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Hi everyone, well as the titles says this is my last VMware newsletter that I will be producing from my current hometown of Brisbane, Australia. I have lived in this beautiful city for the past 8+ years and it has been really amazing. I am now heading off to the USA to live and work in San Francisco. I am incredibly excited to have this opportunity given to me by my fantastic employer, VMware. The newsletter will continue as usual, there will be no major interruptions except possibly while I get myself setup when I arrive in my new City.

I want to thank all of my customers and colleagues for all of their support over the past 5 and a half years at VMware in Brisbane. It has been an outstanding time for me personally and I have enjoyed working with each of you.

I hope that you will choose to continue to receive the newsletter from San Francisco. Of course you are always able to unsubscribe by using the personal link at the end of each edition, but I really hope you will stay as a subscriber, and I promise to continue to bring you the latest VMware news direct from San Francisco each week.

My latest blog posting for those that have been following is titled "Why do we still build Virtual Machines like their Physical Counterparts” and can be found here:

Take care everyone, have a fantastic and productive week and I look forward to chatting to you again next week from my new home in San Francisco.

Virtually Yours

Neil Isserow

Staff Technical Account Manager


nisserow @ vmware . com


  1. Here is our Top 20 KB list for August 2014. This list is ranked by the number of times a VMware Support Request was resolved by following the steps in a published Knowledge Base article. 1. VMware ESXi 5.x host experiences a purple diagnostic screen mentioning E1000PollRxRing and E1000DevRx (2059053) 2. Installing async drivers on […]
  2. The Weekly News Recap has returned! We took a short break during VMworld US, but we’re back with the latest VMware and industry updates. You may have noticed that we’ve changed the name of the VMware Company Blog – to Tribal Knowledge! Read more about Tribal Knowledge and the team here and be sure to […]
  3. On the heels of a successful VMworld, VMware’s EUC division is keeping the momentum going with an enterprise mobility conference beginning next Monday. AirWatch Connect Atlanta brings together the brightest minds in mobility, Sept. 8–11 for four days of education, product updates, networking and more. Follow along on the AirWatch Blog for the latest EUC […]
  4. Grab your thinking cap and get those creative juices flowing, because VMware’s Third Annual Fling Contest has just kicked off! This annual tradition has been running (with some name changes along the way) for two years now, and we are excited to bring it back for 2014. Flings are free apps and tools that are […]
  5. At VMworld last week, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger laid it out: IT is no place for the timid. In a world where business has become not only lightning fast, but also increasingly fluid, he said, “…the biggest risk is perpetuating the status quo.” Success depends on willingness to move fast, be decisive, and take calculated […]
  6. If you are like me, VMworld 2014 in San Francisco left my brain on overload. With so many new product and services announcements, plus breakout sessions filled with technical information and demos in the expo floor booths, it’s hard not to feel like you are drinking from the proverbial fire hose.  Throw in a party […]
  7. Virtual SAN is a scale-out hypervisor-converged software-defined storage solution that can scale up to 32 nodes in a cluster. The network serves as the backbone of a Virtual SAN cluster by providing the interconnects between nodes via an Ethernet network topology. There are many design options when creating a vSphere network design that includes VMware […]
  8. VMware Hands-on Labs at VMworld 2014 US marked a number of firsts: Over 10,000 labs were taken Over 100,000 VMs were used for labs during the week VSAN and EVO:RACK were used to host a portion of the infrastructure vCloud Air and Horizon 6 were in the top 5 labs I am pleased to announce […]
  9. Enabling Virtual SAN, if the environment is configured and ready, is an easy click of the mouse. If the environment is not ready however, the task of troubleshooting a new product, can easily become quite daunting. As we track the issues that have arisen during Virtual SAN deployments, we see that the majority of issues […]
  10. As we continue to showcase the value and capabilities of Virtual SAN, I believe it is crucial to provide access to the information VMware’s performance engineering team has gathered around business critical applications and their respective performance benchmarks. This new white paper focuses on Microsoft SQL Server workload performance on VMware Virtual SAN. The study was […]
  11. It was the beginning of a new certification era and the end of an old one at the annual VMworld VCDX / vExpert party last week. Pat Gelsinger presented John Arrasjid, VCDX 001 with the John Newman Award, and Ray Budavari with the first ever VCIX-NV certification. Ray paved the way for recognition in installing, […]
  12. When properly understood, the vCloud Automation Center moves the task of delivering personalized IT services from a manual process to an automatic one. In our webinar on September 10th at 9am PDT, VCI and Senior Technical Instructor Jerry Davis will instruct participants on mastering: The use case for the vCloud Automation Center architecture within today’s […]
  13. We are offering two special beta delivery classes in the coming weeks. VMware offers BETA courses to anyone wanting to participate in finalizing the near complete course. You save 50% off the course price and get the same valuable VMware training. VMware NSX for Internetworking Experts Fast Track [V6.0] Reston, VA, USA 22-26 September This […]
  1. This post was co-authored by Justin Pettit, Staff Engineer, Networking & Security Business Unit at VMware, and Ravi Shekhar, Distinguished Engineer, S3BU at Juniper Networks. ******************** As discussed in other blog posts and presentations, long-lived, high-bandwidth flows (elephants) can negatively affect short-lived flows (mice). Elephant flows send more data, which can lead to queuing delays for latency-sensitive mice. VMware […]
  2. By Girish Manmadkar I recently worked with an enterprise customer to resolve end user reports of performance issues related to Microsoft SharePoint 2010 and FAST Search deployed on vSphere 5.1. The end users were reporting problems with initial page response and file upload and download. The customer requested architecture guidance, including a performance health check […]
  3. VMware provides a rich set of APIs and extensibility surfaces through which developers, devops engineers can rapidly develop cloud management solutions that integrate seamlessly with the latest VMware technologies for cloud automation and cloud operations. VMware Developer Center’s new Cloud Management and Automation zone gives you a single starting point for accessing the information and […]
  4. This is a guest post from iland, a member of the vCloud Air Network. SaaS companies are really hot. Everyone is offering everything as a service – from applications to IT management itself, and everything in between. While we love to talk about the model in terms of’s success, the growth of ServiceNow, or […]
  5. What’s the CPU Utilization Of Standalone SAP Central Services in a Virtual Machine? Since VMware came out with VMware Fault Tolerance (FT) we have considered the deployment option of installing SAP Central Services in a 1 x vCPU virtual machine protected by VMware FT. FT creates a live shadow instance of a virtual machine that […]


