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Hi everyone, I hope you are all well and enjoying all the excellent VMware news of the week. I have spent much of this week working with my customers on their upgrades and have also spent some time on vCenter Operations Manager and working on custom dashboards for specific applications. I am very interested in operations management as many of you will know as I have had a long history with operational management solutions.

 

I am starting to look at vCAC and ITBM Standard a bit more. It is definitely a new area for me. I am very interested in bringing cost and saving visibility to the management of an organisation and I think that ITBM is perfectly positioned to do this. In addition to this vCAC provides the brokering services to what will become the next generation of services for the data centre from their own internal private cloud through to a multitude of external public cloud offerings of various forms, one of which may be the vCHS.

 

I will keep you updated with my progress in this exciting area.

 

Virtually Yours

Neil Isserow

Senior Technical Account Manager

VMware Australia

 

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VMware Bloggers

 

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    VMware Accelerate: Big Data: Big Opportunity or Big Challenge? (http://blogs.vmware.com/accelerate/?p=1946)By Barton Kaplan We are undoubtedly living in the era of big data. For any doubters, McKinsey estimates that the amount of new data that enterprises around the world stored on disk drives in 2010 equaled 7 exabytes, growing at a compound annual rate of 40 percent. [1] The opportunities for enterprises to leverage this data abound, at least in theory. In the retail sector alone, McKinsey estimates that big data could raise operating margins by a whopping 60 percent. [2] And in US healthcare, the potential…

     

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    VMware Cloud Ops Blog: Forensic IT: Discover Issues Before Your End Users Do (http://blogs.vmware.com/cloudops/?p=852)by Paul Chapman, VMware Vice President Global Infrastructure and Cloud Operations If you’ve ever watched five-year-olds playing a soccer game, there is very little strategy: all the kids swarm the field and chase the ball trying to score a goal. Most IT departments take a similar sort of “swarming” approach to service incidents and problems when they occur. For most of my career, IT has been a reactive business: we waited until there was a problem and then scrambled very well to solve it. We were…

     

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    VMware Support Insider: Scheduled Maintenance April 11 (http://blogs.vmware.com/kb/?p=6124)VMware will be performing a system upgrade to several VMware Support Web applications on Friday, April 11th, 2014 from 7:00PM to 7:45PM Pacific Time. If you need to file a high severity support request while the upgrade is in progress, please call VMware Technical Support for assistance. Because of this maintenance window, you may experience longer than normal wait times on the phone. We encourage you to submit your lower severity support issues via the online case logging option once the website becomes…

     

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    VMware Consulting Blog: Create a vCOps One-Click Cluster Capacity Dashboard Part 2 (http://blogs.vmware.com/consulting/?p=1371)By Sunny Dua, Senior Technology Consultant at VMware As I promised in my last post,  Create a One-Click Cluster Capacity Dashboard Using vCOps , I am going to share the recipe for preparing dashboards similar to the “One-Click Cluster Capacity Dashboard,” which received a lot of appreciation from the Twitterati. A number of people  deployed the dashboard and within minutes they could showcase the capacity of their vSphere Clusters. Now I want to take this one level deeper and tell you how you can…

     

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    Office of the CTO Blogs: What hybrid Cloud really means – thoughts from Interop Las Vegas (http://cto.vmware.com/?p=2659)I used to be an avid blogger, and it’s time for me to start writing again, and often. I’ve recently attended Interop Las Vegas, where on April 2nd I spoke about “What Hybrid cloud really means”. After being on stage almost 600 times in six years for another, successful cloud provider, as a Technology and Cloud Evangelist, this was my first true speaking opportunity at VMware and I’ve been waiting for this for weeks. When you close a great adventure and start a new one, your first attempt at…

     

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    VMware vCloud Blog: vCloud Hybrid Service Customers Share Success Stories (http://blogs.vmware.com/vcloud/?p=3341)Many VMware customers are leveraging vCloud Hybrid Service to take their business to the next level. Here are a few of the benefits VMware customers are achieving with vCloud Hybrid Service : Nexon America, a leading free-to-play video game publisher, leveraged vCloud Hybrid Service to expand the capabilities they had already implemented in their private cloud. This expansion was made even easier thanks to the internal team’s existing familiarity with VMware-based environments. Columbia Sportswear…

