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VMware Newsletter 6.33

Posted by nisserow Aug 25, 2014

From the editors virtual desk

Hi everyone, I am just back from a trip to Sydney which was very enjoyable but because of this I have fallen behind on some of my additional learning which I hope to catch up on next week.

My customers are almost all finished with their vSphere 5.5 upgrades and many are now turning their attention to other more advanced and potentially valuable projects now that this is complete. One of these that is gaining momentum amongst my customers is preparing for a Hybrid Cloud by ensuring that their internal private cloud which is almost 100% virtualised is being operated in a similar way. What I am seeing now is many customers really asking the important questions not around moving to the public cloud but rather how do they operate their own internal environment more like a private cloud but with the benefits they have enjoyed in their own environment.

I think this is a very exciting time as many of our customers start to shift their highly virtualised environments to a more cloud like structure and I would say that many will then start to investigate the Hybrid Cloud offering from VMware as the next step to extend their current environment for suitable workloads.

This brings me on to my final topic of VMworld which starts this week in San Francisco. Its going to be awesome with literally tens of thousands of VMware faithful descending on the beautiful city of San Francisco for the premier event of the year. There have been so many pre-announcements and one of them which I beieve is gaining much traction is vCloud Air. VMware is committed to the cloud more than anyone else with our rich history in helping organisations with their internal private cloud and now extending that to the Hybrid Cloud to bring even more solution capacity. Get familiar with this and the additional benefits at http://vcloud.vmware.com/.

If you are in San Francisco for VMworld have an amazing time and have a vBeer on me

Virtually Yours

Neil Isserow

Senior Technical Account Manager

VMware Australia

nisserow @ vmware . com

VMworld Blog (http://www.vmworld.com/blogs/vmworld/)

Solutions Exchange - the Whole SHEBANG!

There are two parts to the Solutions Exchange: the countless number of solutions (try to count – we dare you!) and the exchange of ideas, information, and some great swag. The expo hall  truly illustrates VMware’s story. We are excited to highlight about 250 companies who are part of our very important Partner ecosystem. Malery Lassen, Sponsorship Manager, says “we’re an industry event and we’re happy to let our customers interface with companies who hold different philosophies… seems fitting that 2 out of the 3 major networking events at VMworld happen inside the Solutions Exchange!”

Hang Space Social Media & Community

The VMworld Hang Space is a huge open-space room next to the General Session auditorium in lower Moscone North (just below the escalators).  Whether new to VMworld, or experienced alumni, plan to spend time here networking with bloggers, subject experts, co-workers and VMworld attendees. It's the perfect place to meet-up, get organized, catch up on news & email, write blogs, browse social media streams, charge devices, or just relax.

VMworld 2014 Hands-on Labs – What to Expect

Hello Friends,

We are very excited about another great Hands-on Labs at VMworld and happy to give you an inside peek at what is coming.
Why attend Hands-on Labs during VMworld ?
#1. Be the first to take the latest Hands-on Labs.  Our labs are released every year at VMworld US. The labs feature the latest products, features and solutions from VMware and partners.
#2. Interact with over 225 VMware product experts under one roof. Our experts are ready to provide guidance, share best practices when using our products.  This is probably the only place in the universe where you can get access to this many product experts under one roof.
#3. Interact with your peers, and colleagues. This year we are featuring “Focus Areas” where like-minded individuals can take the same lab and share their experiences in a very casual and interactive manner.

 

Local Training Classes (Brisbane)

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VMware vCloud Automation Center: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.0] 15-19 Sept

 

VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.5] 22 - 26 Sept

 

VMware vSphere: Troubleshooting Workshop [V5.5] 29 - 03 Oct

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VMware Newsletter 6.32

Posted by nisserow Aug 22, 2014

From the editors virtual desk

Hi everyone, well I had a really great week even though it was slightly interrupted by a local public holiday on Wednesday which I had completely forgotten about. It was a bit of a surprise as I had been booking meetings and wondering why I wasn't getting any accepts.

 

I had a really good conversation and organised a technical session for one of my customers on vSphere Networking, specifically geared towards the latest features and functionality of the Distributed Switch as well as our NSX network virtualisation solution. I found the session really informative and a good reminder of how the basics need to always be revisited to ensure we are getting optimal use of our solutions.

