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Hi everyone and welcome to this weeks VMware TAM Source Newsletter. This week we have a new TAM Blog which I wanted to let you all know about. I have chosen to include the entire blog posting this week as this is a really important posting by our TAM Practice Director, Andy Nederveld as it describes the key characteristics of why our TAM program is considered amongst the best in the industry. Please take some time to read this and I hope you find it enjoyable.

 

I also wanted to remind you that I will no longer be including KBs but rather just a link to the KBs which I would like to urge you to check weekly as well as discuss with your TAM to ensure you are fully up to date with any potential issues or updates that may be required in your environment.

 

I also want to give a shout out to a colleague who has just published a really great ebook that is now available. The book is called "vRealize Operations 6 Administrator's Companion: Performance Monitoring Capacity Planning Right-Sizing” by Jason Gaudreau. Take a look here: http://amzn.to/1d6bOef

 

Have a fantastic week everyone and enjoy this weeks newsletter.

 

Virtually Yours

Neil Isserow

Staff Technical Account Manager, Team Lead

San Francisco, CA

 

FEATURED BLOG!

Maximizing Your VMware Investment is Just the Beginning

By Andy Nederveld

 

Most of our TAM customers start out wanting to learn more about their VMware investment. And with over 400 highly skilled, experienced, and successful TAMs worldwide, that happens continuously. But down the road our customers report being surprised at how much they’ve learned about their own organization and processes. We’re never surprised to hear that, though, because the entire TAM Services program is designed to make you more successful; it has no other purpose.

 

The Making of a Trusted Partner
First, we choose wisely. Our TAMs embrace a spirit of service and enjoy delving into long-term relationships with customers. We’ve assembled a well-credentialed, diverse group of professionals. All have a strong technical foundation, including VCP certification. Most have 10 to 15 years of industry experience before even joining the TAM program, often as managers, directors, executives, or top architects from large companies. Many have advanced degrees.

 

In the Americas, we have about 200 TAMs, many of whom have been with us for nearly a decade. The average tenure is about three years and climbing, which is high for the industry especially given the growth of the TAM program. When customers get our TAM Service, they tend to keep it.

 

Process and Focus
Second, we use a deeply collaborative process with our customers to understand their technical priorities and desired business outcomes. TAMs ask a lot of questions. That’s important because it lets us become truly proactive—helping to refine and develop strategies and approaches based on what’s working with other customers. Ultimately, TAMs seek to provide an objective, third-party perspective that gives customers an opportunity to look at challenges in ways they never have before.

 

Results are Everything
Finally, TAMs are evaluated almost exclusively on customer satisfaction. The results from our latest customer survey are outstanding.

• Over 90% of the customers surveyed told us their TAM “understands and helps us achieve our business and IT objectives using VMware technology.”

 

• Over 80% told us their TAM “enables collaboration and aligns planning discussions across my company's functional groups.”

When talking to customers, I frequently hear stories about how our TAMs helped them better understand and refine their own priorities, and even uncover redundant or misaligned initiatives which can distract from more critical efforts. That’s how we measure success.

 

Learn more about VMware TAM Services by visiting www.vmware.com/consulting/technical-account-manager or calling us at 1-877-486-9273.

 

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Mobility pioneers to speak at VMware Business Mobility event

 

Tomorrow VMware is hosting the virtual Business Mobility event, where mobile thought leaders will speak to the shifting business landscape and how mobility is redefining the way we work. The event will boast an exciting panel of speakers, including VMware executives and customers, who will share ...

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Enterprise mobility news recap: June 8-12

 

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Horizon FLEX: powerful policy controls

 

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HOT OFF THE PRESSES – VMware and F5 Hands-On-Lab Now Available!

 

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Jun 11, 2015 2:00:56 PM

 

VMware and AirWatch customers share success in “What’s New at VMware?” webcast

 

VMware recently hosted a webcast featuring Sanjay Poonen, VMware executive vice president and general manager of End-User Computing (EUC) alongside customers during the “What’s New at VMware?” investor relations call. The call focused on VMware’s vision of software innovation and customers who sa...

