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Hi everyone, well with Thanksgiving around the corner and the end of 2015 nearing I want to take the opportunity to wish you and you family for the upcoming festive season. There will still be newsletters for a few more weeks yet. We have decided to make a few changes to the newsletter. These will trickle in during the upcoming weeks but here are a few for this week.


- We have removed the Table Of Contents. While we do want to provide you with this feature unfortunately many email clients do not support this feature.
- The Partner section is a legacy section that is particularly used during major events such as VMworld however as it is not as useful outside of this time for the foreseeable future it has been removed.
- 3rd Party blogs have been removed. In future we will only provide links to VMware blogs either from employees or official VMware blogs source.
- The webcasts is now available online (this change was implemented a few weeks ago)


I hope that these changes streamline and make your newsletter reading more enjoyable. Please feel free to contact you TAM and provide feedback on these and any other changes you might like to see in the future.


Virtually Yours

Neil Isserow

Staff Technical Account Manager, Team Lead

San Francisco, CA





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Virtualizing Big Data at VMware IT – Starting Out at Small Scale

The Hadoop-based system running on vSphere that is described here was architected by Rajit Saha, (who provided the material for this blog) and a team from VMware’s IT department. This article describes the technical infrastructure for a VMware internal IT project that was built and deployed in 20...

Nov 20, 2015 11:01:37 PM

DevOps and PaaS, Software Defined Networking for IT Leaders, and Increasing the Adoption of vRealize

The VMware blogosphere is a wealth of knowledge covering everything from how-to content to put your skills to the test, to strategic concepts that can help you think differently about work. Check out a few of the latest posts from the Professional Services bloggers below! Increase the Speed of IT...

Nov 20, 2015 4:16:09 PM

Organizational Change OPT-4743-GD

By Craig Stanley This group discussion session was hosted by Kevin Lees, Principal Architect, VMware, and Alberto Martinez, Consulting Architect, VMware to a full audience. The topic for this session was organizational change and generated some great audience questions that Kevin and Alberto were...

Nov 18, 2015 10:13:17 PM

Organization Transformation for Network Function Virtualization Infrastructure-as-a-Service

By Enrico Montariolo The evolution of technology can have significant influence on the future success, or failure, of companies that operate within an industry. Traditional communications service providers face this challenge today. The technologies driving this transformation are Cloud, Network ...

Nov 18, 2015 7:45:43 PM

vCPU to pCPU Ratios – Are they still relevant?

One question I’m commonly asked (aka weekly if not daily) is what are the perfect pCPU to vCPU ratios that I should plan for, and operate to, for maximum performance. I wanted to document my perspective for easy future reference. The answer? There is no common ratio and in fact, this line of thin...

Nov 17, 2015 9:16:53 PM

Configuring NSX-v 6.2 as a Load Balancer for the vSphere Platform Services Controller

VMware released NSX-v (NSX for vSphere) 6.2 back on August 20, 2015. With its release the NSX team introduced support to use NSX-v as a load balancer for the vSphere Platform Services Controller (PSC) for highly available deployments ( Release Notes ). This is a key new feature that enables custo...

Nov 17, 2015 5:09:54 AM

VMware at Supercomputing 2015

SC ’15 , the big, annual High Performance Computing (‘HPC’) conference, officially kicks off in Austin this evening with a gala opening of the conference exhibits. As we did last year , VMware has a demo booth within the EMC booth (#499) on the show floor . When I mentioned this to a customer rec...

Nov 16, 2015 4:32:17 PM

Retired VCDX Panelists Can Soon Be Mentors

Last year around this time, we released the new VCDX Directory and also published guidelines for panelists and mentors. Since then, anyone who was a panelist was not able to also be a mentor to aspiring VCDX candidates. As the program evolves and we move into 2016, we’ve decided to go through and...

Nov 16, 2015 4:18:20 PM

vCloud: This Past Week in Review

Busy week? Now you can catch up on all the topics we discussed on the VMware vCloud blog in one place! From vTech Talks to new compliance spotlights, here’s the past week in review: Simplifying Cloud Spending with VMware Subscription Purchase Program Purchasing cloud services can get complicated,...

Nov 21, 2015 5:00:42 PM

Simplifying Cloud Spending with VMware Subscription Purchase Program

Let’s face it, purchasing cloud services can get complicated. Which workloads are you moving? Do you need a single-tenant or multi-tenant environment? What vCloud Air location works best? Oh and by the way, the check is in your hand and the end of the quarter is 10 days away… Enter the Subscripti...

Nov 20, 2015 5:00:03 PM

vCloud Air Network Compliance Spotlight: PCI-DSS

So you’ve decided to make the move to the cloud. Congratulations! What’s the next step? Finding a provider that not only provides the services you need, but whose cloud services are able to meet stringent IT and business standards. Over the next few months, we’ll be having a regular series spotli...

Nov 19, 2015 5:00:27 PM

New VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2015-0008

Today VMware has released the following new security advisory VMSA-2015-0008 to address a information disclosure issue (CVE-2015-3269). Please sign up to the Security-Announce mailing list to receive new and updated VMware Security Advisories. Customers should review the security advisory and dir...

Nov 19, 2015 2:28:55 AM

Scaling Performance for VAIO in vSphere 6.0 U1

by Chien-Chia Chen vSphere APIs for I/O Filtering (VAIO) is a framework that enables third-party software developers to implement data services, such as caching and replication, to vSphere. Figure 1 below shows the general architecture of VAIO. Once I/O filter libraries are installed to a virtual...

Nov 18, 2015 11:36:46 PM

Introducing vRealize Air Compliance, VMware’s First Cloud Management SaaS solution

Introducing vRealize Air Compliance We are excited to announce the availability of VMware’s first Cloud Management SaaS solution– vRealize Air Compliance. As your company moves to the cloud, this exciting new SaaS service brings many new innovations to help you gain greater visibility into the co...

Nov 18, 2015 8:35:14 PM

The Role of Storage in Optimizing Workload Performance in vCloud Air

In the first blog of this series on optimizing application performance in the cloud, we outlined a number of core vCloud Air features that enable you to meet high performance and availability requirements of your workloads. In this blog, we’ll look at the role of storage and what you should consi...

Nov 18, 2015 5:16:40 PM

The Next Horizon for Cloud Networking & Security

VMware NSX has been around for more than two years now, and in that time software-defined networking and network virtualization have become inextricably integrated into modern data center architecture. It seems like an inconceivable amount of progress has been made. But the reality is that we’re ...

Nov 18, 2015 4:11:19 PM

Mobius Partners and VMware Help Rent-A-Center Respond Faster to Business Needs

by Rich Bourdeau Rent-A-Center Gains IT Scalability, Security, and Speed to Deployment with Software Defined Data Center Solution from VMware and Mobius Partners. Rent-A Center is a large rent to own retailer with over 3,000 stores throughout North America. This fast growing retailer needed a sca...

Nov 18, 2015 11:29:54 AM

Using vRealize Operations Manager to Diagnose SQL Query Slowness

By Troy Bailey, Blue Medora Slow running SQL queries are one of the most common problems database administrators (DBAs) face. This is usually manifested in a call from the help desk or to the database team saying “my application is running slowly,” or “my database is slow.” This lag can quickly t...

Nov 18, 2015 11:01:30 AM

vCloud Air vTech Talk: Checking Out the vCloud Air Cloud Academy

Want to learn more about VMware vCloud® Air™? We’ve got you covered with a wealth of resources—all just a few clicks away. In this week’s vTech Talk, we’re shining the spotlight on the vCloud Air Cloud Academy , your go-to hub for short overview videos about what vCloud Air is, what benefits it o...

Nov 17, 2015 5:00:55 PM

Hyper-threading doesn’t count for virtual SQL licensing

There’s a fair bit of confusion around licensing SQL that is virtualized and I have been getting questions from customers about this for a long time now. The confusion comes from a few statements in the Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Virtualization Licensing Guide guide which states: “ For customers u...

Nov 16, 2015 3:57:42 AM


This Week’s Top Mobile News: Google Glass’ Comeback, China Wants its Own Smartphone, IoT & More

What will the next iteration of Google Glass look like? There are reportedly three models in development, one of which will have a screen. The one with a screen is for enterprise. The screen-less ones are for “sport” users, and “they use bone conduction … in other words, headphones worn on your f...

Nov 20, 2015 5:35:44 PM

Internet of Things: Why IoT is Here to Stay within the Enterprise

The Internet of Things (IoT) has made a name for itself in the consumer sphere. From fitness trackers like Fitbit to Amazon’s Dash buttons for one-touch product ordering, the average person can tangibly embrace IoT in everyday life. New cars have been outfitted with IoT technologies, such as Appl...

Nov 19, 2015 1:52:27 PM

Kroll Ontrack Reaps Productivity with Powerful VDI Networking

What if your IT team could accomplish more, from anywhere? What if your users loved the technology you provided? What if you could do the job of 10 people? That’s the power of virtualization and what Kroll Ontrack , a technology-driven services and software provider, experienced after moving thei...

Nov 19, 2015 1:05:00 PM

Leading the Pack: Airwatch Named a Leader in Mobile Content Collaboration

Aragon Research today released its 2015 Globe Report for Mobile Content Management, and we’re excited to share that AirWatch is once again ranked as a leader in secure mobile content collaboration. DOWNLOAD “The Aragon Research Globe for Mobile Content Management, 2015.” AirWatch Content Locker e...

Nov 18, 2015 1:41:15 PM

Introducing VMware App Volumes 2.10 – A Unique Solution For Real-Time Application Lifecycle Management

By Harry Labana, vice president, products, End-User Computing, VMware I can’t believe it – it’s been nearly a year since we released VMware App Volumes 2.5! We have been innovating at a rapid pace, shipping several releases throughout the year with new features such as storage groups, multi-vCent...

Nov 18, 2015 1:00:11 PM

The Horizon & Chromebook Revolution

by Cedric Courteix, End-User Computing Technical Alliances Partner Architect, VMware Our worldwide customers started using Chromebooks after VMware released the Horizon client for Chrome OS this past summer. After almost six months in their enterprise settings, we sent a survey to 92 early adopte...

Nov 18, 2015 2:15:59 AM

App Volumes Performance and Scalability Testing – Preparing to Test

By Tristan Todd, Architect, End-User Computing, VMware In advance of the next major release of VMware App Volumes , VMware is undertaking a performance and scalability reference architecture (RA) project. This project is aimed at helping customers and partners understand the App Volumes product i...

Nov 18, 2015 12:57:53 AM

#TipTuesday – Set Goals and Track Progress

I suspect this 11th tip in my 12-part series on building a successful enterprise social network (ESN) is talked about more often than it is actually done – at least in a meaningful way. Tip #11 is: Set goals and track progress. That sounds simple enough, but determining which goals to set may not...

Nov 17, 2015 11:00:42 PM

5 Amazing Customer Stories of Innovation & Market Leadership through Business Mobility

Our customers use AirWatch in incredibly innovative ways, many to empower their users with purpose-built business mobility that improves mobile productivity and secures business-critical data. Others completely transform their processes and businesses, innovating in such amazing ways that their i...

Nov 16, 2015 7:05:09 PM





Welcome to this weeks newsletter. This week we have a we have much news and other information for you. There is also a new TAM blog by one of our own TAMs. Please take the time to read the KBs, Webcasts as well as featured TAM article.


I wish you a successful week and look forward to bringing you the latest news again next week from the VMware world.


Virtually Yours

Neil Isserow

Staff Technical Account Manager, Team Lead

San Francisco, CA





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vROPS 6.1 and the New End Point Operations Monitoring Feature

By Vegard Sagbakken

In the 6.1 release of vRealize Operations, VMware merged the Hyperic Monitoring solutions into vROPS. This makes it a lot easier to get a full holistic view through the vROPS management interface all the way down to services, processes and the application layer.

To use the OS Monitoring feature described here you need vRealize Operations Advanced licensing.

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IT Transformation and Organizational Process Maturity


By John Worthington Regardless of what process framework you use, and especially if you’ve done some ‘adaptation’ of processes, building process capability over the long haul goes hand-in-hand with building the organization’s process maturity. Having thought about my comment, ‘ so go ahead, adopt...

Nov 13, 2015 5:30:34 PM


11 New Courses on vSphere v6, AirWatch, and more


The VMware Education team has been busy in the last month releasing 11 new courses covering vSphere 6, AirWatch, Site Recovery Manager, Horizon (with View), vRealize Automation, and Security for the SDDC. Click on the links below to learn more about these courses and to see the schedule for your ...

Nov 13, 2015 4:21:47 PM


vROPS 6.1 and the New End Point Operations Monitoring Feature


By Vegard Sagbakken In the 6.1 release of vRealize Operations, VMware merged the Hyperic Monitoring solutions into vROPS. This makes it a lot easier to get a full holistic view through the vROPS management interface all the way down to services, processes and the application layer. To use the OS ...

Nov 12, 2015 9:12:06 PM


Issues creating Desktops in VDI, and what to do about it


We want to highlight some mitigation techniques and a handy KB article today for those of you managing Horizon View desktops. We’re talking about those occasions when no desktop can be created... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Nov 12, 2015 5:26:30 PM


EMEA Instructor Awards for Q3


Each quarter the EMEA Education Services team names one instructor the VMware Certified Instructor (VCI) of the Quarter . In addition to this quarterly prize, at VMworld Europe last month we also awarded three other VCIs a Certification of Achievement. These individuals were chosen by the EMEA Ed...

Nov 12, 2015 4:32:14 PM


VCAP Waivers for VCDX – Take Advantage Now Before it Ends!


Earlier this year, the VCAP5 certification exams for the Cloud and Desktop solution tracks were retired . Since these were used as prerequisites to the VCDX-DT and VCDX-Cloud certifications, we subsequently waived that requirement for anyone applying for and defending for those VCDX tracks. Along...

Nov 11, 2015 4:17:21 PM


VMware EVO SDDC Overview- White Paper


At VMworld 2015 , VMware launched a new product called EVO SDDC that is designed to deliver an integrated Software-Defined Data Center (‘SDDC’) solution. It dramatically simplifies how enterprises and service providers procure, build, deploy, and operate software-defined data centers, helping cus...

Nov 11, 2015 2:58:38 PM


What’s Trending in Flings – Third Quarter 2015


As the VMware Flings Program Manager, it’s been great watching the program grow and see the wonderful feedback and reactions we get from customers. As the program has matured, we have gathered valuable metrics and are seeing interesting trends. We want to share that success with you, and keep you...

Nov 10, 2015 7:22:07 PM


VCDX Events at VMworld


I wish I could recognize everyone that supports and participates in our VCDX events, mentoring, workshops, and everything else. For this post, I’ll just highlight our VMworld events. Once again, the VCDX had a strong presence. We delivered VCDX Workshops, a Town Hall, and participated in the vExp...

Nov 9, 2015 4:59:41 PM


Configuring NSX-v Load Balancer for use with vSphere Platform Services Controller (PSC) 6.0


By Romain Decker VMware introduced a new component with vSphere 6, the Platform Services Controller (PSC) . Coupled with vCenter, the PSC provides several core services, such as Certificate Authority, License service and Single Sign-On ( SSO ). Multiple external PSCs can be deployed serving one (...

Nov 14, 2015 9:20:44 PM


vCloud: This Past Week in Review


Busy week? Now you can catch up on all the topics we discussed on the VMware vCloud blog in one place! From vTech Talks to new virtual conferences, here’s the past week in review: How Three Companies Are Delivering Business Value with Hybrid Cloud Businesses are being impacted by IT’s ability to ...

Nov 14, 2015 5:00:48 PM


User Environment Manager 8.7 working with Horizon 6.2


By Dale Carter With the release of VMware User Environment Manager 8.7 VMware added a number of new feature, all of which you will find in the VMware User Environment Manager Release Notes . However, in this blog, I would like to call out two new features that help when deploying User Environment...

Nov 13, 2015 5:09:54 PM


Get Up to Speed on the Latest in Hybrid Cloud at VMware vForum Online


Ready to build organizational knowledge around new insights and tools from VMware? Registration is now open for vForum Online —VMware’s largest online conference, which you can attend no matter where you are! What to expect vForum Online is a free, half-day virtual conference on November 17th. Yo...

Nov 13, 2015 5:00:15 PM


Video: Forrester Quantifies VRealize Automation Savings


by Rich Bourdeau Intuitively it makes sense that you will accelerate the delivery of applications by automating. However, does the cost of an automation project justify the potential savings? Not only will you improve service delivery times but these efficiency improvements also drives OpEx and C...

Nov 13, 2015 10:24:48 AM


VMware and NaviSite Enable OSHEAN with Affordable Scalable Cloud Services


The Ocean State Higher Education Economic Development and Administrative Network (OSHEAN) is a 501c3 non-profit research and education network, based in Rhode Island. Connecting to 150 non-profit institutions, ranging from non-profit organizations to hospitals to the state government, and librari...

Nov 12, 2015 5:00:08 PM


New Survey Shows Cloud Adoption is on the Rise


In recent years, “public cloud computing” has transitioned from an IT industry buzzword to a widely adopted mainstream practice. Companies are finding more and more reasons to move their workloads into the cloud, and are making significant IT investment in the strategic use of public cloud soluti...

Nov 11, 2015 5:03:32 PM


Improving Internal Data Center Security with NSX-PANW Integration


By Dharma Rajan Today’s data center (DC) typically has one or more firewalls at the perimeter securing it with a strong defense, thus preventing threats to the DC. Today, applications and their associated content can easily bypass a port-based firewall using a variety of techniques. If a threat e...

Nov 11, 2015 4:43:30 PM


Dynamic Host-Wide Performance Tuning in VMware vSphere 6.0


by Chien-Chia Chen Introduction The networking stack of vSphere is, by default, tuned to balance the tradeoffs between CPU cost and latency to provide good performance across a wide variety of applications. However, there are some cases where using a tunable provides better performance. An exampl...

Nov 10, 2015 8:44:54 PM


vCloud Air vTech Talk: How to Define User Groups and More


Having your digital house in order is important for any organization. Thankfully, vCloud® Air™ makes it a cinch to define, organize and group users with permissions. In this episode of vCloud Air vTech Talk, our series highlighting tips, tricks and resources for all things vCloud Air, Jenny Fong,...

Nov 10, 2015 5:00:03 PM


SAIC uses NSX and vRealize Automation to Dynamically Configure Security


By Rich Bourdeau SAIC is a Federal Systems Integration Firm, headquartered in McLean, Virginia. They service US Public Sector accounts from the Department of Defense to the Intelligence Community to the Federal Civilian Agencies. Challenges As a supplier of services to the US government, security...

Nov 10, 2015 11:13:12 AM


vCloud Air + vRealize Automation 7.0


This is a summarized repost from VMware Cloud Management Blog. Click here to view. Last month we announced vRealize Automation 7.0, an update to a VMware offering that provides automated delivery of personalized infrastructure, applications and custom IT services. Today, we’d like to discuss how ...

Nov 9, 2015 7:10:37 PM


How Three Companies Are Delivering Business Value with Hybrid Cloud


Organizations often find themselves facing all sorts of barriers that prevent them from serving their employees, customers, and partners. Scalability, budget, personnel constraints, IT’s ability to provide the infrastructure to support the business and more can impact an organization from achievi...

Nov 9, 2015 5:00:40 PM


Distributed Firewall ALG


In the last post , VMware NSX™ Distributed Firewall installation and operation was verified. In this entry, the FTP (file transfer protocol) ALG (Application Level Gateway) is tested for associating data connections with originating control connections – something a stateless ACL (access control ...

Nov 9, 2015 2:36:59 PM



A Deep Dive into VMware Horizon 6 with NSX


By Tristan Todd, Architect, End-User Computing, VMware and Tony Paikeday, Product Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware VMware Horizon 6 brings innovation to the desktop platform and extends app delivery across any device. Customers and partners agree that VMware is delivering the most comprehens...

Nov 13, 2015 6:36:11 PM


Our Favorite Socialcast Customer Stories | Leading Enterprise Social Networks


We’re so proud of the innovative ways our customers use Socialcast to bring their employees together, manage projects and share knowledge to drive their businesses forward. Here are a few of our favorite customer stories: New: Vattenfall Adds 17,000 Users to Socialcast, Attributing Remarkable Suc...

Nov 13, 2015 4:29:32 PM


Using the Horizon Application Management Bundle for Citrix Environments – New Videos Now Available


by Sachin Sharma, VMware End-User Computing Product Line Marketing Manager Are you managing a Citrix XenApp or XenDesktop environment? Would you like to take it to the next level with a more modern application management approach, one that can help you deliver apps faster, provide reliable app ma...

Nov 13, 2015 4:07:27 PM


This Week’s Top Mobile News: Booming Enterprise Apps Market ($63B by 2020!) Driven by Mobile Worker Demands for SMS & IM


Rev up your biz’s app store engine, because the next five years are about to get crazy. New research from Strategy Analytics projects that the enterprise business app market will grow from $40.5 billion in 2015 to $63 billion by 2020. And the biggest demand? SMS and instant messaging apps. Get th...

Nov 13, 2015 11:00:03 AM


iBeacons: Transforming Mobile Consumer Experiences One Coupon at a Time


In grocery stores, schools and workplaces, iBeacons are quickly becoming an everyday part of the mobile experience. Announced by Apple in 2013, iBeacons provide micro-location information of mobile devices in a specific area. iBeacons are able to detect when a person is in the shoe section at a r...

Nov 12, 2015 1:38:58 PM


Get Up to Speed on the Latest in Business Mobility at vForum Online – VMware’s Largest Online Conference!


Looking to build organizational knowledge around new insights and tools from VMware, but can’t break away from your desk? We have just the event for you! Registration is now open for vForum Online —VMware’s largest online conference. What to expect at vForum Online vForum Online is a free, half-d...

Nov 12, 2015 1:20:25 PM


Vattenfall Bridges Global Collaboration Divide with Innovative Enterprise Social Network


With over 32,000 employees scattered across multiple countries and regions, Vattenfall had a major challenge on its hands: find the right solution that would unify employees, facilitate meaningful business collaboration and create an open knowledge-sharing culture across the entire business. The ...

Nov 11, 2015 6:38:52 PM


New Report: Workforce Productivity Tops List of Business Mobility Goals


In a report launched today by VMware, global executive and IT business leaders cited workforce productivity as the top objective for current and upcoming business mobility initiatives. The VMware 2015 Business Mobility Report delves into the current state of enterprise mobile and the future of bu...

Nov 11, 2015 4:26:25 PM


New Report: 2/3 of Executive & IT Leaders are Prioritizing Business Mobility in 2016


VMware today launched its 2015 Business Mobility Report , revealing the current state of the mobile enterprise and the top mobility initiatives for business and IT leaders over the next 12-18 months. Download the VMware 2015 State of Business Mobility Report. View the interactive VMware 2015 Stat...

Nov 11, 2015 3:40:40 PM


2015 State of Business Mobility Report


A new report today revealed a startling trend in enterprise mobility: while CIOs rank mobile as a top priority, only 20% have put business mobility strategies into play. The VMware 2015 State of Business Mobility Report surveyed 1,182 global business decision makers and IT leaders to delve into t...

