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VMware TAM Source 10.7

Posted by nisserow Mar 28, 2018



FROM THE EDITORS VIRTUAL DESK
Hi everyone, after a few weeks vacation the newsletter is back and packed full of content. So much has been happening since our last newsletter. One thing I would like to point you to is our VMware on AWS roadmap. This is such a great tool for those of you looking for a great onramp to the private or hybrid cloud. Of course there are always many decisions and discussions that need to take place and many of the questions that are are often concerning technology to support what your business may require. VMware has therefore decided to fully publish our VMware on AWS roadmap and make it public to help you with the conversations that need to take place with the data that you need top support the decision that you make. Take a look here and have a chat to your TAM who can help you with much more.

Enjoy our TAM newsletter.

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NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM VMWARE

VMware Radius

  • Companies Team up to Address Issues With Multiple Clouds
    The impact of cloud is undeniable to both businesses and IT. Cloud has ushered in a new level of agility for organizations and transformed the way applications are built, run, managed, and delivered. As businesses increase their use of cloud computing and utilize multiple cloud providers, they natur...
  • VMware Award Winners Pioneer Tomorrow’s Use of Big Data
    VMware and Big Data VMware is a company that actively invests in cutting-edge research, collaborates with world-class researchers, and recognizes groundbreaking work. This is recognized through the VMware Systems Research Award. The award, which was established in 2016, first commended Professor M...
  • VMware Diversity and Inclusion Update 2018
    By Amber Boyle, VMware Diversity and Inclusion Director  Amber Boyle, Diversity and Inclusion Director at VMware This year, the conversation around diversity has been amplified. While progress is being made in the area of diversity and inclusion (D&I) from Hollywood to the C-suite, company diversi...

VMware Open Source Blog

  • Why Tern? The Case for an Open Source Tool to Help with Container Compliance
    By Nisha Kumar, Open Source Engineer, VMware The benefits of the microservice architecture for web applications and platforms have VMware’s customers demanding support for containers. Container build tools like Docker make it easy to build and deploy a microservice. Simply choose a base container to...
  • Gearing Up for Open Source Leadership Summit
    Open source leaders from far and wide will convene in California’s famous Sonoma Valley for The Linux Foundation’s Open Source Leadership Summit, taking place March 6-8. VMware is proud to be a sponsor of this prestigious forum, where the best and brightest open source minds will collaborate to driv...
  • The Story of Containers
    By Rostislav M. Georgiev, open source engineer, VMware Containers and their use in modern day high-performance cloud-native applications have generated a lot of hype in the past few years. Yet they came to the scene relatively late, especially when compared to virtual machines (VMs). Their appearanc...

VMware vSphere Blog

  • Announcing the vSphere 6.5 Update 1 Security Configuration Guide
    I am really pleased to announce the availability of the 6.5 Update 1 Security Configuration Guide (SCG). Normally a new guide is done only for numbered releases and not updates but the number of security updates that have made it into 6.5 Update 1 has warranted this SCG release. Also, we want to sho...
  • vSphere 5.5 and vSAN 5.5 End of General Support Reminder
    We would like to remind you that the End of General Support (EOGS) for vSphere 5.5 and vSAN 5.5 is September 19, 2018. To maintain your full level of Support and Subscription Services, VMware recommends upgrading to vSphere 6.5. Note that by upgrading to vSphere 6.5 you not only get all the lat...
  • Virtually Speaking Podcast #67 Resource Management
    Two weeks ago Pete Flecha (a.k.a. Pedro Arrow) and John Nicholson invited me to their always awesome podcast to talk about resource management. During our conversation, we covered both on-prem and the features of VMware Cloud on AWS that help cater the needs of your workload. Being a guest on t...

Network Virtualization

  • Security for Public Clouds (AWS) with vRealize Network Insight
    Enterprise IT needs visibility into the network and security status of their workloads, whether hosted on premises, or within AWS. While many AWS workloads are sandboxes for application development teams (DevOps), it is important to analyze these workloads. Increasingly, public cloud workloads are a...
  • Enhancing Application Performance with NSX
    The application performance gains resulting from migrating an infrastructure hosting multi-tier applications from a physical networking implementation to a NSX software-based one have been well documented.  Bob Goldsand and Todd Muirhead, from our  performance engineering team have been preaching ...
  • Want to Learn More About SD-WAN? Register for Our SD-WAN 101 Webinar Series
    No other technology in recent history has experienced the growth rate that SD-WAN currently possesses. The buzz is high, the benefits are numerous, and its strategic position in digital transformation is critical. Enterprises are changing their legacy networks and dramatically improving the way th...

VMware Cloud Management

Cloud-Native Apps

  • Running Selenium Grid on vSphere with vSphere Integrated Containers
    By Tom Schwaller, Senior Technical Product Manager, Michael Roy, Product Line Marketing Manager, and Simone Morellato, Director Technical Product Management One thing that makes containers great is their ability to rapidly spin up a browser-compatibility testing environment. There are plenty of gre...
  • Enterprise Management Associates Awards VMware PKS EMA Top 3 Container Management Products of 2018
    By Ning Ge, Senior Product Marketing Manager VMware Pivotal Container Service (PKS) was awarded EMA Top 3 products of 2018 by Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) in its report published on March 1 — Ten Priorities for Container Management and DevOps in Production and at Scale in 2018. Based on p...
  • Getting Started with Kubernetes-as-a-Service
    By Michael West, Technical Product Manager, VMware As digital transformation moves from a talking point to an IT mandate, infrastructure teams are being asked to step up to expanded roles. An understanding of containers and container orchestration technologies, combined with deep expertise in stora...

VMware End-User Computing Blog

  • VMware Horizon Cloud Service on Microsoft Azure –Technical Walkthrough (Part 1)
    VMware Horizon Cloud Service on Microsoft Azure provides a single platform for delivering virtualized Windows applications and desktops running in Microsoft Azure. Microsoft Azure is a very flexible and scalable cloud platform offering high reliability across its more than 40 global data centers. It...
  • See What’s New in VMware Identity Manager 3.2
    VMware Workspace ONE provides a consumer simple, enterprise secure platform for all the apps your employees need, helping you build a digital workspace that protects your data and empowers your users. As we release the VMware Identity Manager 3.2 component of Workspace ONE, we’re focused on providin...
  • Get an Exclusive First Look at New Workspace ONE Platform Release
    The digital workspace has the power to transform the way IT delivers services and employee experiences. The most successful organizations embrace new techniques and tools that make anytime, anywhere, any device work a tangible reality. The team here at VMware EUC is laser-focused on delivering solut...

The Support Insider

  • New KB articles published for week ending 11th March 2018
    VMware SDDC Manager How to update the Cisco UCS C240 M5 servers in a VMware Cloud Foundation environment to allow for correct boot configuration Date Published: 2018/03/08 The VSAN and vMotion distributed port groups in a VMware Cloud Foundation environment have an incorrect MTU value Date Published...
  • Top 20 NSX articles for February 2018
    Virtual machine in ESXi is unresponsive with a non-paged pool memory leak Licensing vShield 1.x/5.0 VMs running on ESXi 5.5 with vShield endpoint activated fails during snapshot operations Performing vMotion or powering on a virtual machine being protected by vShield Endpoint fails When using VMwar...
  • Top 20 vSAN articles for February 2018
    Component metadata health check fails with invalid state error Best practices for vSAN implementations using Dell PERC H730 or FD332-PERC storage controllers vSAN Build Recommendation Engine Health fails Status of TLSv1.1/1.2 Enablement and TLSv1.0 Disablement across VMware products How to manually...
  • Top 20 vSphere articles for February 2018
    vCenter Appliance root Partition 100% full due to Audit.log files not being rotated “invalid credentials LDAP Error 49” error when starting Inventory Services in vCenter Server 6.x Troubleshooting an ESXi/ESX host in non responding state Unable to log in to the root account of vCenter Server Applia...
  • New KB articles published for week ending 4th March 2018
    VMware Horizon Windows Server 2016 RDSH have issue with Intel GPU Date Published: 2018/03/01 VMware vCenter Server Appliance Joining vCenter Server Appliance or ESXi host into Active Directory domain fails with error: LW_ERROR_LDAP_CONSTRAINT_VIOLATION or LW_ERROR_LDAP_INSUFFICIENT_ACCESS Date Publi...

Cloud Foundation

  • VMware Cloud Foundation Architecture Poster 2.3
    VMware is pleased to release the latest VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) architecture poster. VCF is a fully automated, hyper-converged software stack that includes compute, storage, networking and cloud management. Because VCF has so many tightly integrated products, it is important to understand the ...
  • HPE Synergy and VMware Cloud Foundation – now certified
    Author Bhumik Patel – Technical Alliances, VMware @bhumikp   Introduction: As customers leverage VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) to provide integrated Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) & cloud management services for running enterprise applications, it becomes critical to rely on an underlying pl...
  • Cloud Foundation 2.3.1 Reaches General Availability
    VMware is pleased to announce the general availability of VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) 2.3.1. We’ve introduced several new features and provided fixes for issues identified in previous releases. I’d like to present a quick overview of the new features in Cloud Foundation 2.3.1 in this article. New...

 

EXTERNAL NEWS FROM 3RD PARTY BLOGGERS virtuallyGhetto

  • Thunderbolt to 10GbE Network Adapters for ESXi
    I was recently made aware of this article in which the author, Karim Elatov, had successfully demonstrated the use of a Sonnett Thunderbolt 2 to 10 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter with ESXi running on an Apple Mac Mini. As far as I am aware of, this may be the first public confirmation that such a device w...
  • How to check when the VSAN Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) is updated?
    While catching up on emails from being out on paternity leave, I came across a VSAN HCL feature request that I had filed in early December of last year. I was pleasantly surprise to see that it had been marked resolved. The VSAN Hardware Compatibility List is continuously being updated to include ne...
  • Automating Intel Sighting remediation using PowerCLI (SSH not required)
    In case you may not be aware, Intel recently notified VMware that certain Intel Broadwell and Haswell CPUs are affected by Intel Sighting after applying the latest microcode update to remediate against the Spectre vulnerability. VMware has published the following KB 52345 which provides more details...
  • Cloudafied Desktops: HP RGS on Amazon EC2
    Provided is a quick recording of how RGS (v5.1.5) performs on a "cloud" hosted machine when playing Flash and Quicktime videos. The capture software that we used made the video a little sluggish (as can be seen from the not-so-smooth mouse movements which should otherwise be smooth when using RGS re...
  • Verify Hypervisor-Assisted Guest Mitigation (Spectre) patches using PowerCLI
    VMware recently published a new knowledge base (KB) article 52085 that outlines instructions for enabling the Hypervisor-Assisted Guest Mitigation (CVE-2017-5715), also known as the Spectre vulnerability. This KB also provides steps to verify the updated microcode (included in the ESXi patch) has be...

ESX Virtualization

  • Nakivo Instant File Recovery – How it Works?
    Nakivo Backup and Replication for VMware and Hyper-V can recover files from backed up VMs fast way. But the main reason why Instant File recovery is an important feature for VMware and Hyper-V environment is the fact that this feature is used very often. It’s no secret for any admin that very often ...
  • How To Install Kali Linux on Windows 10
    If you’re using Windows, but at the same time you’d like to have Linux distribution on hand, you have several choices. Previously, if you were VMware administrator, you’d simply install a VM on your ESXi, or when running a desktop computer, you’d install a VMware Workstation or Player and install a ...
  • New VMware SDDC Poster – Free PDF download
    There has been a new VMware SDDC poster available at VMware website which you can download. Free posters are cool so we usually promote this kind of goodies without hesitation. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy it the same way as we do. The poster is called VMware Cloud Foundation 2.3 – The Software-Defined D...
  • How-To Install Hyper-V Cluster 2-Node Windows Server 2016 With StarWind Virtual SAN
    Not so far back we have pointed a scenario which was destined for VMware administrators willing to use local disks (or Direct Attached Storage – DAS) to install StarWind Virtual SAN. 2-Node scenarios are very popular because of their efficiency and cost. No need for shared storage because we have a ...
  • Micro Focus VM Explorer 7.0 Released
    Previously Trilead’s product, VM Explorer is a lightweight backup and replication product for VMware and Microsoft virtual infrastructures that our readers know well. If you haven’t read about VM Explorer, you might check out one of our past posts which we’ll be linking at the end of this post. The ...

CormacHogan.com

  • Getting started with Cloudera Hadoop on vSphere
    This past week, my buddy Paudie and I have been neck-deep in Cloudera/Hadoop, with a view to getting it successfully deployed on vSphere. The purpose of this was solely a learning exercise, to try to understand what operational considerations need to be taking into account when running Hadoop on top...
  • A closer look at VMware’s latest Cloud Launch
    Today VMware has another cloud launch update, and this one is significant for many reasons. Our underlying goals of VMware Cloud are many. From an infrastructure perspective, the goal is to provide operational consistency no matter where the application is running, whether this is from an automation...
  • Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI), Sustainability and Green IT
    I’m sure it will come as no surprise to many readers that virtualization has brought (and continues to bring) huge benefits with regards to data center efficiency. I’m sure you are all aware of how virtualization allows you to do more with your servers; no more single server – single application par...
  • Which policy changes can trigger a rebuild on vSAN?
    Some time ago, I wrote about which policy changes can trigger a rebuild of an object. This came up again recently, as it was something that Duncan and I covered in our VMworld 2017 session on top 10 vSAN considerations. In the original post (which is over 3 years old now), I highlighted items like i...
  • A first look at AWS Greengrass on vSphere
    Last week, I had the pleasure to attend our CTO Ambassadors conference, hosted by our Global Field CTO Chris Wolf. This was an excellent week, especially for someone like me who works directly for a single business unit at VMware. It gave me great insight into the activities going on in our other bu...

Scott's Weblog

  • Technology Short Take 96
    Welcome to Technology Short Take 96! Ahead, lying in wait, is a unique collection of links, articles, and thoughts about various data center technologies. Browse if you dare…OK, so I’m being a bit melodramatic. It’s still some good stuff here! Networking Via Matt Oswalt and Mic...
  • Recent Changes in my "Learning Tools" Repository
    A couple years ago, I created a “learning-tools” repository on GitHub with the goal of creating environments/tools that would help others learn new technologies. At first, the contents of the repository were almost exclusively leveraging Vagrant, but over time I’ve extended the env...
  • Looking Ahead: My 2018 Projects
    For the last six years or so, I’ve been publishing a list of projects/goals for the upcoming year (followed by a year-end review of how I did with those projects/goals). For example, here are my goals for 2017, and here’s my year-end review of my progress in 2017. In this post, I’m...
  • Technology Short Take 95
    Welcome to Technology Short Take 95! This Short Take was a bit more challenging than normal to compile, given that I spent the week leading up to its publication visiting customers in Europe. (My travel schedule in Europe is also why it didn’t get published until Saturday instead of the typica...
  • Some Tools to Help Learn Kubernetes
    Kubernetes is emerging as the clear leader in the container orchestration space. This makes it an important technology to know and understand. However, like other distributed systems, learning something like Kubernetes can be challenging due to the effort involved in getting Kubernetes up and runnin...

Welcome to vSphere-land!

  • Is 2018 the year of VVols?
    Next month VMware’s new Virtual Volumes (VVols) storage architecture will turn 3 years old as it was released as part of vSphere 6.0 in March of 2015. Since it’s initial release adoption has been very slow, I believe VMware estimates less than 2% of customers are using VVols. So will 201...
  • VMworld 2018 Call For Papers is open – here’s how to get people to vote for and attend your session
    VMware just announced that the Call for Papers for VMworld 2018 is now open until March 13th. Just like last year, this year VMware has opened early compared to the usual March-April period of years past. Remember VMworld US is again back in Vegas this year at the Mandalay Bay from Aug. 26th-30th, V...
  • Automating Storage Provisioning using VMware vRealize Orchestrator
    I finally got my company to get on board with an external webinar platform and I get to kick off the very first webinar on BrightTalk.The topic is on vRealize Orchestrator integration with the 3PAR platform as an example, I promise this will be a technical webinar and not a sales pitch so if you  ...
  • A new job for me and reflecting on 2017
    2017 was a bit of a tough year for me mainly due to the major surgery that my daughter Sophia had and the subsequent very painful recovery from it. I’d have to say that was one of the most difficult and stressful things that I have been through in my life and I am very … Continue readin...
  • 2017 VVols year in review
    I tend to write a lot about VMware VVols these days as I believe VMware’s new storage architecture has many benefits and VVols is the future of storage for vSphere. In this post I thought I would highlight and recap some of the posts that I did in 2017 related to VVols and you have … Co...

Virtual Geek

  • Its time for change, and change = renewed invention, renewed vigor, renewed discovery.
    I’m going to make this a two-part post. Part 1 = what is in the rear-view window? Part 2 = what’s out the front windshield? Part 1: CPSD and Dell EMC are in my rear-view window. First, while want to close the chapter behind me - it’s a flawed analogy, because it suggests some sort of “finality”. ...
  • The best athletes (and VxBlock 1000) = faster, higher, stronger!
    In watching the Olympics, it’s amazing to see athletes doing amazing things – frankly it’s inspiring. Sometimes it’s a new star rising – something new (amazing Chloe Kim!) .   Sometimes it’s a veteran pulling a “Michael Phelps” – producing every 4 years (see Dutch speed skater Sven Kramer). I’m not...
  • What a start to the year...
    It's been a crazy couple days on a couple fronts, but the most material front has certainly been Spectre and Meltdown. There are lots of sources, and the trick is that while distinctly the root cause lies in the CPU domain and with the CPU manufacturers- the impact touches nearly everything. It's b...
  • To allTHANK YOU for 2017, and lets dream of 2018!
    To all my readers, all our customers and partners, all my colleagues, all my friends – heck my competitors, thank you for everything in 2017.   It was a year filled with change for me in the middle of a massive integration through the Dell acquisition – with a ton of learning, a ton of personal d...
  • Looking forward to 2018: Vertical Stack Wars are upon us.
    This is part 3 of a 3-part blog series on things that I’m thinking about going into 2018. Warning – remember, Virtual Geek post are my musings, not an official company position.   They are officially my opinions – which means they aren’t worth more than 2 cents.  They aren’t authored by anyone...

Eric Sloof - NTPRO.NL

  • Who joins me at the VMware NSX: Micro-Segmentation [V6.3] training course
    In this intensive three-day course, you will explore the security-focused features of VMware NSX 6.3, including the distributed firewall and the Service Composer, to help drive your microsegmentation deployment to success. We have a couple of spots left in the online 3-day Training for VMware ...
  • VMware vSAN 6.6 Technical Introduction, White Paper and a Free Hands-on Lab
    New Technical White Paper: VMware vSAN 6.6 Technical Overview You can also explore vSAN’s features—data-encryption at rest, deduplication and compression, RAID 5/6 erasure encoding, iSCSI Target support and more—in a free Hands-on Lab, the fastest and easiest way to test-drive vSAN, no insta...
  • VMware Cloud Briefing
    VMware and AWS leaders share essential updates, demos, and partners program news. Make sure you tune in to hear more about the bold strategy and global expansion on the horizon for VMware Cloud in 2018.   ...
  • New Free eLearning Course: VMware NSX: What’s New [V6.4]
    This video-based training provides the details of the new features and product enhancements in NSX V6.4. The course walks you through the benefits of the new features, how to make use of the new functionality, and in some cases, how to troubleshoot these new capabilities. The objectives are: ...
  • RVTools version 3.10 is now available for download
    RVTools is a windows .NET 4.6.1 application which uses the VI SDK to display information about your virtual environments. Interacting with VirtualCenter ESX Server 6.5. RVTools is able to list information about VMs, CPU, Memory, Disks, Partitions, Network, Floppy drives, CD drives, Snapshots...

Virten.net

  • How to Install VMware vSphere Perl SDK on Debian 9 (stretch)
    Download the latest Perl SDK for your vSphere version from code.vmware.com and copy it to the system. The download is free, but an My VMware account is required. vSphere Perl SDK for vSphere 6.5 vSphere Perl SDK for vSphere 6.0 vSphere …Read more »...
  • Homeserver - ESXi on HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10
    After Hewlett Packard Enterprise has missed offering a Microserver in their 9th Generation, it is now back in Gen10. The Microserver series provides affordable servers intended to be used in SMB and as home servers. Due to its low price and …Read more »...
  • Fix for FreeNAS on HPE MicroServer Gen10 X3216 Stuck Console Issue
    When you try to install FreeNAS 11 on the new HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10 X3216, the installer stops booting and appears to be stuck at: pcib0: <ACPI Host-PCI bridge> port 0xcf8-0xcff on acpi0 pcib0: _OSC returned error 0x10 pci0: <ACPI PCI …Read more »...
  • Get- and Set-VMLatencySensitivity PowerShell Function
    The Get-VMLatencySensitivity, Get-VMLatencySensitivityBulk and Set-VMLatencySensitivity PowerShell functions configure can return and set the latency sensitivity level of a virtual machine. You can adjust the latency sensitivity of a virtual machine to optimize the scheduling delay for latency sensi...
  • Critical Patch for All-Flash vSAN with Deduplication (6.0 and 6.5)
    VMware has released a critical patch for vSAN 6.0 and 6.5. This patch contains a fix for a highly critical vSAN issue that might cause IO read errors and in some cases severe symptoms such as inaccessible VMs, host failures, or stuck resyncs. The issue …Read more »...

vInfrastructure Blog

  • What’s really define an HCI solution?
    Most people probably already know the terms Converged infrastructures (CI) and HyperConverged Infrastructures (HCI) that are both become quite common in the IT world, with several products and solutions that aim to be fit in those classifications. HCI has become a hot topic with several vendors that...
  • CLI vs. GUI for VMware admins
    This is an article realized for StarWind blog and focused on the pro and cons of using GUI or CLI, with the example of VMware environment. See also the original post. In several cases, a user can choose to use the CLI or GUI, in other cases, for example for some specific tasks, maybe it’s possible t...
  • Using Runecast on a vSAN environment
    Runecast Analyzer is a proactive issue detection software for VMware vSphere environments, powered by the largest database of automated VMware KB articles which feed its internal archive of known issues. With the new release version 1.7 the analysis is now extended also to vSAN environments and can ...
  • vOneCloud version 3.0.5
    vOneCloud is an OpenNebula distribution optimized to work on existing VMware vCenter deployments to provide full cloud features. vOneCloud is distributed as a virtual appliance for vSphere. It contains all required OpenNebula services within a single CentOS Linux appliance. All components are fully ...
  • VMware vExpert 2018
    This year the vExpert 2018 announce has take much time compared with the the vExpert 2016 announce, or also also the vExpert 2017 announce. But finally has arrived, with some changes from the past years (not only for the delay, but also with the list that has been reduced). And also this time I’ve b...

