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Hi everyone well as I write this I am on my way to Tasmania for my first visit. I am pretty excited, it is always fun to travel and visiting somewhere new is always exciting. I am only there for a short visit, just a long weekend but I am sure it will be worthwhile. I will let you know next week.

 

Each week I put out the VMware newsletter and there has ben for a while now the sections you see below. I wanted to explain briefly what each section is. The Local Events section is where we place anything local to the newsletter. As I am in Brisbane for example I try and put anything that is happening in the next week or two in our city in this section that is being run by VMware. The local training classes are again local classes that VMware will be running directly in Brisbane in my case. There is a link to this which will allow you to see all of the courses and get more info or register if you wish. Next we have the VMware bloggers, this is a section for only VMware employees bloggers and can therefore be considered “official” VMware related information. We then have External Bloggers which is my collection of non VMware employee or official blogs that I follow and find useful, you are welcome to suggest others for me to use. The final section is always the KB Digest which is our weekly Knowledge Base articles which are of vital importance to the health and well being of your VMware environment.

 

I hope that gives you an idea of each section. Feel free to send me any comments or suggestions anytime.

 

Have a fantastic week.

 

Virtually Yours

Neil Isserow

Senior Technical Account Manager

VMware Australia

 

Local Events

 

Local Training Classes

 

VMware Bloggers

 

  • VMware Cloud Ops Blog: An ITBM Service Costing Process is Key to IT Transformation (http://blogs.vmware.com/cloudops/?p=809)By Khalid Hakim As more businesses recognize the integral role IT plays in the overall success of the enterprise, executive and business stakeholders have higher expectations of IT’s performance and its ability to prove its value. Providing cost transparency back to the business is key to meeting those expectations. That is why today’s IT organization needs to have an in-depth understanding of the costs associated with delivering IT services, enabling each service manager/owner to defend his or her…

     

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    VMware for Small-Medium Business Blog: The Many Clouds of Hands-on Labs (http://blogs.vmware.com/smb/?p=2574)Post by Doug Baer, Infrastructure Architect, Hands-on Labs team in Technical Marketing, VMware This post originally appeared on the VMware Hands-on Lab (HOL) Blog 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.…

     

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    VMware ThinApp Blog: Virtualizing Internet Explorer, what works? (http://blogs.vmware.com/thinapp/?p=1690)Today many enterprises are struggling with their Internet Explorer implementation. You know what works today but what happens if you change the Java version or even worse, the version of Internet Explorer? Updating your browser implementation is many times almost as complex and risky as migrating to a new Operating System. ThinApp offers it-departments around the globe help with their browser implementation. By virtualizing your browsers and by using our URL redirection feature called ThinDirect you can…

     

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    VMware Education & Certification Blog: Welcome the Newest VCDXs (http://blogs.vmware.com/education/?p=3762)During the VMware Partner Exchange event in February, we also held VCDX (VMware Certified Design Expert) Defenses. The following people received the coveted VCDX status at this event. VCDX-Cloud  Matt Vandenbeld (in addition to his existing VCDX-DCV) Garrette Grouwstra, VCDX 127 VCDX5-DCV Derek Seaman, VCDX 125 Richard Arsenian, VCDX 126 Hersey Cartwright, VCDX 128 Josh Coen, VCDX 129 Sean Howard, VCDX 130 Jeff Mercier, VCDX 131 Kalen Arndt, VCDX 132 VCDX is the highest level of certification…

     

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    VMware Support Insider: Upgrading vCenter Server Appliance 5.0.x/5.1 to 5.5 (http://blogs.vmware.com/kb/?p=6027)Here is a new vSphere video tutorial which demonstrates how to upgrade the vCenter Server Appliance from versions 5.0.x or 5.1 to that of version 5.5 . Before attempting the upgrade: If you are using custom SSL certificates, ensure that they meet the requirements as per VMware KB article Configuring Certificate Authority (CA) signed certificates for vCenter Server Appliance 5.5 (2057223) Ensure that you have taken a backup/snapshot of your existing vCenter Server Appliance and the external database. …

     

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    VMware Support Insider: Some Small Changes Around Here (http://blogs.vmware.com/kb/?p=6007)Those of you who follow us on Twitter @vmwarecares and @vmwarekb are going to notice a small change. Same goes for our Facebook pages ( VMware Knowledge Base and VMware Cares ). In order to better serve our global customer base, we are transitioning the concierge focused vmwarecares responsibilities to our Customer Service team. Some new faces on that team will be responding to your inquires going forward. The vmwarekb social accounts will still be manned by me, but I will be focusing my efforts on…

