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I recently faced this issue , My standalone host which was hosting some critical application , had an issue with Hardware Status ,

 

when i checked the status of the server Health , all the parameters were Unknown same as below

 

I did a refresh and reset sensors , But still the status were Unknown , I checked the CIM status and Port 5988 status

 

later i logged into the esxi shell , and executed /etc/init.d/sfcbd-watchdog restart  , which restarted the Watchog service and refreshed the status of health tab, Now the service were up and running and the status was normal

 

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Must Read this Article to know what will happen to your vm when and Host goes down.

 

HA Simulator : What will happen to your VM. | Vmwareminds

Bringing back a post from year and half ago: Should I create a new plug-in for vCO/XaaS…

 

Do you think all those things apply? Considering that vRO has now things like the Dynamic Types plug-in, but at the same time the plug-in development has been, and still is being, simplified.

We're running quite a few MSCS clusters on Server 2012 R2 VMs. These have multiple shared storage drives that are RDMs.

 

We had a request to expand or increase the size of some of them.

 

When reading about this, ran across an old article that suggested the .vmdk "pointer" files on the datastores have to be re-created to present the additional storage. So, I set up a test to determine if this was something that remained accurate, or if VMware 6.0 can present the added storage all the way through the pointer file .vmdk to the OS level.

 

Our test scenario was essentially like this;

  1. Set up test RDM (123 Gb)
  2. Verify set up in Cluster and everything is normal.
  3. Request SAN increase size of RDM
  4. Determine if new size is presented to OS layer.

 

What actually happened;

  1. Recorded the UUID of the 123 Gb LUN
  2. Added 123 Gb LUN to each node of the cluster (adding the RDM to each node in VMware Web Client)
  3. Expanded the LUN on the SAN from 123 Gb to 223 Gb
  4. Re-scanned and refreshed storage adapters in Web Client (new size showed up)
  5. Logged into one of the Server 2012 R2 nodes and re-scanned disks.
  6. Observed the size; there was now an unallocated 100 Gb showing up on the target drive

 

Conclusion;

 

Even though old information suggested that the .vmdk "pointer" files had to be recreated to access the added space, this must have been updated in some version since the date of the article above. On 6.0, the newly added space was presented to teh OS without any additional steps after simply re-scanning and refreshing storage adapters.

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Clean upp SSO Dumps files in Knorrhane

Posted by nikkar Jun 24, 2015

I found several *.dmp files in this path C:\Windows\System32\config\systemprofile\AppData\Local\CrashDumps *dmp. We are using windows vcenter server version 5.5u2.

You can safely delete the files to free up disk space.

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Hi everyone, a reminder again abut our upcoming events that I think you will find interesting to attend. Please also note that due to the timing of the newsletter publication I am not always able to include the latest KB articles. Please bear that in mind and ensure that you do a weekly check on these. I will always provide the link at the end of the newsletter for you.

 

Business Mobility: Enabling Business Process Innovation with Mobile-First Strategies
Online Event
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM PT

There's an exciting world of new opportunities evolving — a world where early movers can take advantage and winners will be defined by mobile-first or mobile-only strategies.
VMware has created a comprehensive, secure business mobility platform, working with customers across many industries and partnering with a rich ecosystem to deliver apps and services specific to customers' needs.
Register Now: http://www.vmware.com/go/businessmobility?cid=70134000000NvD1&src=Email_BusnMob_FieldEM_EUC_US

vSphere 6.0: All Things Storage!
Wednesday, June 17
8:00 a.m. PST/11:00 EST
Cormac Hogan will give an overview of new storage features in vSphere 6.0, including core storage, VVols and VSAN. In this presentation, we will look at enhancements made to core vSphere storage, look at the new, highly anticipated Virtual Volumes and the changes they will bring to the way vSphere Admins work with storage, and a look at the new enhancements made to VSAN 6.0.
Registration:
http://w.on24.com/r.htm?e=977640&s=1&k=4CA3A3EB10F649D6DA4F707F2D299F71

 

I will be traveling again next week but I will be sure to bring you all of the latest news from VMware.

 

Have a great week.

 

Virtually Yours

Neil Isserow

Staff Technical Account Manager, Team Lead

San Francisco, CA

 

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VMware TAM WEBCASTS

 

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On-Demand Webinars:

SDDC:

  • NEW: On-Demand: What’s New with vSphere and Operations Management 6
  • NEW: On-Demand: New Video from HP Discover: VMware and HP’s Global Innovation Center
  • On-Demand: VMware vForum Online Spring 2015
  • On-Demand: The Software-Defined Data Center: the Future of IT
  • On-Demand: A Practical Roadmap to Moving Beyond Server Virtualization
  • On-Demand: Datacenter Refresh: Traditional vs Converged vs Hyper-Converged (VMUG)
  • Every Wednesday, 3pm EST: VMware Communities Roundtable
  • What’s new in vSphere 6 Security?  Learn here about the new security features in vSphere 6, and also the vSphere Hardening Guide.
  • Top 5 Tips when considering vCenter Architecture Design in vSphere v6.0 are here.
Operations Management:
  • NEW: On-Demand: Getting More Out of vRealize Automation: Cloud Business Management (vRealize Business)
  • NEW: On-Demand: Getting More Out of vRealize Automation: Integrate with Anything
  • NEW: On-Demand: Getting More Out of vRealize Automation: Introduction to Customization and Extending
  • NEW: On-Demand: Getting More Out of vRealize Automation: 6.2 Installation and Configuration
  • On-Demand: Getting More Out of vRealize Automation: No Scripting Required
  • On-Demand: Log Insight Deep Dive
  • On-Demand: Performance & Troubleshooting – Improving Quality of Service
  • On-Demand: Operational Efficiency – Understanding Waste and Rightsizing your Environment
  • On-Demand: vRealize Operations 6.0 Installation and the Migration from vCenter Operations v5.x
  • On-Demand: What’s New in vRealize Operations 6.0
  • On-Demand: vRealize Operations 6.0: Capacity Management and Planning
  • On-Demand: Four Ways to Maximize the Value of VMware vRealize Operations Manager
  • On-Demand: Take Virtualization to the Next Level with vSphere with Operations Management
  • On-Demand: Take control of your vSphere environment with Operations Management
  • VIDEOS: 50 new vRealize Operations 6 videos available on the vR Ops product website (on the Resources tab), covering Key Concepts, Use Cases, Installation, Analytics Badges, and How To & Tech Tips.
    • NEW: Lots of new releases this week in the vRealize Suite.  If you’re looking for details, contact your TAM.
    • There is a new Health Monitoring tool for vRealize Suite deployments called vRealize Production Test.  This is an add-on component to the vRealize Suite that ensures the operational status of vRealize Suite deployments from their initial deployment stages to ongoing Production Testing.  Emphasis was placed on vRA and vR Ops.  Get latest version 1.1 here. Read more about it here
Automation:
  • On-Demand: 5 Ways Cloud Automation Drives Greater Cost and Operational Transparency – Led by Kevin Lees, VMware Principal Architect and Lead Architect for Global IT Operations Transformation.
    • This infographic shows how automating private cloud infrastructure management can improve the efficiency of cloud operations, resource management, accelerated virtualization, and deliver enormous CapEx and OpEx savings.
Networking:
  • On-Demand: Learn how NSX delivers a comprehensive security approach for Horizon environments
  • On-Demand: Introduction to NSX  (VMware ViewPoint Training & Certification Webinar Series)
  • On-Demand: VMware NSX – Technical Overview
  • On-Demand: Listen to Martin Casado explain NSX and Microsegmentation
  • On-Demand: A 3-minute summary of NSX and Microsegmentation
  • On-Demand: NSX Distributed Firewall Deep Dive (VMUG)
  • Every other Tuesday, 1pm EST: VMware NSX. Learn how VMware has applied the industry’s leading virtualization operating model to the network through this bi-weekly webinar.
    • Product walk-through demo on NSX can be found here.
    • There are security threats imminent for customers who will not migrate off of Windows 2003 by mid-July, when support ends.  Read more here.  You can use NSX help you through this transition.
Storage:
  • NEW: On-Demand: Lower Storage Costs with VMware Virtual SAN
  • On-Demand: VMware Virtual Volumes and their Impact on the Datacenter
  • On-Demand: Managing Storage Policies with VMware Virtual SAN
  • On-Demand: What’s All the Buzz about Software-Defined Storage? (Learn about Virtual SAN 6 and vSphere Virtual Volumes)
  • On-Demand: What’s New in Virtual SAN v6.0 – Seeing What’s New in Storage
  • On-Demand: Overcoming Performance Limitations with Dell Flash Storage (VMUG)
    • Hands On Lab: "What’s New in Virtual SAN 6?"  Click here!
    • Learn about Virtual Volumes here, from Rawlinson Rivera, Principal Architect.
Disaster Recovery:
  • On-Demand: Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery in Action
  • On-Demand: Technical Demo: What’s New with vCloud Air Disaster Recovery
  • On-Demand: Not Your Grandfather’s Data Protection (VMUG)
    • The VMware Feature Walk-Through site has content covering the vCloud Air Disaster Recovery Service.  Watch it here.  (Read more about this new vCloud Air DRaaS offering here.)
Cloud:
  • NEW: On-Demand: IT Security does not have to End where the Public Cloud Begins
  • On-Demand: Check out VMware and Fujitsu joint solutions that bring a “Hybrid IT” model to optimize the cloud and support innovation and growth.
  • On-Demand: Build Development and Testing Environments on VMware vCloud Air
  • On-Demand: Set Your Cloud Agenda with VMware vCloud Air
  • On-Demand: Scale Your Mobile App Development on vCloud Air
    • NEW: EMC accounted that they are buying Virtustream, a cloud services provider focused on the managed private cloud.  With the addition of Virtustream, the EMC Federation of companies will be able to offer customers a comprehensive set of hybrid cloud offerings, including private, managed, and public cloud solutions.  Read more here.
    • Learn about VMware’s “One Cloud. Any Application. Any Device” value proposition here.
Desktop:
  • On-Demand: Learn how NSX delivers a comprehensive security approach for Horizon environments
  • On-Demand: VMware Horizon: Transforming Desktop and Application Delivery and Management
  • On-Demand: Accelerate Your Desktop Transformation Strategy: Six New Additions to Horizon 6
    • NEW: AirWatch by VMware is recognized in the 2015 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Mobility Management here.  This is VMware’s fifth consecutive year of being named a leader, and our third consecutive year with the highest position on the ability to execute.
    • NEW: Click here to see Dell’s new Engineered Solutions for EVO:RAIL Horizon Edition (HE).
    • Have you heard about the new VMware User Environment Manager (UEM), which offers personalization and dynamic policy configuration across any virtual, physical, and cloud-based environment?  Read more about it here.
Troubleshooting:
  • On-Demand: Webinar on Troubleshooting  VMware vSphere [V5.5], covering SSL certificates, networking, storage, VMware vCenter SSO, and more.  Read more about it here. (VMware ViewPoint Training & Certification Webinar Series)
    • Learn about how a TAM views Troubleshooting 101 for Server Ops here.
Scheduled Webinar Events:Jun 16: Business Mobility: Enabling Business Process Innovation with Mobile-First Strategies (hosted by CEO Pat Gelsinger and EVP Sanjay Poonen)Jun 17: vSphere 6.0: All Things Storage! (led by Cormac Hogan) (TAM Customer Webcast Series)Jun 17: Using vRealize Automation and NSX to Deploy and Secure Multi-tiered Applications (Getting More out of vRealize Operations 6.0 Webinar Series)Jun 18: IT Security Does Not Have to End Where the Public Cloud BeginsJun 23: Tips and Tricks for Building a Mobile Secure Workspace with VMware HorizonJun 23: vCloud Air Google+ HangoutJun 25: Business-critical MySQL with DR in vCloud AirJul 7: vRealize Operations v6.0: Installation, Sizing, and Migration (Getting More out of vRealize Operations 6.0 Webinar Series) (Link forthcoming)Jul 23: 5 Ways Cloud Automation Drives Greater Cost and Operational Transparency  (TAM Customer Webcast Series)  (Link forthcoming)
Aug 30-Sep 3: VMworld 2015
  • Registration: here.
    • Pricing: here.
      • Early Bird pricing has been extended to Sunday June 14th.  Early bird pricing is $300 off the price of a pass. 
    • PSO Credits:  Use 22 PSO Credits to buy your ticket.  FAQ’s are here.  10 ticket limit per organization.  Credits must not expire before the end of VMworld.
    • TAM Day: Sunday Aug 30th, 10am-6pm.  These invitation-only, customer sessions will focus on the most timely and pressing business and technical issues.  Select the TAM Day Package by entering TAM2015 in the promotion code section.  Read more here. (Already > 60% full.  Sign up now here if you think you’ll be going to VMworld this year to reserve your space.)
    • Training Discount: You can maximize savings on training classes by signing up for pre-conference training courses or discounted self-paced courses during VMworld registration.  Get more details here and here.  View more on PearsonVue’s site here.

 

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Scheduled VMUG Webinar Events:None Scheduled. VMware Education:
  • Lots of new releases this week in the vRealize Suite.  If you’re looking for details, contact your TAM.
  • Great article on PowerShell security Deep Dive can be found here.
  • VMware Learning Zone: Continuous learning where YOU set the schedule. This new subscription-based service is currently 50% off.  Click here to review this limited time offer.
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vSphere 6 Security Webinar

 

Just a reminder on the vSphere 6 Webcast series. The next webcast will be on the topic of vSphere 6 Security happening on June 16 at 9am PST. Security at the top of mind? Learn about security in vSphere 6 including considerations for Platform Services Controller. Mike Foley our security guru will...

Jun 12, 2015 6:27:43 PM

 

VMware News Recap 6/12/15: What We Read This Week

 

This Week in VMware News: The Future of the Data Center, Gartner's EMM Magic Quadrant, An Interview with VMware's CIO and more... Last week at the 2015 InformationWeek Conference (#IWConference), VMware’s EVP and GM of Cloud Services Bill Fathers joined Mike Stothers, IT Infrastructure Director a...

Jun 12, 2015 4:34:36 PM

 

vSphere with Operations Management Product Walkthroughs

 

If you’ve ever tried to watch a product demo video, or tried to use it to show a product to someone else, often times you find yourself trying to pause the video at the exact right moment, and then having scrub backwards or forwards because you missed the timing. At VMware we’ve created an altern...

Jun 12, 2015 4:12:21 PM

 

EVO:RAIL Hands-on Lab Challenge: VMware Announces First Winners

 

By Michael Gandy, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, EVO:RAIL, VMware In the spirit of competition, we are excited to announce the winners of the EVO:RAIL Hands-on Lab Challenge for May. In the contest, you are faced with three challenges and have 60 minutes to complete them. We have seen a lot of en...

Jun 12, 2015 3:37:46 PM

 

Tips for vSphere Datacenter Design — Plus More Top Posts from VMware Professional Services

 

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! vSphere Datacenter Design – vCenter Architecture Ch...

Jun 12, 2015 3:00:59 PM

 

Leadership Perspectives with Bask Iyer - Part One

 

In the first of this two-part edition of Leadership Perspectives, VMware CIO Bask Iyer talks to Tribal Knowledge about the biggest changes he's seen in the tech industry in the past 12 months. Comment below with your take on the biggest changes in the tech industry in the past twelve months. Then...

Jun 11, 2015 4:03:29 PM

 

Top 5 Tips for Organizing the Cloud

 

You’re ready to reap the rewards. Is your organization ready to deliver? The technical and business advantages of the software-defined cloud era are well understood. But all too often a critical aspect of adopting the cloud model is overlooked: the organizational impact. The fact is the transitio...

Jun 10, 2015 5:09:35 PM

 

Save on Training and Certification at VMworld EMEA

 

Maximize your VMworld 2015 EMEA experience with discounted training and certification offers. 1) Join us in Barcelona the week before VMworld and take advantage of these discounted pre-conference training courses. VMware vSphere: Optimize & Scale [V6] VMware NSX: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.0]...

Jun 10, 2015 4:44:04 PM

 

Business Mobility & the Future of End-User Computing [VIDEO]

 

As we gear up for VMware’s Business Mobility Online Event next week, check out this new video featuring an interview with VMware EVP and General Manager of End-User Computing Sanjay Poonen. Maribel Lopez, Conference Chair of Lopez Research LLC guides the discussion with Sanjay in front of an audi...

Jun 10, 2015 4:00:16 PM

 

2015 InformationWeek Conference: Future of the Data Center

 

The transformation of the data center and the role of cloud services in the enterprise are front and center for every CIO. Last week at the 2015 InformationWeek Conference (#IWConference), VMware’s EVP and GM of Cloud Services Bill Fathers joined Mike Stothers, IT Infrastructure Director at Boein...

Jun 9, 2015 4:09:37 PM

 

VM Component Protection (VMCP)

 

vSphere 6.0 introduces a powerful new feature as part of vSphere HA called VM Component Protection (VMCP). VMCP protects virtual machines from storage related events, specifically Permanent Device Loss (PDL) and All Paths Down (APD) incidents. Permanent Device Loss (PDL) A PDL event occurs when t...

Jun 9, 2015 3:00:32 PM

 

I Know You’re Not Safe from a Cyber Attack

 

I Know You’re Not Safe from a Cyber Attack By Bask Iyer, CIO, VMware Benjamin Franklin famously said, “…nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” I would add enterprise network breaches to that list. If you think “cyber-attacks can’t breach my network security,” or more humbly, ...

