FROM THE EDITORS VIRTUAL DESK

Welcome to the latest edition of the VMware TAM Weekly Newsletter. This week we have 2 items that may be of interest to you apart from the usual news and updates. First off we have a blog posting from the official VMware TAM Blog. This is titled "Platform Services Controller (PCS) and vCenter Server 6 Maximums". A preview of the article is below with a link to the full article. If you are new to vSphere 6 then I suggest that this would be a very good read.

We also have a new section that is actually an old section we are bringing back. This is "Tweets of the Week" and features 5 specifically selected Tweets that our Twitter Account Manager has selected to showcase each week.

There is also a summary of the TAM Social Media Assets now in every newsletter. These include links to our official blog, Twitter, Facebook and more. As we progress we will include other items for you to connect with us on.

I wish you all a successful week ahead and look forward to bringing you further news and updates next week.

 

Virtually Yours

Neil Isserow

Staff Technical Account Manager, Team Lead

San Francisco, CA


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TAM TWEETS OF THE WEEK (Editor: Daniel Mizrahi) - twitter.com/vmwareTAM
- VMware's five key cloud-native computing investments | https://t.co/fcuXu9av5T https://t.co/zZKwDWst21
- VMware's Casado warns Congress of insufficient national cyber defenses | https://t.co/65tG9zU9GQ https://t.co/C2ZUeTGIED
- Photon Platform Devbox: give it a try! | https://t.co/R8xHs6dC7b https://t.co/PDyb0i8312
- Datacenter Infrastructure Architectural Rules | https://t.co/XeM8VWE6rk https://t.co/vpY7mEbT2o
- VMware sets course on future strategies | https://t.co/axSZAPD32k https://t.co/FM7XbE7LOa

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NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM VMWARE

GENERAL NEWS

vRealize Automation 7.0, Virtual SAN Stretch Clusters, and The Cloud Business Manager Role

The VMware blogosphere is a wealth of knowledge covering everything from how-to content to put your skills to the test, to strategic concepts that can help you think differently about work. Check out a few of the latest posts from the Professional Services bloggers below! VMware vRealize Automati...

Jan 15, 2016 4:17:30 PM

Host disconnected from vCenter and VMs showing as inaccessible

Another deep-dive troubleshooting blog today from Nathan Small (twitter account: @vSphereStorage ) Description from customer: Host is getting disconnected from vCenter and VMs are showing as inaccessible. Only one host is affected. Analysis: A quick review of the vmkernel log shows a log spew of ...

Jan 15, 2016 1:30:54 PM

TLDR

By Tim Aines I learned a new acronym yesterday. One apparently invented by in-a-hurry techie Millennials. It showed up in a VMware technical analysis I was reading. In this otherwise extremely useful document was a sentence near the end that started out “TLDR.” A naturally curious type, I sort of...

Jan 14, 2016 8:51:04 PM

How to Overcome the Resistance to Change

By Gordon Hodgson As the New Year begins IT Organizations are beginning to implement their strategies for 2016 which will bring change to their operations that will have impact their staff. Mark Fields, the CEO at Ford addresses strategy when he is quoted as saying, “You can have the best plan in...

Jan 14, 2016 8:45:53 PM

Learn how to upload virtual machines from VMware Workstation 12 to vCloud Air

In our previous video tutorial Learn how to connect VMware Workstation to vCloud Air , we demonstrated how quick and easy it is to connect your VMware Workstation application to a vCloud Air instance. In this video tutorial we show how you can upload a virtual machine from your Workstation instal...

Jan 14, 2016 4:55:25 PM

Learn how to connect VMware Workstation to vCloud Air

Did you know that you can connect your VMware Workstation application to a VMware vCloud Air instance? Well, in this short and snappy video tutorial you will learn how you do just that. For additional information and instructions, see VMware Knowledge Base article Connecting to VMware vCloud Air ...

Jan 14, 2016 4:53:21 PM

2016 VCDX Workshop Locations and Registrations

Happy New Year Everyone! I hope everyone had a safe and happy New Year. I wanted to provide a quick update on 2016 VCDX Workshops. In 2015, we established a new process that aligned workshops with key VMUG events. This worked out extremely well to combine efforts and combine events. We also learn...