Jun 11, 2015 1:00:30 PM

 

Thank you Macworld

 

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Jun 10, 2015 4:46:25 PM

 

Horizon FLEX: remote image management and policy enforcement

 

Hi, I’m Andy from VMware. Today I’d like to show you something exciting from VMware that may not have made it on to your radar – remotely managed policies for Fusion users! Back in December we launched a new product called Horizon FLEX. The concept behind FLEX is simple, Fusion is fantastic for y...

Jun 9, 2015 3:00:59 PM

 

The Only Constant is Change: a Truism for IT Infrastructure and Desktops as a Service

 

Supporting Temporary Use Cases with Desktops-as-a-Service (DaaS) The coming of summer makes me think of that big truism “the only constant is change,” and its counterpart, “it’s how you handle change that matters.” When it comes to IT infrastructure, the ability to effectively manage unforeseen b...

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PARTNER

 

New VMware TAP SDDC NDA Roadmap Session Announced

 

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Renewal ELA Order Handling – Change Announcement

 

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Jun 15, 2015 8:08:09 PM

 

Horizon Air Services are Available in Australia-New Zealand & Japan

 

View the data sheet for DaaS Solution Competency requirements and log into Partner University to get started today. Partners must have their VMware DaaS Solution Competency completed in order to transact. Download the assets now available to help you through the various (pre, during, and post) sa...

Jun 15, 2015 7:54:39 PM

 

VMware and HP’s Global Innovation Center

 

Watch and share this video featuring Jim Greaney (VMware) and Rick Boyett (HP) to learn how together, we are putting the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) within your customers’ immediate reach, with the new Global Innovation Center. From End User computing solutions to the new SDDC, the Innova...

Jun 12, 2015 3:19:03 PM

 

Promos to Help You Sell vSphere with Operations Management End this Month

 

Act on these promos now... the 25% off promotion for upgrading from vSphere to the equivalent or higher edition of vSphere with Operations Management ends 24 June, 2015. You can also earn up to 20% in additional partner incentives through 30 June, 2015 for selling vSphere. And, if your customers ...

Jun 12, 2015 8:00:13 AM

 

New Sales Playbook for Fujitsu Integrated System PRIMEFLEX for VMware EVO:RAIL

 

Increase your pipeline and win rate of Converged & Hyper-Converged Infrastructure projects with Fujitsu. This recently released sales playbook is a comprehensive tool designed by sales for sales.

Jun 11, 2015 2:58:46 PM

 

LIVE Business Mobility Online Event - June 16th from 9-10am Pacific

 

View the agenda and register today for the upcoming online event. There's an exciting world of new opportunities evolving—a world where early movers can take advantage and winners will be defined by mobile-first or mobile-only strategies. VMware has created a comprehensive, secure business mobili...

Jun 10, 2015 9:29:31 PM

 

Driving Customized Security Services Webinar - June 15th from 8-9am Pacific

 

Join us to learn how you can deploy scalable micro-segmentation and use a unified policy model to enable advanced security services to move with your customers’ specific application workloads anywhere in the data center. The Software Defined Data Center with VMware NSX network virtualization plat...

Jun 10, 2015 9:27:43 PM

 

VMworld 2015 Europe Registration Is Now Open

 

Join us at VMworld Europe 2015 in Barcelona, Spain, 12-15 October to gain the essential tools, partner roadmap, training, and real solutions you need to innovate and excel with VMware. Register now and save €200 with our Early Bird pricing. Don’t miss these NEW and improved content areas at this ...

Jun 10, 2015 8:46:03 PM

 

Syndication Tools Will Strengthen Your Marketing Efforts

 

Visit the Partner Demand Center to learn more about our syndication tools. Social Media Syndication offers daily social content that is published directly to your corporate Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn accounts. The Website Content Syndication module makes it easy to showcase the latest and mos...

