, two data fault domains have one or more hosts, and the third fault domain contains a witness host or witness appliance. In this document each data fault domain will be referred to as a site.Virtual SAN Stretched Cluster configurations can be spread across distances, provided bandwidth and latency requirements are met. The bandwidth requirement between the main sites is highly dependant on the workload to be run on Virtual SAN, amount of data, and handling and failure scenarios. Under normal operating conditions, the basic bandwidth requirements are:  
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Virtualizing PerformanceCritical Database Applications in VMware vSphere 6.0

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The performance parity between bare-metal and virtualised servers is an accepted fact today. But what about the most demanding applications, such as monster virtual machines running databases and transaction processing applications? Experiments in this paper demonstrate that VMware vSphere 6.0 virtual machines run out of the box at 90% of the performance of native systems even for the most demanding workloads at the highest throughput levels. Download the Performance Study Technical Whitepaper
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20 VMware VMworld 2015 Sessions now available

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As you know one of my favourite vendor conferences took place in San Francisco this week which was VMware VMworld 2015, if you were unfortunate not to attend then Eric Sloof has created the below list of 20 sessions now available on Youtube.  My other favourite is Citrix Synergy 2015 which will be in Orlando :-) EUC5404 Deliver High Performance Desktops with VMware Horizon and NVIDIA GRID vGPU EUC5020 The “Snappy” Virtual Desktop User Experience EUC6807 The Future of End User Computing HBC4849 vCloud Air 2015 - Getting Started with Hybrid Cloud HBC6629 No App is an Island INF4528 vCenter Server Appliance VCSA Best Practices & Tips Tricks INF4586 Take Virtualization to the Next Level vSphere with Operations Management INF5975 vCenter Server Appliance as First Choice VC MGT5360 Introducing Application Self…
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What’s New in VMware Site Recovery Manager 6.1

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Site Recovery Manager provides unique capabilities to create, maintain, and non-disruptively test disaster recovery plans without the need for manual runbooks. The ability to automate the disaster recovery planning, maintenance, and testing process enables significant operational efficiencies. VMware has expanded the capabilities of Site Recovery Manager with the new version 6.1 release, which delivers unprecedented levels of protection and functionality as well as new use cases through the addition of capabilities such as storage policy based protection groups, support for stretched storage with orchestrated vMotion, and enhanced integration with VMware NSX. This paper will provide an overview of the new capabilities of Site Recovery Manager 6.1 and how they help reduce exposure to risk and improve operational efficiencies. Below is a quick 3 minute overview video of SRM 6.1 [embed]https://youtu.be/drOdnRaDZ4Q[/embed]
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VMware vSphere 6 Metro Storage Cluster Recommended Practices

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VMware vSphere® Metro Storage Cluster (vMSC) is a specific configuration within the VMware Hardware Compatibility List (HCL). These configurations are commonly referred to as stretched storage clusters or metro storage clusters and are implemented in environments where disaster and downtime avoidance is a key requirement.   This best practices document was developed to provide additional insight and information for operation of a vMSC infrastructure in conjunction with VMware vSphere. This paper explains how vSphere handles specific failure scenarios, and it discusses various design considerations and operational procedures. For detailed information about storage implementations, refer to documentation provided by the appropriate VMware storage partner.  
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VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 6.0

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vCenter Converter supports many source physical machines, including Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows Server and Linux. It also supports third-party disk images from Microsoft Hyper-V, Virtual Server and Virtual PC; Parallels Desktop; Symantec System Recovery; Norton Ghost; Acronis and StorageCraft.  Multiple simultaneous conversions enable large-scale virtualization implementations. Quiescing and snapshotting of the guest operating system on the source machine before migrating the data ensures conversion reliability. Hot cloning makes conversions non-disruptive, with no source server downtime or reboot. Sector-based copying enhances cloning and conversion speed. Support for cold cloning (conversion that requires server downtime and reboot) is available, in addition to hot cloning. Multiple simultaneous conversions enable large-scale virtualization implementations. Centralized management console allows users to queue up and monitor multiple simultaneous remote, as well as local, conversions. Easy-to-use wizards…
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Deployment and Design Considerations for VMware Mirage

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This paper describes best practices for planning a VMware Mirage deployment. It addresses the primary phases of a Mirage deployment, including sizing, design, and the gathering of environmental data. System Architecture Mirage provides centralized image management for physical desktops and VMware Horizon® 6 with View virtual desktops. Mirage provides enhanced endpoint backup, recovery, updates, and hardware and operating system migration. These functions centralize endpoint content in the data center for management and protection, download images to endpoints, and optimize the transfer of data. Interactions between the data center and managed endpoints are as follows: Each endpoint has a Mirage client installed, which communicates with a Mirage server or a cluster of Mirage servers. Base and app layer updates are downloaded to endpoints as scheduled by IT. Changes to endpoints are uploaded to…
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Enable SSH on VMware ESXi 5.5 via vSphere Client

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To enable SSH on your VMware ESXi 5.5 host you can do this directly on the host or alternatively you can do this using the VMware vSphere Client. Using the vSphere client click on the "Configuration Tab" Now click on the "Security Profile" option in the Software pain (on the left hand side) Now click on the "Properties" tab which will open up Remote Access Select the SSH Service (which is currently stopped) and click on the options button.  Now select the startup policy you require and then click on the Start button. You should now be able to access your VMware ESXi host via SSH.
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VMware VCS to VCSA Converter

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The VCS to VCSA Converter Appliance is the winning idea from the 2013 Fling Contest. It allows customers to migrate from Windows vCenter Server with an External Microsoft SQL Server Database to the vCenter Server Appliance with an embedded vPostgres database. The Fling migrates the vCenter database, roles, permissions, privileges, certificates and inventory service. The target appliance will run at the same IP address as the source vCenter. System Requirements vCenter Server running on Windows - vSphere 5.5 or greater The Windows vCenter Server and the vCenter Server Appliance should be running the same version (e.g. vCenter Server Windows 5.5u1 to VCSA 5.5u1) The vCenter Server Appliance should be deployed with at least the same number of CPUs and at least the same amount of memory as the Windows vCenter…
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