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Hi everyone, I hope you have had as good a week as I have. I am currently on some annual leave in such a beautiful part of Australia, very close to Byron Bay. The weather has been awesome and I am having a fantastic time. I have been keeping up with many of the news items, not that I am just working but also relaxing. This week’s newsletter is jam packed with some excellent information for you so please read it as comprehensively as possible.

I am currently getting to grips with vCAC and ITBM which are technologies I am very interested in and with the growth of Hybrid Cloud believe they will become even more crucial to a successful datacenter that is managed across multiple boundaries in the future.

I hope you enjoy the newsletter and look forward to speaking to you again next week.

Virtually Yours
Neil Isserow
Senior Technical Account Manager
VMware Australia

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  • An Introduction to vCloud Automation Center with vCloud Hybrid Service VMware vCloud Hybrid Service, built on vSphere, allows you to seamlessly extend your data center to the cloud leveraging the same management tools you alread... From: VMware Views: 4 0 ratings Time: 04:48 More in Science & Technology
    • Itrica Provides Scalable Cloud Solutions using VMware Virtual SAN Itrica provides cloud solutions for the medical industry and one of its main challenges is the lack of converged infrastructure. With the hypervisor-converge... From: VMware Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 02:37 More in Science & Technology
      • Cincinnati Bell Achieves Scalable Cloud Infrastructure & Reduces Costs with VMware Virtual SAN Cincinnati Bell Technology Solutions uses Virtual SAN to build a scalable cloud infrastructure that will allow the company to better compete with large cloud... From: VMware Views: 19 0 ratings Time: 03:15 More in Science & Technology
        • Folks Huge congratulations to the teams for launching VSAN ! You can now explore a fully provisioned version of VSAN at your finger tips. No special hardware, or licenses needed to run a lab and the best part is you can explore VSAN at your leisure using most modern browsers… Important Links for VSAN Hands-on Labs: Take your VSAN Lab – http://vmware.com/go/vsanlab Lab Manuals in HTML / PDF – http://docs.hol.vmware.com/HOL-2013/HOL-SDC-1308_html_en
          • Guest blog by Lee Caswell, VP of Virtualization Products, Fusion-io Back when VDI started, the persistent desktop was king.  The first virtual desktop wasn’t that virtual at all since persistent hardware was dedicated to individual users.  But it was fast and it was secure. The downside of persistent desktops was cost.  Dedicated hardware gave way to shared storage and more efficient provisioning techniques, but the cost of a persistent desktop remained far above the cost of a physical desktop. …
            • Scott Bajtos, SVP, Global Services, VMware VMware has always had a strong appetite for healthy disruption. We disrupted the data center and now we’re radically transforming IT with technologies that make your business more agile, efficient, and profitable. But it’s not enough to lead with great products. To insure our products are delivering the types of business outcomes our customers expect, services has also become a key ingredient for success. As we move into 2014, we are seeing a change in the…
              • You have come to the realization that you need to accelerate IT service delivery in order to allow the business to be more agile, nimble and productive.  The first decision many companies struggle with is should they build their cloud automation software themselves, or buy off the shelf software that can help accelerate their cloud deployment.  The dilemma companies face is the trade-off between building something that exactly meets their needs or using software that requires changes to existing tools and…
                • By David Day I recently read an interesting article in TalentCulture that looked at the persistent IT skills gap from a new angle: that of recruiters trying to help fill specific jobs (especially in the Midwest United States, which has the hardest time, apparently).  I wrote last month about how IT roles are covering a wider range of skills than ever before. According to this post, that means that recruiters also have to keep up on a wider range of skills in order to converse with and evaluate today’s…
                  • Today, VMware is excited to highlight the upcoming release of Virtual SAN : a new kind of radically simple storage. It challenges long-held preconceptions about how storage should be done. It’s yet another proof point that the world is moving to a software-defined data center. Delivering Virtual SAN to market wasn’t easy. I’d like to share with you the story behind the story. When I arrived at VMware two years ago, I was given the charter to deliver the next generation of vSphere, our flagship…
                    • Many of you have now kicked the tires with vSphere 5.5 either in your home lab or on some servers at work and you’re anxious to get all the new goodies running in your production environment. Perhaps some of you early adopters are already running in full production, but we’re guessing many of you are just contemplating your major upgrade now. VMware’s Tech Support staff tend to see a surge during the month of March in number of calls to support. But guess what? Many of the issues we’re anticipating…
                      • VMware vCloud Hybrid Service Data Centers The data centers for VMware vCloud Hybrid Service provide a robust physical infrastructure that leverages advanced technologies to maximize performance and u... From: VMware Views: 552 8 ratings Time: 02:23 More in Science & Technology
                        • VMware’s series of “ROUGH CUT” events brings Hollywood’s iconic movie character actors directly to employees on the VMware campus for an “actor studio” style Q&A followed by a screening of the movie that made that character legendary. The ROUGH CUT series was born to help bring VMware’s fun and sometimes-unexpected brand of energy to life. ROUGH […]
