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Posted by nisserow Aug 15, 2015


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FROM THE EDITORS VIRTUAL DESK

Hi everyone, welcome to the latest VMware TAM newsletter. Each week we try and bring you the latest goings on from around the world of VMware. As we head closer to VMworld in both the USA and Europe we will bring you the latest new each week. This week there is a really good article I wanted to feature below:

 

Top 5 “Must Dos” to get the most out of VMworld 2015
There is a LOT going on at VMworld 2015. And if you don’t take a few minutes to plan ahead of time, you could miss some really cool stuff. As someone who’s been going to events like this for years, here are a few things I always suggest:

 

1) Learn how to use the Schedule Builder. The schedule builder allows you to create a personalized schedule at VMworld by pre-enrolling in conference sessions you choose. But, you’re not just limited to scheduling conference sessions. You can also add any other events you’ve got going on – lunch meetings, your certification exam time, parties – as Personal Time (see item 16 in the User Guide). And then you can export it all to your calendar to keep you on track.

 

2) Take time to wander around the Solutions Exchange. There is a ton of activity going on here that you may miss out on if you just head straight for the free beer and food during the Hall Crawls. Lots of vendor have theaters built right into their booth giving useful presentations (not just sales pitches). You can check out demos, get advice from the subject experts, and more.

 

3) Expand your network. VMworld is a huge networking opportunity – make the most of it. Checking email is important, but your time waiting between conference sessions and while in line for the next hotel shuttle could be better spent talking to the people around you. And don’t forget that between quick drinks on the way to dinner to full blown parties thrown by various sponsors, a lot of the networking at VMworld takes place after 5pm.

 

4) Check out the lounges in Moscone West. From the VMware Users Group (VMUG) to the VMware Certification program, lots of groups have lounge spaces that are open to the public at VMworld. You can stop in and learn about their latest offerings, pick up some free swag, charge your phone, and more.

 

5) Get your hands on the latest tech. The Hands-on Labs at VMworld is one of the most popular areas. You get special access to the latest VMware technologies for no charge. You can use the systems they provide, or bring your own device and experiment all you like.

 

I have also added the KB articles back however please note that these are always going to be last weeks as I do not get the latest ones when I put out the newsletter.

 

Virtually Yours

Neil Isserow

 

VMWORLD USA AND EUROPE NEWS

TAM Events in Barcelona

TAM DAY: Monday , October 12, 2015
•        TAM Day is a one-day invitation-only customer event that includes a blend of business and technical sessions to address top IT and business challenges.
•        Participating customers will interact directly with VMware experts and leaders, with the opportunity to gain insight into VMware best practices, planning, and strategies.
•        Speakers this year will include:
•        Opening Keynote from Joe Baguley, CTO
•        Business and Technology session from  Kit Colbert, Sajai Krishnan and Dor Zaki along with others
•        Closing keynote Carl Eschebach, President and COO


TAM Customer Central: Tuesday, October 13 – Thursday, October 15, 2015
•        This exclusive TAM Customer-only area is a smaller, more intimate area to network with VMware experts and other TAM customers.
•        Participating customers will be able to participate in interactive deep dive roundtables, as well as gain access to inside information not available elsewhere

Find out more at the TAM DAY Socialcast page:
https://vmware-com.socialcast.com/groups/98179-tamdayeurope

 

EWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM VMWARE

GENERAL NEWS

 

Big Data Virtualization: Talks and Related Events at VMworld 2015

 

Here is a list of the Big Data technical talks and events at VMworld 2015 for your conference planning. The big data team at VMware will be delighted to see you at some or all of these events during the conference coming soon. Please register for these through the schedule builder on the VMworld ...

Aug 8, 2015 4:46:31 PM

 

The vSphere 6.0 Learning Path at VMworld

 

VMworld US is only 3 weeks away, and by now you are probably going through the Content Catalog and using Schedule Builder to create your own personal agenda. Since vSphere is still a very popular topic among our customers, particularly with the release of vSphere 6.0 earlier this year, I decided ...

Aug 7, 2015 11:55:25 PM

 

Support for Web Client issues in vSphere 6, ESX/ESXi host hardware compatibility, SSL certificate and more from Global Support Services!

 

Each month, we share the top VMware Global Support Services (GSS) news, alerts, and announcements from our sister blog, VMware Support Insider . Read on to find out what you might have missed. Web Client issues in vSphere 6 Recently upgraded to the latest version of our vSphere Web Client? Troubl...

Aug 7, 2015 3:00:20 PM

 

Recommended vSphere-focused Security Sessions at VMworld 2015

 

Hi everyone, Here’s a quick blog post for you as you’re going through the VMworld Schedule Builder for VMworld 2015. Below is a list of security sessions that are primarily focused on vSphere Security. The NSX guys have a whole other laundry list of awesome sessions but for now, we’re going to fo...

Aug 6, 2015 5:40:32 PM

 

Establish Your IT Business Management Office (ITBMO) To Run IT Like a Business

 

By Khalid Hakim We hear a lot about (and maybe have interacted with) Project Management Offices (PMOs), and possibly about Service Management Offices (SMOs), but IT Business Management Office (ITBMO) sounds like a new buzz word in today’s modern IT business taxonomy. PMOs typically focus on the m...

Aug 6, 2015 4:04:41 PM

 

Deep Strategic Insights: TAM Customer Maturity Assessment

 

By Craig Stanley @benchmarkguru The Customer Maturity Assessment (CMA) is a core deliverable of the Technical Account Manager (TAM) service and is conducted at least once annually. How Effectively is IT Supporting Your Top Business Priorities? The CMA helps you identify the gaps between top IT in...

Aug 5, 2015 4:00:03 PM

 

Don't Miss Out on VMware Education & Certification Theater Sessions at VMworld

 

VMworld 2015 US is a mere few weeks away! Now is the time to start thinking about which sessions and activities to attend. Not only do we have some amazing VMworld Education Breakout Sessions planned, we also have Theater Sessions planned in the VMworld Education and Certification Lounge (Located...

Aug 5, 2015 3:00:52 PM

 

New Activity in App Standards

 

There has been a lot of activity on improved app management standards lately. And it has been happening on several fronts, all at the same time. Many years ago I co-authored a book, which is no longer in print, called the Foundations of Application Management , published by John Wiley and Sons. I...

Aug 5, 2015 2:58:33 PM

 

Government Demands Met Faster with vCloud Air

 

This post was originally published on The Bridge. The U.S. government has always had a lot of data to work with; indeed, it had big data long before there was a term for it, and is now well into the depths of extreme data. For decades, the government has struggled with storing, retrieving, and an...

Aug 4, 2015 4:22:18 PM

 

Spicing up Data Lifecycle Management with Hybrid Cloud Storage Recipes

 

As enterprises grapple with exponential data growth, they are looking for new models to efficiently store, analyze, and archive data. Software-defined storage (SDS), as well as the hybrid cloud model, is shifting wasteful “just-in-case” provisioning into seamless “just-in-time” provisioning and s...

Aug 4, 2015 3:30:30 PM

 

Top 20 Articles for July 2015

 

Here is our Top 20 KB list for July 2015. This list is ranked by the number of times a VMware Support Request was resolved by following the steps in a published Knowledge Base article. Installing Windows in a virtual machine using VMware Fusion Easy Install (1011677) Installing VMware Tools in a ...

Aug 4, 2015 1:48:03 PM

 

VMware CEO at IIT Alumni Global Leadership Conference

 

Last month, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger joined some of the brightest minds from across professions and disciplines for the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT)'s Global Leadership Conference in Santa Clara, Calif. Since 2003, the IIT Aalumni Global Leadership Conferences have been organized by volu...

Aug 3, 2015 8:09:27 PM

 

VCA and VCP Retirements Coming in September, November

 

With the release of the new VMware Certified Associate 6 (VCA6) and VMware Certified Professional 6 (VCP6) exams and certifications, we are announcing the retirement of several older exams and certifications in the coming months. September 30, 2015 Retirements VCAC510: VMware Certified Associate ...

Aug 3, 2015 4:42:23 PM

 

VMworld 2015 US Sneak Peek: Successful Virtual SAN Evaluation/Proof-Of-Concepts

 

By Julienne Pham This is the first in a series of previews of our VMware Professional Services speaking sessions at VMworld 2015 US starting August 30 th in San Francisco. Our Technical Architects will present “deep-dive” sessions in their areas of expertise. Read these previews, register early a...

Aug 7, 2015 9:57:28 PM

 

Stay Ahead of Your Storage Needs with VMware vRealize Operations

 

By: Bekah Suttner, Blue Medora A common error in today's data landscape is the over-utilization of resources. Storage systems are pushed to the limits of performance, and end users have become frustrated by a lack of productivity caused by slow storage. Using the analytics processes in VMware vRe...

Aug 7, 2015 4:09:04 PM

 

VMworld 2015 Networking and Security Sessions – Part II

 

Earlier this week we outlined #VMworld sessions on networking and security that are appropriate for attendees who are just starting down the path to virtualizing their networks with NSX. The beauty of having a solution that has been shipping for nearly two years to more than 700 customers is that...

Aug 7, 2015 12:00:18 PM

 

VMworld 2015 Forecast: Bright with a Chance of (Hybrid) Clouds

 

Summer is halfway over but here at VMware the fun is just getting started. That’s because the vCloud Air team is gearing up for VMworld 2015 and just like our theme this year, we’re “Ready for Any.” As always, VMworld 2015 will be packed with enough deep dives and inspirational highlights to give...

Aug 6, 2015 4:00:22 PM

 

VMworld 2015 Networking and Security Sessions - Part I

 

At VMworld 2014 we focused on the basics of network virtualization. What VMware NSX is, what it does, and how network virtualization would change datacenter networking. We shared the many benefits of virtualizing networks and you caught on. Just one year later, network virtualization is going mai...

Aug 5, 2015 12:00:47 PM

 

Achieve Intelligent Operations with Real-time Data Analysis

 

By Jennifer Chapski Today’s IT organizations must strike a difficult balance between change and control. On the one hand, customers depend on IT to provide the speed and agility necessary to deliver a wide range of applications and services. On the other hand, it is critical that IT maintain secu...

Aug 5, 2015 10:01:36 AM

 

vCloud vTech Talk: Home Lab without the Hassle

 

With VMware vCloud® Air™, lab testing has never been easier. Let’s turn to another episode of vCloud Tech Talk to find out why. In this episode of vCloud vTech Talk, our series highlighting tips, tricks and resources for all thing vCloud Air, Jenny Fong, Marketing Manager for vCloud Air, discusse...

Aug 4, 2015 4:00:12 PM

 

Our vCloud Air Caption Contest is Back! Win a Drone by Making Scott Adams Chuckle

 

If there’s something to be said about dry office humor, Dilbert has said it. But what about dry public cloud humor? (Like what? A light fog? Ba-dum-tish.) Last year we asked Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert, to draw us a strip. It was a simple strip, but something was missing: your voice. So we ra...

Aug 4, 2015 4:00:11 PM

 

The Top Five Use Cases for Adding Existing Machines to Your Cloud

 

by Rich Bourdeau Cloud Management Automation – It’s Not Just for New Services Many people assume that deploying a private or hybrid cloud means a “greenfield project” where you only have to deploy and manage NEW Infrastructure, applications or other IT services. But what about you’re existing ins...

Aug 4, 2015 9:26:05 AM

 

VMworld 2015 - Start Planning your Cloud Automation Sessions Now

 

by Rich Bourdeau Don’t miss out on the cloud automation sessions you want to attend. I put together a list of the important, must-see, cloud automation sessions that you will not want to miss. I’ve organized them by day and time, because you are going to need to make some tough decisions. The goo...

Aug 3, 2015 10:53:51 AM

 

VMworld 2015 - Gets your Hands on our Cloud Automation Software

 

by Rich Bourdeau You are coming to VMworld so that you can learn about new software defined services, end user computing and management solutions from VMware. There are over 500 sessions you can attend, but don’t miss the opportunity to get your hands on our products. Remember the old Chinese pro...

Aug 3, 2015 9:58:43 AM

DESKTOP

 

Top 5 lessons for mobility beginners

 

Written by External Contributor Israel Perez-Siam, Mobility & Interoperability Manager, VITAS I’ve always wanted to help companies implement and embrace mobility, however, I never had the chance to do so. I wish that I had someone to inform me that mobility was much more than a carrier and a devi...

Aug 6, 2015 1:00:15 PM

 

AirWatch expands OS support for iBeacons, Tizen and Samsung KNOX in latest AirWatch 8.1 release

 

Today, AirWatch released AirWatch 8.1, the latest edition of the enterprise mobility management platform. The new release encompasses support for newly announced OSes and devices. It also concentrates on features that make the user experience more fluid and intuitive. In effort to continue compre...

Aug 5, 2015 6:04:55 PM

 

Case Study: Socialcast gives students, professors, and professionals the right tools for solving real-world design challenges

 

Washington State University (WSU) is a nationally recognized research university providing world-class education to more than 26,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students enrolled in ten different colleges. As part of their Senior Design Curriculum, students from WSU’s School of Elec...

Aug 5, 2015 2:00:19 PM

 

Getting To Know the Mirage Tools

 

By Stephane Asselin, Senior End-User-Computing Architect, VMware With significant contributions from Yaniv Weinberg, Research and Development Manager, Mirage Product Engineering, VMware We know that the VMware Mirage product handles image management and application deployment to physical endpoint...

Aug 4, 2015 10:26:55 PM

 

Registration for AirWatch Connect Global Tour 2015 is now open

 

The AirWatch Connect Global Tour 2015 is now live and features stops in nine cities across four continents. The event gives mobile enthusiasts from all over the world the chance to connect on the latest trends in mobile innovation by attending an event in Atlanta, Sydney, London, Singapore, Stock...

Aug 4, 2015 1:15:27 PM

 

Socialcast unveils Chat for secure instant messaging and collaboration

 

Last week, Socialcast released its latest feature, Socialcast Chat, providing users with a reliable and secure instant messaging tool. The new Socialcast Chat is updated to deliver a more lightweight and responsive chat tool that customers can use daily for business communication. Socialcast Chat...

Aug 3, 2015 8:39:51 PM

 

Socialcast unveils Chat for secure instant messaging and collaboration

 

By: Ashlea Cartee Last week, Socialcast released its latest feature, Socialcast Chat, providing users with a reliable and secure instant messaging tool. The new Socialcast Chat is updated to deliver a more lightweight and responsive chat tool that customers can use daily for business communicatio...

Aug 3, 2015 8:24:20 PM

 

PARTNER

 

Syndicate VMware's VOA on Your Website

 

Read the blog to learn how to leverage Web Content Syndication on the Partner Demand Center and close deals faster. Your customers will be able to request a vSphere Optimization Assessment on your website, get the eval software, and access the product-generated reports - all with your assistance....

Aug 7, 2015 7:39:07 PM

 

Quarterly Partner Briefing - Exclusive Launch Updates

 

Save the date for the VMware Quarterly Partner Briefing portal launching August 17, 2015 with exciting new announcements and resources. This is the forum for us to share exclusive launch updates and information such as: short sales and technical overview videos, launch Playbooks, access to face-t...

Aug 6, 2015 4:44:56 PM

 

Become a VOA Sales Expert

 

Our brand new VOA sales and technical sales badges teach you how to promote and successfully run a vSphere Optimization Assessment (VOA) with your customers. And even better: Pass the test and show YOUR expertise with the VOA Badge - just like the VOA shows your customer the value they get from V...

Aug 5, 2015 11:57:12 PM

 

ISVs and Service Providers Join Together To Help Customers Take Advantage of Cloud Services at Partner Exchange @ VMworld 2015

 

Bringing it All Together— As we continue to invest in our Service Provider and our ISV community, we're offering a targeted keynote and breakout sessions designed to help accelerate your business in the new cloud era and focus on enabling you to go-to-market with a SaaS model. We will also take a...

Aug 5, 2015 6:12:44 PM

 

VMware Virtual SAN Assessment is Now Available

 

Help your customer find out how Virtual SAN can help with the challenges they face with their storage environment. By using the brand new VMware VSAN Assessment tool for just 1 week, you can collect and analyze data from a customer's vSphere storage environment and provide them technical and busi...

Aug 3, 2015 8:24:02 PM

 

MORE NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM AROUND THE WEB

 

Playlist - 14 New VMware Integrated OpenStack Videos

 

With VMware Integrated OpenStack, you can implement OpenStack services on your existing VMware vSphere implementation. You deploy VMware Integrated OpenStack through the Integrated OpenStack Manager vApp in vCenter. The Integrated OpenStack Manager provides a workflow that guides you through and ...

Aug 8, 2015 12:28:00 PM

 

Available for download - NSX Operations Guide

 

This guide shows how to perform day-to-day management of an NSX for vSphere ("NSX-v") deployment. This information can be used to help plan and carry out operational monitoring and management of your NSX-v implementation. To monitor physical network operations, administrators have traditionally c...

Aug 8, 2015 12:02:00 PM

 

New storage vendors to check out at #VMworld 2015 (SFO)

 

As usual, there have been loads of things happening over the last 12 months in the storage space. The Solutions Exchange at VMworld is always a great place to meet new storage startups, and get some further information on their respective products and innovations. This year, I’ve made a note of a...

Aug 7, 2015 1:00:17 PM

 

Openstack, Cinder, ViPR - what's the scoop

 

Will make this very simple :-) So many things keeping me super busy these days - and also am in the last run-up to VMworld! Will post the VMworld “too see” list shortly…. Now - on to the topic (triggered by a recent meeting with a large customer :-) EMC believes in open source. EMC believes in Op...

Aug 6, 2015 10:57:03 AM

 

Instant Clone PowerCLI cmdlets Best Practices & Troubleshooting

 

I was fortunate to have been given early access to the VMFork (Instant Clone) PowerCLI cmdlets to help provide early feedback and usability improvements before it was released to customers. Having spent some time with the Fling, I have learned a thing or two about how Instant Cloning works and so...

Aug 6, 2015 8:50:58 AM

 

Is VSAN for you? It’s never been easier to check…

 

A common question we receive when we meet with customers and talk about Virtual SAN is “whether or not VSAN is going to be able to run my particular workloads?” This is a great question to ask, as most customers are coming from a background of SAN or NAS storage arrays, fibre channel, FC switches...

Aug 5, 2015 1:25:30 PM

 

Free e-book - Micro-segmentation for Dummies

 

Traditional approaches to securing data centers have focused on strong perimeter defenses to keep threats on the outside of the network. This model is ineffective for handling today’s new and evolving threats. What’s needed is a more modern, sophisticated approach to data center security. That so...

Aug 5, 2015 12:21:00 PM

 

Whitepaper - Data Center Micro-Segmentation

 

Network micro-segmentation makes a lot of sense from a security standpoint. But what about cost and feasibility? This white paper  explores how VMware NSX can automate micro-segmentation in a software-defined data center, all the way down to the VM level. Download the paper to understand how NSX ...

Aug 5, 2015 12:10:00 PM

 

Using Vagrant and Docker Machine Together

 

In this post, I’m going to show you a quick tip I used today to combine the power of Vagrant with that of Docker Machine to quickly and easily create Docker -enabled virtual machines (VMs) on your laptop. This could be useful in a variety of scenarios; I leave it as an exercise for the reader to ...

Aug 4, 2015 10:00:00 PM

 

Scripted VMware ESXi 5.5 Installs – Error: Read-only file system during write on

 

I’ve been recently doing some scripting work with the Ultimate Deployment Appliance (UDA) which was developed by Carl Thijsen of the Netherlands. The reason for this work is to make it easy for me to switch between different versions of EVO:RAIL using my SuperMicro systems. I want to be able to e...

Aug 4, 2015 1:08:01 PM

 

Instant Clone community customization script repository

 

I am sure many of you are probably anxious to get your hands on the new VMFork aka Instant Clone PowerCLI Extensions Fling that was recently released! While using the Instant Clone cmdlets to help provide feedback and improvements, I have found that I spent the majority of my time on developing a...

Aug 4, 2015 9:44:10 AM

 

Latest Fling from VMware Labs - PowerCLI Extensions With Instant Clone

 

  VMware PowerCLI is one of the most successful command line tools for managing your VMware products. With the many existing cmdlets designed for the system administrator or vSphere Admin, PowerCLI is the easiest and most powerful tool for managing your environment. PowerCLI Extensions gives Powe...

Aug 4, 2015 9:06:00 AM

 

Announcing Virtual SAN Health Check Plugin 6.0 Patch 1

 

Announcing some important news for VSAN 6.0 users, especially those using the VSAN Health Check Plugin. If you are using the Virtual SAN Health Check Plugin version 6.0 (and if you use Virtual SAN 6.0, you definitely should be using it), there is a new patch now available. Note that this new Heal...

Aug 4, 2015 8:00:20 AM

 

How to Configure a PowerShell ISE Theme and User Profile

 

Although I’ve been using PowerGUI to write PowerShell and PowerCLI code for many years , I’ve migrated to PowerShell’s Integrated Scripting Environment (ISE). There’s a few reasons for this: PowerShell ISE is included with Windows by default, reducing the amount of software I have to deal with. P...

Aug 3, 2015 2:20:05 PM

 

How to VMFork aka Instant Clone Nested ESXi?

 

The VMware Fling's team recently released an update to the existing PowerCLI Extensions which now exposes the new VMFork aka Instant Clone capability that was introduced in vSphere 6.0. The Fling contains a set of PowerCLI Extension Modules which in turn provides new PowerCLI cmdlets for accessin...

Aug 3, 2015 12:43:33 PM

 

VMWARE TAM WEBCASTS

 

Official VMware Webcast Site: click here.

 

On-Demand Webinars:

SDDC:

  • On-Demand: What’s New in VMware vSphere 6: First Look and Upgrade Best Practices
  • On-Demand: Web Client
  • On Demand: Troubleshooting Strategies for vSphere 6
  • On-Demand: Designing a Virtual Infrastructure Architecture
  • On-Demand: Demystifying the Software Defined Data Center
  • On-Demand: vSphere with Operations Management
  • On-Demand: Troubleshooting VMware vSphere [v5.5]
  • On-Demand: vCenter Server (vSphere 6)
  • On-Demand: vSphere Security (vSphere 6)
  • On-Demand: Examining your Security Posture in the Software-Defined Data Center
  • On-Demand: What’s New with vSphere and Operations Management 6
  • On-Demand: New Video from HP Discover: VMware and HP’s Global Innovation Center
  • On-Demand: VMware vForum Online Spring 2015
  • On-Demand: The Software-Defined Data Center: the Future of IT
  • On-Demand: A Practical Roadmap to Moving Beyond Server Virtualization
  • On-Demand: Datacenter Refresh: Traditional vs Converged vs Hyper-Converged
  • Every Wednesday, 3pm EST: VMware Communities Roundtable
    • What’s new in vSphere 6 Security?  Learn here about the new security features in vSphere 6, and also the vSphere Hardening Guide.
    • Top 5 Tips when considering vCenter Architecture Design in vSphere v6.0 are here.
Operations Management:
  • On-Demand: New You See Me – Data Path Visibility from Host to Disk with vRealize Operations
  • On-Demand: vRealize Operations v6.0: Installation, Sizing, and Migration
  • On-Demand: Using vRealize Automation and NSX to Deploy and Secure Multi-tiered Applications
  • On-Demand: Getting More Out of vRealize Automation: Cloud Business Management (vRealize Business)
  • On-Demand: Getting More Out of vRealize Automation: Integrate with Anything
  • On-Demand: Getting More Out of vRealize Automation: Introduction to Customization and Extending
  • On-Demand: Getting More Out of vRealize Automation: 6.2 Installation and Configuration
  • On-Demand: Getting More Out of vRealize Automation: No Scripting Required
  • On-Demand: Log Insight Deep Dive
  • On-Demand: Performance & Troubleshooting – Improving Quality of Service
  • On-Demand: Operational Efficiency – Understanding Waste and Rightsizing your Environment
  • On-Demand: vRealize Operations 6.0 Installation and the Migration from vCenter Operations v5.x
  • On-Demand: What’s New in vRealize Operations 6.0
  • On-Demand: vRealize Operations 6.0: Capacity Management and Planning
  • On-Demand: Four Ways to Maximize the Value of VMware vRealize Operations Manager
  • On-Demand: Take Virtualization to the Next Level with vSphere with Operations Management
  • On-Demand: Take control of your vSphere environment with Operations Management
  • VIDEOS: 50 new vRealize Operations 6 videos available on the vR Ops product website (on the Resources tab), covering Key Concepts, Use Cases, Installation, Analytics Badges, and How To & Tech Tips.
    • NEW: vRealize Operations Management Pack for SCOM v4.1 has been Generally Released.  Access it here from the VMware Solution Exchange.
    • Log Insight:
      • NEW: Learn about Log Insight and fsck here.
      • NEW: Learn about Best Practices using agents here.
      • NEW: Learn about Best Practices for server (deploying Log Insight) here.
      • NEW: Learn about Log Insight Agent: Text vs Glob vs Regex here.
      • NEW: Content Packs vs Management Packs.  Click here.
      • NEW: Log Insight Management Pack for vRealize Operations has been released.  Read more here.
      • NEW: vRealize Operations Manager Content Pack for Log Insight is here.
    • vRealize Operations for Horizon now offers a single pane of glass to monitor and report on VMware Horizon and Citrix XenApp 6.5 deployments.  Download the eval here, visit the webpage here, and download the data sheet here.
    • Now live on the Web, the vSphere Optimization Assessment (VOA) demonstrates the power of Operations Management via a free, 30-day product evaluation health check that will provide you a comprehensive analysis of the optimization opportunities in your virtualized environment.  Learn more about the VOA through this video.
Automation:
  • On-Demand: 5 Ways Cloud Automation Drives Greater Cost and Operational Transparency – Led by Kevin Lees, VMware Principal Architect and Lead Architect for Global IT Operations Transformation. 
    • NEW: vRealize Automation v7.0.0 is now in private beta!  If you’d like to participate in the beta, contact your TAM.
    • This infographic shows how automating private cloud infrastructure management can improve the efficiency of cloud operations, resource management, accelerated virtualization, and deliver enormous CapEx and OpEx savings.
Networking:
  • On-Demand: Microsegmentation with VMware NSX
  • On-Demand: Using vRealize Automation and NSX to Deploy and Secure Multi-tiered Applications
  • On-Demand: VMware NSX for Horizon (video series)
  • On-Demand: Learn how NSX delivers a comprehensive security approach for Horizon environments
  • On-Demand: Introduction to NSX
  • On-Demand: VMware NSX – Technical Overview
  • On-Demand: Listen to Martin Casado explain NSX and Microsegmentation
  • On-Demand: A 3-minute summary of NSX and Microsegmentation
  • On-Demand: NSX Distributed Firewall Deep Dive
  • Every other Tuesday, 1pm EST: VMware NSX. Learn how VMware has applied the industry’s leading virtualization operating model to the network through this bi-weekly webinar.
    • NEW:  Are you considering VMware NSX?  Did you know that VMware Professional Services offers standardized services, technology specialists, and expertise in the design and deployment of NSX-based solutions?  Read this brief that highlights VMware’s services.
    • Product walk-through demo on NSX can be found here.
    • Do you still have Windows 2003 in your environment?  There are security threats imminent for customers who still on Windows 2003, as support has ended for this operating system.  Read more here.  You can use NSX help you through this transition.
Storage:
  • On-Demand: Virtualization at the Speed of Flash
  • On-Demand: A Technical Overview of Virtual Volumes
  • On-Demand: Storage Policy-Based Management with Virtual SAN
  • On-Demand: vSphere 6.0: All Things Storage! (led by Cormac Hogan)
  • On-Demand: Lower Storage Costs with VMware Virtual SAN
  • On-Demand: VMware Virtual Volumes and their Impact on the Datacenter
  • On-Demand: Managing Storage Policies with VMware Virtual SAN
  • On-Demand: What’s All the Buzz about Software-Defined Storage? (Learn about Virtual SAN 6 and vSphere Virtual Volumes)
  • On-Demand: What’s New in Virtual SAN v6.0 – Seeing What’s New in Storage
  • On-Demand: Overcoming Performance Limitations with Dell Flash Storage
    • Try out Virtual SAN 6 for free here.
    • Hands On Lab: "What’s New in Virtual SAN 6?"  Click here!
    • Learn about Virtual Volumes here.
Disaster Recovery:
  • On-Demand: Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery in Action
  • On-Demand: Technical Demo: What’s New with vCloud Air Disaster Recovery
  • On-Demand: Not Your Grandfather’s Data Protection
    • The VMware Feature Walk-Through site has content covering the vCloud Air Disaster Recovery Service.  Watch it here.  (Read more about this new vCloud Air DRaaS offering here.)
Cloud:
  • On Demand: Accelerate and Control your IaaS with VMware Cloud Management Platform
  • On-Demand: IT Security does not have to End where the Public Cloud Begins
  • On-Demand: Check out VMware and Fujitsu joint solutions that bring a “Hybrid IT” model to optimize the cloud and support innovation and growth.
  • On-Demand: Build Development and Testing Environments on VMware vCloud Air
  • On-Demand: Set Your Cloud Agenda with VMware vCloud Air
  • On-Demand: Scale Your Mobile App Development on vCloud Air
    • NEW: Spice up Data Lifecycle Management with Hybrid Cloud Storage recipes here.
    • NEW: Can VMware’s vCloud Air overcome AWS stickiness?  Find out here.
    • NEW: Read here about the top Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service vendors.
    • NEW: Check out this article about Pat Gelsinger’s presentation at the Global Leadership Conference as a highlight of the event, including his forecast of an eventual 50/50 division between the public and private cloud.
    • Learn about VMware’s “One Cloud. Any Application. Any Device” value proposition here.
Desktop:
  • On-Demand: VDI on the Front Lines: One Hospital’s Journey to Deployment
  • On-Demand: VMware and NVIDIA Simplify Desktop Virtualization for Higher Education Customers
  • On-Demand: What’s New with View: Update on VMware Horizon (with View) [v6.0]
  • On-Demand: VMware and NVIDIA: Extending the Power of Virtualization in Higher Education
  • On-Demand: Tips and Tricks for Building a Mobile Secure Workspace with VMware Horizon
  • On-Demand: Business Mobility: Enabling Business Process Innovation with Mobile-First Strategies (hosted by CEO Pat Gelsinger and EVP Sanjay Poonen).
  • On-Demand: VMware NSX for Horizon (video series)
  • On-Demand: Deliver High-Performance Graphically-Accelerated VDI
  • On-Demand: Extend the Benefits of Workspace Environment Management to Virtual Desktops and Apps Using VMware App Volumes, UEM, vRealize Ops and More
  • On-Demand: Learn how NSX delivers a comprehensive security approach for Horizon environments
  • On-Demand: VMware Horizon: Transforming Desktop and Application Delivery and Management
  • On-Demand: Accelerate Your Desktop Transformation Strategy: Six New Additions to Horizon 6
    • vRealize Operations for Horizon now offers a single pane of glass to monitor and report on VMware Horizon and Citrix XenApp 6.5 deployments.  Download the eval here, visit the webpage here, and download the data sheet here.
    • Deep-dive on VDI networking and security with NSX for Horizon.  With the exponential growth in security threats from “east-west” traffic within the datacenter, IT pros are increasingly looking to network virtualization with VMware NSX to deliver automated, intelligent, and persistent application of policies to virtual desktops and apps.  Watch this overview video to learn about the solution, and check out our brand new demo video series here that steps you through NSX deployment for Horizon environments.
    • Have you heard about the new VMware User Environment Manager (UEM), which offers personalization and dynamic policy configuration across any virtual, physical, and cloud-based environment?  Read more about it here.
Troubleshooting:
  • On-Demand: Webinar on Troubleshooting  VMware vSphere [V5.5], covering SSL certificates, networking, storage, VMware vCenter SSO, and more.  Read more about it here.

