FROM THE EDITORS VIRTUAL DESK

Well what a surprising week it was. I have been at VMware for 4 and a half years now and really love my role as a TAM. For a while now I have had the objective to meet the requirements to become a senior TAM. This week my manager sent through a note to everyone that I had been promoted. This was a very personal achievement for me and working with my manager to achieve this has been a pleasure. I have really learnt a lot at VMware over the past 4 years and enjoy every day I am there, this just makes it even sweeter so a big thank you to my Manager, all of the TAMs I work with and of course everyone else who helped me achieve this.

 

So that's all I have for you this week, my acceptance speech to show my gratitude

 

We have a great newsletter for you this week so please enjoy.

 

Kind Regards

Neil Isserow

VMware Senior Technical Account Manager and Newsletter Editor


VMware Seminar Series 2013
To register for your local event: http://info.vmware.com/content/APAC_ANZ_VMwareSeries2013?src=em_13Q2VMW_APAC_ANZ_VMwareSeries2013_emailsig

BRISBANE

 

Tuesday 16 July

The Pullman

King George Square

Brisbane QLD 4000

 

The Future is with the User

The VMware Series 2013 will be a huge ‘How-To’ showcase and interactive sessions like no other previously staged across Australia and New Zealand.

The event will tightly focus on how IT can address the demand that end-user preference is placing on the business, all the way from the data centre to the desktop, smart-phone and beyond.

 

You’ll be able to get hands-on with the technology and up close with the experts, with real-time demonstrations, roundtable sessions, fast and furious seminar sessions and see how technology is driving business innovation through real-life scenarios.

No matter your business size, sector or goal, the challenges you face today can be addressed with the insight you’ll gain when you Touch Tomorrow, only at the VMware Series 2013.

Content tailored for you

 

The VMware Series 2013 will host content for all members of the IT community.

If you are a CIO, IT Manager or Department Head: We have roundtable sessions including topics to help you develop your business cases, strategic plans, better utilize existing assets, and ensure you have visibility of all the costs involved in your mobility strategy.

If you are an IT practitioner: In the Experience Centre we are holding “fast and furious” seminar sessions showcasing the latest and greatest technologies from VMware and our partner community.

TRAINING SCHEDULE

 

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VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.1] - 25-26 July

 

VMware vCloud Director: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.1] 29-31 July

 

 

VMWARE BLOGGERS

 

  • VMware Education & Certification Blog: New VCDX Defense Date AddedDue to popular demand we have added another date for VCDX candidates to defend their design: October 28-30 in Singapore . If you are interested in participating, applications will be due by August 30. Defenses will be scheduled for VCDX4-DCV , VCDX5-DCV , and VCDX-Cloud . Visit the program web site for more details.

     

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    VMware Cloud Ops Blog: Rethinking IT for the Cloud, Pt. 1 – Calculating Your Cloud Service CostsBy Khalid Hakim So you’re the CIO of an organization and you’ve been asked to run IT like a business. What do you do? You can start by seeing IT as a technology shop, with “services” displayed on its shelves. Each service is price-tagged, with specs printed on the back-tag. A service catalog is available for customers to pick up and request services from. Each service or set of services is managed by the “service manager/owner” role. Your IT shop would have an Income Statement (Profit-Loss…

     

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    VMware Virtualization Management Blog: vCenter Operations Management Tech Tips Series: Tip #2 – Creating and Assigning Resource TagsHi folks, Here is the second post in the new blog post series – vCenter Operations Management Tech Tips. In this series, we will have short, bite-sized, under 5-minute videos for you with Tech Tips for vCenter Operations Management Suite, providing you useful technical information, and do that quickly and succinctly. The first few videos describe how quickly you can get started using the vCenter Operations Manager custom UI and get more value out of your deployment starting day one. Last week, the Tech…

     

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    VMware vCloud Blog: Advanced Protection for Physical, Virtual and Cloud Servers – Register for 7/9 Webinar Today!Security and compliance are often cited as the top concerns among customers planning and deploying virtual and cloud environments. Wondering what you can do to put your customers’ minds at ease? Trend Micro offers a solution with their Deep Security Comprehensive Server Security Platform. Join the upcoming webinar, hosted by VMware partner Ingram Micro , on Tuesday, May 9 th at 11am PT , to learn how Deep Security delivers virtualization-aware security that supports compliance . During this 1-hour…

