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Hi everyone, well I am back from a terrific trip to Tasmania. I only got to see Hobart and surrounds as I had limited time but it was really beautiful and I will definitely have to go back.

Many of you may have seen some of my information recently about the Airwatch solution that VMware has purchased. Well this has now been completed so you should see many more articles and information in the coming weeks and months on this technology that adds to the VMware solution stack.

I hope you enjoy this weeks newsletter, don’t forget to keep in touch and let me know what you would like to see in the newsletter and your favourite blogs that I will feature

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Neil Isserow
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  • Deal on vSphere On Demand Classroom We know you’re busy. But we also know you understand the importance of continually growing and refining your VMware skill set. That’s why we think the  On Demand Classroom is such a great option. It lets you learn where and when it’s convenient for you, including access to Lab Sessions. If you’re in Australia or New Zealand, this is the perfect time to check out On Demand Classroom for yourself. Register by March 31, 2014, and you can receive a 50% discount on…
    • Time for Part 3, we are almost done! Here are links if you are looking for Part 1 or Part 2 Deploying the Hyperic Agent(s) You only need to do this on VMs with applications you want to protect. For additional guidance on these steps and details for how to install multiple agents simultaneously see: Getting Started with vFabric Hyperic 5.7 starting at pages 53 & 25 Prerequisites Ensure that both the Hyperic server and the VM are using the same time source or have their time synchronized in some other…
      • By Khalid Hakim Last week I wrote about the growing need for IT to provide cost transparency to the business, especially to support its transition to a service provider or broker model. I also outlined some of the problems caused by opaque, decentralized costing strategies. At VMware, we rely on an IT Business Management (ITBM) Service Costing Process (SCP) to help customers run IT like a business. Behind the acronyms lies a powerful tool that allows IT to validate its expenditures and solidify its role…
        • Getting Starting with the VMware vSphere Distributed Switch Part 2 This video guides the user through migrating hosts and VM's to the vSphere Distributed Switch. From: VMware Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 03:39 More in Science & Technology
          • VMware vSphere Distributed Switch, Traffic Filtering This video shows how to configure the Traffic Filtering feature of the vSphere Distributed Switch. From: VMware Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 02:25 More in Science & Technology
            • VMware vSphere Distributed Switch, Health Check This video shows how to configure the Health Check feature of the vSphere Distributed Switch. From: VMware Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 02:18 More in Science & Technology
              • Link Aggregation Groups - VMware vSphere Distributed Switch This video shows how to configure Link Aggregation Groups using LACP with the vSphere Distributed Switch. From: VMware Views: 2 0 ratings Time: 04:27 More in Science & Technology
                • Port Mirroring - VMware vSphere Distributed Switch This video shows how to configure and use the Port Mirroring functionality in the vSphere Distributed Switch. From: VMware Views: 2 0 ratings Time: 02:44 More in Science & Technology
                  • Backup and Restore - VMware vSphere Distributed Switch This video shows how to use the Backup and Restore functionality in the vSphere Distributed Switch. From: VMware Views: 4 0 ratings Time: 04:31 More in Science & Technology
                    • NetFlow - VMware vSphere Distributed Switch This video shows how to configure and enable NetFlow in the vSphere Distributed Switch. From: VMware Views: 4 0 ratings Time: 02:01 More in Science & Technology
                      • VMware’s conservative guidance about overcommitting your pCPU:vCPU ratio for Monster virtual machines is simple – don’t do it. Example: If you have a quad socket, 8 core host, this means you have 32 cores, or 64 SMT threads, which vSphere sees as potential logical CPUs. The actual largest monster virtual machine we’d recommend you create is 32 vCPUs for that host. Why is that? It is assumed you’ve assigned all those vCPUs because not only are they required by the application, but also that…
                        • You have probably heard the terms “Big Data” and “Hadoop” mentioned somewhere in the industry lately – they are both very popular subjects of discussion at the moment. This blog gives you an introduction to the core technology and explains some of the contributions that VMware continues to make to the Hadoop world. Hadoop often comes up as a computing platform for dealing with large data sets and for “unstructured data”. These unstructured data sets are generated from a wide variety of…
                          • In Part 1 we installed the Hyperic and App HA vApps. Now we are going to setup App HA in vCenter and install the Hyperic agent on the vCenter server so that all of our pieces are communicating properly with each other. Setting up App HA - additional details on this are available in the vSphere App HA Installation Guide starting on page 15 From the  Inventory  menu in the vSphere web client, navigate to  Administration > vSphere App HA Click the  Settings  tab Type the following parameters:…
                            • A successful career in IT requires more than just technical skills. We’ve partnered with Spiceworks to create a  new eBook to share the top 50 tech tips from IT pros, for IT pros. What is the best IT career advice you’ve ever received? Download the IT Pro Career Tips eBook for the top 50 tech tips, including: How to raise your skills to the next level What three things to do when asking for a raise How to determine what certifications to obtain Did we miss any IT career tips you’d like to…
                              • On Monday, VMware’s acquisition of AirWatch officially closed, just weeks after we announced our intent to acquire the leader in enterprise mobile management. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome the AirWatch team aboard. As an integral part of our End-User Computing (EUC) division, AirWatch brings tremendous value to VMware and our customers. It was […]
                                • VMware has successfully completed Service Organization Control (SOC) 1 SSAE 16 Type 2 and SOC 2 Type 2 examinations for VMware vCloud® Hybrid Service™. In less than a year since launch, vCloud Hybrid Service has made substantial ground in the compliance space. To date, VMware has successfully attained ISO 27001 certification, completed examinations for HIPAA / HITECH , SOC 2 Type 1, SOC 1 (SSAE 16 / ISAE 3402) Type 2, and SOC 2 Type 2 on vCloud Hybrid Service. VMware will continue to invest in this…
                                  • I recently installed App HA in my lab and found some of the documentation unclear and at times hard to follow. I’m going to work with our Tech Pubs group to improve it. In the meantime I wanted to share what I learned to help make your installation easier. First, pay attention to the pre-reqs! Have DRS enabled on the cluster where you will be deploying the App HA appliance Enable “VM and Application Monitoring” in your cluster HA settings Create an IP Pool for the subnet(s) where you will install…
                                    • One of the advantages of VMware vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS) is common management across both private and public cloud resources.   Learn how vCloud Automation Center helps improve the efficiency of your hybrid cloud deployment. With vCHS why do I need cloud automation? One of the reasons to invest in cloud automation software like VMware’s vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) is to accelerate the delivery of IT services.  Many companies take service delivery times from multiple days down to hours and…
                                      • KitKat is the latest Android release from Google with a lot of attractive changes both inside and outside. Before it hits every Android phone out there, you certainly have a new way to experience it with a very simple set up in VMware Workstation 10. Last week, our team was very excited to see that the latest Android x86 release (a.k.a. 4.4 RC1) supports VMware virtual machines. Details are available in the release note at   http://www.android-x86.org/releases/releasenote-4-4-rc1 . I downloaded the ISO…
                                        • VMware Care System Analytics Demo VMware Care System Analytics Demo. From: VMware Views: 15 0 ratings Time: 05:03 More in Science & Technology
                                          • By Sachin Sharma, Product Marketing Manager, End-User Computing, VMware and Kevin Cooke, Director of Product Marketing and Management, Stratusphere Solutions, Liquidware Labs In my last few posts I spoke about Horizon Mirage layering and making a fast and easy desktop migration to Windows 7. There’s no doubting the operational efficiencies that a well-managed desktop strategy will bring to your organization. Related, April 8 th (and end of Support for Windows XP) is approaching faster than you may…
                                            • To help you understand the content and requirements for VMware certification we have just released three new overview videos: VMware Cloud Certifications Overview VMware Data Center Virtualization Certifications Overview VMware End User Computing Certifications Overview And to help you get ready to pass the exam, we’ve also put together some recommended study tips and best practices from our instructors:  How to Prepare for VMware Certification Exams .
                                              • At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today, Pat Gelsinger ( VMware CEO ) laid out a clear vision for the Software-Defined Data Center ( SDDC ) and how it encompasses Network Functions Virtualization ( NFV ). The solution really begins with the massive-scale Cloud Data Centers that serve as the “control room” for both mobile operators as well as enterprises around the world. SDDC extends common virtualization concepts — abstraction, pooling and automation — to all data center resources and services…
                                                • One of the more common questions I get around vSphere Data Protection (VDP) and VDP Advanced is whether backup to tape is supported. Before I answer that question and discuss a possible solution, I want to dig into why that question comes up fairly often. As I am sure you know, tape has been around for decades for a variety of reasons. Some (not all) organizations who use tape typically have one or both of these requirements: Backup data must be kept offsite for disaster recovery and/or backup data must be…
                                                  • By Kristina De Nike, Senior Product Manager, VMware Google Chromebook is the perfect platform to use when you want quick access to a Windows application through a Horizon View virtual desktop. With Horizon View 5.3 Feature Pack 1 , users can access their Horizon View desktops from an HTML-5-compliant browser, including the Google Chrome browser. Horizon View 5.3 HTML Access includes improved video playback performance, text copy and paste, and audio from the desktop. Using web access naturally imposes…


