MightyCare zum VMware Elitepartner ernannt

Der designierte VMware Premier Partner, MightyCare Solutions, kann sich über einen weiteren wichtigen Schritt zur Spitze der VMware Partner in Deutschland freuen.

VMware Elitepartner Programm

Grade mal eine Handvoll Partner sind von VMware in das neue ELITE Programm aufgenommen worden. Als einer von fünf VMware Partnern in Deutschland wurde MightyCare als Premier Elite “Business Mobility” Partner von VMware ausgezeichnet.

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Der Elitestatus wird VMware Partnern verliehen, die besondere Kenntnisse und Erfahrungen in dem Thema “Business Mobility” mitbringen und sich somit besonders mit den Themen des “End-User-Computing” auseinandergesetzt haben. “Eine Spezialisierung innerhalb der Virtualisierung ist unbedingt notwendig”, sagt Peter Rudolf Geschäftsführer der MightyCare, “um die heutigen Anforderungen der Kunden an ihre IT verstehen und umsetzen zu können. Gleichzeitig erweitern wir die Grenzen des Mach- und Umsetzbaren.“

mcs-logo-trans_kleiner„Unseren Kunden ist nicht damit geholfen, einfach einen Virtualisierungscluster zur Verfügung zustellen in dem einige virtuelle Maschinen als Desktopbetriebsystem laufen.” , so Rudolf weiter, “Es muss der komplette Lifecycle von Endgeräten und IT-Prozessen betrachtet werden. In einer virtuellen Umgebung muss sich der Kunde, und somit auch sein Beratungspartner, über Anforderungen und Seiteneffekte Gedanken machen, die es in der physikalischen Welt in dieser gebündelten Weise so nicht gibt. Sind diese bedacht, bekommt der Kunde Lösungen, die hoch skalierbar sind und flexibel alle Vorteile der Virtualisierung nutzen.”

Aufgrund der gewonnenen Erfahrungen und den erfolgreich umgesetzten Projekten, wird MightyCare Solutions von VMware, aber auch von anderen Herstellern und Systemhäusern, als Implementierungs- und Beratungspartner eingesetzt. Nicht selten stößt der Dienstleister dabei auf Implementierungen, in denen Anforderungen falsch oder Empfehlungen gar nicht umgesetzt wurden.

Mit dem von VMware verliehenen Titel  “Elite Partner” hat der Kunde eine weitere Möglichkeit an die Hand bekommen, den für sich richtigen Partner zu finden.

Mightycare restores VMware Infrastructure after successive power outages in South Africa

Desaster Recovery Service – A Customer Reference Story

The starting point is that South Africa is experiencing what is termed „load shedding“, causing havoc throughout the country especially in IT.
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Our Company is Duys Engineering. We manufacture vehicle components (rear steps, side steps, nudge bars, roll over protections systems). We also work within the metal industry framework, (welding, potshells.)

The Group maintains extensive facilities throughout South Africa and has found considerable success by focusing its engineering capacity on key relationships with industries – most notably the aluminium, automotive, sugar, mining and logistics sectors. One of Duys’s core values is their dedication to lasting partnerships with clients. www.duys.co.za

The problem occured when our HP Proliant DL380 G5 server with a Raid Controller which uses battery caching exploded when experienced load shedding which resulted in our UPS batteries failing and our backup generator running out of fuel. The server ran esx 4.1 update 3, 8 X 146 gig SAS drives striped in Raid 5, 7 Virtual Machines (Citrix, Mhlongonline, SQL, Server 2008R2, Wsus, File Server, Time and Attendance).

Upon booting the server we received a vsd mount error. Half of our datastore was accessible , the other half was not because we had used extents to grow the datastore formatted with VMFS 3. We looked at the VMware support forums and all answers pointed to the fact that our data was lost and there was no way of restoring from such a problem. We kept coming across a name Mr. Uli Hankeln from MightyCare, on the forums who had recovered critical systems. I contacted him and asked me to open a ticket with MightyCare and there was hope again.

The first thing that MightyCare did for our company was to ensure that we were able to provide services to our network. Throught a series of utilities the Raid was determined to be damaged. 3 out of 7 virtual machines were readable and able to copy, the rest were not able to copy. He ran a utility called ddrescue to dump raw data to a vmfs store that we created. He thereafter recreated the vmdk files from the flat files and also recreated the vmx files. That was the easy part. One particular machine was corrupt beyond repair, which needed a carving utility called scalpel, which literally involved recalculating the hex values of the files needed to restore. At this point our concern was about granular restoration of the database, which we were able to restore about 90 %. We used that information together with the backups we had to piece the system together. There I was on a remote town in South Africa, being rescued from a huge mess caused by our National electric infrastructure. I had spend about three nights in the office, sleeping over looking for a solution and it was in Germany.

