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Hi everyone, I hope you have had as good a week as I have. I am currently on some annual leave in such a beautiful part of Australia, very close to Byron Bay. The weather has been awesome and I am having a fantastic time. I have been keeping up with many of the news items, not that I am just working but also relaxing. This week’s newsletter is jam packed with some excellent information for you so please read it as comprehensively as possible.

 

I am currently getting to grips with vCAC and ITBM which are technologies I am very interested in and with the growth of Hybrid Cloud believe they will become even more crucial to a successful datacenter that is managed across multiple boundaries in the future.

 

I hope you enjoy the newsletter and look forward to speaking to you again next week.

 

Virtually Yours

Neil Isserow

Senior Technical Account Manager

VMware Australia

 

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    VMware End User Computing: Persistence Pays Off (http://blogs.vmware.com/euc/?p=5272)Guest blog by Lee Caswell, VP of Virtualization Products, Fusion-io Back when VDI started, the persistent desktop was king.  The first virtual desktop wasn’t that virtual at all since persistent hardware was dedicated to individual users.  But it was fast and it was secure. The downside of persistent desktops was cost.  Dedicated hardware gave way to shared storage and more efficient provisioning techniques, but the cost of a persistent desktop remained far above the cost of a physical desktop. …

     

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    VMware Support Insider: Investing in Services – Announcing Acquisition of Third Sky, Inc (http://blogs.vmware.com/kb/?p=6081)Scott Bajtos, SVP, Global Services, VMware VMware has always had a strong appetite for healthy disruption. We disrupted the data center and now we’re radically transforming IT with technologies that make your business more agile, efficient, and profitable. But it’s not enough to lead with great products. To insure our products are delivering the types of business outcomes our customers expect, services has also become a key ingredient for success. As we move into 2014, we are seeing a change in the…

     

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    Office of the CTO Blogs: Virtual SAN: Powerfully Simple and Simply Powerful (http://cto.vmware.com/?p=2605)Today, VMware is excited to highlight the upcoming release of Virtual SAN : a new kind of radically simple storage. It challenges long-held preconceptions about how storage should be done. It’s yet another proof point that the world is moving to a software-defined data center. Delivering Virtual SAN to market wasn’t easy. I’d like to share with you the story behind the story. When I arrived at VMware two years ago, I was given the charter to deliver the next generation of vSphere, our flagship…

     

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    VMware vSphere Blog: Installing or upgrading to vSphere 5.5 made a little easier (http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/?p=11955)Many of you have now kicked the tires with vSphere 5.5 either in your home lab or on some servers at work and you’re anxious to get all the new goodies running in your production environment. Perhaps some of you early adopters are already running in full production, but we’re guessing many of you are just contemplating your major upgrade now. VMware’s Tech Support staff tend to see a surge during the month of March in number of calls to support. But guess what? Many of the issues we’re anticipating…

     

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    VMware vSphere Blog: What is perferHT and When To Use It (http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/?p=11949)I’ve been involved recently in a couple situations in which the ‘perferHT’ advanced setting has been implemented, but for the wrong reasons. I want to re-clarify how and when it should be used. As with many advanced settings, it can be helpful or hurtful. The Myth “PerferHT exposes Hyper-Threading to the guest operating system” – False! vSphere present vCPU’s to the guest operating system and does not ever expose when those threads are scheduled onto a Hyper-Threaded SMT context. The guest…

     

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    VMware vSphere Blog: Can an admin peek inside my VM? (https://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/?p=11938)A great question crossed my desk today from a customer. “Can a VI Admin who has root access to ESXi “abuse” their privileges and “peek” inside the guests of VM’s hosted on the server?” The short answer? If your ESXi admin has root or full administrator privileges, they can do anything. Nobody should be surprised by this! HOWEVER, you can mitigate, limit and monitor what is being done. But first, let’s quickly review what is meant by “peek inside the guest”. In the human world,…

     

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    VMware End User Computing: Announcing GA of Horizon Mirage 4.4 (http://blogs.vmware.com/euc/?p=5276)By Sachin Sharma, Product Marketing Manager, End-User Computing, VMware Horizon Mirage 4.4 is now generally available! This latest release of Horizon Mirage introduces several exciting new features that benefit a variety of areas in IT. Horizon Mirage 4.4 now includes support for the latest Windows desktop operating systems – Windows 8 and 8.1. With this addition, Horizon Mirage can protect desktops and laptops with operating systems starting from Windows XP (if you still have it!) to Vista to 7 and now…

