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Announcing Runecast Analyzer 1.7.5

Announcing Runecast Analyzer 1.7.5

 

Introducing VMware vSphere 6.7 Support

Today we are excited to share that Runecast is announcing Runecast Analyzer 1.7.5, a patent pending proactive VMware vSphere management solution. The release brings full support of the automated knowledge base and best practice checks for the recently released vSphere 6.7.

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11-05-2018 00:00

NSX 6.4 Custom Dashboard Widget

NSX 6.4 Custom Dashboard Widget

 

NSX for vSphere 6.4 was released a few months back (January 16, 2018) bringing many improvements. One of which is a new NSX default homepage, known as Dashboard.

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08-05-2018 00:00

How to Fix Spectre and Meltdown in VMware vSphere

How to Fix Spectre and Meltdown in VMware vSphere

 

Update for Spectre and Meltdown protection in VMware vSphere

Spectre and Meltdown are security vulnerabilities that are now familiar to the VMware community. We blogged about them more...

10-04-2018 00:00

March UserCons and VMUG Meetings

March UserCons and VMUG Meetings

 

For the Runecast Team, this March has been packed with events from all over the World. In less than two weeks our engineers traveled to three different continents.

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21-03-2018 00:00

Runecast Analyzer Release v1.7.1

 

Runecast has released a new version of its proactive issue monitoring tool, version 1.7.1. This release brings "Knowledge Definition" updates (a slick mechanism enabling rapid updates for all new/updated vSphere and vSAN knowledge). Previously, users updated the virtual appliance with each new release (including knowledge definitions) meaning a slower release cycle for updates.

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07-03-2018 00:00

Five Star Product Ranking from a VMware vExpert Aruna Lakmal

Five Star Product Ranking from a VMware vExpert Aruna Lakmal

Runecast Analyzer review and comparison against VMware Skyline service

Aruna Lakmal, VMware vExpert, blogger and senior Virtualization Engineer recently wrote a full product review of Runecast Analyzer on TechCrumble.Net. We at Runecast are always happy to see such a positive ranking from such an enthusiast!

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27-02-2018 00:00

How to Avoid PSOD - VMware Purple Screen of Death

How to Avoid PSOD - VMware Purple Screen of Death

 

The Purple Screen of Death (PSOD) is a fatal crash of VMware ESX/ESXi hosts which kills all active Virtual Machines. With highly virtualized data centers, microservices and technologies like Docker, a single PSOD can terminate tens, hundreds or even thousands of underlying services. Some PSODs can be hardware-related, but most of the time they are due to a combination of problematic drivers, BIOS or software bugs (assert errors). Taking measures to proactively detect (anticipate) and resolve these issues can do a great deal in preventing PSOD outages.

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26-02-2018 00:00

Announcing Runecast Analyzer v1.7

Announcing Runecast Analyzer v1.7

 

Introducing VMware vSAN and VMware "stack" in Runecast Analyzer v1.7

Runecast announces the release of version 1.7 of its proactive issue detection software, Runecast Analyzer. The latest version is the next step in a mission to help admins around the globe build and maintain VMware virtualized systems and data centers. 

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16-02-2018 00:00

Runecast won Techtrailblazers Awards 2017!

Runecast won Techtrailblazers Awards 2017!

 

Runecast won Virtualization category in TechtrailBlazers awards for 2017. We are extremely happy to be recognized by judges like (but not only) Joe Baguley - CTO VMware for EMEA or Jennifer Steffens - CEO IOActive. Runecast Analyzer won Virtualization category for 2017.

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28-01-2018 00:00

Free Mobile App - Runecast Offline VMware Knowledge Base

Free Mobile App - Runecast Offline VMware Knowledge Base

 

Sometimes a simple tool is the most powerful one. If you are VMware admin who has to fix problems with no access to the internet, you probably know it is a pain to Google error code or keyword from your phone and hope you will find the right article with a solution soon. And of course, it is so slow and boring to do it repetitively.

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17-01-2018 00:00

Where are we with Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities in VMware environments

Where are we with Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities in VMware environments

 

Since these vulnerabilities were publicly disclosed, there have been several articles (Security Advisories and KBs) and recommendations on how to patch VMware environments. Some of the updates are overriding the initial ones and some are adding more details. Naturally, with so much information flying around and the pressure to mitigate these critical vulnerabilities as soon as possible, there is some level of confusion to what needs to be done. 

The status, as of the time of this more...

16-01-2018 00:00

Runecast Analyzer v1.6.6 is out to help with Meltdown and Spectre patching

Runecast Analyzer v1.6.6 is out to help with Meltdown and Spectre patching

 

Runecast team is committed to helping admins and engineers with detecting and patching Spectre and Meltdown chip flaw issues in VMware environment. We are updating our product immediately there is a new patch or update from VMware. Because VMware teams working intensively to mitigate security impacts of the bugs we can see updates every day and so Runecast Analyzer can't stay behind. Our today's release v1.6.6 brings the latest knowledge to detect and patch VMware products more...

