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Hi everyone and welcome to this weeks VMware TAM newsletter. This week I would like to direct your attention to our latest VMware TAM Blog posting. Here is a summary.

Crafting an Organizational RACI Document to Support Virtualization Solutions by Jason Gaudreau

It is no secret, designing a virtual infrastructure is a complex undertaking, but one aspect that certainly needs to be considered is how the environment will be supported. In small- to medium-sized businesses, a majority of the IT departments support all aspects of the infrastructure; but in enterprise organizations, different divisions support technical competencies in end-user computing, servers, mid-range, networking and storage. For instance, when deploying a virtual desktop infrastructure (VD

Continue Reading: http://blogs.vmware.com/tam/2015/03/crafting-organizational-raci-document-support-virtualization-solutions.html


I wish you all a very successful week ahead and look forward to speaking to you again next week.

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    Watch the Top vBlog 2015 Results Show Live! (http://vsphere-land.com/?p=5689)Join the vChat gang, Eric Siebert from vSphere-land, David Davis from Virtualization Software and Simon Seagrave from TechHead along with special guests Scott Davis from Infinio and John Troyer from TechReckoning as we countdown the top 25 bloggers based on the results from my annual VMware/virtualization blog survey. This event will be broadcast live via Google Hangouts at 9:00am … Continue reading » [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

       

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      VMTurbo is giving away a great home lab just for watching a webinar (http://vsphere-land.com/?p=5683)Register for the VMTurbo 5.1 Release Webcast and get THREE CHANCES to win a Turbostack Home Lab, valued over USD $1,600.00! Now I would encourage you to watch the webcast even if they weren’t giving away a pretty cool home lab kit (that’s what they call it in the UK) as VMTurbo makes a great … Continue reading » [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

       

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      New paper on VMware Virtual Volumes (VVols) from Evaluator Group (http://vsphere-land.com/?p=5670)Want to know more about VMware Virtual Volumes (VVols) and get an analyst perspective of this exciting new VMware storage architecture? Well you can, Evaluator Group has a new paper entitled “Evaluation of HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage with VMware VVOLs” that details their experience and opinions after some hands-on experience with VVols running on 3PAR. The … Continue reading » [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

       

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      vBlogger Spotlight: William Lam (http://vsphere-land.com/?p=5674)Follow @lamw While we wait for the Top vBlog results I thought I would shine the spotlight on several prominent bloggers in the community to give you some insight into their experiences with blogging. Today’s spotlight is on William Lam, automation wizard extraordinaire and voted last year as the #2 vBlogger in the world. Let’s face … Continue reading » [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

       

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      VMworld 2015 Call for Papers now open! (http://vsphere-land.com/?p=5663)  It’s that time of year again, time to submit your best session ideas for VMworld for that oh so slight chance that it might get accepted. Below are the timelines for the whole CFP process. Call For Papers opens March 24, closes April 28 June 12 (+/- a few days) Speaker Resource Center opens … Continue reading » [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

       

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      Upcoming round-table panel discussion on Virtual Volumes (VVols) hosted by Taneja Group (http://vsphere-land.com/?p=5659)I’ll be participating as one of the panelists in an upcoming round-table discussion on Virtual Volumes (VVols) that is being hosted by Tom Fenton of the Taneja Group. Click the image below to sign-up and hope to see you there. VMware Virtual Volumes – What impact will they have on the datacenter? Thursday, April 2nd at 9:00 … Continue reading » [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

       

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      When it comes to implementing Virtual Volumes (VVols) you better be on time (http://vsphere-land.com/?p=5655)I was conversing with one of our VVol engineers today after he mentioned that we have seen customers experiencing problems with using VVols due to time sync issues in their vSphere environment. These problems could of easily been avoided with some simple RTFMing. VMware’s New Virtual Volumes (VVols) architecture has a lot of moving parts … Continue reading » [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

       

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      vBlogger Spotlight: Mike Laverick (http://vsphere-land.com/?p=5646)Follow @Mike_Laverick While we wait for the Top vBlog results I thought I would shine the spotlight on several prominent bloggers in the community to give you some insight into their experiences with blogging. Today’s spotlight is on Mike Laverick, one of the OG bloggers who started his RTFM (Read The Frigging Manual) Education website … Continue reading » [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

       

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      Top vBlog voting has ended (http://vsphere-land.com/?p=5639)The polls have closed after being open for just over 2 weeks and over 2,200 people have voted which is a new record high compared to the 1,400 last year. So what’s next? I have to run all the votes through my vote processing contraption to determine the results, hopefully we don’t run into any … Continue reading » [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