     

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    by Rich Bourdeau In prior blog posts we discussed the challenges of building your own “as a service” cloud framework, getting stuck with a prescriptive inflexible solution , and the opposite end of the spectrum, a solution that is so flexible that you basically have to assemble it yourself .   After six plus years in the cloud automation business I can safely assert that unless you have very simple needs, you will not likely find a cloud automation solution that matches 100% of your needs.  The reason…

     

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    VMTN Blog: vExpert 2014 Q2 applications are open (http://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/?p=8374)Applications will be accepted up until June 8th at midnight PST. Applications received after the June 8th deadline will roll into the Q3 nomination & voting process.  Each year, we bring together in the vExpert Program the people who have made some of the most important contributions to the VMware community. These are the bloggers, book authors, VMUG leaders, speakers, tool builders, community leaders and general enthusiasts. They work as IT admins and architects for VMware customers, they act as…

     

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    VMware Education & Certification Blog: Now Available VMware vSphere: Fast Track [V5.5] TrainingVMware vSphere: Fast Track [V5.5]   combines the content of the Install, Configure, Manage course with advanced tasks and skills for configuring a highly available and scalable virtual infrastructure.  It is a 5-day, intensive, extended-hour training course for those willing to work hard to achieve superior vSphere skills with minimal time away from the office.   Choose from Classroom or Live Online – where you can attend remotely from anywhere!

     

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    VMTN Blog: vExpert 2014 AnnouncementFirst we would like to say thank you to everyone who applied and yes it’s April 1st and this is the official list! I’m pleased to announce the list 2014 vExperts. We have 754 vExperts this year, which is impressive! Each of these vExperts have demonstrated significant contributions to the community and a willingness to share their expertise with others. We were amazed to see so many applications for this years program. I want to personally thank everyone who applied and point out that a “vExpert”…

     

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    VMware vSphere Blog: What happened to that Hardening Guide setting? (https://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/?p=12286)Hi! As usual, most of my blog posts come from customer or field questions. Here’s a new one crossed my path recently. A customer, running vSphere 5.1, was finding some anomalies within their VM’s. Their belief was that some of the vSphere Hardening Guide settings were causing it. When this was assigned to me, I noticed that they were referencing the vSphere 4.1 hardening guide! The customer was applying guidelines from the 4.1 guide against a 5.1 system. They believed that the guideline was still…

     

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    VMware End User Computing: Taking the Migraines Out of Migration (http://blogs.vmware.com/euc/?p=5428)With Microsoft support for Windows XP ending on April 8, many legacy users are dreading the change. Thinking about the days needed to move applications, the risks of human error, and fears about data being lost are enough to keep IT managers up at night — and to delay migrations as long as possible. VMware and Dell Software are working together to take the pain out of the migration process. Now you can use VMware Horizon Mirage and Dell™ ChangeBASE in an automated approach to simplify the process and…

     

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    In Q4, 2013, Pivotal CF 1.0 was made available to customers and the vSphere team announced that VMware will begin resell of Pivotal CF . Pivotal CF is the commercially supported hybrid Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) based on the Cloud Foundry platform and optimized to run on VMware vSphere. It provides a turnkey PaaS experience for development teams to rapidly develop, update and grow applications dynamically on a private cloud allowing enterprises to operate at Internet scale for continuous delivery. I am…

     

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    VMware vCloud Blog: Why Your Organization Needs a Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery Plan (http://blogs.vmware.com/vcloud/?p=3312)Businesses know they need to back up their data, their workloads and their applications in the event that disaster strikes. Downtime of business-critical applications or data loss could cause a major disruption for organizations caught without a comprehensive disaster recovery (DR) plan in place. In fact, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration, approximately 25% of businesses that are affected by a disaster fail to reopen . Organizations don’t need to wait for a disaster to strike to start…

