FROM THE EDITORS VIRTUAL DESK
Hi everyone, welcome to the weekly TAM newsletter. This week a quick reminder regarding VMUG and upcoming events and conferences. We have a section specifically for the VMUG below and from time to time also include any important VMUG related details. This week a reminder of the upcoming Virtual Event 6.0 which will be held on the 8th of June. This promises to be an amazing event and one you should definitely attend. This year Chris Wolf, VP & CTO, Global Field and Industry at VMware will provide the Keynote at this event. I will be sure to provide more updates in the newsletter as we get closer to this event.

 

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

 

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VMUG is excited to feature the newly-created EUC Explore: Empower the Digital Workspace experience during four unique events this year.  EUC Explore was created to connect IT professionals, who use or have interest in EUC solutions, to industry experts from VMware, EUC vendors, and community members. Several sessions containing technical deep-dives are available on the EUC products released by VMware. Learn architecture and implementation best practices from worldwide industry experts and global practice leads. For more information visit www.vmug.com/Attend/EUC

 

Also a great blog post about it here!
http://tcwd.net/vblog/2017/05/11/boston-and-new-york-and-more-oh-my-vmug-euc-explore-is-here/

 

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NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM VMWARE
Beta Launch of docs.vmware.com
Today we are pleased to announce the beta launch of the docs.vmware.com site. This portal unifies the product documentation for all products, versions, and languages into a single site so you can find the information that you are looking for more quickly. VMware products offer a wide range of bus...

 

Catch a Glimpse of Zero-Touch vSphere Auto Deploy Clusters from Tomorrow
If you have ever wanted to deploy stateless VMware vSphere clusters without human intervention, then a new utility that we recently released through VMware Flings program may be of interest. The Host Profiles CLI Fling offers a preview of a new workflow for stateless hosts leveraging Auto Deploy ...

 

VMware Sponsors Social Innovation at SF Hacks
By Jackie Rees, Xplorer Senior Manager at VMware On Saturday March 18th, several hundred students from Northern California gathered at San Francisco State University to participate in the first ever SF Hacks event. SF Hacks is San Francisco State University’s 24-hour college hackathon where 350 s...

 

New KB articles published for week ending 6th May 2017
VMware vRealize Automation vRealize Automation 7.2 installation fails on the IaaS database Date Published: 2017/05/02 Migration from vRealize Automation 6.x to 7.x can fail with the error Date Published: 2017/05/03 VMware vRealize Operations Manager Touch Screen Compatibility in vRealize Operatio...

 

VMworld 2017 Oracle Customer Bootcamps
VMworld 2017 Oracle Customer Bootcamps On a mission to arm yourself with the latest knowledge and skills needed to master application virtualization? VMworld Customer bootcamps can get you in shape to lead the virtualization charge in your organization, with Instructor-led demos and In-depth cour...

 

Faster Time-To-Value and Improved Quality, Voyages-SNCF.com Goes Hybrid with OVH and vCloud Air Network
For Voyages-SNCF.com , agility is everything. So when they needed an agile, hybrid infrastructure to tackle peak online volume times they turned to OVH and the VMware vCloud® Air™ Network.   Voyages-sncf.com is the number one seller of European rail tickets.   Voyages, a subsidiary of SNCF the Fr...

 

3 Ways Organizations Use NSX for Application Continuity
Five example customers using NSX to enable application continuity for their business No one looks forward to data center outages. Not the business leaders who fear revenue loss from applications being down, nor the heroic IT admin whose pager is going off at 3:00 AM. Therefore many critical data ...

 

Capturing the Flag for Cloud IaaS Performance with VMware’s vSphere 6.5 and VIO 3.1 on Dell PowerEdge Servers
This week SPEC has published a new SPEC CloudTM IaaS 2016 result for a private cloud configuration built using VMware vSphere 6.5 and VMware Integrated OpenStack 3.1 (VIO 3.1) and Dell PowerEdge Servers. Working with VMware, Dell has pushed their lead in cloud performance even further. This time,...

 

Partner Spotlight: From Stagehand to Star Player, How the Hybrid Cloud Is Putting IT in the Limelight (And What You Should Do About It)
Gone are the days of IT hiding in backroom storage closets. Today, IT is taking center stage. Thanks to the surge of cloud and platform-based solutions , enterprise IT is now a critical area of focus for every industry. For those departments that manage IT, this sudden rise to fame has brought wi...