     

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    VMware Support Insider: Exporting data to a CSV file in My VMware (http://blogs.vmware.com/kb/?p=6021)This video discusses and demonstrates how to export My VMware data to a CSV file . Our video is based on VMware Knowledge Base article  Exporting data to a CSV file in My VMware (2045109). You can export data to a CSV file from numerous pages in My VMware: Exporting data from the Users & Permissions page Exporting folder data from the License Keys page Exporting data from the Account Summary page Exporting data from the Order History page Exporting data from the Support Contract History page …

     

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    VMware Education & Certification Blog: Take A Sneak Peek at On Demand Classroom (http://blogs.vmware.com/education/?p=3746)You’ve seen the testimonials  but still haven’t tried On Demand Classroom yet.  Well, here’s an opportunity to try it, FREE by taking a SNEAK PEEK at the robust self-paced learning option. The SNEAK PEEK for On Demand Classroom offers a FREE one time, 90-minute access to the first two course modules, from VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.1], including: Module 1: Course Introduction and Logistics Module 2: Introduction to VMware Virtualization, which includes: - Introduces…

     

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    VMware End User Computing: VMware Horizon View Extends Chromebooks in the Enterprise (http://blogs.vmware.com/euc/?p=5212)by Geoffrey Murase, Solutions Marketing, End-User Computing As more and more corporate applications are delivered from the cloud, businesses are presented with multiple choices in how to access them.  No longer are businesses required to use full blown desktops or laptops to get their work done. For many, all they need is a way to access the web. With Google Chromebooks, businesses of all sizes can take advantage of the low price, built-in security, fast boot times, and worry-free upgrades that…

     

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    VMware vCloud Blog: Virtual Machine Monitoring Now Active in vCloud Hybrid Service (http://blogs.vmware.com/vcloud/?p=3195)By:  Chris Colotti A few months ago customers of vCloud Hybrid Service noticed a new tab on the Virtual machine view that said “Monitoring”. At that time people also noticed it stated that the feature was not yet available.  The reason for this is that the vCloud Hybrid Service portal code is updated separately from the vCloud Suite components under the covers.  The monitoring feature required some updates to vCloud Director to be rolled to all the tenants.  I’m happy to report that as part of…

     

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    VMware for Small-Medium Business Blog: State of SMB IT in 2014 (http://blogs.vmware.com/smb/?p=2570)Good news for SMB IT pros in 2014! In a recent survey, Spiceworks asked 450 IT pros what their budget forecast looks like for the year. The outlook is positive, with nearly half of respondents reporting both an anticipated increase in IT budget, IT headcount and overall company revenue. In North America alone, Forrester Research predicts IT budgets will rise to an estimated $976 billion in 2014. On average, IT pros surveyed said they plan to invest an average of $302,000 on IT products this year. Where…

     

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    VMware Education & Certification Blog: Question of the Week: vSphere 5.1 (http://blogs.vmware.com/education/?p=3740)This week’s question comes from the  vSphere 5.1 video series . a. To allow safe change to virtual machine states without the worry of failed implementation. b. To allow a safe backup of the system. c. To allow rapid return to the pre-change state without traditional uninstallation or recovery. d. and when used improperly poses a risk to not only the virtual machine in question but other VMs in the environment. Click through to the  comments  for the answer and watch  vSphere Snapshot Overview…

     

External Bloggers

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    Automation Tip 7–Testing (http://www.virtu-al.net/?p=3092)One of the great things about automation is the ability to achieve consistent results, same thing every time, but go careful. What happens for example if your automation task is incorrect, if it doesn’t... Automation Tip 7–Testing 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 Amazon UK Sybex

     

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    VMware vSphere Mobile Watchlist (http://www.virtu-al.net/?p=3087)Last week VMware announced vSphere Mobile Watchlist, this is a mobile phone app for iOS and Android devices that enables you to work with virtual machines, create custom lists or watchlists to monitor and... VMware vSphere Mobile Watchlist 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 Amazon UK Sybex

     

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    Don’t create a Frankencluster just because you can… (http://www.yellow-bricks.com/?p=14377)In the last couple of weeks I have had various discussions around creating imbalanced clusters. Imbalanced from either CPU, memory and even a storage point of view. This typically comes up in discussions where either someone wants to bring larger scale to their cluster and they want to add hosts with more resources of any […] " Don’t create a Frankencluster just because you can… " originally appeared on Yellow-Bricks.com . Follow me on twitter - @DuncanYB.