       

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      vBlogger Spotlight: Scott Lowe (http://vsphere-land.com/?p=5633)Follow @Scott_Lowe While we wait for the Top vBlog results I thought I would shine the spotlight on several prominent bloggers in the community to give you some insight into their experiences with blogging. Today’s spotlight is on Scott Lowe, not to be confused with the Other Scott Lowe or the gamer Scott Lowe (lots … Continue reading » [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

       

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      The evolution of bloggers as seen through the vLaunchpad over the years (http://vsphere-land.com/?p=5624)I recently dug into some of my website design archives and came across many version of how the vLaunchpad has grown and evolved over the last 8 years. Because is contains links to all the blogs out there this time capsule serves to illustrate how bloggers have evolved and gorwn over the years. The earliest … Continue reading » [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

       

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      VMTN wayback machine – spotlight on Jason Boche (http://vsphere-land.com/?p=5619)Years and years ago on my old vmware-land.com website I had a page devoted to shining the spotlight on very active and influential members of the VMTN community so we could find out more about them. I thought I’d resurrect some of those spotlights and give you a glimpse back into the early days of the VMTN … Continue reading » [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

       

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      NFS 4.1 support in vSphere limitations and caveats (http://vsphere-land.com/?p=5614)vSphere 6 finally bumped the version of NFS that was supported as a datastore from v3 to v4.1. NFS v4.1 is certainly not new having been introduced in 2010 but VMware has never seen to support v4.1 until vSphere 6. As expected NFS v4.1 brings a number of enhancements over v3 including support for multi-pathing and … Continue reading » [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

       

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      Videos to help you learn about VMware Virtual Volumes (VVOLs) concepts and architecture (http://vsphere-land.com/?p=5605)VMware has published two short videos that go over the concepts and architecture related to their new Virtual Volumes (VVOLs) storage architecture in vSphere 6. After you are done checking them out head on over to my Virtual Volumes link page for a lot more content on VVOLs. Chromeless Doc Player Chromeless Doc Player [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

       

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      Bloggers get some free bling for your Top vBlog 2015 commemorative coin (http://vsphere-land.com/?p=5588)Any blogger that tweets to promote this post with the hashtag #SupportvSphereland and makes the top 50 will receive a cool metal coin stand courtesy of me so they can proudly display their commemorative coin on their desk. You can use the below button to easily tweet this. Tweet [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

       

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      Check out these great companies that support vSphere-land and Top vBlog 2015 (http://vsphere-land.com/?p=5557)Maintaining this site and my vLaunchpad as well as executing Top vBlog each year is very time-consuming. In return I would ask that you take a moment and learn a bit about my great sponsors that support me and make this all possible. Below check the latest news and events from my sponsors and be sure … Continue reading » [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

       

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      PowerCLI and PowerShell Workflows (http://www.lucd.info/?p=4878)In PowerShell v3 the Workflow feature was introduced. But until now there haven’t been too many examples available on how to use PowerCLI in PowerShell Workflows. Today I was triggered by a thread from Mark in the PowerCLI VMTN community, … Continue reading →

       

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      Simple Gmail Hacks That I Use Daily (http://kendrickcoleman.com/index.php/Tech-Blog/simple-gmail-hacks-that-i-use-daily.html)Email is the thing we all love to hate. However, if we can't use Slack , then Gmail is by far the next best thing. Having been a user for Gmail since its early early beta days when you need an invite, I've grown fond of it. The spam filters, the style, the responsiveness, and the access from anywhere is what I love. There are some hidden "features" that many don't know about. I'm going to highlight some that I use daily.   In true Google form, everything always seems to be in a…

       

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      Friday Shorts – Certs, Tools, Loads, VVOLs and #SFD7 (http://blog.mwpreston.net/?p=4363)It’s been quite a long time since my last “Friday Shorts” installment and the links are certainly piling up!  So, without further ado here’s a few tidbits of information that I shared over the last little while… A little bit of certification news! VMware education and certification has certainly taken it’s fair share of backlash

       

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      vCloud Director Database Migration (http://www.boche.net/blog/?p=5073)This week I’ve been working on getting some lab infrastructure fitted with much needed updates. One of those components was an aging Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 server on Windows Server 2008 R2 which I had been using to host databases for various projects.  Since I had chosen to build the new SQL server in […] Post from: boche.net - VMware Virtualization Evangelist Copyright (c) 2010 Jason Boche. The contents of this post may not be reproduced or republished on another web page or web site without…