 

I have continued to discuss this on my LinkedIn blog at http://tinyurl.com/pjduwtm.

 

VMworld is just 1 week away and it is getting really exciting. I know a number of colleagues and customers who will be traveling over for the event and I must admit I would love to be going this year with all of the awesome announcements that will be made. It is such an awesome conference and if you are going then you will be in for such a treat.

 

I hope you have a great week and look forward to chatting to you all again next week. Please feel free to get in touch with me anytime.

 

Virtually Yours

Neil Isserow

Senior Technical Account Manager

VMware Australia

nisserow @ vmware . com

 

VMworld News

Women of Purpose at VMworld - http://www.vmworld.com/blogs/vmworld/2014/08/15/women-of-purpose-at-vmworld

Women of Purpose is a community that promotes, elevates and connects women within VMware, customers, partners and employees. We were founded in 2010 and are thrilled to host our 5th annual Women of Purpose at VMworld 2014.

 

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VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.5] Various

VMware vCloud Automation Center: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.0] 15-19 Sept

VMware vSphere: Troubleshooting Workshop [V5.5] 29-03 Oct

 

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VMware Newsletter 6.31

Posted by nisserow Aug 15, 2014

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From the editors virtual desk

Hi everyone, well I had a very interesting discussion this week. It was one that I haven;t had in depth for a while and with my VCP5 and VCAP5 completed quite a few years ago it turned out that I needed to ensure I was totally up to speed with things before I could provide the ideal solution. The discussion was around networking and more specifically a customer with a large environment who needs to re architect their networking on vSphere with an upcoming upgrade to 5.5. The discussion was of a very technical nature and I really enjoyed having it but I must admit that I did ensure that while we were discussing I had the latest most relevant documents to hand.

 

It is really great sometimes to just get back to basics and have a good deep technical chat about the fundamentals of a system. It made me draw on some skills that I have not used in quite some time and I really enjoyed the discussion and I hope I can do more of them in the future.

 

This week I am focusing on the future and hope to start delivering a number of Roadmap and VMware strategic presentations to my customers to help us align their business objectives and VMware's upcoming solutions and technology releases. This is something that is a critical part of the Technical Account Manager program and something my customers find very valuable in helping them plan for future services.

 

We are just a few weeks from VMworld. As usual I have included some of the more important BLOG posts for you right up front. If you are heading to San Francisco for VMworld drop me an email.

 

Have a fantastic week and I look forward to speaking to you again next week and bring you more VMware news.

 

Virtually Yours

Neil Isserow

Senior Technical Account Manager

VMware Australia

nisserow @ vmware . com

 

VMworld

- VMworld Sessions Online

- Hands-on Labs – What To Expect at VMworld 2014 US

 

Local Events (BRISBANE)

- VMUG

 

Local Training Classes

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VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.5] 25-29 Aug

VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.5] 22-26 Sep

 

 

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    Don’t Miss Out: Ops Transformation is Big at VMworld (http://blogs.vmware.com/cloudops/?p=1074)Have you built your schedule for VMworld yet? Don’t forget to add sessions from the Operations Transformation track, with options that include: Moody’s IT Transformation Learn how credit rating giant Moody’s is transforming its IT department into a service brokerage, starting with implementing VMware vCloud Automation Center. SVP of Infrastructure Services Rajiv Doshi presents with […]

     

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    Question of the Week (ESXi) (http://blogs.vmware.com/education/?p=4467)This week’s question comes from the VCP5- Data Center Virtualization practice exam.   A) HTTP B) SNMP C) HTTPS D) NTP Click through to the comments for the answer and learn more here. Follow @VMwareEducation on Instagram to see more #TechTrivia every Friday and visual updates from the VMware Education and Certification community.  

