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Hi everyone, a feature packed newsletter for you this week with a new TAM Blog and VMUG announcements. This week's TAM Blog is - Presenting Networks Available in a Reservation During Blueprint Request - presented by by Pascal Laroche.

There is also an update to the VMware Security Advisories (VMSA) this week as follows:
- VMSA-2017-0005 (VMware Workstation and Fusion updates address out-of-bounds memory access vulnerability)
- VMSA-2017-0004.6 (VMware product updates resolve remote code execution vulnerability via Apache Struts 2)

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- VMWARE VSPHERE COMPATIBILITY PREDICTOR FLING:
In cloud environments, where a lot of VMware Platform Services Controllers (PSC), vCenter Servers and Solutions are used, it can be tough to see how everything is connected. When we try to upgrade such an infrastructure, it can be even more difficult, as compatibility issues can arise when the infrastructure upgrade is in progress with different components having different versions.

This Fling scans all PSCs connected to a single PSC. It will detect the versions of all the vCenter Servers connected to PSCs and all the Solutions connected to vCenter Servers. It will then depict the connectivity in pictorial form.

NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM VMWARE
IBM STORAGE ENHANCEMENTS FOR vSPHERE WEB CLIENT PLUG-IN SOLUTION
The recently certified IBM Storage Enhancements for vSphere Web Client Plug-in is one of the most popular VMware integration points that our storage customers use today. Easily deployed, it allows our customers to enable VMware administrators to independently and centrally manage IBM storage reso...

Certification Insights: Forgotten Password
In can be tempting to create a new account if you can’t remember your previous information, or if you’ve changed email addresses due to a job change. But, that leads to multiple accounts which causes its own set of problems down the line. Instead, here are some simple ways to find your old accoun...

And Now For Something Completely Different
If you’re one of my 1441 twitter followers or an avid reader of trade publications from the Asia-Pacific region, you may have noticed I started a new job last week. After two-plus years as CTO for Networking at VMware, I’ve now taken on the role of CTO for APJ (Asia, Pacific and Japan). My new jo...

Presenting Networks Available in a Reservation During Blueprint Request
by Pascal Laroche A common request I get from customers is how to present only the networks applicable to a reservation in a blueprint form. Before VMware vRealize® Automation™ 7.1, you would create a drop-down list of available networks within a property definition. But this method was a bit sta...

Online VCDX Workshop Pilot
I am excited to announce that we are going to pilot doing a full length VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) Workshop online in roughly two weeks on April 7. Previously all of our VCDX Workshops have occurred at large VMUG UserCons along with both VMworlds. Sadly this model hasn’t allowed us to ...

What is Network Virtualization?
In Redefining Networking with Network Virtualization network virtualization is defined as: Much as server virtualization recreates the traits of a physical server within software, network virtualization likewise replicates the components of network and security services in a software container. C...

White Board Presentations on new vSphere and PowerCLI capabilities
We have released a new set of videos to help customers understand in greater depth some of the new capabilities of vSphere 6.5 and PowerCLI 6.5. These videos use an innovative format known as the Light Board, which allows a presenter to white board their session while still speaking to the camera...

New KB articles published for week ending 18th March 2017
VMware Horizon Client “Couldn’t resolve proxy name” error occurs during server login in nested mode Date Published: 2017/03/15 File redirection doesn’t work after you upgrade to Horizon Client 4.4 for Windows Date Published: 2017/03/15 Hidden domain information is visible in Horizon Client for iO...

Software is Eating the Network: Going Native on Network Virtualization
In 2011 Marc Andreessen made his now famous statement, “Software is Eating the World”; a wild claim at the time, but one that proved to be highly prescient. This declaration has become the underpinning of how VMware delivers solutions that enable our customers to be more agile, efficient and inno...

RUSH POST: VMware Tools and RSS Incompatibility Issues
VMware is aware of the following reported issues affecting Windows Server 2012 / 2012R2 and newer Guest Operating Systems on VMware vSphere: The Windows Receive Side Scaling (RSS) feature is not functional on virtual machines running VMware Tools versions 9.10.0 up to 10.1.5 Any Windows Virtual M...

