FROM THE EDITORS VIRTUAL DESK
Hi TAM Newsletter readers. There has been a lot going on over the past few weeks with new and updated releases and other items which we have been bringing to our customers attention. This week I want to point you attention to our wonderful TAM Blog and the latest post entitled "VMware Compatibility and Order of Upgrade Best Practices Review". This is a very important topic and as many of our TAM customers are upgrading their infrastructure to the latest or later editions of vSphere now is a great time to consult with your TAM on the path that is best to take for your unique situation. This is a really great blog post and I urge you to take a look at this.

 

I hope you enjoy all of the news in this weeks newsletter from general VMware updates to our VMUG partners and more.

 

Have a fantastic week everyone.

 

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NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM VMWARE
Secure Boot for ESXi 6.5 – Hypervisor Assurance
I’ve talked about how vSphere has been moving towards a “secure by default” stance over the past few years. This can clearly be seen in the new vSphere 6.5 Security Configuration Guide where the number of “hardening” steps are growing smaller with every release. In this blog post we will go over ...

 

AI – An Important Workload for the New IT
When I meet with customers, I often hear that Artificial Intelligence (AI) is presented as “machines making decisions for businesses or individuals,” but my take is that AI is a tool to help people make better decisions. AI helps us connect the dots across huge data sets and gain insights to solv...

 

Top 20 vCenter Server articles for April 2017
vmware-dataservice-sca and vsphere-client status change from green to yellow /storage/log directory is full in vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 Purging old data from the database used by vCenter Server Unable to log into the root account of vCenter Server Appliance “Failed to verify the SSL certifica...

 

Top 20 NSX articles for April 2017
ESXi 5.5 and 6.0 hosts fail with a PSOD: VMCIEventDelayedDispatchCB@com Downloading and enabling VMware vShield Endpoint 5.x on supported VMware vSphere platforms Network ports required to access vCenter Server, ESXi, and ESX hosts vCenter Server certificate validation error for external solution...

 

Top 20 vSAN articles for April 2017
Update sequence for vSphere 6.5 and its compatible VMware products Component metadata health check fails with invalid state error Powering on virtual machines in VMware vSAN 5.5 fails with error: Failed to create swap file vSAN host may encounter a purple diagnostic screen during performance stat...

 

Top 20 vRealize Automation articles for April 2017
Update sequence for vSphere 6.5 and its compatible VMware products Update sequence for vSphere 6.0 and its compatible VMware products How to use JXplorer to update the LDAP string for an identity source for vRA 6.0.x, 6.1.x Directory sync in vRA 7.x fails with error ‘Connector Communication faile...

 

Top 20 vRealize Operations Manager articles for April 2017
Update sequence for vSphere 6.5 and its compatible VMware products Resetting the Administrator password in vRealize Operations Manager 5.x and 6.x Collecting diagnostic information from vRealize Operations Manager 6.x Update sequence for vSphere 6.0 and its compatible VMware products Enabling SSH...

 

Top 20 Horizon View articles for April 2017
Provisioning or recomposing a linked clone desktop pool fails Restart order of the View environment to clear ADLDS (ADAM) synchronization in Horizon View Removing invalid linked clone entries automatically using the ViewDBChk tool in VMware Horizon View 5.3 and later versions VMware View ports an...

 

Top 20 vRealize Log Insight articles for April 2017
Update sequence for vSphere 6.5 and its compatible VMware products FAQ: Log Insight for vCenter Server Authentication with Active Directory is slow in VMware vRealize LogInsight 3.0 when users belong to multiple nested groups Log Insight load balancer incompatible with NSX Distributed Firewall Pr...

 

Top 20 ESXi articles for April 2017
ESXi host fails with PSOD when using Intel Xeon Processor E5 v4, E7 v4, and D-1500 families ESXi host fails with intermittent NMI PSOD on HP ProLiant Gen8 servers Unable to power off the virtual machine in an ESXi host Recreating a missing virtual machine disk descriptor file Permanent Device Los...

