From the editors virtual desk

Hi everyone, been a pretty hectic week for me with november creeping (no pun intended) up on us like it has. I was fortunate to attend a local session on the new vCloud Suite 5.5 this week which went through the many facets of the suite and some of the features of the new individual technologies provided. The ones that struck me as most important for me to get to grips with are the vCAC solution for cloud automation, the new features in vCops with much better integration with many other technologies to provide a single pane of glass to manage the operations of a complex environment, possibly spanning private and public cloud infrastructures as well as some newer technologies that are not part of the suite but have requirements on it such as the IT Business Management suite.

 

If you haven’t had a chance to take a look at this I urge you to do so as it could make a huge difference to your environment with a lot less effort than expected.

 

ITBM Suite - http://www.vmware.com/au/products/itbm-suite/

vCloud Suite 5.5 - http://www.vmware.com/au/products/vcloud-suite/compare.html

 

Have a great week.

 

Virtually Yours

Neil Isserow

Senior Technical Account Manager

VMware Australia

 

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  • VMware ThinApp Blog: VMware ThinApp 5.0 Is NOW AVAILABLE! (http://blogs.vmware.com/thinapp/?p=1624)By Aaron Black, ThinApp Product Manager, End-User Computing, VMware On behalf of VMware, I’d like to introduce the product of a substantial engineering effort to optimize the architecture and capabilities of our market-leading application virtualization offering–ThinApp 5.0. We took the opportunity earlier this month to make some announcements during the VMworld event in Europe. In this blog, I’m just going to offer a quick review of the offering and invite you to download and see for yourself the…

     

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    VMware End User Computing: VMware ThinApp 5.0 Is NOW AVAILABLE! (http://blogs.vmware.com/euc/?p=4129)By Aaron Black, ThinApp Product Manager, End-User Computing, VMware On behalf of VMware, I’d like to introduce the product of a substantial engineering effort to optimize the architecture and capabilities of our market-leading application virtualization offering–ThinApp 5.0. We took the opportunity earlier this month to make some announcements during the VMworld event in Europe. In this blog, I’m just going to offer a quick review of the offering and invite you to download and see for yourself the…

     

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    VMware vSphere Blog: Three Hosts, two VSAN Datastores! (http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/?p=10748)For those of you who have been testing out VSAN , you may realize that a VSAN cluster creates one scale-out datastore across participating hosts. Well, while working on an internal Virtual SAN lab setup, and following my colleague William Lam’s  excellent vCenter bootstrap instructions,   I got into a situation where I had a single node vsanDatastore with my vCenter Server Appliance residing on it, and a VSAN enabled vSphere cluster with a second vsanDatastore(1). So how do I add my single node VSAN…

     

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    VMware Support Insider: Virtual Flash Feature in vSphere 5.5 (http://blogs.vmware.com/kb/?p=5850)With the vSphere 5.5 release a few weeks back a new feature called Virtual Flash was introduced. We put together this video which provides an overview of this new Virtual Flash feature  and its benefits in a vSphere environment. In essence, Virtual Flash allows you to accelerate virtual machine performance through the use of local SSD (Solid State) disks, which serve flash memory cache to chosen virtual machines running on the ESXi host. Virtual Flash Read Cache can supply low latency for extreme latency…

     

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    VMware End User Computing: Moving Beyond IOPs for VDI (http://blogs.vmware.com/euc/?p=4111)By Courtney Burry, Director of Product Marketing, and Tristan Todd, Reference Architect Engineer, End-User Computing, VMware When it comes to desktop virtualization, one of the places you will end up spending a lot of your time is on storage planning and design. Given that 50%+ of the cost associated with most VDI deployments comes from storage—it’s definitely worth the time and effort to do your homework in advance. But wading through the sea of storage vendors can often leave you wondering what’s…

     

