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NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM VMWARE
What does the new culture of technology look like?
Nicola Acutt, Vice President, Sustainability Strategy – Office of the CTO at VMware If you want a glimpse into what the future of technology could look like — and be wowed by the possibilities — you’d have to go back to the Women Who Code (WWCode) premier developer conference, CONNECT 2017, which...

New KB articles published for week ending 13th May 2017
VMware ESXi Duplicate SCSI IDs are seen when running the nhpsa driver on Gen 9 HPE Synergy compute modules with an SATA drive in bay 1 of a D3940 Storage Module Published Date: 2017/05/10 VMware NSX for vSphere Managing NSX Edge from vCloud Director fails after upgrading vCNS 5.5.3 to NSX for vSp...

vSphere 6.5 Upgrade Considerations Part-1
The release of vSphere 6.5 in November 2016 introduced many new features and enhancements. These include the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) now becoming the default deployment. vCenter Server native high availability, which protects vCenter Server from application failure. Built-in File-Based ba...

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 ...

New VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2017-0009
Today VMware has released the following new security advisory: “ VMSA-2017-0009 – VMware Workstation update addresses multiple security issues ” This documents an important severity insecure library loading issue via ALSA sound driver configuration files ( CVE-2017-4915 ) and a moderate severity ...

A Guide to Self-Service Deployment with vRealize Automation
Another month and another edition of vCloud Architecture Toolkit for Service Providers (vCAT-SP). Every month we publish a new article in our ongoing series detailing the many exciting use cases of the VMware vCloud Solution and help you take full advantage of the superior cloud solutions found i...

Use a Zero Trust Approach to Protect Against WannaCry
Micro-segmentation with VMware NSX compartmentalizes the data center to contain the lateral spread of ransomware attacks such as WannaCry On May 12 2017, reports began to appear of the WannaCry malware attacking organizations worldwide in one of the largest ransomware cyber incidents to date. The...

Oracle Database Performance on vSphere 6.5 Monster Virtual Machines
We have just published a new whitepaper on the performance of Oracle databases on vSphere 6.5 monster virtual machines. We took a look at the performance of the largest virtual machines possible on the previous four generations of four-socket Intel-based servers. The results show how performance ...

Hybrid Cloud for Australian Government: Virtualisation and Security with VMware NSX
By Akhil Verma, Originally published by Macquarie Government .   Virtualisation technology and cloud services are making it easier for Government agencies to implement their Digital Transformation strategy. Data-centre virtualisation adoption is on the way up. So is the use of software-defined da...

Enabling the Software-Defined Branch with NSX
Reimagining the edge While the importance of the cloud is obvious to anyone, the increasing importance of the edge is often overlooked. As digitization and the Internet of Things are leading to an exponential growth in the number of devices, the amount of data that is being generated by sensors i...

This Week’s Top EUC News Will Blow Your Mind
Never miss an announcement. Get top end-user computing (EUC) news in your inbox every Friday. Sign up to the right. “Microsoft Azure users now have access to genuine desktop as a service solution.” That’s SiliconANGLE on our huge news this week: We’re delivering VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft ...

Coming Soon: VMware Horizon Virtualization Pack for Skype for Business GA Release
As a follow up to our previous announcement on VMware Horizon with Skype for Business, we are happy to share that we will be releasing the generally available (GA) version of the VMware Horizon Virtualization Pack for Skype for Business next month. The upcoming release of the Horizon Virtualizati...

IT Empire Strikes Back, New iPad Pro Rumors & the App-teligent Digital Workspace
The IT empire strikes back. Shadow IT strikes again, but this time IT can do something to stop the rebel forces of consumerization. Skycure’s Brian Duckering talks about how the combination of mobile threat defense and unified endpoint management can result in the ceasefire we’ve all been waiting...

Fusion 8.5.7 Now available with Windows 10 Creators Update support
Team Fusion is proud to announce the availability of VMware Fusion 8.5.7 . A free update for existing users, this release contains bug fixes and adds improved support for the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update . We also resolved an issue when using git to perform a ‘git clone’ from within virtua...

VMware User Environment Manager 9.2 Technical Deep Dive
We are excited about the newest release of VMware User Environment Manager – version 9.2. This release includes some great new features that enhance the product functionality and continue to offer administrators more flexibility in managing the user experience. We have put together a series of vi...

Introducing VMware User Environment Manager 9.2 with Privilege Elevation
I know you’re excited to hear about all the functions and features we’ve crammed into the new release. Bear with me a moment, because not everyone is aware of what VMware User Environment Manager is. What Is User Environment Manager? The easiest way to understand User Environment Manager is to im...

Securing Enterprise Mobility after Shadow IT Strikes
By Brian Duckering, Marketing and Strategy Executive, Skycure For years now, your IT and security admins debated proper methods, tools and policies to mobilize your enterprise. While these official discussions dragged on, your users unofficially started using their mobile devices (#ShadowIT) for ...