 

 

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nisserow Hot Shot
VMware Employees

VMware TAM Source 10.6

Posted by nisserow Mar 28, 2018



FROM THE EDITORS VIRTUAL DESK
Hi everyone welcome to another edition of the TAM newsletter, your regular dose of news from the world of VMware and virtualization. We have lots of news for you but I wanted to discuss some interesting new solutions from VMware that you may be interested in looking into specifically if you are a Hybrid cloud customer. We recently introduced, after previewing at VMworld, AWS Greengrass on vSphere. This is a fantastic solution for edge computing if you are an AWS and VMware customer and provides many features that our customers are looking for in the ever expanding world of edge computing. I urge you to take a look at this and I will keep you updated on anything new on this and other interesting and dynamic solutions that we arte bringing to market in an increasingly hybrid world. Please take a look herefor more info.

I wish you a fantastic week, please enjoy the newsletter.

Virtually Yours
VMware TAM Team

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VMware Radius

VMware Open Source Blog

  • VMware Open-Sources Code Stream Plugin for Kubernetes
    By Arihant Jain and Mohit Rajendra, VMware R&D VMware is happy to announce that the vRealize Code Stream plugin for Kubernetes is now available as an open source project! https://github.com/vmware/codestream-kubernetes-plugin In a short time, Kubernetes has become the leading container orchestra...
  • VMware Welcomes Alex Ellis
    VMware is happy to welcome Alex Ellis to the VMware Open Source Technology Center (OSTC). Alex, the creator and lead of the OpenFaaS project, joins VMware’s growing team of open source experts to continue his defining work in Functions as a Service (FaaS). Alex’s résumé contains much more than just ...
  • Diligence, Grit and Passion Rewarded | Rupa Dachere — Women in Open Source Nominee
    “That’s an hour I’ll never get back,” said no volunteer ever – especially if you’ve devoted your energies toward something you’re passionate about. Weary from a day at work, you step into your “other self” and suddenly find new energy. At VMware, those passionate personal projects are encouraged – t...

VMware vSphere Blog

  • vSphere 5.5 and vSAN 5.5 End of General Support Reminder
    We would like to remind you that the End of General Support (EOGS) for vSphere 5.5 and vSAN 5.5 is September 19, 2018. To maintain your full level of Support and Subscription Services, VMware recommends upgrading to vSphere 6.5. Note that by upgrading to vSphere 6.5 you not only get all the lat...
  • Virtually Speaking Podcast #67 Resource Management
    Two weeks ago Pete Flecha (a.k.a. Pedro Arrow) and John Nicholson invited me to their always awesome podcast to talk about resource management. During our conversation, we covered both on-prem and the features of VMware Cloud on AWS that help cater the needs of your workload. Being a guest on t...
  • It’s Not Too Late to Get the Scoop on vSphere 6.5
    Just before the new year, the VMware Community Roundtable podcast covered key insights to vSphere 6.5 in a live episode. In case you missed it, moderator Eric Nielsen discussed reasons to upgrade to vSphere 6.5 with the “dynamic duo” of vSphere: featured guests Himanshu Singh and Martin Yip. Sing...

Network Virtualization

  • What’s Your #TechConfession?
        Think back to the first moment you fell in love with technology. Was it love at first deployment? What about developing code to trick your school’s bell system into letting your class out early? If you love all things technology, or you’re a technologist, then you should definitely put #Tech...
  • Take Application Security to the Next Level – VMware and Carbon Black team up
          Perhaps you’ve already begun to secure virtualized applications by rolling out micro-segmentation with NSX, but segmentation of the network is only the beginning to embracing least privilege in your environment.   VMware has teamed up with Carbon Black to go beyond network protection an...
  • Ready for Take-Off with Kubernetes, Cloud Foundry, and vSphere
    A complex and diverse world Singapore. Etihad. Wow. I always found it impressive when airlines were able to build a business and a brand without a significant domestic customer base to start off from. They instead focus on the global market, which is much more challenging. There is a competitive la...

VMware Cloud Management

  • vRrealize Network Insight 3.7 – Network Insight Service February 2018 New Releases
    The newest release of vRealize Network Insight and the Network Insight Service include a number of great new features.  We are supporting several new scenarios for Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers.  Another new feature is Infoblox Grid Manager integration (coming soon to the Network Insight Servi...
  • Monitoring NoSQL RIAK KV Database with Wavefront
    Riak KV is distributed key-value NoSQL database that provides a very reliable way to store massive amounts of unstructured data. It enables development of big data applications, so it is very important to monitor your RIAK KV instance performance to avoid problems in your applications. The Wavefr...
  • Understanding the impact of Spectre and Meltdown patches for end users and consumers
    In a recent post we’ve discussed how to leverage vRealize Operations to assess the performance & capacity impact of the Spectre and Meltdown patches. Though the situation around these patches continues to evolve let’s build upon gauging the infrastructure impact and move deeper into the stack. In ...

Cloud-Native Apps

  • Connect with VMware at ContainerWorld
    The third-annual ContainerWorld, Feb. 26-28, is all about helping organizations drive business and technical agility with containers. Bringing the promise of cloud-native to the enterprise is the mission statement driving this year’s ContainerWorld. Around 750 software engineers, DevOps professional...
  • A Look Into the Kubernetes Master Components
    By Tom Schwaller, Sr. Technical Product Manager, VMware CNABU This blog post looks at the most important control plane components of a single Kubernetes master node — etcd, the API server, the scheduler and the controller manager — and explains how they work together. Although other components, suc...
  • Announcing Pivotal Container Service General Availability
    By Narayan Mandaleeka, Senior Product Line Manager Today, VMware and Pivotal are excited to announce the general availability of Pivotal Container Service (PKS). PKS is a Kubernetes-based container service designed to meet the needs of operators and developers by providing native Kubernetes combine...

VMware End-User Computing Blog

Support Insider

  • Skyline – Proactive Recommendations for Issue Avoidance
    VMware Skyline is a proactive support technology that listens for changes, events and patterns within your VMware environment. This information is then analyzed using a robust rules and machine learning engine. Once data analysis has completed, proactive recommendations are provided for each potenti...
  • New KB articles published for week ending 18th February 2018
    VMware Horizon Provision of linked clone virtual machines fails with error: ‘Fail to connect to the UFA service’ Date Published: 2018/2/12 Issue with local IME composition window position for some remote apps Date Published: 2018/2/14 FAQ: Horizon 7, App Volumes, UEM Extended Service Branches (...
  • New KB articles published for week ending 11th February 2018
    VMware vRealize Operations for Published Applications V4PA Broker agent utility controller credentials entries get removed Date Published:2018/2/5 VMware ESXi Windows Server version 1709 crashes or restarts automatically when hot adding vCPU Date Published:2018/2/5 16.04 VM (from .ova file) ha...
  • Top 20 vSphere articles for January 2018
    “The transaction log for database ‘VIM_VCDB’ is full” error on a Microsoft SQL DB server ESXi 5.5 Update 3b and later hosts are not manageable after an upgrade “Host IPMI system event log status” alarm in vCenter Server Determining where growth is occurring in the vCenter Server database  ESXi...
  • Top 20 NSX articles for January 2018
    Troubleshooting vShield Endpoint / NSX Guest Introspection Status of TLSv1.1/1.2 Enablement and TLSv1.0 Disablement across VMware products Collecting diagnostic information for the NSX Guest Introspection MUX VIB Deploying NSX Controller fails in NSX-v 6.3.3 and 6.3.4 Slow VMs after upgrading ...

Cloud Foundation

  • Introducing VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center 4.2
    On Feb 13th VMware released the VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center version 4.2.  This latest update to our detailed prescriptive path on how to implement, operate, and maintain a VMware based Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) includes a few minor changes, such as updates to t...
  • Patching and updates made easy with VMware Cloud Foundation
    Its official, VMware released the latest version of VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF), 2.3. At the core of VCF is a fully automated, hyper-converged software stack that includes compute, storage and networking. Completing an upgrade of all of the components of an SDDC without VCF would typically take so...
  • Connecting IP-Based (NFS or ISCSI) External Storage To VMware Cloud Foundation
    VMware Cloud Foundation is based on a modern hyper-converged architecture that extensively leverages VMware vSAN – a vSphere-native software-defined storage platform that delivers flash-optimized storage for the software-defined data center (SDDC).  While vSAN is the primary storage platform for Clo...

 

EXTERNAL NEWS FROM 3RD PARTY BLOGGERS virtuallyGhetto

  • Automating Intel Sighting remediation using PowerCLI (SSH not required)
    In case you may not be aware, Intel recently notified VMware that certain Intel Broadwell and Haswell CPUs are affected by Intel Sighting after applying the latest microcode update to remediate against the Spectre vulnerability. VMware has published the following KB 52345 which provides more details...
  • Verify Hypervisor-Assisted Guest Mitigation (Spectre) patches using PowerCLI
    VMware recently published a new knowledge base (KB) article 52085 that outlines instructions for enabling the Hypervisor-Assisted Guest Mitigation (CVE-2017-5715), also known as the Spectre vulnerability. This KB also provides steps to verify the updated microcode (included in the ESXi patch) has be...
  • Identifying ESXi boot method & boot device
    There was an interesting discussion on our internal Socialcast platform last week on figuring out how an ESXi host is booted up whether it is from local device like a disk or USB device, Auto Deploy or even boot from SAN along with its respective boot device? Although I had answered the question, I ...
  • Cross vCenter Clone with vSphere 6.0+
    Similar to the Cross vCenter vMotion (xVC-vMotion) feature that was introduced in vSphere 6.0, Virtual Machine cloning can also be performed across two different vCenter Servers, regardless of their deployment type or SSO configurations. If vCenter Servers are part of an Enhanced Linked Mode (ELM), ...
  • Quick Tip - NSX-T 2.1 upgrade gotcha, use NSX Manager IP Address vs Hostname
    NSX-T 2.1 was released right before the holiday break and one of the biggest enhancement is support for VMware's upcoming Pivotal Container Service (PKS) which you can read more about here. Right before I took some much needed time off with the family, I had attempted an upgrade of my existing NSX-T...

ESX Virtualization

  • What is VMware vSphere On-Disk Metadata Analyzer – VOMA
    VMware vSphere and ESXi has a very solid storage system. You might be interested in a fact, that there is a tool, similar to Windows chkdsk, which can check and identify incidents on metadata corruption which might affect file systems or underlying logical volumes. During such situations, you might ...
  • Top 5 Useful VMware ESXi CLI Commands
    When working with VMware ESXi and vSphere, there is a time when you have to go into the CLI and fix problems, look for details which you don’t get through the UI or those details would be many clicks away. During those times you might appreciate to know and learn our selection of Top 5 Useful VMware...
  • 5 Ways to Change Hostname of your ESXi host
    This post is a quick recap of different ways to change a hostname of an ESXi host. There are different ways we work and different tools we use. Not every time we have the chance to use the tools we want, or we have an access directly to the server room or to the console. This […] Read the full...
  • Free Up Disk Space On Windows 10 – The New Way
    A quick tip today for users struggling with a free space on their W10 computer. We’ll show you a quick tip for a new way to free disk space. Windows 10 (starting build has introduced a new way to Free Up Disk Space. Previously this was usually possible through the properties of the C: drive […...
  • Runecast Analyzer 1.7 Adds VMware vSAN Support and More Visibility into Virtual Infrastructures
    Runecast just released a new version of their flagship product – Runecast Analyzer 1.7. An interesting new vSAN support and new widget in the dashboard which allows you to see the issues by different layers (Management, VM, Compute, network or storage). The product runs in a lab, where I’m running a...

CormacHogan.com

  • Which policy changes can trigger a rebuild on vSAN?
    Some time ago, I wrote about which policy changes can trigger a rebuild of an object. This came up again recently, as it was something that Duncan and I covered in our VMworld 2017 session on top 10 vSAN considerations. In the original post (which is over 3 years old now), I highlighted items like i...
  • A first look at AWS Greengrass on vSphere
    Last week, I had the pleasure to attend our CTO Ambassadors conference, hosted by our Global Field CTO Chris Wolf. This was an excellent week, especially for someone like me who works directly for a single business unit at VMware. It gave me great insight into the activities going on in our other bu...
  • Catch me at a VMUG in early 2018
    Well, I’m delighted to have been invited to present at quite a few VMUGs recently, so I thought I’d share the details of them with you here. I’ve been working on my presentation which is called “What is happening in the world of VMware Storage?”. In fact, there is a lot going on, not just in the wor...
  • Registering the Pure Storage VASA Provider
    Hot on the heels on Pure Storage’s recent announcement on Virtual Volume (VVol) support, I wanted to take a closer look at their VVol implementation for myself. Thanks to the support team over at Pure, they were able to very quickly update our lab array to the latest release that has support for VVo...
  • Big news from Pure Storage
    There was lots of big news yesterday from our friends over at Pure Storage. First of all, we had an announcement about their Virtual Volume (VVol) implementation going GA. This is very exciting for me, and I look forward to testing it out in our lab. The implementation is a VASA 3.0 implementation, ...

Scott's Weblog

  • Technology Short Take 95
    Welcome to Technology Short Take 95! This Short Take was a bit more challenging than normal to compile, given that I spent the week leading up to its publication visiting customers in Europe. (My travel schedule in Europe is also why it didn’t get published until Saturday instead of the typica...
  • Some Tools to Help Learn Kubernetes
    Kubernetes is emerging as the clear leader in the container orchestration space. This makes it an important technology to know and understand. However, like other distributed systems, learning something like Kubernetes can be challenging due to the effort involved in getting Kubernetes up and runnin...
  • Technology Short Take 94
    Welcome to Technology Short Take 94! Ready for another round of links, articles, and thoughts on data center technologies? (Who knows, maybe I’ll throw a rant or two in there.) OK, enough rambling…here’s the good stuff! Networking Amit Aneja has a two-part series (so far) expla...
  • Running OVS on Fedora Atomic Host
    In this post, I’d like to share the results of some testing I’ve been doing to run Open vSwitch (OVS) in containers on a container-optimized Linux distribution such as Atomic Host (Fedora Atomic Host, specifically). I’m still relatively early in my exploration of this topic, but I ...
  • Using Docker Machine with Azure
    I’ve written about using Docker Machine with a number of different providers, such as with AWS, with OpenStack, and even with a local KVM/Libvirt daemon. In this post, I’ll expand that series to show using Docker Machine with Azure. (This is a follow-up to my earlier post on experimentin...

Welcome to vSphere-land!

  • Is 2018 the year of VVols?
    Next month VMware’s new Virtual Volumes (VVols) storage architecture will turn 3 years old as it was released as part of vSphere 6.0 in March of 2015. Since it’s initial release adoption has been very slow, I believe VMware estimates less than 2% of customers are using VVols. So will 201...
  • VMworld 2018 Call For Papers is open – here’s how to get people to vote for and attend your session
    VMware just announced that the Call for Papers for VMworld 2018 is now open until March 13th. Just like last year, this year VMware has opened early compared to the usual March-April period of years past. Remember VMworld US is again back in Vegas this year at the Mandalay Bay from Aug. 26th-30th, V...
  • Automating Storage Provisioning using VMware vRealize Orchestrator
    I finally got my company to get on board with an external webinar platform and I get to kick off the very first webinar on BrightTalk.The topic is on vRealize Orchestrator integration with the 3PAR platform as an example, I promise this will be a technical webinar and not a sales pitch so if you  ...
  • A new job for me and reflecting on 2017
    2017 was a bit of a tough year for me mainly due to the major surgery that my daughter Sophia had and the subsequent very painful recovery from it. I’d have to say that was one of the most difficult and stressful things that I have been through in my life and I am very … Continue readin...
  • 2017 VVols year in review
    I tend to write a lot about VMware VVols these days as I believe VMware’s new storage architecture has many benefits and VVols is the future of storage for vSphere. In this post I thought I would highlight and recap some of the posts that I did in 2017 related to VVols and you have … Co...

Virtual Geek

  • Its time for change, and change = renewed invention, renewed vigor, renewed discovery.
    I’m going to make this a two-part post. Part 1 = what is in the rear-view window? Part 2 = what’s out the front windshield? Part 1: CPSD and Dell EMC are in my rear-view window. First, while want to close the chapter behind me - it’s a flawed analogy, because it suggests some sort of “finality”. ...
  • The best athletes (and VxBlock 1000) = faster, higher, stronger!
    In watching the Olympics, it’s amazing to see athletes doing amazing things – frankly it’s inspiring. Sometimes it’s a new star rising – something new (amazing Chloe Kim!) .   Sometimes it’s a veteran pulling a “Michael Phelps” – producing every 4 years (see Dutch speed skater Sven Kramer). I’m not...
  • What a start to the year...
    It's been a crazy couple days on a couple fronts, but the most material front has certainly been Spectre and Meltdown. There are lots of sources, and the trick is that while distinctly the root cause lies in the CPU domain and with the CPU manufacturers- the impact touches nearly everything. It's b...
  • To allTHANK YOU for 2017, and lets dream of 2018!
    To all my readers, all our customers and partners, all my colleagues, all my friends – heck my competitors, thank you for everything in 2017.   It was a year filled with change for me in the middle of a massive integration through the Dell acquisition – with a ton of learning, a ton of personal d...
  • Looking forward to 2018: Vertical Stack Wars are upon us.
    This is part 3 of a 3-part blog series on things that I’m thinking about going into 2018. Warning – remember, Virtual Geek post are my musings, not an official company position.   They are officially my opinions – which means they aren’t worth more than 2 cents.  They aren’t authored by anyone...

Eric Sloof - NTPRO.NL

  • RVTools version 3.10 is now available for download
    RVTools is a windows .NET 4.6.1 application which uses the VI SDK to display information about your virtual environments. Interacting with VirtualCenter ESX Server 6.5. RVTools is able to list information about VMs, CPU, Memory, Disks, Partitions, Network, Floppy drives, CD drives, Snapshots...
  • VMware Horizon Cloud Fundamentals
    This eLearning course provides information on how VMware Horizon Cloud Service helps IT meet the expectations of today’s mobile workforce. This course explains the architecture, features, benefits, and functionality of the two service offerings of Horizon Cloud: VMware Horizon Cloud Service w...
  • New Technical White Paper - Containers and Container Networking with NSX
    This document is targeted toward virtualization and network architects interested in deploying VMware NSX network virtualization solutions in conjunction with containers and solutions that are part of the container ecosystem (ex. PaaS and CaaS platforms). This whitepaper provides guidance and ...
  • Free e-learning course - VMware AirWatch Fundamentals
    This course is an introductory product training that presents the basic architecture and demonstrates the features that deliver on the most common use cases. After completing this course, you should be able to: Explain the role AirWatch plays in the digital wokspace. Choose the best AirWatc...
  • High Availability and Disaster Recovery with VMware vSAN and VMware Site Recovery Manager
    In this session, we will learn how a vSAN stretched cluster and vSphere HA provide resiliency against entire site failures. VMware will also cover the ease of integrating vSphere Replication and Site Recovery Manager to provide reliable, automated disaster recovery. VMware vSphere, vSAN, and...

Virten.net

  • How to Install VMware vSphere Perl SDK on Debian 9 (stretch)
    Download the latest Perl SDK for your vSphere version from code.vmware.com and copy it to the system. The download is free, but an My VMware account is required. vSphere Perl SDK for vSphere 6.5 vSphere Perl SDK for vSphere 6.0 vSphere …Read more »...
  • Homeserver - ESXi on HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10
    After Hewlett Packard Enterprise has missed offering a Microserver in their 9th Generation, it is now back in Gen10. The Microserver series provides affordable servers intended to be used in SMB and as home servers. Due to its low price and …Read more »...
  • Fix for FreeNAS on HPE MicroServer Gen10 X3216 Stuck Console Issue
    When you try to install FreeNAS 11 on the new HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10 X3216, the installer stops booting and appears to be stuck at: pcib0: <ACPI Host-PCI bridge> port 0xcf8-0xcff on acpi0 pcib0: _OSC returned error 0x10 pci0: <ACPI PCI …Read more »...
  • Get- and Set-VMLatencySensitivity PowerShell Function
    The Get-VMLatencySensitivity, Get-VMLatencySensitivityBulk and Set-VMLatencySensitivity PowerShell functions configure can return and set the latency sensitivity level of a virtual machine. You can adjust the latency sensitivity of a virtual machine to optimize the scheduling delay for latency sensi...
  • Critical Patch for All-Flash vSAN with Deduplication (6.0 and 6.5)
    VMware has released a critical patch for vSAN 6.0 and 6.5. This patch contains a fix for a highly critical vSAN issue that might cause IO read errors and in some cases severe symptoms such as inaccessible VMs, host failures, or stuck resyncs. The issue …Read more »...

vInfrastructure Blog

  • RVTools version 3.10
    RVTools is a Windows .NET application, easy to be install which uses the VI API to collect and display informations about your vSphere virtual environments. RVTools supports ESX Server 3.5, VirtualCenter 2.5, ESX Server 3i, ESX Server 4i, VirtualCenter 4.x, ESX 4.x, VirtualCenter 5.0, VirtualCenter ...
  • #TFD16 – Tech Field Day 16
    I’m very proud and honored to be invited again to the next Tech Field Day in Austin (TX). It will be the 16th edition of Tech Field Day (#TFD16), just one year after the 13th, still in Austin (and where I was also invited). I’m very excited for this event, that remains a must for all techie-people: ...
  • VMware vCenter 6.5U1f patch for Meltdown and Spectre issues
    VMware has released (on Feb, 15th) a new vCSA version: vCenter Server 6.5 U1f, with build number 7801515. This release patches the vCSA operating system (Photon OS) mainly against two vulnerabilities: bounds-check bypass (Spectre-1, CVE-2017-5753) and rogue data cache load issues (Meltdown, CVE-2017...
  • New Meltdown and Spectre variants
    We are still far from a solution for the Meltdown and Spectre, considering the delay of the microcode releases and the complexity of the possible Spectre fixes… And now, some security researchers from NVIDIA and Princeton have discovered new variants of the Meltdown and Spectre flaws that may ...
  • Runecast Analyzer v1.7 with vSAN analysis
    Runecast announces the new release version 1.7 of its proactive issue detection software, Runecast Analyzer. After the Meltdown and Spectre detection added in the previous releases, this latest version brings other interesting news. Runecast Analyzer is powered by the largest database of automated V...

 

 

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VMware TAM Source 10.5

Posted by nisserow Mar 28, 2018



FROM THE EDITORS VIRTUAL DESK
Hi everyone, this past week I was thinking about how TAMs connect customers with valuable VMware resources. A case in point, a customer is looking at upgrading to vSphere 6.5 and has done a fantastic job of discussing the solution and architecting what their upgrade will look like. Everything seems to be perfect but then a number of additional requirements and third party solutions surfaced and we were not 100% certain. This inflection point for the team meant that we must remove all of the uncertainty. This is one of the times that having a TAM really makes a difference. We were not just looking for a simple answer, but rather a full review of the existing architecture, taking into account the current and new requirements. I am pleased to report that this particular scenario is not uncommon and that as a TAM we are always there to support our customers and ensure that they are provided with the best advice and recommended practices for all of their solutions.