What to Consider When Considering Cloud-based Disaster Recovery
According to a recent end-user survey conducted by 451 Research, 64 percent of organizations have already implemented a cloud-based disaster recovery (DR) solution; up from 46 percent in Q4 2014 1 .   While the public cloud can offer a reliable, cost-effective DR option with a ‘pay as you go’ con...

SQL Server VM Performance with VMware vSphere 6.5
Achieving optimal SQL Server performance on vSphere has been a constant focus here at VMware; I’ve published past performance studies with vSphere 5.5 and 6.0 which showed excellent performance up to the maximum VM size supported at the time. Since then, there have been quite a few changes! While...

How Horizon® 7 Is Helping the Enterprise Scale Digital Workspaces
We are back again with another edition of our monthly vCloud Architecture Toolkit for Service Providers (or vCAT-SP) blog series! On the third week of every month, we take the time to publish a new article in our ongoing series. Each installation highlights helpful documents designed to assist yo...

Updated – Official SQL Server on vSphere best practices guide, March 2017
Microsoft SQL Server is the most virtualized enterprise mission critical application today. In recent years it has become a mainstream effort among VMware customers to virtualize critical databases to allow better agility and scale while increasing availability and operational efficiency. The off...

Three Benefits Cloud Users Continue to Seek in 2017
The utilization of cloud computing has continued to increase and evolve across industries in recent years. In fact, many organizations’ IT departments continue to report the prevalence of an internal “cloud first” mandate when modernizing data center capabilities or making other IT investments. 1...

VMware NSX and vRNI Enabling Customer Operations
Recently, we had a customer challenge our team to prove to them the operational gains and demonstrate the cross-functional tooling VMware provides to assist them in scaling from zero to hundreds of VMs on the platform. Our goal was simple – exhibit a complete lifecycle for any customer to go from...

Driving Cloud Success One API at a Time – iland and VMware
By Monica Brink, iland If there’s a secret to business success in this crazy era of digital transformation, it may come down to just three letters: API. iland has built a business on integrating application program interfaces into our secure cloud platform. In 2008, as we moved to the cloud, we s...

Google Buckles Down on Android Security, Plus More Top Mobile News
Google plans to ramp up Android security in 2017. Google shared in a security year in review post this week that, “About half of devices in use at the end of 2016 had not received a platform security update in the previous year.” To improve that number, Google plans to make it easier for both man...

Profiling Applications with VMware User Environment Manager, Part 2: Applying and Troubleshooting Predefined Settings
In Part 1 of this blog series, you were introduced to the VMware User Environment Manager Application Profiler. In Part 2 we will profile a popular video playback application called VLC Media Player , capture specific application settings, apply these as predefined settings when an end user launc...

VMware AirWatch Achieves NIAP Common Criteria Certification for Mobile Device Management
On February 24, VMware AirWatch received Common Criteria Certification against Version 2.0 of the Mobile Device Management (MDM) Protection Profile and Mobile Device Management Agent. To reach this level of product certification, AirWatch MDM and AirWatch MDM Agent were rigorously tested by a thi...

Breathing New Life into UX Research
As a user experience (UX) researcher, explaining what I do for a living can be quite a challenge. Often, people confuse my role with quality assurance. They say to me, “Oh, you test software? So, you’re in QA, right?” Or, people think I’m a market researcher, and they say, “So, you study your use...

Fusion is now a part of the VMUG Advantage Program!
Hi folks! Here on the Personal Desktop team (which is the product group containing our Fusion and Workstation products), we love our users. We bend over backwards to make sure the products are secure, and work in a way that our users expect with regular new features and the stability we’ve all co...