                                                  • Last month, we asked the recent users of vCenter Operations Evaluation Center to share their feedback on the 60-day free trial, and more than 772 respondents gave us their feedback. These results surpassed our expectations and we would like to thank you for taking the time to fill out the survey and give us some valuable insights. Survey questions were asked in a variety of areas and we found out that users are very satisfied with the overall evaluation experience. Here are some of the interesting…
                                                    • VMware has become aware of an issue wherein after upgrading to vCloud Connector 2.6, a change to the permissions on the staging directory causes transfers to fail. A newly installed vCloud Connector node has read/write/execute permissions for user, group, and other on the staging directory (777). When upgrading the node to vCloud Connector 2.6, these permissions are incorrectly set to 755. This removes the write permission for other, which in this instance references the admin user. For details and…
                                                      • Having spent considerable time, over the years, learning about and testing virtualization management tools, I find it fascinating to see how tools compare. Once you get past the high-level checkbox comparison, understanding how various management tools compare, at a deeper level, very quickly becomes complicated. In my last post, How to Select a Virtualization Management Tool , I covered 9 different questions that you should consider when evaluating virtualization management tools. For this post, I…
                                                        • VMware is thrilled to announce the general availability of VMware vCloud Hybrid Service in Europe , an exciting step forward to further expand our infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) footprint in Europe. Why is the UK launch of vCloud Hybrid Service significant? With the launch of our new Slough, UK data center, our customers in Europe who have been vocal about what they need to adopt hybrid cloud can now benefit from the ability to move workloads into the public cloud when demand calls for it, while also…
                                                          • This week’s question comes from the  Horizon View video series . a. vCenter logging b. syslog c. email log d. event log Click through to the  comments  for the answer and watch  What’s New with Horizon View 5.2 Demonstration  for more information. Follow  @VMwareEducation on Instagram to see more #TechTrivia every Tuesday and visual updates from the VMware Education and Certification community.
                                                            • VMware is thrilled to announce the general availability of VMware vCloud Hybrid Service in Europe , an exciting step forward to further expand our infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) footprint in Europe. Why is the UK launch of vCloud Hybrid Service significant? With the launch of our new Slough, UK data center, our customers in Europe who have been vocal about what they need to adopt hybrid cloud can now benefit from the ability to move workloads into the public cloud when demand calls for it, while also…
                                                              • By Gavin Jackson, Vice President & General Manager, Cloud Services EMEA Following the announcement at VMworld Europe back in October 2013, today I am proud to announce the launch of VMware vCloud® Hybrid Service™ (vCHS) in Europe, with our first service based in the UK. This marks the beginning of a wider rollout of VMware […]
                                                                • The VMware Center for Policy & Compliance (CP&C) is pleased to announce the availability of Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) 3.0 Compliance toolkit for UNIX and Linux Environments in VMware vCenter Configuration Manager (VCM) , a key component in the VMware vCenter Operations Suite (vC Ops) suite. PCI DSS 3.0 comes into effect from January 1, 2014. PCI DSS 3.0 compliance toolkit for VMware vSphere based virtual environment was released earlier this month. PCI DSS 3.0…
                                                                  • Friends of VMware Hands-on Labs, We wanted to share with our users our planning for the 2014 season and get feedback from you. This is a great opportunity to share your ideas, and tell us what you would like to see. Please join us online. Date: Wednesday March 5th, 2014 Time: 9:00 AM PST Agenda - Update on Hands-on Labs / Direction - Content Planning for 2014 Season - What would you like to see in next generation labs - Portal / Website updates in the works - Open Feedback Session will be…
                                                                    • Two new courses are now available: • VMware Application Virtualization with VMware ThinApp [V5.0] focuses on virtualizing Windows applications with VMware® ThinApp®, modifying the Package.ini parameters to handle special circumstances, and choosing the best deployment and updating processes for your environment. It prepares you for the the VMware Certified Professional 5 – Desktop (VCP5-DT) certification . Prerequisites include a basic understanding of virtualization concepts, and completion of…
                                                                      • Upgrading vCenter Server Using the Simple Install Video demonstration showing how to upgrade to vCenter Server using the simple install. Visit the vSphere Upgrade Center: http://www.vmware.com/products/vsphe... From: VMware Views: 514 1 ratings Time: 04:20 More in Science & Technology
                                                                        • Upgrading the vCenter Server Appliance Video demonstration showing how to upgrade the vCenter Server Appliance. Visit the vSphere Upgrade Center: http://www.vmware.com/products/vsphere/upgrade-cen... From: VMware Views: 465 1 ratings Time: 05:35 More in Science & Technology
                                                                          • Upgrading a vSphere Host Using The ESXi Installer Video demonstration showing how to upgrade an ESXi host using the ESXi Installer. Visit the vSphere Upgrade Center: http://www.vmware.com/products/vsphere/up... From: VMware Views: 517 2 ratings Time: 02:55 More in Science & Technology
                                                                            • Upgrading a vSphere Host Using The ESXCLI Command Video demonstration showing how to upgrade an ESXi host using the ESXCLI command. Visit the vSphere Upgrade Center: http://www.vmware.com/products/vsphere/up... From: VMware Views: 557 2 ratings Time: 03:24 More in Science & Technology
                                                                              • Upgrading a vSphere Host Using vSphere Update Manager (VUM) Video demonstration showing how to upgrade an ESXi host using vSphere Update Manager. Visit the vSphere Upgrade Center: http://www.vmware.com/products/vspher... From: VMware Views: 205 1 ratings Time: 05:57 More in Science & Technology
                                                                                • Part 1 - Upgrading a vSphere Host Using vSphere Auto Deploy Part 1 of a 2 part video demonstration showing how to upgrade a vSphere host using vSphere Auto Deploy. Visit the vSphere Upgrade Center: http://www.vmware.c... From: VMware Views: 403 3 ratings Time: 06:15 More in Science & Technology
                                                                                  • Part 2 - Upgrading a vSphere Host Using vSphere Auto Deploy Part 2 of a 2 part video demonstration that shows how to upgrade a vSphere host using vSphere Auto Deploy. Visit the vSphere Upgrade Center: http://www.vmwar... From: VMware Views: 356 1 ratings Time: 05:03 More in Science & Technology
                                                                                    • Upgrading VMware Tools Using vSphere Update Manager (VUM) Video demonstrating showing how to upgrade VMware Tools using vSphere Update Manager. Visit the vSphere Upgrade Center: http://www.vmware.com/products/vspher... From: VMware Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 05:14 More in Science & Technology
                                                                                      • For the next few weeks, we are focusing our efforts on helping our vSphere 5.5 customers find answers to questions as quickly as possible. We tend so see a surge in March of customers installing, upgrading, and configuring their new vSphere 5.5 environments so we present you this list of the top 20 vCenter Server KB articles. Please share if you find this list useful :^) Re-pointing and re-registering VMware vCenter Server 5.1 /5.5 and components (2033620) Upgrading to vCenter Server 5.5 best practices…
                                                                                        • Hosts John Mark Troyer, VMware @jtroyer Guests Lauren Malhoit @malhoit Robert van den Nieuwendijk @rvdnieuwendijk Chris Wahl, @ChrisWahl Steven Pantol, @StevePantol Brian Atkinson, @vmroyale Matt Liebowitz, @mattliebowitz Mike Preston, @mwpreston News VMware NOW: Virtual SAN Special Online Event Essential VSAN: Administrator’s Guide to VMware Virtual SAN VMware cuts price of hybrid cloud management tool to $0 Around the Community vBrownbag Podcast VMUG Local Meetings – Check it today …
                                                                                          • Reclaiming Inactive resources can be a manual labor intensive process.  See how vCloud Automation Center can automate and simplify that process. Many companies estimate that at least 10% or more of their compute resources are being consumed by inactive and abandon applications and machines.  We are not talking about temporary resources that can easily be reclaimed at the end of a lease period.  We are talking about machines that you thought were going to be permanent, but for one reason or another have…
                                                                                            • Creative Solutions in Healthcare Delivers New User Applications with vCloud Hybrid Service Learn how Creative Solutions in Healthcare, the largest owner and operator of skilled nursing facilities in the State of Texas, leverages the VMware vCloud H... From: VMware Views: 960 0 ratings Time: 03:36 More in Science & Technology
                                                                                              • Mecklenburg County Chose VMware Horizon View to Securely Mobilize and Empower Employees Mecklenburg County chose Horizon View, over Citrix and Microsoft, to securely mobilize and empower nearly 6000 county employees. This video takes a deeper l... From: VMware Views: 1168 7 ratings Time: 03:21 More in Science & Technology
                                                                                                • Welcome to the “Oscars” of the VMware Certified Instructor of the quarter award!  This quarter’s award recognises outstanding VMware Certified Instructors (VCIs) from Europe . Middle East and Africa (EMEA). The award supports, promotes and develops VCIs by inspiring them to continually raise the standards of VMware training. Congratulations to Bruce Watson, the EMEA VCI of the Quarter Award for the period of October Bruce Watson recieves VCI award. to December 2013.  Over the past quarter…
                                                                                                  • How can the “old IT” be competitive in a marketplace crowded with external cloud providers? The promise of agility, cost savings, as well as self-service capabilities requires the new IT organization to truly transform to the role of service provider. In this video, Accelerate transformation strategist Padmaja Vrudhula explains how IT’s new role as service provider elevates the business value the IT organization can bring to the business.