 

Scheduled Webinar Events:Aug 11: vCenter Server Availability (vSphere 6 Webcast)Aug 19: Symptoms, Alerts, Recommendations, and Actions (Getting More Out of vRealize Operations Series) (Link forthcoming)Sep 16: Technical Overview of vCloud Air (ViewPoint Webinar Webcast)
  • Aug 30-Sep 3: VMworld 2015
    • Registration: here.
      • Pricing: here.
      • PSO Credits:  Use 22 PSO Credits to buy your ticket.  FAQ’s are here.  10 ticket limit per organization.  Credits must not expire before the end of VMworld.
      • TAM Day: Sunday Aug 30th, 10am-6pm.  These invitation-only, customer sessions will focus on the most timely and pressing business and technical issues. Read more here. [TAM Day is now sold out.]
      • Who should attend:  Learn here why all levels of management should go to VMworld, and why you should want your own manager there.
      • Content Catalog: Available here.
      • Schedule Builder: Available here.
      • Training Discount: You can maximize savings on training classes by signing up for pre-conference training courses or discounted self-paced courses during VMworld registration. Get more details here.  View more on PearsonVue’s site here.
      • See last year’s sessions here.
      • VMworld Fever Begins!  Read some tips & tricks from Duncan Epping here.
VMUG
  • 100,000 members strong!  This vibrant VMware community welcomes you to network, learn best practices, and share ideas about VMware solutions.
  • Program for VMUG Advantage subscribers: EVALExperience by VMware – a renewable 365 day, non-production license so that you can access and evaluate the latest and greatest VMware products.  Click here for the press release, here for the blog, and here to sign up!  NEW: VMware vSphere 6, VMware Integrated OpenStack, and VMware Virtual SAN 6 are now available.  Visit here to place an order for the updated products.
  • VMUG COMPASS: Click here
    • The inaugural issue tackles topics such as “Upgrade Your Sandbox”, “The Truth About Agentless Security”, and “Understanding Micro-Segmentation”.
  • - VMUG Feed4ward mentor program.  Learn more here.
  • - VMUG eLearning Webcast Page: Click here
  • - VMUG eLearning Center: Click here
  • - VMUG wiki: Click here
  • - Webcast Archive File Library: Click here  (Latest additions: Keeping Up with VMware Backup & Recovery Challenges of the Software-Defined Virtual Data Center)
Scheduled VMUG Webinar Events:
  • Aug 12: Overview of EVO:RAIL and Deep Dive into Version 1.2 Features (VMware)
  • Aug 18: From Monolithic Design to Software-Defined Building Block: The Evolution of Converged Infrastructure (Hitachi)
  • Oct 8: Raleigh VMUG
  • Nov 9: Virtual Event 3.0.  Connect live with peers, VMware experts, and VMUG leaders while exploring the latest products and services presented by VMware and vendors, downloadable content, and more.
VMware Education:
  • Learn more about Instant Clone…
    • PowerCLI cmdlets Best Practices and Troubleshooting here.
    • Community customization script repository here.
  • My VMware Portal!
    • I’ve attached a ‘Cheat Sheet’ that addresses common tasks for portal administrators.  (See attached file: VMware TAM Advisory – MyVMware Portal HowTo Guides.pdf)
    • Learn about some new improvements to the portal here.
  • There are 3 VCP6 exams now open for registration.  Learn what they are here.
  • Learn about new activity in App Standards from VMware’s Office of the CTO here.
  • Have you visited our Product Walkthrough page recently?  You can access it here.  You can walk through the areas of IT Outcomes, vSphere with Operations Management, vSphere v6.0, vCloud Suite, NSX, Virtual SAN, SRM, VMware Integrated OpenStack, vCloud Air, EVO:RAIL, and vRealize.  There’s also a full product guide for all of VMware’s products here.
  • VMware just released two previews of products for Docker Containerized Applications.  Read more here.
  • VMware rolled out service to support Windows 10.  Read more here.
  • Read here about the top 5 tips when considering VMware Integrated OpenStack.
If you missed it last week….
  • NEW VMWARE PRODUCTS / TERMINOLOGY: There are a few new products and ideas that have been introduced by VMware.  Here is a synopsis of a few of the most recent:
  • Bonneville: A minimal OS that acts as a docker host running directly on ESXi, intended to be used as a remote docker host.  Bonneville uses the Pico version of Photon as a Docker Host.  Read more here.
  • Photon: Linux container host.  Photon contains binaries to support Docker, rkt, and Garden container formats.  Read more here.
  • Lightwave: An open source version of the PSC designed to be used with Photon to solve the single sign-on problem for containers.  Read more here.
  • AppCatalyst: A minimal desktop hypervisor purpose-built to run docker hosts.  The desktop hypervisor for developers.  Read more here.
  • NEW FLINGS:
    • The Onyx for the Web Client fling went live.  Read about it here.
    • This Fling wraps the View Client and allows users to pre-configure settings such as pool, protocol, shade, desktop layout, and more
    • This Mirage Toolbox Fling is our playground for experimental Mirage features.
  • Certifications/Free Education:
  • VMware offers many ways to get trained in VMware products and solutions.  These include Classroom, Live Online, Online self-paced, Lab Connect, On Demand, Instructional Videos, ViewPoint Webinar Series, VMware TV on YouTube, Partner University, Hands On Labs, The Learning Zone, SolutionTracks, Demos on Demand, Online Events, Local Events, Beta classes, VMworld, Partner Exchange, Partner Library, vBrownbag, and VMUGs.  If you’d like to learn more about any of these, please reach out and let me know.

 

 

KB ARTICLES

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New KB articles published for week ending 8/1/15

 

VMware App Volumes
Cannot update prepackaged volumes after VMware App Volumes upgrade to 2.9 (2123645)
Date Published: 8/1/2015

VMware ESXi
Deploying Infinio Accelerator with ESXi 5.x (Partner Support) (2126844)
Date Published: 7/30/2015
Implementing vSphere Metro Storage Cluster using Hitachi Storage Cluster for VMware vSphere with Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform G1000 using the Hitachi NAS Platform (2126437)
Date Published: 7/27/2015
Potentially poor NFS Read I/O performance with 10GbE vmnics (2120163)
Date Published: 7/29/2015
The Equallogic-DELL Virtual Server Manager plugin registration, breaks the existing UI elements information for any Vsphere Virtual Client events (2126489)
Date Published: 7/27/2015
Virtual Machine with virtual graphic processing unit (vGPU) Enabled Fails to Power On (2126577)
Date Published: 8/2/2015

VMware Fusion
Error: "Unsupported SVGA driver" when attempting to upgrade to Windows 10 using Software Update in Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 guests (2126929)
Date Published: 7/30/2015

VMware Mirage
Restore Centralised Virtual Device (CVD) keeps fails with error IncorrectManifestData (2126641)
Date Published: 8/2/2015

VMware NSX for vSphere
Understanding and troubleshooting VMware NSX Manager (2125433)
Date Published: 7/31/2015
Understanding and troubleshooting VMware NSX for vSphere 6.x Controllers (2125767)
Date Published: 7/27/2015

VMware vCenter Server
Support for Microsoft SQL 2012 Service Pack 2 with vSphere 5.5 and 6.0 (2126675)
Date Published: 7/29/2015

VMware vCenter Server Appliance
Troubleshooting JVM maximum memory heap problems in vCenter Server and vCenter Server Appliance 5.x (2126282)
Date Published: 7/27/2015

VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager
SRM service crashes after losing registration with the inventory service (2126658)
Date Published: 7/29/2015

VMware vCloud Director
Changing the socket timeout value of vCloud Director (2124740)
Date Published: 7/27/2015

VMware vCloud Government Service provided by Carpathia Dedicated Cloud
How to configure VMware vRealize Automation 6.2 to work with VMware vCloud Government Service (2126628)
Date Published: 7/31/2015

VMware vRealize Automation
Configuring monitoring of the VMware vRealize Automation appliance databases (2127052)
Date Published: 7/31/2015

VMware vRealize Log Insight
The VMware Log Insight vRealize Operations 6.x content pack dashboards display no data (2126792)
Date Published: 7/29/2015

VMware vRealize Operations Manager
The VMware vRealize Operations Manager Super Metric name is displayed incorrectly in browsers using a Korean locale (2126416)
Date Published: 7/28/2015
One or more VMware vRealize Operations Manager metrics are not available in the Metric Picker widget when creating a View (2126414)
Date Published: 7/28/2015
How to force the Master Replica node to take over the Master role in a VMware vRealize Operations Manager cluster (2126545)
Date Published: 7/28/2015
Connecting the vCHS adapter over a proxy in VMware vRealize Operations Manager (2126685)
Date Published: 7/29/2015

VMware vSphere Storage Appliance
vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA) 5.1 - Reconfiguring Cluster Network Task stuck (2039967)
Date Published: 7/28/2015

VMware vSphere Web Services SDK
Some vSphere 5.x client applications working with vSphere 5.x servers may fail to authenticate when migrated to vsphere 6.0 servers. (2087981)
Date Published: 7/31/2015

 

 

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FROM THE EDITORS VIRTUAL DESK

Hi everyone, the countdown to VMworld is on and with just 4 weeks to go there is a lot of excitement and news about this years event. Please take a look at the VMworld section below to keep up to date with what is going on.


Have a fantastic week.

Virtually Yours

Neil Isserow

 

VMWORLD (http://blogs.vmware.com/vmworld/)

Five Weeks, Five Speakers, Five Questions-5 Weeks until VMworld 2015 US!
Welcome to our first entry in our "Five Weeks, Five Speakers, Five Questions" series. These posts aim to help you get to know some of our speakers and what they are most excited for coming into VMworld 2015. Each featured speaker will answer the same five questions (think "Inside the Actor's Studio" style) giving us a unique view into their VMworld preparations and offering some insight to new attendees.

 

Countdown to VMworld: Top 5 Sessions To Amp Up Your Hybrid Cloud Knowledge
VMworld 2015 is quickly approaching, and there’s a ton of new sessions to choose from. To help you narrow down what sessions to add to your Schedule Builder, this is the first post in a five part blog series that highlighting the “must-see” sessions in each Solution Track:

• Hybrid Cloud

 

• Cloud Native Applications

• Software-Defined Datacenter

• Cloud Infrastructure

• End-User Computing

 

NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM VMWARE

GENERAL NEWS

 

New vSphere 6 & NSX Videos Added to the Learning Zone

 

We are constantly adding new content to the VMware Learning Zone - our subscription service for continuous access to video-based training. Last month we added four new titles: vSphere 6 Content Library (Part 2: Demo) In this second part of a 2-part video series, Andy Cary explains the purpose of ...

Jul 31, 2015 3:41:45 PM

 

VMworld Fever Begins

 

Roughly nine years ago I attended my first VMworld. It was VMworld Europe; I had applied to be our company’s representative in years before that as well but wasn’t selected. You can imagine that when I was selected I was ecstatic. The experience, well, I felt like a little kid who visits Disney W...

Jul 31, 2015 2:20:13 PM

 

How Demand and Capacity Management can Streamline Service Requests in your Cloud Environment

 

By Eric Tisdale What does Request Fulfillment have to do with Demand and Capacity Management in Service Management? Are these process areas still relevant today, as IT concentrates more on delivery of Cloud Services? As we know, the Demand and Capacity Management processes are closely related, wi...

Jul 31, 2015 12:22:20 AM

 

It’s Time to Bring Mobile Moments to the Enterprise

 

It’s Time to Bring Mobile Moments to the Enterprise By Bask Iyer, CIO, VMware According to a report published by Gartner, Inc , last month, by the end of 2017 the market demand for enterprise mobile app development services will outstrip internal IT departments’ ability to deliver them at least f...

Jul 30, 2015 11:24:19 PM

 

VMware Portals Update

 

Update – VMware portals issues (download products, get license keys, or other tasks) are resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience with this Severity 1 issue.   Should you have any questions, please contact our Global Support & Services team at my.vmware.com.

Jul 30, 2015 3:48:58 PM

 

Reserve Your Seat at the VMworld Education Breakout Sessions

 

Can you believe it? We are only one month away from VMworld 2015 US! If you’re attending, the VMworld 2015 US Schedule Builder is your ticket to getting in on the hottest breakout sessions, labs, demos and discussions. To get started, go to the VMworld 2015 US Schedule Builder and enter your VMwo...

Jul 30, 2015 3:00:16 PM

 

Windows 10: A Milestone Moment for The Industry and VMware Customers

 

By Erik Frieberg, vice president of marketing, End-User Computing, VMware   If you felt a tremor in “the force” yesterday, you weren’t mistaken. This week is certainly different than most since it is the launch of Microsoft Windows 10, which is a milestone release for Microsoft and represents a f...

Jul 30, 2015 12:00:02 PM

 

VMware Portals

 

You may have experienced issues with VMware portals when trying to download products, get license keys, register for VMworld or other tasks. We apologize for this inconvenience. Please know we are treating this matter as a Severity 1 issue and are working non-stop with our partners to resolve the...

Jul 29, 2015 6:59:52 PM

 

PSO Credits: What? Why? How?

 

    By Petr McAllister After being a VMware Technical Account Manager (TAM) for more than three years in Europe and North America, I’m still being asked almost every day: “What does a TAM do?” By now I have an answer that seems to be short and complete: “My work as a TAM is to make sure the custo...

Jul 29, 2015 5:15:57 PM

 

The Enterprise Hybrid Cloud with VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger

 

During EMC World 2015, SiliconANGLE’s John Furrier and Dave Vellante sat down with VMware’s CEO, Pat Gelsinger, for a conversation about changes in the enterprise hybrid cloud market and the wide array of products and updates announced by VMware since the beginning of this year. During the wide-r...

Jul 29, 2015 3:26:53 PM

 

VMware’s Internal Cloud – A Use Case for Operating a Cloud at Scale

 

By Ahmed Al-Buheissi OneCloud is VMware’s internal cloud that is used by the various internal departments to test, experiment, demonstrate and train on the different products at VMware. It is an impressively large cloud, hosting about 80,000 virtual machines (VM’s), with about 40,000 running VM’s...

Jul 29, 2015 12:17:32 AM

 

Horizon View Connection Protocols

 

The primary main connection protocols that customers use to connect to their virtual desktop infrastructures include PCoIP, BLAST, and to a lesser extent, RDP. Our front line tech support engineers have compiled this list of articles which cover the most common issues with PCoIP and BLAST: PCoIP ...

Jul 28, 2015 5:47:06 PM

 

Get Refreshed: 7 Tips from a Pro on How to Prepare (and Pass) Any VMware Certification Exam

 

In light of recent announcements around the VMware Version 6 Certifications , we’re bringing back a popular post to help you prepare for upcoming VMware certification exams. Whether you’re interested in learning specifically about how to prepare for the VMware VCP-NV certification exam or how to ...

Jul 28, 2015 3:00:06 PM

 

VMware Headquarters Featured in New Video

 

Our Palo Alto Headquarters was designed for collaboration and connection. Sitting on 105 acres in Stanford Research Park with more than 1,500 trees, beautiful landscape, and green facilities, VMware's “campus-in-a-forest” is a refuge for nature lovers and a source of rejuvenation for all. Join us...

Jul 28, 2015 2:54:36 PM

 

VCP6 Certifications Exams Open for Registration

 

The following three VMware Certified Professional 6 (VCP6) certification exams are now open for registration, with a first available appointment date of August 30, 2015: VMware Certified Professional 6 – Cloud Management and Automation (VCP6-CMA) Exam #2V0-631 VMware Certified Professional 6 – Ne...

Jul 27, 2015 11:03:29 PM

 

What's New in VMware vSphere 6 Performance

 

Not too be outdone by all the new and amazing vSphere 6 features, there are a number of scale and performance enhancements within the vSphere 6 platform that should be highlighted. This new whitepaper details not only the new features and scale, but the results of the most recent performance meas...

Jul 27, 2015 8:27:02 PM

 

VMware News Recap 7/24/15: What We Read This Week

 

Q2 2015 Earnings, Tech Coding Schools Foster Diversity, VMware Joins the Cloud Native Computing Foundation + More This Week in VMware News On Tuesday, VMware reported second quarter 2015 results. Coming out of the earnings call, The Motley Fool covers “5 Things VMware Inc’s Management Wants You t...

Jul 24, 2015 6:57:36 PM

 

VMware Joins the Stanford Medicine Corporate Partners Program

 

Today, VMware is pleased to announce that the company has joined the Stanford Medicine Corporate Partners Program. VMware joins 10 other leading Silicon Valley companies to partner with Stanford Medicine to transform health care and medicine – from treating disease to promoting lifelong health. V...

Jul 24, 2015 4:55:24 PM

 

Disaster Recovery and More Top Posts for Implementing VMware at SMBs

 

We know there are unique challenges when it comes to implementing enterprise IT at a small or mid-size business (SMB) — that’s why we’ve pulled together posts from the VMware blogosphere that we think might be useful to you: get tips and how-tos on VMware solutions, along with additional resource...

Jul 24, 2015 3:00:01 PM

 

Compliance Made Clear with the vCloud Air Network

 

More and more companies today are looking to extend their businesses across regions and across the globe. This is no easy task. There are operational and geographic limitations on top of capital expenses and a litany of compliance requirements to adhere to. But organizations looking to ease their...

Jul 31, 2015 4:00:15 PM

 

Copying App Volumes AppStacks Between Environments That Use vSAN Storage

 

By Jeffrey Davidson There is an issue copying App Volumes AppStacks (VMDK files) if using Secure Copy (SCP) from one environment to another when using VSAN storage. This is not an App Volumes problem; it is related to the way VSAN stores VMDK data. Clients will often want to create AppStacks in a...

Jul 31, 2015 2:27:23 PM

 

VMware vCloud Architecture Toolkit (vCAT) is back!

 

Introducing VMware vCloud Architecture Toolkit for Service Providers (vCAT-SP) The current VMware vCloud ® Architecture Toolkit (3.1.2) is a set of reference documents that help our service provider partners and enterprises architect, operate and consume cloud services based on the VMware vCloud ...

Jul 31, 2015 11:38:09 AM

 

Secure Healthy Systems with vROps Alerts

 

Secure Healthy Systems with vROps Alerts By: Cameron Jones, Blue Medora In any enterprise-monitoring tool, alerting is going to be a primary focus. vRealize Operations Manager (vROps) is no exception. Combining external management packs with vROps alerting ensures the health of not only your VMwa...

Jul 31, 2015 10:00:55 AM

 

EUC Professional Services Engineering (PSE) and VMworld

 

By Dale Carter VMworld in San Francisco is approaching very quickly. It’s a must-attend event for VMware customers, but there is a lot to take in, so I thought I would take a few minutes to highlight some key activities led by my team of End User Computing (EUC) consultants and architects that yo...

Jul 30, 2015 3:06:18 PM

 

How to take your Data Center from 0 to 60: vSphere with Operations Management

 

    Are you looking for a solution to cope with the demands for more and more services and applications to be delivered anywhere, on any device? Need to ensure higher performance and availability of your IT infrastructure and applications – but worried your data center solutions are not up to spe...

Jul 30, 2015 10:00:54 AM

 

3 Months on the Road: What I heard from VMware NSX Customers

 

After three consecutive months attending 75 customer meetings throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia, I came away with plenty of frequent flyer miles and, more importantly, tons of insight to share with you. What I learned from customers is that VMware NSX is truly a game-changer. And as we exit th...

Jul 29, 2015 12:00:37 PM

 

VMworld 2015 - Managing VMware NSX with vRealize Suite

 

by Rich Bourdeau If you are interested in learning more about how to efficiently manage VMware NSX in order to deliver secure scalable high-performing applications on demand, you will want to attend some of these VMworld 2015 breakout sessions and hands on labs. Breakout Sessions NET5187 - What’s...

Jul 29, 2015 11:44:50 AM

 

vCloud Air vTech Talk: Converting Virtual To Cloud with vCloud Air

 

Converting infrastructure to new environments can be a bit of a hassle. Not too long ago, you’d have to disable real-time anti-virus, among other things, to make a conversion successful. Even after all of that work, a good deal of cleanup remained. The same difficulties come into play with many p...

Jul 28, 2015 4:11:00 PM

 

vCloud Air Network Service Provider Spotlight: Rackspace

 

Deploying a private cloud is a complex process. It takes time, end-to-end planning and dedicated resources to spin up and maintain clouds. Not every company can manage such a complex infrastructure; nor would some want to. To better realize the power of the cloud, some companies should consider t...

Jul 27, 2015 3:59:40 PM

DESKTOP

 

Video: Enterprise mobility news recap: July 27-31

 

Welcome back to the weekly recap. I’m Maddie Cook and today we’re going to cover the growth in biometric authentication, investment in the Asian mobile market and AirWatch support for Windows 10 and Office 365. Windows 10 is out in the open! This week, the anticipated release made its way to the ...

Jul 31, 2015 6:52:01 PM

 

Announcing support for Windows 10

 

Yesterday, Microsoft officially released the highly anticipated Windows 10. The release is a milestone for Microsoft and represents a fundamental shift in the way IT can manage all devices running the new software. In Windows 10, AirWatch customers can manage all devices running the new software,...

Jul 30, 2015 12:00:32 PM

 

Windows 10 Receives Positive Outlook From IT Professionals

 

By Mark Margevicius, director of enterprise solutions, End-User Computing, VMware Previews for blockbuster movies are always exciting but they all come to an end as the lead-up culminates with the eventual opening weekend that draws hundreds of thousands of excited fans. Similarly, months of anti...

Jul 30, 2015 12:00:26 PM

 

Trying to Upgrade to Windows 10 on Fusion but hitting the SVGA bug? Here's the simple workaround

 

Windows 10 released today, and many users are teeming to get started discovering all the great things that Microsoft built. A number of Fusion uses however are hitting an issue when trying to upgrade from Windows 7, 8 or 8.1. During the "hardware validation check", the VMware SVGA graphics driver...

Jul 30, 2015 1:47:49 AM

 

Want to upgrade to Fusion 7 from Parallels? We got you covered too!

 

You may have heard about our exciting Windows 10 launch celebration offer with 10% off Fusion 7 and Fusion 7 Pro , and that we're giving folks who buy today a free upgrade to the next major release when we ship later this summer. For Parallels users looking to switch, we have you covered too! If ...

Jul 29, 2015 10:01:59 PM

 

Your iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan Questions Answered

 

Written by Claire Feeney, Product Marketing Our July 27 webinar ‘Your Questions Answered: What iOS 9 and Mac OS X El Capitan Mean for Your Business’ featured iOS and OS X experts answering questions about the upcoming releases, public betas and impact on businesses. If you missed the webinar, che...

Jul 29, 2015 6:37:45 PM

 

Frost & Sullivan awards VMware with the Visionary Innovation Leadership Award in End-User Computing

 

Frost & Sullivan recently Awarded VMware the 2015 Visionary Innovation Leadership Award in end-user computing (EUC). The analyst Award recognizes VMware for its ability to provide a comprehensive, scalable and secure EUC solution that enables organizations to implement mobile initiatives. The rep...

Jul 29, 2015 3:54:27 PM

 

Discover Windows 10 on your Mac today using VMware Fusion 7 with 10% off and a FREE upgrade to VMware Fusion 8

 

Windows 10, the latest operating system from Microsoft which released today, represents a leap forward from the past. It's smarter, faster, more efficient, and makes Windows look better than ever. For some it may not be as amazing as OS X of course, but as far as Windows goes it's the best versio...

Jul 29, 2015 12:01:01 PM

 

Feature Updates: July 2015

 

The Socialcast team is happy to announce that Chat , our newest secure instant-messaging tool, is now available! Read more about this month’s feature enhancements below and let us know what you think. 1. Socialcast Chat The Socialcast team understands the importance of having a reliable, real-tim...