Jan 11, 2016 4:25:05 PM

vCloud Air: The Past Week in Review

The cloud is constantly changing and it can be hard to keep up, but now you don’t have to miss a beat. Catch up on everything that’s been happening on the VMware vCloud Air Blog in one place! From RAM upgrades to vTech Talks, here’s the past week in review: WEBCAST: Navigating Important Cloud Dec...

Jan 16, 2016 5:00:43 PM

Upcoming Webcast: Expert Panel on Cloud Automation

Join us for a live, online event where Christian Paulus, Director of Product Marketing for Cloud Management will lead an expert panel on cloud automation. The panel will go through a series of demos and questions that will explore how IT teams can automate the delivery and ongoing management of s...

Jan 16, 2016 11:00:52 AM

WEBCAST: Navigating Important Cloud Decisions for 2016

Are you evaluating public clouds but don’t know where to begin? Are you wondering if you should compare features and functions, look at analyst ratings, or hire a consultant? Join Angelos Kottas, VMware Senior Director, Product Marketing, for this hour-long webcast on January 19 th at 11am PST to...

Jan 15, 2016 5:40:14 PM

Automating VMware NSX Security Rules Creation using Splunk and Some Code

The VMware NSX network virtualization platform allows us to build sophisticated networking and security constructs in software. NSX has a rich RESTful API which allows one to build highly flexible and automated environments. In this blog, we’re going to focus on operations and automation; we’ll d...

Jan 15, 2016 1:00:11 PM

RevenueWell draws on vCloud Air Network partner Armor to Deliver Security and Scalability

RevenueWell provides a patient marketing and communications suite for dentists everywhere. It currently helps over 3,500 dental offices to streamline their day-to-day operations, so they can get back to doing what they do best: provide quality dental care to patients. But part of providing qualit...

Jan 14, 2016 5:00:56 PM

The Best of Both Worlds with Advanced Networking Services

By: Penny Collen , Financial Solutions Architect, Thought Leader, Blogger, and Speaker Ask CIOs why they move workloads to the cloud and you will hear “cost savings” and “agility.” Ask those same CIOs why they are not using more cloud services and they will probably say security concerns. Securit...

Jan 13, 2016 5:00:37 PM

vCloud Air vTech Talk: Launch and secure applications with Bitnami and vCloud Air

Quick: How is it possible to configure secure, functioning applications and servers in just a few clicks and minutes? If you answered “Bitnami and vCloud Air,” then yeah, you probably read the title. In this episode of vCloud Air vTech Talk, our series highlighting tips, tricks and resources for ...

Jan 12, 2016 5:00:42 PM

Creating a Custom Role for SQL DBAs with the Management Pack for Microsoft SQL Server

By: Greg Hohertz, Blue Medora As you expand the reach of vRealize Operations Manager outside the realm of vSphere and down the stack into your compute, network and storage infrastructure and up the stack in databases, middleware, and applications, you’ll quickly find the need to create custom gro...

Jan 12, 2016 11:01:56 AM

Dedicated Cloud RAM Upgrade

The vCloud Air team is pleased to announce that we have increased the RAM in our Dedicated Cloud service to 240GB per host in all locations. This gives all customers, particularly the early adopters, more RAM and enables all users to create VMs up to 240GB in size. Benefits of this upgrade includ...

Jan 11, 2016 5:00:18 PM

Log Insight for Web Traffic

Happy New Year! You may have noticed in late December some new Log Insight content packs were published to the marketplace. In this post I would like to talk about which content packs were released and the value they provide. Background A total of 5 content packs were released: Apache – CLF Apach...

Jan 11, 2016 2:00:48 PM

END USER COMPUTING

Five Great Reasons for VMware Horizon Air

By Anthony Rizzo – Staff End-User-Computing Technologist, VMware As a VMware End-User-Computing Specialist, I encounter many people who still have not been exposed to the basic concepts of desktop virtualization and desktop as a service (DaaS). After these concepts are explained, the majority of ...

Jan 15, 2016 10:40:52 PM

What’s an Enterprise Social Network Got to Do with Sales?