                                                                                                  • Hi everyone, Over on the vSphere blog I have posted an new entry on the availability of a whitepaper on the security of VMware’s ESXi hypervisor. I hope you find the whitepaper useful. Please post or send your feedback. Head on over to the vSphere blog posting ! mike
                                                                                                    • Hi! I’m happy to announce the availability of a whitepaper that I had been working on much of the past year. Since I joined VMware back in January of 2013, an almost weekly request was for a whitepaper that help IT team explain the security of the VMware vSphere hypervisor, a.k.a. ESXi, to a security professional. Frequently, the IT folks would encounter statements like “How can we trust the hypervisor?” or “I’ve heard of this  VM Escape thing, what’s to stop a VM from corrupting or…
                                                                                                      • VMware News Last week’s VMware Partner Exchange Conference was a blast. We were busy “Mastering the New Reality” with our partners and empowering them to help drive the future of IT. Interested in learning more about news coming out of the show? In case you missed any of VMware’s announcements coming out of the show, read more […]
                                                                                                        • Today we have a new vSphere video that demonstrates how to use esxtop to identify storage performance issues in a vSphere ESX / ESXi environment. The esxtop utility and the latency statistics that it provides are very useful when troubleshooting performance issues with SAN-connected storage. Watch our latest video and learn! For additional information see VMware Knowledge Base article Using esxtop to identify storage performance issues for ESX / ESXi (multiple versions) (1008205) .
                                                                                                          • By Jeremy Carter , VMware Senior Consultant When I’m working on a customer engagement, we always strategize to ensure resiliency and failover protection for vCenter Automation Center (vCAC). While these considerations continue to be top priorities, there is another question that seems to be coming up more and more: “What about vCenter?” vCenter has long been thought of as the constant, the unshakable foundation that supports business differentiators like vCAC. Although we’re happy for that…