                          • The VMware vCAC team is happy to announce the vCAC content pack for Log Insight! The content pack includes dashboards, queries and alerts to assist with log analysis, troubleshooting and root cause analysis for most of the key components of vCAC 6.0, including the Service Catalog, IaaS and Application Director, as well as SSO and Apache.  It also provides an aggregated view of logs across all of these components in a single pane along with the very powerful querying power of Log Insight! Like all Log…
                            • I’ve been involved recently in a couple situations in which the ‘perferHT’ advanced setting has been implemented, but for the wrong reasons. I want to re-clarify how and when it should be used. As with many advanced settings, it can be helpful or hurtful. The Myth “PerferHT exposes Hyper-Threading to the guest operating system” – False! vSphere present vCPU’s to the guest operating system and does not ever expose when those threads are scheduled onto a Hyper-Threaded SMT context. The guest…
                              • By Ramin Sayar, senior vice president and general manager, Cloud Management Business Unit What’s the most feature-driven cloud management platform? Info-Tech Research Group’s new in-depth rankings of cloud management platforms placed VMware’s vCloud Suite with vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) in the “Champion” leadership position. The Info-Tech report, called “Vendor Landscape: Cloud Management Platforms,” highlights the […]
                                • VMware adds  On Demand Classroom for VMware vCloud Director: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.5] to its growing list  On Demand Classroom offerings .  This course is VCP-Cloud certification qualifying and includes the following Certification Preparation Package: An electronic version of the VCP-Cloud Official Cert Guide from VMware Press VCP-Cloud Practice Tests to prepare for the certification exam or just to test your knowledge A certification voucher that can be used for the VCP-Cloud certification…
                                  • What’s the most feature-driven cloud management platform? Info-Tech Research Group’s new in-depth rankings of cloud management platforms placed VMware’s vCloud Suite with vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) in the “Champion” leadership position. The Info-Tech report, called “ Vendor Landscape: Cloud Management Platforms ,” highlights the results of a competitive product and vendor analysis featuring 10 vendors that compete in this space. Info-Tech describes VMware’s cloud management offering…
                                    • A great question crossed my desk today from a customer. “Can a VI Admin who has root access to ESXi “abuse” their privileges and “peek” inside the guests of VM’s hosted on the server?” The short answer? If your ESXi admin has root or full administrator privileges, they can do anything. Nobody should be surprised by this! HOWEVER, you can mitigate, limit and monitor what is being done. But first, let’s quickly review what is meant by “peek inside the guest”. In the human world,…
                                      • Hi everyone! I often get asked “where do I go to get Content Packs for vCenter Log Insight “.  As a result I wanted to share this short article on this. It is simple to pull in logs from different aspects of an environment, for example storage arrays, physical devices, Operating systems, Network devices, etc.. etc….  But how do I make sense of all the log messages being ingested? Content Packs are plugins for vCenter Log Insight .  They provide knowledge about the events and log messages.…
                                        • DOE Fund has found "The Holy Grail of Storage" using VMware Virtual SAN in New Facilities March 6th Virtual SAN event: http://vmware.com/now The DOE Fund considers VMware its hypervisor of choice. With Virtual SAN embedded in the hypervisor, the D... From: VMware Views: 322 1 ratings Time: 02:24 More in Science & Technology
                                          • VMware vCloud Hybrid Service Customer Stories (Short Version) Full version: http://youtube.com/watch?v=tcJogFu5HLg Discover from customers across different industries on why they chose VMware vCloud Hybrid Service as th... From: VMware Views: 6 0 ratings Time: 00:48 More in Science & Technology
                                            • HIMSS 2014: Quick Look at VMware Frank Nydam, Healthcare CTO, VMware gives us a sneak peek into the VMware presence at HIMSS14. From: VMware Views: 621 0 ratings Time: 01:07 More in Science & Technology
                                              • HIMSS 2014: Overview of VMware Booth and Demos Take a deeper look into the VMware presence at HIMSS14 and see demo clips for AlwaysOn Point of Care, Care Systems Analytics, and vCloud Hybrid Services. From: VMware Views: 731 0 ratings Time: 06:11 More in Science & Technology
                                                • The VMware Mobile Knowledge Portal iOS and Android app has recently been updated. It sports a great new look and feel and makes finding the information you need even easier by grouping it by area in our SDDC vision. We’ve done a large content update and if that wasn’t enough it now available on the  iPhone. Check it out and let us know what you think! Download here for iOS and Android .
                                                  • By Sachin Sharma, Product Marketing Manager, End-User Computing, VMware Horizon Mirage 4.4 is now generally available! This latest release of Horizon Mirage introduces several exciting new features that benefit a variety of areas in IT. Horizon Mirage 4.4 now includes support for the latest Windows desktop operating systems – Windows 8 and 8.1. With this addition, Horizon Mirage can protect desktops and laptops with operating systems starting from Windows XP (if you still have it!) to Vista to 7 and now…
                                                  • This post originally appeared on the VMware vSphere blog Post by Jeff Hunter, Senior Technical Marketing Architect, VMware Over the past few months, several customers wrote to us with awesome feedback about vSphere Data Protection (VDP) Advanced , so we want to ensure that everyone’s voice is heard. Sharing and storytelling is a powerful way for your peers to know you and connect with you, while allowing us to learn how you are using VDP Advanced to backup your vSphere environment. Please tell us why…
