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Application Response Time for Virtual Operations
For applications running in virtualized, distributed and shared environments it will no longer work to infer the performance of an application by looking at various resource utilization statistics. Rather it is essential to define application performance by measuring response and throughput of every application in production. This paper makes the case for how application performance management for virtualized and cloud based environments needs to be modernized to suit these new environments.

Massive changes are occurring to how applications are built and how they are deployed and run. The benefits of these changes are dramatically increased responsiveness to the business (business agility), increased operational flexibility, and reduced operating costs.

The environments onto which these applications are deployed are also undergoing a fundamental change. Virtualized environments offer increased operational agility which translates into a more responsive IT Operations organization. Cloud Computing offers applications owners a complete out-sourced alternative to internal data center execution environments. IT organizations are in turn responding to public cloud with IT as a Service (IaaS) initiatives.

For applications running in virtualized, distributed and shared environments, it will no longer work to infer the “performance” of an application by looking at various resource utilization statistics. Rather it will become essential to define application performance as response time – and to directly measure the response time and throughput of every application in production. This paper makes the case for how application performance management for virtualized and cloud based environments needs to be modernized to suit these new environments.

Making a Business Case for Unified IT Monitoring
Unified monitoring solutions like Zenoss offer a cost-effective alternative for those seeking to rein-in monitoring inefficiencies. By establishing a central nerve center to collect data from multiple tools and managed resources, IT groups can gain visibility into the end-to-end availability and performance of their infrastructure. This helps simplify operational processes and reduce the risk of service disruption for the enterprise.

In large IT organizations, monitoring tool sprawl has become so commonplace that it is not unusual for administrators to be monitoring 10 to 50 solutions across various departments.

Unified monitoring solutions like Zenoss offer a cost-effective alternative for those seeking to rein-in monitoring inefficiencies. By establishing a central nerve center to collect data from multiple tools and managed resources, IT groups can gain visibility into the end-to-end availability and performance of their infrastructure. This helps simplify operational processes and reduce the risk of service disruption for the enterprise.

This paper can help you make an effective business case for moving to a unified monitoring solution. Key considerations include:

•    The direct costs associated with moving to a unified monitoring tool
•    The savings potential of improved IT operations through productivity and efficiency
•    The business impact of monitoring tools in preventing and reducing both downtime and service degradation

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PowerShell for newbies: Getting started with PowerShell 4.0
Topics: veeam, powershell
This white paper is a Windows PowerShell guide for beginners. If you are an IT Professional with little-to-no experience with PowerShell and want to learn more about this powerful scripting framework, this quick-start guide is for you. With the PowerShell engine, you can automate daily management of Windows-based servers, applications and platforms.

This white paper is a Windows PowerShell guide for beginners. If you are an IT Professional with little-to-no experience with PowerShell and want to learn more about this powerful scripting framework, this quick-start guide is for you. With the PowerShell engine, you can automate daily management of Windows-based servers, applications and platforms. This e-book provides the fundamentals every PowerShell administrator needs to know. The getting started guide will give you a crash course on PowerShell essential terms, concepts and commands and help you quickly understand PowerShell basics.

You will also learn about:

  • What is PowerShell?
  • Using PowerShell Help
  • PowerShell Terminology
  • The PowerShell Paradigm
  • And more!

This white paper focuses on PowerShell 4.0; however, you can be sure that all the basics provided are relevant to earlier versions as well. For those who are ready to take the next steps in learning PowerShell and looking for more information on the topic, this PDF contains a list of helpful resources.

How to avoid VM sprawl and improve resource utilization in VMware and Veeam backup infrastructures
You're facing VM sprawl if you're experiencing an uncontrollable increase of unused and unneeded objects in your virtual VMware environment. VM sprawl occurs often in virtual infrastructures because they expand much faster than physical, which can make management a challenge. The growing number of virtualized workloads and applications generate “virtual junk” causing VM sprawl issue. Eventually it can put you at risk of running out of resources.