I wish you all a fantastic week ahead, enjoy this weeks news.

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NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM VMWARE

VMware Radius

  • Moving Toward an Enterprise Culture of Employee Trust and Empowerment
    Command and control used to be IT’s modus operandi. Not anymore. Employees, tired of being directed to use approved technology that doesn’t meet their expectations, are taking matters into their own hands. They’re now choosing emerging technologies that enable them to work better and smarter, and th...
  • Software Reshapes the Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Market
    Recently, Gartner, Inc. recognized VMware as a leader in its inaugural Magic Quadrant for Hyper-converged Infrastructure based on its ability to execute and completeness of vision. The research firm revised its model to place greater emphasis on the underlying software that powers HCI solutions, a t...
  • Report: The Impact of a Digitally Empowered Workforce
    Today’s enterprises are transforming at a rapid pace: digital ambassadors are replacing tellers in bank branches; HR teams are improving the hiring process by engaging prospective employees earlier and more often; clinicians are updating patient charts at hospital bedsides. With unprecedented acces...

VMware Open Source Blog

  • Diligence, Grit and Passion Rewarded | Rupa Dachere — Women in Open Source Nominee
    “That’s an hour I’ll never get back,” said no volunteer ever – especially if you’ve devoted your energies toward something you’re passionate about. Weary from a day at work, you step into your “other self” and suddenly find new energy. At VMware, those passionate personal projects are encouraged – t...
  • VMware Releases Dispatch, an Open Source Serverless Framework
    VMware announced its serverless initiative at VMworld 2017, where a Functions-as-a-Service (FaaS) demo using Apache OpenWhisk, an existing open source FaaS technology, was presented. Since then, the serverless team has been working to define what a serverless framework by and for a VMware-based infr...
  • Moving to Open Source: First Impressions of a Proprietary Software Engineer
    by Vladislav Valtchev, VMware Open Source Technology Center Until two months ago, my whole professional experience was as a proprietary software engineer. Here at VMware, I spent the last 4.5 years working in vSphere as a C++ platform engineer, but I used open source software my whole life. Slackwar...

VMware vSphere Blog

  • Virtually Speaking Podcast #67 Resource Management
    Two weeks ago Pete Flecha (a.k.a. Pedro Arrow) and John Nicholson invited me to their always awesome podcast to talk about resource management. During our conversation, we covered both on-prem and the features of VMware Cloud on AWS that help cater the needs of your workload. Being a guest on t...
  • It’s Not Too Late to Get the Scoop on vSphere 6.5
    Just before the new year, the VMware Community Roundtable podcast covered key insights to vSphere 6.5 in a live episode. In case you missed it, moderator Eric Nielsen discussed reasons to upgrade to vSphere 6.5 with the “dynamic duo” of vSphere: featured guests Himanshu Singh and Martin Yip. Sing...
  • vSphere VM Encryption White Paper now available
    I’d like to announce the availability of a new white paper for VMware vSphere VM Encryption! VM Encryption is a feature that was introduced in vSphere 6.5. The audience for this white paper is the Manager/Director/C-level folks who want to understand how vSphere VM Encryption differs from other vir...

Network Virtualization

VMware Cloud Management

  • Extending vRealize Operations with Collaboration Tools, RESTful APIs, and Webhook Shims — David Davis on vRealize Operations Post #50
    vRealize Operations doesn’t live or work on an island in the datacenter. Recently, I learned how vRealize Ops can integrate with any tools that support a RESTful API – which includes just about every modern collaboration tools in the world today. There are so many cool use cases for extending and i...
  • Two leading hypervisors, one pane of glass
    Two leading hypervisors, one pane of glass Is your organization one of the growing number that run both VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V?  It’s not uncommon for Enterprise Infrastructures to contain multiple virtualization platforms, the two most common being VMware ESXi and Microsoft Hyper-V.  Most a...
  • Managing SDDC as Code – Development at Scale
    The software development process for large application teams is evolving in an effort to reduce overall project time and improve schedule accuracy. Projects are more complex than ever, especially when you include the mix of deployment options for a modern enterprise application. With Agile software ...

Cloud-Native Apps

  • Announcing Pivotal Container Service General Availability
    By Narayan Mandaleeka, Senior Product Line Manager Today, VMware and Pivotal are excited to announce the general availability of Pivotal Container Service (PKS). PKS is a Kubernetes-based container service designed to meet the needs of operators and developers by providing native Kubernetes combine...
  • Uncorking Fine Wine by Using an IoT Pipeline with Kubernetes on vSphere
    By Tom Scanlan, Emerging Technologies Practice, Professional Service Introduction The AMER PSO Cross-Cloud team and the PS ERD Emerging Technologies team (which I am a part of) have been developing the following demonstration application to facilitate discussions around Internet of Things (IoT) an...
  • Join VMware at This Year’s DeveloperWeek Conference
    By Susan Wu, Senior Product Marketing Manager Every spring, more than 8,000 developers from 40 different countries make the trip to the San Francisco Bay Area to participate in one of the world’s largest fanfests: DeveloperWeek. VMware will be the lead sponsor of this year’s DeveloperWeek, and we h...

VMware End-User Computing Blog

  • Empowering the Digital Workspace: How the City of San Antonio Does It
    With 1.4 million people, San Antonio, Texas is the seventh largest city in the United States and a digital workspace pioneer. Faced with an aging and cumbersome Citrix XenDesktop environment, the city began to implement several digital workspace initiatives using VMware solutions. Now any computer-...
  • Securing the Digital Workspace & Putting #EmployeesFirst
    As an employee at VMware, I use my own digital workspace for access to my apps and data every day. Our internal IT staff has deployed VMware Workspace ONE to help deliver a secure digital workspace to tens of thousands of my colleagues, giving each of us access to our apps and data according to our ...
  • [Video] Overcoming Challenges Facing Enterprise IT With the Digital Workspace
    When it comes to enabling users with applications, the world of enterprise IT has never been more challenging. If we go back only a few years, organisations primarily used not only Microsoft Windows devices but also Windows applications. Enterprise mobility and the consumerisation of IT led to a hug...

The Support Insider

  • Top 20 vSphere articles for January 2018
    “The transaction log for database ‘VIM_VCDB’ is full” error on a Microsoft SQL DB server ESXi 5.5 Update 3b and later hosts are not manageable after an upgrade “Host IPMI system event log status” alarm in vCenter Server Determining where growth is occurring in the vCenter Server database  ESXi host...
  • Top 20 NSX articles for January 2018
    Troubleshooting vShield Endpoint / NSX Guest Introspection Status of TLSv1.1/1.2 Enablement and TLSv1.0 Disablement across VMware products Collecting diagnostic information for the NSX Guest Introspection MUX VIB Deploying NSX Controller fails in NSX-v 6.3.3 and 6.3.4 Slow VMs after upgrading VMwar...
  • Top 20 vSAN articles for January 2018
    Status of TLSv1.1/1.2 Enablement and TLSv1.0 Disablement across VMware products Component metadata health check fails with invalid state error Best practices for vSAN implementations using Dell PERC H730 or FD332-PERC storage controllers  vSAN Build Recommendation Engine Health fails “Host cannot c...
  • New KB articles published for week ending 4th February 2018
    VMware NSX for vSphere  VDS Operation failed errors after moving a host to Non-NSX cluster in NSX 6.3.x Date Published: 2018/1/29 VMware Horizon H264 Decode on NVIDIA latest driver crashes with multimonitor Date Published:2018/1/30 VMware vCenter Server Appliance DNS resolution of Windows Active Dir...
  • New KB articles published for week ending 28th January 2018
    VMware vRealize Automation “Error processing ping report” messages in logs in vRealize Automation 7 Date Published: 2018/1/21 vRealize Automation Appliance 6.2.x Workaround for CVE-2017-5753, CVE-2017-5715, CVE-2017-5754 (aka Spectre and Meltdown) Date Published: 2018/1/24 VMware SDDC Manager SDDC M...

Cloud Foundation

  • Patching and updates made easy with VMware Cloud Foundation
    Its official, VMware released the latest version of VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF), 2.3. At the core of VCF is a fully automated, hyper-converged software stack that includes compute, storage and networking. Completing an upgrade of all of the components of an SDDC without VCF would typically take so...
  • Connecting IP-Based (NFS or ISCSI) External Storage To VMware Cloud Foundation
    VMware Cloud Foundation is based on a modern hyper-converged architecture that extensively leverages VMware vSAN – a vSphere-native software-defined storage platform that delivers flash-optimized storage for the software-defined data center (SDDC).  While vSAN is the primary storage platform for Clo...
  • Introduction to VMware Cloud Foundation 2.3
    On Dec 5th, 2017, VMware announced the upcoming release of VMware Cloud Foundation 2.3.  This release comes with many new capabilities to help further simplify the tasks of deploying, operating and maintaining a VMware based hybrid cloud.  In this post, I will introduce you to some of the more notab...

 

EXTERNAL NEWS FROM 3RD PARTY BLOGGERS virtuallyGhetto

  • Automating Intel Sighting remediation using PowerCLI (SSH not required)
    In case you may not be aware, Intel recently notified VMware that certain Intel Broadwell and Haswell CPUs are affected by Intel Sighting after applying the latest microcode update to remediate against the Spectre vulnerability. VMware has published the following KB 52345 which provides more details...
  • Verify Hypervisor-Assisted Guest Mitigation (Spectre) patches using PowerCLI
    VMware recently published a new knowledge base (KB) article 52085 that outlines instructions for enabling the Hypervisor-Assisted Guest Mitigation (CVE-2017-5715), also known as the Spectre vulnerability. This KB also provides steps to verify the updated microcode (included in the ESXi patch) has be...
  • Identifying ESXi boot method & boot device
    There was an interesting discussion on our internal Socialcast platform last week on figuring out how an ESXi host is booted up whether it is from local device like a disk or USB device, Auto Deploy or even boot from SAN along with its respective boot device? Although I had answered the question, I ...
  • Cross vCenter Clone with vSphere 6.0+
    Similar to the Cross vCenter vMotion (xVC-vMotion) feature that was introduced in vSphere 6.0, Virtual Machine cloning can also be performed across two different vCenter Servers, regardless of their deployment type or SSO configurations. If vCenter Servers are part of an Enhanced Linked Mode (ELM), ...
  • Quick Tip - NSX-T 2.1 upgrade gotcha, use NSX Manager IP Address vs Hostname
    NSX-T 2.1 was released right before the holiday break and one of the biggest enhancement is support for VMware's upcoming Pivotal Container Service (PKS) which you can read more about here. Right before I took some much needed time off with the family, I had attempted an upgrade of my existing NSX-T...

ESX Virtualization

  • How To do an Offline Update of Turbonomic
    Sometimes you don’t have an internet connectivity within your data center so to update your different appliances needs to be done an Off-Line way. This is possible for all VMware products appliances, such as vCenter server or ESXi, and also for vendor’s products, such as the one from Turbonomic. So ...
  • Stratoscale Symphony Runs Natively Or On The Top of VMware vSphere
    Public cloud strategy might work for some but might not work for others. If you the one who perhaps invested a lot of money and work into cloud-native apps that now works only in AWS, you might seem to be “locked in” this situation forever. You might be paying astronomical bills for using the AWS [&...
  • Zerto Virtual Replication 6.0 With Any2Any Multi-Cloud
    In it’s latest release, Zerto announces a major one with multi-cloud support and some important new features, including useful enhancements of current features. Zerto Virtual Replication 6.0 is a major release of their flagship product. Besides new Azure to Azure replication, Zerto can now do Azure ...
  • Opvizor Performance Analyzer and Starter Troubleshooting Dashboards for VMware vSphere
    Opvizor Performance Analyzer is a performance monitoring product for VMware vSphere environments. Performance analyzer can monitor vSphere environment as a whole, starting with core infrastructure (ESXi, vSphere) to finish with VMs. When firefighting bad performance of an environment, you need to se...
  • LibreOffice 6.0 Released
    An unusual topic today, but why not. It’s been over a decade since free Office Suites exists (perhaps even longer). Since 2010 that this-this Free Office Suite, driven by the community, was brought to life. Available in 110 languages, and free of charge. A few days back, the version 6.0 of LibreOffi...

CormacHogan.com

  • Catch me at a VMUG in early 2018
    Well, I’m delighted to have been invited to present at quite a few VMUGs recently, so I thought I’d share the details of them with you here. I’ve been working on my presentation which is called “What is happening in the world of VMware Storage?”. In fact, there is a lot going on, not just in the wor...
  • Registering the Pure Storage VASA Provider
    Hot on the heels on Pure Storage’s recent announcement on Virtual Volume (VVol) support, I wanted to take a closer look at their VVol implementation for myself. Thanks to the support team over at Pure, they were able to very quickly update our lab array to the latest release that has support for VVo...
  • Big news from Pure Storage
    There was lots of big news yesterday from our friends over at Pure Storage. First of all, we had an announcement about their Virtual Volume (VVol) implementation going GA. This is very exciting for me, and I look forward to testing it out in our lab. The implementation is a VASA 3.0 implementation, ...
  • A new vSAN training class – vSAN Production Operations – now available
    A short post today to let you know about a new VMware training class that I helped to create. This new class is called VMware vSAN Production Operations, and is a new 3 day class delivered by our Education Services division. As you can imagine from the title, this class is geared towards administrat...
  • A first look at vFile – Sharing a persistent volume between containers
    Regular readers will have noticed that I have been doing a bit of work recently with docker swarm, and what you need to do to get it to work on VMs running on vSphere. The reason why I had taken such an interest is because I wanted to look at a new product that our Project Hatchway team have been co...

Scott's Weblog

  • Some Tools to Help Learn Kubernetes
    Kubernetes is emerging as the clear leader in the container orchestration space. This makes it an important technology to know and understand. However, like other distributed systems, learning something like Kubernetes can be challenging due to the effort involved in getting Kubernetes up and runnin...
  • Technology Short Take 94
    Welcome to Technology Short Take 94! Ready for another round of links, articles, and thoughts on data center technologies? (Who knows, maybe I’ll throw a rant or two in there.) OK, enough rambling…here’s the good stuff! Networking Amit Aneja has a two-part series (so far) expla...
  • Running OVS on Fedora Atomic Host
    In this post, I’d like to share the results of some testing I’ve been doing to run Open vSwitch (OVS) in containers on a container-optimized Linux distribution such as Atomic Host (Fedora Atomic Host, specifically). I’m still relatively early in my exploration of this topic, but I ...
  • Using Docker Machine with Azure
    I’ve written about using Docker Machine with a number of different providers, such as with AWS, with OpenStack, and even with a local KVM/Libvirt daemon. In this post, I’ll expand that series to show using Docker Machine with Azure. (This is a follow-up to my earlier post on experimentin...
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Welcome to vSphere-land!

  • A new job for me and reflecting on 2017
    2017 was a bit of a tough year for me mainly due to the major surgery that my daughter Sophia had and the subsequent very painful recovery from it. I’d have to say that was one of the most difficult and stressful things that I have been through in my life and I am very … Continue readin...
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  • A new update on VVols customer adoption
    It’s been a while since I last reported on the customer telemetry data that we capture to track VVol adoption with 3PAR customers and wanted to provide an update. Before I share that I want to relay what I’ve seen and heard around VVols adoption in general. VVols adoption is trending upw...
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Virtual Geek

  • What a start to the year...
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  • To allTHANK YOU for 2017, and lets dream of 2018!
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  • Looking forward to 2018: Vertical Stack Wars are upon us.
    This is part 3 of a 3-part blog series on things that I’m thinking about going into 2018. Warning – remember, Virtual Geek post are my musings, not an official company position.   They are officially my opinions – which means they aren’t worth more than 2 cents.  They aren’t authored by anyone...
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  • Free e-learning course - VMware AirWatch Fundamentals
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    In this session, we will learn how a vSAN stretched cluster and vSphere HA provide resiliency against entire site failures. VMware will also cover the ease of integrating vSphere Replication and Site Recovery Manager to provide reliable, automated disaster recovery. VMware vSphere, vSAN, and...
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  • VMware NSX for vSphere End-User Computing Design Guide 1.2
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    I got a question from a fellow VCI asking me why a vSAN policy with FTT=1 and SW=2 doesn't need any witnesses and why a policy with FTT=2 and SW=1 needs two witnesses. He was also confused by the number of votes the components got. There's a simple answer for this, please keep in mind that com...

Virten.net

  • How to Install VMware vSphere Perl SDK on Debian 9 (stretch)
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  • Homeserver - ESXi on HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10
    After Hewlett Packard Enterprise has missed offering a Microserver in their 9th Generation, it is now back in Gen10. The Microserver series provides affordable servers intended to be used in SMB and as home servers. Due to its low price and …Read more »...
  • Fix for FreeNAS on HPE MicroServer Gen10 X3216 Stuck Console Issue
    When you try to install FreeNAS 11 on the new HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10 X3216, the installer stops booting and appears to be stuck at: pcib0: <ACPI Host-PCI bridge> port 0xcf8-0xcff on acpi0 pcib0: _OSC returned error 0x10 pci0: <ACPI PCI …Read more »...
  • Get- and Set-VMLatencySensitivity PowerShell Function
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  • Critical Patch for All-Flash vSAN with Deduplication (6.0 and 6.5)
    VMware has released a critical patch for vSAN 6.0 and 6.5. This patch contains a fix for a highly critical vSAN issue that might cause IO read errors and in some cases severe symptoms such as inaccessible VMs, host failures, or stuck resyncs. The issue …Read more »...

vInfrastructure Blog

  • Meltdown and Spectre: far from the solution?
    In June 2017, a team constituted of independent researchers, university research labs, and some of Google’s Project Zero members and cyberus technology discovered two security vulnerabilities enabled by the widespread use of speculative execution in most of the CPU. The problem was also independentl...
  • Using Linux Kernel 4.15 to minimize Meltdown and Spectre
    Linux Kernel 4.15 has been released on 28 Jan 2018 and, thanks to the entire Linux Kernel development team, this release contains the latest code to deal with Meltdown and Spectre issues and minize the related risks. The Kernel is the core code in the operating system managing low level tasks. In th...
  • Rubrik acquires Datos IO
    Rubrik has announced that it has agreed to acquire Datos IO, a market leader in backup and recovery for NoSQL databases and big data file systems. Datos IO is the application-centric data management company for the multi-cloud world. Datos IO delivers a radically novel approach to data management, h...
  • New Dell-EMC PowerEdge servers with AMD EPYC
    On May 2017, Dell EMC announced the next generation of PowerEdge servers: the new 14th generation, the first with the new Dell-EMC logo. After less than 3 years from the introduction of Generation 13 of PowerEdge series, the newly designed 14th generation of the Dell EMC PowerEdge server portfolio f...
  • Per VM license in Veeam products
    Veeam licenses software in a variety of ways depending on the specific product and/or use case you are interested in. This includes licensing by the number of CPU sockets on a managed server (or host), as well as by the number of VMs, physical servers, workstations, cloud instances and/or users bein...

 

 

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Posted by nisserow Mar 28, 2018

 

FROM THE EDITORS VIRTUAL DESK
Over the past few weeks the news has been dominated by the Spectre and Meltdown security flaws in CPUs. This has posed a problem for many customers as it is one of those issues that really does affect almost everyone. One of my tasks as a TAM is to assist my customers with issues such as this, and to make sure they have all of the relevant information to remediate. This does not always come in a single KB or other information source, as is the case in this example. Often it is a lot more complicated, where you need to take into account the systems and version of software being used, the underlying hardware, as well as the customers security posture and potential upgrade plans. All of these and other items are considered as we work together with our customers to make the understanding of how the issue affects their systems, and how best to work through the issue to a successful outcome. This is one of the many activities that VMware TAMs work on with their customers every day.

 

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NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM VMWARE

VMware Radius

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VMware Open Source Blog

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VMware vSphere Blog

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Network Virtualization

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VMware Cloud Management

Cloud-Native Apps

  • Containers and Kubernetes: The Time Is Now
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    By Ryan Clair, Senior Systems Engineer The community around Kubernetes is blossoming. Attendance for this month’s KubeCon in Austin doubled last year’s audience to hit more than 4,200 attendees. That impressive number is made all the sweeter due to VMware’s participation in KubeCon 2017 as a platin...

VMware End-User Computing Blog

  • Introducing Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) in VMware Identity Manager 3.2
    The Importance of Identity Management RBAC Role-based access control (RBAC) allows you to segment what type of access is granted to administrators in different functional roles. It’s important to provide access to enough tools for an administrator to do their job, without granting the keys to the k...
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    Conclusion: Exploring the Map for the Digital Workspace Journey Click here for Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. During this series on exploring the map for the digital workspace journey, you’ve learned why the status quo is unstainable, how to reimagine end-user computing and what you need to know befor...
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    Happy New Year! (It’s still January so I can say that …) With the holidays behind us, most employees have come back to the office after trips to grandma’s house, ski holidays or even beach vacations. But while most of us were taking time to recharge, for many the work never stopped. Sales reps tryi...

Support Insider

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Cloud Foundation

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EXTERNAL NEWS FROM 3RD PARTY BLOGGERS virtuallyGhetto

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CormacHogan.com

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Scott's Weblog

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Welcome to vSphere-land!

  • A new job for me and reflecting on 2017
    2017 was a bit of a tough year for me mainly due to the major surgery that my daughter Sophia had and the subsequent very painful recovery from it. I’d have to say that was one of the most difficult and stressful things that I have been through in my life and I am very … Continue readin...
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    I tend to write a lot about VMware VVols these days as I believe VMware’s new storage architecture has many benefits and VVols is the future of storage for vSphere. In this post I thought I would highlight and recap some of the posts that I did in 2017 related to VVols and you have … Co...
  • A new update on VVols customer adoption
    It’s been a while since I last reported on the customer telemetry data that we capture to track VVol adoption with 3PAR customers and wanted to provide an update. Before I share that I want to relay what I’ve seen and heard around VVols adoption in general. VVols adoption is trending upw...
  • How Pat Gelsinger saved VMware
    I ran across this recent article in the SF Business Times and thought I would share it along with my thoughts. The article highlights VMware’s CEO Pat Gelsinger as one of the most admired CEO’s and how he helped right the VMware ship adrift in stormy seas during his tenure. You can read ...
  • 30 Must-Read Small Business IT Blogs 2017
    I was recently honored to be included in a list of 30 must read SMB IT blogs and wanted to say thank you to BizTech for including me in that list. I looked through the blogs in that list and there is a lot of diversity in it with everything from credit card blogs to … Continue reading » ...