Jun 9, 2015 6:25:33 PM

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MORE NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM AROUND THE WEB

 

The value of Virtual Volumes (VVols)

 

Regular readers will know that I normally blog about the technical aspects of storage, as opposed to doing opinion pieces. However there have been a number of articles published recently questioning the value of VMware’s Virtual Volumes, commonly referred to as VVols. In general, the pieces I hav...

Jun 19, 2015 12:05:30 PM

 

Conservative vs Aggressive for VMCP APD response

 

Advertise here with BSA I just finished writing the vMSC 6.0 Best Practices paper which is about to be released when a question came in. The question was around the APD scenario and whether the response to an APD should be set to aggressive or conservative. Its a good question and my instinct imm...

Jun 19, 2015 11:35:05 AM

 

Automating installation of VMware Tools for Mac OS X

 

After publishing my recent article on automating the silent installation of VMware Tools for Linux guestOSes, I received a similar question regarding Mac OS X guests and whether the existing script would also apply. The answer is no since Mac OS X packages differ from the Linux installres, but it...

Jun 18, 2015 7:12:28 PM

 

Now THIS is commitment to a gag :-)

 

Has been a really, REALLY busy (but awesome) week with the EMC team, the EMC Partners, and most importantly customers in Brazil.  Sao Paulo and Rio are amazing places – and lots of great people.   Completely spent. Working furiously on some big technical blog posts for Dockercon next week… At the...

Jun 18, 2015 5:19:57 PM

 

vCenter Server 6.0 Tidbits Part 12: New methods of downloading Support Bundles for VCSA / PSC

 

Many of you are probably pretty familiar with the process of generating a VMware Support bundle for vCenter Server when it comes to troubleshooting or filing an SR with VMware GSS by using either the vSphere Web/C# Client UI. With the released of vSphere 6.0 and specifically with the vCenter Serv...

Jun 18, 2015 9:37:12 AM

 

My first week with Pebble Time

 

Advertise here with BSA When Pebble Time was announced I backed the project on kickstarter based on Joe Baguley and Alan Renouf’s stories. Last week I received it and I’ve played with it a lot I must say and have been impressed from the moment it arrived. Simple things like the box it comes in (h...

Jun 17, 2015 5:01:15 PM

 

Automating silent installation of VMware Tools on Linux w/Automatic Kernel Modules

 

There was a recent question that was posted internally looking for a way to automate the silent installation of VMware Tools for Linux guest operating systems which also required enabling additional VMware Tools features like VMware's Automatic Kernel Modules. Currently, there are two options of ...

Jun 17, 2015 3:42:38 PM

 

All replicated Platform Services Controller should be joined to Active Directory

 

Last week a colleague of mines was setting up a new vSphere 6.0 environment which contained a vCenter Server with an external Platform Services Controller (PSC) for our Management vSphere Cluster and another vCenter Server also with an external PSC for our Compute vSphere Cluster. The PSC's were ...

Jun 16, 2015 4:31:10 PM

 

I will see you at VMworld 2015!

 

Advertise here with BSA Just got the word that I am going to be part of three sessions at VMworld this year, and still waiting on news about the quick talks I submitted. So if you are going to VMworld 2015 make sure to note down these session IDs: SDDC5027 – VCDX Unwrapped – Everything You Wanted...

Jun 16, 2015 4:28:03 PM

 

A closer look at Infinio Accelerator 2.0

 

I took the opportunity last week (while I was over in the Boston area) to catch up with Scott Davis . I’ve known Scott a long time, as he had various roles at VMware over a number of years. Scott is currently CTO at Infinio, a company that has developed an I/O acceleration product for virtual mac...

Jun 16, 2015 1:00:12 PM

 

Deployment and Design Considerations for VMware Mirage

 

This paper describes best practices for planning a VMware Mirage deployment. It addresses the primary phases of a Mirage deployment, including sizing, design, and the gathering of environmental data. The intended audience includes IT administrators, design architects, and managers who are familia...

Jun 16, 2015 5:12:00 AM

 

Virtualizing Microsoft Applications on VMware Virtual SAN

 

VMware Virtual SAN 6.0 provides customers and partners with a proven solution, capable of hosting virtualized Microsoft applications at a consistent performance level along with constant availability. This solution has been designed, configured, and tested to be a Proof of Concept of the capabili...