     

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    What is Virtual SAN really about? (http://www.yellow-bricks.com/?p=14365)When talking about Virtual SAN you hear a lot of people talking about the benefits, what Virtual SAN is essentially about. You see the same with various other so-called Software Defined Storage solutions. People typically, when talking about these solutions, talk about things like “enabling within 2 clicks”… Or maybe about how easy it is […] " What is Virtual SAN really about? " originally appeared on Yellow-Bricks.com . Follow me on twitter - @DuncanYB.

     

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    vSphere Availability Survey, please help out! (http://www.yellow-bricks.com/?p=14360)Just received the below from the vSphere Availability team. It takes a couple of minutes to fill out and it helps the vSphere Availability team to set priorities correctly for upcoming releases, yes indeed based on your answers! — copy / paste — The Availability team (that brings to you products such as vSphere HA, […] " vSphere Availability Survey, please help out! " originally appeared on Yellow-Bricks.com . Follow me on twitter - @DuncanYB.

     

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    How to delete an orphaned desktop pool (http://www.vmguru.nl/wordpress/?p=12207)Time for a new problem in the VMware Horizon View series. After running into problems which forced me to ‘Manually delete protected Horizon View replicas‘ and ‘Link a VMware View desktop to its replica‘, now I encountered an orphaned desktop pool which could not be deleted. First, What got me into this mess. As I told you last week I was testing a Nvidia Quadro K5000 graphics card when my ESXi whitebox died on me. This also corrupted the one hard drive which contained all my Horizon View desktops.…

     

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    No internet connection results in slow vSphere client consoles (http://www.vmguru.nl/wordpress/?p=12189)In the last few weeks a customer that I am working for has been making a lot of changes within their infrastructure. Some big and some (on the surface) small. Somewhere during those weeks a change was made and the consequence of that change has gone by unnoticed at first. Then reports started to come in from colleague administrators that console sessions for virtual machines, when using the vSphere client, where really slooooowwwww. Opening a console took more than 10 seconds and trying to open…

     

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    Building a new ESXi whitebox (http://www.vmguru.nl/wordpress/?p=12185)Unfortunately the whitebox ESXi server I build in June 2011 died on me when testing a Nvidia Quadro K5000 graphics card. So I needed a new ESXi server for my home lab. I looked at some HP and Dell mini servers but  I decided to build a new VMware ESXi whitebox. Power supply, hard disks and SSD were still fine so I only needed a new motherboard, processor and memory. In the past I’ve used websites like, ‘Ultimate VMware ESX Whitebox‘ and ‘VM-help.com‘ to find compatible parts but because one no…

     

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    Nutanix Automation, Policies and the SDDC (http://myvirtualcloud.net/?p=5903)In a Nutanix cluster, PRISM is the management gateway for components and administrators to configure and monitor the cluster. This includes NCLI (command-line), the HTML5 UI (administrative interface) and REST API support for the entire management framework, providing customers a choice of building orchestration applications.     Nutanix engineering made sure all features and functions … Continue reading »

     

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    New VCP-Cloud Certification Exam (VCPC550) available (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=33964)After a VCP550 announced last month (read my article - New VCP Exam VCP550 based on vSphere 5.5 is available) covering datacenter virtualization, there is now also new VCP-Cloud certification exam based on vCloud Director 5.5 and VCAC 5.2 is available. With codename VCPC550.  You need to attend the vCloud Director: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.5] OR VMware vCloud Automation […] Read the full post New VCP-Cloud Certification Exam (VCPC550) available at ESX Virtualization . Featured Paper : Top…

     

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    Bandwidth, latency and connectivity measures with PsPing – Free Utility (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=33959)There is a free tool called PsPing – Free Utility, which implements Ping functionality, TCP ping, latency and bandwidth measurement. It’s a command line tool which shows you the results on the screen but there is also an option for generating histogram which can be easily imported into spreadsheet. The utility is part of PsTools which is […] Read the full post Bandwidth, latency and connectivity measures with PsPing – Free Utility at ESX Virtualization . Featured Paper : Top Seven Networking…