Jun 8, 2015 7:54:21 PM

 

New Configurations for VMware EVO:RAIL to Provide Greater Customer Choice

 

By Mornay van der Walt, vice president, EVO:RAIL Group, VMware Since the general availability of VMware EVO:RAIL™, we have moved quickly to offer EVO:RAIL customers greater choice and value with new programs, functionality and scale capabilities. Today, we continue this trend. I’m happy to announ...

Jun 8, 2015 4:00:45 PM

 

Big Data Extensions Version 2.2 - What's New? A summary of the new features.

 

The new vSphere Big Data Extensions Version 2.2 shipped on the 5th June 2015! Here is a quick summary of the new features that appear in the 2.2 release. This is an exciting and much-awaited release. As always, refer to the technical documents and the release notes to get more detail on these sub...

Jun 6, 2015 1:25:13 AM

 

Training Courses for VMware AirWatch, vSphere 6, and More Top Posts from May 2015

 

AirWatch Training Courses Available Register for the VMware AirWatch training courses where you’ll get access to hands-on labs and gain the skills and knowledge needed to address the most common issues of managing mobility. Registration is currently open for the following AirWatch Training Course...

Jun 5, 2015 3:00:21 PM

 

History Repeats Itself

 

PaaS, BaaS, Microservices, APIs – Lessons learned in the past and how to apply them now By: Rahul Srivastava “History Repeats Itself” is not the catchiest heading for a blog. These are heady times in our industry and its much more exciting to talk about The Next Big Thing than revisiting the past...

Jun 12, 2015 4:00:31 PM

 

Guided Remediation with vRealize Operations

 

Written by Chima Njaka, vRealize Operations Product Line Manager Like many in the SF Bay Area, I’ve been caught up in the epic NBA Final championship series between the local Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers. As of this writing, 3 exciting games of the best-of-seven series have b...

Jun 12, 2015 10:00:08 AM

 

vCloud Air Dev/Test Blog Series: Test New Applications with Bitnami

 

By: Mike Roy and Roshni Pary Last week in Part 1 of vCloud Air Dev/Test Blog Series , we saw how to easily perform upgrades to Windows Server 2003 VMs in an isolated VMware vCloud® Air™ Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand environment, without posing any risk to production apps or infrastructure. This ...

Jun 11, 2015 4:00:02 PM

 

Capacity Management in SDDC - Part 7

 

In Part 5, I explained a new concept, where we use Contention as the basis of Capacity Management in SDDC. In Part 6, I provided the super metric equation for each charts. In this part, I will provide example of the super metric formula and dashboard screenshots. Tier 1 (Highest) To recap, we nee...

Jun 11, 2015 8:00:49 AM

 

Extend Your Security Framework to the Cloud with Confidence. Join the 6/18 Webcast!

 

Wondering how your business can tap into the flexible scalability of cloud-based IT while still maintaining data security and data sovereignty? You’re not alone. Like most IT professionals, your primary concern is still security. Join us Thursday, June 18 th from 11 AM – 1 PM (PST) as we demonstr...

Jun 10, 2015 4:24:39 PM

 

New VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2015-0004

 

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Jun 9, 2015 5:33:10 PM

 

Advanced Architecture Design for Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery

 

By: David Hill Recently a new solution brief for VMware vCloud® Air™ Disaster Recovery was published on VMware.com. This solution brief talks specifically about how to build an end-to-end disaster recovery solution incorporating authentication and lookup. Here is a quick preview of what to expect...

Jun 9, 2015 11:21:35 AM

 

Using vRealize Operations Manager to Monitor the Cluster Nodes

 

In the past, I have written about the Architecture of vRealize Operations Manager which allows you to have Master and Replica nodes in a vROps Cluster. This not only allows you to distribute the adapters or solutions to more than one collectors present on each host, but also gives you resiliency ...

Jun 9, 2015 10:00:42 AM

 

ACI Specialty Benefits: vSOM Customer Spotlight

 

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Jun 8, 2015 5:39:51 PM

 

Extend Your Potential with our new vCloud Air for Managed Services Provider Model on 6/17

 

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Jun 5, 2015 4:00:17 PM

 

Management Pack for Storage Devices (now with VSAN): Beta

 

We're pleased to announce signups for the beta program for the vRealize Operations Management Pack for Storage Devices (MPSD), as reported on the VMware Storage Blog. This iterations of the program includes features to manage the latest version of Virtual SAN (VSAN). We're looking for folks who'd...

Jun 5, 2015 10:00:46 AM

 

IPAM Automation for Cloud

 

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Jun 5, 2015 8:00:33 AM

 

Capacity Management in SDDC - Part 6

 

In Part 5, I explained a new concept, where we use Contention as the basis of Capacity Management in SDDC. In this part 6, I will now provide the super metric formula for each charts. We will cover Tier 1, followed by Tier 2 and 3. Tier 1 (Highest) To recap, we do not have […]

Jun 5, 2015 8:00:14 AM

 

 

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AirWatch receives highest Global Enterprise Deployment use case score in 2015 Gartner Critical Capabilities for Enterprise Mobility Management Suites

 

This week, Gartner released its 2015 Gartner Critical Capabilities for Enterprise Mobility Management Suites report. AirWatch received the top score in the Global Enterprise Deployment use case, reflecting 1 of 6 use cases. The report analyzed identified critical use cases among the nine EMM vend...

Jun 12, 2015 3:02:55 PM

 

Enterprise mobility news recap: June 8-12

 

This past week was full of big events and announcements. Apple hosted developers from around the world at WWDC and unveiled its newest platforms, Gartner published its latest evaluation of EMM vendors and Box surprised Wall Street with stronger than expected Q1 results. Earlier this week, Apple h...

Jun 12, 2015 1:00:41 PM

 

Horizon FLEX: powerful policy controls

 

Hello again, Andy here. Last time I showed you how to build a Horizon FLEX image for mass sharing. This time, I’m going to show you the simple steps needed to ensure that image is securely used. You’ll be happy to note that there’s significantly less of my shiny red face in this video. The video ...

Jun 11, 2015 3:00:04 PM

 

HOT OFF THE PRESSES – VMware and F5 Hands-On-Lab Now Available!

 

Guest Blog by Justin Venezia, Sr. Solutions Architect - VMware Alliances, F5 Networks VMware and F5 are proud to announce the availability of one of the first partner-centric labs utilizing VMware’s global Hands-On-Lab infrastructure. In close collaboration with the VMware End-User Computing Tech...

Jun 11, 2015 2:00:56 PM

 

VMware and AirWatch customers share success in “What’s New at VMware?” webcast

 

VMware recently hosted a webcast featuring Sanjay Poonen, VMware executive vice president and general manager of End-User Computing (EUC) alongside customers during the “What’s New at VMware?” investor relations call. The call focused on VMware’s vision of software innovation and customers who sa...

Jun 11, 2015 1:00:30 PM

 

Thank you Macworld

 

Mac World Party At WWDC 15 It was a great honor to be able to support the Apple Developer's Community by sponsoring last night's Macworld party at WWDC 15 . It's great to meet so many developers keen to build future Apple based products. And humbling to hear stories of how many of them used Fusio...

Jun 10, 2015 4:46:25 PM

 

So, you want to use RSA SecurID with Access Policy Manager's PCoIP Proxy Module…

 

Guest Blog by Justin Venezia, Sr. Solutions Architect - VMware Alliances, F5 Networks Customers who leverage Access Policy Manager (APM) for remote access to VMware Horizon 6 (formerly known as VMware View) typically have some level of two-factor authentication (2FA) as an added layer of authenti...

Jun 10, 2015 2:00:52 PM

 

Visit the AirWatch booth and panel at HITEC 2015

 

AirWatch will be attending HITEC 2015 this June 15-18. The Hospitality, Finance and Technology Professionals will be hosting the event in Austin, Texas at the Austin Convention Center. To learn about AirWatch’s innovations and solutions for the hospitality industry, visit the AirWatch by VMware B...

Jun 10, 2015 1:01:24 PM

 

Watch video: Gartner positions AirWatch as a ‘Leader’ and highest in Ability to Execute in Magic Quadrant

 

Industry analyst firm Gartner positioned AirWatch as a leader in the 2015 Enterprise Mobility Management Suites Magic Quadrant. AirWatch has been named a ‘Leader’ since the inception of the report in 2011. Out of the 12 vendors evaluated, Gartner positioned AirWatch highest on the ability to exec...

Jun 9, 2015 6:50:16 PM

 

Horizon FLEX: remote image management and policy enforcement

 

Hi, I’m Andy from VMware. Today I’d like to show you something exciting from VMware that may not have made it on to your radar – remotely managed policies for Fusion users! Back in December we launched a new product called Horizon FLEX. The concept behind FLEX is simple, Fusion is fantastic for y...

Jun 9, 2015 3:00:59 PM

 

The Power of ‘Just Right’: Nutanix and VMware Solutions for End-User Computing

 

Guest Blog by Sachin Chheda, Director of Product Marketing, Nutanix The Swedish language has a word “lagom” that means “not too much, not too little”, or loosely interpreted as “just right.” There is probably not a better word out there to describe IT architects’ and administrators’ goals for the...

Jun 9, 2015 2:00:20 PM

 

Infographic: Why attend Connect 2015?

 

AirWatch Connect is back on September 21-24 in Atlanta to provide IT pros with tools and technology to drive innovation across their business and create opportunities to stregthen mobile ecosystems. The leading event in enterprise mobility allows attendees to gain insight from key players and mob...

Jun 9, 2015 12:13:53 PM

 

Citrix XenApp and VMware ThinApp Working Hand-In-Hand to Improve Your World

 

By Debra Perrin Coltoff, Technical Writer, End-User-Computing Technical Marketing, VMware You already have a Citrix XenApp implementation, and it is working for you. Why not maximize the return on that investment by using XenApp with VMware ThinApp ? Paired, the two solutions solve many of the pr...

Jun 9, 2015 1:21:30 AM

 

Rapid Reaction: Apple WWDC shares vision of three platforms; one experience

 

Today’s WWDC 2015 keynote brought together Apple’s vision of a unified ecosystem across platforms. With the combination of OS X, iOS and watchOS, Apple is more tightly integrating the experience between a user’s computer, tablet, phone and watch. Here’s a rapid reaction to the WWDC keynote. Craig...

Jun 8, 2015 9:02:41 PM

 

Supporting Temporary Use Cases with Desktops-as-a-Service (DaaS)

 

By Josue Fontanez, Sr. Product Line Marketing Manager, Horizon Air The coming of summer makes me think of that big truism “the only constant is change,” and its counterpart, “it’s how you handle change that matters.” When it comes to IT infrastructure, the ability to effectively manage unforeseen...

Jun 8, 2015 5:00:00 PM

 

Expanding Beyond Windows with VMware Horizon 6 for Linux

 

By Pat Lee, Senior Director of Product Management, End-User Computing, VMware I am pleased to announce the general availability of VMware Horizon 6 for Linux. The release of VMware Horizon 6 for Linux builds on the success of our Early Access program where over 400 customers were able to test and...

Jun 8, 2015 12:00:58 PM

 

A New Platter Of Releases Ready for Summer!

 

By Shankar Iyer, VP of Product Management, Desktop Solutions, End-User Computing, VMware It’s not yet summer but we’re already serving up some hot updates to several EUC products. We introduced VMware Horizon 6.1 last quarter and we’re back on our regular quarterly cadence of updates with innovat...

Jun 8, 2015 12:00:17 PM

 

The Only Constant is Change: a Truism for IT Infrastructure and Desktops as a Service

 

Supporting Temporary Use Cases with Desktops-as-a-Service (DaaS) The coming of summer makes me think of that big truism “the only constant is change,” and its counterpart, “it’s how you handle change that matters.” When it comes to IT infrastructure, the ability to effectively manage unforeseen b...

Jun 8, 2015 12:00:00 PM

 

Video: Enterprise mobility news recap: June 1- 5

 

Welcome back to AirWatch Weekly Recap! Today we will review the upcoming Business Mobility event, spotlight a few of the Windows 10 enterprise features and share a company’s use of MDM for the household. To start off the recap today, let’s talk about the VMware Business Mobility Summit. Business ...

Jun 5, 2015 9:41:52 PM

 

451 Research provides insight on the top five enterprise mobility management vendors, including AirWatch

 

451 Research released its report titled “The top five enterprise mobility management vendors: product focus and financials” that analyzes the largest enterprise mobility management (EMM) vendors by revenue. The IT research company detailed the leading vendors in the EMM market that exceeded $150 ...

Jun 5, 2015 2:00:00 AM

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PARTNER

 

VMware and HP’s Global Innovation Center

 

Watch and share this video featuring Jim Greaney (VMware) and Rick Boyett (HP) to learn how together, we are putting the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) within your customers’ immediate reach, with the new Global Innovation Center. From End User computing solutions to the new SDDC, the Innova...

Jun 12, 2015 3:19:03 PM

 

Promos to Help You Sell vSphere with Operations Management End this Month

 

Act on these promos now... the 25% off promotion for upgrading from vSphere to the equivalent or higher edition of vSphere with Operations Management ends 24 June, 2015. You can also earn up to 20% in additional partner incentives through 30 June, 2015 for selling vSphere. And, if your customers ...

Jun 12, 2015 8:00:13 AM

 

New Sales Playbook for Fujitsu Integrated System PRIMEFLEX for VMware EVO:RAIL

 

Increase your pipeline and win rate of Converged & Hyper-Converged Infrastructure projects with Fujitsu. This recently released sales playbook is a comprehensive tool designed by sales for sales.

Jun 11, 2015 2:58:46 PM

 

LIVE Business Mobility Online Event - June 16th from 9-10am Pacific

 

View the agenda and register today for the upcoming online event. There's an exciting world of new opportunities evolving—a world where early movers can take advantage and winners will be defined by mobile-first or mobile-only strategies. VMware has created a comprehensive, secure business mobili...

Jun 10, 2015 9:29:31 PM

 

Driving Customized Security Services Webinar - June 15th from 8-9am Pacific

 

Join us to learn how you can deploy scalable micro-segmentation and use a unified policy model to enable advanced security services to move with your customers’ specific application workloads anywhere in the data center. The Software Defined Data Center with VMware NSX network virtualization plat...

Jun 10, 2015 9:27:43 PM

 

VMworld 2015 Europe Registration Is Now Open

 

Join us at VMworld Europe 2015 in Barcelona, Spain, 12-15 October to gain the essential tools, partner roadmap, training, and real solutions you need to innovate and excel with VMware. Register now and save €200 with our Early Bird pricing. Don’t miss these NEW and improved content areas at this ...

Jun 10, 2015 8:46:03 PM

 

Syndication Tools Will Strengthen Your Marketing Efforts

 

Visit the Partner Demand Center to learn more about our syndication tools. Social Media Syndication offers daily social content that is published directly to your corporate Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn accounts. The Website Content Syndication module makes it easy to showcase the latest and mos...

Jun 9, 2015 6:25:33 PM

 

Don't Miss the Americas Partner Organization Town Hall - June 9th (8-9am PT)

 

Register and join Vice President Frank Rauch, along with other key Business Unit leaders tomorrow, for our quarterly virtual Town Hall. They'll share the latest news in terms of strategy, programs, and incentives to help you win more business.

Jun 8, 2015 6:39:41 PM

 

Early Bird Pricing for VMworld 2015 US ends June 9th

 

Early Bird pricing for VMworld 2015 US ends on June 9. This is your last chance to save $300 on the virtualization and cloud technology event of the year– Register now . You can't afford to miss out on the inaugural Partner Exchange @ VMworld 2015. This two-day event will serve up all the Boot Ca...

Jun 5, 2015 9:26:39 PM

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Check Out Our New Podcast – Datanauts!

 

http://media.blubrry.com/packetpushers/p/content.blubrry.com/packetpushers/Datanauts_001-Hyper_Convergence_with_Scott_D_Lowe.mp3 In a recent release of Tech Reckoning , John Troyer states that “ podcasts and newsletters in 2015 feel a lot to me like blogs in 2005 ” due to their personal and intim...

Jun 13, 2015 3:37:19 PM

 

Now available as Rough Cut: Virtualizing Hadoop: How to Install, Deploy, and Optimize Hadoop in a Virtualized Architecture

 

The Rough Cuts service from Safari Books gives you exclusive access to an evolving manuscript that you can read online or download as a PDF and print. A Rough Cuts book is not fully edited or completely formatted, but you'll get access to new versions as they are created. This is the only complet...

Jun 12, 2015 6:28:00 AM

 

How to create custom ESXi boot menu to support multiple Kickstart files?

 

I recently received a question from one of my readers who was looking to migrate from ESXi 4.1 to newer version and one of the challenges they faced was around their ESXi scripted installs, better known as ESXi Kickstart. Previously, they had relied on using a custom syslinux boot menu to be able...

Jun 11, 2015 4:26:34 PM

 

vROps Management Pack for Virtual SAN

 

Virtual SAN already has a number of features and extensions for performance monitoring and real-time diagnostics and troubleshooting. In particular, there is VSAN Observer, which is included as part of the Ruby vSphere Console (RVC). Another new feature is the Health Check Plugin , which was rece...

Jun 11, 2015 1:05:24 PM

 

Synchronet leverages Virtual SAN to provide scale, agility and reduced costs to their customers

 

Advertise here with BSA This week I had the pleasure to talk to John Nicholson who works for one of our partners (Synchronet out of Houston). John has been involved with various Virtual SAN implementations and designs and I felt that it would make for an interesting conversation. John in my opini...

Jun 11, 2015 9:40:47 AM

 

Video - Delivering Secure Role-Based Desktops with VMware NSX and App Volumes

 

VMware NSX with Horizon and App Volumes enables desktop IT to realize the efficiency and savings of a single pool of users combined with role-based security and real-time app delivery.

