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Hi everyone, well it has been a really busy week. I managed to get 2 days holiday at the beginning of the week which turned out to be glorious Queensland weather. I took the opportunity to see Wolverine which I really enjoyed and get in some time relaxing on the beach on the NSW far north coast which was excellent. Of course taking 2 days off meant I had a whole heap to catch up with when I returned so the rest of the week was flat out but very productive.


I am spending more and more time with my customers on our End User Computing solutions and find myself getting even more value out of my home lab running Horizon Suite all of the time by being able to test many of my customers requirements. My goal for next few weeks is to spend more time looking at profile and persona management and how to best approach this in a large organisation with multiple levels of complexity.


On a personal note I decided to bite the bullet and get myself a new Macbook Air. My previous one has now done 3 years of excellent service and has been used by my son for the past few months while I have been using my Macbook Pro however I find this to be too heavy to carry around and use on a regular basis compared to the Air so here I am again sporting a new Air and very happy with my decision. Of course I have my VMware View client installed and VMware Fusion to ensure all of my computing needs are satisfied.


Neil Isserow

Senior Technical Account Manager

VMware Australia


Local Events (BRISBANE)

- Thursday 22nd August Lunch and Learn - Cloud Architecture (Customers only)

- Thursday 22nd August Migrating from XP to Win7 (Partners only)


Local Training Classes

VMware vSphere: Troubleshooting Workshop [V5.1] - 02-06 Sept

VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.1] - 16-20 Sept


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VMware Hands On Labs Blog: HOL Scheduled maintenance this weekend – Sunday 8:00 PM – Midnight EST (

Folks In preparation for VMworld we will be switching ProjectNEE to our Las Vegas DataCenter this weekend. We willl need to take our Project Nee portals off line Sunday evening – hoping this does not cause too much grief for yo. Rest assured we have “user admin” and Trevor to ensure things come back online without a hitch.. You might be asking who Trevor is ?

VMware for Small-Medium Business Blog: Nominate an IT Hero, Win a VMworld Pass – One Week Only! (’ve received many great submissions for our IT Hero contest since we first launched the contest in May, and we wanted to take this time to thank everyone who’s nominated their IT Hero so far – it’s inspiring to hear the stories of our unsung IT Heroes out there! For the next week only, we’re sweetening the deal and will be awarding full conference passes to VMworld San Francisco to two lucky winners! All you have to do is nominate your IT Hero between now and next Friday, August 16 th , and…

VMware vCloud Blog: VMworld 2013: Check Out What’s In Store! ( 2013 is right around the corner and we hope that you are just as excited as we are! As long time veterans know and as first time attendees will soon find out, VMworld is one jam-packed event. We want to make sure that you don’t miss a beat, so we’ll be on-site live−tweeting, taking photos, making videos and holding contests where you’ll have a chance to win VMware swag and more! Take a look at everything you need to know about VMworld 2013. Every year at the VMware booth at VMworld,…

VMware vCloud Blog: How To Setup vSphere Stretch Deploy To vCloud Hybrid Service – Part 2 (  Chris Colotti This is a  repost  from Chris Colotti’s blog, . Part 2 of this series on how to set up vSphere Stretch Deploy with vCloud Hybrid Service will deal specifically with the requirements and workings of the vShield Edge Gateway component in the local vSphere infrastructure.  The reason I think this aspect is important is that from my experience most vSphere only customers may have never introduced this into their environment.  However, it is a requirement for the…

VMware Accelerate: IT’s Next Step—Are You Ready? ( companies are seeing notable results from making the transition to a true broker of strategic business services, according to a recent CIO MarketPulse survey of IT decision makers conducted by IDG Research. And, one of the foundational building blocks enabling IT’s metamorphosis to service broker is the software-defined data center. IT’s evolution to a service broker also requires organizational and process changes in addition to a game-changing architectural approach. Defining the…

VMware for Small-Medium Business Blog: VMworld 2013 Keynote Speakers and SMB Sessions ( us for the 10th Annual VMworld in San Francisco and witness VMware’s CEO, Pat Gelsinger, VMware’s President and COO, Carl Eschenbach and other VMware executives discuss how VMware is extending the software-defined data center to the public cloud. Hear from customers who have used virtualization in their own organizations and experience the technology that is transforming the data center. Don’t miss Thursday’s session—you’ll be inspired by three of the brightest stars in hands-on innovation…

VMware vCloud Blog: We Want Your Tough Questions Around the vCloud Hybrid Service – Join Us for #cloudtalk 8/15! ( this year, VMware announced the vCloud Hybrid Service – a new hybrid cloud solution poised to shake up the current public cloud offerings out in the market. We know you have questions, and we want to answer them! For this month’s #cloudtalk, on Thursday, August 15 th at 11am PT , we’re going to switch things up and will use this time to encourage our audience to ask their tough questions around the vCloud Hybrid Service . Your questions will then be answered by Mathew Lodge, Vice President of…