I was satisfied with the support from MightyCare, I had been turned away by some of the leading data recovery centers in South Africa, because of the complexity of the situation and the fact that we didn’t have thousands of Rands accept some of the quotations. MightyCare was able to accomodate us with our non existent budget. I was given follow up and updated on every process and also given honest information about the possible outcome. Once satisfied with the outcome I wiped the old server, replaced faulty hardware and restored the data successfully.

„Mightycare restores our Vmware infrastructure after successive power outages“

Nhlanhla Mazibuko
IT Manager | Duys Engineering Group (Pty) Ltd

Ehrung vom Bitdefender, Anbieter von Sicherheitstechnologien, an MightyCare

Bitdefender und MightyCare Solution GmbH

Preisverleihung an MightyCare vom Bitdefender,
Anbieter von Sicherheitstechnologien

Bitdefender Anbieter von Sicherheitstechnologien, lädt ein und über 120 Partner aus ganz Europa folgen dem Aufruf zur Partner Summit nach Bukarest in die Firmenzentrale. Vom 04.Mai bis 08. Mai hieß es: Betankung von “News und Knowledge”, gepaart mit dem Sozialnetworking der Bitdefender Partner untereinander. Von Managementbriefings über Produktstrategien und Neuigkeiten rund um Bitdefender und der GravityZone  wurde im Ambiente der Hauptstadt Rumäniens neue Kontakte geknüpft und die Partner für Ihre Erfolge mit Ihren Lösungsimplementierungen mit Bitdefender Produkten, bei Ihren Kunden geehrt.

Neben anderen Partnern und Awards, konnte der Premier VMware Virtualisierungsspezialist und Bitdefender GoldPartner, die MightyCare Solutions aus Rheinland-Pfalz, dieses Jahr in der Kategorie der virtuellen Umgebungen, den begehrten Preis abholen. Den Pokal des “Best Enterprise Security for Virtualized Environment Project” wurde dem MighyCare Geschäftsführer, Peter Rudolf auf der Veranstaltungsbühne neben anderen Preisträgern überreicht.

“Als technologische Speerspitze in Virtualisierungsprojekten unter VMware, konnte die MightyCare die letzten12  Jahre sehr erfolgreich im Enterprisesegment entsprechende Lösungen zusammenstellen und umsetzten.” sagte Peter Rudolf im Interview. “Der Virenschutz unter Bitdefender ist ein wichtiger Bestandteil jeder VMware Umgebung in unseren Portfolio geworden.”, bemerkte Rudolf, “ Enterpriselösungen müssen auf sich abgestimmte und verlässliche Komponenten enthalten. Und hierzu zählt die Bitdefender GravityZone in all unseren Projekten.”

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(Geschäftsführer von MightyCare, Peter Rudolf, 4. Person von links. und weitere Awardgewinner)

VMware vCenter 6 für Windows vs. vCenter 6 Appliance

Heute hat VMware mit vSphere 6 auch das vCenter in der Version 6 zum Download freigegeben.

In der Vergangenheit wurde die vCenter Appliance von VMware eher als kleiner Bruder als ein gleichberechtigte Version des Windows Gegenstücks gesehen. Das ändert sich mit der neuen Version.

Zum ersten mal Skaliert die vCenter Appliance genauso wie das vCenter unter Windows. Statt einen Windows Server kann jetzt bedenkenlos die Appliance eingesetzt werden. Als Datenbank kann die integrierte PostgresSql oder eine externe Oracleinstanz genutzt werden. Beide Datenbank Formate können bedenkenlos eingesetzt werden.

Auszug aus dem Whats New PDF von VMware:

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METRIC

WINDOWS

APPLIANCE

Hosts per vCenter Server System 1000 1000
Powered-on Virtual Machines per vCenter Server System 1000 1000
Virtual Machines per Cluster 8000 8000
Linked Mode

Es gibt also keinen Skalierungsgrund mehr für die Windowsversion. Im Gegenteil, die Windowslizenz sowie die Datenbanklizenz lassen sich einsparen. Einzig alleine Architekturgründe, das weitere Windowsdienste auf dem vCenter Server laufen sollen, z.b. der Updatemanager oder der VMware Composer, sprechen dafür, das die Windowsversion eingesetzt wird.