You're facing VM sprawl if you're experiencing an uncontrollable increase of unused and unneeded objects in your virtual VMware environment. VM sprawl occurs often in virtual infrastructures because they expand much faster than physical, which can make management a challenge. The growing number of virtualized workloads and applications generate “virtual junk” causing VM sprawl issue. Eventually it can put you at risk of running out of resources.

Getting virtual sprawl under control will help you reallocate and better provision your existing storage, CPU and memory resources between critical production workloads and high-performance, virtualized applications. With proper resource management, you can save money on extra hardware.

This white paper examines how you can avoid potential VM sprawl risks and automate proactive monitoring by using Veeam ONE, a part of Veeam Availability Suite. Veeam ONE will arm you with a list of VM sprawl indicators and explain how you can pick up and configure a handy report kit to detect and eliminate VM sprawl threats in your VMware environment.

Read this FREE white paper and learn how to:

  • Identify “zombies”
  • Clean up garbage and orphaned snapshots
  • Establish a transparent system to get sprawl under control
  • And more!
Active Directory basics: Under the hood of Active Directory
Topics: veeam
Microsoft’s Active Directory (AD) offers IT system administrators a central way to manage user accounts and devices in an IT infrastructure network. Active Directory authenticates and authorizes users when they log onto devices and into applications, and allows them to use the settings and files across all devices in the network. Active Directory services are involved in multiple aspects of networking environments and enable interplay with other directories. Considering the important role AD pla

Microsoft’s Active Directory (AD) offers IT system administrators a central way to manage user accounts and devices in an IT infrastructure network. Active Directory authenticates and authorizes users when they log onto devices and into applications, and allows them to use the settings and files across all devices in the network. Active Directory services are involved in multiple aspects of networking environments and enable interplay with other directories. Considering the important role AD plays in user data-management and security, it’s important to deploy it properly and consistently follow best practices.

Active Directory Basics is a tutorial that will help you address many AD management challenges. You’ll learn what really goes on under the Active Directory hood, including its integration with network services and the features that enable its many great benefits. This white paper also explains how administrators can make changes in AD to provide consistency across an environment.

In addition, the Active Directory Basics tutorial explains how to:

  • Log onto devices and into applications with the same username and password combination (other optional authentication methods)
  • Use settings and files across all devices, which are AD members
  • Remain productive on secondary AD-managed devices if the primary device is lost, defective or stolen.
  • Best practices to follow, and references for further reading
App-V or FSLogix? The good, the bad & “the better together”
The Great Big White Paper on when to use AppV, when to use FSLogix, and when to use them together! The latest release from Duncan Murdoch of Amber Reef, "The purpose of this document is to discuss the strengths and weakness of App-V and FSLogix Apps, and how the two can be used together to form a complete application provisioning and management strategy." The document uses scenario-based considerations to demonstrate the pros and cons of using each solution independently, or when combined.
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The Great Big White Paper on when to use AppV, when to use FSLogix, and when to use them together! The latest release from Duncan Murdoch of Amber Reef, "The purpose of this document is to discuss the strengths and weakness of App-V and FSLogix Apps, and how the two can be used together to form a complete application provisioning and management strategy." The document uses scenario-based considerations to demonstrate the pros and cons of using each solution independently, or when combined.

FSLogix Apps for Citrix AppDisk Reference Architecture
App Layering and Image Masking Combined for the Most Versatile Delivery Solution on the Market! Optimizing the way applications are delivered and managed has been an ongoing challenge in enterprise IT, and the variety of approaches over the years have been received with varying degrees of success. Citrix AppDisk, when integrated with FSLogix Apps, provides a unique set of features that can improve end-user productivity, reduce IT overhead and lower the cost of desktop management.
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Optimizing the way applications are delivered and managed has been an ongoing challenge in enterprise IT, and the variety of approaches over the years have been received with varying degrees of success. While every method has pros and cons, some of the most stubborn issues include time-to-deliver, application conflicts, plug-ins and licensing. The too-frequent result is high IT overhead, too many gold images and excess spending on application licenses.

Too many companies are settling on less than optimal solutions because that is all they are presented with and they are unaware of the true state of the art for application management. It is possible to dramatically reduce the number of Windows gold images, in some cases to a single image. It is possible to deliver exactly what each and every end user needs to do their job, and nothing else. It is possible for a user to log into a random system and instantly be presented with their personal desktop, all the right applications, plugins and add-ons, the right printers, and the right fonts. It is possible and it is simple.