                                                    • One of our own, Michael Roy has just published his first book: Getting Started with VMware Fusion , written to help readers to get started running Windows on their Mac the right way. Michael talks about how to import your physical PC into the virtual world, and provides practical examples of how to keep your new Virtual Machine secure, backed up, and running smoothly. Going a bit deeper, he teaches you about snapshots explaining their great uses, and also using Linked Clones in VMware Fusion Professional.…
                                                      • This week’s question comes from the  vSphere 5.0 video series . a. 5 b. 50 c. 1000 d. 10000 Click through to the  comments  for the answer and watch  Installing VMware vCenter Server  for more information. Follow  @VMwareEducation on Instagram to see more #TechTrivia every Tuesday and visual updates from the VMware Education and Certification community.
                                                        • With the upcoming release of Virtual SAN, I want to take the opportunity to demonstrate some of the interoperability capabilities of Virtual SAN with other products and solutions. I will start the series by showcasing Virtual SAN’s interoperability with OpenStack. This demonstration is based on the vSphere OpenStack Virtual Appliance (VOVA) and Virtual SAN. This demonstration showcases the integration capabilities between a VMware Virtual SAN and the OpenStack framework by deploying a single instance of…
                                                          • By Angelos Kottas, Director, Product Marketing, Hybrid Cloud Services at VMware Today, I’m pleased to announce that VMware’s hybrid cloud team has bid to secure FedRAMP Authority to Operate for a new enterprise hybrid cloud service offering, VMware vCloud® Government Service provided by Carpathia™. VMware is expanding its partnership with Carpathia Hosting, a trusted cloud […]
                                                            • VMware Log Insight 1.5 Content Packs This video provides an overview of Content Packs in Log Insight. Where to go to get them, how to import them and how to use them. Content Packs extend the ca... From: VMware Views: 11 2 ratings Time: 11:42 More in Science & Technology
                                                              • VMware Horizon View Powers TELUS Call Centers Worldwide Growth in TELUS business lines and subscribers triggered the need to scale up its customer support staff. In 2009, TELUS began investing in VMware desktop vi... From: VMware Views: 356 3 ratings Time: 03:19 More in Science & Technology
                                                                • VMware Virtual SAN Interoperability: OpenStack Framework Integration This video demonstrates the integration capabilities of Virtual SAN and the OpenStack framework. From: VMware Views: 145 1 ratings Time: 05:48 More in Science & Technology
                                                                  • Wait and labor no longer ­– now you can show off your certification the minute you receive it. Print it, hang it, share it with your online community. If you tag us (@vmwareeducation) on Instagram, you may even be featured. Download a print-ready certificate for your VCA, VCP, VCAP, or VCDX right from your online transcript page at vmware.com/certification . The new e-version replaces the old, physical mailings. Electronic delivery of your certificate is faster, convenient, and eco-friendly! As a…
                                                                    • This post is part 2 in a series on the backend processes we use to manage the Hands-on Labs. The first part is available here . Before I get into the guts of handling export, replication and import, I think it is important to understand how to identify which templates we need to work with. Sure, starting from scratch is simple: you have a bunch of templates in cloud A that you need to replicate to cloud B. Typically, that is going to take quite a bit of time. The problems involved with initial transfer to…
                                                                      • This is a guest post from Lilac Schoenbeck , VP of Product Management & Marketing at vCloud Service Provider, iland . Disaster recovery invokes emotions – the sadness around Hurricane Katrina. The fear around Hurricane Sandy. Even just the extreme discomfort of the Northeast power outage in 2003 (which feels like yesterday – I carried water up 11 flights of stairs. ELEVEN).  But, as rational humans, we tell ourselves that disasters don’t happen every day and they won’t happen to us. It’s a…
                                                                        • When Mecklenburg County, North Carolina needed to overcome significant device proliferation, security, and IT management challenges, it undertook an aggressive “One Person, One Device” initiative . It gave each person a single device and streamlined the management of it with VMware® Horizon View™. The effort to empower employees to be more productive and reduce computer replacement equipment (CREP) purchases has been so successful that the county is saving approximately $3.2 million per year. …
                                                                          • Here is our Top 20 KB list for February 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. ESXi 5.x host experiences a purple diagnostic screen mentioning E1000PollRxRing and E1000DevRx (2059053) Installing async drivers on ESXi 5.0, 5.1, and 5.5 (2005205) Downloading and installing VMware Fusion (2014097) Determining Network/Storage firmware and driver version in ESXi/ESX 4.x and ESXi 5.x (1027206) …
                                                                            • Following on our earlier post about focusing our efforts on helping our vSphere 5.5 customers, we present to you a list of the current top 20 ESXi 5.x KB articles. ESXi 5.x host experiences a purple diagnostic screen mentioning E1000PollRxRing and E1000DevRx (2059053) Unable to delete the virtual machine snapshot due to locked files (2017072) Installing async drivers on ESXi 5.0, 5.1, and 5.5 (2005205) Collecting diagnostic information for VMware ESX/ESXi using the vSphere Client (653) Determining…