Nov 11, 2015 3:16:54 PM


#TipTuesday – Train, Train, Train


After sharing nine previous tips on building a successful enterprise social network (ESN), we come to a subject that has been near and dear to my heart for decades – training and learning. I was a professional educator/trainer for over 30 years before switching gears in 2009 to a different path. ...

Nov 10, 2015 9:22:16 PM


Our Favorite Mobile Security Video This Week: Serena Williams Chases Smartphone Thief


When we talk about mobile security here on the AirWatch Blog, we’re usually talking about multi-factor authentication, identity management, containerization and App Configuration for Enterprise (ACE). A pretty spectacular video came out last week, though, that had us tipping our invisible hats to...

Nov 10, 2015 8:43:55 PM


The New Windows Optimization Guide for View in Horizon 6; VMware Horizon Air Desktops; and Horizon Air Apps


By Susan Blau, Technical Writer, End-User-Computing Technical Marketing, VMware The new Windows Optimization Guide , formally titled Optimization Guide for Desktops and Servers in View in VMware Horizon 6 and VMware Horizon Air Desktops and VMware Horizon Air Apps , has undergone a radical transf...

Nov 10, 2015 6:33:18 PM


[Video] Q&A with Inna Fabrikant: The Future of Socialcast & Enterprise Collaboration


AirWatch’s Maddie Cook had the opportunity to sit down with Inna Fabrikant , Socialcast Sr. Client Development Manager, at AirWatch Connect Atlanta earlier this year. In this Q&A, she shares her unique insights on Socialcast’s capabilities, new feature enhancements and what she sees as the future...

Nov 10, 2015 4:25:07 PM


AirWatch 8.2 Has Arrived


Since we launched AirWatch 8 earlier this year, our product teams have been singularly focused on delivering enterprise mobility management solutions that empower businesses to transform the way work is done. We know that business mobility drives the new digital workspace, where employees can get...

Nov 9, 2015 8:29:51 PM




How to Identify and Sell IT Outcomes


Achieve the new SDDC Solution Competency to enable IT Outcomes selling and advance design and deployments. Plus, increase your Solution Rewards by cross-selling vSphere, Management, NSX, and Virtual SAN. The post How to Identify and Sell IT Outcomes appeared first on Partner News .

Nov 13, 2015 7:05:00 PM


The 2016 VMware Partner Innovation Awards: An Open Opportunity for All Partners


VMware has had an incredible year of producing disruptive technology and enabling business transformation for organizations globally. This year, VMware is thrilled acknowledge the excellent performance and notable achievements of its partners through the Partner Innovation Awards at the Partner L...

Nov 12, 2015 5:44:43 PM


Check these Benefits for Closing Your vSphere with Operations Management and Virtual SAN Deals Before it’s too Late


Check your incentives and act soon as these promotions end in December. Don’t forget to use the vSphere Optimization Assessment (VOA) to show the power of Operations Management; it will help you close your vSphere with Operations Management deals even quicker. Free online Sales and Technical VOA ...

Nov 11, 2015 5:52:27 PM


HP Reference Architecture for VMware Horizon on HP ConvergedSystem 700


One of the key drivers for VDI adoption is end-user productivity; users expect a seamless mobile experience that allows them to quickly perform business tasks from any device and any location—no matter the application. VMware Horizon on HP ConvergedSystem 700 with NVIDIA GRID vGPU delivers a mobi...

Nov 10, 2015 4:34:58 PM


Analyzing the Economic Value of HPE ConvergedSystem 700 with VMware Horizon


Download and share this new whitepaper from ESG where they share highlights of the economic benefits of a converged approach vs. a traditional ‘do-it-yourself’ infrastructure. Plus, find out how HPE ConvergedSystem 700, with VMware Horizon, is purpose built for VDI, offering customers ease of dep...

Nov 9, 2015 6:56:41 PM




A Handy GUI Tool for Working with APIs


In this post I’m going to share with you an OS X graphical application I found that makes it easier to work with RESTful APIs. The topic of RESTful APIs has come up here before (see this post on using cURL to interact with RESTful APIs ), and RESTful APIs have been a key part of a number of other...

Nov 14, 2015 12:00:00 AM


I/O Scheduler Queues Improvement for Virtual Machines


This is a new feature in vSphere 6.0 that I only recently became aware of. Prior to vSphere 6.0, all the I/Os from a given virtual machine to a particular device would share a single I/O queue. This would result in all the I/Os from the VM (boot VMDK, data VMDK, snapshot delta) queued into a sing...

Nov 13, 2015 2:00:15 PM


BusyCal and Textual


I wanted to call out a couple of software packages whose vendors I’ve worked with recently that I felt had really good customer service. The software packages are BusyCal (from BusyCal, LLC) and Textual (from Codeux Software, LLC). As many of you know, the Mac App Store (MAS) recently suffered an...

Nov 13, 2015 12:00:00 AM


An exclusive look into Zerto Cross Hypervisor at the VMworld 2015


Zerto Virtual Replication 4.0 introduces an industry first with support for Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware vSphere which enables cross-hypervisor replication and recovery. With automatic conversion of the virtual machines (VMs) on the fly you no longer have to match the hypervisor between your datacen...

Nov 11, 2015 7:04:00 PM


A Handy CLI Tool for Working with JSON


While I was at Kubecon this past week, one of the presenters showed off a handy CLI tool for working with JSON. It’s called jq , and in this post I’m going to show you a few ways to use jq . For the source of JSON output, I’ll use the OpenStack APIs. If you’re not familiar with JSON, I suggest ha...

Nov 11, 2015 12:00:00 AM


Neat way of installing or updating any VIB using just the ESXi Embedded Host Client


A couple of months back I had tossed out an idea on Twitter asking if others would like to see an automatic update mechanism built into the ESXi Embedded Host Client which would allow users to easily update to newer releases of the Fling versus the current method which requires copying the VIB an...

Nov 10, 2015 4:41:45 PM


VSAN Design & Sizing – Memory overhead considerations


This week I was in Berlin for our annual Tech Summit in EMEA. This is an event for our field folks in EMEA. I presented a number of VSAN sessions, including a design and sizing session. As part of that session, the topic of VSAN memory consumption was raised. In the past, we’ve only ever really t...

Nov 10, 2015 2:00:00 PM


A Big Leap In Unstructured Data… Isilon.Next - Core, to Edge, to Cloud


Do you have an Xbox – 360 or XboxOne?  Do you use XboxLive?   I do – and as an aside, I’m looking forward to a little Rise of Tomb Raider this weekend, along with Fallout 4 until my eyes bleed :-) If you use Xbox Live, you are an EMC Isilon customer by proxy.    In fact, if you use all sort of on...

Nov 10, 2015 12:40:57 PM


Automating the silent installation of Site Recovery Manager 6.0/6.1 w/Embedded vPostgres DB


For customers looking to Automate the latest release of Site Recovery Manager 6.0 / 6.1 with an Embedded vPostgres DB, you may have found that my previous deployment scripts for SRM 5.8 no longer work with the latest release. The reason for this is that SRM 6.x now supports the Platform Services ...

Nov 9, 2015 4:52:50 PM


Soon at a VMUG near you…


Advertise here with BSA I have a whole bunch of VMUGs on the agenda in the upcoming month that I wanted to inform you about. For those who have never been to a VMUG, they are “user group” meetings where usually you see community people presenting and vendors presenting. The setting is a bit more ...

Nov 9, 2015 10:01:56 AM


New Training Course - VMware vSphere: Optimize and Scale plus Troubleshooting Fast Track [V6.0]


This intense, hands-on, training course is a blend of the vSphere: Optimize & Scale and vSphere Troubleshooting classes; it brings the best of each of these advanced courses into a single unique offering that equips experienced VMware administrators with the knowledge to effectively optimize and ...

Nov 9, 2015 6:47:00 AM


Kubecon Liveblog: Opening Keynote


This is a liveblog of the opening keynote at the inaugural Kubernetes conference, Kubecon, taking place this week at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. Brendan Burns, Senior Staff Software Engineer at Google, is delivering the opening keynote. Burns is a co-founder of the Kubernetes project. Burn...

Nov 9, 2015 12:00:00 AM


Changing Passwords with cloud-init


Generally speaking, when launching instances in a cloud environment (such as AWS or an OpenStack-based cloud), the preferred/default way of accessing that instance is via SSH using an injected SSH key pair. There are times, though, when—for whatever reason—this approach won’t work. (I’ll describe...

Nov 9, 2015 12:00:00 AM


Hi everyone, I hope you have all had a productive week. There is a lot of news this week and I myself have been extremely busy working with our amazing customers on VMware solutions. This quarter from a TAM perspective we have our customer satisfaction survey (CSAT). This is the most important aspect of our work as VMware TAMs, ensuring that our customers are satisfied with the service that we deliver to them. Above all of the metrics that we collect and work we do with our customers or behind the scenes the CSAT represents how our customers see not just the VMware TAM program but also the services that we as TAMs provide to them directly, hence this is a very personal part of our work and the results can affect us.

As TAMs we are advisors, architects, specialists, influencers and many more things but above all we are trusted by our customers and this survey is one of the most important ways in which we get feedback on how well we are doing and how much our customers trust us.

I wish you all a fantastic week, if you are a TAM customer and receive the survey please take the time to complete this and bear in mind the importance this has on your TAM and how seriously we take this survey at VMware.


Virtually Yours

Neil Isserow

Staff Technical Account Manager, Team Lead

San Francisco, CA


FEATURED SOLUTION (editor: Daniel Mizrahi)

VMware vRealize™ Business™ provides transparency and control over the cost and quality of IT services. By providing a business context to the services IT offers, vRealize Business helps IT organizations shift from a technology orientation to a service broker orientation, delivering a portfolio of IT services that align with the needs of line-of-business (LOB) stakeholders. vRealize Business provides the business management capabilities necessary to manage the business aspects of today’s emerging hybrid cloud environments, helping to facilitate IT transformation, enabling customers to reduce capital and operating expenses and improve service delivery performance.

KEY BENEFITS • Drive IT Transparency - Embed financial transparency across the extended enterprise including LOB, IT and third-party vendors • Align IT with the Business - Meet LOB expectations regarding portfolio of services and costs, shifting to a business orientation • Accelerate IT Transformation – Power CIO agenda by supporting fact-based decisions on current and future IT investments

Introduction to VMware vRealize Business

HOL-SDC-1611 IT Cost Transparency with vRealize Business

Introduction to vRealize Business Standard, Advanced and Enterprise editions

Did you know?

vRB is also offered as a subscription service for the Advanced and Enterprise editions


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Virtual Volumes for Database Backup and Recovery


In the first part of this series we provided a high level view of the benefits of using Virtual Volumes enabled storage for database operations. In this post, we will examine in more detail how Virtual Volumes can improve the backup and recovery capabilities for business critical databases, speci...

Nov 7, 2015 1:22:13 AM


Public CA Certificate Expiration, Snapshot Consolidation Error and Top 20 Articles from KB


Each month, we share the top news, alerts, and announcements from our sister blog, VMware Support Insider published by VMware Global Support Services (GSS). Read on to find out what you might have missed. ALERT: Products with public CA certificates expiring Nov.1 | Are you affected? As of Novembe...

Nov 6, 2015 4:00:45 PM


VMware TAM’s Can Help Enable Your IT Transformation


By Wes Poole When investing in VMware’s Technical Account Manager (TAM) program, some customers focus solely on cost and purchase a low tier of service. That approach neglects an important consideration: the future value of TAM deliverables across the entire enterprise. TAMs work with you on an a...

Nov 5, 2015 8:40:55 PM


Updating to VMware Tools 10 – Must Read


In September we announced that VMware Tools 10.0.0 Released and that VMware is now shipping VMware tools outside of the vSphere releases. Since then, we have received a lot of feedback from the community, customers, and internal folks alike. I would like to let everyone know that we have listened...

Nov 5, 2015 4:04:23 PM


Congratulations to our new VCDXs!


We’ve just finished another great run of defenses, providing us another record number of both new VCDXs as well as doubles. Congratulations to the new VCDXs! Data Center Virtualization Jayson Block (double) Gregg Robertson (#205) Jason Grierson (#206) Krzysztof Hermanowski (#207) Andrew Smith (#2...

Nov 5, 2015 3:22:31 PM


5 Steps to Build a Security Strategy for the Digital Enterprise


From team bonding to micro-segmentation: a 5-step journey to develop a proactive security mindset in your cloud organization. By Pierre Moncassin Only a few years ago security was at best an afterthought for some cloud teams., Everyone in the team thought that security was someone else’ s problem...

Nov 4, 2015 9:44:30 PM


Have You Been Reverse-Mentored by a Millennial Lately?


  Have You Been Reverse-Mentored by a Millennial Lately? By Bask Iyer, CIO, VMware From sending quick messages to friends, to making payments at Starbucks, to getting turn-by-turn voice-guided navigation to a restaurant, to sharing videos with family members in another part of the world—smartphon...

Nov 3, 2015 7:08:47 PM


2016 VCDX Defense Improvements


Q4 is always an exciting time for the VCDX program. As the year wraps up, this is time we spend planning, reviewing, and adjusting for the coming year. There are a few areas that have long been in discussion with the two VCDX Advisory Council members all year, as well as, many of the panelists. T...

Nov 3, 2015 4:12:28 PM


Top 20 Articles for October 2015


Here is our Top 20 KB list for October 2015. 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. VMware ESXi... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Nov 2, 2015 3:48:30 PM


vCloud: The Past Week in Review


  Busy week? Now you can catch up on all the topics we discussed on the VMware vCloud blog in one place! From interactive workshops to new offerings, here’s the past week in review: Speed Application Development with vCloud Air vCloud Air application services offer a variety of resources develope...

Nov 7, 2015 5:00:47 PM


Virtual Volumes for Database Backup and Recovery


Virtual Volumes for Database Backup and Recovery In the first part of this series we provided a high level view of the benefits of using Virtual Volumes enabled storage for database operations. In this post, we will examine in more detail how Virtual Volumes can improve the backup and recovery ca...

Nov 6, 2015 12:55:32 AM


How NSX Simplifies and Enables True Disaster Recovery with Site Recovery Manager


By Dharma Rajan VMware Network Virtualization Platform (NSX ) is the network virtualization platform for the software-defined datacenter (SDDC). Network virtualization using VMware NSX enables virtual networks to be created as software entities, saved and restored, and deleted on demand without r...

Nov 5, 2015 11:37:06 PM


vCloud Air Network Service Provider Spotlight: NaviSite and VMware team up to deliver both Security and Agility


Getting security, business and customer-centric efforts to synchronize across the globe is no small feat, but enterprises must do exactly that everyday. IT experts, those capable of managing sensitive data without downtime, can help any organization tackle this daily task. This month’s vCloud Air...

Nov 5, 2015 5:00:35 PM


What’s New with vRealize Automation 7


As announced on October 13th, we will be releasing the latest version of our market leading cloud automation software, vRealize Automation 7 this quarter. To be notified as soon as the download becomes available please register here. What’s New with vRealize Automation 7.0? To learn more about th...

Nov 5, 2015 2:00:58 PM


Optimize the Performance of Your Applications in the Cloud


It’s that time of year. We are fast approaching the holiday season, where many companies will experience a surge in system usage. You’ve heard about it in the news in prior years: a major company experienced a performance issue where an application was not able to handle the unexpected surge in s...

Nov 4, 2015 9:00:11 PM


vRealize Automation 7.0 – vCloud Air Enhancements


By now you’ve probably heard about the upcoming vRealize Automation 7.0 release and gotten an overview of what’s coming. In this post, I’d like to talk briefly about one of the areas we’ve been working on — our integration with vCloud Air. The theme for this release and this feature area in parti...

Nov 4, 2015 7:04:17 PM


Modern App Development in the Mobile + Cloud Age


Developing applications in today’s landscape is getting increasingly complex. Mobile devices, cloud networks and legacy systems all affect and drive your efforts in different ways. So how can you master these elements and deliver modern applications to your stakeholders? Over the next few weeks w...

Nov 4, 2015 5:00:35 PM


A Closer Look at VMware vCloud Air Object Storage Powered by Google Cloud Platform, Part 2


VMware vCloud Air Object Storage powered by Google Cloud Platform is a new offering for addressing the need for highly durable and scalable storage. In part 1 of this blog , we introduced the key concepts of service accounts, buckets, and objects. In this second part, we will go over advanced fea...

Nov 3, 2015 5:00:00 PM


VMware NSX and vRealize Automation Help the University of New Mexico Improve Security and Compliance


by Rich Bourdeau The University of New Mexico is a state run university and research institution with over 35,000 students and 9,100 staff. For the last two years they have been utilizing VMware’s vRealize Automation to improve the speed, efficiency, and reliability of the IT resources they provi...

Nov 3, 2015 1:49:04 PM


Speed Application Development with vCloud Air


By: Nitin Saxena As the pace of business competition escalates, so has the need for solutions enabling enterprise business agility. Meeting this demand requires many organizations to quickly develop and deploy new applications, placing enormous pressure on developers to create new web and mobile ...

Nov 2, 2015 8:00:49 PM


vRealize Automation 7.0 – New Event Broker Enhances Lifecycle Extensibility


vRealize Automation – Event Broker IT administrators need a flexible way to extend the out of the box automation with vRealize Automation. Although vRealize Automation is a purpose built cloud management tool that automates the delivery of infrastructure, applications and IT services it needs to ...

Nov 2, 2015 11:17:17 AM



Miss Our Recent Socialcast Webinar? We Have You Covered


Last week, AirWatch hosted a “ What’s New with Socialcast? ” webinar, which included some great new product updates, feature enhancements and use-case stories. Socialcast experts, Jens Koerner, Director of Product Management, and Inna Fabrikant, Senior Client Development Manager, went in-depth on...

Nov 6, 2015 6:17:45 PM


What’s New in VMware Identity Manager, Cloud – October 2015 Release


By Vikas Jain, Director, Product Management, VMware Identity Manager, VMware This overview of new technology represents no commitment from VMware to deliver these features in any other generally available product or service. Welcome to the first of our “What’s New in Identity Manager” blog series...

Nov 6, 2015 6:13:47 PM


Who Wants a Free Nexus 5X? Google’s Android for Work Giveaway Headlines this Week’s Mobile News


Google offers up freebies to get businesses started on Android for Work. Free phone, anyone? Google offered up a free Nexus 5X to the first 3,000 businesses that deploy EMM (hopefully with AirWatch <insert winky face>) and set-up Android for Work. If you missed this announcement and more during t...

Nov 6, 2015 6:03:51 PM


VMware App Volumes 2.9 Technical FAQ Now Available


By Gina Daly, Technical Writer for Technical Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware The VMware App Volumes Technical FAQ has been updated with questions and answers pertaining to VMware App Volumes 2.9 . New features in App Volumes 2.9 include support for multiple vCenter Servers and application d...

Nov 6, 2015 5:06:58 PM


8 Things You Need to Do in a Secure Software Development Shop


How did we get here? Seriously, how did we get here? How is it that software is so notoriously poorly written that we must implement things such as firewalls, URL filtering, IPS and malware detection and yet we still routinely observe hacks against high-profile targets? If software were secure by...

Nov 5, 2015 5:29:40 PM


VoIP and Videoconferencing on View Desktops in Horizon 6


By Tony Huynh, Product Line Manager on the View team, VMware and Karin Li, Senior Member of the Technical Staff on the View Quality Engineering team, VMware VMware has just updated its paper on Microsoft Lync in a View environment. Microsoft Lync 2013 on View in VMware Horizon 6 includes compatib...

Nov 4, 2015 9:47:08 PM


Connect. Learn. Innovate: Register Free for the Windows 10 Tour


Windows 10 is ready for the mobile enterprise, and we’re ready to help you get in on the Windows 10 action. We’re hitting the road with Microsoft as a launch partner for the Windows 10 Tour. Join the Windows 10 and Office Tour November-December 12 Cities across the U.S. REGISTER FREE FOR AN EVENT...

Nov 4, 2015 5:14:26 PM


Join Us for Android for Work Live!


We’ve been working closely with Google as part of the Android for Work program to deliver innovation to you and your enterprise. By bringing together manufacturers, developers and enterprise mobility experts, Android for Work delivers more than “mobile first” and access to email, calendars and co...

Nov 3, 2015 8:53:19 PM


#TipTuesday – Make It Easy to Access


It’s time for tip #9 in my 12-part series on my best advice for building a successful enterprise social network (ESN). This one is related to tip #8 which is “ Integrate your ESN where people do their work .” However, that tip focused on the applications and workflow to which people are accustome...

Nov 3, 2015 7:51:27 PM


What Customers are Saying about Horizon 6.2 [VIDEO]


By Courtney Burry, Sr. Director Product Marketing, End-user Computing, VMware VMWorld 2015 has now come and gone, but this year’s events were by far the most successful we’ve ever seen. Between San Francisco and Barcelona, over 33,700 people joined us from all over the world. At these two events,...

Nov 2, 2015 8:00:01 PM


VMware Horizon Integration – How the Pieces Fit Together, Part 2


By Anthony Rizzo, Staff End-User-Computing Technologist, VMware Part 1 in this Horizon Integration blog series introduced the concept of VMware Horizon as a very flexible and adaptable tooling system for building next-generation end-user-computing architectures—and interoperability is a key contr...

Nov 2, 2015 4:10:40 PM




Get Ready to Witness Innovation in Action at Fujitsu Forum 2015


The Fujitsu Forum is taking place November 18-19 th in Munich, Germany where over 13,000 ICT experts and opinion-leaders will arrive from over 80 countries around the globe in order to experience first hand, Human Centric Innovation in Action . The conference will highlight the industry’s drive t...

Nov 6, 2015 11:14:02 PM


Get a Partner’s Perspective on the VMware Partner Demand Center


Watch this short video to learn how Softchoice is driving business and leads through key offerings in the VMware Partner Demand Center. See how they are leveraging Integrated Campaigns and Website Content Syndication to reach their customers. The post Get a Partner’s Perspective on the VMware Par...

Nov 6, 2015 4:32:56 PM


Our First Cloud Management SaaS Solution


Learn more about vRealize Air Compliance available in North America only at the moment). As your customers move to the cloud, this new SaaS service brings many new innovations to help them gain greater visibility into the configuration and compliance of their virtual infrastructure. The post Our ...

Nov 5, 2015 6:43:39 PM


Join the new Partner Link Group – Management


Login with your Partner Central credentials and then join the new ‘Management’ group to stay up to date on technical, sales, marketing, and training for vSphere with Operations Management, vRealize, and vCloud Suite. The post Join the new Partner Link Group – Management appeared first on Partner ...

Nov 4, 2015 7:07:13 PM


The Call for Partner Innovation Award Nominations is Open


Learn more about the benefits of winning an award today and submit your nominations by November 30, 2015 at 11:59pm PT. The criteria for each award relates to growth, sales, net new customers, and marketing. The post The Call for Partner Innovation Award Nominations is Open appeared first on Part...

Nov 3, 2015 7:18:19 PM


VMware TAP Team Expands Program Benefits and Offerings


We will be hosting our quarterly webinar for TAP partners on Tuesday, November 17th at 10 AM PST. During this webinar we will have three separate presentations with relevant updates for our TAP Partners.   The first presentation will focus on the expansion of benefits for our TAP partners. Most n...