 

SAP HANA on VMware vSphere, Multi-VM Support Status as of May 2017
Since my last SAP HANA blog in February, our SAP HANA validation and engineering team was busy performing the remaining validation test on the Intel Broadwell platform. Because of the positive results, SAP granted us Multi-SAP HANA VM and NUMA node sharing support for vSphere 6.0 and 6.5 on the 4...

 

What Happens at Dell EMC World—Gets Shared in Top Mobile News!
VMware, Dell and you. Minimize user downtime. Reduce admin overhead. Align with compliance and IT security policies. That’s how you win with our big Dell EMC World announcement: The integration of VMware AirWatch and Dell Client Command systems management tools. Get all the details here on the ev...

 

Horizon Cloud Service with On-Premises Infrastructure May 2017 Release Updates
There are several technical updates this quarter to VMware Horizon Cloud Service with On-Premises Infrastructure . For more details on this release, see the Horizon Cloud with On-Premises Infrastructure Release Notes . Support for Cloud-Based Workspace ONE With this release, we now support cloud-...

 

Google’s New OS, Win10 VR Tech & Breaking VDI Product News
Also in top tech news this week: smarter Chromebook management, Android in the enterprise, separating work/personal and more. Peekaboo, I see … the new Google OS. Top Tech News shared their first impressions following a sneak peek of Google’s new operating system (OS) “Fuchsia.” Writer Jeff Cozza...

 

3BD/2BA with Security & Simplicity: TCAD Streamlines with VMware Digital Workspace Solutions
Home of the University of Texas at Austin, a number of growing companies and almost as many great barbecue joints, Travis County, Texas is one of the fastest growing areas in the U.S. The entity that determines property taxes there, Travis County Central Appraisal District (TCAD), has seen its wo...

 

VMware AirWatch 9.1: Your Top 12 Questions Answered
Our recent VMware AirWatch 9.1 webinar explored new capabilities introduced in our most recent release. Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for the live event. If you were not able to join live, check out the replay here . Due to time constraints, we did not get to all of your questions...

 

Dell & VMware Extend PC Management to the Firmware
Greetings from #DellEMCWorld in Las Vegas, where all of the Dell Technologies brands have come together on one stage. These are not only exciting times for us, but also for our mutual customers embarking on their digital transformation journey. Customers are now seeing the collective strength of ...

 

Introducing Dell EMC VDI Complete Solutions
Fast. Easy. New VDI Complete all-in-one desktop and virtualization bundles, powered by VMware Horizon, include everything you need started for $8/user/month. We hear you. Certain VDI projects can be complicated and may stall or never even get off the ground. Selling a business case with upfront c...

 

VMware & Google Extend Partnership to Accelerate Adoption of Chromebooks
Today at Dell EMC World 2017, VMware announced an expanded partnership with Google to accelerate the adoption of Chromebooks. The partnership enhances the existing application accessibility of the devices. VMware Workspace ONE will enable one-click secure authentication and management of applicat...

 

New Android Enterprise Enrollment Flows
The latest release of the VMware AirWatch admin console – AirWatch v9.1 – boasts impressive new Android enterprise enrollment flows. While new functionality is always exciting, evaluating all of the options can be a bit confusing and overwhelming. What’s an admin to do? Today’s post uses a “Wizar...

 

Bring Android to Work with the Latest Enhancements
We’ve received lots of feedback since VMware AirWatch announced support for Android in the enterprise (formerly called Android for Work ) in early 2015. Administrators love the ability to standardize management across any Android device. End users love the separation between work and personal app...

 

EXTERNAL NEWS FROM 3RD PARTY BLOGGERS
vSAN 6.6 Config Assist incorrectly reports Physical NIC warning with LACP/LAG
A very short post simply to bring an issue to your attention which a number of folks have pinged me about this week. With vSAN 6.6, there is a new feature called Configuration Assistant. As the name implies, it tries to highlight possible configuration issues with your vSAN infrastructure. A numb...

 

Latest Fling from VMware Labs - Host Profiles CLI
The Host Profiles CLI Fling (hostprofilescli) is a command-line utility that allows vSphere administrators to perform several operations with Host Profiles that are either not currently possible through existing user interfaces, or possible only through graphical interfaces. The hostprofilescli u...

 

Project USB to SDDC - Part 3
OK, the wait is finally over! In this final article, we will now walk through the process of getting access to this project as well as how to get this deployed in your own environment. For those that just want to see the code, you can find it at the Github project below: Github Project: https://g...