Jun 16, 2015 5:06:00 AM

 

A Tour of Dell’s Dashing Innovation Labs

 

Imagine walking through a technology version of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, and it would look a lot like Dell’s collection of engineering labs. Thanks to my recent adventures as a Dell Enterprise Innovation Day participant, I spent the day sneaking a peak at Dell’s version of the next everla...

Jun 15, 2015 2:20:23 PM

 

Check Out Our New Podcast – Datanauts!

 

http://media.blubrry.com/packetpushers/p/content.blubrry.com/packetpushers/Datanauts_001-Hyper_Convergence_with_Scott_D_Lowe.mp3 In a recent release of Tech Reckoning , John Troyer states that “ podcasts and newsletters in 2015 feel a lot to me like blogs in 2005 ” due to their personal and intim...

Jun 13, 2015 3:37:19 PM

 

Now available as Rough Cut: Virtualizing Hadoop: How to Install, Deploy, and Optimize Hadoop in a Virtualized Architecture

 

The Rough Cuts service from Safari Books gives you exclusive access to an evolving manuscript that you can read online or download as a PDF and print. A Rough Cuts book is not fully edited or completely formatted, but you'll get access to new versions as they are created. This is the only complet...

Jun 12, 2015 6:28:00 AM

 

How to create custom ESXi boot menu to support multiple Kickstart files?

 

I recently received a question from one of my readers who was looking to migrate from ESXi 4.1 to newer version and one of the challenges they faced was around their ESXi scripted installs, better known as ESXi Kickstart. Previously, they had relied on using a custom syslinux boot menu to be able...

Jun 11, 2015 4:26:34 PM

 

vROps Management Pack for Virtual SAN

 

Virtual SAN already has a number of features and extensions for performance monitoring and real-time diagnostics and troubleshooting. In particular, there is VSAN Observer, which is included as part of the Ruby vSphere Console (RVC). Another new feature is the Health Check Plugin , which was rece...

Jun 11, 2015 1:05:24 PM

 

Synchronet leverages Virtual SAN to provide scale, agility and reduced costs to their customers

 

Advertise here with BSA This week I had the pleasure to talk to John Nicholson who works for one of our partners (Synchronet out of Houston). John has been involved with various Virtual SAN implementations and designs and I felt that it would make for an interesting conversation. John in my opini...

Jun 11, 2015 9:40:47 AM

 

Video - Delivering Secure Role-Based Desktops with VMware NSX and App Volumes

 

VMware NSX with Horizon and App Volumes enables desktop IT to realize the efficiency and savings of a single pool of users combined with role-based security and real-time app delivery.

Jun 10, 2015 10:35:00 AM

 

Free e-learning course - VMware User Environment Manager: Fundamentals

 

This free eLearning course describes the key benefits of VMware User Environment Manager and how it can benefit an organization.   Students will get an overview of the installation and configuration process as well as insight into the key elements of the user interface. At the end of this course,...

Jun 9, 2015 6:49:00 PM

 

vCenter Server 6.0 Tidbits Part 11: Automate SSO Admin password change

 

After publishing my last article around the topic of Automating SSO Admin configurations using some simple LDAP commands which is applicable for both vSphere 5.5 and 6.0. It was pointed out to me by my buddy G. Blair Fritz who works over in our GSS Organization that another handy operation to sha...

Jun 9, 2015 5:04:38 PM

 

VIO limitations with VDS networking

 

Earlier this month, I shared a post about my experiences with deploying VIO, VMware integrated OpenStack . One of the issues I highlighted was the fact that when I tried to create a network, it failed with a very unhelpful error message. The reason the network creation failed was due to a limitat...

Jun 9, 2015 1:19:03 PM

 

Quick Tip - Using ovftool to connect to vCloud Director behind a 2-Factor Authentication portal

 

A couple of months back I ran into an issue while trying to upload a couple of files to VMware's internal OneCloud environment which uses vCloud Director. The issue that I encountered was that our OneCloud environment no longer supported basic username/password authentication, which I hoping to a...