VMware gibt zum Download frei: Horizon vRealize Orchestrator plug-in

Folgende neue Erweiterungen und Funktionen bietet  Horizon vRealize Orchestrator plug-in:

  • Unified provisioning – Provisioning from vRealize Automation with the Horizon vRealize Orchestrator plug-in now supports creation of both Horizon and vRealize Automation machines.
  • Unified management – Horizon desktops and pools can now be managed through vRealize Automation for pool-level functions and day-2 management by using action buttons such as Manage Assignment, Manage Session, and Recompose.
  • Support for Horizon Air desktop pools – Administrators can perform allocation and entitlement actions against Horizon Air desktops or provide self-service through vRealize Automation.
  • Ability to add and remove users from global entitlements in a cloud pod architecture.
  • New Recompose workflow – Delegated administrators can perform recompose operations using vRealize Automation or vRealize Orchestrator against one or more View Composer linked-clone desktop pools.
  • New workflow for using vRealize Automation IAAS blueprints to provision machines and then add the machines to manual desktop pools in VMware Horizon 6.
  • Support for vRealize Automation 6.2.1, in addition to vCloud Automation Center 6.1.1.
  • Support for vRealize Orchestrator 6.0 and 6.0.1, in addition to vCenter Orchestrator 5.5.2.
  • Support for VMware Horizon 6.1, in addition to Horizon 6.0.1.
  • Support for VMware vSphere 6.0, in addition to VMware vSphere 5.5 Update 1 and Update 2.
  • Support for VMware Horizon Air 6.2.

VMware gibt zum Download frei: vRealize Operations for Horizon 6.1

Folgende neue Erweiterungen und Funktionen bietet vRealize Operations for Horizon 6.1:

  • vRealize Operations Manager 6.0.x support – vRealize Operations for Horizon 6.1 is compatible with vRealize Operations Manager 6.0.x. It does not support earlier vCenter Operations Manager versions.
  • VMware Horizon 6 version 6.1 support – vRealize Operations for Horizon 6.1 is compatible with VMware Horizon 6 version 6.1.
  • Support multiple desktop sessions by the same user in the same VDI pool
  • 30 day activity report – with vRealize Operations for Horizon 6.1 you can get information about unique users, desktops used.
  • Improved licensing – With vRealize Operations for Horizon 6.1, you can manage VDI and server resources within the same vRealize Operations Manager instance. You can further extend vRealize Operations Manager by installing additional management pack solutions.
  • Improved internationalization – Both the user interface and documentation are now available in English, Japanese, French, German, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, and Korean.

VMware gibt zum Download frei: VMwareApp Volumes v2.6

Folgende neue Erweiterungen und Funktionen bietet  VMwareApp Volumes v2.6:

  • AppStack Grouping – Volume files (VMDK/VHD) on different storage locations that share a path and filename are considered to be copies of each other and can be managed as a single object.
  • Automatic AppStack Import – Volumes files (VMDK/VHD) located at the default appstack path on storage locations in enabled storage groups are automatically imported.
  • Server Virtual Desktop Infrastucture Support – Official support for VDI sessions on non-RDSH Windows 2008 R2 servers.
  • Improved Internationalization Support – Product can run on an English and non-English OS and can accept non English input/output.

VMware gibt zum Download frei: VMware Workspace Portal 2.1.1

Folgende neue Erweiterungen und Funktionen bietet VMware Workspace Portal 2.1.1

  • The ability to deploy Workspace in secondary data centers with active-active read-only capability. With Workspace 2.1.1, a secondary data center can be powered on and active with read-only access, which eliminates downtime during the fail-over. The read-only capability allows end users to view and launch their applications.
  • Each application or desktop pool in the View Pods or Citrix-based XenFarms is considered as a different resource in the Workspace catalog. To prevent duplication of resources in the Workspace catalog, a Do not sync duplicate applications feature has been added to View Pools and Published Apps configuration pages. When this check box is enabled, a resource only appears once in the catalog.