Jul 28, 2015 6:35:52 PM

 

VMware End-User-Computing Hands-On Labs and the Heroes Behind Them

 

By Alex West, Former Technical Editor and Writer, End-User-Computing Technical Marketing, VMware Based on interviews with Dean Flaming, End-User-Computing Architect and End-User-Computing Hands-On Labs Content Lead, VMware VMware Hands-On Labs (HOLs) are an excellent, sometimes overlooked resourc...

Jul 28, 2015 4:00:01 PM

 

How to Troubleshoot an App Volumes Environment, Part 2

 

By Gina Daly, Technical Writer for Technical Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware With significant contributions from: Stephane Asselin, Senior End-User-Computing Architect, Technical Enablement, End-User Computing, VMware Jason Marshall, Manager, Product Engineering, End-User Computing, VMware ...

Jul 27, 2015 4:01:20 PM

 

How to Troubleshoot an App Volumes Environment, Part 1

 

By Gina Daly, Technical Writer for Technical Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware With significant contributions from: Stephane Asselin, Senior End-User-Computing Architect, Technical Enablement, End-User Computing, VMware Jason Marshall, Manager, Product Engineering, End-User Computing, VMware ...

Jul 27, 2015 4:00:24 PM

 

PARTNER

 

Get Ready for Any By Building Out Your VMworld 2015 Conference Schedule

 

As you already know, VMworld 2015 U.S. is taking place from August 30 – September 3 in San Francisco, but you can let your experience begin now. The 2015 Schedule Builder is open. If you haven’t done so already, get registered so you can access all the content rich sessions, keynotes and more. As...

Jul 30, 2015 5:17:30 PM

 

VSAN Assessment is Now Available

 

Help your customer find out how Virtual SAN can help with the challenges they face with their storage environment. By using the brand new VMware VSAN Assessment tool for just 1 week, you can collect and analyze data from a customer's vSphere storage environment and provide them technical and busi...

Jul 29, 2015 9:14:42 PM

 

Announcing Power Play Products for 2H'15

 

Access the resources to learn, market, and sell 2H Powers Plays for Virtual SAN, vCloud Air Disaster Recovery, vSphere with Operations Management, and AirWatch. These Power Plays provide an excellent way for you to up-sell and cross-sell these offerings into new and existing accounts. Be sure to ...

Jul 29, 2015 3:35:24 PM

 

Hitachi Announces Unified Compute Platform 1000 for VMware EVO:RAIL

 

Read this announcement to learn more about the Hitachi UCP 1000 for VMware EVO:RAIL. It's a high value solution for enterprises looking for efficient and cost-effective options for remote/branch offices, virtual desktops, and other areas where a simple, easy to deploy, manage and scalable VMware ...

Jul 28, 2015 6:58:52 PM

 

MORE NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM AROUND THE WEB

 

Something to listen to...

 

Note - I’m behind on posts - and know it. Lots going on that’s keeping me super busy! With everything going on - how to keep up with it all and keep learning in real-time is half the fun :-) In my travels – I’m often asked “what do you do to keep learning?” and for recommendations on books, podca...

Jul 31, 2015 1:24:56 PM

 

VMUG WebCast: Overview of EVO:RAIL and Deep Dive into Version 1.2 Features

 

Abstract: EVO:RAIL is the first 100% VMware powered Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Appliance (HCIA). EVO:RAIL delivers compute, network, storage and management resources integrated onto an optimized 2U/4N hardware platform; all available via our 8 Qualified EVO:RAIL Partners and backed by single ...

Jul 31, 2015 8:15:20 AM

 

Business-critical MySQL with DR in vCloud Air

 

VMware Continuent enables demanding enterprise customers to process billions of business-critical transactions using economical MySQL relational databases. Learn how VMware Continuent adds high-availability, disaster recovery, and real-time data warehouse loading to off-the-shelf MySQL operating ...

Jul 30, 2015 8:37:00 PM

 

Heads Up! Misbehaving APD functionality in vSphere 6.0

 

A very quick “public service announcement” post this morning folks, simply to bring your attention to a new knowledge base article that our support team have published. The issue relates to APD (All Paths Down) which is a condition that can occur when a storage device is removed from an ESXi host...

Jul 30, 2015 8:15:13 AM

 

Datrium finally out of stealth… Welcome Datrium DVX!

 

Advertise here with BSA Before I get started, I have not been briefed by Datrium so I am also still learning as I type this and it is purely based on the somewhat limited info on their website. Datrium’s name has been in the press a couple of times as it was the company that was often associated ...

Jul 28, 2015 1:20:29 PM

 

Discover VMware Headquarters

 

Join Jeff Goodall for a look at VMware's community inside a company at VMware headquarters in Palo Alto, California. VMware's Palo Alto Headquarters was designed for collaboration and connection. Sitting on 105 acres in Stanford Research Park with more than 1500 trees, beautiful landscape, and gr...

Jul 28, 2015 6:56:00 AM

 

Same company different focus, let me know about your API wants!

 

For over a year I have been focused on improving VMware Command Line Interfaces including PowerCLI, vCLI, vMA, ESXCLI & DCLI. I have tried to stay close to what the users of VMware want from a command line interface and have been delivering this as part of our current offerings and future offerin...

Jul 27, 2015 8:55:05 PM

 

Remote Pair Programming with a DevOps Twist

 

Back in March 2015, I reached out to my friend Jeff who mainly writes Javascript apps to see if he’d like to engage with me on a project focused on VMware NSX . The idea was to utilize the principles behind Remote Pair Programming but instead have different skill sets that we both want to improve...

Jul 27, 2015 3:26:30 PM

 

Heads up: ESXi 5.x & 6.0 unable to detect newer Apple Mac Pro 6,1 local SSD Device

 

Over the last couple of weeks there have been several reports coming in from customers that the local SSD device found in newer Apple Mac Pro 6,1 were no longer being detected by ESXi. Starting with ESXi 5.5 Patch03 and ESXi 6.0, the Apple Mac Pro 6,1 was officially supported but it looks like th...

Jul 27, 2015 2:24:49 PM

 

SAS Expander support on Virtual SAN

 

This question has come up on a number of occasions in the past. It usually comes up when there is a question about scalability and the number of disk drives that can be supported on a single host that is participating in Virtual SAN. The configurations maximums for a Virtual SAN node is 5 disk gr...

Jul 27, 2015 1:00:57 PM

 

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VMware TAM Source 7.29

Posted by nisserow Aug 15, 2015

FROM THE EDITORS VIRTUAL DESK

Hi everyone, welcome to this weeks TAM Source newsletter. We are getting closer to VMworld and of course the most exciting event in the VMware calendar. As mentioned last week I am providing some essential VMworld news for you. I would also like to point out this weeks featured article from the VMware TAM blog.

 

Virtually Yours

Neil Isserow

 

FEATURED ARTICLE

MyVMware Quick Tour

By Kelly Dare

 

If you work with VMware in any way, there are a few things you should know about the MyVMware portal. (www.myvmware.com ) Understanding how to navigate it and how it is set up will help you minimize your administrative effort working with VMware in several key ways.

 

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VMWORLD 2015

Be Ready For Any at VMworld 2015! Don’t miss our 7/28 #VMworldChat!
Year after year, VMworld has continued to grow into one of the largest virtualization and cloud computing events in the world. With an expected attendance of over 25,000 people, this year’s conference looks to be no different.
VMworld 2015 is around the corner. Are you Ready For Any?
To get VMworld attendees Ready For Any, we’re excited to announce the first #VMworldChat!

 

 

On July 28th, at 11am PDT, we invite attendees, New V and Alumni alike, to join our #VMworldChat to discuss predictions, opinions and field questions on the must-see events. Co-hosting this chat will be longtime VMworld veteran Eric Nielsen (@ericni25)!

 

NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM VMWARE

GENERAL NEWS

 

VMware News Recap 7/24/15: What We Read This Week

 

Q2 2015 Earnings, Tech Coding Schools Foster Diversity, VMware Joins the Cloud Native Computing Foundation + More This Week in VMware News On Tuesday, VMware reported second quarter 2015 results. Coming out of the earnings call, The Motley Fool covers “5 Things VMware Inc’s Management Wants You t...

Jul 24, 2015 6:57:36 PM

 

VMware Joins the Stanford Medicine Corporate Partners Program

 

Today, VMware is pleased to announce that the company has joined the Stanford Medicine Corporate Partners Program. VMware joins 10 other leading Silicon Valley companies to partner with Stanford Medicine to transform health care and medicine – from treating disease to promoting lifelong health. V...

Jul 24, 2015 4:55:24 PM

 

Disaster Recovery and More Top Posts for Implementing VMware at SMBs

 

We know there are unique challenges when it comes to implementing enterprise IT at a small or mid-size business (SMB) — that’s why we’ve pulled together posts from the VMware blogosphere that we think might be useful to you: get tips and how-tos on VMware solutions, along with additional resource...

Jul 24, 2015 3:00:01 PM

 

VMworld 2015: Extreme Performance Series

 

Who loves virtual Performance? Who wants to learn more about it? Everybody of course! I'm very excited about this year's Extreme Performance Series mini-track being hosted at VMworld San Francisco and Barcelona. These sessions are created and presented by VMware's best and most distinguished perf...

Jul 23, 2015 10:06:05 PM

 

Web Client issues in vSphere 6

 

Today we'd like to talk about some common issues that have been seen when customers were upgrading to the latest version of our vSphere Web Client. Perhaps you, during an upgrade, missed some products that were no longer supported (ie: removing plugins that are no longer supported), and now are p...

Jul 23, 2015 3:53:16 PM

 

MyVMware Quick Tour

 

By Kelly Dare If you work with VMware in any way, there are a few things you should know about the MyVMware portal. ( www.myvmware.com ) Understanding how to navigate it and how it is set up will help you minimize your administrative effort working with VMware in several key ways. Get Support Rig...

Jul 22, 2015 7:40:35 PM

 

VMware Named a Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure

 

By Michael Adams, director of vSphere product marketing, VMware For a sixth year in a row, we are proud to announce VMware is once again a leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure. (1) (Read the press release) Gartner’s report, we believe, validates our vi...

Jul 22, 2015 12:00:17 PM

 

Girls Who Code Students Answer Your Questions (Video Responses)

 

We recently asked you to submit your questions for the students at Girls Who Code. The girls were on campus at VMware’s Palo Alto headquarters for a Summer Immersion Program where they learn essential industry skills while gaining exposure to the tech industry and receiving valuable mentorship fr...

Jul 21, 2015 4:33:03 PM

 

VMware NSX Insights From an Expert, Part 2

 

Last week we shared the first part of an interview with Hatem Naguib, VMware Vice President, Network and Security, where we asked him to share his insight on VMware NSX, the tangible business benefits it makes possible, and the advantages it offers VMware customers. Here is the rest of that fasci...

Jul 21, 2015 4:19:19 PM

 

Oracle on vSphere book - Tech Target Interview of Authors

 

Tech Target has completed and published an interview of the authors (Don Sullivan and Kannan Mani) of the Oracle on vSphere VMware press book. The published interview is linked below: The official VMware press book and the definitive authority on the subject of Oracle on vSphere: http://www.amazo...

Jul 21, 2015 3:18:37 PM

 

How to confirm ESX and ESXi host hardware compatibility

 

We've just put the finishing touches on a new video which discusses how to confirm ESX and ESXi host hardware compatibility using the VMware Hardware Compatibility Guides, which are available here . You can use the VMware Hardware Compatibility Guides to confirm whether or not your particular ser...

Jul 21, 2015 1:21:47 PM

 

Strategizing and Modernizing your Cloud Delivery Practice

 

Part 1 – Establishing your Cloud Business Management Practice By Khalid Hakim, Charlie McVeigh History, particularly IT history, sure does have a way of repeating itself. Think back to the 80’s and the advent of mini computers. Mini computers were widely adopted by business units because of the p...

Jul 20, 2015 6:36:52 PM

 

Use VSAN Assessment to validate Virtual SAN's benefits for your organization

 

Are you experiencing challenges with your current vSphere storage environment (i.e., performance, capacity constraint, complexity, expensive renewals) or just not sure if VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) would be a good fit? Now VMware partners, SEs, or reps can help you with a free VSAN Assessment . In...

Jul 20, 2015 5:45:01 PM

 

New VMware Cloud Automation: Design and Deploy Fast Track Beta Class in NC

 

On Sept 21 -25 in Cary, NC, you have a unique opportunity to participate in the beta version of our new VMware Cloud Automation: Design and Deploy Fast Track [V6.0] course. This BETA offering is sure to fill up fast, so act now. This course focuses on designing and deploying an enterprise cloud b...

Jul 20, 2015 4:19:35 PM

 

SIOC: I/O Distribution with Reservations & Limits – Basic Concepts

 

The mClock scheduler was introduced with vSphere 5.5 Storage I/O Control (SIOC) and laid the foundation for new capabilities for scheduling storage resources. vSphere 6.0 expands upon these capabilities and adds the ability to reserve IOPS, providing even more flexibility and control when deliver...

Jul 20, 2015 4:00:21 PM

 

New Group of EVO:RAIL Hands-on Lab Challenge Winners to Receive VMworld 2015 Passes

 

By Michael Gandy, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, EVO:RAIL, VMware As the EVO:RAIL Hands-on Lab Challenge moves into its third month, we are pleased to announce the challenge winners for June. Sam Byrne, David Morehead and Adrian Ngo achieved the three best scores. Congrats guys! Each of them will...

Jul 20, 2015 1:52:10 PM

 

Delivering Application-Centric Network and Security Services

 

by Rich Bourdeau VMware NSX and vRealize Automation deliver secure, scalable, and high performing applications on-demand Applications need much more than appropriately sized virtual machines. They also need accurately configured network connectivity, security, availability, scale, and performance...

Jul 22, 2015 10:35:58 AM

 

VMware Continuent 4.0.1 Released!

 

Continuing from our April 2015 release of the new VMware Continuent 4.0 products is a new 4.0.1 release that provides important fixes to both the replication and MySQL clustering. For full details, read the full release notes, available at the links below, but the highlights are as follows: VMwar...

Jul 21, 2015 7:30:30 PM

 

Looking to Learn vCloud Air? Discover the Best Learning Resources Right Here!

 

Getting the latest tricks and tips for all things VMware vCloud® Air™ shouldn’t be a struggle. That’s why we made vTech Talk, our video series highlighting the myriad things you can do with your deployment of vCloud Air. In our latest video, users ask where they can get the best training and reso...

Jul 21, 2015 4:04:20 PM

 

Align Your Cloud Management Initiative with the Market Leader

 

by Rich Bourdeau Considering deploying a private cloud? Need to get better control over public cloud health, performance and utilization? Most industry analysts see IT infrastructure environments evolving to a hybrid cloud environment over the next 2-3 years. IDC expects that over 65% of enterpri...

Jul 21, 2015 10:35:55 AM

 

Troubleshooting Slow Virtual Machines and QoS Policies on NetApp Storage using vRealize Operations

 

By Bekah Suttner, Blue Medora Virtual administrators on NetApp storage often receive complaints from end users about slow-running virtual machines when writing large amounts of data. This slowdown can often be the result of a QoS (Quality of Service) policy within the NetApp storage environment. ...

Jul 21, 2015 10:00:07 AM

 

Post #24 - Creating Custom Policies in vROps 6.x

 

A large part of the software-defined datacenter is policy-based management (heard of SPBM?) so how do you manage policies in vRealize Operations and how do you create your own custom policies? Let's find out! Understanding Policies in vRealize Operations 6 Before you start creating custom policie...

Jul 20, 2015 10:00:54 AM

 

DESKTOP

 

Video: Enterprise mobility news recap: July 20-24

 

Apple record earnings, Amazon record hiring and steps to a split billing solution, we’re lined up with big news this week on the weekly recap. I’m Maddie Cook and this is your weekly recap of the AirWatch Blog. AT&T for Work Platform is now available for AirWatch customers. Combined with AirWatch...

Jul 24, 2015 7:54:20 PM

 

AT&T Work Platform provides AirWatch customers greater control of employee data usage

 

At the VMware Business Mobility event on June 9, Sundhar Annamalai announced that AirWatch customers who have implemented BYOD initiatives can now gain greater visibility of their telecom costs. This capability enables enterprises to care for business oriented data usage on their employees’ perso...

Jul 23, 2015 4:19:58 PM

 

Be a sponsor at AirWatch Connect Atlanta 2015

 

AirWatch Connect Atlanta is right around the corner and sponsorship is still available! This year at AirWatch Connect, the Mobility Expo will provide partners the opportunity to showcase products, solutions and services to gain exposure to attendees from across the mobile ecosystem. Last year’s e...

Jul 23, 2015 1:53:37 PM

 

Windows 10 introduces new model for data security with Enterprise Data Protection

 

Over the past several decades, the Windows operating system has fundamentally changed the way we access, create and share information. However, the workplace has shifted too, from static workstations to dynamic work environments where employees access and share information across various devices....

Jul 21, 2015 9:16:52 PM

 

VMware Fusion Technology Preview 2015 Available Now!

 

It's about that time again! The VMware Fusion team is excited to announce availability of the Fusion Technology Preview 2015! You can get it today from the Community Forums: Fusion Technical Preview 2015 Community We've been hard at work delivering the features our users have been asking for, and...

Jul 21, 2015 8:19:13 PM

 

In 451 Research survey, IT executives rank AirWatch as ‘Most Important MDM/EMM Vendor’

 

451 Research recently released results from the survey “Voice of the Enterprise: Information Security.” In the survey, EMM/MDM users answered a comprehensive survey asking opinions and insights from the Information Security market. Based on the results, EMM/MDM users rank AirWatch as the most imp...

Jul 20, 2015 7:40:45 PM

 

PARTNER

 

Don’t Leave Money on the Table... 2H Power Plays Are Here

 

As the VMware portfolio continues to grow we want to provide you with focus for delivering on our Software-Defined Data Center, Hybrid Cloud, and Business Mobility visions. There is tremendous opportunity to accelerate our transactional business together. Here are the Power Play Products for the ...

Jul 20, 2015 5:17:14 PM

 

MORE NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM AROUND THE WEB

 

Project Enzo On Demand Webcast Now Available

 

Project Enzo is VMware’s new hybrid cloud-scale architecture designed to combine the economic benefits of cloud-based VMware virtual desktops and application technology, with the simplicity of hyper-converged infrastructure to transform the IT experience. The webcast "Project Enzo: Redefining Wor...

Jul 23, 2015 1:37:00 PM

 

My top 15 VMworld sessions for 2015

 

Advertise here with BSA Every year I do a top VMworld sessions post. It is getting more complicated each year as there are so many great sessions. In the past years I tried to restrict myself to 20 but it always ends up being 22, 23 or even more sessions. This year I am going to be strict, 15 at ...

Jul 22, 2015 3:34:26 PM

 

My Top 10 Interesting Session Picks at VMworld 2015

 

Inspired by Mister Yellow Bricks himself, here is a list of 10 interesting sessions that I’ve scoped out while browsing this year’s VMworld 2015 Content Catalog . My picks are pretty heavily slanted towards automation because that’s how I roll! In addition to the three sessions that I’m presentin...

Jul 22, 2015 2:10:34 PM

 

Migrating a VM with snapshots to/from VSAN

 

In Virtual SAN 6.0, a new snapshot format was introduced called vsanSparse. This improves snapshot functionality by leveraging the new VirstoFS on-disk format used with VSAN 6.0. I had a question recently about what would happen if I migrated a VM with a traditional vmfsSparse/redo log type snaps...

Jul 22, 2015 1:00:47 PM

 

Off-Site Backup Strategy for the Home Lab

 

In TechReckoning Dispatch v2n10, John Troyer writes: What’s your home off-site backup strategy? Right now I’m just backing up the household Macs via Time Machine to a local 4TB disk. This is ok… unless we have a fire. Guess who just had a fire? (A three-foot section of our wood fence caught on fi...

Jul 21, 2015 2:20:37 PM

 

EVO:RAIL Under The Covers: What is “Link and Launch”, and how does it work?

 

Around the end of 2014 the EVO:RAIL team released an update to their core software in the shape of the 1.0.1 release. One of the key features the release introduced was something we call “Link and Launch”, an optional feature used by our partners. As you might know, from a hardware perspective mo...

Jul 21, 2015 12:51:08 PM

 

Extending your vSphere platform with Virtual SAN

 

Advertise here with BSA Over the last couple of months I’ve spoken to many customers about Virtual SAN. What struck me during these conversations is how these customers spoke about Virtual SAN. In all cases when we start the conversation it starts with a conversation about what their environment ...

Jul 21, 2015 11:56:31 AM

 

Free Videos - VMworld 2014 Sessions

 

I’ve created a YouTube playlist with 32 newly released VMworld 2014 sessions.

Jul 21, 2015 8:25:00 AM

 

What’s New in VMware vSphere 6 - Performance

 

VMware vSphere 6 continues to enhance the performance features and capabilities of the vSphere platform, making it the most robust and highest-performing cloud platform. vSphere 6 supports larger virtual machines and physical hosts to accommodate even the most demanding workloads. It also introdu...

Jul 21, 2015 7:38:00 AM

 

Creating re-usable PowerCLI functions with “Onyx for the Web Client”

 

Onyx is a tool I have been using for years, it’s a tool that sat between the vSphere C# Client or Windows Client and the vCenter server and intercepted the SOAP calls, it would inspect these SOAP calls and convert them into PowerCLI code. With the recent move away from the C# Client there is an o...

Jul 20, 2015 5:20:31 PM

 

VMWARE TAM WEBCASTS

 

Official VMware Webcast Site: click here.

 

On-Demand Webinars:

SDDC:

  • NEW: On-Demand: What’s New in VMware vSphere 6: First Look and Upgrade Best Practices
  • On-Demand: Web Client
  • On Demand: Troubleshooting Strategies for vSphere 6
  • On-Demand: Designing a Virtual Infrastructure Architecture
  • On-Demand: Demystifying the Software Defined Data Center
  • On-Demand: vSphere with Operations Management
  • On-Demand: Troubleshooting VMware vSphere [v5.5]
  • On-Demand: vCenter Server (vSphere 6)
  • On-Demand: vSphere Security (vSphere 6)
  • On-Demand: Examining your Security Posture in the Software-Defined Data Center
  • On-Demand: What’s New with vSphere and Operations Management 6
  • On-Demand: New Video from HP Discover: VMware and HP’s Global Innovation Center
  • On-Demand: VMware vForum Online Spring 2015
  • On-Demand: The Software-Defined Data Center: the Future of IT
  • On-Demand: A Practical Roadmap to Moving Beyond Server Virtualization
  • On-Demand: Datacenter Refresh: Traditional vs Converged vs Hyper-Converged
  • Every Wednesday, 3pm EST: VMware Communities Roundtable
    • What’s new in vSphere 6 Security?  Learn here about the new security features in vSphere 6, and also the vSphere Hardening Guide.
    • Top 5 Tips when considering vCenter Architecture Design in vSphere v6.0 are here.
Operations Management:
  • NEW: On-Demand: New You See Me – Data Path Visibility from Host to Disk with vRealize Operations
  • On-Demand: vRealize Operations v6.0: Installation, Sizing, and Migration
  • On-Demand: Using vRealize Automation and NSX to Deploy and Secure Multi-tiered Applications
  • On-Demand: Getting More Out of vRealize Automation: Cloud Business Management (vRealize Business)
  • On-Demand: Getting More Out of vRealize Automation: Integrate with Anything
  • On-Demand: Getting More Out of vRealize Automation: Introduction to Customization and Extending
  • On-Demand: Getting More Out of vRealize Automation: 6.2 Installation and Configuration
  • On-Demand: Getting More Out of vRealize Automation: No Scripting Required
  • On-Demand: Log Insight Deep Dive
  • On-Demand: Performance & Troubleshooting – Improving Quality of Service
  • On-Demand: Operational Efficiency – Understanding Waste and Rightsizing your Environment
  • On-Demand: vRealize Operations 6.0 Installation and the Migration from vCenter Operations v5.x
  • On-Demand: What’s New in vRealize Operations 6.0
  • On-Demand: vRealize Operations 6.0: Capacity Management and Planning
  • On-Demand: Four Ways to Maximize the Value of VMware vRealize Operations Manager
  • On-Demand: Take Virtualization to the Next Level with vSphere with Operations Management
  • On-Demand: Take control of your vSphere environment with Operations Management
  • VIDEOS: 50 new vRealize Operations 6 videos available on the vR Ops product website (on the Resources tab), covering Key Concepts, Use Cases, Installation, Analytics Badges, and How To & Tech Tips.
    • NEW: vRealize Operations for Horizon now offers a single pane of glass to monitor and report on VMware Horizon and Citrix XenApp 6.5 deployments.  Download the eval here, visit the webpage here, and download the data sheet here.
    • NEW: Log Insight:
      • Learn about Event forwarding statuses here.
      • Learn about the Log Insight agent: unavailable remote destination here.
    • Now live on the Web, the vSphere Optimization Assessment (VOA) demonstrates the power of Operations Management via a free, 30-day product evaluation health check that will provide you a comprehensive analysis of the optimization opportunities in your virtualized environment.  Learn more about the VOA through this video.
    • VMware has a new 5-day Performance & Capacity Management Detailed Workshop service to help you transform your operational processes and organizational structures to realize the greatest value from your investments in VMware technology.  Ask your TAM if you’re interested in getting more information about this offering.