Jun 10, 2015 10:35:00 AM

 

Free e-learning course - VMware User Environment Manager: Fundamentals

 

This free eLearning course describes the key benefits of VMware User Environment Manager and how it can benefit an organization.   Students will get an overview of the installation and configuration process as well as insight into the key elements of the user interface. At the end of this course,...

Jun 9, 2015 6:49:00 PM

 

vCenter Server 6.0 Tidbits Part 11: Automate SSO Admin password change

 

After publishing my last article around the topic of Automating SSO Admin configurations using some simple LDAP commands which is applicable for both vSphere 5.5 and 6.0. It was pointed out to me by my buddy G. Blair Fritz who works over in our GSS Organization that another handy operation to sha...

Jun 9, 2015 5:04:38 PM

 

Automatic Ansible Inventory with Vagrant

 

Yesterday, I posted about using Vagrant to learn Ansible , in which I showed you one way to combine these two tools to make it easier to learn Ansible . This is a combination I’m currently using as I continue to explore Ansible. Today, I’m going to expand on yesterday’s post by showing you how to...

Jun 9, 2015 2:15:00 PM

 

VIO limitations with VDS networking

 

Earlier this month, I shared a post about my experiences with deploying VIO, VMware integrated OpenStack . One of the issues I highlighted was the fact that when I tried to create a network, it failed with a very unhelpful error message. The reason the network creation failed was due to a limitat...

Jun 9, 2015 1:19:03 PM

 

Using Vagrant to Help Learn Ansible

 

I’ve been spending some time with Ansible recently, and I have to say that it’s really growing on me. While Ansible doesn’t have a steep learning curve, there is still a learning curve—albeit a smaller/less steep curve—so I wanted to share here a “trick” that I found for using Vagrant to help wit...

Jun 8, 2015 11:20:00 PM

 

Quick Tip - Using ovftool to connect to vCloud Director behind a 2-Factor Authentication portal

 

A couple of months back I ran into an issue while trying to upload a couple of files to VMware's internal OneCloud environment which uses vCloud Director. The issue that I encountered was that our OneCloud environment no longer supported basic username/password authentication, which I hoping to a...

Jun 8, 2015 5:25:15 PM

 

Programmatically Discovering and Adding VMware Templates with PowerCLI

 

I received an email asking how to perform a batch import of orphaned VMware Template files into a vSphere environment. You may recall that template files have an extension of VMTX and offer some minor benefits for administrators looking to solidify a golden master virtual machine. I’m not a fan o...

Jun 8, 2015 2:20:41 PM

 

vRealize Operations Management Pack for Virtual SAN Beta

 

VMware has launched a vRealize Operations Management Pack for VSAN Beta early interest signup page. The beta program is designed to give you early access to the new vROPS management pack designed for advanced introspection of VSAN clusters. The management pack will provide: Advanced analytics Rap...

Jun 7, 2015 10:30:00 AM

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Server Ops Troubleshooting 101: A Technical Account Manager’s Perspective
By Jodi Shely

Your ability to consistently, effectively and efficiently troubleshoot your virtual infrastructure matters. It has significant and immediate impacts on your bottom line, including your ability to reduce capital expenditure (CapEx) and improve IT return on investment (ROI) – not to mention minimizing the risk of unpleasant operational experiences.

 

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Business Mobility: Enabling Business Process Innovation with Mobile-First Strategies

Online Event
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM PT

There's an exciting world of new opportunities evolving — a world where early movers can take advantage and winners will be defined by mobile-first or mobile-only strategies.
VMware has created a comprehensive, secure business mobility platform, working with customers across many industries and partnering with a rich ecosystem to deliver apps and services specific to customers' needs.

Register Now: http://www.vmware.com/go/businessmobility?cid=70134000000NvD1&src=Email_BusnMob_FieldEM_EUC_US

 

vSphere 6.0: All Things Storage!
Wednesday, June 17
8:00 a.m. PST/11:00 EST
Cormac Hogan will give an overview of new storage features in vSphere 6.0, including core storage, VVols and VSAN. In this presentation, we will look at enhancements made to core vSphere storage, look at the new, highly anticipated Virtual Volumes and the changes they will bring to the way vSphere Admins work with storage, and a look at the new enhancements made to VSAN 6.0.
Registration:
http://w.on24.com/r.htm?e=977640&s=1&k=4CA3A3EB10F649D6DA4F707F2D299F71

 

 

Have a fantastic week everyone.

 

Virtually Yours

Neil Isserow

Staff Technical Account Manager, Team Lead

San Francisco, CA

 

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VMware TAM WEBCASTS

 

Official VMware Webcast Site: click here

 

 

On-Demand Webinars:

SDDC:

  • On-Demand: VMware vForum Online Spring 2015
  • On-Demand: The Software-Defined Data Center: the Future of IT
  • On-Demand: A Practical Roadmap to Moving Beyond Server Virtualization
  • On-Demand: Datacenter Refresh: Traditional vs Converged vs Hyper-Converged (VMUG)
  • Every Wednesday, 3pm EST: VMware Communities Roundtable
  • What’s new in vSphere 6 Security?  Learn here about the new security features in vSphere 6, and also the vSphere Hardening Guide.
  • Top 5 Tips when considering vCenter Architecture Design in vSphere v6.0 are here.
Operations Management:
  • On-Demand: Getting More Out of vRealize Automation, No Scripting Required
  • On-Demand: Log Insight Deep Dive
  • On-Demand: Performance & Troubleshooting – Improving Quality of Service
  • On-Demand: Operational Efficiency – Understanding Waste and Rightsizing your Environment
  • On-Demand: vRealize Operations 6.0 Installation and the Migration from vCenter Operations v5.x
  • On-Demand: What’s New in vRealize Operations 6.0
  • On-Demand: vRealize Operations 6.0: Capacity Management and Planning
  • On-Demand: Four Ways to Maximize the Value of VMware vRealize Operations Manager
  • On-Demand: Take Virtualization to the Next Level with vSphere with Operations Management
  • On-Demand: Take control of your vSphere environment with Operations Management
  • VIDEOS: 50 new vRealize Operations 6 videos available on the vR Ops product website (on the Resources tab), covering Key Concepts, Use Cases, Installation, Analytics Badges, and How To & Tech Tips.
    • There is a new Health Monitoring tool for vRealize Suite deployments called vRealize Production Test.  This is an add-on component to the vRealize Suite that ensures the operational status of vRealize Suite deployments from their initial deployment stages to ongoing Production Testing.  Emphasis was placed on vRA and vR Ops.  Get latest version 1.1 here. Read more about it here
Automation:
  • On-Demand: 5 Ways Cloud Automation Drives Greater Cost and Operational Transparency – Led by Kevin Lees, VMware Principal Architect and Lead Architect for Global IT Operations Transformation.
    • This infographic shows how automating private cloud infrastructure management can improve the efficiency of cloud operations, resource management, accelerated virtualization, and deliver enormous CapEx and OpEx savings.
Networking:
  • On-Demand: Learn how NSX delivers a comprehensive security approach for Horizon environments
  • On-Demand: Introduction to NSX  (VMware ViewPoint Training & Certification Webinar Series)
  • On-Demand: VMware NSX – Technical Overview
  • On-Demand: Listen to Martin Casado explain NSX and Microsegmentation
  • On-Demand: A 3-minute summary of NSX and Microsegmentation
  • On-Demand: NSX Distributed Firewall Deep Dive (VMUG)
  • Every other Tuesday, 1pm EST: VMware NSX. Learn how VMware has applied the industry’s leading virtualization operating model to the network through this bi-weekly webinar.
    • NEW: Here’s a vSphere v5.x Network Port Diagram (reference sheet)
    • Product walk-through demo on NSX can be found here.
    • There are security threats imminent for customers who will not migrate off of Windows 2003 by mid-July, when support ends.  Read more here.  You can use NSX help you through this transition.
Storage:
  • NEW: On-Demand: VMware Virtual Volumes and their Impact on the Datacenter
  • On-Demand: Managing Storage Policies with VMware Virtual SAN
  • On-Demand: What’s All the Buzz about Software-Defined Storage? (Learn about Virtual SAN 6 and vSphere Virtual Volumes)
  • On-Demand: What’s New in Virtual SAN v6.0 – Seeing What’s New in Storage
  • On-Demand: Overcoming Performance Limitations with Dell Flash Storage (VMUG)
    • NEW: Virtual Volumes: VM-centricity and Why is it Important?  Click here.
    • NEW: Virtual Blocks Blog Recap: Top Posts from May.  Click here.
    • NEW: Partner Blogs:
      • HP: Implementing VMware Virtual Volumes on HP 3PAR StorServ – click here
      • HDS: Not all VVols are created equal: Hitachi Storage for VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes – click here
      • NetApp: NetApp Virtual Storage Console and VASA Provider are changing the Storage Management Landscape – click here
    • Hands On Lab: "What’s New in Virtual SAN 6?"  Click here!
    • Learn about Virtual Volumes here, from Rawlinson Rivera, Principal Architect.
Disaster Recovery:
  • On-Demand: Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery in Action
  • On-Demand: Technical Demo: What’s New with vCloud Air Disaster Recovery
  • On-Demand: Not Your Grandfather’s Data Protection (VMUG)
    • The VMware Feature Walk-Through site has content covering the vCloud Air Disaster Recovery Service.  Watch it here.  (Read more about this new vCloud Air DRaaS offering here.)
Cloud:
  • On-Demand: Check out VMware and Fujitsu joint solutions that bring a “Hybrid IT” model to optimize the cloud and support innovation and growth.
  • On-Demand: Build Development and Testing Environments on VMware vCloud Air
  • On-Demand: Set Your Cloud Agenda with VMware vCloud Air
  • On-Demand: Scale Your Mobile App Development on vCloud Air
    • Learn about VMware’s “One Cloud. Any Application. Any Device” value proposition here.
Desktop:
  • On-Demand: Learn how NSX delivers a comprehensive security approach for Horizon environments
  • On-Demand: VMware Horizon: Transforming Desktop and Application Delivery and Management
  • On-Demand: Accelerate Your Desktop Transformation Strategy: Six New Additions to Horizon 6
    • NEW: Read this blog about one of our customers leveraging App Volumes in their Citrix environment.
    • Have you heard about the new VMware User Environment Manager (UEM), which offers personalization and dynamic policy configuration across any virtual, physical, and cloud-based environment?  Read more about it here.
Troubleshooting:
  • On-Demand: Webinar on Troubleshooting  VMware vSphere [V5.5], covering SSL certificates, networking, storage, VMware vCenter SSO, and more.  Read more about it here. (VMware ViewPoint Training & Certification Webinar Series)
    • NEW: Learn about how a TAM views Troubleshooting 101 for Server Ops here.
Scheduled Webinar Events:Jun 16: Business Mobility: Enabling Business Process Innovation with Mobile-First Strategies (hosted by Pat Gelsinger and Sanjay Poonen)Jun 17: vSphere 6.0: All Things Storage! (led by Cormac Hogan) (TAM Customer Webcast Series)Jun 17: Using vRealize Automation and NSX to Deploy and Secure Multi-tiered Applications (Getting More out of vRealize Operations 6.0 Webinar Series) (Link forthcoming)Jul 23: 5 Ways Cloud Automation Drives Greater Cost and Operational Transparency  (TAM Customer Webcast Series)  (Link forthcoming)
Aug 30-Sep 3: VMworld 2015
  • Registration: here.
    • Pricing: here.
      • Early Bird pricing in effect until June 9th. 
    • PSO Credits:  Use 22 PSO Credits to buy your ticket.  FAQ’s are here.  10 ticket limit per organization.  Credits must not expire before the end of VMworld.
    • TAM Day: Sunday Aug 30th, 10am-6pm.  These invitation-only, customer sessions will focus on the most timely and pressing business and technical issues.  Select the TAM Day Package by entering TAM2015 in the promotion code section.  Read more here. (Already > 50% full.  Sign up now here if you think you’ll be going to VMworld this year to reserve your space.)
    • Training Discount: You can maximize savings on training classes by signing up for pre-conference training courses or discounted self-paced courses during VMworld registration.  Get more details here and here.  View more on PearsonVue’s site here.

 

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Scheduled VMUG Webinar Events:None Scheduled. VMware Education:
  • Click here to see how a VMware Professional Services Technical Solution Architect provides some practical guidance and reviews common configuration scenarios.
  • Learn about how Dell ensures a 64% cut in TCO when using VMware EVO:RAIL Horizon Edition here.
  • Lean about how becoming service-oriented can ensure faster provisioning and reduce costs through this VMware Accelerate Blog.
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VMware App Volumes

vMotion fails when App Volumes writable volume is attached (2116782)

Date Published: 6/5/2015

VMware Continuent for Analytics and Big Data

VMWare Continuent Replicator fails with the error: Event application failed: Duplicate entry (2105427)

Date Published: 6/1/2015

VMware ESXi

VMware Virtual Volumes (VVols) operation fails with the error: Sanity check failed for path vmhbaX:Y:Z. The path is to a vVol PE, but it goes out of adapter vmhbaX which is not PE capable. Path dropped (2114975)

Date Published: 6/2/2015

Filtering logs in VMware vSphere ESXi (2118562)

Date Published: 6/2/2015

Powering on a VM configured to use simultaneous write protection provided by VMFS using the multi-writer flag fails with snapshot error (2110452)

Date Published: 6/6/2015

Network Connectivity issues on a Windows Server 2003 virtual machine running on ESXi 5.x and later (2110784)

Date Published: 6/4/2015

Virtual machines appears to be running or registered on multiple ESXi Servers (2119334)

Date Published: 6/1/2015

Backing up VMware vSphere 5.x and 6.0 products (2119754)

Date Published: 6/3/2015

Unable to Upload, Copy or Create Files in a VSAN-backed Datastore (2119776)

Date Published: 6/4/2015

VMware ESXi 5.1 experiences a Purple Diagnostic Screen MCEIntelHandleCMCI (2119023)

Date Published: 6/2/2015

Solaris 11Ux guest operating system with physical mode RDM running on a VMware ESXi 5.x host can experience I/O errors during controller fault or when LUN database changes (2119775)

Date Published: 6/3/2015

Understanding Virtual Volumes (VVols) in VMware vSphere 6.0 (2113013)

Date Published: 6/2/2015

Unsuccessful attempts to migrate a VM with memory snapshots to and from a Virtual Volumes datastore (2116566)

Date Published: 6/1/2015

Viewing a virutal machines real time performance graph for networking in the vSphere Client 6.0 displays the error: No Metric Specified (2119264)

Date Published: 6/2/2015

VMware EVO:RAIL

EVO:RAIL Virtual SAN (VSAN) VLAN Troubleshooting (2118997)

Date Published: 6/3/2015

VMware Horizon

When connected to a Linux desktop from a Mac client, a noise is heard when starting or stopping the playing of an audio file (2118853)

Date Published: 6/5/2015

After upgrading View Agent from 6.0.1 to 6.1.1, the desktop VM shows the VMware Tools status as out-of-date (2119482)

Date Published: 6/5/2015

VLC and NeoKylin media players show black on Horizon 6 for Linux desktops (2114806)

Date Published: 6/5/2015

3D graphics applications on Horizon 6 for Linux desktops do not perform well on Ubuntu 14.04 (2114809)

Date Published: 6/5/2015

On Horizon 6 for Linux desktops, the VLC media player cannot play audio after a pause. (2114810)

Date Published: 6/5/2015

Problems can occur with VMware Tools on Horizon 6 for Linux desktops running on NeoKylin (2114811)

Date Published: 6/4/2015

Ensure That Horizon Clients Can Initiate Client Drive Redirection and Windows Media MMR (2116216)

Date Published: 6/4/2015

NeoKylin 6.0 Update 1 Linux desktop with 2 or more monitors of 2560 x 1920 resolution has issue with login screen (2118854)

Date Published: 6/5/2015

How to recompile the kernel to support 4 monitors of 2560 x 1600 on an Ubuntu View desktop (2119202)

Date Published: 6/5/2015

Folders with non-ASCII names cannot be shared on View remote desktops (2119479)

Date Published: 6/4/2015

VMware Horizon View Client

Cannot use redirected drive or folder after reconnecting to a remote desktop (2116200)

Date Published: 6/4/2015

Cannot create an RTF file in the root-level folder of a shared drive (2116213)

Date Published: 6/4/2015

Incorrect mappings with international keyboards and Horizon Client for Chrome OS (2119613)

Date Published: 6/4/2015

VMware NSX for vSphere

VMware vShield/NSX Manager and all deployed Service Virtual Machines (SVM) are locked down with a restricted console (2119735)

Date Published: 6/4/2015

VMware User Environment Manager

Migrate VMware Persona Management to VMware User Environment Manager (2118056)

Date Published: 6/3/2015

VMware vCenter Orchestrator

Configuring log rotation by file size in the VMware vRealize Orchestrator Appliance (2119584)

Date Published: 6/5/2015

VMware vCenter Server

Upgrading Single Sign-On 5.5 to 5.5 Update 2d fails with Error 1722 (2118805)

Date Published: 6/3/2015

Web Client login to remote SRM 5.8 server fails with the error: Failed to look up Site Recovery Manager Server (2109769)

Date Published: 6/5/2015

Replacing the Lookup Service SSL certificate on a Platform Services Controller 6.0 (2118939)

Date Published: 6/2/2015

Upgrading vCenter Server 5.x to 6.0 fails during import of the Inventory Service data (2119117)

Date Published: 6/4/2015

Searching with the vSphere Client 5.1 or 5.5 fails with the error: Login to the query service failed. Client is not authenticated to VMware Inventory Service (2119116)