 

New KB articles published for week ending 29th April 2017
VMware App Volumes Excluding files and locations from Writable Volumes Published Date: 2017/04/23 VMware ESXi Hosts fails with a purple diagnostic screen when retrieving flows for ALG enabled protocols Published Date: 2017/04/24 VMware ESXi 5.5 & 6.0 may fail with PSOD when IPFIX is disabled Publ...

 

‘May the 4th Be with You’ on Your Journey to the Cloud
The public cloud has stepped out of the shadows and stretched across the solar system as organizations scale their usage of it to extend on-premises infrastructure, consolidate or migrate data centers, and support dynamic capacity requirements.   But many organizations also run apps and manage on...

 

Oracle Database 12c on VMware vSAN — Day 2 Operations and Management
Oracle Database 12c on VMware vSAN — Day 2 Operations and Management Customers deploying production Oracle workloads have stringent requirements to support and maintain critical database operational tasks such as Backup and Recovery, Cloning, Data Refresh for Development/Test environment and Patc...

 

Partner Spotlight: NTT’s Virtual Infrastructure Makes the Switch to the Public Cloud Even Easier
These days, every company has cloud adoption square in their sights. And frankly, it’s a matter of survival . But making the switch to the public cloud is difficult, weighted by legacy systems and incompatible architecture. Fortunately, virtualization may hold the key to success.   In the latest ...

 

The NSX Mindset
The NSX Mindset: one’s mental capability to be a determined leader and catalyst for change in the way a company designs, implements, manages, and operates networking and security. Change isn’t easy. Especially when it involves something personal. Unfortunately, though, it happens whether we like ...

 

Dogfooding the Cloud: How VMware Used vCloud Director to Consolidate Internal IT
By Tina Cressia-Thomas   In Silicon Valley, it’s common to hear of companies, “dogfooding” their product – using their own product internally – to quickly iterate and develop a better user experience before releasing to customers. There’s plenty of famous examples ; however, it’s not every day yo...

 

Apple Takes the Wearables Lead, Decoding Win10 S, Internet 4.0 & More Top Mobile News
Sorry, Fitbit, there’s a new sheriff in town. With nearly 60% growth in shipments in Q1 this year, Apple Watch officially became the king of the consumer wearables castle, according to CNBC . Fitbit, which was the long-time market leader, dropped to second after a 35% decline in Q1. Get the mobil...

 

Top EUC News: Password Misery, Windows 10 S & Dell EMC World, Oh My!
Here’s the first edition of our new series, top end-user computing (EUC) news! Sign up at the top of this page to get the weekly newsletter in your inbox every Friday. The password is … We released the results of a new VMware survey this week that revealed companies’ top 10 identity and access ma...

 

3 Ways Industry 4.0 & Wearables Revolutionize Supply Chains Today
At ProMat 2017, the largest material handling, logistics and supply chain show and conference in North and South America, “Industry 4.0” was THE hot topic. But what exactly is Industry 4.0 and how will it revolutionize supply chains? According to Markus Lorenz , partner and managing director at B...

 

Building Great Technology Starts with Building a Great Team, Part 1
Follow the VMware UX Series. Here at VMware AirWatch , we work hard to create a progressive culture that promotes cross-functional collaboration and fosters a strong drive to execute effectively. Last year, Tony Keuh saw an opportunity for our engineering, user experience (UX) and marketing teams...

 

Decoding Windows 10 S & How to Make It a Success in Your Organization
There’s little doubt that Windows 10 adoption is on a roll— 400+ million devices and 54% of global organizations are running Microsoft’s latest operating system (OS). It’s only about a month since the third major upgrade ( Creators Update /v1703) was launched, and Microsoft is continuing to ride ...

 

10 Reasons Why Enabling More than Secure Email for Mobile Workers Is So Hard
Get the 10 reasons in this free eBook. Securely enabling more than email for mobile workers is hard. You know it. We know it. The question thus far is why it’s so hard. IT gives workers the secure work apps they need to securely work from anywhere. Yet for reasons mostly unknown, workers do not a...