     

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    Office of the CTO Blogs: A Closer Look at AirWatch (http://cto.vmware.com/?p=2641)VMware completed its acquisition of AirWatch  last month.  Since then, both teams have been eager to learn more about the other’s products and technology.  To that end, today, Blake Brannon, Director of Sales Engineering at AirWatch, and I will be explaining our rationale for acquiring AirWatch as well as giving a technical overview of the AirWatch product and technology to the VMware R&D community.  While some of what we discuss will be for internal ears only, I thought it’d be useful to share…

     

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    VMware Support Insider: Adding and removing users in My VMware (http://blogs.vmware.com/kb/?p=6120)Today we have a new  My VMware video which discusses and demonstrates  Adding and removing users in My VMware . In this tutorial you’ll learn: How to share folders with existing account users How to invite new users to folders and Subscription Services, and accounts Remove users from folders, Subscription Services, and accounts If you see users missing from your account or there are users you do not recognize, it is likely because My VMware provides a comprehensive view of your organization’s…

     

External Bloggers

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    ESXi DCUI Shutdown vs vCenter Shutdown of a host (http://www.yellow-bricks.com/?p=14752)Today on the community forums someone mentioned he had shutdown his host and that he expected vSphere HA to restart his virtual machines. For whatever reason he got in a situation where all of his VMs were still running but he couldn’t do much anymore with them and as such he wanted to kill the […] " ESXi DCUI Shutdown vs vCenter Shutdown of a host " originally appeared on Yellow-Bricks.com . Follow me on twitter - @DuncanYB.

     

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    Startup News Flash part 16 (http://www.yellow-bricks.com/?p=14734)Number 16 of the Startup News Flash, here we go: Nakivo just announced the beta program for 4.0 of their backup/replication solution. It adds some new features like: recovery of Exchange objects directly from compressed and deduplicated VM backups, Exchange logs truncation, and automated backup verification. If you are interested in testing it, make sure […] " Startup News Flash part 16 " originally appeared on Yellow-Bricks.com . Follow me on twitter - @DuncanYB.

     

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    VSAN – Misconfiguration Detected (http://www.yellow-bricks.com/?p=14713)Although Cormac Hogan already wrote about this I figured I would repeat some of his work. It seems like various folks are hitting this issue where an error is thrown while configuring VSAN: Misconfiguration Detected. The misconfiguration in this case refers to how the physical network has been configured. In order for VSAN to be […] " VSAN – Misconfiguration Detected " originally appeared on Yellow-Bricks.com . Follow me on twitter - @DuncanYB.

     

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    PowerShell User Group–San Francisco–1st April 2014 (http://www.virtu-al.net/?p=3130)Are you interested in PowerShell? Are you in the San Francisco area on 1st April 2014? If the answer to both of these questions is “Hell yeah” then make your way to the “Northern... PowerShell User Group–San Francisco–1st April 2014 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 vExpert 2014 ! (http://www.vmguru.nl/wordpress/?p=12259)VMGuru is very proud to announce that for the sixth year in a row, we can proudly put the VMware vExpert logo on our site. Alex, Edwin and myself have been awarded the vExpert award 2014 for our contributions to the VMware virtualization community. This is an acknowledgement of our work and we will continue to share our knowledge and expertise with others. The vExpert program is a way for VMware to acknowledge and help those who ‘go the extra mile’ and give back to the VMware user community by sharing…

     

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    Living The American Dream (http://www.simonlong.co.uk/blog/?p=5048)I’ve always wanted to try living somewhere else in the world, to get some more life experience. However up until now I’ve not been in the position to be able to do this. But as one chapter in my life closes another chapter begins. Today I am please to announce that I have accepted a […] " Living The American Dream " originally appeared on The SLOG . - Follow Simon Long on Twitter: @SimonLong_ No related posts.