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    VMware Consulting Blog: Are You Optimizing your SAP Virtualization? (http://blogs.vmware.com/consulting/?p=997)If you are virtualizing an SAP environment running business-critical applications, chances are these questions will sound familiar: Am I optimizing my SAP virtualization for the maximum benefit? What measures should I take to avoid negative business impact when running SAP production workloads on the VMware virtualized platform? Luckily, VMware Consulting Architect Girish Manmadkar recently shared his advice on this topic. To make sure you are designing and sizing your infrastructure for optimum business…

     

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    VMware End User Computing: Lost and Found: End-User Computing Tech Resources on VMware.com (http://blogs.vmware.com/euc/?p=4163)By Tina de Benedictis, Senior Technical Marketing Manager, End-User Computing, VMWare You may have noticed that VMware redesigned its website to better meet user needs. Over 7000 web pages were flipped over in unison to the new design on the 26 th of August 2013. The new site is more modern and visually appealing, with built-in social functionality. Research on what our users want informed our decision to provide rapid access to technical content, with the business case ready for when you need to convince…

     

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    VMware for Public Sector Blog: vSphere 5.5 Hardening Guidelines (http://blogs.vmware.com/publicsector/?p=101)It is important to keep the VMware Public Sector community up to date on tools that they are consistently looking for. At this time, we wanted to let you know that Mike Foley has released the vSphere 5.5 Hardening Guidelines. If you are interested in reading his blog regarding the changes he has made to the document, it is available here. If you are interesting in going to the guidelines directly, it is available here Happy Reading & Happy Hardening!!!

     

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    VMware vSphere Blog: vSphere 5.5 Hardening Guide Released! (https://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/?p=10742)Hi, I’m happy to report that the vSphere 5.5 Hardening Guide has been released for General Availability. My thanks to all that contributed their feedback to make this happen. The guide has been given a full makeover with regard to documentation references. I’m in Renate’s debt for those stellar contributions. Additionally, some guidelines have been removed and some new ones added. Along with the guide, similar to the 5.1 release, I’m releasing a change log worksheet. One thing to note, the…

     

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    VMware vCloud Blog: How to Budget for Recovery-as-a-Service (http://blogs.vmware.com/vcloud/?p=2967)This is a guest post from vCloud Service Provider,  Bluelock . Budgeting for a new or unfamiliar project can be one of the hardest things to do.  If you budget too much, you risk not getting approval. If you budget too little, you risk losing out on the right solution. Budgeting for cloud-based DR can be especially hard, too, if you don’t have experience consuming the cloud and understanding it’s pay-as-you-go economics. If you’re looking at 2014 spending right now, you may be struggling to…

     

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    Office of the CTO Blogs: Is Your Cloud Ready for Big Data? (http://cto.vmware.com/?p=2433)This week is Big Data Week in NY, if your into big data it’s one of the coolest places to be right now. At the center of stage is O’Reilly Strata Conf and Hadoop World, with an array of other data events happening around the venue — a data sensing lab , a NY big data meet-up, and many others listed here . I’m happy to see that we’re seeing continued increase in momentum of using virtualization as a platform for Hadoop and big data. At VMworld 2013, I shared the stage with Fedex who described that…

     

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    VMware Network Virtualization Blog: VMware @ OpenStack Summit Hong Kong (http://blogs.vmware.com/networkvirtualization/?p=656)Next week in Hong Kong, the VMware team will have a major presence at the OpenStack Summit , and we have an ever-growing presence on the agenda of speaking sessions and demos. As we did with the Portland show, he is a show planner with a schedule of all the VMware sessions. Here’s a snapshot of what you can expect (and experience) at the show. Tuesday, November 5 12:05pm – Navigating the Transition to Network Virtualization 12:05pm – Marriage of Openstack with KVM and ESX at PayPal 2:50pm – User…

     

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    VMware vCloud Blog: Tips When Evaluating What Workloads to Move to the Hybrid Cloud (http://blogs.vmware.com/vcloud/?p=2958)Recently on the blog, we’ve discussed why you should consider moving to the hybrid cloud , as well as the positive relationship between hybrid cloud and IT . In this blog, we’ll provide you with some tips and considerations to keep in mind when evaluating what workloads would be good candidates to move to the public cloud. The transition to the hybrid cloud is not as daunting as you might think. When thinking about the hybrid cloud, consider it an extension of what’s already going on in your data…