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                                                                                                          • There is a ton of work that goes into maintaining my websites, I have to gather and sort through lots of links and information, organize it and publish it. In addition the annual top blog voting contest is no small effort either and involves a ton of work collecting data, building forms, processing data, updating [...]
                                                                                                            • Information security breaches are in the news a lot these days, but for many companies security doesn’t get the attention it deserves, until something bad happens. Let’s face it, implementing better security in a data center is a pain in the ass and inconveniences everyone from administrators to end users. Better security doesn’t make anyone’s [...]
                                                                                                              • I limit the number of sponsors that advertise on vSphere-land and have one advertising slot currently open. Most of my sponsors are long term repeat sponsors so I don’t often have open slots but I currently have one due to one of my long time sponsors ending blog sponsorship’s after they were acquired. Their loss [...]
                                                                                                                • There are over 300 blogs dedicated to VMware and virtualization, here’s your chance to pick your favorites and determine the top blogs. The last voting was a year ago and new bloggers are springing up every month. When casting your votes please keep the following in mind about the blogs. Longevity - Anyone can start a blog [...]
                                                                                                                  • Whenever I visit VMUGs or talk about PowerCLI I am constantly surprised by people who have not yet heard of PowerCLI or are unaware of the basics of how it works, let alone the... Introduction to PowerCLI is a post from: Virtu-Al . Virtu-Al is one of the authors of VMware vSphere PowerCLI Reference: Automating vSphere Administration" Buy it now from: Amazon USA Amazon UK Sybex
                                                                                                                    • Part 10 in the Learning NSX series walks you through adding a service node to your NSX installation. This article was originally posted on blog.scottlowe.org . Visit the site for more information on virtualization, servers, storage, and other enterprise technologies. Learning NSX, Part 10: Adding a Service Node
                                                                                                                      • In part 9 of this series, I provide a walkthrough on creating NSX gateway services for layer 3 connectivity in and out of logical networks. This article was originally posted on blog.scottlowe.org . Visit the site for more information on virtualization, servers, storage, and other enterprise technologies. Learning NSX, Part 9: Adding a Gateway Service
                                                                                                                        • Been in Vietnam now for almost a week. (Read my previous posts here and here, also read Kamau’s most recent blog post here.) So far this has been a unique and amazing experience. The concept of service learning is something I had never thought of but resonates really well. The great thing about it is […] " Vietnam trip, half way down… " originally appeared on Yellow-Bricks.com . Follow me on twitter - @DuncanYB.
                                                                                                                          • I just woke up in an extremely warm Vietnam and noticed it is that time of the year again. I am hoping to end up somewhere at the top of the list again, but I realize like no one else that this is not a given. The competition is huge and some really stood out […] " Support your fav. virtualization bloggers, vote for the top blogs! " originally appeared on Yellow-Bricks.com . Follow me on twitter - @DuncanYB.
                                                                                                                            • I have been in Vietnam a couple of days now and so far it has made a huge impression on me. (Many pictures here if you want an impression) To be honest I didn’t really know what to expect. I had never been to Asia before even, and never have been in contact in any […] " Vietnam trip, first couple of days… " originally appeared on Yellow-Bricks.com . Follow me on twitter - @DuncanYB.
                                                                                                                              • It has been a while since I reported an update of RVTools. Rob just emailed me and told me that Version 3.6 is available as of today. He has been working really hard to get some great new functionality in, which I am sure all of you will appreciate. One of the coolest free tools […] " Cool tool update: RVTools 3.6 " originally appeared on Yellow-Bricks.com . Follow me on twitter - @DuncanYB.
                                                                                                                                • Once every year Eric Siebert puts the list together of all of  great virtualization blogs that are written and updated constantly in support of the great community around VMware and virtualization that has been adopted. This is the annual event that gives you an opportunity to show your support and appreciation for all the hours […]