VMware Cloud Ops Blog: Workload Assessment for Cloud Migration, Part 2: Service Portfolio Mapping ( Andy Troup Successfully assessing workloads and placing them in the appropriate private, hybrid, and public cloud environments can make or break a cloud strategy, enabling greater agility and cost efficiency. In this series, I’m reviewing four key areas to look at when performing a workload assessment. Last time, I suggested a framework for classifying workloads as potential candidates for moving to a cloud environment . Next time I’ll look at the approach for assessing the costs and benefits of…

VMware Education & Certification Blog: More Certification Pros Stories (’ve added to our collection of Certification Pros stories . Check them out to learn how VMware certification has helped these people advance their career, and what advice they have for others considering certification. Joe Piscaer Josh Atwell Christian Rudolph Ben Loveday Steven Maszkiewicz Want to join them? Share your story! If you’re coming to VMworld in San Francisco and you’re VMware certified, we’d like you to share your story to help others become certified. We are doing short,…

VMware vCloud Blog: How To Setup vSphere Stretch Deploy To vCloud Hybrid Service – Part 1 (  Chris Colotti This is a  repost  from Chris Colotti’s blog, .  Now that I got my lab re-configured for just vSphere 5.1 only I wanted to simulate not only the use case for Stretch Deploy into vCloud Hybrid Service, but specifically doing so when you only have a vSphere infrastructure.  Doing so has some different nuances you will need to consider that would not be present when doing a stretch deploy from a private vCloud Director install in premise to the Public Cloud.  I…

VMware Network Virtualization Blog: 7 Ways Network Virtualization Simplifies Your Life ( past week was National Simplify Your Life Week. It was a time of year to organize your garage — or your sock drawer. It’s the week for eliminating all those unnecessary items in your life. In other words: it’s time to de-clutter so you can de-stress ! Perhaps nowhere is the need for simplicity more important than in the life of today’s IT professionals. From managing networks to building and deploying applications, the day-to-day rigor of IT is anything but simple. Add to that the emergency…

VMware Virtualization Management Blog: Cloud Automation ROI – The Savings Potential of Eliminating Over Provisioning ( our overindulgent society, if some is good, more is even better.  This philosophy often translates to the consumption of IT resources.  For example, although the install guide recommends 4 GB of memory, if it has 8GB, then it should run better, right?  Or, if I’ll likely need 2 TB of storage at some point in the applications life, I might as well provision it now so I won’t have to ask for more later (i.e. two years from now). In my experience, at every company I have worked with, over…

VMworld Blog: VMworld 2013 Blog Series: Certification ( celebrate our 10th annual VMworld, each week we'll be looking at a different facet of our event, from the evolution in VMware technology to our place as one of the world's largest IT conferences. For updates on VMworld 2013, please follow @VMworld on Twitter. The rapidly changing pace of IT industry has made IT certifications invaluable for validation of technical knowledge and career advancement. In light of technology and product advancements, VMware’s Education and Certification Team…

VMware vCloud Blog: Everything You Want to Know About vCloud Hybrid Service But Were Afraid to Ask – A Spotlight Session Designed By You, For You ( now you’ve heard that VMware has announced the vCloud Hybrid Service – an IaaS cloud built on the vSphere Hypervisor, owned and operated by VMware. Not only is it the fastest path to cloud, with the broadest operating system and application support, but it also helps users extend beyond their current data center, and drives down the risk and cost of ownership. But you may be wondering: What are some of the challenges current vCloud Hybrid Service Early Access customers have faced and how have those…

VMware vCloud Blog: What’s Required For vSphere Stretch Deploy To Work With vCloud Hybrid Service (  Chris Colotti This is a  repost  from Chris Colotti’s blog, .  I wanted to run through a quick guide to what is needed for vSphere Stretch Deploy to work with vCloud Hybrid Service and how things are setup to get it working.  There is a misconception that getting this working is really hard to do, but I hope you will see that is not in fact the case. Stretch Deploy Appliance Requirements The following virtual appliances are needed in order to begin the setup of Data Center…

VMware vFabric Blog: Tomcat 8: Websocket, Lamda Expressions, SpringOneG2X & More ( first release candidate of Apache Tomcat 8 is now available as an alpha release. This release is intended to allow for testing and feedback. It is not intended for production use. One of Pivotal’s senior engineers, leading expert, and Tomcat contributor, Mark Thomas , made the announcement on Tuesday via Apache Tomcat mailing lists. Tomcat 8.0 supports the Java SE 7 specifications including, Java Servlet 3.1, JavaServer Pages 2.3, Java Unified Expression Language 3.0, and the new Java WebSocket 1.0…