     

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    VMware Accelerate: CIOs, Lead the Cultural Change!Author: Alex Salicrup In my earlier blog , I described the challenges of competing with third-party service providers that many modern CIOs face. And, I closed by promising to come back with tips on how to transform a reactive, risk-adverse IT organization to one that’s more proactive and customer-centric. Here are some suggestions: Automate Your IT organization needs to run operations with the fewest number of IT staff possible. Now, don’t get excited—I’m not talking about reducing headcount.…

     

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    VMware Education & Certification Blog: VMware Lab Connect Available with More CoursesVMware Lab Connect is now available for: VMware vSphere: What’s new [5.1] – Lab Connect offering 10 labs VMware vSphere: Optimize & Scale [V5.1] – Lab Connect offering 19 labs Get extra hands-on practice and retain more with self-paced technical training labs paired with select VMWare courses .  See the VMware Lab Connect courses available and stay tuned as more are coming!

     

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    VMware Hands On Labs Blog: July 1st Winners: Defy Convention Photo Contest Hands on LabsFolks, You did not make it easy for us to decide on our winners for this months contest – we debated over these for hours…  Thank you for participating – for folks out there we still have the month of July to submit your photos for the August 1st announce date. Please contact us for information on how to claim your passes. If you do not have an an account: Hands on Labs Registration Thanks again ! The winners are… Name: Dan Muhr @Geekoolaid Title: “Going over the check list before baby…

     

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    VMware Technical Account Manager Blog: Hidden benefits of virtualisation – managementBy guest blogger, Christian Wickham, Technical Account Manager, South Australia and Northern Territory, and Local Government and Councils in Western Australia, Victoria and New South Wales at VMware Australia and New Zealand Hidden benefits of virtualisation – management Within VMware we are often focussing on the latest and greatest features and capabilities offered by all our newest software. Of course, we are always driving forward and the next version’s enhancements and benefits are forefront of…

     

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    VMware for Small-Medium Business Blog: #vSMBChat Recap: Doing More with Less – SMBs and the Hybrid CloudLast month, we hosted our June #vSMBChat, “Doing More with Less – SMBs and the Hybrid Cloud,” where we discussed how SMBs can take advantage of the full benefits of hybrid cloud even with limited resources. Special thanks again to our co-hosts Mike Roy ( @MikeRoySoft ), Product Marketing Manager at VMware and Adam Martin ( @colttrickle ), Associate IT Director at American StructurePoint, as well as to everyone who participated in the chat! Here’s a look at some highlights from the chat: 1)  When…

     

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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-Data Center Virtualization (VCP5-DCV) Official Study Guide . Which of the following is an optional parameter for Storage DRS configuration? a. Capacity b. I/O performance c. CPU d. Memory 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: b. I/O performance

     

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    VMware vCloud Blog: Explore the vCloud Hybrid Service with Mathew Lodge: Join Us for Our Google+ Hangout on July 16th!Following the launch of the VMware vCloud Hybrid Service on May 21 st , we’ve seen many questions from the community regarding how exactly the service works. Now’s your chance to learn all the ins and outs of VMware’s new hybrid cloud solution – join us for a Google+ Hangout on July 16 th at 11am PT, as Mathew Lodge, Vice President of Cloud Services at VMware , and our panel of experts as they provide a technical deep-dive into the new VMware vCloud Hybrid Service. Mathew will also be presenting a…

     

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    VMworld Blog: VMworld 2013 BloggersBlogging at VMworld has become an exceptional way to amplify announcements, deep-dive into technology, provide key insights & editorial or just follow show highlights and share the VMworld experience.  But blogs are just the tools... 'Bloggers' are the heart of our VMworld community.  We really appreciate our community of bloggers who contribute year after year, including vExperts, alumni, new attendees and many followers who are unable make it onsite. If you will be contributing to blog…

     

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    VMware Consulting Blog: Join our VMware PS Consultants, TAMs & Solution Architects at VMworld 2013!Ready to defy convention? Ted Ohr, Senior Director of Americas Service Delivery, personally invites you to join industry leaders and colleagues at the 10th annual US VMworld event in San Francisco, August 25—29. Gain the tools you need to simplify your operations and transform conventional practices into business advantages. Details at  http://www.vmworld.com

