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Hi everyone, well January 2017 is already completed and I hope your beginning to 2017 has been as productive as mine. This week we have a new TAM Blog to present to you. The VMware TAM Blog is our VMware TAM exclusive blog dedicated to providing information and services that are most useful for our TAM customers. We provide a new post regularly that fall within these guidelines. Many of the blog posts come directly from our TAMs in the field based on what they have encountered with their customer in the field and are therefore based on real life experience. You can find the TAM blog at blogs/vmware.com/tam and it will always be featured in our newsletter.

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Quick Guide – Best Practices for Uploading Your Logs to VMware Support
By Philip Bardaville
When you have a problem that needs immediate attention, successful uploads of logs from your system are the best way to a speedy resolution. I’ve laid out, below, some best practices that you will find useful.

TAM WEBCASTS (Editor: Michelle Kaiser)

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NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM VMWARE
Big Data and HPC section added to VMware BCA Homepage
The Business Critical Applications (BCA) Homepage now has 8 sections each focused on a specific area of applications and relational database management systems discipline. The newest section to be added to the broader BCA space is “Big Data and
High Performance Computing Solutions”. Although both...

Quick Guide – Best Practices for Uploading Your Logs to VMware Support
By Philip Bardaville When you have a problem that needs immediate attention, successful uploads of logs from your system are the best way to a speedy resolution. I’ve laid out, below, some best practices that you will find useful. Firstly, be proactive. Always open a support ticket immediately wi...

Getting Your Team Ready for Network Virtualization
Network virtualization with VMware NSX can bring enormous benefits to your organization: stronger security, a bridge to the hybrid cloud, support for your future vision for SDDC. One way to smooth the adoption process is by considering how people,
processes and technologies will interact with the...

Volume Support with vSphere Integrated Containers
This post comes from Matthew Avery, a member of the vSphere Integrated Containers engineering team. I am excited to discuss volume support with vSphere Integrated Containers and its differences from standard Docker deployments. The important difference to note between VIC and Docker is that VIC l...

Prescient or Not: 2016 IT Predictions
By Bask Iyer, CIO, VMware and Dell In the spirit of Moore’s law,
average isn’t good enough. And I’d give myself a solid C – an average grade for what came of my 2016 predictions. Basically, we’ve got some work to do. While I don’t think any of my past predictions were wrong, we definitely haven’t...

vSphere 6.5 Security Product Walkthroughs
Are you aware of the VMware Product Walkthrough site? If not, you’re missing out on some really great content. A product walkthrough is a guided “tour” of many of VMware’s products. They are helpful when you want to do a dry run of a task, like encrypting a VM for example, so that you can become ...

New vCenter Server Appliance Deployment Walkthroughs
vSphere 6.5 takes the VCSA deployment experience to the next level. The VCSA 6.5 installer no longer requires a plugin, making it browser agnostic. If that wasn’t enough, the VCSA installer now supports use on
macOS, Linux, and Window. The VMware Feature Walkthrough site has two new VCSA 6.5 depl...

New KB articles published for week ending 01/21/17
VMware App Volumes Reprovisioning fails with AppStacks set to
computer based assignments (2147910) Date Published: 1/17/2017 VMware ESXi vSphere 6.0 HA does not reset Virtual Machine when VMware tools are not in running state (2146528) Date Published: 1/16/2017 Uninstalling VMware tools in window...

Hybrid Container Management for vCloud Director with Photon OS and Admiral
Running Photon OS and Admiral in a vCloud Air Network Environment Overview VMware’s container story is growing and maturing every day. Many and their customers are looking to see how VMware’s container strategy maps to vCloud Air Network providers. This is the first in a series of blog posts to h...

The Last Mile – Helping Accelerate NSX Adoption through Solution Providers
VMware NSX is a network virtualization platform with use cases encompassing
security , automation and application continuity . This allows the solution to address the needs of the business today as well as in the future, as new projects and use cases are explored. The VMware Networking and Securi...

Data Privacy, IoT & AI Top of IT’s Mind in This Week’s Mobile News
Can you see my personal data? Tomorrow is Data Privacy Day, but with stricter regulations to meet, data privacy is on IT’s mind 365 days out of the year. Privacy-first, modern management helps IT answer end users, “We couldn’t see it even if we wanted to.” Read how privacy is built into VMware Ai...

Data Privacy in 2017: From Project to Priority
I remember the first time my personal data was hacked. Back in 2006, I received a startling letter saying my bank info may have been involved in a data breach. The bank kindly offered one free year of credit monitoring for my troubles. Nowadays, this story sounds archaic, more like my grandpa’s y...

Customer Focus: College Students Learn Anywhere,
Any Time with Spartan GreenSky
At the University of South Carolina
Upstate , with campuses in Spartanburg and Greenville, a lot of students take a non-traditional path to college, combining higher ed with work, family and Real Life 101. To increase availability of University resources for online and on-demand education, USC Up...

[Video] Here’s What Enterprise Mobility Looks Like at United Bank
“Imagine a mobile device: It’s like an empty container that you can do anything with. It’s like a computer that you buy at the store.” That’s how Willem Bagchus approaches enterprise mobility for United
Bank .Indeed, mobile devices become whatever the Bank needs—from an executive’s secure, mobil...

Automating VMware Horizon 7 with VMware PowerCLI 6.5
With VMware PowerCLI 6.5 Release 1, the automation of VMware Horizon 7 matures and we get integrated PowerShell support for the View component of Horizon 7 built into VMware PowerCLI. We have a proper Horizon 7 module that is distributed and ships with the core VMware PowerCLI installation. For i...