     

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    VMware Accelerate: Microsoft Windows 7 Migration: You Can’t Afford to Put it Off (http://blogs.vmware.com/accelerate/?p=1426)Author: Charles Barratt Almost every IT organisation I have worked with in recent years is struggling with the same question: How do we help the business see IT as a strategic partner rather than a cost centre? The looming April 2014 end of support date for Microsoft Windows XP and the requisite migration off to Windows 7 or 8.x presents an opportunity for IT to do just that—if IT leaders put in place the right end-user strategy. This strategy should address issues such as the consumerisation of IT, the…

     

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    VMware vCloud Blog: Software Defined Datacenter (SDDC) Survey (http://blogs.vmware.com/vcloud/?p=2963)Please take a few minutes to fill out this Software Defined Datacenter survey and take advantage for an opportunity to influence the development of VMware products and services by providing your opinion and help us improve our products and services.  As we plan for our next generation platform features, we would like to know more about you and the way you automate your datacenter. For VMware, the future is all about the Software Defined Datacenter (SDDC).  Integral to the SDDC vision is automation and…

     

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    VMware vSphere Blog: Software Defined Datacenter (SDDC) Survey (http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/?p=10655)Please take a few minutes to fill out this Software Defined Datacenter survey and take advantage for an opportunity to influence the development of VMware products and services by providing your opinion and help us improve our products and services.  As we plan for our next generation platform features, we would like to know more about you and the way you automate your datacenter. For VMware, the future is all about the Software Defined Datacenter (SDDC).  Integral to the SDDC vision is automation and…

     

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    VMworld PowerCLI Group Discussion–Part 2–Resources (http://www.virtu-al.net/?p=2959)Following Part 1 of these posts where we discussed getting started in PowerCLI I now give you Part 2 of the note taking by Nigel Boulton at VMworld in the PowerCLI Group Discussion. In this part of the session we discussed what resources were available to people using PowerCLI. As with the previous post I […] VMworld PowerCLI Group Discussion–Part 2–Resources is a post from: Virtu-Al . Virtu-Al is one of the authors of VMware vSphere PowerCLI Reference: Automating vSphere Administration" Buy it…

     

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    NorCal PowerShell User Group–San Francisco (http://www.virtu-al.net/?p=2951)PowerShell user groups are a great way for people to talk about PowerShell with like minded people and share thoughts, tips and tricks and generally discuss their usage.. If you are in the San Francisco area then now is your chance to get involved, in fact if you are anywhere in the world you can […] NorCal PowerShell User Group–San Francisco is a post from: Virtu-Al . Virtu-Al is one of the authors of VMware vSphere PowerCLI Reference: Automating vSphere Administration" Buy it now from: Amazon USA…

     

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    Virtual SAN and Network IO Control (http://www.yellow-bricks.com/?p=13876)Since I started playing with Virtual SAN there was something that I more or less avoided / neglected and that is Network IO Control. However, Virtual SAN and Network IO Control should go hand-in-hand. (And as such the Distributed Switch.) I guess I skipped it as there were more exciting thing to talk about, but […] " Virtual SAN and Network IO Control " originally appeared on Yellow-Bricks.com . Follow me on twitter - @DuncanYB.

     

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    Coming soon: Top vBlog 2014 edition (http://vsphere-land.com/?p=4358)This year the top VMware & virtualization blogger voting will be bigger and better thanks to Veeam. We’ll be doing random prize giveaways both for bloggers that make it into the top 50 and for the voters as well. I’ll randomly pick 3 blogger names and 4 voter names to win prizes which include a [...]

