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Hi everyone, last week VMware held its annual Kick-Off event which I was privileged to attend as a VMware TAM with many of my colleagues. This was the opportunity for us to celebrate what was a fantastic 2016 and engage on our new solutions that we will be bringing to you in 2017 and beyond.

 

This week I would like to ask for your help to shape PowerCLI's future. The team has a blog post and poll here. Please take a look and let the team know your thoughts on this and be a part of deciding how the future of PowerCLI will look.

 

Looking for NSX resources? This week a fantastic book was released free as an "eBook - NSX Microsegmentation - Day1" get it here

 

I look forward to speaking to you again next week. In the meantime enjoy all of the goodness of this week's newsletter.

 

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NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM VMWARE
New Interface for On Demand Training
By Guest Author Chris Sullivan VMware Education Services is proud to announce the roll-out of a new content interface for our On Demand courses. Built to provide the simplest, most intuitive access, the new interface offers an entirely “flat” view of the modules, lessons, and course content. You ...

 

Learn about the new capabilities of vSphere HA
Among the new features in vSphere 6.5 , there are a set of significant enhancements to the venerable vSphere HA capability. I am excited to announce a new set of content aimed at helping you learn more about these new features. In particular, these resources go over Orchestrated Restart and HA Ad...

 

VCP7-DTM Exam Available for Registration
Due to the ongoing efforts of our extended certification team while many people were enjoying year-end vacations, today we released the VMware Certified Professional 7 – Desktop and Mobility (VCP7-DTM) certification exam. Earning your VCP7-DTM validates your skills and abilities installing, confi...

 

Updated Version of the Deployment Guide for Hadoop on VMware vSphere
The new Deployment Guide for Virtualizing Hadoop on VMware vSphere describes the technical choices for running Hadoop and Spark-based applications in virtual machines on vSphere. Innovative technologies and design approaches are appearing very regularly in the big data market; the pace of innovat...

 

2nd Exam Option Available for VCP6-NV Certification
I am pleased to release the latest exam for VCP6-NV based on VMware NSX v6.2 . This new exam (#2V0-642) gives you a second option for earning your VMware Certified Professional 6 – Network Virtualization certification. Thank you to all of the exam developers, item writers, and beta exam tester wh...

 

SQLPass SQL Server user group DBTA vSphere usage survey
This blog follows (and uses some of the same text) the earlier blog entry which reported on the 2016 IOUG survey. The CPBU user group survey program was started in 2014 with the intention of collecting pertinent and accurate information pertaining to the actual usage of vSphere for both critical ...

 

vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 Migration Walkthrough
vCenter Server migrations have typically taken massive planning, a lot of effort, and time. The new Migration Tool included in the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 6.5 is a game changer. No longer requiring scripts and many long nights of moving hosts one cluster at a time. The Migration Tool does...

 

Over 20 Videos Have Arrived in the VMware Learning Zone!
The VMware Learning Zone has rung in the new year with tons of new video trainings taught by our top VMware experts. These include but aren’t limited to the vAdmin Primer Series as well as vSphere Troubleshooting Concepts. They are all available for Premium and Standard subscribers to the VMware ...

 

Save on Training in ASEAN and Australia/New Zealand
Now through 5 May you have two ways to save on training courses: Australia & New Zealand Save 15% on VMware Design and Deploy Courses Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam Save 10% on our Advanced vSphere Classes The post Save on Training in ASEAN and Australia/New Zealan...

 

Supporting Always On Availability Groups (SQL Server) with App Volumes
By Mark Ma With the recent release of App Volumes 2.12, we officially support Microsoft SQL Server Always On Availability Groups. SQL Always On Availability Groups is a great way to provide high availability and disaster recovery because live copies of your databases reside on secondary servers. ...

 

Architecting the Digital Workspace for Service Providers with Horizon 7
I recently published a white paper aimed at service providers offering VMware Horizon 7 for tenants adopting the digital workspace. Horizon 7 is a single-tenanted VDI and application platform, allowing IT administrators to manage not only desktop pools, but application delivery to their end-users...

 

Introducing VMware NSX for vSphere 6.3 & VMware NSX-T 1.1
This past week at VMware has been quite exciting! Pat Gelsinger, VMware CEO, reported on the Q4 2016 earnings call that VMware NSX has more than 2,400 customers exiting 2016. Today, we continue that momentum by announcing new releases of our two different VMware NSX platforms – VMware NSX™ for vS...

 

NSX Growth and Success in 2016
Last week VMware hosted its Q4 2016 earnings call and shared financial results . VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger and the executive team have frequently highlighted VMware NSX growth and success on these calls. For Q4, NSX license bookings grew over 50 percent year-over-year. Annualizing our Q4 total boo...

 

VMware vRealize Operations for Horizon and Published Applications 6.4, Part 3: New Application-Crash Alerts for Desktop Applications and New Dashbo...
Introduction This blog post addresses two new features of VMware vRealize Operations for Horizon and Published Applications 6.4 . The first is application-crash alerts for desktop applications. The second is a dashboard for root-cause analysis. Part 1 of the blog-post series described what is new...

