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NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM VMWARE

VMware Radius

  • Security in the Age of Internet Separation
    It was just one year ago that the very idea of separating from the internet was met with much scrutiny. When the Singapore government announced in 2016 it was separating its government systems from the internet this was proved to be true. Wasn’t it a step backwards? Why would such a smart system cho...
  • VMware Helps Swisscom to Enhance and Manage Its Cloud Services
    Swisscom is a leading telecoms and IT company offering cloud, Internet, TV, and mobile services to residential and multinational business customers across Switzerland and Italy. The company is renowned as a companion to its multinational customers in the digital world and has strengthened this relat...
  • VMworld 2017 US—It’s a Wrap!
    Change was the operative word as VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger welcomed more than 20,000 makers, businesspeople, entrepreneurs, and technologists to Las Vegas for VMworld 2017 US. The jam-packed week was full of surprise announcements and new possibilities. Here are the highlights: Day One VMworld op...

Open Source @VMware

  • Growing a Community for a New Open Source Project
    by Ben Pfaff,  principal engineer, and Justin Pettit, senior staff engineer, VMware Networking & Security Business Unit (NSBU) R&D We traveled to Beijing this summer to present two talks at LinuxCon China June 19–20. Our first talk, “The Open vSwitch and OVN Projects,” was a technical talk about ...
  • A Look Inside the vRealize Operations Export Tool, VMware’s Latest Open Source Fling
    We sat down with Principal System Engineer Pontus Rydin to discuss his open source project: the VMware vRealize Operations Export Tool. Pontus focuses on VMware’s global accounts and specializes in vRealize and other management products. Read on for his expert insights. Q: What was your inspi...
  • Learn All About ‘SCHED_DEADLINE’ from Steven Rostedt at Open Source Summit 2017
    The Open Source Summit North America touches down in the City of Angels this year, taking place September 11-14 at the JW Marriot LA Live in Los Angeles, Calif. Hosted by the Linux Foundation, Open Source Summit 2017 boasts the combined might of LinuxCon, ContainerCon, CloudOpen and Open Community C...

VMware vSphere Blog

  • Monthly Security Patch Program for the vCenter Server Appliance
    The vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) has become the recommended deployment type starting with vSphere 6.5. The three main components of the VCSA – operating system, database, and application – now all fall under VMware’s umbrella. The VCSA now uses Photon OS which is a custom operating system built f...
  • Get your vSphere questions answered at VMworld Europe 2017
    After an action packed week at VMworld US in Las Vegas, the Cloud Platform Business unit has assembled in Barcelona for VMworld Europe 2017. We’re excited to talk to our European friends about the products our group supports: vSphere (and especially vSphere 6.5), and now VMware Cloud on AWS. This p...
  • Thinking of Big Data or HPC? vSphere Scale-Out Can Help.
    Today, VMware is excited to introduce vSphere Scale-Out, a new addition to the vSphere product line.  vSphere Scale-Out is a solution that packages all the core vSphere features required for Big Data and High Performance Computing (HPC) workloads at an attractive price point. vSphere Scale-Out will...

Network Virtualization

  • Top 10 Networking and Security Sessions at VMworld Europe
    At VMworld Europe 2016, we showed that network virtualization is mainstream and that NSX will illuminate the path to bring your data center into the future with robust security, speed, and agility. One year later, NSX is out to show that it’s not just in the data center anymore… it’s everywhere. ...
  • NSX-T: Routing where you need it (Part 1)
      Network virtualization has come a long way. NSX has played a key role in redefining and modernizing networking in a datacenter. Providing an optimal routing path for the traffic has been one of the topmost priorities of Network Architects. Thanks to NSX distributed routing, the routing betw...
  • Ensuring Good with VMware AppDefense
    co-author Geoff Wilmington Traditional data center endpoint security products focus on detecting and responding to known bad behavior. There are hundreds of millions of disparate malware attacks, with over a million getting added every day.  In addition, there is the threat of zero-day attacks expl...

Virtual Blocks

  • At DTECH Labs, Tiny, Powerful Technology is Built on vSAN
    DTECH Labs, a CUBIC company, is in the business of making the seemingly impossible possible. The company’s groundbreaking communications technologies support everything from enabling high-quality radio and video connections in mobile missions with fast-moving vehicles to building an explosive-proof ...
  • vSAN Operations: Use Out-of-Band Management to view vSphere DCUI During Host Restarts
    Visibility to vSphere hosts through out-of-band management has always been a convenient way to access the vSphere Direct Console User Interface (DCUI).  Traditionally, remote management using Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) or some other method, provided the pre-boot visibility and ...
  • vSAN Partner Awards at VMworld US
    As Partner Exchange was winding down in Las Vegas, we ended on a high note with our first vSAN Partner Awards Ceremony on Sunday evening – August 27th.  Over 100 guests joined us for the over-subscribed event at the Mandalay Bay Hotel to recognize our leading Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) par...