     

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    VMware vCloud Suite 5.5, vSAN and NSX walk-through (http://www.vmguru.nl/wordpress/?p=11960)VMware has launched three new websites which will help you to get up to speed with VMware vCloud Suite 5.5, vSAN and NSX. An extensive website gives you a detailed overview of the entire vCloud Suite with all the new features VMware released at VMworld. VMware vSphere DataProtection, VMware App HA, vSphere Flash Read Cache and all the other ingredients of the vCloud Suite. The total walk-through includes: – vSphere DataProtection – vSphere App HA – vCloud Director – vSphere Replication – vSphere…

     

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    New fling AND a pass for VMworld 2014? (http://www.vmguru.nl/wordpress/?p=11842)Perhaps you are already using a fling from VMware, for example the View pool manager or the Autodeploy GUI. But it isn’t enough. You want more. You have the need to automate some manual task and there just isn’t a tool for it right now. Well, here’s your chance. VMware invites you to share ideas for new VMware Flings from August 26 to November 15, 2013. The submitter of the winning Fling idea, as chosen by the VMware judging panel, will be awarded a Free Pass to VMworld 2014. Even more exciting is…

     

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    Apple Mac Pro 2013 – How It’s Made Video (http://techhead.co/?p=7738)The Apple Mac Pro 2013 model is the first product from Apple in quite some time that has really caught my eye.  The innovative look and design of this new Mac Pro really is something of beauty, not to mention it’s considerable IT horsepower power under the hood.  It will no doubt end up on […] The post Apple Mac Pro 2013 – How It’s Made Video appeared first on TechHead and was written by Simon Seagrave . Why not take a look at my other related posts?: Video – Good Virtualization Fundamentals…

     

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    Join me for the Kansas City VMUG User Conference (http://myvirtualcloud.net/?p=5544)        If you are near Kansas City region make sure you attend the KS VMUG User Conference. The event is happening on Tuesday, November 5, 2013. This is a huge VMUG –  a mini VMworld with almost 1,000 attendees. The VMUG is filled with sessions from well-known community members, partners, and the afternoon … Continue reading »

     

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    A Review of Horizon View 5.3 Limits and Maximums (http://myvirtualcloud.net/?p=5518)Giving continuity to my Horizon View Limits and Maximums series (VMware View 4.0 | VMware View 5.0 | Horizon View 5.2) I am now releasing an updated version for Horizon View 5.3. As an administrator or architect you should always ensure your designs are within the product’s Maximums and Limits in order to be entitled to VMware Support. … Continue reading »

     

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    Linked Clone GUI Tool called LCTree – a Fling (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=32818)Another usefull utility allowing to display linked clones in hierarchical view of linked clones of VMs from vCloud Director. There are two VCD version which can be used with, the 1.5 and 5.1 (5.5 is not on the list yet). Also you’ll need Java Runtime Environment 6 installed on your workstation in order to have the […] You might also like: How-to install VMware View Composer Visual ESX Top – New Free tool from VMware Labs Excellent new utility for Optimizing Windows 7/8 VDI… Read the full post…

     

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    VMware vSphere and Private VLANs (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=32829)As the title shows, this post is about private VLANs (PVLAN). This topic shows on VCAP exams, but also on VCP based exams. So if you’re studying for VCAP or VCP, this article might be your interest. VMware vSphere and Private VLANs are great topic, but not easy. Usually you can separate traffic and secure […] You might also like: How to create and use VLANs in VMware Workstation vSphere Network Health Check Video VMware vDS is not that complicated – see the video Read the full post VMware vSphere and…

     

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    Windows Server Hyper-V 2012 R2 Poster of component architecture – Free Download (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=32810)If you collection freebies, this might be your interest. With the release of Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 as well as Windows Server 2012 R2 few days back, there is a new poster(s) available as a free download from Microsoft’s website. A poster showing the Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V component Architecture, which can be […] You might also like: Free video – Configuring Dynamic Memory in Hyper-V… Microsoft Windows Server Hyper-V 3.0 Technical Hands on… Hyper-V Read the full post Windows…

     