 

10 Best Win 10 Features, AirWatch Update & More Top Mobile News
10 for 10 with Windows 10. (Say that five times fast.) CNET this week updated its “10 Best Features Coming to Windows 10” list. In anticipation of the Creators Update, reporter Matt Elliott ranks a smarter settings layout—particularly simplifying the pairing of new devices—at the top of his list....

 

Inside the Mind of a UX Designer
Quite often, people think of user experience (UX) simply in terms of the end product, (i.e., the page layout, the buttons, the labels, etc.—essentially, the elements you see onscreen). However, as UX designers, we often view our role in the UX process similar to that of a building architect. Much...

 

[Whitepaper] Unified Endpoint Management—You’re Already Behind
First came mobile device management (MDM), a way for companies to remotely configure and control mobile devices to provide employees with basic resources for work. Then, enterprise mobility management (EMM) evolved in response to the demand for increased access to corporate data and business-crit...

 

Top 10 Reasons to Join EUC Insights 2017 on Feb. 15
With digital workspaces, new possibilities for productivity, security and enablement help businesses transform like never before. With technology innovations and product updates moving faster than ever, it’s easy to get left behind. That’s why there’s no better time than now to join our EUC Insig...

 

VMware vRealize Operations for Horizon and Published Applications 6.4, Part 2: New Support for Monitoring VMware App Volumes, View in VMware Horizo...
Introduction This blog post introduces new support for monitoring VMware App Volumes , View in VMware Horizon 7 , and VMware Access Point . The first blog in this series introduced what is new in VMware vRealize Operations for Horizon and Published Applications 6.4 . Part 3 discusses new applicat...

 

Highlighting Customer Success with VMware App Volumes
What do LCMC Health , BDP International , ANZ Bank and Maastricht University all have in common? They all turned to VMware App Volumes to take the complexity out of application delivery and lifecycle management in VDI and published applications environments. These organizations transformed the wa...

 

AirWatch Product Update: Simplifying App Management for IT Admins
In November, we announced general availability of the VMware AirWatch 9.0 release. This exciting release delivered major AirWatch product updates , including streamlined setup and configuration across multiple console modules. We constantly look at how we can build automated workflows and system ...

 

EXTERNAL NEWS FROM 3RD PARTY BLOGGERS
Technology Short Take #77
Welcome to Technology Short Take #77. I’ve got a new collection of links and articles from around the Web on various data center-focused technologies. Networking Mark Brookfield takes a moment to remind everyone that you shouldn’t use the (deprecated) C# vSphere Client to manage NSX environments....

 

Exploring new VCSA VAMI API w/PowerCLI: Part 6
In Part 6, we will take a look at how we can use the new VAMI APIs to easily associate the underlying VMDKs to their respective OS disk partitions for a VCSA or PSC node. In addition, the workflow of increasing the disk capacity for a specific partition has also been simplified further with the n...

 

Free e-book - VMware NSX Micro-segmentation Day 1
VMware NSX Micro-segmentation – Day 1 o ffers guidance to security architects and practitioners planning to implement NSX for additional security and visibility through micro-segmentation. VMware NSX Micro-segmentation – Day 1 provides the information needed to plan a security strategy around mic...

 

How to purge all logs in vRealize Log Insight?
I had just deployed a new vRealize Log Insight (vRLI) 4.0 instance in my home lab environment to investigate a behavior that I was seeing with another product, non-vRLI related. Due to the nature of the work, I needed to have a pristine vRLI environment each time to study the results. I had alrea...

 

Exploring new VCSA VAMI API w/PowerCLI: Part 5
In Part 5, we are now going to have a look at networking section of the VAMI UI. VAMI UI Area of Focus In the Networking tab, under the "Manage" sub-tab, you can find details about the system Hostname (PNID), DNS servers as well as the configurations for each network interface (in the case of a V...

 

Exploring new VCSA VAMI API w/PowerCLI: Part 4
In Part 4, we are now going to shift our attention to a very important topic which often gets overlooked and is also usually one of the culprits for many infrastructure issues. What am I referring to? Time Synchronization! You would not believe the number of times that I hear about an issue (not ...

 

Looking Ahead: My 2017 Projects
For the last few years, I’ve been sharing my list of projects for each year (here’s the list for 2012 , the list for 2013 , 2015’s list , and last year’s list —I didn’t do a list for 2014). Toward the end of each year, I also publish a “report card” assessing my performance against that year’s li...

 

Altaro VM Backup V7 Released
Download the 30-day trial: http://www.altaro.com/vm-backup/download.php Product Info: http://www.altaro.com/vm-backup/ Hi there, and thanks for reading this blog post about Altaro VM Backup. I was asked by the guys at Altaro to take a look at their latest release. I said yes, and I also managed t...

 

Review: Dell Latitude E7370
As part of my Linux migration (see my initial progress report ), late this past week I started setting up my first non-Apple laptop since 2003. In this post, I’d like to share my thoughts on my new laptop, a Dell Latitude E7370. First, let’s get the specs—the “speeds and feeds”—out of the way: In...

 

vSAN Whiteboard
Learn more about VMware vSAN in this White Board video.

 

The vSAN Deepdive
Learn more about vSAN's value propositions, use cases and customers in this great educational video.

 

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