                                                                                                                                • Last year VMGuru.nl finished #31 overall and the #4 Independent blog in the top VMware/virtualization blogs 2013. Now, it is time again to vote the top vBlogs for 2014. Please help us to increase our score and vote VMGuru.nl (Overall & Independent) As in last years poll you can vote in special categories to help distinguish certain types of blogs. The categories are independent of the general voting so first pick and rank your top 10 overall favorite blogs and then choose your favorite blog in each…
                                                                                                                                  • Please vote for GabesVirtualWorld at the vSphere-land top blogger contest. See full post at: Please vote for GabesVirtualWorld
                                                                                                                                    •   Eric Siebert (@ericsiebert ) has officially opened the pools for this year’s vSphere-Land Top bloggers List.   If you like VDI, If you like EUC, If you like this blog, If you like my articles, If you like Horizon View, Please consider voting for this blog. In 2010 the blog was amongst the top 40. … Continue reading »
                                                                                                                                      • Nutanix has built-in VM-Centric, multi-site, bi-directional, multi-topology disaster recovery and replication engine that also supports VMware Site Recovery Manager and Run Book Automation tools. The replication utilizes incremental and fine-grained byte-level data transfers with intelligent data compression, eliminating network and storage resource throttle. Administrators may completely failover entire deployments to a secondary datacenter and later on … Continue reading »
                                                                                                                                        • Recently I stumbled on an article which briefly explains the installation of Android KitKat 4.4 in VMware Workstation. I knew that previous version of Android worked fine (including network) in VMware Workstation – see this post, but some tweaks were necessary. I wanted to test the latest version of Android, to see how it looks like […] Read the full post How to install Android KitKat in VMware Workstation at ESX Virtualization . Featured Paper : Top Seven Networking Concepts Every Virtualization…
                                                                                                                                          • VMware vSphere allows using simple install for upgrading from 5.0 and 5.1 installations. VMware has published a new video of  Upgrading vCenter Server using Simple Install, walking through the steps. The vCenter Server 5.0 uses default values in this video for: SSO site name HTTPS port Installation directory If in your environment you’re using custom values […] Read the full post Upgrading vCenter Server using Simple Install at ESX Virtualization . Featured Paper : Top Seven Networking Concepts Every…
                                                                                                                                            • Over the years I’ve tried quite a few screen capture and video screen recording tools, but as I’m using a lot of screen captures in my posts so I finally stayed with Snagit, which is one of the oldest screen capture software out there. I remember about 10 years ago when I first started to use […] Read the full post Snagit as screen capture tool, but does cool videos too at ESX Virtualization .   Featured Paper : Top Seven Networking Concepts Every Virtualization Administrator Should Know
                                                                                                                                              • New version of Freeware RVtools 3.6 has just been released. The 3.6 version is the latest version which comes after almost one year later of the previous release. I could see the tweets from @rvtools since several months as the developper Rob de Veij was testing the beta releases. The tiny little application (4.5 Megs […] Read the full post Freeware RVTools 3.6 released at ESX Virtualization .   Featured Paper : Top Seven Networking Concepts Every Virtualization Administrator Should Know
                                                                                                                                                • As being announced by Eric Siebert from vSphere-Land.com, the Top Virtualization Blog voting for 2014 is now open. There is more than 300 blogs on the list!!  Wow. But hey, not all blogs are equal. Not all blogs are updated all year long, not all of them are good quality blogs and only few dozens of […] Read the full post Top Virtualization Blog voting 2014 Is here! at ESX Virtualization .   Featured Paper : Top Seven Networking Concepts Every Virtualization Administrator Should Know
                                                                                                                                                  • There is a new ESXi security whitepaper which has been released by VMware. The Author is Mike Foley. The paper covers pretty much everything which is security related and its destined to the IT team managing VMware infrastructures and it treats security of the VMware ESXi hypervisor in over 25 pages. Quote from the source: […] Read the full post New ESXi Security Whitepaper released at ESX Virtualization .   Featured Paper : Top Seven Networking Concepts Every Virtualization Administrator Should Know
                                                                                                                                                    • After a VCP550 announced last month (read my article - New VCP Exam VCP550 based on vSphere 5.5 is available) covering datacenter virtualization, there is now also new VCP-Cloud certification exam based on vCloud Director 5.5 and VCAC 5.2 is available. With codename VCPC550.  You need to attend the vCloud Director: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.5] OR VMware vCloud Automation […] Read the full post New VCP-Cloud Certification Exam (VCPC550) available at ESX Virtualization . Featured Paper : Top…