     

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    Free 90 min of On Demand Classroom which meets VCP requirements (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=33950)There is a new offer from VMware which promotes new training format for passing VCP certification. As you know, to pass VCP you need to attend a class and then only you are able to pass the certification exam to finaly earn the VCP title. There is another way to attend a VMware class – […] Read the full post Free 90 min of On Demand Classroom which meets VCP requirements at ESX Virtualization .   Featured Paper : Top Seven Networking Concepts Every Virtualization Administrator Should Know

     

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    New Book – Learning PowerCLI (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=33939)There is a new book for VMware administrators willing to enter the learning process of PowerCLI. This is not the first book on PowerCLI as I know at least another one which I reviewed a while back –  PowerCLI Book (VMware vSphere PowerCLI Reference) If you’re not aware, check this post. The book I’m referring […] Read the full post New Book – Learning PowerCLI at ESX Virtualization .   Featured Paper : Top Seven Networking Concepts Every Virtualization Administrator Should Know

     

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    Veeam 7.0 R2 Patch 3 release brings performance improvements (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=33932)Veeam released third patch already for Veeam 7.0 which brings several enhancements and performance improvements especially useful in large scale environment. Veeam does recommends especially to those bigger customers so they can take advantage of new performance enhancements. Veeam 7.0 R2 Patch 3 release details can be found at this KB1854. One of the improvements […] Read the full post Veeam 7.0 R2 Patch 3 release brings performance improvements at ESX Virtualization . Featured Paper : Top Seven…

     

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    VMware vCloud Connector (VCC) now free (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=33926)VMware has made vCloud connector available as a free tool. In the past there were two versions of VCC, which one of them was paid one. The core and advanced versions were merged together in the version 2.6 to be available as free download. The architecture is still based on server node and client node […] Read the full post VMware vCloud Connector (VCC) now free at ESX Virtualization .   Featured Paper : Top Seven Networking Concepts Every Virtualization Administrator Should Know

     

 

KB Articles

 

New KB articles published for week ending 2/15/14

VMware ESX
VMware ESXi 5.1 hostname remains blank when deployed using Auto Deploy (2068827)
Date Published: 2/13/2014
Broadcom adapter data corruption on ESXi/ESX hosts using the tg3 driver and TSO enabled (2072515)
Date Published: 2/14/2014

VMware ESXi
Nexus 1000V VEM module appears unlicensed after upgrading to a newer version of ESXi/ESX (2041585)
Date Published: 2/12/2014
Persistent mount of a snapshot LUN may not persist across reboots in VMware ESXi 5.0/5.1/5.5 (2065248)
Date Published: 2/13/2014
Virtual machine fails to power on with the error: vami.netmask0.Hip- Chat. Network has no associated network protocol profile (2070950)
Date Published: 2/10/2014
ESXi 5.x host has Standard Switch: vSwitchUSB0 with attached port group IMM_Network0 (2072235)
Date Published: 2/13/2014
After upgrading from ESXi 4.x to ESXi 5.0.x, host do not receive ESXi 5.0.x evaluation license (2064146)
Date Published: 2/10/2014
Host Profile compliance check fails with the error: Did not find CIM-XML Indication Subcription for query select * from CIM_Indication sent to destination http://127.0.0.1:49152′. (2064774)
Date Published: 2/10/2014
vSphere Client times out before authentication to ESXi completes (2072539)
Date Published: 2/13/2014

VMware Horizon Mirage
Using the Horizon Mirage Storage Reports tool (2048671)
Date Published: 2/10/2014
Upgrading to VMware Horizon Mirage 4.3 triggers an event: Please contact technical support (2068532)
Date Published: 2/10/2014

VMware Horizon View
VMware View Security Server service fails to start after modifying the locked.properties file (2071106)
Date Published: 2/10/2014
Guest-driven mode changes are not supported in Horizon View if you use PCoIP connections (2072187)
Date Published: 2/10/2014
Determining the current VMware Horizon View Connection Server AD LDS Schema Master (2068632)
Date Published: 2/10/2014

