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Hi everyone, as I write this I am on my way to our VMware Tech Summit. THis is where we will get the opportunity to learn all about the awesome new solutions that have been presented to you at VMworld. There will not be a newsletter next week because of this but I will make up for it the following week.

 

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Neil Isserow

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VMware Australia

 

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    VMware vCloud Blog: VMworld Barcelona – See What’s In Store! (http://blogs.vmware.com/vcloud/?p=2885)With all of the hype and buzz around VMworld San Francisco, it may be easy to forget that VMworld Barcelona is right around the corner! This year’s show will be held October 14 th to October 17 th at Fira Barcelona Gran Via, in Barcelona , and we’re excited to report that the vCloud team will be on-site again at the event, live-tweeting sessions, providing live photos from the show floor, and holding our popular #vTrivia contest to give VMworld Barcelona attendees the chance to win VMware swag and other…

     

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    VMware Consulting Blog: Top Tips and Take-Aways from VMworld 2013 (http://blogs.vmware.com/consulting/?p=873)It’s hard to believe it’s been a month since 23,000 forward-thinking IT professionals converged in San Francisco for VMworld 2013. With VMworld Barcelona just around the corner, we asked a few of our consultants to reflect back on highlights from San Francisco and offer advice for how to get the most out of the event. What nugget of information from VMworld did you take back to your work? “Pay special attention to NSX and vSAN because VMware is changing the way IT delivers networking and storage…

     

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    VMware Support Insider: Installing vCenter Server 5.5 best practices (http://blogs.vmware.com/kb/?p=5805)Here is our second best practice video for the day, this one for installing vCenter Server 5.5 Before commencing any installation task it is always best to carefully review and familiarize yourself with the various components and aspects of the product and it’s installation procedure first. Doing this will always help to ensure that the installation experience is that of a smooth and pleasant one. In this video presentation we specifically look at the Best Practices for Installing vCenter Server 5.5 .…

     

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    VMware for Small-Medium Business Blog: Impact of Virtualization: A Personal Account (http://blogs.vmware.com/smb/?p=2142)Post by: Ivan Talley, Systems Engineer, VMware I wanted step out of my System Engineer shoes for a moment and reflect back on  the specific impacts of VMware virtualization within the first environment I encountered it. The impact to the environment, and my daily work related duties, was one of the most fundamental changes I’ve witnessed in my career in I.T.   Many people take virtualization for granted today but I think we should all take a moment to understand the significant value this technology…

     

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    VMware Support Insider: Best Practices for Installing or Upgrading to VMware ESXi 5.5 (http://blogs.vmware.com/kb/?p=5807)Here is a video in which we discuss some of the Best practices for Installing or Upgrading to VMware ESXi 5.5 . Everybody loves best practices – right? This video is based on VMware Knowledge Base article Installing or upgrading ESXi 5.5 best practices (2052329)  and you should read and familiarize yourself with the content contained within that article before commencing any installation or upgrade. Familiarizing yourself with the product’s installation and upgrade best practices will help ensure a…

     

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    VMTN Blog: VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast – 249 – SRM 5.5 What’s New? (http://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/?p=8033)Host Mike Gordon Laverick, VMware @Mike_Laverick Guests Ken Werneburg, VMware @vmKen Mike Ellis, RoundTower Tech @v2Mike Lee Dilworth, VMware @leedilworth News VMworld 2013 Photos VMworld TV on YouTube VMworld Mobile App Blog Posts from VMworld 2013 Blogger List Contributors VMworld 2013 Social Media & Community VMworld 2013 – Barcelona Podcasting for Cancer – Indiegogo – Consider donating today vBrownBag Automation Track – Check the schedule Around the Community vBrownbag Podcast VMUG…

     