By Randy Ferree, Mid Market Account Executive at VMware AirWatch Account Executive Randy Ferree shares how the sales team here at VMware AirWatch uses enterprise social network Socialcast to work faster, elevate the customer experience and build camaraderie. As an account executive, it’s my job t...

Jan 15, 2016 4:00:41 PM

mPOS Is the New Barcode: Retail Mobility Expected to Explode

Though it’s difficult to remember a time before it, the barcode actually just took off about 30 years ago after some resistance. Since then, barcodes have sped up checkout lines and provided powerful market data across the entire retail industry, reaching 80-90 percent adoption among the Fortune ...

Jan 15, 2016 4:00:21 PM

This Week’s Top Mobile News: Windows 10, iOS 9.3, CES and MWC 2016

Pretty please, with sugar on top, upgrade to Windows 10? Microsoft officially ended support for Windows 8 last weekend and started pushing users of small business PCs to upgrade to Windows 10 with new notifications. Computerworld noted, this could possibly impact pockets of users at large organiz...

Jan 15, 2016 3:09:37 PM

A Look at Mobile World Congress 2016: It’s Going to Be Epic

Apps, enterprise wearables, smart machines, money…everything’s coming up mobile. And the world’s biggest, annual conference on mobile trends and mobile innovation, Mobile World Congress 2016, is coming up soon, Feb. 22–25 in Barcelona, to cover it all. Mobile World Congress is the place for indus...

Jan 14, 2016 4:29:03 PM

A Look at Mobile World Congress 2016: It’s Going to Be Epic

Apps, enterprise wearables, smart machines, money…everything’s coming up mobile. And the world’s biggest, annual conference on mobile trends and mobile innovation, Mobile World Congress 2016 , is coming up soon, Feb. 22–25 in Barcelona, to cover it all. Mobile World Congress is the place for indu...

Jan 14, 2016 4:07:14 PM

Workaround for the NAT port forwarding issue in Fusion 8.1

We recently discovered that NAT network port forwarding doesn’t work properly in Fusion 8.1. While the VMware Fusion team is working on a fix which will be included in the next update, here is a temporary workaround. Steps: Download the NAT network component from https://www.vmware.com/go/ dl_vmn...

Jan 13, 2016 10:18:20 PM

Sneak Peek: AirWatch Content Locker Gets a New Look & Feel

A new AirWatch Content Locker is officially on the way. Following up on communications sent to AirWatch Content Locker administrators earlier this month, we’re so excited to share that your feedback has helped us develop an exciting new user interface for our popular secure content collaboration ...

Jan 13, 2016 6:21:19 PM

Trash Gets Smart: AirWatch Developers Hack Garbage Collection

Every mobile innovation starts with a problem. Ours was garbage. Our local city civic authorities in India struggle to find the best alternative for efficient garbage collection. Bin pickers constantly make rounds to check how full every garbage bin is, wasting time and resources. My team (Suprit...

Jan 13, 2016 2:01:07 PM

Southern States Transforms Customer Experience by Modernizing Retail Operations | VMware Horizon

Southern States Cooperative asked Steve Tupponce’s team to accomplish two things: improve the customer experience in the field and centralize its point-of-sale and agronomy systems. In the video below, the manager of infrastructure and delivery services shares his journey of evaluating multiple o...

Jan 12, 2016 8:12:31 PM

mPOS Is the New Barcode: Retail Mobility Expected to Explode

Though it’s difficult to remember a time before it, the barcode actually just took off about 30 years ago after some resistance. Since then, barcodes have sped up checkout lines and provided powerful market data across the entire retail industry, reaching 80-90 percent adoption among the Fortune ...

Jan 12, 2016 3:01:42 PM

Look Who’s Talking EUC + Mobile Retail at NRF 2016

Consumers aren’t coming to retail stores as much as they used to, but when they do, they are better educated and expect exceptional service. To stay current in this highly competitive new retail world, retailers are finding innovative ways to deliver delightful customer experiences and the produc...

Jan 11, 2016 12:50:35 PM

Look Who’s Talking Mobile at NRF 2016

Consumers aren’t coming to retail stores as much as they used to, but when they do, they are better educated and expect exceptional service. To stay current in this highly competitive new retail world, retailers are finding innovative ways to deliver delightful customer experiences and the produc...

Jan 11, 2016 12:45:10 PM