     

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    New VCAP5-DCD Exam Available on vSphere 5.5 (http://blogs.vmware.com/education/?p=4101)We have released a new exam to qualify candidates for the VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5 – Data Center Design (VCAP5-DCD) Certification. This new exam (exam code VDCD550) is based on vSphere v5.5, where the existing exam (exam code VDCD510) is based on vSphere 5.0/5.1. Passing either of these exams will earn VCAP 5-DCD certification if you have […]

     

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    VMware Virtual SAN with Cisco UCS Reference Architecture (http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/?p=13413)

     

    co-author Bhumik Patel,  VMware Partner Architect  As customers look to implement Virtual SAN in their environments, it is critical that the underlying platform has the matching attributes of rapid provisioning, unified management, linear scalability and operational simplicity to be able to fully leverage the capabilities of a scale-out, hypervisor-converged Virtual SAN solution. With Cisco UCS […]

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    Discover VMware Virtual SAN at VMworld! (http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/?p=13392)We invite you to learn more about VMware Virtual SAN — our software-defined storage solution designed for vSphere environments — at VMworld 2014. The sessions, like the rest of VMworld, will take place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California. Depending on your needs, there will be several important VMware Virtual SAN sessions you’ll […]

     

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    Performance Advantages of vCloud Hybrid Service (http://cto.vmware.com/?p=2814)Today, Principled Technologies published performance benchmarks that show how vCloud Hybrid Service outperforms competing public clouds. These strong results highlight key architectural decisions that our team made when we designed vCloud Hybrid Service. Many customers struggle with the topic of performance when transitioning to the cloud, particularly in a hybrid cloud scenario, where IT teams are personally involved in making the hardware decisions and building their private clouds. They are used to…

     


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    Great read: Virtualizing SQL Server with VMware: doing IT right (http://www.yellow-bricks.com/?p=15210)A couple of months back I received an email from Jeff Szastak. He asked me if I wanted to write a foreword for the book he was authoring with Michael Corey an Michael Webster. When he mentioned the book was on the topic of virtualizing SQL Server I knew it would be an instant classic, and I did […] " Great read: Virtualizing SQL Server with VMware: doing IT right " originally appeared on Yellow-Bricks.com . Follow me on twitter - @DuncanYB. Pre-order my upcoming book Essential Virtual SAN…

     

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    Technology Short Take #43 (http://blog.scottlowe.org/?p=3484)It's time for another instance of Technology Short Takes, my irregularly-published series of articles and links about various data center technologies. This article was originally posted on blog.scottlowe.org . Visit the site for more information on virtualization, servers, storage, and other enterprise technologies. Technology Short Take #43

     

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    Sessions at the Fall OpenStack Summit (http://blog.scottlowe.org/?p=3489)

     

    Here's a list of sessions at the fall OpenStack Summit that I'd like you to consider supporting. This article was originally posted on blog.scottlowe.org . Visit the site for more information on virtualization, servers, storage, and other enterprise technologies. Sessions at the Fall OpenStack Summit

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    Login VSI 4.1 Released (http://www.penguinpunk.net/blog/?p=2112)

     

    Disclaimer: I received a free Login VSI 12-month license this year as part of my membership of the vExpert programme. There is no requirement for me to blog about their products and I am not compensated in any way for this post.  This disclaimer is also probably longer than I’d intended the original post to be, but […]

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    VMware Fling – ViewDbChk tool (http://www.vmguru.nl/?p=12545)VMware released a new VMware Fling, the ViewDbChk tool. The ViewDbChk tool allows administrators to scan for, and fix provisioning errors that can not be addressed using View Administrator. Provisioning errors occur when there are inconsistencies between the LDAP, vCenter and View Composer databases. These can be caused by: direct editing of the vCenter inventory, restoring a backup, or a long term network problem. This tool allows VMware View administrators to scan for machines which can not be provisioned…

     

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    Login VSI 4.1 is out with new workloads and more (http://www.vmguru.nl/?p=12475)Today Login VSI, Inc. announced a new version of Login VSI: Login VSI, Inc. announces Login VSI 4.1, a substantial update to its flagship product. Login VSI is the industry-standard performance validation solution for centralized virtualized desktop and server-based environments. The new release, which has been tested in limited private beta since May 2014, benefits two main audiences: Enterprises and vendors. Enterprises use Login VSI to optimize the performance of their virtualized environments. Vendors…

     

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    VMware Fling – VMware OS Optimization Tool (http://www.vmguru.nl/?p=12429)

     

    The VMware OS Optimization Tool helps optimize Windows 7/8/2008/2012 systems for use with VMware Horizon View. The optimization tool includes customizable templates to enable or disable Windows system services and features, per VMware recommendations and best practices, across multiple systems. Since most Windows system services are enabled by default, the optimization tool can be used to easily disable unnecessary services and features to improve performance. Local Analyze/Optimize; Remote…

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    The new Nutanix Script Repository (http://myvirtualcloud.net/?p=6517)