     

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    VMware Support Insider: New book: Getting Started with VMware Fusion (http://blogs.vmware.com/kb/?p=6075)One of our own, Michael Roy has just published his first book: Getting Started with VMware Fusion , written to help readers to get started running Windows on their Mac the right way. Michael talks about how to import your physical PC into the virtual world, and provides practical examples of how to keep your new Virtual Machine secure, backed up, and running smoothly. Going a bit deeper, he teaches you about snapshots explaining their great uses, and also using Linked Clones in VMware Fusion Professional.…

     

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    VMware vSphere Blog: VMware Virtual SAN Interoperability: OpenStack (http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/?p=11841)With the upcoming release of Virtual SAN, I want to take the opportunity to demonstrate some of the interoperability capabilities of Virtual SAN with other products and solutions. I will start the series by showcasing Virtual SAN’s interoperability with OpenStack. This demonstration is based on the vSphere OpenStack Virtual Appliance (VOVA) and Virtual SAN. This demonstration showcases the integration capabilities between a VMware Virtual SAN and the OpenStack framework by deploying a single instance of…

     

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    VMware Hands On Labs Blog: Synchronizing Cloud Catalogs (http://blogs.vmware.com/hol/?p=777)This post is part 2 in a series on the backend processes we use to manage the Hands-on Labs. The first part is available here . Before I get into the guts of handling export, replication and import, I think it is important to understand how to identify which templates we need to work with. Sure, starting from scratch is simple: you have a bunch of templates in cloud A that you need to replicate to cloud B. Typically, that is going to take quite a bit of time. The problems involved with initial transfer to…

     

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    VMware vCloud Blog: Containing the Tempests in Teapots (http://blogs.vmware.com/vcloud/?p=3220)This is a guest post from Lilac Schoenbeck , VP of Product Management & Marketing at vCloud Service Provider, iland . Disaster recovery invokes emotions – the sadness around Hurricane Katrina. The fear around Hurricane Sandy. Even just the extreme discomfort of the Northeast power outage in 2003 (which feels like yesterday – I carried water up 11 flights of stairs. ELEVEN).  But, as rational humans, we tell ourselves that disasters don’t happen every day and they won’t happen to us. It’s a…

     

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    VMware Support Insider: Top 20 Articles for February 2014 (http://blogs.vmware.com/kb/?p=6072)Here is our Top 20 KB list for February 2014. This list is ranked by the number of times a VMware Support Request was resolved by following the steps in a published Knowledge Base article. ESXi 5.x host experiences a purple diagnostic screen mentioning E1000PollRxRing and E1000DevRx (2059053) Installing async drivers on ESXi 5.0, 5.1, and 5.5 (2005205) Downloading and installing VMware Fusion (2014097) Determining Network/Storage firmware and driver version in ESXi/ESX 4.x and ESXi 5.x (1027206) …

     

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    VMware Support Insider: Top 20 ESXi 5.x issues (http://blogs.vmware.com/kb/?p=6057)Following on our earlier post about focusing our efforts on helping our vSphere 5.5 customers, we present to you a list of the current top 20 ESXi 5.x KB articles. ESXi 5.x host experiences a purple diagnostic screen mentioning E1000PollRxRing and E1000DevRx (2059053) Unable to delete the virtual machine snapshot due to locked files (2017072) Installing async drivers on ESXi 5.0, 5.1, and 5.5 (2005205) Collecting diagnostic information for VMware ESX/ESXi using the vSphere Client (653) Determining…

     

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    VMware End User Computing: Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Calling all VMware® Horzion™ Users!! (http://blogs.vmware.com/euc/?p=5240)Calling all VMware Horizon users who are involved in building or maintaining VDI or SBC environments  — you are invited to participate. Project Virtual Reality Check (VRC) is conducting their 2014 end user survey on the “ State of the VDI and SBC Union” .  Last year’s survey had over 1000 participants and we are hoping for more participation from the VMware end user base this year. We need your help! The 2014 VRC survey will only take 10 minutes of your time. The questions of the survey are…

     

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    VMware Accelerate: How to Keep an IT Professional Happy (http://blogs.vmware.com/accelerate/?p=1892)by Alex Salicrup It’s 6:00AM; my alarm clock just went off.  Another day started in a hotel bed hundreds of miles away from home and family. As a consultant, I do this half of the week most weeks, working with my customers. And, my team’s experience is very similar to mine. We meet this morning, all traveling from every corner of the U.S., to discuss several challenges that two of our clients are facing while making the cultural transition from traditional IT to service providers. Both clients are…