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    VMware vSphere Blog: VSAN and Storage Controllers (http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/?p=10368)There have been numerous questions around supported storage controllers with regards to VSAN. Those of you who have been following the various posts and watching the presentations/webinars on VSAN will have seen the requirement that pass-through mode must be supported if you wish to use a RAID Controller. The purpose of this article is to delve deeper into this requirements and explain why VMware are making that recommendation for storage controllers. Which storage controllers can I use with Virtual SAN? …

     

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    VMware vCloud Blog: What Can I Run On vCloud Hybrid Service? (http://blogs.vmware.com/vcloud/?p=2869)By:  Chris Colotti This is a  repost  from Chris Colotti’s blog,  chriscolotti.us . At every VMUG or other community presentation I always get asked the question, “So what can I run on vCHS?”. Well being the caring wise guy you all know I am, my response is always a question back. What CAN’T you run on vCHS? I jest, but in most cases the answer is pretty simple. I will leave out the obvious licensing questions and considerations of course. The real answer is there is nothing you are already…

     

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    VMware Support Insider: Three new vSphere 5.5 videos up on YouTube (http://blogs.vmware.com/kb/?p=5789)Here are three new videos uploaded to YouTube for the vSphere Web Client 5.5 release. These are produced by our Technical Publications Team. Their YouTube channel is well worth subscribing to. 5 Quick Tips for the vSphere Web Client Senior Member of Technical Staff Melina McLarty presents some quick tips and tricks for being more productive with the vSphere Web Client. Enhanced LACP Support in vSphere Distributed Switches Principal Engineer Ravi Soundararajan explains the concepts behind the Enhanced…

     

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    VMTN Blog: VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast – 248 – ESXi 5.5 What’s New? (http://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/?p=8029)Hosts John Mark Troyer, VMware @jtroyer Guests Kyle Gleed, VMware @Kyle_Gleed News VMworld 2013 Photos VMworld TV on YouTube VMworld Mobile App Blog Posts from VMworld 2013 Blogger List Contributors VMworld 2013 Social Media & Community VMworld 2013 – Barcelona Podcasting for Cancer – Indiegogo  - Consider donating today vBrownBag Automation Track – Check the schedule Around the Community vBrownbag Podcast VMUG Local Meetings – Check it today! AdaptingIT – Lauren Malhoit Podcast…

     

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    VMware Virtualization Management Blog: Trends in Cloud Adoption (http://blogs.vmware.com/management/?p=1728)In a recent 2013 Cloud Computing Study , The Info Pro, a service of 451 Research , projected explosive growth in the next two years for cloud computing. Many of the findings in this report are aligned with what VMware is seeing in the market. Here are some of the more significant findings from the report combined with some  thoughts on these trands. Cloud Computing is and Evolution of Efficient IT 60% of the study’s respondents view cloud computing as a natural evolution of IT service delivery and 69%…

     

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    VMware Virtualization Management Blog: Log Insight: Remote Syslog Architectures (http://blogs.vmware.com/management/?p=1709)When architecting a syslog solution, it is important to understand the requirements both from a business and a product perspective. I would like to discuss the different remote syslog architectures that are possible when using vCenter Log Insight. Problem Statement For Log Insight, the problem statement is as follows. Every VMware product generates log messages. Every physical device (e.g. compute, network, storage) generates log messages. Every VM, including operating system and application, generates…

     

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    VMware Education & Certification Blog: Question of the Week: VCP5-DCV (http://blogs.vmware.com/education/?p=1687)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 memory conservation techniques is used by default, even when memory is not in contention? a. Ballooning b. Memory compression c. Swap file d. TPS 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. TPS

     

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    VMware vSphere Blog: A list of VSAN references – from VMware bloggers (http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/?p=10342)A lot of folks have been looking for VSAN reference materials now that vSphere 5.5 is available and the VSAN beta can commence in earnest. Many VMware employees, who are also bloggers, have put together quite a bit of information to get you well and truly on your way to a successful VSAN deployment. This post will pull this information into one place of reference. First of all, to get us started, here are a few useful links on how to sign up to the VSAN beta, the link to the beta community and some demos,…

