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Hi everyone and welcome to this weeks newsletter from Sunny Brisbane, Queensland. Yes I am back from my short holiday and have had an extremely productive week back, with a few small but manageable hiccups on the way. There has been so much news, updated products and other announcements over the past few weeks and the newsletters have reflected all of this new information so as usual I urge you to spend some time reading the posts that are provided and if you require further information do not hesitate to contact your VMware representative.

With the release of new technologies such as Virtual SAN you will start to notice that the weekly KB articles are also expanding to include these new technologies, some of the KB articles are information focused as well as potential items to be aware of so check them out.

Have a fantastic week.

Virtually Yours
Neil Isserow
Senior Technical Account Manager
VMware Australia

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  • By Jason Stevenson You have heard it said that “rock and roll is dead.” The same could soon be said about your IT department. External pressures are driving an extinction of the IT department. Today’s business users are becoming more and more savvy, growing up with all kinds of technology in both the home and the office. Desk-side computing is dying off quickly, being left behind by technologies—like tablets, smart phones, and even wearable technology like eyeglasses and wristwatches—that make…
    • Introduction to the VMware vSphere Distributed Switch Provides a demo of some of the key capabilities of the vSphere Distributed Switch. Learn more: https://www.vmware.com/products/vsphere/features/distributed-s... From: VMware Views: 1 0 ratings Time: 03:43 More in Science & Technology
      • Are you designing a plug-in for the vSphere Web Client? If so, we have good news: the UX Design Standards are for you! Available on the Developer Center web site, the Standards provide design principles, integration guidelines, and visual language specifications to give your plug-in the best user experience possible. Check them out at http://developercenter.vmware.com/web/standards/-/ux-design-standards-for-vsphere-web-client . By using the Standards, you and your product team will discover: The defined…
        • VMware is the industry’s leading enterprise virtualization software company. So it’s not surprising that one of the most common questions asked by enterprises considering OpenStack is: “How does OpenStack integrate with VMware vSphere and VMware NSX?” In November 2013, Mirantis and  VMware set forth plans to work together on integrating Mirantis OpenStack with vSphere and NSX . Now, as a result of our collaboration, we have built what we believe to be the easiest way to configure OpenStack for a…
          • During VMware’s Partner Exchange in early February, we announced new program enhancements and products for the VMware Service Provider Program (VSPP) within the VMware Partner Network (VPN).  The goal of these changes is to create a simplified, predictable program that increases a Service Provider partner’s profitability and allows you to earn more rewards for your strategic and technical alignment to VMware. We also introduced several new products to the VSPP program. These products simplify and…
            • By Judy Wu, Solution Engineer, End-User Computing, VMware Microsoft ends support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014, so it is an urgent requirement for businesses of all sizes to migrate from Windows XP to Windows 7. VMware Horizon Mirage provides centralized image management for Windows desktops with enhanced OS migration capabilities. It is quite straightforward to migrate your Windows XP endpoints to Windows 7 with Horizon Mirage. However, you need a different methodology if your endpoint devices are…
              • Today we have several new videos which will showcase how to perform various actions within the My VMware web portal. In this first video tutorial we discuss and demonstrate how to create new reports and edit and/or download saved reports using the My VMware web portal . My VMware provides the ability to create, edit and download the following reports: Products and Licenses Details Support Contracts Current Products/Licenses and Users with Access Product Updates History Upgradable Products and…
                • AppLink is a great feature of ThinApp. The possibility to merge two or many packages together allows for a much more modular deployment model. But how do your deploy your AppLinks? I think we (read VMware) did ourselves a big disservice when we decided to add ;OptionalAppLinks=plugins\*.exe as a default setting in the package.ini file. Many out there now think it is required to use a folder called plugins relative to the parent package in order to use AppLink. This is far from true. Streaming…
                  • Hosts John Mark Troyer, VMware @jtroyer Guests Pablo Roesch, VMware @VMwareHOL Erik Ullanderson, VMware @VMwareEducation News REPLAY – VMware NOW: Virtual SAN Special Online Event Project VRC’s – State of the Desktop Virtualization Union 2014 Power Management and Performance in VMware vSphere 5.1 and 5.5 Around the Community vBrownbag Podcast VMUG Local Meetings – Check it today AdaptingIT – Lauren Malhoit Podcast Virtualization Security Roundtable vCatchup Podcast – Craig Waters …
                    • by Rich Bourdeau You have decided to purchase an off-the-shelf cloud automation solution.  The next challenge is finding software that is flexible enough to meet your needs but can be deployed quickly to demonstrate value to the business. Time to value of your cloud automation solution is critical to achieving management and business support for continued investment in your “as-a-service” delivery framework.  However, if the solution does not meet the needs of the business, just because it is…
                      • By Luke Yue, Sr. Solution Engineer, End-User Computing, VMware VMware Horizon Mirage  is software used to centralize desktops in the datacenter for management and protection purposes. When Horizon Mirage is first introduced to an organization, each device must be backed up, creating a copy of it on the Mirage Server in the form of a Centralized Virtual Desktop, or CVD. You can then centrally manage the device. The Mirage Management Console is the administrative interface used to manage endpoints.…