Nov 2, 2015 7:28:09 PM


Attn: NORAM Partners – Velocity to Millions Incentives Open Now


Partners are building pipeline and capturing incentives each week during November. Top 3 reps with the Most Approved opportunities get awarded each week. Focus on VMware all month and you could win every week. More incentives are also available…. Review V2M prize details and build the pipeline yo...

Nov 2, 2015 4:41:13 PM




Docker Container for the Ruby vSphere Console (RVC)


The Ruby vSphere Console (RVC) is an extremely useful tool for vSphere Administrators and has been bundled as part of vCenter Server (Windows and the vCenter Server Appliance) since vSphere 6.0. One feature that is only available in the VCSA's version of RVC is the VSAN Observer which is used to ...

Nov 8, 2015 8:29:25 PM


VMware's Andy Cary talks to Eric Sloof about the education and certification


Watch this video to learn more about VMware's certification roadmap. One of the questions I receive most is: I have mulitple accounts, how do I have them merged? Send an email to asking for your accounts to be merged. List any possible email addresses you may have and ind...

Nov 6, 2015 8:40:00 AM


Controlling NBD Traffic Flows with the ESXi Routing Table


Digging around into virtual networks is a particular hobby of mine , especially when it comes to creating opportunistic traffic flows to specific networks. Recently, I came upon a scenario in which an environment had a mixture of 1 GbE and 10 GbE on their servers. The 1 GbE links were used for ma...

Nov 5, 2015 6:52:11 PM


Using Ansible to provision a Kubernetes Cluster on VMware Photon


I am always interested in learning and playing with new technologies, solutions and tools. Ansible, a popular configuration management tool which was recently acquired by Redhat, is one such tool that I have had on my to do list for some time now. It is quite difficult to find extra free time and...

Nov 5, 2015 6:33:06 PM


Latest Fling from VMware Labs - Horizon Service Installer for NSX


Services and Service Groups for Horizon View does not ship with NSX 6.2 today. Administrators must manually add the Horizon-related services (source, destination, protocol, port information) into NSX. This is a time consuming process and lends itself to errors. This VMware Fling is an easy-to-use...

Nov 4, 2015 7:10:00 PM


Content Library Tech Preview at VMworld Europe 2015


For those of you who were fortunate enough to attend the Content Library Technical Deep Dive session (#5106) at VMworld Europe several weeks back and stayed until the very end, you were treated to an exclusive sneak peak demo. The demo was well received from what I heard, especially having been o...

Nov 4, 2015 5:14:59 PM


TOP SECRET: Ssshh… A Cool Tech, Cool Event, REALLY Cool Person


EXPAND THE DATA LAKE! On November 10th, we have something really cool, really big coming.  Yup, BIG (and also small at the same time :-) It will affect a lot of customers around the globe.   Click on the image to the left, and add the event to your calendar (November 10th, 11am ET, 4pm GMT).   I’...

Nov 4, 2015 2:27:48 PM


EMC Project OnRack now RackHD


Back in May, EMC announced a new initiative at EMC World called Project OnRack which had an ambitious goal of providing a new software abstraction layer that would sit on top of existing "industry standards" for server out-of-band management. Standards such as IPMI, CIM, SMI-S and CIM-SMASH to ju...

Nov 3, 2015 5:53:51 PM


VMworld TV - AirVM walk us through an exclusive tech demo


AirSembly has 3 core components: a marketplace storefront, billing & chargeback, and automation & provisioning – all supporting multi-tier cloud distribution. Combined, these features enable you to quickly bring your cloud services to market through any type of distribution model. Marketplace Sto...

Nov 3, 2015 6:57:00 AM


Calling All Switchers


Are you a switcher ? That is, are you someone who has transitioned from one IT discipline to an entirely new IT discipline? Perhaps you were a storage gal for a long time, and now you’ve successfully transitioned into a networking career. Maybe you used to be a Windows admin, and now Linux is you...

Nov 3, 2015 12:00:00 AM


Thank You For Another Donation to Alzheimer’s Association


It was a real pleasure writing Networking for VMware Administrators with my co-author, Steve Pantol. As you may already be aware, I pledged all of the royalties from book to the Alzheimer’s Association when the release was made public . When a royalty payment comes in, I like to share it on this ...

Nov 2, 2015 2:39:51 PM


The UK VMUG 2015 – VMworld SwagBag Competition…


Well, would you believe where the time has gone? Another year and another UK VMUG beckons as well as new SwagBag Competition. In case you don’t know – for the last couple of years I’ve ‘bagged” a VMworld Bag, and stuff it with quality ‘swag’ gathered over the year. Each year this bag is raffled o...

Nov 2, 2015 1:05:50 PM


Virtual SAN and support for SATADOM


Advertise here with BSA It seems that a lot of people haven’t picked up on this… With Virtual SAN in the past, or better said with vSphere, booting from SATADOM was not supported. This had to do with the default location of the scratch partition, the number of expected writes to the SATADOM devic...

Nov 2, 2015 12:43:31 PM


Hi everyone, welcome to the latest edition of the regular weekly TAM Newsletter. Last week I introduced you all to a new section which showcases one of our solution's, The solution that I chose was one that I am very interested in and have been for many years. vRealize Business (vRB) is an essential part of a cloud transofrmation strategy as without knowing the financial impact of current and future decisions makes it very difficult to justify change. If we have no way to measure the cost of an environment relative to another how are we to know if there will be any substantial gains or losses. Of course it is not always about saving money and there are many other aspects in complex decisions in our environments however there will always be financial considerations and having this information available to us can be invaluable. So I urge you to check this solution out as it moves forward and become more appropriate and feature rich.


Enjoy the newsletter and have a fantastic week.


Virtually Yours

Neil Isserow

Staff Technical Account Manager, Team Lead

San Francisco, CA



VMware vSphere Data Protection Advanced (VDPA) – How Can This Appliance Help Enterprises?
By Petr McAllister


As of March 1, 2015, VMware vSphere Data Protection (vDP) and VDP Advanced (VDPA) were consolidated into one product. Now VDPA is included in the vSphere Essentials Plus Kit or higher vSphere editions, all vSphere with Operations Management editions, and all vCloud Suite editions.


One of my customers who runs more than 5,000 virtual machines on vCloud Suite Advanced asked me to investigate some details on VDPA and its integration with EMC Data Domain. I thought I would share some details on the nature of the question and my findings—from multiple sources—in one place. Thank you to the EMC and VMware specialists who assisted me in this quest! [contiune reading...]




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NSX & IT Operations Videos Released in the VMware Learning Zone


Four new Network Virtualization videos by instructor Paul McSharry and two videos on transforming your IT Operations have recently been added to the VMware Learning Zone video library: NSX Architecture – Troubleshooting This video walks though building a logical design, including a close look at ...

Oct 31, 2015 4:43:24 PM


ITaaS Transformation, Writing Volumes, and more


The VMware blogosphere is a wealth of knowledge covering everything from how-to content to put your skills to the test, to strategic concepts that can help you think differently about work. Check out a few of the latest posts from the Professional Services bloggers below! App Volumes Writable Vol...

Oct 30, 2015 4:21:05 PM


VMware vSphere Data Protection Advanced (VDPA) – How Can This Appliance Help Enterprises?


By Petr McAllister As of March 1, 2015, VMware vSphere Data Protection (vDP) and VDP Advanced (VDPA) were consolidated into one product. Now VDPA is included in the vSphere Essentials Plus Kit or higher vSphere editions, all vSphere with Operations Management editions, and all vCloud Suite editio...

Oct 29, 2015 5:01:44 PM


2016 VCDX Defense Dates


We are excited begin announcing VCDX Defense dates. More will be added later, but we wanted to let you know some of the dates now. We will continue to let you know as more are added. DCV ONLY in Palo Alto for the week of February 15th – Applications due Dec 11 DCV ONLY in the UK week of April 25 ...

Oct 29, 2015 3:03:41 PM


What is vCenter Server Watchdog?


If you’ve done any research into the high-availability options available for vCenter Server 6.0, hopefully you have had a chance to read the VMware vCenter Server 6.0 Availability Guide written in collaboration with Technical Marketing and Global Support Services as well as KB 1024051 . And you m...

Oct 29, 2015 2:30:06 PM


vCloud: The Past Week in Review


Busy week? Now you can catch up on all the topics we discussed on the VMware vCloud blog in one place! From hot-topic webinars to an exciting new contest, here’s the past week in review: Join Us for a Webinar Series to Demystify DevOps This week we hosted the first part of our two-part webinar se...

Oct 31, 2015 4:00:42 PM


Webcast — vRealize Automation + ServiceNow Plug-in


See how VMware vRealize Automation and Avnet Services’ ServiceNow Plug-in accelerates the delivery of Enterprise IT services. A cloud management platform for the hybrid cloud, VMware vRealize Automation empowers IT to accelerate the delivery of personalized, business-relevant IT services, while m...

Oct 30, 2015 7:14:31 PM


Trick or Treat with the VMware vCloud Air Network


With Halloween right around the corner, the tricks and treats are bound to be plentiful. There are numerous cloud solutions available to you today, but not all clouds are built the same. Different businesses have different needs – it’s essential to make sure you have a cloud provider that fits yo...

Oct 29, 2015 4:02:19 PM


NetFlow: Simplify Network Operations Management for the SDDC


NetFlow/IPFIX NetFlow/IPFIX is a networking protocol that collects IP traffic information as records and sends them to a processing technology such as NetFlow Logic’s NetFlow Integrator for traffic flow analysis. VMware NSX, the networking foundation for the software defined data center (SDDC), s...

Oct 29, 2015 10:01:31 AM


vRealize Automation 7.0 Spotlight Innovations Overview


VMware’s much-anticipated announcement of vRealize Automation 7.0 (vRA 7) claimed the spotlight at VMworld EMEA 2015 in Barcelona. The cloud management team had the opportunity to hosts several vRA sessions throughout the week to divulge many of the “spotlight innovations” being delivered with vR...

Oct 28, 2015 7:13:52 PM


Tell Us How You Saved Your IT Deployment from Going “Nuclear” for a Chance to Win Fallout 4!


In IT, we understand the importance of thoroughly testing technology before rolling it out to your team. However, when projects are moving quickly, glitches can go undetected and lead to a thunderstorm of user inquiries. Yikes! We want to hear how you saved your IT deployment from going south, al...

Oct 28, 2015 6:00:17 PM


Tribune Media Creates Frictionless Enterprise with VMware vRealize Suite


by Rich Bourdeau Tribune Media is multi-media company headquartered in the United States. With a diverse portfolio of television and digital properties Tribune Media is the largest independent broadcaster in the United States of America. In 2012 Tribune Media was split off from the rest of the Tr...

Oct 28, 2015 8:00:03 AM


VMware Virtual SAN Stretched Cluster Best Practices White Paper


VMware Virtual SAN 6.1 introduced the concept of a stretched cluster which allows the Virtual SAN customer to configure two geographically located sites, while synchronously replicating data between the two sites. A technical white paper about the Virtual SAN stretched cluster performance has now...

Oct 27, 2015 9:37:56 PM


A Closer Look at VMware vCloud Air Object Storage Powered by Google Cloud Platform, Part 1


The explosive growth of unstructured data is changing the way companies think about storage infrastructure. With non-stop growth and limited Capex budgets, companies see the benefit of taking advantage of hyper cloud scale. At VMworld, we brought to market the first of two object storage solution...

Oct 27, 2015 6:00:48 PM


vCloud Air vTech Talk: Shed Light on Shadow IT with VMware vCloud Air


Shed some light on Shadow IT, and secure your organization’s networks, with VMware vCloud® Air™. Shadow IT, where business units and users seek external resources and solutions for IT problems, is a growing issue across industries. From a security and cohesion standpoint, Shadow IT has to go. In ...

Oct 27, 2015 4:00:50 PM


Getting Started with VMware NSX Distributed Firewall – Part 2


In Part 1, I covered traditional segmentation options. Here, I introduce VMware NSX Distributed Firewall for micro-segmentation, showing step-by-step how it can be deployed in an existing vSphere environment. Now, I have always wanted a distributed firewall. Never understood why I had to allow an...

Oct 27, 2015 12:00:53 PM


3 Ways to Proactively Manage SAP With vRealize Operations


By: Mike Langdon, Blue Medora The Management Pack for SAP extends the power of the vRealize Operations Manager platform to SAP. Here are three ways to use vRealize Operations to monitor and manage your SAP environment. Relationships On the highest level, the Management Pack for SAP allows you to ...

Oct 27, 2015 10:01:02 AM


New Webcast: Accelerate Your Application Deployment with VMware Cloud Management Platform


Ready to transform to a more agile IT model? This webcast will help you to simplify and automate the process of delivering complex multi-tier applications from development to production. Join us on Thursday, October 29 at 11:00AM PT / 2:00PM ET for our VMware Cloud Management Platform webinar on ...

Oct 27, 2015 9:50:20 AM


VMware Horizon View Secret Weapon


By Andreas Lambrecht Over the last couple of years, I have worked on many challenging Horizon View projects with different business, technical and security requirements. Finding the balance between these points is not always easy. During design workshops and the discussions with desktop managemen...

Oct 26, 2015 9:00:41 PM


Join Us for a Webinar Series to Demystify DevOps


DevOps a hot topic among the IT community—and for good reason. Many organizations are implementing DevOps initiatives to increase development and shorten product delivery timeframes, making it increasingly important for Infrastructure Managers to understand. In our upcoming series of webinars, we...

Oct 26, 2015 6:50:19 PM


Docker detector using Log Insight


For detection of life signs on other ships or planets the Star Trek fleet uses “A sophisticated array of charged cluster quark resonance scanners” which “provide detailed biological data across orbital distances”. (From “The Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual“, written by Rick Sternb...

Oct 26, 2015 10:00:58 AM



What’s New with VMware Horizon 6.2, Part 3


By Matt Coppinger, Director, End-User-Computing Technical Marketing and Enablement, VMware In our last blog post , What’s New with VMware Horizon 6 version 6.2, Part 2 , we continued to look at some of the new features in Horizon 6.2, specifically VMware Access Point and the new Microsoft RDSH lo...

Oct 31, 2015 3:37:08 AM


5 Secrets of World-class Mobile Field Service Organizations [Webinar]


Have you ever wondered what some of the top organizations are doing to provide world-class mobile field service? If so, this webcast is for you: 5 Top Secrets of World-class Mobile Field Service Organizations Thursday, November 5 2 p.m. EST Join thought leaders from VMware, Telogis and Field Tech...

Oct 30, 2015 6:02:21 PM


Top 10 Mobile News Headlines from October


1. iPhone is the belle of the mobile earnings ball. On Tuesday, Apple said booming iPhone sales and rising demand—particularly in China— contributed to a 31% increase in profit last quarter. Read the WSJ report here. 2. VMware KO’s unproductive work email with Boxer acquisition. By incorporating ...

Oct 30, 2015 3:00:46 PM


Moving from VDI Islands of Infrastructure to Agile Infrastructure


It’s not that long ago that conventional wisdom dictated carving out a purpose-built place in your data center for hosting virtual desktops and apps . This sensible advice came from the realization that desktop and application workloads (and their users) can be largely unpredictable in how they c...

Oct 30, 2015 1:00:46 PM


Fusion 8.0.2 now available


Today we have released an important update to Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Pro, bringing our current version to 8.0.2. All users on Fusion 8 or Fusion 8 Pro will receive notification that a free update is available through the app, but here’s the download link in case you haven’t got the notification ye...

Oct 30, 2015 12:47:06 PM


You’re Invited to EUC Insights 2015


EUC Insights 2015 is the only online event that is wholly focused the biggest trends and influences on today’s end-user computing landscape. And you can get a free pass to this exclusive business mobility event by registering here on the VMware EUC blog. Register free today! EUC Insights: Challen...

Oct 29, 2015 2:31:45 PM


33 Cyber Security Tips from the Experts


Cyber Security Awareness Month is drawing to a close, and as we’ve covered recently on the Blog, the stats surrounding mobile security are dizzying. To better help end users and enterprises prepare a sound security strategy to defend against such mobile cyberattacks, we’ve hosted some insightful ...

Oct 29, 2015 1:45:34 PM


VMware User Environment Manager with VMware App Volumes


By Gina Daly, Technical Writer for Technical Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware VMware User Environment Manager was released earlier this year, adding a powerful tool to the VMware End-User-Computing portfolio. User Environment Manager provides a consistent and dynamic application and desktop ...

Oct 28, 2015 10:42:25 PM


BYOD & Containerization: Building a Sustainable Mobile Strategy


Over the past few years, the global business landscape has experienced both an increase in BYOD adoption and the expansion of existing BYOD programs. Organizations are moving beyond the basics of email and Internet browsing and into fully comprehensive and sustainable BYOD strategies involving a ...

Oct 28, 2015 9:10:10 PM


VMware Horizon Integration – How the Pieces Fit Together, Part 1


By Anthony Rizzo, Staff End-User-Computing Technologist, VMware Introduction – VMware Horizon as a Digital Workspace Tooling System Although VMware Horizon quickly opens new possibilities for providing end users a digital workspace, many do not consider the true potential of VMware Horizon 6.2 , ...

Oct 28, 2015 8:15:27 PM


Free Online Business Mobility Event: Register Now for EUC Insights 2015


EUC Insights is just around the corner, and it’s shaping up to be the must-attend online business mobility event of the year. EUC Insights 2015: Challenges, Initiatives, Solutions Tuesday, November 3 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. EST Free Online Streaming Event What is EUC Insights? In this free, half-day eve...

Oct 28, 2015 4:08:02 PM


Gartner Releases New Magic Quadrant for Social Software in the Workplace


Industry analyst firm Gartner today published its Magic Quadrant for Social Software in the Workplace, where VMware Socialcast is positioned as a challenger based on its ability to execute and completeness of vision. Download the Magic Quadrant for Social Software in the Workplace free now. Socia...

Oct 28, 2015 2:08:46 PM


Driving Better Education Through Innovative IT | EDUCAUSE 2015


By Tim Merrigan, Vice President SLED Sales, VMware It’s a pleasure to post from EDUCAUSE 2015 , where we’re just starting Day Two. Each year, the State, Local and Education (SLED) team at VMware looks forward to this event as the pinnacle in higher education IT, where our education industry colle...

Oct 28, 2015 2:02:27 PM


#TipTuesday – Integrate Your ESN Where People Do Their Work


This is part 8 of a 12-part series on tips for building a successful enterprise social network (ESN) for your business. Tip #8 is an extremely important one if your ESN is to really make a difference in how your company gets work done. Here’s the tip: Integrate your ESN where people do their work...

Oct 27, 2015 6:46:28 PM


What’s New with Socialcast? We’re Glad You Asked! [WEBINAR]


We’ve been stealthily busy here at Socialcast, helping businesses like yours align their vision and literally get on the same digital page. But it’s been awhile since we shared with you the types of things we’re doing behind the scenes, including some great new product updates, feature enhancemen...

Oct 27, 2015 5:50:36 PM


[Infographic] The Haunting Reality of Mobile Security


It’s happening all over the world: that thrill of terror, that masked villain, that thief walking silently through your halls. It’s not your office Halloween party. It’s your employees’ mobile devices—and they’re everywhere. In this new infographic, discover the haunting reality of mobile securit...

Oct 27, 2015 5:27:59 PM


VMware Socialcast Positioned as a Leader in Aragon Research Globe for Social Software


Aragon Research released their third annual Globe for Social Software today, and we’re excited to announce that the analyst firm positioned Socialcast as a Leader. Download now: The Aragon Research Globe for Social Software, 2015: Knowledge at the Core Founded in 2008, Socialcast was acquired by ...

Oct 26, 2015 5:02:17 PM




SAP HANA Customers Want Instant Insights on Cost Savings – Watch Video


Watch and share this video featuring the simplicity and cost savings of SAP HANA on HDS UCP with VMware. Together VMware, SAP, and HDS are offering a solution that delivers the speed to value, cost savings, and simplicity customers are looking for… right now. The post SAP HANA Customers Want Inst...

Oct 30, 2015 9:29:21 PM


VMware and NetApp: A Fruitful Partnership Based on Symmetry and Synergy


NetApp Insight 2015 Las Vegas just wrapped up, and VMware was once again proud to be a platinum sponsor of the event. In case you’re not familiar with it, this is NetApp’s annual conference for storage and data management pros. For four jam-packed days, NetApp customers, engineers, consultants an...

Oct 28, 2015 8:22:27 PM


Still Time to get Your Virtual SAN Solution Competency in 2015


Earn valuable rewards by completing your SDS Solution Competency . The Virtual SAN 6.0 Post Sales Technical Support training is now available with limited seating for the live and on demand classes through the rest of the year. The post Still Time to get Your Virtual SAN Solution Competency in 20...

Oct 28, 2015 5:51:37 PM




VMware Virtual SAN Stretched Cluster - Performance and Best Practices


One of the most distinguishing features of VMware Virtual SAN 6.1 is the availability of stretched cluster deployment. The stretched cluster allows the Virtual SAN customer to configure two geographically located sites, while synchronously replicating data between the two sites. This provides hig...

Oct 30, 2015 7:39:00 AM


SMP-FT support on Virtual SAN


There have been a number of questions recently about SMP-FT on Virtual SAN. The Symmetric Multi-Processing Fault Tolerance (SMP-FT) is a feature that many VMware customers have been waiting for. With the release of vSphere 6.0, the SMP-FT capability finally became available. This release did not ...

Oct 29, 2015 2:00:43 PM


Tackling Basic RESTful Authentication with PowerShell


In the past, I’ve shown how to write RESTful API calls to VMware NSX and provided some sample code . However, after fielding some questions to folks, I’m taking this opportunity to dive a little deeper into how the basic authentication process works. It’s best to have a target platform to demonst...

Oct 29, 2015 11:00:39 AM


How to prompt for user input during an interactive or scripted install of ESXi?


A question that continues to pop up from time to time is whether it is possible to prompt for user input during an interactive or scripted installation of ESXi? This is actually something I have written about before using PXE boot options as a workaround to provide for a semi-interactive automate...

Oct 28, 2015 5:24:31 PM


VSAN resync behaviour when failed component recovers


I had this question a number of times now. Those of you familiar with VSAN will know that if a component goes absent for a period of 60 minutes (default) then VSAN will begin rebuilding a new copy of the component elsewhere in the cluster (if resources allow it). The question then is, if the miss...

Oct 28, 2015 2:00:03 PM


Big Open Source Week for EMC - Part 2: Greenplum is now an open MPP project


Earlier in the year - we announced that we were committing all the elements of the Pivotal Big Data Suite as Open Source projects. That includes: Greenplum (which an Massively Parallel Processing data warehouse stack - ideal for massive data sets) HAWQ (is now Pivotal HDB which is a Hadoop native...

Oct 28, 2015 12:52:08 PM


Big Open Source Week for EMC - Part 1: OpenStack


This week is the OpenStack summit in Tokyo - EMC is there with bells on :-) I’m not there, but there are many people on the team there… It was interesting to watch the keynote and reflect on the nature of an Open Source ecosystem at work... In particular - the rapid movement of projects from emer...

Oct 28, 2015 12:05:01 PM


A Quick Look at Carina


Today at the OpenStack Summit in Tokyo, Rackspace announced Carina , a new containers-as-a-service offering that is currently in beta. I took a few minutes to sign up for Carina today and work with it for a little while, and here is a quick introduction. First, if you’re at all unfamiliar with Do...