Automation:Networking:
  • On-Demand: Microsegmentation with VMware NSX
  • On-Demand: Using vRealize Automation and NSX to Deploy and Secure Multi-tiered Applications
  • On-Demand: VMware NSX for Horizon (video series)
  • On-Demand: Learn how NSX delivers a comprehensive security approach for Horizon environments
  • On-Demand: Introduction to NSX
  • On-Demand: VMware NSX – Technical Overview
  • On-Demand: Listen to Martin Casado explain NSX and Microsegmentation
  • On-Demand: A 3-minute summary of NSX and Microsegmentation
  • On-Demand: NSX Distributed Firewall Deep Dive
  • Every other Tuesday, 1pm EST: VMware NSX. Learn how VMware has applied the industry’s leading virtualization operating model to the network through this bi-weekly webinar.
    • NEW: NSX/Checkpoint integration is now Generally Available.  Check Point vSEC for VMware NSX delivers multi-layered defenses to protect east-west traffic within the VMware-deployed data center. vSEC transparently enforces security at the hypervisor level and between virtual machines, automatically quarantines infected machines for remediation, and provides comprehensive visibility into virtual network traffic trends and threats.  Read more here and here.
    • NEW:  Deep-dive on VDI networking and security with NSX for Horizon.  With the exponential growth in security threats from “east-west” traffic within the datacenter, IT pros are increasingly looking to network virtualization with VMware NSX to deliver automated, intelligent, and persistent application of policies to virtual desktops and apps.  Watch this overview video to learn about the solution, and check out our brand new demo video series here that steps you through NSX deployment for Horizon environments.
    • Product walk-through demo on NSX can be found here.
    • Do you still have Windows 2003 in your environment?  There are security threats imminent for customers who still on Windows 2003, as support has ended for this operating system.  Read more here.  You can use NSX help you through this transition.
Storage:
  • NEW: On-Demand: Virtualization at the Speed of Flash
  • On-Demand: A Technical Overview of Virtual Volumes
  • On-Demand: Storage Policy-Based Management with Virtual SAN
  • On-Demand: vSphere 6.0: All Things Storage! (led by Cormac Hogan)
  • On-Demand: Lower Storage Costs with VMware Virtual SAN
  • On-Demand: VMware Virtual Volumes and their Impact on the Datacenter
  • On-Demand: Managing Storage Policies with VMware Virtual SAN
  • On-Demand: What’s All the Buzz about Software-Defined Storage? (Learn about Virtual SAN 6 and vSphere Virtual Volumes)
  • On-Demand: What’s New in Virtual SAN v6.0 – Seeing What’s New in Storage
  • On-Demand: Overcoming Performance Limitations with Dell Flash Storage
    • Try out Virtual SAN 6 for free here.
    • Hands On Lab: "What’s New in Virtual SAN 6?"  Click here!
    • Learn about Virtual Volumes here.
Disaster Recovery:
  • On-Demand: Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery in Action
  • On-Demand: Technical Demo: What’s New with vCloud Air Disaster Recovery
  • On-Demand: Not Your Grandfather’s Data Protection
    • The VMware Feature Walk-Through site has content covering the vCloud Air Disaster Recovery Service.  Watch it here.  (Read more about this new vCloud Air DRaaS offering here.)
Cloud:
  • On Demand: Accelerate and Control your IaaS with VMware Cloud Management Platform
  • On-Demand: IT Security does not have to End where the Public Cloud Begins
  • On-Demand: Check out VMware and Fujitsu joint solutions that bring a “Hybrid IT” model to optimize the cloud and support innovation and growth.
  • On-Demand: Build Development and Testing Environments on VMware vCloud Air
  • On-Demand: Set Your Cloud Agenda with VMware vCloud Air
  • On-Demand: Scale Your Mobile App Development on vCloud Air
    • vRealize Air Compliance is now live!  Learn here how to continuously monitor and quickly report on the configuration compliance of your vSphere Infrastructure and take proactive action with vRealize Air Compliance.
    • Learn about VMware’s “One Cloud. Any Application. Any Device” value proposition here.
Desktop:
  • On-Demand: VDI on the Front Lines: One Hospital’s Journey to Deployment
  • On-Demand: VMware and NVIDIA Simplify Desktop Virtualization for Higher Education Customers
  • On-Demand: What’s New with View: Update on VMware Horizon (with View) [v6.0]
  • On-Demand: VMware and NVIDIA: Extending the Power of Virtualization in Higher Education
  • On-Demand: Tips and Tricks for Building a Mobile Secure Workspace with VMware Horizon
  • On-Demand: Business Mobility: Enabling Business Process Innovation with Mobile-First Strategies (hosted by CEO Pat Gelsinger and EVP Sanjay Poonen).
  • On-Demand: VMware NSX for Horizon (video series)
  • On-Demand: Deliver High-Performance Graphically-Accelerated VDI
  • On-Demand: Extend the Benefits of Workspace Environment Management to Virtual Desktops and Apps Using VMware App Volumes, UEM, vRealize Ops and More
  • On-Demand: Learn how NSX delivers a comprehensive security approach for Horizon environments
  • On-Demand: VMware Horizon: Transforming Desktop and Application Delivery and Management
  • On-Demand: Accelerate Your Desktop Transformation Strategy: Six New Additions to Horizon 6
    • NEW: vRealize Operations for Horizon now offers a single pane of glass to monitor and report on VMware Horizon and Citrix XenApp 6.5 deployments.  Download the eval here, visit the webpage here, and download the data sheet here.
    • NEW:  Deep-dive on VDI networking and security with NSX for Horizon.  With the exponential growth in security threats from “east-west” traffic within the datacenter, IT pros are increasingly looking to network virtualization with VMware NSX to deliver automated, intelligent, and persistent application of policies to virtual desktops and apps.  Watch this overview video to learn about the solution, and check out our brand new demo video series here that steps you through NSX deployment for Horizon environments.
    • NEW: App Volumes 2.9 is now Generally Available.  Click here.
    • NEW: Mirage 5.4 is now Generally Available.  Click here.
    • NEW: Citrix customers can optimize their environments with the Horizon Application Management bundle here.
    • NEW: AirWatch by VMware has been recognized as a leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant here.
    • Have you heard about the new VMware User Environment Manager (UEM), which offers personalization and dynamic policy configuration across any virtual, physical, and cloud-based environment?  Read more about it here.
Troubleshooting:
  • On-Demand: Webinar on Troubleshooting  VMware vSphere [V5.5], covering SSL certificates, networking, storage, VMware vCenter SSO, and more.  Read more about it here.

 

Scheduled Webinar Events:Jul 28: Virtual Volumes and Storage Policy-Based Management (vSphere 6 Webcast)Jul 28: IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Virtual Client Computing Software 2015 Vendor AssessmentJul 30: 3 Things You Should Know about VMware Virtual SANAug 5: Visualizing Data with Dashboards, Views & Reports (Getting More Out of vRealize Operations Series) (Link forthcoming)Aug 11: vCenter Server Availability (vSphere 6 Webcast)Aug 19: Symptoms, Alerts, Recommendations, and Actions (Getting More Out of vRealize Operations Series) (Link forthcoming)Sep 16: Technical Overview of vCloud Air (ViewPoint Webinar Webcast)
  • Aug 30-Sep 3: VMworld 2015
    • Registration: here.
      • Pricing: here.
      • PSO Credits:  Use 22 PSO Credits to buy your ticket.  FAQ’s are here.  10 ticket limit per organization.  Credits must not expire before the end of VMworld.
      • TAM Day: Sunday Aug 30th, 10am-6pm.  These invitation-only, customer sessions will focus on the most timely and pressing business and technical issues. Read more here. [TAM Day is now sold out. Add your name to the Wait List during the VMworld Registration process.]
      • Who should attend:  Learn here why all levels of management should go to VMworld, and why you should want your own manager there.
      • Content Catalog: Available here.
      • Schedule Builder: Available here.
      • Training Discount: You can maximize savings on training classes by signing up for pre-conference training courses or discounted self-paced courses during VMworld registration. Get more details here.  View more on PearsonVue’s site here.
      • See last year’s sessions here.
VMUG
  • 100,000 members strong!  This vibrant VMware community welcomes you to network, learn best practices, and share ideas about VMware solutions.
  • Program for VMUG Advantage subscribers: EVALExperience by VMware – a renewable 365 day, non-production license so that you can access and evaluate the latest and greatest VMware products.  Click here for the press release, here for the blog, and here to sign up!  NEW: VMware vSphere 6, VMware Integrated OpenStack, and VMware Virtual SAN 6 are now available.  Visit here to place an order for the updated products.
  • VMUG COMPASS: Click here
    • The inaugural issue tackles topics such as “Upgrade Your Sandbox”, “The Truth About Agentless Security”, and “Understanding Micro-Segmentation”.
  • - VMUG Feed4ward mentor program.  Learn more here.
  • - VMUG eLearning Webcast Page: Click here
  • - VMUG eLearning Center: Click here
  • - VMUG wiki: Click here
  • - Webcast Archive File Library: Click here  (Latest additions: Keeping Up with VMware Backup & Recovery Challenges of the Software-Defined Virtual Data Center)
Scheduled VMUG Webinar Events:
VMware Education:
  • NEW COURSES!
    • NEW BETA in Cary, NC!  VMware Cloud Automation: Design and Deploy Fast Track V6.0 – click here

    • On-Demand: VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6] - click here
    • VMware vSphere: Fast Track [V6] - click here
    • FREE eLEARNING COURSE!  EVO:RAIL Fundamentals – click here
    • FREE VMware Integrated OpenStack training is here.
    • More new courses and special offers can be found here.
  • Save 50% on VMware Learning Zone: Subscribe to Learning Zone for 12 months of 24/7 access to VMware video-based support.  Learn more here.
  • New Publication!  “DevOps for VMware Administrators” can be found here.
If you missed it last week….
  • NEW VMWARE PRODUCTS / TERMINOLOGY: There are a few new products and ideas that have been introduced by VMware.  Here is a synopsis of a few of the most recent:
Bonneville: A minimal OS that acts as a docker host running directly on ESXi, intended to be used as a remote docker host.  Bonneville uses the Pico version of Photon as a Docker Host.  Read more here.Photon: Linux container host.  Photon contains binaries to support Docker, rkt, and Garden container formats.  Read more here.Lightwave: An open source version of the PSC designed to be used with Photon to solve the single sign-on problem for containers.  Read more here.AppCatalyst: A minimal desktop hypervisor purpose-built to run docker hosts.  The desktop hypervisor for developers.  Read more here.

 

  • NEW FLINGS:
    • The Onyx for the Web Client fling went live.  Read about it here.
    • This Fling wraps the View Client and allows users to pre-configure settings such as pool, protocol, shade, desktop layout, and more
    • This Mirage Toolbox Fling is our playground for experimental Mirage features.
  • Are you aware of the VMware vSphere Mobile Watchlist? This is a mobile application, available for both Android and iOS, that allows you to monitor sub-sets of virtual machines and hosts on your vSphere server or standalone VMware ESXi environment.  Read more here.
  • DID YOU KNOW? myVMware has a subscription feature whereby you can subscribe for updates on a major, minor, or patch release?  These settings are all modified under your profile within myVMware under the “Subscriptions” Tab.  You simply select the product you’d like to receive updates on.  That’s it!  Details on how to update your myVMware profile can be found here.

  • Certifications/Free Education:
  • VMware offers many ways to get trained in VMware products and solutions.  These include Classroom, Live Online, Online self-paced, Lab Connect, On Demand, Instructional Videos, ViewPoint Webinar Series, VMware TV on YouTube, Partner University, Hands On Labs, The Learning Zone, SolutionTracks, Demos on Demand, Online Events, Local Events, Beta classes, VMworld, Partner Exchange, Partner Library, vBrownbag, and VMUGs.  If you’d like to learn more about any of these, please reach out and let me know.

 

 

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FROM THE EDITORS VIRTUAL DESK

Hi everyone, we are getting closer to VMworld and from this week I will be bringing you a special section at the top of the newsletter with any information regarding VMworld. I hope you will find this useful whether you are attending or still undecided.


Have a great week everyone.

 


VMWORLD - (http://blogs.vmware.com/vmworld/)

Visit the VMware User Group at VMworld 2015!

NEW this year, the VMware User Group will feature an exclusive lounge at VMworld. VMUG members: be sure to visit the VMUG lounge in Moscone West on the 2nd floor to learn about the latest programs, connect with VMUG board members, leaders, fellow members, and relax between sessions! Not a VMUG member yet? Join for FREE by stopping by the lounge. You’ll also be able to pick up the annual VMUG t-shirt and have chance to win some great giveaways!



NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM VMWARE

GENERAL NEWS

 

VMware News Recap: What We Read This Week, July 16, 2015

 

VMware Named a Customer Experience Champion, A Look at VMware’s R&D Innovation Offsite, VSAN Reviews + more this week in VMware News VMware this week announced that it has centralized its business mobility sales team in Asia Pacific and Japan to address customer demand for a holistic approach to ...

Jul 17, 2015 4:10:44 PM

 

vSphere Replication and Virtual Raw Device Mappings

 

Some vSphere administrators utilize a storage feature called "raw device mapping" or RDM. There are two types of RDM - virtual RDM and physical RDM. For more information on RDM, please see the vSphere 6.0 Documentation Center . In general, I recommend using VMDK files or Virtual Volumes , but the...

Jul 17, 2015 3:49:12 PM

 

Server Ops Troubleshooting, Maximizing Your VMware Investment and Other Top Professional Services Posts

 

Our friends from around the VMware blogosphere publish everything from how-to content to put your skills to the test, to strategic concepts that can help you think differently about how you work. Check out the latest posts and try something new! Server Ops Troubleshooting 101: A Technical Account...

Jul 17, 2015 3:00:41 PM

 

Manage Your vSphere Infrastructure From Your Mobile Device

 

Eiad Al-Aqqad is a Consulting Architect within the SDDC Professional Services practice. He has been an active consultant using VMware technologies since 2006. He is a VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX#89), as well as an expert in VMware vCloud, vSphere, and SRM. In addition, he serves as a CTO...

Jul 17, 2015 3:00:14 PM

 

Fling Contest 2014 Winner: Onyx for the Web Client

 

About Brian Graf Brian Graf is a Senior Technical Marketing Manager - Automation in the Cloud Infrastructure Technical Marketing group at VMware. Brian currently focuses on all of the vCloud Suite products as well as the Software-Defined Data Center. Previous to Technical Marketing, Brian worked ...

Jul 16, 2015 7:11:21 PM

 

News + Infographic: VMware Aligns Business Mobility Offering in Asia Pacific to US$24b Market Opportunity by 2016

 

By Sanjay Deshmukh, Vice President, End-User Computing, Asia Pacific & Japan at VMware VMware this week announced that it has centralized its business mobility sales team in Asia Pacific and Japan. The integrated go-to-market sales team will address customer demand for a holistic approach to mana...

Jul 16, 2015 5:01:58 PM

 

vSphere: Design and Deploy Beta Course Offered in Chicago

 

On September 21-25 in Chicago, Illinois, you have a unique opportunity to participate in the BETA version of our new VMware vSphere: Design and Deploy Fast Track [V6] course. This extended-hours training course equips you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to design and deploy a VMware vSp...

Jul 16, 2015 3:53:59 PM

 

VMware and the Future of Storage and Availability

 

From the early days of VMware, it became clear that dealing with storage in efficient and scalable ways were key requirements for the success of virtualization in enterprise environments. Indeed, the storage stack of ESXi, including VMFS, played a key role in the proliferation of virtualization i...

Jul 16, 2015 1:27:09 AM

 

Case Study: Big Data/Hadoop on vSphere and Other Blogs

 

A new customer technical case study on Skyscape's use of vSphere as their platform for deploying Hadoop in the cloud was published recently. Skyscape, based in the UK, deploys Hadoop clusters on demand for their UK Government customers from the company's public cloud infrastructure. Citizen servi...

Jul 15, 2015 6:58:31 PM

 

Issuing a 3rd party SSL certificate to vCenter while using vSphere VMCA to issue certificates to ESXi

 

This is the second video for today which was produced in conjunction with Mike Foley who is a Senior Technical Marketing Manager at VMware. These videos should be of some help to those of you that are faced with SSL certificate creation tasks relating to vSphere 6. This video discusses and demons...

Jul 15, 2015 5:48:54 PM

 

How to create a Microsoft Certificate Authority Template for SSL certificate creation in vSphere 6

 

Today we have two new videos that we produced in conjunction with Mike Foley who is a Senior Technical Marketing Manager at VMware. These videos should be of some help to those of you that are faced with SSL certificate creation tasks relating to vSphere 6. This first video is based on VMware kno...

Jul 15, 2015 5:47:09 PM

 

Transforming Your IT Operations

 

The way customers now consume technology has changed significantly. They are becoming more comfortable using platforms such as e-commerce marketplaces. In the US markets alone, online sales are predicted to grow by almost 60% to over $400B by 2018. IT organizations are now aggressively trying to ...

Jul 15, 2015 4:51:36 PM

 

Big Data Extensions 2.2

 

By Julie Roman Big Data Extensions 2.2 was released on June 5 th . This release can leverage Instant Clone technology when deployed on vSphere 6 for fast provisioning of virtual machines (VMs). In this article I’ll walk you through a basic lab setup using Instant Clone technology and provide some...

Jul 15, 2015 3:49:34 PM

 

New vSphere v6 Courses Available

 

We've released two new courses on vSphere v6 and a new EVO:RAIL course in the past few weeks. Check them out! VMware vSphere: Fast Track [V6] - This intensive, extended-hours and hands-on lab training course focuses on installing, configuring, managing and troubleshooting VMware vSphere 6, includ...

Jul 15, 2015 3:48:13 PM

 

VMware Innovation Series: R&D Innovation Offsite (RADIO)

 

VMware is committed to being an innovative place to work and the company’s R&D Innovation Offsite (more commonly referred to as “RADIO”) is one of the ways the company helps to make that vision a reality. RADIO helps foster discussion around unexplored ideas that would be impactful for the compan...

Jul 15, 2015 3:41:39 PM

 

Custom certificate on the outside, VMware CA (VMCA) on the inside - Replacing vCenter 6.0’s SSL Certificate

 

A customer recently asked me “How do I replace the “external” SSL certificate of vCenter but still use VMCA in default mode?” Ever curious, I asked “Why?”. His security team required that any “externally” facing management web pages needed to have a custom certificate that chained up to the corpo...

Jul 14, 2015 7:29:09 PM

 

VMware NSX Insight From an Expert, Part 1

 

The demand for VMware NSX is growing. And while customers realize its potential, they are often unclear on the tangible business benefits made possible with VMware NSX. We sat down with Hatem Naguib, VMware Vice President, Network and Security , and asked him to share his insight on VMware NSX an...

Jul 14, 2015 4:09:42 PM

 

Using the Intel Xeon Phi Compute Accelerator with ESX 6.0

 

Compute accelerators -- whether they be GPUs, Intel Xeon Phi, or FPGAs -- are increasingly common in HPC and so it is important that we assess the use of such technologies from within VMware vSphere® as part of our efforts to virtualize research computing and other HPC environments. Last year whe...

Jul 14, 2015 3:27:56 PM

 

SSL certificate issues in VMware Horizon View

 

Horizon View Administrators continue to open support requests with issues surrounding SSL certificates in the product configuration. Nobody really enjoys setting up SSL and all the other security aspects that go along with it - it's a necessary evil. Maybe that explains why, when running into iss...

Jul 13, 2015 4:34:27 PM

 

VMware User Environment Manager and Application Profile Settings

 

By Jeffrey Davidson There has been a lot of focus on VMware UEM (formerly Immidio) in recent months since its acquisition and release as VMware User Environment Manager (UEM). In this blog entry I will walk through the process of capturing Google Chrome settings and incorporating that configurati...

Jul 16, 2015 2:42:28 PM

 

California Natural Resources Agency Delivers Cross-Agency Private Cloud

 

Leveraging VMware Software Defined Data Center and vRealize Automation, the California Natural Resource Agency delivered a multi-tenant private cloud that meets the unique needs of different groups within the agency. Consolidating Infrastructure Across Departments Like most government agencies, t...

Jul 16, 2015 10:33:02 AM

 

Want to Learn More about vCloud Air? Introducing Our vCloud Air vTech Talk Series!

 

Give your VMware vCloud® Air™ the kick it needs with our new vCloud Air vTech Talk video series! Every Tuesday, we’ll publish a new video demonstration in the vCloud Air Community which will cover a wide range of cloud-related topics, including virtual to cloud conversions, vCloud Air sizing guid...

Jul 14, 2015 4:00:32 PM

 

Active Networks Automates DevOps with VMware’s Unified Cloud Platform

 

by Rich Bourdeau Active Networks improves IT Service delivery while increasing data center security by leveraging VMware vRealize Automation and NSX. It’s all about delivering applications faster Increasingly it’s not sufficient for IT to just get faster at delivering compute, storage, security a...

Jul 14, 2015 11:54:03 AM

 

Accelerate Your IaaS with VMware Cloud Management Platform. Register for the Webcast!

 

It’s a new cloud-driven world out there. Can your private or hybrid cloud deployment handle the pressure? How are your infrastructure resources? Do you have new cloud capabilities, but just seem to be short on capacity? In our upcoming webcast, you’ll learn from Taka Uenishi, Product Line Marketi...

Jul 13, 2015 9:10:51 PM


DESKTOP

 

Video: Enterprise mobility news recap: July 13-17

 

Wi-Fi Aware, Mobile World Congress Shanghai and a shopping experience through text messages. I’m Maddie Cook and this is your weekly recap of the AirWatch Blog. This week the Wi-Fi Alliance released a new technology called Wi-Fi Aware. Similar to iBeacons, Wi-Fi Aware is an app that accesses near...

Jul 17, 2015 6:07:42 PM

 

Asia Pacific leadership addresses Business Mobility at Mobile World Congress Shanghai

 

This past week, AirWatch and VMware attended Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2015. Hosted at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, the event attracts industry professionals, analysts and journalists from around the region and world. Last year’s event had over 25,000 attendees and businesses,...

Jul 16, 2015 6:49:30 PM

 

Using VMware Horizon Toolbox With Horizon 6

 

By Nancy Beckus, Writer and Editor, End-User Computing Technical Marketing, VMware VMware Horizon Toolbox is a free-of-charge Web portal that acts as an extension to View Administrator for View virtual desktops in VMware Horizon 6 . Use the Horizon Toolbox to determine the correct system size and...

Jul 16, 2015 6:20:20 PM

 

Presidential Precinct Connects Community Leaders and Experts Across the World Using Socialcast by VMware

 

The Presidential Precinct brings together young leaders from around the world to meet and collaborate with scholars, diplomats and private sector experts. Whether it is through a one-day program or a six-week program, Precinct participants make connections that drive change in their communities a...

Jul 16, 2015 3:00:59 PM

 

How NVIDIA and VMware virtualize Esri ArcGIS Pro

 

By Cedric Courteix, Partner Alliances Architect, VMware As we are heading out to Esri User Conference next week, I thought it would be appropriate to give you an update on how Esri--the leader in Geographic Information System (GIS) technology used by 300,000 organizations worldwide--NVIDIA, and V...

Jul 16, 2015 2:00:31 PM

 

Infographics: Techaisle finds that SMBs see productivity boost by adopting mobility

 

Techaisle, a data-driven SMB IT market reasearch and industry analyst organization, recently conducted a global study to better understand key market trends, opportunities and IT priorities within SMB mobility solution users. The infographic summarizes the top benefits of mobility and identifies ...

Jul 15, 2015 8:18:18 PM

 

Why Windows 10 Matters To You

 

By Mark Margevicius, director of enterprise solutions, End-User Computing, VMware Microsoft’s forthcoming Windows 10 is a significant milestone for any enterprise customer today. With this release Microsoft has delivered a meaningful release that will have impact and value for many years to come....

Jul 15, 2015 7:32:53 PM

 

VMware Leaps into the Leaders Category in the IDC MarketScape

 

In 2014, the worldwide virtual client computing (VCC) software market totaled $3.0 billion, with a growth percentage of 6.9% from 2013. IDC sees the VCC market entering its maturity phase, encouraging vendors to expand capabilities to physical desktop management, enterprise mobility management an...

Jul 15, 2015 5:49:05 PM

 

Automation Is Easy with Horizon vRealize Orchestrator Plug-In!

 

By Jessica Chapin, Technical Writer and Editor, End-User Computing, VMware With significant contributions from Aaron Black, Product Manager, End-User Computing, VMware Many hands make light work, or so the saying goes. When the bulk of the workload is placed on one person, tasks take longer to co...

Jul 15, 2015 2:53:35 AM

 

Horizon FLEX drives amazing hypervisors

 

By Andy Morris, Sr. Product Line Marketing Manager, Horizon FLEX, End-User Computing, VMware Type 2 hypervisors are cool. If you’re looking at the ones in Horizon FLEX then you should know that the core technology is the same as in vSphere - the solution that powers many of the world’s most in-de...

Jul 14, 2015 3:00:52 PM

 

From the Data Center, With Linux: NVIDIA GRID Virtualizes High-End Linux Workstation Experience

 

Guest Blog by Will Wade, Director of GRID Product Management, NVIDIA If your business relies on Linux to run advanced applications, your life just got easier — thanks to VMware and NVIDIA. NVIDIA GRID technology powers the high-performance 3D graphics of VMware’s recently released Horizon 6 for L...

Jul 14, 2015 2:00:19 PM

 

451 Research analyzes VMware’s development in Business Mobility

 

451 Research recently released a report that recaps VMware’s Business Mobility event last month in San Francisco. The report, titled “VMware expands its reach into the mobile enterprise,” details the event news and VMware’s mobility leadership position, strategy and momentum. According to the rep...

Jul 14, 2015 12:24:40 PM

 

Fusion is one amazing hypervisor

 

Type 2 hypervisors are cool. If you’re looking at the ones from VMware ( Fusion Pro, Fusion, Workstation & Player Pro ) then you should know that the core technology in those is not only the same, but it’s the same as in vSphere - the solution that powers many of the world’s most in-demand and hi...

Jul 13, 2015 11:47:21 PM


PARTNER

 

TAP SDDC NDA Roadmap Session Rescheduled

 

The TAP Team is pleased to announce that we have rescheduled our additional NDA Roadmap Session . This additional session will be available online via WebEx on Thursday, August 6th. This brief session will run from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. PDT. This session will include discussions on SDDC Developin...

Jul 17, 2015 8:47:32 PM

 

Announcing Time slots for TAP 1:1 Partner Meetings at VMworld US 2015

 

We are excited to announce that we are holding one-on-one partner meetings at VMworld US 2015. If you are interested in meeting with the TAP program managers, please take a moment to fill out the appropriate application . Please understand that these meetings are first come, first serve and as ti...

Jul 17, 2015 8:38:49 PM

 

Let’s Syndicate – VMware’s Web VOA Launch

 

Calling all NORAM and EMEA Partners! VMware is about to make your life even easier. The new vSphere Optimization Assessment (VOA) trial is now available through Website Content Syndication on Partner Demand Center . This Demand Center offering provides partners with an easy and automatic way to f...

Jul 17, 2015 7:46:28 PM


MORE NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM AROUND THE WEB

 

VMware released New Design and Deploy training courses

 

VMware education has released three new training courses, which are still in beta right now.  There is some limited availability to attend these new beta courses. Please follow the link if you’re interested. VMware Cloud Automation: Design and Deploy Fast Track [V6.0] This training course focuses...

Jul 19, 2015 11:40:00 AM

 

Latest Fling from VMware Labs - Onyx for the Web Client

 

Onyx for the Web Client is a Fling that translates actions taken in the vSphere Web Client to PowerCLI.Net code. This Fling was the winning entry in last year’s 2014 Fling Contest . It’s an update, of sorts, to the Onyx fling, as it allows for similar functionality in the web client. The Onyx for...

Jul 19, 2015 11:24:00 AM

 

More than 8 disks in your Virtual SAN host?

 

Advertise here with BSA It seems Virtual SAN is on fire… I’ve been getting emails about VSAN configurations on a daily basis from partners, VMware field and customers. More and more customers seem to be looking at deploying Virtual SAN with a high number of disks and this week I ran in to somethi...

Jul 17, 2015 5:41:31 PM

 

How to create a custom ESXi VIB to execute a script once?

 

Earlier this week I received a question from a customer who was interested in creating a custom ESXi VIB that could execute a specific script within the payload as part of the installation and only running it once. This was a fairly common request that I have seen in the past and as far as I […]

Jul 16, 2015 3:55:39 PM

 

Win a VMworld Party VIP ticket!

 

Advertise here with BSA Are you attending VMworld and are you a big fan of Neon Trees and/or Alabama Shakes? The VMworld team was kindly enough to provide me with a VIP ticket with the opportunity to meet Neon Trees and Alabama Shakes at the VMworld Party in the AT&T Park. Awesome location and gr...

Jul 15, 2015 3:35:06 PM

 

VMware Mirage Implementation Case Study for a Large, Public-Sector Organization

 

This VMware Mirage implementation case study documents the IT objectives achieved at a large public-sector organization with 10,000 users distributed over 400 remote offices. Users were connected to the data center via a low-bandwidth network. The objectives were met with little to no disruption ...

Jul 15, 2015 8:00:00 AM

 

Using PowerCLI to invoke Guest Operations API to a Nested ESXi VM

 

In my opinion, the Guest Operations API in vSphere is still one of the most powerful Virtual Machine capabilities that is available to vSphere Administrators and anyone else who integrates with the vSphere Platform. The Guest Operations API allows users to perform guest operations (running comman...

Jul 14, 2015 9:04:56 PM

 

Technology Short Take #52

 

Welcome to Technology Short Take #52, the latest collection of news, links, and articles from around the web on data center technologies. Networking Want to know a bit more about how OVN (Open Virtual Network) plans to integrate support for containers? See this . You might also find it useful to ...

Jul 14, 2015 7:00:00 PM

 

A tactical, but awesome update - RecoverPoint for VMs 4.3

 

At VMworld 2014 - we announced and then released RecoverPoint for VMs - a simple, easy, purely software-based replication tool for VMware customers that need to start small but be ready to scale up. RecoverPoint for VMs (RP4VM) = enterprise-class remote replication and DR that is software only + ...

