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Hi everyone, firstly a big apology for the mistake in lasts weeks newsletter. As many of you know I use my ipad for most of my work and for the weekly newsletter. I find this very convenient and it allows me to be really mobile and work anywhere on the newsletter during the week. The problem of course is that as I do the newsletter and review the newsletter sometimes things can be missed. Autocorrect is fantastic for most things but context isn't one of them and in this case it showed its volatility. I hope that has not spoiled the newsletter for you and I will always try and provide the best newsletter free of errors for you.
I am in full swing rebuilding my home lab now and getting the all new horizon suite up and running, for those following along this is part of my learning for my desktop certification that I am pursuing as part of my learning development for this year.
A reminder that all article headlines are clickable links to the full article and that all KBDigest are links as well.
Have a great week everyone.
Best Wishes
Jillian Rayner (Partner Business Manager) and Neil Isserow (Newsletter Editor)
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  • Greetings KBTV fans and a very happy Friday to you! Today we have a new video for our VMware Fusion users which discusses and demonstrates installing Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) as a guest operating system in VMware Fusion 5 . A few things to point out before trying this out in your own environments: Apple’s End User License Agreement allows you to install up to two additional copies of Mountain Lion on your Mac, which is already running a retail version of Mountain Lion. You cannot install OS X…
    • By:  Matt Sarrel I recently started using the vSphere client to manage vCloud Connector (which according to VMware most people were doing anyway) – it’s a great alternative to the web interface I previously used for vCloud Connector. You can still use vcloud.vmware.com to evaluate vCloud with a 90-day free trial, browse listings of service providers, and use resources like message boards, support, and instructional materials (such as documentation and tutorials).  The vCloud Connector 2.0 download…
      • There is quite a few blog posts and KB articles describing how to virtualize Microsoft Office 2010 with the help of ThinApp. KB articles: http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2021901 http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1022287 A blog post: http://thinappguru.blogspot.se/2012/03/notes-on-packaging-office-project-and.html If you have Office locally installed but need to virtualize Project or Visio (many steps are the same as for Office 2010):…
        • The VMware Horizon Mirage Fundamentals [V4.0] .  is a 3.5 hour course covering the main features and components in the Horizon Mirage solution including information on installing and configuring the Horizon Mirage solution, as well as performing common administrator tasks and end user tasks. Register today (by clicking on “Add to my Enrollments”) and learn how to: •  Define Horizon Mirage concepts and components. •  Explain how Horizon Mirage works. •  List some of the key business…
          • I came across a few discussions lately around using folders with vSphere Data Protection (VDP). If you have used VDP, I imagine you know that it is possible to select “container” objects such as a cluster or resource pool when creating a backup job. The question that continues to come up is “Can I select a folder when creating a backup job?” Well, the answer is a bit more complicated than yes or no… The VDP Administration Guide says a folder can be selected. With that in mind, I navigated to…
            • By Steven Poitras, Solutions Architect at Nutanix, Inc. I recently had the opportunity to head over to the VMware HQ and conduct a white boarding session on the VMware Horizon Suite on Nutanix solution. When looking at the diagram in the solution video I noticed one thing, white space.  Rather than having complex lines going to LUNs/IQNs or chassis to arrays or uplinks, all we had to show was the Horizon architecture, which is what we really care about. One “ring” to rule them all Obviously…
              • If you’ve taken the VMware vCenter Configuration Manager for Virtual Infrastructure Management course and would like to extend your vCenter Configuration Manager skills then you’ll want to attend VMware vCenter Configuration Manager for Operating Systems Management [V5.x] .  This hands-on training provides you the skills to enable configuration of vCenter Configuration Manager (VCM) for management of physical and virtual guest operating systems and Active Directory (AD) create and use compliance…
                • RSA 2013: A Conversation with TrendMicro Deep Security for vShield Endpoint integrates with the VMware APIs to provide agentless anti-malware protection and agentless intrusion prevention for VMware... From: vmwaretv Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 03:08 More in Science & Technology
                  • RSA 2013: A Conversation with Sourcefire The Sourcefire Next-Generation Intrusion Prevention System (NGIPS) monitors real-time network and user activity in a virtual environment, detecting policy vi... From: vmwaretv Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 04:43 More in Science & Technology