Oct 28, 2015 12:00:00 AM


OpenStack Summit 2015 Day 2 Keynote


Mark Collier, COO of the OpenStack Foundation, takes the stage to kick things off. He starts with a story about meeting new people, learning new things, and sharing OpenStack stories, and encourages attendees to participate in all of these things while they are here at the Summit. Mark then trans...

Oct 28, 2015 12:00:00 AM


New Training Course - VMware vSphere: Troubleshooting Workshop [V6.0]


This hands-on training workshop provides you with the advanced knowledge, skills, and abilities to achieve competence in troubleshooting the VMware vSphere 6 environment. This workshop increases your skill and competence in using the command-line interface, VMware vSphere Web Client, VMware vReal...

Oct 27, 2015 7:28:00 PM


Quick Tip - Changing default port for HTTP Reverse Proxy on both vCenter Server & ESXi


If you decide to use a custom port for the HTTP Reverse Proxy (rhttpproxy) on vCenter Server which uses port 80 (HTTP) and 443 (HTTPS) by default, you should also apply the same change on all ESXi hosts being managed by that vCenter Server for proper functionality. The configuration files for the...

Oct 27, 2015 2:52:15 PM


Adding a vGPU For a vSphere 6.0 VM via PowerCLI


I had a conversation with a VMware customer the other day and they were asking if there was a way to automate the addition and removal of a vGPU to a VM dynamically on a requested or scheduled basis, VMGuru has a great post here on what exactly a vGPU is , I highly recommend reading it. They aske...

Oct 27, 2015 3:54:06 AM


OpenStack Summit 2015 Day 1 Keynote


This is a liveblog of the Day 1 keynote at the OpenStack Summit here in Tokyo, Japan. As is quite often the case at conferences like this, the wireless network is strained to its limits, so I may not be able to publish this liveblog until well after the keynote ends (possibly even later in the da...

Oct 27, 2015 12:00:00 AM


Hope to see you at the Nordic VMUG UserCon in Dec!


In case you missed it, a couple of weeks back, Liselotte Foverskov one of the leaders for the Nordic VMUG had announced some of the speakers for the upcoming Nordic VMUG UserCon taking place on Dec 1st at the Scandic Hotel in Copenhagen. Nordic UserCon Dec 1 speakers : @pauldstrong @Astro_Andreas...

Oct 26, 2015 4:44:28 PM


Hi everyone, welcome to the latest VMware TAM Source newsletter your weekly guide to all things VMware. There has been a lot of news regarding the Dell and EMC deal which I am certain many of you have been reading including the many interesting articles from Michael Dell himself as well as Joe Tucci from EMC and our own Pat Gelsinger. I encourage you to read these and discuss them with your VMware TAM or representative if you need any further information.

There is still much news from VMworld Europe that continues to be published and I will keep including these into the newsletter for your information.

This week I will also be starting a product focus section. This will be updated regularly and I hope provide you with information on the many VMware solutions we offer.

I hope you enjoy this weeks news, anything you need from VMware give your TAM a call and I am sure that they will be able to help you out.

Have a fantastic week.


Virtually Yours

Neil Isserow

Staff Technical Account Manager, Team Lead

San Francisco, CA





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Increasing the Adoption of vRealize Operations Across Your IT Organization


By Alberto Martinez As I visit customers, I have heard similar feedback about vRealize Operations (vROPs) : “I t’s a great product but we are not getting the best out of it. ” The unfortunate reality is that they are probably right! There is often a large gap between the wide range of possibiliti...

Oct 23, 2015 6:50:18 PM


VCP5-DCV Delta Exam and Apple Watch Offer Extensions, plus Two New Design Courses


VCP5-DCV Delta Exam Extended Great news! You can now recertify and keep your status as the VCP5-DCV Delta exam has been extended through December 31, 2015 . Two New Design Courses + VMware NSX V6.2 Training Check out this blog to see if the three highly anticipated training courses released in Au...

Oct 23, 2015 3:45:30 PM


Save 50% off Our SRM Beta Class in December


Our new two-day VMware Site Recovery Manager: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.1] training course is designed for experienced vSphere administrators, architects, system engineers, and systems integrators who are responsible for deploying VMware Site Recovery Manager. You’ll gain the knowledge neede...

Oct 22, 2015 3:03:01 PM


Changing Roles in IT and the Evolution of the TAM


      By Peter van den Bosch In IT there have been a lot of changes in the last couple of years. Technical changes, for example, moving from legacy solutions to cloud-based solutions in all its different implementations: Software-defined compute, storage and network solutions where VMware is a ma...

Oct 20, 2015 6:23:00 PM


Oracle Open World 2015 Collateral – Capstone and Beyond


VMware is sponsoring Oracle Open World in San Francisco at the Mosconi Center starting Oct 26th. The following collateral will be of interest to all those attending OOW as well as any 2015-16 Oracle conference who are interested in VMware: VMware Business Critical Applications website – Oracle Se...

Oct 20, 2015 5:57:49 PM


How VCP Re-Certification Affects your VCDX


I’ve been fielding some questions lately about the VMware Certified Professional (VCP) recertification policy from a lot of VCDX’s like myself that have been receiving emails. I can tell you I pretty much ignored them as they came in because the reality is, it does not affect your VCDX certificat...

Oct 20, 2015 4:20:55 PM


ALERT: Products with public CA certificates expiring Nov.1 | Are you affected?


Starting November 1st 2015, public Certificate Authorities (CA) will no longer issue certificates with a subjectAltName extension or Subject commonName field containing a Reserved IP Address or... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Oct 20, 2015 1:00:18 PM


vCloud: The Past Week in Review


Sometimes, it can be difficult to stay up-to-date with the latest tech news. Knowing that, we’ve made it easy for you to get caught up on all things VMware vCloud. From vTech Talks to expert-led demos, here’s the past week in review: vCloud Air vTech Talk: An Inside Look at vCloud Air Connector 2...

Oct 24, 2015 4:00:13 PM


VMware Integrated OpenStack 1.0


VMware Integrated OpenStack is the fastest and most reliable way to run OpenStack and works better with VMware than any other technology. The VMware-centric approach is highly-efficient and time-saving. For a production-ready, highly-available configuration of OpenStack implemented manually, the ...

Oct 24, 2015 12:01:39 PM


What You Missed in Barcelona


That’s a wrap! VMworld Europe brought exciting announcements, inspiring sessions and unforgettable performances. Whether you want to relive the fun, or get caught up on all the action, check out a recap of our favorite moments below. vCloud Air Announcements: VMware announced several new capabili...

Oct 23, 2015 6:27:51 PM


Getting Started with VMware NSX Distributed Firewall – Part 1


Who saw it coming that segmentation would be a popular term in 2015?!? Gartner analyst Greg Young was almost apologetic when he kicked off the Network Segmentation Best Practices session at the last Gartner Security Summit. As a professional with a long history in the enterprise firewall space, I...

Oct 23, 2015 2:00:25 PM


Self-Service APIs Simplified with vRealize Automation 7.0


A common use case for vRealize Automation API integrations is around provisioning and managing resources through the self-service catalog. While this is something that has long been supported in the product, it hasn’t always been as intuitive to achieve as it could be — until now. The vRealize Au...

Oct 23, 2015 1:27:55 PM


What customers are saying about vRealize Automation 7.0?


by Rich Bourdeau On October 13th VMware announced the latest version of its market leading cloud automation software. This latest version delivers simplified usability from initial configuration through service design including enhancements that make it even easier to integrate with your existing...

Oct 22, 2015 5:55:06 PM


Cloud Services 101 with the VMware vCloud Air Network


The VMware vCloud Air Network is a large ecosystem of service providers offering validated cloud services built on VMware technology. With the vCloud Air Network, customers bet better security and compliance, better choice and flexibility and better breadth and depth of the applications and servi...

Oct 22, 2015 4:00:06 PM


How to Use vCloud Air Disaster Recovery: Step-by-Step Video Tutorials


In a previous blog, we began our series on getting started with cloud-based disaster recovery. In this post, we will feature the rest of the video tutorial series that provides more detail on setting up, configuring, and using vCloud Air Disaster Recovery. In these video tutorials, Senior Technic...

Oct 21, 2015 4:00:31 PM


Managing IBM Power and Z Systems via vRealize Automation


One of the challenges in creating hybrid cloud is stitching different infrastructure fabrics into a unified infrastructure platform. The other challenge is achieving automation at infrastructure level as well as at application level. IBM and VMware have joined forces to address these challenges i...

Oct 20, 2015 7:42:13 PM


vCloud Air vTech Talk: An Inside Look at vCloud Air Connector 2.7


In this episode of vCloud Air vTech Talk, our series highlighting tips, tricks and resources for all thing vCloud Air, George Kobar, Senior Technical Marketing Manager for vCloud Air, explains the new enhancements to VMware vCloud® Air™ Connector 2.7. vCloud Connector is a free VMware tool allowi...

Oct 20, 2015 4:10:43 PM


Common VCDX-DTM Questions Answered by a Double VCDX


  By Travis Wood Last year the VCDX-DTM track was released and Simon Long, Ray Heffer and myself became the first to be certified in this new certification. Since then I have sat on several panels and fielded a lot of questions specific to the desktop certification track, so I wanted to answer so...

Oct 20, 2015 3:55:35 PM



Feature and Mobile Updates: October 2015


Hi Everyone! For the month of October, we’ve released improvements around files and integrations*. We also have another version of the Android App available for the download, and an iOS App release coming out shortly. Check it out below: 1. List View for Files Based on overwhelming feedback, we’r...

Oct 23, 2015 5:54:10 PM


Cyber Security Headlines Top this Week’s Mobile News


Just in time for Halloween, the big mobile news this week was all about cyber security and its impact on the enterprise. 10 things you need to know… October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (say that five times fast), and we’ve boiled its impact down to the 10 things every enterprise ne...

Oct 23, 2015 4:31:57 PM


GlaxoSmithKline Protects Data & Increases Productivity with Business Mobility from AirWatch


“Our business is based on patents and innovation, and ensuring the security of our intellectual property is always on top of our agenda.” —Wojciech Kulpa, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) With such pressing business requirements on large organizations operating in the highly regulated healthcare industry, c...

Oct 22, 2015 1:48:00 PM


What is the Future of Mobile Security? [FREE WEBINAR]


Mobile security is in its infancy, yet this universal threat is one of the most dynamic, rapidly changing concerns in the modern connected enterprise. Understanding where we came from is important to knowing where mobile security is going in the future. In an exclusive webinar, guest leading mobi...

Oct 21, 2015 5:32:32 PM


#TipTuesday – Encourage Business & Non-Business Content


This is part 7 of a 12-part series on building a successful enterprise social network (ESN). These 12 tips are ones I promote as vital to the success of the ESN I’ve managed for Humana the past 5+ years, and I believe they have applicability to other organizations as well, large and small. Here’s...

Oct 20, 2015 9:54:57 PM


10 Things Enterprises Need to Know about Cyber Security Month


“Stop. Think. Connect.” President Barack Obama designated October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month in an effort to educate U.S. citizens and businesses on the growing threat of cyber crime. According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) website, tens of millions of Americans int...

Oct 20, 2015 4:17:07 PM




Your Customers can Provision Virtual Resources in Fractions of Time


Watch and share this video as SFS Intek, a global manufacturer, describes the benefits of building a private cloud with VMware and Hitachi Data Systems. The fully-automated and integrated converged solution lets them provision virtual resources in just 2 hours—instead of 2 days. The post Your Cus...

Oct 24, 2015 3:00:17 PM


Learn More About VDI Solutions on HP ConvergedSystem 700 for VMware Horizon


Replay this vmLIVE to find out how VDI solutions, featuring VMware Horizon and NVIDIA GRID vGPU on the new HP ConvergedSystem 700, allows customers in graphics-intensive industries to provide a true PC experience on any device. The post Learn More About VDI Solutions on HP ConvergedSystem 700 for...

Oct 23, 2015 2:46:37 PM


Increase Visibility of Your vSphere Web Client Plug-in


Now VMware customers can now easily find the Web Client Plug-ins that partners have developed for vCenter in the VMware Solution Exchange (VSX).This new section of the VSX, where partners can post their Web Client Plug-ins, is located within the Cloud Marketplace. Take a look at how other partner...

Oct 22, 2015 6:08:29 PM


Align Your Business With Our Corporate Vision and Strategy


Watch these video clip sessions to get an overview of the strategic direction of our company, products, and solutions. Understanding our vision will help you to address how together we can help your customers with their strategic initiatives. Plus, if you earn the VMware SIO Achievement badge, yo...

Oct 22, 2015 5:18:04 PM


Reduce Costs and Provisioning Times with VMware Virtualized SAP HANA on HDS UCP


SAP HANA customers can significantly reduce provisioning time and costs by virtualizing with VMware on Hitachi Data Systems Unified Compute Platform (UCP). Read and share this Infosys case study. The post Reduce Costs and Provisioning Times with VMware Virtualized SAP HANA on HDS UCP appeared fir...

Oct 21, 2015 7:51:26 PM


Purchasing Programs with Choice and Flexibility


Start using these new programs today. The Hybrid Purchasing Program allows customers to purchase credits that can be redeemed for both licenses and subscription services. The Subscriptions Purchasing Program now offers Subscription Purchasing Program-Monthly in addition to SPP-Prepaid. The post P...

Oct 20, 2015 4:32:23 PM


New Capabilities of vCenter Site Recovery Manager 6.1


The product now features a new set of enterprise-level capabilities that can enable users to move applications at scale between sites without any downtime or data loss – making it the industry-leading solution to enable application availability and mobility in private cloud environments. Read thi...

Oct 19, 2015 6:18:29 PM




Embedded Host Client Fling v3 released!


I just wanted to give everyone a quick heads up that version 3 of the awesome Embedded Host Client Fling has just been released! In addition to all the new features and bug fixes which you can find more details below, there is now also an offline bundle for ESXi 5.x as well as ESXi 6.x […]

Oct 23, 2015 5:43:27 PM


Automating full configuration of a VSAN Stretched Cluster using RVC


A couple of weeks back I had spent some time setting up several VSAN Stretched Clusters in my lab for some testing and although it was extremely easy to setup using the vSphere Web Client, I still prefer to stand up the environment completely automated In looking to automate the VSAN Stretched Cl...

Oct 23, 2015 5:30:26 PM


Dell/EMC - two weeks, 40,000km travelled and 10,000 conversations in....


It’s been a busy two weeks since the Dell/EMC announcement on Monday last week - hundreds of phone calls, two town halls with all the EMC SEs, VMworld Barcelona starting the day after the announcement, and then to Singapore for time with APJ VMware and EMC teams, then to Chicago for time with mor...

Oct 23, 2015 11:03:20 AM


Coming to you from Dell World 2015...


While I’m not at Dell World 2015 (travelling all around the globe - busy!!) we do have a couple EMCers (Brian Carpenter - @intheDC, and Brent Piatti - @BrentPiatti) there, and they’ve been blogging on their experience. They cover the subjective (culture, feeling), innovation (including the DSS, F...

Oct 23, 2015 9:59:23 AM


Technology Short Take #55


Welcome to Technology Short Take #55! Here’s hoping I’ve managed to find something of value and interest to you in this latest collection of links and articles from around the web on networking, storage, virtualization, security, and other data center-related technologies. Enjoy! Networking I rec...

Oct 22, 2015 4:30:00 PM


Heads Up - Workaround for changing Mac OS X VM display resolution in vSphere & Fusion


For customers who are running Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) or newer in a Virtual Machine, you may have noticed that you can no longer set a custom display resolution beyond the default 1024x768 in either VMware Fusion and vSphere, regardless of the amount of video memory that has been allocated. The...

Oct 22, 2015 4:18:53 PM


Running vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 in Fusion


Advertise here with BSA I am doing some simple tests at home and I am running the vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 in Fusion. In order to get it working there are a couple of tricks I have to perform, I find myself resorting to the same blogs over and over again so I figured I would just put it all o...

Oct 22, 2015 2:05:25 PM


Picking Up New Skills – Tips and Tricks to Build Your Technical Tool Chest


Whew, it’s been an interesting couple of weeks! I’ve migrated off my longtime hosting provider, A Small Orange, due to site traffic increases (a good problem to have, but one that needed to be addressed) and am now over at WebSynthesis. Kudos to the Fantasktic folks for making that a relatively s...

Oct 22, 2015 11:02:51 AM


Adding an Interface to an OpenStack Instance After Creation


In this post I’ll share a few commands I found for adding a network interface to an OpenStack instance after launching the instance. You could, of course, simply launch the instance with multiple network interfaces from the very beginning, but these commands are handy in case you messed up or in ...

Oct 21, 2015 6:30:00 PM


Prayer Time at Tokyo Summit


This is something I’ve had the pleasure of organizing at VMworld over the last couple of years, and I’d like to start doing it at the OpenStack Summits as well. So, next week in Tokyo, I’d like to offer Christians attending the Summit the opportunity to gather together for a brief time of prayer ...

Oct 21, 2015 4:30:00 PM


Common VSAN health check issues and resolutions


A number of customers have experienced some issues with getting the Virtual SAN (VSAN) health check to work correctly in their environments. The most common issues have been permissions and certificates. In this post, I want to highlight these issues and any associated KB articles, and call out t...

Oct 21, 2015 2:15:36 PM


Stretched Clusters: Disable failover of specific VMs during full site failure


Advertise here with BSA Last week at VMworld when presenting on Virtual SAN Stretched Clusters someone asked me if it was possible to “disable the fail-over of VMs during a full site failure while allowing a restart during a host failure”. I thought about it and said “no, that is not possible tod...

Oct 21, 2015 11:01:59 AM


Spousetivities in Tokyo


Regular readers of this site know that my wife, Crystal, organizes spouse activities (aka “Spousetivities”, like the combination of “spouse” and “activities”) at conferences. This year she’s adding activities in Tokyo, Japan, in conjunction with the Fall OpenStack Summit! Here’s a quick look at w...

Oct 20, 2015 4:00:00 PM


VMworld TV 2015 Barcelona - 40 videos in 4 days


We did it again, 40 videos is just 4 days. This is a picture of the VMworld TV team who really did their utmost at the VMworld 2015 in Barcelona. I would like to thank the editors and camera guys for their hard work (day and night) and especially my co-host Jeremy van Doorn . Also thanks go out t...

Oct 20, 2015 10:55:00 AM


Prince of Persia running on a VM Container? Say what?!?!


This video shows how to use vSphere Integrated Containers to run Docker with MSDOS running the original DOS version of Prince of Persia.

Oct 19, 2015 11:23:00 AM


New method of enabling Multiwriter VMDK flag in vSphere 6.0 Update 1 (UI + API)


Prior to vSphere 6.0, in order for multiple Virtual Machines to share a VMFS-backed VMDK, the Multiwriter VMDK flag must be enabled, which is accomplished by adding a specific VM Advanced Setting as shown in this VMware KB 1034165. For customers who were accustomed to this old method, you may hav...

Oct 19, 2015 7:51:03 AM


Hi everone, I hope you have had a successful week. Of course from a VMware there has been a lot of news. Firstly we have VMworld Europe which has just wrapped up. There have been a number of major announcements at that conference which you may want to check out. Many of these are listed below in the newsletter.


Then we have the news regarding Dell and EMC. There have been many articles on this as well over the past week and some very interesting reading. The VMware press release for this announcement can be found here.


With both VMworld Europe and the Dell news I am certain there will be many news stories over the next weeks which I will do my best to report on in the newsletter.


I wish everyone a successful week.


Virtually Yours
Neil Isserow
VMware Staff TAM, Team Lead
San Francisco, CA






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The VMware Knowledge Base, Installation Video Tutorials, and more


Each month, we share the top VMware Global Support Services (GSS) news, alerts, and announcements from our sister blog, VMware Support Insider . Read on to find out what you might have missed. ALERT: Linked Clone pool creation and recompose failure Please read this article before upgrading to vSp...

Oct 16, 2015 3:34:16 PM


New vSphere V6 and Horizon V6 Courses


Last month we released several new courses on vSphere V6 and Horizon V6. Make sure you know when the latest courses are released by signing up for email alerts . vSphere: Optimize and Scale [V6] This course teaches experienced vSphere users advanced skills for configuring and maintaining a highly...

Oct 15, 2015 4:41:18 PM


VMworld Barcelona: Advanced Automation Approvals Use Case – Using VMware vRealize Operations and VMware vRealize Automation to Seize Back the Appro...


By Craig Stanley This session, led by David Crane, Consulting Architect, and Nick Moore, Global Technical Operations Architect, was well attended. It presented an interesting use case of how Operations Transformation helped a large financial organization streamline and improve their virtual machi...

Oct 14, 2015 9:15:14 PM


Architecting Virtual SAP HANA Using VMware Virtual Volumes And Hitachi Storage


VMWorld Recap: SAP HANA and VMware Virtual Volumes This is a follow up to my earlier VMWorld blog; “ Virtualizing SAP HANA Databases Greater Than-1TB On vSphere-5-5 ”, where I discussed SAP Multi-Temperature Data Management strategies and techniques which can significantly reduce the size and cos...

Oct 14, 2015 4:14:54 PM


VMworld Barcelona: Streamlining Data Center Operations (Real World Experiences)


With Colin Fernandes, Cloud Management Solution Evangelist By Adam Eckerle TAM Day was full of great sessions and I was able to attend the second Business Track session presented by Colin Fernandes, Cloud Management Solution Evangelist on Monday afternoon. Colin’s session, “Streamlining Data Cent...

Oct 14, 2015 3:30:37 PM


VMworld Barcelona Session TAM1657 – What’s Next for vRealize Automation


  By Adam Eckerle This morning we were able to announce vRealize Automation 7.0 during the opening keynote of VMworld Europe. It is an exciting release and is packed full of new features. TAM customers received an exclusive deep dive into this new release from Naomi Sullivan, Group Product Line M...

Oct 14, 2015 4:30:17 AM


VMworld Barcelona: TAM Day Welcome and Executive Keynote


By Craig Stanley The 10th annual EMEA TAM Day kicked off to a large and engaged audience of more than 400 TAMs. Toby Luscher, TAM Practice Manager, got the day started with an interesting analogy about how Generation Z views technology differently from the older generations. He commented on how t...

Oct 13, 2015 7:50:16 PM


Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS): Reference Architecture with VMware and Tintri


Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) is a real-world example of cloud computing that delivers databases and database applications through self-service portals without IT intervention. Providing multiple copies of relational database servers for testing and development is traditionally a complex operatio...

Oct 12, 2015 11:26:16 PM


Build Your Operations Transformation Agenda for VMworld Barcelona 2015


By: Andy Troup For those of you fortunate enough to attend VMworld Barcelona from October 12 to October 15, here is the Operations Transformation breakout session agenda, to help you plan your schedule. As a reminder, the track is focused on helping you understand how the VMware Software-Defined ...

Oct 12, 2015 5:17:35 AM


How to import AWS workloads Part 2


In my previous article, we described how to import existing AWS workloads in vRealize Automation (vRA). In this second part, we will see how to add 2nd Day action to these imported workloads. 2nd Day action is the term we use to describe what can be done in the “Management” phase of the workload ...

