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nisserow Hot Shot

VMware TAM Source 9.18

Posted by nisserow May 10, 2017

 

FROM THE EDITORS VIRTUAL DESK
Hi TAM Newsletter readers. There has been a lot going on over the past few weeks with new and updated releases and other items which we have been bringing to our customers attention. This week I want to point you attention to our wonderful TAM Blog and the latest post entitled "VMware Compatibility and Order of Upgrade Best Practices Review". This is a very important topic and as many of our TAM customers are upgrading their infrastructure to the latest or later editions of vSphere now is a great time to consult with your TAM on the path that is best to take for your unique situation. This is a really great blog post and I urge you to take a look at this.

 

I hope you enjoy all of the news in this weeks newsletter from general VMware updates to our VMUG partners and more.

 

Have a fantastic week everyone.

 

Virtually Yours
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NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM VMWARE
Secure Boot for ESXi 6.5 – Hypervisor Assurance
I’ve talked about how vSphere has been moving towards a “secure by default” stance over the past few years. This can clearly be seen in the new vSphere 6.5 Security Configuration Guide where the number of “hardening” steps are growing smaller with every release. In this blog post we will go over ...

 

AI – An Important Workload for the New IT
When I meet with customers, I often hear that Artificial Intelligence (AI) is presented as “machines making decisions for businesses or individuals,” but my take is that AI is a tool to help people make better decisions. AI helps us connect the dots across huge data sets and gain insights to solv...

 

Top 20 vCenter Server articles for April 2017
vmware-dataservice-sca and vsphere-client status change from green to yellow /storage/log directory is full in vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 Purging old data from the database used by vCenter Server Unable to log into the root account of vCenter Server Appliance “Failed to verify the SSL certifica...

 

Top 20 NSX articles for April 2017
ESXi 5.5 and 6.0 hosts fail with a PSOD: VMCIEventDelayedDispatchCB@com Downloading and enabling VMware vShield Endpoint 5.x on supported VMware vSphere platforms Network ports required to access vCenter Server, ESXi, and ESX hosts vCenter Server certificate validation error for external solution...

 

Top 20 vSAN articles for April 2017
Update sequence for vSphere 6.5 and its compatible VMware products Component metadata health check fails with invalid state error Powering on virtual machines in VMware vSAN 5.5 fails with error: Failed to create swap file vSAN host may encounter a purple diagnostic screen during performance stat...

 

Top 20 vRealize Automation articles for April 2017
Update sequence for vSphere 6.5 and its compatible VMware products Update sequence for vSphere 6.0 and its compatible VMware products How to use JXplorer to update the LDAP string for an identity source for vRA 6.0.x, 6.1.x Directory sync in vRA 7.x fails with error ‘Connector Communication faile...

 

Top 20 vRealize Operations Manager articles for April 2017
Update sequence for vSphere 6.5 and its compatible VMware products Resetting the Administrator password in vRealize Operations Manager 5.x and 6.x Collecting diagnostic information from vRealize Operations Manager 6.x Update sequence for vSphere 6.0 and its compatible VMware products Enabling SSH...

 

Top 20 Horizon View articles for April 2017
Provisioning or recomposing a linked clone desktop pool fails Restart order of the View environment to clear ADLDS (ADAM) synchronization in Horizon View Removing invalid linked clone entries automatically using the ViewDBChk tool in VMware Horizon View 5.3 and later versions VMware View ports an...

 

Top 20 vRealize Log Insight articles for April 2017
Update sequence for vSphere 6.5 and its compatible VMware products FAQ: Log Insight for vCenter Server Authentication with Active Directory is slow in VMware vRealize LogInsight 3.0 when users belong to multiple nested groups Log Insight load balancer incompatible with NSX Distributed Firewall Pr...

 

Top 20 ESXi articles for April 2017
ESXi host fails with PSOD when using Intel Xeon Processor E5 v4, E7 v4, and D-1500 families ESXi host fails with intermittent NMI PSOD on HP ProLiant Gen8 servers Unable to power off the virtual machine in an ESXi host Recreating a missing virtual machine disk descriptor file Permanent Device Los...

 

New KB articles published for week ending 29th April 2017
VMware App Volumes Excluding files and locations from Writable Volumes Published Date: 2017/04/23 VMware ESXi Hosts fails with a purple diagnostic screen when retrieving flows for ALG enabled protocols Published Date: 2017/04/24 VMware ESXi 5.5 & 6.0 may fail with PSOD when IPFIX is disabled Publ...

 

‘May the 4th Be with You’ on Your Journey to the Cloud
The public cloud has stepped out of the shadows and stretched across the solar system as organizations scale their usage of it to extend on-premises infrastructure, consolidate or migrate data centers, and support dynamic capacity requirements.   But many organizations also run apps and manage on...

 

Oracle Database 12c on VMware vSAN — Day 2 Operations and Management
Oracle Database 12c on VMware vSAN — Day 2 Operations and Management Customers deploying production Oracle workloads have stringent requirements to support and maintain critical database operational tasks such as Backup and Recovery, Cloning, Data Refresh for Development/Test environment and Patc...

 

Partner Spotlight: NTT’s Virtual Infrastructure Makes the Switch to the Public Cloud Even Easier
These days, every company has cloud adoption square in their sights. And frankly, it’s a matter of survival . But making the switch to the public cloud is difficult, weighted by legacy systems and incompatible architecture. Fortunately, virtualization may hold the key to success.   In the latest ...

 

The NSX Mindset
The NSX Mindset: one’s mental capability to be a determined leader and catalyst for change in the way a company designs, implements, manages, and operates networking and security. Change isn’t easy. Especially when it involves something personal. Unfortunately, though, it happens whether we like ...

 

Dogfooding the Cloud: How VMware Used vCloud Director to Consolidate Internal IT
By Tina Cressia-Thomas   In Silicon Valley, it’s common to hear of companies, “dogfooding” their product – using their own product internally – to quickly iterate and develop a better user experience before releasing to customers. There’s plenty of famous examples ; however, it’s not every day yo...

 

Apple Takes the Wearables Lead, Decoding Win10 S, Internet 4.0 & More Top Mobile News
Sorry, Fitbit, there’s a new sheriff in town. With nearly 60% growth in shipments in Q1 this year, Apple Watch officially became the king of the consumer wearables castle, according to CNBC . Fitbit, which was the long-time market leader, dropped to second after a 35% decline in Q1. Get the mobil...

 

Top EUC News: Password Misery, Windows 10 S & Dell EMC World, Oh My!
Here’s the first edition of our new series, top end-user computing (EUC) news! Sign up at the top of this page to get the weekly newsletter in your inbox every Friday. The password is … We released the results of a new VMware survey this week that revealed companies’ top 10 identity and access ma...

 

3 Ways Industry 4.0 & Wearables Revolutionize Supply Chains Today
At ProMat 2017, the largest material handling, logistics and supply chain show and conference in North and South America, “Industry 4.0” was THE hot topic. But what exactly is Industry 4.0 and how will it revolutionize supply chains? According to Markus Lorenz , partner and managing director at B...

 

Building Great Technology Starts with Building a Great Team, Part 1
Follow the VMware UX Series. Here at VMware AirWatch , we work hard to create a progressive culture that promotes cross-functional collaboration and fosters a strong drive to execute effectively. Last year, Tony Keuh saw an opportunity for our engineering, user experience (UX) and marketing teams...

 

Decoding Windows 10 S & How to Make It a Success in Your Organization
There’s little doubt that Windows 10 adoption is on a roll— 400+ million devices and 54% of global organizations are running Microsoft’s latest operating system (OS). It’s only about a month since the third major upgrade ( Creators Update /v1703) was launched, and Microsoft is continuing to ride ...

 

10 Reasons Why Enabling More than Secure Email for Mobile Workers Is So Hard
Get the 10 reasons in this free eBook. Securely enabling more than email for mobile workers is hard. You know it. We know it. The question thus far is why it’s so hard. IT gives workers the secure work apps they need to securely work from anywhere. Yet for reasons mostly unknown, workers do not a...

 

New Research: Top 10 Identity and Access Management Challenges
As organizations undergo digital transformation, they experience challenges along the way. This is due to the fact that this transformation often requires them to update and/or replace legacy solutions. They also have to implement new ways of securing access from the plethora of devices out there...

 

Azure AD Join with VMware Workspace ONE
Secure, timely support for remote Windows users can be tricky. Imagine your top remote sales rep breaks her laptop before an onsite meeting with a vital client. Does she have time to wait for IT to grab a new laptop, Domain Join it for secure access to corporate resources and then ship it out? Ev...

 

VMware AirWatch – NSX Integration
Integrate VMware AirWatch Enterprise Mobility Management with VMware NSX Network Virtualization and Security Platform to extend security policies from the data center to mobile application endpoints. VMware AirWatch – NSX Integration brings speed and simplicity to networking and micro-segmentatio...
May 1, 2017 3:00:24 PM

 

EXTERNAL NEWS FROM 3RD PARTY BLOGGERS
Virtually Speaking Podcast: VMW Cloud on AWS
Advertise here with BSA I was on vacation the past two weeks, yesterday I got a message from Frank Denneman and Pete Flecha if I had some time available. I was working in my backyard so dropped my tools and hopped on. Apparently John was sick, so I took his spot and here’s the result. Interesting...

 

x509 error logging into harbor registry via VIC VCH
In my last post, I showed some of the new command line functionality associated with deploying out a new Virtual Container Host (VCH) with vSphere Integrated Containers (VIC) . I also highlighted how VIC now includes both Admiral for container orchestration via templates and the harbor registry i...

 

VMware PowerCLI 6.5.1 Installation Walkthrough
VMware PowerCLI 6.5.1 introduces a new installation method to users. This new method pulls directly from the PowerShell Gallery

 

Correlating vSAN perf metrics from vSphere Web Client to both PowerCLI & vSAN Mgmt API
While going through the PowerCLI 6.5.1 release notes last week, in addition to the new Get-VsanView cmdlet which exposes the complete vSAN Management API through PowerCLI, I had learned that we had also released a new Get-VsanStat cmdlet. This new cmdlet allows customers to easily retrieve the va...

 

vSAN 6.6: Manual vs Automatic Disk Claim Mode
Advertise here with BSA I received this question on Manual vs Automatic disk claim mode in vSAN 6.6. Someone upgraded a cluster from 6.2 to 6.6 and wanted to add a second cluster. They noticed that during the creation of the new cluster there was no option to select “automatic vs manual”. I think...

 

VMware Validated Design (VVD) & VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) Quick References
The other day, I had a customer ask about the latest version of the Ports and Protocols document that was put together by the VMware Validated Design (VVD) team which does a fantastic job of outlining all the connectivity between the products used within the VVD SDDC. It actually took me awhile t...

 

Getting started with VIC v1.1
VMware recently release vSphere Integrated Containers v1.1. I got an opportunity recently to give it a whirl. While I’ve done quite a bit of work with VIC in the past , a number of things have changed, especially in the command line. What I’ve decided to do in the post is highlight some of the ne...

 

vSAN Deep Dive
This session covers basic to advance vSAN topic. Watch this video if you to learn basics and few of the advance areas of vSAN.

 

Welcoming PowerCLI to the PowerShell Gallery
While I’ve always enjoyed using VMware’s PowerCLI module for PowerShell, it has been a bit annoying having to navigate to the official VMware site, log in, download the bits, agree to terms, and do a thick installation on every workstation or server that needs the code. Which is why I’m quite hap...

 

Dell EMC World 2017–here we come!
We are 6 days away from getting together at #DellEMCWorld 2017 with 12,000+ of our closest friends, customers, and partners.   I love that I can say “don’t just listen to me, here’s what attendees say” (click on the below for a LOT more)! So what should you expect?   Product announcements, 3 gene...

 

Can I front vSAN with a VAIO Caching Solution?
Advertise here with BSA I had this question a couple of times already, so I figured I would write a quick post. In short: yes you can put a VAIO Filter in front of vSAN. The question really is, which one would you like to use and why? First of all, the VAIO Filter needs to be certified to be plac...

 

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 apologize 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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nisserow Hot Shot

VMware TAM Source 9.17

Posted by nisserow May 10, 2017



FROM THE EDITORS VIRTUAL DESK
Hi everyone, this week I bring you news regarding VMworld and TAM Day, an event that we hold every year for our TAM Customers. We are still a few months away from VMworld however as is customary TAM Day filled up pretty fast and we want to make sure that you are aware of this event if you are planning on attending VMworld this year. If you are intending on going to VMworld this is a not to be missed day focused around the needs of our TAM customers, and a great opportunity to hear first hand from many VMware leaders prior to the actual event itself. So if this is interesting to you then please reach out to your VMware TAM and they can assist you with how to register for TAM Day to ensure that you do not miss a thing.

This past week I was also privileged to attend my local VMUG. If you haven't been to a VMUG before or for a while I suggest you check them out online at www.vmug.com and register to get updates for you local VMUG as well as the many excellent online events that they produce. We also keep a handy link in every newsletter below of the upcoming VMUG webcasts.


I wish you a fantastic week ahead and look forward to the next edition of the TAM Newsletter. In the meantime please enjoy this weeks newsletter and all of its goodness.

Virtually Yours
New Isserow | VMware TAM Team

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NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM VMWARE
Understanding How Host Profiles Handles Host-Specific Configuration Settings Through Customizations
Host Profiles is an advanced capability of VMware vSphere that provides for configuration and compliance checking of multiple VMware ESXi hosts. Although a profile can be attached directly to a single host in vCenter Server, typically, a profile is attached to a vSphere cluster, where all the hos...

Virtual Network Provisioning via the Hypervisor
We’ve shared other resources with you before that discuss what network virtualization is and the essential of micro-segmentation . Today, we’re taking a look at provisioning virtual networks. According to our free whitepaper Network Virtualization Makes Your Life Easier : Virtual networks can be ...

New KB articles published for week ending 22nd April 2017
VMware ESXi “AddVirtualMachine: VM ‘XX’ already registered” warnings keep logging into hostd.log Published Date: 2017/04/18 Platform Erratum messages related to USB controller may be observed on Intel Platforms Published Date: 2017/04/20 The DCUI sometimes displays less memory than is available o...

vRealize Network Insight, NSX and Palo Alto Networks for micro-segmentation
  Data Center cyber security is a fast-moving target where the IT teams need to constantly stay ahead of those that wish to do evil things. As security attacks can come from all directions, externally, and internally as well, the IT teams must fortify all the data, with a zero-trust security appr...

The Public Cloud: The True Next Step in Modern Data Center Control and Evolution
After virtualization itself, the public cloud is considered the natural second step in helping both private and public organizations protect, extend, and replace existing data center infrastructure. And spending trends indicate that many enterprises are keen to jump on the public cloud bandwagon....

White Paper: Aligning vRealize Operations with Business Outcomes
by Peter Tymbel Over the past few years, I have been designing, deploying, and customizing vRealize Operations (vROps) Manager for many VMware customers. Working with different clients, I noticed a common theme emerge among various business and IT leaders. Many customers are looking for IT report...

vTechTalk: Disaster Recovery to the Cloud and VMware vCloud Air Network
The VMware vCloud® Air™ Network is a global network of over 4000 service providers in 116 countries. Together, these providers distribute and deploy over 3 million VMs! It’s an unbelievable scale, but what does this mean for users?   It means giving users the cloud solutions they need at the ente...

Understanding Layer 2 Extensions for the Hybrid Cloud
By Trey Tyler, Sr. Solutions Strategist Taking a VLAN and extending that broadcast domain across two sites can be identified by many names including; Data Center Interconnect (DCI), Data Center Extension (DCE), Extended Layer 2 Network, Stretched Layer 2 Network, Stretched VLAN, Extended VLAN, St...

Revera Delivers Self-Served Excellence with vCloud Director®
By Tina Cressia-Thomas, Senior Product Marketing Manager for vCloud Director     When Revera, a New Zealand-based IT Infrastructure and Platform Services company, needed to supply cloud IT services to government agencies they turned to VMware. With the aid of VMware’s vCloud Director cloud manage...

In Top Mobile News: Windows 10 Smartwatches & Android-Supported Laptops
Windows 10 smartwatches come to the enterprise. It’s 1.54 inches, runs Universal Windows Applications, secure and built to “survive a hard day at work,” said Microsoft . The TrekStor IoT Wearable runs on Windows 10 IoT Core, a version of Windows 10 for the Internet of Things. Microsoft will revea...

Silent Mobile Threat: How Apps Steal Your Data
Do your personal mobile apps steal data from you, with or without your consent? On the business side, does this mobile surveillance put your company’s data at risk? Read this insightful guest blog from Appthority Co-Founder and President Domingo Guerra. It seems like a fair trade: Get your favori...

New Video! Simplifying App Access & Management with VMware Workspace ONE
In today’s mobile cloud world, it’s all about the apps. Apps are what help your workforce be productive and successful. Unfortunately, employees do not often use the apps their company provides. Studies have shown that with each extra step required for onboarding a new app, you lose 7% of your us...

Experience High-Performance Graphics with Free NVIDIA GRID & VMware Blast Extreme Test Drive
It can be quite challenging for IT administrators to provide great user experience for high-performance desktops remotely. With VMware Blast Extreme and its new adaptive transport capabilities, we made this possible. With all the excitement a few weeks ago around the announcement of VMware Horizo...

VMworld 2017 Registration Is Open: Here’s What EUC Experts Can Expect
Registration is open for VMworld 2017 . For VMware EUC customers and experts, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience you won’t want to miss. Experience End-User Computing (EUC) at VMworld Date: Aug. 27-31 Location: Las Vegas | Mandalay Bay Hotel & Convention Center Get connected with EUC subject...

Exclusive AirWatch Experience at VMworld 2017: Your Ticket Awaits!
Registration is open for VMworld 2017 . For VMware AirWatch customers and experts, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience you won’t want to miss. Experience End-User Computing (EUC) at VMworld Date: Aug. 27-31 Location: Las Vegas | Mandalay Bay Hotel & Convention Center Get connected with EUC su...

Better Together: VMware Workspace ONE & Office 365
Consider this: when it comes to securing enterprise applications, you might not have the whole story. You may have heard that an application-only security framework for Office 365 provides adequate protection. However, unless you secure the entire endpoint, applications face security risks. VMwar...

EXTERNAL NEWS FROM 3RD PARTY BLOGGERS
vSAN and Predictive DRS, Network-Aware DRS and Proactive HA
vSphere 6.5 saw the release of a number of improvements in the areas of DRS. I won’t detail all of the improvements here, since my colleague Brian Graf has done a great job of describing the features in a number of different blog posts. He discussed Network-Aware DRS here , Predictive DRS here an...

Latest Fling from VMware Labs - ESXi Learnswitch
ESXi Learnswitch is a complete implementation of MAC Learning and Filtering and is designed as a wrapper around the host virtual switch. It supports learning multiple source MAC addresses on virtual network interface cards (vNIC) and filters packets from egressing the wrong port based on destinat...

New Technical White Paper - VMware vSAN Network Design
vSAN is a hypervisor-converged, software-defined storage solution for the software-defined data center. It is the first policy-driven storage product designed for VMware vSphere environments that simplifies and streamlines storage provisioning and management. vSAN is a distributed, shared storage...

Where’s the HA enforce VM-Host and Affinity rules option in vSphere 6.5?
Advertise here with BSA Last week on (VMware internal) Socialcast someone asked where the UI option is in vSphere 6.5 that allows you to enable the ability for vSphere HA to respect VM-Host Affinity and VM-VM Anti Affinity rules. In vSphere 6.0 there is an option in the Rules part of the UI as sh...

Norway VMware User Group Meetings – May/June 2017
I’m delighted to report that I’ve been invited to speak at the upcoming Norway VMUG (VMware User Group) meetings. These take place in three different cities over the week of May 29th (week 22), with three meetings in three days. On Tuesday, May 30th, the Oslo VMUG will take place. On May 31st, it...

ESXi Learnswitch – Enhancement to the ESXi MAC Learn DvFilter
The ESXi MAC Learn dvFilter Fling was released a little over two years ago and it has become a must have when it comes to running our ESXi Hypervisor within a VM, also referred to as Nested ESXi. The reason this Fling has become such a popular hit amongst our customers and partners is that […]

Managing & silencing vSAN Health Checks using PowerCLI
One neat capability that was introduced with vSAN 6.6 is the ability to "silence" and disable specific vSAN Health Checks. A recent use for this came up on Duncan's blog where the vMotion health check would fail if you are using a vMotion network stack. As you can imagine, this feature can also c...

Free e-learning course - VMware vSphere: What's New Fundamentals [V6.0 to V6.5]
This course highlights the new features and enhancements in vSphere 6.5. It also presents use cases that describe how the new features align with customer needs. This course begins by discussing VMware vCenter and VMware vSphere administration. To simplify what’s new in vSphere 6.5, we can break ...

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 apologize 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.