                                                                                                                                                    • The vSphere Land top blog contest is now open. Please consider allocating your valuable #1 vote to VCritical!
                                                                                                                                                      • We are now going to configure the vCO and Advanced Blueprinting service. This is really where we can extend the capabilities of vCAC to do almost anything. vCenter Orchestrator will be the main focus here.   At this point you should have finished the previous 6 steps: Part 1: Deploy and Configure the Identity Appliance Part 2: Deploy and Configure the vCloud Automation Center Appliance Part 3: Installing IaaS Components Part 4: Tenant Configuration Part 5: Agent, Endpoint, and Group Configuration…
                                                                                                                                                        • Originally Posted at the VCE Vblog - The Choice Overload Problem My wife recently signed our family up for Netflix, and ever since then I've been perusing the catalog late at night trying to find something interesting that isn't a pre-2000 era movie. There's a few different "Best of 'TED Talks'" so I decided to give it a whirl. The first one I watched was called "Life Hacks" . I was immediately dialed in from the different ways people view everyday situations. Heck,…
                                                                                                                                                          • Mark Gabryjelski dropped in on the #vBrownBag to give some tips and tricks on building a home lab capable of running nested ESXi servers. You can find additional videos from Mark about this build at http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLQ3sn5-bIVgJ69HsGPm9-58E4hzjxtq2&app=desktop Video You can sign up for the live ProfessionalVMware.com #vBrownBag broadcast at http://professionalvmware.com/brownbags/ and follow some of our ongoing […]
                                                                                                                                                            • Anthony Elizondo discusses the features available in vSphere that allow you to virtualize latency sensitive applications and services such a VOIP.  You can find Anthony on Twitter @complex Video You can sign up for the live ProfessionalVMware.com #vBrownBag broadcast at http://professionalvmware.com/brownbags/ and follow some of our ongoing series such as the Automate All The Things […]
                                                                                                                                                              • The annual vSphere-Land.com voting for top blogs and podcasts is now open. Eric Siebert’s annual community vote allows virtualization content consumers an opportunity to share who they think have provided them the most value. Naturally the team here at vBrownBag and ProfessionalVMware.com hope our community efforts have provided you great value. If you have an […]
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                                                                                                                                                                  • In our effort to provide our viewers with up to the minute information on VMware related news and topics, we’re posting the following Special Alert direct from VMware Support Insider. http://ift.tt/1hbS3R4 VMware has become aware of an issue wherein after upgrading to vCloud Connector 2.6, a change to the permissions on the staging directory causes [...]
                                                                                                                                                                    • In our effort to provide our viewers with up to the minute information on VMware related news and topics, we’re posting the following list of new KB Entries for this week, direct from VMware Support. http://bit.ly/1hiTmwM VMware Data Recovery VMware Data Recovery becomes unresponsive after 49 days (2072805) Date Published: 2/20/2014 VMware ESX VMRC becomes [...]