Date Published: 6/1/2015

Error 503: Service Unavailable error while performing vMotion (2119028)

Date Published: 6/1/2015

Installing vCenter Server 6.0 using a Microsoft SQL database fails with the error: An error occurred while starting service ‘invsvc’ (2119169)

Date Published: 6/1/2015

Connecting to embedded vCenter Server 6.0 Postgres database via pgAdmin, Run Queries & View Tables. (2119196)

Date Published: 6/1/2015

Unable to log in with the Use Windows Session Credentials option when connecting to a VMware vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 (2119332)

Date Published: 6/2/2015

Resetting the VMware vCenter Server 6.0 Inventory Service database (2119422)

Date Published: 6/3/2015

VMware vCenter Server Appliance

VMware vCenter Server Service fails to start with the error: Failed to initialize: no element found (2118547)

Date Published: 6/1/2015

Using custom port for Syslog Server in the vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 fails with the error: port 514 Connection refused (2119477)

Date Published: 6/3/2015

VMware vCloud Air

Data Protection Services (DPS) Best practices (2119537)

Date Published: 6/2/2015

VMware vRealize Automation

In VMware vRealize Automation when using ExternalWFStubs for Provisioning VMware vRealize Orchestrator multiplies the number of virtual machines being provisioned (2118532)

Date Published: 6/3/2015

VMware vRealize Configuration Manager

Active Directory Discovery only supports Windows machines in VMware vRealize Configuration Manager (2114664)

Date Published: 6/5/2015

VMware vRealize Operations Manager

VMware vRealize Operations Manager super metrics do not update if modified. If a new one is created with modifications it calculates properly (2116979)

Date Published: 6/3/2015

Accessing the VMware vRealize Operations Manager 6.0.1 Appliance MIBs (2118780)

Date Published: 6/4/2015

Best practices for configuring vRealize Operations for Published Applications when HA is enabled (2119460)

Date Published: 6/1/2015

VMware vRealize Operations Manager 6.x displays incorrect time and/or date (2119878)

Date Published: 6/5/2015

VMware vSphere Big Data Extensions

Virtual Update Manager (VUM) is unable to succesfully upgrade Big Data Extensions 2.1 to version 2.2 (2118702)

Date Published: 6/5/2015

VMware vSphere Data Protection

Backing up a virtual machine with multiple virtual disks fails with the error: Disk xxxx ([datastore] vcenter/VMname_1.vmdk) has been intentionally excluded from backup (2117294)

Date Published: 6/2/2015

VMware vSphere Replication

The HMS service does not start after upgrade to vSphere Replication 6.0 when the upgrade process fails to upgrade the embedded database (2112725)

Date Published: 6/6/2015

 

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Hi everyone, welcome to the latest TAM Source newsletter. This week we have a number of interesting items to bring to your attention.

 

The first is our upcoming Webcast in June.

 

vSphere 6.0: All Things Storage!
Wednesday, June 17
8:00 a.m. PST/11:00 EST
Cormac Hogan will give an overview of new storage features in vSphere 6.0, including core storage, VVols and VSAN. In this presentation, we will look at enhancements made to core vSphere storage, look at the new, highly anticipated Virtual Volumes and the changes they will bring to the way vSphere Admins work with storage, and a look at the new enhancements made to VSAN 6.0.
Registration:
http://w.on24.com/r.htm?e=977640&s=1&k=4CA3A3EB10F649D6DA4F707F2D299F71

 

We also have a number of new TAM Blogs Posts to bring to your attention on http://blogs.vmware.com/tam/

 

Improve vRealize Orchestrator Workflows for Efficiency and Scalability
Are you struggling to organize your vRealize scripts or workflows? Ted Spinks—VMware's TAM Tech Lead for Cloud Automation Portfolio—shows you techniques to maximize efficiency and scalability with scripts and workflows. The blog addresses some handy tips, like:

 

 

• How multiple scripts within a workflow can share connections to avoid over-consumption

 

• Applying these techniques to the vSphere Tagging use case addressed in an earlier Cloud Management blog post

• Bonus integration techniques for vRealize Automation

• Setting up error handling to prevent orphaned PS Sessions and vCenter connections from causing issues

 

Better Together: VMware Hands-On Labs and Technical Account Managers
I've been traveling the Midwest lately speaking at VMUGs, USERCons, and vForum events. It's been a whirlwind few months talking to many people and answering questions on various topics, such as, “What's new with VMware vSphere 6?” “What are some new possibilities with technologies like VMware NSX and VMware vRealize Automation?” And—most of all—trying to answer the question, "How does a person keep up with all this new technology?" It certainly isn't easy, but there are tools available that can help. One such tool I've been amazingly lucky to be a part of has been VMware Hands-On Labs (HOLs). In my travels I've been completely amazed at how many people are not yet aware of this really awesome tool.

 

Have a fantastic week, please don’t forget to check the latest KB articles!

 

Virtually Yours

Neil Isserow

Staff Technical Account Manager, Team Lead

San Francisco, CA

 

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San Fran

tinyurl.com/m4wmen5 for full list

 

VMware TAM WEBCASTS

 

Official VMware Webcast Site: click here

 

 

On-Demand Webinars:

SDDC:

  • New: On-Demand: VMware vForum Online Spring 2015
  • On-Demand: The Software-Defined Data Center: the Future of IT
  • On-Demand: A Practical Roadmap to Moving Beyond Server Virtualization
  • On-Demand: Datacenter Refresh: Traditional vs Converged vs Hyper-Converged (VMUG)
  • Every Wednesday, 3pm EST: VMware Communities Roundtable
  • What’s new in vSphere 6 Security?  Learn here about the new security features in vSphere 6, and also the vSphere Hardening Guide.
  • Top 5 Tips when considering vCenter Architecture Design in vSphere v6.0 are here.
Operations Management:
  • On-Demand: Getting More Out of vRealize Automation, No Scripting Required
  • On-Demand: Log Insight Deep Dive
  • On-Demand: Performance & Troubleshooting – Improving Quality of Service
  • On-Demand: Operational Efficiency – Understanding Waste and Rightsizing your Environment
  • On-Demand: vRealize Operations 6.0 Installation and the Migration from vCenter Operations v5.x
  • On-Demand: What’s New in vRealize Operations 6.0
  • On-Demand: vRealize Operations 6.0: Capacity Management and Planning
  • On-Demand: Four Ways to Maximize the Value of VMware vRealize Operations Manager
  • On-Demand: Take Virtualization to the Next Level with vSphere with Operations Management
  • On-Demand: Take control of your vSphere environment with Operations Management
  • VIDEOS: 50 new vRealize Operations 6 videos available on the vR Ops product website (on the Resources tab), covering Key Concepts, Use Cases, Installation, Analytics Badges, and How To & Tech Tips.
    • New: Log Insight + Pager Duty can be found here.
    • New: vCenter Server Locale and Log Insight article here.
    • There is a new Health Monitoring tool for vRealize Suite deployments called vRealize Production Test.  This is an add-on component to the vRealize Suite that ensures the operational status of vRealize Suite deployments from their initial deployment stages to ongoing Production Testing.  Emphasis was placed on vRA and vR Ops.  Get latest version 1.1 here. Read more about it here.
Automation:
  • On-Demand: 5 Ways Cloud Automation Drives Greater Cost and Operational Transparency – Led by Kevin Lees, VMware Principal Architect and Lead Architect for Global IT Operations Transformation.
    • This infographic shows how automating private cloud infrastructure management can improve the efficiency of cloud operations, resource management, accelerated virtualization, and deliver enormous CapEx and OpEx savings.
Networking:
  • On-Demand: Learn how NSX delivers a comprehensive security approach for Horizon environments
  • On-Demand: Introduction to NSX  (VMware ViewPoint Training & Certification Webinar Series)
  • On-Demand: VMware NSX – Technical Overview
  • On-Demand: Listen to Martin Casado explain NSX and Microsegmentation
  • On-Demand: A 3-minute summary of NSX and Microsegmentation
  • On-Demand: NSX Distributed Firewall Deep Dive (VMUG)
  • Every other Tuesday, 1pm EST: VMware NSX. Learn how VMware has applied the industry’s leading virtualization operating model to the network through this bi-weekly webinar.
    • New: Here’s an article about high-tech attacks having a high cost: data breaches cost an average of $3.8 million each.
    • Product walk-through demo on NSX can be found here.
    • There are security threats imminent for customers who will not migrate off of Windows 2003 by mid-July, when support ends.  Read more here.  You can use NSX help you through this transition.
Storage:
  • On-Demand: Managing Storage Policies with VMware Virtual SAN
  • On-Demand: What’s All the Buzz about Software-Defined Storage? (Learn about Virtual SAN 6 and vSphere Virtual Volumes)
  • On-Demand: What’s New in Virtual SAN v6.0 – Seeing What’s New in Storage
  • On-Demand: Overcoming Performance Limitations with Dell Flash Storage (VMUG)
    • Hands On Lab: "What’s New in Virtual SAN 6?"  Click here!
    • Learn about Virtual Volumes here, from Rawlinson Rivera, Principal Architect.
Disaster Recovery:
  • On-Demand: Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery in Action
  • On-Demand: Technical Demo: What’s New with vCloud Air Disaster Recovery
  • On-Demand: Not Your Grandfather’s Data Protection (VMUG)
    • The VMware Feature Walk-Through site has content covering the vCloud Air Disaster Recovery Service.  Watch it here.  (Read more about this new vCloud Air DRaaS offering here.)
Cloud:
  • New: On-Demand: Check out VMware and Fujitsu joint solutions that bring a “Hybrid IT” model to optimize the cloud and support innovation and growth.
  • On-Demand: Build Development and Testing Environments on VMware vCloud Air
  • On-Demand: Set Your Cloud Agenda with VMware vCloud Air
  • On-Demand: Scale Your Mobile App Development on vCloud Air
    • Learn how you can use VMware's Hybrid Cloud to extend your existing applications and for development/testing here.
    • Learn about VMware’s “One Cloud. Any Application. Any Device” value proposition here.
Desktop:
  • On-Demand: Learn how NSX delivers a comprehensive security approach for Horizon environments
  • On-Demand: VMware Horizon: Transforming Desktop and Application Delivery and Management
  • On-Demand: Accelerate Your Desktop Transformation Strategy: Six New Additions to Horizon 6
    • Watch this video to see how a high-powered graphics workstation looks firsthand with the VMware/NVIDIA TryGrid platform.
    • Have you heard about the new VMware User Environment Manager (UEM), which offers personalization and dynamic policy configuration across any virtual, physical, and cloud-based environment?  Read more about it here.
Troubleshooting:
  • On-Demand: Webinar on Troubleshooting  VMware vSphere [V5.5], covering SSL certificates, networking, storage, VMware vCenter SSO, and more.  Read more about it here. (VMware ViewPoint Training & Certification Webinar Series)
Scheduled Webinar Events:Jun 3:  Troubleshooting Strategies for vSphere 6 (VMware ViewPoint Training & Certification Webinar Series)Jun 3: Cloud Business Management with vRealize Business (Getting More out of vRealize Operations 6.0 Webinar Series)Jun 4: Annual Carolinas VMUG Summit in Charlotte, NC.  Agenda is here.Jun 4: Demo Webcast: Development & Testing from VMwareJun 16: Business Mobility: Enabling Business Process Innovation with Mobile-First Strategies (hosted by Pat Gelsinger and Sanjay Poonen)Jun 17: vSphere 6.0: All Things Storage! (led by Cormac Hogan) (TAM Customer Webcast Series)Jun 17: Using vRealize Automation and NSX to Deploy and Secure Multi-tiered Applications (Getting More out of vRealize Operations 6.0 Webinar Series) (Link forthcoming)Jul 23: 5 Ways Cloud Automation Drives Greater Cost and Operational Transparency  (TAM Customer Webcast Series)  (Link forthcoming)
Aug 30-Sep 3: VMworld 2015
  • Registration: here.
    • Pricing: here.
      • Early Bird pricing in effect until June 9th.  See attached for more details.
    • PSO Credits:  Use 22 PSO Credits to buy your ticket.  FAQ’s are here.  10 ticket limit per organization.  Credits must not expire before the end of VMworld.
    • TAM Day: Sunday Aug 30th, 10am-6pm.  These invitation-only, customer sessions will focus on the most timely and pressing business and technical issues.  Select the TAM Day Package by entering TAM2015 in the promotion code section.  Read more here. (Already > 25% full.  Sign up now here if you think you’ll be going to VMworld this year to reserve your space.)
    • Training Discount: You can maximize savings on training classes by signing up for pre-conference training courses or discounted self-paced courses during VMworld registration.  Get more details here and here.  View more on PearsonVue’s site here.

 

VMUG100,000 members strong!  This vibrant VMware community welcomes you to network, learn best practices, and share ideas about VMware solutions.Program for VMUG Advantage subscribers: EVALExperience by VMware – a renewable 365 day, non-production license so that you can access and evaluate the latest and greatest VMware products.  Click here for the press release, here for the blog, and here to sign up!- VMUG Feed4ward mentor program.  Learn more here.- VMUG eLearning Webcast Page: Click here- VMUG eLearning Center: Click here- VMUG wiki: Click here- Webcast Archive File Library: Click here  (Latest additions: Keeping Up with VMware Backup & Recovery Challenges of the Software-Defined Virtual Data Center)

 

VMware Education:
  • Here’s the VMware Open Source Software page.
  • FLING!  Here’s a PowerCLI Cmdlet for NFS
  • Here’s a Docker Container for building custom ESXi VIBs
  • Learn how to migrate vCenter Server v5.5 to the vCenter Server Appliance here.
  • More news within the Federation: EMC is acquiring Virtustream, which will form EMC’s Managed Cloud Services Business. Read more here.
If you missed it last week….
VMware offers many ways to get trained in VMware products and solutions.  These include Classroom, Live Online, Online self-paced, Lab Connect, On Demand, Instructional Videos, ViewPoint Webinar Series, VMware TV on YouTube, Partner University, Hands On Labs, The Learning Zone, SolutionTracks, Demos on Demand, Online Events, Local Events, Beta classes, VMworld, Partner Exchange, Partner Library, vBrownbag, and VMUGs.  If you’d like to learn more about any of these, please reach out and let me know.

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    Bimodal IT, VMware, and Cloud-Native Apps (http://blogs.vmware.com/cto/?p=3402)Patrick Daigle is a Senior Systems Engineer and CTO Ambassador in Montreal, Canada. As part of VMware’s Technical Services organization, he works with large enterprises across Canada, leveraging the VMware Software-Defined Enterprise to help IT organizations bring quicker value to the business. He is also a contributor to VMware’s Cloud-Native Apps team.        In 2014, Gartner introduced the concept of Bimodal IT , the idea that enterprises need two speeds of doing IT: traditional IT (Gartner calls…

     

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    Let Us Wow You with vSphere 6 (http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/?p=17437)Not yet on vSphere 6?  Join us for a webcast to learn why you should be.  Starting June 2nd, 2015 and recurring every other Tuesday at 9AM, join the vSphere product experts to learn what’s new and exciting about vSphere 6!  A different topic will be covered each session and time will be allocated at […]

     

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    New Titles added to VMware Learning Zone (http://blogs.vmware.com/education/?p=5629)The VMware Learning Zone is a subscription-based service that gives you a full year of unlimited, 24/7 access to VMware video-based training. In addition to the current videos on Site Recovery Manager, VMware Directory Services Database (vmdir), Virtual SAN, and much more, we are constantly adding content from VMware experts and instructors including tips, advice, and how to discussions on […]

     

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    2015 VCDX Advisory Council Survey (http://blogs.vmware.com/education/?p=5713)Back in October 2014, we announced that a VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) Advisory Council was being formed with initial members. It's coming time to rotate out the current members with new members for the second half of 2015. The panel is made up of three internal VMware employee VCDX's and three external VCDX's.  To make […]

     


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DESKTOP

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    Watch video: Enterprise mobility news recap: May 26-29 (http://blogs.air-watch.com/?p=36769)Welcome back to AirWatch Weekly Recap! I’m Maddie Cook and today we will highlight the Google I/O event, introduce the Business Mobility event and talk about securing smart cities. To begin today’s enterprise mobility headlines we will highlight the enterprise features announced yesterday at Google I/O. Yesterday at the event, Google revealed its priorities for […]

     

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    Join VMware for online Business Mobility Event (http://blogs.air-watch.com/?p=36748)On June 16, VMware will be bringing together enterprise technology leaders for a virtual Business Mobility event. During the session, CEO Pat Gelsinger and EUC EVP and General Manager Sanjay Poonen will highlight mobility’s impact on the enterprise and share how VMware is poised to help enterprises prepare for the mobile business era. The virtual […]

     

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    Edison keeps employees plugged in with mobility (http://blogs.air-watch.com/?p=36667)As Europe’s oldest energy provider, Edison delivers power to more than 1.5 million businesses and residential customers across the continent. It employs a workforce of more than 3,100 people to develop energy solutions in electricity, hydrocarbons and renewable resources. To improve collaboration across the ten countries where Edison operates, the company equips the workforce with […]

     

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PARTNER

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    VMware Continuent Now Generally Available (http://blogs.vmware.com/partnernews/?p=1776)Access the resources now available to open the door to new revenue opportunities both on-prem and in vCloud Air with existing customers with MySQL deployments. VMware Continuent is a suite of products for clustering and replication for business critical MySQL database applications. Be sure to check out the introductory video on the Quarterly Partner Briefing portal as […]

     

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MORE NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM AROUND THE WEB