                    • RSA 2013: A Conversation with McAfee McAfee MOVE AV provides strong anti-malware protection integrates with VMware vShield Endpoint to offload key antivirus and anti-malware functions to a harde... From: vmwaretv Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 05:33 More in Science & Technology
                      • RSA 2013: A Conversation with HyTrust HyTrust Appliance integrates with VMware to manage privileged access, ensure accountability, and enforce compliance for VMware vSphere™ based infrastructure. From: vmwaretv Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 07:22 More in Science & Technology
                        • RSA 2013:  A Conversation with Catbird Catbird vSecurity integrated with VMware vCloud Networking and Security App broadens access control capabilities for compliance enforcement. The joint soluti... From: vmwaretv Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 07:10 More in Science & Technology
                          • RSA 2013: A Conversation with Bitdefender Bitdefender Security for Virtualized Environments integrates with VMware vShield Endpoint to centralize antimalware functions and increase consolidation rati... From: vmwaretv Views: 11 1 ratings Time: 03:51 More in Science & Technology
                            • In the previous blog , we looked at how to install vCloud Networking and Security App Firewall. In this blog, let’s take a look at how to configure firewall policies to protect applications in the virtual datacenter by using a simple use case. Use Case Two applications are deployed on a shared network segment – “App-PortGroup” as shown below.  Each application has three tiers – web, app and db. Enforce the following separation between applications and tiers of each application using vCloud…
                              • SHALL WE PLAY A GAME?  In one of my favorite movies, the 1983 epic “War Games,” high school computer geek (a term ahead of his time) David Lightman (played by 21-year-old Matthew Broderick) wants to play an unreleased computer game — and impress a pretty girl (Ally Sheedy).  So, he starts hacking…which wasn’t a coined phrase in the early 80s. Little does he know the “computer company” he’s infiltrated is actually a military installation running a missile-command supercomputer called the…
                                • Hosts John Mark Troyer, VMware @jtroyer Mike Laverick, VMware @mike_laverick Guests Dana Nourie, VMware @DanaNourie Andre Leibovici, VMware @andreleibovici  News VMworld 2013 Call for Papers is open – Tuesday, March 12, 2013 – Friday, April 12, 2013 vExpert 2013 applications are open – Deadline for applications is April 15, 2013, no its now April 22, 2013 US VMUG User  Conference  - Find one near you Podcast – #185 – Becoming a VMworld Speaker [Tips] vMUGGING Thoughts – Mike Laverick blog…
                                  • In the past, administrators wishing to determine whether their specific hosts, guest operating systems, storage arrays, or other hardware were on the official VMware Compatibility Guide / HCL had to continually return to our page to see if VMware had added support or added any updates. The new and improved VMware Compatibility Guide makes it easier to get updates about specific hardware by providing RSS feed subscriptions. To subscribe to updates about an item: Search for the item you’re interested in. …
                                    • The new database is opening up significant career opportunities for data modelers, admins, architects, and data scientists. In parallel, it’s transforming how businesses use data. It’s also making the traditional RDBMS look like a T-REX. Our web-centric, social media, and internet-of-things are acting as a sea-change to break traditional data design and management approaches. Data is coming in at increasing speeds, and 80% of it cannot be easily organized into the neat little rows and columns…
                                      • In a recent blog post, we skimmed the surface of the journey from virtualization to IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) , but what exactly does ITaaS mean, and how important is it to the success of your enterprise? Mobility, cloud computing, social media, consumerization, big data and analytics have become deeply integrated into what makes up today’s enterprise. With this, the pace of IT change is rapidly increasing, resulting in a shift in the way organizations use and consume IT resources. More and more companies…
                                        • Many of you will have read various articles related to queue depths, especially in the area of LUN/device queue depths, and how these can be tuned to provide different performance for your I/O. However there are other queue settings internal to the VMkernel, which relate to how many I/Os a Virtual Machine can issue before it has to allow another virtual machine to send I/Os to the same LUN. What follows is some detail around these internal settings, and how they are used to achieve fairness and performance…
                                          • VMware offers BETA courses to those wanting to participate in finalizing the near complete course. You receive the same valuable VMware instruction at half-off the course price.  Sign up today as the courses do book up quickly. VMware vCenter Operations Manager: Advanced Usage and Dashboard Design [V5.X] BETA Location: Frimley, United Kingdom Time: May 8-10th @ 9:00 AM Irish Summer Time Europe/Dublin See Course Description VMware Horizon View: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.2] BETA Location: Frimley,…