Announcing VMware Horizon FLEX 1.10
We aim to introduce a new version of VMware Horizon FLEX every quarter, and so to kick off our 2017 release train, we’re delighted to announce VMware Horizon FLEX 1.10. Before I get into what’s new, here’s a quick recap of what Horizon FLEX does: Horizon FLEX delivers a reliable Windows or Linux ...

7 Simple Ways to Secure Your Smartphone
As we move more of our work and personal lives digital and carry all of it in our pockets, securing our smartphones often feels daunting and confusing. If you follow a few simple steps, you can protect yourself from the vast majority of threats that exist—both physical and digital. Here are seven...

SysTrack Desktop Assessment, Part 2: Drill into Data with SysTrack Visualizer
In Part 1, I explained the basics of the free SysTrack Desktop Assessment tool, from VMware and Lakeside Software . Now, let’s dive into more details on the service and what can be done with the data collected during the assessment. ( If you missed part one, read it here first for an overview of ...

VMware vRealize Operations for Horizon and Published Applications 6.4, Part 4: Memory Usage, Support, and Enhancements
Introduction This blog post addresses new features in VMware vRealize Operations for Horizon and Published Applications 6.4 dealing with memory usage, support, and some enhancements. Previous posts in this series are VMware vRealize Operations for Horizon and Published Applications 6.4, Part 1: W...

Explore Sally Beauty’s Innovative Digital Workspace
Sally Beauty Supply needed to secure virtual desktops for employees, contractors and call centers. Temporary workers and others who bring their own devices (BYOD) can now use a non-persistent Sally Beauty desktop run on VMware Horizon 7. Now, data does not save locally when a user logs out, keepi...

Apple DEP Enrollment: 4 Common iOS Configurations with VMware AirWatch
Curiouser and curiouser … the familiar phrase from the Alice in Wonderland story comes to mind while trying to make sense of the litany of Apple Device Enrollment Program (DEP) configurations for iOS enrollment. Conceptually, DEP serves a simple purpose: mandating mobile device management ( MDM )...

When Will VMware Instant Clones Support High-End 3D Graphics?
New in VMware Horizon 7.1: Instant Clones & NVIDIA GRID vGPU “When will VMware Instant Clones support high-end 3D graphics?” This is the most frequently asked question I got from customers after we launched VMware Instant Clones in VMware Horizon 7. VMware VDI customers had to choose between eith...

VMware + Ellucian: Smart BYOD & Apps with VMware’s Secure Digital Backpack for Education
At EDUCAUSE a few months ago, we announced a new technology integration with Ellucian ’s student information system (SIS). This integration is part of our ongoing commitment to help IT teams evolve the way they enable learning through technology for their students and staff. With VMware’s Secure ...
Mar 20, 2017 12:31:17 PM

EXTERNAL NEWS FROM 3RD PARTY BLOGGERS
Reviewer's Guide for Cloud-Based Workspace ONE
Mobility is critical to the workforce of today. Yet advancements in IT can challenge continued mobility: How can an organization support existing enterprise applications and new cloud and mobile applications while maintaining simple remote access for its end users? Workspace ONE focuses on end-us...

Sizing for large VMDKs on vSAN
I’ve recently been involved in some design and sizing for very large VMDKs on vSAN. There are a couple of things to keep in mind when doing this, not just the overhead when deciding to go with RAID1, RAID5 or RAID6, but also what this means for component counts. In the following post, I have done...

Latest Fling from VMware Labs - VMware Horizon Toolbox 2.0
VMware Horizon Toolbox 2.0 is a Web portal that acts as an extension to View Administrator in VMware Horizon 6 or above.  Auditing Sessions :  Shows historical concurrent session trend for last 2 days, last week and last month. Shows current virtual desktop connections by desktop pools, and shows...

Intel Optane support for vSAN, first HCI solution to deliver it
Advertise here with BSA I am in Australia this week for the Sydney and Melbourne VMUG UserCon’s. Had a bunch of meetings yesterday and this morning the news was dropped that Intel Optane support was released for vSAN. The performance claims look great, 2.5x more IOPS and 2.5x less latency. (I don...

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