Overcoming VMWare vCenter Protect (Shavlik) patch deployment issues with Windows Update service using Custom Actions

VMwareWe recently had a case where a customers IS team who use VMware vCenter Protect to patch Microsoft servers with both Microsoft and 3rd-party patches had issues with Microsoft Update offering other admins updates to install during business hours.

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How to resize IDE disk drives in vSphere

VMwareI know this is fairly well publicised, but having found it wasn’t the easiest of documentation to find, and even found many results just resulted in “it can’t be done” type answers/summaries I thought I’d pat myself on the back and post my victory here!

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VMware vCenter Protect Advanced Update 8.0.1

VMwareThe new update for VMware vCenter Protect™ (version 8.0.1)has new features and minor bug fixes; since the original product Shavlik was acquired by VMware many impressive additions and improvements have been made to the product.

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VMware Center for Policy & Compliance (CP&C) releases vSphere 5.0 hardening guidelines in vCenter Configuration Manager! (vCM)

VMwareGeorge Gerchow – Director, VMware Center for Policy & Compliance – 6 June 2012: CP&C is pleased to announce the most anticipated content release to date in vCM, the VMware vSphere 5.0 hardening guidelines! As critical component of the vC Ops suite, vCM is the FIRST product in the market today to have the official GA version of the vSphere 5.0 Hardening Guidelines. This is just another significant step in our Trusted Cloud initiative in helping customers migrate tier one applications to the VMware Cloud Infrastructure Suite.

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VMware Center for Policy & Compliance Releases VIEW Hardening Guidelines

VMwareGeorge Gerchow – Director, VMware Center for Policy & Compliance – 9 May 2012: As VMware continues to build Trusted Cloud solutions that help customers migrate tier one applications to our Cloud Infrastructure Suite (CIS), the Center for Policy & Compliance (CP&C) released VIEW hardening guidelines in vCenter Configuration Manager (vCM), a major component of the vCenter Operations Manager Suite. (vCops).
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VMware Support – Life Cycle

VMwareIn November 2012, Shavlik, a VMware Company, will End-of-Life versions 7.5, 7.6 and 7.8 by disabling the ability to update the XML data and so all customers are advised to upgrade to the latest version which can be found here and  here.

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VMware vCenter™ Operations Management Suite (vCOPS) Blog

  1. VMwareThis has been one of my biggest complaint with vCOPS where the timeout on the vCOPS UI is very small. Finally, found a way to fix this issue from the VMware forums to increase the timeout.
    - On the UI virtual machine access get hold of edit/usr/lib/vmware-vcops/tomcat/webapps/vcops-vsphere/WEB-INF/web.xml and change the value on session-timeout. I have set it as (-1) where the session will not timeout at all
    - Run the following command ‘service vcopsweb restart ‘ on the Apache Tomcat webserver. This will restart the webserver
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Risk of Flame… Microsoft feeling the heat and acting

MS have been notified of a vulnerability in Windows Update which can help the phenomenon known as ‘Flame’ spread. Windows Update is to be hardened.. This is described further in: http://blogs.technet.com/b/msrc/archive/2012/06/06/security-advisory-2718704-collision-attack-details-wu-update-rollout.aspx

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New Patch Data Available (2.0.0.1784)

VMwareVMware vCenter Protect Essentials, April 26, 2012: XML data version = 2.0.0.1784 Last modified on 26/04/2012.

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A New Way to Work in the Cloud

Over the past 12 months, VMware has added a number of exciting products to their already impressive portfolio which seek to free end users and IT organisations from more than two decades of complex, device-centric computing and deliver a more user-centric, consumer cloud experience for SMBs and the enterprise.

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Adapters used in vCOPS

One of the attractive features in vCOPS is the ability to configure adapters and pull information from a desired resource and show it in the vCOPS interface. It is a component that connects to and collects data from a designated data source, transforms the collected data into a format that vCenter Operations Manager can consume and passes the data to the vCenter Operations Manager collector for final processing.

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VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite (vCops)

VMwareI’ve been playing with VMware vCenter Operations management suite for a few days and first impression are that its slick, neat and intuitive. It visualises all the information in one place so you can quickly understand what the vCenter is doing. The greatest thing about the product is its dashboard. It works for multiple objects, and will be looking at your entire environment, – vCenter server system, datacenters, clusters, host, virtual machines and also datastores in the latest version. All of this can be seen in one view and we can drill down to look at details about a specific object. Once you choose a cluster the dashboard with reload information for that specific cluster.

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Satisnet Ltd awarded Enterprise-Level Partnership with VMware

Satisnet Ltd are pleased to announce today that it has been awarded Enterprise-Level Partnership with VMware, the global leader in virtualisation and cloud infrastructure.

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VMware vCenter Plus – IT scripts rundown

VMware have officially released the newly acquired Shavlik patch management software under its flagship. VMware vCenter Protect  is now available for download!!

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VMware vCenter Protect Essentials Plus brings Enterprise-Class IT Management to SMBs

VMware Press Release – 3 November 2011

VMware have announced the availability of VMware vCenter Protect Essentials Plus.  Formerly, Shavlik NetChk Protect, vCenter Protect Essentials Plus, simplifies your IT management needs. It is a complete on-premise management system designed to meet the needs of the SMB. VMware vCenter Protect Essentials Plus offers agentless, easy-to-deploy and cost-effective management of physical and virtual machines, software update deployment in 28 languages, asset discovery, configuration, power management, antivirus and endpoint security.

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