                                                                              • Last week, we spoke at the RSA Conference about a new concept in security – the Goldilocks zone .  With the help of Art Coviello, Executive Chairman of RSA, Chris Young, senior vice president and GM of Cisco’s Security business unit, and Lee Klarich, senior vice president of product management from Palo Alto Networks, we departed from the typical discussions about new controls or the latest threats.  We took the opportunity to lay out what we believe is a fundamental architectural issue holding back…
                                                                                • Hosts John Mark Troyer, VMware @jtroyer Mike Gordon Laverick, VMware @Mike_Laverick Guests James Combs, VMware Daniel Myers, VMware @moird Rick Blythe, VMware @vmwarecares @vmwarekb News vExpert 2014 applications are open VMware NOW: Virtual SAN Special Online Event Voting now open for the 2014 top VMware & virtualization blogs VMware vCloud(R) Hybrid Service(TM) Now Generally Available in Europe Security of the VMware Hypervisor – A Whitepaper Around the Community vBrownbag Podcast …
                                                                                  • By Stephane Asselin, EUC Architect, Technical Enablement, End-User Computing, VMware Horizon Mirage is a great solution to migrate your endpoints from Windows XP to Windows 7. It’s also a great solution to manage those same endpoints with a corporate image, one that’s built with the right operating-system version, drivers, and applications—all maintained centrally. It’s important to build a proper plan when deploying such a solution; you want to make sure you have all the important components…
                                                                                    • Calling all VMware Horizon users who are involved in building or maintaining VDI or SBC environments  — you are invited to participate. Project Virtual Reality Check (VRC) is conducting their 2014 end user survey on the “ State of the VDI and SBC Union” .  Last year’s survey had over 1000 participants and we are hoping for more participation from the VMware end user base this year. We need your help! The 2014 VRC survey will only take 10 minutes of your time. The questions of the survey are…
                                                                                      • Happy Friday Folks, Just wanted to take a few minutes to give you some background on the “Invite a Friend” feature we have in the Hands-on Labs Portal… This feature was requested by some our friends in the community that liked the content we had in our site and wanted an easier way to share the lab with their friends… so lets get started Inviting a friend is easy… 1. Go to http://labs.hol.vmware.com – if you don’t have an account you can self register Step 2 – Choose your…
                                                                                        • by Alex Salicrup It’s 6:00AM; my alarm clock just went off.  Another day started in a hotel bed hundreds of miles away from home and family. As a consultant, I do this half of the week most weeks, working with my customers. And, my team’s experience is very similar to mine. We meet this morning, all traveling from every corner of the U.S., to discuss several challenges that two of our clients are facing while making the cultural transition from traditional IT to service providers. Both clients are…
                                                                                          • When I joined the Technical Marketing team last September I was tasked with vCenter Availability and Scalability along with providing coverage for all things vCenter and SSO. Since that time I’ve branched out and am also covering Resource Management (more on this coming soon!) and also features in the Enterprise Plus SKU. I’m really excited about this as to this day one of my favorite and I feel underused features is the vSphere Distributed Switch, or VDS. To get started in the VDS series I wanted to…
                                                                                            • Following the excitement of the general availability of VMware vCloud Hybrid Service  in the US and now Europe , VMware’s hybrid cloud strategy is being well received and adopted among our customers and partners. It’s important to have a “subject matter expert” lead our customers and partners through this transition to capitalize on the growing cloud trend, while supporting IT with the rigor and management it needs. We are pleased to officially announce that Simone Brunozzi, has joined VMware as…
                                                                                              • VMware News On Monday, VMware’s acquisition of AirWatch officially closed. The announcement comes just weeks after announcing intent to acquire the leader in enterprise mobile management and just in time for Mobile World Congress (#MWC14). At #MWC14, the End-User Computing (EUC) team, along with AirWatch unveiled “AirWatch by VMware.” Also at #MWC14, VMware CEO Pat […]
                                                                                                • By Dale Carter , Consulting Architect, End User Computing During my time deploying VMware Horizon Workspace 1.5 to a very large corporation with a very large Active Directory (AD) infrastructure, I noticed that the internal Horizon database would have performance issues when syncing the database with AD. After discussing the issues with VMware Engineering we found a number of ways to improve performance of the database during these times. Below I’ve outlined the changes I made to Horizon Workspace to…
                                                                                                  • Tuesday, March 18 th , 2014 10:00 PDT Click here to register For companies that rely on IT as a competitive weapon, applications are the engine that drive competitive advantage and enable new business opportunity. Nowhere is that pressure felt more than in application development and IT Operations where the demand for quicker access to applications and compute resources continues to accelerate. To remain competitive, IT organizations must be more efficient and agile about how they deliver IT services…