11-01-2018 00:00

How to fix MeltDown and Spectre vulnerabilities with Runecast Analyzer v1.6.5

How to fix MeltDown and Spectre vulnerabilities with Runecast Analyzer v1.6.5

 

We are happy to announce latest release of Runecast Analyzer v1.6.5. Besides our regular database update and minor reporting fixes, this version brings the ability to scan and detect CPU chip vulnerabilities known as "MeltDown" and "Spectre" on your VMware infrastructure. 

Runecast Analyzer detects which ESXi hosts are not protected and advise how to patch them against such security vulnerabilities (described in more...

09-01-2018 00:00

Runecast Analyzer Evaluation Guide

Runecast Analyzer Evaluation Guide

 

We want you to make the most out of every day you use Runecast Analyzer. To help with that, we’ve prepared this evaluation tutorial that covers how to best use Analyzer to protect your VMware environment against issues and security threats.

Here is what you will need to evaluate Runeacast Analyzer:

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01-01-2018 00:00

3 easy ways to change Runecast Analyzer network settings

3 easy ways to change Runecast Analyzer network settings

 

Runecast Analyzer is distributed as standard OVA, making it easy to deploy and manage. A few times, when customers were moving Runecast Analyzer from PoC to production we were asked if it's possible just to change the IP and keep the current configuration. Yes, it is! There are multiple ways how to edit the configuration parameters specified during the deployment. Below are outlined 3 simple options for adjusting network settings of the Runecast Analyzer Appliance.

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    20-12-2017 00:00

VMUG Meeting CZ

VMUG Meeting CZ

 

There couldn't be a better way to wrap up 2017 than attending a VMUG meeting in our homeland, Czech Republic. This time the meeting featured major players in the virtualization community, such as Duncan Epping, Mark Brookfield, Andrew Mauro, David Pasek and others. 

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05-12-2017 00:00

SVC Awards

SVC Awards

 

Back in September we were delighted to learn that Runecast Analyzer was a finalist in the SVC Awards in the Software Defined Infrastructure Product of the Year category. After a period of voting, the winners were announced at a gala dinner in London on 23rd November.  Our CEO, Stan Markov, attended the prestigious event, along with Warren Legg and Jane Rimmer. 

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28-11-2017 00:00

UK and Italian VMUG UserCons

UserCon

Runecast has been a devoted VMware User Group supporter, especially in 2017. We sponsor VMUG events all over the globe - in US, Australia and Europe. We have been grateful for the opportunity to meet our community peers and have direct discussions on the problems and needs in IT operations.

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22-11-2017 00:00

VMworld 2017 - it is all about networking

VMworld 2017 - it is all about networking

 

VMworld is all about networking.

And we did a lot of that! Certainly, there are the tech sessions, labs, keynotes. But year after year I realized that the most valuable thing VMworld brings is networking. The human contact. Smart people meeting face to face, sharing information, ideas and experience (often over a drink or two).

I didn't want to make this yet another long VMworld recap. It can take pages to describe this intensive experience with all the people we met and all the announcements that were made. So I will try to keep it short more...

25-09-2017 00:00

vRealize Orchestrator Plug-In for Runecast Analyzer released!

 

I remember when vRealize Orchestrator (or vCO as we used to call it) was described as the hidden gem in your vSphere. I would still say it's a gem, but not so hidden anymore. Ever since vRA came along, the importance and adoption of vRO grew significantly.
What does vRO have to do with Runecast Analyzer? A lot, actually! Especially ever since we released the initial REST API (in version 1.5.4). We have since enriched the REST API and you can do pretty much everything on Runecast programmatically via the API. Now, what more...

11-09-2017 00:00

Runecast Analyzer 1.6 is here! Integrations and Security are key!

Runecast Analyzer 1.6 Generally Available

vSphere Web client plugin - love it or hate it, the vSphere Web Client is here to stay. It now comes in HTML5 version and will only keep improving. The Web Client is still the main point of control for any VMware administrator. That's where admins can see and operate with all their hosts, virtual machines and other inventory objects. It is also a great place where they should be able to also see potential risks or incompliances. Although more...

25-08-2017 00:00

Runecast API Boost

Runecast API Boost

 

Version 1.5.6.0 of Runecast Analyzer was released on August 7, 2017 delivering bug fixes, KB definitions updates and four times more REST API endpoints. That number jumps from the initial 11 endpoints all the way to 44! Almost all aspects of the product are now covered, including its configuration. This allows for more complete integration, advanced queries for specific issues or objects, filtering, adding/removing vCenter Servers, managing licenses etc. You can test each of them via the swagger interface under more...

