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Hi everyone, this week we have a special VMware TAM Blog posting to kick off the newsletter. I hope you enjoy it.

 

Capacity Management Using vRealize Operations

By Jason Gaudreau

In the physical world, we tend to overprovision because experience tells us when you have enough resources, there shouldn’t be problems. If you apply this mindset to a virtualized environment, you’ll negate the benefits of server consolidation.

What are some of the key goals of operations management?

• Delivering high-quality infrastructure, services and applications

 

• Operate IT assets as efficiently and cost-effective as possibly

• Implement and adhere to IT policies, standards and regulatory requirements

 

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GENERAL NEWS

 

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    Introducing The New Official VCDX Directory (http://blogs.vmware.com/education/?p=5228)For years now we’ve published a basic directory of all the VMware Certified Design Experts (VCDXs) in order to recognize them for the effort they have put in to achieve VCDX certification. Over time, as the number of VCDXs grew it became difficult for them to update their personal information. A few months ago we began working on a new directory and I’m […]

     

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    VMware Weekly News Recap, Feb. 13, 2015 (http://blogs.vmware.com/tribalknowledge/?p=3646)VMware News In VMware news this week, research firm IDC (in a recent survey sponsored by VMware) shows us that a greater investment in virtualization leads to more time saved (i.e. is faster) for handling business tasks like deploying new equipment and handling unexpected changes that may come up. Learn more by checking out the infographic, “Virtualization to the […]

     

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    Our Giving Network (http://blogs.vmware.com/tribalknowledge/?p=3641)At VMware, we believe that each one of us has something to contribute.  As such, giving back is about more than writing a check; it’s about service and community. We call this Citizen Philanthropy. We invite you to check out the VMware Foundation’s 2014 Year in Review to see the giving network that VMware people […]

     

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    #VMchat Recap: The VMware Weather Report (http://blogs.vmware.com/tribalknowledge/?p=3637)Last Thursday, VMware hosted a lunchtime CrowdChat to discuss our big February launches, the Partner Exchange conference, and what to expect for enterprise in 2015. VMware’s Oliver Roll and IDC’s Matt Eastwood hosted VMware executives Simone Brunozzi and Joe Baguley, who dished out their thoughts in an hour-long chat. Hit the break for a visual recap […]

     

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    Capacity Management Using vRealize Operations (http://blogs.vmware.com/tam/?p=1975)By Jason Gaudreau In the physical world, we tend to overprovision because experience tells us when you have enough resources, there shouldn’t be problems. If you apply this mindset to a virtualized environment, you’ll negate the benefits of server consolidation. What are some of the key goals of operations management? Delivering high-quality infrastructure, services and […]

     

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    vSphere 6 Web Client (http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/?p=16166)With the recent announcement of VMware vSphere 6, I can finally start talking about the improvements we’ve made for vSphere 6 Web Client.  Over 100 enhancements, with some user actions performing 5x faster.  There are excel sheets and graphs full of performance data, but the best way to see the difference is to experience it […]

     

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    The Power of the VMware vCloud Air Network (http://blogs.vmware.com/vcloud/?p=4928)Since the rebranding of the VMware Service Provider Program (VSPP) to the VMware vCloud Air Network last year, VMware has continued to deepen relationships with service providers. VMware vCloud Air Network service providers offer customers several benefits, including: A seamless transition to cloud for VMware customers Multiple compliance certifications, managed and application services, and vertical […]

     

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    Using CoreOS on vCloud Air OnDemand (http://blogs.vmware.com/vcloud/?p=4887)By: Paco Gómez This is a repost from Paco Gómez’s personal blog. CoreOS is a popular Linux distribution for applications that use Docker Containers. The following article describes the steps to install CoreOS on VMware vCloud® Air™ OnDemand. The use of vCloud Air Command Line Interface makes the process easier to document and more convenient to follow. The guide assumes the […]

     

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    Virtualized Hadoop Performance with vSphere 6 (http://blogs.vmware.com/performance/?p=2117)A recently published whitepaper shows that not only can vSphere 6 keep up with newer high-performance servers, it thrives on their capabilities. Two years ago, Hadoop benchmarks were run with vSphere 5.1 on a cluster of 32 dual-socket, quad-core servers. Very good performance was demonstrated, with the optimal virtualized configuration shown to be actually 2% […]