Jun 8, 2015 5:25:15 PM

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VMware TAM WEBCASTS

 

Official VMware Webcast Site: click here

 

 

On-Demand Webinars:

SDDC:

  • NEW: On-Demand: vCenter Server (vSphere 6)
  • NEW: On-Demand: vSphere Security (vSphere 6)
  • NEW: On-Demand: Examining your Security Posture in the Software-Defined Data Center
  • On-Demand: What’s New with vSphere and Operations Management 6
  • On-Demand: New Video from HP Discover: VMware and HP’s Global Innovation Center
  • On-Demand: VMware vForum Online Spring 2015
  • On-Demand: The Software-Defined Data Center: the Future of IT
  • On-Demand: A Practical Roadmap to Moving Beyond Server Virtualization
  • On-Demand: Datacenter Refresh: Traditional vs Converged vs Hyper-Converged
  • Every Wednesday, 3pm EST: VMware Communities Roundtable
    • NEW: Install vSphere 6 video here.
    • 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:
  • NEW: On-Demand: Using vRealize Automation and NSX to Deploy and Secure Multi-tiered Applications
  • On-Demand: Getting More Out of vRealize Automation: Cloud Business Management (vRealize Business)
  • On-Demand: Getting More Out of vRealize Automation: Integrate with Anything
  • On-Demand: Getting More Out of vRealize Automation: Introduction to Customization and Extending
  • On-Demand: Getting More Out of vRealize Automation: 6.2 Installation and Configuration
  • 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.
    • 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 latest version 1.1 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.
    • This infographic shows how automating private cloud infrastructure management can improve the efficiency of cloud operations, resource management, accelerated virtualization, and deliver enormous CapEx and OpEx savings.
Networking:
  • NEW: On-Demand: Using vRealize Automation and NSX to Deploy and Secure Multi-tiered Applications
  • NEW: On-Demand: VMware NSX for Horizon (video series)
  • On-Demand: Learn how NSX delivers a comprehensive security approach for Horizon environments
  • On-Demand: Introduction to NSX
  • 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
  • On-Demand: NSX Distributed Firewall Deep Dive
  • 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.
    • Product walk-through demo on NSX can be found here.
    • There are security threats imminent for customers who will not migrate off of Windows 2003 by mid-July, when support ends.  Read more here.  You can use NSX help you through this transition.
Storage:
  • NEW: On-Demand: vSphere 6.0: All Things Storage! (led by Cormac Hogan)
  • On-Demand: Lower Storage Costs with VMware Virtual SAN
  • On-Demand: VMware Virtual Volumes and their Impact on the Datacenter
  • On-Demand: Managing Storage Policies with VMware Virtual SAN
  • 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
  • On-Demand: Overcoming Performance Limitations with Dell Flash Storage
    • NEW: Try out Virtual SAN 6 for free here.
    • Hands On Lab: "What’s New in Virtual SAN 6?"  Click here!
      • Learn about Virtual Volumes here, from Rawlinson Rivera, Principal Architect.
    Disaster Recovery:
    • On-Demand: Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery in Action
    • On-Demand: Technical Demo: What’s New with vCloud Air Disaster Recovery
    • On-Demand: Not Your Grandfather’s Data Protection
      • NEW: New Disaster Recovery Tutorial Series that covers various areas of how you might set up VMware vCloud Air Disaster Recovery here.
      • NEW: 60% of businesses don’t have a DR plan in place.  Learn why industry adoption is on the rise here.
      • 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:
    • NEW: On-Demand: IT Security does not have to End where the Public Cloud Begins
    • On-Demand: Check out VMware and Fujitsu joint solutions that bring a “Hybrid IT” model to optimize the cloud and support innovation and growth.
    • 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:
    • NEW: On-Demand: Business Mobility: Enabling Business Process Innovation with Mobile-First Strategies (hosted by CEO Pat Gelsinger and EVP Sanjay Poonen).  In this announcement, these were highlighted:
      • Further commitment to Apple and iOS support
      • VMware Identity Manager - one–touch access to apps from any device.
      • Growing industry support for ACE (App Configuration for Enterprise)
      • Split-Billing solution with AT&T
      • AirWatch integrated with NSX
    • NEW: On-Demand: VMware NSX for Horizon (video series)
    • NEW: On-Demand: Deliver High-Performance Graphically-Accelerated VDI
    • NEW: On-Demand: Extend the Benefits of Workspace Environment Management to Virtual Desktops and Apps Using VMware App Volumes, UEM, vRealize Ops and More
    • On-Demand: Learn how NSX delivers a comprehensive security approach for Horizon environments
    • On-Demand: VMware Horizon: Transforming Desktop and Application Delivery and Management
    • On-Demand: Accelerate Your Desktop Transformation Strategy: Six New Additions to Horizon 6
      • NEW: Visit The Bridge by VMware here for the latest Business Mobility thought leadership content, including new interactive vertical story graphs showcasing Business Mobility Transformation in Education, Healthcare, Finance, Government, and Retail.
      • NEW: Horizon has been placed in the Lead category of IDC’s latest report “IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Virtual Client Computing Software 2015 Vendor Assessment” here, topping all vendors in both the strategies and capabilities categories.
      • Have you heard about the new VMware User Environment Manager (UEM), which offers personalization and dynamic policy configuration across any virtual, physical, and cloud-based environment?  Read more about it here.
    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.
      • Learn about how a TAM views Troubleshooting 101 for Server Ops here.
    Scheduled Webinar Events:Jun 23: Tips and Tricks for Building a Mobile Secure Workspace with VMware HorizonJun 23: vCloud Air Google+ HangoutJun 23: Agile Big Data (learn how vSphere + Big Data Extensions serves as the platform for increased data agility) (vSphere 6 Webcast)Jun 25: Business-critical MySQL with DR in vCloud AirJun 29: Cloud Security Best Practices with the SANS Institute: Securely Transition to the Cloud – Increase Agility & Reduce RiskJun 30: Business Continuity  (vSphere 6 Webcast)Jul 7: PowerCLI  (vSphere 6 Webcast)Jul 7: vRealize Operations v6.0: Installation, Sizing, and Migration (Getting More out of vRealize Operations 6.0 Webinar Series) (Link forthcoming)Jul 14: Web Client  (vSphere 6 Webcast)Jul 21: vSphere 6 Performance (vSphere 6 Webcast)Jul 23: 5 Ways Cloud Automation Drives Greater Cost and Operational Transparency  (TAM Customer Webcast Series)  (Link forthcoming)
    Jul 28: Virtual Volumes and Storage Policy-Based Management (vSphere 6 Webcast)Aug 11: vCenter Server Availability (vSphere 6 Webcast) 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. (Already > 70% full.  Sign up now here if you think you’ll be going to VMworld this year to reserve your space before July 1st deadline for complementary reservations.)
      • Training Discount: You can maximize savings on training classes by signing up for pre-conference training courses or discounted self-paced courses during VMworld registration.  Get more details here.  View more on PearsonVue’s site here.
      • See last year’s sessions here.

     

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    Scheduled VMUG Webinar Events:Jun 23: Virtualization at the Speed of Flash (Pure Storage)Jul 2: What’s New in VMware vSphere 6: First Look and Upgrade Best Practices (Veeam) VMware Education:
    • ALERT: Leap Second impact to VMware Products that will occur on June 30, 2015. KB 2115818.
    • VMwares Center for Policy and Compliance just released the VMware vSphere 6.0 Hardening Guide Compliance Toolkit in vCM here.
    • EDUCATION: Get a free Apple Watch or 15% off your next VMware course here (for a specific list of classes).
    • Learn about VMware’s Project Enzo here, redefining the economics, simplicity, and performance of virtual workspace services delivery.
    • Learn more about the VMware Horizon for Linux Early Access Program here.
    If you missed it last week….

     

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