© 2017 VMware Inc. All rights reserved.

nisserow Hot Shot

VMware TAM Source 9.16

Posted by nisserow Apr 26, 2017



FROM THE EDITORS VIRTUAL DESK
Hi everyone, this week's newsletter I want to focus on  really great article that has just been posted to our VMware TAM Blog. The blog is titled '9 Tools You Should Be Using in Your VMware Environment' and I think is a really important read. As TAMs we are always stressing the importance of being pro-active, this is part of what we do, try and ensure that we foresee potential issues prior to them occuring and find a solution to mitigate them. There are many tools that we use as TAMs and recommend to our customers, this blog post summarizes many of these. Most of these tools are free, some however are not, however ensuring you gain the knowledge  which tools should be used and when they are most appropriate via your TAM is a great step on the way to being more pro-active and creating a more resiliant, well managed environment.

Please take a look at the blog post here and I wish you all a productive week ahead.

Virtually Yours
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NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM VMWARE
Certification Insights: Updating your Email and Account Information
Changing jobs is an exciting time, with lots of people to notify and documents to update. If you use your employer email address for your VMware Education & Certification (myLearn) account, you’ll want to make sure you change your account information before your last day. Here’s how: After you lo...

3 Reasons To Go Hybrid
Customers often view public clouds as a means to gain the agility to respond to changing business needs or accelerate innovation and align costs. While some customers will be completely based in the public cloud, the reality for many customers, if not most, is that they will have a mix of private...

This Earth Day – find out how much Carbon your virtualization infrastructure is avoiding!
Having pioneered the development of server virtualization, VMware has significantly increased the operational efficiency of IT resources. Server virtualization is a key element of cloud computing. It allows for elasticity through rapid provisioning and de-provisioning of services. By reducing the...

9 Tools You Should Be Using in Your VMware Environment
by Jason Boren One of the many things we do as TAMs is ensure that our customers don’t have “shelfware” lying around. If we spend money on something, we want to use it, right? What about software or tools that are free or included as part of a purchase, but are not well publicized? As we start a ...

Learn about vSphere 6.5 – and Win a Drone!
If you haven’t yet taken the Hands-on Lab for vSphere 6.5, now is the perfect time to do so. When it was originally released during VMworld 2016, this lab was running a pre-release version of vSphere. The HOL team has been hard at work, and they have just updated the lab to the officially release...

How to Reset Single Sign On Password in vSphere 6.x
Periodically we’ll be bringing you tech tips from our Technical Training team on topics they receive questions on from the field. Today’s post comes from Rohit Sachdeva a Technical Training Specialist. Rohit is very passionate about delivering VMware technical training. At VMware, he is responsib...

Globally Consistent Infrastructure-as-Code: Why it Matters
In my Radius post “Dissecting Cloud Architectures – Getting the Best of All Worlds,” I discussed the tradeoffs and use cases for choosing the right architecture for a given application or service. I speak with a lot of IT leaders that want to strategically leverage cloud services when possible, b...

vSphere Management Assistant Deprecation
Do you remember when the vSphere Management Assistant (vMA) was introduced? If you do then I’m sure you also remember the reason! Let’s go back to the days when ESXi was not around, remember ESX? ESX had a much larger service console and managing this service console was sometimes harder than it ...

New KB articles published for week ending 15th April 2017
VMware App Volumes Windows 10 Start menu does not work when a Writable Volume is attached Published Date: 2017/04/11 Outlook Search Indexing with App Volumes Published Date: 2017/04/10 VMware ESXi Host client throws Unhandled exception: Error: [$rootScope:inprog] http://errors.angularjs.org/1.3.2...

New Certification & Exams: VCP6.5-DCV
Introducing a new certification: VMware Certified Professional 6.5 – Data Center Virtualization ( VCP6.5-DCV ) VMware vSphere 6.5 enables companies to accelerate their digital transformation to cloud computing and introduces a number of new features and capabilities that increases business agilit...

Journey to the Cloud: Migration Webcast
Your boss is pressuring you about it, every article you read online mentions it, and now your customers expect it. So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to make the move – to the cloud .     Of course, as many organizations quickly discover, the realities of migrating to the cloud are not cut a...

ICSA Labs Certifies NSX Micro-segmentation Capabilities
VMware NSX has achieved ICSA labs Corporate Firewall Certification. With the release of NSX for vSphere® 6.3 , VMware has not only introduced several key security features such as Application Rule Manager and Endpoint Monitoring , which provide deep visibility into the application, and enable a r...

Migration Strategies for the Hybrid Cloud: An Essential Hybridity Guide
It’s a new month, and you know what that means: we’re back again with another edition of vCloud Architecture Toolkit for Service Providers (vCAT-SP) blog series! Every third week of the month, we publish a new article in our ongoing series detailing the many exciting use cases of the VMware vClou...

New VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2017-0008.1
Update 04/21/2017: Updated security advisory to clarify the Unified Access Gateway and Horizon View affected versions. Update 04/19/2017: We have corrected the Horizon View Client for Windows version. Today VMware has released the following new security advisory: VMSA-2017-0008.1 – VMware Unified...

401k, ROTH IRA, and NSX, Wait What?
Today is “ tax day ” here in the United States where the deadline to file your personal income taxes is due and many of us are looking at our tax burden, investments, and how to deal with the 4 million words in the U.S. tax code. So why not take this day to compare the complexity of taxes with th...

Taking the Complexity Out of Cloud Adoption with vCloud Air Hybrid Cloud Manager and Hybrid DMZ
According to recent polls , 92% of US IT professionals stated that adopting the cloud is vital to the long-term business success. Yet even with this brimming optimism, a staggering 90% of workloads today are executed outside of the cloud. The reason: cloud migration is complex .     We hear you. ...

VMware NSX Unplugged: Networking Field Day (#NFD15)
Being a product of the 90’s, one of my favorite past times was MTV’s “Unplugged” series. Whether it was Pearl Jam, or 10,000 Maniacs, or Eric Clapton, there was something about the acoustic, raw, uncut nature of the show that drew me in and made me look at my favorite bands in a new way. This is ...

VMware vSAN and the vCloud Air Network: New Features and Capabilities
By David Hill, Technologist & Evangelist for vCloud Service Provider Business Unit Recently VMware announced the general availability of VMware vSAN 6.6 . This release contains several new features and capabilities. At a high level the new features and capabilities are:   vSAN Encryption – Datast...

Weathervane, a benchmarking tool for virtualized infrastructure and the cloud, is now open source.
Weathervane is a performance benchmarking tool developed at VMware. It lets you assess the performance of your virtualized or cloud environment by driving a load against a realistic application and capturing relevant performance metrics. You might use it to compare the performance characteristics...

Firefox & Chrome Threats Top This Week’s Mobile News
Beware, Firefox and Chrome users. Wordfence reported this week that Firefox and Chrome web browsers are vulnerable to a new threat that lulls users into providing log-in credentials and personal information on fake look-alike sites. Read how to identity these fake sites and protect your personal ...

New Browser Security Threat: What You Need to Know
The latest cybersecurity threat to you and your users may just lie on the very browser you are using to read this article. A new attack is making the rounds on both Firefox and Chrome browsers (software details below). The threat uses Unicode to register domains that look completely identical to ...

3 New AirWatch How To Blogs: Apple DEP Enrollment, Per-App VPN 101 & Android Enterprise
Our amazing technical team here at VMware AirWatch is an incredible wealth of how-to knowledge. They spend every day working with architects, product managers and mobile admins like you to uncover top features, develop best practices and share the knowledge across our community. Over the past mon...

Mobile App Consistency by Design
Here’s how we evolved the Boxer mobile email app into VMware Boxer , an effortless enterprise email experience for our digital workspace productivity apps suite. Leveraging Design Fundamentals Follow the VMware UX Series here. Prior to joining VMware as a designer, I was a designer for Boxer , an...

Hot Swaps & Hot Chicken: How Zaxby’s Grows a Restaurant Chain with VDI
Zaxby’s , a fast-casual restaurant chain with locations in 17 U.S. states, opened its 800 th store in October 2016 and shows no sign of slowing down. The corporate franchising arm of the business, based in Athens, Georgia, uses virtual desktops and a business resumption plan powered by VMware Hor...

Profiling Applications with VMware User Environment Manager, Part 3: Built-In and Custom Exclusions
Co-authored by Pim van de Vis, Product Engineer, User Environment Manager, Research & Development, VMware In Part 1 of this blog series, you were introduced to the VMware User Environment Manager Application Profiler . In Part 2, VLC Media Player was profiled, predefined settings were applied, an...

Unify & Simplify Access Control with VMware Workspace ONE
The New Perimeter for Securing Access from any User or Device Over the last decade, the workforce experienced a phenomenal transformation. This shift, commonly called digital transformation, made it more difficult than ever before to enable secure access to corporate resources. Changes in worksty...

VMware AirWatch Android Enterprise Enhancements
The recent Android enterprise enhancements for VMware AirWatch make setting up an enterprise mobility management (EMM) solution easier than ever. Use these improvements to secure an Android bring-your-own-device (BYOD) deployment, without sacrificing user experience. To get started, check out our...

EXTERNAL NEWS FROM 3RD PARTY BLOGGERS
govcsim - Neat incubation project (vCenter Server & ESXi API based simulator)
I know many of my readers have inquired about VCSIM (vCenter Server Simulator) which was a really useful tool that served a variety of use cases, but unfortunately it had stopped working with the VCSA 6.0 release. VCSIM is another topic that is near and dear to me and it is something I continue t...

Getting started w/the new PowerCLI 6.5.1 Get-VsanView cmdlet
One of the things that I am most excited about from an Automation standpoint with the vSAN 6.6 release is that customers using PowerCLI will now have complete access to the vSAN Management API which we had initially introduced back in vSphere 6.0 Update 2. In PowerCLI 6.5R1, customers only had ac...

Configure the Software iSCSI Adapter in the VMware Host Client
This video provides instructions on how to configure the software iSCSI adapter in the VMware Host Client version 1.8.0 and later

vSAN Health Check fails on vMotion check
Advertise here with BSA On Slack someone asked why the vMotion check for vSAN 6.6 Health Check was failing constantly. It was easy to reproduce when using the vMotion IP Stack on your vMotion VMkernel interface. I went ahead and tested it in my lab, and indeed this was the case. I looked around a...

VMware vSAN 6.6 Demo
Great VMware vSAN 6.6 Demo created by Duncan Epping , more info at Yellow-Bricks

Disk format change going from 6.x to vSAN 6.6?
Advertise here with BSA Internally I received a comment around the upgrade to 6.6 and the disk format version change. When you upgrade to 6.6 also the version of disk changes, it goes to version 5. In the past with these on-disk format changes a data move was needed and the whole disk group would...

SMART drive data now available using vSAN Management 6.6 API
One of the major storage enhancements that was introduced in vSphere 5.1 as part of the new I/O Device Management (IODM) framework was the addition of SMART (Self Monitoring, Analysis And Reporting Technology) data for monitoring FC, FCoE, iSCSI, SAS protocol statistics, this is especially useful...

Where to find the Host Client vSAN section?
Advertise here with BSA I had a couple of people asking already, so I figured I would do a short post on where to find the ESXi Host Client vSAN section. It is fairly straight forward, if you know where to click. Open the Host Client by going to https://<ip address of your host>/ui. Next do the f...

vSAN 6.6 available now
Advertise here with BSA vSAN 6.6 is available now. Check the release notes before you upgrade! Also note that for vSAN users currently on 6.0 Update 3 – upgrade to vSAN 6.6 is not yet supported. If you like to learn more about vSAN 6.6 check the following material: vSAN Encryption demo vSAN 6.6 d...

New vSAN Management 6.6 API / SDKs / CLIs
With all the new awesome capabilities that have been introduced in vSAN 6.6, there is just as much Automation goodness that will be available for our customers to consume to help them easily mange and operate at scale. vSAN Management 6.6 API Below are all the new Managed Objects that have been i...

Erasure Coding and Quorum on vSAN
I was looking at the layout of RAID-5 object configuration the other day, and while these objects were deployed on vSAN with 4 components, something caught my eye. It wasn’t the fact that there were 4 components, which is what one would expect since we implement RAID-5 as a 3+1, i.e. 3 data segme...

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FROM THE EDITORS VIRTUAL DESK
Hi everyone, a few reminders this week regarding VMworld as well as patches for a number of our solutions. I have provided most of this information in prior newsletters however I want to include it all again this week so that you have a reference. These are mainly updates to our security advisories and are important to roll into your patching/maintenance cycle as early as possible. Please reach out to your TAM with any questions or concerns on these or anything else.

Update on VMSA-2017-0007
VMware vCenter Server updates resolve a remote code execution vulnerability via BlazeDS. Please click here for more info. This affects vCenter 6.x (not 5.5).

Update on VMSA-2017-0006
VMware ESXi, Workstation and Fusion updates address critical and moderate security issues. Please click here for more info. This affects ESXi 6.x (not 5.5) as well as Fusion and Workstation versions.

Update on VMSA-2017-0004.7
A update has been made to this VMSA. This affects vSphere 6.0. Please take a look here and let me know if you have any questions.

VMworld 2017 TAM Day Registration Details!
It’s that time of year again. Registration is now open for VMworld 2017 US hosted at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. Dates are August 27th – August 31st. Sunday the 27th kicks off with TAM Customer Day. TAM customers have exclusive access to TAM Customer Day as well as a TAM central sessions. More info to follow from your TAM and in the newsletter over the coming months, and follow us on Social Media (see below) for constant updates prior to and during VMworld (competition giveaways and more).

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NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM VMWARE
vSphere 6.5 Security Configuration Guide now available
Announcing the GA release of the vSphere Security Configuration Guide!   Rename As I mentioned in my previous blog post where I announced the availability of the Security Configuration Guide (SCG) Release Candidate, the term “Hardening Guide” will no longer be used starting with vSphere 6.5. Only...

New vSphere, Horizon Cloud, and Exam Prep Courses Now Available
This month the VMware Education Services team released several new VMware vSphere® 6.5 courses, a free elearning course on VMware Horizon® Cloud Service™, plus a new video series to help you prepare for the VCP6-NV exam based on NSX v6.2. VMware vSphere: Design Workshop [V6.5] This three-day trai...

Introducing the Next Generation of Testing at VMware
Written by Guest Author Lordes Soler Over the past year, the VMware certification team has been hard at work making enhancements to our development processes, exams, and delivery infrastructure. Since many of these changes are behind the scenes and not immediately apparent, we are going to begin ...

Embracing Hyper-Converged Infrastructure
According to the latest free ebook from VMware on the subject: Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) revolutionizes the data center, bringing all the benefits of server virtualization to storage. It is composed of two essential elements: hyper-converged infrastructure software and industry-standar...

New KB articles published for week ending 8th April 2017
VMware ESXi DataCore Metro Storage Solutions Date Published: 2017/04/03 Memory usage alarm triggers for certain types of Virtual Machines in ESXi 6.x Date Published: 2017/04/07 3rd party system management application fails to monitor hardware status after applying ESXi600-201611001 Date Published...

VMware Horizon 7: Instant Clone Pools Delete VMs on Restart
by Joe Graziano One of the observed features of Instant clone pools is that when a VM is logged off it deletes the VM so that any changes are gone. This makes troubleshooting tricky and you cannot set the do not delete at refresh like you can with Full VM and Linked Clones. What is a View admin t...

New VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2017-0007
On Tuesday, 4th of April 2017 a remote code-execution issue in the BlazeDS library ( CVE-2017-5641 ) was disclosed in a US-CERT security advisory. We have reviewed the issue and determined that VMware vCenter Server 6.5 and 6.0 are affected due to the use of BlazeDS to process AMF3 messages. VMwa...

Celebrate National Healthcare Decisions Day by Future-Proofing Healthcare IT
Sunday is National Healthcare Decisions Day, a holiday devoted to the value of advanced healthcare planning. And just as planning for your future healthcare needs and preferences is important, it is also essential healthcare IT leaders prepare for that future by leveraging the public cloud. This ...

BMSIX Removes Barriers to the Cloud with VMware and IBM
It’s no secret that moving to the cloud at the enterprise level is challenging. Large organizations invest huge amounts of technical resources and employee time crafting on-premise solutions – and no company wants to see that investment go down the drain. That’s where BMSIX comes in.   BMSIX help...

A Four-Part Strategy for Successful Migration to the Cloud
The public cloud has stepped out of the shadows into the limelight as enterprises across industries and geographies scale their usage of it . Running applications in the cloud is no longer the sole responsibility of developers, it’s now a top-of-mind topic among just about everyone in IT – from C...

Getting Started with NSX Load Balancing
In my conversations with customers and peers, load balancing is becoming an increasingly popular discussion. Why you may ask? Simple, load balancing is a critical component for most enterprise applications to provide both availability and scalability to the system. Over the last decade we have mo...

Blogger Blast: VMware vCloud Director 8.20
In light of the recent announcement of OVH acquiring the vCloud Air business from VMware ( vCloud Blog) ( OVH page ) we have received some questions from our Service provider community around the future development of vCloud Director®. We are pleased to confirm that vCloud Director continues to b...

Windows 10 in Top Mobile News: What Enterprises Need to Know
What’s next for Windows 10 in the enterprise? Tuesday, Microsoft rolled out the Windows 10 Creators Update , which includes enhanced security features. Next on the agenda: Microsoft is testing the next major Windows 10 update due in 2017, Redstone 3. Now, enterprise IT organizations can test such...

AppConfig Community Membership Soars
During Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona, VMware joined forces with several enterprise mobility management (EMM) players to launch the AppConfig Community . Our joint mission was simple: to make enterprise app configuration and security less complicated for developers by expanding the use o...

Update to VMware Horizon Client for Linux 4.4 Today
In our 4.4 release, the VMware Horizon Client for Linux has been enhanced with an intuitive user interface (UI) for USB redirection. This is a great improvement over the previous command line option. The new UI not only provides a visually friendly experience but also enables generic USB redirect...

What Does a Digital Workspace Mean to You?
At EUC Insights 2017, we asked attendees, “What is your definition of a digital workspace ?” We received hundreds of responses in our Americas event alone. First, most started with the basics: It’s a digital, virtual, paperless and sometimes cloud-based place, platform or environment. What is it ...

EXTERNAL NEWS FROM 3RD PARTY BLOGGERS
vSAN 6.6 Technical Overview
Announcing the faster, more cost effective and more secure VMware vSAN 6.6! Learn what's new, the benefits, and incentives.

Easily try out vSAN 6.6 Encryption feature using KMIP Docker Container
One of biggest feature introduced in the upcoming vSAN 6.6 release is the native vSAN Data-at-Rest Encryption capability. My good friend Duncan Epping even posted a video recently demo'ing the feature and showing how easy it is to enable with just a couple of clicks. Just like VM Encryption which...

Project USB to SDDC - Part 2
In the previous article, I provided some background on the origin of the project. In this article, we will now focus on the technical details and how the solution actually works. Hardware This solution was originally developed against an Intel NUC but I had designed it to be generic so that it co...

VMware vSAN 6.6 demo: vSAN Encryption
Advertise here with BSA Yesterday I posted a quick video overview of a couple new features that are part of vSAN 6.6 . (haven’t seen it, go watch that one first!) I mentioned in that demo that I would potentially do one on Encryption. As I had over a dozen people asking already I figured I would ...

Why two stretched clusters cannot cross-host each others witness appliances!
Sorry about the wordy title but this is a question that has come up a number of times. The request is that when I have two data sites and deploy two stretched clusters across these data sites, can the other stretched cluster support the witness appliance for this stretched cluster, and vice-versa...

Exclusive vGhetto discount on homelab hardware from MITXPC
On a regular basis I already receive a number of inquires from both internal VMware folks as well as external partners and customers about VMware homelabs and the type of hardware that can be used. After demo'ing our recent USB to SDDC project, the requests have literally tripled! Most folks are ...

VMware vSAN 6.6 demo
Advertise here with BSA I was playing around with a vSAN 6.6 environment yesterday and I figured I would record a quick demo of some of the new functionality introduced. Took me a bit longer than expected, but here it is. I hope you will find it useful, a 1080p version can be viewed on youtube . ...

What’s new in vSAN 6.6?
vSAN 6.6 is finally here. This sixth iteration of vSAN is the quite a significant release for many reasons, as you will read about shortly. In my opinion, this may be the vSAN release with the most amount of new features. Let’s cut straight to the chase and highlight all the features of this next...

Native VCSA bootstrap installer in vSAN 6.6
Almost four years ago, I documented a really cool vSAN capability here and here, which demonstrates how to bootstrap a vSAN datastore onto a single ESXi host. This powerful capability, which was by design, enables customers to easily standup new infrastructure including the vCenter Server Applian...

What’s new for VMware vSAN 6.6?
Advertise here with BSA Yes this may confuse you a bit, a new VMware vSAN release namely vSAN 6.6 but it doesn’t coincide with a vSphere release. That is right, this is a “patch” release for vSphere but a major version for vSAN! It seems like yesterday that we announced 6.2 with Stretched Cluster...

VM showing that HA failure response is disabled in 6.5?
Advertise here with BSA I had a customer asking me today why on each VM it was showing that all HA responses are disabled. This customer is running vSphere 6.5 and below you can see what the UI showed. Note that it still says the VM is Protected, yet none of the protection mechanisms appeared to ...

Can you spare a few minutes for some feedback on VMware Documentation?
I am always looking for ways in which we can improve our products and documentation should be no different. In fact, documentation should be treated just as important as the product feature itself. I am very interested in your thoughts and comments and this will also help with a project I am doin...