VMware for Small-Medium Business Blog: July #vSMBChat Recap: Keep It Simple: The Next Step in Virtualization ( week for #vSMBChat, we discussed just how easy it is for SMBs to adopt virtualization solutions . Co-hosted by Brent Sullivan (Director of HP Strategic Alliance at VMware), Brent Allen (Group Manager, CAS Private Cloud at HP), Stephanie Hardisty (Senior Manager, HP Alliance Marketing at VMware), and Robert Chen (Senior Manager, HP Alliance Marketing at VMware), last month’s #vSMBChat gave our SMB community the opportunity to talk about just how simple the transition to a virtualized IT infrastructure…

VMwareTV: VMware Virtual Environment - Navicure Customer Showcase (,2008:video:3nUF9pIdJVY)VMware Virtual Environment - Navicure Customer Showcase Navicure a leading Internet-based medical claims clearinghouse that helps physician practices increase profitability through improved claims reimbursement an... From: vmwaretv Views: 13 1 ratings Time: 02:02 More in Science & Technology

VMwareTV: VMware IT Infrastructure - Quark Software Customer Showcase (,2008:video:UqzrPe0UWbg)VMware IT Infrastructure - Quark Software Customer Showcase Discover how Quark Software Inc. is able to better serve their customers and business partners with an IT infrastructure based on VMware. "VMware has really ... From: vmwaretv Views: 93 2 ratings Time: 02:15 More in Science & Technology

VMware Support Insider: What’s new with VMware Horizon View ( Horizon View, formerly known as VMware View is discussed in detail here in three videos by VMware Certified Instructor Linus Bourque, who discusses what’s new in version 5.2 In part 2, Linus specifically covers what’s new with the ease of management and total cost of ownership: Lastly is a demo of the product demonstrating how to install the Horizon View Connection Server: Linus recently authored the book: VCP5-DT Official Cert Guide (with DVD): VMware Certified Professional 5 – Desktop…

VMware Hands On Labs Blog: August 1st Winners: Defy Convention Photo Contest – Hands on Labs (, These have been extremely fun to be a part of and we have been amazed at the creativity you guys are showing – thanks so much for participating. Our first winner really drove the point that he can and does take the labs anywhere,,, we had to limit the number of photos but we can tell you Jay really takes his labs very seriously.  Jay be sure to swing by the labs during VMworld we sure would like to shake your hand. Title: My Grocery List: Apples, Asparagus, Grapes, Beer, and Hands-on Labs …

VMware Hands On Labs Blog: VMware Hands-on Labs 2013 – Content Strategy ( Labs Friends, We want to share our content strategy with you because this will help you understand where we are going and what you should expect. Our Mission Statement: Labs for every user in the Universe We have been delivering labs for many years at VMworld and recently shifted the model to online 24x7x365. This was not easy. We have had plenty of bumps along the road and have been lucky to have the support of users like you. Bringing the Hands-on Labs Online portal into reality has always…

VMware Cloud Ops Blog: More Thoughts on the Benefits of Standardization ( Pierre Moncassin A couple of months back, Rohan Kalra and I looked at how modern IT organizations are helping their clients trade control over compute assets for control over business processes . In the cloud era, we explained, IT can give developers and users immediate access to standard IT services that are accessed and then scaled on demand. By accepting this increased standardization, their users are gaining unprecedented agility at the business level. For this to happen, though, IT consumers…

VMware Support Insider: Choosing a network adapter for your virtual machine ( adapter choices depend on the version number and the guest operating system running on the virtual machine. This video discusses the different network adapter options available for virtual machines. For additional information related to network adapters for your virtual machine, check out VMware Knowledge Base article: Choosing a network adapter for your virtual machine (1001805) . For more information on network types, see: Understanding networking types in hosted products (1006480) .

VMware vCloud Blog: Did You Know: There Are Three vCloud Hybrid Service Hands-On Labs (  Chris Colotti This is a  repost  from Chris Colotti’s blog, .  I am working on helping with some of the VMware vCloud Hybrid Service VMworld content reviews and I learned there will be three hands-on labs that directly deal with the offering. The three labs are: HOL-HBD-1301 – vCloud Hybrid Service Jump Start for vSphere Admins HOL-HBD-1302 – Advanced Networking and Security HOL-HBD-1303 – Hybrid Cloud Management – Manage Your Cloud If you are starting to…VMware Education & Certification Blog: Question of the Week: VCP5-DCV ( week’s “Question of the Week” comes from the VMware Certified Professional 5-Data Center Virtualization (VCP5-DCV) Official Study Guide . If you are logged directly on to a host, which of the following tabs should you select to monitor the system health status of the host? a. Health Status b. Hardware Status c. Summary d. Configuration 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.…

