Hi everyone, welcome to this latest edition of the VMware TAM newsletter. Over the past few week's there have been a number of products that have received upgrades. I wanted to provide you with some further detail which I hope will assist you when you choose to upgrade your existing editions. As a TAM, assisting my customers with upgrade knowledge, and potentially pre-emptive SRs is part of our service and provides an easier to manage upgrade process. If you haven't already done so, let your TAM know when you are going to upgrade so they are able to provide you with all the support you may need.

Here is a summary and links of the latest releases:
vRealize Operations (vROps) 6.5

Release Notes


VMware vRealize Log Insight 4.3.0

Release Notes


VMware vRealize Network Insight 3.3.0

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Documentation Landing Page
Release Notes

VMware vRealize Business for Cloud 7.2.1

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Documentation Landing
Release Notes

I wish you a fantastic week ahead, enjoy this week's newsletter.

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Certification Exam Price Increase on April 1
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Reminder: VCP5-DCV Retirement Date is Approaching
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vSphere and TLS 1.2
I traditionally don’t write much about compliance. I’ve been very focused on security. But some might ask “Aren’t they the same thing?” My answer is unequivocally “No” but remember, this is my opinion and in the world of security, we are all entitled to our opinion, right? Security vs. Compliance...

5 Steps For A Successful Digital Transformation
In this post, I’d like to talk to you about next-gen infrastructure that is built to support your next-gen apps, as well as all your existing apps, enabling you to lead the Digital Transformation of your organization.   We’ve created an infographic to help you understand the key components of

NSX, vSphere, and Virtual SAN Troubleshooting Videos Now in the Learning Zone
This month in the Learning Zone was mainly focused on troubleshooting. From vSphere to NSX to Virtual SAN, a lot of ground was covered. Standard and Premium subscribers are able to access these cloud-based videos on demand, anytime. Troubleshooting vSphere 6: Tips & Tricks vSphere Core 4 Performa...

NSX Field Advisory – February 2017 Edition
Important Notes : For up-to-date information on new products, patches, and fix announcements for VMware NSX for vSphere, subscribe to the following: RSS Feed My VMware Portal Log
in to the My VMware Portal in the following URL: Click on Your...

Attention VCP-DCVs in APJ: Learn how You can Advance Your Career
Are you VCP-DCV certified? Here’s how you can fast track to Network Virtualization. Take advantage of your data center knowledge and gain another critical certification in the industry. Be at the forefront of the technology race. Here’s how we can help you*: Take advantage of your existing DCV

NSX-V 6.3: Control Plane Resiliency with CDO Mode
NSX-V 6.3, released last month, introduced many new features . In my last blog post, NSX-V 6.3: Cross-VC NSX Security Enhancements , I discussed several new Cross-VC NSX security features. In this post I’ll discuss another new feature called Controller Disconnected Operation (CDO)
mode which prov...

New VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2017-0002
Greetings from the VMware Security Response Center ! Today VMware has released the following new security advisory: “ VMSA-2017-0002 – Horizon DaaS update addresses an insecure data validation issue” The advisory documents a moderate severity insecure data validation issue ( CVE-2017-4897 ) in VM...

VMware Horizon 7 – Associate Instant Clone Virtual Machines
by Matt Frey Being a field consultant affords me the opportunity to get in the nitty gritty with many of our customers. One of my favorite aspects of this role is helping customers address their business’s needs in a hands-on fashion. During one of my recent engagements, a customer asked, “How do...

Hybrid Container Management for vCloud Director with VMware Harbor™
Running VMware Harbor™ in a vCloud Air Network Environment Continuing with the series of posts related to running Containers on vCloud Air Network (vCAN) , this post covers VMware Harbor™ . VMware Harbor™ is VMware’s enterprise-class registry server for Docker images. Private registry servers

Latest Packet Pushers Podcast Offers a New Perspective on Networking
What’s more likely to spawn change and innovation in networking? A highly-concentrated team working on a small project, or a multi-disciplinary team working on a massive project? Multiple small teams working on 100’s of projects around the globe, or one big massive team banking on a single idea? ...

