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Hi everyone, I hope you have had a fantastic week. This week I would like to remind everyone about VMworld and TAM Day which happens in San Francisco every year. As par to our regular VMworld event we also have a special day for our TAM customers. This event is only for TAM customers and is always a highlight of the event. Please can you ensure that if you are attending that you have registered for TAM day before spaces run out as they are very limited.

 

TAM DAY
SUNDAY, AUGUST 30, 2015
10:00 AM PST to 6:00 PM PST

Register Here: http://tinyurl.com/lomy6lf



These invitation-only, customer sessions will focus on the most timely and pressing business and technical issues. TAM Day is a great opportunity to:
checkmark-wh  Interact with VMware experts and leaders
checkmark-wh  Network with peers and industry professionals
checkmark-wh  Learn about VMware best practices, future planning and strategies

 

I wish you all a fantastic week ahead, I hope you enjoy this weeks newsletter as much as we did putting it together for you.

 

Virtually Yours

Neil Isserow

Staff Technical Account Manager, Team Lead

San Francisco, CA

 

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San Fran

tinyurl.com/m4wmen5 for full list

 

VMware TAM WEBCASTS

 

Official VMware Webcast Site: click here

 

 

On-Demand Webinars:

SDDC:

  • On-Demand: The Software-Defined Data Center: the Future of IT
  • On-Demand: A Practical Roadmap to Moving Beyond Server Virtualization
  • Every Wednesday, 3pm EST: VMware Communities Roundtable
  • What’s new in vSphere 6 Security?  Learn here about the new security features in vSphere 6, and also the vSphere Hardening Guide.Top 5 Tips when considering vCenter Architecture Design in vSphere v6.0 are here.
Operations Management:
  • On-Demand: Getting More Out of vRealize Automation, No Scripting Required
  • On-Demand: Log Insight Deep Dive
  • On-Demand: Performance & Troubleshooting – Improving Quality of Service
  • On-Demand: Operational Efficiency – Understanding Waste and Rightsizing your Environment
  • On-Demand: vRealize Operations 6.0 Installation and the Migration from vCenter Operations v5.x
  • On-Demand: What’s New in vRealize Operations 6.0
  • On-Demand: vRealize Operations 6.0: Capacity Management and Planning
  • On-Demand: Four Ways to Maximize the Value of VMware vRealize Operations Manager
  • On-Demand: Take Virtualization to the Next Level with vSphere with Operations Management
  • On-Demand: Take control of your vSphere environment with Operations Management
  • VIDEOS: 50 new vRealize Operations 6 videos available on the vR Ops product website (on the Resources tab), covering Key Concepts, Use Cases, Installation, Analytics Badges, and How To & Tech Tips.
    • New: The new VMware PowerCLI blog here has it’s first Customer Spotlight on our own homegrown Josh Atwell!  This blog series will spotlight PowerCLI users and give the community some insight around how they got started, how PowerCLI has helped them, and other words of wisdom.
    • New: There is now a new content pack for Docker containers in vCM.  This is the first industry solution to have security and compliance for Docker containers.
    • New: VMware just released our PCI DSS v3.1 Compliance toolkit for *NIX, Windows, and vSphere.  Click here to read about it.
    • New:  Here are 12 reasons why you should use the Log Insight integrated load balancer.
    • There is a new Health Monitoring tool for vRealize Suite deployments called vRealize Production Test.  This is an add-on component to the vRealize Suite that ensures the operational status of vRealize Suite deployments from their initial deployment stages to ongoing Production Testing.  Emphasis was placed on vRA and vR Ops.  Get it here. Read more about it here
Automation:
  • On-Demand: 5 Ways Cloud Automation Drives Greater Cost and Operational Transparency – Led by Kevin Lees, VMware Principal Architect and Lead Architect for Global IT Operations Transformation.
Networking:
  • On-Demand: Introduction to NSX  (VMware ViewPoint Training & Certification Webinar Series)
  • On-Demand: VMware NSX – Technical Overview
  • On-Demand: Listen to Martin Casado explain NSX and Microsegmentation
  • On-Demand: A 3-minute summary of NSX and Microsegmentation