                        • If you’re using VMware vSphere® in your data center, you’ve made a smart choice. You’ve chosen the world’s leading virtualization platform—and what could be better than that? Answer: VMware vSphere with Operations Management . This next-generation VMware solution provides additional benefits for your vSphere environment with insight into capacity management, performance monitoring, and risk analysis. The platform is designed to help you see opportunities to make better use of your capacity,…
                          • In the first part for this series I covered the compute (CPU and Memory) Super Metrics needed for our 1-Click Capacity Planning custom dashboard. In the second part I will show how to create the “infrastructure” for pulling out the capacity planning data for the cluster shared storage. Before rushing into things and creating Super Metrics we need to create a shared storage dynamic group for each one of our clusters. I will follow the basic rule that what makes a Datastore “shared” is the fact its…
                            • Join our Webinar Series VMware Hands-on Labs Backstage Pass Friends, We are announcing the VMware Hands-on Labs Backstage Pass Webinars Series.  These sessions are for Administrators, Architects and IT Managers running VMware environments of any size. Our talks are easygoing , focus on technology and provide tips and tricks to help make your life easier. The VMware Hands-on Labs Backstage Pass Webinars Series will run the first Wednesday of the month 9:00 AM PDT. All sessions will be recorded and…
                              • VMware Workstation 10 comes with a handy utility which allows you to switch between active VMs (virtual machines) using a configurable hot key just like a KVM (Keyboard Video Mouse) switch. The benefit of using the VMware KVM utility is the VMs can be run in full-screen without launching the Workstation 10 interface (no tool bar) and manage their power state via CLI (command line interface). Another additional benefit from an IT perspective is running a virtual machine for the user when Windows is launched…
                                • VMware Workstation 10 KVM Utility Launching Workstation 10 VMs from a Windows desktop shortcut Learn more: https://blogs.vmware.com/workstation/2014/03/whats-cool-vmware-kvm-utility.html. From: VMware Views: 1050 6 ratings Time: 01:24 More in Science & Technology
                                  • Power consumption is an important part of the datacenter cost strategy. Physical servers frequently offer a power management scheme that puts processors into low power states when not fully utilized, and VMware vSphere also offers power management techniques. A recent technical white paper describes the testing and results of two performance studies: The first shows how power management in VMware vSphere 5.5 in balanced mode (the default) performs 18% better than the physical host’s balanced mode power…
                                    • We’ve added two new courses to help you achieve greater competence in the vSphere® environment.  VMware vSphere®: Skills for Operators [V5.5]  is a two-day technical training course designed to help operators and administrators create and manage virtual machines. Prerequisites include system administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems. Choose your delivery method and register today. VMware vSphere®: Troubleshooting Workshop [V5.5] is a five-day immersive workshop that…
                                      • In my last article in this series, Understanding VMware vCenter Management Suite Editions , I discussed the various editions that make up the vC Ops Suite, what vSOM is, and the various pieces of the vC Ops Suite including vCenter Operations Manager, vCenter Configuration Manager, vCenter Hyperic, vCenter Infrastructure Navigator, vCenter Chargeback Manager, and the custom UI. In this article, I want to dive into vCenter Operations Manager specifically, and discuss the architecture of the product. In my…
                                        • We are celebrating Spring this week in the Northern Hemisphere and Autumn in the Southern Hemisphere (Australia, New Zealand, South America, Southern Africa) with a cool 15% discount on VMware Workstation 10. This sale will not last long so act quickly for changing of the season savings. VMware Workstation : Buy Workstation 10 and get 15% off Upgrade to Workstation 10 from Workstation 8 or 9 and get 15% off This offer starts on Monday, March 17th at 8 PM Pacific Time and ends on March 20th at 11:59 PM…
                                          • Change is in the air—a seasonal change! Depending on where you live, you’ll soon be experiencing the annual shift from Winter to Spring or Summer to Autumn. We’re celebrating this change with a great sale on VMware Fusion 6 Professional and VMware Fusion 6. Buy Fusion 6 Professional and get 25% off. Upgrade to Fusion 6 Professional and get 25% off. Buy Fusion 6 and get 10% off. Upgrade to Fusion 6 and get 10% off. This sale will end long before Spring and Autumn will, so act quickly to get the…
                                            • When talking with customers about our vSphere Distributed Switch I often find that they don’t know about a feature in the Traffic Filtering policy engine that allows for creation of Access Control Lists or ACLs. This is in additional to being able to tag traffic and pass Quality of Service (QoS) or Differentiated services Code Point (DSCP) values up to the physical network for prioritization. ACL’s allow you to create fine grain control of what traffic is allowed in or out of a VM, set of VM’s or…
                                              • Oracle on vSphere Workshop for Oracle Certified Masters -- Wrapup Oracle on vSphere Workshop for Oracle Certified Masters -- Wrapup. From: VMware Views: 498 1 ratings Time: 04:20 More in Science & Technology
                                                • Oracle on vSphere Workshop for Oracle Certified Masters -- Group 3 Oracle on vSphere Workshop for Oracle Certified Masters -- Group 3. From: VMware Views: 494 1 ratings Time: 06:42 More in Science & Technology
                                                  • Oracle on vSphere Workshop for Oracle Certified Masters -- Group 2 Oracle on vSphere Workshop for Oracle Certified Masters -- Group 2. From: VMware Views: 486 1 ratings Time: 04:38 More in Science & Technology