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Hi everyone, welcome to the latest edition of the VMware TAM Newsletter. It has been a while since I talked specifically about the newsletter and the TAM assets that accompany it so I thought I would take the opportunity to re-introduce you to these services.

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NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM VMWARE
vSphere 6.5 Security Configuration Guide (Hardening Guide) Release Candidate
Security Configuration Guide? What’s that you ask? That’s what now used to be called the vSphere Hardening Guide. Well, I didn’t come up with that name, folks who created it many, many years ago called it that. But like everything else in this world, change comes and change is good. History When ...

vRealize Operations Manager—Avoiding an Out-of-Space Situation
by Petr McAllister There is no doubt that vRealize Operations Manager (vROps) is a very powerful tool that helps you with monitoring, troubleshooting, and planning your datacenter workloads and components. You can find a lot of blog posts, webcasts, presentations, and recordings on how the produc...

Where in the World are VCPs? [Infographic]
It’s that time of year! 2016’s “Where in the World are VCPs” infographic was such a hit, we decided to refresh it for 2017. The VMware Education Services team is proud to announce that the VCP community grew (11%) to represent a total of 190 countries this year. Which country do you represent?   ...

Top 20 vCenter Server articles for March 2017
Purging old data from the database used by vCenter Server storage/log directory is full in vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 Increasing the disk space for the VMware vCenter Server Appliance in vSphere 6.0 Back up and restore vCenter Server Appliance/vCenter Server 6.0 vPostgres database Resetting the...

Top 20 NSX articles for March 2017
ESXi 5.5 and 6.0 hosts fail with a PSOD: VMCIEventDelayedDispatchCB@com Update sequence for vSphere 6.5 and its compatible VMware products vCenter Server certificate validation error for external solutions in environments with Embedded Platform Services Controller vCenter Server or Platform Servi...

Top 20 ESXi articles for March 2017
ESXi host fails with PSOD when using Intel Xeon Processor E5 v4, E7 v4, and D-1500 families Creating a persistent scratch location for ESXi 4.x/5.x/6.x Increasing the disk space for the VMware vCenter Server Appliance in vSphere 6.0 Investigating virtual machine file locks on ESXi Permanent Devic...

Top 20 vRealize Log Insight articles for March 2017
Custom Active Directory configuration for VMware vRealize Log Insight Event Forwarding with SSL stops working after upgrading vRealize Log Insight Downloading Export Event Results, Export Chart Data, Export Content Pack, and Export Support Bundle fails in Log Insight 3.3.x Authentication to VMwar...

Top 20 vRealize Operations Manager articles for March 2017
Custom Active Directory configuration for VMware vRealize Log Insigh Event Forwarding with SSL stops working after upgrading vRealize Log Insight Downloading Export Event Results, Export Chart Data, Export Content Pack, and Export Support Bundle fails in Log Insight 3.3.x Authentication to VMware...

Top 20 Horizon View articles for March 2017
Provisioning or recomposing a linked clone desktop pool fails VMware View ports and network connectivity requirements Removing invalid linked clone entries automatically using the ViewDBChk tool in VMware Horizon View 5.3 and later versions Using Microsoft Certreq to generate signed SSL certifica...

Top 20 vSAN articles for March 2017
Using Oracle RAC on a vSphere 6.x vSAN Datastore Best practices for vSAN implementations using Dell PERC H730 or FD332-PERC storage controllers “Virtual SAN objects available for provisioning” task fails Component metadata health check fails with invalid state error vSAN disk group creation may f...

Save 15% on Digital VMware Training
VMware training and certification are the best way to energize your career and be your organization’s go-to VMware expert. Book your courses and save 15% today, only on the VMware online store . Once your purchase is completed on the VMware store, you will receive a token to enroll via MyLearn. T...

Add Training & Certification to your VMworld Registration
VMworld 2017 registration opens today. Make the most of your time and get the training and certification you need to advance your career and shape the future of digital business. Add these special training and certification offers to your event registration, and pay for everything at one time: Di...

University finds Proactive Security and PCI Compliance through NSX
The University of Pittsburgh is one of the oldest institutions in the country, dating to 1787 when it was founded as the Pittsburgh Academy. The University has produced the pioneers of the MRI and the television, winners of Nobel and Pulitzer prizes, Super Bowl and NBA champions, and best-selling...

DRS Cluster Resource Management with Reservation and Shares
Resource management in vSphere is very robust and sophisticated. It provides settings like reservation, limits and shares (a.k.a. RLS), which can be applied on virtual machines (VMs) and resource pools. These settings can be used as knobs to isolate resources, prioritize them, or to guarantee ava...

Cloud Migration Essentials for vCloud Air
As organizations look ahead to where they want to be in 10-15 years, they recognize the need to fundamentally change how they operate IT and truly embrace the pubic cloud. Many are looking to accelerate their public cloud adoption in the most cost efficient and timely manner . Many have already m...

IBM InterConnect Recap
This year, VMware sponsored IBM InterConnect in Las Vegas as a Gold Sponsor. From the showroom floor to breakout sessions, the VMware presence throughout the week was strong. If you weren’t able to attend, here are a few key highlights from the event.   IBM Cloud Secure Virtualization On the firs...

Developer-Ready Infrastructure: NSX and Pivotal
Organizations across industries are embarking on their journey of Digital Transformation. Time-to-market has become very crucial to the bottom-line and companies need to accelerate their application/services delivery and go from concept to production in record time. Organizations are embracing co...

Micro-segmentation of Applications using Application Rule Manager
“ Micro-Segmentation provides a way to build a zero-trust network – where all networks, perimeters and application are inherently untrusted. ” – declared Forrester Consulting in 2015 with their white paper Leveraging Micro-Segmentation to build zero-trust model. The last mile in creating a truly ...

VMware vCloud Air and OVH Group, Here’s What’s Next
By: Allwyn Sequeira, SVP and GM, vCloud Air Today, we are pleased to announce the next step in VMware vCloud Air’s evolution – OVH Group intends to acquire our vCloud Air business including our U.S. and European vCloud Air data centers, customer facing teams, and enterprise-ready cloud operations...

Application Rule Manager (ARM) Practical Implementation – Healthcare
This post originally appears as part of a series of VMware NSX in Healthcare blogs on Geoff Wilmington’s blog, vWilmo . To read more about VMware NSX and its applications in healthcare, check out Geoff’s blog series. VMware NSX 6.3 introduces a new toolset within NSX that can be leveraged for qui...

vCenter 6.5 Performance: what does 6x mean?
At the VMworld 2016 Barcelona keynote, CTO Ray O’Farrell proudly presented the performance improvements in vCenter 6.5. He showed the following slide: Slide from Ray O’Farrell’s keynote at VMworld 2016 Barcelona, showing 2x improvement in scale from 6.0 to 6.5 and 6x improvement in throughput fro...

Troubleshooting VMs Connectivity with vRealize Network Insight
by Julienne Pham Things can be difficult when you don’t know where a network issue may be. In today’s datacentre, the rapid need to deploy business applications in minutes is necessary to keep the business ahead of the game. It is even more crucial to keep security and rapid networking configurat...

How VMware vCloud Air Network Service Providers and ISVs Get the Most Out of VMware vCloud Director
Now is the time for ISVs and service providers to join the VMware vCloud Director® partner ecosystem. The opportunities have never been better.   New Training ISVs get streamlined access and certification to vCloud Director. And because service providers get more precertified capabilities with ne...

Announcing the New NSX Community at VMUG!
If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. The premise behind this saying is the reason why VMware and VMUG are excited to announce the creation of the NSX community at VMUG. The education, certification, and adoption of new technologies can be met with fear and uncerta...

Choosing the Correct Printing Options with VMware Horizon 7
With contributions from Todd Dayton, Pat Lee, Andrew Morgan, Kiran Rao, Michael Xiaomin Shen, Josh Spencer, and Jim Yanik Printing is a key requirement for both virtual desktops (VDI/RDSH) and RDSH-published applications. VMware Horizon 7 supports both local printer redirection and native network...

macOS vs. Windows: Who’s the Heavyweight Champ in Top Mobile News?
It’s macOS vs. Windows. Mac has close to 100 million active users , Apple revealed to TechCrunch this week. Though sizable, that’s still only a quarter of the estimated Windows 10 user base , as The Verge pointed out. Windows also retains the title of most popular operating system (OS) in terms o...

VMware AirWatch 101: Per-App VPN
With contributions from: Catherine Sanders, Senior Technical Marketing Manager, End-User-Computing Technical Marketing, VMware Hannah Jernigan, Technical Writer, End User Computing, End-User-Computing Technical Marketing, VMware Per-App Virtual Private Network (VPN) functionality changes the game...

VMware Horizon 7.1 Technical Deep Dive
With each release of VMware Horizon 7, we introduce more and more new functionality and features. To help you keep abreast of the technical details of what’s new in Horizon 7.1, we have created a series of short videos that cover the technical details and where possible demonstrate the features i...

What’s New for Windows 10 Management with VMware AirWatch 9.1
In case you missed our announcement last month , we are thrilled to expand VMware AirWatch unified endpoint management (UEM) with new innovations across all major operating system (OS) platforms, including Windows 10 . [Read more: VMware Workspace ONE & AirWatch Enhancements Expand the Digital Wo...

Announcing the Completed Reviewer’s Guide for View in VMware Horizon 7
The entire Reviewer’s Guide for View in Horizon 7 is now available! Posted as eight slim sections, this white paper series walks you through the setup and exploration of the View component of Horizon 7 . Using easy-to-follow diagrams and screenshots, it examines the major features of View, includ...

Announcing VMware Horizon Cloud Service with Hosted Infrastructure Deployment Considerations
I am very excited to announce a new long-awaited white paper: VMware Horizon Cloud Service with Hosted Infrastructure Deployment Considerations , now available to help you avoid risks that can occur during deployment, and to avoid inadvertently prolonging or delaying the deployment process. Avoid...

HTML Access in Horizon 7.1: Tech Preview of Dual Monitor Support
Sure, you can live in a studio apartment and use your couch both for sitting and sleeping, but wouldn’t you rather have a one-bedroom apartment and stretch out? That’s the theory behind our dual monitor support. We’ve built a tech preview of dual monitor support into HTML Access in VMware Horizon...

American Red Cross Uses VDI for Faster Disaster Relief through VMware Workspace ONE
“We are a mobile organization, but our technology wasn’t really mobile.” That’s how Dave Bullamore, Vice President of End User Services at American Red Cross, summed up the 135-year-old organization’s pre-VDI computing situation. Volunteers and employees were using a hodgepodge of old hardware an...

How This Company Blocks Over 1,000 Mobile Security Threats Every Month
HomeServe , a home assistance provider, was looking for an integrated mobile security solution to manage both devices and the associated data and keep security executives happy. Since deploying Wandera and VMware AirWatch , HomeServe has identified and blocked more than 1,000 potential mobile sec...

What’s New in VMware Horizon Client for Mac 4.4
Like Usain Bolt with a new pair of shoes, the VMware Horizon Client for Mac is faster than ever. All Horizon Clients now support our faster, more robust update to the Blast Extreme protocol. To take full advantage of it, your administrator will have to be running the latest Horizon agent in the v...

New Samsung Galaxy S8 & S8+ at Work: Smart & Secure
Last week, Samsung announced their latest flagship device, the Samsung Galaxy S8. This new device comes packed with features that will delight both consumers and the enterprise. Here are some features we are especially excited about: Iris scanning and face recognition technology available to unlo...

Don’t Miss These Upcoming VMUG EUC Events!
To create a unique experience for End-User Computing (EUC) members, VMUG is hosting EUC-focused events across the U.S. Take advantage of this opportunity to network with local peers and hear directly from VMware EUC experts! REGISTER TODAY April 4 | 1 p.m. EST | Live Webinar Modernizing Windows 1...

EXTERNAL NEWS FROM 3RD PARTY BLOGGERS
HA disabled VMs not registered on other hosts after failure?
Advertise here with BSA A couple of weeks ago one of our SEs asked me about vSphere HA functionality that was introduced a while ago, which is the ability to have HA disabled VMs being registered on other healthy hosts in a cluster after a failure. Not only does this apply to “HA disabled VMs” bu...

DRS Cluster Management with Reservation and Shares
Reservation and shares are important resource management knobs in a vSphere DRS cluster. They can be set on cluster objects like VMs and resource pools to isolate resources, prioritize, and/or guarantee their availability. To know when to set them for VMs and when to set them on resource pools, w... 

Instant Clones for RDSH in VMware Horizon 7.1
VMware Horizon 7.1 extends the use of Instant Clones to creating RDSH Farms. As a key component of the JMP (Just-in-Time Management Platform) this provides several key benefits, including simplified RDSH image management, faster delivery and maintenance. Learn about the benefits this brings, how ...

Multi VLAN and vGPU for Instant Clones in VMware Horizon 7.1
This short video and demo will cover two new Instant Clone features as part of VMware Horizon 7.1. The ability to select multiple VLANs allows for the creation of bigger pools of desktops than the physical network subnets support. vGPU with NVIDIA M-series cards to Instant Clones extends their be...

VMware Horizon 7.1 Technical Overview
As an introduction to the technical advancements in Horizon 7.1, this video will review the technical and logical architecture of Horizon, as well as the main components.

Project USB to SDDC - Part 1
A couple of weeks back, Alan Renouf and I co-presented at the Sydney and Melbourne VMUG UserCon, here are some great write-ups about the events here and here. We were very honored to have been invited out and to also deliever the closing keynote. Having traveled halfway around the world, we thoug...

How to determine when a Virtual Machine is ready for additional operations?
This might sound like a pretty simple and basic question, right? However, the answer will actually depend on what you are trying to do. The motivation for this blog post actually stemmed from a conversation I had with one of our Engineers who works over in our core Platform Management Infrastruct...

VMware Says Adios to the Chupacabra – Third Party Virtual Switches are Dead
Back in 2014, Steve Pantol and I published a book entitled Networking for VMware Administrators . In it, we discuss all sorts of physical and virtual networking topics, including one of my favorite passages (credit to Steve) where we were the first to publicly state that no one had ever used the ...

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 apologize 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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VMware TAM Source 9.13

Posted by nisserow Apr 26, 2017

 

FROM THE EDITORS VIRTUAL DESK
Hi everyone, as I am sure most of you are now aware VMware have released an urgent update to certain products to address security issues that have been identified recently. For more information please go here. This is a great time to remind you to engage with your TAM on all security related items on a pro-active basis. One of the really great tools that we run on a quarterly basis is the TAM Customer Success Metrics. These are collected and can easily provide your TAM with a quick view of your current environment and the patch levels of your systems. When there is a critical update such as this one that is released it is then easy for your VMware TAM to identify the systems that require the patch and provide you with the detail and a plan to get it done as efficiently as possible. We take security related issues very seriously at VMware and the TAM program is always trying to be as pro-active as possible in this regard. We also provide updates on our Twitter and Facebook pages so please sign up to these to get an even better view of the VMware updates.

 

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NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM VMWARE
Troubleshooting Videos for vRealize Operations Manager, Workspace ONE, and NSX Now Available in the Learning Zone!
This month the Learning Zone was focused on troubleshooting for vRealize, Workspace ONE, and NSX. The following videos can now be accessed by Standard and Premium subscribers: VMware vRealize Operations Manager 6.x Troubleshooting Tips & Tricks Learn Best Practices and Troubleshooting of Workspac...

 

vSphere 6.5 with RoCE (RDMA over Converged Ethernet) and Certification Suite
With vSphere 6.5, we introduced RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE). RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) is a network protocol that allows remote direct memory access (RDMA) over an Ethernet network. RoCE dramatically accelerates communication between two network end-points leveraging DMA over co...

 

New KB articles published for week ending 25th March 2017
VMware ESXi ESXi IO connectivity issues or PSOD with VT-d interrupt remapper disabled Date Published: 2017/03/20 Quiesced snapshots of Windows 2012/2012R2 VMs with Tools 10.1.0 are sporadically failing Date Published: 2017/03/23 Enable NAT Rules for stateless Hosts so that it does not pass throug...

 

IBM STORAGE ENHANCEMENTS FOR vSPHERE WEB CLIENT PLUG-IN SOLUTION
The recently certified IBM Storage Enhancements for vSphere Web Client Plug-in is one of the most popular VMware integration points that our storage customers use today. Easily deployed, it allows our customers to enable VMware administrators to independently and centrally manage IBM storage reso...

 

Certification Insights: Forgotten Password
In can be tempting to create a new account if you can’t remember your previous information, or if you’ve changed email addresses due to a job change. But, that leads to multiple accounts which causes its own set of problems down the line. Instead, here are some simple ways to find your old accoun...

 

And Now For Something Completely Different
If you’re one of my 1441 twitter followers or an avid reader of trade publications from the Asia-Pacific region, you may have noticed I started a new job last week. After two-plus years as CTO for Networking at VMware, I’ve now taken on the role of CTO for APJ (Asia, Pacific and Japan). My new jo...

 

Presenting Networks Available in a Reservation During Blueprint Request
by Pascal Laroche A common request I get from customers is how to present only the networks applicable to a reservation in a blueprint form. Before VMware vRealize® Automation™ 7.1, you would create a drop-down list of available networks within a property definition. But this method was a bit sta...

 

Online VCDX Workshop Pilot
I am excited to announce that we are going to pilot doing a full length VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) Workshop online in roughly two weeks on April 7. Previously all of our VCDX Workshops have occurred at large VMUG UserCons along with both VMworlds. Sadly this model hasn’t allowed us to ...

 

Celebrate World Backup Day by Safeguarding Your Workloads in the Cloud
It’s World Backup Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness of data, the increased value it brings to our lives, and the importance of ensuring that it’s protected should the unexpected happen.   Everyday computer users aren’t the only ones who need to be reminded to protect their applications an...

 

Sit Back, Relax, and Get to Know VMware vCloud Air Hybrid Cloud Manager
As our many customers will attest, VMware vCloud Air Hybrid Cloud Manager (HCM) is an extremely powerful tool when it comes to extending your on-premises data center to the cloud and migrating VMs to and from the cloud. But in order to take full advantage of Hybrid Cloud Manager, you’ll first nee...

 

The Security Landscape: Pwn2Own 2017
During the 2017 Pwn2Own competition at CanSecWest, two teams succeeded in demonstrating arbitrary host code execution on VMware Workstation. Today, VMware is releasing updated versions of VMware vSphere ESXi, VMware Fusion, and VMware Workstation to address these vulnerabilities. VMSA-2017-0006 c...

 

Kubernetes and VMware NSX
Attending CloudNativeCon / KubeCon this week in Berlin (29 th – 30 th of March)? Please visit us at our booth #G1 and click for more details about what’s happening at the show! IT is undergoing a huge transformation. Organizations are moving away from static infrastructure to full automation on e...

 

Consolidate Sprawling Data Centers, in the Cloud, with VMware vCloud Air
By Aparajita Jas, Sr. Product Marketing Manager Digital Transformation Enabled by Cloud Adoption The world is undergoing a massive digital transformation. This digital revolution is driving innovation across industries and across all lines of business—with more ways of engaging with customers, an...

 

The Security Landscape: Pwn2Own 2017
During the 2017 Pwn2Own competition at CanSecWest, two teams succeeded in demonstrating arbitrary host code execution on VMware Workstation. Today, VMware is releasing updated versions of VMware vSphere ESXi, VMware Fusion, and VMware Workstation to address these vulnerabilities. VMSA-2017-0006 c...

 

Tweetosphere Lights Up: #LongLiveVCD
A few weeks ago, we announced the launch of VMware vCloud Director® 8.20 and the tweetosphere lit up with comments (#LongLiveVCD). They came from around the world (Islamabad, Italy, Nigeria). And they came from experts inside VMware and outside (Gajendra Ambi at EMC, Olya Moskovchenko at StarWin...

 

Software is Eating the Network: Going Native on Network Virtualization
In 2011 Marc Andreessen made his now famous statement, “Software is Eating the World”; a wild claim at the time, but one that proved to be highly prescient. This declaration has become the underpinning of how VMware delivers solutions that enable our customers to be more agile, efficient and inno...

 

RUSH POST: VMware Tools and RSS Incompatibility Issues
VMware is aware of the following reported issues affecting Windows Server 2012 / 2012R2 and newer Guest Operating Systems on VMware vSphere: The Windows Receive Side Scaling (RSS) feature is not functional on virtual machines running VMware Tools versions 9.10.0 up to 10.1.5 Some Windows Virtual ...

 

Announcing the New VMware User Environment Manager Deployment Considerations White Paper
With significant contributions from Pim van de Vis, Product Engineer, End-User Computing, VMware We are excited to announce the release of the VMware User Environment Manager Deployment Considerations white paper . This guide covers VMware User Environment Manager 9.1 and is intended for architec...

 

For Your Own Safety, Read This Week’s Top Mobile News
Apple updates galore—and it’s for your own safety. Apple pushed its iOS 10.3, tvOS 10.2 and macOS 10.12.4 operating system (OS) updates this week. Multiple media sources, including Forbes , warn that Apple iPhone users should update to the latest OS ASAP to dam a serious security vulnerability. B...