       

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      VMware Horizon View Agent 6.1.0 Installation Rollback (http://www.boche.net/blog/?p=5066)With the release of vSphere 6 last week, I decided it was time to update some of the infrastructure in the home lab over the weekend. I got an early start Friday as I had my three remaining wisdom teeth pulled in the AM and took the rest of the day off work.  Now I’m […] Post from: boche.net - VMware Virtualization Evangelist Copyright (c) 2010 Jason Boche. The contents of this post may not be reproduced or republished on another web page or web site without prior written permission. VMware Horizon…

       

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      vSphere 6.0 Install Pt. 8: Toolkit Configuration (http://www.derekseaman.com/?p=2662)Advertise here with BSA Now that we have the PSC installed, it’s time to configure the variables for the Toolkit script, and also make sure we can download our root certificates. Depending on your configuration, you may need to manually download your root public certificates. VMware needs certificates in a specific format, and they need the full certificate chain. […] The post vSphere 6.0 Install Pt. 8: Toolkit Configuration appeared first on Derek Seaman's Blog .                    …

       

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      vSphere 6.0 Install Pt. 7: Config SQL DBs (http://www.derekseaman.com/?p=2650)Advertise here with BSA Now that we have the Windows PSC installed, it is time to prepare for installing vCenter. vCenter can support three database types: embedded vPostGres (supports up to 20 hosts and 2000 VMs), Microsoft SQL, and Oracle. SQL seems to be the most popular choice, so that’s what I’ll help you configure here. Now to be […] The post vSphere 6.0 Install Pt. 7: Config SQL DBs appeared first on Derek Seaman's Blog .                     Related Stories vSphere 6.0 Install…

       

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      vSphere 6.0 Install Pt. 5: ESXi Upgrade Best Practices (http://www.derekseaman.com/?p=2506)Advertise here with BSA In this installment of the vSphere 6.0 installation how-to series we cover upgrading ESXi hosts, VMs, and VMFS. You do need to understand ESXi/VM/VMFS upgrade best practices, recommended order, and gotchas. That’s what this post is for. Blog Series vSphere 6.0 Install Pt. 1: Introduction vSphere 6.0 Install Pt. 2: Platform Services Controller vSphere 6.0 Install Pt. 3: Certificate […] The post vSphere 6.0 Install Pt. 5: ESXi Upgrade Best Practices appeared first on Derek…
      Cloudy with a Chance of Explosive Growth (http://www.datacenterdude.com/?p=2575)The infrastructure of today is almost drowning in choice. There are countless competing platforms and ecosystems that each offer their own unique attributes. The problem with this landscape is simple. Organizations are struggling to realize the economic and competitive advantage that these ecosystems provide for one simple reason. They are far too busy running their business to fully investigate these opportunities. They have fallen into the trap of simply keeping the lights on. This is a travesty for…

       

       

      Swimming in the Deep End with NetApp Flash Pools (http://www.datacenterdude.com/?p=2562)Disk Pools, which leverage similar partitioning technology as Advanced Disk Partitioning (also new to cDOT 8.3), are a new way to allocate SSD capacity to be used by hybrid aggregates.

       

       

      Cisco Champions Radio – S2E7: Podcasting! (http://datacenterdude.com/?p=2520)http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-132150/TS-948244.mp3 Recently, I had the opportunity to co-host an episode of the Cisco Champions Radio podcast, where the topic was.... PODCASTING!

       

       

      Cloud Inception (http://datacenterdude.com/?p=2533)Cloud is not a new concept - it is essentially the Internet, which has its root in the 1960s.

       

       

      All Aboard the S.S. Docker (http://datacenterdude.com/?p=2539)What exactly is Docker? Before we dig into that lets take a step back and look at its underlying technology, OS-level virtualization which is commonly referred to as containers.

       

       

      Why Virtual Volumes? (http://datacenterdude.com/?p=2527)VVols has finally arrived! It was shipped with vSphere 6.0 and brings the ability to leverage VM Storage Policies - and the array-specific features surfaced by the VASA Provider - to specify which storage features you want applied to your virtual machines.

       

       

      What Are We Up to at DatacenterDude.com? (http://datacenterdude.com/?p=2518)You may have noticed some things changing over here at DatacenterDude.com. New names appearing, higher frequency of content, guest slots on the podcast, the list goes on.

       

       

      #73 March Madness, Certifications, & Data ONTAP 8.3 (http://datacenterdude.com/?p=2523)We dive into the world of certifications, why they're important, and sometimes why they're not, and with the GA announcement of Data ONTAP 8.3, we dive in head-first and talk about our favorite features and what customers will like the most!

