FROM THE EDITORS VIRTUAL DESK
Hi everyone, this week we have a really packed newsletter for you. FIrstly we have information from our VMware User Group (VMUG) which I hope to bring you on a more regular basis. We also have a new VMware TAM Blog Post - Software Manufacturer Security Reputations – A review of software manufacturer security defects - which I think is a timely post given the stories recently in the news from some very prominent organizations. I also want to bring your attention, while on the subject of security, to the VMware Security Advisories (VMSA) which are regulary updated and have been this past week or so. You can find a link here.

 

With that I wish you all a fantastic week ahead. Please enjoy this weeks newsletter.

 

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- Feature Webcast: Building the Best NetworkFunction Virtualization Platform with VMware vCloud NFV Webcast

 

Visit the VMware R&D Engineering Booth at VMUG and more!
What started as a VMware CTO Ambassador Program VMUG pilot in Kansas City in 2015, with two R&D Engineers, has now grown into a Global VMUG R&D Engineer initiative.  By the end of 2015, we had R&D engineering booths at 4 VMUG SuperCons.
By the end of 2016, R&D Engineers have attended 14 additional Supercon’s (vMUGs with greater than 10,000+ VMUG Global Communities) around the globe (UK, Netherlands, Toronto, India, Singapore – expanding to Norway, China and Nepal in 2017).  To date, at least 50 R&D Engineers have benefitted from staffing the booth and this has morphed into other VMUG roundtables and birds of a feather luncheons.

 

NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM VMWARE
New Features Coming to vSphere with Operations Management
This has been a big month for releases, especially for vSphere with Operations Management! Earlier this month, both vRealize Operations (vR Ops) and vRealize Log Insight released updates. Then, just this week, vSphere 6.5.0b was released. Important item of note, vSphere 6.5.0b contains the first ...

 

Hear how VMware Certification has Benefited these IT Professionals
Last month we added four new videos to the Certification Stories series on our YouTube channel. Begun in 2013, the VMware Certification Story series brings you informal interviews with current certification holders about the impact VMware certification has had on their career and their advice for...

 

New KB articles published for week ending 11th March 2017
VMware NSX for vSphere “XXX Uninitialized error” and “Not Ready” Status in host preparation Date Published: 2017/03/10 Palo Alto Networks VM-Series for NSX Edition Date Published: 2017/03/08 VMware Horizon Agent machine gets STOP error or stops responding when you open a local file shared with CD...

 

VMware Workstation target at Pwn2Own 2017
The Pwn2Own competition organized by Trend Micro’s ZDI has just wrapped up at Vancouver. VMware Workstation was a target at this competition. In total, two teams managed to show that they could execute code on the VMware Workstation host from the guest. We are currently investigating these issues...

 

Control-Alt-Delete in the World of VDI
by Mike Erb When I was still working as an Escalation Engineer for VMware® Global Support, there was a time-honored tradition among the Broomfield center’s EUC support group: If you left your computer unlocked and walked out of eyesight, you’d always come back to a surprise. The HR folks would pr...

 

When Moving to the Cloud Think of “House Hunters”
Moving to the cloud has never been easier. There are many solutions available that allow companies to get started with the public cloud quickly. The tough part; however, comes with the initial task of choosing a cloud option that’s right for you. If your company is just starting their move to the...

 

Performance of Storage I/O Control (SIOC) with SSD Datastores – vSphere 6.5
With Storage I/O Control (SIOC), vSphere 6.5 administrators can adjust the storage performance of VMs so that VMs with critical workloads will get the I/Os per second (IOPS) they need. Admins assign shares (the proportion of IOPS allocated to the VM), limits (the upper bound of VM IOPS), and rese...

 

Building a Better Business in the Cloud with VMware and the vCloud Air Network
When it comes to staying ahead of the curve, the strategic business decision to utilize cloud services is a step in the right direction. From hosted virtual desktops, to implementing an off-site cloud environment that can provide failover, moving to the cloud offers your business flexibility and ...

 

Virtualization 2.0: How the Cloud is Evolving the Modern Data Center
In 2003, 80% of Fortune 100 companies worked with VMware and in 2004 the first VMworld conference was held. Since that time, the cloud has gone mainstream. A 2016 IT Trends Report from Solar Wind found that 92% of US IT professionals said adopting cloud technologies is important to their long-ter...

 

Attention IT Leaders – Take a Free Technical Deep Dive on Extending to the Cloud
As you already know, extending your network through public cloud adoption is a definite must in order to evolve your organization’s capabilities and stay competitive. What you might not know, however, is everything you have to consider when making the move. That’s why we’re inviting all you IT le...

 

New VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2017-0005
Today VMware has released the following new security advisory: VMSA-2017-0005 – VMware Workstation and Fusion updates address out-of-bounds memory access vulnerability The advisory documents a critical severity out-of-bounds memory access vulnerability ( CVE-2017-4901 ). Exploitation of the issue...

 

VMSA-2017-0004.4
Update 3/17/17: Several revisions of the advisory have been released which provide more workarounds and fixes for our products including DaaS and vROps. Please see the changelog in section 6. for details. Update 3/14/17: Do not apply the workaround previously provided for vCenter 6.5 as it has be...

 

CenturyLink Accelerating Enterprise Cloud Adoption with VMware
By Chris Kibler, Senior Manager, Service Provider Marketing, VMware To deepen the level of software-defined data center (SDDC) technologies available to enterprise customers, vCloud Air Network service provider CenturyLink has announced it has expanded its global strategic collaboration with VMwa...

 

“Any Device” Promise Gets Real, Apple OS Updates & More Top Mobile News
Give the people what they want. Earlier this week, VMware announced exciting updates to its digital workspace platform. New VMware Workspace ONE and VMware AirWatch updates focus on giving the people what they want: simple access on any device—and I mean any device. Check out Blake Brannon’s over...