 

Tackling the Top Threats in Cybersecurity with VMware TrustPoint
Searching for the term “cybersecurity” in your favorite search engine yields some interesting and somewhat alarming results. You will see advertisements from security vendors telling you not to become the “next target”. If you search within the U.S., the Department of Homeland Security website wi...

 

Security Matters: Mac Hypervisor Edition
As I’m sure you noticed, we’ve delivered a flurry of patch-releases for Fusion and Workstation in the last few weeks. Want to know why? Because security matters. More visibility The Pwn2Own competition at the CanSecWest conference put a huge bounty on ‘ vmescape ‘. They’re not the first to do t...

 

VMware Horizon Client for Windows 4.4 Updates
HGTV’s Chip Gaines has demolition day; I have launch day. Let’s walk through the VMware Horizon Client for Windows 4.4 updates: Blast Extreme Support: All Horizon Clients now support our faster, more robust update to the Blast Extreme protocol. To take full advantage of it, your administrator wil...

 

Mobile Leaks Are On the Rise: Should You Be Concerned?
Getting Things Done While on the Go The big idea behind mobile technology is exactly that: it is mobile. Employees are no longer tied to a desk. We can now send that customer quote or fix that issue without a mad dash back to the office. We are accustomed to (and somewhat obsessed with) the immed...

 

Announcing the New Reviewer’s Guide for Cloud-Based VMware Workspace ONE
With significant contributions from Kevin Sheehan, End-User-Computing Architect, End-User-Computing Customer Success Team, VMware The new Reviewer’s Guide for Cloud-Based VMware Workspace ONE is now available to download. Use this Reviewer’s Guide to learn about VMware Workspace ONE architecture ...

 

Unifying Desktop & Mobile: Introducing New Samsung Galaxy S8 + VMware Workspace ONE
Here in VMware End-User Computing (EUC), we’re all about the emergence of the digital workspace . The continuing wave of the consumerization of IT is driving enormous change in how end users work… and expect to work . Many people accept it as standard today; we can use our personal phones, tablet...

 

ANNOUNCING: Our 2017 End-User Computing (EUC) Champions
Congratulations to these 28 thought leaders! Thought leadership is easier said than done. It takes hard work and an ear to the ground to stay on top of industry trends. It also takes a certain amount of finesse to influence people in the industry year after year. Many of our 2017 VMware EUC Champ...

 

VMware EUC Is Teaming Up with VMUG! Here’s What You Need to Know
We are excited to announce that VMware End-User Computing (EUC) is teaming up with VMUG. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to connect with industry peers and VMware experts in the all new EUC-focused roadshows and UserCons. What is VMUG? VMUG is the world’s largest independent, customer-led commu...

 

Innovation in User Experience: A Closer Look at New Blast Extreme Protocol
Last year, VMware announced the Blast Extreme protocol with VMware Horizon 7. Based on customer feedback since then, we continue and further improve the user experience. The VMware product teams now extended Blast Extreme with an adaptive transport that pushes the user experience envelope even on...

 

iOS 10.3, tvOS 10.2 & macOS 10.12.4 Are Live! VMware AirWatch Has Your Mobile Business Covered
iOS 10.3, tvOS 10.2 and macOS 10.12.4 are officially live! We’re excited to announce VMware AirWatch same-day support for iOS 10.3, tvOS 10.2 and macOS 10.12.14. Our customers can find custom profiles to support new features on myAirWatch, and look out for updates to the console in AirWatch 9.1 ....

 

VMware AirWatch EMM Branding Capabilities: Getting Started
Do you want an easy way to foster end-user adoption of your VMware AirWatch enterprise mobility management (EMM) solution? Consider rebranding the AirWatch product to reflect the unique look and feel of your organization’s brand. After all, your brand is more than a name—it is an experience. Leve...

 

Google Buckles Down on Android Security, Plus More Top Mobile News
Google plans to ramp up Android security in 2017. Google shared in a security year in review post this week that, “About half of devices in use at the end of 2016 had not received a platform security update in the previous year.” To improve that number, Google plans to make it easier for both man...

 

EXTERNAL NEWS FROM 3RD PARTY BLOGGERS
vSphere 6.5 Virtual Machine Encryption Performance
VMware vSphere virtual machine encryption (VM encryption) is a feature introduced in vSphere 6.5 to enable the encryption of virtual machines. VM encryption provides security to VMDK data by encrypting I/Os from a virtual machine (which has the VM encryption feature enabled) before it gets stored...

 

Maximum number of vCenter Servers per Single Sign-On (SSO) Domain
This particular question and its variations have been raised quite a bit lately by our field and customers. For me, this was an opportunity to see if we can provide some additional clarification and help explain some of the nuances that may have been causing some of the confusion around the suppo...

 

vSAN needs 3 fault domains
Advertise here with BSA I have been having discussions with various customers about all sorts of highly available vSAN environments. Now that vSAN has been available for a couple of years customers are starting to become more and more comfortable around designing these infrastructures, which also...

 

Latest Fling from VMware Labs - Ubuntu OVA for Horizon
Ubuntu OVA for Horizo n is a pre-packaged OVA built on Ubuntu that automates most of the customization and configuration needed for a Linux Desktop Template to be used in a VMware Horizon 7 or later environment. Ubuntu Desktop is the perfect Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) alternative to Win...

 

Is your PowerShell Core up to date?
I have been using PowerShell Core for a while now, its great not to have to spin up a windows VM every time I want to work with PowerShell on Mac! Let’s face it though, not everything is there at the moment, so every time there is an update I want to know. The Microsoft team are doing a great job...

 

Debunking some behavior “myths” in 3 node vSAN cluster
I recently noticed a blog post describing some very strange behaviors in 2-node and 3-node vSAN clusters. I was especially concerned to read that when they introduced a failure and then fixed that failure, they did not experience any auto-recovery. I have reached out to the authors of the post, j...

 

Reviewer's Guide for Cloud-Based Workspace ONE
Mobility is critical to the workforce of today. Yet advancements in IT can challenge continued mobility: How can an organization support existing enterprise applications and new cloud and mobile applications while maintaining simple remote access for its end users? Workspace ONE focuses on end-us...

 

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 apologize 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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VMware TAM Source 9.12

Posted by nisserow Apr 26, 2017



FROM THE EDITORS VIRTUAL DESK
Hi everyone, a feature packed newsletter for you this week with a new TAM Blog and VMUG announcements. This week's TAM Blog is - Presenting Networks Available in a Reservation During Blueprint Request - presented by by Pascal Laroche.

There is also an update to the VMware Security Advisories (VMSA) this week as follows:
- VMSA-2017-0005 (VMware Workstation and Fusion updates address out-of-bounds memory access vulnerability)
- VMSA-2017-0004.6 (VMware product updates resolve remote code execution vulnerability via Apache Struts 2)

Please take some time to read through this week's newsletter, familiarize yourself with the many items that are provided and let me know if you have any questions as it is a big newsletter this week!

As part of the TAM program we welcome you to join our Social Media where we post intersting VMware and industry related news items on a daily basis. Check out our Facebook and Twitter and join us today.

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- Introducing the new 2017 VMUG and R&D Engineering CTOAs VMUG. We have expanded Globally adding 9 Global VMUG Contacts!

- VMWARE VSPHERE COMPATIBILITY PREDICTOR FLING:
In cloud environments, where a lot of VMware Platform Services Controllers (PSC), vCenter Servers and Solutions are used, it can be tough to see how everything is connected. When we try to upgrade such an infrastructure, it can be even more difficult, as compatibility issues can arise when the infrastructure upgrade is in progress with different components having different versions.

This Fling scans all PSCs connected to a single PSC. It will detect the versions of all the vCenter Servers connected to PSCs and all the Solutions connected to vCenter Servers. It will then depict the connectivity in pictorial form.

NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM VMWARE
IBM STORAGE ENHANCEMENTS FOR vSPHERE WEB CLIENT PLUG-IN SOLUTION
The recently certified IBM Storage Enhancements for vSphere Web Client Plug-in is one of the most popular VMware integration points that our storage customers use today. Easily deployed, it allows our customers to enable VMware administrators to independently and centrally manage IBM storage reso...

Certification Insights: Forgotten Password
In can be tempting to create a new account if you can’t remember your previous information, or if you’ve changed email addresses due to a job change. But, that leads to multiple accounts which causes its own set of problems down the line. Instead, here are some simple ways to find your old accoun...

And Now For Something Completely Different
If you’re one of my 1441 twitter followers or an avid reader of trade publications from the Asia-Pacific region, you may have noticed I started a new job last week. After two-plus years as CTO for Networking at VMware, I’ve now taken on the role of CTO for APJ (Asia, Pacific and Japan). My new jo...

Presenting Networks Available in a Reservation During Blueprint Request
by Pascal Laroche A common request I get from customers is how to present only the networks applicable to a reservation in a blueprint form. Before VMware vRealize® Automation™ 7.1, you would create a drop-down list of available networks within a property definition. But this method was a bit sta...

Online VCDX Workshop Pilot
I am excited to announce that we are going to pilot doing a full length VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) Workshop online in roughly two weeks on April 7. Previously all of our VCDX Workshops have occurred at large VMUG UserCons along with both VMworlds. Sadly this model hasn’t allowed us to ...

What is Network Virtualization?
In Redefining Networking with Network Virtualization network virtualization is defined as: Much as server virtualization recreates the traits of a physical server within software, network virtualization likewise replicates the components of network and security services in a software container. C...

White Board Presentations on new vSphere and PowerCLI capabilities
We have released a new set of videos to help customers understand in greater depth some of the new capabilities of vSphere 6.5 and PowerCLI 6.5. These videos use an innovative format known as the Light Board, which allows a presenter to white board their session while still speaking to the camera...

New KB articles published for week ending 18th March 2017
VMware Horizon Client “Couldn’t resolve proxy name” error occurs during server login in nested mode Date Published: 2017/03/15 File redirection doesn’t work after you upgrade to Horizon Client 4.4 for Windows Date Published: 2017/03/15 Hidden domain information is visible in Horizon Client for iO...

Software is Eating the Network: Going Native on Network Virtualization
In 2011 Marc Andreessen made his now famous statement, “Software is Eating the World”; a wild claim at the time, but one that proved to be highly prescient. This declaration has become the underpinning of how VMware delivers solutions that enable our customers to be more agile, efficient and inno...

RUSH POST: VMware Tools and RSS Incompatibility Issues
VMware is aware of the following reported issues affecting Windows Server 2012 / 2012R2 and newer Guest Operating Systems on VMware vSphere: The Windows Receive Side Scaling (RSS) feature is not functional on virtual machines running VMware Tools versions 9.10.0 up to 10.1.5 Any Windows Virtual M...

What to Consider When Considering Cloud-based Disaster Recovery
According to a recent end-user survey conducted by 451 Research, 64 percent of organizations have already implemented a cloud-based disaster recovery (DR) solution; up from 46 percent in Q4 2014 1 .   While the public cloud can offer a reliable, cost-effective DR option with a ‘pay as you go’ con...

SQL Server VM Performance with VMware vSphere 6.5
Achieving optimal SQL Server performance on vSphere has been a constant focus here at VMware; I’ve published past performance studies with vSphere 5.5 and 6.0 which showed excellent performance up to the maximum VM size supported at the time. Since then, there have been quite a few changes! While...

How Horizon® 7 Is Helping the Enterprise Scale Digital Workspaces
We are back again with another edition of our monthly vCloud Architecture Toolkit for Service Providers (or vCAT-SP) blog series! On the third week of every month, we take the time to publish a new article in our ongoing series. Each installation highlights helpful documents designed to assist yo...

Updated – Official SQL Server on vSphere best practices guide, March 2017
Microsoft SQL Server is the most virtualized enterprise mission critical application today. In recent years it has become a mainstream effort among VMware customers to virtualize critical databases to allow better agility and scale while increasing availability and operational efficiency. The off...

Three Benefits Cloud Users Continue to Seek in 2017
The utilization of cloud computing has continued to increase and evolve across industries in recent years. In fact, many organizations’ IT departments continue to report the prevalence of an internal “cloud first” mandate when modernizing data center capabilities or making other IT investments. 1...

VMware NSX and vRNI Enabling Customer Operations
Recently, we had a customer challenge our team to prove to them the operational gains and demonstrate the cross-functional tooling VMware provides to assist them in scaling from zero to hundreds of VMs on the platform. Our goal was simple – exhibit a complete lifecycle for any customer to go from...

Driving Cloud Success One API at a Time – iland and VMware
By Monica Brink, iland If there’s a secret to business success in this crazy era of digital transformation, it may come down to just three letters: API. iland has built a business on integrating application program interfaces into our secure cloud platform. In 2008, as we moved to the cloud, we s...

Google Buckles Down on Android Security, Plus More Top Mobile News
Google plans to ramp up Android security in 2017. Google shared in a security year in review post this week that, “About half of devices in use at the end of 2016 had not received a platform security update in the previous year.” To improve that number, Google plans to make it easier for both man...

Profiling Applications with VMware User Environment Manager, Part 2: Applying and Troubleshooting Predefined Settings
In Part 1 of this blog series, you were introduced to the VMware User Environment Manager Application Profiler. In Part 2 we will profile a popular video playback application called VLC Media Player , capture specific application settings, apply these as predefined settings when an end user launc...

VMware AirWatch Achieves NIAP Common Criteria Certification for Mobile Device Management
On February 24, VMware AirWatch received Common Criteria Certification against Version 2.0 of the Mobile Device Management (MDM) Protection Profile and Mobile Device Management Agent. To reach this level of product certification, AirWatch MDM and AirWatch MDM Agent were rigorously tested by a thi...

Breathing New Life into UX Research
As a user experience (UX) researcher, explaining what I do for a living can be quite a challenge. Often, people confuse my role with quality assurance. They say to me, “Oh, you test software? So, you’re in QA, right?” Or, people think I’m a market researcher, and they say, “So, you study your use...

Fusion is now a part of the VMUG Advantage Program!
Hi folks! Here on the Personal Desktop team (which is the product group containing our Fusion and Workstation products), we love our users. We bend over backwards to make sure the products are secure, and work in a way that our users expect with regular new features and the stability we’ve all co...

Announcing VMware Horizon FLEX 1.10
We aim to introduce a new version of VMware Horizon FLEX every quarter, and so to kick off our 2017 release train, we’re delighted to announce VMware Horizon FLEX 1.10. Before I get into what’s new, here’s a quick recap of what Horizon FLEX does: Horizon FLEX delivers a reliable Windows or Linux ...

7 Simple Ways to Secure Your Smartphone
As we move more of our work and personal lives digital and carry all of it in our pockets, securing our smartphones often feels daunting and confusing. If you follow a few simple steps, you can protect yourself from the vast majority of threats that exist—both physical and digital. Here are seven...

SysTrack Desktop Assessment, Part 2: Drill into Data with SysTrack Visualizer
In Part 1, I explained the basics of the free SysTrack Desktop Assessment tool, from VMware and Lakeside Software . Now, let’s dive into more details on the service and what can be done with the data collected during the assessment. ( If you missed part one, read it here first for an overview of ...

VMware vRealize Operations for Horizon and Published Applications 6.4, Part 4: Memory Usage, Support, and Enhancements
Introduction This blog post addresses new features in VMware vRealize Operations for Horizon and Published Applications 6.4 dealing with memory usage, support, and some enhancements. Previous posts in this series are VMware vRealize Operations for Horizon and Published Applications 6.4, Part 1: W...

Explore Sally Beauty’s Innovative Digital Workspace
Sally Beauty Supply needed to secure virtual desktops for employees, contractors and call centers. Temporary workers and others who bring their own devices (BYOD) can now use a non-persistent Sally Beauty desktop run on VMware Horizon 7. Now, data does not save locally when a user logs out, keepi...

Apple DEP Enrollment: 4 Common iOS Configurations with VMware AirWatch
Curiouser and curiouser … the familiar phrase from the Alice in Wonderland story comes to mind while trying to make sense of the litany of Apple Device Enrollment Program (DEP) configurations for iOS enrollment. Conceptually, DEP serves a simple purpose: mandating mobile device management ( MDM )...

When Will VMware Instant Clones Support High-End 3D Graphics?
New in VMware Horizon 7.1: Instant Clones & NVIDIA GRID vGPU “When will VMware Instant Clones support high-end 3D graphics?” This is the most frequently asked question I got from customers after we launched VMware Instant Clones in VMware Horizon 7. VMware VDI customers had to choose between eith...

VMware + Ellucian: Smart BYOD & Apps with VMware’s Secure Digital Backpack for Education
At EDUCAUSE a few months ago, we announced a new technology integration with Ellucian ’s student information system (SIS). This integration is part of our ongoing commitment to help IT teams evolve the way they enable learning through technology for their students and staff. With VMware’s Secure ...
Mar 20, 2017 12:31:17 PM

EXTERNAL NEWS FROM 3RD PARTY BLOGGERS
Reviewer's Guide for Cloud-Based Workspace ONE
Mobility is critical to the workforce of today. Yet advancements in IT can challenge continued mobility: How can an organization support existing enterprise applications and new cloud and mobile applications while maintaining simple remote access for its end users? Workspace ONE focuses on end-us...

Sizing for large VMDKs on vSAN
I’ve recently been involved in some design and sizing for very large VMDKs on vSAN. There are a couple of things to keep in mind when doing this, not just the overhead when deciding to go with RAID1, RAID5 or RAID6, but also what this means for component counts. In the following post, I have done...

Latest Fling from VMware Labs - VMware Horizon Toolbox 2.0
VMware Horizon Toolbox 2.0 is a Web portal that acts as an extension to View Administrator in VMware Horizon 6 or above.  Auditing Sessions :  Shows historical concurrent session trend for last 2 days, last week and last month. Shows current virtual desktop connections by desktop pools, and shows...

Intel Optane support for vSAN, first HCI solution to deliver it
Advertise here with BSA I am in Australia this week for the Sydney and Melbourne VMUG UserCon’s. Had a bunch of meetings yesterday and this morning the news was dropped that Intel Optane support was released for vSAN. The performance claims look great, 2.5x more IOPS and 2.5x less latency. (I don...

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 apologize 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.

© 2017 VMware Inc. All rights reserved.

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VMware TAM Source 9.11

Posted by nisserow Apr 26, 2017

 

FROM THE EDITORS VIRTUAL DESK
Hi everyone, this week we have a really packed newsletter for you. FIrstly we have information from our VMware User Group (VMUG) which I hope to bring you on a more regular basis. We also have a new VMware TAM Blog Post - Software Manufacturer Security Reputations – A review of software manufacturer security defects - which I think is a timely post given the stories recently in the news from some very prominent organizations. I also want to bring your attention, while on the subject of security, to the VMware Security Advisories (VMSA) which are regulary updated and have been this past week or so. You can find a link here.

 

With that I wish you all a fantastic week ahead. Please enjoy this weeks newsletter.

 

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Full Webcasts List

- Feature Webcast: Building the Best NetworkFunction Virtualization Platform with VMware vCloud NFV Webcast

 

Visit the VMware R&D Engineering Booth at VMUG and more!
What started as a VMware CTO Ambassador Program VMUG pilot in Kansas City in 2015, with two R&D Engineers, has now grown into a Global VMUG R&D Engineer initiative.  By the end of 2015, we had R&D engineering booths at 4 VMUG SuperCons.
By the end of 2016, R&D Engineers have attended 14 additional Supercon’s (vMUGs with greater than 10,000+ VMUG Global Communities) around the globe (UK, Netherlands, Toronto, India, Singapore – expanding to Norway, China and Nepal in 2017).  To date, at least 50 R&D Engineers have benefitted from staffing the booth and this has morphed into other VMUG roundtables and birds of a feather luncheons.

 

NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM VMWARE
New Features Coming to vSphere with Operations Management
This has been a big month for releases, especially for vSphere with Operations Management! Earlier this month, both vRealize Operations (vR Ops) and vRealize Log Insight released updates. Then, just this week, vSphere 6.5.0b was released. Important item of note, vSphere 6.5.0b contains the first ...

 

Hear how VMware Certification has Benefited these IT Professionals
Last month we added four new videos to the Certification Stories series on our YouTube channel. Begun in 2013, the VMware Certification Story series brings you informal interviews with current certification holders about the impact VMware certification has had on their career and their advice for...

 

New KB articles published for week ending 11th March 2017
VMware NSX for vSphere “XXX Uninitialized error” and “Not Ready” Status in host preparation Date Published: 2017/03/10 Palo Alto Networks VM-Series for NSX Edition Date Published: 2017/03/08 VMware Horizon Agent machine gets STOP error or stops responding when you open a local file shared with CD...

 

VMware Workstation target at Pwn2Own 2017
The Pwn2Own competition organized by Trend Micro’s ZDI has just wrapped up at Vancouver. VMware Workstation was a target at this competition. In total, two teams managed to show that they could execute code on the VMware Workstation host from the guest. We are currently investigating these issues...

 

Control-Alt-Delete in the World of VDI
by Mike Erb When I was still working as an Escalation Engineer for VMware® Global Support, there was a time-honored tradition among the Broomfield center’s EUC support group: If you left your computer unlocked and walked out of eyesight, you’d always come back to a surprise. The HR folks would pr...