Virtual Geek

  • What a start to the year...
    It's been a crazy couple days on a couple fronts, but the most material front has certainly been Spectre and Meltdown. There are lots of sources, and the trick is that while distinctly the root cause lies in the CPU domain and with the CPU manufacturers- the impact touches nearly everything. It's b...
  • To allTHANK YOU for 2017, and lets dream of 2018!
    To all my readers, all our customers and partners, all my colleagues, all my friends – heck my competitors, thank you for everything in 2017.   It was a year filled with change for me in the middle of a massive integration through the Dell acquisition – with a ton of learning, a ton of personal d...
  • Looking forward to 2018: Vertical Stack Wars are upon us.
    This is part 3 of a 3-part blog series on things that I’m thinking about going into 2018. Warning – remember, Virtual Geek post are my musings, not an official company position.   They are officially my opinions – which means they aren’t worth more than 2 cents.  They aren’t authored by anyone...
  • Looking forward to 2018Part 2: Hint, its not about infrastructure.
    If you’re just catching up, this is a part of a multi-blog post epic saga (ha!) with some things that are on my mind as I reflect towards 2018. I’d encourage you to read the first part here, which discussed the way I see the HCI market choosing between “build” and “buy” choices, and reflected on h...
  • Looking forward to 2018Part 1: Buy to Buy and HCI (and more)
    The ongoing evolution of HCI – 2017, 2018 and beyond – in three parts. In 2016, EMC (and then Dell EMC) and VMware started with several goals – one of which was to become #1 in the HCI market by the end of 2017. That mission was accomplished mid-year 2017, so check. That said, as the calendar com...

Eric Sloof - NTPRO.NL

  • VMware NSX for vSphere End-User Computing Design Guide 1.2
    This guide highlights design and deployment considerations when using NSX to implement network virtualization, create a secure end user environment, and load balance Horizon infrastructure. The intended audience is virtualization, networking, and security architects who are interested in depl...
  • VMware vSAN 6.6 - Number of votes and witnesses explained
    I got a question from a fellow VCI asking me why a vSAN policy with FTT=1 and SW=2 doesn't need any witnesses and why a policy with FTT=2 and SW=1 needs two witnesses. He was also confused by the number of votes the components got. There's a simple answer for this, please keep in mind that com...
  • Demo of the VMware NSX 6.4 Context-Aware Firewall
    Context- aware firewall enhances the visibility at the application level and helps to override the problem of application permeability. Visibility at the application layer helps you to monitor the workloads better from a resource, compliance, and security point of view. Firewall rules cannot...
  • VMware NSX 6.4 - Application Rule Manager Enhancements
    With the release of VMware NSX 6.4, we have made several enhancements to the Application Rule Manager including improved context awareness, automatic recommendations for firewall rule sets, and easier and faster time to value for Day 2 operations. In this video, we’ll go through the enhancem...
  • NSX 6.4 Troubleshooting Guide
    The NSX Troubleshooting Guide describes how to monitor and troubleshoot the VMware NSX for vSphere system by using the NSX Manager user interface, the vSphere Web Client, and other NSX components, as needed. This manual is intended for anyone who wants to use or troubleshoot any problem for NS...

Virten.net

  • Homeserver - ESXi on HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10
    After Hewlett Packard Enterprise has missed offering a Microserver in their 9th Generation, it is now back in Gen10. The Microserver series provides affordable servers intended to be used in SMB and as home servers. Due to its low price and …Read more »...
  • Fix for FreeNAS on HPE MicroServer Gen10 X3216 Stuck Console Issue
    When you try to install FreeNAS 11 on the new HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10 X3216, the installer stops booting and appears to be stuck at: pcib0: <ACPI Host-PCI bridge> port 0xcf8-0xcff on acpi0 pcib0: _OSC returned error 0x10 pci0: <ACPI PCI …Read more »...
  • Get- and Set-VMLatencySensitivity PowerShell Function
    The Get-VMLatencySensitivity, Get-VMLatencySensitivityBulk and Set-VMLatencySensitivity PowerShell functions configure can return and set the latency sensitivity level of a virtual machine. You can adjust the latency sensitivity of a virtual machine to optimize the scheduling delay for latency sensi...
  • Critical Patch for All-Flash vSAN with Deduplication (6.0 and 6.5)
    VMware has released a critical patch for vSAN 6.0 and 6.5. This patch contains a fix for a highly critical vSAN issue that might cause IO read errors and in some cases severe symptoms such as inaccessible VMs, host failures, or stuck resyncs. The issue …Read more »...
  • Get-VMHostVersion and Get-VMHostLatestVersion PowerShell Function
    The Get-VMHostVersion and Get-VMHostLatestVersion PowerShell functions are aimed at helping you to identify the version at which your ESXi is currently running, and whether updates are available. Both are using a JSON based ESXi Build database which is also the backend …Read more »...

vInfrastructure Blog

  • Mastering VMware vSphere 6.5 book feedback
    One months ago, the Mastering VMware vSphere 6.5 book has been published and we already have some interesting feedback. Considering that it’s the first book experience (not only for me, but also for the other co-authors), and that neither of us it’s a native English speaker, we are reall...
  • Technology Live 2018!
    Technology Live! is a one-day event where up to four vendors showcase their technologies in action to a group of technical journalists, bloggers and analysts. A combination of presentations and demos allows each company to present its solutions with a much higher level of detail than is usually poss...
  • Nutanix software options on Dell-EMC PowerEdge
    Nutanix platform has been extended from the origina offer (appliance based single vendor only) to add more flexibile options… with more nodes options (also storage or compute only) and with different hardware vendors (including Dell-EMC, Lenovo, Cisco, HPE). Starting with Cisco and HPE the opt...
  • VMware Tools installation remains pending
    There are some cases where the VMware Tools installation, if you run it from the vSphere platform, remain pending and you cannot end this task anymore. Also if VMware Tools are up and running properly. It’s something boring because may block you in several other tasks. For example you cannot m...
  • Resize a Linux filesystem without LVM
    Increse the VM disk size in a virtual environment it’s so easy, on almost  all hypervisor. But maybe it’s not so easy or fast increase the partition and the filesystem inside the guest OS. For Windows OSes, starting with 2008 (Windows Server 2008 and Vista) it’s quite easy. For Lin...

 

 

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Hi everyone, after a very fast start to 2018 and not being able to provide a newsletter last week we are back on track now and have a great news edition for you to get 2018 going. We have of course had a bunch of security related announcements already this year regarding the spectre and meltdown bugs. VMware has responded to these and is constantly updating its guidance as fast as possible to ensure that all customers know what is going on. This is a great time to include your TAM and possibly even have a support case opened if you have any issues with the patches and your environment on what is a fluid situation, do not feel like you are doing this alone, TAMs are here to help you.

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NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM VMWARE

VMware Radius

  • Unique Paths to the Top in Tech: VMware’s Sanjay Poonen on Fortt Knox
    Last Fall, CNBC Squawk Alley anchor and technology correspondent Jon Fortt debuted a new digital show. Produced by CNBC, Fortt Knox is a treasure trove of deep discussions with the people who make things happen. Available as a podcast, Jon Fortt leads conversations with powerful people on how they n...
  • VMware on VMware Delivers Value to Customers
    Before being released to customers, VMware products are developed and tested in collaboration with the company’s VMware on VMware (VoV) program. VMware’s First Customer The VoV program, which VMware and Dell Technologies CIO Bask Iyer calls the “company’s first customer,” uniquely benefits both VM...
  • Agents of Change: Liberty Global’s Colin Miles Believes Change Must Be Constant
    VMware’s Agents of Change initiative celebrates smart CIOs who challenge the status quo. By harnessing the transformative power of technology, they are creating unlimited possibilities for their businesses. Here’s the next individual in the Agents of Change Series: Colin Miles, vice president of da...

Open Source

  • VMware Releases Dispatch, an Open Source Serverless Framework
    VMware announced its serverless initiative at VMworld 2017, where a Functions-as-a-Service (FaaS) demo using Apache OpenWhisk, an existing open source FaaS technology, was presented. Since then, the serverless team has been working to define what a serverless framework by and for a VMware-based infr...
  • Moving to Open Source: First Impressions of a Proprietary Software Engineer
    by Vladislav Valtchev, VMware Open Source Technology Center Until two months ago, my whole professional experience was as a proprietary software engineer. Here at VMware, I spent the last 4.5 years working in vSphere as a C++ platform engineer, but I used open source software my whole life. Slackwar...
  • Project Clarity: 1 Year of Open Source Success & a New Year of Design Innovation
    Project Clarity all started with a need: All our VMware applications had different looks and feel. Because of this, our teams and our customers had so many different ways of doing the same things. To meet this need, our goal was pretty simple: standardize the visual and mic-interactions driving the ...

VMware vSphere Blog

  • Key Manager Concepts and Topology Basics for VM and vSAN Encryption
    At VMworld 2017 VM and vSAN Encryption and security of vSphere in general became VERY popular topics. And in those discussions the topic of Key Managers came up and specifically “How many key managers should I have?” was a recurring question. This blog article will give you two examples of key ...
  • Three Key Reasons for Joining Modernize Data Centers Track at vForum Online
    As digital transformation increases across the business world, the era of costly, complex legacy infrastructures is coming to an end. But what will it take to modernize infrastructures in such a way that IT gets the agility and flexibility it needs to operate, innovate, and scale to meet the demands...
  • Understanding the Impacts of Mixed-Version vCenter Server Deployments
    There are a few questions that come up quite often regarding vCenter Server upgrades and mixed-versions that we would like to address. In this blog post we will discuss and attempt to clarify the guidance in the vSphere Documentation for Upgrade or Migration Order and Mixed-Version Transitional Beha...

Network Virtualization

  • VMware Closes Acquisition of VeloCloud Networks
    As applications and data continue to be distributed more broadly from the data center to the edge, customers are increasingly relying on software-defined wide-area networks (SD-WANs) versus traditional networking for flexible, secure connectivity.  It’s for this reason that I am pleased to share tha...
  • Terminology Tuesday Presents: ZTP
                    ZTP stands for Zero Touch Provisioning.  And, as a quick google search will quickly reveal, many other things as well.   Back to our ZTP.  ZTP is the process by which new network switches can be configured without much human involvement.   Notice that I said “much” and no...
  • Introducing NSX-T 2.1 with Pivotal Integration
    Application architectures are evolving. That shouldn’t be news to anyone. Today, emerging app architectures that leverage container-based workloads and microservices are becoming mainstream, moving from science projects in development labs to enterprise production deployments at scale. The benefits ...

Virtual Blocks

  • 3 Key Reasons Why You Must Attend the Modernize Data Centers Track At vForum Online
    As digital transformation increases across the business world, the era of costly, complex legacy infrastructures is coming to an end. But what will it take to modernize infrastructures in such a way that IT gets the agility and flexibility it needs to operate, innovate, and scale to meet the demands...
  • Oakland University Accelerates Technology Growth with vSAN
    At first glance, Oakland University (OU) looks like a relaxed midwestern university with rolling lawns and students lounging under spreading oaks. And while that is indeed part of the university’s charm, a closer look reveals a campus culture that is anything but sleepy. Serving more than 20,500 stu...
  • vSAN Announcements and Highlights from VMworld 2017
    Las Vegas wasn’t the only destination on VMworld’s itinerary this year. The annual conference traveled overseas and made waves in Spain. The record breaking number of attendeeds at each event heard how vSAN surprassed the noteworthy milestone of 10,000 customers. Many of these customers were out in ...

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

  • How Cloud Foundry Container Runtime Tackles Both Day 1 & Day 2 Operations for Production Kubernetes
    by Merlin Glynn, Technical Product Manager, VMware Cloud Foundry Container Runtime (CFCR), formerly known as Project KUBO, is an open source project that delivers the functionality of both Day 1 (deployment) and Day 2 (operations) tasks for Kubernetes clusters. The initial genesis behind CFCR was t...
  • Connect with VMware Around Containers at DockerCon EU
    Copenhagen is one of Europe’s leading cities around information technology, making it the perfect locale for this year’s DockerCon EU, taking place October 16-19 at the Bella Centre in Denmark’s capital city. DockerCon is the leading container conference for practitioners to learn from other contain...
  • Join VMware at China Kubernetes End User Conference
    On October 15, the China Kubernetes End User Conference, a joint venture put on by Caicloud, Cloud Native Computing Foundation and the “K8sMeetup China Community,” will celebrate the tremendous technological impact of Kubernetes, unveil the latest updates and enhancements around it and provide top-l...

VMware End-User Computing Blog

  • [Video] 5 Demos of the New VMware Horizon Client for iOS 4.7
    Sure, your mother says she loves all her children equally. But really, she loves each of you best for short periods of time. That’s how I feel about the VMware Horizon Clients. Today, with the 4.7 release, I particularly love the iOS client. The Horizon Client for iOS 4.7 takes advantage of the dra...
  • [Live Demo] Managing Windows 10 Security & Compliance With VMware Workspace ONE
    Discover a new, more efficient approach to Windows lifecycle management across any use case. During this live VMware Hands-on Lab (HOL), see how VMware AirWatch offers real-time, automated security and compliance for Windows 10 management. During this HOL, you’ll learn the basics of enrolling and c...
  • Announcing the Updated Reviewer’s Guide for VMware App Volumes
    Co-authored by Josh Spencer, End-User-Computing Architect, Technical Marketing, VMware The Reviewer’s Guide for VMware App Volumes has recently been updated for VMware App Volumes 2.13.1 and includes features that benefit both IT and end users. Use this guide to learn about the architecture and wor...

AirWatch Blog

  • The Enterprise Mobility & GDPR Compliance Connection
    The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new European law that will be enforced in May 2018. GDPR applies to any company, regardless of their physical location, that collects, manipulates and/or stores European residents’ personal data—information belonging to end users, employees, partner...
  • Here’s What Enterprise Mobility Experts Read in 2017
    It’s amazing how far VMware AirWatch has come in the last 12 months in advancing unified endpoint management (UEM) and powering the leading, integrated digital workspace platform, VMware Workspace ONE. Out of all the news, here’s what enterprise mobility experts read most on the AirWatch Blog in 201...
  • Securing the Internet of Things
    Mobile devices substantially changed the way we consume information, immersing us in an always-online world. Naturally, connected “things” arrived, further extending our connected selves and streamlining day-to-day activities through connected homes, cars, health, cities and just about any other sys...

The Support Insider

  • New KB articles published for week ending 7th January 2018
    VMware ESXi Unable to enable FT on the Virtual machine Date Published: 2018/1/2 VMs with vVOLs based virtual disks takes long time to power on with CBT enabled Date Published: 2018/1/3 When Secure Boot is enabled, X server will fail to start on Linux VMs using a kernel older than v3.2 Date Published...
  • New KB articles published for week ending 31st December 2017
    VMware vSAN Upgrading vSAN 6.6 result in long initial boot time when deduplication is enabled Date Published: 2017/12/25 Best practices KB articles on DELL EMC NetWorker 9.2 VMware Integration Date Published: 2017/12/28 DELL EMC Avamar KB articles Date Published: 2017/12/28 KB articles for Veeam bac...
  • New KB articles published for week ending 24th December 2017
    VMware vRealize Configuration Manager Workstation VMware vRealize Configuration Manager Workstation EOA and End of Renewals Date Published: 2017/12/20 VMware User Environment Manager Using User Environment Manager to run a script with elevated privileges Date Published: 2017/12/18 UEM Privilege Elev...
  • New KB articles published for week ending 17th December 2017
    VMware vSphere ESXi vSAN performance graphs are empty Date Published: 2017/12/15 Bootbank mounts to /tmp folder and configuration lost when booting from qfle3f device Date Published: 2017/12/11 VMware NSX for vSphere Upgrade to NSX for vSphere 6.3.5 may fail in an environment using CA certificates D...
  • New KB articles published for week ending 10th December 2017
    VMware NSX for vSphere DLR ARP traffic is not suppressed as expected Date Published: 2017/12/04 Rising VM System Security for VMware NSX 6.3.0, 6.2.4 Date Published: 2017/12/05 Stateless Host reboot results with the error: UserVars.RmqClientToken’ is invalid or exceeds the maximum number of characte...

 

EXTERNAL NEWS FROM 3RD PARTY BLOGGERS virtuallyGhetto

  • Automating Intel Sighting remediation using PowerCLI (SSH not required)
    In case you may not be aware, Intel recently notified VMware that certain Intel Broadwell and Haswell CPUs are affected by Intel Sighting after applying the latest microcode update to remediate against the Spectre vulnerability. VMware has published the following KB 52345 which provides more details...
  • Verify Hypervisor-Assisted Guest Mitigation (Spectre) patches using PowerCLI
    VMware recently published a new knowledge base (KB) article 52085 that outlines instructions for enabling the Hypervisor-Assisted Guest Mitigation (CVE-2017-5715), also known as the Spectre vulnerability. This KB also provides steps to verify the updated microcode (included in the ESXi patch) has be...
  • Identifying ESXi boot method & boot device
    There was an interesting discussion on our internal Socialcast platform last week on figuring out how an ESXi host is booted up whether it is from local device like a disk or USB device, Auto Deploy or even boot from SAN along with its respective boot device? Although I had answered the question, I ...
  • Cross vCenter Clone with vSphere 6.0+
    Similar to the Cross vCenter vMotion (xVC-vMotion) feature that was introduced in vSphere 6.0, Virtual Machine cloning can also be performed across two different vCenter Servers, regardless of their deployment type or SSO configurations. If vCenter Servers are part of an Enhanced Linked Mode (ELM), ...
  • Quick Tip - NSX-T 2.1 upgrade gotcha, use NSX Manager IP Address vs Hostname
    NSX-T 2.1 was released right before the holiday break and one of the biggest enhancement is support for VMware's upcoming Pivotal Container Service (PKS) which you can read more about here. Right before I took some much needed time off with the family, I had attempted an upgrade of my existing NSX-T...

ESX Virtualization

  • VCP6.5-DCV Objective 7.3 – Troubleshoot vSphere Upgrades and Migrations
    Today’s objective is VCP6.5-DCV Objective 7.3 – Troubleshoot vSphere Upgrades and Migrations. Its kind of a “pain” topic where you must remember many different log paths for different products, remember some error codes, but that’s the way it is. Remeber and succeed or die hard trying. Work hard and...
  • Ravello Hardware Assisted Nested Virtualization And Bare-Metal Options For VMware VMs
    Ravello has been featured on our blog in the past already several times. Our readers know that it’s a cool service for learning virtualization or expanding your home lab and run some VMs in the cloud. You have probably read some of our How-to articles to gets you started. During those times, Ravello...
  • Runecast Analyzer detects Spectre and Meltdown Vulnerabilities within vSphere Clusters
    Regular readers of our blog certainly noticed few articles and one product review of Runecast Analyzer for VMware vSphere environments. This product correlates VMware vSphere KB articles to your environment and points out misconfigurations, vulnerabilities or shows the best practices which should be...
  • VCP6.5-DCV Objective 8.1 – Configure Auto Deploy for ESXi Hosts
    Today’s objective is VCP6.5-DCV Objective 8.1 – Configure Auto Deploy for ESXi Hosts. Auto deploy is cool. It allows you to boot an ESXi image from the network. Auto Deploy can provision hundreds of physical hosts with ESXi software. You can specify the image to deploy and the hosts to provision wit...
  • VCP6.5-DCV Objective 9.2 – Configure vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) HA
    Today’s objective is VCP6.5-DCV Objective 9.2 – Configure vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) HA. A very cool topic which I tested in my lab as well. The process is able to protect VCSA appliance against failures by auto-deploying passive and witness nodes. In case of problem where the active node is lo...

CormacHogan.com

  • A first look at vFile – Sharing a persistent volume between containers
    Regular readers will have noticed that I have been doing a bit of work recently with docker swarm, and what you need to do to get it to work on VMs running on vSphere. The reason why I had taken such an interest is because I wanted to look at a new product that our Project Hatchway team have been co...
  • Validating overlay network when docker swarm running on Centos VMs on vSphere
    I got a chance to revisit my docker swarm deployment this week after a bit of a break. I was a little curious about my setup because when I spoke to some of our ‘Project Hatchway‘ engineers, I was told that I should be able to launch a single instance of Nginx in Docker Swarm (“docker service create...
  • Simple test for Docker Swarm functionality with Photon OS
    After highlighting how easy it is to run docker swarm in Photon OS, I had a follow on question on how easy it would be to test the functionality. Just to recap, the only additional step you need to get Docker Swarm running on Photon OS was to open port 2377 on the master node. After that, you simply...
  • vSAN Essentials e-book is now free
    A short note to let you know that Duncan and I have made the e-book version of our Essential Virtual SAN (vSAN) book available for free. We have now published it via the GitBook platform and you can find it on vsan-essentials.com. GitBook also gives you the option to download it in PDF, EPUB or MOBI...
  • Building a Docker Swarm with Photon OS
    I’ve decided to take a look at our new vFile docker volume plugin. If you haven’t heard, vFile volume plugin for Docker provides simultaneous persistent volume access between hosts in the same Docker Swarm cluster for the base volume plugin service such as VDVS [vSphere Docker Volume Service], with ...

Scott's Weblog

  • Experimenting with Azure
    I’ve been experimenting with Microsoft Azure recently, and I thought it might be useful to share a quick post on using some of my favorite tools with Azure. I’ve found it useful to try to leverage existing tools whenever I can, and so as I’ve been experimenting with Azure I’v...
  • Issue with VMware-Formatted Cumulus VX Vagrant Box
    I recently had a need to revisit the use of Cumulus VX (the Cumulus Networks virtual appliance running Cumulus Linux) in a Vagrant environment, and I wanted to be sure to test what I was doing on multiple virtualization platforms. Via Vagrant Cloud, Cumulus distributes VirtualBox and Libvirt version...
  • Technology Short Take 92
    Welcome to Technology Short Take 92, the first Technology Short Take of 2018. This one was supposed to be the last Tech Short Take of 2017, but I didn’t get it published in time (I decided to spend time with my family instead—some things are just more important). In any case, hopefully t...
  • Looking Back: 2017 Project Report Card
    As has become my custom for the past several years, I wanted to take a look at how well I fared on my 2017 project list. Normally I’d publish this before the end of 2017, but during this past holiday season I decided to more fully “unplug” and focus on the truly important things i...
  • Installing XMind 8 on Fedora 27
    XMind is a well-known cross-platform mind mapping application. Installing the latest version of XMind (version 8) on Linux is, unfortunately, more complicated than it should be. In this post, I’ll show how to get XMind 8 running on Fedora 27. So why is installing XMind more complicated than i...

Welcome to vSphere-land!