  • Every other Tuesday, 1pm EST: VMware NSX. Learn how VMware has applied the industry’s leading virtualization operating model to the network through this bi-weekly webinar.
Storage:
  • On-Demand: What’s All the Buzz about Software-Defined Storage? (Learn about Virtual SAN 6 and vSphere Virtual Volumes)
  • On-Demand: What’s New in Virtual SAN v6.0 – Seeing What’s New in Storage
    • New: VMware Virtual SAN Health Check plug-in is now available.  Read more here.
    • Learn about Virtual Volumes here, from Rawlinson Rivera, Principal Architect.
    • Hands On Lab: "What’s New in Virtual SAN 6?"  Click here!
Disaster Recovery:
  • On-Demand: Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery in Action
  • On-Demand: Technical Demo: What’s New with vCloud Air Disaster Recovery
    • The VMware Feature Walk-Through site has content covering the vCloud Air Disaster Recovery Service.  Watch it here.  (Read more about this new vCloud Air DRaaS offering here.)
Cloud:
  • On-Demand: Build Development and Testing Environments on VMware vCloud Air
  • On-Demand: Set Your Cloud Agenda with VMware vCloud Air
  • On-Demand: Scale Your Mobile App Development on vCloud Air
    • Learn about VMware’s “One Cloud. Any Application. Any Device” value proposition here.
Desktop:
  • On-Demand: VMware Horizon: Transforming Desktop and Application Delivery and Management
  • On-Demand: Accelerate Your Desktop Transformation Strategy: Six New Additions to Horizon 6
    • If you’re interested in VDI and Security, read this article: Thanks to Horizon 6.1, VDI finally has some inherent security benefits over physical desktops. 
Troubleshooting:
  • On-Demand: Webinar on Troubleshooting  VMware vSphere [V5.5], covering SSL certificates, networking, storage, VMware vCenter SSO, and more.  Read more about it here. (VMware ViewPoint Training & Certification Webinar Series)
Scheduled Webinar Events:May 13: Organizing for the Cloud: Practical Tips to Develop the Skills You Need (TAM Customer Webcast Series)May 20: vR Automation: Integrate with Anything (Getting More out of vRealize Operations 6.0 Webinar Series) (Link forthcoming)May 21: VMware vForum Online Spring 2015 (From your desk, explore What’s New from VMware, test-drive Hands on Labs, attend up to 16 breakout sessions, engage in technical chat sessions, and win prizes)May 22: The Myths and Realities of Desktop as a Service (DaaS)  (TAM Customer Webcast Series)Jun 3: vR Automation: Cloud Business Management with vRealize Business (Getting More out of vRealize Operations 6.0 Webinar Series) (Link forthcoming)Jun 4: Annual Carolinas VMUG Summit in Charlotte, NC. Agenda is here.Jun 15: VVOLs, Storage – led by Cormac Hogan (TAM Customer Webcast Series) (Link forthcoming)Jun 17: Using vRealize Automation and NSX to Deploy and Secure Multi-tiered Applications (Getting More out of vRealize Operations 6.0 Webinar Series) (Link forthcoming)Jul 23: 5 Ways Cloud Automation Drives Greater Cost and Operational Transparency  (TAM Customer Webcast Series)  (Link forthcoming)
Aug 30-Sep 3: VMworld 2015
  • Registration: here.
    • Pricing: here.
    • PSO Credits:  Use 22 PSO Credits to buy your ticket.  FAQ’s are here.  10 ticket limit per organization.  Credits must not expire before the end of VMworld.
    • TAM Day: Sunday Aug 30th, 10am-6pm.  These invitation-only, customer sessions will focus on the most timely and pressing business and technical issues.  Select the TAM Day Package by entering TAM2015 in the promotion code section.  Read more here.

 

VMUG100,000 members strong!  This vibrant VMware community welcomes you to network, learn best practices, and share ideas about VMware solutions.Program for VMUG Advantage subscribers: EVALExperience by VMware – a renewable 365 day, non-production license so that you can access and evaluate the latest and greatest VMware products.  Click here for the press release, here for the blog, and here to sign up!- VMUG Feed4ward mentor program.  Learn more here.- VMUG eLearning Webcast Page: Click here- VMUG eLearning Center: Click here- VMUG wiki: Click here- Webcast Archive File Library: Click here  (Latest additions: Keeping Up with VMware Backup & Recovery Challenges of the Software-Defined Virtual Data Center)- On-Demand: VMUG 2015 Virtual Event (available until May 17)