     

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    VMware Support Insider: Top 20 Articles for June 2013Here is our Top 20 KB list for June 2013. 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. Downloading and installing VMware Fusion (2014097) Uploading diagnostic information for VMware (1008525) Installing async drivers on ESXi 5.x (2005205) Unmounting a LUN or detaching a datastore/storage device from multiple ESXi 5.x hosts (2004605) Purging old data from the database used by vCenter Server (1025914) …

     

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    VMware vSphere Blog: Mobile Knowledge Portal–even more contentThe Mobile Knowledge Portal is a Android Tablet and iPad App which is designed to provide a simple way for VMware customers to view technical collateral around the Datacenter & Cloud Infrastructure and Infrastructure & Operations Management products. If you don’t have the app download it today from the Google Play or Apple App store or use the links above. The content is constantly modified to ensure you have the most up to date information when you need it, you can even download it onto your…

     

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    VMware Network Virtualization Blog: Thinking Out Loud: The Future of VLANsThis post originally appeared on the  blog  of Scott Lowe, a member of the VMware team and is a tremendous resource for information about all things virtualization.  It’s interesting to me how much the idea of a VLAN has invaded the consciousness of data center IT professionals. Data center folks primarily tasked with managing compute workloads are nearly as familiar with VLANs as their colleagues primarily tasked with managing network connectivity. However, as networking undergoes a transformation…

     

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    VMware Support Insider: New Network port diagram for vSphere 5.xOver the past few weeks we have been working on constructing a brand new network diagram, depicting ports in use for vSphere 5.x These diagrams have been very popular in the past and we hope you like this one too! We created Knowledgebase article: Network port diagram for vSphere 5.x (2054806) as a container for the pdf diagram. The pdf also lists all of the ports used in tabular format. If you’d like to see more of these, tell us in the comments section below! Note : This information provided is on a…

     

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    VMware Virtualization Management Blog: Cloud Automation ROI – Control Resource Usage without Slowing Service DeliveryOne of the challenges of virtualization for many companies is less control over the provisioning of IT services compared to physical servers. In fact, the majority of companies we have worked with readily admit they have over allocated their resources by 20% or more. Those companies enforcing governance over resource consumption either have relatively small, static environments or strict, manually enforced processes with much longer than average service delivery times.  Therefore, it is far more…

     

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    VMware vSphere Blog: New Video Series: Getting Started with vSphere with Operations Management (VSOM)If you are an experienced vSphere admin then this post may not be for you.  However, if you are new or just getting started on your journey to virtualization and vSphere with Operations Management (VSOM) then please keep reading… I was once asked: “ Explain how a brand new admin who wanted to install vSphere with Operations Management (VSOM) for the first time would go about doing that? ”.   While my initial thought was “ Ah, that’s easy! ”, in trying to answer this question it occurred to…

     

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    VMworldTV: VMware PSO Consultants, TAMs & Solution Architects at VMworld 2013VMware PSO Consultants, TAMs & Solution Architects at VMworld 2013 Ready to defy convention? Join industry leaders and colleagues at the 10th annual US VMworld event in San Francisco, August 25--29, and gain the tools you need to simplify your operations and... From: VMworldTV Views: 111 4 ratings Time: 02:43 More in Science & Technology

     

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    VMware Education & Certification Blog: EMEA Live Online Training Schedule for JulyThe July schedule of live, online training for the Europe, Middle East, and Africa region is below. Live online training gives you the same instructor interaction and hands-on labs, in a format that limits disruption to your work and home life, whilst maintaining your skills. VMware is offering 10% discount on all direct delivered Live Online classes scheduled through 30th September! Remember to use referral code: EMEALOL10 when registering, to get your discount! Course Name Start date Duration…

     

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    #vBrownbag Follow-Up Prasenjit Sarkar covering VCAP5-CIA Objective 2 – Manage vSphere ResourcesOn the 2nd of July 2013 Prasenjit Sarkar covered VCAP5-CIA Objective 2: Manage vSphere Resources on the EMEA vBrownbag. The slides from the session are available here : EMEAvBrownbagvStretchCloud and the video from the session is below. EMEA vBrownbag with Prasenjit Sarkar covering VCAP5-CIA Objective 2 – Manage vSphere Resources from EMEA vBrownbag on Vimeo.

