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Hi everyone, the year’s news is really picking up fast. This weeks newsletter is huge with so many blog postings, articles and features. I think it will take me a week to get through many of these. If you are interested in Hybrid Cloud and many of us are then we have released a series of 26 new videos on vCAC 6.0 which I think you will find very useful. Here is some further info:

 

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VMware vCloud Automation Center helps companies improve service delivery times by automating provisioning and management if IT services across multi-vendor deployment technologies, tools and processes.

 

In these videos we will look at some of the business drivers that are increasingly causing IT departments to deploy on-demand, cloud infrastructure and some of the challenges that companies face with their deployments.

 

Next we will look at VMware's Cloud Automation solution and what makes VMware solution unique. Finally, we will explore how companies have been able to leverage vCloud Automation Center in their cloud infrastructures and review how you can learn more through additional videos.


Have a fantastic week, enjoy the videos and this weeks news everyone.

 

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    VMware Partner Exchange 2014 General Session - Work at the Speed of Life in a Mobile Cloud Era Watch Sanjay Poonen, EVP and GM, VMware End-User Computing, explain the opportunities for IT to innovate in desktop and mobility to enable their users to wor... From: VMware Views: 1 0 ratings Time: 28:39 More in Science & Technology

     

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    VMware Accelerate: Move at the Speed of Business with an ITaaS Model (http://blogs.vmware.com/accelerate/?p=1869)by Alex Salicrup I knew this would be no ordinary customer engagement when the CEO of a global food retailer announced he expected to triple revenue in five years. I also knew an ITaaS model could exploit the cost and operational benefits of a software-defined data center. But was their existing IT infrastructure capable of meeting his business goal? Simply put—no. Read the story behind our strategic approach and the company’s progress toward an end-to-end transformation in my post on the VMware…

     

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    VMware for Small-Medium Business Blog: BCDR Strategy: Three Critical Questions (http://blogs.vmware.com/smb/?p=2555)Post by   Jeremy Carter , VMware Senior Consultant This post originally appeared on the VMware Consulting Blog Organizations in every industry are increasingly dependent on technology, making increased resiliency and decreased downtime a critical priority. In fact,  Forrester  cites resiliency as the number three overall infrastructure priority this year. A business continuity solution that utilizes the virtual infrastructure, like the one VMware offers, can greatly simplify the process, though IT…

     

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    VMware vCloud Blog: VMware vCloud Connector is now free! (http://blogs.vmware.com/vcloud/?p=3189)The hybrid cloud team at VMware is excited to announce the general availability of vCloud Connector 2.6. VMware vCloud Connector links vSphere-based private and public clouds via a single interface, allowing you to manage them as a single hybrid environment. You can transfer virtual machines (VMs), vApps (collections of VMs with related resource controls and network settings), and templates from one vSphere-based cloud to another. You can also set up a content library to distribute and synchronize…

     

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    Workstation Zealot: Sweet Virtualization Deals (http://blogs.vmware.com/workstation/?p=1045)We’re celebrating Valentine’s Day with a sweet 20% discount on licenses and upgrades of VMware Workstation 10. Fall in love all over again with VMware Workstation, the winner of more than 50 industry awards. Buy Workstation 10  and get 20% off Upgrade to Workstation 10 from Workstation 8 or 9 and get 20% off Hurry—this offer expires at 11:59 PM PST on Friday, February 14 th .

     

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    VMware Consulting Blog: Successful IaaS Deployment Requires Flexibility & Alignment (http://blogs.vmware.com/consulting/?p=1301)By Alex Salicrup, IT Transformation Strategist When the CEO of a global food retailer announces his goal to triple revenues in five years, the IT organization knows it’s time to step up its plans to overhaul the IT infrastructure. That’s just what happened in a recent customer engagement where we helped the IT organization automate provisioning, eliminate the need for a significant increase in headcount, and enable a new service provider approach to support their software-defined data center. The…

     

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    Introduction to VMware Cloud Business Solution Learn how VMware VMware Cloud Business solution delivers complete financial transparency around the cost of IT Services -- driving the highest level of align... From: VMware Views: 4 1 ratings Time: 00:31 More in Science & Technology

     

