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Another vCAC 6 Repo404 error

Today I decided to try to continue the rebuild of my lab and I fired up vCAC 6 and once again received an Repo404 error as seen in my previous post >here< . I decided reinstall time thinking I’d not fixed the problem the last-time but decided not to wipe out the old VMs. I got to the part where I’d all but finished preparing the IaaS server for install when I noticed my SQL database  was not online……DOH…so there you have it, Repo404 error can also mean database problems.

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Uniprint = New Gold Sponsor

I’m pleased to announce UniPrint as the next gold sponsor.


I have a long history with UniPrint going back a decade now. I even once was a UniPrint instructor, I think I only ever delivered 1 course though before VMware consumed my life.


So what is it? Well if you want to print from a VDI session, lets say from a branch office for example you need this in your life. We all know that both Citrix and VMware have a cut down effort of a universal printer driver but come on, we all know in the real world that won’t cut the mustard. What you need is a full featured solution like UniPrint.


UniPrint pioneered the use of PDF-based universal printer driver technology to streamline and enhance printing in Server-based Computing (SbC) environments.  Today, we are the recognized leader in printing virtualization.


Some of you may be asking yourself, what exactly is printing virtualization and how can my business benefit from this technology?  A quick answer is that printing virtualization was created to extend the benefits of VDI to printing, helping you to reduce help desk overheads, increase operational efficiency and cut printing costs enterprise-wide.


In VDI environments, the desktop’s operating systems and application programs are hosted within a virtual machine that runs on a centralized server, delivering abundant measurable benefits to organizations. One major benefit is simplified central desktop management. Because all virtual desktop images are hosted in one location, updating or installing new software is quick and easy, since most of it can be done by updating the golden image. Another huge benefit is security. With VDI, corporations can control what applications are installed on each desktop image and how they are being used. Virtual desktop images can be easily locked down from external devices, such that data cannot be transferred from the image to a local hard drive. Data is also more secure since it is stored on servers in the data center, reducing data breach concerns if a mobile user’s laptop or tablet is stolen. Therefore, it would seem logical that given the benefits and the fact that most large enterprises employ VDI within the workplace today, that VDI would also extend to printing. However, this isn’t so and many VDI solutions lack the functionality to allow VDI users to print from their VDI image.


In the same vein, managing your VDI printing environment can offer various paybacks toward cost cutting. For example:  a single universal printer driver negates the need to install multiple manufacturer printer drivers on each virtual desktop image. This eliminates printer driver incompatibility issues, which in turn saves system admin and help desk manpower and costs.  Since everything resides in one data center, hardware costs can be easily managed.  Also, pesky printer problems can predominantly be solved all within in one data center, as opposed to troubleshooting each remote printer.


Why is this important?  Well, as the number of people working remotely increases, a managed VDI printing environment enables employees working from anywhere to print the documents they need at any time. In addition, as the BYOD (bring you own device) and mobility trends proliferate, employees are given the ability to alternate between devices, depending on their location and task requirements. As a whole, staffers have become so accustomed to the performance, ease of use, and flexibility in their personal IT experiences that they expect the same level of accessibility and flexibility at work. Printing virtualization fulfills these expectations by allowing users to print from their VDI session to the closest printer physically.


It is evident that VDI brings forth an array of benefits for the business world, and will continue to move full throttle, but also brings forth challenges in printing. It is inevitable that when it comes to streamlining enterprise workflows, the growth of VDI printing solutions will become a staple and relied upon by corporate IT departments.  To learn more about VDI printing, contact

Rackware = Next Gold Sponsor

I’m pleased to announce Rackware as the next gold sponsor.

Rackware is new to me but its something we are looking at in Canopy. The way I understand it right now is that its a platspin alternative but for cloud…. Exactly what we need…


RackWare brings intelligence and automation to the cloud, providing greater availability for enterprises, greater flexibility for enterprise IT users, and reduced costs for enterprise IT providers. Computing resources—physical, virtual, and cloud machines—can be easily and automatically scaled up or down as demand fluctuates


RackWare focus on delivering Cloud migrations and simplifying DRAAS. By enabling the easy migration of server workloads into and between cloud environments and Data Centers, we make it easier to migrate into, between and out of cloud / data centre infrastructure, simplifying cloud / data centre migration projects, reducing the cost and risk associated with these projects.


Rackware provide heterogeneous support for physical and virtual workloads, and private, public and hybrid clouds to allow easy workload mobility and elasticity, allowing you to basically move into and between your chosen cloud, or data center and then scale resources on demand in an easier fashion.

RackWare enables enterprises to easily and cost-effectively leverage private, public, or hybrid cloud environments without having to change applications or operating systems. The two major components are mobility and elasticity for both Enterprise User and Service Providers. 

The Rackware approach enables users to scale cost effectively across private and public clouds without any application re-writes. Even better, RackWare lets users dynamically allocate between current infrastructure and cloud, and back again if need be. 

This simplified approach results in marked savings in both capital and operational expenditures. RackWare is a truly heterogeneous approach that helps users avoid lock-in of server vendor, hypervisor, or cloud provider. 

Client On-Boarding 
RackWare provides a push button, automated mechanism to move existing workloads between different datacenters and clouds. 

Disaster Recovery AAS in the Cloud 
Combining both mobility and elasticity, RMM Disaster Recovery in the Cloud is an easy to use, economical solution that provides significantly improved support over traditional tape backup at a cost that is small fraction of maintaining a replicated datacenter. 

Tools for Elasticity 
• AutoScaling: RMM delivers automatic scaling for both private and public clouds as well as for datacenters based on real-time usage, load and performance. 
• AutoParking: The RMM Policy Engine supports schedule-based AutoParking, which can be applied to hosts or group of hosts with a high degree of scheduling flexibility and detail. 
• Cloud Bursting: RMM scales across one or many heterogeneous clouds so core applications and infrastructure stay in the datacenter and have peak usage demands met in the cloud.