     

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    VMware vSphere Blog: Getting Started with the vSphere Distributed Switch (http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/?p=11827)When I joined the Technical Marketing team last September I was tasked with vCenter Availability and Scalability along with providing coverage for all things vCenter and SSO. Since that time I’ve branched out and am also covering Resource Management (more on this coming soon!) and also features in the Enterprise Plus SKU. I’m really excited about this as to this day one of my favorite and I feel underused features is the vSphere Distributed Switch, or VDS. To get started in the VDS series I wanted to…

     

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    VMware vCloud Blog: Next Stop: VMware (http://blogs.vmware.com/vcloud/?p=3215)Following the excitement of the general availability of VMware vCloud Hybrid Service  in the US and now Europe , VMware’s hybrid cloud strategy is being well received and adopted among our customers and partners. It’s important to have a “subject matter expert” lead our customers and partners through this transition to capitalize on the growing cloud trend, while supporting IT with the rigor and management it needs. We are pleased to officially announce that Simone Brunozzi, has joined VMware as…

     

VMware Education & Certification Blog: Partners: Save 35% on vCenter Operations Manager Training (http://blogs.vmware.com/education/?p=3855)Organizations today are trying to manage multiple virtual machines — anywhere from 50 to 10,000 — and are looking to expand virtualization and cloud adoption to make management easier. The  Management Solution Competency  for VMware Partners helps you take advantage of this to drive new management license and services revenue in your existing vSphere install base. To help your team gain this valuable competency, VMware Education Services is offering partners  35% off  the following courses from…

External Bloggers

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    Take a survey and get Infinio licenses for your lab (http://vsphere-land.com/?p=4533)Infinio just announced general availability of Infinio Accelerator v1.2 which features support for VMware vSphere 5.5. If you haven’t heard of Infinio you should definitely check them out, their Accelerator product is a pretty slick solution for NAS storage that can give you a big boost in performance by using local host RAM as a [...]

     

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    As he faced the sun he cast no shadow (http://www.yellow-bricks.com/?p=14466)Those who are wondering, the title is a quote from one of my favourite Oasis songs. This phrase to me talks about someone who goes through life unnoticed. This phrase is what I thought of when thinking about orphans and orphanages. I felt that the majority of them would go unnoticed, would have no opportunity, […] " As he faced the sun he cast no shadow " originally appeared on Yellow-Bricks.com . Follow me on twitter - @DuncanYB.

     

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    Startup News Flash part 14 (http://www.yellow-bricks.com/?p=14237)Part 13 of the Startup News Flash… Hopefully not an unlucky one for the startups featured. Just a short one considering I am in Vietnam and away ‘from work’ for the last 2 weeks. A3Cube is a startup which came out of stealth recently and announced as they call it a ‘brain inspired’ data plane […] " Startup News Flash part 14 " originally appeared on Yellow-Bricks.com . Follow me on twitter - @DuncanYB.

     

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    Almost wrapping up: Vietnam Trip (http://www.yellow-bricks.com/?p=14455)Where do I start, how do I begin… These past couple of days have been crazy. Crazy in terms of schedule, crazy in terms of hours, crazy in terms of intensity and emotion (did I really say that?). What an experience, and if you would ask me if I would recommend this to you: YES! […] " Almost wrapping up: Vietnam Trip " originally appeared on Yellow-Bricks.com . Follow me on twitter - @DuncanYB.

     

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    I’ll be at #VFD3 tomorrow with Coho Data (http://www.vreference.com/?p=2208)A quick note to let everyone know that I’ll be at Virtualization Tech Field Day ( #VFD3 )  tomorrow for the Coho Data session . Andy Warfield  will lead the charge and I’ll be there delivering a short session. I’m really looking forward to meeting all the delegates – Steven Foskett  and his staff [...]