08-08-2017 00:00

Runecast is proud to sponsor vBreakfast at VMworld Barcelona

Runecast is proud to sponsor vBreakfast at VMworld Barcelona

 

After seeing a blog post from Fred Hofer, one of the co-organisers of vBreakfast at VMworld Barcelona along with Andreas Lesslhumer, that he was hoping to secure a sponsor for this year’s event, we immediately put our name forward.

Runecast is a strong advocate of the vCommunity; we’re great supporters of VMUG, and we are a platinum sponsor of a number of UserCons this year plus a number of our team our vExperts, as well as our CEO, Stan Markov, being VCDX #74!

Therefore, we’re very proud to sponsor vBreakfast this year and hope to see many more...

27-07-2017 00:00

Frankfurt UserCon

Frankfurt UserCon

We had a great reception to our Platinum sponsorship at the recent VMware User Group (VMUG) UserCon in Frankfurt. Our customer, German Aerospace, co-presented with our CEO Stan and you can view a recording of the whole presentation:

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19-07-2017 00:00

Runecast Partners with Systematika

Runecast Partners with Systematika

 

Further to our recent post on new channel partners, we are delighted to announce we’ve partnered with Systematika in Italy. Systematika is a well-known and highly respected distributor in Italy and, with their focus on VMware, make the ideal distributor to take Runecast Analyzer to market in Italy for us.

Systematika has been serving the Italian IT market for more than 30 years and was one of the first value-added distributors appointed by VMware EMEA in the early 2000’s. They are more...

30-06-2017 07:24

Bring your Data Center automation to the next level with Runecast Analyzer REST API

The title sounds promising, doesn’t it? Pay attention, because I’m going to show how you can leverage the Runecast Analyzer REST API from vRO to automatically remediate issues in your vSphere environment.

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19-06-2017 00:00

Getting started with Runecast Analyzer REST API

Runecast Analyzer 1.5.4.0 was released on June 13, right before the VMUG UserCon in Frankfurt, Germany. It includes minor bug fixes, added new KB definitions, improved Best Practices and Security Hardening checks and a feature which was requested by many of our customers – API. In this article, I’m going to show how you can perform REST request to Runecast Analyzer from vRO.

Prerequisites:
Runecast Analyzer 1.5.4.0 or above
vRO

Each REST request against Runecast Analyzer more...

16-06-2017 00:00

Runecast Partner update

This post is a quick update on our global expansion via our partner network. I am delighted to welcome 6 new partners to our partner network!

Keller Schroeder and Emergent Networks in the US, Comparex in the UK, Idicos in Germany Coming Computer Engineering in Serbia andmore...

31-05-2017 13:45

Runecast Raises €1.6 Million Series Seed to Bring VMware® Predictive Analytics to 99% of Fortune 1000 Companies

LONDON, PRAGUE, BRATISLAVA - March 31 2017. - Runecast today announced its successful Series Seed fundraising from leading Central European investors Credo Ventures, Prague, and Limerock Fund Manager, Bratislava.

Runecast is the provider of real-time monitoring and predictive analytics for VMware environments. The company transforms VMware’s Knowledge Base into machine-readable predictive action points. The unique solution helps customers switch their VMware maintenance from reactive to predictive. As a result, they reduce outages, increase security and more...

04-04-2017 14:59

AGORA plus workshop – Security in compliance with GDPR

AGORA plus workshop – Security in compliance with GDPR

 

This month we were happy to participate in the AGORA plus workshop.

Along with Runecast Analyzer, during the workshop were presented the latest technologies from leading Storage vendors like Dell EMC and Fujitsu, and also the new Windows Server 2016 and practical experience with its deployment. AGORA plus and the vendors spoke about solutions how to effectively face ransomware and DDoS attacks, how to optimise and secure VMware and how to more...

28-03-2017 00:00

Case Study - Brigham Young University

Case Study - Brigham Young University

 

Brigham Young University utilizes Runecast Analyzer to increase performance and mitigate outages risk

Overview

Brigham Young University-Idaho (BYU-Idaho) is a private, four-year university affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Guided by that affiliation, BYU-Idaho seeks to create a wholesome learning environment in which students can strengthen their commitment to their faith and receive a quality education that prepares them for leadership in the home, the community, and the workplace. Founded in 1888, more...

23-03-2017 00:00

Runecast Analyzer 1.5 Delivers New Customer Driven Enhancements

LONDON, UK - March 7 2017 – Runecast, a leading provider of predictive analytics for VMware® vSphere® environments, today announced the availability of the latest version of Runecast Analyzer.

Runecast Analyzer is a proactive VMware vSphere management solution that installs as an OVA format virtual appliance. Runecast Analyzer uses current VMware Knowledge Base articles and Runecast expertise to analyze the virtual infrastructure and expose potential issues and best practice violations, before they cause major outages.