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    Chinwag Reloaded with Craig Waters (@cswaters1) (http://www.mikelaverick.com/?p=6117)This week’s chinwaggie is Criag Water (@cswaters1). His day job is with Pure Storage, and he used to work for Nutnanix. Prior to switching to vendor-side, Virtualisation Architect and a Data Centre Specialist (Compute/Storage/Network) with over 16 years of experience in the ICT industry. Focusing on virtualisation, Craig has enabled his clients to gain business […]

     

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    A closer look at Rubrik (http://cormachogan.com/?p=5125)A couple of months back, I wrote a short article on Rubrik. They were just coming out of stealth mode and had started an early access program. Since they had not officially launched, there wasn’t a lot that I was Continue reading →

     

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    An Exciting Field Day Filled with Virtualization in Boston (http://wahlnetwork.com/?p=13342)Check out all the amazing vendors, solutions, delegates, and the gooey virtualization treats in store for you at Virtualization Field Day 5! The post An Exciting Field Day Filled with Virtualization in Boston appeared first on Wahl Network . Related posts: Advance Your Tech Career with Advice from IT Pros SpiceWorld Session and Discount Code Wahl Network at VMworld: Sessions, Books, and Charity How vSphere APIs for IO Filtering (VAIO) Changes Everything Now Available – VMware Certified…

     

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    Using Double-Take’s New Cloud Migration Center (http://wahlnetwork.com/?p=13297)How to easily shoot VMs into Azure with Double-Take's newest Cloud Migration Center offering. The post Using Double-Take’s New Cloud Migration Center appeared first on Wahl Network . Related posts: Double VCDX (DCV & NV) – What Does It All Mean? The 4 Step Migration from a Standard vSwitch to Distributed vSwitch with LACP Active Directory 2012 R2 Upgrade and DHCP Services Migration to Meraki vCloud Suite, vCloud Air, and vRealize Cloud Management Platform (CMP) Exposed Zerto Announces…

     

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    Rubrik follow up, GA and funding announcement (http://www.yellow-bricks.com/?p=16264)Advertise here with BSA Two months ago I published an introduction post on Rubrik. Yesterday Rubrik announced that their platform went GA and they announced a funding round (series B) of 41 million dollars led by Greylock. I want to congratulate Rubrik with this new milestone, major achievement and I am sure we will hear much more from them in […] " Rubrik follow up, GA and funding announcement " originally appeared on Yellow-Bricks.com . Follow me on twitter - @DuncanYB. Pre-order my…

     

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    No one ever got fired for buying IBM/HP/DELL/EMC etc (http://www.yellow-bricks.com/?p=16250)Advertise here with BSA Last week on twitter there was a discussion about hyper-converged solutions and how these were not what someone who works in an enterprise environment would buy for their tier 1 workloads. I asked the question: well what about buying Pure Storage, Tintri, Nimble or Solid Fire systems? All non-hyper converged solutions, but relatively new. Answer was straight […] " No one ever got fired for buying IBM/HP/DELL/EMC etc " originally appeared on Yellow-Bricks.com . Follow…

     

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KB ARTICLES

 

VMware Continuent for Clustering
VMware Continuent fails with the error: Cannot assign requested address (2108860)
Date Published: 5/21/2015
VMware ESXi
When powering on a nested virtual machine, vSphere Client reports the warning: Running VMware ESX in a virtual machine will result in degraded performance. Do you want to continue? (2108739)
Date Published: 5/22/2015
VMware ESXi 5.1, 5.5 and 6.0 host experiences a purple diagnostic screen mentioning Heap VMKAPI-char-metadata already at its maximum size (2114650)
Date Published: 5/21/2015
The VMware vSphere Web Client does not display scheduled tasks initiated from the VMware vSphere Client (2114651)
Date Published: 5/19/2015
VMware ESXi 5.x host fails with Purple Screen Error: PF Exception 14 in world 32868:helper11-0 IP 0x418008f10260 (2114745)
Date Published: 5/21/2015
Opening a virtual machines console with the vSphere Client and vSphere Web Client connected to vCenter Server 6.0 fails to open (2116542)
Date Published: 5/18/2015
Windows 7 Virtual Machines running on ESXi 6.0 hosts restart unexpectedly (2117244)
Date Published: 5/22/2015
Clearing the DNS cache in VMware ESXi host (2117593)
Date Published: 5/22/2015
Virtual machine lose network connectivity when the command service.sh restart is run on the ESXi host when using Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP) LAG on the vSphere Distributed Switch (2117958)
Date Published: 5/19/2015
vSphere 6.0 VI Client shows ‘Revert to Current Snapshot’ enabled even when there is no snapshot present on the virtual machine (2111363)
Date Published: 5/23/2015
Unable to detect iBFT table while booting a Lenovo server in UEFI mode (2116487)
Date Published: 5/20/2015
VMware EVO:RAIL
EVO:RAIL Virtual Machine storage Policy Compliance Status shows Out of Date (2117230)
Date Published: 5/20/2015
VMware Horizon View
User cannot connect to desktop when using Riverbed Load Balancer (2112855)
Date Published: 5/22/2015
VMware NSX for vSphere
Attempting to delete an existing NSX Edge Gateway fails in an environment upgraded from NSX 6.1.3 to NSX 6.1.4 (2117804)
Date Published: 5/18/2015
VMware vCenter Operations Manager (vApp)
Modifying the name resolution settings of the VMware vRealize Operations Manager vApp (2115840)
Date Published: 5/21/2015
VMware vCenter Orchestrator
Launching the VMware vCenter Orchestrator client from the vCenter Orchestrator home page fails with the error: Unable to launch the application (2117802)
Date Published: 5/20/2015
VMware vCenter Server
The Storage Monitoring Service plug-in fails to install in VMware vCenter Server 6.0 (2115295)
Date Published: 5/20/2015
Upgrading VMware vCenter Server from 5.x to 6.0 with a Microsoft SQL Server database fails with the error: Error: Internal error occurs during VMware vCenter Server Database pre-upgrade checks (2115567)
Date Published: 5/22/2015
Viewing details of the VMware Certificate Authority within the vSphere Web Client fails with the error: Failed to fetch certificates from VMware Certificate Authority (2115941)
Date Published: 5/22/2015
Modifying webclient url on vCenter Server welcome page (2116070)
Date Published: 5/19/2015
VMware vCenter Server 5.x shows an orphaned or invalid secondary fault tolerance virtual machine (2116109)
Date Published: 5/19/2015
Configuring Citrix NetScaler Load Balancer for use with vSphere Platform Services Controller (PSC) 6.0 (2116281)
Date Published: 5/19/2015
Upgrading vCenter Server from 5.0 to 6.0 fails with the error: Incompatible MSSQL version with vCenter Server 6.0 (2117590)
Date Published: 5/22/2015
Enabling Fault Tolerance While a Virtual Machine is Powered On Fails with the Error: Replay is unavailable for the current configuration (2117771)
Date Published: 5/22/2015
VMware vCenter Server Appliance
Increasing the default timeout limits for the VMware vCenter Server Appliance (2117274)
Date Published: 5/20/2015
Joining the vCenter Server Appliance 5.1, 5.5, and 6.0 to and Active Directory domain with a large number of trusts fails with the error: Idm client exception: Error trying to join AD, error code [40705] (2117709)
Date Published: 5/20/2015
Upgrading the vCenter Server Appliance 5.x to 6.0 fails with the error: vmodl.fault.system error (2118184)
Date Published: 5/21/2015
vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 performance charts fail to load with the error: Performance Charts service returned an invalid response (2118223)
Date Published: 5/21/2015
VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager
VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.5 failover fails to recover datastores on EMC VNX2 newly created replicated luns. (2117816)
Date Published: 5/20/2015
VMware vCloud Automation Center
IP address changes or additions to hosts files are not retained on appliance restart. (2112582)
Date Published: 5/19/2015
Confirming and bench testing MSDTC communication for VMware vRealize Automation (2117963)
Date Published: 5/21/2015
LDAP connections to Active Directory fail due to signing requirements in VMware vRealize Automation (2113041)
Date Published: 5/19/2015
VMware vCloud Director
Disabling the Firewall service on an Edge in VMware vCloud Director causes packet loss (2117746)
Date Published: 5/18/2015
Adding multiple subnets to an external network in VMware vCloud Director causes packet loss (2117762)
Date Published: 5/20/2015
VMware View
View Agent 6.x installation fails with An error occurred during the installation of assembly component (2113861)
Date Published: 5/22/2015
VMware Virtual Disk Development
Virtual machine backup/restore fails when using VMware Virtual Disk Development Kit (VDDK) 6.0 (2115244)
Date Published: 5/20/2015
VMware vRealize Operations Manager
Adding a license to VMware vRealize Operations Manager fails with the error: Unable to validate license key (2117817)
Date Published: 5/20/2015
The VMware Horizon solution is not available when trying to add a license key to vRealize Operations Manager 6.x (2117639)
Date Published: 5/21/2015
VMware vRealize Orchestrator
Configure a Cluster in vRealize Orchestrator (2118344)
Date Published: 5/22/2015
Configure the F5 Load Balancer to Work with an Orchestrator Cluster (2118472)
Date Published: 5/22/2015
Configure the NSX Load Balancer to Work with an Orchestrator Cluster (2118527)
Date Published: 5/22/2015
VMware vShield Edge
Network disruption causes a split-brain scenario on a High Availability configuration of VMware vShield Edge (2117922)
Date Published: 5/18/2015
The vShield Edge Load Balancer health checks fail against servers that do not support SSLv3 (2117443)
Date Published: 5/18/2015
VMware vSphere Replication
Installing VMware vSphere Replication 5.8.x and 6.0.x requires an ESXi host reboot with the message: reboot required (2114801)
Date Published: 5/22/2015
VMware vSphere Web Client
Editing the portgroup of a virtual machine in VMware ESXi 5.1.x using the vSphere Web Client fails with the error: Port does not exist on distributed switch <vDS_Name> (2114589)
Date Published: 5/20/2015

 

DISCLAIMER

While I do my best to publish unbiased information specifically related to VMware solutions there is always the possibility of blog posts that are unrelated, competitive or potentially conflicting that may creep into the newsletter. I apologise for this in advance if I offend anyone and do my best to ensure this does not happen. Please get in touch if you feel any inappropriate material has been published. All information in this newsletter is copyright of the original author. If you are an author and wish to no longer be used in this newsletter please get in touch.

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Hi everyone, this week we continue where we left off last week with part 2 of the blog posting on VMware TAM Metrics.

 

 

VMware Technical Account Manager Customer Intelligence Program (Part 2 of 2)

By Eric Crossley
In a previous post, I introduced the Technical Account Manager (TAM) Customer Intelligence Program, some benefits of participating, and one of the key deliverables: the Customer Intelligence Dashboard. It’s worth reading that post if you haven’t already. In this blog I am introducing another important deliverable of the TAM Customer Intelligence Program: the Customer Usage Report (CUR).

 

This is a shorter week with Monday being Memorial Day so I would like to extend my wishes to everyone on this day.

 

Have a fantastic rest of your week and I look forward to speaking to you again next week.

 

Virtually Yours

Neil Isserow

Staff Technical Account Manager, Team Lead

San Francisco, CA

 

image011.png LOCAL TRAINING CLASSES

 

San Fran

tinyurl.com/m4wmen5 for full list

 

VMware TAM WEBCASTS

 

Official VMware Webcast Site: click here

 

 

On-Demand Webinars:

SDDC:

  • On-Demand: The Software-Defined Data Center: the Future of IT
  • On-Demand: A Practical Roadmap to Moving Beyond Server Virtualization
  • On-Demand: Datacenter Refresh: Traditional vs Converged vs Hyper-Converged (VMUG)
  • Every Wednesday, 3pm EST: VMware Communities Roundtable
  • What’s new in vSphere 6 Security?  Learn here about the new security features in vSphere 6, and also the vSphere Hardening Guide.
  • Top 5 Tips when considering vCenter Architecture Design in vSphere v6.0 are here.
Operations Management:
  • On-Demand: Getting More Out of vRealize Automation, No Scripting Required
  • On-Demand: Log Insight Deep Dive
  • On-Demand: Performance & Troubleshooting – Improving Quality of Service
  • On-Demand: Operational Efficiency – Understanding Waste and Rightsizing your Environment
  • On-Demand: vRealize Operations 6.0 Installation and the Migration from vCenter Operations v5.x
  • On-Demand: What’s New in vRealize Operations 6.0
  • On-Demand: vRealize Operations 6.0: Capacity Management and Planning
  • On-Demand: Four Ways to Maximize the Value of VMware vRealize Operations Manager
  • On-Demand: Take Virtualization to the Next Level with vSphere with Operations Management
  • On-Demand: Take control of your vSphere environment with Operations Management
  • VIDEOS: 50 new vRealize Operations 6 videos available on the vR Ops product website (on the Resources tab), covering Key Concepts, Use Cases, Installation, Analytics Badges, and How To & Tech Tips.
    • New: View 3 additional Log Insight clustering use cases here.
    • New: There is a new Health Monitoring tool for vRealize Suite deployments called vRealize Production Test.  This is an add-on component to the vRealize Suite that ensures the operational status of vRealize Suite deployments from their initial deployment stages to ongoing Production Testing.  Emphasis was placed on vRA and vR Ops.  Get latest version 1.1 here. Read more about it here.
    • VMworld!  Choose from 17 sessions that include Log Insight here.  Learn the breakdown of which sessions are being offered in this area here.
Automation:
  • On-Demand: 5 Ways Cloud Automation Drives Greater Cost and Operational Transparency – Led by Kevin Lees, VMware Principal Architect and Lead Architect for Global IT Operations Transformation.
    • This infographic shows how automating private cloud infrastructure management can improve the efficiency of cloud operations, resource management, accelerated virtualization, and deliver enormous CapEx and OpEx savings.
Networking:
  • New: On-Demand: Learn how NSX delivers a comprehensive security approach for Horizon environments
  • On-Demand: Introduction to NSX  (VMware ViewPoint Training & Certification Webinar Series)
  • On-Demand: VMware NSX – Technical Overview
  • On-Demand: Listen to Martin Casado explain NSX and Microsegmentation
  • On-Demand: A 3-minute summary of NSX and Microsegmentation
  • On-Demand: NSX Distributed Firewall Deep Dive (VMUG)
  • Every other Tuesday, 1pm EST: VMware NSX. Learn how VMware has applied the industry’s leading virtualization operating model to the network through this bi-weekly webinar.
    • Product walk-through demo on NSX can be found here.
    • VMware is once again positioned as Visionary in Gartner’s 2015 Magic Quadrant for Data Center Networking!  Read more here.
    • There are security threats imminent for customers who will not migrate off of Windows 2003 by mid-July, when support ends.  Read more here.  You can use NSX help you through this transition.
Storage:
  • On-Demand: Managing Storage Policies with VMware Virtual SAN
  • On-Demand: What’s All the Buzz about Software-Defined Storage? (Learn about Virtual SAN 6 and vSphere Virtual Volumes)
  • On-Demand: What’s New in Virtual SAN v6.0 – Seeing What’s New in Storage
  • On-Demand: Overcoming Performance Limitations with Dell Flash Storage (VMUG)
    • New: A VMware Virtual SAN Health Check Plug-in is now available here.
    • New: Virtual SAN: An Ideal Choice for Management Storage.  Read more here.
    • Hands On Lab: "What’s New in Virtual SAN 6?"  Click here!
    • Learn about Virtual Volumes here, from Rawlinson Rivera, Principal Architect.
Disaster Recovery:
  • On-Demand: Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery in Action
  • On-Demand: Technical Demo: What’s New with vCloud Air Disaster Recovery
  • On-Demand: Not Your Grandfather’s Data Protection (VMUG)
    • The VMware Feature Walk-Through site has content covering the vCloud Air Disaster Recovery Service.  Watch it here.  (Read more about this new vCloud Air DRaaS offering here.)
Cloud:
  • On-Demand: Build Development and Testing Environments on VMware vCloud Air
  • On-Demand: Set Your Cloud Agenda with VMware vCloud Air
  • On-Demand: Scale Your Mobile App Development on vCloud Air
    • New: Gartner just positioned VMware as Visionary in Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service.  Read more here.
    • New:Learn how you can use VMware's Hybrid Cloud to extend your existing applications and for development/testing here.
    • Learn about VMware’s “One Cloud. Any Application. Any Device” value proposition here.
Desktop:
  • New: On-Demand: Learn how NSX delivers a comprehensive security approach for Horizon environments
  • On-Demand: VMware Horizon: Transforming Desktop and Application Delivery and Management
  • On-Demand: Accelerate Your Desktop Transformation Strategy: Six New Additions to Horizon 6
    • New: Watch this video to see how a high-powered graphics workstation looks firsthand with the VMware/NVIDIA TryGrid platform.
    • New: VMware just expanded VMware Horizon Air in the Asia Pacific region.  Now you can take advantage of VMware vCloud Air services for infrastructure-as-a-service and disaster recovery as well as desktop-as-a-service capabilities with Horizon Air.  More here.
    • New:Link Horizon Deployments Together with Cloud Pod Architecture.  Read more here.
    • New: Use Horizon View to Access Virtual Desktops Remotely – without a VPN.  Read about it here.
    • New:Have you heard about the new VMware User Environment Manager (UEM), which offers personalization and dynamic policy configuration across any virtual, physical, and cloud-based environment?  Read more about it here.
Troubleshooting:
  • On-Demand: Webinar on Troubleshooting  VMware vSphere [V5.5], covering SSL certificates, networking, storage, VMware vCenter SSO, and more.  Read more about it here. (VMware ViewPoint Training & Certification Webinar Series)
Scheduled Webinar Events:Jun 3:  Troubleshooting Strategies for vSphere 6 (VMware ViewPoint Training & Certification Webinar Series)Jun 3: vR Automation: Cloud Business Management with vRealize Business (Getting More out of vRealize Operations 6.0 Webinar Series) (Link forthcoming)Jun 4: Annual Carolinas VMUG Summit in Charlotte, NC.  Agenda is here.Jun 15: VVOLs, Storage – led by Cormac Hogan (TAM Customer Webcast Series) (Link forthcoming)Jun 17: Using vRealize Automation and NSX to Deploy and Secure Multi-tiered Applications (Getting More out of vRealize Operations 6.0 Webinar Series) (Link forthcoming)Jul 23: 5 Ways Cloud Automation Drives Greater Cost and Operational Transparency  (TAM Customer Webcast Series)  (Link forthcoming)
Aug 30-Sep 3: VMworld 2015
  • Registration: here.
    • Pricing: here.
      • Early Bird pricing in effect until June 9th.  See attached for more details.
    • PSO Credits:  Use 22 PSO Credits to buy your ticket.  FAQ’s are here.  10 ticket limit per organization.  Credits must not expire before the end of VMworld.
    • TAM Day: Sunday Aug 30th, 10am-6pm.  These invitation-only, customer sessions will focus on the most timely and pressing business and technical issues.  Select the TAM Day Package by entering TAM2015 in the promotion code section.  Read more here. (Already > 25% full.  Sign up now here if you think you’ll be going to VMworld this year to reserve your space.)
    • VMworld Session Voting is now open!  Click here to vote on your favorite sessions.  There are 1413 total sessions from which to choose.  (Please vote for one of our local Raleigh teams  —> 5675 Unleash the Power of vRealize Orchestrator for the Operations Team)
    • Training Discount: You can maximize savings on training classes by signing up for pre-conference training courses or discounted self-paced courses during VMworld registration.  Get more details here and here.