 

Cloning and Snapshots on vSAN when policy requirements cannot be met
I was looking into some behavior recently to assist one of our partners. He described a situation that they observed during proof-of-concept testing. I thought it would be of benefit to highlight this behavior in case you also observe it, and you are curious as to why it is happening. Let’s begin...

 

Upcoming training courses
If you are interested in joining me at a VMware vRealize Operations Manager [6.2] - Install Configure and Manage or VMware vSphere Optimize and Scale [6.5] training course in Utrecht (the Netherlands), I've got two great oppertunities for you: I still have a few seats left in this awesome vRealiz...

 

Updated Nested ESXi 6.0u3 & 6.5d Virtual Appliances
I finally found a bit of "extra" spare time to update my Nested ESXi Virtual Appliances to support some of the recent releases of ESXi, 6.0 Update 3 and 6.5d, which enables customers to easily and quickly deploy vSAN 6.6 in their environment for testing, development or learning purposes. If you h...

 

Using AzureRM and Rubrik PowerShell Modules to Consume Azure Blob Storage
It’s no secret that I enjoy tinkering around with PowerShell to automate “all the things” and generally make life easier for those in the community. During the 5th Annual PowerShell and DevOps Global Summit (that’s a mouthful, eh?) earlier this year, I was introduced to the AzureRM module for Pow...

 

Dell EMC World 2017: ScaleIO 3.0!
I want you, dear reader, to stop and pay close attention.  I’ve said it before, I will say it again: SDS and HCI architectural approaches are now ready for the majority of x86 workloads.   There is a sustained space for external purpose built storage platforms (think SAN, NAS, Object appliances) ...

 

Change multicast address when running multiple vSAN clusters in same VLAN
Advertise here with BSA Before vSAN 6.6 we would always recommend to change the multicast address when running multiple vSAN clusters in the same VLAN. Now that with vSAN 6.6 we removed multicast, does this best practice/recommendation still apply? I went looking for a clear statement but couldn’...

 

Dell EMC World 2017: Ready Node-a-palooza!
Our Dell EMC Ready Node program is cooking with gas.   The most well known, and most popular Ready Node is the VMware vSAN Ready Node program, but there are ScaleIO Ready Nodes (a very popular choice), and here at Dell EMC World – we’re announcing the new Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct Ready Nod...

 

Open vSwitch Day at OpenStack Summit 2017
This is a “liveblog” (not quite live, but you get the idea) of the Open vSwitch Open Source Day happening at the OpenStack Summit in Boston. Summaries of each of the presentations are included below. Kubernetes and OVN on Windows The first session was led by Cloudbase Solutions, a company out of ...

 

Fluffy Cloudy Amazon Web Services Thoughts (Part N of N)
Disclaimer : I’m not an AWS Expert. I’m learning. I regard myself as a novice. Therefore I reserve the right to make idiotic statements now, which I will later retract. My thoughts on AWS are very much a work in progress. So please don’t beat me up if you don’t agree with me. I’m just as like to ...

 

Auditing & Automating Disabled Protocols (TLS/SSLv3) for ESXi 6.0u3 & 6.5 using PowerCLI
A couple of weeks back, I had received a question from one of our TAMs in regards to automating the disablement of specific TLS/SSL protocols for their ESXi 6.0 Update 3 hosts. As of vSphere 6.0 Update 3 and vSphere 6.5, customers now have the ability to completely disable TLS 1.0, TLS 1.1 and SS...

 

Dell EMC World 2017: VDI Complete–Ready Bundle!
First – what are Ready Bundles?  Ready Nodes, Ready Bundles, Ready Systems is the taxonomy we use for our program where we bring multiple technology pieces together at Dell EMC.   Ready Nodes = software + server; Ready Bundles = software + servers/network/storage; Ready Systems = software + CI/HC...

 

Dell EMC World 2017: RedHat Ready Bundle Update!
The week before Dell EMC World we released a critical update to the Dell EMC RedHat Ready Bundle – and while many eyes are on Las Vegas, it will figure prominently at the OpenStack Summit occuring in Boston. First – I don’t want to bury the lead: if you’re deploying the RedHat Cloud stack – with ...

 

Dell EMC World 2017: Azure Stack Update!
I’m really interested to see what Microsoft and Dell EMC can do together around Azure Stack. I won’t bury the lead: the Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack is the the easy button for customers looking for the on-premise peer to Azure.   It has common APIs, common semantics, common data servi...