 

When Moving to the Cloud Think of “House Hunters”
Moving to the cloud has never been easier. There are many solutions available that allow companies to get started with the public cloud quickly. The tough part; however, comes with the initial task of choosing a cloud option that’s right for you. If your company is just starting their move to the...

 

Performance of Storage I/O Control (SIOC) with SSD Datastores – vSphere 6.5
With Storage I/O Control (SIOC), vSphere 6.5 administrators can adjust the storage performance of VMs so that VMs with critical workloads will get the I/Os per second (IOPS) they need. Admins assign shares (the proportion of IOPS allocated to the VM), limits (the upper bound of VM IOPS), and rese...

 

Building a Better Business in the Cloud with VMware and the vCloud Air Network
When it comes to staying ahead of the curve, the strategic business decision to utilize cloud services is a step in the right direction. From hosted virtual desktops, to implementing an off-site cloud environment that can provide failover, moving to the cloud offers your business flexibility and ...

 

Virtualization 2.0: How the Cloud is Evolving the Modern Data Center
In 2003, 80% of Fortune 100 companies worked with VMware and in 2004 the first VMworld conference was held. Since that time, the cloud has gone mainstream. A 2016 IT Trends Report from Solar Wind found that 92% of US IT professionals said adopting cloud technologies is important to their long-ter...

 

Attention IT Leaders – Take a Free Technical Deep Dive on Extending to the Cloud
As you already know, extending your network through public cloud adoption is a definite must in order to evolve your organization’s capabilities and stay competitive. What you might not know, however, is everything you have to consider when making the move. That’s why we’re inviting all you IT le...

 

New VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2017-0005
Today VMware has released the following new security advisory: VMSA-2017-0005 – VMware Workstation and Fusion updates address out-of-bounds memory access vulnerability The advisory documents a critical severity out-of-bounds memory access vulnerability ( CVE-2017-4901 ). Exploitation of the issue...

 

VMSA-2017-0004.4
Update 3/17/17: Several revisions of the advisory have been released which provide more workarounds and fixes for our products including DaaS and vROps. Please see the changelog in section 6. for details. Update 3/14/17: Do not apply the workaround previously provided for vCenter 6.5 as it has be...

 

CenturyLink Accelerating Enterprise Cloud Adoption with VMware
By Chris Kibler, Senior Manager, Service Provider Marketing, VMware To deepen the level of software-defined data center (SDDC) technologies available to enterprise customers, vCloud Air Network service provider CenturyLink has announced it has expanded its global strategic collaboration with VMwa...

 

“Any Device” Promise Gets Real, Apple OS Updates & More Top Mobile News
Give the people what they want. Earlier this week, VMware announced exciting updates to its digital workspace platform. New VMware Workspace ONE and VMware AirWatch updates focus on giving the people what they want: simple access on any device—and I mean any device. Check out Blake Brannon’s over...

 

VMware Horizon Virtualization Pack for Skype for Business (Beta) Is Now Available!
Co-authored by Frank Anderson, Solutions Architect, Desktop Technical Marketing, VMware The Horizon 7 product team is excited to announce that the VMware Horizon Virtualization Pack for Skype for Business (beta release) is now available for download. Organizations can use the virtualization pack ...

 

VMware Horizon 7.1 Is GA! What’s New – Part 2
Co-authored by Graeme Gordon, Senior End-User-Computing Architect, EUC Technical Marketing, VMware In part 1 of the Horizon 7.1 What New blog article , we looked at the list of new Horizon 7.1 platform features, a sampling of Horizon Client 4.4 features, and an overview of the new remote experien...

 

VMware Horizon 7.1 Is GA! What’s New – Part 1
Co-authored by Graeme Gordon, Senior End-User-Computing Architect, EUC Technical Marketing, VMware. With this new release, VMware Horizon 7.1 extends just-in-time delivery from virtual desktops to published applications by leveraging our Just-in-Time Management Platform ( JMP ). With JMP, the ope...

 

Productivity Apps Spotlight: Updates for VMware Boxer, Content Locker, Browser & Socialcast
Our teams launched some really exciting things in VMware Workspace ONE and VMware AirWatch this week! Some of the updates and features we are most thrilled to share with you are around our Workspace ONE productivity apps : V Mware Boxer VMware Browser VMware Content Locker VMware Socialcast With ...

 

SysTrack Desktop Assessment, Part 1: Moving to VDI? Details You Should Know
To successfully move to a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)/Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) solution, assessment is key to properly plan your detailed rollout and also to determine whether VDI/DaaS is the right solution in the first place. With VMware Horizon Cloud , VMware’s DaaS offering, you do...

 

Breaking News! New VMware Workspace ONE & AirWatch Product Innovations
Today, we are excited to announce new product innovations in VMware Workspace ONE and VMware AirWatch. Click here to dive into the details on the AirWatch Blog . “As the benefits of digitization extend across the organization to include a broader set of employees and endpoints, there is an urgent...

 

VMware Workspace ONE & AirWatch Enhancements Expand the Digital Workspace
As we look to market trends and our customers’ top-of-mind IT initiatives, one key focus continues to emerge: enabling employees with consumer simple and secure experiences that drive next-level productivity and innovation. With the launch of VMware Workspace ONE last year, VMware ushered in a br...

 

Update Your iOS Apps Now!
As the release of iOS 10.3 approaches, IT admins need to make sure apps are compatible with iOS 10.3. These updates are critical to make sure your users’ apps work when the devices are updated to the latest iOS release. VMware AirWatch has updated applications in the App Store to ensure compatibi...

 

EXTERNAL NEWS FROM 3RD PARTY BLOGGERS
Cool Tool - vCheck Daily Report for NSX
vCheck is a PowerShell HTML framework script, the script is designed to run as a scheduled task before you get into the office to present you with key information via an email directly to your inbox in a nice easily readable format. This script picks on the key known issues and potential issues s...

 

VMware NSX and vRNI Enabling Customer Operations
VMware vRealize Network Insight delivers intelligent operations for software-defined networking and security Optimize network performance and availability with visibility and analytics across virtual and physical networks. Provide planning and recommendations for implementing micro-segmentation s...

 

How to split vCenter Servers configured in an Enhanced Linked Mode (ELM)?
An interesting question that came up on the VMTN forum the other day (thanks to Andreas Peetz for sharing via Twitter) was how to split two vCenter Servers configured in an Enhanced Linked Mode (ELM)? Due to an organization changes in the customers environment, they needed to separate out their t...

 

VxRack FLEX – who is it for, what’s the latest, and what’s next?
Over the last few months as VxRail has taken off, VxRack SDDC has been launched, the Dell EMC position on the XC platform has become more clear – and finally as people have internalized that HCI and CI (VxBlock) will coexist for years... I’ve started to get a question that is a real head-scratche...

 

Video Guide - Getting Started with vRA 7.2
This guide  created by Ryan Kelly will show you how to quickly stand up a minimal installation of vRealize Automation 7.2 running in your environment. I will also show you how to create and publish your first blueprints so you can begin to evaluate and demonstrate the solution at your organizatio...

 

vSphere 6.5 p01 – Important patch for users of Automated UNMAP
VMware has just announced the release of vSphere 6.5 p01 (Patch ESXi-6.5.0-20170304001-standard). While there are a number of different issues addressed in the patch, there is one in particular that I wanted to bring to your attention. Automated UNMAP is a feature that we introduced in vSphere 6....

 

vSphere 6.5b prevents vSphere Web Client logins for users w/o VC permissions
A patch update was just released for vCenter Server 6.5, dubbed vSphere 6.5b. While glancing through the release notes, I caught one interesting "resolved issue" which I thought was worth sharing. Users with no vCenter Server permissions can log in to the vSphere Web Client Users without permissi...

 

Exploring new VCSA VAMI API w/PowerCLI: Part 10
In Part 10, we are going to take a look at local user management for the VAMI interface. By default, only the root local user exists but customers have the option of creating additional accounts. In vSphere 6.5, the VAMI has been enhanced to support different roles such as Admin, Operator and Sup...

 

Hybrid Cloud Assessment - Overview
In this session, Tim Sandy does an overview of VMware's new Hybrid Cloud Assessment (HCA) for partners. This assessment is extremely helpful when used in conjunction with our vSphere Optimization Assessment (VOA) to provide costing comparison for running your workloads in your Private Cloud or in...

 

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 apologize 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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VMware TAM Source 9.10

Posted by nisserow Apr 26, 2017

 

FROM THE EDITORS VIRTUAL DESK
Hi everyone, this week I have a really great list of informational video's for you which were kindly put together by Amanda Blevins, Chief Technologist, Office of the CTO. These are all really great and I hope that you find them useful.

 

vSphere Overview Video
https://youtu.be/EvXn2QiL3gs
What is vCenter (Watch the first two minutes)
https://youtu.be/J0pQ2dKFLbg
HTML5 Web Client (This is how vSphere is managed now - no more client. Minute 3 shows you how to create a virtual machine)
https://youtu.be/sLveCbyqrvE
vR Ops Overview
https://youtu.be/0o_xfw4C_bo
Troubleshooting VM Performance in vR Ops
https://youtu.be/ZpidQUZ_8J8
How to Build Blueprints in vRA - Single Machine, Application, and with AWS
https://youtu.be/94ZJqfBIXWI
NSX - Network Concepts Overview (Watch up until minute 4)
https://youtu.be/RQzCEC4ieZE
NSX - Microsegmentation (Watch 2:50 to 4:40)
https://youtu.be/2Un-SrEF5is
vSAN Overview
https://youtu.be/pjU4EnG1mWc

 

I hope to bring you more useful items such as these video's in the coming newsletter, please send feedback on anything that you would like to see in upcoming newsletters.

 

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NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM VMWARE
VMware is a Really Great Place to Work For
By Bask Iyer, CIO, VMware and Dell I’ve never hidden the fact I love working at VMware. I certainly think it’s a fantastic place to work. But you don’t have to take my word for it… For the third year in a row VMware was named one of the Fortune Best Companies to Work For. Read more at: https://ww...

 

Software Manufacturer Security Reputations – A review of software manufacturer security defects
by Erik Hinderer At the start of the new year, I did some technical housekeeping, starting new notebooks and such. After looking back through my client notes from 2016, I started to become intrigued with the idea of how software companies were viewed, based on perceived product security and relia...

 

VCDX Defense Tips: An Interview with Brett Guarino
The VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) is the holy grail of VMware certification. Those who opt to pursue the VCDX have already achieved at least one VMware Certified Professional (VCP) and two VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) certifications. They are truly VMware experts. We had ...

 

How Cloud Management Skills Can Enhance Your Career: Free eBook
Multi-cloud strategies represent the future of IT infrastructure. And the future of cloud management belongs to those who embrace unified management for heterogeneous, multi-cloud environments. IT certifications on cloud systems management platforms provide a twofold opportunity: While you’re car...

 

New VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2017-0003
Today VMware has released the following new security advisory: VMSA-2017-0003 – VMware Workstation update addresses multiple security issues The advisory documents an important severity DLL loading issue ( CVE-2017-4898 ) and two moderate severity security issues ( CVE-2017-4899 and CVE-2017-4900...

 

ESG Lab Review: VMware NSX
“If your organization is interested in improving the agility, security, and economic efficiency of your networks, ESG Lab recommends taking a close look at VMware NSX.” ESG Lab recently reached out to the VMware technical product marketing team about the network virtualization and security platfo...

 

VMware vCloud Air Is Helping Higher Education Leadership Take Control of the Public Cloud
Higher Education faces new challenges as institutions strive to meet the modern demand for 24/7 access to learning and administrative services from students and faculty, pressures that have ultimately pushed the limits of many campus’ data center abilities. In order to effectively re-tool their d...

 

Virtual Machine vCPU and vNUMA Rightsizing – Rules of Thumb
Using virtualization, we have all enjoyed the flexibility to quickly create virtual machines with various virtual CPU (vCPU) configurations for a diverse set of workloads. But as we virtualize larger and more demanding workloads, like databases, on top of the latest generations of processors with...

 

Machine Learning on vSphere 6 with Nvidia GPUs – Episode 2
by Hari Sivaraman, Uday Kurkure , and Lan Vu In a previous blog [1], we looked at how machine learning workloads (MNIST and CIFAR-10) using TensorFlow running in vSphere 6 VMs in an NVIDIA GRID configuration reduced the training time from hours to minutes when compared to the same system running ...

 

VMware at Cloud Expo Europe in London!
It’s the UK’s largest technology event, as well as the world’s largest independent cloud event – and VMware will be there!   Joining an expected number of 18,500 attendees, VMware will have a presence at the Cloud Expo Europe at ExCel in London, taking place 3/15 and 3/16 , respectively.   For IT...

 

Digital Transformation Impact on Enterprise Architecture
Digital transformation is a top business initiative for CIO’s. What does it really mean for IT and how does it impact the business itself? In this post, we will try to cover some of the basics. Digital transformation is a fundamental change to an organization’s product development and product del...

 

VMware Adapter for SAP Landscape Management 1.4.1 – Automate and manage your VMware virtualized SAP Landscape
On behalf of David Gallant , ISBU, Product Management and the Integrated Systems Business Unit , we are very pleased to announce the General Availability of VMware Adapter for SAP Landscape Management 1.4.1 . VMware Adapter for SAP Landscape Management integrates SAP Landscape Management (LaMa) w...

 

Migrate to the Cloud 70% Faster with VMware vCloud Air Hybrid Cloud Manager
The hybrid cloud has obvious advantages. Many enterprises have enjoyed the benefits of being able to easily migrate files, applications and full VMs between on-site data centers and public cloud. The downside is in the downtime. When VMs are unavailable, business productivity becomes problematic....

 

NSX Revenue Planning Calculator
By Guy Bartram The NSX revenue planning calculator is designed to show a service provider how to make additional revenue by upselling component NSX derived services. Many service providers I speak to are asking VMware the age-old question, ‘How can I make money from your bundles?’ Equally we also...

 

New White Paper: Best Practices for Delivering Microsoft Office 365 in VMware Horizon 7 with Published Applications
By Frank Anderson, End-User-Computing Solutions Architect, Desktop Technical Marketing, VMware and Cindy Heyer Carroll, Technical Writer, End-User-Computing Technical Marketing, VMware We are excited to announce a new white paper, Best Practices for Delivering Microsoft Office 365 in VMware Horiz...

 

Is it Wise to Pursue a Cloud-Only or Cloud-First Strategy? Why Hybrid is Sometimes Best
Enterprise workloads in the cloud are expected to rise to 60% by 2018, according to a recent 451 Research survey . The same survey shows that 38% of enterprises have a cloud-first policy. Over the past few years, we certainly saw organizations fully embrace the cloud. The cloud offered organizati...

 

Top Mobile News: Enterprises Sport Rose-Colored Smart Glasses
Smart glasses are on enterprise IT’s radar. No, augmented reality is not just for catching Pokémon on your smartphone. Ralph Osterhout, founder of wearables company Osterhout Design Group (ODG), explains why smart glasses belong in the enterprise to The Wall Street Journal . Don’t let the opportu...

 

[Video] Windows 10 Enrollment Made Simple | The Redmond Series
Last year, I upgraded to a new Apple iPhone. The transition from my previous model was seamless. I took the phone out of the box, entered my Apple iCloud credentials and all my previous contacts, apps and data synced in minutes. Every time I upgrade my personal smartphone, I think about how painf...

 

Just-in-Time Apps with VMware Horizon 7
With our latest release of VMware Horizon 7, Horizon 7.1 extends just-in-time delivery of virtual desktops to include published applications delivered from Remote Desktop Session Hosts (RDSH) and powered by the Just-in-Time Management Platform , or JMP, bringing increased speed, scale, and simpli...

 

Critical Updates—Preparing Your Apps for iOS 10.3 Compatibility
As we approach the release of iOS 10.3, IT admins need to do a few important things to ensure app compatibility. These updates are critical to make sure users’ devices are compliant—and not flagged as non-compliant—when they upgrade to iOS 10.3. VMware AirWatch released updated and compatible ver...

 

EXTERNAL NEWS FROM 3RD PARTY BLOGGERS
2-node vSAN topologies review
There has been a lot of discussion in the past around supported topologies for 2-node vSAN, specifically around where we can host the witness. Now my good pal Duncan has already highlighted some of this in his blog post here , but the questions continue to come up about where I can, and where I c...

 

Running a Witness Appliance on a 2 Node vSAN config with FT
Advertise here with BSA I have had various people asking, and to me it felt like an obvious answer, but as multiple have asked over the past couple of month I figured I would dedicate a post to it. The question is if it is supported to run the vSAN Witness Appliance for a 2 Node vSAN configuratio...

 

Video - vRNI pre-assessment installation
Walkthrough of installation of vRealize Network Insight version 3.2

 

The Linux Migration: Other Users’ Stories, Part 3
Over the last few weeks, I’ve been sharing various users’ stories about their own personal migration to Linux. If you’ve not read them already, I encourage you to check out part 1 and part 2 of this multi-part series to get a feel for why folks are deciding to switch to Linux, the challenges they...

 

Installing the Horizon View Agent on a Domain Controller
A couple of weeks back, a fellow colleague needed to install the Horizon View Agent on a Microsoft Windows Domain Controller to be able to take advantage of the Direct Connect feature to efficiently connect into a lab environment. In general, this is not a recommended practice. In fact, by defaul...

 

PowerCLI module for Proactive HA (including simulation)
Proactive HA is a very cool new feature that was introduced in vSphere 6.5, which enables our hardware vendors to communicate their hardware specific health information directly into vSphere and specifically with vSphere DRS. This hardware health information can then be leveraged by vSphere DRS t...

 

Startup intro: Runecast
Advertise here with BSA I met with Runecast a couple of years ago at VMworld. Actually, I am not sure they already had a name back then, I should probably say I met with the guys who ended up founding Runecast at VMworld. One of them, Stan, is a VCDX and back then he pitched this idea to me aroun...

 

And… With VxRail scale/success… come critical updates.
I mentioned in this post that we just passed the one year anniversary of VxRail, and it is cooking.  8,000+ nodes.  100K cores.   65+ PBs of storage.   70+ countries.    And we’re just getting started.   We’ve resolved some of the “we can’t ship them fast enough” issues.   Believe it or not, we s...

 

Automating vSphere Global Permissions with PowerCLI
vSphere Global Permissions was first introduced in vSphere 6.0, which provides a simple and consistent method for assigning permissions for individual users and/or groups across multiple vCenter Servers joined to the same vCenter Single Sign-On (SSO) Domain. Global permissions works in the same w...

 

Video - LogInsight deep dive
This video is aimed towards anyone who does a lot of Log Analysis. In this video I showcased the capabilities of VMware vRealize Log Insight. This will enable you to confidently utilise this tool to not only analyse the diverse logs that you can think of but also visualise the patterns and much m...

 

Photon Platform v1.1 /Photon Controller v1.1.1 is now GA
I spotted this announcement late on Friday afternoon (March 2nd). What is significant about this announcement is that this is the first ever Photon Platform/Controller release available on vmware.com . Previously you could only get it via Github. So what’s in this release? Well, first of all ther...

 

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 apologize 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.

© 2017 VMware Inc. All rights reserved.
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VMware TAM Source 9.09

Posted by nisserow Apr 26, 2017



FROM THE EDITORS VIRTUAL DESK
Hi everyone, welcome to this latest edition of the VMware TAM newsletter. Over the past few week's there have been a number of products that have received upgrades. I wanted to provide you with some further detail which I hope will assist you when you choose to upgrade your existing editions. As a TAM, assisting my customers with upgrade knowledge, and potentially pre-emptive SRs is part of our service and provides an easier to manage upgrade process. If you haven't already done so, let your TAM know when you are going to upgrade so they are able to provide you with all the support you may need.

Here is a summary and links of the latest releases:
vRealize Operations (vROps) 6.5

Downloadhttps://my.vmware.com/en/web/vmware/info/slug/infrastructure_operations_management/vmware_vrealize_operations/6_5
Documentationhttps://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/vrealize-operations-manager-pubs.html
Release Noteshttp://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/vrops/65/vrops-65-release-notes.html

 

VMware vRealize Log Insight 4.3.0

Downloadhttps://my.vmware.com/en/group/vmware/get-download?downloadGroup=VRLI-430&productId=598&rPId=12336
Documentationhttps://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/log-insight-pubs.html
Release Noteshttp://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/LogInsight/43/log-insight-43-release-notes.html

 

VMware vRealize Network Insight 3.3.0

Download Landing Pagehttps://my.vmware.com/en/group/vmware/info/slug/infrastructure_operations_management/vmware_vrealize_network_insight/3_0
Documentation Landing Pagehttp://pubs.vmware.com/vrni-33/index.jsp
Release Noteshttps://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/vrni/33/vrealize-network-insight-33-release-notes.html
InterOphttp://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/sim/interop_matrix.php#interop&285=2223&2=2132,2136,998,695,431,792,611,578,508&93=2323,1734,2243,2130,1914,959,893,780


VMware vRealize Business for Cloud 7.2.1

Download Landing Pagehttps://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/info/slug/infrastructure_operations_management/vmware_vrealize_business/7_2
Documentation Landinghttps://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/vrealize-business-for-cloud-pubs.html
Release Noteshttp://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/vRBforCloud/72/vRBforCloud-721-release-notes.html

I wish you a fantastic week ahead, enjoy this week's newsletter.