VMware Consulting Blog: Don’t Miss VMworld’s Hands-On Labs: Now More Mobile & Flexible ( many of the 21,000 attendees expected at VMworld 2013 San Francisco , a main draw will be the Hands-On Labs (HOLs), which have grown from 120 users in 2004 to 45,000 square feet of space and 2.5 days worth of content this year. HOLs allow participants to try out VMware products on provided computers or—starting last year—their own device, powered by hotspots around the convention center. This means users don’t have to change licenses or buy equipment, and product experts are available to provide…

VMware Support Insider: Top 20 Articles for July 2013 ( is our Top 20 KB list for July 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. Installing async drivers on ESXi 5.x (2005205) Repointing and reregistering VMware vCenter Server 5.1.x and components (2033620) Broadcom 5719/5720 NICs using tg3 driver become unresponsive and stop traffic in vSphere (2035701) Installing Windows in a virtual machine using VMware Fusion Easy Install (1011677) Restarting…

VMware Education & Certification Blog: Get Smart, Certified and Stylish! ( out the new promotion that just launched today in the U.S. When you register and attend an eligible class you’ll receive a free VMware Certified Professional (VCP) exam voucher, along with a free copy of  The Official VCP5-DCV Certification Guide from VMware Press, and your choice of a free VMware jacket or duffle bag.  That’s a more than $300 offer that’s yours for free when you register for and attend a VMware vSphere: Install, Manage, Configure [V5.1] or a VMware vSphere: Fast Track [V5.1]…

VMware Virtualization Management Blog: vCenter Operations Management Tech Tips: Tip #6 – Building a Dashboard for an Executive User ( folks, Here is tech tip #6 in the vCenter Operations Management Tech Tips series! In the first 3 tips, we gave you the tools to make better use of your vCenter Operations Manager. By following the steps in the first three videos (check out Tips #1 , #2 , and #3 ) you will be able to build business applications, better label your resources through tag groups and apply your key performance indicators to better meet your SLAs. In tech tip #4 , we used the data extracted from vCenter Server to create a…

VMware End User Computing: It’s Hard Making ‘Plans’ in End-User Computing ( Brian Gammage, Chief Market Technologist The last five years have seen the rise of a new burning requirement in end-user computing (EUC): building a transformational plan. Before then, most organizations made their plans around upgrade and renewal of their PC installed base – exploiting the stability and increasing commoditization of a mature and well understood platform. But since 2008, newer generations of technology have moved into the mainstream, expanding the range of available options…

VMworldTV: VMworld 2012: Session VSP3046 - Cloud Infrastructure Suite (,2008:video:bSYJxPCUUY0)VMworld 2012: Session VSP3046 - Cloud Infrastructure Suite vCenter, the management heart of vSphere, is primarily a closed application with a large API for integration. The application ecosystem around vCenter (from ... From: VMworldTV Views: 40 1 ratings Time: 36:25 More in Science & Technology

VMworldTV: VMworld 2012: Session VSP1729 - Understanding Virtualized Memory Performance Management (,2008:video:b08S0X43jCQ)VMworld 2012: Session VSP1729 - Understanding Virtualized Memory Performance Management Have you ever wondered how VMware® ESX® decides from which virtual machines to reclaim memory? Do you know the best way to tell when your host's memory is at... From: VMworldTV Views: 68 1 ratings Time: 59:26 More in Science & Technology

VMworldTV: VMworld 2012: Session VSP1622 - Performance New Features and Best Practices for vSphere (,2008:video:ke-vgl0FCTE)VMworld 2012: Session VSP1622 - Performance New Features and Best Practices for vSphere VMware continues to enhance the performance features and capabilities of the vSphere platform making it the most robust and highest-performing cloud platform... From: VMworldTV Views: 67 1 ratings Time: 57:06 More in Science & Technology

VMworldTV: VMworld 2012: Session VSP1549 - Into vMotion: Architectures, Performance, Best Practices, Future (,2008:video:_jjYTI_sccw)VMworld 2012: Session VSP1549 - Into vMotion: Architectures, Performance, Best Practices, Future vMotion and storage vMotion are key, widely adopted technologies which enable the live migration of virtual machines on the vSphere platform. These features ... From: VMworldTV Views: 41 0 ratings Time: 57:01 More in Science & Technology

VMworldTV: VMworld 2012: Session VSP1423 - ESXtop for Advanced Users (,2008:video:bgbGf780EKY)VMworld 2012: Session VSP1423 - ESXtop for Advanced Users This is an advanced technical session for ESX/ESXi administrators who want to understand the various counters exposed by ESXtop. This talk will cover various... From: VMworldTV Views: 88 1 ratings Time: 52:41 More in Science & Technology