 

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Scheduled VMUG Webinar Events:May 27: Examining Your Security Posture in the Software-Defined Data Center (Trend Micro)Jun 2: The Potential Business Value of Low-Latency Flash (tegile)Jun 4: Annual Carolinas VMUG Summit in Charlotte, NC.  Agenda is here. VMware Education:
  • New Courses:
    • VMware vRealize Operations Manager: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.0] - click here
    • VMware vSphere: Bootcamp [V6] - click here
  • Have you seen VMware’s new Operations Transformation Videos on VMwareTV?  Watch:
    • Green vs Grey – Rethinking Your IT Operations – here
    • Transforming Your IT Operations - here
    • Blog: Turning IT Operations Management Dreams into Reality – here
    • Blog: VMware vRealize Code Stream: Is DevOps Tools or Transformation? - here
  • Are you working with vCenter Server High Availability?  Check out KB 1024051.  There’s been a re-write of the vCenter HA KB to call out what vSphere HA solutions are supported and available, and what VMware’s stance is on 3rd party HA solutions.
  • Have you heard about VMware’s Project Enzo – a next generation hybrid cloud architecture designed to transform virtual workspaces?  Learn here about how VMware plans to transform desktop computing.
  • In an annual survey of the state of the software market, 91% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that VMware’s applications are easy to manage, apply patches, maintain, and upgrade.  93% agreed or strongly agreed that it is easy for them to understand and manage usage of and spend for VMware’s applications.  Who came out near the bottom?  Clickhere to find out.
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    Introduction to VMware NSX - KBTV Webinars (http://blogs.vmware.com/kb/?p=6579)Continuing on with our current series of KBTV Webinars, here we have the eighth webinar titled: Introduction to VMware NSX which provides an overview of what NSX is, and how it relates to the SDDC (Software Defined Datacenter). NOTE: This video is roughly 37 minutes in length so it would be worth blocking out some time to […]

     

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    Fresh vSphere 6 KB articles! (http://blogs.vmware.com/kb/?p=6567)vSphere 6.0 has been out now for a few weeks and you early adopters have been busy kicking the tires. We've heard some very encouraging things about this release ie: the web client improvements. It's always interesting and top of mind for us to see what issues emerge in everyone's environments and we monitor support […]

     

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    The CMO-CIO partnership (http://blogs.vmware.com/cio/?p=130)The CMO-CIO partnership Common Goals, Unified Approach, Unique Capabilities By Bask Iyer, CIO, VMware There is a lot of chatter about tension and conflict between IT and Lines of Businesses (LOBs)for a variety of reasons. The discussion around bi-modal IT follows this narrative: Traditional IT is slow to respond to business needs; is not at […]

     

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    VMware EVO:RAIL Ships New Software Releases (http://blogs.vmware.com/tribalknowledge/?p=3994)By Mornay van der Walt, vice president, EVO:RAIL Group, VMware Today, I’m pleased to announce we have shipped new releases of the VMware EVO:RAIL software. These latest releases address some of the wide-ranging feedback we have received from our customers and partners over the last six months with regards to scale, hardware monitoring, serviceability automation, […]

     

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    DRS Keeps VMs Happy (http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/?p=17376)Since the introduction of Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) almost 10 years ago, it has become the most trusted way to ensure virtual machines are running at their peak performance. Over 80% of customers that have introduced DRS use it in fully automated mode, which allows for automatic placement and rebalance operations that simplifies capacity planning […]

     

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    vCenter Server 6.0 Availability Guide (http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/?p=17325)vCenter Server has become a mission critical part of most virtual infrastructures. It can be a single point of failure if it is not designed for availability. vCenter Server 6 has many changes relating to vCenter Server and its components and careful consideration has to be made in the design of its architecture. There are […]

     

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    Project Lightwave Now Available (http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/?p=17361)Project Lightwave Now Available Today, we are happy to announce that Project Lightwave, an identity and access management project for cloud-native apps, has been released as a free, open source project and is now available via GitHub and JFrog Bintray. Project Lightwave was originally introduced last month (read the news release). What is Project Lightwave? […]

     

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    Simple VDI Load Testing with View Planner (http://blogs.vmware.com/consulting/?p=2261)By Jack McMichael, Solutions Consultant In the last few years it seems the number of customers asking for assistance in re-evaluating their “VDI 1.0” infrastructure is increasing at a faster rate than ever. It makes sense when you consider that in the rush to achieve datacenter consolidation many administrators were under pressure to just “make […]

     

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    Enhance Infoblox DDI control using vRealize Log Insight (http://blogs.vmware.com/management/?p=7088)Networks and networking requirements are rapidly evolving and leading to innovations that are driven by changing trends in security, cloud infrastructure, virtualization, IPv6, and the changing face of the Internet. This impressive trend list requires equally advanced solutions for managing critical network services in the physical, virtual, and cloud environments. Infoblox’s industry leading integrated, centrally […]

     

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    Enterprise mobility news recap: May 18-22 (http://blogs.air-watch.com/?p=36634)Welcome back to AirWatch Weekly Recap! Today we will highlight a new Google button, share ACE founding partners’ thoughts on the App Configuration for Enterprise program and provide a mobile wallet update. Google is partnering with retailers like Macy’s to add a “buy button” to some search results. Mobile shoppers will be able to add […]

     

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    Colegio Mirasur prepares students for technology influenced world (http://blogs.air-watch.com/?p=36559)Colegio Mirasur is one of the leading educational institutions located in Madrid, Spain. The education institution teaches students ages 3-18 that ranges in grades kindergarten through high school.  In alignment with Colegio Mirasur’s mission, teachers and administrators prepare students, “for a world defined by technology and globalization,” says Pedro Sampedro, president of Colegio Mirasur. The […]

     

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    VMware Horizon Air set to Expand in Asia Pacific Region ()Today, I’m excited to announce the scheduled expansion of VMware Horizon® Air™ cloud services into two major markets in the Asia Pacific region – Australia and Japan. This is another example of the growing footprint and interest in cloud-hosted services by VMware from customers around the world. Customers can now take advantage of VMware vCloud® Air™ services for infrastructure-as-a-service and disaster recovery as well as desktop-as-a-service capabilities with Horizon Air. With this expansion…

     


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PARTNER

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    New Desktop Assessment Tool (it's Free) (http://blogs.vmware.com/partnernews/?p=1772)Leverage this partner kit to accelerate your sales cycle and increase your deal size with SysTrack Desktop Assessment, the latest collaborative offering from Lakeside Software and VMware. This is a free cloud assessment service using vCloud Air to accelerate the assessment of customer environments for VMware Horizon solutions. Use this offering to assess and analyze […]

     

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    The Renewals Train Has Arrived (http://blogs.vmware.com/partner/?p=2483)Attention VMware partners… opportunity is calling. The Renewals Campaign is here. This campaign focuses on current vSphere customers who are approaching the 90 days to renewal date (for their non-ELA transactional business), and are good candidates for the following products aligned with Power Plays: VMware vSphere with Operations Management VMware vSphere with Operations Management + […]

     


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    Using Mr Meeseeks as an Operations Automation Model (http://wahlnetwork.com/?p=13285)What can Mr Meeseeks, a magical cartoon gummy guy, teach us about operations automation? Find out in this wacky post! The post Using Mr Meeseeks as an Operations Automation Model appeared first on Wahl Network . Related posts: vRealize Automation and Operations Play Nice Together Using GitHub for your PowerCLI Scripts Automating and Enforcing a Consistent vSphere Configuration The Bajillion Spiffy Upgrades to vRealize Operations 6.0 Thoughts on vSphere DRS and Data Center Load Balancing

     

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    VAAI support in vSphere Standard and up as of 6.0! (http://www.yellow-bricks.com/?p=16243)Advertise here with BSA After some internal discussions over the last months it was decided to move VAAI (vSphere APIs for Array Integration) and Multi-Pathing down to vSphere Standard as of 6.0. Main reason for this was that Virtual Volumes, by many considered as the natural evolution of VAAI, is also part of vSphere Standard. So if you have vSphere Standard […] " VAAI support in vSphere Standard and up as of 6.0! " originally appeared on Yellow-Bricks.com . Follow me on twitter -…

     

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    This host currently has no network management redundancy (http://www.yellow-bricks.com/?p=16231)Advertise here with BSA Bumped in to this a billion times by now, and I wouldn’t recommend applying this in production but for your lab when you need to take clean screenshots it works great. I’ve mentioned this setting before but as it was part of a larger article it doesn’t stand out when searching so I figured I […] " This host currently has no network management redundancy " originally appeared on Yellow-Bricks.com . Follow me on twitter - @DuncanYB. Pre-order my upcoming book…

     

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    Deploy VCSA 6.0 firstboot error (http://www.yellow-bricks.com/?p=16225)Advertise here with BSA I was doing some tests in my lab and while deploying a new VCSA 6.0 I received an error that firstboot was unsuccessful. Not really a great error message if you ask me but okay. I had already validated DNS twice before I got started, but I checked it again just in case… DNS was […] " Deploy VCSA 6.0 firstboot error " originally appeared on Yellow-Bricks.com . Follow me on twitter - @DuncanYB. Pre-order my upcoming book Essential Virtual SAN via Pearson today!

     


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Greeting from New York City. Yes this week I am traveling and the newsletter is brought to you from the wonderful New York City instead of it’s usual home in San Francisco. This week we have a very informative posting by our Senior TAM Services Development Manager, Eric Crossley. As part of the VMware Technical Account Manager program there are a number of deliverables that we provide our customers. One of these is the collection and presentation of customer metrics. Eric provides an explanation of these in his blog post.

 

VMware Technical Account Manager Customer Intelligence Program (Part 1 of 2)

By Eric Crossley

 

VMware Technical Account Manager (TAM) Services customers have an opportunity that those without TAMs do not – most notable, participation in the TAM Customer Intelligence Program. Upon opting in (under NDA protection), your TAM will undertake a thorough yet unobtrusive infrastructure interrogation process. The goal is to gather a range of specific data, including infrastructure configuration, types of hosts, and core virtualization achievements, among many others. [Read more…]

 

Enjoy your week everyone and I look forward to bringing you more VMware news next week.

 

Virtually Yours

Neil Isserow

Staff Technical Account Manager, Team Lead

San Francisco, CA

 

image011.png LOCAL TRAINING CLASSES

 

San Fran

tinyurl.com/m4wmen5 for full list

 

VMware TAM WEBCASTS

 

Official VMware Webcast Site: click here

 

 

On-Demand Webinars:

SDDC:

  • On-Demand: The Software-Defined Data Center: the Future of IT
  • On-Demand: A Practical Roadmap to Moving Beyond Server Virtualization
  • Every Wednesday, 3pm EST: VMware Communities Roundtable
  • What’s new in vSphere 6 Security?  Learn here about the new security features in vSphere 6, and also the vSphere Hardening Guide.Top 5 Tips when considering vCenter Architecture Design in vSphere v6.0 are here.
Operations Management:
  • On-Demand: Getting More Out of vRealize Automation, No Scripting Required
  • On-Demand: Log Insight Deep Dive
  • On-Demand: Performance & Troubleshooting – Improving Quality of Service
  • On-Demand: Operational Efficiency – Understanding Waste and Rightsizing your Environment
  • On-Demand: vRealize Operations 6.0 Installation and the Migration from vCenter Operations v5.x
  • On-Demand: What’s New in vRealize Operations 6.0
  • On-Demand: vRealize Operations 6.0: Capacity Management and Planning
  • On-Demand: Four Ways to Maximize the Value of VMware vRealize Operations Manager
  • On-Demand: Take Virtualization to the Next Level with vSphere with Operations Management
  • On-Demand: Take control of your vSphere environment with Operations Management
  • VIDEOS: 50 new vRealize Operations 6 videos available on the vR Ops product website (on the Resources tab), covering Key Concepts, Use Cases, Installation, Analytics Badges, and How To & Tech Tips.
    • New: VMworld!  Choose from 17 sessions that include Log Insight here.  Learn the breakdown of which sessions are being offered in this area here.
    • New: Log Insight Ingestion API: Always using the Client Timestamp – click here
    • New: How to change the default ports on Log Insight – click here
    • There is a new Health Monitoring tool for vRealize Suite deployments called vRealize Production Test.  This is an add-on component to the vRealize Suite that ensures the operational status of vRealize Suite deployments from their initial deployment stages to ongoing Production Testing.  Emphasis was placed on vRA and vR Ops.  Get it here. Read more about it here
Automation:
  • On-Demand: 5 Ways Cloud Automation Drives Greater Cost and Operational Transparency – Led by Kevin Lees, VMware Principal Architect and Lead Architect for Global IT Operations Transformation.
    • New: This infographic shows how automating private cloud infrastructure management can improve the efficiency of cloud operations, resource management, accelerated virtualization, and deliver enormous CapEx and OpEx savings.
Networking:
  • On-Demand: Introduction to NSX  (VMware ViewPoint Training & Certification Webinar Series)
  • On-Demand: VMware NSX – Technical Overview
  • On-Demand: Listen to Martin Casado explain NSX and Microsegmentation
  • On-Demand: A 3-minute summary of NSX and Microsegmentation
  • Every other Tuesday, 1pm EST: VMware NSX. Learn how VMware has applied the industry’s leading virtualization operating model to the network through this bi-weekly webinar.
    • New: Product walk-through demo on NSX can be found here.
    • New: VMware is once again positioned as Visionary in Gartner’s 2015 Magic Quadrant for Data Center Networking!  Read more here.
    • New: There are security threats imminent for customers who will not migrate off of Windows 2003 by mid-July, when support ends.  Read more here.  You can use NSX help you through this transition.
    • New: VMware is combining network virtualization with Enterprise Mobility Management.  Read about it here.
Storage:
  • New: On-Demand: Managing Storage Policies with VMware Virtual SAN
  • On-Demand: What’s All the Buzz about Software-Defined Storage? (Learn about Virtual SAN 6 and vSphere Virtual Volumes)
  • On-Demand: What’s New in Virtual SAN v6.0 – Seeing What’s New in Storage
    • New: Read about storage policy-based management (SPBM) with vSphere 6.0 here.
    • Hands On Lab: "What’s New in Virtual SAN 6?"  Click here!
    • Learn about Virtual Volumes here, from Rawlinson Rivera, Principal Architect.
Disaster Recovery:
  • On-Demand: Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery in Action
  • On-Demand: Technical Demo: What’s New with vCloud Air Disaster Recovery
    • The VMware Feature Walk-Through site has content covering the vCloud Air Disaster Recovery Service.  Watch it here.  (Read more about this new vCloud Air DRaaS offering here.)
Cloud:
  • On-Demand: Build Development and Testing Environments on VMware vCloud Air
  • On-Demand: Set Your Cloud Agenda with VMware vCloud Air
  • On-Demand: Scale Your Mobile App Development on vCloud Air
    • New: Data Center Knowledge Report notes that VMware owns the private, on-premise space.  Read more here.
    • New: Here are Top 5 Tips for marketing your Cloud services.
    • New: VMware channels the spirit of one cloud into new architecture here.
    • Learn about VMware’s “One Cloud. Any Application. Any Device” value proposition here.
Desktop:
  • On-Demand: VMware Horizon: Transforming Desktop and Application Delivery and Management
  • On-Demand: Accelerate Your Desktop Transformation Strategy: Six New Additions to Horizon 6
    • New: VMware workspace management tool now brings Citrix support.  Read it here.
Troubleshooting:
  • On-Demand: Webinar on Troubleshooting  VMware vSphere [V5.5], covering SSL certificates, networking, storage, VMware vCenter SSO, and more.  Read more about it here. (VMware ViewPoint Training & Certification Webinar Series)
Scheduled Webinar Events:May 20: vR Automation: Integrate with Anything (Getting More out of vRealize Operations 6.0 Webinar Series) May 21: VMware vForum Online Spring 2015: From your desk, explore What’s New from VMware, test-drive Hands on Labs, attend up to 16 breakout sessions, engage in technical chat sessions, and win prizes!May 22: The Myths and Realities of Desktop as a Service (DaaS)  (TAM Customer Webcast Series)Jun 3: vR Automation: Cloud Business Management with vRealize Business (Getting More out of vRealize Operations 6.0 Webinar Series) (Link forthcoming)Jun 4: Annual Carolinas VMUG Summit in Charlotte, NC.  Agenda is here.Jun 15: VVOLs, Storage – led by Cormac Hogan (TAM Customer Webcast Series) (Link forthcoming)Jun 17: Using vRealize Automation and NSX to Deploy and Secure Multi-tiered Applications (Getting More out of vRealize Operations 6.0 Webinar Series) (Link forthcoming)Jul 23: 5 Ways Cloud Automation Drives Greater Cost and Operational Transparency  (TAM Customer Webcast Series)  (Link forthcoming)
Aug 30-Sep 3: VMworld 2015
  • Registration: here.
    • Pricing: here.
    • PSO Credits:  Use 22 PSO Credits to buy your ticket.  FAQ’s are here.  10 ticket limit per organization.  Credits must not expire before the end of VMworld.
    • TAM Day: Sunday Aug 30th, 10am-6pm.  These invitation-only, customer sessions will focus on the most timely and pressing business and technical issues.  Select the TAM Day Package by entering TAM2015 in the promotion code section.  Read more here.
    • VMworld Session Voting is now open!  Click here to vote on your favorite sessions.  There are 1413 total sessions from which to choose.  (Please vote for one of our local Raleigh teams  —> 5675 Unleash the Power of vRealize Orchestrator for the Operations Team)
    • Training Discount: You can maximize savings on training classes by signing up for pre-conference training courses or discounted self-paced courses during VMworld registration.  Get more details here and here.
  