                                                  • Oracle on vSphere Workshop for Oracle Certified Masters -- Group 1 Oracle on vSphere Workshop for Oracle Certified Masters -- Group 1. From: VMware Views: 488 2 ratings Time: 04:38 More in Science & Technology
                                                    • Configuring a 16 Node VMware Virtual SAN cluster with Distributed Switch This video demonstrates the configuration of a 16 node Virtual SAN cluster with the vSphere Distributed Switch. From: VMware Views: 811 7 ratings Time: 03:48 More in Science & Technology
                                                      • Leadership Perspectives: Sanjay Poonen, VMware EVP, End-User Computing Sanjay Poonen, executive vice president and general manager of the End-User Computing business unit discussed why he chose to join VMware, the current state ... From: VMware Views: 31 0 ratings Time: 03:05 More in Science & Technology
                                                        • Now available in the robust self-paced format, On Demand Classroom for VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.5] . VMware offers a number of delivery options that incorporate exciting technologies to meet your unique learning needs. On Demand Classroom is an engaging self-paced learning offering which gives you ‘anywhere, anytime, any pace’ access to detailed training modules coupled with VMware Lab Connect™ course-related labs.  The On Demand Classroom delivery method fulfills course…
                                                          • Northrim Bank is committed to the very highest level of service. That’s why the popular Alaska-based community bank deployed VMware ®  Horizon View ™  to help meet its “Customer First Service” goals. Now Horizon View enables workforce mobility between headquarters and branch offices. It also serves as a critical component of the bank’s “branch in a box” high-availability solution. Together with Cisco UCS E-Series Servers and Atlantis Computing ILIO data-storage technologies, Horizon View…
                                                            • I was recently involved in a conversations with regards to Virtual SAN and virtual machine migration capabilities. A few customers have been wondering about whether or not all of the vSphere migration operation and functions work with Virtual SAN due to the way the system works. One particular migration operation in question was around the ability to migrate virtual machines. From a storage solution perspective, Virtual SAN delivers a distributed shared datastore that is presented to all members of a…
                                                              • In my experience as a customer, partner and working for VMware, I’ve found HA VM monitoring to be an incredibly helpful feature that I am consistently surprised is not used more. It is easy to turn on, provides an additional layer of protection for your VMs and just works. So why don’t more people use it? I am not going to be able to answer that question in this post, though I hope to provide enough information to get more people to try it out. First I’d like to briefly discuss what HA VM monitoring…
                                                                • VMware vCloud Hybrid Services Demo at HIMSS 2014 Roberto Canton, Sr. Systems Engineer at VMware, walks us through the vCHS demo from HIMSS 2014. From: VMware Views: 1111 4 ratings Time: 06:56 More in Science & Technology
                                                                  • AlwaysOn Point of Care Demo Station at HIMSS 2014 Rory Clements of VMware's End-User Computing BU walks us through the desktop, mobile, & printing capabilities of the AlwaysOn Point of Care Solution. See how... From: VMware Views: 3 0 ratings Time: 03:43 More in Science & Technology
                                                                    • Care Systems Analytics Demo Station at HIMSS 2014 VMware's Scott Carpenter, Systems Engineer, talks about Care System Analytics capabilities for vCloud and explains how these functionalities are useful to He... From: VMware Views: 968 1 ratings Time: 02:26 More in Science & Technology
                                                                      • Now available, VMware vSphere: Fast Track [V5.5] combines content from VMware vSphere Install, Configure, Manage with advanced tasks.  Classes are available as instructor-led or live online around the world.  Sign up today.
                                                                        • by Barton Kaplan Wikipedia defines shadow IT as “systems and solutions built and used in organizations without explicit organizational approval…by departments other than the IT department.” It’s been a sore point for central IT organizations for a long time, and judging from the most recent data, it’s only getting worse. Gartner predicts that by 2015, 35 percent of technology spending will occur outside the central IT organization [1] . In a US$2.7 trillion industry [2] , that’s a big number.…
                                                                          • Installing and Configuring VMware vSphere Big Data Extensions This demonstration shows the process for installing and configuring the vSphere Big Data Extensions feature. This is available as a free download with VMware... From: VMware Views: 1087 0 ratings Time: 07:00 More in Science & Technology
                                                                            • Deploying an HBASE Cluster with the VMware vSphere Big Data Extensions HBASE is a popular open source distributed columnar database that uses the MapReduce and HDFS features of Hadoop to manage its data. It is often in demand by... From: VMware Views: 2 0 ratings Time: 03:42 More in Science & Technology
                                                                              • Deploying a Basic Hadoop Cluster with the VMware vSphere Big Data This demonstration shows the deployment of a basic Hadoop cluster with the vSphere Big Data Extensions. The Big Data Extensions feature is available as a free download with VMware vSphere Enterpris... From: VMware Views: 2 0 ratings Time: 03:16 More in Science & Technology
                                                                                • Migrating Virtual Machines Across VMware Virtual SAN Clusters This video demonstrates the ability to migrate virtual machines across different Virtual SAN clusters and VSAN datastores. From: VMware Views: 1186 2 ratings Time: 02:25 More in Science & Technology
                                                                                  • VMware Virtual SAN: 32 Node Scalability (Scale Out) This video demonstrates the scalable capabilities of Virtual SAN by increasing the clusters capacity by scaling out the cluster to a total of 32 nodes to a v... From: VMware Views: 923 1 ratings Time: 02:10 More in Science & Technology
                                                                                    • Here’s a behavior that a few people have questioned me about recently: Why is PVSCSI splitting my large guest operating system IO’s into smaller blocks? By default ESXi’s behavior is to pass IO’s from the guest operating system as large as 32MB with the LSI vSCSI adapter (as long as the actual guest operating system doesn’t have a small default transfer size: http://kb.vmware.com/kb/9645697 ). However, the PVSCSI vSCSI adapter was designed to pass only 512KB IO’s, or smaller, so anything…
                                                                                      • Do you have some basic and maybe even detailed questions around vSphere Data Protection Advanced ? You are in luck!  Based on feedback from some of our most recent webcasts, we have compiled the most common questions around vSphere Data Protection Advanced.  For example, you may be wondering: Can vSphere Data Protection Advanced perform critical data back-ups daily? Is it agent-less? Does it allow thin provisioning? Is it only available on vSphere 5.5?  I was looking at vSphere Data Protection,…
                                                                                        • 5.5 Update 1 Release Notes vSphere 5.5 Update 1 was released on March 11th, 2014. The primary drivers for this release were lots of bug fixes and support for VSAN . At the risk of duplicating a huge amount of the release notes , please review in detail those things that are important to you. There’s a number of things in Upgrade and Installation and there’s a specific Security section that would be of interest. Also review the Known Issues section as there’s some interesting tidbits in there as well.…
                                                                                          • 5.5 Update 1 Release Notes vSphere 5.5 Update 1 was released on March 11th, 2014. The primary drivers for this release were lots of bug fixes and support for VSAN . At the risk of duplicating a huge amount of the release notes , please review in detail those things that are important to you. There’s a number of things in Upgrade and Installation and there’s a specific Security section that would be of interest. Also review the Known Issues section as there’s some interesting tidbits in there as well.…
                                                                                            • It’s indisputable that the cloud is here to stay. It gives customers the flexibility to extend their workloads beyond their current data center, whether for dev/test, disaster recovery, or otherwise, and allows them to work more efficiently, reduce capital costs and much more. But in our latest survey , we want to know: why is your organization considering the cloud, and for what purposes? We’ve put together this quick six-question survey to get to know you, our vCloud audience, better. What role are…