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    VMware NSX Product Walkthrough and details from the UI (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=32797)I have already reported on new website for vSphere 5.5 Online demos. This time, there is a new addition by NSX team. They put in place new section which shows you the all the components and configuration steps for NSX. The Walkthrough is accessible on http://vmwarewalkthroughs.com/NSX/. It’s a convenient way to see what are the components […] You might also like: vSphere 5.5 demos – New Interactive Product… VMware NSX Introduced – Network Virtualization… VMworld 2013 General Session – Lot’s…

     

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    vSphere Essentials and Veeam Free Edition Tips (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=32779)vSphere Essentials does not offer vMotion functionality, only vSphere Essentials Plus and higher editions. Even if you have installed vCenter server and managing the  environment without having vmotion, you cannot move VMs from one ESXi host to another without much downtime. Here are some Veeam Free Edition Tips. I have seen environments just with two hosts […] You might also like: Veeam Backup Free Edition does some good compression – New video from Veeam about using U-Air for Exchange MS Exchange…

     

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    Windows Update Cleanup Plugin (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=32766)This is a quick tip and good news for Windows 7 SP1 users and also perhaps VDI admins running W7 desktops in their VDI environments. Windows Update Cleanup Plugin allows to uninstall outdated Windows patches and free some disk space on the root folder automatically, without messing up with the WinSxS folder. The option presents […] You might also like: Service Pack Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Windows 8 Upgrade Paths from XP, Vista and Seven announced Windows 8.1 upgrade options Read the full post…

     

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    How-to convert VHD to VMDK with Free Starwind V2V Converter (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=32751)Starwind V2V converter is a free software which allows converting VHD to VMDK virtual disk files. It allows to convert VHD to VMDK virtual disk file format. VMware converter, which has been updated recently to version 5.5, does need Hyper-V server running in order to connect to and convert hyper-V virtual machine into VMware VMs. […] You might also like: Free tools to convert VHD into VMDK and vice versa Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter Solution Accelerator… VMware Converter 5.1 Standalone Released…

     

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    VCP-Cloud Official Cert Guide (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=32725)New book by VMware Press, with DVD allowing to learn towards VCP Cloud exam. The authors Tom Ralph and Nathan Raper who works as a senior cloud service architect at VMware. The paper book shall be released the 31st of October and contains a DVD with testing software, whether the kindle edition is already out. But the […] You might also like: VCAP5-DCD Official Cert Guide, Premium Edition eBook and… VCP5-DT Official Cert Guide – new book for preparing… The Official VCP 5 Certification Guide Read…

     

 

KB Articles

My VMware
About the VMware Authentication Code (2056457)
Date Published: 10/25/2013

VMware ESX
VMware ESX 4.0 Patch ESX400-201310401-SG: Updates VMkernel, VMware Tools, VMX, hostd (2059490)
Date Published: 10/25/2013
VMware ESX 4.0 Patch ESX400-201310402-SG: Updates libxml2 and libxml2-python (2059491)
Date Published: 10/25/2013
VMware ESX 4.0 Patch ESX400-201310403-BG: Updates e1000e drivers (2059493)
Date Published: 10/25/2013
VMware ESX 4.0, Patch Release ESX400-201310001 (2059495)
Date Published: 10/25/2013

VMware ESXi
Match Windows disk drive mapping to virtual machine SCSI controller settings (2051606)
Date Published: 10/24/2013
ESXi 5.x host experiences a purple diagnostic screen with errors for E1000PollRxRing and E1000DevRx (2059053)
Date Published: 10/24/2013
ESXi 5.0 host fails with a purple diagnostic screen and reports PF Exception 14 IOSpaceVMK_Fire (2061211)
Date Published: 10/24/2013
SCSI Device Order not maintained after export and import of OVF/OVA template (2061660)
Date Published: 10/23/2013
VMware ESXi 4.0, Patch Release ESXi400-201310001 (2059496)
Date Published: 10/25/2013
VMware ESXi 4.0 Patch ESXi400-201310401-SG: Updates Firmware (2059497)
Date Published: 10/25/2013
VMware ESXi 4.0 Patch ESXi400-201310402-BG: Updates VMware Tools (2059500)
Date Published: 10/25/2013
VMware ESXi 4.0 Patch ESXi400-201310403-BG: Updates vSphere Client (2060188)
Date Published: 10/25/2013
HP Smart Array P7xx Controller may experience boot from storage and Datastore creation failures (2062656)
Date Published: 10/22/2013
The ESXi Dump Collector fails to connect to the remote server (2061197)
Date Published: 10/24/2013