Jul 14, 2015 2:45:48 PM

 

Under The Covers – What happens when…EVO:RAIL Replaces a node (Part 3)

 

In my previous blog post I walked you through what happens when adding an additional EVO:RAIL appliance to an existing deployment or cluster. Now I want to look at the next important workflow. You could relate this to the issue of serviceability. There are a number of scenarios that need to be co...

Jul 13, 2015 4:22:38 PM

 

The PATCH Method – Non-Safe, Non-Idempotent, Totally Rad

 

There’s a joy to using RESTful APIs to programmatically talk with different systems to build something useful, such as my Grafana dashboard . As I dive deeper into my new gig , I’ve been attempting to learn more about communicating with RESTful services using different methods. This includes meth...

Jul 13, 2015 2:30:47 PM

 

How my daughter almost received an extra shot (vaccine) for her birthday?

 

This past week, our daughter turned 4 months old and this meant another routine visit to the pediatrician office for her vaccinations. It started out like any other visit. The medical assistant took her weight and measurements, and reviewed the vaccines that were due this visit. She noted that ou...

Jul 13, 2015 1:44:17 AM


VMWARE TAM WEBCASTS

 

Official VMware Webcast Site: click here.

 

On-Demand Webinars:

SDDC:

  • NEW: On-Demand: Web Client
  • On Demand: Troubleshooting Strategies for vSphere 6
  • On-Demand: Designing a Virtual Infrastructure Architecture
  • On-Demand: Demystifying the Software Defined Data Center
  • On-Demand: vSphere with Operations Management
  • On-Demand: Troubleshooting VMware vSphere [v5.5]
  • On-Demand: vCenter Server (vSphere 6)
  • On-Demand: vSphere Security (vSphere 6)
  • On-Demand: Examining your Security Posture in the Software-Defined Data Center
  • On-Demand: What’s New with vSphere and Operations Management 6
  • On-Demand: New Video from HP Discover: VMware and HP’s Global Innovation Center
  • On-Demand: VMware vForum Online Spring 2015
  • On-Demand: The Software-Defined Data Center: the Future of IT
  • On-Demand: A Practical Roadmap to Moving Beyond Server Virtualization
  • On-Demand: Datacenter Refresh: Traditional vs Converged vs Hyper-Converged
  • Every Wednesday, 3pm EST: VMware Communities Roundtable
    • NEW: vRealize Orchestrator Plug-In for vSphere Auto Deploy v6.0.2 is now Generally Available from the VMware Solutions Exchange here.
    • NEW: For the sixth year in a row, VMware is in the leading position in the Gartners 2015 Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure!  Additionally, vSphere had the highest scores in every category in Gatner’s MQ companion research, the Critical Capabilities for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure report.  Read more here.
    • NEW: Are you aware of the VMware vSphere Mobile Watchlist? This is a mobile application, available for both Android and iOS, that allows you to monitor sub-sets of virtual machines and hosts on your vSphere server or standalone VMware ESXi environment.  Read more here.
    • What’s new in vSphere 6 Security?  Learn here about the new security features in vSphere 6, and also the vSphere Hardening Guide.
    • Top 5 Tips when considering vCenter Architecture Design in vSphere v6.0 are here.
Operations Management:
  • On-Demand: vRealize Operations v6.0: Installation, Sizing, and Migration
  • On-Demand: Using vRealize Automation and NSX to Deploy and Secure Multi-tiered Applications
  • On-Demand: Getting More Out of vRealize Automation: Cloud Business Management (vRealize Business)
  • On-Demand: Getting More Out of vRealize Automation: Integrate with Anything
  • On-Demand: Getting More Out of vRealize Automation: Introduction to Customization and Extending
  • On-Demand: Getting More Out of vRealize Automation: 6.2 Installation and Configuration
  • On-Demand: Getting More Out of vRealize Automation: No Scripting Required
  • On-Demand: Log Insight Deep Dive
  • On-Demand: Performance & Troubleshooting – Improving Quality of Service
  • On-Demand: Operational Efficiency – Understanding Waste and Rightsizing your Environment
  • On-Demand: vRealize Operations 6.0 Installation and the Migration from vCenter Operations v5.x
  • On-Demand: What’s New in vRealize Operations 6.0
  • On-Demand: vRealize Operations 6.0: Capacity Management and Planning
  • On-Demand: Four Ways to Maximize the Value of VMware vRealize Operations Manager
  • On-Demand: Take Virtualization to the Next Level with vSphere with Operations Management
  • On-Demand: Take control of your vSphere environment with Operations Management
  • VIDEOS: 50 new vRealize Operations 6 videos available on the vR Ops product website (on the Resources tab), covering Key Concepts, Use Cases, Installation, Analytics Badges, and How To & Tech Tips.
    • NEW: Now live on the Web, the vSphere Optimization Assessment (VOA) demonstrates the power of Operations Management via a free, 30-day product evaluation health check that will provide you a comprehensive analysis of the optimization opportunities in your virtualized environment.  Learn more about the VOA through this video.
    • NEW: The vRealize Operations Management Pack for SCOM v3.2 is now Generally Available.  You can get it here(This update is only for vCOps v5.8.)
    • VMware has a new 5-day Performance & Capacity Management Detailed Workshop service to help you transform your operational processes and organizational structures to realize the greatest value from your investments in VMware technology.  Ask your TAM if you’re interested in getting more information about this offering.

Automation:Networking:
  • On-Demand: Microsegmentation with VMware NSX
  • On-Demand: Using vRealize Automation and NSX to Deploy and Secure Multi-tiered Applications
  • On-Demand: VMware NSX for Horizon (video series)
  • On-Demand: Learn how NSX delivers a comprehensive security approach for Horizon environments
  • On-Demand: Introduction to NSX
  • On-Demand: VMware NSX – Technical Overview
  • On-Demand: Listen to Martin Casado explain NSX and Microsegmentation
  • On-Demand: A 3-minute summary of NSX and Microsegmentation
  • On-Demand: NSX Distributed Firewall Deep Dive
  • Every other Tuesday, 1pm EST: VMware NSX. Learn how VMware has applied the industry’s leading virtualization operating model to the network through this bi-weekly webinar.
    • NEW: NSX/Checkpoint integration is now Generally Available.  Read more here.
    • Product walk-through demo on NSX can be found here.
    • Do you still have Windows 2003 in your environment?  There are security threats imminent for customers who still on Windows 2003, as support has ended for this operating system.  Read more here.  You can use NSX help you through this transition.
Storage:
  • NEW: On-Demand: A Technical Overview of Virtual Volumes
  • On-Demand: Storage Policy-Based Management with Virtual SAN
  • On-Demand: vSphere 6.0: All Things Storage! (led by Cormac Hogan)
  • On-Demand: Lower Storage Costs with VMware Virtual SAN
  • On-Demand: VMware Virtual Volumes and their Impact on the Datacenter
  • On-Demand: Managing Storage Policies with VMware Virtual SAN
  • On-Demand: What’s All the Buzz about Software-Defined Storage? (Learn about Virtual SAN 6 and vSphere Virtual Volumes)
  • On-Demand: What’s New in Virtual SAN v6.0 – Seeing What’s New in Storage
  • On-Demand: Overcoming Performance Limitations with Dell Flash Storage
    • Try out Virtual SAN 6 for free here.
    • Hands On Lab: "What’s New in Virtual SAN 6?"  Click here!
    • Learn about Virtual Volumes here.
Disaster Recovery:
  • On-Demand: Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery in Action
  • On-Demand: Technical Demo: What’s New with vCloud Air Disaster Recovery
  • On-Demand: Not Your Grandfather’s Data Protection
    • The VMware Feature Walk-Through site has content covering the vCloud Air Disaster Recovery Service.  Watch it here.  (Read more about this new vCloud Air DRaaS offering here.)
Cloud:
  • NEW: On Demand: Accelerate and Control your IaaS with VMware Cloud Management Platform
  • On-Demand: IT Security does not have to End where the Public Cloud Begins
  • On-Demand: Check out VMware and Fujitsu joint solutions that bring a “Hybrid IT” model to optimize the cloud and support innovation and growth.
  • On-Demand: Build Development and Testing Environments on VMware vCloud Air
  • On-Demand: Set Your Cloud Agenda with VMware vCloud Air
  • On-Demand: Scale Your Mobile App Development on vCloud Air
    • NEW: vRealize Air Compliance is now live!  Learn here how to continuously monitor and quickly report on the configuration compliance of your vSphere Infrastructure and take proactive action with vRealize Air Compliance.
    • Learn about VMware’s “One Cloud. Any Application. Any Device” value proposition here.
Desktop:
  • NEW: On-Demand: VDI on the Front Lines: One Hospital’s Journey to Deployment
  • NEW: On-Demand: VMware and NVIDIA Simplify Desktop Virtualization for Higher Education Customers
  • On-Demand: What’s New with View: Update on VMware Horizon (with View) [v6.0]
  • On-Demand: VMware and NVIDIA: Extending the Power of Virtualization in Higher Education
  • On-Demand: Tips and Tricks for Building a Mobile Secure Workspace with VMware Horizon
  • On-Demand: Business Mobility: Enabling Business Process Innovation with Mobile-First Strategies (hosted by CEO Pat Gelsinger and EVP Sanjay Poonen).
  • On-Demand: VMware NSX for Horizon (video series)
  • On-Demand: Deliver High-Performance Graphically-Accelerated VDI
  • On-Demand: Extend the Benefits of Workspace Environment Management to Virtual Desktops and Apps Using VMware App Volumes, UEM, vRealize Ops and More
  • On-Demand: Learn how NSX delivers a comprehensive security approach for Horizon environments
  • On-Demand: VMware Horizon: Transforming Desktop and Application Delivery and Management
  • On-Demand: Accelerate Your Desktop Transformation Strategy: Six New Additions to Horizon 6
    • Have you heard about the new VMware User Environment Manager (UEM), which offers personalization and dynamic policy configuration across any virtual, physical, and cloud-based environment?  Read more about it here.
Troubleshooting:
  • On-Demand: Webinar on Troubleshooting  VMware vSphere [V5.5], covering SSL certificates, networking, storage, VMware vCenter SSO, and more.  Read more about it here.

 

Scheduled Webinar Events:Jul 21: vSphere 6 Performance  (vSphere 6 Webcast)Jul 22: Groups & Policies (Getting More Out of vRealize Operations Series)Jul 28: Virtual Volumes and Storage Policy-Based Management (vSphere 6 Webcast)Jul 28: IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Virtual Client Computing Software 2015 Vendor AssessmentJul 30: 3 Things You Should Know about VMware Virtual SANAug 5: Visualizing Data with Dashboards, Views & Reports (Getting More Out of vRealize Operations Series) (Link forthcoming)Aug 11: vCenter Server Availability (vSphere 6 Webcast)Aug 19: Symptoms, Alerts, Recommendations, and Actions (Getting More Out of vRealize Operations Series) (Link forthcoming) 
  • Aug 30-Sep 3: VMworld 2015
    • Registration: here.
      • Pricing: here.
      • PSO Credits:  Use 22 PSO Credits to buy your ticket.  FAQ’s are here.  10 ticket limit per organization.  Credits must not expire before the end of VMworld.
      • TAM Day: Sunday Aug 30th, 10am-6pm.  These invitation-only, customer sessions will focus on the most timely and pressing business and technical issues. Read more here. [TAM Day is now sold out. Add your name to the Wait List during the VMworld Registration process.]
      • Who should attend:  Learn here why all levels of management should go to VMworld, and why you should want your own manager there.
      • Content Catalog: Available here.
      • Schedule Builder: Available here(Opens Jul 21, at 12am PDT / 3am EDT)
      • Training Discount: You can maximize savings on training classes by signing up for pre-conference training courses or discounted self-paced courses during VMworld registration. Get more details here.  View more on PearsonVue’s site here.
      • See last year’s sessions here.
VMUG
  • 100,000 members strong!  This vibrant VMware community welcomes you to network, learn best practices, and share ideas about VMware solutions.
  • Program for VMUG Advantage subscribers: EVALExperience by VMware – a renewable 365 day, non-production license so that you can access and evaluate the latest and greatest VMware products.  Click here for the press release, here for the blog, and here to sign up!  NEW: VMware vSphere 6, VMware Integrated OpenStack, and VMware Virtual SAN 6 are now available.  Visit here to place an order for the updated products.
  • NEW: VMUG COMPASS: Click here
    • The inaugural issue tackles topics such as “Upgrade Your Sandbox”, “The Truth About Agentless Security”, and “Understanding Micro-Segmentation”.
  • - VMUG Feed4ward mentor program.  Learn more here.
  • - VMUG eLearning Webcast Page: Click here
  • - VMUG eLearning Center: Click here
  • - VMUG wiki: Click here
  • - Webcast Archive File Library: Click here  (Latest additions: Keeping Up with VMware Backup & Recovery Challenges of the Software-Defined Virtual Data Center)
Scheduled VMUG Webinar Events:
  • Jul 21: Citrix XenApp Migration to VMware Horizon (VMware)
  • Jul 23: Delivering VMware Virtual Volumes on NetApp Clustered Data ONTAP (NetApp)
  • https://www.vmug.com/RaleighJul 30, 1-5pm: Raleigh VMUG (12 Davis Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709)
    • Optimize and Better Protect Your VM Environment (DataGravity)
    • FVP and In-Memory Computing (PernixData)
    • Register here today!
  • Jul 30: Congratulations, You Are Virtualized. What’s Your Data Protection, Backup and Recovery Strategy? (Tintri)
  • Aug 4: The Changing Storage Industry and the Impact on Virtual Desktop Solutions (Infinio)
  • Aug 6: Ensuring Security is Never a Burden in the Software-Defined Data Center (TrendMicro)
  • Aug 12: Overview of EVO:RAIL and Deep Dive into Version 1.2 Features (VMware)
  • Oct 8: Raleigh VMUG

VMware Education:
  • NEW VMWARE PRODUCTS / TERMINOLOGY: There are a few new products and ideas that have been introduced by VMware.  Here is a synopsis of a few of the most recent:
    • Bonneville: A minimal OS that acts as a docker host running directly on ESXi, intended to be used as a remote docker host.  Bonneville uses the Pico version of Photon as a Docker Host.  Read more here.
    • Photon: Linux container host.  Photon contains binaries to support Docker, rkt, and Garden container formats.  Read more here.
    • Lightwave: An open source version of the PSC designed to be used with Photon to solve the single sign-on problem for containers.  Read more here.
    • AppCatalyst: A minimal desktop hypervisor purpose-built to run docker hosts.  The desktop hypervisor for developers.  Read more here.
  • NEW FLING: Yesterday, the Onyx for the Web Client fling went live.  Read about it here.
  • Are you aware of the VMware vSphere Mobile Watchlist? This is a mobile application, available for both Android and iOS, that allows you to monitor sub-sets of virtual machines and hosts on your vSphere server or standalone VMware ESXi environment.  Read more here.
  • DID YOU KNOW? myVMware has a subscription feature whereby you can subscribe for updates on a major, minor, or patch release?  These settings are all modified under your profile within myVMware under the “Subscriptions” Tab.  You simply select the product you’d like to receive updates on.  That’s it!  Details on how to update your myVMware profile can be found here.
  • NEW COURSES!  Two new courses on vSphere 6 and a new EVO:RAIL course have been released:
    • VMware vSphere: Fast Track [V6] - click here
    • VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6] On Demand – click here
    • FREE eLEARNING COURSE!  EVO:RAIL Fundamentals – click here
  • vRealize Orchestrator Plug-In for vSphere Auto Deploy v6.0.2 is now Generally Available from the VMware Solutions Exchange here.

If you missed it last week….
  • NEW FLINGS! 
    • This Fling wraps the View Client and allows users to pre-configure settings such as pool, protocol, shade, desktop layout, and more.
    • This Mirage Toolbox Fling is our playground for experimental Mirage features.
  • VMware previewed Project Bonneville, a Docker runtime that works with vSphere.  Read more here.
  • FREE VMware Integrated OpenStack training is here.
  • Certifications/Free Education:
  • VMware offers many ways to get trained in VMware products and solutions.  These include Classroom, Live Online, Online self-paced, Lab Connect, On Demand, Instructional Videos, ViewPoint Webinar Series, VMware TV on YouTube, Partner University, Hands On Labs, The Learning Zone, SolutionTracks, Demos on Demand, Online Events, Local Events, Beta classes, VMworld, Partner Exchange, Partner Library, vBrownbag, and VMUGs.  If you’d like to learn more about any of these, please reach out and let me know.


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FROM THE EDITORS VIRTUAL DESK

Hi everyone, I hope that you all had a really good 4th of July and did not miss the newsletter too much. Well we are back for the second half of 2015 with so much news from VMware. We are also heading into events season with many local events including VMworld in this quarter. I hope that you have all purchased your tickets for this amazing event (www.vmworld.com).

 

I wish you a fantastic week and 2nd half of 2015.

 

 

NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM VMWARE

GENERAL NEWS

 

VMware News Recap: What We Read This Week, July 10, 2015

 

IDC ranks VMware Market Share Leader, Immidio: The History Behind the Handshake + Why Online Testing is the Future This week, analyst firm IDC has once again ranked VMware the market share leader in cloud systems management and in datacenter automation software based on 2014 software revenues acc...

Jul 10, 2015 5:34:50 PM

 

Change Management’s Balancing Act

 

By John Worthington I had some interesting discussions with a client about Change Management the other day. There was considerable focus around the risk matrix; after all, the risk of a change dictates approval flow….change is about managing risk right? The change management challenge is about ba...

Jul 10, 2015 3:08:13 PM

 

VCP6 Exams Open for Registration, New Self Paced Courses, and a Round of Applause to the new VCDXs

 

VCP6-DCV, VCP6-DCV Delta, and vSphere 6 Foundation Exams Open for Registration Registration opened last month for live versions of the VCP6-DCV, VCP6-DCV Delta, and vSphere 6 Foundation Exams. The exams will be available starting August 30, 2015 at several PearsonVue testing centers around the wo...

Jul 10, 2015 3:00:56 PM

 

VCDX Workshop at VMworld 2015 US

 

Join us on Saturday, August 29 before VMworld 2015 US, for the VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) Workshop at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront, Burlingame, CA. The Workshop gives you a chance to learn more about the VCDX process and program, and is the perfect way to kick off your...

Jul 9, 2015 4:57:39 PM

 

vCloud Connector and Datacenter Extension - KBTV Webinars

 

Continuing on with our KBTV Webinars series, here we have the thirteenth and final installment of the current series titled vCloud Connector and Datacenter Extension . Note : This video is roughly 35 minutes in duration so it would be advisable to set aside some time in order watch it fully.

Jul 9, 2015 1:47:38 PM

 

Extend vRealize Automation for Third-Party Imaging Technologies - Introduction

 

By Ted Spinks Is your OS deployment content locked away in physical-centric systems management tools? Are engrained OS imaging technologies slowing down your organization's adoption of vRealize Automation? Ted Spinks-a VMware Cloud Automation TAM Tech Lead- shows you how you can absorb your exist...

Jul 9, 2015 1:43:43 PM

 

Unable to access Administration and Licensing in vSphere Web Client

 

After upgrading or deploy the vCenter Server 6.0 or vCenter Server Appliance 6.0, some customers are being denied access to some features. Namely- You are unable to access or see the Single Sign-On administration section When attempting to access the System Configuration (located at: Administrati...

Jul 8, 2015 3:59:07 PM

 

ALERT: When removing CPU from VM configuration hard disks and nic are removed

 

VMware has become aware of situation whereby hard disks and/or nics may be removed from a virtual machine when reconfiguring VM workflows in vRealize Automation. We have identified two distinct scenarios where this might happen and so have create two separate KB articles. Please familiarize yours...

Jul 8, 2015 3:38:22 PM

 

Leading Analyst Firm Names VMware #1 in Worldwide Cloud Systems Management and Datacenter Automation Software Vendor Shares for 2014

 

By Sajai Krishnan, vice president of product marketing, Management Suites Business Unit, VMware They say good news comes in pairs. Today I am elated to announce that IDC has once again ranked VMware the market share leader in cloud systems management (1) and in datacenter automation software (2) ...

Jul 8, 2015 12:00:57 PM

 

Apps-as-a-Service sub-section of the BCA homepage

 

A new section to the public facing Business Critical Applications Homepage was introduced last week. It is called the "Applications-as-a-Service". The section will aggregate collateral from all applications that are considered to be mission critical but do not necessarily fit within the more esta...

Jul 8, 2015 5:38:11 AM

 

Geo-Location Based Traffic Management with F5 BIG-IP for VMware Products (PoC)

 

By Spas Kaloferov The increasingly global nature of content and migration of multimedia content distribution from typical broadcast channels to the Internet make Geo-Location a requirement for enforcing access restrictions. It also provides the basis for traditional performance-enhancing and disa...

Jul 10, 2015 5:20:25 PM

 

VMware Products and CVE-2015-1793

 

On July 9 th 2015, the OpenSSL project released a Security Advisory . This advisory contained 1 security issue (CVE-2015-1793), which was given a severity rating of “high”. The advisory lists OpenSSL 1.0.1n, 1.0.1o, 1.0.2b and 1.0.2c as being affected by this issue. These updates were released in...

Jul 9, 2015 10:17:49 PM

 

New VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2015-0005

 

Today VMware has released the following new advisory VMSA-2015-0005 This addresses an issue in VMware Workstation, Player and Horizon View Client for Windows that may lead to a host privilege escalation. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the identifier ...

Jul 9, 2015 10:13:10 PM

 

How to Efficiently Deploy Virtual Machines from VMware vSphere Content Library

 

by Joanna Guan and Davide Bergamasco This post is the first of a series which aims to assess the performance of the VMware vSphere Content Library solution in various scenarios and provide vSphere Administrators with some ideas about how to set up a high performance Content Library environment. A...

Jul 9, 2015 9:34:20 PM

 

Queues, Queues and more Queues

 

Introduction to Queues Sizing Proper queues sizing is a key element in ensuring current database workloads can be sustained and all SLA’s are met without any processing disruption. Queues Queues are often misrepresented as the very “bane of our existence” and yet queues restore some order of semb...

Jul 9, 2015 7:02:27 PM

 

Extend vRealize Automation for Third-Party Imaging Technologies

 

vRealize Automation (vRA) offers built-in integration with a long list of imaging technologies, such as SCCM, BladeLogic, HP Server Automation, and Citrix Provisioning Server, to name just a few. But what if you want to integrate vRA with a different imaging technology, that’s not on this list? W...

Jul 9, 2015 10:00:57 AM

 

Calling All Service Providers: You’re Invited to the vCloud Director 8.0 Beta!

 

Calling all VMware Service Providers: You’re invited to participate in the vCloud Director 8.0 beta! Beta participation gives you the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the upcoming release of vCloud Director 8.0 before it hits the streets. This beta allows you to collaborate with product t...

Jul 8, 2015 4:00:36 PM

 

Accelerate and Control your IaaS with VMware Cloud Management Platform

 

Is your private or hybrid cloud deployment having difficulty delivering on the expectations of the business? Are you using your infrastructure resources efficiently? With new cloud capabilities, do you seem to be always short on capacity? Is it cost competitive and able to scale? In this cloud-mo...

Jul 8, 2015 10:00:43 AM

 

DESKTOP

 

Now available: iOS 9 and Mac OS X El Capitan public betas

 

Written by Claire Feeney, Product Marketing Apple has released public betas of its latest mobile and desktop software, iOS 9 and Mac OS X El Capitan. In the past, early access has been limited to the developer community, however, today marks the first time the public is invited to test major pre-...

Jul 9, 2015 8:20:03 PM

 

Infographic: 5 key facts from WWDC

 

At the World Wide Developers Conference earlier this summer, Apple developers gathered to learn about the latest iOS and OS X features. See the infographic below to learn about the features that affect the enterprise and register for the webinar on July 21. The webinar will include a panel discus...

Jul 9, 2015 3:38:31 PM

 

Tips for Leaders Engaging With Employees

 

As the community manager for a large enterprise social network (ESN) for a Fortune 100 company, it thrills me when leaders are interested in how they can use our internal network better in their role as leaders. Over the last few years at Humana , we have seen consistent growth in leader involvem...

Jul 8, 2015 5:16:37 PM

 

How VMware EUC Solutions Can Help With Windows 10 Desktop Migrations

 

By Shawn Bass, senior director, strategy and planning, End-User Computing, VMware With Windows 10 set to release on July 29, it’s a great time to start thinking about Windows 10 adoption in your organization. Listed below are the top reasons why I believe Windows 10 will be the fastest-adopted ve...

Jul 8, 2015 12:00:57 PM

 

PARTNER

 

Training and Certifications Take VMworld 2015 to New Heights

 

Your partner success depends not only on the use of industry-leading products, but also on having the knowledge and skills required to best extract value from those virtualization and policy-driven automation technologies. Our extensive training and certification programs are integral to the deli...

Jul 8, 2015 7:23:40 PM

 

Solution Rewards Program Enhancements & Premier Rewards Transition

 

Effective July 1, 2015, ELA transactions are eligible for Solution Rewards for all eligible partners. And, Premier Rewards will be transitioning to a Premier Bonus under the Solution Rewards Program. Premier Solution Provider partners will earn an additional 2% Bonus rebate on all of their qualif...

Jul 7, 2015 4:36:31 PM

 

The Demand Center Value Continues…

 

Visit the VMware Partner Demand Center today to check out all of these new offerings, campaign updates, and more... New Online Advertising Offering Leverage our new SDDC Cloud Management Online Advertising campaign to drive traffic to your site and leads. Currently it is only offered in English. ...

Jul 6, 2015 10:34:06 PM

 

MORE NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM AROUND THE WEB

 

High latency VPLEX configuration and vMotion optimization

 

Advertise here with BSA This week someone asked me about an advanced setting to optimize vMotion for VPLEX configurations. This person referred to the vSphere 5.5 Performance Best Practices paper and more explicitly the following section: Add the VMX option (extension.converttonew = “FALSE”) to v...

Jul 10, 2015 12:50:59 PM

 

vCloud Connector and Datacenter Extension Webinar

 

This video is the thirteenth in a new series of free Webinars that VMware is releasing in which their Technical Support staff members present on various topics across a wide range of VMware's product portfolio. The title for this presentation is "vCloud Connector and Datacenter Extension". To see...

Jul 10, 2015 7:55:00 AM

 

Schedule automated backups of VCSA 6.0 vPostgres embedded database to Amazon S3

 

A couple of weeks back, I had received a question around backing up and restoring the Embedded vPostgres Database found within the new vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 6.0. At the time, the only thing I had seen was KB 2110294 and vSphere 6.0 Documentation here which recommends that a full VM back...

Jul 9, 2015 4:58:16 PM

 

Shift in focus… Go Storage & Availability OCTO!

 

Advertise here with BSA Almost a year ago I joined the Office of CTO under Paul Strong. My main focus was SDDC, but I naturally gravitated towards the core platform (vSphere) and software defined storage and topics like availability. Not just my personal preference, but also a common requested to...

Jul 8, 2015 9:19:41 PM

 

vSphere Metro Storage Cluster with vSphere 6.0 paper released

 

Advertise here with BSA I’d already blogged about this on the VMware blog, but I figured I would share it here as well. The vSphere Metro Storage Cluster with vSphere 6.0 white paper has been released. I worked on this paper together with my friend Lee Dilworth, it is an updated version of the pa...

Jul 8, 2015 9:28:27 AM

 

VMware vSphere 6 Metro Storage Cluster Recommended Practices

 

VMware vSphere Metro Storage Cluster (vMSC) is a specific configuration within the VMware Hardware Compatibility List (HCL). These configurations are commonly referred to as stretched storage clusters or metro storage clusters and are implemented in environments where disaster and downtime avoida...

Jul 8, 2015 6:08:00 AM

 

VMware vRealize Automation 6.2 Reference Architecture

 

This document provides recommendations about deployment topology, hardware specifications, interoperability, and scalability for the following VMware components: VMware vRealize Automation (formerly vCloud Automation Center) VMware vRealize Application Services (formerly vCloud Automation Center ...