                                                                                            • I’ve created a new set of vSphere OpenStack Virtual Appliance (VOVA) walkthrough demos for vSphere admins that are interested in learning about OpenStack and what it can do. The walkthrough demos are available and accessible online, for everyone that is interested in learning about how the vSphere OpenStack Virtual Appliance (VOVA) works. I have even included a the vSphere OpenStack Virtual Appliance (VOVA) with VMware Virtual SAN for those of you looking for a storage solution. vSphere OpenStack…
                                                                                              • Virtual SAN is now available and officially supports up to 32 nodes per cluster. Configuring and managing clustered solutions comprised of 32 nodes can become operationally intensive, time consuming, and overwhelming for any environment over time. One of the key differentiating benefits of Virtual SAN is how it delivers an efficient operational model suitable for today’s datacenter demands for virtualization. It is important to point out and understand the operational benefits deliver by Virtual SAN…

                                                                                              • By Sunny Dua, Senior Technology Consultant at VMware It’s easy to set up a cluster capacity dashboard in just one click and I’ll show you how to do it with vCenter Operations Manager Custom Dashboards. In this two-part blog series, I’ll guide you through steps to get this dashboard installed in your environment and explain how to create the interaction XML. Let’s take a look at the final dashboard in the screenshot below, the problems it will solve, and its features. Then we’ll take a closer…