 

Latest Fling from VMware Labs - vCenter Cluster Performance Tool
vCenter Cluster Performance Tool is a Powershell script that uses vSphere PowerCLI to obtain performance data for a cluster by aggregating information from individual hosts. You have the following options to specify in the script. An “interval” of 20s or 300s. The default is 20s, and corresponds ...

 

Liveblog: OpenStack Summit Keynote, Day 2
This is a liveblog of the day 2 keynote of the OpenStack Summit in Boston, MA. (I wasn’t able to liveblog yesterday’s keynote due to a schedule conflict.) It looks as if today’s keynote will have an impressive collection of speakers from a variety of companies, and—judging from the number of lapt...

 

Liveblog: Kuryr Project Update
This is a liveblog of an OpenStack Summit session providing an update on the Kuryr project. The speakers are Antoni Segura Puimedon and Irena Berezovsky. Kuryr, if you recall, was a project aimed at making OpenStack Neutron functionality available to Docker containers; it has since expanded to al...

 

Liveblog: Deploying Containerized OpenStack: Challenges & Tools Comparison
This is a liveblog for an OpenStack Summit session on containerized OpenStack and a comparison of the tools used for containerized OpenStack. The speaker is Jaivish Kothari, from NEC Technologies. Two other speakers were listed on the title slide, but were apparently unable to make it to the Summ...

 

Liveblog: AT&T’s Container Strategy and OpenStack’s Role in it
This is a liveblog of the OpenStack Summit session titled “AT&T’s Container Strategy and OpenStack’s Role in it”. The speakers are Kandan Kathirvel and Amit Tank, both from AT&T. I really wanted to sit in on Martin Casado’s presentation next door (happening at the same time), but as much as I lov...

 

VMware {code} Briefing: What’s New with VMware PowerCLI 6.5.1
VMware PowerCLI 6.5.1 was released on April 20th and it contained some significant improvements and changes! Whether you’re an occasional PowerCLI user or a power user, you’re not going to want to miss this special briefing! https://blogs.vmware.com/code/2017/05/05/vmware-code-briefing-whats-new-...

 

Dell EMC World 2017: VxRack FLEX Updates!
We’re seeing a ton of growth and demand around VxRack FLEX.  As a reminder – VxRack FLEX can be described in a single sentence: “If you want an insanely scalable and flexible HCI Rack-Scale system, with hypervisor of choice or bare metal… one that can start small and scale out - VxRack FLEX is fo...

 

Dell EMC World 2017: Cloud FLEX–I can’t believe we’re doing this!
Seriously, there’s a part of me that doesn’t believe what we’re doing here.   I think it’s ballsy, but I also think it’s awesome.   We could seriously disrupt our business, the industry – that could be good, bad… or GREAT.  I like that we’re playing for all the marbles :-) Michael Dell challenged...

 

Dell EMC World 2017: XC Series Updates!
There are a lot of eyeballs on this topic – within Dell EMC, within Nutanix, within our partner community, and most importantly – within our customer base. So – let me speak plainly: “Dell EMC XC Series and our Nutanix partnership is here to stay”. Now, I don’t want people to read in too much, or...

 

Dell EMC World 2017: VxRail and VxRack SDDC Updates!
The team that works on VxRail and VxRack SDDC have a simple mission – to be the ultimate, most turnkey manifestation of the VMware SDDC stack – including the SDS layer for VxRail, and the SDS and SDN layer for VxRack SDDC. They aren’t just “VMware aligned” – they are one team, led by a single cle...

 

Dell EMC World 2017: Get Ready for Blog-a-palooza.
There are a barrage of Virtual Geek posts that will come out today, Tuesday and Wednesday – and as usual, they will be long, detailed, meandering with lots of sidebars and detours – but hopefully interesting, my dear readers ;-) That said – I did a post on Direct 2 Dell today that because unlike ...

 

VMware NSX Technology Overview with Ray Budavari
Ray Budavari, Senior Staff Technical Product Manager, NSBU at VMware, gives a brief technical overview as NSX as a solution. He reviews the idea in NSX of treating the hypervisor as the network edge, and builds upon that by explaining the security and network management features that are put as c...

 

Using a Makefile with Markdown Documents
It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of using Markdown (specifically, MultiMarkdown ) for the vast majority of all the text-based content that I create. Over the last few years, I’ve created used various tools and created scripts to help “reduce the friction” involved with outputting Markdown source...
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