     

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    VROOM!: Performance Best Practices for vSphere 5.5 is Available (http://blogs.vmware.com/performance/?p=1536)We are pleased to announce the availability of Performance Best Practices for vSphere 5.5. This is a book designed to help system administrators obtain the best performance from vSphere 5.5 deployments. The book addresses many of the new features in vSphere 5.5 from a performance perspective. These include: vSphere Flash Read Cache, a new feature in vSphere 5.5 allowing flash storage resources on the ESXi host to be used for read caching of virtual machine I/O requests. VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN), a new…

     

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    VMware for Public Sector Blog: Emerging Strategies for Managing Mobility Event (http://blogs.vmware.com/publicsector/?p=81)On September 24, 2013 @ 2:00 PM ET VMware will be sponsoring a webinar alongside Government Computer News on the topic of “ Emerging Strategies for Managing Mobility .”  During this webinar, we will review the results of a recent mobility survey focusing on defense, civilian and state and local agency decision-makers and their mobile management strategies.  Please register tune-in if your schedule permits to listen to the findings, as well as hear Bryan Salek provide more insight on this topic from…

     

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    VMware vSphere Blog: vSphere Flash Read Cache (vFRC) In Action (http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/?p=10306)Now that vSphere 5.5 has GA, I wanted to announce the availability of a few videos that I’ve posted to the VMwareTV YouTube Channel . The videos cover a couple of the vFRC management and configuration functionalities as well as interoperability with other vSphere enterprise core features such as vMotion, HA & DRS. vSphere Flash Read Cache Single and Multiple Hosts Configurations vSphere Flash Read Cache Configuring Virtual Machines to use Virtual Flash Read Cache vSphere Flash Read Cache…

     

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    VMware vSphere Blog: vCenter Server 5.5 – Simple vs Custom Installations (http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/?p=10292)With the release of vSphere 5.5 now upon us, before jumping in and performing a fresh install or an upgrade I wanted to highlight the minor changes to the vCenter Server installer, specifically when to use the simple installer and when to use the individual custom install wizards. With the new release, when you attach your ISO image you will be presented with the updated splash screen Simple Install Selecting this option which is now the default will give you an installation of the core components…

     

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    vCenter Orchestrator Blog: VMware vCenter Orchestrator 5.5 is now GA! (http://blogs.vmware.com/orchestrator/?p=536)As part of the of the vSphere 5.5 announcement, we are extremely glad to share the general availability of vCenter Orchestrator 5.5 ! Large organization will greatly benefit from the enhanced cloud-scale architecture, out-of-the box high availability of the platform, and major improvements to the REST API. Additionally, workflow developers can enjoy a more efficient development experience thanks to the new debugging and failure diagnostic capabilities in the vCenter Orchestrator client. We continue…

     

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    VMware Support Insider: vSphere 5.5 is here! – KBs you need to know about (http://blogs.vmware.com/kb/?p=5737)vSphere 5.5 has been released for all to download. We’re sure vSphere users are all eager to install a copy and start kicking the tires, and we’re just as eager to see that you get started on the right foot. With this in mind, we have created the following list of Knowledgebase articles that are brand new, or have been updated for vSphere 5.5 You’ll notice lots of best practices KBs here. The first grouping contains absolute ‘must know’ information, the second grouping gets a bit more into…

     

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    VMware Support Insider: ALERT: Unable to install or upgrade vCloud Director 5.5.0 (http://blogs.vmware.com/kb/?p=5761)VMware has become aware of an issue that may occur if you use Microsoft SQL Server 2005 SP4 as your vCloud Director database, you will not be able to successfully upgrade to (or do fresh install) vCloud Director 5.5.0 VMware is currently investigating this issue. The problem occurs only with the specific database version mentioned. For more information and updates on this matter, reference Knowledgebase article: Unable to install or upgrade to VMware vCloud Director to version 5.5.0 when using SQL Server…

     

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