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                                                                                              • Over the last couple of weeks, basically since VSAN was launched, I noticed something and I figured I would blog about it. Many people seem to be under the impression that the VSAN Ready Nodes are your only option if you want to buy new servers to run VSAN on. This is definitely NOT the […] " VSAN HCL more than VSAN-ready nodes " originally appeared on Yellow-Bricks.com . Follow me on twitter - @DuncanYB.
                                                                                                • Yesterday Maish and Christian had a nice little back and forth on their blogs about VSAN. Maish published a post titled “VSAN – The Unspoken Truth” which basically talks about how VSAN doesn’t fit blade environments, and how many enterprise environments adopted blade to get better density from a physical point of view. With that […] " VSAN – The spoken reality " originally appeared on Yellow-Bricks.com . Follow me on twitter - @DuncanYB.
                                                                                                  • I have seen multiple people reporting this already so I figured I would write a quick blog post. Several folks are going from Beta to GA release for VSAN and so far people have been very successful, except for those using disk controllers which are not on the HCL like the on-board AHCI controller. For […] " VSAN and the AHCI controller (hint: not supported!) " originally appeared on Yellow-Bricks.com . Follow me on twitter - @DuncanYB.
                                                                                                    • A couple of weeks back Eric Sloof broke the news about the book Cormac Hogan and I are working on: Essential Virtual SAN. As of this weekend the rough cut edition is (back) online again, and you can see some of the progress Cormac and I have been making over the last couple of months. […] " Essential Virtual SAN book, rough cut online now! " originally appeared on Yellow-Bricks.com . Follow me on twitter - @DuncanYB.
                                                                                                      • This is the first thing I’ve seen of this kind (a mainstream analyst comparison of object stores), and I think it reflects the growing importance of object storage models across the industry. I would argue we were early (both with...
                                                                                                        • Lots of Openstack activity out there, and wanted to share some updated Cinder pieces: Updated Cinder GitHub repo for ViPR 1.1 here (which has broad use cases) here: https://github.com/emcvipr/controller-openstack-cinder Update Cinder Github repo for FC SMI-S support here for Havana...
                                                                                                          • This week I will be lucky enough to present at the Calgary VMUG in Canada where they will be holding an automation focused event, this will be my first time to Canada and I... Join me at the Calgary VMUG 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
                                                                                                            • Taking a look at my VM Storage Policies compliance in the vSphere Client, I was alerted to a situation that none of my configured virtual machines were compliant with their assigned VM Storage Policy named “Five Nines Compellent Storage”.  Oddly enough, the virtual machine home directories and virtual disks were in fact on the correct [...] Post from: boche.net - VMware Virtualization Evangelist Copyright (c) 2010 Jason Boche. The contents of this post may not be reproduced or republished on another…
                                                                                                              • Judging by the search results returned by Google, it looks like my blog is among the few virtualization blogs remaining which does not have a writeup on this topic.  It’s Friday so… why not. Scenario:  vSphere 5.5 Update 1 VMware vSphere Web Client fails to log into vCenter Server (appliance version) with the following error [...] Post from: boche.net - VMware Virtualization Evangelist Copyright (c) 2010 Jason Boche. The contents of this post may not be reproduced or republished on another web page…
                                                                                                                • Need to modify a QCOW2-based disk image? Here's a relatively easy way to do it using a tool called guestfish (part of the libguestfs project). This article was originally posted on blog.scottlowe.org . Visit the site for more information on virtualization, servers, storage, and other enterprise technologies. Modifying QCOW Images with Guestfish

                                                                                                                  • Use this shell script to extract and modify the contents of an ESXi ISO image for use with PXE boot installation.
                                                                                                                    • I often think about how many people have stalled around getting to 100% virtual. I know you are thinking I need to find some fun things to do. You are probably right. The first thing I thought when I deployed my very first virtual infrastructure project back in the day was, “Man, I want to […]
                                                                                                                      • This is a re-post of my article, originally published on The Ravello Blog. Over the last year, as enterprise awareness of the cloud has increased, more and more enterprises outsource their workload deployments to the cloud, in most cases to a... This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more!..
                                                                                                                        • Last week VMware released the long awaited VSAN including the even more popular licensing information. Today I would like to discuss what I see as one of the points that I have yet seen to be discussed regarding VSAN – and in my eyes the most... This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more!..
                                                                                                                          • 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. Virtual Disk Development Kit HotAdd mode backup of virtual machine in VDDK aborts or fails with the error: Panic: Assert [...]
                                                                                                                            • Amazon AWS is awesome and everyone knows it. So how can we utilize it with vCAC? At this point you should have finished the previous 7 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 Part 6: Create and Publish Blueprints Part 7: Setup vCO, Endpoints, and Advanced Services We need to create some Amazon AWS IAM…
                                                                                                                              • This is the tech world and I know not many are into college basketball but there definitely a few who are, me included (Go UK!). Let's all join this group and talk some trash. Go to http:// y.ahoo.it/lIc2PVTu and fill out a bracket! Doesn't cost anything to join (except maybe a few spam emails from Yahoo!) but this is all in good fun. You can also go ahead and fill out a bracket for the billion dollar challenge as well from Yahoo!. The winner will get something. I'm not sure what it will be yet.…
                                                                                                                                • Great news, the vBrownBag crew will be at the OpenStack Summit in Atlanta this May. We will be making TechTalks and generally helping people get the most out of the summit. If you’d like to present a TechTalk you can signup using this form here. Now that we are committed to being there we need […]