VMware IT Business Management Suite
The Cost Object Dashboard for objects appears multiple times when added in VMware IT Business Management 8.x (2071628)
Date Published: 2/10/2014
Drilldown settings do not appear on the Edit Drilldown page (2071783)
Date Published: 2/11/2014
Cost Object value does not save in the Drilldown System Page attribute in VMware IT Business Management 8.x (2072238)
Date Published: 2/11/2014
Pasting into an UDF of type RTF with a line break results in unexpected behavior in VMware IT Business Management 8.x (2072245)
Date Published: 2/11/2014

VMware IT Business Manager Standard
Upgrade Instructions for IT Business Management Standard Edition from 1.0 to 1.0.1 (2071629)
Date Published: 2/13/2014

VMware vCenter Operations Manager (vApp)
Increasing the size of the /data file system by extending a virtual disk on the user interface or Analytics virtual machine for VMware vCenter Operations Manager 5.0.x (2043693)
Date Published: 2/13/2014

VMware vCenter Orchestrator API
Creating a custom workflow in VMware vCenter Orchestrator fails with the error: date argument must be a date and non null (2071750)
Date Published: 2/14/2014

VMware vCenter Server
Host profile creation in VMware vCenter Server 5.5 fails with error: Value specified is out of range. Range: 1 to 256 (2070031)
Date Published: 2/14/2014
Migrating a virtual machine with one or more RDMs attached fails with the error: Target disc should be different than the source disc, unable to access file (2070949)
Date Published: 2/12/2014
Profile-Driven Storage Service fails when Inventory Service reaches 500 sessions (2071657)
Date Published: 2/14/2014
vCenter Storage Monitoring Service requires a long period of time to initialize (2071863)
Date Published: 2/13/2014

VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager
Running a recovery task using a planned migration fails with the error: Unable to find a placeholder datastore for the host/cluster Failed to unregister protected VMs (2048667)
Date Published: 2/12/2014
SRM reports timeout errors while powering on the virtual machines on a shared recovery site (2072303)
Date Published: 2/11/2014
SRM Recovery Plan Fails with an Internal Error (2072415)
Date Published: 2/13/2014

VMware vCloud Application Director
Upgrade Instructions for Application Director from v6.0 to v6.0.1 (2069837)
Date Published: 2/13/2014

VMware vCloud Automation Center
Virtual machines imported through Infrastructure Organizer and reprovisioned lose their IP address in VMware vCloud Automation Center (2072078)
Date Published: 2/13/2014

VMware vCloud Connector
Content Sync: Virtual machine name contains timestamp after synchronization (2072349)
Date Published: 2/11/2014
Internal server error while registering vCloud Connector UI (2068701)
Date Published: 2/11/2014
vCloud Connector copy and Content Sync fail for vApp templates that have been added to the catalog with the ‘Make Identical Copy’ option (2070254)
Date Published: 2/11/2014
Isolated networks not listed in Copy wizard (2070255)
Date Published: 2/11/2014
Copy Wizard does not display a warning for attached ISO file while copying from vCloud Director clouds (2070256)
Date Published: 2/11/2014
Temporary template created during copy validation is not deleted if copy fails (2070257)
Date Published: 2/11/2014
Copy validation does not display error for vSphere Profile-Driven Storage issues (2070258)
Date Published: 2/11/2014
VM Network Adapter is changed from VMXNet3 to e1000 after virtual machine is stretch deployed to a vCloud Director 5.1.2 or 5.5 cloud (2070261)
Date Published: 2/11/2014
UI does not display a failed task if the source node goes down or the server cannot reach it during export (2070262)
Date Published: 2/11/2014
Stretch Deploy wizard displays Edge External Network Interface Name for stretched network field even if vApp network is connected to a Direct Organization network (2070274)
Date Published: 2/11/2014
To copy a very large workload over a slow network, configure the nodes to avoid delete task id error (2072291)
Date Published: 2/11/2014
Copy and Content Sync fail for vApp templates that have been added to the catalog with the Make Identical Copy option (2072344)
Date Published: 2/11/2014

VMware vCloud Director
Uploading or downloading to a VMware vCloud Director 5.5 catalog fails with a Thumbprint Mismatch error (2070908)
Date Published: 2/12/2014

VMware vSphere Replication
Cannot power on a virtual machine after enabling vSphere Replication (2057808)
Date Published: 2/12/2014

VMware vSphere Web Client
Unable to open the vSphere Web Client 5.5 in a browser on a Linux-based desktop (2054599)
Date Published: 2/10/2014

 

 

 

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