     

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    Nutanix Shadow Clones Explained and Benchmarked (http://myvirtualcloud.net/?p=5979)One of the Nutanix features that drastically improve VDI performance and end-user experience is Shadow Clones. I briefly discussed Shadow Clones in the past. However, before explaining how Shadow Clones work let’s recap how VMware View Linked Clones work (the same is valid for XenDesktop MCS). To deploy linked clone desktops the administrator first creates … Continue reading »

     

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    VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) Launch and Configuration Maximums (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=34164)Yesterday there was an online live announcement of VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) launch. The official GA shall be out next week and there is very interesting information concerning scalability. During the beta we were told that VSAN will be limited to 8 nodes at first, then during VMware PEX last month VMware announced that VSAN […] Read the full post VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) Launch and Configuration Maximums at ESX Virtualization .   Featured : VMware vSphere Editions - Make your choice

     

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    vCenter Single Sign-on install and config video (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=34159)New video from VMware Tech Pubs website shows step-by-step how easy it’s to Install SSO which is part of the vSphere 5.5 and add identity sources. It’s possible to use the Simple installation option as well.  As you can add multiple identity sources, only one of them can be associated as the default identity source. […] Read the full post vCenter Single Sign-on install and config video at ESX Virtualization .   Featured : VMware vSphere Editions - Make your choice

     

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    VMware released Horizon Mirage 4.4 with Windows 8.x support and new Mirage Gateway (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=34151)VMware released Horizon Mirage 4.4 which supports management of endpoints running Windows 8.0 and Windows 8.1, in addition to existing OS starting with Windows XP. Additional new feature called Mirage Gateway allows secure centralized management of remote endpoints without the need of VPN. Additional enhancements integrates even more the Horizon Mirage product with Horizon View offering […] Read the full post VMware released Horizon Mirage 4.4 with Windows 8.x support and new Mirage Gateway at ESX…

     

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    Infinio Accelerator 1.2 now with vSphere 5.5 compatibility (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=34133)Infinio is a software company which provides an unique server side software acceleration solution for NAS which uses RAM to accelerate VMware vSphere workloads. They just released version 1.2 of their product – Infinio Accelerator. The latest 1.2 release of Infinio Accelerator is compatible with the latest version of vSphere 5.5. Infinio is fairly new […] Read the full post Infinio Accelerator 1.2 now with vSphere 5.5 compatibility at ESX Virtualization . Featured : VMware vSphere Editions - Make your…

     

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    VMware vCenter Operations Manager Essentials – New Book (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=34091)There is a new book in town! This book is about VMware vCenter Operations and is written by Lauren Malhoit and reviewed by some great IT guys like Chris Wahl, Michael Poore and Mike Preston. The book which was released with Packt Publishing, is available now through many of the Online stores as Paperback or […] Read the full post VMware vCenter Operations Manager Essentials – New Book at ESX Virtualization .   Featured : VMware vSphere Editions - Make your choice

     

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    vSphere Web Client Configuration Cheat Sheet (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=34082)There is new PDF from Global Knowledge called Configuration Cheat Sheet for the New vSphere Web Client. This Free E-book (Free registration required) does focus on most common configuration issues and tasks that vSphere admin daily does. Those tasks can be configuration of VMs, networking, storage, settings of resources, cluster settings, permissions and many others.  The vSphere Web […] Read the full post vSphere Web Client Configuration Cheat Sheet at ESX Virtualization . Featured : VMware vSphere…

     

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    Free Utility for View Deployments – Horizon View Configuration Tool (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=34064)This utility released by VMware Labs looks pretty awesome. It automates the deployment of VMware Horizon View installations. How it works? Simple. Its a virtual appliance bundled with all necessary VMware components that are necessary for the Horizon View setup. The only thing you need to provide is Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 ISO. The Horizon […] Read the full post Free Utility for View Deployments – Horizon View Configuration Tool at ESX Virtualization . Featured : VMware vSphere Editions - Make…

     

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    Top VMware Blog 2014 Voting Now Open (http://vmwaretips.com/wp/?p=2291)Ok, so not as critical as political voting but still just as exciting is the yearly vSphere-Land top blog voting that happens each year. Well, it’s that time of year again. The vLaunchPad Top 50 on vSphere-Land is up for grabs and I really hope that I get to stay in the running!  I know [...]

     

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    Help steer what we do with EMC World (http://vmwaretips.com/wp/?p=2289)Things are in full swing for EMC World 2014.  The venue is paid for, sessions are selected and content being tweaked, and tons of other fun/exciting things are being worked on.  Now this is where you come in. Chad Sakac recently blasted a post asking for your input on what we do with our Hands-On Lab experience [...]