Jul 7, 2015 12:59:00 PM

 

VMWARE TAM WEBCASTS

 

Official VMware Webcast Site: click here.

 

On-Demand Webinars:

SDDC:

  • On Demand: Troubleshooting Strategies for vSphere 6
  • On-Demand: Designing a Virtual Infrastructure Architecture
  • On-Demand: Demystifying the Software Defined Data Center
  • On-Demand: vSphere with Operations Management
  • On-Demand: Troubleshooting VMware vSphere [v5.5]
  • On-Demand: vCenter Server (vSphere 6)
  • On-Demand: vSphere Security (vSphere 6)
  • On-Demand: Examining your Security Posture in the Software-Defined Data Center
  • On-Demand: What’s New with vSphere and Operations Management 6
  • On-Demand: New Video from HP Discover: VMware and HP’s Global Innovation Center
  • On-Demand: VMware vForum Online Spring 2015
  • On-Demand: The Software-Defined Data Center: the Future of IT
  • On-Demand: A Practical Roadmap to Moving Beyond Server Virtualization
  • On-Demand: Datacenter Refresh: Traditional vs Converged vs Hyper-Converged
  • Every Wednesday, 3pm EST: VMware Communities Roundtable
    • What’s new in vSphere 6 Security?  Learn here about the new security features in vSphere 6, and also the vSphere Hardening Guide.
    • Top 5 Tips when considering vCenter Architecture Design in vSphere v6.0 are here.
Operations Management:
  • NEW: On-Demand: vRealize Operations v6.0: Installation, Sizing, and Migration
  • On-Demand: Using vRealize Automation and NSX to Deploy and Secure Multi-tiered Applications
  • On-Demand: Getting More Out of vRealize Automation: Cloud Business Management (vRealize Business)
  • On-Demand: Getting More Out of vRealize Automation: Integrate with Anything
  • On-Demand: Getting More Out of vRealize Automation: Introduction to Customization and Extending
  • On-Demand: Getting More Out of vRealize Automation: 6.2 Installation and Configuration
  • On-Demand: Getting More Out of vRealize Automation: No Scripting Required
  • On-Demand: Log Insight Deep Dive
  • On-Demand: Performance & Troubleshooting – Improving Quality of Service
  • On-Demand: Operational Efficiency – Understanding Waste and Rightsizing your Environment
  • On-Demand: vRealize Operations 6.0 Installation and the Migration from vCenter Operations v5.x
  • On-Demand: What’s New in vRealize Operations 6.0
  • On-Demand: vRealize Operations 6.0: Capacity Management and Planning
  • On-Demand: Four Ways to Maximize the Value of VMware vRealize Operations Manager
  • On-Demand: Take Virtualization to the Next Level with vSphere with Operations Management
  • On-Demand: Take control of your vSphere environment with Operations Management
  • VIDEOS: 50 new vRealize Operations 6 videos available on the vR Ops product website (on the Resources tab), covering Key Concepts, Use Cases, Installation, Analytics Badges, and How To & Tech Tips.
    • NEW: vRealize Operations for Horizon now monitors Horizon and Citrix XenApp v6.5 environments.  More here.
    • NEW: VMware has a new 5-day Performance & Capacity Management Detailed Workshop service to help you transform your operational processes and organizational structures to realize the greatest value from your investments in VMware technology.  Ask your TAM if you’re interested in getting more information about this offering.
    • VMware ranked #1 in IDC’s Cloud Management and Datacenter Automation 2014 market share reports.  Read more here.
    • There is a new Health Monitoring tool for vRealize Suite deployments called vRealize Production Test.  This is an add-on component to the vRealize Suite that ensures the operational status of vRealize Suite deployments from their initial deployment stages to ongoing Production Testing.  Emphasis was placed on vRA and vR Ops.  Get latest version 1.1 here. Read more about it here
Automation:
  • On-Demand: 5 Ways Cloud Automation Drives Greater Cost and Operational Transparency – Led by Kevin Lees, VMware Principal Architect and Lead Architect for Global IT Operations Transformation. 
    • This infographic shows how automating private cloud infrastructure management can improve the efficiency of cloud operations, resource management, accelerated virtualization, and deliver enormous CapEx and OpEx savings.
Networking:
  • On-Demand: Microsegmentation with VMware NSX
  • On-Demand: Using vRealize Automation and NSX to Deploy and Secure Multi-tiered Applications
  • On-Demand: VMware NSX for Horizon (video series)
  • On-Demand: Learn how NSX delivers a comprehensive security approach for Horizon environments
  • On-Demand: Introduction to NSX
  • On-Demand: VMware NSX – Technical Overview
  • On-Demand: Listen to Martin Casado explain NSX and Microsegmentation
  • On-Demand: A 3-minute summary of NSX and Microsegmentation
  • On-Demand: NSX Distributed Firewall Deep Dive
  • Every other Tuesday, 1pm EST: VMware NSX. Learn how VMware has applied the industry’s leading virtualization operating model to the network through this bi-weekly webinar.
    • NEW: How much has VMware Progressed in Network Virtualization?  Read about it here.
    • NEW: Intel Security Controller taps VMware NSX as first partner.  Read more here.
    • Product walk-through demo on NSX can be found here.
    • There are security threats imminent for customers who will not migrate off of Windows 2003 by mid-July, when support ends.  Read more here.  You can use NSX help you through this transition.
Storage:
  • On-Demand: Storage Policy-Based Management with Virtual SAN
  • On-Demand: vSphere 6.0: All Things Storage! (led by Cormac Hogan)
  • On-Demand: Lower Storage Costs with VMware Virtual SAN
  • On-Demand: VMware Virtual Volumes and their Impact on the Datacenter
  • On-Demand: Managing Storage Policies with VMware Virtual SAN
  • On-Demand: What’s All the Buzz about Software-Defined Storage? (Learn about Virtual SAN 6 and vSphere Virtual Volumes)
  • On-Demand: What’s New in Virtual SAN v6.0 – Seeing What’s New in Storage
  • On-Demand: Overcoming Performance Limitations with Dell Flash Storage
    • Try out Virtual SAN 6 for free here.
    • Hands On Lab: "What’s New in Virtual SAN 6?"  Click here!
    • Learn about Virtual Volumes here, from Rawlinson Rivera, Principal Architect.
Disaster Recovery:
  • On-Demand: Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery in Action
  • On-Demand: Technical Demo: What’s New with vCloud Air Disaster Recovery
  • On-Demand: Not Your Grandfather’s Data Protection
    • The VMware Feature Walk-Through site has content covering the vCloud Air Disaster Recovery Service.  Watch it here.  (Read more about this new vCloud Air DRaaS offering here.)
Cloud:
  • On-Demand: IT Security does not have to End where the Public Cloud Begins
  • On-Demand: Check out VMware and Fujitsu joint solutions that bring a “Hybrid IT” model to optimize the cloud and support innovation and growth.
  • On-Demand: Build Development and Testing Environments on VMware vCloud Air
  • On-Demand: Set Your Cloud Agenda with VMware vCloud Air
  • On-Demand: Scale Your Mobile App Development on vCloud Air
    • NEW: VMware was ranked as #1 in Worldwide Cloud Systems Management Sofware Market Share, 2014: Year of the Hybrid Cloud, and also #1 in IDC’s Worldwide Datacenter Automation Sofware Market Shares, 2014: Year of Cloud and DevOps, by IDC.  Read more here.
    • Learn about VMware’s “One Cloud. Any Application. Any Device” value proposition here.
Desktop:
  • On-Demand: What’s New with View: Update on VMware Horizon (with View) [v6.0]
  • On-Demand: VMware and NVIDIA: Extending the Power of Virtualization in Higher Education
  • On-Demand: Tips and Tricks for Building a Mobile Secure Workspace with VMware Horizon
  • On-Demand: Business Mobility: Enabling Business Process Innovation with Mobile-First Strategies (hosted by CEO Pat Gelsinger and EVP Sanjay Poonen).
  • On-Demand: VMware NSX for Horizon (video series)
  • On-Demand: Deliver High-Performance Graphically-Accelerated VDI
  • On-Demand: Extend the Benefits of Workspace Environment Management to Virtual Desktops and Apps Using VMware App Volumes, UEM, vRealize Ops and More
  • On-Demand: Learn how NSX delivers a comprehensive security approach for Horizon environments
  • On-Demand: VMware Horizon: Transforming Desktop and Application Delivery and Management
  • On-Demand: Accelerate Your Desktop Transformation Strategy: Six New Additions to Horizon 6
    • NEW: vRealize Operations for Horizon now monitors Horizon and Citrix XenApp v6.5 environments.  More here.
    • NEW: VMware’s AirWatch named ‘Leader’ in Mobility by Gartner.  Read about it here.
    • NEW: VMware is ‘getting cozier’ with Apple, AT&T in latest Enterprise Mobility push.  Read more here.
    • NEW: VMware Eyes Business Mobility as a Way to Gain Momentum.  Read more here.
    • NEW: VMware May be Going Mobile, but it’s not going Consumer.  Read more here.
    • NEW: VMware CEO: A Brave New World of Enterprise IT.  Read more here.
    • Have you heard about the new VMware User Environment Manager (UEM), which offers personalization and dynamic policy configuration across any virtual, physical, and cloud-based environment?  Read more about it here.
Troubleshooting:
  • On-Demand: Webinar on Troubleshooting  VMware vSphere [V5.5], covering SSL certificates, networking, storage, VMware vCenter SSO, and more.  Read more about it here.

 

Scheduled Webinar Events:Jul 14: Web Client  (vSphere 6 Webcast)Jul 14: VDI on the Front Lines: One Hospital’s Journey to DeploymentJul 15: A Technical Overview of Virtual Volumes (ViewPoint Webinar Series)Jul 16: Webcast on IaaS with Cloud Management Platform (CMP).  Learn more here.Jul 16: Accelerate and Control your IaaS with VMware Cloud Management PlatformJul 21: vSphere 6 Performance  (vSphere 6 Webcast)Jul 23: 5 Ways Cloud Automation Drives Greater Cost and Operational Transparency  (TAM Customer Webcast Series)  (Link forthcoming)Jul 28: Virtual Volumes and Storage Policy-Based Management (vSphere 6 Webcast)Jul 28: IDC MaretScape: Worldwide Virtual Client Computing Software 2015 Vendor AssessmentJul 30: 3 Things You Should Know about VMware Virtual SANAug 11: vCenter Server Availability (vSphere 6 Webcast) 
  • Aug 30-Sep 3: VMworld 2015
    • Registration: here.
      • Pricing: here.
      • PSO Credits:  Use 22 PSO Credits to buy your ticket.  FAQ’s are here.  10 ticket limit per organization.  Credits must not expire before the end of VMworld.
      • TAM Day: Sunday Aug 30th, 10am-6pm.  These invitation-only, customer sessions will focus on the most timely and pressing business and technical issues. Read more here. [TAM Day is now sold out. Contact your TAM to add your name to the Wait List.]
      • Who should attend:  Learn here why all levels of management should go to VMworld, and why you should want your own manager there.
      • Training Discount: You can maximize savings on training classes by signing up for pre-conference training courses or discounted self-paced courses during VMworld registration. Get more details here.  View more on PearsonVue’s site here.
      • See last year’s sessions here.
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  • Program for VMUG Advantage subscribers: EVALExperience by VMware – a renewable 365 day, non-production license so that you can access and evaluate the latest and greatest VMware products.  Click here for the press release, here for the blog, and here to sign up!  NEW: VMware vSphere 6, VMware Integrated OpenStack, and VMware Virtual SAN 6 are now available.  Visit here to place an order for the updated products.
  • - VMUG Feed4ward mentor program.  Learn more here.
  • - VMUG eLearning Webcast Page: Click here
  • - VMUG eLearning Center: Click here
  • - VMUG wiki: Click here
  • - Webcast Archive File Library: Click here  (Latest additions: Keeping Up with VMware Backup & Recovery Challenges of the Software-Defined Virtual Data Center)
  • Scheduled VMUG Webinar Events:
  • Jul 16: Architecting the Perfect Virtual Data Center (pernixdata)
  • Jul 21: Citrix XenApp Migration to VMware Horizon (VMware)
  • Jul 23: Delivering VMware Virtual Volumes on NetApp Clustered Data ONTAP (NetApp)
  • Jul 30: Congratulations, You Are Virtualized. What’s Your Data Protection, Backup and Recovery Strategy? (Tintri)
  • Aug 4: The Changing Storage Industry and the Impact on Virtual Desktop Solutions (Infinio)
  • Aug 6: Ensuring Security is Never a Burden in the Software-Defined Data Center (TrendMicro)
  • Aug 12: Overview of EVO:RAIL and Deep Dive into Version 1.2 Features (VMware)
  • VMware Education:
    • If you have any questions regarding virtualizing your Business Critical Applications, check out VMware’s vision, best practices, social communities, and related products here.  And here’s a link to our blog on the subject.
    • HANDS-ON LABS!  A new HOL was recently added:
      • EUC-MBL-1560: Introducing Dynamic User Configuration with VMware User Environment Manager
    • EMC just completed their acquisition of Virtustream.  Read more about ithere.
    • VMware is angling for control of containerized applications.  Read about ithere.
    • Read here about Server Virtualization Technologies being under Siege.
    • NEW FLINGS! 
      • This Fling wraps the View Client and allows users to pre-configure settings such as pool, protocol, shade, desktop layout, and more.
      • This Mirage Toolbox Fling is our playground for experimental Mirage features.
    • VMware previewed Project Bonneville, a Docker runtime that works with vSphere.  Read more here.
    • FREE VMware Integrated OpenStack training is here.
  • Certifications/Free Education:
  • VMware offers many ways to get trained in VMware products and solutions.  These include Classroom, Live Online, Online self-paced, Lab Connect, On Demand, Instructional Videos, ViewPoint Webinar Series, VMware TV on YouTube, Partner University, Hands On Labs, The Learning Zone, SolutionTracks, Demos on Demand, Online Events, Local Events, Beta classes, VMworld, Partner Exchange, Partner Library, vBrownbag, and VMUGs.  If you’d like to learn more about any of these, please reach out and let me know.
nisserow Hot Shot VMware Employees

VMware TAM Source 7.26

Posted by nisserow Jul 14, 2015

FROM THE EDITORS VIRTUAL DESK

Hi everyone and welcome to this weeks newsletter. First I would like to mention that as next week is the 4th of July and a holiday weekend that there will be no newsletter as I take a break with some time off.

We are always trying to tweak the newsletter format as much as possible. I hope that the small changes that we make on a fiarly regular basis bake the newsletter easier and clearer to read. We always appreciate your feedback.

If you are a TAM customer please dont forget to discuss VMworld and TAM Day with your TAM and ensure that you are aware of the activities taking place specifically for our TAM customers this year.

I would like to wish everyone a happy 4th of July. See you again in 2 weeks.

 

Virtually Yours

Neil Isserow

Staff Technical Account Manager, Team Lead

San Francisco, CA

 

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NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM VMWARE


GENERAL NEWS

vSphere Business Continuity Webcast

Next up in the vSphere 6 Webcast Series is the very important topic of business continuity. For many, business continuity equals business productivity and application downtime needs to be minimized or eliminated. Learn how vSphere 6 reduces downtime for applications and maximizes productivity for...

Jun 26, 2015 8:34:38 PM

Tuning ESXi for NFV Workloads

Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) enables the efficiency and agility benefits that come from untethering network functions from proprietary appliances and moving them to a virtualized infrastructure running over hypervisors and COTS hardware. Enterprise IT departments have been realizing suc...

Jun 26, 2015 7:37:37 PM

3 Simple Steps for Benefits Realization throughout Your IT Transformation Program

By Keng Leong Choong An IT Transformation initiative to build a Software Defined Data Center or cloud does not end with the completion of technical delivery (i.e. deployment and migration to the new infrastructure and automation tools). Many organizations have invested huge sums on their IT trans...

Jun 25, 2015 10:27:43 PM

vSphere 6 Troubleshooting Questions Answered

The ViewPoint Webinar Series connects you directly with VMware’s own expert training team of VMware Certified Instructors (VCIs), making it easier to take full advantage of VMware products, from data center virtualization and hybrid cloud to software-defined data center. Our most recent webinar o...

Jun 25, 2015 4:07:31 PM

Updated version of the vMSC white paper for vSphere 6.0 available now!

One of the most popular white papers of the last couple of year has definitely been the vSphere Metro Storage Cluster best practices white paper (vMSC). Over the past 12 months we have received many emails asking if there were changes that needed to be taken in to account for vSphere 5.5. More re...

Jun 25, 2015 2:05:56 PM

Why All Levels of Managers SHOULD Go to VMworld – and Why You Should Want Your Manager There

    By Joe DePasquale “Too busy.” “More pressing matters.” “The engineers and admins will update me when they return.” We’ve all heard these reasons before. But this conference is not just for the techies. Yes, there is plenty to dive into, and if you are a techie you can go as deep as you want, ...

Jun 24, 2015 2:13:08 PM

Beyond BYOD: The Inevitability of Business Mobility

Beyond BYOD: The Inevitability of Business Mobility By Bask Iyer, CIO, VMware Two news stories from the last year come to mind whenever I think of the ever-rising tide of business mobility. In the first one, an emergency physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, faced a critica...

Jun 24, 2015 1:12:27 PM

The "One Cloud, Any App, Any Device" Vision: An Interview with VMware’s Robin Matlock

Last month at EMC World 2015 in Las Vegas, SiliconANGLE’s John Furrier and Dave Vellante sat down with Robin Matlock, CMO of VMware, for a discussion about the state of the cloud, VMware’s latest initiatives (including Projects Photon and Lightwave), and how the “One Cloud, Any App, Any Device” v...

Jun 23, 2015 4:28:30 PM

AirWatch Training Class added to VMworld 2015 US Schedule

The schedule of training courses available the week before VMworld has expanded. The new course is an exclusive, partner-only offering of an AirWatch Boot Camp for a discounted price of just $2,500. This course comprises the three AirWatch technical training modules and prepares you to take the t...

Jun 23, 2015 3:36:56 PM

Introduction to the VMware Research Group

Dahlia Malkhi is a Principal Researcher with the newly formed VMware Research Group. She is an applied and foundational researcher in broad aspects of reliability and security in distributed systems. She joined VMware Research as a founding member in December 2014. Prior to that she worked at Mic...

Jun 23, 2015 3:25:39 PM

VMware on List of Computerworld 100 Best Places to Work in IT - Again!

I was delighted to learn that VMware's IT organization has again been selected to the Computerworld 100 Best Places to Work in IT 2015. This i s the second year VMware has been recognized by Computerworld for this distinction, and we moved up to an impressive #17 (from #26 last year in the large ...

Jun 23, 2015 5:35:32 AM

VMware Again on List of Computerworld 100 Best Places to Work in IT!

By Bask Iyer, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, VMware I'm delighted to announce that VMware's IT organization has again been selected to the Computerworld 100 Best Places to Work in IT 2015. Congratulations to all of the organizations that made this prestigious list! This is t...

Jun 22, 2015 4:27:38 PM

Congratulations to our 10 New VCDXs - Now there are 200+

VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) is the highest level of certification offered by VMware. VCDXs are part of an elite group of architects leading virtualization solution design and implementation around the world, and last week we welcomed ten new ones: Kevin Barrass, VCDX-NV #191 Larus Hjart...

Jun 22, 2015 3:34:39 PM

What a Motherboard Can Tell Us About the Future of Data Center Infrastructure

What's the correct answer to this question? Where did Intel decide to put the memory sockets on its latest motherboard - the 4-socket S4600LH2? If you're curious, you can see where the memory sockets are located here , but that's not the correct answer. The right answer is: Who Cares?!!! Long ago...

Jun 22, 2015 3:01:57 PM

ALERT: Support for Leap Seconds in VMware Products

The world’s next leap second adjustment is scheduled for 30th of June 2015 at 23:59:60 UTC. System administrators need to be aware that this may cause issues on NTP synchronized devices and operating systems. For information on Leap Second and its impact on VMware products, please review the KB a...

Jun 22, 2015 12:38:51 PM

KBTV Webinars - SSL certificate handling in VMware vSphere 6

Continuing on with our current series of KBTV Webinars, here we have the tenth webinar titled SSL certificate handling in VMware vSphere 6 and it goes through what has changed since the vSphere 5.5 product release and what is new in vSphere 6.

Jun 22, 2015 12:14:25 PM

Extending the Data Center with VMware AppCatalyst and Project Bonneville

By Kit Colbert, VP & CTO, Cloud-Native Apps at VMware The Cloud-Native Apps team at VMware is excited to announce two new tech previews today: VMware AppCatalyst and Project Bonneville. VMware AppCatalyst is an API- and CLI-driven hypervisor purpose-built for developer Project Bonneville is an ex...

Jun 22, 2015 12:00:30 PM

Capacity Management in SDDC – Part 9

If you land into this Part 9 directly, I'd recommend that you at least review from Part 5 first. If you want to review from the conceptual stage, then go to Part 1. This is a series of blog post on Capacity Management in SDDC. Network (all tiers) To recap, we need to create the […]

Jun 26, 2015 1:00:32 PM

Complex Apps

By Jeremy Wheeler From time to time we all come across that extremely complicated application that an organization needs packaged – and of course, it has a lot of moving parts. In this blog entry I will walk through a proven process that has worked successfully, unlike the typical packaging style...

Jun 25, 2015 2:23:27 PM

VMware CP&C releases PCI DSS 3.1 Compliance toolkit in VCM for VMware vSphere 6.0 and other platforms!

The VMware Center for Policy & Compliance (CP&C) team is pleased to announce the release of PCI DSS 3.1 compliance toolkits for VMware vSphere 6.0 and other platforms – Windows, *NIX, and VMware vSphere 5.5, 5.1 and 5.0 in VMware vCenter Configuration Manager ( VCM ). The toolkits consists of aut...

Jun 25, 2015 5:59:34 AM

DISA Certifies Level 2 DoD Mission Data on VMware vCloud Government Service

By: Angelos Kottas, Director of Product Marketing, Cloud, VMware Building on the foundation of the FedRAMP P-ATO certification, VMware and Carpathia announced that the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), a combat support agency for the US government, has granted a Department of Defense (Do...

Jun 24, 2015 11:17:40 PM

Help is Here: Streamlining Cloud Deployments with the VMware vCloud Air Network

About 46 percent of IT executives say that cloud computing is most likely to increase IT’s reliance on outsourcers and managed service providers. The same number of executives also say that cloud computing is more likely to require restructuring departments than any other technology or trend. But...

Jun 24, 2015 4:00:26 PM

For IT Executives, Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery is Looking More and More Appealing

Businesses can’t afford downtime in the global market. It’s not just about lost productivity and revenue, it’s also about losing partner and customer trust. To keep downtime to a minimum and to preserve brand trust, IT executives are eyeing the power of cloud-based Disaster Recovery (DR). That’s ...

Jun 23, 2015 4:34:07 PM

A Stronger Case For Virtualizing Exchange Server 2013 - Think "Performance"

VMware is glad to see that the Microsoft Exchange Server (and Performance) teams appear to have identified the prevalent cause of performance-related issues in an Exchange Server 2013 infrastructure. We have been aware for several years that Microsoft's sizing recommendation for Exchange Server 2...

Jun 22, 2015 10:46:15 PM

VMware and Docker Deliver Greater Speeds through the Right Controls

This post was co-authored by Guido Appenzeller, CTSO of Networking and Security ( @appenz ), and Scott Lowe, Engineering Architect, Networking and Security Business Unit (@scott_lowe ) In today’s business environment, companies are being asked to go faster than ever before: faster time to market,...

Jun 22, 2015 5:00:37 PM

TOSCA Blueprints at vCloud Air

By: Paco Gómez This is a repost from Paco Gómez's personal blog. The VMware vCloud® Air™ Command Line Interface is a traditional solution for interactive, text-based operations, which allows scripting and lightweight automation. In this post I'm going to talk about another approach to automation ...

Jun 22, 2015 4:00:08 PM

 

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Video: Enterprise mobility news recap: June 22-26

Thanks for tuning in today on the Weekly Recap of the AirWatch Blog. Today we will review recent announcements made at the VMware Business Mobility event, cover a possible $500 million e-commerce investment and highlight enterprise features from the announcements made at the Apple WWDC event. To ...

Jun 26, 2015 7:44:02 PM

What the enterprise needs to know about iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan

For the first time in iOS and OS X history, Apple announced at WWDC 2015 that it is launching a public beta of its newest platforms. Available in July, the public beta will provide users a sneak-peek of the updated software. At the “What’s New in Managing Apple Devices” session during WWDC, Todd ...

Jun 26, 2015 7:14:25 PM

Video: Recap of the Business Mobility Summit

By Morgan O’Leary and Maddie Cook At the Business Mobility Summit last week, VMware’s Pat Gelsinger, Sanjay Poonen, Noah Wasmer and Robin Matlock described the current mobility challenges, the most important technologies to the future of IT and VMware’s value in enabling business transformation t...

Jun 24, 2015 10:42:33 PM

Everything You Need to Get Up and Running with Mirage

By Alexander West, Technical Writer, End-User Computing, VMware Deployment and Design Considerations for VMware Mirage is hot off the presses. Written with a single goal in mind—to help you get up and running with Mirage—this brand-new white paper boils down a complex deployment process into two ...

Jun 24, 2015 10:03:28 PM

Need More VDI? Look to the Cloud.

by Josue Fontanez, Sr. Product Line Marketing Manager, Horizon Air If yours is one of many companies with virtual desktop deployments, I probably don’t have to sing its praises. You already know how easy it is to manage virtual desktops from a central location, and the money that can be saved by ...

Jun 24, 2015 4:00:55 PM

Estimating Value in End-User Computing

By Brian Gammage, Chief Market Technologist, End-User Computing, VMware The last few years have seen a major shift in the way organizations plan, select and deploy technology capabilities to their workers. The range of choice has expanded at every level; in devices, applications, ways of working,...

Jun 24, 2015 3:00:29 PM

Horizon FLEX 1.5 now shipping!

By Andy Morris, Sr. Product Line Marketing Manager, Horizon FLEX, End-User Computing, VMware Andy here again. I'm delighted to announce that Horizon FLEX 1.5 is now shipping. This update is huge. We've got server side improvements, client side improvements, probably even improvements in the bit t...

Jun 24, 2015 1:00:10 PM

Need More VDI? Look to the Cloud. New Blog from the Horizon Air Team

If yours is one of many companies with virtual desktop deployments, I probably don’t have to sing its praises. You already know how easy it is to manage virtual desktops from a central location, and the money that can be saved by extending the life of aging PCs by using them to access corporate a...

Jun 24, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Video: Wandera brings granular security to enterprise

To keep mobile devices safe, AirWatch and Wandera agree that granular control is paramount. Wandera is a mobile security platform that provides malware threat control and cellular data management for enterprises. At AirWatch Connect Barcelona 2015, Will Fisher, enterprise sales manager at Wandera...

Jun 23, 2015 7:57:50 PM

VMware App Volumes and Microsoft Office, Part 1: Choosing the Correct Office Version

By Denis Gundarev, Application Solutions Architect, App Volumes R&D, VMware This article is the first in a series of blog posts about using Microsoft Office with VMware App Volumes . Microsoft Office is one of the most popular application suites deployed on Windows enterprise desktops. Microsoft ...

Jun 23, 2015 7:15:32 PM

Horizon FLEX 1.5 now shipping

Horizon FLEX 1.5 Andy here again. I'm delighted to announce that Horizon FLEX 1.5 is now shipping. This update is huge. We've got server side improvements, client side improvements, probably even improvements in the bit that connects the two! Sorry, I'll try and be serious, this is after all a ve...

Jun 23, 2015 2:00:38 PM

Faster performance, new platform support, and more in VMware Mirage 5.4 – now available!