                                                                                                  • Organizations today are trying to manage multiple virtual machines — anywhere from 50 to 10,000 — and are looking to expand virtualization and cloud adoption to make management easier. The  Management Solution Competency  for VMware Partners helps you take advantage of this to drive new management license and services revenue in your existing vSphere install base. To help your team gain this valuable competency, VMware Education Services is offering partners  35% off  the following courses from…

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                                                                                                  • As always – this blog (and the thoughts and opinions expressed) are mine, not an EMC blog. I reiterate this because there will likely be some things in here some of my colleagues will likely disagree with – and I’m...
                                                                                                    • There’s something really exciting we are doing for the first time this year and need your input to make it as valuable for YOU (EMCers, EMC Partners, Customers) as possible. For the last three years, as any of you EMC...
                                                                                                      • I’ve been collecting links on VSAN as part of my huge vSphere 5.5 link collection and since they are so many I’ve split them out onto their own page and categorized them to make it easy for you to find what you’re looking for. With VSAN set to launch anytime now you’ll want to read [...]
                                                                                                        • I’ve been hosting the top virtualization blog voting for several years and each year I come across a few inspiring bloggers that try and work the voting system to get their blog ranked as high as possible. This results in dozens and sometimes hundreds of votes that hurt the other legitimate bloggers out there. While [...]
                                                                                                          • Infinio just announced general availability of Infinio Accelerator v1.2 which features support for VMware vSphere 5.5. If you haven’t heard of Infinio you should definitely check them out, their Accelerator product is a pretty slick solution for NAS storage that can give you a big boost in performance by using local host RAM as a [...]
                                                                                                            • Today is the day, finally… the Virtual SAN (VSAN) launch. Many people have been waiting for this one. With 12.000 plus beta participants this was one of the biggest projects I have ever seen within VMware. It is truly impressive to see how the product has grown and what the team has done. Before I […] " VMware Virtual SAN launch and book pre-announcement! " originally appeared on Yellow-Bricks.com . Follow me on twitter - @DuncanYB.
                                                                                                              • Those who are wondering, the title is a quote from one of my favourite Oasis songs. This phrase to me talks about someone who goes through life unnoticed. This phrase is what I thought of when thinking about orphans and orphanages. I felt that the majority of them would go unnoticed, would have no opportunity, […] " As he faced the sun he cast no shadow " originally appeared on Yellow-Bricks.com . Follow me on twitter - @DuncanYB.
                                                                                                                • Part 13 of the Startup News Flash… Hopefully not an unlucky one for the startups featured. Just a short one considering I am in Vietnam and away ‘from work’ for the last 2 weeks. A3Cube is a startup which came out of stealth recently and announced as they call it a ‘brain inspired’ data plane […] " Startup News Flash part 14 " originally appeared on Yellow-Bricks.com . Follow me on twitter - @DuncanYB.
                                                                                                                  • Where do I start, how do I begin… These past couple of days have been crazy. Crazy in terms of schedule, crazy in terms of hours, crazy in terms of intensity and emotion (did I really say that?). What an experience, and if you would ask me if I would recommend this to you: YES! […] " Almost wrapping up: Vietnam Trip " originally appeared on Yellow-Bricks.com . Follow me on twitter - @DuncanYB.
                                                                                                                    • Oracle ASM (Automatic Storage Management) is a volume manager and file system provided by Oracle for use with Single Instance and Real Application Cluster (RAC) databases. Although it supports single instance databases I’ve seen it more commonly used with RAC. ASM provides a high performance and simplified way of managing disks and placing data files […]