  • A new update on VVols customer adoption
    It’s been a while since I last reported on the customer telemetry data that we capture to track VVol adoption with 3PAR customers and wanted to provide an update. Before I share that I want to relay what I’ve seen and heard around VVols adoption in general. VVols adoption is trending upw...
  • How Pat Gelsinger saved VMware
    I ran across this recent article in the SF Business Times and thought I would share it along with my thoughts. The article highlights VMware’s CEO Pat Gelsinger as one of the most admired CEO’s and how he helped right the VMware ship adrift in stormy seas during his tenure. You can read ...
  • 30 Must-Read Small Business IT Blogs 2017
    I was recently honored to be included in a list of 30 must read SMB IT blogs and wanted to say thank you to BizTech for including me in that list. I looked through the blogs in that list and there is a lot of diversity in it with everything from credit card blogs to … Continue reading » ...
  • How VVols impacts storage protocol choices with vSphere
    File vs. Block, why choose one over the other with vSphere. They both have their pros and cons which has influenced decision making when it comes to picking your storage with vSphere but VVols has changed the game of how storage protocols interact with vSphere which may also impact your decision mak...
  • 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...

Virtual Geek

  • What a start to the year...
    It's been a crazy couple days on a couple fronts, but the most material front has certainly been Spectre and Meltdown. There are lots of sources, and the trick is that while distinctly the root cause lies in the CPU domain and with the CPU manufacturers- the impact touches nearly everything. It's b...
  • To allTHANK YOU for 2017, and lets dream of 2018!
    To all my readers, all our customers and partners, all my colleagues, all my friends – heck my competitors, thank you for everything in 2017.   It was a year filled with change for me in the middle of a massive integration through the Dell acquisition – with a ton of learning, a ton of personal d...
  • Looking forward to 2018: Vertical Stack Wars are upon us.
    This is part 3 of a 3-part blog series on things that I’m thinking about going into 2018. Warning – remember, Virtual Geek post are my musings, not an official company position.   They are officially my opinions – which means they aren’t worth more than 2 cents.  They aren’t authored by anyone...
  • Looking forward to 2018Part 2: Hint, its not about infrastructure.
    If you’re just catching up, this is a part of a multi-blog post epic saga (ha!) with some things that are on my mind as I reflect towards 2018. I’d encourage you to read the first part here, which discussed the way I see the HCI market choosing between “build” and “buy” choices, and reflected on h...
  • Looking forward to 2018Part 1: Buy to Buy and HCI (and more)
    The ongoing evolution of HCI – 2017, 2018 and beyond – in three parts. In 2016, EMC (and then Dell EMC) and VMware started with several goals – one of which was to become #1 in the HCI market by the end of 2017. That mission was accomplished mid-year 2017, so check. That said, as the calendar com...

Eric Sloof - NTPRO.NL

Virten.net

  • Homeserver - ESXi on HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10
    After Hewlett Packard Enterprise has missed offering a Microserver in their 9th Generation, it is now back in Gen10. The Microserver series provides affordable servers intended to be used in SMB and as home servers. Due to its low price and …Read more »...
  • Fix for FreeNAS on HPE MicroServer Gen10 X3216 Stuck Console Issue
    When you try to install FreeNAS 11 on the new HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10 X3216, the installer stops booting and appears to be stuck at: pcib0: <ACPI Host-PCI bridge> port 0xcf8-0xcff on acpi0 pcib0: _OSC returned error 0x10 pci0: <ACPI PCI …Read more »...
  • Get- and Set-VMLatencySensitivity PowerShell Function
    The Get-VMLatencySensitivity, Get-VMLatencySensitivityBulk and Set-VMLatencySensitivity PowerShell functions configure can return and set the latency sensitivity level of a virtual machine. You can adjust the latency sensitivity of a virtual machine to optimize the scheduling delay for latency sensi...
  • Critical Patch for All-Flash vSAN with Deduplication (6.0 and 6.5)
    VMware has released a critical patch for vSAN 6.0 and 6.5. This patch contains a fix for a highly critical vSAN issue that might cause IO read errors and in some cases severe symptoms such as inaccessible VMs, host failures, or stuck resyncs. The issue …Read more »...
  • Get-VMHostVersion and Get-VMHostLatestVersion PowerShell Function
    The Get-VMHostVersion and Get-VMHostLatestVersion PowerShell functions are aimed at helping you to identify the version at which your ESXi is currently running, and whether updates are available. Both are using a JSON based ESXi Build database which is also the backend …Read more »...

vInfrastructure Blog

  • Is the HTML5-based vSphere Client ready to replace the vSphere Web Client?
    VMware vSphere, during its history and the different version, has got several types of GUI client. One of the most used (not the first, but the standard one since Virtual Infrastructure 3.0) was the vSphere Client for Windows. But on May 2016 VMware has announced that the Legacy C# Client (aka thick...
  • Meltdown and Spectre: are storage affected?
    Meltdown and Spectre are critical vulnerabilities existing in several modern CPU: these hardware bugs allow programs to steal data which is currently processed on the computer. Meltdown and Spectre can affect personal computers, mobile devices, server and several cloud services. Actually, the only w...
  • Meltdown and Spectre: check a vSphere environment
    Meltdown and Spectre are critical vulnerabilities existing in several modern CPU: these hardware bugs allow programs to steal data which is currently processed on the computer. Meltdown and Spectre can affect personal computers, mobile devices, server and several cloud services. Actually, the only w...
  • Microsoft PowerShell Core 6.0
    PowerShell Core 6.0 is the new edition of the powerful Microsoft’s scripting language PowerShell. At the beginning, it was only for the latest version of Microsoft Windows operating systems, but in the last year has finally become cross-platform (Windows, macOS, and Linux), open-source, and bu...
  • Add VMware Tools v10.2 to your vSphere environment
    One month ago, VMware has released a new branch of the VMware Tools, the version VMware Tools 10.2.0 some a new interesting feature: the offline VIB bundle. With this package, you can simply upgrade the embedded VMware Tools components in your VMware ESXi hosts in order to continue to update your VM...

 

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VMware Employees

VMware TAM Source 10.3

Posted by nisserow Mar 28, 2018

 

FROM THE EDITORS VIRTUAL DESK
Hi everyone, this week I would like to provide some detail on one of our TAM deliverables, Status Reports. As a TAM we work with both our TAM customers external to VMware as well as the internal teams that support our customers. These teams can include Sales, Engineering, Support, Product Management, System Engineers and more. In order to ensure that all of the teams and account are in sync the TAM service provides a regular update to everyone on a regular basis depending on the level of service that is provided to the TAM customer (more info here). This is an essential part of what we do, ensuring that everyone is aware of the critical projects, tasks and other items for both the customer and VMware teams and provide a visible status that can be tracked of all of these on a regular basis. If you have a TAM or are considering a TAM in your organization this is one of our many exclusive and well received deliverables providing value to your organization.

 

I wish you all a fantastic week ahead, enjoy this weeks news digest.

 

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NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM VMWARE

VMware Radius

  • Unique Paths to the Top in Tech: VMware’s Sanjay Poonen on Fortt Knox
    Last Fall, CNBC Squawk Alley anchor and technology correspondent Jon Fortt debuted a new digital show. Produced by CNBC, Fortt Knox is a treasure trove of deep discussions with the people who make things happen. Available as a podcast, Jon Fortt leads conversations with powerful people on how they n...
  • VMware on VMware Delivers Value to Customers
    Before being released to customers, VMware products are developed and tested in collaboration with the company’s VMware on VMware (VoV) program. VMware’s First Customer The VoV program, which VMware and Dell Technologies CIO Bask Iyer calls the “company’s first customer,” uniquely benefits both VM...
  • Agents of Change: Liberty Global’s Colin Miles Believes Change Must Be Constant
    VMware’s Agents of Change initiative celebrates smart CIOs who challenge the status quo. By harnessing the transformative power of technology, they are creating unlimited possibilities for their businesses. Here’s the next individual in the Agents of Change Series: Colin Miles, vice president of da...

VMware Open Source Blog

  • VMware Releases Dispatch, an Open Source Serverless Framework
    VMware announced its serverless initiative at VMworld 2017, where a Functions-as-a-Service (FaaS) demo using Apache OpenWhisk, an existing open source FaaS technology, was presented. Since then, the serverless team has been working to define what a serverless framework by and for a VMware-based infr...
  • Moving to Open Source: First Impressions of a Proprietary Software Engineer
    by Vladislav Valtchev, VMware Open Source Technology Center Until two months ago, my whole professional experience was as a proprietary software engineer. Here at VMware, I spent the last 4.5 years working in vSphere as a C++ platform engineer, but I used open source software my whole life. Slackwar...
  • Project Clarity: 1 Year of Open Source Success & a New Year of Design Innovation
    Project Clarity all started with a need: All our VMware applications had different looks and feel. Because of this, our teams and our customers had so many different ways of doing the same things. To meet this need, our goal was pretty simple: standardize the visual and mic-interactions driving the ...

VMware vSphere Blog

  • It’s Not Too Late to Get the Scoop on vSphere 6.5
    Just before the new year, the VMware Community Roundtable podcast covered key insights to vSphere 6.5 in a live episode. In case you missed it, moderator Eric Nielsen discussed reasons to upgrade to vSphere 6.5 with the “dynamic duo” of vSphere: featured guests Himanshu Singh and Martin Yip. Singh ...
  • vSphere VM Encryption White Paper now available
    I’d like to announce the availability of a new white paper for VMware vSphere VM Encryption! VM Encryption is a feature that was introduced in vSphere 6.5. The audience for this white paper is the Manager/Director/C-level folks who want to understand how vSphere VM Encryption differs from other vir...
  • vSphere 6.5 DRS and Memory Balancing in Non-Overcommitted Clusters
    DRS is over a decade old and is still going strong. DRS is aligned with the premise of virtualization, resource sharing and overcommitment of resources. DRS goal is to provide compute resources to the active workload to improve workload consolidation on a minimal compute footprint. However, virtuali...

Network Virtualization

  • VMware NSX for vSphere 6.4 Eases Operations, Improves Application Security with Context
    Summary: Generally available today, VMware NSX for vSphere 6.4 raises the bar for application security and planning, and introduces context-aware micro-segmentation For those working in security, thinking and talking about the cyber threats in the world is a constant, a necessary evil. So, for a mo...
  • NSX-T: OpenAPI and SDKs
    Nowadays everything is about automation. Organizations are moving away from the traditional static infrastructure to full automation and here the need of NSX is significant. There are many use-cases for NSX, but the common in all of them is that they all need to be automated. VMware is investing he...
  • NSX-T: Routing where you need it (Part 2, North-South Routing)
    In the first part of this blog series, NSX-T: Routing where you need it (Part 1), I discussed how East-West (E-W) routing is completely distributed on NSX-T and how routing is done by the Distributed Router (DR) running as a kernel module in each hypervisor.  In this post, I will explain how North-...

VMware Cloud Management

Cloud-Native Apps

  • vSphere Integrated Containers 1.3 Makes Deployment Easier
    We are pleased to announce the release of vSphere Integrated Containers 1.3. This newest version enhances stability and delivers a new graphical-user interface to guide users through the creation of a Virtual Container Host (VCH). What’s New:   Create and Delete Wizard With more and more custome...
  • A Look Back at KubeCon 2017
    By Ryan Clair, Senior Systems Engineer The community around Kubernetes is blossoming. Attendance for this month’s KubeCon in Austin doubled last year’s audience to hit more than 4,200 attendees. That impressive number is made all the sweeter due to VMware’s participation in KubeCon 2017 as a platin...
  • Diving into the VMware Pivotal Container Service Webcast Series
    By Susan Wu, Senior Product Marketing Manager Kubernetes is an open source cluster and container management tool originally developed by Google to orchestrate software in containers. The system gives developers a single method for deploying, scaling and managing containers on a variety of cloud ser...

VMware End-User Computing Blog

  • VMware NSX Micro-Segmentation for VMware Horizon 7
    Organizations that embark on the journey of building virtual desktop environments bring traditionally external endpoints into the data center. These Windows or Linux endpoints are now closer to and often reside on the same networking infrastructure as the backend application servers that these may a...
  • [Video] 5 Demos of the New VMware Horizon Client for iOS 4.7
    Sure, your mother says she loves all her children equally. But really, she loves each of you best for short periods of time. That’s how I feel about the VMware Horizon Clients. Today, with the 4.7 release, I particularly love the iOS client. The Horizon Client for iOS 4.7 takes advantage of the drag...
  • [Live Demo] Managing Windows 10 Security & Compliance With VMware Workspace ONE
    Discover a new, more efficient approach to Windows lifecycle management across any use case. During this live VMware Hands-on Lab (HOL), see how VMware AirWatch offers real-time, automated security and compliance for Windows 10 management. During this HOL, you’ll learn the basics of enrolling and co...

The Support Insider

  • Top 20 vSAN articles for December 2017
    Component metadata health check fails with invalid state error vSAN Build Recommendation Engine Health fails Best practices for vSAN implementations using Dell PERC H730 or FD332-PERC storage controllers Replacing SSD disk on a vSAN cluster Status of TLSv1.1/1.2 Enablement and TLSv1.0 Disablement a...
  • Top 20 NSX articles for December 2017
    Troubleshooting vShield Endpoint / NSX Guest Introspection Guest Introspection memory usage spikes to 90+% or you see the error: “Lost communication with ESX module” in NSX-V 6.3 Deploying NSX Controller fails in NSX-v 6.3.3 and 6.3.4 ESXi 5.5 and 6.0 hosts fail with a PSOD: VMCIEventDelayedDispatc...
  • Top 20 vSphere articles for December 2017
    vCenter Appliance root Partition 100% full due to Audit.log files not being rotated “invalid credentials LDAP Error 49” error when starting Inventory Services in vCenter Server 6.x Unable to log in to the root account of vCenter Server Appliance Important information before upgrading to vSphere 6.5...
  • New KB articles published for week ending 14th January 2018
    VMware vCenter Server Appliance vCenter Server Appliance (and PSC) 6.5 / 6.0 Workaround for CVE-2017-5753, CVE-2017-5715, CVE-2017-5754 (aka Spectre and Meltdown) Date Published: 2018/1/11 Datacenter VMware Performance Impact for CVE-2017-5753, CVE-2017-5715, CVE-2017-5754 (aka Spectre and Meltdown)...
  • New KB articles published for week ending 7th January 2018
    VMware ESXi Unable to enable FT on the Virtual machine Date Published: 2018/1/2 VMs with vVOLs based virtual disks takes long time to power on with CBT enabled Date Published: 2018/1/3 When Secure Boot is enabled, X server will fail to start on Linux VMs using a kernel older than v3.2 Date Published...

Cloud Foundation

  • Patching and updates made easy with VMware Cloud Foundation
    Its official, VMware released the latest version of VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF), 2.3. At the core of VCF is a fully automated, hyper-converged software stack that includes compute, storage and networking. Completing an upgrade of all of the components of an SDDC without VCF would typically take so...
  • Connecting IP-Based (NFS or ISCSI) External Storage To VMware Cloud Foundation
    VMware Cloud Foundation is based on a modern hyper-converged architecture that extensively leverages VMware vSAN – a vSphere-native software-defined storage platform that delivers flash-optimized storage for the software-defined data center (SDDC).  While vSAN is the primary storage platform for Clo...
  • Introduction to VMware Cloud Foundation 2.3
    On Dec 5th, 2017, VMware announced the upcoming release of VMware Cloud Foundation 2.3.  This release comes with many new capabilities to help further simplify the tasks of deploying, operating and maintaining a VMware based hybrid cloud.  In this post, I will introduce you to some of the more notab...

 

EXTERNAL NEWS FROM 3RD PARTY BLOGGERS virtuallyGhetto

  • Automating Intel Sighting remediation using PowerCLI (SSH not required)
    In case you may not be aware, Intel recently notified VMware that certain Intel Broadwell and Haswell CPUs are affected by Intel Sighting after applying the latest microcode update to remediate against the Spectre vulnerability. VMware has published the following KB 52345 which provides more details...
  • Verify Hypervisor-Assisted Guest Mitigation (Spectre) patches using PowerCLI
    VMware recently published a new knowledge base (KB) article 52085 that outlines instructions for enabling the Hypervisor-Assisted Guest Mitigation (CVE-2017-5715), also known as the Spectre vulnerability. This KB also provides steps to verify the updated microcode (included in the ESXi patch) has be...
  • Identifying ESXi boot method & boot device
    There was an interesting discussion on our internal Socialcast platform last week on figuring out how an ESXi host is booted up whether it is from local device like a disk or USB device, Auto Deploy or even boot from SAN along with its respective boot device? Although I had answered the question, I ...
  • Cross vCenter Clone with vSphere 6.0+
    Similar to the Cross vCenter vMotion (xVC-vMotion) feature that was introduced in vSphere 6.0, Virtual Machine cloning can also be performed across two different vCenter Servers, regardless of their deployment type or SSO configurations. If vCenter Servers are part of an Enhanced Linked Mode (ELM), ...
  • Quick Tip - NSX-T 2.1 upgrade gotcha, use NSX Manager IP Address vs Hostname
    NSX-T 2.1 was released right before the holiday break and one of the biggest enhancement is support for VMware's upcoming Pivotal Container Service (PKS) which you can read more about here. Right before I took some much needed time off with the family, I had attempted an upgrade of my existing NSX-T...

ESX Virtualization

CormacHogan.com

  • A first look at vFile – Sharing a persistent volume between containers
    Regular readers will have noticed that I have been doing a bit of work recently with docker swarm, and what you need to do to get it to work on VMs running on vSphere. The reason why I had taken such an interest is because I wanted to look at a new product that our Project Hatchway team have been co...
  • Validating overlay network when docker swarm running on Centos VMs on vSphere
    I got a chance to revisit my docker swarm deployment this week after a bit of a break. I was a little curious about my setup because when I spoke to some of our ‘Project Hatchway‘ engineers, I was told that I should be able to launch a single instance of Nginx in Docker Swarm (“docker service create...
  • Simple test for Docker Swarm functionality with Photon OS
    After highlighting how easy it is to run docker swarm in Photon OS, I had a follow on question on how easy it would be to test the functionality. Just to recap, the only additional step you need to get Docker Swarm running on Photon OS was to open port 2377 on the master node. After that, you simply...
  • vSAN Essentials e-book is now free
    A short note to let you know that Duncan and I have made the e-book version of our Essential Virtual SAN (vSAN) book available for free. We have now published it via the GitBook platform and you can find it on vsan-essentials.com. GitBook also gives you the option to download it in PDF, EPUB or MOBI...
  • Building a Docker Swarm with Photon OS
    I’ve decided to take a look at our new vFile docker volume plugin. If you haven’t heard, vFile volume plugin for Docker provides simultaneous persistent volume access between hosts in the same Docker Swarm cluster for the base volume plugin service such as VDVS [vSphere Docker Volume Service], with ...

Scott's Weblog

  • Technology Short Take 93
    Welcome to Technology Short Take 93! Today I have another collection of data center technology links, articles, thoughts, and rants. Here’s hoping you find something useful! Networking Matt Klein breaks down service mesh components, using terms networking professionals know well, like &ldqu...
  • Experimenting with Azure
    I’ve been experimenting with Microsoft Azure recently, and I thought it might be useful to share a quick post on using some of my favorite tools with Azure. I’ve found it useful to try to leverage existing tools whenever I can, and so as I’ve been experimenting with Azure I’v...
  • Issue with VMware-Formatted Cumulus VX Vagrant Box
    I recently had a need to revisit the use of Cumulus VX (the Cumulus Networks virtual appliance running Cumulus Linux) in a Vagrant environment, and I wanted to be sure to test what I was doing on multiple virtualization platforms. Via Vagrant Cloud, Cumulus distributes VirtualBox and Libvirt version...
  • Technology Short Take 92
    Welcome to Technology Short Take 92, the first Technology Short Take of 2018. This one was supposed to be the last Tech Short Take of 2017, but I didn’t get it published in time (I decided to spend time with my family instead—some things are just more important). In any case, hopefully t...
  • Looking Back: 2017 Project Report Card
    As has become my custom for the past several years, I wanted to take a look at how well I fared on my 2017 project list. Normally I’d publish this before the end of 2017, but during this past holiday season I decided to more fully “unplug” and focus on the truly important things i...

Welcome to vSphere-land!

  • A new update on VVols customer adoption
    It’s been a while since I last reported on the customer telemetry data that we capture to track VVol adoption with 3PAR customers and wanted to provide an update. Before I share that I want to relay what I’ve seen and heard around VVols adoption in general. VVols adoption is trending upw...
  • How Pat Gelsinger saved VMware
    I ran across this recent article in the SF Business Times and thought I would share it along with my thoughts. The article highlights VMware’s CEO Pat Gelsinger as one of the most admired CEO’s and how he helped right the VMware ship adrift in stormy seas during his tenure. You can read ...
  • 30 Must-Read Small Business IT Blogs 2017
    I was recently honored to be included in a list of 30 must read SMB IT blogs and wanted to say thank you to BizTech for including me in that list. I looked through the blogs in that list and there is a lot of diversity in it with everything from credit card blogs to … Continue reading » ...
  • How VVols impacts storage protocol choices with vSphere
    File vs. Block, why choose one over the other with vSphere. They both have their pros and cons which has influenced decision making when it comes to picking your storage with vSphere but VVols has changed the game of how storage protocols interact with vSphere which may also impact your decision mak...
  • 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...

Virtual Geek

  • What a start to the year...
    It's been a crazy couple days on a couple fronts, but the most material front has certainly been Spectre and Meltdown. There are lots of sources, and the trick is that while distinctly the root cause lies in the CPU domain and with the CPU manufacturers- the impact touches nearly everything. It's b...
  • To allTHANK YOU for 2017, and lets dream of 2018!
    To all my readers, all our customers and partners, all my colleagues, all my friends – heck my competitors, thank you for everything in 2017.   It was a year filled with change for me in the middle of a massive integration through the Dell acquisition – with a ton of learning, a ton of personal d...
  • Looking forward to 2018: Vertical Stack Wars are upon us.
    This is part 3 of a 3-part blog series on things that I’m thinking about going into 2018. Warning – remember, Virtual Geek post are my musings, not an official company position.   They are officially my opinions – which means they aren’t worth more than 2 cents.  They aren’t authored by anyone...
  • Looking forward to 2018Part 2: Hint, its not about infrastructure.
    If you’re just catching up, this is a part of a multi-blog post epic saga (ha!) with some things that are on my mind as I reflect towards 2018. I’d encourage you to read the first part here, which discussed the way I see the HCI market choosing between “build” and “buy” choices, and reflected on h...
  • Looking forward to 2018Part 1: Buy to Buy and HCI (and more)
    The ongoing evolution of HCI – 2017, 2018 and beyond – in three parts. In 2016, EMC (and then Dell EMC) and VMware started with several goals – one of which was to become #1 in the HCI market by the end of 2017. That mission was accomplished mid-year 2017, so check. That said, as the calendar com...