     

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    #vBrownbag Follow-Up Michael Webster covering VCAP5-CID Objective 6: vCloud AvailabilityOn the 9th of April 2013 Michael Webster covered VCAP5-CID Objective 6: vCloud Availability on the EMEA vBrownbag. Unfortunately due to unexplained reasons the video corrupted and only the last twenty minutes recorded and are available (the irony is noted) ProfessionalVMware #vBrownBag EMEA 09-04-13 20.16 from EMEA vBrownbag on Vimeo.

     

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    VCP-IaaS Study Guide PDFG’day – @coolsport00 here sharing my recent process in studying for the VCP-IaaS exam, which I sat and thankfully passed yesterday afternoon. As a matter of fact, I achieved the highest score of any exam I’ve taken, VMware or otherwise. To start off, let me share the resources I used, and indeed what I recommend [...]

     

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    VDI Calculator for VNXBiggest question around sizing your VDI usually comes down to sizing the storage. Some of the solutions team created a pretty cool sizing whitepaper a few months back. Which inspired me to create this web based calculator. It is not meant to do everything in the whole world. Just give a quick and easy VNX [...] Related posts: More on the EMC, Cisco and Citrix 5000 on vSphere CVD (Cisco Validated Design) in 30 minutes ESX Commands – esxcfg-info Ask Good Questions

     

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    Aligning Virtualization and Storage Management – most common storage problems in virtualization deploymentsA lot of performance issues comes from storage. Storage is often the bottleneck of virtual infrastructures. There is new paper which has been released by VMturbo - Aligning Virtualization and Storage Management.   One of the topics discussed (in addition of the different sources of bottlenecks) is efficiency and how to make storage systems more efficient, to [...] Read the full post Aligning Virtualization and Storage Management – most common storage problems in virtualization deployments at ESX…

     

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    Windows 8 and Windows 7 Desktop Optimization GuideThis PDF guide from VMware has 2 important scripts embedded, which allows disabling unneeded services of W7 or W8 systems. The Windows 8 and Windows 7 Desktop Optimization Guide provides detailed specification of those services, and in order to use in corporate environments, you should check in details each of those service’s function and validate (or [...] Read the full post Windows 8 and Windows 7 Desktop Optimization Guide at ESX Virtualization . Featured Paper : Top 6 Tips for Configuring vSphere…

     

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    Visual ESX Top – New Free tool from VMware LabsNew free utility from VMware Labs called Visual ESX Top. As you probably guessed, the free tool allows better viewing experience than the command line ESX Top. In addition, there is a tab which allows to show some nice graphics. The tool can be downloaded from VMware Labs as technical preview, so you must accept the [...] Read the full post Visual ESX Top – New Free tool from VMware Labs at ESX Virtualization . Featured Paper : Top 6 Tips for Configuring vSphere Resource Pools You may also like: VMware…

     

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    VMware Network Port DiagramVMware has published recently, through VMware KB article http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2054806, a very detailed and useful Network port diagram. This diagram covers several VMware products: VMware ESXi 5.x VMware vCenter Server 5.x VMware vCloud Director 5.x VMware Update Manager vCenter Orchestrator It shows you which ports are used by vCenter and the other products to communicates between each [...] Read the full post VMware Network Port Diagram at ESX Virtualization . Featured Paper : Top 6 Tips for…

     

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    Top 7 Networking Concepts that every virtualization admin should understandIf you are working with virtualization technologies, you need to know networking, together with storage, Microsoft and VMware technologies. You need to be polyvalent. But the networking concepts are the base of all. To build a house, the foundations are one of the most important things that you should care about. There is a new [...] Read the full post Top 7 Networking Concepts that every virtualization admin should understand at ESX Virtualization . Featured Paper : Top 6 Tips for Configuring vSphere…

     

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    VMware continues to leadThe virtualization landscape is evolving. Nowadays two-thirds of x86 server workloads are virtualized, the market is mature and competitive and enterprises are evaluating the cost-benefits of switching technologies more than ever. For years and years VMware has been the clear market leader but Microsoft and Citrix have been trying to close the gap. Besides those [...] Leave A Comment posted in Citrix by Erik Scholten

     