VMware Cloud Management

  • vRealize Network Insight 3.5 – Feel the vRNI
    vRealize Network Insight 3.5 (vRNI) introduces a number of great features, which improve our visibility and ability to ensure a secure and compliant configuration.  Also Network Insight is now available as a service.  This means you can rely on VMware to handle management and updates of Network Insi...
  • IT As Developer Of Infrastructure As Code
    IT As Developer:  One Of The Keys To Relevance This blog is the third installment in a series focused on the question of what IT teams need to do to retain or regain relevance (depending on their circumstance) with line-of-business.  For the full list check out my first blog  on this subject.  In a...
  • vRA and NSX – Intro to App-Centric Networking and Security
    Introduction In a software-defined world, infrastructure is defined by policies based on a set of requirements — prescribed by the business, applications, security or IT itself. Those policies are tied to a set of logic that integrates and automates a given service as needed, when needed. For its p...

Cloud Foundation

Cloud-Native Apps

  • EMA Recommends VMware vSphere Integrated Containers for Enterprise Integration
    By Susan Wu, Senior Product Marketing Manager, VMware As digital transformation continues to rapidly reshape many enterprises, the growth of containerized applications should come as no surprise. Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) reported that 68 percent of North American enterprises surveyed ...
  • Choosing the Right Tool for Your App Modernization Project
    By Paul Dul, VP Product Management, Cloud-Native Applications Often, the key to a successful deployment is choosing the right tool for the job. Certainly, choosing the wrong tool is a recipe for frustration. This is especially true when it comes to digital transformation and the move to cloud-nativ...
  • vSphere Integrated Containers v1.2 Introduces Support for Native Docker Container Hosts
    By Patrick Daigle, Sr. Technical Marketing Architect, Cloud-Native Apps Today, we are pleased to announce the newest release of vSphere Integrated Containers (VIC). As part of vSphere 6.5, vSphere Integrated Containers v1.2 will deliver significant new capabilities, including the ability to provisi...

VMware End-User Computing Blog

  • Who Built a Better EMM Mousetrap?
    New report claims VMware Workspace ONE, powered by VMware AirWatch unified endpoint management, delivered a better user experience, had more features and saved time on management tasks, compared to Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security (EM+S). Download Now In my blog post last month, I provided s...
  • [Whitepaper] Secure Mobile Endpoints with NSX Network Virtualization
    New Whitepaper Hot Off the Press! We’re excited to announce the publication of the VMware Tunnel™ and VMware NSX® Micro-Segmentation Integration Guide! This guide explains how NSX network virtualization and VMware AirWatch® Enterprise Mobility Management™ work together. Read it now to learn how to s...
  • [Whitepaper] Desktop & App Virtualization Makes Migrating to Windows 10 a Breeze
    The deadline to migrate to Windows 10 is fast approaching, with extended support for Windows 7 ending in January 2020. Luckily, the majority of enterprises already started piloting Windows 10 and plan to migrate to the latest Microsoft operating system (OS) in the next year. According to a survey co...

AirWatch Blog

  • VMware AirWatch Day Zero Support for Android Zero Touch Enrollment
    Today, Google announced zero-touch enrollment for Android devices. Our VMware AirWatch unified endpoint management team is excited to announce same-day support for Android zero touch enrollment. Earlier in the year, Google added a few alternative ways to provision work managed devices with an identi...
  • It’s Finally Here! VMware AirWatch Supports iOS 11
    VMware AirWatch unified endpoint management customers can find custom profiles to support new Apple iOS 11 features on myAirWatch. Look out for AirWatch console updates in an upcoming release. New iOS 11 Features Supported by AirWatch Unified Endpoint Management AirWatch supports iOS 11 features and...
  • Securing the Enterprise Against the Spectrum of Mobile Risk Requires a Comprehensive Solution
    Enterprise security risk management is an increasingly complex job in the mobile world. As I discussed in my previous blog, risks can come at you from a wide variety of directions: devices, apps and even user behaviors that inadvertently open employees (and your entire organization) to unexpected th...