     

KB Articles

Socialcast SaaS
Signing in to Socialcast fails with a Single Sign-On error: Missing or invalid signature (2063799)
Date Published: 2/26/2014

VMware ESXi
Virtual machines deployed from VMware vCloud Automation Center fail to power on or power on with CBT enabled SCSI disks set to read-only (2072416)
Date Published: 2/26/2014
VMware ESXi 5.1, Patch ESXi510-201402401-BG: Updates esx-base (2072653)
Date Published: 2/28/2014
VMware ESXi 5.1, Patch ESXi-5.1.0-20140204001-no-tools (2072655)
Date Published: 2/28/2014
Deploying PernixData FVP with ESXi 5.x (Partner Support) (2073257)
Date Published: 2/28/2014
Minimize, Maximize and Close buttons are missing in a guest operating system Windows 8.1 on VMware ESXi 5.1 (2070759)
Date Published: 2/24/2014
VMware ESXi 5.1, Patch Release ESXi510-201402001 (2072652)
Date Published: 2/28/2014
VMware ESXi-5.1, Patch ESXi-5.1.0-20140204001-standard (2072654)
Date Published: 2/28/2014
Hosts with virtual machines using the E1000/E1000E adapter have networking issues after upgrading to ESXi 5.1 U2 (2072694)
Date Published: 2/24/2014
EMC VMAX and DMX Symmetrix Storage Array recommendations for optimal performance on VMware ESXi/ESX (2072070)
Date Published: 2/24/2014

VMware Horizon View
Received a “Connection timed out” error when using Horizon View Client for Windows Store (2072919)
Date Published: 2/24/2014
Horizon View HTML Access does not play sound if the remote desktop is Windows 7 N without the media feature pack installed (2073254)
Date Published: 2/24/2014
Tips for improving Horizon View HTML Access performance if you use security servers and the Blast Secure Gateway (2073256)
Date Published: 2/24/2014

VMware Horizon Workspace
Uploading files to VMware Horizon Workspace fails with the error: Unknown Network error (2063261)
Date Published: 2/25/2014
VMware Horizon Workspace recovery guidelines and restore procedures (2071602)
Date Published: 2/26/2014

VMware Service Manager
Extension field in the VMware Service Manager Screen Set includes static text that cannot be removed (2061811)
Date Published: 2/26/2014
Accessing objects from the History tab in VMware Service Manager reports script errors (2072461)
Date Published: 2/26/2014
MMA URL is not working for VMware Service Manager with Protect Mode enabled in Internet Explorer (2070247)
Date Published: 2/26/2014
Deleted contracts appear on the Contracts tab on the Configuration Item Details screen in VMware Service Manager (2073070)
Date Published: 2/25/2014

VMware ThinApp
Guidelines on virtualizing applications with ThinApp (2070839)
Date Published: 2/24/2014

VMware vCenter Configuration Manager
Importing the Compliance Content in vCenter Configuration Manager (2073406)
Date Published: 2/27/2014

VMware vCenter Operations Manager (Standalone)
Configuring more than one vCenter Server URL in VMware vFabric Hyperic Server fails (2059527)
Date Published: 2/24/2014

VMware vCenter Server
Opening a console to a virtual machine fails with the error: Unable to connect to the MKS: Error connecting to /bin/vmx process. (2065135)
Date Published: 2/24/2014

VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager
Customizing VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager with IPv6 fails to remove the existing IPv6 configuration on Windows Guest operating system (2071242)
Date Published: 2/28/2014

VMware vCloud Automation Center
Importing virtual machines into vCloud Automation Center fails and the virtual machines are deleted (2066200)
Date Published: 2/28/2014
Adding a vCloud Orchestrator workflow to a vCloud Automation Center workflow fails with the error: Could not reach vCenter Orchestrator endpoint (2072212)
Date Published: 2/24/2014
Unable to log in to VMware vCloud Automation Center when the UPN domain does not match the Active Directory domain (2072213)
Date Published: 2/28/2014

VMware vCloud Connector
Cannot access the transfer directory after upgrading to vCloud Connector 2.6 (2073208)
Date Published: 2/25/2014

VMware vCloud Director
Uploading media or vApp in vCloud Director 5.5 fails with error: Target SSL fingerprint mismatch detected (2071533)
Date Published: 2/25/2014

VMware vCloud Networking and Security
vShield Manager user interface becomes unavailable after upgrading to 5.1.3 when Cisco Nexus 1000V is present (2073502)
Date Published: 2/28/2014

VMware View Manager
VMware Horizon View Administrator reports the status of the ThinApp package as Pending Uninstall (2065517)
Date Published: 2/24/2014

VMware vSphere Replication
VMware vSphere Replication 5.1 recovery fails with the error: The object has already been deleted or has not been completely created (2043702)
Date Published: 2/26/2014

VMware vSphere Storage Appliance
FAQ for VMware vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA) 5.5 (2072638)
Date Published: 2/24/2014

 

 

 

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