  1. By Cindy Heyer, Technical Writer, Technical Marketing, End-User Computing at VMware When it comes to application delivery, VMware Horizon 6.0 has something for everyone. VMware just published Application-Delivery Options in VMware Horizon 6.0, a white paper that describes the unique combination of application-delivery options supported in VMware Horizon 6.0. Today’s workforce is extremely fluid. Employees […]
  2. Drumroll please… The following organizations have been named finalists for the AirWatch Enterprise Mobility Excellence Awards in North America. Operational Excellence (ROI) Awards, Non-profit/Education Coachella Valley Unified School District Indiana University of Pennsylvania Saint Francis High School Operational Excellence (ROI) Awards, Business Athenahealth Monsanto Ontario Tire Stewardship Mobile Innovation Award, Customers News America Marketing QuickPass (a division […]
  3. Mobile technology is changing by the minute; sometimes you just can’t catch it all. Here’s what you might have missed this week: AirWatch Connect is next week! Find out all you need to know before the leading event in enterprise mobility at Virtual reality is making strides. Oculus Rift has teamed up with Samsung […]
  4. Guests staying at any of the 24 Dolce Hotels and Resorts will notice a common theme: quality. The characteristic is ingrained into each location and every aspect of operation. Even those behind the scenes are committed to quality. For VP of IT John Edwards, quality is defined by innovation through technology. The IT staff at […]


  1. This new, 3-minute video, describes the VMware | HP strategy, co-development activities, and joint go-to-market plans for VMware vCenter and HP OneView integration. The collaboration will enable your customers to take their SDDC to the next level, by abstracting compute, storage, and networking and managing it all from a  single console.  
  2. We are the diamond sponsor of the EMC Forum 2014 road show. Bring your customers to your city to learn more about the joint VMware | EMC value propositions.
  3. Fusion 7 Pro is now available to sell or upgrade. This product lets advanced users and developers run Windows on Macs and opens the door to Macs in business. It also connects to and runs VMs hosted on vSphere.
  4. Solution Provider and Service Provider program changes – requiring 2 individuals trained in Solution Competency-specific VSP and VTSP accreditations – are now in effect and these new requirements must be met by November 3, 2014. Get started with the online Solution Competency training now.
  5. Sixty to seventy years ago it was the mainframe. Twenty to thirty years ago: client-server. In present day, mobile and cloud are the hot topics in every IT department. In fact, mobile and cloud are growing four times faster than the rest of the IT sector, according to a report from Gartner. With more and […]