Oct 16, 2015 8:43:38 AM


Manually Uploading Dedup Files on Mirage Branch Reflector


By Eric Monjoin Mirage is a great desktop administration tool; it not only makes it easier to backup and restore user data easily and conveniently via a web interface, or backup all or part of the system by the IT department, but it also ensures the compliance of the user’s workstation by sending...

Oct 15, 2015 2:30:09 PM


How to Accelerate Your Application Deployment From Months to Days


Now that you’ve learned how to reduce IaaS delivery time from days to minutes across a private / hybrid cloud, what are your next steps? Delivering infrastructure services is just one piece of the puzzle, when the Lines-of-Business (LOB) ask you (enterprise IT) to become more “agile.” Application...

Oct 15, 2015 1:00:52 PM


Webcast: Accelerate Your Application Deployment with VMware Cloud Management Platform


(And now a word from our sponsor….) Ready to transform to a more agile IT model? It’s time to simplify and automate the process of delivering complex multi-tier applications from development to production. Join us on Thursday, October 29 at 11:00AM PT / 2:00PM ET for our VMware Cloud Management P...

Oct 15, 2015 10:01:48 AM


The Power of Partnership in the Cloud Era


Enterprise IT has a near-impossible strategic task. It must ensure that the company has the tools and capabilities it will need, without knowing for certain what those needs will be. Two VMware cloud executives explain the need for partnership and how global is the new neighborhood in the cloud e...

Oct 15, 2015 6:50:37 AM


Another VMware Cloud in Action — The Hut Group Maximizes Online Retail and Minimizes Revenue Loss with Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery


With more than 60 websites ranging from health and beauty to fashion, The Hut Group needed to reduce downtime to zero. As one of the fastest growing companies in the United Kingdom, The Hut Group has a lot to lose — up to £500,000 a day — if its sites were to go offline. The company simply couldn...

Oct 14, 2015 4:00:04 PM


Protect your applications with vCloud Air Disaster recovery service


Earlier this year VMware released a new vCloud Air service for Disaster Recovery that brings business continuity protection for your vSphere on premise Virtual Machines: A simple solution operated from the vSphere Web client and powered by vSphere Replication Agile as it can scale up quickly with...

Oct 13, 2015 6:06:12 PM


vRealize Automation 7.0 – Accelerating Time to Value


In the world of IT services, time is money. Anything that helps businesses move faster directly impacts the bottom line. You already know that the current version of vRealize Automation improves IT agility while reducing deployment time by multiple weeks, as the respected Forrester Total Economic...

Oct 13, 2015 7:02:27 AM


The Right Tools to Take Advantage of the Hybrid Cloud Gold Rush


By Angelos Kottas, Senior Director of Product Marketing, Cloud Services, VMware We recently talked about the new battleground for IT , the middle ground where new cloud-native applications are blended seamlessly with existing code and deployments. But rather than a battle, VMware believes that pr...

Oct 13, 2015 6:50:53 AM


Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS): Reference Architecture with VMware and Tintri


Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) is a real-world example of cloud computing that delivers databases and database applications through self-service portals without IT intervention. Providing multiple copies of relational database servers for testing and development is traditionally a complex operatio...

Oct 12, 2015 11:23:10 PM


Measuring Cloud Scalability Using the Zephyr Benchmark


Cloud-based deployments continue to be a hot topic in many of today’s corporations. Often the discussion revolves around workload portability, ease of migration, and service pricing differences. In an effort to bring performance into the discussion we decided to leverage VMware’s new benchmark, Z...

Oct 12, 2015 4:25:40 PM


Introducing VMware vCloud Architecture Toolkit for Service Providers


Just in time for VMworld Europe, we are pleased to announce the first release of the VMware vCloud® Architecture Toolkit for Service Providers (vCAT-SP). vCAT-SP is a set of reference documents and architectural notes designed to help VMware vCloud® Air™ Network Partners construct cloud platforms...

Oct 12, 2015 12:04:20 PM


Announcing the VMware vCloud Architecture Toolkit for Service Providers


Managing clouds is hard enough on its own. That’s why we’re releasing the first version of the VMware vCloud® Architecture Toolkit for Service Providers (vCAT-SP). The vCAT-SP gives service providers the reference documents they need to construct cloud platforms and service offerings built on tod...

Oct 12, 2015 6:55:28 AM



This Week’s Mobile Headlines: VMware KOs Unproductive Work Email with Boxer Acquisition


VMware KO’s unproductive work email with Boxer acquisition news. VMware announced its plans to acquire Boxer, Inc., a mobile email app that lets mobile users swipe left and right to read, organize and manage their hectic inboxes. By incorporating Boxer into the AirWatch business mobility suite, T...

Oct 16, 2015 4:56:42 PM


23 Disturbing Statistics about Mobile Security


Halloween is nearly upon us, and we’ve had some fun brainstorming the scariest themes for our readers this year. With all the news over the past two years about cyberattacks, hacks and mobile security breaches—and in honor of National Cyber Security Awareness Month—we could think of nothing scari...

Oct 15, 2015 3:00:19 PM


VMware Announces Plan To Acquire Boxer, Inc.


I still remember the day back in 2002 – the first time I was able to get my work email on a Blackberry – it truly was one of the most empowering days in my life. For the first time, I felt connected and empowered to be in the know, and get things done from […]

Oct 14, 2015 7:01:49 AM


VMware Announces Plan To Acquire Boxer, Inc.


By Noah Wasmer, chief technology officer and vice president of product management, mobile products, End-User Computing, VMware I still remember the day back in 2002 – the first time I was able to get my work email on a Blackberry – it truly was one of the most empowering days in my life. For the ...

Oct 14, 2015 7:00:59 AM


Digital Workspaces & Business Mobility Shine Today at VMworld Europe


It’s been an exciting 2015 for AirWatch and the End-User Computing group at VMware, and today Sanjay Poonen will take the stage again at VMworld Europe and share our Business Mobility strategy. Business Mobility is VMware’s commitment to empowering users to work anywhere, any time, on the device ...

Oct 14, 2015 7:00:29 AM


#TipTuesday – Avoid “Big Launch Syndrome”


For this sixth tip in my series on building a successful enterprise social network (ESN), I am deeply indebted to online community management consultant Rich Millington , his excellent resources at and his book Buzzing Communities . Here’s the tip: Avoid Big Launch Syndrome. What is ...

Oct 13, 2015 9:29:35 PM


10 Must-have Mobile Productivity Apps for Work


With the U.S. mobile workforce population projected to reach 105.6 million in 2020, mobile devices and apps are the new not-so-secret business weapons for amp’ing up productivity anytime, anywhere. We need apps that help us work smarter, work faster and get more done. I’ve compiled my top 10 favo...

Oct 13, 2015 12:32:37 PM


[Podcast] Beyond MDM & BYOD: Future of Business Mobility & the Digital Workspace


According to John Marshall and Sanjay Poonen, the mobile enterprise’s future is more than apps and device management. It’s about building a digital ecosystem that empowers workers, simplifies IT and ultimately drives business transformation. On Friday, MobileCast host Brian Katz published a new p...

Oct 12, 2015 4:48:31 PM




Testdrive for EUC – Give Your Customers a World Class, Hands-on Demo Experience


Register now to set up your FREE Testdrive account and invite your customer to a demo. The new VMware Testdrive for End-User Computing is the optimal way for partners that have an EUC Solution Competency to engage customers early in the sales cycle and provide a world class hands-on demo experien...

Oct 16, 2015 6:40:28 PM


EUC/VDI Solution that Delivers Superior Client Virtualization and Accelerated Graphics Performance


Manufacturing, healthcare and financial services customers want EUC/VDI solutions that deliver superior client virtualization and accelerated graphics performance for everything from video to CAD—with reduced costs, risks and time to value. Now you can deliver it all with the joint VMware, HP and...

Oct 15, 2015 7:56:51 PM


Attn: NORAM Partners – Register Now for Q4 Velocity to Millions


Register now and review the website for details and tools to help you succeed. Prospect on the days you choose between November 1-20, 2015, use the source code, and earn prizes. The weekly incentives throughout November mean you can now earn more than ever. The post Attn: NORAM Partners – Registe...

Oct 14, 2015 5:28:53 PM


Introducing vRealize Automation 7.0


Visit the Quarterly Partner Briefing portal to learn more about this new solution on VMware’s cloud management platform. You’ll also find exclusive quarterly launch updates, announcements, and information such as: short sales and technical overview videos, access face-to-face presentation materia...

Oct 13, 2015 5:23:08 PM


Recap: Partner Exchange at VMworld 2015 Europe


  On Monday, 12 October, Dell Inc. and EMC Corporation announced they have signed a definitive agreement under which Dell, together with its owners, Michael S. Dell, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Dell, MSD Partners and Silver Lake, the global leader in technology investing, wil...

Oct 13, 2015 1:51:01 PM


AirWatch Education Price Book Updates


Attention Corporate Resellers… Effective November 1, 2015, existing AirWatch Education SKUs will be moved from the Commercial Price Book to the PS Education Price Book to align AirWatch Education pricing to our standard VMware tiered pricing strategy. Read this FAQ to learn more. The post AirWatc...

Oct 12, 2015 10:29:34 PM


TAP SDDC NDA Roadmap Session Recording Available Now


We are pleased to provide video access to our SDDC NDA Roadmap Session that we held this summer. This session is available for view, but not download, to all of our TAP partners with a valid Partner Central user account. Please remember, that the Partner Central user accounts need to be associate...

Oct 12, 2015 10:15:10 PM




Dedupe and Checksumming in VSAN beta, what about Compression? Yup!


Advertise here with BSA I was talking to our engineering team a couple of weeks ago with regards to our upcoming beta. During a demo I noticed that in our UI it said “Space Efficiency” instead of deduplication. After some discussions it became clear to me why that is… It isn’t “just” deduplicatio...

Oct 16, 2015 10:45:43 AM


Building minimal vSphere demo lab using VMware Fusion/Workstation with only 8GB memory?


After tweeting this update last week, I received quite a few questions on how I was able to squeeze a vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) & ESXi 6.0 Update 1 along with a VMware Photon VM, all running on my Mac Book Air with only 8GB of memory. Although, I was not able to make use of my […]

Oct 16, 2015 10:04:40 AM


VMworld 2015 - Daily Wrap - Thursday


The final day arrives at VMworld Barcelona with Eric and Jeremy wrapping up the days events.

Oct 15, 2015 1:33:00 PM


VMworld 2015 Daily Wrap - Wednesday


Eric and Jeremy walk us through the main highlights of Wednesday!!

Oct 15, 2015 9:33:00 AM


Using Docker Machine with Photon TP2


In this post, I’ll show you how to use Docker Machine in conjunction with VMware Photon OS Technical Preview 2 (aka “TP2”). Given that Photon was designed to host containers, this is—for the most part—pretty straightforward. There are a couple of glitches that I need to point out, though, that mi...

Oct 15, 2015 12:00:00 AM


VMworld Daily Wrap - Tuesday


Eric and Jeremy round up all of Tuesday's action for VMworld tv!

Oct 14, 2015 6:33:00 AM


Mike Laverick and the EVO:RAIL at VMworld 2015


Mike Laverick and the EVO:RAIL at VMworld 2015

Oct 13, 2015 2:29:00 PM


VMware's Andy Cary talks to Eric Sloof about the education available at VMworld 2015


VMware's Andy Cary talks to Eric Sloof about the education available at VMworld 2015

Oct 13, 2015 2:27:00 PM


After VMworld, the parties begin!


Ever wondered what happens after VMworld closes for the day? Well wonder no more, for the intrepid Eric Sloof and VMworld TV have braced the onslaught of evening parties to give you a rare insight into what really goes down when the sun does!

Oct 13, 2015 2:24:00 PM


Welcome to VMworld Barcelona 2015


Jeremy and Eric walk us through what we can expect to see at this years VMworld in Barcalona.

Oct 13, 2015 7:12:00 AM


SMP-FT support for Virtual SAN ROBO configurations


Advertise here with BSA When we announced Virtual SAN 2-node ROBO configurations at VMworld we received a lot of great feedback and responses. A lot of people asked if SMP-FT was supported in that configuration. Apparently many of the customers using ROBO still have legacy applications which can ...

Oct 12, 2015 1:21:01 PM


Hi everyone, with VMworld USA behind us and VMworld Europe ahead of us I wanted to provide you with some good news for those wanting to review many of the sessions that were presented at VMworld USA.


Even if you didn’t attend VMworld these are open to the public. That’s 40 free sessions please take advantage of them.
Those can be accessed here.

If you are a registered attendee of VMworld, all sessions are now available through this link.

Also, the hands on labs from VMworld are now all available. There are 60 Labs to choose from in all of our software stacks.
Please take advantage of this free training opportunity.

Have a fantastic week and if you are at VMworld Europe I wish you a great experience.

Virtually Yours

Neil Isserow

Staff Technical Account Manager, Team Lead

San Francisco, CA





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Riding the Waves of Tech Innovation


I believe that not taking risks is probably the riskiest thing in IT. You have to ride some waves and risk wiping out a few times. But it’s not the end of the world. Just keeping that mission-critical system running for days is not going to cut it anymore. Driving innovative change is the only wa...

Oct 9, 2015 7:39:15 PM


Newly Released Hands-On Labs


Each month, we’ll share the latest news and announcements about VMware Hands-On Labs (HOL). If you’re not familiar with VMware HOLs, it’s a free online portal created by VMware that provides access to the latest products in a tested and documented cloud based virtual lab environment. Check back e...

Oct 9, 2015 3:00:30 PM


2016 IT Skills and Salary Survey + Contest


We’ve partnered with Global Knowledge to conduct one of the industry’s most extensive and comprehensive studies of IT and business professionals, the 2016 IT Skills and Salary Survey . This important research will help us identify IT and business pros’ salary trends, valuable training and certifi...

Oct 7, 2015 3:49:12 PM


Adopt Before You Adapt Your IT Processes


By John Worthington Many people familiar with ITSM have heard the expression ‘adopt & adapt’ as a good practice, but it’s worth noting the order in which these words are placed. You must adopt before you can adapt. This leads to the question, when has a process been ‘adopted’? Incomplete Process ...

Oct 7, 2015 2:15:21 PM


Virtual Volumes: A game changer for operations of virtualized business critical databases


This is first of a series of posts on deploying vSphere Virtual Volumes for Tier 1 Business Critical Databases. Although this article is written with a focus on Oracle databases, much of this discussion holds good for any Mission critical application. Business critical databases are among the las...

Oct 6, 2015 8:51:28 PM


Oracle, VMware and Extended Distance Oracle Real Application Clusters on vSphere Metro Storage Cluster


Oracle, VMware and Extended Distance Oracle Real Application Clusters on vSphere Metro Storage Cluster Nowadays a high availability cluster (for any kind of application) in a single data center is almost not enough to ensure the kind of availability a Mission Critical Application needs which supp...

Oct 9, 2015 10:12:56 PM


VMware Software Defined Data Center and vRealize Management Delivers Business Agility at Hartland


by Rich Bourdeau Hartland is national company that specializes in credit/debit card processing for over 300,000 business and educational institutions in the United States. In addition, Hartland offers a wide range of products and services from payroll solutions, to mobile payment devices and busi...

Oct 9, 2015 1:26:34 PM


What to Know Before You Go to VMworld 2015 Europe


  If VMworld 2015 Europe in Barcelona is anything like San Francisco, it promises to be one for the books. The vCloud Air team is back with our “can’t miss” list for Barcelona. Here’s a quick recap of what you need to know before our big week begins: Can’t-Miss Sessions: While all the VMworld ses...

Oct 9, 2015 8:00:57 AM


Making a Move to the Cloud – Part 3: Tools for Migrating Workloads to vCloud Air


By Michael Francis and RadhaKrishna (RK) Dasari As discussed in Part 2 of our blog series. when considering which workloads to migrate to VMware vCloud® Air™ you want to properly assess the business and technology factors that will ultimately determine the weighting and prioritization of your tar...

Oct 8, 2015 5:10:45 PM


Considerations for Connecting to Your Recovered Workloads


While most of the talk around cloud-based disaster recovery is on how you protect your workloads, a number of people are starting to look at this from a different angle. How do you connect to those workloads once they have failed over and are running in the cloud? You have literally moved all you...

Oct 7, 2015 4:00:25 PM


Harnessing the Power of Storage Virtualization and Site Recovery Manager to Provide HA and DR Capabilities to Business Critical Databases – VAPP4634


Harnessing the Power of Storage Virtualization and Site Recovery Manager to Provide HA and DR Capabilities to Business Critical Databases – VAPP4634 How do you simplify and improve availability of your Extended distance Oracle Real Application Cluster using vSphere Metro Storage Cluster (vMSC) ? ...

Oct 6, 2015 8:44:28 PM


Virtual Volumes: A game changer for operations of virtualized business critical databases


This is first of a series of posts on deploying vSphere Virtual Volumes for Tier 1 Business Critical Databases. Although this article is written with a focus on Oracle databases, much of this discussion holds good for any Mission critical application. Business critical databases are among the las...

Oct 6, 2015 8:26:11 PM


vCloud Air vTech Talk: Capturing vCloud Air Edge Gateway Data with Your Syslog


When your cloud is up and running, everyone wants to get in — especially the bad guys. But there’s good news: you can sniff suspicious actors out with your own virtual bloodhound. That’s right, all you have to do configure your edge gateway. In this episode of vCloud Air vTech Talk, our series hi...

Oct 6, 2015 4:00:42 PM


Get Started with Cloud-based Disaster Recovery to Protect Your vSphere Environment


For vSphere customers looking to protect their company data from a disaster or other disruption, VMware vCloud® Air™ Disaster Recovery, built on VMware vSphere® Replication™, provides a cloud-based failover environment for dependable recovery when faced with an operational disruption. We recently...

Oct 5, 2015 4:11:38 PM



Why Socialcast Projects Is Superior to the Old School Paper To-Do List


We all have those days when there are too many tasks to accomplish, dozens of emails to respond to, calls to schedule, and so many projects to keep track of that we don’t know where to begin. Sometimes we have so many balls up in the air that we may lose track of loose ends and forget to complete...

Oct 9, 2015 7:10:03 PM


Microsoft’s Surface Book *Surprise!* Headlines this Week’s Mobile News


Microsoft announces a laptop (say, what?!) at Windows 10 event. At its Windows 10 event this week, Microsoft shocked the crowd by announcing the creation of the Surface Book—the super-powered laptop cousin of the Surface Pro. With 13.5-inch display, Intel Core processor, <16GB RAM and—wait for it...

Oct 9, 2015 5:33:24 PM


Modernizing Laptop Management


It’s been a busy—and incredibly exciting—summer for business mobility. Over the past several months, I’ve been close to some of the biggest innovations and announcements in the business mobility space. I’ve spoken with customers about their mobility journeys over the past several years, but recen...

Oct 8, 2015 6:14:06 PM


The Amazing Technology Journey behind Coca-Cola Freestyle


“I never imagined that when I first started working at Coke almost 10 years ago that a fountain machine would be a mobile device that we managed remotely,” said Chris Dennis, global director of product management for Coca-Cola Freestyle. Chris and his team started with a simple goal: Increase var...

Oct 7, 2015 1:00:02 PM


#TipTuesday – Pick a Good Platform, But Don’t Focus on the Technology


This is my 5th post in a series of tips on how to build a successful enterprise social network (ESN). In this post, I’ll address two important matters regarding the ESN platform decision. First, the tip: Pick a good platform, but don’t focus on the technology. In this tip, I have two concerns: th...

Oct 6, 2015 11:18:32 PM


Top 10 EUC Sessions at VMworld Europe 2015


By Shawn Bass, chief technology officer, desktop technologies, End-User Computing, VMware Leading up to VMworld US event in San Francisco, I posted a blog covering my Top 10 must see End-User Computing related sessions for the event in San Francisco. With VMworld Europe just over a week away, I t...

Oct 6, 2015 5:45:47 PM


What to Read About Today’s Microsoft Event


Today Microsoft unveiled a heap of new products across computing, gaming, wearables and even virtual reality. Those in the enterprise mobility space were keen to learn about the new business-ready devices running Windows 10, including the just-announced Lumia 950 family, Microsoft Surface 4 and t...

Oct 6, 2015 4:48:35 PM


Upcoming Webcast: Discover the Latest in Business Mobility Straight from VMworld


Missed the latest EUC announcements and demos at VMworld 2015? Get caught up with our webcast on Tuesday, Oct. 13 , as our featured speaker Rory Clements, director of solution engineering, guides you through the latest cutting-edge innovations in End-User Computing at VMware. Rory will provide an...

Oct 6, 2015 4:48:13 PM




Attending NetApp Insight in Las Vegas Next Week?


Don’t miss these sessions: Joint Perspectives Session 3285: 10,000 Desktops in 12 Days – A Case Study Boot Camp Session 3288: Implement Your Private Cloud with VMware vRealize Suite Breakout Session 3287: Just-in-time Infrastructure with VMware’s EVO:RAIL HCI Appliance Breakout Session 3286: Thin...

Oct 9, 2015 6:20:49 PM


Some NSX SKU Restriction Lifted in APJ


Effective immediately, VMware has lifted the restriction on the NX-V (NSX for vSphere) SKUs and has made this product available to all APJ Authorized Solution Providers. It is still highly recommended that you complete the NSX Network Virtulization Solution Competency to successfully target custo...

Oct 8, 2015 3:16:36 PM


The Call for Partner Innovation Award Nominations is Open


Learn more about the benefits of winning an award today and submit your nominations by October 31, 2015 at 11:59pm PT*. The criteria for each award relates to growth, sales, net new customers, and marketing. *EMEA partners will have until November 30, 2015 at 11:59pm PT to submit their nomination...

Oct 7, 2015 5:17:59 PM


Get Ready for Any at VMworld 2015 Europe


VMworld 2015 Europe is around the corner, and we are thrilled to see our partner attendees on Monday, 12 October for Partner Exchange in Barcelona, Spain at the Fira Barcelona Gran Via. The day will be filled with Route-to-Market sessions, Strategy Sessions, a General Session, networking opportun...

Oct 6, 2015 10:18:51 PM


New vSphere with Operations Management Power Play Kit


Download the brand new Power Play kit today. This kits makes it simple to understand, learn, market, and sell vSphere with Operations Management. The post New vSphere with Operations Management Power Play Kit appeared first on Partner News .

Oct 6, 2015 7:14:20 PM




How to Setup and Configure Git Shell for Private Scripting Projects


In the past, I’ve blathered on about the need to use a Distributed Version Control System (DVCS) for obvious reasons , while also hinting at my use of GitHub for code aimed at Operations folks. In this post, I’m taking the time to showcase how I’m using Git across a number of different systems to...

Oct 10, 2015 2:38:58 PM


UEFI PXE boot is possible in ESXi 6.0


A couple of days ago I received an interesting question from fellow colleague Paudie O'Riordan, who works over in our Storage and Availability Business Unit at VMware. He was helping a customer who was interested in PXE booting/installing ESXi using UEFI which is short for Unified Extensible Firm...