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    VMware End User Computing: Innovation: A Way of Life in the VDI Ecosystem (http://blogs.vmware.com/euc/?p=5187)by Mason Uyeda, Senior Director, Technical Marketing and Enablement, End-User Computing, VMware For those who have watched the news and announcements this week from VMware Partner Exchange (PEX) in San Francisco, and especially those who have the opportunity to attend, I’m sure you would agree that it’s impressive to witness the unstoppable march of innovation. In particular, I’m speaking about end-user computing (EUC) and the numerous VMware partners that are announcing advances that will drive cost…

     

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    VMware End User Computing: Desktops as a Service Momentum at VMware Partner Exchange (PEX) (http://blogs.vmware.com/euc/?p=5184)By David Grant, Senior Director, DaaS Product Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware What a week it has been for the DaaS market and for VMware here at VMware Partner Exchange (PEX). We continue to demonstrate why we are the clear market leader in DaaS with several great announcements this week. Not only did Desktone by VMware pioneer the DaaS market back in 2006 but now as part of VMware, we continue to drive innovation. I have had many conversations this week with partners (4000+ VMware partners here!)…

     

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    VMware Support Insider: iSCSI Storage and vMotion VLAN Best Practices (http://blogs.vmware.com/kb/?p=6009)We got a question this morning on twitter from a customer asking for our best practices for setting up iSCSI storage and vMotion traffic on a VLAN . The question caused a bit of a discussion here amongst our Tech Support staff and the answer it seems is too long to fit into a Tweet! Instead, here’s what you need to know if you are working on the best design for your VLANS. iSCSI and vMotion on the same pipe (VLAN) is a big no-no unless you are using multiple teamed 1GbE uplinks or 10GbE uplinks with…

     

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    VMware vSphere Blog: Now Available – VMware vSphere Mobile Watchlist (http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/?p=11674)VMware vSphere Mobile Watchlist allows you to monitor the virtual machines you care about in your vSphere infrastructure remotely on your phone. Discover diagnostic information about any alerts on your VMs using VMware Knowledge Base Articles and the web. Remediate problems from your phone by using power operations or delegate the problem to someone on your team back at the datacenter. IMPORTANT NOTE: A VMware vSphere installation (5.0 and above) is required to use VMware vSphere Mobile Watchlist. Access to…

     

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    VMware Technology Alliance Partner Blog: vCloud Hybrid Service Track for ISVs (http://blogs.vmware.com/tap/?p=834)Please join us at VMware Partner Exchange (PEX ) at Moscone for informative sessions specifically designed for ISVs interested in vCloud Hybrid Service. We have four breakout sessions specifically to meet your needs as an ISV. We would also like to meet you during our Open House. • Accelerate your Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Business with vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS) (TEX 3119) • Everything you need to know to maximize your revenue with vCloud Hybrid Service – TAP Focused (TEX 3211) • Tier 1…

     

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    VMware vSphere Blog: Which vSCSI controller should I choose for performance? (https://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/?p=11658)I wrote a blog article in Oct 2010 on this same topic that is still frequently referenced today so I figure it was due for an update. So what should I choose as my vSCSI controller and what are the differences between them? First, it’s important to remind everyone that when you select the Guest OS for a new virtual machine this automatically makes a selection for which vSCSI controller to use based on what drivers are available in the OS distribution.  So be sure to select the correct Guest OS to…

     

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    VMware Hands On Labs Blog: The Many Clouds of Hands-on Labs (http://blogs.vmware.com/hol/?p=646)Behind the scenes of VMware’s Hands-on Labs, there is a lot of “care and feeding” of the lab infrastructure, manuals, and the lab environments themselves. You might be surprised at how much opportunity there is for things to stop working, even in environments that have been precisely configured and then effectively frozen in time. For example, SSL certificates and password expiration policies are the bane of my existence… On a call at the end of 2013, I demonstrated some of my maintenance…

     

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    VMware Consulting Blog: BCDR Strategy: Three Critical Questions (http://blogs.vmware.com/consulting/?p=1277)By Jeremy Carter , VMware Senior Consultant Organizations in every industry are increasingly dependent on technology, making increased resiliency and decreased downtime a critical priority. In fact, Forrester cites resiliency as the number three overall infrastructure priority this year. A business continuity solution that utilizes the virtual infrastructure, like the one VMware offers, can greatly simplify the process, though IT still needs to understand how all the pieces of their business continuity…

     