 

Scheduled VMUG Webinar Events:May 19: Extend the Benefits of Workspace Environment Management to Virtual Desktops and Apps Using VMware App Volumes, UEM, vRealize Ops, and More (VMware)Jun 2: The Potential Business Value of Low-Latency Flash (tegile)Jun 4: Annual Carolinas VMUG Summit in Charlotte, NC.  Agenda is here. VMware Education:
  • New Hands-on Lab for AirWatch!  This new Hands-on Lab is designed to give you an introduction to AirWatch and Mobile Device Management (MDM).  Read more about it here.
  • New KB: VMware Product now support of leap seconds.  Click here to read about it.
  • Fling! See the Top 10 Flings of April here on the Stats tab.
If you missed it last week….
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KB ARTICLES

VMware App Volumes
Installation prompt appears when browsing SharePoint WebApp Components for Office (2111247)
Date Published: 4/28/2015
Manually copying an AppStack to a new or migrated App Volumes Manager server (2115440)
Date Published: 4/28/2015
App Volumes Manager fails to launch after initial install with remote SQL Database using Windows Authentication (2108131)
Date Published: 4/28/2015

VMware Continuent for Analytics and Big Data
Continuent Replicator fails to connect after updating replication user’s database password (2111395)
Date Published: 4/30/2015
Preparing Triggers for Row-Based Replication (2112599)
Date Published: 4/30/2015
The Continuent Replicator service fails with the error: Event application failed: Error writing file (2113223)
Date Published: 4/30/2015

VMware Continuent for Disaster Recovery
VMware Continuent process fails to start and does not write anything to the log file (2112233)
Date Published: 4/30/2015

VMware ESXi
Quiescing operations cause a Windows virtual machine to panic with a Stop 24 error on ntfs.sys (2115997)
Date Published: 4/30/2015
VMware ESXi 5.5, Patch ESXi550-201504401-BG: Updates esx-base (2114246)
Date Published: 4/30/2015
VMware ESXi 5.5, Patch ESXi550-201504403-BG: Updates net-ixgbe (2114248)
Date Published: 4/30/2015
VMware ESXi 5.5, Patch ESXi-5.5.0-20150404001-standard (2114251)
Date Published: 4/30/2015
VMware ESXi 5.5, Patch ESXi550-201504101-SG: Updates esx-base (2114255)
Date Published: 4/30/2015
Implementing vSphere Metro Storage Cluster using Hitachi Storage Cluster for VMware vSphere and the Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform G1000 (2115494)
Date Published: 4/29/2015
Creating a quiesced snapshot of a Windows 2012 R2 virtual machine generates Event ID157 (2115932)
Date Published: 4/30/2015
VMware ESXi 5.5, Patch Release ESXi550-201504002 (2114245)
Date Published: 4/30/2015
VMware ESXi 5.5, Patch ESXi550-201504402-BG: Updates tools-light (2114247)
Date Published: 4/30/2015
VMware ESXi 5.5, Patch ESXi550-201504404-BG: Updates misc-drivers (2114250)
Date Published: 4/30/2015
VMware ESXi 5.5, Patch ESXi-5.5.0-20150404001-no-tools (2114253)
Date Published: 4/30/2015
VMware ESXi 5.5, Patch ESXi-5.5.0-20150401001s-standard (2114256)
Date Published: 4/30/2015
VMware ESXi 5.5, Patch ESXi-5.5.0-20150401001s-no-tools (2114257)
Date Published: 4/30/2015
ESXi 5.5 host loses network connectivity with Broadcom 10 GB Nics and bnx2x driver loaded (2114957)
Date Published: 4/30/2015
Creating a VMFS volume using the Add Storage wizard times out on a SolidFire iSCSI SSD Array (2115292)
Date Published: 4/28/2015

VMware EVO:RAIL
Updating a license on a second VMware EVO:RAIL appliance (2101839)
Date Published: 4/28/2015
Configuring VMware EVO:RAIL fails at 96% with the error: “An error has occurred: Try again.” (2108787)
Date Published: 4/28/2015
Replacing a hardware component in VMware EVO:RAIL does not reset the hardware alarm (2113427)
Date Published: 4/28/2015