 

New Research: Top 10 Identity and Access Management Challenges
As organizations undergo digital transformation, they experience challenges along the way. This is due to the fact that this transformation often requires them to update and/or replace legacy solutions. They also have to implement new ways of securing access from the plethora of devices out there...

 

Azure AD Join with VMware Workspace ONE
Secure, timely support for remote Windows users can be tricky. Imagine your top remote sales rep breaks her laptop before an onsite meeting with a vital client. Does she have time to wait for IT to grab a new laptop, Domain Join it for secure access to corporate resources and then ship it out? Ev...

 

VMware AirWatch – NSX Integration
Integrate VMware AirWatch Enterprise Mobility Management with VMware NSX Network Virtualization and Security Platform to extend security policies from the data center to mobile application endpoints. VMware AirWatch – NSX Integration brings speed and simplicity to networking and micro-segmentatio...
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EXTERNAL NEWS FROM 3RD PARTY BLOGGERS
Virtually Speaking Podcast: VMW Cloud on AWS
Advertise here with BSA I was on vacation the past two weeks, yesterday I got a message from Frank Denneman and Pete Flecha if I had some time available. I was working in my backyard so dropped my tools and hopped on. Apparently John was sick, so I took his spot and here’s the result. Interesting...

 

x509 error logging into harbor registry via VIC VCH
In my last post, I showed some of the new command line functionality associated with deploying out a new Virtual Container Host (VCH) with vSphere Integrated Containers (VIC) . I also highlighted how VIC now includes both Admiral for container orchestration via templates and the harbor registry i...

 

VMware PowerCLI 6.5.1 Installation Walkthrough
VMware PowerCLI 6.5.1 introduces a new installation method to users. This new method pulls directly from the PowerShell Gallery

 

Correlating vSAN perf metrics from vSphere Web Client to both PowerCLI & vSAN Mgmt API
While going through the PowerCLI 6.5.1 release notes last week, in addition to the new Get-VsanView cmdlet which exposes the complete vSAN Management API through PowerCLI, I had learned that we had also released a new Get-VsanStat cmdlet. This new cmdlet allows customers to easily retrieve the va...

 

vSAN 6.6: Manual vs Automatic Disk Claim Mode
Advertise here with BSA I received this question on Manual vs Automatic disk claim mode in vSAN 6.6. Someone upgraded a cluster from 6.2 to 6.6 and wanted to add a second cluster. They noticed that during the creation of the new cluster there was no option to select “automatic vs manual”. I think...

 

VMware Validated Design (VVD) & VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) Quick References
The other day, I had a customer ask about the latest version of the Ports and Protocols document that was put together by the VMware Validated Design (VVD) team which does a fantastic job of outlining all the connectivity between the products used within the VVD SDDC. It actually took me awhile t...

 

Getting started with VIC v1.1
VMware recently release vSphere Integrated Containers v1.1. I got an opportunity recently to give it a whirl. While I’ve done quite a bit of work with VIC in the past , a number of things have changed, especially in the command line. What I’ve decided to do in the post is highlight some of the ne...

 

vSAN Deep Dive
This session covers basic to advance vSAN topic. Watch this video if you to learn basics and few of the advance areas of vSAN.

 

Welcoming PowerCLI to the PowerShell Gallery
While I’ve always enjoyed using VMware’s PowerCLI module for PowerShell, it has been a bit annoying having to navigate to the official VMware site, log in, download the bits, agree to terms, and do a thick installation on every workstation or server that needs the code. Which is why I’m quite hap...

 

Dell EMC World 2017–here we come!
We are 6 days away from getting together at #DellEMCWorld 2017 with 12,000+ of our closest friends, customers, and partners.   I love that I can say “don’t just listen to me, here’s what attendees say” (click on the below for a LOT more)! So what should you expect?   Product announcements, 3 gene...

 

Can I front vSAN with a VAIO Caching Solution?
Advertise here with BSA I had this question a couple of times already, so I figured I would write a quick post. In short: yes you can put a VAIO Filter in front of vSAN. The question really is, which one would you like to use and why? First of all, the VAIO Filter needs to be certified to be plac...

 

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