VMware gibt zum Download frei: VMware Horizon 6 version 6.1.0

Folgende neue Erweiterungen und Funktionen bietet VMware Horizon 6 version 6.1

  • NVIDIA GRID vGPU (shared GPU hardware acceleration)
    Available with vSphere 6.0 and later, this feature allows a physical GPU (graphical processing unit) on an ESXi host to be shared among multiple virtual desktops. With this new capability, Horizon 6 enables a wide variety of graphics use cases at significantly lower costs compared to physical workstations or previous releases of Horizon. The use cases enabled range from lightweight 3D task workers to high-end workstation graphics power users.
  • Smart Card for RDS desktops and Hosted Apps
    This feature enables users to authenticate to RDS-based desktops and RDS-based applications using smart cards.
  • Support for IPv6 networks
    Horizon 6 supports IPv6 networks in addition to IPv4 networks. The Horizon environment must be operated in either an IPv6 or IPv4 configuration; a mixed mode of operation is not supported. This release supports key components such as Horizon 6 servers, Horizon 6 VDI desktops and RDS hosts, and Horizon Client for Windows, as well as many Horizon 6 features. Not all Horizon 6 features that are supported in an IPv4 environment are supported in an IPv6 environment.
  • Support for Virtual SAN 6.0
    The Virtual SAN feature available with vSphere 6.0 and later releases contains many performance improvements over the feature that was available with vSphere 5.5 Update 1. With vSphere 6.0, this feature also has broader HCL (hardware compatibility) support. Leveraging the new capabilities of Virtual SAN 6.0, Horizon 6 is able to double the number of virtual machines that can run per ESXi host and deliver cost reductions and improved performance for virtual desktop workloads.
  • Support for Virtual Volumes
    Available with vSphere 6.0 and later releases, the Virtual Volumes feature allows vSphere to offload intensive storage operations such as snapshot creation, cloning, and replication. With this feature, virtual disks and their derivatives, clones, snapshots, and replicas are mapped directly to virtual volumes on the storage system. Implementation of Virtual Volumes depends on the availability of certified storage vendors.
  • View Administrator (UI) support for configuring Cloud Pod Architecture
    Administrators can use View Administrator (in addition to the lmvutil command) to configure and administer a Cloud Pod Architecture environment. Customers can also use View Administrator to view pod health and desktop session information.
  • USB Redirection of mass storage on RDS desktops and Hosted Apps
    This feature enables users to redirect their USB flash drive and hard disks to RDS Hosted Desktops and Applications. USB redirection of other types of USB devices, and other types of USB storage devices such as security storage drives and USB CD-ROM, is not supported. This feature is supported on Windows clients and Windows Server 2012 RDS hosts.
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 operating system support for VDI desktops
    Windows Server 2012 R2 (Datacenter edition) is now supported as a guest operating system for single-user, VDI desktops.
  • 3rd-Party SSO credential handling
    This feature enables 3rd-party SSO providers to access credential information when SSO is performed during a login to Horizon 6, allowing the 3rd-party solutions to be tightly integrated with Horizon 6.
  • Enhanced Message Security Mode
    With the new Enhanced message security mode, instead of signing and encrypting individual messages, messages are delivered through secure channels, bringing performance benefits by reducing the load on View Connection Server instances, security servers, virtual desktops, and RDS servers. Enhanced message security mode is enabled by default on new installations.
  • vSphere Transparent Page Sharing in Horizon 6
    In View Administrator, you can set the level of Transparent Page Sharing (TPS) that takes place on the ESXi host. The ESXi host can be set to eliminate redundant copies of memory pages at a virtual machine, pool, pod, or global level. This feature lets you determine how broadly to share pages (and hence reduce total memory consumption) based on the use case and the need to isolate users‘ virtual machines.
  • Virtual hardware version 11 graphics memory configuration
    Horizon 6 now supports virtual hardware version 11, available in vSphere 6.0 or later versions. This feature is required for virtual machines that use NVIDIA GRID vGPU.
  • ViewDbChk utility to resolve database inconsistencies for Horizon 6 virtual machines
    Administrators can resolve inconsistencies in the databases (View LDAP, View Composer, and vCenter Server) that store information about desktop virtual machines. The utility can automatically identify and resolve configuration issues that previously could require manual intervention.
  • Supportability of Windows XP and Windows Vista guest operating systems as desktop virtual machines
    The versions of View Agent that ship with Horizon 6 (version 6.1) and later releases do not support Windows XP and Windows Vista desktops. The Horizon 6 (version 6.1) servers will work with Windows XP and Windows Vista desktops if you continue to use the older View Agent 6.0.2. The older agent, of course, does not offer all of the features of the new agent. For more details, see Retiring Old OSes: XP, Vista, Mac OS X 10.6 & 10.7.

Treffen Sie MightyCare auf der „Powering the Cloud“ Konferenz in Frankfurt

Am 28.10.2014 öffnen sich die Türe für zwei Tage zum Cloud Event : „Powering the Cloud“ in Frankfurt

Powering the Cloud

Die einflussreichste Expertenkonferenz für Cloud Computing in Deutschland. Es erwarten Sie mehr als 200 spannende Expertenvorträge und 150 führende Unternehmen der Branche.

Die MightyCare Solutions begleitet, zusammen mit dem Hersteller Zerto, Enterpriselösungen für BC/DR, auf dem Messestand F34.
Peter Rudolf, Geschäftsführer der MightyCare Solutions GmbH, präsentiert zusätzlich dieses Thema an Hand einer Kundenreference am Dienstag den 28.10.2014 um 12:00 Uhr im Conference Stream: Storage Innovations Theatre.

MightyCare, bekannt als der Virtualisierungsspezialist, welcher von VMware mehrfach als bester Partner in Deutschland norminiert wurde, berät rund um das Thema Virtualisierung. Dazu gehören, unter anderen die Themen: Cloud- und End User Computing, wie z.b. virtuelle Desktops, sowie Infrastrukturthemen wie SAN Virtualisierung oder Virtualisierung von CAD/CAM Arbeitsplätzen.

Wenn Sie Intresse an einen Termin mit uns haben, schreiben Sie uns einfach eine Mail an: vertrieb@mightycare.de oder kommen am Stand 34 vorbei.