By Sachin Sharma, Product Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware I’m delighted to announce the general availability of VMware Mirage 5.4! This is the second release of Mirage this year and includes many enhancements that our customers have been asking for. Feel free to download the latest bits fro...

Jun 23, 2015 2:00:06 PM

Making NSX for Horizon 6 More Approachable

By Tristan Todd, Architect, End-User Computing, VMware I love riding bikes! For years I have served as my own bike mechanic. And for about the last 10 years I have hand-built my own bicycle wheels. I do this because I like to choose my parts, I like the quality of the finished product, and I like...

Jun 23, 2015 12:55:23 AM

AirWatch and Saaswedo team up for real time enterprise telecom expense management

Saaswedo is a telecom expense management software that specialises in the tracking, mediation and collection of telecom expenses for enterprise mobility clients. With access to 27 international carriers, the SaaS-based company monitors telecom and mobile data usage for 10,000 international enterp...

Jun 22, 2015 9:01:09 PM

PARTNER

SV Competency Updated with vSphere & vSphere with Operations Management V6

Update or obtain your accreditation today. The Server Virtualization (SV) Solution Competency has been updated to the latest product release (V6) to enable and rewards partners for their demonstrated ability in virtualizing server environments and providing insight into IT capacity and performance.

Jun 26, 2015 4:36:26 PM

Creating a Hybrid Infrastructure with VMware and HP

Your customers are challenged to deliver the responsive services their customers and employees demand. VMware and HP hybrid infrastructures help them modernize, converge, hyper-converge, and even reach for the cloud when they are ready. This new solution brief explains the steps on the journey an...

Jun 25, 2015 11:04:16 PM

Learn About Emerging Demand Creation Technologies for Direct/Indirect Models - July 14th

Register now and join us on July 14 at 9:30AM PDT for a Marketing vmLIVE. SiriusDecisions, a leading research and advisory firm, will present real-life examples of how companies are employing new technologies that offer better insights into data, greater capabilities to drive buyer engagement, an...

Jun 24, 2015 4:49:08 PM

The VMworld 2015 Content Catalog Is At Your Service

Consider the VMworld 2015 Content Catalog your sneak peek into the event that is sure to blow your technical socks off. Browse through the site and decide which breakout sessions, labs, boot camps, group discussions, quick talks and expert speakers you would like to add to your conference agenda....

Jun 24, 2015 3:08:04 PM

New Social Marketing Offerings via Partner Demand Center - Marketing Services Store

The Partner Demand Center now offers new social marketing offerings from Channel Maven Consulting in the North America Marketing Services Store - see below. Semi-custom social marketing: Get expert help in mastering content creation to create blogs, case studies, or video scripts using pre-define...

Jun 24, 2015 1:10:15 AM

Several VMware Certified Associate (VCA) 6 Accreditations - Now Available

• VCA 6 – Cloud Management and Automation • VCA 6 – Hybrid Cloud • VCA 6 – Network Virtualization • VCA 6 – Data Center Virtualization • VCA 6 – Desktop and Mobility

Jun 22, 2015 1:00:59 PM

 

MORE NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM AROUND THE WEB

NSX Firewall Demo

Default firewall settings apply to traffic that does not match any of the user-defined firewall rules. The default Edge firewall policy blocks all incoming traffic. You can change the default action and logging settings. You can add an NSX Edge firewall rule for traffic flowing from or to an NSX ...

Jun 28, 2015 9:49:00 AM

Ansible Up & Running – A Book Review

Just over a month ago, I purchased a paperback copy of Lorin Hochstein’s Ansible Up & Running book from O’Reilly. Encouragement from Matt Oswalt’s Network Automation With Ansible and Python workshop is to blame, as it gave me the bug to go deeper with Ansible. While Matt was able to provide an ex...

Jun 27, 2015 2:20:41 PM

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

Is it just me, or does VMworld seem to come around quicker these days? Anyway, it great to have a couple of sessions in again this year, and yes – you guessed it, these are VSAN sessions once again. STO4572 – Successful Virtual SAN Evaluation/Proof-Of-Concepts This is an update on last year’s VSA...

Jun 26, 2015 1:00:42 PM

EVO:RAIL – Under The Covers – What happens when EVO:RAIL Configures (Part 1)

One of the things EVO:RAIL excels at is automating stuff. As you might know EVO:RAIL automates the deployment of VMware ESXi, vCenter, Log Insight as well as carrying out many countless configuration steps that allow for a VMware High Availability (HA), Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) and VS...

Jun 26, 2015 9:56:43 AM

Free e-learning course - EVO:RAIL Fundamentals

This free eLearning course on EVO:RAIL provides an overview on EVO:RAIL and explains its features and benefits. The course will also describe the deployment, configuration, and management of EVO:RAIL in a software-defined data center (SDDC). Objectives, at the end of this course, you should be ab...

Jun 26, 2015 9:39:00 AM

Quick Tip - Determining the vCenter Server OS platform (Windows or VCSA) using vSphere API

The vSphere API is an extensively rich interface for being able to extract all sorts of useful information about your vSphere infrastructure. One useful trick that may come in handy for those requiring to perform operations directly against the vCenter Server guestOS itself is to figure out wheth...

Jun 25, 2015 5:17:52 PM

VLAN Trunking with Cumulus Linux

Following up on my earlier post on Cumulus Linux networking concepts , I wanted to build on that information with a guide on configuring VLAN trunking. This would be useful in a number of different scenarios: supporting multiple (VLAN-backed) port groups on vSphere hosts, or connecting an Open vS...

Jun 25, 2015 4:55:00 PM

Changes in the Wind, Startup Edition

One thing I really love about working in the field of technology is the rapid amount of change . This term covers a wide canvas – changes in how businesses consume technology, the solutions that vendors and manufacturers bring to market, and the skills needed to drive an organization forward. The...

Jun 25, 2015 2:35:54 PM

Virtual SAN enabling PeaSoup to simplify cloud

Advertise here with BSA This week I had the pleasure of talking to fellow dutchy Harold Buter . Harold is the CTO for Peasoup and we had a lively discussion about Virtual SAN and why Peasoup decided to incorporate Virtual SAN in their architecture , w hat struck me was the fact that Peasoup Hosti...

Jun 25, 2015 12:02:46 PM

PernixData announcements at #VFD5

Advertise here with BSA Today PernixData presented at Virtualization Field Day 5 . Excellent presentation by Satyam once again. This week I was fortunate to catch up with Frank Denneman to discuss what was going to be announced and what can be expected in the near future. I want to make it clear ...

Jun 24, 2015 10:34:17 PM

vRealize Operations for Horizon Technical Overview

Jim Yanik, End-User Computing Architect at VMware, presents a technical overview of VMware vRealize Operations for Horizon.

Jun 24, 2015 6:16:00 PM

DockerCon Vendor Briefings

At DockerCon 2015 in San Francisco, I had the opportunity to meet with a few vendors in the Docker ecosystem. Here are some notes from my vendor briefings. StackEngine StackEngine describes themselves as enterprise-grade container application management. They tout features like being able to comp...

Jun 24, 2015 5:15:00 PM

Video - vSphere Network I/O Control Version 3

vSphere network I/O control version 3, available in vSphere 6.0, offers granular network resource reservation and allocation across the entire switch.

Jun 24, 2015 10:25:00 AM

VMware Virtual SAN 6.0 Proof of Concept Guide

VMware customers love the simplicity, performance, and integration of VMware Virtual SAN since its launch. Most customers choose to evaluate Virtual SAN before using it for production – always a good idea. VMware has made a list of issues occasionally encountered as people go through this process...

Jun 24, 2015 8:06:00 AM

Quickly getting started with VMware AppCatalyst & AppCatalyst Vagrant Plugin

At Dockercon this week, the Cloud-Native Apps team at VMware introduced two new Tech Previews: VMware AppCatalyst and Project Bonneville. In addition, I also found out today that Fabio Rapposelli who works over in the CNA team has also released a Vagrant Plugin for VMware Catalyst as well. Having...

Jun 24, 2015 3:06:55 AM

Liveblog: Scaling New Services

This is a liveblog for the DockerCon 2015 session titled “Scaling New Services: From Container Creation to Automated Deployments”. This session is being led by the Disney Systems Engineering team and will feature a discussion/demo involving Docker, Mesos, Chef, Consul, and HAProxy. The session st...

Jun 23, 2015 11:25:00 PM

Liveblog: DockerCon 2015 Day 2 General Session

This is a liveblog from the day 2 general session at DockerCon 2015. I was running late from some early morning meetings (sorry folks), so I wasn’t able to catch the first part of the general session (about the first 15 minutes or so). Here’s what I was able to capture. Chris Buckley, Director of...

Jun 23, 2015 6:45:00 PM

Hope to see you at VMworld 2015

The VMworld 2015 Content Catalog just went live this morning and I am please to announce that I have two sessions that were accepted at both VMworld US and Europe. The first session will be a Technical Deep Dive on our new Content Library feature which was introduced in vSphere 6.0 and I will be […]

Jun 23, 2015 5:46:10 PM

Say Howdy at VMworld 2015 in These Upcoming Sessions

It’s that time of year again – VMworld approaches! Once again, I’ll be making the hike out west to get my geek on. If you’re out there, make sure to say howdy (because I live in Austin) and snag a sticker from me. I’ll also be presenting in the sessions listed below, and I hear that Pluralsight w...

Jun 23, 2015 1:55:17 PM

New Book - vRealize Operations 6 Administrator's Companion: Performance Monitoring Capacity Planning Right-Sizing

vRealize Operations is the ultrasound of your datacenter. Without proactive monitoring tools, we can only analyze what is on the surface, which means we typically respond to IT system issues only after there is a major incident. When we have vRealize Operations, it gives us a set of tools that he...

Jun 23, 2015 1:16:00 PM

Container Persistence Part 3: Can I have the “easy button please”?

DockerCon is going on monday/tuesday – and no better time to put out some new great tools for people using Containers. This will be a 3 part post – and timed intentionally with DockerCon.  Why?    Well – containers are indeed the buzz du jour, and while the ecosystem is still very vibrant (far fr...

Jun 23, 2015 11:08:15 AM

Container Persistence Part 2: State of the Art of Transactional Systems

DockerCon is going on today and tomorrow – and no better time to put out some new great tools for people using Containers. This will be a 3 part post – and timed intentionally with DockerCon.  Why?    Well – containers are indeed the buzz du jour, and while the ecosystem is still very vibrant (fa...

Jun 23, 2015 8:46:12 AM

Liveblog: Docker Networking

This is a liveblog of the Docker Networking breakout session. This session is led by Madhu Venugopal and Jana Radhakrishnan, both formerly of Socketplane (and now with Docker following the acquisition). They are introduced by John Willis, also formerly of Socketplane and well-known within the Dev...

Jun 22, 2015 11:30:00 PM

Liveblog: Secret Session (Docker Plugins)

This is the “Top Secret Docker Session led by Gordon the Turtle,” which is really a session on Docker Plugins. However, since Docker Plugins were only announced this morning during the general session, the title for this session had to be obscured. On stage are ClusterHQ (Luke Marsden), Glider La...

Jun 22, 2015 11:20:00 PM

Liveblog: Resilient Routing and Discovery

This is a liveblog of the DockerCon 2015 session on resilient routing and discovery, part of the “Advanced Tech” track. Simon Eskilden ( @Sirupsen on Twitter) from Shopify is the speaker for this session. Not surprisingly (you’d understand this if you walked Eskilden’s presentation from DockerCon...

Jun 22, 2015 11:00:00 PM

Liveblog: DockerCon 2015 Day 1 General Session

This is a liveblog for the day 1 general session at DockerCon 2015, taking place this week (today and tomorrow, anyway) at the Marriott Marquis in San Francisco, CA. This is my first DockerCon, and I’m looking forward to picking up lots of new knowledge. The general session starts with a video (c...

Jun 22, 2015 7:00:00 PM

Using latest PowerActions 1.5.0 to issue VMFS UNMAP API in vSphere 6.0 Web Client

Last week, the popular PowerActions Fling was updated to version 1.5.0 which now finally adds support for vSphere 6.0. PowerActions is a vSphere Web Client Plugin that allows administrators to easily execute PowerCLI scripts against inventory objects within the vSphere Web Client. This is a very ...

Jun 22, 2015 6:11:18 PM

EVO:RAIL Introduces support for Enhanced vMotion Compatibility

It’s my pleasure to say that EVO:RAIL 1.2 has been released with a number of enhancements. In case you don’t know there have been a number of maintenance releases (1.0.1 and 1.0.2 and 1.1) that shipped at the end of last year, and beginning of this. The 1.1 release rolls up all the changes previo...

Jun 22, 2015 4:29:51 PM

A Plethora of Customer Interaction at Nutanix .NEXT 2015

That rowdy hyperconverged startup, Nutanix, recently held .NEXT Conference , their inaugural customer event in Miami. I’ve been watching this space for a number of years, having first witnessed Nutanix at Tech Field Day 8 back in 2011. More recently, I gave a presentation at Interop entitled A No...

Jun 22, 2015 2:20:06 PM

VMware NSX Brownfield Deployment Guide

VMware NSX-v network virtualization solution addresses current challenges with physical network infrastructure and brings flexibility, agility and scale through VXLAN-based logical networks. Along with the ability to create on-demand logical networks using VXLAN, the NSX Edge Services Gateway hel...

Jun 22, 2015 9:18:00 AM

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 6.0 available for dowload

vCenter Converter supports many source physical machines, including Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows Server and Linux. It also supports third-party disk images from Microsoft Hyper-V, Virtual Server and Virtual PC; Parallels Desktop; Symantec System Recovery; Norton Ghost; Acronis and StorageCra...

Jun 22, 2015 8:42:00 AM

Container Persistence Part 1: State of the Art of Object Stores

[updated June 24th, 11:10am ET – minor typo fixes, one technical catch, fixed links] DockerCon is going on today and tomorrow – and no better time to put out some new great tools for people using Containers. This will be a 3 part post – and timed intentionally with DockerCon.  Why?    Well – cont...

Jun 22, 2015 8:17:43 AM

TAM WEBCASTS

Official VMware Webcast Site: click here

 

On-Demand Webinars:

SDDC:

  • On-Demand: vCenter Server (vSphere 6)
  • On-Demand: vSphere Security (vSphere 6)
  • On-Demand: Examining your Security Posture in the Software-Defined Data Center
  • On-Demand: What’s New with vSphere and Operations Management 6
  • On-Demand: New Video from HP Discover: VMware and HP’s Global Innovation Center
  • On-Demand: VMware vForum Online Spring 2015
  • On-Demand: The Software-Defined Data Center: the Future of IT
  • On-Demand: A Practical Roadmap to Moving Beyond Server Virtualization
  • On-Demand: Datacenter Refresh: Traditional vs Converged vs Hyper-Converged
  • Every Wednesday, 3pm EST: VMware Communities Roundtable
    • What’s new in vSphere 6 Security?  Learn here about the new security features in vSphere 6, and also the vSphere Hardening Guide.
      • Top 5 Tips when considering vCenter Architecture Design in vSphere v6.0 are here.
    Operations Management:
    • On-Demand: Using vRealize Automation and NSX to Deploy and Secure Multi-tiered Applications
    • On-Demand: Getting More Out of vRealize Automation: Cloud Business Management (vRealize Business)
    • On-Demand: Getting More Out of vRealize Automation: Integrate with Anything
    • On-Demand: Getting More Out of vRealize Automation: Introduction to Customization and Extending
    • On-Demand: Getting More Out of vRealize Automation: 6.2 Installation and Configuration
    • On-Demand: Getting More Out of vRealize Automation: No Scripting Required
    • On-Demand: Log Insight Deep Dive
    • On-Demand: Performance & Troubleshooting – Improving Quality of Service
    • On-Demand: Operational Efficiency – Understanding Waste and Rightsizing your Environment
    • On-Demand: vRealize Operations 6.0 Installation and the Migration from vCenter Operations v5.x
    • On-Demand: What’s New in vRealize Operations 6.0
    • On-Demand: vRealize Operations 6.0: Capacity Management and Planning
    • On-Demand: Four Ways to Maximize the Value of VMware vRealize Operations Manager
    • On-Demand: Take Virtualization to the Next Level with vSphere with Operations Management
    • On-Demand: Take control of your vSphere environment with Operations Management
    • VIDEOS: 50 new vRealize Operations 6 videos available on the vR Ops product website (on the Resources tab), covering Key Concepts, Use Cases, Installation, Analytics Badges, and How To & Tech Tips.
      • NEW: VMware Center for Policy & Compliance released PCI DSS 3.1 for VMware vSphere 6 compliance toolkit.  It’s announced here.
      • NEW: Learn how to generate Log Insight agent configurations with liagentify here.
      • NEW: Log Insight: From stand-alone to cluster can be found here.
      • There is a new Health Monitoring tool for vRealize Suite deployments called vRealize Production Test.  This is an add-on component to the vRealize Suite that ensures the operational status of vRealize Suite deployments from their initial deployment stages to ongoing Production Testing.  Emphasis was placed on vRA and vR Ops.  Get latest version 1.1 here. Read more about it here
    Automation:
    • On-Demand: 5 Ways Cloud Automation Drives Greater Cost and Operational Transparency – Led by Kevin Lees, VMware Principal Architect and Lead Architect for Global IT Operations Transformation.
      • This infographic shows how automating private cloud infrastructure management can improve the efficiency of cloud operations, resource management, accelerated virtualization, and deliver enormous CapEx and OpEx savings.
    Networking:
    • On-Demand: Using vRealize Automation and NSX to Deploy and Secure Multi-tiered Applications
    • On-Demand: VMware NSX for Horizon (video series)
    • On-Demand: Learn how NSX delivers a comprehensive security approach for Horizon environments
    • On-Demand: Introduction to NSX
    • On-Demand: VMware NSX – Technical Overview
    • On-Demand: Listen to Martin Casado explain NSX and Microsegmentation
    • On-Demand: A 3-minute summary of NSX and Microsegmentation
    • On-Demand: NSX Distributed Firewall Deep Dive
    • Every other Tuesday, 1pm EST: VMware NSX. Learn how VMware has applied the industry’s leading virtualization operating model to the network through this bi-weekly webinar.
      • Product walk-through demo on NSX can be found here.
      • There are security threats imminent for customers who will not migrate off of Windows 2003 by mid-July, when support ends.  Read more here.  You can use NSX help you through this transition.
    Storage:
    • On-Demand: vSphere 6.0: All Things Storage! (led by Cormac Hogan)
    • On-Demand: Lower Storage Costs with VMware Virtual SAN
    • On-Demand: VMware Virtual Volumes and their Impact on the Datacenter
    • On-Demand: Managing Storage Policies with VMware Virtual SAN
    • On-Demand: What’s All the Buzz about Software-Defined Storage? (Learn about Virtual SAN 6 and vSphere Virtual Volumes)
    • On-Demand: What’s New in Virtual SAN v6.0 – Seeing What’s New in Storage
    • On-Demand: Overcoming Performance Limitations with Dell Flash Storage
      • Try out Virtual SAN 6 for free here.
      • Hands On Lab: "What’s New in Virtual SAN 6?"  Click here!
      • Learn about Virtual Volumes here, from Rawlinson Rivera, Principal Architect.
    Disaster Recovery:
    • On-Demand: Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery in Action
    • On-Demand: Technical Demo: What’s New with vCloud Air Disaster Recovery
    • On-Demand: Not Your Grandfather’s Data Protection
      • New Disaster Recovery Tutorial Series that covers various areas of how you might set up VMware vCloud Air Disaster Recovery here.
      • 60% of businesses don’t have a DR plan in place.  Learn why industry adoption is on the rise here.
      • The VMware Feature Walk-Through site has content covering the vCloud Air Disaster Recovery Service.  Watch it here.  (Read more about this new vCloud Air DRaaS offering here.)
    Cloud:
    • On-Demand: IT Security does not have to End where the Public Cloud Begins
    • On-Demand: Check out VMware and Fujitsu joint solutions that bring a “Hybrid IT” model to optimize the cloud and support innovation and growth.
    • On-Demand: Build Development and Testing Environments on VMware vCloud Air
    • On-Demand: Set Your Cloud Agenda with VMware vCloud Air
    • On-Demand: Scale Your Mobile App Development on vCloud Air
      • Learn about VMware’s “One Cloud. Any Application. Any Device” value proposition here.
    Desktop:
    • NEW: On-Demand: Tips and Tricks for Building a Mobile Secure Workspace with VMware Horizon
    • On-Demand: Business Mobility: Enabling Business Process Innovation with Mobile-First Strategies (hosted by CEO Pat Gelsinger and EVP Sanjay Poonen).  In this announcement, these were highlighted:
      • Further commitment to Apple and iOS support
      • VMware Identity Manager - one–touch access to apps from any device.
      • Growing industry support for ACE (App Configuration for Enterprise)
      • Split-Billing solution with AT&T
      • AirWatch integrated with NSX
    • On-Demand: VMware NSX for Horizon (video series)
    • On-Demand: Deliver High-Performance Graphically-Accelerated VDI
    • On-Demand: Extend the Benefits of Workspace Environment Management to Virtual Desktops and Apps Using VMware App Volumes, UEM, vRealize Ops and More
    • On-Demand: Learn how NSX delivers a comprehensive security approach for Horizon environments
    • On-Demand: VMware Horizon: Transforming Desktop and Application Delivery and Management
    • On-Demand: Accelerate Your Desktop Transformation Strategy: Six New Additions to Horizon 6
      • Visit The Bridge by VMware here for the latest Business Mobility thought leadership content, including new interactive vertical story graphs showcasing Business Mobility Transformation in Education, Healthcare, Finance, Government, and Retail.
      • Have you heard about the new VMware User Environment Manager (UEM), which offers personalization and dynamic policy configuration across any virtual, physical, and cloud-based environment?  Read more about it here.
    Troubleshooting:
    • On-Demand: Webinar on Troubleshooting  VMware vSphere [V5.5], covering SSL certificates, networking, storage, VMware vCenter SSO, and more.  Read more about it here.
      • Learn about how a TAM views Troubleshooting 101 for Server Ops here.
    Scheduled Webinar Events:Jun 29: Cloud Security Best Practices with the SANS Institute: Securely Transition to the Cloud – Increase Agility & Reduce RiskJun 30: Business Continuity  (vSphere 6 Webcast)Jul 7: PowerCLI  (vSphere 6 Webcast)Jul 8: vRealize Operations v6.0: Installation, Sizing, and Migration (Getting More out of vRealize Operations 6.0 Webinar Series)Jul 14: Web Client  (vSphere 6 Webcast)Jul 21: vSphere 6 Performance  (vSphere 6 Webcast)Jul 23: 5 Ways Cloud Automation Drives Greater Cost and Operational Transparency  (TAM Customer Webcast Series)  (Link forthcoming)Jul 28: Virtual Volumes and Storage Policy-Based Management (vSphere 6 Webcast)Aug 11: vCenter Server Availability (vSphere 6 Webcast) Aug 30-Sep 3: VMworld 2015
    • Registration: here.
      • Pricing: here.
      • PSO Credits:  Use 22 PSO Credits to buy your ticket.  FAQ’s are here.  10 ticket limit per organization.  Credits must not expire before the end of VMworld.
      • TAM Day: Sunday Aug 30th, 10am-6pm.  These invitation-only, customer sessions will focus on the most timely and pressing business and technical issues.  Select the TAM Day Package by entering TAM2015 in the promotion code section.  Read more here. (Already > 70% full.  Sign up now here if you think you’ll be going to VMworld this year to reserve your space before July 1stdeadline for complementary reservations.)
      • Who should attend:  Learn here why all levels of management should go to VMworld, and why you should want your own manager there.
      • Training Discount: You can maximize savings on training classes by signing up for pre-conference training courses or discounted self-paced courses during VMworld registration. Get more details here.  View more on PearsonVue’s site here.
      • See last year’s sessions here.
    VMUG100,000 members strong!  This vibrant VMware community welcomes you to network, learn best practices, and share ideas about VMware solutions.Program for VMUG Advantage subscribers: EVALExperience by VMware – a renewable 365 day, non-production license so that you can access and evaluate the latest and greatest VMware products.  Click here for the press release, here for the blog, and here to sign up!  NEW: VMware vSphere 6, VMware Integrated OpenStack, and VMware Virtual SAN 6 are now available.  Visit here to place an order for the updated products.- VMUG Feed4ward mentor program.  Learn more here.- VMUG eLearning Webcast Page: Click here- VMUG eLearning Center: Click here- VMUG wiki: Click here- Webcast Archive File Library: Click here  (Latest additions: Keeping Up with VMware Backup & Recovery Challenges of the Software-Defined Virtual Data Center) Scheduled VMUG Webinar Events:Jul 2: What’s New in VMware vSphere 6: First Look and Upgrade Best Practices (Veeam) VMware Education:
    • FREE VMware Integrated OpenStack training is here.
    • Here’s an online tool to help you simulate what would happen with HA during a host failure situation.
    • VMware is streamlining cloud-native application development and deployment with two new technology previews of AppCatalyst and Project Bonneville (a solution for running Docker containers).  Read more here.
    • VMworld: Learn here why all levels of management should go to VMworld, and why you should want your own manager there.
    • New Book: Mastering VMware vSphere 6 – click here
    • Learn about using the latest PowerActions 1.5 to issue VMFS UNMAP using the vSphere APIhere.
    • Are you using Cisco Nexus 1000V?  Before you attempt an update/upgrade, read this.
    Certifications/Free Education: VMware offers many ways to get trained in VMware products and solutions.  These include Classroom, Live Online, Online self-paced, Lab Connect, On Demand, Instructional Videos, ViewPoint Webinar Series, VMware TV on YouTube, Partner University, Hands On Labs, The Learning Zone, SolutionTracks, Demos on Demand, Online Events, Local Events, Beta classes, VMworld, Partner Exchange, Partner Library, vBrownbag, and VMUGs.  If you’d like to learn more about any of these, please reach out and let me know.

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VMware TAM Source 7.25

Posted by nisserow Jul 14, 2015

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Hi everyone and welcome to this weeks VMware TAM Source Newsletter. This week we have a new TAM Blog which I wanted to let you all know about. I have chosen to include the entire blog posting this week as this is a really important posting by our TAM Practice Director, Andy Nederveld as it describes the key characteristics of why our TAM program is considered amongst the best in the industry. Please take some time to read this and I hope you find it enjoyable.

 

I also wanted to remind you that I will no longer be including KBs but rather just a link to the KBs which I would like to urge you to check weekly as well as discuss with your TAM to ensure you are fully up to date with any potential issues or updates that may be required in your environment.

 

I also want to give a shout out to a colleague who has just published a really great ebook that is now available. The book is called "vRealize Operations 6 Administrator's Companion: Performance Monitoring Capacity Planning Right-Sizing” by Jason Gaudreau. Take a look here: http://amzn.to/1d6bOef

 

Have a fantastic week everyone and enjoy this weeks newsletter.

 

Virtually Yours

Neil Isserow

Staff Technical Account Manager, Team Lead

San Francisco, CA

 

FEATURED BLOG!

Maximizing Your VMware Investment is Just the Beginning

By Andy Nederveld

 

Most of our TAM customers start out wanting to learn more about their VMware investment. And with over 400 highly skilled, experienced, and successful TAMs worldwide, that happens continuously. But down the road our customers report being surprised at how much they’ve learned about their own organization and processes. We’re never surprised to hear that, though, because the entire TAM Services program is designed to make you more successful; it has no other purpose.

 

The Making of a Trusted Partner
First, we choose wisely. Our TAMs embrace a spirit of service and enjoy delving into long-term relationships with customers. We’ve assembled a well-credentialed, diverse group of professionals. All have a strong technical foundation, including VCP certification. Most have 10 to 15 years of industry experience before even joining the TAM program, often as managers, directors, executives, or top architects from large companies. Many have advanced degrees.