                                            • ESG Lab Results & Validation for VMware Horizon View and Tintri Storage From: vmwaretv Views: 23 2 ratings Time: 06:17 More in Science & Technology
                                              • Pivot3 vStac Appliance with VMware Horizon View Overview From: vmwaretv Views: 35 1 ratings Time: 03:48 More in Science & Technology
                                                • Nutanix with VMware Horizon Suite Overview Looking to support data, apps and desktops in your environments? This video looks at the reference architecture for the Nutanix appliance with Horizon View a... From: vmwaretv Views: 103 4 ratings Time: 03:30 More in Science & Technology
                                                  • Pure Storage and Horizon View Reference Architecture Overview This video looks at the reference architecture for the Pure Storage Flash Array with VMware Horizon View. From: vmwaretv Views: 51 0 ratings Time: 05:05 More in Science & Technology
                                                    • Atlantis Computing, Cisco and VMware Horizon View Reference Architecture Overview This video looks at the low-cost, high-performance VDI architecture that leverages Atlantis ILIO dskless VDI and VMware Horizon View. From: vmwaretv Views: 23 1 ratings Time: 05:09 More in Science & Technology
                                                      • Tegile, Cisco UCS and VMware Horizon View Reference Architecture Overview This video looks at the new Tegile, Cisco and VMware Horizon View Reference Architecture that provides a simple, low-cost and scalable solution for VDI. From: vmwaretv Views: 26 0 ratings Time: 06:44 More in Science & Technology
                                                        • Nexenta, Cisco and VMware Horizon View Reference Architecture Overview This video looks at the Cisco, Nexenta and VMware Horizon View Reference Architecture for 1000 stateless desktops on UCS-B and UCS-C class servers. From: vmwaretv Views: 23 0 ratings Time: 02:50 More in Science & Technology
                                                          • VMware vSphere Hypervisor Overview VMware vSphere Hypervisor, a free and easy-to-use production-ready hypervisor helps you consolidate your servers so you can start saving today. From: vmwaretv Views: 4 1 ratings Time: 02:16 More in Science & Technology
                                                            • Building the Cloud Automation Business Case From: vmwaretv Views: 1 1 ratings Time: 10:10 More in Science & Technology
                                                              • Making the Business Case for Enterprise Social Networking Watch this webinar and learn more about enterprise social networking, the biggest shift in communications and IT platforms since email. From: vmwaretv Views: 16 1 ratings Time: 01:01:49 More in Science & Technology
                                                                • One great way for IT to adequately address the needs of increasingly tech-savvy and impatient users is by implementing self-service on demand service provisioning. David Crane , a Cloud Operations Consulting Architect and Kurt Milne , the Director of Cloud Ops Programs at VMware are hosting a webinar, tomorrow, April 10 th , at 8am PT on “ Service Initiation: Understanding the People and Process Behind the Portal. ” During the webcast, they’ll discuss key concepts related to being a service broker…
                                                                  • By  Justin Venezia, VMware EUC Consultant Many folks who are implementing end user computing solutions (VDI, application virtualization, etc.) ask the same age-old question – “How can I be successful?” Well, the answer is quite simple – plan the work, work the plan.  Jumping in with both feet and going right into the build and deployment of VDI, for example, may help you meet a tactical need and get you to a few hundred desktops. However, when you try to “scale” that environment, introducing…
                                                                    • This week’s “Question of the Week” comes from the VMware Certified Professional 5-Data Center Virtualization (VCP5-DCV) Official Study Guide . Which of the following is not a network security policy in vCenter 5.0? a. Promiscuous Mode b. MAC address changes c. Forged transmits d. IP address changes See below for the answer Not sure of the answer? You can learn more about this topic in our VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage course. Answer: d. IP address changes
                                                                      • Mobile Location Based Services are on the rise. After several false starts back in the mid 2000s, every mobile user now depends on their phones to tell them where they are, where their friends are, and to engage with social media like Facebook and Foursquare .  A report by Juniper Research suggests this market is expected to breach over $12 billion next year , where it hardly existed a few years ago at all. This is in part because mobile apps have become ubiquitous now. In order to remain relevant,…