 

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Datacenter

VMware products not affected by CVE-2015-3456, aka VENOM (2117469)

Date Published: 5/16/2015

VMware App Volumes

Creating a new App Volumes AppStack template VMDK smaller than 20 GB (2116022)

Date Published: 5/15/2015

VMware Continuent for Analytics and Big Data

The command tungsten_provision_thl fails when using Percona Server (2111054)

Date Published: 5/12/2015

The MySQL client or the application querying MySQL reports the error: Lost connection to MySQL server during query (2111499)

Date Published: 5/12/2015

A VMware Continuent process reports an Out Of Memory error (2111511)

Date Published: 5/14/2015

Unable to update the configuration of an installed directory (2111868)

Date Published: 5/12/2015

Installing VMware Continuent fails with the Segmentation Fault (2115619)

Date Published: 5/14/2015

VMware Continuent for Replication

Continuent Replicator is in OFFLINE:ERROR state due to OutOfMemoryError (2111515)

Date Published: 5/14/2015

VMware ESXi

VMware ESXi 5.5 host experiences a purple diagnostic screen after enabling vFlash Read Cache (2114498)

Date Published: 5/11/2015

VMware ESXi 6.0, Patch Release ESXi600-201505001 (2116125)

Date Published: 5/14/2015

VMware ESXi 6.0, Patch ESXi600-201505401-BG: Updates esx-base (2116126)

Date Published: 5/14/2015

VMware ESXi 6.0, Patch ESXi-6.0.0-20150504001-no-tools (2116129)

Date Published: 5/14/2015

Trouble Deploying OVF Template from vSphere datastore (2117310)

Date Published: 5/12/2015

ESXi 5.0 host fails with purple diagnostic screen reporting E1000FinalizeZeroCopyPktForTx (2115113)

Date Published: 5/14/2015

Removing a Auto Deployed ESXi host from the vCenter Server the host fails to complete provisioning on first boot (2116320)

Date Published: 5/14/2015

Syslog.log file of Dell hosts shows multiple entries of error message: IpmiIfcRhFruInv: Reading FRU header for 0xc FAILED cc=0xc3 (2116980)

Date Published: 5/11/2015

Understanding the vSphere Autodeploy Stateless/Stateful Caching Disk selection process with the remote parameter selection in Host Profiles (2115896)

Date Published: 5/11/2015

Enabling or disabling virtual machine logging while the virtual machine is powered on fails with the error: The attempted operation cannot be performed in the current state (Powered on) (2114342)

Date Published: 5/11/2015

VMware ESXi 6.0, Patch ESXi-6.0.0-20150504001-standard (2116127)

Date Published: 5/14/2015

Adding a vmnic to a VMware ESXi host connected to a vSphere Distributed Switch fails after upgrading from version 5.5 to 6.0 with the error: Unsupported address family (2117308)

Date Published: 5/13/2015

VMware Horizon DaaS

Show all records in Users Mapping Report displays only 100 results in Horizon DaaS (2116393)

Date Published: 5/15/2015

VMware Integrated OpenStack

VMware Integrated Openstack plug-in is not visible in the vSphere Web Client (2112339)

Date Published: 5/11/2015

VMware Mirage

Best practices for Mirage managed VMware View desktops (2104176)

Date Published: 5/15/2015

VMware NSX for vSphere

Re-connecting ESXi hosts to VMware NSX for vSphere 6.1.x Controllers fails after a complete rebuilt of the Controllers (2112838)

Date Published: 5/11/2015

VMware User Environment Manager

Logging into a Windows 7 system with Immidio FlexPlus 8.2.x installed can result in a black screen and fails (2116399)

Date Published: 5/15/2015

VMware vCenter Infrastructure Navigator

VMware vRealize Infrastructure Navigator 5.8.4 shows IIS 8.0 or higher as Unknown (2112456)

Date Published: 5/11/2015

VMware vCenter Operations Manager (vApp)

Upgrading hosts that are monitored by vCenter Operations Manager to ESXi 5.1 Update 3 causes some metrics to move to other groups (2117491)

Date Published: 5/14/2015

VMware vCenter Server

vSphere 6.0 Web Client displays the error: Unable to load recent tasks from one or more vCenter Server systems: No matching LinkedVcGroup Found (2116062)

Date Published: 5/12/2015

Disabling Fault Tolerance manually on the ESXi host when vCenter server is not available (2116110)

Date Published: 5/11/2015

vApps in vCenter Server and vCenter Server Appliance 5.5 and 6.0 do not obey the shutdown order when the IP allocation policy is set to DHCP (2117445)

Date Published: 5/14/2015

Installation or Upgrade of vCenter Server 6.0 with an external Platform Service Controller fails with the error: install.vmafd.join_vmdir_failed ERROR: 1, join vmdir failed (2117378)

Date Published: 5/15/2015

Creating a virtual machine in vCenter Server 5.5 and 6.0 only displays one datastore option with Storage DRS enabled (2117430)

Date Published: 5/13/2015

VMware vCenter Server Appliance

WinSCP fails to connect to the vCenter Server Virtual Appliance 6.0 with the error: Received too large SFTP packet (2115983)

Date Published: 5/12/2015

VMware vCenter Update Manager

vSphere Web Client 6.0 shows the service status as unknown for the VMware vSphere Update Manager 6.0 (2117305)

Date Published: 5/13/2015

VMware vCloud Automation Center

Logging out of the VMware vRealize Automation portal generates a HTTP Status 403 error (2114612)

Date Published: 5/11/2015

VMware vCloud Director

Attaching an External Network to an Edge in VMware vCloud Director causes packet loss (2117748)

Date Published: 5/15/2015

Enabling HA on a VMware vShield Edge in vCloud Director causes Packet Loss (2117744)

Date Published: 5/15/2015

Adding an Address to a Sub Allocated IP Pool for a Edge in vCloud causes Packet Loss (2117751)

Date Published: 5/15/2015

VMware Virtual SAN

Understanding Virtual SAN 6.0 memory consumption (2113954)

Date Published: 5/12/2015

VMware vRealize Automation

VMware vRealize Operations health badges are not visible after upgrading to vRealize Automation 6.2.x (2116718)

Date Published: 5/12/2015

VMware vRealize Log Insight

VMware vRealize Log Insight 2.5 startup fails with the error: Unable to gossip with any seeds (2117471)

Date Published: 5/14/2015

VMware vRealize Operations Manager

vRealize Operations Manager installation fails in a Linux environment when X11 is not available (2111891)

Date Published: 5/11/2015

Installation of VMware vRealize Operations Manager fails on a Linux system with low free disk space (2112291)

Date Published: 5/11/2015

Configuring VMware vRealize Operations Manager 6.0.x Health, Risk and Efficiency badges to be calculated in a similar fashion to VMware vRealize Operations Manager 5.x (2113968)

Date Published: 5/12/2015

In VMware vRealize Operations Manager the Resources in the Object Relationship widget on a custom dashboard cannot be selected (2117284)

Date Published: 5/14/2015

VMware vRealize Operations Manager fails to upgrade on a Linux system if JRE is not installed (2112290)

Date Published: 5/11/2015

 

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On the host configuration klick advanced settings| uservars scroll down to UserVars.SupressShellWarning change from 0 to 1.

I have tried to install through VUM but it fails and after talking to nimble support tech it is not supported.

In nimble documentation the installation in cli is without the --no-sig-check but it wont install without it.

 

Download the NCM from infosigt

Upload the file with winscp or other and place it /tmp folder

Put the host in maintenance mode

execute: esxcli software vib install -d /tmp/nimble-ncm-for-esx5-2.3.1-500006 --no-sig-check

 

To verify the installation

esxcli software vib list | grep nimble

No reboot is necessary.

Recently Vmware introduced vSphere 6.0 and offered great features and compatibility for your infrastructure. 

Here I collected all of there features in a single place so you don’t need to shuffle different websites.

Compute

• Increased Scalability – Increased configuration maximums: Virtual machines will support up to 128 virtual CPUs (vCPUs) and 4TB virtual RAM (vRAM). Hosts will support up to 480 CPU and 12TB of RAM, 1,024 virtual machines per host, and 64 nodes per cluster. 

Expanded Support – Expanded support for the latest x86 chip sets, devices, drivers, and guest operating systems. For a complete list of guest operating systems supported, see the VMware Compatibility Guide. 

• Amazing Graphics – NVIDIA GRID™ vGPU™ delivers the full benefits of NVIDIA hardware-accelerated graphics to virtualized solutions. 

• Instant Clone* – Technology, built in vSphere 6.0, that lays that foundation to rapidly clone and deploy virtual machines, as much as 10x faster than what is currently possible today

Storage

• Transform Storage for your Virtual Machines – vSphere Virtual Volumes* enables your external storage arrays to become VM-aware. Storage Policy-Based Management (SPBM) allows common management across storage tiers and dynamic storage class of service automation. Together they enable exact combinations of data services (such as clones and snapshots) to be instantiated more efficiently on a per VM basis.

Network

Network IO Control – New support for per-VM Distributed vSwitch bandwidth reservations to guarantee isolation and enforce limits on bandwidth. 

Multicast Snooping - Supports IGMP snooping for IPv4 packet and MLD snooping for IPv6 packets in VDS. Improves performance and scale with multicast traffic. 

Multiple TCP/IP Stack for vMotion - Allows vMotion traffic a dedicated networking stack. Simplifies IP address management with a dedicated default gateway for vMotion traffic.

Availability

• vMotion Enhancements – Perform non-disruptive live migration of workloads across virtual switches and vCenter Servers and over distances of up to 100ms RTT. The astonishing 10x increase in RTT offered in long-distance vMotion now makes it possible for data centers physically located in New York and London to migrate live workloads between one another. 

• Replication-Assisted vMotion* – Enables customers, with active-active replication set up between two sites, to perform a more efficient vMotion resulting in huge time and resource savings – as much as 95 percent more efficient depending on the size of the data. 

• Fault Tolerance (up to 4-vCPUs) – Expanded support for softwarebased fault tolerance for workloads with up to 4 virtual CPUs.

Management

• Content Library – Centralized repository that provides simple and effective management for content including virtual machine templates, ISO images and scripts. With vSphere Content Library, it is now possible to store and manage content from a central location and share through a publish/subscribe model. 

• Cross-vCenter Clone and Migration* – Copy and move virtual machines between hosts on different vCenter Servers in a single action. 

• Enhanced User Interface – Web Client is more responsive, more intuitive, and more streamlined than ever before.


Increased vSphere 6.0 Maximums

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Virtual Machine Compatibility

Support for 128 vCPU 4TB RAM

vNUMA Enhancements – hot add memory allocated equally across all NUMA regions, instead of just region 0

WDDM 1.1 GDI Acceleration – this is supported on Windows 7 and above USB 3.0 xHCI

Serial and Parallel port enhancements – can now hot remove, and up to 32 serial ports can be added

ESXi Account Management

Enhanced management of local users and permissions

Easier compliance to local security policies

Control of user access and privileges for ESXi

ESXCLI Commands

Can Add/List/Remove/Modify local accounts with ESXCLI run against vCenter

Account Lockout

Can configure

• Local account failed login attempts (default 10, setting to 0 disables account locking)

• Account lockout duration (default 2 minutes) 

This only affects SSH and vSphere Web Services connections and not DCUI or console shell access.

Password Complexity

In vSphere 5.x you had to edit /etc/pam.d/passwd

In vSphere 6.0 you can configure using VIM API or through vCenter (PowerCLI cmdlet)

Improved Auditability of ESXi Admin Actions

Prior to vSphere 6.0 vCenter actions would be logged as vpxuser on the ESXi host.

With vSphere 6.0 they are logged with the vCenter username

Enhancements to Microsoft clustering support

Supports Windows 2012 R2 and SQL 0212 running in failover cluster mode and utilizing AlwaysOn Availability Groups

IP V6 Support

Ability to run a faster PVSCSI adapter with MSCS

vMotion support – vSphere 6.0 supports vMotion of MSCS virtual machines on W2008+ clustered across physical hosts using pRDM

Support for NVIDIA GRID vGPU

Enables designers/architects/engineers to run advance, graphics rich apps in remote desktop using NVIDIA 3D graphics and certified app drivers.

Brings workstation class perf even over high-latency networks

Enhances desktop virtualization with immersive graphics, greater security, scalable perf and cost-effectiveness.

Use cases

Increased config maximums enable support for Hadoop/Big Data Workloads. Scale-out apps see greater consolidation ratios and increased perf with larger cluster sizes and greater VM densities. vSphere Big Data Extensions simplifies and automates provisioning and configuring prod Hadoop clusters.

vCenter Server Features

Enhanced vCenter Server Features

vCSA now has same maximums as Windows vCenter

Full interoperability between Windows and vCSA

Architectural changes

Embedded – PSC and vCenter on same VM or

Centralized – PSC and vCenter on separate VMs

Can use embedded PostgreSQL, or Oracle; or MS SQL on Windows vCenter

Platform Services Controller

Combines common services used across vCloud Suite - vCenter SSO, Licensing, Certificate Management Reduces vCenter Server installation

First component to be installed or upgraded

Centralized model recommended for sites with 2 or more SSO solutions

When using centralized model, make PSC highly available (can use 2x PSC + Load Balancer) PSCs replicate – Licenses, Roles, Permissions, Tags

Can’t switch models after deployment

Can’t deploy vCenter with embedded PSC then switch to centralized PSC Can’t change connections between PSCs after installation

Linked Mode Comparison

Can link Windows and vCSA

Automatically enabled as long as vCenters are in the same SSO domain

Removes extra config steps

Full replication of roles and permissions, licensing, tags and policies

Certificate Lifecycle Management

Solution users are created when vCenter Server or vCenter Inventory Service are registered in SSO. These solution users are used as certificate endpoints and are issued certificates instead of individual services. This enables the services associated with a solution user to utilize the same certificate and substantially reduce the number of certificates required to manage the environment.

vSphere 6.0 introduces 2 new components for managing certs:

VMCA (VMware Certificate Authority) – root CA, or can be configured as a subordinate CA to an existing enterprise CA. Resides on PSC and issues signed certs to all vSphere 6.0 components through solution users. Secures the environment by using a CA to generate certs instead of self-signed certs.

VECS (VMware Endpoint Certificate Service) – stores all certs, including 3rd party certs and private keys. No longer have to manually update each vCenter component cert, just store certs in VECS and get vCenter to use them. NOTE – ESXi certs are still stored locally on the host, but can be provisioned by VMCA. Use VECS command line interface – vecs-cli

VMware Certificate Authority

Operates in 2 modes:

Root CA – Creates a self-signed CA cert, to issue other certificates. All other solution and endpoint certs are created and trusted from this self-signed CA cert.

Issuer CA – Generates a CSR that is signed by an Enterprise CA, or a commercial CA. After the CSR is signed the admin configures the VMCA to use this cert. This mode requires that all issued default certs are replaced after implementation

Certificate Replacement Options

VMCA Default – VMCA creates a self-signed root cert. This can be regenerated as and when required.

VMCA Enterprise – the Enterprise CA issues a signing cert to the VMCA. If the VMCA has already been used in default mode, all the old certs will have to be regenerated before migrating to the enterprise mode.

Custom Install – to use other CA or 3rd party certs, VMCA will need to be disabled as the CA for vCenter. Custom certs will have to be installed manually in the VECS for each solution user and endpoint.

vMotion Enhancements

Cross vSwitch vMotion

vMotion between vSwitches. Must be on same L2 network as the IP address of the VM will not change. Can move from

vSS to vSS vSS to vDS vDS to vDS

but not vDS to vSS because VM metadata is transferred.

This increases Agility, and Business reliability by increasing the availability of the app during maintenance.