Eric Sloof - NTPRO.NL

  • Demo of the VMware NSX 6.4 Context-Aware Firewall
    Context- aware firewall enhances the visibility at the application level and helps to override the problem of application permeability. Visibility at the application layer helps you to monitor the workloads better from a resource, compliance, and security point of view. Firewall rules cannot...
  • VMware NSX 6.4 - Application Rule Manager Enhancements
    With the release of VMware NSX 6.4, we have made several enhancements to the Application Rule Manager including improved context awareness, automatic recommendations for firewall rule sets, and easier and faster time to value for Day 2 operations. In this video, we’ll go through the enhancem...
  • NSX 6.4 Troubleshooting Guide
    The NSX Troubleshooting Guide describes how to monitor and troubleshoot the VMware NSX for vSphere system by using the NSX Manager user interface, the vSphere Web Client, and other NSX components, as needed. This manual is intended for anyone who wants to use or troubleshoot any problem for NS...
  • Demo of the new NSX 6.4 Packet Capture Tool
    If your dashboard is indicating that a host is not in a healthy state, you can capture packets for that particular host for further troubleshooting. You can capture packets using the new Packet Capture tool, to help diagnose and solve network related problems.   You can create a packet capt...
  • New White Paper - VMware vSphere 6.5 Virtual Machine Encryption
    VMware vSphere 6.5 addresses the operational and security challenges by leveraging the hypervisor to perform the encryption with no modification to the VM. The security architecture of VMware ESXi achieves this goal at the hypervisor layer.  In this document, Mike Foley elaborates on how the...

Virten.net

  • Homeserver - ESXi on HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10
    After Hewlett Packard Enterprise has missed offering a Microserver in their 9th Generation, it is now back in Gen10. The Microserver series provides affordable servers intended to be used in SMB and as home servers. Due to its low price and …Read more »...
  • Fix for FreeNAS on HPE MicroServer Gen10 X3216 Stuck Console Issue
    When you try to install FreeNAS 11 on the new HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10 X3216, the installer stops booting and appears to be stuck at: pcib0: <ACPI Host-PCI bridge> port 0xcf8-0xcff on acpi0 pcib0: _OSC returned error 0x10 pci0: <ACPI PCI …Read more »...
  • Get- and Set-VMLatencySensitivity PowerShell Function
    The Get-VMLatencySensitivity, Get-VMLatencySensitivityBulk and Set-VMLatencySensitivity PowerShell functions configure can return and set the latency sensitivity level of a virtual machine. You can adjust the latency sensitivity of a virtual machine to optimize the scheduling delay for latency sensi...
  • Critical Patch for All-Flash vSAN with Deduplication (6.0 and 6.5)
    VMware has released a critical patch for vSAN 6.0 and 6.5. This patch contains a fix for a highly critical vSAN issue that might cause IO read errors and in some cases severe symptoms such as inaccessible VMs, host failures, or stuck resyncs. The issue …Read more »...
  • Get-VMHostVersion and Get-VMHostLatestVersion PowerShell Function
    The Get-VMHostVersion and Get-VMHostLatestVersion PowerShell functions are aimed at helping you to identify the version at which your ESXi is currently running, and whether updates are available. Both are using a JSON based ESXi Build database which is also the backend …Read more »...

vInfrastructure Blog

  • Vembu BDR Suite v3.9.0
    Vembu is a player in the backup and data protection world, maybe not (yet) well-know, but for sure not new at all and with a complete suite that covers the physical world, the virtual (VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V) and also some public cloud SaaS solutions. One of their product is the Vembu ...
  • Remove a VM from a vSphere vApp
    Seems that the vSphere Web Client has some bugs, also with the latest vSphere 6.5 version. It should be the main web client (see a list of possible GUI clients in vSphere 6.5), but sometimes does not work as expected (without considering possible Flash bugs). If you are using vSphere vApp (feature t...
  • Meltdown and Spectre: are storage affected?
    Meltdown and Spectre are critical vulnerabilities existing in several modern CPU: these hardware bugs allow programs to steal data which is currently processed on the computer. Meltdown and Spectre can affect personal computers, mobile devices, server and several cloud services. Actually, the only w...
  • VMware Integrated OpenStack 4.1
    VMware has announced the general availability (GA) of VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) 4.1. The new release is based on top of the Ocata release and support for the latest versions of VMware products, across vSphere, vSAN, and NSX V|T (including NSX-T LBaaSv2). OpenStack is a framework for pro...
  • Windows Server Insider Preview Build 17074: deduplication on ReFS!
    Microsoft has just released to all Windows Insiders the new Windows Server Insider Preview Build 17074. This build is a preview build of the next Semi-Annual Channel release of Windows Server and it’s a preview of the next production build of Windows Server 2016… usually most of the feat...

 

 

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While I do my best to publish unbiased information specifically related to VMware solutions there is always the possibility of blog posts that are unrelated, competitive or potentially conflicting that may creep into the newsletter. I apologize for this in advance if I offend anyone and do my best to ensure this does not happen. Please get in touch if you feel any inappropriate material has been published. All information in this newsletter is copyright of the original author. If you are an author and wish to no longer be used in this newsletter please get in touch.

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VMware Employees

VMware TAM Source 10.1

Posted by nisserow Mar 28, 2018



FROM THE EDITORS VIRTUAL DESK
Hi everyone, welcome to the first newsletter edition of 2018 and the 10th year of the VMware TAM Newsletter. We are really excited to spend another year bringing all of the amazing news, events and blogs from the world of VMware and our virtualization partners to you. As we kick off this first edition, we want to wish everyone reading this a Happy New Year, and best wishes for 2018. Thank you for all of your support and we look forward to serving you again in 2018.

If you would like to contribute in any way to our newsletter please feel free to contact us at tamsource@vmware.com.

We wish you a successful first week of 2018, happy reading!

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VMware TAM Team

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VMware Radius

  • 2018 HCI Predictions: Big Changes to Servers and Storage
    By Lee Caswell, VP of Products, Storage and Availability Business Unit Lee Caswell, VP of Products, Storage and Availability Business Unit Digital transformation is not just a marketing buzzword. It’s a competitive necessity that even the most established companies are aggressively adopting: take ...
  • Executive Predictions for 2018 and Beyond
    2017 has been a memorable and eventful year for technology innovation. As VMware and Dell Technologies CIO Bask Iyer predicted, among other things, the role of the cloud became even more integral to the business and continues on that trajectory. And as Chris Wolf, VMware’s VP and CTO of Global Fie...
  • Open Source Predictions for 2018
    Dirk Hohndel, VP, Chief Open Source Officer at VMware In 1997, software developer Eric Raymond published an influential essay called The Cathedral and the Bazaar in which he laid out foundational ideas for many open source projects that followed. Among other things, Raymond argued that if “you have...

Open Source

  • Moving to Open Source: First Impressions of a Proprietary Software Engineer
    by Vladislav Valtchev, VMware Open Source Technology Center Until two months ago, my whole professional experience was as a proprietary software engineer. Here at VMware, I spent the last 4.5 years working in vSphere as a C++ platform engineer, but I used open source software my whole life. Slackwar...
  • Project Clarity: 1 Year of Open Source Success & a New Year of Design Innovation
    Project Clarity all started with a need: All our VMware applications had different looks and feel. Because of this, our teams and our customers had so many different ways of doing the same things. To meet this need, our goal was pretty simple: standardize the visual and mic-interactions driving the ...
  • VMware vSphere SDKs & Open Source: 2017 In Review
    VMware vSphere software development kits (SDKs) added tons of notable community updates, integrations and more in 2017. To wrap your head around the momentous year, we compiled a 2017 year-end review of all the highlights around this open source tool. Sit back, buckle up and enjoy the exciting progr...

VMware vSphere Blog

  • Key Manager Concepts and Topology Basics for VM and vSAN Encryption
    At VMworld 2017 VM and vSAN Encryption and security of vSphere in general became VERY popular topics. And in those discussions the topic of Key Managers came up and specifically “How many key managers should I have?” was a recurring question. This blog article will give you two examples of key ...
  • Three Key Reasons for Joining Modernize Data Centers Track at vForum Online
    As digital transformation increases across the business world, the era of costly, complex legacy infrastructures is coming to an end. But what will it take to modernize infrastructures in such a way that IT gets the agility and flexibility it needs to operate, innovate, and scale to meet the demands...
  • Understanding the Impacts of Mixed-Version vCenter Server Deployments
    There are a few questions that come up quite often regarding vCenter Server upgrades and mixed-versions that we would like to address. In this blog post we will discuss and attempt to clarify the guidance in the vSphere Documentation for Upgrade or Migration Order and Mixed-Version Transitional Beha...

Network Virtualization

  • VMware Closes Acquisition of VeloCloud Networks
    As applications and data continue to be distributed more broadly from the data center to the edge, customers are increasingly relying on software-defined wide-area networks (SD-WANs) versus traditional networking for flexible, secure connectivity.  It’s for this reason that I am pleased to share tha...
  • Terminology Tuesday Presents: ZTP
                    ZTP stands for Zero Touch Provisioning.  And, as a quick google search will quickly reveal, many other things as well.   Back to our ZTP.  ZTP is the process by which new network switches can be configured without much human involvement.   Notice that I said “much” and no...
  • Introducing NSX-T 2.1 with Pivotal Integration
    Application architectures are evolving. That shouldn’t be news to anyone. Today, emerging app architectures that leverage container-based workloads and microservices are becoming mainstream, moving from science projects in development labs to enterprise production deployments at scale. The benefits ...

Virtual Blocks

  • 3 Key Reasons Why You Must Attend the Modernize Data Centers Track At vForum Online
    As digital transformation increases across the business world, the era of costly, complex legacy infrastructures is coming to an end. But what will it take to modernize infrastructures in such a way that IT gets the agility and flexibility it needs to operate, innovate, and scale to meet the demands...
  • Oakland University Accelerates Technology Growth with vSAN
    At first glance, Oakland University (OU) looks like a relaxed midwestern university with rolling lawns and students lounging under spreading oaks. And while that is indeed part of the university’s charm, a closer look reveals a campus culture that is anything but sleepy. Serving more than 20,500 stu...
  • vSAN Announcements and Highlights from VMworld 2017
    Las Vegas wasn’t the only destination on VMworld’s itinerary this year. The annual conference traveled overseas and made waves in Spain. The record breaking number of attendeeds at each event heard how vSAN surprassed the noteworthy milestone of 10,000 customers. Many of these customers were out in ...

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

  • How Cloud Foundry Container Runtime Tackles Both Day 1 & Day 2 Operations for Production Kubernetes
    by Merlin Glynn, Technical Product Manager, VMware Cloud Foundry Container Runtime (CFCR), formerly known as Project KUBO, is an open source project that delivers the functionality of both Day 1 (deployment) and Day 2 (operations) tasks for Kubernetes clusters. The initial genesis behind CFCR was t...
  • Connect with VMware Around Containers at DockerCon EU
    Copenhagen is one of Europe’s leading cities around information technology, making it the perfect locale for this year’s DockerCon EU, taking place October 16-19 at the Bella Centre in Denmark’s capital city. DockerCon is the leading container conference for practitioners to learn from other contain...
  • Join VMware at China Kubernetes End User Conference
    On October 15, the China Kubernetes End User Conference, a joint venture put on by Caicloud, Cloud Native Computing Foundation and the “K8sMeetup China Community,” will celebrate the tremendous technological impact of Kubernetes, unveil the latest updates and enhancements around it and provide top-l...

VMware End-User Computing Blog

  • 2017 Year in Review: Security Across End-User Computing
    In 2017, there certainly was no shortage of cybersecurity attacks that made news on a monthly, and sometimes even weekly, basis. Most IT or security operations personnel became familiar with the major cybersecurity breaches this year, including WannaCry, Equifax and Petya. As the consumerization of ...
  • [Feature Spotlight] VMware Workspace ONE Intelligence in VMware AirWatch 9.2
    VMware AirWatch 9.2 introduces support for custom reports with VMware Workspace ONE Intelligence. Using a cloud-based service to gather data and deliver analytics, custom reporting streamlines access to your AirWatch deployment’s critical data. Custom Reporting with Workspace ONE Intelligence This p...
  • Announcing Reviewer’s Guide for VMware Horizon Cloud Service with Hosted Infrastructure
    We just released the new Reviewer’s Guide for VMware Horizon Cloud Service with Hosted Infrastructure to help you try VMware Horizon Cloud Service with Hosted Infrastructure. Whether you are an IT decision-maker, administrator, or architect—or just curious about Horizon Cloud—this guide is a great w...

AirWatch Blog

  • Here’s What Enterprise Mobility Experts Read in 2017
    It’s amazing how far VMware AirWatch has come in the last 12 months in advancing unified endpoint management (UEM) and powering the leading, integrated digital workspace platform, VMware Workspace ONE. Out of all the news, here’s what enterprise mobility experts read most on the AirWatch Blog in 201...
  • Securing the Internet of Things
    Mobile devices substantially changed the way we consume information, immersing us in an always-online world. Naturally, connected “things” arrived, further extending our connected selves and streamlining day-to-day activities through connected homes, cars, health, cities and just about any other sys...
  • VMware Named a Leader in the IDC MarketScape for Enterprise Mobility Management Software for Ruggedized/IoT Device Deployments
    Recently, VMware was positioned as a Leader in the inaugural “IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Enterprise Mobility Management Software for Ruggedized/IoT Device Deployments 2017 Vendor Assessment.” The report profiled 13 vendors, and VMware was recognized as a leading enterprise mobility management (EMM) ...

The Support Insider

  • New KB articles published for week ending 31st December 2017
    VMware vSAN Upgrading vSAN 6.6 result in long initial boot time when deduplication is enabled Date Published: 2017/12/25 Best practices KB articles on DELL EMC NetWorker 9.2 VMware Integration Date Published: 2017/12/28 DELL EMC Avamar KB articles Date Published: 2017/12/28 KB articles for Veeam bac...
  • New KB articles published for week ending 24th December 2017
    VMware vRealize Configuration Manager Workstation VMware vRealize Configuration Manager Workstation EOA and End of Renewals Date Published: 2017/12/20 VMware User Environment Manager Using User Environment Manager to run a script with elevated privileges Date Published: 2017/12/18 UEM Privilege Elev...
  • New KB articles published for week ending 17th December 2017
    VMware vSphere ESXi vSAN performance graphs are empty Date Published: 2017/12/15 Bootbank mounts to /tmp folder and configuration lost when booting from qfle3f device Date Published: 2017/12/11 VMware NSX for vSphere Upgrade to NSX for vSphere 6.3.5 may fail in an environment using CA certificates D...
  • New KB articles published for week ending 10th December 2017
    VMware NSX for vSphere DLR ARP traffic is not suppressed as expected Date Published: 2017/12/04 Rising VM System Security for VMware NSX 6.3.0, 6.2.4 Date Published: 2017/12/05 Stateless Host reboot results with the error: UserVars.RmqClientToken’ is invalid or exceeds the maximum number of characte...
  • Top vSAN articles for November 2017
    Component metadata health check fails with invalid state error vSAN Build Recommendation Engine Health fails Best practices for vSAN implementations using Dell PERC H730 or FD332-PERC storage controllers Status of TLSv1.1/1.2 Enablement and TLSv1.0 Disablement across VMware products Deployment guid...

 

EXTERNAL NEWS FROM 3RD PARTY BLOGGERS virtuallyGhetto

  • Bulk VM Migration using new Cross vCenter vMotion Utility Fling
    Over the last few years, I have spoken to a number of customers who have greatly benefited from the ability to live migrate Virtual Machines across different vCenter Servers that are NOT part of the same vCenter Single Sign-On (SSO) Domain, which I had first shared back in 2015 here and here. This e...
  • Deploying NSX-T VIBs and/or creating custom NSX-T Image Profile
    Similiar to its earlier predecessor, NSX-T also provides complete lifecycle management (LCM) of its underlying NSX components (Controllers, Edges and Managers) including the Fabric Nodes (e.g. ESXi and/or KVM hosts). Additionally, a new Upgrade Coordinator is now part of NSX-T which greatly simplifi...
  • VMware Tools 10.2.0 enables Virtual Machine vNIC exclusion and priority re-ordering
    VMware Tools 10.2.0 just GA'ed (release notes / download and open-vm-tools release notes / open-vm-tools download) and this release includes a number of new features like an offline bundle for VMware Tools VIB for ESXi and support for deploying VMware Tools using Microsoft System Center Configuratio...
  • Getting started with Hybrid Cloud Extension (HCX) on VMware Cloud on AWS
    I had been hearing a lot of cool things about VMware's Hybrid Cloud Extension (HCX) but never tried the solution myself nor had a good understanding of what it actually provided. With the recently announced Hybrid Cloud Extension (HCX) on VMware Cloud on AWS (VMWonAWS) offering being available, I th...
  • Can the VCSA 6.5 forward to multiple syslog targets?
    I had a couple folks ping me recently asking whether the latest vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 6.5 release supports forwarding to multiple syslog targets? Currently today, only a single syslog target is officially supported which can be configured using the VAMI UI. I know this is something our cus...

ESX Virtualization

  • VCP6.5-DCV Objective 5.2 – Configure vSphere DRS and Storage DRS Cluster
    We’re close to the end, but few more chapters are left to finish. Our study guide page continues to fill up: VCP6.5-DCV Study guide. Today’s topic: VCP6.5-DCV Objective 5.2 – Configure vSphere DRS and Storage DRS Cluster. Certainly a nice one today. The latest certification exam  VCP6.5-DCV has The ...
  • 5 Reasons to get a Proactive Support
    This post will explain an importance of a proactive support and also gives you few examples. We’ll talk about 5 Reasons to get a Proactive Support. First, we’ll talk about the reasons which make proactive support attractive those days and then we’ll look at an example of proactive support at StarWin...
  • VCP6.5-DCV Objective 7.2 – Troubleshoot vSphere Storage and Networking
    Today’s topic is again from VCP 6.5-DCV study guide. Our study guide page continues to fill up: VCP6.5-DCV Study guide. Let’s talk about today’s chapter: VCP6.5-DCV Objective 7.2 – Troubleshoot vSphere Storage and Networking. Not an easy one, to troubleshoot vSphere issues, but necessary to know for...
  • VCP6.5-DCV Objective 7.1 – Troubleshoot vCenter Server and ESXi Hosts
    Hope you’re having a great time during this Holiday season. But some of you might just right now studying and polish their skills to become a VMware certified professionals. So we’ll add another chapter today. vCenter server and ESXi, find and fix problems, it’s certainly important to know where to ...
  • VCP6.5-DCV Objective 6.1 – Configure and Administer vCenter Appliance Backup/Restore
    Another VCP 6.5-DCV topic to be covered today to help to study towards VMware VCP6.5-DCV certification exam. We continue to fill our VCP6.5-DCV Study guide page where we usually do a one objective per day. Today’s chapter is VCP6.5-DCV Objective 6.1 – Configure and Administer vCenter Appliance Backu...

CormacHogan.com

  • Simple test for Docker Swarm functionality with Photon OS
    After highlighting how easy it is to run docker swarm in Photon OS, I had a follow on question on how easy it would be to test the functionality. Just to recap, the only additional step you need to get Docker Swarm running on Photon OS was to open port 2377 on the master node. After that, you simply...
  • vSAN Essentials e-book is now free
    A short note to let you know that Duncan and I have made the e-book version of our Essential Virtual SAN (vSAN) book available for free. We have now published it via the GitBook platform and you can find it on vsan-essentials.com. GitBook also gives you the option to download it in PDF, EPUB or MOBI...
  • Building a Docker Swarm with Photon OS
    I’ve decided to take a look at our new vFile docker volume plugin. If you haven’t heard, vFile volume plugin for Docker provides simultaneous persistent volume access between hosts in the same Docker Swarm cluster for the base volume plugin service such as VDVS [vSphere Docker Volume Service], with ...
  • A closer look at ECS (Elastic Cloud Storage) running on vSAN
    This week I had the opportunity to take a closer look at ECS, the Elastic Cloud Storage product from DELL-EMC. ECS normally ships as a physical appliance, composed of multiple nodes/servers, but there is also a community edition available which is FREE with no time limit for non-production use. You ...
  • Project Hatchway hitting the mainstream – persistent storage for containers
    Regular readers will be aware that I “dabble” from time to time in the world of Cloud Native Apps. For me, a lot of this dabbling is trying to figure out how I can go about providing persistent storage to container based applications. Typically this in the shape of container volumes that are carved ...

Scott's Weblog

  • Installing XMind 8 on Fedora 27
    XMind is a well-known cross-platform mind mapping application. Installing the latest version of XMind (version 8) on Linux is, unfortunately, more complicated than it should be. In this post, I’ll show how to get XMind 8 running on Fedora 27. So why is installing XMind more complicated than i...
  • Installing the VMware Horizon Client on Fedora 27
    In this post, I’ll outline the steps necessary to install the VMware Horizon client for Linux on Fedora 27. Although VMware provides an “install bundle,” the bundle does not, unfortunately, address any of the prerequisites that are necessary in order for the Horizon client to work....
  • Using Vagrant with Azure
    In this post, I’ll describe how to use Vagrant with Azure. You can consider this article an extension of some of my earlier Vagrant articles; namely, the posts on using Vagrant with AWS and using Vagrant with OpenStack. The theme across all these posts is examining how one might use Vagrant to...
  • Technology Short Take 91
    Welcome to Technology Short Take 91! It’s been a bit longer than usual since the last Tech Short Take (partly due to the US Thanksgiving holiday, partly due to vacation time, and partly due to business travel), so apologies for that. Still, there’s a great collection of links and article...
  • Installing the Azure CLI on Fedora 27
    This post is a follow-up to a post from earlier this year on manually installing the Azure CLI on Fedora 25. I encourage you to refer back to that post for a bit of background. I’m writing this post because the procedure for manually installing the Azure CLI on Fedora 27 is slightly different ...

Welcome to vSphere-land!

  • A new update on VVols customer adoption
    It’s been a while since I last reported on the customer telemetry data that we capture to track VVol adoption with 3PAR customers and wanted to provide an update. Before I share that I want to relay what I’ve seen and heard around VVols adoption in general. VVols adoption is trending upw...
  • How Pat Gelsinger saved VMware
    I ran across this recent article in the SF Business Times and thought I would share it along with my thoughts. The article highlights VMware’s CEO Pat Gelsinger as one of the most admired CEO’s and how he helped right the VMware ship adrift in stormy seas during his tenure. You can read ...
  • 30 Must-Read Small Business IT Blogs 2017
    I was recently honored to be included in a list of 30 must read SMB IT blogs and wanted to say thank you to BizTech for including me in that list. I looked through the blogs in that list and there is a lot of diversity in it with everything from credit card blogs to … Continue reading » ...
  • How VVols impacts storage protocol choices with vSphere
    File vs. Block, why choose one over the other with vSphere. They both have their pros and cons which has influenced decision making when it comes to picking your storage with vSphere but VVols has changed the game of how storage protocols interact with vSphere which may also impact your decision mak...
  • 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...

