From the editors Virtual Desk

I have booked my desktop exam. Yes it s true I have and the reason for this is that my exam voucher expires at the end of June. I really hope I get some extra study time between now and the exam but I am really going to try and pass, or write again in Q3 I suppose.

 

It is nearing the end of the quarter, and nearly half way through the year. This is always an unusually busy time for us and I am trying to fulfil all of my obligations to both customers and VMware as best as I can but it moves us into an exciting phase with vm world and other events and I hope product launches and updates for us to look forward to.

 

Enjoy the newsletter everyone and feel free to get in touch.

 

Best Wishes

Neil Isserow (Newsletter Editor)

Queensland Technical Account Manager

Newsletter Archive: communities.vmware.com/blogs/vmwaretam

 

 

PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

vCenter Operations Manager 5.7.1 (vC Ops)
Here are the key features & benefits and features delivered in this release,
·         vCenter Log insight integration –  Quick troubleshooting of last mile issues with consolidated vC Ops dashboard. Delivers bi-directional integration with Log insight
·         Additional dashboards for vSphere environmentSimplified troubleshooting & performance management. Includes 10 additional new dashboards
·         In-context Application launch  -  Reduce time to resolve issues with specific application based on object context 
·         Additional Reports5 additional reports for operational & performance health for vSphere environment
·         Ready for the next version of vSphere – built and ready for the capabilities and features planned in the next release of vSphere
·         Additional security hardening Satisfying most stringent security hardening guidelines with 91% DISA STIG compliant release
Download:https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/info/slug/infrastructure_operations_management/vmware_vcenter_operations_management_suite/5_7
Upgrade instructions: if you have already deployed vC Ops, simply download the PAK update file and follow instructions on page 35 of https://www.vmware.com/pdf/vcops-vapp-57-deploy-guide.pdf
Documentation: https://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/vcops-pubs.html
Release notes: https://www.vmware.com/support/vcops/doc/vcops-571-vapp-release-notes.html

vCenter Log Insight (Beta)
As referenced above, this new product is currently being offered as a fully-featured and free beta, and the product will be released in July 2013.
This new addition to our cloud operations management portfolio provides automated log management through log analytics, aggregation and search.
With vCenter Log Insight, VMware customers can quickly get meaningful insights and operational intelligence from all their machine generated log data, to troubleshoot, monitor, and traverse the last mile to root cause.
Read more about the product here and then download the beta and try it out.

VMware vCenter Chargeback Manager 2.5.1
Highlight of changes:
·         Stats Migration Tool enables you to partition the Chargeback database performance stats table without mandating you to do an application upgrade.
·         Number of key bug fixes.
For a complete listing of all the changes and fixes, please refer to the release notes.
Download: https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/info/slug/it_business_management/vmware_vcenter_chargeback/2_5
Documentation: https://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/vcbm_pubs.html
Release Notes: https://www.vmware.com/support/vcbm/doc/vcbm_2_5_1_release_notes.html
Installation & Upgrade Guide: https://www.vmware.com/pdf/cbm_install_guide_2_5_1.pdf

 

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VMware vSphere: Optimize and Scale [V5.1] 17 - 21 June

VMware View: Desktop Fast Track 01 - 05 July

VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.1] 08 - 12 July

 

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    VMware Cloud Ops Blog: Reaching Common Ground When Defining Services – Highlights from #CloudOpsChatOn May 30 th , we hosted our monthly #CloudOpsChat on “Reaching Common Ground When Defining Services.” Thanks to all who participated for making it an informative and engaging conversation. We would also like to thank John Dixon ( @GreenPagesIT ) from GreenPages and Khalid Hakim from VMware ( @KhalidHakim47 ) for co-hosting the chat with us. To kick off the chat we asked, “What exactly is an IT service?” Our co-host @KhalidHakim47 suggested they are intangible by nature, unlike products. Our other…

     

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    VMware vCloud Blog: What Does the VMware vCloud Hybrid Service Mean to You?By:  Chris Colotti This is a  repost  from Chris Colotti’s blog,  chriscolotti.us .  So I decided to let the dust settle a little bit after last month’s VMware Hybrid Cloud Service announcement before I posted something this week.  I wanted to coordinate this post with the upcoming VMUG’s I am presenting at specifically on the Hybrid Cloud topic.  I was not intending to talk specifically about the VMware Hybrid Cloud Service, my sessions are dealing more with helping you out there…

     

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    VMware End User Computing: The ABCs of Deploying VMware Horizon View 5.2 with Microsoft Lync 2013Tony Huynh, Product Management End-User Computing It gives me great pleasure to announce that the VMware Horizon View 5.2 Microsoft Lync 2013 VDI Client Installation/Configuration Guide is now publicly available. The document provides a step-by-step guide on how to deploy a Microsoft Lync 2013 client on a VMware Horizon View desktop along with a Lync VDI plugin on a Windows client.  By doing so, customers can leverage the power of the Lync VDI plugin to make rich voice-over-Internet-Protocol (VoIP) and…