                                                                        • Posted by Ramin Sayar Vice President & General Manager, Cloud Infrastructure & Management LANDesk Acquires the VMware Protect Product Family Today LANDesk announced that it has acquired the VMware Protect product family, which came to VMware through the acquisition of Shavlik Technologies in 2011. LANDesk is acquiring the VMware Protect technologies (which will be renamed Shavlik Protect), existing customer accounts and the core team. In 2013, VMware is executing against three priorities –…
                                                                          • Post by Jeremy Hall From my own personal experience and the experiences I hear from my customers, VMware® Horizon View™ has been more than capable of handling day to day workloads.   But that didn’t stop our Product Development Managers.  Based on customer feedback, they added more enhancements to fulfill the goal of delivering an optimal user experience.  Enhancements cover 3D hardware graphic capability, added support for Microsoft Lync 2013, HTML Access, Windows 8 support, and an increased…
                                                                            • Hosts John Mark Troyer, VMware @jtroyer Guests Mike Foley, VMware @mikefoley News VMworld 2013 Call for Papers is now open VMUG Italy User Conference – The Debriefing vExpert 2013 applications are now open The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win New Community Competition – Are you the next Virtual Design Master? Community Events vBrownbag Podcast VMUG Local Meetings – Check it today! AdaptingIT – Lauren Malhoit Podcast Virtualization Security Roundtable …
                                                                              • What's New in VMware ThinApp 4.7 What's New in VMware ThinApp 4.7. From: vmwaretv Views: 192 4 ratings Time: 29:41 More in Science & Technology
                                                                                • We are excited to announce the release of vCenter Operations Manager version 5.7, which is the key component of vCenter Operations Management Suite , and provides you with operations dashboards to gain deep insights and visibility into health, risk and efficiency of your infrastructure, and also includes performance management and capacity optimization capabilities. With this latest release, vCenter Operations Manager 5.7 comes with robust enhancements including: Allocation-based Capacity Planning …
                                                                                  • VMware vCenter Operations Manager 5.7: Overview of What's New This video provides an overview of vCenter Operations Manager version 5.7, which is the key component of vCenter Operations Management Suite, and provides yo... From: vmwaretv Views: 612 1 ratings Time: 08:38 More in Science & Technology
                                                                                    • VMware ThinApp 4.5 Windows 7 Official Support VMware ThinApp 4.5 can package an entire application and its settings into a single executable that can be deployed to many Windows operating environments. T... From: vmwaretv Views: 92 1 ratings Time: 01:04 More in Science & Technology
                                                                                      • Ensuring your systems run smooth even when your data center has a hiccup, or a real disaster strikes is critical for many companies to survive when hardships befall them.  As we enter  the age of the zettabyte , seamless disaster recovery has become even more critical and difficult. There is more data than we have ever handled before, and most of it is very, very big. Most disaster recovery (DR) sites are in standby mode—assets sitting idle, waiting for their turn. The sites are either holding data…
                                                                                        • How is cloud computing delivering greater flexibility and reducing IT costs for business? VMware recently hosted IT industry analyst Maribel Lopez in an engaging live webcast, “Add Cloud to Your Business and Watch it Grow,”  focusing on the benefits of cloud computing and why companies of all sizes are seeing growth as a result of moving more and more workloads to the cloud. Applicable to current VMware customers and others, this webcast focused on defining cloud, answered the question of “why…
                                                                                          • This was a recent question that was asked internally about the minimum privileges required to query VIBs on an ESXi host. The request was for a custom script that was developed for compliance check and the customer was looking to create a custom vSphere role to minimize the privileges needed to perform the task. Since I did not know the answer, it was off to the lab for some testing. Through the process of elimination, it turns out the only privilege that is required for querying VIBs on an ESXi host is…
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                                                                                            • As we keep pushing to be a more transparent company with our core partners – our internal quarterly SE training content has been opened up to all our partners – no edits, everything we provide internally. Click on the link...