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    VMware Accelerate: 4 Ways to Build Better Roadmaps (http://blogs.vmware.com/accelerate/?p=1863)By Barton Kaplan Roadmaps are uniquely leverageable tools for IT leaders. They can be used to drive consensus among stakeholders, bridge strategic and operating plans, and provide a framework for multiyear investment decisions. But the current state of practice leaves a lot to be desired. According to a recent poll from best practices firm CEB [1] , 70 percent of IT professionals are either ‘somewhat’ or ‘highly dissatisfied’ with their roadmaps; only 3 percent are highly satisfied. In my…

     

External Bloggers

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    Startup News Flash part 13 (http://www.yellow-bricks.com/?p=14348)Edition 13 of the Startup News Flash already. This week is VMware Partner Exchange 2014 so I expected some announcements to be made. There were a couple of announcements the last week(s) which I felt were worth highlighting. There is one that is not really a startup, but I figured should at least be included […] " Startup News Flash part 13 " originally appeared on Yellow-Bricks.com . Follow me on twitter - @DuncanYB.

     

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    Virtual SAN (related) PEX Updates (http://www.yellow-bricks.com/?p=14336)I am at VMware Partner Exchange this week and there and figured I would share some of the Virtual SAN related updates. 6th of March their is an online Virtual SAN event with Pat Gelsinger, Ben Fathi and John Gilmartin… Make sure to register for it! Ben Fathi (VMware CTO) stated that VSAN will be […] " Virtual SAN (related) PEX Updates " originally appeared on Yellow-Bricks.com . Follow me on twitter - @DuncanYB.

     

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    Operational simplicity through Flash (http://www.yellow-bricks.com/?p=14333)A couple of weeks back I had to honor to be one of the panel members at the opening of the Pure Storage office in the Benelux. The topic of course was flash, and the primary discussion around the benefits. The next day I tweeted a quote of one of the answers I gave during […] " Operational simplicity through Flash " originally appeared on Yellow-Bricks.com . Follow me on twitter - @DuncanYB.

     

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    BLAST Windows Apps to your Chromebook (http://www.vmguru.nl/wordpress/?p=12180)In September 2011 VMware gave us a sneak peek at Project AppBlast and with VMware Horizon View we can use AppBlast technology to access desktops using a HTML5 compatible browse. But as of today we can experience the true power of AppBlast. Today VMware and Google announced a new service to deliver Windows applications to Google Chromebooks. Google and VMware today announced that they are working together to make it easier for Chromebook users in the enterprise to access Windows applications and the…

     

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    VSAN Availability is Known – March 2014, and shall have up to 16 nodes support (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=33922)VMware VSAN shall be released in March 2014. This is close! We’re already in Mid-February. VMware VSAN is currently in public Beta and all beta customers can apply for 20% discount. It’s limited time discount on any product purchase of 10 licenses or more. (valid until June 2014). VMware VSAN is licensed per CPU. If […] Read the full post VSAN Availability is Known – March 2014, and shall have up to 16 nodes support at ESX Virtualization . Featured Paper : Top Seven Networking Concepts Every…

     

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    vSphere Mobile Watchlist – Mobile app to manage critical VMs (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=33917)New application for Android or IOs allows to monitor and remediate problems detected on your vSphere 5.x infrastructure. It took my attention and I’m interested on what it does and how to use it. A screenshot from my phone showing the login screen. I have a new phone, it’s Galaxy Note 3. Reasons why I […] Read the full post vSphere Mobile Watchlist – Mobile app to manage critical VMs at ESX Virtualization . Featured Paper : Top Seven Networking Concepts Every Virtualization Administrator Should…

     

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    VCAP5-DCA status: passed! (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=33908)This came as a very good news for me this morning as I just received a good news from VMware Certification about my VCAP5-DCA exam score report! Passed. This completes my second VCAP exam – VCAP5-DCD which I passed during my Lisboa’s stay in November last year. This was my second attempt for the VCAP5-DCA exam […] Read the full post VCAP5-DCA status: passed! at ESX Virtualization .   Featured Paper : Top Seven Networking Concepts Every Virtualization Administrator Should Know

     