Version 1.5 delivers more...

07-03-2017 18:00

Case study - Indonesian Cloud

Case study - Indonesian Cloud

 

Indonesian Cloud increases efficiency and audit readiness

Established in 2011, Indonesian Cloud is an independent cloud service provider, specializing in the delivery of managed IT services based around the principle of on-demand, dynamic, and pay-per-use. As a company with a strong commitment to customer satisfaction and responsible business practices, Indonesian Cloud is guided by its mission, which is to be Indonesia’s most trusted, most reliable, and most secure local cloud provider. Indonesian Cloud operates under a publicly published more...

04-02-2017 00:00

London VMUG - a great start of 2017

London VMUG - a great start of 2017

 

The first VMUG London for 2017 took place on a sunny Thursday, January 19th, at the familiar techUK location.
This was only my second VMUG in London but I already felt like I met most of the people. I like how strong and well-formed the local community is. You can notice it especially during the sessions - lots of insightful questions and more...

26-01-2017 00:00

Year in review

Year in review

 

Looking back at 2016, we see a year that has brought many global changes. If we wanted to summarize what this year was all about for Runecast - it would be: develop, sell, expand, repeat.
 
Runecast Solutions has started 2016 by receiving overwhelmingly positive feedback for its flagship product, Runecast Analyzer. From VMUGs in Sydney, Melbourne, London, Prague and Brno to VMworld in Las Vegas and Barcelona, whenever VMware enthusiasts heard about the benefits Runecast Analyzer has to offer, high praise was never far behind. After the more...

22-12-2016 21:06

Improved scheduler in new Runecast Analyzer v1.0.0.30!

Improved scheduler in new Runecast Analyzer v1.0.0.30!

 

Not long ago we released Runecast Analyzer 1.0.0.29 and introduced the new annotations functionality.

Guess what! We are already at v1.0.0.30!

Why are we releasing new builds so often? Well, on one hand, the VMware Knowledge Base is being update all the time - there are new documented issues and some of the older KBs are being updated too. We want to make sure you are always more...

28-07-2016 00:00

ESXi 6.0 host disconnects from vCenter Server with smartd enabled

ESXi 6.0 host disconnects from vCenter Server with smartd enabled

 

In case you are already running ESXi 6.0, be aware of VMware KB2145106. It describes an issue where ESXi 6.0 gets disconnected and appears as Not Responding in vCenter. Currently, there is no resolution, apart from disabling the SMART deamon (smartd).

SMART features provide valuable statistics for monitoring of HDDs and SDDs. For more information on SMART, check out this article by Cormac Hogan and more...

26-07-2016 00:00

Announcing Notes in Runecast Analyzer v1.0.0.29

Announcing Notes in Runecast Analyzer v1.0.0.29

 

We are announcing a new Notes feature as part of Runecast Analyzer v1.0.0.29 released last week. Now admins can easily annotate any KB issue, Best Practice and Security Hardening. This brings a new way to customize your Runecast Analyzer and enrich the analysis results. Until now, you could add notes only to the Filters you create, when you disable issues reported on the whole environment or just subset of the inventory. But what if you need to mark an issue without filtering it out completely?

Here is a typical use case:

The VMware team is more...

28-06-2016 08:50

ESXi 5.x fails with PSOD when using E1000 or E1000e adapters!

ESXi 5.x fails with PSOD when using E1000 or E1000e adapters!

 

E1000 and E1000e are quite commonly used virtual network adapters for VMs in vSphere. Although VMXNET3 is the VMware recommended adapter, E1000 and E1000e are feasible alternatives.

  • E1000 is an emulated version of the Intel 82545EM Gigabit Ethernet NIC.
  • E1000e is an emulated version of the Intel Gigabit NIC 82574 Ethernet NIC.

Be aware that using either E1000 or E1000e on an ESXi 5.x host can pose a serious danger, depending on your host patch level.

ESXi can crash with more...

15-06-2016 00:00

ESXi 6.0 Update 2 fails with PSOD!

ESXi 6.0 Update 2 fails with PSOD!

 

VMware released ESXi 6.0 Update 2 on 16-MAR-2016. It included nice improvements (VSAN 6.2, HTML5 host client, ...) and bug fixes and a number of customers are already at the latest version.

Those who are quick to update should be aware of a new critical issue logged in the VMware KB more...

20-04-2016 00:00

Proactive vSphere analysis based on VMware KBs

Proactive vSphere analysis based on VMware KBs

 

Proactive vSphere analysis based on VMware KBs

This article's purpose is to shed more light on the benefits of using the VMware KBs (Knowledge Base articles) in a proactive way - aimed at improving system resilience and performance. This can be achieved by minimizing the likelihood of service-impacting incidents or events from occurring and/or to mitigate the impact if they do more...

29-03-2016 00:00

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