                                                                                                                    • A quick note to let everyone know that I’ll be at Virtualization Tech Field Day ( #VFD3 )  tomorrow for the Coho Data session . Andy Warfield  will lead the charge and I’ll be there delivering a short session. I’m really looking forward to meeting all the delegates – Steven Foskett  and his staff [...]
                                                                                                                      • One of the Nutanix features that drastically improve VDI performance and end-user experience is Shadow Clones. I briefly discussed Shadow Clones in the past. However, before explaining how Shadow Clones work let’s recap how VMware View Linked Clones work (the same is valid for XenDesktop MCS). To deploy linked clone desktops the administrator first creates … Continue reading »
                                                                                                                        •       Dutch VMUG If you are located in Amsterdam make sure you attend the Dutch VMUG User Conference. The event is happening on March 6th, in Den Bosch, Holland. This is a nice size VMUG with approximately 600 attendees. The VMUG is filled with sessions from well-known community members, partners, and the afternoon … Continue reading »
                                                                                                                          • Yesterday there was an online live announcement of VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) launch. The official GA shall be out next week and there is very interesting information concerning scalability. During the beta we were told that VSAN will be limited to 8 nodes at first, then during VMware PEX last month VMware announced that VSAN […] Read the full post VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) Launch and Configuration Maximums at ESX Virtualization .   Featured : VMware vSphere Editions - Make your choice
                                                                                                                            • New video from VMware Tech Pubs website shows step-by-step how easy it’s to Install SSO which is part of the vSphere 5.5 and add identity sources. It’s possible to use the Simple installation option as well.  As you can add multiple identity sources, only one of them can be associated as the default identity source. […] Read the full post vCenter Single Sign-on install and config video at ESX Virtualization .   Featured : VMware vSphere Editions - Make your choice
                                                                                                                              • VMware released Horizon Mirage 4.4 which supports management of endpoints running Windows 8.0 and Windows 8.1, in addition to existing OS starting with Windows XP. Additional new feature called Mirage Gateway allows secure centralized management of remote endpoints without the need of VPN. Additional enhancements integrates even more the Horizon Mirage product with Horizon View offering […] Read the full post VMware released Horizon Mirage 4.4 with Windows 8.x support and new Mirage Gateway at ESX…
                                                                                                                                • Infinio is a software company which provides an unique server side software acceleration solution for NAS which uses RAM to accelerate VMware vSphere workloads. They just released version 1.2 of their product – Infinio Accelerator. The latest 1.2 release of Infinio Accelerator is compatible with the latest version of vSphere 5.5. Infinio is fairly new […] Read the full post Infinio Accelerator 1.2 now with vSphere 5.5 compatibility at ESX Virtualization . Featured : VMware vSphere Editions - Make your…
                                                                                                                                  • There is a new book in town! This book is about VMware vCenter Operations and is written by Lauren Malhoit and reviewed by some great IT guys like Chris Wahl, Michael Poore and Mike Preston. The book which was released with Packt Publishing, is available now through many of the Online stores as Paperback or […] Read the full post VMware vCenter Operations Manager Essentials – New Book at ESX Virtualization .   Featured : VMware vSphere Editions - Make your choice
                                                                                                                                    • There is new PDF from Global Knowledge called Configuration Cheat Sheet for the New vSphere Web Client. This Free E-book (Free registration required) does focus on most common configuration issues and tasks that vSphere admin daily does. Those tasks can be configuration of VMs, networking, storage, settings of resources, cluster settings, permissions and many others.  The vSphere Web […] Read the full post vSphere Web Client Configuration Cheat Sheet at ESX Virtualization . Featured : VMware vSphere…
                                                                                                                                      • This utility released by VMware Labs looks pretty awesome. It automates the deployment of VMware Horizon View installations. How it works? Simple. Its a virtual appliance bundled with all necessary VMware components that are necessary for the Horizon View setup. The only thing you need to provide is Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 ISO. The Horizon […] Read the full post Free Utility for View Deployments – Horizon View Configuration Tool at ESX Virtualization . Featured : VMware vSphere Editions - Make…