     

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    Join Nutanix and Me for Citrix Synergy 2014 (http://myvirtualcloud.net/?p=6131)Wow! How exciting….  for the first time ever I am attending a Citrix Synergy Conference and I also have been given the opportunity to present a Thought Leadership session during the conference. Citrix was one of the End-User Computing pioneers and makes me very grateful to be presenting with such amazing group of individuals. I would … Continue reading »

     

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    Shadowing RDS connections in Windows 2012 R2 (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=34465)Some sources reported that Microsoft has removed the possibility to shadow RDS connections in Windows 2012, but then put it back in the Windows 2012 R2 release. I quickly checked in my lab on two VMs, but saw that both versions of Windows Server 2012 allows that. I thought that it might interest someone, that’s […] Read the full post Shadowing RDS connections in Windows 2012 R2 at ESX Virtualization .   Featured : VMware vSphere Editions - Make your choice

     

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    Clean Installation and Configuration of vCenter Server Appliance 5.5 U1 (VCSA) (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=34455)In this video you’ll see the detailed process of installation and configuration of vCenter Server 5.5 U1 appliance. The installation and configuration takes minutes. I cut perhaps 2-3 min when I recorded the video, not more. It gives you the rough idea of the process and implication. The install process got really simple and the […] Read the full post Clean Installation and Configuration of vCenter Server Appliance 5.5 U1 (VCSA) at ESX Virtualization .   Featured : VMware vSphere Editions - Make your…

     

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    vExpert 2014 announced – check it out! (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=34449)This year’s vExperts 2014 were announced! Check it out. I’ve been honored again as a vExpert this year. Great thanks to VMware and vExpert team behind the program. It’s Correy Romero who announced the news on the VMTN blog. This year over 700 vExperts (exactly 754 vExperts this year) were named. Here is the full list of […] Read the full post vExpert 2014 announced – check it out! at ESX Virtualization .   Featured : VMware vSphere Editions - Make your choice

     

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    Double Commander – Free File manager Windows, Linux, MacOS (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=34440)I stumbled through this file manager called Double Commander. It’s not the first one I was testing in the past. If you remember, last year I have actually published an article which showed another free file manager based on tabbed approach. Today I’ll show you another free utility, a file manager which might be useful […] Read the full post Double Commander – Free File manager Windows, Linux, MacOS at ESX Virtualization .   Featured : VMware vSphere Editions - Make your choice

     

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    Elevated Command Prompt in Windows 8.x (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=34431)One of the annoyances of W8.x OS (there are others too) is the fact that pressing WIN (Windows) + R and then typing cmd gives you command prompt window, but without elevated privileges. This is quite annoying because even with being member of the local administrator group you get restricted on that – you need Elevated Command […] Read the full post Elevated Command Prompt in Windows 8.x at ESX Virtualization .   Featured : VMware vSphere Editions - Make your choice

     

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    vSphere Homelabs in 2014 – scale up or scale out? (http://www.vladan.fr/?p=34413)Quite a few cool posts on home labs lately triggers this post concerning vSphere Homelabs in 2014 - designs and evolution. There was the first one I spotted on Erik Bussink’s blog yesterday which talks about Shift in homelab designs. Erik is right when saying that the requirements for homelab are exploding.  And now he just […] Read the full post vSphere Homelabs in 2014 – scale up or scale out? at ESX Virtualization .   Featured : VMware vSphere Editions - Make your choice

     

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    vExpert 2014 (http://professionalvmware.com/?p=4318)It’s been a very rewarding week for the vBrownBag team. I’m happy to announce that it appears that the entire vBrownBag team has received the vExpert award for 2014. I have also noted that a high percentage of people who present and participate with the podcast have also been selected. Well done everyone! This recognition […]

     

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    New vBrownBag Program (http://professionalvmware.com/?p=4309)The vBrownBag crew enjoys what we do and the impact you tell us we have on your professional development. As such, we’re continuously looking for new ways to serve the community. Today we’re excited to announce a new program and podcast as part of the vBrownBag lineup, vBrownBag Jr. This new program, a natural offspring […]

     