       

       

      In-Kernel verses Virtual Storage Appliance (http://www.joshodgers.com/?p=3355)Let me start by asking, What’s all this “In-Kernel verses Virtual Storage Appliance” debate all about? It seems to me to be total nonsense yet it is the focus of so called competitive intelligence and twitter debates. From an architectural perspective … Continue reading →

       

       

      Nutanix support on vSphere – No Bull! (http://www.joshodgers.com/?p=3333)Recently it seems the spreading of Fear, Uncertainly and Doubt (FUD) about Nutanix has ramped up, probably due to Nutanix ongoing success and enormous growth. Still It’s unfortunate when large companies, and especially people in senior positions at these companies … Continue reading →

       

       

      VMware vExpert 2015 benefits (http://vinfrastructure.it/?p=15230)The primary reason for becoming vExpert certainly should not be related to any possible benefits of the program. And once confirmed (for me is the sixth year in a row) you have to think more about what you can give rather to what is to be expected. But I’d be a hypocrite to deny that there are also practical advantages in being a vExpert! Officially, VMware, according with the vExpert FAQ, say that the biggest benefit of the award is the public recognition as a VMware vExpert Award winner. But benefits…

       

       

      VMware vSphere 6.0 – Upgrade or not upgrade? (http://vinfrastructure.it/?p=15305)The new VMware vSphere 6.0 has so much interesting new features and scalability properties that make interesting for each new environment, but also for existing customers (with an active subscription, so that you can also upgrade your 5.x license keys). But like each new version you have to make some consideration first and especially before starting the upgrade procedure, so be sure to start from the vSphere Upgrade Center, the VMware Product Interoperability Matrix, the VMware Compatibility Guide, but…

       

       

      Backup products and vSphere 6.0 compatibility (http://vinfrastructure.it/?p=15287)Some days ago I’ve wrote about why upgrade and why don’t upgrade to the new vSphere 6.0 and one of the main reason was the compatibility aspect. Not only with hardware (most of vSphere 5.5 hardware is in HCL also for version 6.0), but mainly for the software part, especially the 3rd part software! And the most important is your backup solutions: if maybe you can accept some risks using a new release of vSphere, you cannot accept the risk of loose your backup or use beta backup product in an environment.…

       

       

      My experience with VCIX-NV exam (http://vinfrastructure.it/?p=16035)The Network Certified Implementation Expert (VCIX-NV) certification is something recent (introduced in October 2014) in the Network Virtualization path on the VMware NSX product. I’ve recently took the exam and I can share my consideration on it. This exam is just like other VCAP Admins exam (and a pre-authorization is required), and consists of 18 live lab activities and a short pre-exam survey consisting of 9 questions. The total time for this exam is 210 minutes (seems a lot, but for this exam could…

       

       

      VCIX-NV study guides (http://vinfrastructure.it/?p=15900)As written in a previous post, it’s possible study for the VCP-NV exam using only on-line resources, but the same it’s not really possible for the Network Certified Implementation Expert (VCIX-NV) certification that require really a good practice with the interface and a well understand of all NSX concepts. This exam is available since October 2014. As usual, the first source of information is the Exam Blueprint (actually in version 1.7, dated 9 December 2014) that give you a lot of information about…

       

       

      Learning about VMware NSX without having it (http://vinfrastructure.it/?p=14568)One issue about VMware NSX it that it does not exist an evaluation or a trial code in order to study and test it. This because the code is still on a Nicira web site and is much more restricted compared to other VMware code. Also VMware partner may be not entitled to download it, unless they don’t have the NSX competency. Individual can got an access only through one of the NSX official course: I’ve take the ICM on NSX 6.0 and the access on Nicira web site was granted me at the end […] The post…

       

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    VMware ESXi

    Secondary Fault Tolerance virtual machine terminates intermittently changing the Fault Tolerance state from Enabled to Need Secondary (2108749)

    Date Published: 3/18/2015

    SNMPv3 traps are not being received on VMware ESX 5.1 and ESXi 5.5 (2108901)

    Date Published: 3/16/2015

    Unable to provision VMs on Virtual SAN All-flash cluster (2109890)

    Date Published: 3/19/2015

    Autodeployed host fails to add to vCenter Server after replacing the underlying server hardware (2110195)

    Date Published: 3/16/2015

    Virtual SAN network status appears as Misconfiguration detected (2110210)