                                                                                              • EMC Technical Advisory (or “ETA”) are notices to customers of important fixes or updates. Some are more important than others. If you go to http://support.emc.com, you can get all the ETAs for your platforms. Shortly, this portal is getting a...
                                                                                                • I firmly stand by “EMC SE Manifesto Principle #5”: We are positive force. Meaning “We think of the customer, our ‘tribe’, ONE EMC, the community at large, the world - and never go negative on the bad guy.” Rants tend...
                                                                                                  • I have been having these discussions with our engineering teams for the last year around guaranteed restarts of virtual machines in a cluster. In the current shape / form we use Admission Control to guarantee virtual machines are restarted. Today … Continue reading → " Guaranteeing availability through admission control, chip in! " originally appeared on Yellow-Bricks.com . Follow me on twitter - @DuncanYB.
                                                                                                    This is almost step by step video from VMware showing the seamless migration of Windows XP system by using VMware Mirage. VMware Mirage 4 has introduced layered approach to migration and management of data across AD management infrastructures. Is possible to create a layer with different set of applications, and apply this layer to a group of users or [...] Read the full post VMware Horizon Mirage Video – Migrating XP to Win 7 at ESX Virtualization .  Check Out This Free Tool : VMturbo Community…
                                                                                                    Hi guys, I thought I'd just bring your attention to a reasonably new section on the VMware Blog which is being writing by VMware's Professional Service's Consultants and Architects. The VMware Consulting Blog. Welcome to our new VMware Consulting blog. Drawing from our extensive experience delivering tens of thousands of services engagements to our clients [...] Related posts: Do you have a Virtualization Blog?? Is It A Bird? Is It A Plane? No, It’s….The Cloud! VMware Virtualization TCO /…
                                                                                                  • VMware Horizon Mirage is a layered image management solution that separates the PC into logical layers, which are owned and managed by either IT or the end user. Mirage enables enterprise IT administrators to centrally control the base and application layers guarantying a consistent view of the image across all endpoints. Through the Mirage Management Console, … Continue reading »
                                                                                                    • When VMware View 5.1 was release I wrote about the changes to storage and memory footprint when the 3D software rendering option was enabled. VMware View 5.0 3D Reverse Engineered vSphere 5.0 New .vswp file & Storage Tax on VDI Just to recap: ESxi 5.0 implements a second .vswp file for every virtual machine created either with … Continue reading »
                                                                                                      • I have just release the Horizon View VDI Calculator v.3.1 with important updates to the graphics stack in order to correctly support the new 3D software and hardware rendering. What’s New in Release 3.1 - Added support for new 3D functionalities in Horizon View 5.2 - Added support for 64, 128, 256 and 512MB Video … Continue reading »
                                                                                                      • Hi everyone, it’s Alastair here, @DemitasseNZ. I missed out on the chance to do the VCAP5-DTD beta exam at the end of last year, primarily because New Zealand shuts down from Christmas for a couple of week as it’s the middle of our summer. So when the exam was released to general availability last week [...]
                                                                                                        • The VMware Visio Stencils I have created are by far the most popular post on my blog. Over the past few years I have posted a three versions over the years since they were released. I decided last week that it was time to create a dedicated page that would hold the most up to date version and not to have them spread out all across my blog. Therefore from now all the old versions will now redirect to this page. Why "The Unofficial VMware Visio Stencils"? That is because they are not prepared…
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