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    Thank You! (http://professionalvmware.com/?p=4307)Dear Virtualization Community, It is my profound pleasure to write this letter to you as tremendous thank you for your continued support. This week Eric Siebert of vSphere-Land.com revealed the results of his annual Top Blog vote. A subcategory of this vote is the top virtualization podcast. The vBrownBag crew, myself included, are extremely humbled […]

     

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    The New Kingmakers (http://www.kendrickcoleman.com/index.php/Tech-Blog/the-new-kingmakers.html)2 weeks ago, Brian Gracely ( @bgracely ) shared some information with me talking about the changing landscape of DevOps and it hit spot on. Brian showed a picture of a book titled The New Kingmakers , How Developers Conquered The World. I had never heard of it before so I wanted to explore, and to not spoil it completely, it did not disappoint. The book is pretty short at 57 total pages and has a whopping cost of only $3 on Amazon . There's no reason why anyone can't read this book because I was…

     

 

KB Articles

Virtual Disk Development Kit
Opening disk on second scsi controller using VixDiskLib_Open fails with error: You do not have access rights to this file (2075069)
Date Published: 3/28/2014

VMware ESX
Passthrough configuration on IBM x3550 M3 / x3650 M3 fails with the error: Host does not support passthrough configuration (2074817)
Date Published: 3/24/2014

VMware ESXi
ESXi 5.1 VMkernel log file reports: ACPI Warning (tbfadt-0326): FADT (revision 5) is longer than ACPI 2.0 version, truncating length 0x10c to 0xf4TSC (2069840)
Date Published: 3/28/2014
ESXi 5.1 VMkernel log file reports: WARNING: VFAT: 4346: Failed to flush file times: Stale file handle (2075503)
Date Published: 3/28/2014
VMware Tools cannot be installed on RHEL 7 due to missing ifconfig (2075519)
Date Published: 3/28/2014
VMware Tools installation fails to start on Solaris 11 (2069213)
Date Published: 3/24/2014
Installing the deployPkg plug-in (2075048)
Date Published: 3/26/2014
Manually restarting Active Directory related services on ESXi 5.5 displays the message: /var/lock/subsys: No such file or directory (2075398)
Date Published: 3/27/2014

VMware Horizon View
Configuring virtual digest disk task in runs when CBRC is disabled in VMware vCenter Server 5.1 (2068724)
Date Published: 3/26/2014

VMware Horizon Workspace
User details do not sync to VMware Horizon Workspace 1.5 database after a username is changed in Active Directory (AD) (2068996)
Date Published: 3/24/2014
Browser fails to connect after being redirected to a Kerberos Connector in Horizon Workspace (2070448)
Date Published: 3/24/2014

VMware vCenter Log Insight
Troubleshooting failure of asynchronous operations in Log Insight (2065512)
Date Published: 3/27/2014
Configuring ESXi hosts to send logs to Log Insight 1.x fails with “exit code 1″ (2075413)
Date Published: 3/27/2014
Import of Log Insight 1.5 content packs to Log Insight 1.0 skips alerts. (2073997)
Date Published: 3/26/2014

VMware vCenter Orchestrator Appliance
VMware vCenter Orchestrator fails to connect when it is restarted (2073036)
Date Published: 3/24/2014

VMware vCenter Server
Preserving the Storage Policies during a backup and restore of the vCenter Inventory Service database (2072307)
Date Published: 3/27/2014
VMware vSphere Profile-Driven Storage service fails to start after rebooting vCenter Server (2074505)
Date Published: 3/26/2014
After upgrading to vCenter Server 5.5 Update 1, logging in to vCenter Server reports the error: Failed to verify the SSL certificate for one or more vCenter Server systems (2074942)
Date Published: 3/24/2014

VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager
Windows 2008 R2 Logon time increases or hangs at Welcome Screen after configuring Guest Virtual machines for backups (2051271)
Date Published: 3/28/2014

VMware vCloud Automation Center
The purpose of the Generic virtual blueprint in VMware vCloud Automation Center 5.2 (2056474)
Date Published: 3/26/2014

 

 

 

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