Virtual Geek

  • To allTHANK YOU for 2017, and lets dream of 2018!
    To all my readers, all our customers and partners, all my colleagues, all my friends – heck my competitors, thank you for everything in 2017.   It was a year filled with change for me in the middle of a massive integration through the Dell acquisition – with a ton of learning, a ton of personal d...
  • Looking forward to 2018: Vertical Stack Wars are upon us.
    This is part 3 of a 3-part blog series on things that I’m thinking about going into 2018. Warning – remember, Virtual Geek post are my musings, not an official company position.   They are officially my opinions – which means they aren’t worth more than 2 cents.  They aren’t authored by anyone...
  • Looking forward to 2018Part 2: Hint, its not about infrastructure.
    If you’re just catching up, this is a part of a multi-blog post epic saga (ha!) with some things that are on my mind as I reflect towards 2018. I’d encourage you to read the first part here, which discussed the way I see the HCI market choosing between “build” and “buy” choices, and reflected on h...
  • Looking forward to 2018Part 1: Buy to Buy and HCI (and more)
    The ongoing evolution of HCI – 2017, 2018 and beyond – in three parts. In 2016, EMC (and then Dell EMC) and VMware started with several goals – one of which was to become #1 in the HCI market by the end of 2017. That mission was accomplished mid-year 2017, so check. That said, as the calendar com...
  • Looking back on 2017: A turbulent year but also a year of IT pragmatism
    Inevitably as a calendar year wraps up – one reflects back on the year past and dreams of the year to come.    I’ve got a couple I want to get out before I curl up with a cup of eggnog, a book, by the fireplace with my family. This first one is a look back, and then the next few will be a look for...

Eric Sloof - NTPRO.NL

  • Latest Fling from VMware Labs - Cross vCenter Workload Migration Utility
    This Fling allows users to easily migrate virtual machines in bulk from a graphical user interface between vCenter Servers (same & different SSO Domains supported) using the Cross-vCenter vMotion feature. Key Features Completely UI-driven workflow for VM migration Provides REST API for m...
  • Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
    Dutch: Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar! or Zalig Kerstfeest English: Merry Christmas German: Fröhliche Weihnachten French: Joyeux Noel Flemish: Zalig Kerstfeest en Gelukkig nieuw jaar Greek: Kala Christouyenna! Russian: Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva is Novim Godom Spanish: F...
  • ESX IP Storage Troubleshooting Best Practice: Packet Capture and Analysis at 10G
    This paper explores the challenges and alternatives for packet capture in a vSphere environment with IP storage (NFS, iSCSI) datastores over a 10G network, and presents the design of a self-assembled 10G packet capture solution that can be built using commercial components relatively inexpensiv...
  • Free e-book - vSAN Essentials 6.2
    VMware's Virtual SAN has rapidly proven itself in environments ranging from hospitals to oil rigs to e-commerce platforms. Along the way, it has matured to offer unsurpassed features for data integrity, availability, and space efficiency. Virtual SAN 6.x makes all-flash storage practical for e...
  • New Book - Mastering VMware vSphere 6.5
    VMware vSphere 6.5 written by @Andrea_Mauro @NoLabNoPartY and @novakkkarel provides a powerful, flexible and secure foundation for next-generation applications which helps you create an effective digital transformation. This book will be based on VMware vSphere 6.5 which empowers you to virtual...

Virten.net

  • Homeserver - ESXi on HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10
    After Hewlett Packard Enterprise has missed offering a Microserver in their 9th Generation, it is now back in Gen10. The Microserver series provides affordable servers intended to be used in SMB and as home servers. Due to its low price and …Read more »...
  • Fix for FreeNAS on HPE MicroServer Gen10 X3216 Stuck Console Issue
    When you try to install FreeNAS 11 on the new HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10 X3216, the installer stops booting and appears to be stuck at: pcib0: <ACPI Host-PCI bridge> port 0xcf8-0xcff on acpi0 pcib0: _OSC returned error 0x10 pci0: <ACPI PCI …Read more »...
  • Get- and Set-VMLatencySensitivity PowerShell Function
    The Get-VMLatencySensitivity, Get-VMLatencySensitivityBulk and Set-VMLatencySensitivity PowerShell functions configure can return and set the latency sensitivity level of a virtual machine. You can adjust the latency sensitivity of a virtual machine to optimize the scheduling delay for latency sensi...
  • Critical Patch for All-Flash vSAN with Deduplication (6.0 and 6.5)
    VMware has released a critical patch for vSAN 6.0 and 6.5. This patch contains a fix for a highly critical vSAN issue that might cause IO read errors and in some cases severe symptoms such as inaccessible VMs, host failures, or stuck resyncs. The issue …Read more »...
  • Get-VMHostVersion and Get-VMHostLatestVersion PowerShell Function
    The Get-VMHostVersion and Get-VMHostLatestVersion PowerShell functions are aimed at helping you to identify the version at which your ESXi is currently running, and whether updates are available. Both are using a JSON based ESXi Build database which is also the backend …Read more »...

vInfrastructure Blog

  • January 2018 IT events
    Interesting European IT events: Nordic VMUG Meeting – Copenhagen (Jan, 11) Bett 2018 – London (Jan, 24-27) Cisco Live EU 2018 – Barcelona (Jan 29 – Feb 2) Networking Field Day Extra at Cisco Live Europe 2018 – Barcelona (Jan, 30-31) See also: January 2017 IT events (for a compariso...
  • PSOD on vSphere 6.5 and 10 Gbps NICs: solved!
    On October 2017, I wrote a post about a possible issue with vSphere 6.5 and 10 Gbps NICs (mostly standard on new deployment). The final result was a PSOD (Purple Screen Of the Death) and no solution was available (yet). VMware KB 2151749 describe this issue as related to possible upgrade at vSphere ...
  • Win a VeeamON trip
    In the spirit of the holiday season, Veeam is offering 6 lucky winners a fully paid trip to a VeeamON 2018 event organized in their respective region! This opportunity will close on 31 December 2017… so just few days left! Veeam will offer: round-trip flight or other transportation to the even...
  • New book: Mastering VMware vSphere 6.5
    As written in a previous post, some months ago, I’ve started a huge personal project that consumes all my spare free time. This project was a new book on VMware vSphere 6.5, really ambitious considering that will be a “Mastering” book, but the title and part of the content were not negotiable with t...
  • #NutanixNTC 2018 – Nutanix Technology Champion
    Nutanix has announced the new list of Nutanix Tech Champions (NTC) 2018. NTC is a community award, started on 2014, similar to others programs like VMware vExpert, Microsoft MVP, Cisco Champions, EMC Elect, … rewarding members of the community on their efforts in sharing their knowledge and enabling...

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  • Technology Predictions 2018: The End of the Beginning
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Open Source

  • VMware vSphere SDKs & Open Source: 2017 In Review
    VMware vSphere software development kits (SDKs) added tons of notable community updates, integrations and more in 2017. To wrap your head around the momentous year, we compiled a 2017 year-end review of all the highlights around this open source tool. Sit back, buckle up and enjoy the exciting progr...
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VMware vSphere Blog

  • Key Manager Concepts and Topology Basics for VM and vSAN Encryption
    At VMworld 2017 VM and vSAN Encryption and security of vSphere in general became VERY popular topics. And in those discussions the topic of Key Managers came up and specifically “How many key managers should I have?” was a recurring question. This blog article will give you two examples of key ...
  • Three Key Reasons for Joining Modernize Data Centers Track at vForum Online
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Network Virtualization

  • VMware Closes Acquisition of VeloCloud Networks
    As applications and data continue to be distributed more broadly from the data center to the edge, customers are increasingly relying on software-defined wide-area networks (SD-WANs) versus traditional networking for flexible, secure connectivity.  It’s for this reason that I am pleased to share tha...
  • Terminology Tuesday Presents: ZTP
    ZTP stands for Zero Touch Provisioning.  And, as a quick google search will quickly reveal, many other things as well.   Back to our ZTP.  ZTP is the process by which new network switches can be configured without much human involvement.   Notice that I said “much” and no...
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    Application architectures are evolving. That shouldn’t be news to anyone. Today, emerging app architectures that leverage container-based workloads and microservices are becoming mainstream, moving from science projects in development labs to enterprise production deployments at scale. The benefits ...

Virtual Blocks

  • 3 Key Reasons Why You Must Attend the Modernize Data Centers Track At vForum Online
    As digital transformation increases across the business world, the era of costly, complex legacy infrastructures is coming to an end. But what will it take to modernize infrastructures in such a way that IT gets the agility and flexibility it needs to operate, innovate, and scale to meet the demands...
  • Oakland University Accelerates Technology Growth with vSAN
    At first glance, Oakland University (OU) looks like a relaxed midwestern university with rolling lawns and students lounging under spreading oaks. And while that is indeed part of the university’s charm, a closer look reveals a campus culture that is anything but sleepy. Serving more than 20,500 stu...
  • vSAN Announcements and Highlights from VMworld 2017
    Las Vegas wasn’t the only destination on VMworld’s itinerary this year. The annual conference traveled overseas and made waves in Spain. The record breaking number of attendeeds at each event heard how vSAN surprassed the noteworthy milestone of 10,000 customers. Many of these customers were out in ...

VMware Cloud Management

  • vRealize Network Insight 3.5 – Feel the vRNI
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  • 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

  • How Cloud Foundry Container Runtime Tackles Both Day 1 & Day 2 Operations for Production Kubernetes
    by Merlin Glynn, Technical Product Manager, VMware Cloud Foundry Container Runtime (CFCR), formerly known as Project KUBO, is an open source project that delivers the functionality of both Day 1 (deployment) and Day 2 (operations) tasks for Kubernetes clusters. The initial genesis behind CFCR was t...
  • Connect with VMware Around Containers at DockerCon EU
    Copenhagen is one of Europe’s leading cities around information technology, making it the perfect locale for this year’s DockerCon EU, taking place October 16-19 at the Bella Centre in Denmark’s capital city. DockerCon is the leading container conference for practitioners to learn from other contain...
  • Join VMware at China Kubernetes End User Conference
    On October 15, the China Kubernetes End User Conference, a joint venture put on by Caicloud, Cloud Native Computing Foundation and the “K8sMeetup China Community,” will celebrate the tremendous technological impact of Kubernetes, unveil the latest updates and enhancements around it and provide top-l...

VMware End-User Computing Blog

  • Mitigating Mobile Risk With VMware Workspace ONE & Appthority
    Co-Author: Sachin Sharma, VMware EUC Product Line Marketing Manager Three years ago, the number of active mobile devices (7.2 billion) surpassed the number of people living in the world. Since then, mobile device activations, now at 8.4 billion...
  • Give Users the Entire Company in Their Back Pocket with VMware People Search
    Ever been on the go, and suddenly, you need to call a coworker? You frantically search your messages, native email, signatures, calendar—anything that might lead to this person’s contact information—but have no luck. You settle on sending an email in hopes of receiving a quick reply. With our new...
  • Driving Enterprise Security With VMware Workspace ONE
    When VMware End-User Computing (EUC) introduced VMware Workspace ONE to the market in February of 2016, we attached a mission statement to the solution. That statement is “Consumer Simple. Enterprise Secure.” I’d like to spend a bit of time today breaking down what this mission really means to VMwar...

AirWatch Blog

  • Android BYOD: How I Use the Work Profile to Separate Work from Personal
    About a year ago, I made the switch to Android and have been using the work profile on my Pixel (and now my Pixel 2 XL) ever since. The more I use it, the more I am convinced that Google has built something truly special for the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) user. I wanted to share my experiences for...
  • A Breakdown of VMware AirWatch Support for Android Enterprise with Samsung Knox Mobile Enrollment
    Increasing numbers of corporate-owned devices and reliance on business apps for enhanced productivity has created a few challenges in the workplace. Organizations want to take advantage of the latest technology and keep their users happy without creating manual labor for IT or friction with their en...
  • [Exclusive] Wi-Fi for Mobile: The Security Issues
    Public and insecure Wi-Fi hotspots are an unavoidable part of the modern employee’s day-to-day life. With the mobile nature of the workforce today, as well as the low-cost option of Wi-Fi vs. mobile data, the security of the Wi-Fi connections corporate mobile devices are making deserves a second loo...

The Support Insider

  • New KB articles published for week ending 10th December 2017
    VMware NSX for vSphere DLR ARP traffic is not suppressed as expected Date Published: 2017/12/04 Rising VM System Security for VMware NSX 6.3.0, 6.2.4 Date Published: 2017/12/05 Stateless Host reboot results with the error: UserVars.RmqClientToken’ is invalid or exceeds the maximum number of characte...
  • Top vSAN articles for November 2017
    Component metadata health check fails with invalid state error vSAN Build Recommendation Engine Health fails Best practices for vSAN implementations using Dell PERC H730 or FD332-PERC storage controllers Status of TLSv1.1/1.2 Enablement and TLSv1.0 Disablement across VMware products Deployment guid...
  • Top NSX articles for November 2017
    Troubleshooting vShield Endpoint / NSX Guest Introspection Guest Introspection memory usage spikes to 90+% or you see the error: “Lost communication with ESX module” in NSX-V 6.3 ESXi 5.5 and 6.0 hosts fail with a PSOD: VMCIEventDelayedDispatchCB@com Modifying the interface configuration for an alr...
  • Top 20 vSphere articles for November 2017
    vCenter Appliance root Partition 100% full due to Audit.log files not being rotated “invalid credentials LDAP Error 49” error when starting Inventory Services in vCenter Server 6.x Important information before upgrading to vSphere 6.5 Unable to log in to the root account of vCenter Server Appliance...
  • New KB articles published for week ending 3rd December 2017
    VMware NSX for vSphere Upgrading from NSX-v 6.2.0, 6.2.1 and 6.2.2 to NSX-v 6.3.5 fails Date Published: 2017/11/27 Performance issues when third party file filter drivers co-exist with Guest Introspection drivers Date Published: 2017/11/30 VMware ESXi Permission for Domain Group removed when Active ...

 

EXTERNAL NEWS FROM 3RD PARTY BLOGGERS virtuallyGhetto

  • Getting started with Hybrid Cloud Extension (HCX) on VMware Cloud on AWS
    I had been hearing a lot of cool things about VMware's Hybrid Cloud Extension (HCX) but never tried the solution myself nor had a good understanding of what it actually provided. With the recently announced Hybrid Cloud Extension (HCX) on VMware Cloud on AWS (VMWonAWS) offering being available, I th...
  • Can the VCSA 6.5 forward to multiple syslog targets?
    I had a couple folks ping me recently asking whether the latest vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 6.5 release supports forwarding to multiple syslog targets? Currently today, only a single syslog target is officially supported which can be configured using the VAMI UI. I know this is something our cus...
  • Deployment models for vSphere Content Library
    When talking to customers about vSphere Content Library deployments, one question I normally get is how best deploy Content Library for optimal workload deployment, especially in scenarios where remote or branch offices are involved? There are two main deployment models for vSphere Content Library a...
  • How to audit vSphere API usage?
    I was recently reminded of an excellent VMworld 2017 session that given by Ravi Soundararajan, a Principal Engineer at VMware working in our vCenter Server Performance Team. In his session, vCenter Server Performance Deep Dive, Ravi provides some great insights into things to consider that may have ...
  • Translating vSAN VM Object IDs (UUID to VM and VM to UUID)
    I was working on one of my vSAN Clusters a few weeks back and I had noticed a bunch of vSAN Objects being listed under the "Other" category within the vSAN Virtual Objects Health view as shown in the screenshot below. I could not figure out what files or VMs these vSAN objects were actually […...

ESX Virtualization

  • VCP6.5-DCV Objective 7.4 – Troubleshoot Virtual Machines
    We continue to fill our VCP6.5-DCV Study guide page with one objective per day. Today’s chapter is VCP6.5-DCV Objective 7.4 – Troubleshoot Virtual Machines. We cover each chapter from the VMware Exam Guide (PDF) for VCP6.5-DCV. You can get the PDF from this page (previously called Exam Blueprint). N...
  • VCP6.5-DCV Objective 3.4 – Perform VMFS and NFS configurations and upgrades
    We continue to fill our VCP6.5-DCV Study guide page with one objective per day. Today’s chapter is VCP6.5-DCV Objective 3.4 – Perform VMFS and NFS configurations and upgrades. Each chapter is a single blog post with a maximum of screenshots. Our previous study guide covering VCP6-DCV exam was, as we...
  • VCP6.5-DCV Objective 3.3 – Configure vSphere Storage Multipathing and Failover
    We continue to fill our VCP6.5-DCV Study guide page with one objective per day. Today’s chapter is VCP6.5-DCV Objective 3.3 – Configure vSphere Storage Multipathing and Failover. Each chapter is a single blog post with a maximum of screenshots. Our previous study guide covering VCP6-DCV exam is stil...
  • VCP6.5-DCV Objective 3.1 – Manage vSphere Integration with Physical Storage
    We continue to fill our VCP6.5-DCV Study guide page with one objective per day. Today’s chapter is VCP6.5-DCV Objective 3.1 – Manage vSphere Integration with Physical Storage. There is no particular order when those chapters are published. The latest vSphere 6.5 has now its certification exam. Not m...
  • VCP6.5-DCV Objective 2.2 – Configure Network I/O control (NIOC)
    We continue to fill our VCP6.5-DCV Study guide page with one objective per day. Today’s chapter is VCP6.5-DCV Objective 2.2 – Configure Network I/O control (NIOC). There is no particular order when those chapters are published, but each chapter is a single blog post with a maximum of screenshots. Ou...

CormacHogan.com

  • Project Hatchway hitting the mainstream – persistent storage for containers
    Regular readers will be aware that I “dabble” from time to time in the world of Cloud Native Apps. For me, a lot of this dabbling is trying to figure out how I can go about providing persistent storage to container based applications. Typically this in the shape of container volumes that are carved ...
  • Taking snapshots with vSAN with failures in the cluster
    I was discussing the following situation with some of our field staff today. We are aware that snapshots inherit the same policies as the base VMDK, so if I deployed a VM as a RAID-6, RAID-5, or a RAID-1, snapshots inherit the same configuration. However if I have a host failure in a 6-node vSAN run...
  • A closer look at Scality S3 running on vSAN
    After last week’s post of Minio running on top of vSAN to provide an S3 object store, a number of folks said that I should also check out Scality S3 server. After a bit of research, it seems that Scality S3 server is akin to the CloudServer from Zenko.io. I “think” Zenko CloudServer is an umbrella f...
  • A closer look at Minio S3 running on vSAN
    While we are always looking at what other data services vSAN could provide natively, at the present moment, there is no native way to host S3 compatible storage on vSAN. After seeing the question about creating an S3 object store on vSAN raised a few times now, I looked into what it would take to ha...
  • Upcoming VMUG webinar – vSphere 6.5 Core Storage
    A quick note to let you know that I am co-presenting on an upcoming VMUG webinar with my good pal, Cody Hosterman, from Pure Storage. The subject is vSphere 6.5 Core Storage, and this is very much the same topic that we presented at VMworld 2017. We will cover new limits, deed dive into VMFS-6 and V...

Scott's Weblog

  • Using Vagrant with Azure
    In this post, I’ll describe how to use Vagrant with Azure. You can consider this article an extension of some of my earlier Vagrant articles; namely, the posts on using Vagrant with AWS and using Vagrant with OpenStack. The theme across all these posts is examining how one might use Vagrant to...
  • Technology Short Take 91
    Welcome to Technology Short Take 91! It’s been a bit longer than usual since the last Tech Short Take (partly due to the US Thanksgiving holiday, partly due to vacation time, and partly due to business travel), so apologies for that. Still, there’s a great collection of links and article...
  • Installing the Azure CLI on Fedora 27
    This post is a follow-up to a post from earlier this year on manually installing the Azure CLI on Fedora 25. I encourage you to refer back to that post for a bit of background. I’m writing this post because the procedure for manually installing the Azure CLI on Fedora 27 is slightly different ...
  • Using Vagrant with Libvirt on Fedora 27
    In this post, I’m going to show you how to use Vagrant with Libvirt via the vagrant-libvirt provider when running on Fedora 27. Both Vagrant and Libvirt are topics I’ve covered more than a few times here on this site, but this is the first time I’ve discussed combining the two proj...
  • AWS re:Invent 2017 Keynote with Andy Jassy
    This is a liveblog of the re:Invent 2017 keynote with Andy Jassy, taking place on Wednesday at the Venetian. As fully expected given the long queues and massive crowds, even arriving an hour early to the keynote isn’t soon enough; there’s already a huge crowd gathered to make it into the...

Welcome to vSphere-land!

  • A new update on VVols customer adoption
    It’s been a while since I last reported on the customer telemetry data that we capture to track VVol adoption with 3PAR customers and wanted to provide an update. Before I share that I want to relay what I’ve seen and heard around VVols adoption in general. VVols adoption is trending upw...
  • How Pat Gelsinger saved VMware
    I ran across this recent article in the SF Business Times and thought I would share it along with my thoughts. The article highlights VMware’s CEO Pat Gelsinger as one of the most admired CEO’s and how he helped right the VMware ship adrift in stormy seas during his tenure. You can read ...
  • 30 Must-Read Small Business IT Blogs 2017
    I was recently honored to be included in a list of 30 must read SMB IT blogs and wanted to say thank you to BizTech for including me in that list. I looked through the blogs in that list and there is a lot of diversity in it with everything from credit card blogs to … Continue reading » ...
  • How VVols impacts storage protocol choices with vSphere
    File vs. Block, why choose one over the other with vSphere. They both have their pros and cons which has influenced decision making when it comes to picking your storage with vSphere but VVols has changed the game of how storage protocols interact with vSphere which may also impact your decision mak...
  • 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...

Virtual Geek

  • Dell EMC XC Series the best path for Nutanix customers gets better!
    While I would love to have every single customer leverage VMware technologies – some do not – and in the same way that VMware has their open ecosystem, so does Dell EMC. For those customers that have chosen not to standardize on VMware, we're also making 14th Generation PowerEdge Servers available ...
  • Dell EMC VxRail - now bigger, stronger, faster!
    Interestingly, the adjectives and superlatives in the title are not sufficient :-)  Today, our HCI portfolio also comes in “smaller” and “more cost effective” and “much more flexible”. Let me start with 3 “this I believe” strategic statements: I believe that the x86 server is becoming the base bui...
  • Seriously DIY HCI or HCI Systems are you SURE?
    I want to be clear – I see REAL cases where customers cover the full spectrum for real reasons – from DIY to turnkey systems.    I know that we as Dell Technologies need to provide great choices for builders of IT, and consumers of IT. That said – I see some bad examples of self-inflicted pain by ...
  • 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...