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    (Ultimate) vSphere Monitoring and Performance (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=33885)Yeah. Catchy title he? Yes, because the PDF which is behind is also exceptional, IMHO, and needs some good spotlight. The document in question is called vSphere Monitoring and Performance and it’s been released by VMware to give VMware admins good deep informations for monitoring and performance of vSphere 5.5. The document has  175 pages and […] Read the full post (Ultimate) vSphere Monitoring and Performance at ESX Virtualization . Featured Paper : Top Seven Networking Concepts Every Virtualization…

     

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    VMware vExpert Program now with quarterly nominations (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=33900)vExpert program nominations is here again. This year change is that new vExperts can get nominated through the year and every quarter the application will be re-examined to perhaps let you in. The are now quarterly nominations into the 2014 vExpert program. We will leave the application open year round and at the end of […] Read the full post VMware vExpert Program now with quarterly nominations at ESX Virtualization . Featured Paper : Top Seven Networking Concepts Every Virtualization Administrator…

     

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    Access your Live Nutanix Demo environment (http://myvirtualcloud.net/?p=5889)One of Nutanix partners (DH Technologies) created an instant on-demand Nutanix demo. The demo gives users the ability to test drive a real Nutanix environment and get hand-on with the PRISM UI.   After signing-up for the demo you will receive a welcome email with an invite to test drive a Nutanix Powered Virtual Desktop. Once you … Continue reading »

     

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    Cloning and Powering VMs on Nutanix with VAAI [Video] (http://myvirtualcloud.net/?p=5876)I was given a Nutanix cluster to learn about the product, features and interoperability. During the installation and configuration process I recorded videos to demonstrate how simple and easy Nutanix really is. While I believe Nutanix biggest features are the web-scale properties (I will discuss more later), such as true linear scale-out performance and shared nothing … Continue reading »

     

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    Software-Defined Storage FOR DUMMIES [eBook] (http://myvirtualcloud.net/?p=5869)Nutanix just-released a book is entitled “Software-Defined Storage for Dummies” and is written by industry expert Scott D. Lowe (@otherscottlowe) and Nutanix’s own Greg Smith. The book is presented from a vendor-agnostic perspective, focusing on the topic of software-defined storage and the emerging trends and technologies behind it. The book showcases the possibilities of web-scale … Continue reading »

     

 

KB Articles

My VMware
How to change your default account in My VMware (2071131)
Date Published: 2/3/2014
How to create a folder in My VMware (2071460)
Date Published: 2/3/2014
How to delete a folder in My VMware (2071462)
Date Published: 2/3/2014
How to find a folder in My VMware (2071464)
Date Published: 2/3/2014
How to move a folder in My VMware (2071465)
Date Published: 2/3/2014
How to rename a folder in My VMware (2071466)
Date Published: 2/3/2014
How to request a transfer of legal ownership to another company (2071469)
Date Published: 2/3/2014
How to correct an order that has been delivered incorrectly (2071505)
Date Published: 2/3/2014

Not Specified
Rising virtual machine system security software V1.0.0.0 integration with VMware vShield Endpoint 5.1 (2071636)
Date Published: 2/4/2014
VMware vFabric products to Pivotal product fulfillment (2071790)
Date Published: 2/6/2014

VMware ESX
Windows virtual machine event log reports the error: Reset to device, \Device\RaidPort0, was issued (2063346)
Date Published: 2/7/2014
Configuring an ESX/ESXi host to restart after crashing with a purple diagnostic screen (2042500)
Date Published: 2/7/2014
Duplicate ESX host and resources are created in VMware vFabric Hyperic Server 5.0 when VMware ESXi 4.1 is upgraded to ESXi 5.1 (2054949)
Date Published: 2/6/2014

VMware ESXi
After disabling traffic for the management network on an ESXi host, it re-enables after rebooting the host (2017144)
Date Published: 2/7/2014
SSD Device presented as a SAN LUN is claimed by an incorrect SATP VMW_SATP_LOCAL instead of the correct SATP VMW_SATP_ALUA in ESXi 5.x (2041905)
Date Published: 2/4/2014
Windows Server 2012 not listed in guest operating system list in ESXi or vCenter Server 5.0 Update 1 (2061322)
Date Published: 2/3/2014
Troubleshooting slow memory performance in a virtual machine (2064036)
Date Published: 2/7/2014
ESX and ESXi host time keeping Best Practices (2004453)
Date Published: 2/3/2014
Applying a host profile in ESXi 5.1.x/ vCenter Server 5.1.x fails with error message: A general system error occurred (2048555)
Date Published: 2/4/2014