     

    The new Nutanix Script Repository is dedicated to the system administrator scripters of the world whom use automation to reduce time spent performing mundane tasks. Overtime you will find resources written in PowerShell, Java, Python and other script languages. You can simply download the scripts or interact with them using Git. Git is an open-source … Continue reading »

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    Long Haul VMUG (http://professionalvmware.com/?p=4715)It is my turn to make some VMUG pilgrimages. In September I am going to be at the Chicago VMUG summit making vBrownBag video awesome. Since it is such a long way to go I thought I’d make the most of it and also visit the SoCal VMUG Summit on my way home. Later I […]

     

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    VMworld USA Final Sponsors, SimpliVity (http://professionalvmware.com/?p=4688)I’m delighted to announce SimpliVity as our sixth and final sponsor for VMworld USA 2014. SimpliVity are a hyperconverged VM infrastructure company. Their OmniCube platform uses a hardware engine for storage deduplication and compression, which also enables replication for disaster recovery. The TechTalk schedule is pretty full, but if you’d like to present, propose yours […]

     

 

 

 

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VMware Newsletter 6.30

Posted by nisserow Aug 11, 2014

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From the editors virtual desk

Hi Everyone, I have had a great and very productive week with many discussions with customers on their plans for managing the costs of their virtual environment. This is a hot topic and one that I believe VMware is well positioned to address. As we have spent the past 10+ years working with our customers in their datacenters and helping them virtualise, save money and become more agile we have also been hard at work on the financial side of things. This has become even more important of late with many customers under pressure to provide not only operational requirements for their cloud deployments but also financial cost and justification. The Hybrid Cloud and VMware's VCHS solution provides even more tangible reasons to extend the datacenter to the cloud but again costing is imperative.

 

I have written a number of blog posts on this subject and it is one that I am very interested in pursuing further. Feel free to take a read of the latest blog posting I have done at: https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140727100816-4007630-revisiting-the-costs-for-a-virtual-environment?trk=mp-edit-rr-posts

 

With VMworld US fast approaching I am dedicating a new section to this amazing event. I hope you enjoy it and if you havent already done so join the @VMWARETAM Twitter and VMWARETAM on Facebook for more updates.

 

Have a fantastic and productive week.

 

Virtually Yours

Neil Isserow

Senior Technical Account Manager

VMware Australia

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Local Events (BRISBANE)

- VMUG
VMware vCAC 6.0
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Local Training Classes

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VMware vSphere: Fast Track [V5.5] 18-22 Aug

VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.5] 25-29 Aug

 

VMware vSphere: Troubleshooting Workshop [V5.5] 01-05 Sept

 

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Here are your chances for networking at VMworld 2014 US: http://bit.ly/1nZbzps  #Learn #Meet #Party

#TBT http://bit.ly/1qOpsc1  We are finalizing this year's party. Find out how we plan to top last year: http://bit.ly/1qOpsbZ

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VMware Bloggers

BCDR made easy? Virtualization can make you a believer (http://blogs.vmware.com/smb/?p=2941)

Business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) solutions represent a form of business insurance of your IT. Important? By all means. But traditional BCDR solutions are costly and complicated–frankly, a gold-plated policy for the privileged few. And even for those who can afford to pony up for the premiums, there is the added challenge of integrating […]

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VMware Newsletter 6.29

Posted by nisserow Aug 2, 2014

From the editors virtual desk

Hi everyone, my week was consumed with a number of very worthwhile activities. First up I worked with my customers on a training plan and certification matrix. This is such a worthwhile exercise and allows the organisation to plan not only when their employees might be away on training but also ensure that each employee is getting the training they require and are able to become certified should they choose.

 

I also spent time working through our roadmaps as I am soon to present these to my customers. I find this such a great exercise and it always makes me pretty excited to learn about our upcoming technology and then get to present to my customers.

 

We are also nearing the most fantastic event on the VMware calendar, VMworld in San Francisco. I will do my best to bring you as much news about this event prior to, during and after as I possibly can.

 

I wish you a fantastic week and look forward to speaking to you next week. Please of course feel free to get in touch with me anytime.

 

Virtually Yours

Neil Isserow

Senior Technical Account Manager

VMware Australia

 

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VMware vSphere: Optimize and Scale [V5.5] 04-08 Aug

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