     

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DESKTOP

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    Mirage API White Paper Now Available (http://blogs.vmware.com/euc/?p=7092)By Judy Wu, End-User-Computing Solution Engineer, VMware The Using the VMware Mirage API to Develop Your Own Front-End Interfaces white paper is now available. This paper introduces the new Mirage API feature that was released along with Mirage 5.1. Mirage API is a group of APIs which allows IT administrators to develop their own front-end […]

     

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    Resolving Microsoft Office licensing errors (http://blogs.vmware.com/thinapp/?p=1816)One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.. VMware now have a tool that will finally correct Office licensing issues when virtual Office is deployed to some systems that have Office installed natively. Read all about it in the KB-article: Resolving licensing errors when deploying virtual Office to a system with Office […]

     

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    Enterprise mobility news recap: Feb 9 – 13 (http://blogs.air-watch.com/?p=34513)AirWatch Connect at Mobile World Congress is just two weeks away, and the rumor mill is revving up. Follow the AirWatch Blog these next few weeks for coverage of all things enterprise mobility at Mobile World Congress. This week GSMA announced keynote speakers for MWC and AirWatch announced keynote speakers for AirWatch Connect Barcelona. The […]

     

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    AirWatch Connect Barcelona 2015 agenda is live! (http://blogs.air-watch.com/?p=34495)The agenda for AirWatch Connect Barcelona is now available. For the third consecutive year, AirWatch Connect at Mobile World Congress will deliver informational sessions with leading industry analysts, executive leaders and innovative customers. All AirWatch Connect sessions are free to Mobile World Congress badge holders. The event will kick off Monday March 2 at the […]

     

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PARTNER

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    Learn how the Demand Center has Evolved (http://blogs.vmware.com/partnernews/?p=1609)See below and register to attend an upcoming vmLIVE in your timezone to understand how the Partner ‘Demand Center‘ has evolved to include more than just customized marketing campaigns. It now includes Social Media Syndication and Website Content Syndication tools that your company can take advantage of for free. These sessions will showcase the newly […]

     

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MORE NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM AROUND THE WEB

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    Top vBlog 2015 is happening now (http://vsphere-land.com/?p=5432)The pre-voting category nominations have started and general voting will begin soon. For all the details check out the Top vBlog 2015 landing page and thank you to Infinio for sponsoring it this year. Bloggers don’t miss your chance to score one of these cool commemorative coins. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

     

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    Virtual SAN and ESXTOP in vSphere 6.0 (http://www.yellow-bricks.com/?p=15904)Today I was fiddling with ESXTOP to see if anything was new for vSphere 6.0. Considering the massive number of metrics it already holds it is difficult to find things which stand out / are new. One thing did stick out though which is a new display for Virtual SAN.I haven’t found much detail around this […] " Virtual SAN and ESXTOP in vSphere 6.0 " originally appeared on Yellow-Bricks.com . Follow me on twitter - @DuncanYB. Pre-order my upcoming book Essential Virtual SAN via Pearson today!

     

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    HP ConvergedSystem 200–HC EVO:RAIL available now! (http://www.yellow-bricks.com/?p=15895)Yesterday I was informed by the EVO:RAIL team that the HP ConvergedSystem 200–HC EVO:RAIL is available (shipping) as of this week. I haven’t seen much around additional pieces HP is including, but I was told though that they are planning to integrate HP One View. HP One View is a management/monitoring solution that gives you a great high […] " HP ConvergedSystem 200–HC EVO:RAIL available now! " originally appeared on Yellow-Bricks.com . Follow me on twitter - @DuncanYB. Pre-order my…

     

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    What is new for Storage DRS in vSphere 6.0? (http://www.yellow-bricks.com/?p=15888)Storage DRS must be one of the most under-appreciated features that is part of vSphere. For whatever reason it doesn’t get the airtime it deserves, not even from VMware folks which is a shame if you ask me. I was reading the What’s New material for vSphere 6.0 and I noticed that the “What is […] " What is new for Storage DRS in vSphere 6.0? " originally appeared on Yellow-Bricks.com . Follow me on twitter - @DuncanYB. Pre-order my upcoming book Essential Virtual SAN via Pearson today!