VMware to Showcase Joint Solutions at Google Cloud Next
Mobility transforms how organizations do business. Mobility enhances business operations and user experience by enabling the adoption of the latest mobile form factors and allowing organizations to re-imagine business processes and engage customers. Innovations from Google expand across mobile fo...

Top Mobile News Roundup: Special Mobile World Congress 2017 Edition
Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona might be officially over, but the memories certainly live on. Check out Mobile World Congress in pictures, courtesy of the VMware team. Winner, winner, paella dinner. The VMware team celebrated some amazing news in Barcelona this week. VMware Workspace ONE ...

The Avatar Experience
It was late September, and the leading event in enterprise mobility was quickly approaching. Every year Connect, presented by VMware AirWatch , brings together thousands of mobility enthusiasts, partners and customers to focus on the future of the digital workspace. It’s the perfect opportunity f...

VMware Wins for Third Time at Global Mobile Awards
At the 2017 Global Mobile Awards, presented at Mobile World Congress, GSMA announced that VMware was selected as a winner for the third time. Following wins in 2014 and 2015, GSMA selected VMware Workspace ONE as the winner of the “Best Mobile Cloud Service or App” which recognizes the

Tokyo 2020: Welcome to the 5G Mobile World
People used to consume the Olympic Games in front of a TV. Now, people want to see live events on their mobile devices anytime they want. During the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, audiences both at the games and at home used mobile devices as a second screen to watch, connect with others and find r...

VMware Horizon 7 True SSO: Advanced Features
In a previous blog , we saw how to deploy VMware Horizon 7 True SSO in a lab environment. The diagram below is a recap of the deployment: Now, let us discuss what to consider for deploying True SSO in a production environment. The discussion will only focus on the VMware Horizon Environment

Utilizing VMware Mirage for Static Endpoint Compliance (Physical PCs, ATMs, POS)
The modern IT landscape has changed dramatically in the past few years.
Cybersecurity threats are prevalent in the computing world, and it seems like everyday we are hearing about a new threat or story in which hackers have hit a banking or retail organization, crippling its systems and causing d...

[Report] Radicati Positions VMware AirWatch as EMM Top Player
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An Open Request for Feedback – vSphere Configuration Management with Vester
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Cool tool update: RVTools 3.9.2
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New Technical White Paper - Aligning vRealize Operations with Business Outcomes
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Getting More Out of vSAN – Webcast Series coming to EMEA
Earlier this year, our colleagues in the US kicked off the “Getting More Out of vSAN” webcast series. We are pleased to be able to replicate this initiative in EMEA. We now have 2 webcast sessions lined up for the month of March: Session 1: vSAN Architecture & Tips and Tricks for 6.5, 14 March @ ...

Technology Short Take #79
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Exploring new VCSA VAMI API w/PowerCLI: Part 9
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vSphere 6.0 Update 3 – Important Update for vSAN
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Latest Fling from VMware Labs: Cross vCenter VM Mobility - CLI
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vRealize Operations with Embedded Log Insight Integration
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Performance Implications of Storage I/O Control-Enabled SSD Datastores
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paper s...

Customizing Docker Engine on CentOS Atomic Host
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The Linux Migration: Other Users’ Stories, Part 1
Shortly after I announced my intention to migrate to Linux as my primary desktop OS , a number of other folks contacted me and said they had made the same choice or they had been encouraged by my decision to also try it themselves. It seems that there is a fair amount of pent-up interest—at least...

Virtual Hardware Plug-N-Play improvements in vSphere 6.5
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non-vSphere 6.5 release, install the OS and then power it on. You should now see a f...
Feb 28, 2017 4:57:05 PM
Video - How to use Horizon Module with PowerCLI
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Cross vCenter Server operations (clone / migrate) between versions of vSphere 6.x
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Quick Tip - vSphere 6.0 Update 3 resolves "Compute" only Cross-vCenter vMotion operation
Previously when a "Compute" only Cross-vCenter vMotion (xVC-vMotion) was initiated, which only migrates the VMs
compute from one vCenter Server to another while maintaining its current storage configuration, an insufficient space error may be thrown under certain conditions. This behavior was due...

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