                                                                                                                                      • VMware’s vCenter Orchestrator is usually thought of as a tool for automating VMware environments. But when vCO is combined with PowerShell, it can be used to automate and manage Microsoft applications as well. In this installment of Automate All the Things Sean Massey (@seanpmassey) will talk about how to automate Active Directory and Exchange using […]
                                                                                                                                        • On the 18th of February 2014 Frank Buechsel  covered Technical Deepdive of SSL Certificates in vSphere 5.5.The recording from the webinar is below: EMEA vBrownbag with Frank Buechsel Covering Technical Deepdive SSL Certificates in vSphere 5.5 from EMEA vBrownbag on Vimeo.
                                                                                                                                          • I am not a marketing genius – I don’t pretend to be – and honestly don’t think that is my line of work. I am just a customer. When you announce a product – the message should (IMHO) contain the following: What the product/offering is. The features... This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more!..
                                                                                                                                            • Ok, so not as critical as political voting but still just as exciting is the yearly vSphere-Land top blog voting that happens each year. Well, it’s that time of year again. The vLaunchPad Top 50 on vSphere-Land is up for grabs and I really hope that I get to stay in the running!  I know [...]
                                                                                                                                              • Things are in full swing for EMC World 2014.  The venue is paid for, sessions are selected and content being tweaked, and tons of other fun/exciting things are being worked on.  Now this is where you come in. Chad Sakac recently blasted a post asking for your input on what we do with our Hands-On Lab experience [...]
                                                                                                                                                • 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. Socialcast SaaS Signing in to Socialcast fails with a Single Sign-On error: Missing or invalid signature (2063799) Date Published: 2/26/2014 [...]
                                                                                                                                                  • VMware has become aware of an issue that occurs after upgrading to vCloud Networking and Security (vCNS) 5.1.3 in an environment with Cisco Nexus 1000V. The vShield Manager user interface becomes unavailable. A hot patch fix is available. This does not affect customers with VMware standard or VMware vDS switches. If you encounter this issue, file [...]

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                                                                                                                                                    Socialcast SaaS
                                                                                                                                                    Signing in to Socialcast fails with a Single Sign-On error: Missing or invalid signature (2063799)
                                                                                                                                                    Date Published: 2/26/2014

                                                                                                                                                    VMware ESXi
                                                                                                                                                    Virtual machines deployed from VMware vCloud Automation Center fail to power on or power on with CBT enabled SCSI disks set to read-only (2072416)
                                                                                                                                                    Date Published: 2/26/2014
                                                                                                                                                    VMware ESXi 5.1, Patch ESXi510-201402401-BG: Updates esx-base (2072653)
                                                                                                                                                    Date Published: 2/28/2014
                                                                                                                                                    VMware ESXi 5.1, Patch ESXi-5.1.0-20140204001-no-tools (2072655)
                                                                                                                                                    Date Published: 2/28/2014
                                                                                                                                                    Deploying PernixData FVP with ESXi 5.x (Partner Support) (2073257)
                                                                                                                                                    Date Published: 2/28/2014
                                                                                                                                                    Minimize, Maximize and Close buttons are missing in a guest operating system Windows 8.1 on VMware ESXi 5.1 (2070759)
                                                                                                                                                    Date Published: 2/24/2014
                                                                                                                                                    VMware ESXi 5.1, Patch Release ESXi510-201402001 (2072652)
                                                                                                                                                    Date Published: 2/28/2014
                                                                                                                                                    VMware ESXi-5.1, Patch ESXi-5.1.0-20140204001-standard (2072654)
                                                                                                                                                    Date Published: 2/28/2014
                                                                                                                                                    Hosts with virtual machines using the E1000/E1000E adapter have networking issues after upgrading to ESXi 5.1 U2 (2072694)
                                                                                                                                                    Date Published: 2/24/2014
                                                                                                                                                    EMC VMAX and DMX Symmetrix Storage Array recommendations for optimal performance on VMware ESXi/ESX (2072070)
                                                                                                                                                    Date Published: 2/24/2014

                                                                                                                                                    VMware Horizon View
                                                                                                                                                    Received a “Connection timed out” error when using Horizon View Client for Windows Store (2072919)
                                                                                                                                                    Date Published: 2/24/2014
                                                                                                                                                    Horizon View HTML Access does not play sound if the remote desktop is Windows 7 N without the media feature pack installed (2073254)
                                                                                                                                                    Date Published: 2/24/2014
                                                                                                                                                    Tips for improving Horizon View HTML Access performance if you use security servers and the Blast Secure Gateway (2073256)
                                                                                                                                                    Date Published: 2/24/2014