     

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    VMworld Blog: VMworld 2013 Content Catalog is Live!As pressures mount to maximize IT agility and increase profitability, small and midsized organizations like yours face unique challenges. Limited budgets, minimal resources, increased service demands and reliability are top of mind for IT professionals like you. At VMworld 2013, you’ll gain the tools you need to transform conventional legacy IT into seamless, agile solutions that can dramatically simplify your operations. Check out VMworld’s 2013 Content Catalog today. The Content Catalog is your guide…

     

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    VMware Education & Certification Blog: Question of the Week: VCP5-DCVThis week’s “Question of the Week” comes from the VMware Certified Professional 5-Datacenter Virtualization (VCP5-DCV) Official Study Guide . What is the maximum amount of memory that can be assigned to a Version 8 virtual machine? a. 2TB b. 256GB c. 1TB d. 64GB 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: c. 1TB

     

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    VMware for Small-Medium Business Blog: Public Cloud Services Without The Hassle — Sign Up For 6/12 Webinar on the New vCloud Hybrid ServiceFor mid-market companies, it’s important to ensure that the demand for cloud doesn’t drive you to take on unnecessary costs and waste precious resources. However, with the new VMware vCloud Hybrid Service, you can combine the power of the public cloud with the services you’re already familiar with in your own organization. The vCloud Hybrid Service is VMware’s new infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud, which allows VMware customers to utilize the power of the public cloud while maintaining the…

     

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    VMwareTV: Re-taking Control of the Cloud with vCloud Hybrid ServiceRe-taking Control of the Cloud with vCloud Hybrid Service In recent years, business units have been leveraging commodity clouds to consume resources, introducing challenges for IT organizations. Learn how IT can re-... From: vmwaretv Views: 26 0 ratings Time: 03:21 More in Science & Technology

     

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    VMwareTV: Building vs. Consuming the Cloud with vCloud Hybrid ServiceBuilding vs. Consuming the Cloud with vCloud Hybrid Service View an overview of how to build and consume cloud using the VMware vCloud Hybrid Service. From: vmwaretv Views: 33 0 ratings Time: 02:55 More in Science & Technology

     

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    VMware Network Virtualization Blog: Network Virtualization in Action: NTT CommunicationsToday we are kicking off a new blog series called “Network Virtualization In Action” where we bring you the voice of the customer discussing their deployments or decisions around  network virtualization . Now it goes without saying that Japan has always been known as a technology hot bed. So it seems only fitting that we announced this week that NTT Communications (NTT Com), the cloud service provider of one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies NTT Group, will deploy VMware network…

     

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    VMware Support Insider: VMware vCloud Hybrid Service KB ArticlesFor those of you getting your feet wet with our new VMware vCloud Hybrid Service platform, we have the following Knowledgebase articles ready to help you get started. You are now armed to tackle the future. Adding, removing, and modifying users in the VMware vCloud Hybrid Service Portal (2051562) Uploading ISOs or OVFs in VMware vCloud Hybrid Service (2051265) Configuring SNAT and DNAT for VMware vCloud Hybrid Service (2051351) Configuring IPsec VPN within VMware vCloud Hybrid Service to a remote…

     

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    VMware Cloud Ops Blog: Transforming IT Services is More Effective with Org ChangesBy: Kevin Lees Last time, I wrote about the challenge of transforming a traditional IT Ops culture and the value of knowing what you’re up against . Now I want to suggest some specific organizational changes that – given those cultural barriers – will help you successfully undertake your transformation. At the heart of the model I’m suggesting is the notion of a Cloud Infrastructure Operation Center of Excellence . What’s key is that it can be adopted even when your org is still grouped into…

     

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    VMware Consulting Blog: How Virtualizing Your Desktops Can Help You Protect Sensitive DataBy Jeremy Wheeler , VMWare Professional Services Consultant As Ted and Mason mentioned in their video post last week, today’s IT staff faces many challenges involving security, cost, risk, and governance. I’d like to address one particular challenge associated with those: how to manage data. Let’s consider a heavily regulated industry like health care. In a typical healthcare setting, if disaster strikes, hospitals risk losing extremely sensitive patient data, either virtual or physical. In…

     

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    VMware Network Virtualization Blog: What Is Network Virtualization?This post originally appeared on bradhedlund.com ,  Brad is an experienced networking professional in VMware’s Networking and Security Business Unit, specializing in network virtualization and data center fabrics. Data centers exist for the sole purpose to deploy applications. Applications that automate business processes, serve customers better, enter new markets … you get the idea. It’s all about the Apps. Applications are composed with both Compute and Network resources. It doesn’t make sense…

     

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    VMware Support Insider: Troubleshooting wikiWe recently ran a survey that sampled customers who opened support requests with us, and one of the questions asked if you would be interested in a new troubleshooting wiki to supplement our other self-help resources. The results are in and we are now discussing. This got us thinking… perhaps that question needs to be refined. Are you responding to the troubleshooting aspect of the question, or are you responding about the prospects of a wiki ? Whenever we post something here on The Support Insider that…