Oct 9, 2015 8:50:04 AM


New Training Course - Horizon 6 Design and Deploy


This course presents a methodology for designing and deploying a VMware Horizon solution. The design methodology includes recommendations for the type of information and data that must be gathered and analyzed to make sound design decisions for the client systems, the desktop options, the VMware ...

Oct 8, 2015 5:49:00 PM


VSAN Proactive Rebalance not starting


Some time back I wrote about proactive rebalancing , a new feature of VSAN 6.0. However I have had a number of queries recently about its functionality. The most common query is that when the proactive rebalance operation is started, there doesn’t appear to be any rebuild/resync activity, even th...

Oct 8, 2015 2:20:45 PM


Dell FX2 platform certified for VSAN with storage blades!


Advertise here with BSA A couple of weeks ago the Dell FX2 disk controller was added to the Virtual SAN Compatibility Guide and shortly after the Ready Node configurations were added. For those who haven’t looked at the Dell FX2 platform, it is (in my opinion) hyper-converged on steroids. Not onl...

Oct 8, 2015 12:53:56 PM


Mesos, Mesosphere, MesosCon and EMC


This week is MesosCon - a big event in an interesting new space. I want to be clear - my personal view is that most Enterprise should not BUILD their own unstructured PaaS, but instead tend to get to good faster and better via Structured PaaS (namely Cloud Foundry). Many of my readers don’t live ...

Oct 8, 2015 8:22:39 AM


EVO:RAIL Under The Covers: How DNS works


How DNS works in EVO:RAIL One of the big differences in how vSphere works as deployed by EVO:RAIL is with DNS. As you might know vSphere has many requirements for name resolution, and often various vSphere features will not function or setup correctly without DNS being available. A classic exampl...

Oct 6, 2015 2:57:51 PM


Customers - it's all about YOU.


Sometimes, I find EMC and the Federation frustrating. Do you ever get frustrated with your employer? I’m sure you do :-) While there are things that are frustrating, I jump out of bed every day - passionate about the technology, the strategy, and most importantly the people and culture. One thing...

Oct 6, 2015 12:17:09 PM


A blunt, completely unprofessional (and very accurate) analogy about Cloud Foundry


Humans are funny. Stories work to spread ideas. Analogies help make complex ideas come through. By definition - a story, an analogy - you loose technical detail, but they can make something come across VISCERALLY. … Without further ado, here’s a base, blunt analogy about a complex topic: why stru...

Oct 5, 2015 12:15:45 PM


New Training Course - VMware vSphere Troubleshooting Workshop [V6.0]


This hands-on training workshop provides you with the advanced knowledge, skills, and abilities to achieve competence in troubleshooting the VMware vSphere 6 environment. This workshop increases your skill and competence in using the command-line interface, VMware vSphere Web Client, VMware vReal...

Oct 5, 2015 11:38:00 AM


Cloud Native Apps - Photon Platform, Cloud Foundry, Mesos, Dockercon


Have been furiously cranking on this topic for the last few months (most recently playing a bit with the new AWS Lambda services - interesting). It’s a constant dialog with customers that I interact with - as they come grips with how they will leverage the new application patterns that are emergi...

Oct 5, 2015 8:12:47 AM


As we approach VMworld in Barcelona I would like to remind all TAM customers that there is much on offer specifically for you at this event. One of the most popular and anticipated sessions is always TAM day. This is an entire day dedicated to our TAM customers and provides a very specific opportunity for our select customers to get a much more personal experience at VMworld and interact with VMware executives and experts. Coupled with this is the TAM Customer Central (TCC)  area which is another opportunity for TAM customers to get access to exclusive content and further network with VMware and their peers. These are 2 great opportunities afforded to our TAM Program customers and definitely worthwhile attending.


Have a successful week and I look forward to speaking to you again next week.


Virtually Yours
Neil Isserow
Staff TAM, Team Lead
San Francisco, CA



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Attend VMworld TAM Day in Barcelona


VMworld Barcelona is right around the corner, and if you’re not already signed up for TAM Day, there is still time to register! TAM Day is a one-day TAM customer event held during VMworld Barcelona on Monday 12 October. VMware TAM customers will get an exclusive opportunity to interact directly w...

Oct 2, 2015 8:19:27 PM


The EVO:RAIL Challenge Returns for VMworld Barcelona


The EVO:RAIL Challenge was a huge success at VMworld San Francisco—which is why we are excited to announce it will be back for VMworld Barcelona! In the EVO:RAIL Challenge, attendees have the chance to compete against each other to configure and deploy VM’s in the fastest time. Everyone who parti...

Oct 2, 2015 4:00:58 PM


Office of the CTO at VMworld Europe


With VMworld US securely under our belt, VMware’s Office of the CTO has been forging forward with preparations for VMworld Europe this month. Will we see you in Barcelona? If the answer is yes, take a few minutes to review where to find us on site. VMware’s Office of the CTO Booth : Don’t forget ...

Oct 2, 2015 3:12:29 PM


vSphere Integrated Containers – Technology Walkthrough


vSphere Integrated Containers (VIC) combines the agility and application portability of Docker Linux containers with the industry-leading virtual infrastructure platform, offering hardware isolation advantages along with improved manageability. VIC consists of several different components for man...

Oct 1, 2015 10:09:48 PM




After installing or upgrading to ESXi 5.5 Update 3, customers performing snapshot consolidation may experience virtual machines failing with the error “Unexpected Signal: 11″. For further... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Oct 1, 2015 6:31:17 PM


Architecture 101 – Part 1


By Alex Muetstege So, you’ve gone through the ELA circus. Somewhere in there, a Technical Account Manager, or TAM, mentioned. Now that the dust has settled, the TAMs will arrive – but what can they do for you? TAMs can do many things to help you, such as technical and operational items. But, a TA...

Oct 1, 2015 6:19:27 PM


SIOC: I/O Distribution with Reservations & Limits – Part 2


Part 1 of this series explains the new reservation capabilities of the ESXi storage scheduler in vSphere 6.0 called mClock . That article explains how to calculate the number of entitled IOPS during times of contention. This article will expand on that topic with a couple new scenarios. The previ...

Oct 1, 2015 3:00:14 PM


VMware’s Solution to API Challenges


Christophe Decanini is a consulting architect and a member of the CTO Ambassadors group at VMware. He joined VMware in 2007 as part of the acquisition of Dunes Technologies . Based in Gland, Switzerland, Christophe is an automation and integration expert supporting VMware customers, partners, and...

Oct 1, 2015 2:40:27 PM


Reconfiguring and Repointing Deployment Models in vCenter Server 6.0 Update 1


In my last blog post, we discussed some of the new features and capabilities found in vCenter Server 6.0 such as how you can quickly and easily update the vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 to Update 1 . Now, it’s time to focus our attention on a two key enhancements found in vCenter Server 6.0 Update ...

Oct 1, 2015 2:30:53 PM


Top 20 Articles for September 2015


Here is our Top 20 KB list for September 2015. 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. VMware... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Oct 1, 2015 1:35:00 PM


VCDX Workshop Comes to VMworld 2015 Europe


Join us for breakfast and a free VCDX Workshop in Barcelona, Spain as part of VMworld 2015 Europe on Sunday, October 11, at the Porta Fira Hotel. The VCDX Workshop gives you a chance to learn more about the VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) process and program and is the perfect opportunity t...

Oct 1, 2015 9:57:36 AM


Save 50% off vSphere 6 Troubleshooting Class in Dallas


Check out our newest beta course: VMware vSphere: Troubleshooting Workshop [V6.0] offered 9-13 November in Dallas, TX. You’ll leave this hands-on workshop with crucial VMware vSphere 6 troubleshooting knowledge, skills, and abilities. This workshop increases your skill and competence in using the...

Sep 30, 2015 4:33:35 PM


Update on VCP6 Beta Exam Results


Ed. Update 9/30/2015: We have an update on the Beta exam results: Our vendor is working on these results and we expect to have them by the end of the week for the 2V0-621 exam. Transcripts will be updated once they work through our system. Once those results are processed, they will begin working...

Sep 30, 2015 10:43:35 AM


Building a Resilient Integration from Your Cloud to your IT Service Management Platform


By Pierre Moncassin In the vast majority of cloud implementations the integration between the self-service provisioning workflow and the configuration management system (CMS) will need to be addressed. On the surface the use case is a ‘no brainer’. Once a cloud infrastructure service has been pro...

Sep 29, 2015 6:12:53 PM


Has VMware Education Helped You? We Want to Know


Have you had a recent training or certification experience that you’d like to tell us about? Had a great instructor in class? Received praise from a manager or colleague for your certification? Tell us all about it in our new survey. We are always looking for stories to share with others in the c...

Sep 29, 2015 4:34:23 PM


Updating vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 to Update 1


Earlier this month, we released vSphere 6.0 Update 1. In this update we introduced some awesome new features for vCenter Server. Let’s take a look at some of these just below: Installation and Upgrade using HTML 5 Installer for VCSA : The following installation and upgrade scenarios are now suppo...

Sep 28, 2015 2:30:07 PM


Exploring Management Packs in vRealize Operations


By: Cameron Jones, Blue Medora VMware’s vRealize Operations (vROps) has allowed VMware administrators the ability to monitor their environments at an entirely new level. Using predictive analytics and dynamic thresholding, vAdmins are able to see not only what is currently wrong in their environm...

Oct 2, 2015 10:01:23 AM


VMware Certificate Authority, Part 3: My Favorite New Feature of vSphere 6.0 – The New!


By Jonathan McDonald In the last blog , I left off right after the architecture discussion. To be honest, this was not because I wanted to but more because I couldn’t say anything more about it at the time. As of September 10, vSphere 6.0 Update 1 has been released with some fantastic new feature...

Oct 2, 2015 1:24:37 AM


New VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2015-0007


Today VMware has released the following new and updated security advisories: New VMSA-2015-0007 for CVE-2015-5177, CVE-2015-2342 and CVE-2015-1047 Updated VMSA-2015.0006.1 has been updated to clarify the configurations that CVE-2015-6932 applies to. Please sign up to the Security-Announce mailing...

Oct 1, 2015 2:18:11 PM


Top 3 Reasons Why you Need Comprehensive Data Center Visibility by David Davis (Post #26)


The virtual infrastructure is no island. If you treat it like that, you shouldn’t be either. There’s much more in the datacenter world than the virtual infrastructure, it’s called the software defined datacenter (SDDC). The SDDC is more like a powerful and efficient modern city – kind of like “To...

Oct 1, 2015 10:01:47 AM


Build and Deploy Web Applications Quickly with Ruby on Rails and vCloud Air


Are you a developer looking to quickly build scalable, maintainable Web applications? Chances are that you’ve already come across Ruby and Rails , one of the most popular combinations for modern Web development. Today, more than 800,000 websites are estimated to run Ruby on Rails, and it’s also i...

Sep 30, 2015 4:00:33 PM


Automated Tests: Part 2, Regaining Stability


In part 1 of this mini-series I talked about the importance of automated test stability. However what do you do if you already have unstable tests and they hinder your continuous integration efforts? Automated Tests: How to Bring Back Stability The first and most important step towards fixing uns...

Sep 30, 2015 7:01:56 AM


vRealize Code Stream @ VMworld Europe 2015


After a very busy and satisfying VMworld US, the Code Stream team is ready to pack their bags again and head over to VMworld Europe. Similar to VMworld US, there is a special track for DevOps and our experts will present Code Stream and some customer stories. If you want to learn how Code Stream ...

Sep 29, 2015 6:49:07 PM


Find the Service Provider of your Cloudy Dreams!


No matter the business case, data sovereignty need, compliance requirement, or vertical market, the vCloud Air Network is here to help. With an ecosystem of over 4,000 service providers, in over 100 countries offering VMware-based cloud services, your organization will find a service provider tha...

Sep 29, 2015 6:00:28 PM


vCloud Air vTech Talk: What’s the Cloud of Clouds? A Primer on Virtual Data Centers


So what are virtual data centers? How can they work in tandem to provide you with the best virtualization experience? What is the “Cloud of Clouds?” Good questions — and we’ve got good answers. In this episode of vCloud Air vTech Talk, our series highlighting tips, tricks and resources for all th...

Sep 29, 2015 4:00:17 PM


New! Making Your Move to the Cloud – Part 2: Best Practices for Building a Migration Plan


In Part 2 of the “Making Your Move to the Cloud” series, Michael Francis and RadhaKrishna (RK) Dasari discuss best practices for building a Cloud migration plan for your organization. “The primary technological goal of any migration project is to transfer an existing compute resource/application ...

Sep 28, 2015 8:15:59 PM


Make Sure Site Failure Doesn’t Mean Business Failure


Taking Advantage of Disaster Recovery as a Service with VMware vCloud Air Even if you take every precaution, primary site failure is a possibility. That’s why continuity planning is so important for proactive businesses. To achieve continued operations in the event of a primary site failure, you’...

Sep 28, 2015 4:00:35 PM



“This Is Not a Hobby.” Tim Cook & Apple Top This Week’s Mobile Headlines


Apple’s business-related revenue hits $25B. Atop our mobile headlines list this week, Chief Executive Tim Cook said Apple Inc.‘s revenue from its enterprise business reached $25 billion in the 12 months ended in June, the Wall Street Journal’s Daisuke Wakabayashi reports. “This is not a hobby,” s...

Oct 2, 2015 2:12:21 PM


Mirage 5.5 Now Available


By Sachin Sharma, Product Line Marketing Manager, EUC, VMware Another quarter, another release! I’m happy to share the news that Mirage 5.5 is now generally available. This release is packed with updates that enterprises can enjoy, including new ways to control layer updates, endpoint provisionin...

Oct 1, 2015 5:00:46 PM


Climbing Up: AirWatch Supports Mac OS X El Capitan Enrollment and Management Today


AirWatch is excited to provide enrollment and management support for Mac OS X El Capitan devices today. While El Capitan in Yosemite National Park is known as one of the world’s greatest rock climbing challenges, Mac OS X El Capitan will help the enterprise better navigate laptop management throu...

Oct 1, 2015 12:52:39 AM


El Capitan now available and fully supported!


Mac users worldwide rejoiced as Apple released the public general availability of OS X 10.11 El Capitan today. As with all major OS updates, often the question isn’t simply “Should I upgrade?”, but rather “Should I upgrade right now or wait until the first point release?”. The community has had t...

Sep 30, 2015 6:30:33 PM


Horizon Hosted Applications: What a Year it has Been!


By Mark Ewert, Lead Technologist – Competitive Marketing, EUC, VMware It’s been a year since we added support for Hosted Applications to Horizon and what a year it has been! The industry excitement has been invigorating. We have had tremendous interest from organizations of all shapes and sizes; ...

Sep 30, 2015 6:29:40 PM


AirWatch Honored by IIAP for Innovative End-user Privacy Technology & Enterprise Mobile Security


We are excited to announce that AirWatch has received one of the most prestigious privacy honors in the business mobility space, the International Association of Privacy Professional’s (IAAP) “Most Innovative Privacy Technology” award. IAPP honored AirWatch for its protection of user privacy thro...

Sep 30, 2015 4:30:12 PM


What’s New with VMware Horizon 6 version 6.2 part 2


By Matt Coppinger, Director Technical Marketing and Enablement, EUC, VMware In our last blog article we looked at some of the headline new features in Horizon 6.2. In this blog we continue to explore some of the key functionality added in this new release. Access Point is a virtual appliance desi...

Sep 30, 2015 2:00:32 PM


IT Gears Up for S’more Enterprise Features with Android Marshmallow


Today Google announced the latest major update to its Android operating system, Android Marshmallow. This delectably defined update is full of enterprise features that will bring greater management controls to companies deploying Android devices. Google unwrapped several enterprise features for A...

Sep 30, 2015 12:50:57 AM


#TipTuesday – Have Rules, But Don’t Overdo It


In this fourth post in a series of tips for building a successful enterprise social network (ESN), I want to discuss the rules and guidelines related to an ESN. First the tip, then the explanation: Have rules, but don’t overdo it. Since an ESN is a means of communication within a business, it’s r...

Sep 29, 2015 10:09:57 PM


Tech Innovators, Mobile Security Experts & IT Leaders Come Together to Re-shape Today’s Workforce at BoxWorks 2015


“Technology is radically re-shaping today’s workforce. How can companies tap into unprecedented opportunities for transformation without putting their critical information at risk? BoxWorks 2015 is all about reconciling this tension and channeling it into innovation.” —BoxWorks 2015 This week in ...

Sep 29, 2015 5:12:04 PM




You Could Win an Apple Watch at NetAPP Insight


If you are going to NetApp Insight conference in Las Vegas, use schedule builder to register for VMware sessions. And, if you register for and attend the following VMware sessions, you could be one of the three (3) lucky attendees to win an App Watch – the must-have accessory of the year. Joint P...

Oct 2, 2015 11:00:14 PM


Attn: NORAM Partners – The QPB is on Tour; Learn What You Missed at VMworld 2015 US


Register now and join us in a city near you to get the latest updates on products, programs, and events. Each briefing will cover: VMworld 2015 US highlights and key product announcements How to market and win with VMware Power Plays How to drive pipeline with proven Assessments tools and the Vel...

Oct 1, 2015 7:16:38 PM


Upcoming Events for TAP Partners


The TAP Team has a session at VMworld EMEA to discuss our recently added and expanded benefits. Don’t miss out on this session if you are attending our Barcelona VMworld event. There are a few other other events that may be of interest to our TAP partners and we have also added that information b...

Oct 1, 2015 4:45:22 PM


Cross-Sell/Up Sell Enhancements


Take this 10-minute self-paced training module to learn more about how the end to end conversion of Cross-sell/Up-Sell generated leads to bookings during the renewals process will be simplified. Qualified Lead recommendations will now be provided based on customer buying patterns using predictive...

Sep 30, 2015 5:38:10 PM


Become a Trusted Advisor with VMware’s Free VSAN Assessment Tool


Calling all VI Admins, Enterprise Architect/Storage Admins and Infrastructure or IT Directors—did you know VMware’s free VSAN Assessment tool enables you to assess your customer’s storage environment and identify Virtual SAN opportunities at customer sites in just one week? The tool provides deta...

Sep 29, 2015 6:20:21 PM


New Integrated Marketing Campaigns on the Partner Demand Center


Go to the Partner Demand Center to find the tools you need to customize and execute these new campaigns: AirWatch , vCloud Air Development and Testing , and vSphere with Operations Management . Leverage these integrated campaigns to drive demand and customer value today. The post New Integrated M...

Sep 29, 2015 4:52:48 PM


Don’t Miss the October 1st Town Hall with New Channel Chief, Ross Brown


Register now . On October 1st at 8am PT/16:00 BST, Ross Brown, SVP of Worldwide Partners & Alliances, will share his vision for the VMware channel in this global Partner Town Hall. He will also share his thoughts on investment opportunities partners should be considering to accelerate joint busin...

Sep 28, 2015 9:48:59 PM




So much going on - tons of releases


So much going on - so busy :-) With the start of Q4 (it’s Oct 2nd) - there are lots of releases happening (and I’m sure this is far from exhaustive) Puppet Enterprise 2015.3 - strange to not start with an EMC or Federation thing - but Puppet is not only a partner, a company/tech I run into freque...

Oct 2, 2015 1:13:18 PM


How to configure shared folders in VMware AppCatalyst?


A widely used feature in VMware's hosted products (Fusion & Workstation) is the shared folders capabilities which allows you to easily share files between the host system and your Virtual Machines. With the latest release of VMware's AppCatalyst TP2, shared folders is now officially supported and...

Oct 2, 2015 10:42:08 AM


A closer look at Primary Data


Primary Data were one of the storage vendors that I wanted to catch up with at VMworld 2015 . I was fortunate enough to meet with Graham Smith who is their Director of Virtualization Product Management. Graham gave me a demonstration of the Primary Data product in the Solutions Exchange at VMworl...

Oct 2, 2015 5:00:20 AM


2 is the minimum number of hosts for VSAN if you ask me


Advertise here with BSA In 2013 I wrote an article about the minimum number of hosts for Virtual SAN. Since then this post has started living its own life. Somehow people have misunderstood my post and used/abused it in many shapes and forms. When I look at the size of a traditional cluster (non-...

Oct 1, 2015 7:16:33 PM


50% Discount on VMware vRealize Orchestrator Cookbook eBook


If you are a VMware administrator who is interested in automating your infrastructure, this book is for you. An understanding of basic programming concepts is advised. No previous knowledge of Orchestrator is required, although some previous knowledge of it will allow you to get started more easi...

Oct 1, 2015 5:38:00 AM


Erasing existing disk partitions now available in the vSphere Web Client (vSphere 6.0 Update 1)


One of the primary challenges when trying re-purpose existing storage devices is ensuring that all data and existing partitions have been completely removed. Often times, customers end up resorting to third-party tools like GParted which requires you to boot your server into the LiveCD before you...

Sep 29, 2015 2:40:15 PM


DRS and VM/Host Affinity Groups in VSAN Stretched Cluster


In a previous post, I talked about how vSphere HA is used extensively in VSAN Stretched Cluster. The primary purpose of vSphere HA is to restart virtual machines in the event of a failure. However to ensure that the restarted virtual machines continue to perform optimally, and to continue using a...

Sep 29, 2015 1:00:22 PM


VSAN made storage management a non issue for the 1st time


Advertise here with BSA When ever I talk to customers about Virtual SAN the question that comes up usually is why Virtual SAN? Some of you may expect it to be performance, or the scale-out aspect, or the resiliency… None of that is the biggest differentiator in my opinion, management truly is. Or...

Sep 28, 2015 6:43:33 PM


Using Vagrant with OpenStack


In my earlier post on using Docker Machine with OpenStack, I talked about combining technologies in a “provider/consumer” model. In this post, I’m going to talk about creating this provider/consumer model using a different combination of technologies: OpenStack as the infrastructure provider and ...

Sep 28, 2015 4:45:00 PM


Network port diagram for vSphere 6.x


ESXi must be able to send and receive data from every vSphere Client. If you are attaching your ESXi host to vCenter Server, additional ports will be required. To enable migration and provisioning activities between managed hosts, the source and destination hosts must be able to receive data from...

Sep 28, 2015 4:40:00 PM


Hi everyone, welcome to this weeks newsletter. We are just 2 weeks away from the next major VMware event, VMworld Europe on the 12-15 October in Barcelona. We are all looking forward to the many announcements that will be part of this event. I will do my best to keep everyone informed every week via the newsletter of pre announcements and of course during the big event itself.


Please don't hesitate to contact your TAM if you have any questions on VMworld Europe, the agenda, content, speakers or logistics specifically for TAM customers.


Have a fantastic week!


Virtually Yours

Neil Isserow

Staff Technical Account Manager, Team Lead

San Francisco, CA





Please head over to our dedicated TAM Webcasts online URL:




VCP5-DCV Delta Exam Extended


We spoke to a lot of you at VMworld 2015 US about our certification programs and received a lot of feedback around the new programs, exam registration, and recertification. We take this feedback seriously. One of the things you asked for is an extension on taking the VCP5-DCV Delta exam . Some of...

Sep 25, 2015 7:25:04 PM


New VMware ViewPoint Webinar: VMworld US 2015 Recap


Did you miss VMworld US this year or need a recap? Join us for the next installment of the ViewPoint Webinar Series on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. PT / 11:00 a.m. ET. During this one-hour webinar, Andrew Ellwood, Senior Education Product Manager and John Hathaway, Senior Education Po...