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                                                                                                                                                                      New KB articles published for week ending 2/22/14

                                                                                                                                                                      VMware Data Recovery
                                                                                                                                                                      VMware Data Recovery becomes unresponsive after 49 days (2072805)
                                                                                                                                                                      Date Published: 2/20/2014

                                                                                                                                                                      VMware ESX
                                                                                                                                                                      VMRC becomes unresponsive when attempting to mount an ISO file that is mounted to too many virtual machines (2072690)
                                                                                                                                                                      Date Published: 2/21/2014

                                                                                                                                                                      VMware ESXi
                                                                                                                                                                      During the installation of ESXi 5.0 on iSCSI LUN, you see the error: Expecting 2 bootbanks, found 0 (2020053)
                                                                                                                                                                      Date Published: 2/20/2014
                                                                                                                                                                      Cannot enable Fault Tolerance on a Windows 8 or Windows 2012 virtual machine (2044001)
                                                                                                                                                                      Date Published: 2/19/2014
                                                                                                                                                                      Creating quiesced snapshot fails with the error: An error occurred while saving the snapshot: msg.snapshot.error-QUIESCING-ERROR (2069952)
                                                                                                                                                                      Date Published: 2/18/2014
                                                                                                                                                                      Installing an ESXi host using the kickstart file fails with the error:TypeError: int,int,str,attr (2070086)
                                                                                                                                                                      Date Published: 2/17/2014
                                                                                                                                                                      The Execute Storage vMotion for Storage DRS task fails with the error: The available Memory resources in the parent resource pool are insufficient for the operation (2070921)
                                                                                                                                                                      Date Published: 2/17/2014
                                                                                                                                                                      Time counter stops in a virtual machine using HPET running on an ESXi 5.0 host (2071092)
                                                                                                                                                                      Date Published: 2/18/2014
                                                                                                                                                                      Copying the vmdk file from the datastore browser fails with the error: Expected put message. Got: ERROR (2072211)
                                                                                                                                                                      Date Published: 2/19/2014
                                                                                                                                                                      CPU usage in virtual machines running Windows 2003 spikes to 100% randomly every few minutes (2004508)
                                                                                                                                                                      Date Published: 2/19/2014
                                                                                                                                                                      Running the vmtoolsd –cmd “info-get xxx.yyy” command after hot-adding memory/RAM to a virtual machine returns No value found (2073055)
                                                                                                                                                                      Date Published: 2/21/2014
                                                                                                                                                                      Configuring iSCSI port binding with multiple NICs in one vSwitch for VMware ESXi 5.0 and 5.1 (2045040)
                                                                                                                                                                      Date Published: 2/19/2014
                                                                                                                                                                      Converting a thick VMDK to thin format does not allow to retrieve the free space reported by the guest OS (2046311)
                                                                                                                                                                      Date Published: 2/18/2014
                                                                                                                                                                      After restarting the ESXi host, virtual machine fails to power on with message: The operation is not allowed in the current connection state of the host (2069496)
                                                                                                                                                                      Date Published: 2/20/2014
                                                                                                                                                                      Configuring VMware vSphere Flash Read Cache fails with the error: The requested operation is currently disallowed on host using a direct connection (2065564)
                                                                                                                                                                      Date Published: 2/21/2014