The Support Insider

  • New KB articles published for week ending 17th September 2017
    VMware Horizon Unable to deploy Tenant appliance in DaaS 7.0 Date Published: 2017/09/11 VMware vRealize Orchestrator Unable to log in to the vRealize Orchestrator control center after changing the tenant for authentication Date Published: 2017/09/11 VMware Cloud on AWS VMC on AWS Creating VM from .i...
  • New KB articles published for week ending 9th September 2017
    VMware vRealize Automation Requests get stuck at ‘In Progress’ or ‘Pending Approval’ status in vRA Date Published: 2017/09/06 “Machine XXX: No reservation is available to allocate within the group XXX. Total XX GB of storage was requested” error when you request a machine in vRA Date Published: 2017...
  • Top 20 vRealize Automation articles for August 2017
    Update sequence for vSphere 6.5 and its compatible VMware products VMware vCloud Suite 7 Fulfillment “An error occurred during OAuth2 operation” while accessing the vRealize Orchestrator Control Center Removing a virtual machine from vRealize Automation 7.x using Cloud Client Connecting to a resour...
  • Top 20 vRealize Operations Manager articles for August 2017
    Collecting diagnostic information from vRealize Operations Manager 6.x Update sequence for vSphere 6.5 and its compatible VMware products Update sequence for vSphere 6.0 and its compatible VMware products Removing the vRealize Operations Manager Plugin from vSphere after upgrading to vROps 6.6 Item...
  • Top 20 Horizon View articles for August 2017
    Support Contracts FAQs Collecting VMware Horizon View logs and diagnostic information Provisioning or recomposing a linked clone desktop pool fails VMware View ports and network connectivity requirements Licensing VMware View 4.x, 5.x and 6.x Recommended restart cycle of the VMware Horizon View env...

EXTERNAL NEWS FROM 3RD PARTY BLOGGERS virtuallyGhetto

  • Direct playback URLs for all VMworld 2017 US & EU Sessions
    This is probably the shortest blog post ever but I have just published the direct playback URLs for all VMworld 2017 US and EU Sessions which can be found by visiting http://vmwa.re/vmworld2017 Enjoy!...
  • Automating vRealize stack based on VVD using new vRealize Suite Lifecycle Management
    Our Cloud Management Business Unit (CMBU) at VMware just GA'ed the highly anticipated vRealize Suite Lifecycle Management or vRSLCM for short. As the name suggests, this new solution provides customers a simple and consistent mechanism for managing the entire lifecycle management (Day 0 to Day N) fo...
  • VMworld Hackathon 2017 Highlights
    This was our second year running the Hackathon at VMworld and Alan and I could not have been more pleased with all the positive and supportive feedback that we have received. The Hackathon was definitely a highlight for us as it was for many other VMworld attendees. Having said that, the Hackathon d...
  • ATTO's ESXi Thunderbolt Driver is now officially on VMware HCL
    Last week I had received some great news from our friends over at ATTO Technology that their ESXi Thunderbolt to Fibre Channel Driver has passed the VMware Certification process and is now officially listed on VMware's HCL. I had known the team was planning to certify their driver but was not aware ...
  • Thank you for voting! (Top vBlog 2017)
    I had been in meetings all day today and I had noticed my Twitter notifications was going nuts. It was only until my last meeting of the day, which was with Emad, did I learn what was going on. I had no idea the Top vBlog 2017 results were being announced today and when Emad broke […]...

ESX Virtualization

  • What Are VMware Virtual CPU Performance Monitoring Counters (vPMCs)?
    This kind of strange name is simple to explain, but some people might not know about it. Hence this post. In this post, we will talk about What Are VMware Virtual CPU Performance Monitoring Counters (vPMCs). This feature can be enabled on a per-VM basis (by editing a virtual hardware of a VM) and al...
  • VMware vCenter Server Standard vs Foundation – Differences
    A few months back VMware has changed a little bit the VMware vCenter Foundation offer allowing to have 4 ESXi hosts instead of just 3 previously. This is mainly because customers wanted to run VMware vSAN with 4 hosts with this edition. This post will go into the differences between VMware vCenter S...
  • What Is VMware User Environment Manager?
    With so many VMware products around sometimes, people do not know which product is for what usage. It is normal. One cannot follow all of those VMware products whether it is for data center virtualization, end user computing or products for cloud computing. So this post will simply explain What Is V...
  • What is VMware CEIP Program And How It Helps An IT Admin With Troubleshooting vSphere
    Many people do not know what is VMware CEIP program and they’re missing out. I’ll go into details in today’s post, show you what is VMware Customer Experience Program (CEIP) and what’s the main benefit for the IT admin or the end user. The post will further have a video from VMworld 2017 in Barcelon...
  • VMworld Barcelona 2017 is The Biggest One
    During the general session today at VMworld Barcelona 2017, Pat Gelsinger announced that this European VMworld is the biggest event from the audience perspective. There is over 11000 people attending this year. From my point of few after walking through the solution exchange, I have the feeling that...