Sep 25, 2015 3:00:55 PM


Introducing the VMware Validated Designs Web Site and Early Access Community


At VMworld 2015 in San Francisco we announced the VMware Validated Designs . At the time the program was so new that we didn’t even have a web page created for it. However, we promised folks that a web page was on its way and today I’m happy to announce that it’s up and running! At VMworld we als...

Sep 24, 2015 4:57:34 PM


New vSphere and Horizon Beta Classes in California


Save 50% off the list price when you attend the beta version of our new training courses. VMware BETA courses gives you 50% off the same valuable VMware training for helping us finalize the nearly completed course. VMware vSphere: Skills for Operators [V6] San Francisco, CA, 28-29 October This tw...

Sep 24, 2015 3:53:58 PM


ALERT: Linked Clone pool creation and recompose failure


Before upgrading to vSphere 6 update 1, VMware would like everyone to read the following KB article for important information. Creating and recomposing linked clone desktops will fail on Horizon view... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Sep 24, 2015 1:01:42 PM


vRealize Operations Manager – What Platform to Implement?


By Carl Olafson For those not familiar with vRealize Operations Manager (vROps), it delivers critical capacity management and performance monitoring capabilities. This provides a level of insight into your infrastructure that no business running on vSphere should function without. If you are goin...

Sep 23, 2015 8:22:51 PM


Save Room in your VMworld Europe Schedule


VMworld 2015 Europe is just a few weeks away! Now is the time to start thinking about which sessions and activities to attend. We have some terrific 30 minute Theatre Sessions planned in the VMworld Education and Certification Lounge (Located in Hall 7) each day. Be sure to add these to your pers...

Sep 23, 2015 4:50:44 PM


IEEE Hot Interconnects Invited Talk: NFV in Cloud Infrastructure – Ready or Not


IEEE Hot Interconnects is the premier international forum for researchers and developers of state-of-the-art hardware and software architectures and implementations for interconnection networks of all scales, ranging from multi-core on-chip interconnects to those within systems, clusters, data ce...

Sep 23, 2015 2:38:59 PM


vRealize Operations Manager 6.1.0 – new KB content


Exciting news for users of vRealize Operations Manager 6.1.0. We’ve been busy updating and creating new Knowledgebase articles to support the product. Enjoy! New: After cancelling the selected alerts... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Sep 23, 2015 2:28:28 PM


VMware Tools Lifecycle: Why Tools Can Drive You Crazy (and How to Avoid it!)


There has been a lot of buzz around vSphere Lifecycle since VMworld. My last few blog posts on VMware Tools have had a tremendous amount of traffic, so I decided to continue with the theme and give you all what it appears you want more of. So in this post, LET’S TALK TOOLS! I Feel Like VMware Too...

Sep 23, 2015 2:00:57 PM


Downgrading from VMware Workstation Pro 12 to VMware Workstation 11


Today we bring you a video which demonstrates downgrading from VMware Workstation Pro 12.x to VMware Workstation 11.x including changing the virtual hardware of your virtual machines. VMware... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Sep 23, 2015 12:36:20 PM


Simplified Registration Process for Advanced Exams Coming


We are in the process of simplifying the registration and scheduling process for VMware Advanced exams (VCAP5-DCA, VCAP5-DCD or VCIX-NV) to eliminate the need for a second PearsonVue account. However, this entails some short term impacts to our registration process you should be aware of. From no...

Sep 22, 2015 3:06:46 PM


Introducing the Platform Services Controller Interface in vCenter Server 6.0 Update 1


Back in March, we introduced vSphere 6.0 and the new architecture for vCenter Server. With this new architecture you learned about the Platform Services Controller, a new functional component of vCenter that moves beyond just Single-Sign On to include additional platform services such as: Licensi...

Sep 21, 2015 8:41:44 PM


End User Computing: The What, Why and How of Application Rationalization


TJ Vatsa is a Principal Architect and a member of CTO Ambassadors at VMware representing Professional Services organization. He has worked at VMware for the past 5+ years with over 20 years of experience in the IT industry. During this time he has focused on enterprise architecture and applied hi...

Sep 21, 2015 7:02:10 PM


Apple Watch Offer Extended


Offer extended to December 18, 2015! There’s no better time than right now to discover the latest VMware technologies and solutions like vSphere 6, NSX, and vRealize Automation. And for a limited time, when you complete select VMware courses you will also get your choice of either a free Apple® W...

Sep 21, 2015 4:29:57 PM


Log Insight 3.0.x release – new KB content


Exciting news for users of Log Insight 3.0.x. We’ve been busy updating and creating new Knowledgebase articles to support the product. New: 2123058 – Changing internal configuration... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Sep 21, 2015 2:47:34 PM



Making Your Move to the Cloud – Part 2: Best Practices for Building a Migration Plan


By: Michael Francis and RadhaKrishna (RK) Dasari The primary technological goal of any migration project is to transfer an existing compute resource/application from one environment to another, as quickly, efficiently, and cost effectively as possible. This is especially critical when considering...

Sep 25, 2015 9:18:48 PM


vCloud Air Network Service Provider Spotlight – NTT Communications


Teamwork makes the dream work. As it goes, the dream team of the vCloud Air Network and our service providers help to provide customers with the services they need. This month’s vCloud Air Network Service Provider Spotlight focuses on NTT Communications , a vCloud Air Network Premier Partner base...

Sep 25, 2015 4:15:22 PM


Automated Tests and Stability: Part 1, Why is it Important?


In this blog post I would like to talk about automated tests and specifically the challenges that arise when the automated tests are unstable. I will discuss this in the context of our development of Log Insight, and its agent. The Log Insight Agent development team has a large automated test sui...

Sep 24, 2015 7:01:38 AM


Ansible and vCloud Air: Better Together


In the last few months we have been working with Ansible to develop a set of cloud modules that would allow mutual customers to get the benefits of the flexibility that Ansible provides paired with VMware vCloud® Air™ enterprise grade services. In particular we have developed a new cloud module f...

Sep 23, 2015 5:36:02 PM


VMware Automation and DevOps Solutions at Columbia Sportswear


by Rich Bourdeau The biggest challenge for most companies today is the ability to go faster than the competition. Competitive advantages that use to last decades can be lost in a matter of years or even months if companies fail to stay ahead of customer needs and what the competition can deliver....

Sep 23, 2015 10:00:56 AM


VMware Certificate Authority, Part 2: My Favorite New Feature of vSphere 6.0 – The Architecture


By Jonathan McDonald Picking up where Part 1 left off, I will now discuss the architecture decisions I have seen commonly used for the VMware Certificate Authority. This comes from many conversations with customers, VMware Professional Services, VMware Engineering and even VMware Support. In addi...

Sep 22, 2015 8:55:50 PM


vCloud Air vTech Talk: Use Cases


By now, you’ve likely already heard about VMware vCloud® Air™. But if it’s still unclear how you can use it to benefit your company or organization, you’ll want to check out our latest vTech Talk video. In this episode of vCloud vTech Talk, our series highlighting tips, tricks and resources for a...

Sep 22, 2015 6:36:36 PM


vCloud Director with Virtual SAN Sample Use Case


This brief and high level implementation example will provide a sample use case for the utilization of VMware Virtual SAN in a vCloud Director for Service Providers environment. Outlined in the illustration below, each Provider Virtual Data Center / Resource Cluster has been configured with a Vir...

Sep 22, 2015 2:51:13 PM


Tips for Configuring Your vCloud Air Deployment


Do you have a new VMware vCloud® Air™ subscription that you haven’t deployed? Or maybe you have an active subscription but haven’t fully adopted the service, or haven’t deployed many workloads. Here we’ll provide some key recommendations for getting started, and highlight some best practices for ...

Sep 21, 2015 5:23:21 PM



Feature and Mobile Updates: September 2015


This month, we have feature enhancements for Town Hall speakers and Challenge moderators, as well new releases of our iOS and Android mobile app. Check out our updates for September* below: 1. Town Hall “Answered by Me” Filter We’ve seen a large uptick in the usage of Town Halls lately, especiall...

Sep 25, 2015 6:26:18 PM


Video: Recap of AirWatch Connect Atlanta, Day 3


Today was another exciting day at AirWatch Connect 2015! Keynote speakers included Adam Savage and Forrester Research’s Tyler Shields who both presented their perspectives on innovation during the keynote. Noah Wasmer started the day with an exciting update on the future of the AirWatch platform ...

Sep 24, 2015 4:56:44 AM


Video: Recap of AirWatch Connect Atlanta, Day 2


Welcome to AirWatch Connect 2015. I’m Maddie Cook and this is your daily recap of AirWatch Connect Atlanta! Today we started in high gear as AirWatch and VMware executives took the stage for the first keynote. John Marshall, Sanjay Poonen, Pat Gelsinger and Alan Dabbiere discussed the changes ove...

Sep 23, 2015 5:12:36 AM


Pruning the App Volumes SQL Database


By Gina Daly, Technical Writer for Technical Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware With significant contributions from Jason Marshall, Manager, Product Engineering, End-User Computing, VMware Growing up, we had a small flower garden, which my mother proudly kept. The rose bushes stand out in my m...

Sep 23, 2015 2:15:28 AM


#TipTuesday – Get Executive Buy-In and Participation


In this third post in my series of advice on how to build a successful enterprise social network (ESN), I discuss the following important tip: Get executive buy-in and participation. I’ll illustrate this tip by sharing my company’s story. Our experience in this regard is a tale of two leaders – v...

Sep 22, 2015 8:09:20 PM


Bringing New Meaning to “Mission-Critical” – Powered by VMware Horizon and NVIDIA GRID – part 2


By Matt Coppinger, Director Technical Marketing & Enablement and Tony Paikeday, Sr. Product Line Manager, EUC, VMware In our last post , we introduced how VMware Horizon with NVIDIA GRID is enabling the delivery of “serious workloads” like battlespace simulations that train civilian and military ...

Sep 22, 2015 2:00:39 PM


AirWatch extends Windows 10 management capabilities to simplify unified endpoint management across devices


Today at AirWatch Connect, keynote presentations will highlight how to manage Windows 10 devices with the leading AirWatch Enterprise Mobility Management platform. AirWatch launched Windows 10 support on the first day the software was available, and today AirWatch is revealing even more ways cust...

Sep 22, 2015 12:01:35 PM


AirWatch Delivers on Business Mobility Vision at AirWatch Connect


Today on the keynote stage of AirWatch Connect Atlanta, AirWatch and VMware executives will present that latest product innovations that will drive business innovation in organizations. The enterprise mobility market is rapidly evolving to a new set of needs, and mobile has matured from being a c...

Sep 22, 2015 12:00:34 PM


AirWatch and SAP are making life easier for SAP Mobile app Customers


By Mimi Spier, Sr. Director Strategy and Business Development, Business Mobility at VMware Today, we’re excited to announce that SAP joined ACE (App Configuration for Enterprise) to simplify how their customers configure and deploy mobile apps. SAP and VMware will work to integrate the ACE approa...

Sep 22, 2015 12:00:26 PM


Simplifying mobile cybersecurity with AirWatch and the Mobile Security Alliance


Written by Christopher Campbell, Product Marketing and Joseph Razavian, Strategic Alliances “A critical vulnerability at the heart of Android can open up 95 percent of all smartphones on that platform to devastating hacks with a single text message,” read the opening sentence of Wired Magazine’s ...

Sep 22, 2015 12:00:20 PM


Video: Recap of AirWatch Connect Atlanta, Day 1


Welcome to AirWatch Connect 2015. I’m Maddie Cook and this is your daily recap of AirWatch Connect Atlanta! Today AirWatch Connect kicked-off for its fourth consecutive year. Attendees gathered for a full day of pre-event activities that included industry workshops, Customer Advisory Board (CAB) ...

Sep 22, 2015 11:19:03 AM


VMware User Environment Manager 8.7 Is Ready for Windows 10


By Andy Morris, Sr. Product Line Marketing Manager, Horizon FLEX, EUC, VMware It’s only been a few months since VMware acquired Immidio and we’ve readied yet another release for you to enjoy. You can download the new User Environment Manager 8.7 now. What will you get for your efforts? Quite a lo...

Sep 21, 2015 2:00:35 PM




VMware and F5 Announce Collaboration


The big buzz at last month’s F5’s Agility Conference was all about our collaboration on a next generation networking and security platform called VMware NSX Network Virtualization Platform. Using a holistic approach that vastly simplifies management and provisioning of the SDDC. This also extends...

Sep 25, 2015 3:33:54 PM


Join us for Partner Exchange @ VMworld Europe on October 12th


This year Partner Exchange is coming to VMworld 2015 Europe! Don’t miss this unique opportunity: register for Partner Exchange on Monday 12th October, the day before VMworld (for which you need to register separately). What can you expect? An event like no other, where the only focus is you, and ...

Sep 23, 2015 4:56:05 PM


Virtual SAN: Deploy & Manage Course – Now Available


Achieve your Software-Defined Storage Solution Competency accreditation by registering and completing this new Virtual SAN: Deploy and Manage 6.0 course. The course is available either as an instructor led or live online three day course. The post Virtual SAN: Deploy & Manage Course – Now Availab...

Sep 23, 2015 3:27:04 PM


Enterprise Mobility Translates to Success


With Q4 around the corner, now is a great time to drive demand, increase your customer share of wallet, and customer value with Enterprise mobility. Today, the only thing growing faster than the volume and variety of mobile devices is the expectation of users and lines of business for the impact ...

Sep 22, 2015 8:32:53 PM


Partner Demand Center Single Sign-On Enabled


You can now login to the Partner Demand Center using your current login information for Partner Central. These changes require you to have a valid Partner Central account. If you do not already have a Partner Central account, please register here . The post Partner Demand Center Single Sign-On En...

Sep 22, 2015 4:09:48 PM




VMworld 2015: INF5701 - Extreme Performance Series - vSphere Compute & Memory


In this session we'll dive deep into how the vSphere compute and memory schedulers work to provide the same level of performance as bare metal. Hosted by two outstanding performance engineers, they will review concepts like how and when vSphere schedules vCPUs, how virtual machines are idles, und...

Sep 24, 2015 2:55:00 PM


Read locality in VSAN stretched cluster


Many regular readers will know that we do not do read locality in Virtual SAN. For VSAN, it has always been a trade-off of networking vs. storage latency. Let me give you an example. When we deploy a virtual machine with multiple objects (e.g. VMDK), and this VMDK is mirrored across two disks on ...

Sep 24, 2015 1:00:52 PM


Getting started with HCIbench, the benchmark for hyper-converged infrastructure


This week I had the opportunity to roll-out the HCIbench tool on one of my all-flash VSAN clusters (much kudos to my friends over at Micron for the loan of a bunch of flash devices for our lab). The HCIbench is a tool developed internally at VMware to make the deployment of a benchmark tool for h...

Sep 24, 2015 1:00:08 PM


Using Docker Machine with OpenStack


In this post, I’m going to show you how to use Docker Machine with OpenStack . This is something I’ve been interested in testing for a while, and now that I finally have my test lab back up and running, I was able to spend some time on this. I’ll spend some time later in the post covering my reas...

Sep 24, 2015 12:00:00 AM


A Quick Reference to Adding New Storage with LVM


This post walks through the process of adding storage capacity to a Linux server using LVM. There’s nothing new, revolutionary, or cutting-edge about this post—honestly, it’s really more for my own reference than anything else. Adding logical volumes is something that I do so infrequently that it...

Sep 24, 2015 12:00:00 AM


Handy tidbits & workarounds for the VCS to VCSA Migration Fling


The VCS (Windows VC) to VCSA Migration Fling has been out for a little over 6 months and the response from customers thus far has simply been phenomenal. We have also received some great feedback (200+ comments) from customers who have tried out the Fling in either a Dev/Test environment and some...

Sep 23, 2015 6:25:17 PM


Technology Short Take #54


Welcome to Technology Short Take #54! In this episode, I’ve gathered an odd collection of links and articles about key data center technologies. Without further ado, let’s get to the content. Networking Not sure if this link belongs in Networking or in Virtualization, but we’ll stick it here sinc...

Sep 23, 2015 4:25:00 PM


Designing a Virtual SAN stretched cluster


Advertise here with BSA There is a lot of material on stretched clusters already out there but somehow it seems that is hasn’t reached everyone yet. Last couple of weeks I spend a lot of time on the phone with different customers in the various countries/regions talking about designing a Virtual ...

Sep 23, 2015 2:43:13 PM


My VMworld Session – VSAN Monitoring & Troubleshooting – now available


Another of the break-out sessions that I presented at VMworld 2015 in San Francisco on Virtual SAN (VSAN) has been recorded and is now available on the VMworld site. I co-presented “STO6228 Monitoring and Troubleshooting Virtual SAN, Current and Future” with Christian Dickmann of VMware, who did ...

Sep 23, 2015 1:00:17 PM


Help support an awesome cause: College of Adaptive Arts


Working at VMware, I get the opportunity to collaborate with some of the most passionate Engineers, Technologists and Customer Advocates around. In addition to solving hard and technical problems for our customers, my colleagues are also very passionate philanthropists who are always looking for ...

Sep 22, 2015 6:23:11 PM


VMworld 2015: NET4976 - vSphere Distributed Switch 6 - Technical Deep Dive


VMware’s latest 6.0 version of the vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS) provides unparalleled networking features, control mechanisms, and new ways to construct a LAN topology. In this year’s version of one of the highest rated VMworld sessions, you’ll get front row seats to a deep dive on the VDS in...

Sep 22, 2015 1:40:00 PM


VSAN 6.1 New Feature – Handling of Problematic Disks


The more observant of you may have observed the following entry in the VSAN 6.1 Release Notes : Virtual SAN monitors solid state drive and magnetic disk drive health and proactively isolates unhealthy devices by unmounting them. It detects gradual failure of a Virtual SAN disk and isolates the de...

Sep 22, 2015 1:00:50 PM


Spousetivities at VMworld EMEA


Spousetivities returns to VMworld EMEA this year with a new set of activities. If you haven’t registered yet, here’s a quick look at the pretty impressive set of tours and activities that are planned. Montserrat and Wine Country: The famous Monastery of Montserrat, one of the black Madonnas of Eu...

Sep 22, 2015 12:00:00 AM


Which Platform Services Controller (PSC) is my vCenter Server pointing to?


In vSphere 6.0 Update 1, one of the new features that is available for both the vCenter Server for Windows and vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) is the ability to "repoint" the vCenter Server to a new or existing Platform Services Controller (PSC). The process is pretty straight forward and is nice...

Sep 21, 2015 5:45:15 PM


Direct video links to VMworld 2015 US sessions


The recorded videos for the VMworld 2015 US sessions just went live last week and I just started to catch up on some of the sessions that I could not attend. Having only watched a couple of sessions, I was not a fan of the site navigation and the various pop-ups that were required to watch the vi...

Sep 21, 2015 2:04:38 PM


My VMworld 2015 – Barcelona (#STO4572, #STO6228, #HOL1608)


I’m delighted to say that the two sessions that I co-presented at VMworld in San Francisco last month are also going to be delivered at VMworld in Barcelona next month. STO4572 – Successful Virtual SAN Evaluation/Proof-Of-Concepts Tuesday, Oct 13, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM I’ll be co-presenting this se...

Sep 21, 2015 1:00:48 PM


New Book - VMware - A Guide for New Admins


Being in IT doesn’t always mean that you will only be working with routers or switches. With the increased use of Virtualization, you now longer have rows and rows or rack and racks of servers. If you have used something like Virtualbox, you have dealt with virtualization. Using VMware is doing i...

Sep 21, 2015 11:42:00 AM


VMworld 2015: NET4989 - The Future of Network Virtualization with VMware NSX


Since NSX was launched in 2013, we have seen a steady expansion in the use cases that are addressed by network virtualization. Our initial focus was automation and reducing provisioning complexity in public and private clouds, and this continues to be a significant driver of adoption. The last 18...

Sep 21, 2015 11:18:00 AM


Hi everyone, I hope that you are all enjoying the post VMworld information, articles and updates that have been making their way onto the web. I am still working through the many announcements that were made at VMworld 2015. Of course it does not end here, In a few weeks time we have VMworld Europe and I expect we will see another flurry of announcements there. I will do my best to keep all of my readers well informed as always.


We do have a small change in the newsletter format this week. In order to try and streamline the newsletter and provide valuable content we have removed the TAM Webcast information and placed it online for you where it will be maintained and updated on a regular basis. This allows us to ensure the information is always fresh and you also don't have to wait a week to access it. The TAM Webcasts link is also the first section in the newsletter.


I hope that the small changes that we are trying to make to the newsletter such as the TOC (which may not work in all email clients) are providing you with a better reading experience.


Virtually Yours

Neil Isserow

Staff Technical Account Manager, Team Lead

San Francisco, CA





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Big Data on vSphere with HBase


This article describes a set of performance tests that were conducted on HBase, a popular data management tool that is frequently used with Hadoop, running on VMware vSphere 6 and provisioned by the vSphere Big Data Extensions tool. The work described here was done by Xinhui Li , who is a staff e...

Sep 18, 2015 6:06:11 PM


VMware Virtual SAN: The Software-Defined Storage Platform of the Future


  At VMworld 2015, we announced Virtual SAN 6.1, the third-generation of VMware’s hyper-converged infrastructure for VMs. With this release, we are introducing several major enhancements and new capabilities, including support for the latest generation of storage devices, new availability and dis...

Sep 18, 2015 5:40:45 PM


VMware Certificate Authority, Organizational Change, and Other Top Posts from our Professional Services Team


Our friends from around the VMware blogosphere publish everything from how-to content to put your skills to the test, to strategic concepts that can help you think differently about how you work. Check out the latest posts and try something new! VMware Certificate Authority – My Favorite New Feat...

Sep 18, 2015 4:34:35 PM


Web-based Management for the VCSA is Back!


When vSphere 6.0 launched, there was a celebration. But one beloved feature didn’t make it to the party: The vCenter Server Appliance Management Interface, or more fondly known as the VAMI . The VAMI was the administration web interface included with previous releases of the VCSA that was used to...

Sep 18, 2015 4:00:58 PM


Upgrading from Workstation 11 to Workstation Pro 12


This video demonstrates how you can upgrade from VMware Workstation 11 to VMware Workstation Pro 12 and is based on VMware Knowledge Base article Upgrading from VMware Workstation 11 to VMware... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Sep 17, 2015 2:56:23 PM


Top 3 Tips for Optimizing DevOps


More collaboration is a noble goal. Make the reality match the promise. The concept of DevOps is so appealing. Who wouldn’t agree that better communication between development and operations teams will expedite release cycles, improve software quality, and make the business more agile? Just one q...

Sep 16, 2015 8:13:56 PM


What it Means to Be a CTO Ambassador


About Amanda Blevins: Amanda is a Principal Engineer and the Software-Defined Data Center Lead for the Americas in the Field Office of the CTO. She has helped numerous large organizations in IT transformation. She also leads teams that focus on customer engagements and internal enablement. Amanda...