Cross vCenter vMotion

Can migrate to a vCSA (and eliminate Windows & SQL licenses)

Can migrate from vCSA to Windows vCenter to enable use of a SQL cluster

Can migrate between vCenters when doing a vCenter upgrade to avoid impact on VM management. Can migrate between hosts, datastores, and networks at the same time.

Cross vCenter vMotion Enhancements

Requirements: vCenter 6.0

Web Client - must be same SSO domain API – can be different SSO domains 250Mbps network bandwidth

Features:

VM UUID remains the same (not the same as Managed ID, MoRef, BIOS UUID)

Data and settings are preserved – includes VM UUID, event/alarm/task history/resource settings (shares/reservations/limits). DRS settings are also preserved including (anti)affinity rules, automation level, startup priority, host isolation response.

MAC addresses are preserved – when moving a VM from a vCenter Server, the MAC is added to an internal blacklist to prevent it being reused.

Long Distance vMotion

Latency must be 150ms or less

Socket buffer resizing techniques are supported to ensure successful migrations Any storage system and both VMFS and NFS are supported

Can be used for disaster avoidance

Long Distance vMotion Requirements

Latency 150ms or less Bandwidth 250Mbps

Same L2 network (can use VXLAN, NSX L2 Gateway services, or GIF/GRE tunnels)

Content Library

Simplifies distribution of VM templates

Centrally stores and manages published VM templates

Automatically distributes the template changes to other sites

Supports lifecycle management when content is updated

Content Library Catalog

Supports 3 types of libraries

Local – available only to the local ESXi server

Published – Published for subscribers

Subscribed – synchronizes with a published library

Published can be “Immediate Download or Automatic Subscription” or “On Demand Subscription”

vSphere Web Client

2 notable enhancements

Can access multiple vCenters from a single Web interface New Recent Tasks pane

Old vSphere Client (C#) is still available, but can’t configure any new features from 5.1 onwards.

vSphere Web Client Enhancements

Better performance: Login13x faster Right-click 4x faster

Chrome or IE preferred, Firefox supported but slower. Perf charts 2x quicker

VMRC integrated

Usability Improvements:

New drop-down menu to aid navigation

Right-click menu flattened improving consistency across the UI

Task pane relocated to bottom of screen, making it easier to view recent tasks, and make more consistent with vSphere Client.

UI is now dockable, allowing customization

Use Cases

PSC – removes services from vCenter and makes them centralized for vCloud suite. Single point of management for roles/perms/licensing. Reducing vCenter installation options makes install/upgrade faster and easier. All vCenter services are now on vCenter server, reducing complexity. VUM is the only stand-alone product installer.

Enhanced Linked Mode – Centralized interface. PSCs replicate automatically, for Windows and vCSA instances.

Cross vSwitch vMotion – Increases agility, availability, and reliability.

Cross vCenter vMotion – Migrate between vCSA and Windows vCenter (reduce cost/increase reliability), migrate across local/metro/continental distances. Replace vCenter server without disruption, Use resource pooling across vCenter servers where multiple vCenters were used due to scalability limits. Long Distance vMotion – permanent migration, disaster avoidance, balance load, migrate across physical servers that are geographically dispersed without interrupting apps.

Content Library – helps with storage and consistency. Centrally manage VM templates, distribute

globally, accomplish VM template lifecycle management.

vSphere Web Client – improved performance and usability makes it equivalent to vSphere Client

Networking and Storage Features

Network and storage enhancements

NIOC upgraded to v3 – improved network resource reservation and allocation

VVOLs - different and improved storage architecture, VM centric instead of LUN or volume centric

Network I/O Control

New bandwidth reservation for System Traffic based on capacity of physical adapters. Enables reservation of capacity for a vNIC or distributed Port Group

Also enables fine-grained resource control at the VM network adapter level.

Multiple TCP/IP stacks

ESXi 4.x and 5.x only had one network stack for all vSphere services

ESXi 6.x has improved scalability and offers flexibility by isolating vSphere services to their own stack Also allows vMotion to work over a dedicated L3 network.

NFC traffic can be isolated to its own network , rather than sharing the management network, so a clone operation wouldn’t affect management.

Each TCP/IP stack will have its own:

• Memory heap 

• ARP tables 

• Routing table 

• Default gateway 

VMware Virtual Volumes

Enables array based operations at the virtual disk level Transforms the data plane of the SAN and NAS systems

Implements improved storage arch enabling operations to be conducted at the VM level using native array capabilities

Supports data operations offload to storage arrays

Eliminates the need to provision and manage large LUNs or volumes per host Simplifies operations through policy-driven automation.

Primary objective is to bring the benefits of SDDC to stage

For vSphere administrator – Enables on demand access to the right kind of storage and storage services For storage administrator – Provides an efficient way to provision and manage storage

Virtual Volumes Storage Architecture

Each VM is assigned its own storage policy All VMs use storage from same common pool

When provisioning, different buckets with different policies need not be considered VM policy can be changed without moving the VM to a different LUN.

Storage Architecture Components

VASA – vSphere APIs for Storage Awareness Provider

Protocol Endpoints

Storage Container

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VASA Provider

Exposes storage services which a VVOL array can provide Understands VASA APIs for operations, such as creation of VVOL files Serves as the control plane element of VVOLs

Can be implemented in the firmware of an array

Can be in a separate VM that runs on the cluster which is accessing the VVOL storage

Protocol Endpoints

Access points that enable communication between ESXi hosts and storage array systems Configured as part of the physical storage fabric and accessed by standard storage protocols

Help ensure that the performance of VVOLs is not affected by the policy management activities Separates the access points from the storage resulting in fewer access points

Storage Container

A logical construct for grouping VVOLs

Enables a Storage Admin to isolate or partition the storage according to requirements

Maps to a vSphere Datastore – concept of Datastores is deeply embedded in vSphere, and used for various purposes such as administrative access control

VVOLs provide a corresponding object to enable users to logically manage storage

Storage-Policy Based Management Framework

Delivers an orchestration and automation engine that translates storage requirements expressed in a VM storage policy, into granular provisioning capabilities

Uses VASA and makes Storage Capabilities visible in the vCenter interface

vSphere Admins can use VM Storage Policies to deliver storage requirements and capabilities

SPBM uses VVOLs to recommend compliant datastores for VM placement, and to transparently turn on the necessary data services based on native array capabilities

New De-Facto Storage Paradigm

VVOLs is the logical extension of virtualization into the storage world

VVOLs along with VSAN provides the foundation for software defined storage in the SDDC

Benefits of Virtual Volumes

• Simplify storage operations: 

Allows separation of provisioning and consumption of storage for VMs. 

Simplifies operations through policy driven automation, enabling agile storage consumption and dynamic adjustments in real time when needed. 

Automated policy enforcement simplifies monitoring and ensures compliance of storage service levels. 

• Simplify delivery of storage service levels 

Provides fine control over storage resources and native array data services down to the VM level, admins can create exact combinations and service levels on a case by case basis. Policy driven automation ensures desired service levels are constantly met, and enables dynamic adjustments in real time when needed to quickly adapt to changing requirements 

• Improve resource utilization 

Enables more flexible, VM-centric consumption of storage capacity and services, eliminating overprovisioning issues. 

Enables dynamic adjustments in real time, through automation. 

Use Case

Use a storage container to enable DR:

• Create a new VM and specify that it needs to be made available in a disaster 

• The PE facilitates communication to the storage array, indicating that it needs DR 

• The array then creates a set of VVOLs and ensures they are replicated

• Only the single VM is replicated not the whole datastore

• Because the VM at the DR site is understood to be a replica, only one VM will be visible 

Availability Features

Availability Enhancements in vSphere 6.0

Enhanced vSphere vMotion

FT Multiprocessor CPU support

Ability to build private cloud structures

Fault Tolerance

Creates a “shadow” VM on a separate host Protects critical high performance applications Provides continuous availability for applications

Ensures zero downtime and prevents data loss by automatically triggering failover Easy to set up and configure

Included in vSphere Essentials Plus and higher editions

Fault Tolerance Enhancements

Now supports more than one vCPU Up to 4 vCPU (Ent+) and 64GB memory

Multiple checkpoints per second through xvMotion Suitable for approx. 09% of mission critical workloads Dedicated 10GB NIC on each host recommended

Can now be backed up with VDP-Advanced, and snapshot based tools

Now creates a complete copy of the entire VM (rather than using the same storage). This enables the VMs to be stored on either shared or local storage

Now supports all virtual disk formats, not just eager zeroed.

Can now hot enable FT, so it’s not necessary to turn off the VM to enable FT

High Availability

Restarts affected VM on other servers with spare capacity when physical server fails Restarts affected VM on same physical server when OS fails

Minimize unplanned downtime and service disruption

Eliminates need for dedicated standby hardware or additional software Provides affordable HA across the entire virtualized environment Avoids cost and complexity of 3rd party failover solutions

High Availability Enhancements

VMCP – VMware Component Protection, provides enhanced protection from APD and PDL for FC, iSCSI, FCoE and NFS

Before vSphere 6.0, applications were impacted by APD and PDL conditions.

Now detects APD and PDL, generates vCenter alarms, automatically restarts impacted VMs on fully functional hosts

Protects 64 hosts and 6000 VMs in a cluster

Fully compatible with: VVOLs, NIOC, IPv6, NSX, Cross vCenter VMotion

vSphere Replication

Provides Data Protection and DR

Creates a duplicate VM in the same cluster or another site Managed using Web Client

Included in Essentials Plus Kit and higher editions Provides as many as 24 recovery points

Can be used as a standalone solution, or as a replication engine for SRM or vCloud Air DR

vSphere Replication Enhancements

Bandwidth Reduction:

• RPO can be set on a per-VM basis, from 15min to 24h 

• After the initial synchronization, only changes to the VM are replicated 

• vSphere 6.0 compresses the replicated data using FastLZ compression – typical compression ratio is 1.7:1 

Improved Security and Protection:

• Can isolate network traffic for VR from other vSphere host traffic 

• Can control bandwidth by configuring more than one NIC in a vSphere Replication appliance and using NIOC to separate network traffic 

• Improvements for Linux VMs – with some Linux OSes, VMtools provide the ability to quiesce the guest OS during replication and backup operations. VR can use this new functionality to enable file system consistent recovery of Linux VMs 

vSphere Data Protection

Robust disk based backup solution

VDP now includes all previous functionality in VDPA Included in vSphere Essentials Plus kit 6.0

VSOM 6.0 vCloud Suite 6.0

Enables local data protection and offsite DR Utilizes VMWare APIs for Data Protection (VADP) Based on EMC Avamar

Uses variable length segment de-dupe CBT used for backup and restore

First backup is full (level 0)

Each subsequent (level 1) backup checks VADP for changed blocks

Managed using Web Client

vSphere Data Protection Enhancements

Includes agents for:

• MS SQL Server 

• MS Exchange Server 

• MS SharePoint Server 

• SQL Server clusters 

• Exchange Server database 

Possible to select individual databases for backup/restore Possible to restore individual Exchange Server mailboxes

Replication of backup data provides capability for offsite backup data, with several retention and recovery options to satisfy a wide variety of requirements

Automated backup verification jobs can:

• Restore VMs 

• Boot Guest OS 

• Check for VMtools heartbeats 

• Delete restored VMs 

Supports backup data storage on EMC Data Domain

Uses EMC DD Boost to minimize network bandwidth impact and improve performance Makes use of external proxies

Minimizes network bandwidth by deploying external proxies to remote locations Supports up to 24 concurrent backup streams, RHEL LVM and Ext4 filesystem

Use Cases

Fault Tolerance

• Can protect a VM against host or Datastore failure with zero downtime 

• On-demand FT – can enable FT during key periods, and save resources during non-critical 

operations High Availability

• Protects apps with no other failover option 

• Avoid cost and complexity of failover solutions tied to OS or specific apps. 

• Provides protection with minimum cost and management overhead vSphere Data Protection 

• ROBO deployments are good candidates 

• Supports up to 20 appliances per vCenter

• External proxies can also be deployed to accommodate varying requirements. 

• Up to 8 concurrent backup streams, or up to 24 with external proxies vSphere Replication 

• Quickly and easily recover and preserve data 

• Free from storage lock-in 

• Admins can use a seed copy of VM data for initial synchronization, so only deltas are replicated 

Introduction to vSphere with Operations Management 6.0

vSphere with Operations Management 6.0 Overview

Enhances vSphere virtualization

Maximize the benefits of the virtualized infrastructure with easy to use unified and consistent operations management

Provides visibility and insight with Self-Learning Predictive Analytics and Unified Visibility Features Health, Performance, Capacity Management and Monitoring capabilities Designed for businesses of all sizes

Maximise hardware savings through higher capacity utilization and consolidation ratios

New Features in vSphere with Operations Management 6.0 vRealize Operations Manager Standard edition + vSphere

Smart Alerts – combine multiple symptoms to generate a single problem statement Capacity Planning – enable “what-if” scenarios and improve planning and forecasting

Policy Management – enable advanced monitoring of performance, capacity and config standards Integrated Compliance – check against vSphere hardening guidelines

vSphere with Operations Management 6.0 User Interface

Intuitive UI and advanced monitoring capabilities based on Self-Learning Predictive Analytics and Dynamic Thresholds

Home screen shows unified view of Health Risk and Efficiency, enabling administrators to view KPIs in easily identified coloured badges

These combine multiple symptoms to show the actual issue, recommendations to resolve the issue, and automated actions you can take to remediate the issue

Symptoms are not limited to badges – any object, any metric

The capacity management capabilities help optimize resources by providing visibility into existing capacity usage and opportunities to right-size and reclaim resources.

Can model capacity projects and save “what-if” analysis Helps administrators go from reactive to proactive

Benefits of vSphere with Operations Management 6.0

Enables customers to

• improve capacity utilization by 34% 

• increase consolidation ratios by 36% 

• increase hardware savings by 30% 

• Reduce diagnosis and problem resolution time by 26% 

• Reduce application downtime by 36%

I attended the Vsphere 6 webinar from VMware , The high level discussion on the features and enhancement that were upgraded .

 

vCenter Enhancements

  1. vCenter server 6 has been re-designed and enhanced by providing these features
  2. Increased scalability with the parity between windows and VCSA versions
  3. New and simplified architecture with the availability options
  4. Enhanced linked mode with Global sharing of permissions , tags and licenses
  5. cross vcenter server and long distance vmotion
  6. content library for the shared template and sharing image across vCenter servers
  7. drastic  improvement on the vSphere web client and its performance

 

vSphere Enhancements

 

  1. Increased flexibilty of lokdown mode : now the lockdown mode has been changed to Normal and Strict
  2. Added CAC smart card authentication to DCUI : smart card authentication was introduced
  3. Improved ESXi password and account management  : local admin and local root credentials can be created
  4. Enhanced auditability of ESXi admin actions : the user=vpxa was changed and the logs can determine the user name who did the change for audit
  5. Added full certificate Life cycle management : with VMCA and VCES  and certificate manger to support third party certificates
  6. improved power CLI

 

  • The VMware vCenter Server 6.0 release introduces new, simplified deployment model, The components that make up a vCenter Server installation have been grouped into two types:
    Embedded
    external.
    Embedded: refers to a deployment in which all components—this can but does not necessarily include the database—are
    installed on the same virtual machine.
    External: refers to a deployment in which vCenter Server is installed on
    one virtual machine and the Platform Services Controller (PSC) is installed on another.

The Platform Services Controller is new to vCenter Server 6.0 and comprises VMware vCenter Single Sign-On, licensing, and the
VMware Certificate Authority (VMCA).
Embedded installations are recommended for standalone environments in which there is only one vCenter Server

 

Useful resources :

 

https://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/techpaper/vmware-vcenter-server6-deployment-guide.pdf

 

https://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/techpaper/VMware-vCenter-Server-6-0-Availability-Guide.pdf

 

Product Walkthrough

 

http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-60/topic/com.vmware.ICbase/PDF/vsphere-esxi-vcenter-server-60-security-guide.pdf

 

vSphere Hardening Guide 6.0 Public Beta 1 available | VMware vSphere Blog - VMware Blogs

 

VMware vCenter™ VMware ESXi 5 India VMware User Group VMware on Facebook

 

 

Thanks and Regards,

Nithyanathan R

 

 

I recently encountered an issue , where the ESXi server on my 7 node cluster was disconnected , and all the VM under it were grayed out , but was still up and running,

 

No business impact nor the VM functionality was affected . but the ESXi hosts were disconnected form the cluster , and was no longer part of the HA a, DRS cluster ,

 

See the snippet below

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Troubleshooting this , we performed these steps .

 

1.we Verified that the ESXi host is in a powered on state.

2. Verified that the ESXi host is able to respond back to vCenter Server at the correct IP address.

3.Verified that network connectivity exists from vCenter Server to the ESXi host with the IP and FQDN.

4. We did not restart the management network since the VM running under the ESXi host were grayed out and the state was unknown ,

restarting  the management network can cause the VM to lose its files , and chances of corrupting the vmx .

5. verified the host connectivity by directly  connecting to host using Vsphere client

 

6. Checked the network connectivity on  the chassis on which these blades were mounted

7. analyzed the VM kernel logs   , and the events and alarms for the UCS chassis

8. we figured out the FI had some port issues and Networking connectivity issue 

9. we rectified It, removed the host form the Cluster , made sure we have the valid root credentials and added the host back to cluster

10. Do not reboot the host when the host and its vm state is unknown

11. Make sure you have the complete VM list and its host and network details before restarting  the esxi host

 

 

Thanks and Regards,

Nithyanathan R

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