CormacHogan.com

  • How many hosts are needed to implement SFTT in vSAN Stretched Cluster?
    Many of you who are well versed in vSAN will realize that we released a Secondary Failures To Tolerate (SFTT) feature with vSAN 6.6. This meant that not only could we tolerate failures across sites, but that we could also add another layer of redundancy to each copy of the data maintained at each of...
  • Slides from my VMworld 2017 sessions are now available
    All three of my sessions from VMworld 2017 are now available on slide share. Lots of folks have been asking me for the content, so this is the easiest way of making them accessible. I just want to say thanks once more to my great co-speakers/co-presenters. I’m grateful to Cody Hosterman of Pure Stor...
  • VMworld 2017 session on vSAN Networking Design now available
    The last of my VMworld 2017 sessions is now available for viewing. This is the vSAN Networking session, which I co-presented with Andreas Scherr. Andreas is responsible for taking care of all of our vSAN proof-of-concept deployments in EMEA. In this session we cover many aspects of vSAN networking d...
  • VMworld 2017 Session on vSAN Top 10 things to know now on YouTube
    A quick note to let you know that a recorded version of the VMworld 2017 session “Top 10 things to know about vSAN” is now available on YouTube. I delivered this with my colleague, Duncan Epping and in this recording we talk about a bunch of things that we feel are important to know about vSAN, but ...
  • New vSAN Stretched Cluster Topology now supported
    After publishing the vSAN Networking Guide earlier this year, Paudie O’Riordain and I received numerous questions regarding support on having different stretched clusters hosting each other’s witness appliances. These queries arose because we discussed a 2-node (ROBO) topology which allowed this to ...

Scott's Weblog

  • Technology Short Take #87
    Welcome to Technology Short Take #87! I have a mix of newer and older items for you this time around. While I’m a bit short on links in some areas, hopefully this is outweighed by some good content in other areas. Here’s hoping you find something useful! Networking Vincent Bernat has ...
  • Some Static Site Resources
    Over the last few days—prompted perhaps by my article with some additional information on my site migration—a few folks in the community have reached out to me to share some resources they thought I might find useful. In turn, I’d like to share them with you, my readers, in the eve...
  • HashiConf 2017 Wrap Up
    HashiConf 2017 is a wrap for me, and as I’m sitting here at the airport lounge in Austin I’d thought I’d post links back to the liveblogs I published as well as a few thoughts on the conference overall. Liveblogs First, here are links to the liveblogs published during the event: ...
  • Liveblog: Cloud Native Infrastructure
    This is a liveblog of the HashiConf 2017 session titled “Cloud Native Infrastructure.” The speaker is Kris Nova, a Senior Developer Advocate at Microsoft. Kris, along with Justin Garrison, authored the O’Reilly Cloud Native Infrastructure book (more information here). As one of the...
  • HashiConf 2017 Day 2 Keynote
    This is a liveblog of the day 2 keynote (general session) at HashiConf 2017 in Austin, TX. Speakers today will (apparently, based on the schedule) include someone from Amazon Web Services and Kelsey Hightower from Google. The keynote starts off with a photo montage of attendees, sessions, and speak...

Welcome to vSphere-land!

  • With attendance down does this mean VMworld has jumped the shark?
    As I reported in my annual post on my experiences at VMworld, attendance was down this year and in a fairly big way. VMware reported attendance at 20,000 this year which is about a 15% decline from the 23,000 who attended in 2015 & 2016. Is this a sign that less people care about what … C...
  • New report from IDC highlights the many benefits of VMware VVols
    I find one of the biggest barriers to VVols adoption is lack of customer understanding of what VVols is and what it will do for them. Many customers are happy with VMFS and the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mind-sight is prevalent which keeps them using what they are comf...
  • VVols enhancements coming in the next vSphere release
    I’ve known the VVols roadmap for quite a while but haven’t been able to share that publicly but VMware recently just shared it in a VMworld VVols session that is publicly available on YouTube so I though I would comment on that. If you watch the STO2446BU – VMware Virtual Volumes T...
  • My thoughts and observations on VMworld 2017
    Another year, another VMworld in the books, this is number 10 for me (there have been 14 VMworld events total) and how fast the event flies by never changes. I’m posting this a little late this year as the old adage “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” didn’t hold true for...
  • Get your Top vBlog 2017 virtual logos
    Hot off the presses are new logos for your blog/website to show off how you did in Top vBlog 2017. I was going for a new look this year and hence had to find a new designer which was no easy task. I use Fiverr which is a huge community of freelance designers for hire … Continue reading »...