VMworldTV: VMworld 2012: Session VSP1367 - Upgrading vSphere (,2008:video:sIN4B5Z2lv4)VMworld 2012: Session VSP1367 - Upgrading vSphere An in-depth overview of the vSphere upgrade process; includes a detailed overview of the upgrade procedure along with tips and recommendations to ensure a su... From: VMworldTV Views: 4 1 ratings Time: 53:52 More in Science & Technology

VMworldTV: VMworld 2012: Session VSP1364 - Architecting Auto Deploy for Availability and Scalability (,2008:video:egrdTbp29NQ)VMworld 2012: Session VSP1364 - Architecting Auto Deploy for Availability and Scalability Covers Auto Deploy installation, availability, scalability and performance. Learn how to architect a highly available and highly scalable Auto Deploy infrast... From: VMworldTV Views: 4 0 ratings Time: 01:00:43 More in Science & Technology

VMworldTV: VMworld 2012: Session VSP1365 - Understanding VMware ESXi Security (,2008:video:pmtMPH8bDJg)VMworld 2012: Session VSP1365 - Understanding VMware ESXi Security An in-depth presentation of the security facilities available in ESXi, and using them effectively to secure your virtual infrastructure. We discuss the ESXi ... From: VMworldTV Views: 4 0 ratings Time: 59:11 More in Science & Technology

VMworldTV: VMworld 2012: Session VSP1353 - vCenter: A Technical Deep Dive (,2008:video:MQoMVkhSg0I)VMworld 2012: Session VSP1353 - vCenter: A Technical Deep Dive The newest release of vCenter and the web client contains several new features - some of these are architectural changes, others include new user functionali... From: VMworldTV Views: 18 0 ratings Time: 40:49 More in Science & Technology

VMworldTV: VMworld 2012: Session VSP1252 - What's New with vSphere Automation (,2008:video:0y_EfRuYuTk)VMworld 2012: Session VSP1252 - What's New with vSphere Automation In this session Technical Marketing automation experts William Lam and Alan Renouf will take you through VMware Automation. You will learn which products are... From: VMworldTV Views: 12 0 ratings Time: 55:00 More in Science & Technology

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Back in time: VMworld 2012 – Whats new with vSphere Automation ( how long ago it seams, VMworld 2012 and William Lam and I were talking about what was new in ESXCLI and PowerCLI, I enjoyed presenting with William and enjoyed the session and the demos we did in this presentation, now you too can enjoy the session as it looks like VMware has opened it […] Back in time: VMworld 2012 – Whats new with vSphere Automation is a post from: Virtu-Al . Virtu-Al is one of the authors of VMware vSphere PowerCLI Reference: Automating vSphere Administration" Buy it now…

Speaking at VMworld US and want a #VMworld speaker shirt for free? ( one of our (Frank, Irfan and I) advisory calls with CloudPhysics we discussed the fact that it was the 10th VMworld this year. I was telling Irfan how much I always liked the VMworld speaker shirts and that it was a shame VMware didn’t do speaker shirts last year, and typically the shirts would … … Continue reading → " Speaking at VMworld US and want a #VMworld speaker shirt for free? " originally appeared on . Follow me on twitter - @DuncanYB. Looking for a VMware…

Startup News Flash part 1 ( am on PTO this week so have tried to avoid spending time behind my mac/iPhone/iPad, well tried I guess… It is difficult as most of you probaby know and have realized. While on vacation a couple of interesting things happened, hence this Startup New Flash blog post. The primary focus of this article is … … Continue reading → " Startup News Flash part 1 " originally appeared on . Follow me on twitter - @DuncanYB. Looking for a VMware Training ? Sign up for a Free 3 day…

Different tiers of storage in a single Storage DRS datastore cluster? ( question around adding different tiers of storage in a single Storage DRS datastore cluster keeps popping up every once in a while. I can understand where it is coming from as one would think that VM Storage Profiles combined with Storage DRS would allow you to have all types of tiers in one cluster, … … Continue reading → " Different tiers of storage in a single Storage DRS datastore cluster? " originally appeared on . Follow me on twitter - @DuncanYB. Looking for a…

A Short Dry Spell ('m experiencing a short dry spell in blogging, but I hope to be back soon with new content. This article was originally posted on . Visit the site for more information on virtualization, servers, storage, and other enterprise technologies. A Short Dry Spell

The VMworld bands over the years (’ve been attending VMworld since 2008 and the official parties have always been a fun way to unwind for a bit and escape from virtualization. VMware has had a variety of different bands to play at the party over the years that are listed below: 2007 - Smash Mouth (Treasure Island) 2008 - DJ & Tainted Love [...]