     

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    Office of the CTO Blogs: Introducing VMware vCenter Log InsightToday VMware announced its latest analytics product, VMware vCenter Log Insight. The product enables you to easily perform advanced analytics on log data aggregated across your physical, virtualized and cloud infrastructure, leading to across the board improvements in IT metrics. Log Insight is fully integrated with vCenter Operations , and the technology behind it is from our Pattern Insight acquisition last year. The product not only increases the quality and breadth of analysis, but it also significantly…

     

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    VMware End User Computing: Abracadabra! Horizon Mirage 4.2 Help Desk web console for fulfilling user requestsBy Tina de Benedictis, Senior Technical Marketing Manager, End-User Computing, VMware A primary new feature offered in Horizon Mirage 4.2 is a Help Desk web console. This web console enables Help Desk personnel to easily fulfill common user requests, such as desktop recovery and incremental backups, always with the zero-touch style of Horizon Mirage. The Horizon Mirage Web Manager transforms Help Desk personnel into magicians! The new web console allows Horizon Mirage Help Desk personnel to perform the…

     

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    VMware vSphere Blog: The vCloud Suite Digest (June, 2013) with Pang Chen and Mike LaverickWith contributions from our esteemed colleagues:  Tomas Fojta, Michael Haines, Ray Budavari, Scott Harrison, Francois Misiak, Adrian Roberts, Raghvender Arni, Les Major, Jesse Schachter, Jagan Raghu This month we have several trick and tips from everything from vCloud Director transfer storage to vCloud Connector Content Sync.  Without further delay… vCloud Director and Alternate Authentication Backstory: vCloud Director 5.1 introduced support for the vCenter 5.1 Single-Sign-On service. It added a…

     

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    VMware vCloud Blog: Top 3 Skills Your IT Team Needs to Prepare for the CloudBy: Duncan Epping, Principal Architect VMware R&D A question that arises often during conversations about the adoption of cloud computing is what kind of skills are required for a successful adoption of a public, private or hybrid cloud deployment. First of all, I cannot stress enough how important it is to ensure your team has the right skill set. When I am talking about skills, I am not only talking about your team’s technical competency. For a successful adoption of cloud, it is of a great…

     

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    VMware End User Computing: The Convergence of IT and Communicationsby Geoffrey Murase, Solutions Marketing, End-User Computing This past week I had the opportunity to attend the International Avaya User Group (IAUG) conference in Orlando, Florida.  The name of the conference was aptly titled “Converge2013” and brought together almost 3,000 users and partners of Avaya unified communications and networking gear.  VMware was one of the sponsors of the event and we met many Avaya customers who came by our exhibitor booth. It was interesting to see that a few “old…

     

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    VMware Education & Certification Blog: Free vSphere Instructional Videos Detailing Snapshot Best PracticesVMware Certified Instructor, Joe Desmond, details the best practices in using Snapshot functionality including: Joe Desmond, VCI  vSphere Snapshot Overview describes tool to support guest O/S administration vSphere Anatomy of Snapshot – describing the snapshot process vSphere Power Tools Come with Big Warning Labels vSphere Snapshots in Action vSphere Snapshots in Non Production Environments vSphere Snapshot Consolidation Visit the VMware Education Video Site to see these and other topics too. …

     

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    VMware Network Virtualization Blog: A New Voice In Networking – The Network Virtualization BlogMartin Casado, chief architect of networking here at VMware, probably made the understatement of the year in his blog post ahead of Interop Las Vegas when he wrote, “It is a very exciting time to be in networking…” The fact of the matter is we’ve entered into a transformative period in networking unlike anything we’ve seen since the invention of Ethernet. A new group of companies young and old focused on network virtualization are challenging networking’s historical operational model, and…

     

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    VMware Virtualization Management Blog: Announcing vCloud Automation Center 5.2vCloud Automation Center empowers IT to rapidly deploy, provision and manage cloud services across multi-vendor virtual, physical, and public cloud infrastructures.  vCloud Automation Center delivers a flexible framework that transforms existing infrastructure, tools and processes into a scalable infrastructure or desktop as a service.  Release 5.2 continues to enhance VMware cloud automation with these new capabilities: Expanded Infrastructure Support vCloud Automation Center supports a variety of…

     

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    VMTN Blog: VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast – Show Notes 233 – Bring Your Own BlogHosts John Mark Troyer, VMware @jtroyer Guests You – The Community! News Don’t miss VMworld 2013 (10th annual) Veeam announces Backup and Replication 7 for VMware WorldPay Deploys VMware Network Virtualization to Enable User Self-Provisioning And Support Around-the-Clock Application Development Become a Virtual Design Master Challenge – Participant Today VMworld Content Catalog [Poll] VMware Support Insider – Would you like us to Podcast?  VMware Certification Exams 75% off During VMworld  …

     

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