New Fling: VMware vSphere Compatibility Predictor
This Fling scans all PSCs connected to a single PSC. It will detect the versions of all the vCenter Servers connected to PSCs and all the Solutions connected to vCenter Servers. It will then depict the connectivity in pictorial form.
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Recently I setup a VM using standard best practices. Such as using PVSCSI for the Database drives, and formatting them GPT. Everything checked out so I passed it on to the DBA to finish up with the SQL installation. Soon later I received an email from him saying the drives were inaccessible. I had no idea why because I had setup a lot of VM’s the same way without any issues. I did a quick Google search for “drive inaccessible after SQL installation”. It turns out a lot of people have the same issue as me. It is the result of Microsoft locking down the security for the data on the drives. They set it up so only SQL could have access to the files to prevent certain security issues. You can read more about it here.
I was honored this year to be chosen to be a part of the Nutanix Technology Champions. I have only recently started using Nutanix, but I could clearly see what made it different. In an age with the Public Clould all the rage. I could see something like Nutanix really keeping the private data center alive. The Public Cloud is so popular because it is such an easy way to consume resources as you need them. I see what Nutanix is doing how it is really converging everything. Not only are storage and compute converged, but so are the underlying software. One software package to rule them all instead of a seperate piece of software for every feature you need.
That is why I am so excited about being a part of the NTC, and the free pass I received to go to the Nutanix .NEXT conference. Conferences can be really expensive, and I would like to thank Nutanix for investing in its community and showing its appreciation. I know at it I will meet a lot of new people and learn a lot of new things. Conferences are really about networking with your peers, and sharing knowledge. For that reason I see them as valuable as any training. Hopefully I will meet everyone who reads this post, and if you have not registered yet you can at .NEXT
I recently had an issue with only the default printer being mapped over from the local Windows 7 PC to the View Client session. It did not make any sense to me. I had 10 printers mapped yet only 1 was showing up. It turns out its a limitation of Windows 7. If all the printers are using the same Driver and Port then you will only see the default printer under the Devices and Printers page. If you right click that printer it will list all the printers you have mapped. When you try to print something it will also list all your printers.
Nutanix recently released the 5.0 code, and it has a lot of new really nice features. In a future post I plan on going over some of the features, and detail why they are so important.
Before you start upgrading all of your Nutanix host you should first upgrade Prism Central to 5.0 This server gives you an overview of all your Nutanix clusters and some management capabilities. I am still fairly new to Nutanix so I was not sure how to upgrade Prism Central. Usually you can upgrade from within the Nutanix console, but with this being a brand new release you had to download it directly from the website. Sometime soon in the future it will be a part of the automatic upgrade within the Console.
At first I was a little confused about how to upgrade. You would think there would be a separate upgrade for Prism Central since it was originally a separate install. Instead the update is included in the AOS 5 download. Download the complete AOS 5.0 and also download the Upgrade Metadate File.
Once you have that downloaded everything login to Prism Central. Next click the gear icon and then click upload the Prism Central Binary. Now point it to the AOS 5.0 download and the metadate file. Click upgrade and soon you will be running Prism Central 5.0.