The Top 10 Things You MUST Know About Storage for vSphere ( you’re going to VMworld this year be sure and check out my session STO5545 - The Top 10 Things You MUST Know About Storage for vSphere which will be on Tuesday, Aug. 27th from 5:00-6:00 pm. The session was showing full last week but they must have moved it to a larger room as [...]

vCenter Server Heartbeat – Product Manager Needs Your Feedback! ( Server Heartbeat is a critical component used to protect vCenter Server from outages in a LAN configuration, which provides high availability, and for DR in a WAN configuration, which can also support site outages. It is the only supported way to get high availability for vCenter Server, and can also protect the vCenter Server […]

Virtual Beats Physical for HPC Monte-Carlo Grid Performance ( of the time we are sizing systems assuming that there is a slight delta in performance between workloads running native and workloads running in a virtual machine. Most of the time the assumption is the overhead is between 5% and 10% at 100% utilization on the part of virtual. However this is not always […]

Business Critical Apps, Monster VM Design and SDDC Performance at VMworld 2013 ( year at VMworld I have three sessions that will be brining you some Business Critical Apps, Monster VM and Database in Software Defined Datacenter performance best practices, trends, design considerations and much more. Places in theses sessions are strictly limited and are filling fast. If you have interest in any of these topics I […]Try the EMC Storage simulators ( work I only use storage from NetApp or HP because that’s what our portfolio includes. If I want to familiarize myself with other storage solutions we at VMGuru regularly test Synology, QNAP or Thecus SMB/home storage solutions. For enterprise grade storage solution I rely on special one-of projects like I’m in right now were […] Leave A Comment posted in EMC by Erik Scholten

Cost analysis: VMware Horizon View vs Citrix XenDesktop ( I’m advising customers on desktop solutions it’s an obvious battle between VMware, Citrix and Microsoft. Customers are becoming more and more cost aware due to the economic circumstances but the demand for audio/video and real time communication is growing. When Server Based Computing (SBC) is a viable option customers tend to compare Citrix XenApp […] Leave A Comment posted in View by Erik Scholten

VMware OS Optimization Tool ( May 2013 Sander wrote two great articles (post 1, post 2) on optimization of desktop operating systems for use in a VDI environment. Today I ran into a new VMware fling, a VMware OS optimization tool. The VMware OS Optimization Tool allows you to optimize a Windows 7 operating system for use in a […] Leave A Comment posted in View by Erik Scholten

Adios Active Directory Services ( the past couple years I had long and passionate discussions on the subject I am discussing in this article. Here is the deal… I believe computer corporate directory services, such as Active Directory, are doomed to extinction. However, before I start discussing my theory I have to say that I know that many will … Continue reading »

Update to my VMworld Sessions and a Peek into the Future ( everyone.   For those of you coming to my VMworld sessions I have couple updates. Firstly, for those coming to the EUC5145 – Enterprise Mobility Management: What is It We Need to Manage? panel , I regret to inform I will not be able to attend this panel due overlapping commitments. In my place you … Continue reading »

New VMware vCOps for Horizon View 1.5 Architecture DeepDive ( recently published an article describing the new functions and features on VMware vCenter Operations Manager for Horizon View 1.5. Here is the original article, but in summary: Easier Installation Greater Scalability Previous versions of vC Ops for View were limited to a single environment of no more than about 3,000 desktops. To monitor more … Continue reading »

Networking for VMware Administrators from VMware Press ( for VMware Administrators by VMware Press. This upcoming book is written by Chris Wahl and Steve Pantol. The book as you would expect by the title, focuses on networking, and is destined for VMware admins willing to learn more about networking. Chris Wahl is one of the bloggers out there which is very active […] You might also like: Securing a virtual DMZ environment using vCloud Networking… Free vCloud Networking Poster to download VMware vSphere Design Book – 2nd Edition Read the full…

VCP5-DT Official Cert Guide – new book for preparing VCP ( new book called VCP5-DT Official Cert Guide by VMware Press has been anounced. VCP5-DT (desktop) is a certification for VMware administrators willing to became VCP.  This book was specially created to pass the VCP5-DT exam. The author is Linus Bourque is a VCI (VMware Certified Instructor) from VMware. The Content of the book matches […] You might also like: Official VCP Certification Guide – A Free Chapter… The Official VCP 5 Certification Guide VMware Horizon View 5.2 – what’s new in ease…

Assuring Performance in VDI Deployments ( Performance in VDI Deployments -  The paper focuses on VDI projects, and especially on performance and how to assure that the end users gets a correct performance to his desktop or how to make sure that the existing infrastructure delivers the best performance. VDI projects are often complex with unpredictable performance results. With a recent survey […] You might also like: New Java Performance whitepaper Maximize VM performance, vCPU Sizing Considerations and IOPS Analytics Required to…