     

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    Multi-Container Docker with YAML and Vagrant (http://blog.scottlowe.org/2015/02/11/multi-container-docker-yaml-vagrant/)In this post, I’ll provide an example of using YAML to create a multi-container Docker environment in Vagrant. I made a brief mention of this technique in my earlier post talking about how to use Docker with Vagrant , but wanted to provide an example. For me, I know that examples are often quite helpful when I’m learning something new. Since one of my primary goals here is to help enable others to learn these technologies, I figured an example would be helpful. So, to that end, here’s an example that…

     

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    Using Docker with Vagrant (http://blog.scottlowe.org/2015/02/10/using-docker-with-vagrant/)As part of my ongoing effort to create tools to assist others in learning some of the new technologies out there, I spent a bit of time today working through the use of Docker with Vagrant . Neither of these technologies should be new to my readers; I’ve already provided quick introductory posts to both (see here and here ). However, using these two together may provide a real benefit for users who are new to either technology, so I’d like to take a bit and show you how to use Docker with Vagrant. …

     

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    Technology Short Take #48 (http://blog.scottlowe.org/2015/02/10/technology-short-take-48/)Welcome to Technology Short Take #48, another installation in my irregularly-published series that collects links, articles, and thoughts from around the web. This time around, the content is a bit heavier on cloud management and applications/operating systems, but still lots of good content all the way around (I hope, anyway). Networking Matt Oswalt recently wrapped up his 3-part “DevOps for Networking” series. I referenced part 1 of the series back in TST #46 , and parts 2 and 3 are just as good as…

     

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    Receiving alerts on if a VM has over a given number of snapshots (http://www.virtu-al.net/?p=3285)Last week I was asked if there was an easy way to get an alert once a VM had over a certain number of snapshots, this is a frequent request as it would seam... Receiving alerts on if a VM has over a given number of snapshots 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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    Updated Articles page (http://www.penguinpunk.net/blog/?p=2473)It’s been too long since I wrote up a how-to article. But this one came from a really interesting problem. My colleagues were recently faced with an issue at a site where the customer wanted to upgrade from vSphere 5.1 to 5.5. Which was fine, but they’d forgotten / misplaced / couldn’t remember the SSO master password. So […]

     


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    DCI#12 – EMC VSPEX Blue with Chad Dunn (http://techhead.co/?p=8268)In this episode I speak with Chad Dunn, EMC’s Senior Director of VSPEX, about VSPEX Blue, how hyper-converged architectures fit into the IT industry, what differentiates EMC’s EVO:RAIL based hyper-converged product, and also go into more depth on VSPEX Blue itself. EMC VSPEX Blue is a scale-out reference architecture based on EMC hardware and the […] The post DCI#12 – EMC VSPEX Blue with Chad Dunn appeared first on TechHead and was written by Simon Seagrave . Why not take a look at my other…

     

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    VMware vSphere 6 : What’s New – Multi-CPU Fault Tolerance (FT) (http://techhead.co/?p=8253)One of things holding many companies back from moving their tier 1 business critical applications across to VMware’s vSphere virtualized platform has been its inability to provide fault tolerance (FT) for virtual machines (VMs) running more than one virtual CPU (vCPU), which is a requirement for many applications, particularly those of the tier 1 variety. Up until […] The post VMware vSphere 6 : What’s New – Multi-CPU Fault Tolerance (FT) appeared first on TechHead and was written by Simon…

     

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    VMware vSphere 6 : What’s New – Maximums (http://techhead.co/?p=8241)  VMware vSphere 6 has finally been announced!  Yes, that’s right folks, after a 3+ year wait since the last major vSphere release, VMware have announced vSphere 6 which will be publically available sometime in Q1 of this year (2015). This is an evolutionary update to the widely adopted vSphere product, with over 650 new […] The post VMware vSphere 6 : What’s New – Maximums appeared first on TechHead and was written by Simon Seagrave . Why not take a look at my other related posts?: VMware…

     