Sep 16, 2015 6:22:03 PM


The VMware Knowledge Base


In VMware documentation, we show you how a product works, and how you can use the product to accomplish your tasks. But what about when the product isn’t working for you—when it doesn’t... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Sep 16, 2015 3:53:46 PM


Installing VMware Workstation Pro 12 on Windows


This video tutorial quickly demonstrates how VMware Workstation Pro 12 can be installed on your Windows PC or laptop. Before starting with the installation ensure that your physical machine meets all... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Sep 16, 2015 2:24:17 PM


Manage Your Hostnames with vRealize Automation


By Ted Spinks There are multiple options for how vRealize Automation (vRA) can manage the hostnames of its provisioned machines. When you’re trying to figure out which one makes the most sense for your organization, understanding the 5 most common options is a great place to start. Ted Spinks, a ...

Sep 16, 2015 2:02:34 PM


Two New Design Courses + VMware NSX V6.2 Training


Three highly anticipated training courses were released last month: VMware vSphere: Design and Deploy Fast Track [V6] – This extended-hours training course equips you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to design and deploy a VMware vSphere® 6.0 virtual infrastructure. You will work with pe...

Sep 15, 2015 4:01:15 PM


vCenter Server 6.0 Update 1 Single Sign On and SSLv3


Hi, vSphere 6.0 Update 1 is out and there’s lots of great updates. One that I think many will be interested in is SSLv3 as it relates to Single Sign-On. From the Update 1 Release Notes SSLv3 protocol disabled by default on port 7444 in vCenter Server 6.0 Update When you install vCenter Server 6.0...

Sep 15, 2015 12:00:02 AM


Save 50% on New Beta Courses: Installing NSX, Security Operations, and Horizon Design


VMware offers beta courses to anyone who wants to participate in helping finalize the nearly complete course content and materials. You save 50% off the regular course price and get the same valuable VMware training that fully qualifies towards certification requirements. Hurry, space is limited....

Sep 14, 2015 4:52:45 PM


Did You Miss VMworld US this year? Here’s a Recap!


VMworld 2015 brought a lot of exciting innovations and announcements to the industry. But before we head over to Barcelona for VMworld Europe, let’s recap what we announced in San Francisco. vCloud Air Announcements: As interest in cloud services continues to grow, VMware continues to evolve and ...

Sep 18, 2015 5:30:26 PM


New! Making Your Move to the Cloud – Part 1: Building a Structured Approach to the Cloud


  “If you’re considering moving to the cloud, you no doubt recognize that cloud computing represents the opportunity to minimize overhead and maximize agility so IT can deliver significant value back to the organization. By leveraging a more agile and efficient IT environment that leverages pools...

Sep 18, 2015 3:35:21 PM


Making Your Move to the Cloud – Part 1: Building a Structured Approach to the Cloud


By Michael Francis and RadhaKrishna (RK) Dasari If you’re considering moving to the cloud, you no doubt recognize that cloud computing represents the opportunity to minimize overhead and maximize agility so IT can deliver significant value back to the organization. By leveraging a more agile and ...

Sep 17, 2015 4:07:51 PM


Seamless ingestion during Log Insight upgrade


Software upgrades should be simple and require minimal disruption, but all too often upgrading enterprise software is extremely complicated and requires extensive downtime. For tools like Log Insight that are used to monitor critical applications and services, downtime during upgrade could mean m...

Sep 17, 2015 10:01:42 AM


App Volumes Writable Volumes Orphaned


By Jeffrey Davidson In this blog entry I will talk about App Volumes and how Writable Volumes can become orphaned. In some cases Writable Volumes can become orphaned as shown below. This status message can be confusing. The status message makes it seem as if the Writable Volume may be missing, or...

Sep 16, 2015 7:05:27 PM


New VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2015-0006


Today VMware has released the following new advisory VMSA-2015-0006 This addresses a VMware vCenter Server LDAP certificate validation issue. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project ( has assigned the identifier CVE-2015-6932 to this issue. Customers that are looking for up...

Sep 16, 2015 5:30:58 PM


What’s New with VMware vCloud Air Public Cloud for vSphere?


Currently a vSphere customer and not quite ready to embrace the public cloud for your organization? Curious about the perceived barriers and challenges to using public cloud – and how to overcome them? Then join us on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 11:00 AM PST for an hour-long webcast to explore...

Sep 16, 2015 4:00:04 PM


Manage Hostnames with vRealize Automation – Part 1: Understand your options!


There are multiple options for how vRealize Automation (vRA) can manage the hostnames of its provisioned machines. When you’re trying to figure out which one makes the most sense for your organization, understanding the 5 most common options is a great place to start. In this article, I’ll help y...

Sep 16, 2015 12:00:24 PM


Manage Hostnames with vRealize Automation – Part 2: Use a small vRO workflow


In Part 1 of this series, we compared and contrasted the 5 most common options for how vRealize Automation (vRA) can assign hostnames to its provisioned machines. In this article, we’re taking a deeper-dive into setting up one of those options: creating your own vRealize Orchestrator (vRO) hostna...

Sep 16, 2015 11:50:12 AM


The debate about disabling Hyperthreading in virtualized Exchange server is over


Anyone that virtualized Exchange server in recent years had stumbled into this conundrum: should I disable Hyperthreading on the physical server or not? The main cause of this confusion is conflicting recommendations coming from Microsoft and VMware on the subject, I am happy to say that this deb...

Sep 16, 2015 4:36:42 AM


Content Library Performance Tuning


by Joanna Guan and Davide Bergamasco The first two posts in this series assessed the performance of some Content Library operations like virtual machine deployment and library synchronization, import and export . In this post we discuss how to fine-tune Content Library settings in order to achiev...

Sep 15, 2015 8:39:07 PM


vCloud Air vTech Talk: vCloud Air Network Services Now Supports BGP, OSPF and More


Connecting all the dots isn’t easy — especially when limited by network constraints. VMware vCloud® Air™ Network Services can help. vCloud Air Network Services now supports dynamic routing — including Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) and Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) — and multiple Virtual Private...

Sep 15, 2015 4:00:29 PM


Leverage Micro-Segmentation to Build a Zero Trust Network


Applications are a vital component of your business…but are your applications and data safe? Have you considered implementing a Zero Trust model at your organization to protect your vital resources? Join this hour-long webcast on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 11:00 AM PST / 2:00 PM EST to find o...

Sep 14, 2015 1:58:03 PM


Log Insight 3.0 Now Available


vRealize Log Insight continues to make great strides not only in supporting large environments, but also in great user experience. With respect to our super-simple administration, I had a customer tell me once that we should “wear it as a badge”. The most recent release of vRealize Log Insight, v...

Sep 14, 2015 10:01:14 AM


SAP on VMWare Availability and Recovery Guide


SAP provides a range of enterprise software applications and business solutions to manage and run the complete business of a company. These mission-critical systems require continuous availability. A correctly architected and highly available solution can provide applications such as those from S...

Sep 14, 2015 4:12:56 AM


Oracle Database compression or Storage (All Flash) compression: A performance comparison


Database vendors like Oracle provide options to create compressed tablespaces to store the data. The perceived value is the reduced storage need. While the storage used can be potentially reduced, there is a possibility of negatively impacting CPU utilization of the database server for the compre...

Sep 13, 2015 3:57:41 AM



Education at VMworld – where innovation is the norm


By Preston Winn, Director Education Solutions, EUC, VMware I was a first-time attendee at VMworld 2015. While I love trade shows for all their energy and fun, what I love most is that they bring us together to interact with people who use our product. Ultimately, the event provides an opportunity...

Sep 18, 2015 6:00:44 PM


Fearlessly Innovating with Socialcast: Part 2


By Chris Dong, Business Analyst & End User Experience Intern, VMware We’re excited to launch a new blog series entitled Fearlessly Innovating with Socialcast showcasing the successes of Socialcast as part of the broader VMware community. Socialcast by VMware, a leading enterprise social networkin...

Sep 18, 2015 4:00:55 PM


Horizon FLEX 1.6 and Windows 10


By Andy Morris, Sr. Product Line Marketing Manager, Horizon FLEX, EUC, VMware Hi, Andy here again. You’ll be happy to know that that we’ve kept to our quarterly promise, and shipped another major release of FLEX. VMware Horizon FLEX 1.6 shipped at the beginning of September. And it’s a doozy. The...

Sep 18, 2015 2:00:59 PM


User Profiles on App Volumes Writeable Volumes – The evolution continues!


By Sachin Sharma, Product Line Marketing Manager, EUC, VMware As we look at profile management & profile delivery solutions available today in the market, and the pains that come with managing roaming profiles with folder redirection, we can see that there is clearly room to introduce simplicity ...

Sep 17, 2015 11:45:32 PM


Fearlessly Innovating with Socialcast: Part 2


We’re excited to launch a new blog series entitled Fearlessly Innovating with Socialcast showcasing the successes of Socialcast as part of the broader VMware community. Socialcast by VMware, a leading enterprise social networking platform, is used by thousands of VMware employees each and every d...

Sep 17, 2015 9:06:11 PM


What’s New with VMware Horizon 6.2


By Matt Coppinger, Director Technical Marketing & Enablement, EUC, VMware September and VMworld 2015 saw the general availability (GA) of VMware Horizon 6.2. This new release for VMware’s flagship EUC product has a wealth of new features and enhancements. In fact, 6.2 represents a monumental rele...

Sep 17, 2015 2:00:10 PM


Adam Savage to share perspective on innovation at AirWatch Connect Atlanta


Adam Savage has been announced as the keynote speaker at this year’s AirWatch Connect, the leading event for enterprise mobility, held in Atlanta. With more than 30 years of experience, Savage will share insights on innovation. This year, more than 2,000 people are expected to attend AirWatch Con...

Sep 17, 2015 1:56:17 PM


AirWatch provides instant support for iOS 9 device management


For the fifth consecutive major iOS release, AirWatch announces same-day support. The new iOS 9 with AirWatch support is available today. AirWatch supports devices with the iOS 9 software in 17 languages. Since the iOS 5 release in 2011, AirWatch has offered same-day support for every iOS release...

Sep 16, 2015 5:42:49 PM


Changes Ahead in Financial Services … and VMware Is Ready for Any


By Manasee Dash, Sr. Product Line Marketing Manager, Financial Services, EUC, VMware Try as we might, we humans aren’t very good at predicting what’s next. Alexander Graham Bell packed up his novel telephone and offered it to Western Union; whose president said it was nothing but a toy. And Steve...

Sep 16, 2015 4:00:42 PM


New security features available in Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ and Note 5


Earlier this month, Samsung released the Galaxy S6 edge+ and Note 5. These powerful new devices, combined with Airwatch support, provide enterprise-grade security, productivity, and interoperability for the most demanding organizations. The Samsung KNOX built-in security platform combined with Ai...

Sep 16, 2015 3:54:08 PM


Bringing New Meaning to “Mission-Critical” – Powered by VMware Horizon and NVIDIA GRID


By Matt Coppinger, Director Technical Marketing & Enablement and Tony Paikeday, Sr. Product Line Manager, EUC, VMware Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) has come a long way in the last 7 years. Formerly the domain of task workers with a small suite of rudimentary clerical apps, VDI can now be f...

Sep 16, 2015 2:00:43 PM


#TipTuesday – Commit to it.


In my previous post in this series, I shared the first of 12 pieces of advice for building a successful enterprise social network (ESN) – have a full-time community manager from the start . In this post I’ll discuss my second tip: Commit to it. Every few decades some new form of communication com...

Sep 15, 2015 11:44:12 PM


Top Takeaways for Retail from VMworld


By Paige Handza, Vertical Market Manager, Retail, EUC, VMware San Francisco was buzzing as more than 23,000 people came together to participate at VMworld, VMware’s annual global conference. VMworld brings together VMware experts, customer speakers, industry colleagues and partners come together ...

Sep 15, 2015 9:55:14 PM


Recap: Socialcast at VMworld 2015


VMworld 2015 in San Francisco has sadly come to a close and the show is headed to Barcelona. But, before we officially hang up our VMworld badges, we wanted to share some Socialcast highlights from this year’s event. Here’s just a small glimpse into Socialcast’s presence at VMworld 2015! Socialca...

Sep 14, 2015 11:16:38 PM


MWD Advisory details Royal Philips journey and its Socialcast-based platform


Five years ago, Royal Philips (Philips), a diversified technology company, started on a social collaboration journey with Socialcast by VMware in hopes of discovering a solution that enables better collaboration and communication between employees who hold positions in different parts of the busi...

Sep 14, 2015 10:33:27 PM




Partner PR & Social Toolkit


Download this toolkit for guidance on the best ways to work with us. It details our priority focus areas, the communication platforms we are working on, typical processes involved in press release development, and key contacts in the PR and social teams that’ll really help drive joint initiatives...

Sep 18, 2015 4:39:02 PM


Get Certified at Twice the Speed With Our vSphere [V6] Boot Camp Course


Register now for the classroom course. Whether you need to upgrade your certification or prepare for VCP6 exams, this fast-paced, 5-day intensive course will allow you to cover materials from our most popular courses (“Install, Configure, and Manage” and “Optimise and Scale”) all in one. Perfect ...

Sep 17, 2015 2:57:52 PM


Be Successful Selling Virtual SAN


Boost your business by selling VMware Virtual SAN by watching our “Tips on Selling VMware Virtual SAN” video . Learn how to take advantage of all the resources available to you in less than five minutes. Note that this video is available in French , Italian , and German . The post Be Successful S...

Sep 14, 2015 11:32:30 PM



Awesome VMworld 2015 sessions available for watching…


Advertise here with BSA I was watching a couple of VMworld sessions and I noticed the relatively low view count on them. Some of these are real gems, and these are the sessions which I have already watched multiple times. You can find more sessions on youtube in this playlist . Ken Werneburg and ...

Sep 19, 2015 8:13:46 AM


How Wrecking Crew Inc. leveraged vSphere's Instant Clone to instantly provision hundreds of VMs


Okay, Wrecking Crew Inc. is not a real company but a fictitious one that was used during Alan Renouf and Li Zheng's VMworld session, #INF5803 - Deploy Hundreds of VMs Instantly via Forking (aka vSphere Instant Clone). During the session, Wrecking Crew Inc. was described as a modern online gaming ...

Sep 18, 2015 2:49:53 PM


PowerCLI 6.0 R2 – The most advanced version VMware has ever made


This week VMware released a new version of PowerCLI and this release is the most advanced version ever made. As the Product Manager for PowerCLI I am particularly proud of this release as we not only add core functionality to the vSphere cmdlets allowing access to report, manage and automate even...

Sep 18, 2015 5:15:27 AM


A closer look at Datrium


Datrium are a new storage company who only recently came out of stealth. They are one of the companies that I really wanted to catch up with at VMworld 2015. They have a lot of well-respected individuals on their team, including Boris Weissman, who was a principal engineer at VMware and Brian Bil...

Sep 17, 2015 1:00:05 PM


ScaleIO Node - what's the scoop, and what's up?


Today is the launch (directed availability - general availability in Q1) of the ScaleIO Node - the ScaleIO software, bundled with a range of of server hardware, and if needed a ToR switch - delivered as an appliance with a single clear support model: EMC supports it, period. Hmmm: So - is this th...

Sep 16, 2015 6:22:50 PM


vSphere HA settings for VSAN Stretched Cluster


As part of the enhancements to Virtual SAN 6.1, stretched cluster support was announced. To provide availability for virtual machines in a VSAN Stretched Cluster, vSphere HA needs to be configured. This allows VMs to be restarted on the same site (with affinity rules) when there is a host failure...

Sep 16, 2015 1:00:22 PM


VMworld Europe, where can you find me?


Advertise here with BSA I have a couple of sessions schedule for VMworld Europe, as it stands right now all of those still have availability. If you are going to VMworld Europe and haven’t registered any sessions yet I would urge you to do so today, you don’t want to show up and find the session ...

Sep 16, 2015 8:43:40 AM


Override default VSAN Maintenance (decommission) Mode in VSAN 6.1


Earlier this year, there was an interesting use case that was brought up from a customer regarding the use of vSphere Update Manager (VUM) and VSAN enabled ESXi hosts. Everything was working from a functional standpoint, but the customer wanted a way to control the default VSAN decommission mode ...

Sep 14, 2015 3:31:56 PM


Configuring Shared IPMI Ports on Supermicro Servers for the Home Lab


I recently received an email from a reader stating that they really liked the IPMI and remote KVM features of the Supermicro boards that I use for my ESXi hosts , but was running out of ports on the network switch used for home lab networking. After discussing the use case of shared ports, I figu...

Sep 14, 2015 2:12:14 PM


Step-by-step deployment of the VSAN witness appliance


In an earlier post, I described the witness appliance in a lot of detail. Using the witness appliance is VMware’s recommended way of creating a witness host. Ideally, customers should avoid building their own bespoke appliances for this purpose. Also note that the witness appliance is not a gener...

Sep 14, 2015 1:00:25 PM


Virtual SAN licensing / packaging


Advertise here with BSA I’ve seen many questions on Virtual SAN packaging over the last 2 weeks so I figured I would share a table that shows what is possible with which license. A lot of the confusion is around the “ROBO” use case, and I want to make it crystal clear that you can deploy a 2-node...

Sep 14, 2015 10:44:39 AM


New Training Course - VMware Cloud Automation: Design and Deploy Fast Track [V6.0]


This training course focuses on designing and deploying an enterprise cloud by using a distributed architecture deployment of VMware vRealize Automation. The lecture and labs concentrate on designing an enterprise cloud architecture and the effective implementation of a vRealize Automation distri...

Sep 14, 2015 6:35:00 AM


New Training Course - VMware vSphere: Design and Deploy Fast Track [V6]


This extended-hours training course equips you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to design and deploy a VMware vSphere 6.0 virtual infrastructure. You follow a proven approach to design and deploy a virtualization solution that is available, scalable, manageable, and secure. This course d...

Sep 14, 2015 6:32:00 AM


VMworld 2015–San Francisco–PowerCLI Session


Firstly, I want to say I had a blast at VMworld SFO this year, it was a fantastic show and it really felt like everyone was buzzing with excitement and interest in VMware, the announcements, the partners and just about everything else that was going on.  I think this may be one of my favorite yea...

Sep 14, 2015 4:54:01 AM


Interview at the VMware theatre during VMworld


Advertise here with BSA I had the honour and pleasure to have been asked for a “rock star” interview at the VMware Theatre at VMworld in the Solutions Exchange. I am not a big fan of the use of the term “rock star” as I am not Dave Grohl or Eddie Vedder, just one of the geeks. Nevertheless it was...

Sep 12, 2015 12:32:54 PM





残念ながらvCloud AirではGUI操作でEdge GatewayにSyslogサーバの設定を行うことが出来ません。




Edge GatewayにSyslogサーバを設定する


1. vCloud Airへログイン

C:\> vca login ”User ID” --password "Password"


2. 操作対象のVDCを選択

C:\> vca instance use --instance Instance Id --vdc "VDC name"


3. Edge Gatewayの設定を確認


C:\> vca gateway


4. Edge GatewayへSyslogサーバを設定

C:\> vca gateway set-syslog --ip ”SyslogサーバのIP”




4. Webポータルにて設定を確認




vca-cliを使用してvCloud AirへログインしvAppリストを取得してみます。


1. vCloud Airへログイン

C:\> vca login ”User ID” --password "Password"


2. インスタンスIDリストの取得

C:\> vca instance


3. インスタンスIDを指定してVDCへ接続

C:\> vca instance use --instance ”Instance Id


4. 操作対象のVDCを確認


C:\> vca vdc



5. VDCの変更


C:\> vca vdc use --vdc "VDC name"


6. vAppリストの取得

C:\> vca vapp


7. vCloud Airからログアウト

C:\> vca logout




C:\> vca example

In case a virtual machine configuration (.vmx) file becomes corrupt for whatever reason, you may see error messages like "Not a valid virtual machine configuration file", or "... syntax error in line X" when you try to start the VM.


VMware KB: Starting a virtual machine generates a syntax error provides some options for how to resolve such an issue. However, manually recreating the configuration file is somewhat cumbersome.


The attached batch file automates the task of recreating the .vmx file by simply dragging the vmware.log file and dropping it on the log2vmx.cmd file. The script parses the .log file for the required configuration data, and - if this information is found - creates a new .vmx file in the script's folder. If a .vmx file with the same name already exists, it will be renamed to .vmx.bak.

VMware Photon OS ですが、

vForum 2015 でも盛んに取り上げられ、Photon Controller も GitHub で公開され



VMware Photon


VMware Photon Controller


Photon は、VMworld の開催された2015年8月末ごろに Photon OS とよばれるようになり

Technical Preview 2(1.0 TP2)もリリースされています。

New Capabilities in Project Photon OS Technical Preview 2 (TP2) - VMware vSphere Blog - VMware Blogs



VMware Photon Linux 1.0 TP2 が公開されました。


PXE Boot インストールや RPM-OSTree への対応といった大きく公表されているところ以外にも、



今回の Photon のバージョンです。

root [ ~ ]# cat /etc/photon-release

VMware Photon Linux 1.0 TP2




syslog-ng が入った。


root [ ~ ]# rpm -q syslog-ng



ふつうにテキストログが /var/log/messages ファイルに出力されたりします。

root [ ~ ]# ls -lh /var/log/messages

-rw------- 1 root root 548K Nov 26 11:11 /var/log/messages


NIC の名前付けのルールが変更された。

eth0 みたいな名前から、RHEL7 や Oracle Linux 7 でおなじみの enp0s3 みたいな名前に変更されました。

Photon ではあまり RPM が導入されていませんが、

それでも ip コマンドだけでなく ifconfig コマンドも使用できます。

※この例では、NIC が2つあります。

root [ ~ ]# ifconfig -a
enp0s3    Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 08:00:27:79:C1:4B
           inet addr:  Bcast:  Mask:
           RX packets:6 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
           TX packets:24 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
           collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
           RX bytes:1528  TX bytes:2371


enp0s8    Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 08:00:27:B1:5B:BB
           inet addr:  Bcast:  Mask:
           RX packets:29235 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
           TX packets:710 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
           collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
           RX bytes:2467629  TX bytes:116892


lo        Link encap:Local Loopback
           inet addr:  Mask:
           UP LOOPBACK RUNNING  MTU:65536  Metric:1
           RX packets:323 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
           TX packets:323 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
           collisions:0 txqueuelen:0

          RX bytes:95887  TX bytes:95887


Open vSwitch が入っている。


root [ ~ ]# rpm -qa | grep openvswitch



まだ謎の多い Photon ですが、

いろいろと調整されているようで VIC や Photon Platform が GA になるころにどうなるのか楽しみです。


以上、Photon OS の 1.0 TP2 での地味な変更点についてでした。

As of December, 2015, CloudCred players will have two ways to sign in: Using a My VMware account, or using a Twitter account. Other social channels will no longer function to sign in.


However, your CloudCred account is accessed via the email address used to create it.


So, if you find yourself unable to access your CloudCred account because it’s using an email other than what’s associated with Twitter account or your My VMware account, you have two options:


  1. Create a new Twitter account using the email address that is currently associated with your CloudCred account.



  1. Kindly submit a request to the CloudCred Community Manager, asking for an email update to your account so it matches your Twitter email. Allow 4-6 weeks for processing. (Kidding – but Option 1 will create less work for the Manager.) or


As always, thanks for being a valued player at

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