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NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM VMWARE
Certification Exam Price Increase on April 1
As of April 1, 2017, VMware certification exam prices will change. What’s Changing Our baseline exam prices have remained steady for the last three years (except for adjustments based on global exchange rates). To continue providing exceptional service and outstanding offerings, we will adjust
ce...

Reminder: VCP5-DCV Retirement Date is Approaching
Last October I told you that the VMware Certified Professional 5 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP5-DCV) certification exams would be retiring this month. I just wanted to remind everyone of these important dates: Last date for new registrations: March 15, 2017 Last date for exam appointments: Ma...

vSphere and TLS 1.2
I traditionally don’t write much about compliance. I’ve been very focused on security. But some might ask “Aren’t they the same thing?” My answer is unequivocally “No” but remember, this is my opinion and in the world of security, we are all entitled to our opinion, right? Security vs. Compliance...

5 Steps For A Successful Digital Transformation
In this post, I’d like to talk to you about next-gen infrastructure that is built to support your next-gen apps, as well as all your existing apps, enabling you to lead the Digital Transformation of your organization.   We’ve created an infographic to help you understand the key components of
thi...

NSX, vSphere, and Virtual SAN Troubleshooting Videos Now in the Learning Zone
This month in the Learning Zone was mainly focused on troubleshooting. From vSphere to NSX to Virtual SAN, a lot of ground was covered. Standard and Premium subscribers are able to access these cloud-based videos on demand, anytime. Troubleshooting vSphere 6: Tips & Tricks vSphere Core 4 Performa...

NSX Field Advisory – February 2017 Edition
Important Notes : For up-to-date information on new products, patches, and fix announcements for VMware NSX for vSphere, subscribe to the following: RSS Feed https://feeds.feedburner.com/NSX My VMware Portal Log
in to the My VMware Portal in the following URL: https://my.vmware.com/ Click on Your...

Attention VCP-DCVs in APJ: Learn how You can Advance Your Career
Are you VCP-DCV certified? Here’s how you can fast track to Network Virtualization. Take advantage of your data center knowledge and gain another critical certification in the industry. Be at the forefront of the technology race. Here’s how we can help you*: Take advantage of your existing DCV
ce...

NSX-V 6.3: Control Plane Resiliency with CDO Mode
NSX-V 6.3, released last month, introduced many new features . In my last blog post, NSX-V 6.3: Cross-VC NSX Security Enhancements , I discussed several new Cross-VC NSX security features. In this post I’ll discuss another new feature called Controller Disconnected Operation (CDO)
mode which prov...

New VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2017-0002
Greetings from the VMware Security Response Center ! Today VMware has released the following new security advisory: “ VMSA-2017-0002 – Horizon DaaS update addresses an insecure data validation issue” The advisory documents a moderate severity insecure data validation issue ( CVE-2017-4897 ) in VM...

VMware Horizon 7 – Associate Instant Clone Virtual Machines
by Matt Frey Being a field consultant affords me the opportunity to get in the nitty gritty with many of our customers. One of my favorite aspects of this role is helping customers address their business’s needs in a hands-on fashion. During one of my recent engagements, a customer asked, “How do...

Hybrid Container Management for vCloud Director with VMware Harbor™
Running VMware Harbor™ in a vCloud Air Network Environment Continuing with the series of posts related to running Containers on vCloud Air Network (vCAN) , this post covers VMware Harbor™ . VMware Harbor™ is VMware’s enterprise-class registry server for Docker images. Private registry servers
lik...

Latest Packet Pushers Podcast Offers a New Perspective on Networking
What’s more likely to spawn change and innovation in networking? A highly-concentrated team working on a small project, or a multi-disciplinary team working on a massive project? Multiple small teams working on 100’s of projects around the globe, or one big massive team banking on a single idea? ...

VMware to Showcase Joint Solutions at Google Cloud Next
Mobility transforms how organizations do business. Mobility enhances business operations and user experience by enabling the adoption of the latest mobile form factors and allowing organizations to re-imagine business processes and engage customers. Innovations from Google expand across mobile fo...

Top Mobile News Roundup: Special Mobile World Congress 2017 Edition
Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona might be officially over, but the memories certainly live on. Check out Mobile World Congress in pictures, courtesy of the VMware team. Winner, winner, paella dinner. The VMware team celebrated some amazing news in Barcelona this week. VMware Workspace ONE ...

The Avatar Experience
It was late September, and the leading event in enterprise mobility was quickly approaching. Every year Connect, presented by VMware AirWatch , brings together thousands of mobility enthusiasts, partners and customers to focus on the future of the digital workspace. It’s the perfect opportunity f...

VMware Wins for Third Time at Global Mobile Awards
At the 2017 Global Mobile Awards, presented at Mobile World Congress, GSMA announced that VMware was selected as a winner for the third time. Following wins in 2014 and 2015, GSMA selected VMware Workspace ONE as the winner of the “Best Mobile Cloud Service or App” which recognizes the
organizati...

Tokyo 2020: Welcome to the 5G Mobile World
People used to consume the Olympic Games in front of a TV. Now, people want to see live events on their mobile devices anytime they want. During the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, audiences both at the games and at home used mobile devices as a second screen to watch, connect with others and find r...

VMware Horizon 7 True SSO: Advanced Features
In a previous blog , we saw how to deploy VMware Horizon 7 True SSO in a lab environment. The diagram below is a recap of the deployment: Now, let us discuss what to consider for deploying True SSO in a production environment. The discussion will only focus on the VMware Horizon Environment
aspec...

Utilizing VMware Mirage for Static Endpoint Compliance (Physical PCs, ATMs, POS)
The modern IT landscape has changed dramatically in the past few years.
Cybersecurity threats are prevalent in the computing world, and it seems like everyday we are hearing about a new threat or story in which hackers have hit a banking or retail organization, crippling its systems and causing d...

[Report] Radicati Positions VMware AirWatch as EMM Top Player
The VMware AirWatch enterprise mobility management solution once again ranked as a top player in this year’s Radicati Market Quadrant for EMM. Radicati, a technology industry research firm, positioned AirWatch in the highest spot along both axes for functionality and strategic vision. This report...

EXTERNAL NEWS FROM 3RD PARTY BLOGGERS
An Open Request for Feedback – vSphere Configuration Management with Vester
Back at VMworld 2016 US, I co-presented a session entitled “ Enforcing a vSphere Cluster Design with PowerCLI Automation – INF8036 ” with VMware’s Chief Technologist, Duncan Epping. The centerpiece of this deck was built around an open source project named Vester . Created in March of 2015, this ...

Cool tool update: RVTools 3.9.2
Advertise here with BSA It has been a year since version 3.8, but finally here it is… RVTools 3.9 . Rob de Vey has been developing this tool since early 2008 and over 650k copies have been downloaded so far. I understand why, as it is a very easy to use tool that produces a lot of great
informati...

New Technical White Paper - Aligning vRealize Operations with Business Outcomes
Aligning vRealize Operations with Business Outcomes explains how to extend VMware vRealize Operations Manager (vROps) to provide business-oriented infrastructure reporting that empowers business stakeholders to make better decisions and gain insight into various business services in the
datacente...

Getting More Out of vSAN – Webcast Series coming to EMEA
Earlier this year, our colleagues in the US kicked off the “Getting More Out of vSAN” webcast series. We are pleased to be able to replicate this initiative in EMEA. We now have 2 webcast sessions lined up for the month of March: Session 1: vSAN Architecture & Tips and Tricks for 6.5, 14 March @ ...

Technology Short Take #79
Welcome to Technology Short Take #79! There’s lots of interesting links for you this time around. Networking I was sure I had mentioned Skydive before, but apparently not (a
grep of all my blog posts found nothing), so let me rectify that first. Skydive is (in the project’s own words) an “open so...

Exploring new VCSA VAMI API w/PowerCLI: Part 9
In Part 9, we were initially going to cover the new backup and restore capability that was introduced in vSphere 6.5 for the VCSA. However, it looks like Brian Graf has already created an awesome PowerCLI module (Backup-VCSA.psm1) that can be used to backup the VCSA, which you can find more
detai...

vSphere 6.0 Update 3 – Important Update for vSAN
ESXi 6.0 Update 3 is now available. This update is significant for vSAN customers as there are a number of performance related issues addressed. The KB article detailing vSAN performance improvements can be found here , and the ESXi 6.0 U3 release notes can be found here . I wouldn’t necessarily ...

Latest Fling from VMware Labs: Cross vCenter VM Mobility - CLI
Cross vCenter VM Mobility - CLI is a command line interface (CLI) tool that can be used to migrate or clone a VM from one host to another host managed by a linked or isolated vCenter (VC) instance. It has been built using vSphere Java-based SDK APIs. Currently, as of vSphere 6.0, the vSphere HTML...

vRealize Operations with Embedded Log Insight Integration
Enhance end-to-end operations management by integrating with VMware vRealize Operations. Log Insight comes with built-in knowledge and native support of vSphere and other VMware products, like VMware Horizon with View, vRealize Operations and vRealize Automation. Log Insight integrates with VMwar...

Performance Implications of Storage I/O Control-Enabled SSD Datastores
The Storage I/O Control (SIOC) feature in VMware vSphere® 6.5 is designed to differentiate performance between high priority virtual machines and low priority ones. Additionally, SIOC allows administrators to allocate absolute IOPS to virtual devices to meet performance requirements. This
paper s...

Customizing Docker Engine on CentOS Atomic Host
I’ve been spending some time recently with CentOS Atomic Host, the container-optimized version of CentOS (part of Project Atomic ). By default, the Docker Engine on CentOS Atomic Host listens only to a local UNIX socket, and is not accessible over the network. While CentOS has its own particular ...

The Linux Migration: Other Users’ Stories, Part 1
Shortly after I announced my intention to migrate to Linux as my primary desktop OS , a number of other folks contacted me and said they had made the same choice or they had been encouraged by my decision to also try it themselves. It seems that there is a fair amount of pent-up interest—at least...

Virtual Hardware Plug-N-Play improvements in vSphere 6.5
Have you ever noticed when you create a new VM, a floppy device is present in the GuestOS regardless if you had actually added one or not? If not, it is pretty simple to demonstrate. Create any Windows VM using a
non-vSphere 6.5 release, install the OS and then power it on. You should now see a f...
Feb 28, 2017 4:57:05 PM
Video - How to use Horizon Module with PowerCLI
This video covers how to use the Horizon Module with VMware PowerCLI.

Cross vCenter Server operations (clone / migrate) between versions of vSphere 6.x
When cross vCenter Server operations such as clone and migrate was first introduced in vSphere 6.0, it required that both the source and destination vCenter Server (includes ESXi hosts) to be running the same vSphere version. With the release of vSphere 6.5, this base requirement still holds true...

Quick Tip - vSphere 6.0 Update 3 resolves "Compute" only Cross-vCenter vMotion operation
Previously when a "Compute" only Cross-vCenter vMotion (xVC-vMotion) was initiated, which only migrates the VMs
compute from one vCenter Server to another while maintaining its current storage configuration, an insufficient space error may be thrown under certain conditions. This behavior was due...

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VMware TAM Source 9.08

Posted by nisserow Apr 26, 2017



FROM THE EDITORS VIRTUAL DESK
Hi everyone, welcome to the latest VMware TAM Newsletter. This week I want to provide some really important information on monitoring your environment. My fellow TAM, Jodi Shely, has provided a really useful update that I wanted to share with you on this as well as a number of new "flings" that have just been launched..

We are consistently being asked how to help identify issues before they arise.  These new flings are exactly what I think you may want to consider to help in monitoring your valuable services.

  1. SNMP and Collecting Metrics and sending metrics
  2. New Fling: Email template for VROPS notifications – can be used for alerts for every area – storage, networking, etc.
  3. New Fling: Cluster Rules Manager - It can be operationally challenging to maintain vSphere DRS rules. Cluster Rules Manager (CRM) is a web application which enables users to easily manage & report DRS rules.
  4. New Fling: HCI Benchmark – you can baseline the Hyper-converged Infrastructure
  5. New Fling: IO Insight – help people understand a VM’s Storage I/O behavior!  HUGE!
  6. New Fling: vSphere Compatibility Predictor – scans all connected PSC’s and detects versions of all vCenter Servers and ALL solutions connected to vCenters.
    1. SDDC Discovery Tool – discovers all of the product deployments – holistic view of SDDC deployment

I hope you find these useful. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your TAM for more information, assistance or any other information related to this.

 

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Four Unique Enterprise Customers Deploy VSAN
At VMworld 2016, we had a great opportunity to showcase four customer use cases for VMware Virtual SAN™. The session “Four Unique Enterprise Customers Deployment of VMware Virtual SAN” was hosted by VMware SE Manager Peter Keilty (SDS East, Office of the CTO, Americas Field Storage and Availability). Peter was very familiar with all four use cases, as he was intimately involved in the design and implementation for all four customers. He was also a key contributor of presentation content.

 

TAM WEBCASTS (Editor: Michelle Kaiser)

 

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NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM VMWARE
Attention VCP-DCVs in APJ: Learn how You can Advance Your Career
Are you VCP-DCV certified? Here’s how you can fast track to Network Virtualization. Take advantage of your data center knowledge and gain another critical certification in the industry. Be at the forefront of the technology race. Here’s how we can help you*: Take advantage of your existing DCV ce...

 

Certification Insights: Multiple Accounts
Having multiple accounts within the VMware myLearn system could result in incomplete records of your exam, training, and certification history. For example, if you attended a training course on one account, but took your VCP exams on a different account, you may not receive proper credit for meet...

 

Four Unique Enterprise Customers Deploy VSAN
By Frank Gesino At VMworld 2016, we had a great opportunity to showcase four customer use cases for VMware Virtual SAN™. The session “Four Unique Enterprise Customers Deployment of VMware Virtual SAN” was hosted by VMware SE Manager Peter Keilty (SDS East, Office of the CTO, Americas Field Storag...

 

New KB articles published for week ending 17th February 2017
VMware ESXi ESXi host fails with intermittent NMI purple diagnostic screen on HP ProLiant Gen8 servers Date Published: 2017/02/13 VMware vCenter Server Identical IP address for VMs deployed using a vApp OVF Template Date Published: 2017/02/13 Virtual machine Power on requests from vRealize Operat...

 

Top 10 vRealize Log Insight articles for February 2017
Here is our Top 10 vRealize Log Insight articles list for February 2017. This list is ranked by the number of times a VMware Support Request was resolved by following the steps in a published Knowledge Base article. Update sequence for vSphere 6.5 and its compatible VMware products FAQ: Log Insig...

 

Top 20 Horizon View articles for February 2017
Here is our Top 20 Horizon View articles list for February 2017. This list is ranked by the number of times a VMware Support Request was resolved by following the steps in a published Knowledge Base article. Collecting VMware Horizon View logs and diagnostic information Provisioning or recomposin...

 

Top 20 vRealize Operations Manager articles for February 2017
Here is our Top 20 vRealize Operations Manager articles list for February 2017. This list is ranked by the number of times a VMware Support Request was resolved by following the steps in a published Knowledge Base article. Resetting the Administrator password in vRealize Operations Manager 5.x an...

 

Top 20 vRealize Automation articles for February 2017
Here is our Top 20 vRealize Automation articles list for February 2017. This list is ranked by the number of times a VMware Support Request was resolved by following the steps in a published Knowledge Base article. How to backup or export embedded Postgres DB from vRealize Automation appliance Re...

 

Top 20 vSAN articles for February 2017
Here is our Top 20 vSAN articles list for February 2017. This list is ranked by the number of times a VMware Support Request was resolved by following the steps in a published Knowledge Base article. VMware vSAN 6.0 Requirements Update sequence for vSphere 6.5 and its compatible VMware products C...

 

Top 20 NSX articles for February 2017
Here is our Top 20 NSX articles list for February 2017. This list is ranked by the number of times a VMware Support Request was resolved by following the steps in a published Knowledge Base article. Update sequence for vSphere 6.5 and its compatible VMware products Network ports required to acces...

 

Top 20 ESXi articles for February 2017
Here is our Top 20 ESXi articles list for February 2017. This list is ranked by the number of times a VMware Support Request was resolved by following the steps in a published Knowledge Base article. Licensing ESXi 6.x and vCenter Server 6.x Licensing ESXi 5.x and vCenter Server 5.x Downloading a...

 

Top 20 vCenter Server articles for February 2017
Here is our Top 20 vCenter Server articles list for February 2017. This list is ranked by the number of times a VMware Support Request was resolved by following the steps in a published Knowledge Base article. Licensing ESXi 5.x and vCenter Server 5.x Product offerings for vSphere 6.x Uploading d...

 

The Triple VCDXs: An Interview with Matt Vandenbeld, René van den Bedem, and Kalen Arndt
Anyone who’s entered the sphere of VMware certification understands the time, passion, and persistence it takes to earn a VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) certification. But only three people in the world know what it takes to earn not one, not two, but three VCDXs. We recently had a chance ...

 

Essential Elements of Micro-segmentation
The free Micro‐segmentation For Dummies®, VMware Special Edition ebook by Lawrence Miller, CISSP, and Joshua Soto provides a broad overview of micro-segmentation, including how it can help you defend your data center from attack, automating security workflows, as well as steps to getting started....

 

New Fling released – IOInsight
By Sankaran Sivathanu VMware IOInsight is a tool to help people understand a VM’s storage I/O behavior. By understanding their VM’s I/O characteristics, customers can make better decisions about storage capacity planning and performance tuning. IOInsight ships as a virtual appliance that can be d...

 

NSX Revenue Planning calculator
The NSX revenue planning calculator is designed to show a service provider how to make additional revenue by up-selling component NSX derived services. Many service providers I speak to are asking VMware the age-old question, ‘How can I make money from your bundles?’ Equally we also hear that the...

 

Multiple production SAP HANA virtual machines on a single physical server on vSphere 6
Last week we finished the Multi SAP HANA VM and NUMA Node Sharing (CPU socket sharing) tests with vSphere 6. Due to the good results, SAP granted full production level support for multiple SAP HANA systems deployed on a single SAP HANA certified server virtualized with vSphere 6. With this, custo...

 

Are You Equipped to Handle the IoT Wave?
See VMware Take on the Internet of Things (IoT) at Mobile World Congress 2017 With the IoT wave crashing down on the enterprise, it is not surprising that IoT will loom large when Mobile World Congress opens in Barcelona on 28 February. There will be a zone dedicated just to IoT in the exhibition...

 

Profiling Applications with VMware User Environment Manager, Part 1: Introduction to Application Profiler
With contributions from: Jim Yanik, Senior Manager, End-User-Computing Technical Marketing, VMware Pim Van De Vis, Product Engineer, User Environment Manager, Research & Development, VMware Stephane Asselin, Lead Architect, App Volumes, VMware Successful management of applications across physical...

 

New Guide to Windows 10, Plus a Second Update in Top Mobile News
Introducing the Redmond Video Series. Want to know how to best deploy Windows 10 and the newest security capabilities in the operating system? Determining how to deploy applications in the new environment? Then follow the new Redmond Video Series on the AirWatch Blog where our experts cover it al...

 

New Video Series! Exploring How Windows 10 Affects Your Business
I started at VMware nearly 4 years ago. Back then, getting a company laptop was an all-day adventure. IT took several hours to image my laptop and several more to configure all the settings and applications for my role. In fact, some admins on our IT team used to spend 3-out-of-5 days a week just...

 

What’s New in Horizon Cloud – February 2017
With contributions from Justin Venezia and Jerrid Cunniff. The recently released Horizon Cloud Service added several significant new features that enable customers to deploy desktops and applications in the cloud, on-premises, or in a combination of the two. This release focused on integrations w...

 

Now Open – VMworld 2017 Call for Papers
Join industry leaders onstage at VMworld 2017! We’re looking for speakers who will inspire the VMware community. Have you integrated VMware solutions and technologies in an innovative way? Do you have a best practice or individual technical tips and tricks to recommend? Can you tell us about an a...

 

Maintain a Competitive Edge in 2017
Last year we released a Solution Portfolio Summary and Competitive Guide designed to help partners easily spot customer opportunities and jump start conversations. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive and spurred us to add updated information for 2017. Let’s take a look at what’s new: The Cro...

 

Our New Corporate Story: Accelerating Digital Business Transformation
Read our corporate story to see how Business and IT leaders are aligning on a core set of business outcomes as they experience the benefits of digital transformation. It highlights our joint customers’ top-line business goals, so that together, we can help accelerate those outcomes by focusing on...

 

Options for Learning ‘What’s New’ in vCloud Availability for vCloud Director
Register now to attend the Feb. 27 vmLIVE on this new release and learn the new features and updated positioning. The Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) market is growing at 30%+ CAGR and the new release of VMware vCloud Availability enables Service Providers to monetize this great market opp...

 

EXTERNAL NEWS FROM 3RD PARTY BLOGGERS
vSAN 6.x customer? vSphere 6.0 Update 3 is out
Advertise here with BSA Are you a vSAN 6.x customer? vSphere 6.0 Update 3 is out! There are a bunch of important fixes and improvements (checksumming performance for instance) in Update 3, so I would highly recommend looking in to it and testing it out. vSAN Details: https://kb.vmware.com/kb/2149...