    Date Published: 3/18/2015

    VMware Horizon

    How to change a Horizon 6 version 6.1 environment from Enhanced message security mode to Enabled security mode (2110760)

    Date Published: 3/18/2015

    Windows “Remove Lock Computer” group policy is not supported for RDS-hosted applications with Horizon 6 (2110781)

    Date Published: 3/16/2015

    Using the Horizon 6 VdmUtil tool to refresh security certificates used for JMS message security (2110783)

    Date Published: 3/19/2015

    VMware Horizon View Client for Linux

    Cannot install Horizon Client for Linux on a system that uses iso-8859-1 encoding, such as for a Turkish locale (2111245)

    Date Published: 3/19/2015

    VMware Mirage

    Logging in to endpoint for the first time after installing the Mirage Client prompts for Windows authentication (2107729)

    Date Published: 3/19/2015

    VMware NSX for vSphere

    Firewall rules are not migrated when upgrading from VCNS 5.5.x with vShield App to NSX-V distributed firewall (2110612)

    Date Published: 3/19/2015

    Renamed objects in NSX-V firewall rules are not reflected in the firewall rule table (2110601)

    Date Published: 3/19/2015

    Best practices for configuring OSPF areas with NSX for vSphere logical routers (2110603)

    Date Published: 3/16/2015

    VMware vCenter Server

    Accessing All Users tasks view through VMware vSphere Web Client fails with the error: The All Users’ Tasks view for Recent Tasks is currently disabled (2104914)

    Date Published: 3/16/2015

    Required ports for vCenter Server 6.0 (2106283)

    Date Published: 3/19/2015

    In a VMware vSphere 6 environment, the ESXi hosts display a false positive warning: Deprecated VMFS volume(s) (2109735)

    Date Published: 3/19/2015

    Upgrading to Windows vCenter Server 6.0 causes python.exe to fail (2110912)

    Date Published: 3/16/2015

    Changing the default port 443 to a custom port in VMware vCenter Server (2108656)

    Date Published: 3/18/2015

    Installing the Client Integration Plugin 6.0 fails with the error: No hosts file found (2110742)

    Date Published: 3/16/2015

    Implementing CA signed SSL certificates in vSphere 6.0 (2111219)

    Date Published: 3/19/2015

    VMware vCenter Server Appliance

    Services bundled with vCenter Server and vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 (2108159)

    Date Published: 3/16/2015

    Stopping, starting, or restarting VMware vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 services (2109887)

    Date Published: 3/19/2015

    New features in VMware vSphere 6.0.x (2109816)

    Date Published: 3/16/2015

    VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager

    Understanding Custom SSL Certificates specific requirements in VMware Site Recovery Manager 5.x (2083595)

    Date Published: 3/16/2015

    Upgrading Site Recovery Manager from 5.8 to 6.0 fails or Site Recovery Manager Server stops unexpectedly on both sites after upgrade (2111069)

    Date Published: 3/18/2015

    VMware vCloud Air

    Uploading OVF/ISO to vCloud Air catalogs using OVF Tool (2110191)

    Date Published: 3/20/2015

    VMware vCloud Automation Center for Server

    When you add licensing to IaaS in VMware vRealize Automation you receive the error: Cannot downgrade the license (2109069)

    Date Published: 3/16/2015

    VMware vCloud Director

    Unsharing or network deletion of an Org vDC fails in VMware vCloud Director 5.1.x or 5.5.x (2107135)

    Date Published: 3/16/2015

    Assigning automatically the same storage policy to all virtual machines on datastores inside the storage policy via PowerCLI (2109054)

    Date Published: 3/19/2015

    VMware vCloud Networking and Security

    Customizing the Portal webpage with a different background color fails in VMware vCloud Networking & Security 5.x and NSX for vSphere 6.x Edge SSL VPN (2110960)

    Date Published: 3/18/2015

    VMware Virtual Disk Development

    Changed Block Tracking does not identify the deleted data inside the guest OS (2109675)

    Date Published: 3/19/2015

    VMware vRealize Automation

    VMware vRealize Automation data collection for the Network and Security Inventory fails with the error: Error executing vCenter Orchestrator workflow: Error executing REST call (2108692)

    Date Published: 3/16/2015

    VMware vSphere Replication

    Starting vSphere Replication Appliance fails with error: Network port-group has no associated network protocol profile (2110952)

    Date Published: 3/17/2015

    ESXi Hosts see vib errors after installing Vsphere Replication 5.8 and later versions (2110304)

    Date Published: 3/17/2015