  1. This September, join VMware for our free, upcoming live and on-demand webcasts to learn how to make important IT decisions for your SMB. Learn how to deliver the best IT performance with the least manual effort during our virtual infrastructure webcast. Discover why VMware Virtual SAN is the industry leader in hyper-converged, software-defined storage for […]
  2. In today’s data centers, three trends drive the need for new approaches to the management of IT systems: the expectation for always-on IT services, rapidly growing infrastructure, and limited IT budgets. While any one of these trends creates challenges for your IT team, the combination of them makes it clear that the status quo is […]


  1. I was reading Frank Denneman’s article with regards to new datacenter architectures. This in its turn was a response to Stephen Fosket’s article about how the physical architecture of datacenter hardware should change. I recommend reading both articles as that will give a bit more background, plus they are excellent reads by itself. (gotta love […] " Re: Re: The Rack Endgame: A New Storage Architecture For the Data Center " originally appeared on . Follow me on twitter -…
  2. I just wanted to share the VMware EVO:RAIL demo with my readers. I shared it on twitter / linkedin but figured it made sense as well to have it here. The demo shows both the configuration and the management interface. Note that it takes less than 15 minutes normally to complete the configuration, but of […] " VMware EVO:RAIL demo " originally appeared on . Follow me on twitter - @DuncanYB. Pre-order my upcoming book Essential Virtual SAN via Pearson today!
  3. Over the last couple of days the same VMware EVO:RAIL questions keep popping up over and over again. I figured I would do a quick VMware EVO:RAIL Q&A post so that I can point people to that instead of constantly answering them on twitter. Can you explain what EVO:RAIL is? EVO:RAIL is the next evolution […] " VMware EVO:RAIL FAQ " originally appeared on . Follow me on twitter - @DuncanYB. Pre-order my upcoming book Essential Virtual SAN via Pearson today!
  4. There we go, part two of the VMware / ecosystem / industry news flash. I expected a lot of news around VMworld as traditionally is always the case. I hope the below is a good summary, these are the articles / announcements I read and found interesting. It is the Monday after VMworld and I […] " VMware / ecosystem / industry news flash… part 2 " originally appeared on . Follow me on twitter - @DuncanYB. Pre-order my upcoming book Essential Virtual SAN via Pearson today!
  5. Dave Shanley (lead engineer for VMware EVO:RAIL) dropped me an email with an awesome looking wallpaper for desktops and smart phones. I asked him if I could share with the world and I guess it is needless to say what the answer was. Grab ‘em below while they are still hot :). Thanks Dave! Note, […] " Liking the VMware EVO:RAIL look? How about a desktop / phone wallpaper? " originally appeared on . Follow me on twitter - @DuncanYB. Pre-order my upcoming book Essential Virtual…
  6. While at VMworld I had the opportunity to meet the folks from Infinio and have dinner with them. One of their big announcements at VMworld was around something that I had always thought was really holding them back from growing their business. Their original Infinio Accelerator 1.0 product which was released last year only supported … Continue reading »
  7. I’ve been wanting to upgrade both my WordPress version and theme for a long time now but have been hesitant because I have a lot of plug-ins, custom css and theme hacking that I’ve done and I didn’t want to break anything. Well this weekend GoDaddy gave me a reason to. I’ve hosted my sites … Continue reading »
  8. It’s an interesting thing that I’ve been seeing more and more – customers looking to leverage commodity off the shelf hardware and opensource software stacks. Personally, I LOVE this idea. I think that “Software Defined” means that whenever you CAN...
  9. This is Technology Short Take #44, the latest in my irregularly-published series of content links and thoughts on various data center-related technologies. This article was originally posted on . Visit the site for more information on virtualization, servers, storage, and other enterprise technologies. Technology Short Take #44
  10. One of the highlights for VMworld 2014 in San Francisco this year for me was on the first day, I was asked by the vBrownbag team to sit on the “Opening Acts 2014 Orchestration,... VMworld 2014 Orchestration, Automation & Optimization Panel 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
  11. You may have heard me talk about Webcommander before at VMworld or during a vBrownbag, if you haven’t and you don’t know about this project then you have been missing out! WebCommander was designed... WebCommander goes Open Source 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