                                                                                                                                • As VDI solutions become more and more mainstream for standard office environments, a new challenge appears. We can swap the bulky desktop and replace it with a small thin client, delivering Windows desktops from the datacenter. Enabling a more flexible way of working with free seating, working at home. But how about those ‘special’ users who always get a ‘special’ workstation with high end graphic cards, dual monitor setup working with AutoCAD, Bentley MicroStation, etc? Can we deliver the high end…
                                                                                                                                  • Veeam is about to get its 100,000th customer and is launching an interactive contest for a chance to win a trip around the world and other prizes (Google Glass, iPad and Microsoft Surface). To participate, you need to register and predict the location of Veeam’s 100,000th customer on the interactive map. The closer you are […] " Fancy A Trip Around The World? " originally appeared on The SLOG . - Follow Simon Long on Twitter: @SimonLong_ Related posts: NorthWest England VMUG –…
                                                                                                                                    • The other day after I had spent some time tightening down my Facebook privacy, I posted a little Status update informing everyone of my little accomplishment. Since then, I have been sent quite a few message from friends asking how they can do the same. So instead of repeating myself, I decided to crank out […] " TIPS: Increasing your Facebook privacy " originally appeared on The SLOG . - Follow Simon Long on Twitter: @SimonLong_ Related posts: My Twitter account is Suspended!! And I…
                                                                                                                                      •       Conferência Gartner de Infra-estrutura , Operações e Data Centers Se você é um dos meus seguidores Brasileiros ou Latino-Americanos voce precisa participar da Conferência Gartner de Infra-estrutura , Operações e Data Centers em São Paulo durante a primeira semana de Abril. A Nutanix estará patrocinando a conferência, e estará presente com um estande. Eu também estarei presente ao … Continue reading »
                                                                                                                                        • Every software of hardware system should have an easy and simple way to recover from failures, and Nutanix is not different. For test purposes I removed a host from my lab environment for few days and now I need to recover from the failure. All I need to do is to go to the Hardware … Continue reading »
                                                                                                                                          • Zentyal Server is one of those Linux distributions which provides very well built-in front end management, a Webmin like GUI. They have just released Zentyal 3.4 Community Edition. I have blogged already about Zentyal in my post here where I tested also installation on the top of usual Ubuntu server distribution, which was also possible. But […] Read the full post Zentyal 3.4 Community Edition Released at ESX Virtualization .   Featured : VMware vSphere Editions - Make your choice
                                                                                                                                            • VCSA has a default 90 days root password policy. You can change this behavior or you can manage the password policy through AD if VCSA is integrated with Microsoft AD. If you don’t change the password policy when deploying VCSA then the root account get locked after 90 days. How-to unlock the VMware VCSA root password? […] Read the full post How-to unlock the VMware VCSA root password? at ESX Virtualization .   Featured : VMware vSphere Editions - Make your choice
                                                                                                                                              • There is new video at VMware showing the configuration of a 16 node Virtual SAN cluster with vDS (vSphere distributed switch). If you have missed the VSAN announcement and not using VDS so far because of the enterprise plus entry ticket, you might read the announce from VSAN launch which says that VSAN has the VDS option in. […] Read the full post Configuration of a 16 node Virtual SAN cluster with the vSphere Distributed Switch – Video at ESX Virtualization .   Featured : VMware vSphere Editions -…
                                                                                                                                                • The latest Fast Track training is available from VMware Education. It’s 5 day’s in depth training which availability has been announced last week by VMware. It’s one of the possible trainings which is necessary to become a VCP certified – VMware Certified Professional. You can find the required (or) recommended trainings on each of the links […] Read the full post VMware vSphere 5.5 Fast Track Training Available at ESX Virtualization .   Featured : VMware vSphere Editions - Make your choice

                                                                                                                                                • KB Articles

                                                                                                                                                  Virtual Disk Development Kit
                                                                                                                                                  HotAdd mode backup of virtual machine in VDDK aborts or fails with the error: Panic: Assert Failed: “_lockToken != __null” (2074136)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/13/2014

                                                                                                                                                  VMware ESX
                                                                                                                                                  VMware support for Linux inbox VMware drivers (2073804)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/10/2014
                                                                                                                                                  Extents are missing on the local datastore after upgrading VMware ESX 4.1 to VMware ESXi 5.0/5.1 (2000045)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/10/2014