VMware Horizon 6
Ctrl + Alt + Insert is not sent to the View Agent (2113860)
Date Published: 4/27/2015
Unable to retrieve a license for the display protocol. Please contact your system administrator (2114579)
Date Published: 4/29/2015

VMware Horizon Mirage
Mirage Management/Mirage Server fails to install because of FIPS compliant algorithms group policy (2110171)
Date Published: 4/29/2015
Mirage Client Service starts and stops immediately due to .NET Framework bitness misconfiguration (2110436)
Date Published: 4/30/2015

VMware IT Business Management Advanced
Cannot change the length property of UDF field Phone Number for Object user in VMware IT Business Management Enterprise (2114739)
Date Published: 4/28/2015

VMware Mirage
Mirage endpoint machines with Sophos SafeGuard may display blue diagnostic screen with error 0x0000007B (INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE) after Pivot (2111573)
Date Published: 4/29/2015
Mirage logs auto uploaded to FTP using WinSCP (2115300)
Date Published: 4/29/2015

Mirage Client removal with the cleanstate option may cause permission change in folders (2113859)
Date Published: 4/29/2015

VMware NSX for Multi-Hypervisor
VMware NSX for Multi Hypervisor 4.x Manager Updates section displays Current Version: Unknown (2111196)
Date Published: 4/28/2015

VMware NSX for vSphere
NSX Manager version 6.x becomes non-responsive (2115459)
Date Published: 4/30/2015

VMware ThinApp
Testing a native application with a virtual command prompt (2114114)
Date Published: 4/28/2015

VMware User Environment Manager
In the VMware User Environment Manager Management Console text-less buttons appears on Native Asian Windows installation (2115814)
Date Published: 4/29/2015
Fulfillment of VMware User Environment Manager 8.6 for Horizon 6 Enterprise Edition Customers (2115597)
Date Published: 4/29/2015

VMware vCenter Server
Launching a console connection to a virtual machine fails with the error: Unable to connect to the MKS: Could not connect to pipe \\.\pipe\vmware-authdpipe within retry period (2115126)
Date Published: 4/28/2015
Upgrading VMware vCenter Server with an Oracle Database from 5.x to 6.0 fails with the error: The user associated with the DSN has insufficient privileges (2115398)
Date Published: 4/28/2015
Storage DRS automation task reverts disk rules to default (2112843)
Date Published: 4/27/2015
Upgrading to vCenter Server 6.0 fails with the error: “Source vCenter Server schema validation found an issue.” (2113439)
Date Published: 4/27/2015

VMware vCenter Server Appliance
The Autodeploy TFTP Service is unreachable on vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 (2116018)
Date Published: 5/1/2015

VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager
Heartbeat datastores get unmounted during a VMware Site Recovery Manager failover operation causing a HA error (2115919)
Date Published: 5/1/2015

VMware vCloud Automation Center
Running Data Collection on a new VMware vRealize Orchestrator endpoint in VMware vRealize Automation fails with the error: full authentication is required to access this resource (2112093)
Date Published: 4/29/2015

VMware vCloud Networking and Security
vShield Manager version 5.5.4.x becomes non-responsive (2114813)
Date Published: 4/30/2015
VMware vFabric Hyperic Server
Configuring Oracle 11g for monitoring in VMware vCenter Hyperic Server and VMware vFabric Hyperic Server (2114740)
Date Published: 4/28/2015

VMware vRealize Business Advanced
Redirecting an HTTP page to HTTPS in VMware vRealize Business Advanced/Enterprise (2115573)
Date Published: 4/29/2015

VMware vRealize Operations Manager
VMware vRealize Operations Manager performs unreliably after a data node crashes (2116021)
Date Published: 5/1/2015
VMware vRealize Operations Manager SCOM 3.1 adapter fails collecting for all objects with the CommVault alert reporting as: :{0} (2115866)
Date Published: 4/30/2015

VMware vRealize Orchestrator
WebViews missing from VMware vRealize Orchestrator 6.x (2114405)
Date Published: 4/29/2015

VMware vShield Edge
Enabling and disabling SSLv3 encryption on VMware vShield Edge (CVE-2014-3566) (2115288)
Date Published: 4/30/2015

VMware vSphere Data Protection
Collecting VMware vSphere Data Protection 6.x diagnostic information (2115293)
Date Published: 5/1/2015

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