                                                                                                                                                                      VMware Fusion
                                                                                                                                                                      Installing VMware Tools in a Fusion virtual machine running Windows (2073023)
                                                                                                                                                                      Date Published: 2/20/2014

                                                                                                                                                                      VMware Horizon Mirage
                                                                                                                                                                      Cannot remove failed or incomplete tasks from Pending Tasks in the VMware Horizon Mirage 3.x/4.x management console (2059479)
                                                                                                                                                                      Date Published: 2/19/2014

                                                                                                                                                                      VMware Horizon View
                                                                                                                                                                      Folder redirection in VMware View Persona Management fails after upgrading to VMware Horizon View 5.3 (2072397)
                                                                                                                                                                      Date Published: 2/21/2014

                                                                                                                                                                      VMware IT Business Management Suite
                                                                                                                                                                      Cannot open Designer from inside portal when in SLM or ITFM modules in VMware IT Business Management Suite 8.x (2072990)
                                                                                                                                                                      Date Published: 2/21/2014

                                                                                                                                                                      VMware vCenter Server
                                                                                                                                                                      Exporting events from Tasks and Events in VMware vCenter Server 4.x / 5.x fails to export all events (2071612)
                                                                                                                                                                      Date Published: 2/17/2014
                                                                                                                                                                      Best practices for multiple VMware vCenter Server database instances running on the same SQL server (2043958)
                                                                                                                                                                      Date Published: 2/20/2014
                                                                                                                                                                      VMware vCenter Server 4.x/5.x is not able to send an email after an alarm has been triggered (2021458)
                                                                                                                                                                      Date Published: 2/19/2014
                                                                                                                                                                      Virtual machine fails to power on with the error: virtualized performance counters are not supported within an EVC cluster (2070484)
                                                                                                                                                                      Date Published: 2/19/2014
                                                                                                                                                                      VMware vCenter Server consumes most of the CPU, memory or disk I/O after enabling Virtual Flash (2072392)
                                                                                                                                                                      Date Published: 2/18/2014

                                                                                                                                                                      VMware vCloud Automation Center
                                                                                                                                                                      Multiple redirects occur between the VMware vCloud Automation Center login and the Identity server login and fail with a Status 400 error (2065891)
                                                                                                                                                                      Date Published: 2/19/2014
                                                                                                                                                                      Email notifications are not received in VMware vCloud Automation Center (2070078)
                                                                                                                                                                      Date Published: 2/21/2014

                                                                                                                                                                      VMware vCloud Automation Center for Server
                                                                                                                                                                      VMware vCloud Automation Center workflows fail with the error: System.Xaml.XamlObjectWriterException: Failed to create a ‘PointCollection’ (2072733)
                                                                                                                                                                      Date Published: 2/20/2014

                                                                                                                                                                      VMware vFabric Hyperic Agent
                                                                                                                                                                      VMware vFabric Hyperic Agent consuming high disk I/O (2055571)
                                                                                                                                                                      Date Published: 2/21/2014

                                                                                                                                                                      VMware vSphere Data Protection
                                                                                                                                                                      VMware vSphere Data Protection 5.1 backup operation fails with multiple errors (2053807)
                                                                                                                                                                      Date Published: 2/21/2014
                                                                                                                                                                      Upgrading vSphere Data Protection fails at 0% with no errors (2073047)
                                                                                                                                                                      Date Published: 2/21/2014
                                                                                                                                                                      Restore operation using the Restore Client in vSphere Data Protection fails with the error: Failed to get disks: Unable to browse as proxies are unavailable (2065746)
                                                                                                                                                                      Date Published: 2/21/2014
                                                                                                                                                                      Cannot back up virtual machines in a VMware Horizon View or vCloud Director environment using VMware vSphere Data Protection (2072831)
                                                                                                                                                                      Date Published: 2/21/2014

                                                                                                                                                                      VMware vSphere Replication
                                                                                                                                                                      VMware Documentation Centers show topics and illustrations in the wrong language (2071403)
                                                                                                                                                                      Date Published: 2/21/2014

                                                                                                                                                                      VMware vSphere Storage Appliance
                                                                                                                                                                      After installing Microsoft Security Advisory update KB2661254 the VSA manager tab does not display with error message: Navigation to the webpage was cancelled (2042452)
                                                                                                                                                                      Date Published: 2/18/2014
                                                                                                                                                                      Unable to start the VMware vSphere Storage Appliance 5.1.1 Cluster Service (2043409)
                                                                                                                                                                      Date Published: 2/18/2014







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