  12. EMC announced RecoverPoint for VMs last week, and I thought I’d do a quick summary post / highlights for those who missed it. Firstly, an overview from EMC can be found here. You can get the datasheet here. And you can watch an overview video of the features here. Audience Secondly, it’s important to understand […]
  13. The past week is a bit of a blur. While I re-adjust to GMT +10, I thought I’d put out a quick post with links to various useful resources on VMware’s EVO:RAIL. Firstly, here’s some from VMware that provide a nice overview of the product. EVO:RAIL Datasheet Introductory Whitepaper Duncan has a typically comprehensive post on […]
  1. Today VMware Labs released a new fling, the View Auditing Portal which is a new web portal that serves  as an extension to Horizon View Administrator. View Auditing Portal features: Show parent virtual machines of linked clone desktop pools and descendant snapshots in a tree view. The snapshots not in use by linked clone pools are marked in grey,  so that View administrator can remove the snapshots not in use. Show statistics for operation systems and versions of View clients in different types of view…
  2. Just moments ago VMware has released VMware Fusion 7, their personal desktop virtualization software for the Mac. VMware Fusion 7 is optimized for the latest Macs and ready for OS X Yosemite and Windows 8.1. Designed for OSX Yosemite With Fusion 7 you will be able to get a Mac-like experience when running Windows applications on a Mac. The Fusion 7 updated Yosemite look and feel makes working with your Windows applications feel cleaner and more refined. Adopting Yosemite’s key design cues such as…
  3. One great aspect of working for a cutting edge storage vendor such as Nutanix is that for all of the competitive sniping in the marketplace, the technology really does speak for itself. A question that was asked of me recently by an individual new to SDS had me thinking about the traits that make solutions … Continue reading »
  4. I was quite surprised by discovering this new startup from Reunion Island – an Island where I live, trying to solve quite painful problem these days – privacy and security for individuals. What if the way to go to the personal security and privacy lead through our own protection, without letting the others spy at our data [...] Read the full post Secure Content Sharing And Messaging with End to End Security – Places from Reunion Island at ESX Virtualization .
  5. This guide helps to do a check of VSAN requirements before and after deployment. VMware engineers used this document internally first in order to validate the VSAN requirements before hitting the “enable VSAN” checkbox. It allows some head scratching on “why am I getting this error?”. If you go through and successfully validate all the [...] Read the full post VMware Virtual SAN 5.5 Validation Guide at ESX Virtualization .
  6. New version of VMware Fusion 7 and Fusion 7 Pro version has been released yesterday bringing more efficiency (up to 46% compared to Fusion 6), more performance and more features. Fusion Pro version can run a greater range of operating systems (over 200) and has a supports for iSight cameras in VMs. It can also connect [...] Read the full post VMware Fusion 7 and Fusion 7 Pro released – ready for Yosemite at ESX Virtualization .
  7. There is a free utility called ESXi MAC learning dvFilter released by VMware Labs last week. This utility is provided as a VIB and installs on the physical ESXi host, not on the virtual ESXi hosts. I learned about it by reading posts from William Lam and Andreas Peetz. ESXi Mac Learning dvFilter is kind of [...] Read the full post Free Tool for Nested ESXi Labs – ESXi Mac Learning dvFilter at ESX Virtualization .
  8. In some situations you might need to backup or restore configuration of your ESXi host. This can be done with several tools with GUI front end or you can use tools diretly built-in ESXi and vSphere. And that’s what we will explore today. There might be a situation where the only choice is what you already have [...] Read the full post Backup and Restore ESXi Configuration with PowerCLI at ESX Virtualization .
  9. Before VMworld I have assisted to VMware EVO: RAIL presentation. VMware Hyper-Converged infrastructure presentation video wasn’t available to the public until today, when Duncan Epping has published the video done by Dave Shanley. So here is EVO: RAIL Demo Video. VMware EVO:RAIL has been demoed during VMworld and I have also published a details, together with [...] Read the full post EVO: RAIL Demo Video – VMware Hyper-Converged Infrastructure at ESX Virtualization .