 

In the Americas, we have about 200 TAMs, many of whom have been with us for nearly a decade. The average tenure is about three years and climbing, which is high for the industry especially given the growth of the TAM program. When customers get our TAM Service, they tend to keep it.

 

Process and Focus
Second, we use a deeply collaborative process with our customers to understand their technical priorities and desired business outcomes. TAMs ask a lot of questions. That’s important because it lets us become truly proactive—helping to refine and develop strategies and approaches based on what’s working with other customers. Ultimately, TAMs seek to provide an objective, third-party perspective that gives customers an opportunity to look at challenges in ways they never have before.

 

Results are Everything
Finally, TAMs are evaluated almost exclusively on customer satisfaction. The results from our latest customer survey are outstanding.

• Over 90% of the customers surveyed told us their TAM “understands and helps us achieve our business and IT objectives using VMware technology.”

 

• Over 80% told us their TAM “enables collaboration and aligns planning discussions across my company's functional groups.”

When talking to customers, I frequently hear stories about how our TAMs helped them better understand and refine their own priorities, and even uncover redundant or misaligned initiatives which can distract from more critical efforts. That’s how we measure success.

 

Learn more about VMware TAM Services by visiting www.vmware.com/consulting/technical-account-manager or calling us at 1-877-486-9273.

 

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There are unique challenges when it comes to implementing enterprise IT at a small or mid-size business (SMB) — that’s why we’ve pulled together posts from around the VMware blogosphere that might be useful to you: get tips and how-tos on VMware solutions, along with additional resources from an ...

Jun 19, 2015 3:00:41 PM

 

Agile Big Data Webcast

 

We are adding a special webcast to the vSphere 6 Webcast series. The next webcast will be on the topic of agile Big Data happening on June 23 at 9am PST. Learn how vSphere 6 + Big Data Extensions 2.2 can help you build an agile Big Data platform. Provision your Hadoop clusters faster, simplify co...

Jun 18, 2015 10:27:59 PM

 

Leadership Perspectives with VMware CIO Bask Iyer - Part Two

 

In the second of this two-part edition of Leadership Perspectives, VMware CIO Bask Iyer talks to Tribal Knowledge about the most important thing he's learned from being a CIO. Check out the first part of the series here. Then learn more about VMware and industry trends on Tribal Knowledge.

Jun 18, 2015 5:31:27 PM

 

Try Out our On Demand Courses for Free

 

So, you've seen the testimonials but still haven't tried our On Demand training yet? Well, here's your chance to try it out for FREE. The On Demand Sneak Peeks give you access to the course introduction and selections from the course content, as well as videos showing some of the lab exercises th...

Jun 18, 2015 4:27:46 PM

 

Business Mobility Strategy Detailed by Sanjay Poonen, VMware EVP & GM [VIDEO]

 

VMware's Sanjay Poonen details the company's Business Mobility solution -- describing the current challenges, the most important technologies to the future of IT and VMware's value in enabling business transformation through mobility. He also gives an overview of the news announced on June 15, 20...

Jun 17, 2015 5:26:40 PM

 

VCP6-DCV, VCP6-DCV Delta, and vSphere 6 Foundation Exams Open for Registration

 

Registration is now available for the live version of the following certification exams: vSphere 6 Foundations Exam VMware Certified Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP6-DCV) Exam VMware Certified Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP6-DCV) Delta Exam The first available a...

Jun 17, 2015 2:52:05 PM

 

6 Processes You Should Automate to Provide IT-as-a-Service

 

By Kai Holthaus IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) is one of the current paradigm shifts in managing IT organizations and service delivery. It represents an “always-on” approach to services, where IT services are available to customers and users almost instantly, allowing unprecedented flexibility on the bu...

Jun 17, 2015 2:14:31 PM

 

Maximizing Your VMware Investment is Just the Beginning

 

  By Andy Nederveld Most of our TAM customers start out wanting to learn more about their VMware investment. And with over 400 highly skilled, experienced, and successful TAMs worldwide, that happens continuously. But down the road our customers report being surprised at how much they’ve learned ...

Jun 17, 2015 1:28:39 PM

 

Business Mobility: VMware Customers Making it Real [VIDEO]

 

The next decade of mobility is forcing leaders to fundamentally rethink business. Enabling any app to be delivered to any device across the enterprise gives way to new business processes to empower the workforce and create new experiences for customers. VMware recently hosted an influencer event ...

Jun 16, 2015 9:16:38 PM

 

New Self Paced Courses on vSphere 6, VIO, and User Environment Manager

 

Three new self-paced courses were released last month: VMware vSphere: What's New [V5.5 to V6] On Demand - This On Demand course explores the newest features and enhancements in VMware vCenter Server™ 6 and VMware ESXi™ 6. Real-world use case deployment scenarios, hands-on lab exercises, and lect...

Jun 16, 2015 3:36:37 PM

 

Breaking News: VMware Shares End-User Computing Business Mobility Strategy [VIDEO]

 

This evening, Sanjay Poonen, executive vice president and general manager of End-User Computing, outlined VMware’s strategy for the future of business mobility with new solutions and partnerships. The news today marks the first step in executing on VMware’s vision of enabling enterprises to trans...

Jun 16, 2015 12:30:32 AM

 

vSphere 6 Hardening Guide GA now Available

 

It’s time to release the vSphere 6.0 Hardening Guide! As I mentioned back in April, there are a lot of changes that have been made. In talking with customers and auditors in detail for the past year, the conclusion was reached that the Hardening Guide was Difficult to understand Contained a mix o...

Jun 15, 2015 9:36:20 PM

 

Get a Free Apple Watch with your Next Training Class

 

There’s no better time than right now to discover the latest VMware technologies and solutions like vSphere 6, NSX, and vRealize Automation. And for a limited time, when you complete select VMware courses you will also get your choice of either a free Apple® Watch or 15% off the course price . vS...

Jun 15, 2015 4:04:28 PM

 

Mobility pioneers to speak at VMware Business Mobility event

 

Tomorrow VMware is hosting the virtual Business Mobility Summit, where mobile thought leaders will speak to the shifting business landscape and how mobility is redefining the way we work. The event will boast an exciting panel of speakers, including VMware executives and customers, who will share...

Jun 15, 2015 1:27:56 PM

 

vSphere 6 Security Webinar

 

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

Jun 12, 2015 6:27:43 PM

 

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

 

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

Jun 12, 2015 4:34:36 PM

 

vSphere with Operations Management Product Walkthroughs

 

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

Jun 12, 2015 4:12:21 PM

 

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

 

By Michael Gandy, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, EVO:RAIL, VMware Editor’s Note: This post, initially published on June 12, 2015, was updated on June 18, 2015 to add the name of the third conference pass winner. In the spirit of competition, we are excited to announce the winners of the EVO:RAIL ...

Jun 12, 2015 3:37:46 PM

 

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

 

Our friends from around the VMware blogosphere publish everything from how-to content to put your skills to the test, to strategic concepts that can help you think differently about how you work. Check out the latest posts and try something new! vSphere Datacenter Design – vCenter Architecture Ch...

Jun 12, 2015 3:00:59 PM

 

Top 5 Tips for Organizing the Cloud

 

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

Jun 10, 2015 5:09:35 PM

 

Save on Training and Certification at VMworld EMEA

 

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

Jun 10, 2015 4:44:04 PM

 

VM Component Protection (VMCP)

 

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

Jun 9, 2015 3:00:32 PM

 

I Know You’re Not Safe from a Cyber Attack

 

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

Jun 8, 2015 7:54:21 PM

 

vCloud Air Dev/Test Blog Series: Develop New Applications

 

By: Mike Roy and Roshni Pary In Part 1 and Part 2 of this blog series, we discussed how to test upgrades of an existing application (Windows 2003), and test new packaged applications (Git) with Bitnami. In Part 3 of this blog, we will see how to develop a new custom application on VMware vCloud® ...

Jun 19, 2015 4:29:00 PM

 

Microsoft Office Options with App Volumes

 

By Jeremy Wheeler Working with various customers I've discovered challenges when it comes to placing Microsoft Office into AppStacks. VMware has a few models out there that are supported, and they do work well. But a few things to keep in mind when dealing with Office: Only Office 2010 and 2013 a...

Jun 18, 2015 2:15:44 PM

 

IT Leaders Share Best Practices for Development, Testing and Running Applications in the Cloud

 

VMware vCloud® Air™ supports more than 5,000 applications and 90-plus operating systems certified to run on VMware vSphere® which enable users of the service to run existing applications in the cloud with ease. Users running on the vSphere platform will also enjoy seamless workload portability of...

Jun 17, 2015 4:38:29 PM

 

3 Reasons Why You Should Integrate Log Insight with vRealize Operations

 

In my last post, I demonstrated how easy it is to integrate Log Insight (LI) with vRealize Operations (vR Ops). In this post, I will talk about the value of integrating Log Insight with vR Ops. Important I want to reiterate a few points from my previous post as they are applicable to the benefits...

Jun 17, 2015 1:00:13 PM

 

VMware App Volumes Multi-vCenter and Multi-Site Deployments

 

By Dale Carter With the release of VMware App Volumes 2.9 comes one of the most requested features so far: multi-vCenter support. With multi-vCenter support it is now possible to manage virtual desktops and AppStacks from multiple vCenter instances within the same App Volume Manager. The followin...

Jun 16, 2015 6:51:08 PM

 

Another VMware Cloud in Action – SAIC Offers Hybrid Rapid Deployment Technology with VMware vCloud Air

 

As a leading technology integrator, Virginia-based Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) continues to redefine ingenuity through the delivery of systems engineering and integration offerings. SAIC provides technology solutions to federal, state and local governments, and is dedica...

Jun 16, 2015 4:00:49 PM

 

VMware vCloud Air Network Ensures Smooth Deployment to the Cloud

 

The cloud is becoming an essential part of today’s IT infrastructure. According to IDC, companies are rapidly investing in cloud solutions and estimates that the public cloud market will maintain a 23 percent compound annual growth rate through 2018. Additionally, according to CompTIA research, m...

Jun 16, 2015 1:00:15 PM

 

VMware CP&C releases VMware vSphere 6.0 Hardening Guide Compliance toolkit in VCM!

 

The VMware Center for Policy & Compliance (CP&C) team is pleased to announce the release of VMware vSphere 6.0 Hardening Guide Compliance toolkit in VMware vCenter Configuration Manager ( VCM ). The toolkit consists of automated compliance rules to assess your VMware vSphere 6 based virtualized e...

Jun 15, 2015 10:03:44 PM

 

History Repeats Itself

 

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

Jun 12, 2015 4:00:31 PM

 

Guided Remediation with vRealize Operations

 

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

Jun 12, 2015 10:00:08 AM

 

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

 

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

Jun 11, 2015 4:00:02 PM

 

Capacity Management in SDDC - Part 7

 

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

Jun 11, 2015 8:00:49 AM

 

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

 

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

Jun 10, 2015 4:24:39 PM

 

New VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2015-0004

 

Today VMware has released the following new security advisory: VMSA-2015-0004 VMware Workstation, Fusion and Horizon View Client updates address critical security issues - CVE-2012-0897, CVE-2015-2336, CVE-2015-2337, CVE-2015-2338, CVE-2015-2339, CVE-2015-2340, CVE-2015-2341. Please sign up to th...

Jun 9, 2015 5:33:10 PM

 

Advanced Architecture Design for Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery

 

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

Jun 9, 2015 11:21:35 AM

 

Using vRealize Operations Manager to Monitor the Cluster Nodes

 

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

Jun 9, 2015 10:00:42 AM

 

ACI Specialty Benefits: vSOM Customer Spotlight

 

We are proud to shine the spotlight this week on a VMware customer success story. Here’s proof that even smaller organizations can benefit greatly by upgrading from a naked vSphere environment to vSphere with Operations Management. This is especially true for a company like ACI Specialty Benefits...

Jun 8, 2015 5:39:51 PM

 

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

 

VMware vCloud® Air™ is our premier public and hybrid cloud platform. Supporting over 5,000 applications and over 90 operating systems, its prominence in the IT industry is unsurpassed. And, now, we’re bringing it to the vCloud Air Network. That’s right: vCloud Air is now available for Managed Ser...

Jun 8, 2015 4:45:20 PM

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Enterprise mobility news recap: June 15-19

 

It was a busy week at VMware – executives released new details about the company’s vision for Business Mobility and introduced new solutions and partnerships. In other news, the Apple Watch hit the shelves in Apple Stores, and rumors swirled about potential updates coming to the Apple Watch 2. Bl...

Jun 19, 2015 2:30:55 PM

 

vRealize Operations for Horizon just got a whole lot better!

 

By Brigitte Skakkebaek, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, End-User Computing, VMware Tired of having one tool to manage and monitor XenApp and another to monitor your VMware Horizon environment? Good news! As of today—you can take advantage of vRealize Operations for Horizon to monitor and report ca...

Jun 18, 2015 3:00:52 PM

 

Horizon FLEX: Giving Users the Local Desktop They Need (Part 3 of 3)

 

By Andy Morris, Sr. Product Line Marketing Manager, Horizon FLEX, End-User Computing, VMware It’s finally here, the day you’ve been waiting for, how to define a Horizon FLEX entitlement! Hello, it’s Andy again. Today’s short video once again features a shiny me, but it’s thankfully very short: ju...

Jun 18, 2015 2:00:20 PM

 

Charged and ready to go: AirWatch preps for ISTE 2015

 

The education industry is studying up once again for the ISTE Conference & Expo 2015 conference this year in Philadelphia, PA. The 18,000 plus attendee event brings together K12 leaders in education technology including industry analysts, vendors, thought leaders, and innovators. This year at IST...

Jun 18, 2015 1:45:51 PM

 

Virtual training experience available with AirWatch Labs

 

Written by Barry Langer and Adam Esch, Global Education team members Earlier this year, AirWatch launched AirWatch Labs to supplement on-demand videos and instructor-led training offerings. An educational structure housed within the AirWatch Global Education and myAirWatch teams, AirWatch Labs al...

Jun 17, 2015 3:17:04 PM

 

Horizon FLEX: Powerful Policy Controls (Part 2 of 3)

 

By Andy Morris, Sr. Product Line Marketing Manager, Horizon FLEX, End-User Computing, VMware Hello again, Andy here. Last time I showed you how to build a Horizon FLEX image for mass sharing. This time, I’m going to show you the simple steps needed to ensure that image is securely used. You’ll be...

Jun 17, 2015 2:00:13 PM

 

Horizon FLEX: giving users the desktop they need

 

It’s finally here, the day you’ve been waiting for, how to define a Horizon FLEX entitlement! Hello, it’s Andy again. Today’s short video once again features a shiny me, but it’s thankfully very short: just over 90 seconds after you skip all the fancy bumpers we put at the front and back of it. T...

Jun 16, 2015 3:00:36 PM

 

Introducing Horizon FLEX (Part 1 of 3)

 

By Andy Morris, Sr. Product Line Marketing Manager, Horizon FLEX, End-User Computing, VMware Hi, I’m Andy from VMware. Today I’d like to show you something exciting from VMware that may not have made it on to your radar – remotely managed policies for Mac and Windows users! Back in December we la...

Jun 16, 2015 2:00:13 PM

 

VMware Named A Leader in the IDC MarketScape for Client Computing Software

 

By David Grant, vice president, product marketing, End-User Computing, VMware Today the IDC MarketScape report “IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Virtual Client Computing Software 2015 Vendor Assessment” (doc #256606, June 2015), was published and named VMware as a leader. At VMware, we are extremely pr...

Jun 16, 2015 12:00:54 PM

 

VMware Stakes Claim to New Position in IDC Marketscape for Client Computing Software

 

Today the IDC MarketScape report “IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Virtual Client Computing Software 2015 Vendor Assessment” (doc #256606, June 2015), was published and named VMware as a leader. At VMware, we are extremely proud of these results. Over the past 18 months we have aggressively invested in...

Jun 16, 2015 12:00:00 PM

 

VMware Fusion 7.1.2 Update

 

On June 15th we released VMware Fusion 7.1.2, a maintenance release. This update is recommended for all users of VMware Fusion 7 and Fusion 7 Professional. To download VMware Fusion 7.1.2, open VMware Fusion and select VMware Fusion > Check for Updates. For more details on Fusion 7.1.2, read the ...

Jun 16, 2015 7:03:42 AM

 

Introducing Identity Management for the Mobile Cloud Era: VMware Identity Manager

 

By Kevin Strohmeyer, senior director of product marketing, End-User Computing, VMware I’m very excited to announce today a new solution called, VMware Identity ManagerTM, a unique identity as a service (IDaaS) solution for the mobile-cloud era. The identity management market is heating up again a...

Jun 16, 2015 12:31:58 AM

 

ACE (App Configuration for Enterprise) expands with 15 new members (VIDEO)

 

Today VMware revealed that 15 of the top application industry leaders joined ACE (App Configuration for Enterprise). ACE, launched at this year’s Mobile World Congress by AirWatch, Box, Cisco, Salesforce, Workday and Xamarin, is an open standard approach for managing and securing apps deployed vi...

Jun 16, 2015 12:31:40 AM

 

Breaking News: VMware shares End-User Computing business mobility strategy [VIDEO]

 

This evening, Sanjay Poonen, executive vice president and general manager of End-User Computing, outlined VMware’s strategy for the future of business mobility with new solutions and partnerships. The news today marks the first step in executing on VMware’s vision of enabling enterprises to trans...

Jun 16, 2015 12:30:45 AM

 

Introducing VMware Identity Manager – Identity Management for the Mobile Cloud Era

 

By Kevin Strohmeyer, senior director, product marketing, End-User Computing, VMware I’m very excited to announce today a new solution called, VMware Identity Manager TM , a unique identity as a service (IDaaS) solution for the mobile-cloud. The Identity Management market is heating up again as En...

Jun 16, 2015 12:30:29 AM

 

Serial Port Redirection for Virtual Desktops in Horizon 6

 

By Peter Brown, Director of R&D, VMware, London, UK In December 2014, we gave a sneak peak of the serial port redirection feature in View virtual desktops which we have been working on. We are delighted to announce that we have officially made this function available with our June 2015 Horizon 6 ...

Jun 15, 2015 5:08:15 PM

 

Mobility Pioneers To Speak At VMware Business Mobility Event

 

By Chelsea Curtis, AirWatch Tomorrow VMware is hosting the virtual Business Mobility Summit , where mobile thought leaders will speak to the shifting business landscape and how mobility is redefining the way we work. The event will boast an exciting panel of speakers, including VMware executives ...

Jun 15, 2015 3:58:21 PM

 

App Volumes 2.9 Now Available!

 

By Sachin Sharma, Product Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware Since our initial announcement of App Volumes 2.5 late last year, the excitement our customers have displayed for App Volumes has been tremendous. We have released a couple more versions since then, and today I’m pleased to announce ...

Jun 15, 2015 2:00:55 PM

 

Mobility pioneers to speak at VMware Business Mobility event

 

Tomorrow VMware is hosting the virtual Business Mobility event, where mobile thought leaders will speak to the shifting business landscape and how mobility is redefining the way we work. The event will boast an exciting panel of speakers, including VMware executives and customers, who will share ...

Jun 15, 2015 1:00:08 PM

 

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

 

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

Jun 12, 2015 3:02:55 PM

 

Enterprise mobility news recap: June 8-12

 

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

Jun 12, 2015 1:00:41 PM

 

Horizon FLEX: powerful policy controls

 

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

Jun 11, 2015 3:00:04 PM

 

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

 

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

Jun 11, 2015 2:00:56 PM

 

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

 

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

Jun 11, 2015 1:00:30 PM

 

Thank you Macworld

 

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

Jun 10, 2015 4:46:25 PM

 

Horizon FLEX: remote image management and policy enforcement

 

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

Jun 9, 2015 3:00:59 PM

 

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

 

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

Jun 8, 2015 12:00:00 PM

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New VMware TAP SDDC NDA Roadmap Session Announced

 

The TAP Team is pleased to announce an additional NDA Roadmap Session available online via WebEx on June 25 th . This brief session will run from 9 until 11 a.m. PDT. This session will include discussions on SDDC Developing Successful IT Outcomes with Your Product and SDDC Adding Automation to Yo...

Jun 18, 2015 8:07:39 PM

 

Renewal ELA Order Handling – Change Announcement

 

Take a look ...we recently changed the Purchase Order Requirements for Renewal ELA to align and standardize Global Renewal ELA order processing . This action will boost turnaround times and increase visibility of Renewal ELA orders. All Renewal ELA Purchase Orders must be submitted using the ELA-...

Jun 16, 2015 5:15:06 PM

 

Transform Competitive Ability in the Idea Economy

 

Innovative joint solutions from VMware and HP for Big Data, on-demand IT, and hybrid infrastructure will help your customers leverage exponential innovations to better meet business needs now...and in the future. Watch this video from HP Discover 2015.

Jun 15, 2015 8:08:09 PM

 

Horizon Air Services are Available in Australia-New Zealand & Japan

 

View the data sheet for DaaS Solution Competency requirements and log into Partner University to get started today. Partners must have their VMware DaaS Solution Competency completed in order to transact. Download the assets now available to help you through the various (pre, during, and post) sa...

Jun 15, 2015 7:54:39 PM

 

VMware and HP’s Global Innovation Center

 

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

Jun 12, 2015 3:19:03 PM

 

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

 

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

Jun 12, 2015 8:00:13 AM

 

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

 

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

Jun 11, 2015 2:58:46 PM

 

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

 

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

Jun 10, 2015 9:29:31 PM

 

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

 

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

Jun 10, 2015 9:27:43 PM

 

VMworld 2015 Europe Registration Is Now Open

 

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

Jun 10, 2015 8:46:03 PM

 

Syndication Tools Will Strengthen Your Marketing Efforts

 

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

Jun 9, 2015 6:25:33 PM

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MORE NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM AROUND THE WEB

 

The value of Virtual Volumes (VVols)

 

Regular readers will know that I normally blog about the technical aspects of storage, as opposed to doing opinion pieces. However there have been a number of articles published recently questioning the value of VMware’s Virtual Volumes, commonly referred to as VVols. In general, the pieces I hav...

Jun 19, 2015 12:05:30 PM

 

Conservative vs Aggressive for VMCP APD response

 

Advertise here with BSA I just finished writing the vMSC 6.0 Best Practices paper which is about to be released when a question came in. The question was around the APD scenario and whether the response to an APD should be set to aggressive or conservative. Its a good question and my instinct imm...

Jun 19, 2015 11:35:05 AM

 

Automating installation of VMware Tools for Mac OS X

 

After publishing my recent article on automating the silent installation of VMware Tools for Linux guestOSes, I received a similar question regarding Mac OS X guests and whether the existing script would also apply. The answer is no since Mac OS X packages differ from the Linux installres, but it...

Jun 18, 2015 7:12:28 PM

 

Now THIS is commitment to a gag :-)

 

Has been a really, REALLY busy (but awesome) week with the EMC team, the EMC Partners, and most importantly customers in Brazil.  Sao Paulo and Rio are amazing places – and lots of great people.   Completely spent. Working furiously on some big technical blog posts for Dockercon next week… At the...

Jun 18, 2015 5:19:57 PM

 

vCenter Server 6.0 Tidbits Part 12: New methods of downloading Support Bundles for VCSA / PSC

 

Many of you are probably pretty familiar with the process of generating a VMware Support bundle for vCenter Server when it comes to troubleshooting or filing an SR with VMware GSS by using either the vSphere Web/C# Client UI. With the released of vSphere 6.0 and specifically with the vCenter Serv...

Jun 18, 2015 9:37:12 AM

 

My first week with Pebble Time

 

Advertise here with BSA When Pebble Time was announced I backed the project on kickstarter based on Joe Baguley and Alan Renouf’s stories. Last week I received it and I’ve played with it a lot I must say and have been impressed from the moment it arrived. Simple things like the box it comes in (h...

Jun 17, 2015 5:01:15 PM

 

Automating silent installation of VMware Tools on Linux w/Automatic Kernel Modules

 

There was a recent question that was posted internally looking for a way to automate the silent installation of VMware Tools for Linux guest operating systems which also required enabling additional VMware Tools features like VMware's Automatic Kernel Modules. Currently, there are two options of ...

Jun 17, 2015 3:42:38 PM

 

All replicated Platform Services Controller should be joined to Active Directory

 

Last week a colleague of mines was setting up a new vSphere 6.0 environment which contained a vCenter Server with an external Platform Services Controller (PSC) for our Management vSphere Cluster and another vCenter Server also with an external PSC for our Compute vSphere Cluster. The PSC's were ...

Jun 16, 2015 4:31:10 PM

 

I will see you at VMworld 2015!

 

Advertise here with BSA Just got the word that I am going to be part of three sessions at VMworld this year, and still waiting on news about the quick talks I submitted. So if you are going to VMworld 2015 make sure to note down these session IDs: SDDC5027 – VCDX Unwrapped – Everything You Wanted...

Jun 16, 2015 4:28:03 PM

 

A closer look at Infinio Accelerator 2.0

 

I took the opportunity last week (while I was over in the Boston area) to catch up with Scott Davis . I’ve known Scott a long time, as he had various roles at VMware over a number of years. Scott is currently CTO at Infinio, a company that has developed an I/O acceleration product for virtual mac...

Jun 16, 2015 1:00:12 PM

 

Deployment and Design Considerations for VMware Mirage

 

This paper describes best practices for planning a VMware Mirage deployment. It addresses the primary phases of a Mirage deployment, including sizing, design, and the gathering of environmental data. The intended audience includes IT administrators, design architects, and managers who are familia...

Jun 16, 2015 5:12:00 AM

 

Virtualizing Microsoft Applications on VMware Virtual SAN

 

VMware Virtual SAN 6.0 provides customers and partners with a proven solution, capable of hosting virtualized Microsoft applications at a consistent performance level along with constant availability. This solution has been designed, configured, and tested to be a Proof of Concept of the capabili...

Jun 16, 2015 5:06:00 AM

 

A Tour of Dell’s Dashing Innovation Labs

 

Imagine walking through a technology version of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, and it would look a lot like Dell’s collection of engineering labs. Thanks to my recent adventures as a Dell Enterprise Innovation Day participant, I spent the day sneaking a peak at Dell’s version of the next everla...

Jun 15, 2015 2:20:23 PM

 

Check Out Our New Podcast – Datanauts!

 

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

Jun 13, 2015 3:37:19 PM

 

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

 

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

Jun 12, 2015 6:28:00 AM

 

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

 

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

Jun 11, 2015 4:26:34 PM

 

vROps Management Pack for Virtual SAN

 

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

Jun 11, 2015 1:05:24 PM

 

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

 

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

Jun 11, 2015 9:40:47 AM

 

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

 

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

Jun 10, 2015 10:35:00 AM

 

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

 

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

Jun 9, 2015 6:49:00 PM

 

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

 

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

Jun 9, 2015 5:04:38 PM

 

VIO limitations with VDS networking

 

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

Jun 9, 2015 1:19:03 PM

 

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

 

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

Jun 8, 2015 5:25:15 PM

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VMware TAM WEBCASTS

 

Official VMware Webcast Site: click here

 

 

On-Demand Webinars:

SDDC:

  • NEW: On-Demand: vCenter Server (vSphere 6)
  • NEW: On-Demand: vSphere Security (vSphere 6)
  • NEW: On-Demand: Examining your Security Posture in the Software-Defined Data Center
  • On-Demand: What’s New with vSphere and Operations Management 6
  • On-Demand: New Video from HP Discover: VMware and HP’s Global Innovation Center
  • On-Demand: VMware vForum Online Spring 2015
  • On-Demand: The Software-Defined Data Center: the Future of IT
  • On-Demand: A Practical Roadmap to Moving Beyond Server Virtualization
  • On-Demand: Datacenter Refresh: Traditional vs Converged vs Hyper-Converged