Virtual Geek

  • VMworld 2017: XtremIO X2the best clean-sheet AFA gets better.
    This week marks the launch of the next generation of an incredible successful product – Dell EMC XtremIO. The best way to think of X2 as the 2nd generation of XtremIO – it takes the great foundation of the strengths of XtremIO and builds on them. The core architecture of keeping all the metadata ...
  • VMworld 2017: re-inventing Data Protection for VMware
    This is cool. Every customer needs Data Protection for their VMware environment – local backup and recovery, and protection from disaster recovery. I’ve seen every chapter of this – from the birth of Site Recovery Manager in 2008 (to Jay Judkowitz – shout out to you buddy!, the birth of CBT in 2009...
  • VMworld 2017: Continued Advances in Hybrid Cloud DIY Choices
    If you’re coming here first – I strongly recommend reading the “Lessons Learnt” post in this series, here.  It will help with context, and understanding your options and choices.   Also – I strongly recommend reading this “DIY” and “Consume” blog post here – it’s very useful. Ok, with that context ...
  • VMworld 2017: Pivotal Container Services (PKS)
    IMO – this is one of the biggest announcements at VMworld this week.   It is a major shift to the Dell Technologies strategic perspective, and important for our customers. It’s something we’ve been spending a lot of time on internally for a while – I’ve spent hours at end with Scott Yara and James...
  • VMworld 2017: Continued Advances in Hybrid Cloud - NHC
    If you’re coming here first – I strongly recommend reading the “Lessons Learnt” post in this series, here.  It will help with context, and understanding your options and choices. Ok, with that context – lets talk about the Native Hybrid Cloud (NHC) 1.4  NHC is designed to be a full cloud stack – bu...

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Virten.net

  • Convert-ScsiCode PowerShell Function
    The Convert-ScsiCode PowerShell function decodes SCSI sense codes found in the vmkernel.log from ESXi hosts. It uses a JSON based SCSI Code database provided by virten.net. The function works just like my web-based SCSI Sense Code Decoder but allows you to integrate …Read more »...
  • JSON Repository Format Update and now with SCSI Codes
    Whenever I create databases with information like ESXi Versions, vCenter Versions or VMware's HCL I try make these available to be used for automation or in scripts. JSON is my data-type of choice but I figured that another structure might be …Read more »...
  • SCSI Sense Code Decoder OP Code Update
    I've added a new feature to my online SCSI Sense Code Decoder. It is now possible to enter the Command that has been reported to be failed into the form. The command is displayed in the error message and can …Read more »...
  • Using the first 3D Xpoint based Intel Optane SSD with ESXi
    I could get my hands on Intel's first 3D XPoint based SSD to figure out how it performs. 3D XPoint is a new non-volatile memory technology that has been developed by Intel and Micron. With 32GB, it doesn't make sense …Read more »...
  • VCSA 6.5 Broken Filesystem - "Welcome to Emergency Mode"
    Today I managed to crash the storage used in my home lab. After fixing the FreeNAS box, my vCenter Server Appliance (Version 6.5 Update 1) refused to boot and after opening the console, it welcomed me with the following error …Read more »...

vInfrastructure Blog

  • My experience with vSAN 2017 Specialist exam
    During the last VMworld EU, on Monday I’ve tried the new VMware vSAN 2017 Specialist exam, just to see how difficult was and which kind of contents where covered by the exam. This specialist exam it’s something outside the traditional VMware certification paths, but it’s classified...
  • What’s happened during VMworld EU 2017
    Now also VMworld EU 2017 is concluded, so finally it’s possible to give the takeovers of this event, there was something new compared to VMworld US 2017? Let’s start from the general sessions that where unfortunately too much similar (in some part identical) as the US edition… have...
  • VMware vSphere Integrated Containers 1.2
    One of the announce at last VMworld EU 2017 is the new version of VMware vSphere Integrated Containers (VIC). This new version will deliver significant new capabilities, major security enhancements and the the ability to provision native Docker container hosts using a unified management portal. VMwa...
  • VMware NSX-T v2.0
    VMware has just released the new major version of NSX-T 2.0 to provides an agile software-defined infrastructure to build cloud-native application environments. When Nicira product has been released was for Linux and physical platform, but after the VMware’s acquisition has been re-engineered ...
  • Dell Boot Optimized Storage Solution (BOSS)
    The new Dell-EMC PowerEdge G14 Server series it’s finally out and it’s not only the first line with the new logo (and a new bezel), but has really a lot of new features and capabilities. I’ve already talk about the PAT option, now let’s see another one, now valuable also for ...

 

 

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