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KB ARTICLES

Desktop

Error: mail.NO_SUCH_BLOB is seen when logging into Horizon Workspace (2106582)

Date Published: 2/5/2015

VMware App Volumes

A previously working AppStack shows unprovisioned (2105981)

Date Published: 2/6/2015

Moving Writable Volumes to new location in AppVolumes (2105983)

Date Published: 2/3/2015

VMware ESXi

VMware ESXi 5.5, Patch ESXi-5.5.0-20150204001-standard (2102046)

Date Published: 2/6/2015

VMware ESXi 5.5, Patch ESXi550-201502401-BG: Updates esx-base (2102048)

Date Published: 2/6/2015

Windows virtual machines fails with a Stop Error: Hardware Malfunction – Call your hardware vendor for support (2105345)

Date Published: 2/2/2015

The vmware.log file of the ESXi host reports the log spew: MsgHint: msg.piix4pm.guestInS1. Your guest has entered a standby sleep state (2105836)

Date Published: 2/3/2015

Setting the minimum vCenter Server permissions required to deploy an OVF/OVA template (2105932)

Date Published: 2/3/2015

Enabling the VLAN/MTU Health Check feature on the vSphere Distributed Switch results in flooded messages of VLANMTUCheck: NMVCPortVLANResultPoll:320: not find psReq for ps DvsPortset in the vmkernel.log (2105948)

Date Published: 2/2/2015

Joining an ESXi host to Active Directory fails with the error: “User Account has no right to add hosts to the domain” when the user account has “Do not require Kerberos preauthentication” enabled (2106579)

Date Published: 2/6/2015

Memory Addressing Limits for ESXi 5.1.x and 5.5.x (2087943)

Date Published: 2/4/2015

VMware ESXi 5.1 Build 1065491 host experiences a purple diagnostic screen mentioning E1000MapGuestPACommon@vmkernel#nover+0x3c8 (2105522)

Date Published: 2/6/2015

Running esxtop displays abnomal DAVG/cmd and KAVG/cmd values (2096171)

Date Published: 2/4/2015

VMware ESXi 5.5, Patch Release ESXi550-201502001 (2102045)

Date Published: 2/6/2015

VMware ESXi 5.5, Patch ESXi-5.5.0-20150204001-no-tools (2102047)

Date Published: 2/6/2015

Capturing a network trace to a file using the tcpdump-uw command fails when the verbose option is enabled (2102455)

Date Published: 2/2/2015

Mounting NFS datastore fails with the error: Sysinfo set operation VSI_MODULE_NODE_mnt_umount failed with error status Busy (2102598)

Date Published: 2/2/2015

Upgrading ESXi esxtop report displays a lower value of Physical CPU Usage % (2106122)

Date Published: 2/3/2015

SanDisk FlashSoft v3.2 for vSphere 5.5 (Partner Verified and Supported) (2106747)

Date Published: 2/5/2015

VMware EVO:RAIL

Virtual machines created outside of the EVO:RAIL Interface (2098932)

Date Published: 2/3/2015

Cannot access EVO:RAIL Interface from workstation (2099966)

Date Published: 2/3/2015

Cannot import an OVA file in EVO:RAIL (2101463)

Date Published: 2/3/2015

Keystrokes entered in EVO:RAIL do not translate correctly (2101467)

Date Published: 2/3/2015

EVO:RAIL Interface does not appear after upgrading the EVO:RAIL RPM (2101828)

Date Published: 2/3/2015

VMware Horizon Workspace

Uploading files to Horizon Files fails with “Unknown Error” or “Failed to sync file” (2106580)

Date Published: 2/5/2015

VMware IT Business Manager Standard

Data collector is being shown as red, even if all the jobs succeed (2105944)

Date Published: 2/2/2015

VMware NSX for vSphere

Disabling SSLv3 on NSX for vSphere Edge Services Gateway (2105096)

Date Published: 2/5/2015

Firewall configuration and publishing takes a very long time to load in NSX Manager for vSphere 6.0.x and 6.1.x (2105013)

Date Published: 2/2/2015

VMware Player (Windows)

Collecting diagnostic information for VMware Player and VMware Player Pro (2104004)