Citrix AppDisk, when integrated with FSLogix Apps, provides a unique set of features that can improve end-user productivity, reduce IT overhead and lower the cost of desktop management. With FSLogix patent pending Image Masking technology, AppDisk gains very granular and powerful user-based policy control over every aspect of a user’s desktop and applications, and enhances the ability to distribute applications on network attached disk images. FSLogix Apps also enable AppDisks to scale to a much greater degree than any other similar technologies available today.

This document details what is possible when FSLogix is combined with Citrix AppDisk and suggests best practices for installing and configuring the products for maximum flexibility and applicability in various environments.
A New Approach to Per User Application Management
Our premise is simple: existing methodologies for delivering and deploying Windows applications are based upon outmoded ideas and outdated technology. There remains a need for a product that makes it simple for each user to have their Windows applications individually tailored for their device. When a user logs on they should see only the applications that they are licensed to use regardless of whether they are using cloud, virtual or traditional desktops.
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A simple truth: Current application delivery and deployment solutions for Windows®-based desktops are often not fast enough, and the methods employed introduce complexities and limitations that cost enterprises valuable time, money and productivity. There is a strong need for a solution that is faster to deploy, simpler to use, and improves productivity rather than degrades it. In fact, the best solution would seamlessly and instantaneously personalizing the entire desktop, from profiles and printers to applications and extensions, while supporting license compliance and cost optimization. And, of course, it wouldn’t matter if the target desktops were physical, virtual, or cloud-based. FSLogix is delivering that solution today.

UNIQUE, CUTTING EDGE TECHNOLOGY

FSLogix has devised a revolutionary technique called Image Masking to create a single Unified Base Image that hides everything a logged in user shouldn’t see, providing predictable and real-time access to applications and profiles. This approach is driving unprecedented success in image reduction, with a side benefit of license cost optimization. Image masking functions identically across a wide range of Windows-based platforms, greatly simplifying the path from traditional to virtual environments, and dramatically reducing the management overhead required for enterprise desktops. This solution eliminates multiple layers of management infrastructure, creating a single, unified approach to image management, profile access, and application delivery.
User Profile and Environment Management with ProfileUnity
This whitepaper has been authored by experts at Liquidware Labs in order to provide guidance to adopters of desktop virtualization technologies. In this paper, we outline how ProfileUnity was designed to address many of the shortcomings of Roaming Profiles, and basic profile management tools that are just a step away from roaming profiles, in managing user profiles and user-authored data over multiple desktop platforms, including physical upgrades and refreshes, Windows migrations and moves to
User Profile Management on Microsoft Windows desktops continues to provide challenges.  Most Administrators find that Roaming Profiles and even Microsoft UEV generally fall short due to several factors. Profile Corruption, Lack of Customization, and lack of Enterprise Features are just some of the top shortcomings of Microsoft Windows profile management with these options.

Basic tools such as roaming profiles do not support a mixed operating environment, therefore it does not allow users to move among desktops with mixed profile versions, e.g. Windows 7, Windows 10, Server2008, 2012 r2, etc.

The lack of support of mixed OS versions makes Microsoft profile management methods a serious hindrance when upgrading/migrating operating systems. Microsoft profile management tools also only support very limited granular management, so admins do not have the ability to exclude bloated areas of a user profile or to include files and registry keys outside of the profile. Profile bloat is one of the number one reasons for long logon times on Windows desktops.

Most organizations who will upgrade from a previous Windows® OS, such as Windows 7, to Windows 10, will want the flexibility to move at their own pace and upgrade machines on a departmental or ‘as needed’ basis.  As a result, management of Microsoft profiles and migration become a huge challenge for these environments because neither operation is seamlessly supported or functional between the two operating systems.  