Get Ready for VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure
Businesses today are increasingly mobile, globally distributed and fast paced. While this increasingly diverse workforce expects a consumer-simple interface for accessing work data and applications, IT faces the same challenge as before: securing the enterprise. The number one question facing org...

NEW WHITEPAPER: VMware AirWatch Product Provisioning Microsoft Office 2016 for macOS Best Practices
The VMware AirWatch Product Provisioning Office 2016 for macOS document is now available! This white paper provides configuration best practices for provisioning Microsoft Office 2016 for macOS. VMware AirWatch product features that can help you Using easy-to-follow steps and screenshots, it walk...

VMware Acquires Apteligent: Analytics for the Digital Workspace
End-to-End Performance Management from Mobile Devices to Infrastructure Across Private and Public Clouds Organizations are increasingly building mobile and cloud applications as part of their digital transformation journey. As they embrace these applications to conduct business and perform missio...

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...


EXTERNAL NEWS FROM 3RD PARTY BLOGGERS
Oracle Monster Virtual Machine Performance on vSphere 6.5
The ability to run extremely large virtual machines on vSphere 6.5 aligns closely with the needs of large databases in the enterprise today. Specifically, Oracle database instances in some cases require large amounts of RAM, many processors, and high-speed flash-based storage to achieve the perfo...

vSAN 6.6 Stretched Cluster Demo
Advertise here with BSA I had one more demo to finish and share and that is the vSAN 6.6 stretched cluster demo. I already did a stretched clustering demo when we initially released it, but with the enhanced functionality around local protection I figured I would re-record it. In this demo (~12 m...

Configure vRealize Automation to use Platform Services Controller as External Identity Provider
I was doing some research on an inquiry that I had received from a customer who was interested in configuring their vRealize Automation (vRA) instance to use vCenter's Platform Services Controller (PSC) as an External Identity Provider (IDP) rather than the default VMware Identity Manager (vIDM) ...

VMware User Environment Manager 9.2 Technical Overview
This brief technical-overview video will introduce you to User Environment Manager 9.2, provide some details about how it works, and examine the architecture. If you are new to the product, or want a short refresher, this is a great place to begin.

Embracing APIs and Network Automation at Interop ITX 2017
Not too long ago, Ethan Banks and I recorded an episode of Datanauts entitled The Current State Of Network Automation & Telemetry with special guest Ryan Booth . If you haven’t heard this show (gasp!) I basically get the rundown on how challenging it is to programmatically control most currently ...

Image management with VIC and Harbor
In this post, I wanted to play a little more with our registry product (Harbor) and how it integrated with vSphere Integrated Containers (VIC). The workflow that I am going to show you in this post is using Docker on MAC to pull an image from the docker hub, do whatever I need to do with that ima...

Automating the new native VCSA bootstrap "Easy Install" in vSAN 6.6
In case you missed the previous article, have a read here which goes into greater detail behind the new VCSA bootstrap installer (also known as vSAN Easy Install) which is part of the new vSAN 6.6 release. As I hinted at the end of the previous post, customers not only have a simplified way of bo...

Using Tags with Storage Policy Based Management
I was doing some work in the lab with Storage Policy Based Management recently. I was using both vSAN and a Virtual Volume array from Nimble Storage. While I was able to create independent policies for both vSAN and VVols, I was curious to see if I could create a policy where I could be offered b...

It makes me WannaCry….
You don’t know how to ease my pain You don’t know… You don’t know how to ease my pain Don’t you hear any voices cryin’? You don’t know how to play the game You cheat… You lie… You don’t even know how to say goodbye… You make me want to cry…. It’s rare that the world of IT impinges on my friends d...

Using Amazon Route53 and Google Apps Together using Domain Aliases to complete SSL Certificate Requests!
Disclaimer: I’ve got nearly 25 years experience in the IT game with a range of skills that take in this task – DNS, Email, Web-Servers. However, for the last 15 years or more I’ve more or less outsourced the management of this to a third-party, or it simply hasn’t been my job. Once I used to teac...

Introducing the docs.vmware.com beta site
Introducing the new VMware docs.vmware.com beta site, brought to you by the VMware Information Experience team!

Revisiting persistent storage with vSphere Integrated Containers
I’ve been getting back into doing a bit of testing with vSphere Integrated Containers 1.1 (VIC for short) in my lab. One of the things that I am very interested in revisiting is how to do persistence of data with VIC and “Containers as VMs”. I did some work on this in the past , but a lot has cha...

vSAN 6.6 Demo: Configuration Assist
Advertise here with BSA I just noticed I still had a demo recoding on my desktop from a couple of weeks ago. The topic is vSAN 6.6 configuration assist. Hadn’t done anything with it, so I just added the narratives and shared it on youtube. Only a 3 minute video and quickly shows you where Configu...

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...

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