Homelab Storage Network Speedup with …. Infiniband ( I first built my homelab few years ago I never thought that one day I’ll be using anything else than 1Gig NICs for storage network. I always thought that the  FC or 10 gigs ethernet technology is out of range most of the individuals and a lot of the SMBs for years to come. […] You might also like: Homelab Nexenta on ESXi – as a VM Performance Tests of my Mini-ITX Hybrid ESXi Whitebox and… Performance tests with FreeNAS 7.2 in my homelab Read the full post Homelab Storage Network Speedup with…

VMware vCenter Operations Manager for Horizon View 1.5 ( Operations Manager for Horizon View 1.5 which was recently released by VMware brings new features and enhancements for administrators and users that would like to proactively monitor their VMware View environments. The vC Ops for View can not only monitor View desktops but during the deployment and installation phase, the View data collector agents are […] You might also like: VMware Horizon View 5.2 Feature Pack – Where… VMware Horizon View Features Pack 1.0 – what it brings Free videos…

PernixData Launches Flash Virtualization Platform 1.0 (FVP) ( is a great day for PernixData as the company is announcing the general availability (GA) of their Flash Virtualization Platform (FVP) product. A product which accelerates workloads without the need for a change of the existing SAN storage device. When planning to install The FVP, there is no need to plan any configuration changes […] You might also like: Flash Virtualization Platform (FVP) – Server Storage… PernixData Flash Virtualization Platform in my lab PureStorage and energy-efficiency of…#vBrownBag Follow-up Software Defined Networking with Joe Onisick (@jonisick) ( Onisick goes over what defines a SDN, what the features you can expect to find from a SDN, the components of SDN and why you want SDN. #vBrownBag Follow-up Software Defined Networking SDN with Joe Onisick (@jonisick) from ProfessionalVMware on Vimeo.

#vBrownbag Follow-Up Sean Duffy covering the Xtravirt vPi ( the 6th of August 2013 Sean Duffy covered the Xtravirt Advantage vPi on the EMEA vBrownbag. The recording from the webinar is below EMEA vBrownbag with Sean Duffy covering the Xtravirt vPi from EMEA vBrownbag on Vimeo.

Access the DCUI from a Remote SSH Session (, posted a tweet tonight. Love it that you access the DCUI from a putty session — Maish Saidel-Keesing (@maishsk) August 8, 2013 I needed to restart the management agent on a ESXi host (it would not reconnect to vCenter) Restarting the Management agents on an ESXi or ESX host (1003490) is the correct KB for information on how to do it. If you are at the console - you go in through the DCUI. There is a not well known fact that you can also invoke the Direct Console User…

VMworld 2013 – Ask the Experts Panel Sessions (…another year, and another VMworld coming up.  I can’t believe how fast time goes by, and how fast things evolve in the tech industry. I know it’s cliche to say that this will be the most exciting VMworld, because I say that every year, but honestly every year brings something new and this year is going [...]


VMware KB Digest – New Articles Published for Week Ending 8/3/13 (

In our effort to provide our viewers with up to the minute information on VMware related news and topics, we’re posting the following list of new KB Entries for this week, direct from VMware Support. VMware ESX The vmkernel log reports SITPUA error messages (2045271) Date Published: 7/31/2013 VMware ESX 4.1, Patch Release ESX410-201307401-SG: Updates [...]


KB Articles

VMware ESX
The vmkernel log reports SITPUA error messages (2045271)
Date Published: 7/31/2013
VMware ESX 4.1, Patch Release ESX410-201307401-SG: Updates VMkernel, CIM, Tools, and others (2053400)
Date Published: 8/1/2013
VMware ESX 4.1, Patch Release ESX410-201307405-SG: Updates libxml2 and libxml2-python (2053413)
Date Published: 8/1/2013
VMware ESX 4.1, Patch Release ESX410-201307001 (2053393)
Date Published: 8/1/2013
VMware ESX 4.1, Patch Release ESX410-201307402-SG: Updates nss and nspr libraries (2053406)
Date Published: 8/1/2013
VMware ESX 4.1, Patch Release ESX410-201307403-SG: Updates openSSL (2053410)
Date Published: 8/1/2013
VMware ESX 4.1, Patch Release ESX410-201307404-SG: Updates GnuTLS packages (2053412)
Date Published: 8/1/2013

VMware ESXi
Determining if your VMware vSphere HA cluster has experienced a host failure (2036544)
Date Published: 8/1/2013
VMware ESXi 4.1, Patch Release ESXi410-201307001 (2053396)
Date Published: 8/1/2013
VMware ESXi 4.1, Patch Release ESXi410-201307401-SG: Updates Firmware (2053493)
Date Published: 8/1/2013
High rate of dropped packets for guests using E1000 adapter on the same ESXi 5.x host (2056468)
Date Published: 8/2/2013
Past day performance charts display a 10 minute gap in data every 20 minutes (2056506)
Date Published: 7/31/2013
VMkernel log reports the error: Partition: 420: Missing prot MBR label for naa.xx (2056563)
Date Published: 7/29/2013
VMware ESXi 4.1, Patch Release ESXi410-201307402-BG: Updates VMware Tools (2053495)
Date Published: 8/1/2013