A user’s profile consists of nearly everything needed to provide a personalized user experience within Windows.  If one could separate out the user profile from Windows and enable dynamic profiles that can adapt to any Windows OS version, several advantages can be realized:
  • User state can be stored separately and delivered just-in-time to enable workers to roam from workspace to workspace
  • Users’ profiles can co-exist in mixed OS environments or automatically migrate from one OS to the next, making OS upgrades easy and essentially irrelevant during a point-in-time upgrade
  • Integral policies and self-managed settings, such as local and network printer management, as well as security policies, can be readily restored in the event of a PC failure or loss (disaster recovery)
Given the growing complexity and diversity of Windows desktops technologies, today’s desktop administrators are looking for better ways to manage user profiles across the ever-increasing spectrum of desktop platforms available. In this whitepaper, we will cover the issues inherent with Roaming Profiles and how ProfileUnity addresses these issues.
True 15-Minute RTO for Mission-Critical VM Systems with Vembu VMBackup Replication
Vembu Backup & Disaster Recovery (BDR) provides IT with a Disaster Recovery Management (DRM) system capable of meeting even more aggressive RTO and RPO goals than the previous release. For highly active database-driven systems, Vembu VMBackup leverages VMtools and VMware Changed Block Tracking (CBT) to perform incremental backups in 15-minute intervals with minimal impact on query processing. As a result, IT can limit data loss to 15 minutes of processing on active mission critical VMs.

The only way to recover a VM with full functionality and full performance without performing an explicit restore operation is through VM replication. Maintaining a replica VM, however, requires frequent and potentially expensive update processes that involve both explicit backup and implicit restore operations. To enable the extensive use of replication by IT, VMBackup adds critical optimizations to both restore and replication operations that dramatically minimize overhead on ESXi hosts and production VMs to just VM snapshot processing. Specifically, a BDR Backup server running on a VM is able to leverage hot-add SCSI transfer mode to write logical disk and logical disk snapshot files directly to a vSphere datastore, without involving the ESXi host for anything more than creating a VM snapshot.

A key a value proposition for Vembu VMBackup is its ability to directly read and write all backup and restore data directly to and from a datastore snapshot. As a result, Vembu VMBackup offloads all I/O overhead from production VMs and ESXi hosts, which is critical for maintaining an aggressive DRM strategy in a highly active virtual environment. What’s more, the performance of Vembu VMBackup in openBench lab's test environment made it possible to enhance support for a mission-critical OLTP application running on a VM using a combination of incremental backups for backup and replication. As a result, they were able to comply with a 30-minute RPO, restore the VM to a production environment in 5 minutes, and return to full-production level processing of business transactions—850 cTPS—in under 15 minutes.

VMBackup adds a new replica management module that enables an IT administrator to fully manage an initial failover and later finalize failover or failback with consolidation. In addition, BDR backup server simplifies all management functions by eliminating the need to run a separate client module on a BDR backup server, which becomes its own client within the BDR reporting hierarchy.

Vembu OffsiteDR Server: Optimize RPO & RTO While Enhancing DR Resilience
Vembu BDR’s data protection solution enhances DRM operations by eliminating all potential single points of failure for restore functions. Using Vembu BDR Suite, IT is able to replicate backup data from multiple BDR Backup servers to a system running OffsiteDR Server within their own data center. As a result, IT garners an alternate system from which to recover protected VMs and physical servers using the same procedures that IT administrators employ on a BDR Backup server.

The ability to configure and deploy high-performance VMs within a vSphere virtual environment continues to put CIO’s under increasing pressure to deal with the rampant bête noire of IT: business continuity. What started with Line of Business (LoB) driven Service Level Agreements (SLAs) requiring IT to meet rigorous Recovery Time and Recovery Point Objectives (RTO and RPO) has grown into an auditable ISO standard (ISO22301) and an emerging software niche for Disaster Recovery Management (DRM) systems.

For this analysis, openBench Labs assessed the performance and functionality of the Vembu OffsiteDR Server, a DRM device that increases the resilience of recovery processes. Their initial intent was to examine the ability to restore data in the event of a catastrophic failure in vSphere environment, including:

  • A VM running BDR Backup server,
  • an ESXi host, and
  • a SAN device.