 

Video: vROps is Easy - Creating Dashboards
In this video, VMware Technical Account Manager, Matt Bradford , explains how easy it is to create your own dashboards. Check out Matt's blog post for additional details.

 

New Technical White Paper - Office 365 in VMware Horizon 7 with Published Applications
This paper discusses the use of Microsoft Office 365 in a VMware Horizon 7 environment, including tips and best practices that can improve performance and application manageability. It's intended for IT administrators who want to expand their use of VMware Horizon 7. Familiarity with VMware vSphe...

 

How to Establish a Session and Authenticate with the vSphere 6.5 RESTful API
I recently delivered a webinar that covered the basics of RESTful APIs which is available on demand here . It’s mostly focused on introducing folks to APIs – why they are important, what they do, and how to get started using them. It’s fairly demo heavy and marketing light, so I think you’ll enjo...

 

Quick Tip - Connect-OMServer throws The request was aborted: Could not create SSL/TLS secure channel.
While doing some work with PowerCLI and vRealize Operations Manager (vROps), I ran into the following error message when trying to connect to my vROps instance using PowerCLI: Connect-OMServer : 2/17/2017 5:27:50 AM Connect-OMServer The request was aborted: Could not create SSL/TLS secure channel...

 

New Fling - IOInsight
IOInsight is a tool to help people understand a VM's storage I/O behaviour. By understanding their VM's I/O characteristics, customers can make better decisions at storage capacity planning and performance tuning. IOInsight ships as a virtual appliance that can be deployed in any vSphere environm...

 

Extracting VIN (vSphere Infrastructure Navigator) information using PowerCLI & vROps REST API
A request that I continue to receive from customers on a fairly regular basis is a way to extract the virtual machine application services and dependencies that is provided by vSphere Infrastructure Navigator (VIN) solution. Below is an example of what a VIN discovery might look like and in this ...

 

New Fling - Cluster Rules Manager (CRM)
The Cluster Rules Manager (CRM) can be operationally challenging to maintain vSphere DRS rules. Cluster Rules Manager (CRM) is a web application which enables users to easily manage & report DRS rules. Auditing anti-affinity across VMs in a vCenter Server. Importing DRS affinity rules from multip...

 

Virtually Speaking Podcast – vSAN Customer Use Cases
Advertise here with BSA As John Nicholson was traveling in and around New Zealand I was asked by Pete if I could co-host the Virtually Speaking Podcast again. It is always entertaining to join, Pete is such a natural when it comes to these things. I euuh, well I do my best to keep up with him :)....

 

VVols design and procurement considerations
Advertise here with BSA Over the past couple of months I have had more and more discussions with customers and partners about VVols. It seems that Policy Based Management and the VVol granular capabilities are really starting to sink in, and more and more customers are starting to see the benefit...

 

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 apologize 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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VMware TAM Source 9.07

Posted by nisserow Feb 23, 2017

FROM THE EDITORS VIRTUAL DESK
Hi everyone, I hope you have all had a productive week. As a TAM it is one of our responsibilities to ensure that our customers get the best level of support from VMware. We do this by sometimes being the middle man to help communication flow, we also provide management of the support case. Because of this, it is always a really good idea to include your VMware TAM on your support case when you log it. This is very simple to do. When you open a new case on the web there is a section for "alternative contacts". Simply include your TAMs email address in this area and he will be part of all communications related to the SR. It also helps to do things in this way so that the TAM can respond on your behalf if that is appropriate and necessary, directly into the SR ensuring the response is captured as part of the current SR. We are always trying to go above and beyond for our customers as a VMware TAM and managing open SRs is just one way that we do this. I encourage you to discuss this with your TAM if you haven't already had the conversation.

 

I wish you all a fantastic week ahead.

 

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NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM VMWARE
Updated White Paper: Organizing for the Cloud
By Kevin Lees An updated version of my “ Organizing for the Cloud ” white paper is now available. The update to the white paper was based around a major update to our service-oriented operating model, which we use to help our customers optimize the way they deliver services in a VMware supported ...

 

Deploying WordPress in vSphere Integrated Containers
This article is from Cheng Wang, a Member of Technical Staff on the vSphere Integrated Containers team. WordPress is a popular, open-source tool for the agile deployment of a blogging system. In this article, we offer a step-by-step guide for deploying WordPress in vSphere Integrated Containers. ...

 

VMware NSX Micro-segmentation Day 1 Book Available!
VMware NSX Micro-segmentation Day 1 is available for free download ! VMware NSX Micro-segmentation Day 1 is a concise book that provides the necessary information to guide organizations interested in bolstering their security posture through the implementation of micro-segmentation. VMware NSX Mi...

 

Streamline Your SMB with AirWatch Express & Apple Deployment Programs
You already have a lot on your plate figuring out your entire IT strategy with constrained budget and resources. Mobility is our expertise, and we’re here to help. AirWatch Express makes mobile device management (MDM) simple and affordable for your organization with intuitive workflows to set up ...

 

AirWatch Mobility Services Now Available Through vCAN Program
The vCloud Air Network (vCAN) program has been expanded to offer AirWatch’s industry-leading enterprise mobility management technology through our MSP offering . Leverage AirWatch to offer differentiated, value-added managed services to solve your customers’ mobility challenges, including data lo...

 

5 Ways to Partner Profits with HCI
This blog , by Lee Caswell, highlights 5 ways Hyperconverged Infrastructure (powered by VMware vSAN) increases a partner’s profitability. So, who says HCI is not profitable? The post 5 Ways to Partner Profits with HCI appeared first on Partner News .

 

VMware Hybrid Cloud Assessment (HCA) has Launched
Learn more about this new assessment tool that provides cloud cost data and insights (including installation and configuration) in fewer than three hours. It relies on VMware vRealize Business for Cloud 7.2 capabilities to analyze the cost of customers’ private clouds. The benefits to you include...

 

10 Top Moments from EUC Insights 2017 — Americas
Thank you to everyone who joined our popular online event, EUC Insights 2017—Americas! It was one of our most successful virtual conferences yet. And the best news? You can watch the product sessions, dive into best practices and take our Hands-On Labs at any time on demand! Just click here to ge...

 

Are You One of the 99.6%?
Are you one of the 99.6%? The Verge reported this week that Apple and Google claimed a “duopoly” on the Q4 smartphone market. According to a new Gartner report, 99.6% of all new smartphones sales ran either Android or iOS operating systems (OS). Here’s the breakdown: Android: 81.7% iOS: 17.9% Win...

 

Prepare Your Organization for Enterprise Wearables & Things
More than 20 billion things will be connected to the internet by 2020, recently estimated analyst firm Gartner . In 2017 alone, Gartner estimates the Internet of Things (IoT) could reach 8.4 billion devices—as ZDNet pointed out, that means IoT could outnumber the global population for the first t...

 

Redesigning the VMware AirWatch Privacy Policy
VMware AirWatch can be installed on corporate and personal devices to access company resources such as email, documents and productivity apps. When a company tells employees to install AirWatch on their phones to access company email, they might ask, “What can my manager see? Will my company know...

 

VMware User Environment Manager and ADMX Settings
by Jeffrey Davidson In this blog entry, I will walk through how to configure ADMX settings within the VMware® User Environment Manager™ Management Console. Additionally, I will discuss how User Environment Manager ADMX settings work together with existing Group Policy configurations. In this exam...

 

EXTERNAL NEWS FROM 3RD PARTY BLOGGERS
Potential ESXi Host Preparation issues with NSX 6.3
While working on updating my vGhetto Automated vSphere Lab Deployment script to add support for NSX 6.3 with vSphere 6.5, I ran into an issue with the Host Preparation step. Although the resolution turned out to be quite simple, it was very difficult to diagnose the problem. I suspect this scenar...

 

Enabling vCenter High Availability - Advanced
This video demonstrates how to enable vCenter Server High Availability using the Advanced workflow on the vCenter Server Appliance 6.5.  Enabling vCenter High Availability - Basic

 

Basics of PowerCLI
This is a session on basics of PowerShell and PowerCLI. If you are starting with PowerShell and wants to know how to get started then this session is for you.

 

Technology Short Take #78
Welcome to Technology Short Take #78! Here’s another collection of links and articles from around the Internet discussing various data center-focused technologies. Networking The rise of the disaggregated network operating system (NOS) marches on: this time, it’s Big Switch Networks announcing ex...

 

Kubernetes on vSphere with kubernetes-anywhere
I already described how you can get started with Kubernetes natively on vSphere using the kube-up/kube-down mechanism. This was pretty straight-forward, but not ideal as it was not very reliable or easy to follow. Since writing that piece, Kubernetes have moved on to a new deployment mechanism ca...

 

Happy Birthday VxRail! What a “year one”!
It’s official, VxRail is the most bad-a$$ 1 year old I’ve ever seen. Yup – 1 year ago, VxRail was born. It’s a long origin story (which you can read here ) – but honestly, I always knew that customers would love a highly integrated, highly focused VMware-biased HCI Appliance. This is how I visual...

 

VMware powered Enterprise Hybrid Cloud just got 3x easier, and 3x smaller, 5x lower entry point… and now runs on VxRail.
First – I want to repeat the headline, because a headline this good shouldn’t be buried: Today, a turnkey Enterprise Hybrid Cloud got 3x easier, 3x smaller, and has an entry price point 5x lower. This makes the number of customers for which it’s an interesting option for 10x more customers – doub...

 

Fixing Double Sublime Text Icons on Fedora 25
In my previous post on how to install Sublime Text 3 (ST3) on Fedora 25 , I mentioned that I have observed instances where launching ST3 via the subl command creates an additional icon in the Dash. While searching for a solution to an issue with LibreOffice icons, I found a fix for this problem. ...

 

Correlating OVS and Guest Domain Interfaces
I’ve written a fair amount about Open vSwitch (OVS) , including some articles on using it with KVM and Libvirt . One thing I haven’t discussed in such environments, though, is the potential challenge of mapping network interfaces in a guest domain to the corresponding OVS interface (for the purpo...

 

Update on Intel NUC 7th Gen (Kaby Lake) & ESXi 6.x
Intel just started shipping their i3 7th Gen (Kaby Lake) Intel NUCs and no surprise, Florian of virten.net has already gotten his hands on a unit for testing. The Intel NUCs is a very popular platform for running vSphere/vSAN-based home labs, especially for their price point and footprint. Last w...

 

Using the vSphere API in vCenter Server to collect ESXTOP & vscsiStats metrics
Back in 2013, I wrote two articles here and here on how to use the Service Manager API that was introduced in vSphere 5.1 to remotely collect ESXTOP and vscsiStats metrics. At the time, I was told that this API was only available when connecting directly to an ESXi host using the vSphere API. Thi...

 

Storage for containers with VMware? You got it!
Last week during a visit to VMware headquarters in Palo Alto, I had the opportunity to catch up with our engineering team who are responsible for developing storage solutions for Docker and Kubernetes running on vSphere. I have written about our Docker volume driver for vSphere and Kubernetes on ...

 

Free e-learning course - VMware Cloud Foundation Fundamentals
This eLearning course provides information about managing a software-defined data center using the VMware Cloud Foundation unified SDDC platform. The course explains how Cloud Foundation helps in managing the physical and virtual infrastructure, managing users, configuring and deploying service o...

 

VMware UEM 9.1.x Deploy and Configure
This is a Two Part Video Walk-through Series of VMware User Environment Manager (UEM) 9.1.x Watch this video series if you; Want to know how to configure VMware User Environment Manager (9.1.x) as a Proof of Concept environment.  Want to understand how to configure the pre-requisites (GPO & Share...

 

Exploring new VCSA VAMI API w/PowerCLI: Part 8
In Part 8, we are going to take a look how services are managed in a VCSA or PSC node which is provided by the vCenter Server Lifecycle Management system also referred to internally as vMon. You can interact with the vMon service using either the service-control utility which is only available vi...

 

A closer look at Rubrik Cloud Data Management v3.1
When I started to write this post, I looked back over my notes from previous conversations with the team at Rubrik and realized that my first conversation with them was almost 2 years ago. How time flies! I still remember meeting Rubrik at one of our VMware Partner Exchanges (PEX) in 2015 , and g...

 

NSX Application Rule Manager - Simplifying Microsegmentation
Demo of the Application Rule Manager functionality introduced in NSX 6.3.0 that, as stated on the release notes, simplifies the process of creating Security Groups and whitelisting firewall rules for existing applications.

 

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 apologize 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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VMware TAM Source 9,.06

Posted by nisserow Feb 23, 2017

FROM THE EDITORS VIRTUAL DESK
Hi everyone, this past week we saw the announcement of the VMware vExpert's for 2017. This is a very prestigious program, we use many of the vExperts blog's for the newsletter on a regular basis. For the full list and announcement go here.

 

On behalf of the VMware TAM Source Newsletter we send our congratulations to all of the 2017 vExperts and look forward to your continued contribution to this excellent program.

 

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TAM BLOG (Editor: Kelly Dare)
VMware Knowledge and Skills Assessment – Setting Your Customer Up For Success

I have been a TAM with VMware for a little over a year now. During this time, I have been working closely with my customers on some large-scale deployments of VMware’s EUC products. These projects have high visibility within my customer’s organization, affecting almost all end-user endpoints. My job as a VMware TAM is to make sure major projects like these have the desired business outcomes.

 

TAM WEBCASTS (Editor: Michelle Kaiser)

 

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NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM VMWARE
VMware Knowledge and Skills Assessment – Setting Your Customer Up For Success
At the 2015 Datacenter Conference, Gartner stated that the CIOs they surveyed ranked skills as the number one barrier to achieving their objectives. – CLEAR report By Heath Johnson I have been a TAM with VMware for a little over a year now. During this time, I have been working closely with my cu...

 

Big Data and Virtualization: A joint Cloudera and VMware Technical Talk
This technical talk was given at the VMworld conference events in the US and Europe in the past few months. In case you missed it when it occurred live, we thought we would give you a recording of it here. The joint talk (VIRT7709 at VMworld) was created and delivered jointly by members of techni...

 

Free eBook Shows How to Advance Your Career with HCI
Many organizations are turning to hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) as a smart alternative when architecting a modern data center due to its reduced management complexity, increased agility, and lower costs. But while moving to HCI can help ease the burden on IT professionals, it does bring al...

 

Save 20% off VCP Exams at Dell EMC World 2017
Making plans to attend Dell EMC World in Las Vegas this May? Include time to earn or renew your VMware Certified Professional (VCP) certification while you’re there. Start here to schedule your discounted VCP elective exam at the conference, then follow these steps: On the test center search scre...

 

VMware Experts Database Program 2016 Events
The VMware Experts Database Program The program started in 2013 and sponsored by the Cloud Platform Business Unit boasts completed six successful workshop events. The program, thus far has focused on gathering MS SQL Server and Oracle experts in either Palo Alto or Sofia Bulgaria (Cork Ireland an...

 

A Cloud Alliance Between VMware and AWS Takes Shape
This is a cross-promoted blog post, originally posted on the VMware Radius blog. View the original blog post here . Last October, when VMware unveiled a strategic partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS), many in the tech industry were surprised. The two companies, once spirited competitors, an...

 

Connecting Containers Directly to External Networks
This article comes from Hasan Mahmood, a staff engineer on the vSphere Integrated Containers team. With v Sphere Integrated Containers (VIC), containers can be connected to any existing vSphere network, allowing for services running on those containers to be exposed directly, and not through the ...

 

NSX-V 6.3: Cross-VC NSX Security Enhancements
NSX-V 6.2 introduced the Cross-NSX feature to allow for NSX logical networking and security across multiple vCenter domains. The ability to apply consistent networking and security across vCenter domains provides for mulitple use cases for Cross-VC NSX : workload mobility, resource pooling, multi...

 

iOS 10.3 & Android Wear 2.0 Top Mobile News
iOS 10.3 betas are now available. Before you sign up for the Apple Beta Software Program, you “beta” read these recommendations for VMware AirWatch customers. Find your getting started guide here. Introducing Android Wear 2.0. Google introduced Android Wear 2.0 this week. Features like a new, on-...

 

2017 Mobile & Tech Conferences for IT Coming Soon
Want to give your company a competitive advantage with a new tech strategy? Want to exchange ideas with technology pros in your industry? Here are 14 essential 2017 conferences for business and tech leaders in education, enterprises, financial services, government, healthcare and retail this wint...

 

[Podcast] VMware End-User Computing on Frontline Chatter
What’s next for VMware End-User Computing (EUC)? Pat Lee , vice president of product management for cloud apps and desktops at VMware, recently talked about this and much more on EUC podcast Frontline Chatter . “We’re always going to be improving and making constant changes each quarter to addres...

 

iOS 10.3 Betas Available
Recently, Apple released public betas of iOS 10.3, macOS Sierra 10.12.4 and tvOS 10.2. Available through the Apple Beta Software Program , each public beta comes with a built-in Feedback Assistant to provide feedback to Apple. VMware AirWatch is working to support the new features in iOS, macOS a...

 

Jump (JMP), Radio & a Pony: Your Journey to Modern Workspace Management
Much like our industry’s tech evolution toward the digital workspace, the world is on a journey to digital radio. In 2017, Norway will become the first country to begin the journey of turning off FM radio and going completely digital. There are many questions and concerns, but the destination is ...

 

The Next Horizon! Introducing Horizon 7.1, Horizon Apps & Horizon Cloud
If you took a look at desktop and application virtualization in the past and thought, “This is just too complex and costly to make the move,” now is the time to revisit your decision. Today, we are excited to announce new technologies and offerings that drive the cost and complexity out of gettin...

 

Here Comes … Horizon Cloud
Today, I’m excited to announce VMware’s Horizon Cloud service. This new cloud-scale offering enables organizations to deploy feature-rich virtual desktops and applications in the cloud, on-premises or in a combination of the two. Horizon Cloud uniquely allows customers to bring-your-own (BYO) inf...

 

VMware Horizon 7.1 & Horizon Apps: Raising the Bar for User Experience & Published Applications
VMware Horizon 7 is the premier platform for virtual desktops and applications, and we continually strive to make it even better. Today, we are excited to announce Horizon 7.1 . In this release, we innovated in two key areas to raise the bar in delivering a great user experience and change the ap...

 

EXTERNAL NEWS FROM 3RD PARTY BLOGGERS
How to forward other VCSA 6.5 logs to remote syslog server?
As mentioned in my previous article (which I strongly recommend you review before continuing further), the VCSA 6.5 no longer uses syslog-ng as the syslog client and it has been replaced with rsyslog. This means the instructions outlined in my old article here is no longer valid on forwarding log...

 

Another recovery from multiple failures in a vSAN stretched cluster
In a previous post related to multiple failures in a vSAN stretched cluster, we showed that if a failure caused the data components to be out of sync, the most recent copy of the data needs to recover before the object becomes accessible again. This is true even if there are a majority of objects...

 

SDS and HCI – Part 1: Start from the Start.
I’m not going to bury the lead: Software Defined Storage is ready for the majority of x86 workloads (by volume) as hyper-converged infrastructure or pooled storage. SANs are best suited for specific workloads that demand very high capacity or performance, or have complex data protection needs. Fo...

 

New Technical White Paper - Introducing the NSX-T Platform
This technical white paper is focused on VMware NSX-T architecture, components, and related capabilities. It also explains the technical advantages and benefits of the NSX-T architecture. This white paper is primarily for data center and cloud architects and engineers.  VMware NSX-T is designed t...

 

No suitable disk was found when upgrading to ESXi 6.5 on USB?
I got a question from my buddy Paudie O'Riordan this morning where he was noticing a strange issue while trying to upgrade his ESXi hosts from 6.0 to 6.5 (all on the VMware HCL). Like many of our customers, he runs ESXi on USB device and when he attempted to upgrade using ESXi Scripted Install (G...

 

What logs do I get when I enable syslog in VCSA 6.5?
The native remote syslog functionality in the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) for vSphere 6.5 introduces several new changes from vSphere 6.0. With some of the questions that I have been receiving on this topic, I figure it would be useful to take a closer look at some of the different behaviors ...

 

Understanding recovery from multiple failures in a vSAN stretched cluster
Sometime back I wrote an article that described what happens when an object deployed on a vSAN datastore has a policy of Number of Failures to Tolerate set to 1 (FTT=1), and multiple failures are introduced. For simplicity, lets label the three components that make up our object with FTT=1 as A, ...

 

Rubrik Announces Cloud Data Management 3.1
Every so often I take a break from rambling on about PowerShell and automation to share some fun Rubrik news. In my last Rubrik post , I showcased a combination of funding announcements and technical enhancements slated for the Firefly (3.0) release. Since then I’ve had the pleasure of working wi...

 

SAP and VMware NSX Micro Segmentation Example
This demo shows a NSX micro segmentation example for a 3-tier SAP system. The demo starts in vRealize Operations where the Blue Medora SAP Management Pack has been configured to monitor the SAP system. Data collection fails due to activation of the NSX firewall. The NSX configuration is shown and...

 

Exploring new VCSA VAMI API w/PowerCLI: Part 7
In the previous article (Part 6), we demonstrated how you can easily associate the list of VMDKs to their respective OS partitions within a VCSA or PSC node, which is useful when you need to increase the disk capacity for a specific OS partition. In Part 7, we are now going to drill down a bit fu...