VMware Horizon Mirage
Configuring Antivirus Exclusions for VMware Horizon Mirage 3.x and 4.x (2052489)
Date Published: 8/2/2013

VMware Horizon View
Changing the IP address of a Connection Server in VMware Horizon View 5.x (2051923)
Date Published: 8/2/2013
Resolving virtual printing problems with View Client for Mac OS X and pre-5.2 View Agent desktops (2053490)
Date Published: 7/30/2013

VMware Service Manager
Deleted workflow templates appear in the request search screen in Service Manager (2056493)
Date Published: 7/29/2013

VMware vCenter Chargeback Manager
LDAP user that is a member of groups in multiple domains cannot log in to VMware vCenter Chargeback Manager (2056544)
Date Published: 7/29/2013

VMware vCenter Configuration Manager
Upgrading vCenter Configuration Manager fails with the error: Cannot insert duplicate key row in object ‘dbo.ecm_sysdat_imd_operating_system’ (2038354)
Date Published: 7/29/2013
Signed patch content cannot be validated with a new signing certificate in VMware vCenter Configuration Manager 4.x and 5.x (2050220)
Date Published: 8/2/2013
Configuring Communication Protocols to Stage Linux and UNIX Patches (2051632)
Date Published: 7/29/2013
VCM cannot deploy selected SUSE patches from the assessment results for all bulletins (2056540)
Date Published: 7/29/2013

VMware vCenter Operations Manager (vApp)
Key performance indicators in vCenter Operations Manager Foundation display the message: Normal: not yet calculated (2053310)
Date Published: 7/29/2013
Collections against one or more vCenter Server data centers fail (2056542)
Date Published: 7/29/2013
Application Overview widget settings are lost after upgrading to VMware vCenter Operations Manager 5.7.1 (2056548)
Date Published: 7/31/2013

VMware vCenter Server
Register command fails when repointing Single Sign-On Server to vCenter Server 5.1 with the error: Exception in thread main java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError (2036966)
Date Published: 8/2/2013
Upgrading from vSphere 5.1 to 5.1 Update 1a for multiple vCenter Servers in a single SSO instance (2056494)
Date Published: 7/29/2013
VMware VirtualCenter and VMwareVCMSDS services fail to start (2056551)
Date Published: 7/31/2013
Location of vCenter Inventory Service log files (2056632)
Date Published: 7/29/2013
VirtualCenter Server service fails to start with the error: Unable to create SSO facade: vmodl.fault.SystemError (2056296)
Date Published: 8/2/2013
Cross-host Storage vMotion is grayed out in vSphere Client (2037951)
Date Published: 7/31/2013
vCenter Server Fails to start due to incorrect SQL port. (2041989)
Date Published: 7/30/2013
Unable to open Guest OS console with: Error: The VMRC Console has Disconnected. Trying to reconnect (2050470)
Date Published: 8/2/2013
Location of vSphere Profile-Drive Storage log files (2056646)
Date Published: 7/30/2013

VMware vCenter Server Appliance
Determining which virtual machines have been restarted during a vSphere HA failover (2036555)
Date Published: 8/1/2013
How to determine the mapping between hostname and hostId in a VMware HA cluster (2037000)
Date Published: 8/1/2013

VMware vCloud Automation Center
Inventory scan in vCloud Networking and Security fails with the error: Error converting value {null} to type ‘System.Boolean’. Path ‘enableServiceInsertion’, line 1, position (2056289)
Date Published: 7/31/2013

VMware vCloud Director
Cannot unregister vCloud Director from the vSphere Lookup Service (2047482)
Date Published: 7/31/2013
Changing an external network default gateway in vCloud Director (2049651)
Date Published: 8/3/2013

VMware vCloud Networking and Security
VMware vShield Manager Plugin does not load properly (2056079)
Date Published: 7/31/2013
F5 BIG-IQ Cloud version 4.0.0 API integration with VMware vCloud Networking and Security (2053664)
Date Published: 8/1/2013

VMware vShield
Using Sophos Anti-Virus for VMware vShield 1.0 to secure virtual machines (2053275)
Date Published: 7/29/2013

VMware vShield Manager
Cannot install VIBs for host preparation after changing the IP address for vShield Manager (2053354)
Date Published: 7/30/2013

VMware vSphere Web Client
vSphere Web Client Inventory Tree views containing at least 20 virtual machines cannot expand into a list (2038031)
Date Published: 8/2/2013