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    End of the Road for the Microsoft TechNet SubscriptionMicrosoft have announced that subscriptions to their long running MS TechNet subscription will end on the 31st August this year (2013).  This is going to be significant blow to many SysAdmins and IT Professionals, such as myself, who use the Microsoft TechNet subscription service for ease of download, evaluation/trial, learning and running of the various [...] The post End of the Road for the Microsoft TechNet Subscription appeared first on TechHead and was written by Simon Seagrave . Why not take a look…

     

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    NorthWest England VMUG – Wednesday, 17th July 2013I just wanted to bring this to peoples attention. Registration Now Open: Northwest England VMUG Meeting Join us for the next Northwest England VMUG meeting taking place on Wednesday, 17th July 2013. Registration is now open and available to all VMUG members. This is a great opportunity to meet with your peers to discuss virtualization trends, [...] " NorthWest England VMUG – Wednesday, 17th July 2013 " originally appeared on The SLOG . - Follow Simon Long on Twitter: @SimonLong_ Related…

     

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    Be carefull with VMware SSO Master password bugThis week I installed a fresh vSphere 5.1 Update 1 environment and I wanted to configure it will real world certificates to get rid of all those “Do you really really reeeeeally accept this insecure website” messages. Using the VMware SSL Certificate Automation Tool I generated all the new certificates and then started changing the certificate [...] See full post at: Be carefull with VMware SSO Master password bug

     

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    The new Tintri VMstoreRecently I had a chat with Saradhi Sreegiriraju and Ed Lee from Tintri about their new version of their Tintri Storage appliance, Tintri VMstore. This new version is an update of their first model with some really nice new features. New features that (I think) make the Tintri VMstore a real Enterprise solution. Let me [...] See full post at: The new Tintri VMstore

     

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    Launching VDI Calculator v3 with Partner supportI am excited to announce the version 3.0 of my VDI calculator. This new version introduces partner support, allowing 3rd party vendors to quickly demonstrate the benefits of their solutions, and allowing consultants and architects to see how those solutions impact their VDI and DaaS requirements. The first partner to be supported  is Atlantis Computing with … Continue reading »

     

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    Oooh–free vCenter Ops to play with for VNX/CX/NS owners…I’m always surprised how few customers know that vCenter Operations is useful for more than their VMware environment – there’s a growing set of connectors for physical gear, and when it comes to the analytics of reams of data, vCenter...

     

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    Unmounting datastore fails due to vSphere HA?On the VMware Community Forums someone reported he was having issues unmounting datastores when vSphere HA was enabled. Internally I contacted various folks to see what was going on. The error that this customer was hitting was the following: The vSphere HA agent on host '' failed to quiesce file activity on datastore '/vmfs/volumes/' … … Continue reading → " Unmounting datastore fails due to vSphere HA? " originally appeared on…

     

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    CloudPhysics card builder, how awesome is that?A while ago Irfan Ahmad (CloudPhysics CTO), Frank Denneman and I were discussing various ideas around the CloudPhysics platform… One of the ideas that Ifran and team pitched was this notion of a card builder. Both Frank and I are advisors to CloudPhysics and immidiately jumped up and said “YES PLEASE, when can we have … … Continue reading → " CloudPhysics card builder, how awesome is that? " originally appeared on Yellow-Bricks.com . Follow me on twitter - @DuncanYB. Looking for a VMware…

     

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    Survey time!Today I received two requests to plug a survey. The first survey is on the topic of NAS usage and cloud storage and the second one on the topic of multi-tier apps. Please fill them out, as this is your way of defining what the future of VMware (potential) products and features looks like! Takes … … Continue reading → " Survey time! " originally appeared on Yellow-Bricks.com . Follow me on twitter - @DuncanYB. Looking for a VMware Training ? Sign up for a Free 3 day Trial today on Train…

     

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    Software Defined Single Sign On Database CreationI don’t manage large scale production vSphere datacenters any longer but I still manage several smaller environments, particularly in the lab.  One of my pain points since the release of vSphere 5.1 has been the creation of SSO (Single Sign On) databases.  It’s not that creating an SSO database is incredibly difficult, but success does [...] Post from: boche.net - VMware Virtualization Evangelist Copyright (c) 2010 Jason Boche. The contents of this post may not be reproduced or republished on…

     

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    The .vmfsBalloon FileOne year ago, I wrote a piece about thin provisioning and the role that the