                                                                                                                                                  VMware ESXi
                                                                                                                                                  VMware ESXi 5.5, Patch ESXi550-201403201-UG: Updates ESXi 5.5 esx-base vib (2065812)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/12/2014
                                                                                                                                                  VMware ESXi 5.5, Patch ESXi550-201403204-UG: Updates ESXi 5.5 net-e1000e vib (2065816)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/12/2014
                                                                                                                                                  VMware ESXi 5.5, Patch ESXi550-201403206-UG: Updates ESXi 5.5 lsi-msgpt3 vib (2065818)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/12/2014
                                                                                                                                                  VMware ESXi 5.5, Patch ESXi550-201403208-UG: Updates ESXi 5.5 sata-ahci vib (2065821)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/12/2014
                                                                                                                                                  VMware ESXi 5.5, Patch ESXi550-201403210-UG: Updates ESXi 5.5 net-igb vib (2065823)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/12/2014
                                                                                                                                                  VMware ESXi 5.5 Patch Image Profile ESXi-5.5.0-20140302001-no-tools (2065825)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/12/2014
                                                                                                                                                  VMware ESXi 5.5, Patch ESXi550-201403102-SG: Updates ESXi 5.5 tools-light vib (2065827)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/12/2014
                                                                                                                                                  VMware ESXi 5.5 Patch Image Profile ESXi-5.5.0-20140301001s-no-tools (2065829)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/12/2014
                                                                                                                                                  Hostd crashes during snapshot operation in VMware ESXi 5.5 with error: bora/vim/hostd/hbrsvc/ReplicationGroup.cpp backtrace (2073120)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/11/2014
                                                                                                                                                  VMware support of open-vm-tools (2073803)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/10/2014
                                                                                                                                                  VMware vSphere 5.x の ESXi Network Dump Collector (2074010)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/10/2014
                                                                                                                                                  vSphere 5.0/5.1 Direct IO support for NetApp storage devices (2069814)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/11/2014
                                                                                                                                                  Storing ESXi coredump and scratch partitions in Virtual SAN (2074026)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/12/2014
                                                                                                                                                  Retaining virtual machines of Virtual SAN Beta cluster when upgrading to vSphere 5.5 Update 1 (2074147)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/12/2014
                                                                                                                                                  Patch name for Patch ID “ESXi550-Update01″ is displayed as “see description” (2074388)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/12/2014
                                                                                                                                                  VMware ESXi 5.5, Patch ESXi550-201403203-UG: Updates ESXi 5.5 rste vib (2065811)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/12/2014
                                                                                                                                                  VMware ESXi 5.5, Patch ESXi550-201403202-UG: Updates ESXi 5.5 tools-light vib (2065815)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/12/2014
                                                                                                                                                  VMware ESXi 5.5, Patch ESXi550-201403205-UG: Updates ESXi 5.5 scsi-mpt2sas vib (2065817)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/12/2014
                                                                                                                                                  VMware ESXi 5.5, Patch ESXi550-201403207-UG: Updates ESXi 5.5 mtip32xx-native vib (2065820)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/12/2014
                                                                                                                                                  VMware ESXi 5.5, Patch ESXi550-201403209-UG: Updates ESXi 5.5 scsi-megaraid-sas vib (2065822)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/12/2014
                                                                                                                                                  VMware ESXi 5.5 Patch Image Profile ESXi-5.5.0-20140302001-standard (2065824)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/12/2014
                                                                                                                                                  VMware ESXi 5.5, Patch ESXi550-201403101-SG: Updates ESXi 5.5 esx-base vib (2065826)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/12/2014
                                                                                                                                                  VMware ESXi 5.5 Patch Image Profile ESXi-5.5.0-20140301001s-standard (2065828)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/12/2014
                                                                                                                                                  VMware ESXi 5.5, Patch ESXi550-Update01: ESXi 5.5 Complete Update 1 (2065832)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/12/2014
                                                                                                                                                  Virtual SAN device encounters a permanent error when devices are not readable or writeable (2071075)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/11/2014
                                                                                                                                                  Virtual SAN memory or SSD congestion reached threshold limit (2071384)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/11/2014
                                                                                                                                                  VMware ESXi 5.5, Patch ESXi550-201403211-UG: Updates ESXi 5.5 net-tg3 vib (2072575)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/12/2014
                                                                                                                                                  Adding more than 16 hosts to a Virtual SAN cluster (2073930)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/12/2014
                                                                                                                                                  Moving Disk Groups to a New Virtual SAN cluster (2073931)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/12/2014
                                                                                                                                                  Formatting a disk for a virtual machine backed by StorMagic SVA fails to complete in VMware ESXi 5.0/5.1/5.5 (2073971)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/11/2014

                                                                                                                                                  VMware Horizon View
                                                                                                                                                  Horizon View 5.3.1 on VMware Virtual SAN – Quick Start Guide (2073795)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/12/2014
                                                                                                                                                  View Desktops may become unresponsive while powering off when using SEsparse disks in ESXi 5.5 (2073390)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/12/2014

                                                                                                                                                  VMware Horizon Workspace
                                                                                                                                                  User is prompted to enter credentials when redirected to a Kerberos-enabled Connector in VMware Horizon Workspace 1.x (2070497)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/10/2014
                                                                                                                                                  User is directed to the login form to authenticate when directed to a Kerberos-enabled Connector in VMware Horizon Workspace 1.x (2070499)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/10/2014