[Video] Make Legacy Application Access Simple with VMware & F5
Your end users leverage consumer apps every day that
deliver just what they want, just when they need it. These consumer apps and app delivery platforms—the App Store, Google Play—have raised expectations for users: all important apps should be available anywhere. For your IT organization, this p...

EXTERNAL BLOG POSTS (3rd party)
VMware vSphere 6.5 Product Walkthrough - Migration Assistant
The VMware Migration Assistant facilitates the migration of the Windows vCenter server configuration, performance
statistics and database to the vCenter Server Appliance 6.5. In this walkthrough, you can see the two-stage process that is involved when switching and upgrading from a Windows based ...

The continued rise of HCI, and especially vSAN
This morning, twitter is alive with VMware’s Q4 2016
results . In a nutshell, its been a phenomenal quarter. Of course, the first thing I wanted to check out was how vSAN did. “Outstanding” is the word. At VMworld 2016 in Barcelona, we were somewhere around 5,500 vSAN customers. Today, that numbe...

Reviewer's Guide for View in Horizon 7: Smart Policies
The Reviewer’s Guide for View in VMware Horizon 7: Smart Policies is one of a series of guides to help you evaluate the View component of Horizon 7. This guide provides exercises to demonstrate the process of creating Horizon Smart Policies and applying them based on conditions such as user group...

Lucky 7k, go vSAN!
Advertise here with BSA VMware announced the Q4 earnings last night, one of the things I was most interested
about was how vSAN did in Q4. Here is what was announced yesterday, for those interested in more detail check the full earnings call . (Hint, it isn’t just vSAN doing well.) We’ve reached ...

Exploring new VCSA VAMI API w/PowerCLI: Part 3
In Part 3, we are going to look at auditing the different ways you can access the VCSA which includes direct console access (TTY1), Direct-Console UI (TTY2), whether the Bash Shell is enabled and remote SSH access. This is especially useful if you need to ensure certain interfaces like SSH is
alw...

What's new in vSphere 6.5 Host Profiles
Eric Gray walks you through what's new in vSphere 6.5 Host Profiles.

Technical Demo - Deploying, Configuring, Backup and Restoring VCSA 6.5
In this demo, Tim Sandy shows you how to deployed the new vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 6.5. He also shows you how to get started after you download the ISO file and all the way through successfully having the VCSA 6.5 deployed and running. Be sure to watch the next enablement video (Technical ...

What's new in vSphere 6.5 Auto Deploy
Eric Gray discusses what's new in vSphere 6.5 Auto Deploy

Exploring new VCSA VAMI API w/PowerCLI: Part 2
In Part 2 of this series, we take a look at how to monitor the health of your vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) by retrieving some of the health metrics that are exposed by the Virtual Appliance Management Interface (VAMI). VAMI UI Area of Focus Regardless if you have an Embedded VCSA, External PSC...

New Technical White Paper - Workspace
ONE Enterprise Edition Reference Architecture
This white paper is a reference architecture for VMware Workspace
ONE Enterprise Edition. It covers the integration of key components of a Workspace ONE implementation—VMware AirWatch, VMware Identity Manager, VMware Horizon 7, and the Workspace ONE mobile apps. The paper discusses high-level des...

XenDesktop/XenApp 7.12 MCS works with vSAN
Advertise here with BSA This is something that has kept me busy for a while. For the past 2
years there were some challenges with regards to the use of MCS and XenDesktop/XenApp in combination with vSAN. In fact, Citrix never supported vSAN and MCS, and it actually did not work either. PVS worked...

Grab Windows Management Framework 5.1 and PowerShell 5.1 For Great Justice!
A while back I shared the release of Windows Management Framework 5.0 for those looking to get their hands on PowerShell 5.0. I felt this was important because of all the snazzy improvements and new features, including access to the PowerShell Gallery. Thus, I have more good news – Microsoft has ...

Copying files from a USB (FAT32 or NTFS) device to ESXi
It is not uncommon, especially in troubleshooting scenarios where you might find yourself needing to transfer files to or from an ESXi host using a USB device as it may not be reachable on the network. Another common case for directly attaching a USB device to an ESXi host is to transfer a large ...

vRealize Automation SPBM Integration Solution v2.1.0 is out
Last week I wrote about the new vSAN management pack for vRealize
Operations . This week sees another nice new storage feature/solution released. This time it is a solution to integrate vRealize Automation and Storage Policy Based Management (SPBM). For those of you who saw the VMworld 2016 keyno...

Two
host stretched vSAN cluster with Standard license?
Advertise here with BSA I was asked today if it was possible to create a 2 host stretched cluster using a vSAN Standard license or a ROBO Standard license. First of all, from a licensing point of
view the EULA states you are allowed to do this with a Standard license: A Cluster containing exactly...

Exploring new VCSA VAMI API w/PowerCLI: Part 1
One of the
most most exciting developments in vSphere 6.5 with respect to Automation is the introduction of several new REST APIs included in the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA). In addition to covering some of the existing capabilities like vSphere Content Library and Tagging, customers will now...

Early Release eBook - Network Programmability and Automation Skills for the Next-Generation Network Engineer
With Early Release ebooks, you get books in their earliest form—the author's raw and unedited content as he or she writes—so you can take advantage of these technologies long before the official release of these titles. You'll also receive updates when significant changes are made, new chapters a...

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