                                                                                                                                                    VMware Horizon Workspace
                                                                                                                                                    Uploading files to VMware Horizon Workspace fails with the error: Unknown Network error (2063261)
                                                                                                                                                    Date Published: 2/25/2014
                                                                                                                                                    VMware Horizon Workspace recovery guidelines and restore procedures (2071602)
                                                                                                                                                    Date Published: 2/26/2014

                                                                                                                                                    VMware Service Manager
                                                                                                                                                    Extension field in the VMware Service Manager Screen Set includes static text that cannot be removed (2061811)
                                                                                                                                                    Date Published: 2/26/2014
                                                                                                                                                    Accessing objects from the History tab in VMware Service Manager reports script errors (2072461)
                                                                                                                                                    Date Published: 2/26/2014
                                                                                                                                                    MMA URL is not working for VMware Service Manager with Protect Mode enabled in Internet Explorer (2070247)
                                                                                                                                                    Date Published: 2/26/2014
                                                                                                                                                    Deleted contracts appear on the Contracts tab on the Configuration Item Details screen in VMware Service Manager (2073070)
                                                                                                                                                    Date Published: 2/25/2014

                                                                                                                                                    VMware ThinApp
                                                                                                                                                    Guidelines on virtualizing applications with ThinApp (2070839)
                                                                                                                                                    Date Published: 2/24/2014

                                                                                                                                                    VMware vCenter Configuration Manager
                                                                                                                                                    Importing the Compliance Content in vCenter Configuration Manager (2073406)
                                                                                                                                                    Date Published: 2/27/2014

                                                                                                                                                    VMware vCenter Operations Manager (Standalone)
                                                                                                                                                    Configuring more than one vCenter Server URL in VMware vFabric Hyperic Server fails (2059527)
                                                                                                                                                    Date Published: 2/24/2014

                                                                                                                                                    VMware vCenter Server
                                                                                                                                                    Opening a console to a virtual machine fails with the error: Unable to connect to the MKS: Error connecting to /bin/vmx process. (2065135)
                                                                                                                                                    Date Published: 2/24/2014

                                                                                                                                                    VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager
                                                                                                                                                    Customizing VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager with IPv6 fails to remove the existing IPv6 configuration on Windows Guest operating system (2071242)
                                                                                                                                                    Date Published: 2/28/2014

                                                                                                                                                    VMware vCloud Automation Center
                                                                                                                                                    Importing virtual machines into vCloud Automation Center fails and the virtual machines are deleted (2066200)
                                                                                                                                                    Date Published: 2/28/2014
                                                                                                                                                    Adding a vCloud Orchestrator workflow to a vCloud Automation Center workflow fails with the error: Could not reach vCenter Orchestrator endpoint (2072212)
                                                                                                                                                    Date Published: 2/24/2014
                                                                                                                                                    Unable to log in to VMware vCloud Automation Center when the UPN domain does not match the Active Directory domain (2072213)
                                                                                                                                                    Date Published: 2/28/2014

                                                                                                                                                    VMware vCloud Connector
                                                                                                                                                    Cannot access the transfer directory after upgrading to vCloud Connector 2.6 (2073208)
                                                                                                                                                    Date Published: 2/25/2014

                                                                                                                                                    VMware vCloud Director
                                                                                                                                                    Uploading media or vApp in vCloud Director 5.5 fails with error: Target SSL fingerprint mismatch detected (2071533)
                                                                                                                                                    Date Published: 2/25/2014

                                                                                                                                                    VMware vCloud Networking and Security
                                                                                                                                                    vShield Manager user interface becomes unavailable after upgrading to 5.1.3 when Cisco Nexus 1000V is present (2073502)
                                                                                                                                                    Date Published: 2/28/2014

                                                                                                                                                    VMware View Manager
                                                                                                                                                    VMware Horizon View Administrator reports the status of the ThinApp package as Pending Uninstall (2065517)
                                                                                                                                                    Date Published: 2/24/2014

                                                                                                                                                    VMware vSphere Replication
                                                                                                                                                    VMware vSphere Replication 5.1 recovery fails with the error: The object has already been deleted or has not been completely created (2043702)
                                                                                                                                                    Date Published: 2/26/2014

                                                                                                                                                    VMware vSphere Storage Appliance
                                                                                                                                                    FAQ for VMware vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA) 5.5 (2072638)
                                                                                                                                                    Date Published: 2/24/2014







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