VMware Horizon View
After upgrade to Horizon View 5.3 Connection Server, the View Administrator UI is unavailable (2071589)
Date Published: 2/5/2014
Intermittent connection problems occur when browsing to View Administrator with Internet Explorer 8 (2071893)
Date Published: 2/5/2014

VMware Horizon Workspace
Using Auto-Generated SSL Certificates to change the Horizon Workspace 1.x FQDN (2062074)
Date Published: 2/4/2014

VMware IT Business Management Suite
Unable to navigate from Performance to Agreement revision when All is clicked (2071231)
Date Published: 2/4/2014
Unable to restore a VMware IT Business Management Suite Flow to a previous version (2071661)
Date Published: 2/7/2014

VMware Server
VMware Update Manager fails to create a baseline with Oracle ODBC 32 bits version 11.2.0.3 (2071375)
Date Published: 2/6/2014

VMware vCenter Chargeback Manager
VMware vCenter Chargeback Manager 2.5.x affected by database deadlocks after upgrading to version 2.5.1 (2058299)
Date Published: 2/4/2014

VMware vCenter Log Insight
Active Directory Authentication in vCenter Log Insight (2069086)
Date Published: 2/4/2014

VMware vCenter Server
vCenter Server database grows excessively after upgrading to VMware vCenter Server 5.1 (2058670)
Date Published: 2/5/2014
Joining ESXi host to Active Directory using vSphere Authentication Proxy fails with the error: The specified vSphere Authentication Proxy Server is not reachable, or has denied access to the service (2058689)
Date Published: 2/4/2014
Upgrade from vCenter 5.1 to 5.5 fails due to missing/inaccessible package (2063566)
Date Published: 2/7/2014
Keystrokes typed in to the vSphere Web Client console of a MAX OS X virtual machine do not translate correctly (2071245)
Date Published: 2/3/2014

VMware vCenter Server Heartbeat
VMware vCenter Server Heartbeat 6.6 fails to install correctly on a localized system (2071739)
Date Published: 2/4/2014

VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager
Resizing virtual machine disk files that are protected by vSphere replication (2042790)
Date Published: 2/7/2014

VMware vCenter Update Manager
VMware vSphere Update Manager 5.5 fails to download the latest metadata and create default baselines when using an Oracle database (2069247)
Date Published: 2/4/2014

VMware vCloud Automation Center
In OpenStack, a Linux machine may show as On in IaaS but may not be accessible to the consumer as the machine is waiting for input to complete provisioning (2065872)
Date Published: 2/6/2014
Reprovisioned and reconfigured machine tasks show completed in the catalog even though the tasks are in progress in VMware vCloud Automation Center 6.0 IaaS (2065873)
Date Published: 2/6/2014
You receive an Internal Error when you click on the green plus icon to add an Advanced Services Endpoint. (2065892)
Date Published: 2/7/2014
When connecting the VMware vCloud Automation Center 6.0 Appliance to the Identity Appliance, you see the error: ‘Error communicating to the remote server’. (2065893)
Date Published: 2/7/2014

VMware vCloud Director
Ubuntu Guest operating system customization is not applying DNS settings in VMware vCloud Director 5.1.x (2042181)
Date Published: 2/3/2014
Keytool error:java.lang.Exception: Failed to establish chain from reply (2010375)
Date Published: 2/6/2014

VMware vCloud Networking and Security
A host reboot is required to complete agent VIB installation in VMware vCloud Networking and Security 5.1.x (2056077)
Date Published: 2/6/2014

VMware vFabric Hyperic Agent
Summary counts portlet shows resource number instead of name in settings (2053883)
Date Published: 2/6/2014

VMware vFabric tc Server
VMware vFabric Product Rebranding Initiative (2071952)
Date Published: 2/6/2014

VMware VirtualCenter
Versions of Active Directory supported in VMware vCenter Server (2071592)
Date Published: 2/7/2014

VMware vSphere Data Protection
Cannot add client to VMware vSphere Data Protection 5.1/5.5 appliance while creating or editing a backup job (2059866)
Date Published: 2/7/2014

VMware vSphere Storage Appliance
VMware vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA) Networking Etherchannel/Portchannel (2039964)
Date Published: 2/4/2014

 

 

 

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