                                                                                                                                                  VMware Service Manager
                                                                                                                                                  In the request Completion screen, the Status value which is selected by default is not correct in VMWare Service Manager 9.1.x (2056655)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/12/2014

                                                                                                                                                  VMware vCenter Orchestrator
                                                                                                                                                  Adding a vCenter Orchestrator endpoint to vCloud Automation Center fails with the error: Cannot connect to vCenter Orchestrator Server (2074285)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/12/2014
                                                                                                                                                  Updating the database configuration when upgrading vCenter Orchestrator 5.1.2 to 5.5.1 (2074034)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/11/2014

                                                                                                                                                  VMware vCenter Server
                                                                                                                                                  VMware vCenter Server 5.5 – Patch VIM550-20140201 (2069244)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/12/2014
                                                                                                                                                  When Storage vMotioning a virtual machine a general system error reports: Storage VMotion Failed to copy one or more of the VMs disks (2065799)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/11/2014
                                                                                                                                                  Configuring CA signed SSL certificates for vSphere Auto Deploy in vSphere 5.x (2073588)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/11/2014
                                                                                                                                                  Login attempts to vCenter Server might fail after AD is configured as AD over LDAP (2069663)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/13/2014
                                                                                                                                                  The vswp datastore changes from displaying to not displaying in the virtual machines summary tab (2074450)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/13/2014
                                                                                                                                                  Upgrading Single Sign-on 5.1 to 5.5 reports the error: The existing SSL certificate is invalid. Replace with a valid certificate and try again (2068640)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/11/2014
                                                                                                                                                  Virtual SAN node reached threshold of opened components (2071379)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/11/2014
                                                                                                                                                  Virtual SAN insufficient memory (2071753)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/11/2014

                                                                                                                                                  VMware vCenter Update Manager
                                                                                                                                                  VMware vCenter Server Health Status Changed alarm is triggered and reset to green (2015243)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/12/2014

                                                                                                                                                  VMware vCloud Director
                                                                                                                                                  Installing VMware vCloud Director fails with the error: Couldn’t generate instance Id! (2057594)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/10/2014

                                                                                                                                                  VMware vCloud Hybrid Service
                                                                                                                                                  Microsoft Windows Licensing Compliance on vCloud Hybrid Service (2072898)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/14/2014

                                                                                                                                                  VMware Virtual SAN
                                                                                                                                                  VMware Virtual SAN configuration fails with the error: Found another host participating in the VSAN service which is not a member of this host’s vCenter cluster (2062704)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/11/2014
                                                                                                                                                  Using the Reapply action does not change the VMware Virtual SAN virtual machine object status (2073947)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/11/2014
                                                                                                                                                  vSphere High Availability (HA) fails to restart a virtual machine when VMware Virtual SAN network is partitioned (2073949)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/11/2014
                                                                                                                                                  Disks not claimed automatically when VMware Virtual SAN disk claim mode is set to Automatic (2074560)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/14/2014
                                                                                                                                                  Powering off a VMware Virtual SAN host results in the Storage Providers view in vSphere Web Client taking longer than expected to refresh (2061216)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/11/2014
                                                                                                                                                  Compliance status of a virtual machine does not update when it is migrated between different datastore types (2062710)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/11/2014
                                                                                                                                                  VMware Virtual SAN datastore not listed as a matching datastore when creating a storage based policy (2065479)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/11/2014
                                                                                                                                                  Requirements and considerations for the deployment of VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) (2068911)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/12/2014
                                                                                                                                                  Collecting Virtual SAN (VSAN) support logs and uploading to VMware (2072796)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/12/2014
                                                                                                                                                  VMware Virtual SAN datastores cannot store host-local and system swap files (2073944)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/11/2014
                                                                                                                                                  A VMware Virtual SAN virtual machine in a vSphere HA cluster reports as HA protected when powered off (2073946)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/11/2014
                                                                                                                                                  Automatic disk claiming does not work as expected if license is applied after enabling VMware Virtual SAN (2073948)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/11/2014

                                                                                                                                                  VMware vSphere Data Protection
                                                                                                                                                  Starting the MCS service in VMware vSphere Data Protection 5.1.x fails with the error: gsan rollbacktime does not match stored rollbacktime (2053986)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/10/2014
                                                                                                                                                  Connecting to the requested vSphere Data Protection (VDP) appliance fails with error: The SSO server could not be found. Please make sure the SSO configuration on the VDP appliance is correct. (2072033)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/11/2014

                                                                                                                                                  VMware vSphere Replication
                                                                                                                                                  vSphere Replication recovery point objective violations (2070333)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/12/2014

                                                                                                                                                  VMware vSphere Update Manager
                                                                                                                                                  VMware vSphere Update Manager 5.x fails to start with error: Not well-formed (invalid token) (2069750)
                                                                                                                                                  Date Published: 3/11/2014







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