 

VMware Horizon Virtualization Pack for Skype for Business (Beta) Is Now Available!
Co-authored by Frank Anderson, Solutions Architect, Desktop Technical Marketing, VMware The Horizon 7 product team is excited to announce that the VMware Horizon Virtualization Pack for Skype for Business (beta release) is now available for download. Organizations can use the virtualization pack ...

 

VMware Horizon 7.1 Is GA! What’s New – Part 2
Co-authored by Graeme Gordon, Senior End-User-Computing Architect, EUC Technical Marketing, VMware In part 1 of the Horizon 7.1 What New blog article , we looked at the list of new Horizon 7.1 platform features, a sampling of Horizon Client 4.4 features, and an overview of the new remote experien...

 

VMware Horizon 7.1 Is GA! What’s New – Part 1
Co-authored by Graeme Gordon, Senior End-User-Computing Architect, EUC Technical Marketing, VMware. With this new release, VMware Horizon 7.1 extends just-in-time delivery from virtual desktops to published applications by leveraging our Just-in-Time Management Platform ( JMP ). With JMP, the ope...

 

Productivity Apps Spotlight: Updates for VMware Boxer, Content Locker, Browser & Socialcast
Our teams launched some really exciting things in VMware Workspace ONE and VMware AirWatch this week! Some of the updates and features we are most thrilled to share with you are around our Workspace ONE productivity apps : V Mware Boxer VMware Browser VMware Content Locker VMware Socialcast With ...

 

SysTrack Desktop Assessment, Part 1: Moving to VDI? Details You Should Know
To successfully move to a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)/Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) solution, assessment is key to properly plan your detailed rollout and also to determine whether VDI/DaaS is the right solution in the first place. With VMware Horizon Cloud , VMware’s DaaS offering, you do...

 

Breaking News! New VMware Workspace ONE & AirWatch Product Innovations
Today, we are excited to announce new product innovations in VMware Workspace ONE and VMware AirWatch. Click here to dive into the details on the AirWatch Blog . “As the benefits of digitization extend across the organization to include a broader set of employees and endpoints, there is an urgent...

 

VMware Workspace ONE & AirWatch Enhancements Expand the Digital Workspace
As we look to market trends and our customers’ top-of-mind IT initiatives, one key focus continues to emerge: enabling employees with consumer simple and secure experiences that drive next-level productivity and innovation. With the launch of VMware Workspace ONE last year, VMware ushered in a br...

 

Update Your iOS Apps Now!
As the release of iOS 10.3 approaches, IT admins need to make sure apps are compatible with iOS 10.3. These updates are critical to make sure your users’ apps work when the devices are updated to the latest iOS release. VMware AirWatch has updated applications in the App Store to ensure compatibi...

 

EXTERNAL NEWS FROM 3RD PARTY BLOGGERS
Cool Tool - vCheck Daily Report for NSX
vCheck is a PowerShell HTML framework script, the script is designed to run as a scheduled task before you get into the office to present you with key information via an email directly to your inbox in a nice easily readable format. This script picks on the key known issues and potential issues s...

 

VMware NSX and vRNI Enabling Customer Operations
VMware vRealize Network Insight delivers intelligent operations for software-defined networking and security Optimize network performance and availability with visibility and analytics across virtual and physical networks. Provide planning and recommendations for implementing micro-segmentation s...

 

How to split vCenter Servers configured in an Enhanced Linked Mode (ELM)?
An interesting question that came up on the VMTN forum the other day (thanks to Andreas Peetz for sharing via Twitter) was how to split two vCenter Servers configured in an Enhanced Linked Mode (ELM)? Due to an organization changes in the customers environment, they needed to separate out their t...

 

VxRack FLEX – who is it for, what’s the latest, and what’s next?
Over the last few months as VxRail has taken off, VxRack SDDC has been launched, the Dell EMC position on the XC platform has become more clear – and finally as people have internalized that HCI and CI (VxBlock) will coexist for years... I’ve started to get a question that is a real head-scratche...

 

Video Guide - Getting Started with vRA 7.2
This guide  created by Ryan Kelly will show you how to quickly stand up a minimal installation of vRealize Automation 7.2 running in your environment. I will also show you how to create and publish your first blueprints so you can begin to evaluate and demonstrate the solution at your organizatio...

 

vSphere 6.5 p01 – Important patch for users of Automated UNMAP
VMware has just announced the release of vSphere 6.5 p01 (Patch ESXi-6.5.0-20170304001-standard). While there are a number of different issues addressed in the patch, there is one in particular that I wanted to bring to your attention. Automated UNMAP is a feature that we introduced in vSphere 6....

 

vSphere 6.5b prevents vSphere Web Client logins for users w/o VC permissions
A patch update was just released for vCenter Server 6.5, dubbed vSphere 6.5b. While glancing through the release notes, I caught one interesting "resolved issue" which I thought was worth sharing. Users with no vCenter Server permissions can log in to the vSphere Web Client Users without permissi...

 

Exploring new VCSA VAMI API w/PowerCLI: Part 10
In Part 10, we are going to take a look at local user management for the VAMI interface. By default, only the root local user exists but customers have the option of creating additional accounts. In vSphere 6.5, the VAMI has been enhanced to support different roles such as Admin, Operator and Sup...

 

Hybrid Cloud Assessment - Overview
In this session, Tim Sandy does an overview of VMware's new Hybrid Cloud Assessment (HCA) for partners. This assessment is extremely helpful when used in conjunction with our vSphere Optimization Assessment (VOA) to provide costing comparison for running your workloads in your Private Cloud or in...

 

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