 

Antivirus Considerations for VMware Horizon 7
One of the consequences of running antivirus software is that operating system performance can suffer. There is a balance between an acceptable level of security and an acceptable level of performance, and this varies from one environment to the next. This whitepaper discusses the use of antiviru...

 

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 apologize 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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VMware TAM Source 9.05

Posted by nisserow Feb 23, 2017

FROM THE EDITORS VIRTUAL DESK
Hi everyone, last week VMware held its annual Kick-Off event which I was privileged to attend as a VMware TAM with many of my colleagues. This was the opportunity for us to celebrate what was a fantastic 2016 and engage on our new solutions that we will be bringing to you in 2017 and beyond.

 

This week I would like to ask for your help to shape PowerCLI's future. The team has a blog post and poll here. Please take a look and let the team know your thoughts on this and be a part of deciding how the future of PowerCLI will look.

 

Looking for NSX resources? This week a fantastic book was released free as an "eBook - NSX Microsegmentation - Day1" get it here

 

I look forward to speaking to you again next week. In the meantime enjoy all of the goodness of this week's newsletter.

 

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NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM VMWARE
New Interface for On Demand Training
By Guest Author Chris Sullivan VMware Education Services is proud to announce the roll-out of a new content interface for our On Demand courses. Built to provide the simplest, most intuitive access, the new interface offers an entirely “flat” view of the modules, lessons, and course content. You ...

 

Learn about the new capabilities of vSphere HA
Among the new features in vSphere 6.5 , there are a set of significant enhancements to the venerable vSphere HA capability. I am excited to announce a new set of content aimed at helping you learn more about these new features. In particular, these resources go over Orchestrated Restart and HA Ad...

 

VCP7-DTM Exam Available for Registration
Due to the ongoing efforts of our extended certification team while many people were enjoying year-end vacations, today we released the VMware Certified Professional 7 – Desktop and Mobility (VCP7-DTM) certification exam. Earning your VCP7-DTM validates your skills and abilities installing, confi...

 

Updated Version of the Deployment Guide for Hadoop on VMware vSphere
The new Deployment Guide for Virtualizing Hadoop on VMware vSphere describes the technical choices for running Hadoop and Spark-based applications in virtual machines on vSphere. Innovative technologies and design approaches are appearing very regularly in the big data market; the pace of innovat...

 

2nd Exam Option Available for VCP6-NV Certification
I am pleased to release the latest exam for VCP6-NV based on VMware NSX v6.2 . This new exam (#2V0-642) gives you a second option for earning your VMware Certified Professional 6 – Network Virtualization certification. Thank you to all of the exam developers, item writers, and beta exam tester wh...

 

SQLPass SQL Server user group DBTA vSphere usage survey
This blog follows (and uses some of the same text) the earlier blog entry which reported on the 2016 IOUG survey. The CPBU user group survey program was started in 2014 with the intention of collecting pertinent and accurate information pertaining to the actual usage of vSphere for both critical ...

 

vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 Migration Walkthrough
vCenter Server migrations have typically taken massive planning, a lot of effort, and time. The new Migration Tool included in the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 6.5 is a game changer. No longer requiring scripts and many long nights of moving hosts one cluster at a time. The Migration Tool does...

 

Over 20 Videos Have Arrived in the VMware Learning Zone!
The VMware Learning Zone has rung in the new year with tons of new video trainings taught by our top VMware experts. These include but aren’t limited to the vAdmin Primer Series as well as vSphere Troubleshooting Concepts. They are all available for Premium and Standard subscribers to the VMware ...

 

Save on Training in ASEAN and Australia/New Zealand
Now through 5 May you have two ways to save on training courses: Australia & New Zealand Save 15% on VMware Design and Deploy Courses Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam Save 10% on our Advanced vSphere Classes The post Save on Training in ASEAN and Australia/New Zealan...

 

Supporting Always On Availability Groups (SQL Server) with App Volumes
By Mark Ma With the recent release of App Volumes 2.12, we officially support Microsoft SQL Server Always On Availability Groups. SQL Always On Availability Groups is a great way to provide high availability and disaster recovery because live copies of your databases reside on secondary servers. ...

 

Architecting the Digital Workspace for Service Providers with Horizon 7
I recently published a white paper aimed at service providers offering VMware Horizon 7 for tenants adopting the digital workspace. Horizon 7 is a single-tenanted VDI and application platform, allowing IT administrators to manage not only desktop pools, but application delivery to their end-users...

 

Introducing VMware NSX for vSphere 6.3 & VMware NSX-T 1.1
This past week at VMware has been quite exciting! Pat Gelsinger, VMware CEO, reported on the Q4 2016 earnings call that VMware NSX has more than 2,400 customers exiting 2016. Today, we continue that momentum by announcing new releases of our two different VMware NSX platforms – VMware NSX™ for vS...

 

NSX Growth and Success in 2016
Last week VMware hosted its Q4 2016 earnings call and shared financial results . VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger and the executive team have frequently highlighted VMware NSX growth and success on these calls. For Q4, NSX license bookings grew over 50 percent year-over-year. Annualizing our Q4 total boo...

 

VMware vRealize Operations for Horizon and Published Applications 6.4, Part 3: New Application-Crash Alerts for Desktop Applications and New Dashbo...
Introduction This blog post addresses two new features of VMware vRealize Operations for Horizon and Published Applications 6.4 . The first is application-crash alerts for desktop applications. The second is a dashboard for root-cause analysis. Part 1 of the blog-post series described what is new...

 

10 Best Win 10 Features, AirWatch Update & More Top Mobile News
10 for 10 with Windows 10. (Say that five times fast.) CNET this week updated its “10 Best Features Coming to Windows 10” list. In anticipation of the Creators Update, reporter Matt Elliott ranks a smarter settings layout—particularly simplifying the pairing of new devices—at the top of his list....

 

Inside the Mind of a UX Designer
Quite often, people think of user experience (UX) simply in terms of the end product, (i.e., the page layout, the buttons, the labels, etc.—essentially, the elements you see onscreen). However, as UX designers, we often view our role in the UX process similar to that of a building architect. Much...

 

[Whitepaper] Unified Endpoint Management—You’re Already Behind
First came mobile device management (MDM), a way for companies to remotely configure and control mobile devices to provide employees with basic resources for work. Then, enterprise mobility management (EMM) evolved in response to the demand for increased access to corporate data and business-crit...

 

Top 10 Reasons to Join EUC Insights 2017 on Feb. 15
With digital workspaces, new possibilities for productivity, security and enablement help businesses transform like never before. With technology innovations and product updates moving faster than ever, it’s easy to get left behind. That’s why there’s no better time than now to join our EUC Insig...

 

VMware vRealize Operations for Horizon and Published Applications 6.4, Part 2: New Support for Monitoring VMware App Volumes, View in VMware Horizo...
Introduction This blog post introduces new support for monitoring VMware App Volumes , View in VMware Horizon 7 , and VMware Access Point . The first blog in this series introduced what is new in VMware vRealize Operations for Horizon and Published Applications 6.4 . Part 3 discusses new applicat...

 

Highlighting Customer Success with VMware App Volumes
What do LCMC Health , BDP International , ANZ Bank and Maastricht University all have in common? They all turned to VMware App Volumes to take the complexity out of application delivery and lifecycle management in VDI and published applications environments. These organizations transformed the wa...

 

AirWatch Product Update: Simplifying App Management for IT Admins
In November, we announced general availability of the VMware AirWatch 9.0 release. This exciting release delivered major AirWatch product updates , including streamlined setup and configuration across multiple console modules. We constantly look at how we can build automated workflows and system ...

 

EXTERNAL NEWS FROM 3RD PARTY BLOGGERS
Technology Short Take #77
Welcome to Technology Short Take #77. I’ve got a new collection of links and articles from around the Web on various data center-focused technologies. Networking Mark Brookfield takes a moment to remind everyone that you shouldn’t use the (deprecated) C# vSphere Client to manage NSX environments....

 

Exploring new VCSA VAMI API w/PowerCLI: Part 6
In Part 6, we will take a look at how we can use the new VAMI APIs to easily associate the underlying VMDKs to their respective OS disk partitions for a VCSA or PSC node. In addition, the workflow of increasing the disk capacity for a specific partition has also been simplified further with the n...

 

Free e-book - VMware NSX Micro-segmentation Day 1
VMware NSX Micro-segmentation – Day 1 o ffers guidance to security architects and practitioners planning to implement NSX for additional security and visibility through micro-segmentation. VMware NSX Micro-segmentation – Day 1 provides the information needed to plan a security strategy around mic...

 

How to purge all logs in vRealize Log Insight?
I had just deployed a new vRealize Log Insight (vRLI) 4.0 instance in my home lab environment to investigate a behavior that I was seeing with another product, non-vRLI related. Due to the nature of the work, I needed to have a pristine vRLI environment each time to study the results. I had alrea...

 

Exploring new VCSA VAMI API w/PowerCLI: Part 5
In Part 5, we are now going to have a look at networking section of the VAMI UI. VAMI UI Area of Focus In the Networking tab, under the "Manage" sub-tab, you can find details about the system Hostname (PNID), DNS servers as well as the configurations for each network interface (in the case of a V...

 

Exploring new VCSA VAMI API w/PowerCLI: Part 4
In Part 4, we are now going to shift our attention to a very important topic which often gets overlooked and is also usually one of the culprits for many infrastructure issues. What am I referring to? Time Synchronization! You would not believe the number of times that I hear about an issue (not ...

 

Looking Ahead: My 2017 Projects
For the last few years, I’ve been sharing my list of projects for each year (here’s the list for 2012 , the list for 2013 , 2015’s list , and last year’s list —I didn’t do a list for 2014). Toward the end of each year, I also publish a “report card” assessing my performance against that year’s li...

 

Altaro VM Backup V7 Released
Download the 30-day trial: http://www.altaro.com/vm-backup/download.php Product Info: http://www.altaro.com/vm-backup/ Hi there, and thanks for reading this blog post about Altaro VM Backup. I was asked by the guys at Altaro to take a look at their latest release. I said yes, and I also managed t...

 

Review: Dell Latitude E7370
As part of my Linux migration (see my initial progress report ), late this past week I started setting up my first non-Apple laptop since 2003. In this post, I’d like to share my thoughts on my new laptop, a Dell Latitude E7370. First, let’s get the specs—the “speeds and feeds”—out of the way: In...

 

vSAN Whiteboard
Learn more about VMware vSAN in this White Board video.

 

The vSAN Deepdive
Learn more about vSAN's value propositions, use cases and customers in this great educational video.

 

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 apologize 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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VMware TAM Source 9.04

Posted by nisserow Feb 5, 2017



FROM THE EDITORS VIRTUAL DESK
Hi everyone, well January 2017 is already completed and I hope your beginning to 2017 has been as productive as mine. This week we have a new TAM Blog to present to you. The VMware TAM Blog is our VMware TAM exclusive blog dedicated to providing information and services that are most useful for our TAM customers. We provide a new post regularly that fall within these guidelines. Many of the blog posts come directly from our TAMs in the field based on what they have encountered with their customer in the field and are therefore based on real life experience. You can find the TAM blog at blogs/vmware.com/tam and it will always be featured in our newsletter.

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Neil Isserow | VMware TAM

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Quick Guide – Best Practices for Uploading Your Logs to VMware Support
By Philip Bardaville
When you have a problem that needs immediate attention, successful uploads of logs from your system are the best way to a speedy resolution. I’ve laid out, below, some best practices that you will find useful.

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NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM VMWARE
Big Data and HPC section added to VMware BCA Homepage
The Business Critical Applications (BCA) Homepage now has 8 sections each focused on a specific area of applications and relational database management systems discipline. The newest section to be added to the broader BCA space is “Big Data and
High Performance Computing Solutions”. Although both...

Quick Guide – Best Practices for Uploading Your Logs to VMware Support
By Philip Bardaville When you have a problem that needs immediate attention, successful uploads of logs from your system are the best way to a speedy resolution. I’ve laid out, below, some best practices that you will find useful. Firstly, be proactive. Always open a support ticket immediately wi...

Getting Your Team Ready for Network Virtualization
Network virtualization with VMware NSX can bring enormous benefits to your organization: stronger security, a bridge to the hybrid cloud, support for your future vision for SDDC. One way to smooth the adoption process is by considering how people,
processes and technologies will interact with the...

Volume Support with vSphere Integrated Containers
This post comes from Matthew Avery, a member of the vSphere Integrated Containers engineering team. I am excited to discuss volume support with vSphere Integrated Containers and its differences from standard Docker deployments. The important difference to note between VIC and Docker is that VIC l...

Prescient or Not: 2016 IT Predictions
By Bask Iyer, CIO, VMware and Dell In the spirit of Moore’s law,
average isn’t good enough. And I’d give myself a solid C – an average grade for what came of my 2016 predictions. Basically, we’ve got some work to do. While I don’t think any of my past predictions were wrong, we definitely haven’t...

vSphere 6.5 Security Product Walkthroughs
Are you aware of the VMware Product Walkthrough site? If not, you’re missing out on some really great content. A product walkthrough is a guided “tour” of many of VMware’s products. They are helpful when you want to do a dry run of a task, like encrypting a VM for example, so that you can become ...

New vCenter Server Appliance Deployment Walkthroughs
vSphere 6.5 takes the VCSA deployment experience to the next level. The VCSA 6.5 installer no longer requires a plugin, making it browser agnostic. If that wasn’t enough, the VCSA installer now supports use on
macOS, Linux, and Window. The VMware Feature Walkthrough site has two new VCSA 6.5 depl...

New KB articles published for week ending 01/21/17
VMware App Volumes Reprovisioning fails with AppStacks set to
computer based assignments (2147910) Date Published: 1/17/2017 VMware ESXi vSphere 6.0 HA does not reset Virtual Machine when VMware tools are not in running state (2146528) Date Published: 1/16/2017 Uninstalling VMware tools in window...

Hybrid Container Management for vCloud Director with Photon OS and Admiral
Running Photon OS and Admiral in a vCloud Air Network Environment Overview VMware’s container story is growing and maturing every day. Many and their customers are looking to see how VMware’s container strategy maps to vCloud Air Network providers. This is the first in a series of blog posts to h...

The Last Mile – Helping Accelerate NSX Adoption through Solution Providers
VMware NSX is a network virtualization platform with use cases encompassing
security , automation and application continuity . This allows the solution to address the needs of the business today as well as in the future, as new projects and use cases are explored. The VMware Networking and Securi...

Data Privacy, IoT & AI Top of IT’s Mind in This Week’s Mobile News
Can you see my personal data? Tomorrow is Data Privacy Day, but with stricter regulations to meet, data privacy is on IT’s mind 365 days out of the year. Privacy-first, modern management helps IT answer end users, “We couldn’t see it even if we wanted to.” Read how privacy is built into VMware Ai...

Data Privacy in 2017: From Project to Priority
I remember the first time my personal data was hacked. Back in 2006, I received a startling letter saying my bank info may have been involved in a data breach. The bank kindly offered one free year of credit monitoring for my troubles. Nowadays, this story sounds archaic, more like my grandpa’s y...

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Upstate , with campuses in Spartanburg and Greenville, a lot of students take a non-traditional path to college, combining higher ed with work, family and Real Life 101. To increase availability of University resources for online and on-demand education, USC Up...

[Video] Here’s What Enterprise Mobility Looks Like at United Bank
“Imagine a mobile device: It’s like an empty container that you can do anything with. It’s like a computer that you buy at the store.” That’s how Willem Bagchus approaches enterprise mobility for United
Bank .Indeed, mobile devices become whatever the Bank needs—from an executive’s secure, mobil...

Automating VMware Horizon 7 with VMware PowerCLI 6.5
With VMware PowerCLI 6.5 Release 1, the automation of VMware Horizon 7 matures and we get integrated PowerShell support for the View component of Horizon 7 built into VMware PowerCLI. We have a proper Horizon 7 module that is distributed and ships with the core VMware PowerCLI installation. For i...

[Video] Make Legacy Application Access Simple with VMware & F5
Your end users leverage consumer apps every day that
deliver just what they want, just when they need it. These consumer apps and app delivery platforms—the App Store, Google Play—have raised expectations for users: all important apps should be available anywhere. For your IT organization, this p...

EXTERNAL BLOG POSTS (3rd party)
VMware vSphere 6.5 Product Walkthrough - Migration Assistant
The VMware Migration Assistant facilitates the migration of the Windows vCenter server configuration, performance
statistics and database to the vCenter Server Appliance 6.5. In this walkthrough, you can see the two-stage process that is involved when switching and upgrading from a Windows based ...

The continued rise of HCI, and especially vSAN
This morning, twitter is alive with VMware’s Q4 2016
results . In a nutshell, its been a phenomenal quarter. Of course, the first thing I wanted to check out was how vSAN did. “Outstanding” is the word. At VMworld 2016 in Barcelona, we were somewhere around 5,500 vSAN customers. Today, that numbe...

Reviewer's Guide for View in Horizon 7: Smart Policies
The Reviewer’s Guide for View in VMware Horizon 7: Smart Policies is one of a series of guides to help you evaluate the View component of Horizon 7. This guide provides exercises to demonstrate the process of creating Horizon Smart Policies and applying them based on conditions such as user group...

Lucky 7k, go vSAN!
Advertise here with BSA VMware announced the Q4 earnings last night, one of the things I was most interested
about was how vSAN did in Q4. Here is what was announced yesterday, for those interested in more detail check the full earnings call . (Hint, it isn’t just vSAN doing well.) We’ve reached ...

Exploring new VCSA VAMI API w/PowerCLI: Part 3
In Part 3, we are going to look at auditing the different ways you can access the VCSA which includes direct console access (TTY1), Direct-Console UI (TTY2), whether the Bash Shell is enabled and remote SSH access. This is especially useful if you need to ensure certain interfaces like SSH is
alw...

What's new in vSphere 6.5 Host Profiles
Eric Gray walks you through what's new in vSphere 6.5 Host Profiles.

Technical Demo - Deploying, Configuring, Backup and Restoring VCSA 6.5
In this demo, Tim Sandy shows you how to deployed the new vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 6.5. He also shows you how to get started after you download the ISO file and all the way through successfully having the VCSA 6.5 deployed and running. Be sure to watch the next enablement video (Technical ...

What's new in vSphere 6.5 Auto Deploy
Eric Gray discusses what's new in vSphere 6.5 Auto Deploy

Exploring new VCSA VAMI API w/PowerCLI: Part 2
In Part 2 of this series, we take a look at how to monitor the health of your vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) by retrieving some of the health metrics that are exposed by the Virtual Appliance Management Interface (VAMI). VAMI UI Area of Focus Regardless if you have an Embedded VCSA, External PSC...

New Technical White Paper - Workspace
ONE Enterprise Edition Reference Architecture
This white paper is a reference architecture for VMware Workspace
ONE Enterprise Edition. It covers the integration of key components of a Workspace ONE implementation—VMware AirWatch, VMware Identity Manager, VMware Horizon 7, and the Workspace ONE mobile apps. The paper discusses high-level des...

XenDesktop/XenApp 7.12 MCS works with vSAN
Advertise here with BSA This is something that has kept me busy for a while. For the past 2
years there were some challenges with regards to the use of MCS and XenDesktop/XenApp in combination with vSAN. In fact, Citrix never supported vSAN and MCS, and it actually did not work either. PVS worked...

Grab Windows Management Framework 5.1 and PowerShell 5.1 For Great Justice!
A while back I shared the release of Windows Management Framework 5.0 for those looking to get their hands on PowerShell 5.0. I felt this was important because of all the snazzy improvements and new features, including access to the PowerShell Gallery. Thus, I have more good news – Microsoft has ...

Copying files from a USB (FAT32 or NTFS) device to ESXi
It is not uncommon, especially in troubleshooting scenarios where you might find yourself needing to transfer files to or from an ESXi host using a USB device as it may not be reachable on the network. Another common case for directly attaching a USB device to an ESXi host is to transfer a large ...

vRealize Automation SPBM Integration Solution v2.1.0 is out
Last week I wrote about the new vSAN management pack for vRealize
Operations . This week sees another nice new storage feature/solution released. This time it is a solution to integrate vRealize Automation and Storage Policy Based Management (SPBM). For those of you who saw the VMworld 2016 keyno...

Two
host stretched vSAN cluster with Standard license?
Advertise here with BSA I was asked today if it was possible to create a 2 host stretched cluster using a vSAN Standard license or a ROBO Standard license. First of all, from a licensing point of
view the EULA states you are allowed to do this with a Standard license: A Cluster containing exactly...

Exploring new VCSA VAMI API w/PowerCLI: Part 1
One of the
most most exciting developments in vSphere 6.5 with respect to Automation is the introduction of several new REST APIs included in the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA). In addition to covering some of the existing capabilities like vSphere Content Library and Tagging, customers will now...

Early Release eBook - Network Programmability and Automation Skills for the Next-Generation Network Engineer
With Early Release ebooks, you get books in their earliest form—the author's raw and unedited content as he or she writes—so you can take advantage of these technologies long before the official release of these titles. You'll also receive updates when significant changes are made, new chapters a...

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