VMware ESX
VMware ESXi 5.0, Patch ESXi500-201408402-BG: Updates tools-light (2080819)
Date Published: 8/28/2014
VMware ESXi-5.0, Patch ESXi-5.0.0-20140804001-standard (2080821)
Date Published: 8/28/2014
VMware ESXi
Determining the BIOS, hardware, and driver versions of an ESXi 5.x host through the Web browser (2075270)
Date Published: 8/26/2014
VMware ESXi 5.0, Patch ESXi500-201408401-BG: Updates esx-base (2080816)
Date Published: 8/28/2014
VMware ESXi 5.0, Patch ESXi-5.0.0-20140804001-no-tools (2080825)
Date Published: 8/28/2014
VMware ESXi 5.0, Patch ESXi-5.0.0-20140801001s-no-tools (2080836)
Date Published: 8/28/2014
Understanding ESXi 5.x Patching Model (2083707)
Date Published: 8/26/2014
Changing the ESXi server management IP address (2084629)
Date Published: 8/27/2014
ESXi 5.5.x host fails with a purple diagnostic screen and reports the error: Res3GetSpecificCluster@esx (2086747)
Date Published: 8/28/2014
VMware ESXi 5.0, Patch ESXi500-201408101-SG: Updates esx-base (2080829)
Date Published: 8/28/2014
VMware ESXi 5.0, Patch ESXi-5.0.0-20140801001s-standard (2080833)
Date Published: 8/28/2014
VMware ESXi 5.0, Patch Release ESXi500-201408001 (2080838)
Date Published: 8/28/2014
Cannot log in to the ESXi host using Active Directory domain credentials (2087485)
Date Published: 8/27/2014
What does VMK_VECTOR mean? (2070218)
Date Published: 8/28/2014
VMware Horizon View
Deploying View Linked Clones from single parent image to multiple vLANs (2086437)
Date Published: 8/25/2014
Increasing the number of failed user login attempts displays the error: The View Connection Server authentication failed. Maximum login attempts exceeded (2086682)
Date Published: 8/26/2014
On Windows XP View clients connected to a Windows XP remote desktop, characters using the Japanese font MS Mincho do not print correctly (2085085)
Date Published: 8/30/2014
Health Management on two security servers flips from green to red and reports the error: The service is not working properly (2087822)
Date Published: 8/29/2014
VMware Horizon Workspace
Installing a custom SSL certificate in VMware Horizon Workspace 1.x fails when using an encrypted RSA Private Key (2063732)
Date Published: 8/25/2014
VMware Horizon Workspace reports virtual appliance (vApp) with host name as localhost.localdomain (2084687)
Date Published: 8/28/2014
Installing the VMware Workspace Portal fails with the error: The operation is not supported on this object. (2086526)
Date Published: 8/27/2014
VMware vCenter Configuration Manager
Patch deployment fails for some Linux managed machines, such as CentOS and OEL, when SELinux is enabled on the managed machine (2079311)
Date Published: 8/27/2014
VMware vCenter Orchestrator
VMware vCenter Orchestrator appears twice in vSphere Web Client, as FQDN and IP address (2076318)
Date Published: 8/25/2014
VMware vCenter Server
Users or groups are unable to log in to vCenter Server after restarting the VMware VirtualCenter Server service (2086548)
Date Published: 8/26/2014
VMware vCenter Server indicates that the Dynamic Resource Scheduler (DRS) usage load is imbalanced (2087250)
Date Published: 8/27/2014
Using a Service Principle Name for Active Directory authentication in vCenter Single Sign-On 5.5 uses the Machine Account (2087978)
Date Published: 8/28/2014
Cannot start vCenter Server after applying a Windows patch (2075117)
Date Published: 8/27/2014
VMware vCenter Server Appliance
SNMP Collector displays source address as in a VMware vCenter Server Appliance (2085359)
Date Published: 8/26/2014
VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager
Cannot perform Recoveries in VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM) with SRM Administrator role (2085375)
Date Published: 8/27/2014
VMware vCloud Application Director
The virtual appliance (vApp) reports the hostname as locahost.localdomain when deploying in VMware vCloud Application Director (2079768)
Date Published: 8/26/2014
VMware vCloud Director
Changing the vApp Network NAT mapping mode to manual and set an external IP in VMware vCloud Director 5.5.1 fails with the error: Invalid IP address for the external network (2085601)
Date Published: 8/28/2014
The VMware vCloud Director (vCD) webapp fails to start with the error: Missing: com.vmware.vcloud.ui-vcloud-webapp (2052230)
Date Published: 8/27/2014
VMware vSphere Data Protection
VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP) manual and scheduled backups do not start (2069729)
Date Published: 8/29/2014
VMware vSphere Storage Appliance
Changing the vCenter Server IP address in the VMware vSphere Storage Appliance cluster (2076495)
Date Published: 8/25/2014
Reconfiguring network settings in VMware vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA) 5.5 (2086680)
Date Published: 8/26/2014

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