VMware Fusion
Enabling Single Virtual Machine mode in VMware Fusion 6.x on a Mac (2061128)
Date Published: 10/21/2013

VMware vCenter Operations Manager (vApp)
Non-administrators cannot see VMware vCenter Operations Manager Application or Tier resources and alerts (2062497)
Date Published: 10/23/2013

VMware vCenter Orchestrator
VMware vCloud API call to obtain network details returns a maximum of 128 sub-allocation ranges (2062943)
Date Published: 10/25/2013

VMware vCenter Server
VMware vCenter Server 5.1 Single Sign On Installation fails with the error 20010: Failed to Configure LookupService (2055543)
Date Published: 10/24/2013
VMware vCenter Storage Monitoring Service fails with the error: Service initialization failed after upgrading to vCenter 5.5 (2060967)
Date Published: 10/23/2013
OVF/OVAs of EFI-based Linux virtual machines fail to boot after deploying to new virtual machines with the error: EFI SCSI Hard Drive… unsuccessful (2061784)
Date Published: 10/23/2013
Logging in to a multisite vCenter Single Sign-On deployment with vSphere Web Client results in an error: Client is not authenticated to VMware Inventory Service (2062219)
Date Published: 10/24/2013
Logging in with a user@vSphere.local to the vSphere Web Client 5.5 fails with the error: Provided credentials are not valid (2062603)
Date Published: 10/23/2013
Virtual Center Server fails to start due to virus scan with the error: Vpx::Common::Sso::SsoFactory_CreateFacade(sslContext, ssoFacadeConstPtr) (2062622)
Date Published: 10/24/2013

VMware vCenter Server Appliance
Adding additional temporary storage space to vCenter Server Appliance for VMware Postgres maintenance (2056449)
Date Published: 10/23/2013

VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager
Testing a Recovery Plan in VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.0 and 5.1 fails (2040535)
Date Published: 10/25/2013

VMware vCloud Automation Center
Troubleshooting installation failures in VMware vCloud Automation Center for Server 5.2.x (2054510)
Date Published: 10/22/2013

VMware vCloud Connector
vCloud Connector node fails to register with vCenter Server with the error: Could not connect to https://vcenterserver (2061846)
Date Published: 10/23/2013

VMware vFabric Application Director
End of Availability and End of Support Life for vFabric Application Director (2062297)
Date Published: 10/22/2013
VMware View Manager

VMware vSphere Big Data Extensions
A new plug-in instance with the same or earlier version number as an old plug-in instance does not load (2061868)
Date Published: 10/25/2013
Big Data Extensions user interface shows Big Data clusters as running when they are powered-off (2061957)
Date Published: 10/25/2013
Low-priority clusters might be bootstrapped before higher-priority clusters in AUTO scaling mode (2061958)
Date Published: 10/25/2013

VMware vSphere Data Protection
Test Connection in VDP Appliance fails with the error: Unable to find this VDP in the vCenter inventory (2062272)
Date Published: 10/24/2013

VMware vSphere Web Client
Installation of VMware vSphere Web Client 5.5 fails with the error: Could not connect to vCenter Single Sign-On (2062921)
Date Published: 10/25/2013

VMware vSphere Web Services SDK
Mapping a virtual machine disk with physical storage using VMware vSphere Web Services SDK/API (2060770)
Date Published: 10/25/2013