Date Published: 2/5/2015

VMware vCenter Server

Creating certificate requests, certificates and implementing certificates for the vSphere Authentication Proxy (2105034)

Date Published: 2/5/2015

Accessing VMware vCenter service status displays warning: Performance statistics rollup from Past Day to Past Week is not occurring in the database (2105143)

Date Published: 2/3/2015

The Storage Views tab in VMware vCenter Server 5.1 and 5.5 displays the error: The storage service is not initialized (2105239)

Date Published: 2/2/2015

VMware vCenter service crashes with error: controllerType != 0 (2105326)

Date Published: 2/5/2015

Performance Charts are not displayed correctly due to Internet Explorer security settings (2106095)

Date Published: 2/6/2015

Viewing plugins in Google Chrome 64-bit does not display the VMware Client Support Plug-in (2106577)

Date Published: 2/6/2015

Changes within VMware vCenter do not show up in the vSphere Web client (2102509)

Date Published: 2/3/2015

Users fail to log in to vCenter Server when Alternate UPN Suffixes are Configured with the Error: Cannot complete login due to an incorrect user name or password (2105708)

Date Published: 2/2/2015

Applying a host profile or checking profile compliance fails with the error: Call “HostProfileManager.GenerateConfigTaskList” for object “HostProfileManager” on vCenter Server “vCenterhostname” failed. “Unexpected error updating task config spec: ‘vmnicX’ (2105785)

Date Published: 2/5/2015

VMware vCenter Server Appliance

vSphere Syslog Collector installed on Windows Server or with the vCenter Server Virtual Appliance fails with the error: Event-Text: < Error getting traceback – traceback.print_tb() failed, < type exceptions.MemoryError > (2105801)

Date Published: 2/3/2015

VMware vCloud Air Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand

VMware vRealize Automation 6.2 connections to vCloud Air OnDemand fail with HTTP 404 messages (2097677)

Date Published: 2/6/2015

VMware vCloud Director

Using NSX 6.1.x with vCloud Director 5.5.2.x (2105819)

Date Published: 2/4/2015

VMware vCloud Networking and Security

Method to query and/or configure the timeout via Representational State Transfer (REST) APIs (2101275)

Date Published: 2/2/2015

VMware Virtual Disk Development

Opening disk with SAN transport mode in VMware Virtual Disk Development Kit hangs (2106468)

Date Published: 2/5/2015

VMware vRealize Automation

Attempting to request a virtual machine in vRealize Automation fails with the error: The data specified within the request is invalid (2106152)

Date Published: 2/5/2015

VMware vRealize Operations Manager

vCenter Adapter instances cannot be removed from the Authentication Source list in vRealize Operations Manager 6.x (2105649)

Date Published: 2/6/2015

The system audit report in VMware vRealize Operations Manager 6.0 reports unusually high metrics (2105123)

Date Published: 2/6/2015

vRealize Operations Manager for Horizon 6.0 View Adapter instance is in a Failed Collection State (2106578)

Date Published: 2/4/2015

Upgrading from vCloud Operations Manager 5.8 to VMware vRealize Operations Manager 6.0.x shows 5.8 button in the vSphere Web Client (2105207)

Date Published: 2/4/2015

Disable SSL version 3.0 in vRealize Operations Manager 6.0 (2106574)

Date Published: 2/4/2015

Filtering options do not persist across user logins in vRealize Operations Manager (2105651)

Date Published: 2/6/2015

Replacing or repairing VMware vSphere solution dashboards (2105967)

Date Published: 2/5/2015

VMware vSphere Data Protection

Using the Exchange DAG Cluster Configuration Tool for vSphere Data Protection (VDP) fails (2103583)

Date Published: 2/5/2015

VMware vSphere Storage Appliance

Preparing to upgrade VMware vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA) to version 5.5 (2101286)

Date Published: 2/4/2015

VMware vSphere Update Manager

vSphere Update Manager 5.x cannot find any patches to apply to ESXi 5.x hosts (2106560)

Date Published: 2/5/2015

VMware Workstation (for Linux)

Virtual Machine fails to start on Linux Host with an error “Could not open /dev/vmmon: No such file or directory (2103112)

Date Published: 2/5/2015