The full capabilities of Vembu OffsiteDR Server, however, quickly revealed that the device had a much broader operational impact. With the installation of OffsiteDR Server on an external physical server, they were free to configure end-to-end backup and restore operations in a way that optimized RTO and RPO for all business-critical application scenarios running in vSphere test environment.

In openBench lab's test environment, the combination of Vembu OffsiteDR Server deployed on a physical server with a Vembu BDR Backup server deployed on a VM provided a value proposition that extended far beyond the enhancement of DRM recovery resilience. With OffsiteDR Server installed on a physical server, they were able to optimally leverage VM and physical server platforms to easily implement all of the data protection functionality provided by Vembu BDR Suite, leverage all of the performance optimizations available to VMs in a vSphere environment, and do so in the most cost-effective system configuration.

Infinio Case Study: MIC Business Solutions, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi
MIBS was interested in using server-side cache as an innovative approach to improving storage performance. The team loved Infinio’s ease of management and its clear GUI, and was drawn to the solution’s potential for extending the life of the existing storage arrays. They saw significant benefits in their database reporting times as well.
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MIBS was interested in using server-side cache as an innovative approach to improving storage performance. The team loved Infinio’s ease of management and its clear GUI, and was drawn to the solution’s potential for extending the life of the existing storage arrays.  They saw significant benefits in their database reporting times as well.

5 Keys to Virtualization Zen
So you’ve invested in virtualization - now what does it take to make that virtual environment hum? Before, during and after deploying, you need a modern monitoring solution to ensure you’re getting the most of your investment. We’ve compiled the 5 keys for conquering downtime and achieving virtualization bliss.

So you’ve invested in virtualization - now what does it take to make that virtual environment hum? Before, during and after deploying, you need a modern monitoring solution to ensure you’re getting the most of your investment. We’ve compiled the 5 keys for conquering downtime and achieving virtualization bliss.

Zenoss makes managing virtualized environments and virtualization monitoring easy and less expensive. The Zenoss hybrid IT monitoring platform allows you to comprehensively monitor resource performance and availability across the entire stack, including network, storage, applications and more, regardless of physical or virtual location.

Default FTA management for Word 2013 and WordViewer
A complete step-by-step guide for managing the default file type associations for Word 2013 and WordViewer with FSLogix.

Duncan Murdoch, of Amber Reef, uses this white paper to outline the necessary approach to centrally control and manage FTAs for Word 2013 and WordViewer using FSLogix. 

After addressing the reason and symptoms of the issue, Duncan asserts, "If the desire is to 'Control the FTA' centrally and manage the associations with FSLogix, preventing the users from overriding the FTA settings," then "to achieve this you can create 2 separate FTA rules, one for Word 2013 and another for WordViewer."

By applying these rules alongside the FSLogix Hiding rules for the applications, then the Administrator can ensure that the FTA that is applied is the one that they have allocated to the application group.

NOTE: This will also prevent a user from being able to right-click the file and assign their OWN FTA preferences.

App-V and FSLogix File Type Association Management
Duncan Murdoch, of Amber Reef, provides a concise, visual guide in order to show the precise steps for managing file type associations (FTAs) when using App-V with FSLogix.

A concise, visual guide to implementing file type associations when using App-V with FSLogix. Duncan Murdoch, of Amber Reef, uses this white paper to show the precise steps for managing file type associations (FTAs) when using App-V with FSLogix. As an example for managing the file type associations for App-V packages, Duncan Murdoch demonstrates the ease of this process with Adobe DC and FOX-IT Reader as published applications. With a couple quick steps and a single FSLogix rule, the proper FTAs are put in place for the desired default .pdf application.

4 Virtualization Skills to Take Flight In Your IT Career
It's time to take your IT career flight beyond the final frontiers of your virtual universe. Do it with the SOAR Framework.
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It's time to take your IT career flight beyond the final frontiers of your virtual universe. Do it with the SOAR Framework.

You'll learn 4 virtualization skills to advance your career: 

  • Secure - Govern, control data and user planes
  • Optimize - Run more efficiently
  • Automate - Scale your IT environment
  • Report - Show & tell to your leadership teams
Each SOAR skill will help you to deal with change management in the era of continuous service integration and service delivery. Time to shatter the shackles and take flight!