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  • Video: How to configure encryption in your vSphere 6.5 environment
    With vSphere Virtual Machine Encryption, you can create encrypted virtual machines and encrypt existing virtual machines. Because all virtual machine files with sensitive information are encrypted, the virtual machine is protected. Only administrators with encryption privileges can perform en...
  • Free e-learning course - vSphere Integrated Container Fundamentals
    This course covers a series of topics on cloud native basics such as container technology, Kubernetes, and container related infrastructure technologies. What is a Container? - In this lightboard talk, Ben Corrie explains what a container is for beginners.  The Benefits of Containers  - In ...
  • Graphics Acceleration for View Virtual Desktops in Horizon 7
    This document discusses the use cases for the different types of graphics acceleration available for View virtual desktops in VMware Horizon 7. In addition, the document provides information on how to implement and troubleshoot each graphics technology.   ...
  • Horizon 7 Enterprise Edition Multi-Site Reference Architecture
    This VMware Horizon 7 Enterprise Edition reference architecture designs and validates a typical configuration for a two-data-center strategy. Most organizations need to provide a solution for disaster recovery and business continuity in case of site failure, with the least possible recovery tim...
  • New Training Course - VMware vSAN: Troubleshooting Workshop
    In this two-day course, you will focus on learning the tools and skills necessary to troubleshoot VMware vSAN 6.6 implementations. You will gain practical experience with vSAN troubleshooting concepts through the completion of instructor-led activities and hands-on challenge lab exercises. By ...

Virten.net

  • Homeserver - ESXi on HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10
    After Hewlett Packard Enterprise has missed offering a Microserver in their 9th Generation, it is now back in Gen10. The Microserver series provides affordable servers intended to be used in SMB and as home servers. Due to its low price and …Read more »...
  • Fix for FreeNAS on HPE MicroServer Gen10 X3216 Stuck Console Issue
    When you try to install FreeNAS 11 on the new HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10 X3216, the installer stops booting and appears to be stuck at: pcib0: <ACPI Host-PCI bridge> port 0xcf8-0xcff on acpi0 pcib0: _OSC returned error 0x10 pci0: <ACPI PCI …Read more »...
  • Get- and Set-VMLatencySensitivity PowerShell Function
    The Get-VMLatencySensitivity, Get-VMLatencySensitivityBulk and Set-VMLatencySensitivity PowerShell functions configure can return and set the latency sensitivity level of a virtual machine. You can adjust the latency sensitivity of a virtual machine to optimize the scheduling delay for latency sensi...
  • Critical Patch for All-Flash vSAN with Deduplication (6.0 and 6.5)
    VMware has released a critical patch for vSAN 6.0 and 6.5. This patch contains a fix for a highly critical vSAN issue that might cause IO read errors and in some cases severe symptoms such as inaccessible VMs, host failures, or stuck resyncs. The issue …Read more »...
  • Get-VMHostVersion and Get-VMHostLatestVersion PowerShell Function
    The Get-VMHostVersion and Get-VMHostLatestVersion PowerShell functions are aimed at helping you to identify the version at which your ESXi is currently running, and whether updates are available. Both are using a JSON based ESXi Build database which is also the backend …Read more »...

vInfrastructure Blog

  • VMUG Virtual event
    VMUG Virtual Events are the single most impactful tech events for professionals utilizing VMware products and solutions. Created by VMware users for VMware users, these FREE day-long events are geared to empower you through education, training, and collaboration, all with the goal of impacting your ...
  • ESXi 6.5 scratch partition issues
    In the VMware ESXi 6.x partitions layout, usually there is a partition called “scratch” that hosts the log, the updates and other temporally files. Scratch space is configured automatically during installation or first boot of an ESXi host, and is not required to be manually configured. ...
  • VMware Cloud Foundation 2.3
    VMware Cloud Foundation is VMware’s unified SDDC platform for the hybrid cloud and it’s based on VMware’s compute, storage, and network virtualization technologies to deliver a native integrated software stack that can be used on-premises for private cloud deployment or run as a se...
  • VeeamON Tour Virtual 2017
    VeeamON is the big event from Veeam (actually only in the US) and VeeamON Tour is usually a smallest (one day) event around the world. But, like happened in the past year, on December 5 there will be also a VeeamON Tour Virtual event: coming right to your desktop, an event on the future of Availabil...
  • Win a year’s annual membership to Networklessons.com
    Before Christmast you can can win a year’s annual membership to Networklessons.com (with a value of $290!). To learn more about Networklessons.com you can read the review on Flackbox blog. Just go on this page: https://www.flackbox.com/giveaways/networklessons You’ll see a page where you...

 

 

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Open Source

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Network Virtualization

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Virtual Blocks

  • 3 Key Reasons Why You Must Attend the Modernize Data Centers Track At vForum Online
    As digital transformation increases across the business world, the era of costly, complex legacy infrastructures is coming to an end. But what will it take to modernize infrastructures in such a way that IT gets the agility and flexibility it needs to operate, innovate, and scale to meet the demands...
  • Oakland University Accelerates Technology Growth with vSAN
    At first glance, Oakland University (OU) looks like a relaxed midwestern university with rolling lawns and students lounging under spreading oaks. And while that is indeed part of the university’s charm, a closer look reveals a campus culture that is anything but sleepy. Serving more than 20,500 stu...
  • vSAN Announcements and Highlights from VMworld 2017
    Las Vegas wasn’t the only destination on VMworld’s itinerary this year. The annual conference traveled overseas and made waves in Spain. The record breaking number of attendeeds at each event heard how vSAN surprassed the noteworthy milestone of 10,000 customers. Many of these customers were out in ...

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...
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    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...

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Cloud-Native Apps

  • How Cloud Foundry Container Runtime Tackles Both Day 1 & Day 2 Operations for Production Kubernetes
    by Merlin Glynn, Technical Product Manager, VMware Cloud Foundry Container Runtime (CFCR), formerly known as Project KUBO, is an open source project that delivers the functionality of both Day 1 (deployment) and Day 2 (operations) tasks for Kubernetes clusters. The initial genesis behind CFCR was t...
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VMware End-User Computing Blog

  • Mitigating Mobile Risk With VMware Workspace ONE & Appthority
    Co-Author: Sachin Sharma, VMware EUC Product Line Marketing Manager Three years ago, the number of active mobile devices (7.2 billion) surpassed the number of people living in the world. Since then, mobile device activations, now at 8.4 billion...
  • Give Users the Entire Company in Their Back Pocket with VMware People Search
    Ever been on the go, and suddenly, you need to call a coworker? You frantically search your messages, native email, signatures, calendar—anything that might lead to this person’s contact information—but have no luck. You settle on sending an email in hopes of receiving a quick reply. With our new...
  • Driving Enterprise Security With VMware Workspace ONE
    When VMware End-User Computing (EUC) introduced VMware Workspace ONE to the market in February of 2016, we attached a mission statement to the solution. That statement is “Consumer Simple. Enterprise Secure.” I’d like to spend a bit of time today breaking down what this mission really means to VMwar...

AirWatch Blog

  • 5 Tips for Securing Data Across Public Wi-Fi Networks
    Last week, Wandera, part of our VMware Mobile Security Alliance, published a report which included some fascinating statistics on Wi-Fi usage and security across mobile devices, such as: In 2016, 60% of total mobile data was used on Wi-Fi networks. The average number of Wi-Fi connections the typica...
  • Android Enterprise: Front & Center
    You may have noticed that almost all of our Android-related blogs for the last year-and-a-half have been focused on Android enterprise (formerly Android for Work). There’s a good reason for that. We’ve worked closely with Google since 2014 on implementing Android enterprise. In the last 18 months, w...
  • Android BYOD: How I Use the Work Profile to Separate Work from Personal
    About a year ago, I made the switch to Android and have been using the work profile on my Pixel (and now my Pixel 2 XL) ever since. The more I use it, the more I am convinced that Google has built something truly special for the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) user. I wanted to share my experiences for...

The Support Insider

  • New KB articles published for week ending 10th December 2017
    VMware NSX for vSphere DLR ARP traffic is not suppressed as expected Date Published: 2017/12/04 Rising VM System Security for VMware NSX 6.3.0, 6.2.4 Date Published: 2017/12/05 Stateless Host reboot results with the error: UserVars.RmqClientToken’ is invalid or exceeds the maximum number of characte...
  • Top vSAN articles for November 2017
    Component metadata health check fails with invalid state error vSAN Build Recommendation Engine Health fails Best practices for vSAN implementations using Dell PERC H730 or FD332-PERC storage controllers Status of TLSv1.1/1.2 Enablement and TLSv1.0 Disablement across VMware products Deployment guid...
  • Top NSX articles for November 2017
    Troubleshooting vShield Endpoint / NSX Guest Introspection Guest Introspection memory usage spikes to 90+% or you see the error: “Lost communication with ESX module” in NSX-V 6.3 ESXi 5.5 and 6.0 hosts fail with a PSOD: VMCIEventDelayedDispatchCB@com Modifying the interface configuration for an alr...
  • Top 20 vSphere articles for November 2017
    vCenter Appliance root Partition 100% full due to Audit.log files not being rotated “invalid credentials LDAP Error 49” error when starting Inventory Services in vCenter Server 6.x Important information before upgrading to vSphere 6.5 Unable to log in to the root account of vCenter Server Appliance...
  • New KB articles published for week ending 3rd December 2017
    VMware NSX for vSphere Upgrading from NSX-v 6.2.0, 6.2.1 and 6.2.2 to NSX-v 6.3.5 fails Date Published: 2017/11/27 Performance issues when third party file filter drivers co-exist with Guest Introspection drivers Date Published: 2017/11/30 VMware ESXi Permission for Domain Group removed when Active ...

 

EXTERNAL NEWS FROM 3RD PARTY BLOGGERS virtuallyGhetto

  • Getting started with Hybrid Cloud Extension (HCX) on VMware Cloud on AWS
    I had been hearing a lot of cool things about VMware's Hybrid Cloud Extension (HCX) but never tried the solution myself nor had a good understanding of what it actually provided. With the recently announced Hybrid Cloud Extension (HCX) on VMware Cloud on AWS (VMWonAWS) offering being available, I th...
  • Can the VCSA 6.5 forward to multiple syslog targets?
    I had a couple folks ping me recently asking whether the latest vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 6.5 release supports forwarding to multiple syslog targets? Currently today, only a single syslog target is officially supported which can be configured using the VAMI UI. I know this is something our cus...
  • Deployment models for vSphere Content Library
    When talking to customers about vSphere Content Library deployments, one question I normally get is how best deploy Content Library for optimal workload deployment, especially in scenarios where remote or branch offices are involved? There are two main deployment models for vSphere Content Library a...
  • How to audit vSphere API usage?
    I was recently reminded of an excellent VMworld 2017 session that given by Ravi Soundararajan, a Principal Engineer at VMware working in our vCenter Server Performance Team. In his session, vCenter Server Performance Deep Dive, Ravi provides some great insights into things to consider that may have ...
  • Translating vSAN VM Object IDs (UUID to VM and VM to UUID)
    I was working on one of my vSAN Clusters a few weeks back and I had noticed a bunch of vSAN Objects being listed under the "Other" category within the vSAN Virtual Objects Health view as shown in the screenshot below. I could not figure out what files or VMs these vSAN objects were actually […...

ESX Virtualization

  • VCP6.5-DCV Objective 7.4 – Troubleshoot Virtual Machines
    We continue to fill our VCP6.5-DCV Study guide page with one objective per day. Today’s chapter is VCP6.5-DCV Objective 7.4 – Troubleshoot Virtual Machines. We cover each chapter from the VMware Exam Guide (PDF) for VCP6.5-DCV. You can get the PDF from this page (previously called Exam Blueprint). N...
  • VCP6.5-DCV Objective 3.4 – Perform VMFS and NFS configurations and upgrades
    We continue to fill our VCP6.5-DCV Study guide page with one objective per day. Today’s chapter is VCP6.5-DCV Objective 3.4 – Perform VMFS and NFS configurations and upgrades. Each chapter is a single blog post with a maximum of screenshots. Our previous study guide covering VCP6-DCV exam was, as we...
  • VCP6.5-DCV Objective 3.3 – Configure vSphere Storage Multipathing and Failover
    We continue to fill our VCP6.5-DCV Study guide page with one objective per day. Today’s chapter is VCP6.5-DCV Objective 3.3 – Configure vSphere Storage Multipathing and Failover. Each chapter is a single blog post with a maximum of screenshots. Our previous study guide covering VCP6-DCV exam is stil...
  • VCP6.5-DCV Objective 3.1 – Manage vSphere Integration with Physical Storage
    We continue to fill our VCP6.5-DCV Study guide page with one objective per day. Today’s chapter is VCP6.5-DCV Objective 3.1 – Manage vSphere Integration with Physical Storage. There is no particular order when those chapters are published. The latest vSphere 6.5 has now its certification exam. Not m...
  • VCP6.5-DCV Objective 2.2 – Configure Network I/O control (NIOC)
    We continue to fill our VCP6.5-DCV Study guide page with one objective per day. Today’s chapter is VCP6.5-DCV Objective 2.2 – Configure Network I/O control (NIOC). There is no particular order when those chapters are published, but each chapter is a single blog post with a maximum of screenshots. Ou...

CormacHogan.com

  • Building a Docker Swarm with Photon OS
    I’ve decided to take a look at our new vFile docker volume plugin. If you haven’t heard, vFile volume plugin for Docker provides simultaneous persistent volume access between hosts in the same Docker Swarm cluster for the base volume plugin service such as VDVS [vSphere Docker Volume Service], with ...
  • A closer look at ECS (Elastic Cloud Storage) running on vSAN
    This week I had the opportunity to take a closer look at ECS, the Elastic Cloud Storage product from DELL-EMC. ECS normally ships as a physical appliance, composed of multiple nodes/servers, but there is also a community edition available which is FREE with no time limit for non-production use. You ...
  • Project Hatchway hitting the mainstream – persistent storage for containers
    Regular readers will be aware that I “dabble” from time to time in the world of Cloud Native Apps. For me, a lot of this dabbling is trying to figure out how I can go about providing persistent storage to container based applications. Typically this in the shape of container volumes that are carved ...
  • Taking snapshots with vSAN with failures in the cluster
    I was discussing the following situation with some of our field staff today. We are aware that snapshots inherit the same policies as the base VMDK, so if I deployed a VM as a RAID-6, RAID-5, or a RAID-1, snapshots inherit the same configuration. However if I have a host failure in a 6-node vSAN run...
  • A closer look at Scality S3 running on vSAN
    After last week’s post of Minio running on top of vSAN to provide an S3 object store, a number of folks said that I should also check out Scality S3 server. After a bit of research, it seems that Scality S3 server is akin to the CloudServer from Zenko.io. I “think” Zenko CloudServer is an umbrella f...

Scott's Weblog

  • Installing XMind 8 on Fedora 27
    XMind is a well-known cross-platform mind mapping application. Installing the latest version of XMind (version 8) on Linux is, unfortunately, more complicated than it should be. In this post, I’ll show how to get XMind 8 running on Fedora 27. So why is installing XMind more complicated than i...
  • Installing the VMware Horizon Client on Fedora 27
    In this post, I’ll outline the steps necessary to install the VMware Horizon client for Linux on Fedora 27. Although VMware provides an “install bundle,” the bundle does not, unfortunately, address any of the prerequisites that are necessary in order for the Horizon client to work....
  • Using Vagrant with Azure
    In this post, I’ll describe how to use Vagrant with Azure. You can consider this article an extension of some of my earlier Vagrant articles; namely, the posts on using Vagrant with AWS and using Vagrant with OpenStack. The theme across all these posts is examining how one might use Vagrant to...
  • Technology Short Take 91
    Welcome to Technology Short Take 91! It’s been a bit longer than usual since the last Tech Short Take (partly due to the US Thanksgiving holiday, partly due to vacation time, and partly due to business travel), so apologies for that. Still, there’s a great collection of links and article...
  • Installing the Azure CLI on Fedora 27
    This post is a follow-up to a post from earlier this year on manually installing the Azure CLI on Fedora 25. I encourage you to refer back to that post for a bit of background. I’m writing this post because the procedure for manually installing the Azure CLI on Fedora 27 is slightly different ...

Welcome to vSphere-land!

  • A new update on VVols customer adoption
    It’s been a while since I last reported on the customer telemetry data that we capture to track VVol adoption with 3PAR customers and wanted to provide an update. Before I share that I want to relay what I’ve seen and heard around VVols adoption in general. VVols adoption is trending upw...
  • How Pat Gelsinger saved VMware
    I ran across this recent article in the SF Business Times and thought I would share it along with my thoughts. The article highlights VMware’s CEO Pat Gelsinger as one of the most admired CEO’s and how he helped right the VMware ship adrift in stormy seas during his tenure. You can read ...
  • 30 Must-Read Small Business IT Blogs 2017
    I was recently honored to be included in a list of 30 must read SMB IT blogs and wanted to say thank you to BizTech for including me in that list. I looked through the blogs in that list and there is a lot of diversity in it with everything from credit card blogs to … Continue reading » ...
  • How VVols impacts storage protocol choices with vSphere
    File vs. Block, why choose one over the other with vSphere. They both have their pros and cons which has influenced decision making when it comes to picking your storage with vSphere but VVols has changed the game of how storage protocols interact with vSphere which may also impact your decision mak...
  • 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...

Virtual Geek

  • Looking back on 2017: A turbulent year but also a year of IT pragmatism
    Inevitably as a calendar year wraps up – one reflects back on the year past and dreams of the year to come.    I’ve got a couple I want to get out before I curl up with a cup of eggnog, a book, by the fireplace with my family. This first one is a look back, and then the next few will be a look for...
  • Dell EMC XC Series the best path for Nutanix customers gets better!
    While I would love to have every single customer leverage VMware technologies – some do not – and in the same way that VMware has their open ecosystem, so does Dell EMC. For those customers that have chosen not to standardize on VMware, we're also making 14th Generation PowerEdge Servers available ...
  • Dell EMC VxRail - now bigger, stronger, faster!
    Interestingly, the adjectives and superlatives in the title are not sufficient :-)  Today, our HCI portfolio also comes in “smaller” and “more cost effective” and “much more flexible”. Let me start with 3 “this I believe” strategic statements: I believe that the x86 server is becoming the base bui...
  • Seriously DIY HCI or HCI Systems are you SURE?
    I want to be clear – I see REAL cases where customers cover the full spectrum for real reasons – from DIY to turnkey systems.    I know that we as Dell Technologies need to provide great choices for builders of IT, and consumers of IT. That said – I see some bad examples of self-inflicted pain by ...
  • 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 ...

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  • New Book - Mastering VMware vSphere 6.5
    VMware vSphere 6.5 written by @Andrea_Mauro @NoLabNoPartY and @novakkkarel provides a powerful, flexible and secure foundation for next-generation applications which helps you create an effective digital transformation. This book will be based on VMware vSphere 6.5 which empowers you to virtual...
  • Video: How to configure encryption in your vSphere 6.5 environment
    With vSphere Virtual Machine Encryption, you can create encrypted virtual machines and encrypt existing virtual machines. Because all virtual machine files with sensitive information are encrypted, the virtual machine is protected. Only administrators with encryption privileges can perform en...
  • Free e-learning course - vSphere Integrated Container Fundamentals
    This course covers a series of topics on cloud native basics such as container technology, Kubernetes, and container related infrastructure technologies. What is a Container? - In this lightboard talk, Ben Corrie explains what a container is for beginners.  The Benefits of Containers  - In ...
  • Graphics Acceleration for View Virtual Desktops in Horizon 7
    This document discusses the use cases for the different types of graphics acceleration available for View virtual desktops in VMware Horizon 7. In addition, the document provides information on how to implement and troubleshoot each graphics technology.   ...
  • Horizon 7 Enterprise Edition Multi-Site Reference Architecture
    This VMware Horizon 7 Enterprise Edition reference architecture designs and validates a typical configuration for a two-data-center strategy. Most organizations need to provide a solution for disaster recovery and business continuity in case of site failure, with the least possible recovery tim...

Virten.net

  • Homeserver - ESXi on HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10
    After Hewlett Packard Enterprise has missed offering a Microserver in their 9th Generation, it is now back in Gen10. The Microserver series provides affordable servers intended to be used in SMB and as home servers. Due to its low price and …Read more »...
  • Fix for FreeNAS on HPE MicroServer Gen10 X3216 Stuck Console Issue
    When you try to install FreeNAS 11 on the new HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10 X3216, the installer stops booting and appears to be stuck at: pcib0: <ACPI Host-PCI bridge> port 0xcf8-0xcff on acpi0 pcib0: _OSC returned error 0x10 pci0: <ACPI PCI …Read more »...
  • Get- and Set-VMLatencySensitivity PowerShell Function
    The Get-VMLatencySensitivity, Get-VMLatencySensitivityBulk and Set-VMLatencySensitivity PowerShell functions configure can return and set the latency sensitivity level of a virtual machine. You can adjust the latency sensitivity of a virtual machine to optimize the scheduling delay for latency sensi...
  • Critical Patch for All-Flash vSAN with Deduplication (6.0 and 6.5)
    VMware has released a critical patch for vSAN 6.0 and 6.5. This patch contains a fix for a highly critical vSAN issue that might cause IO read errors and in some cases severe symptoms such as inaccessible VMs, host failures, or stuck resyncs. The issue …Read more »...
  • Get-VMHostVersion and Get-VMHostLatestVersion PowerShell Function
    The Get-VMHostVersion and Get-VMHostLatestVersion PowerShell functions are aimed at helping you to identify the version at which your ESXi is currently running, and whether updates are available. Both are using a JSON based ESXi Build database which is also the backend …Read more »...

vInfrastructure Blog

  • VMUG Virtual event
    VMUG Virtual Events are the single most impactful tech events for professionals utilizing VMware products and solutions. Created by VMware users for VMware users, these FREE day-long events are geared to empower you through education, training, and collaboration, all with the goal of impacting your ...
  • ESXi 6.5 scratch partition issues
    In the VMware ESXi 6.x partitions layout, usually there is a partition called “scratch” that hosts the log, the updates and other temporally files. Scratch space is configured automatically during installation or first boot of an ESXi host, and is not required to be manually configured. ...
  • VMware Cloud Foundation 2.3
    VMware Cloud Foundation is VMware’s unified SDDC platform for the hybrid cloud and it’s based on VMware’s compute, storage, and network virtualization technologies to deliver a native integrated software stack that can be used on-premises for private cloud deployment or run as a se...
  • VeeamON Tour Virtual 2017
    VeeamON is the big event from Veeam (actually only in the US) and VeeamON Tour is usually a smallest (one day) event around the world. But, like happened in the past year, on December 5 there will be also a VeeamON Tour Virtual event: coming right to your desktop, an event on the future of Availabil...
  • Win a year’s annual membership to Networklessons.com
    Before Christmast you can can win a year’s annual membership to Networklessons.com (with a value of $290!). To learn more about Networklessons.com you can read the review on Flackbox blog. Just go on this page: https://www.flackbox.com/giveaways/networklessons You’ll see a page where you...

 

 

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NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM VMWARE

VMware Radius

  • VMware Delivers Multi-Cloud Container Management With Confidence
    As containers become increasingly popular with businesses, there’s a kind of sinking dread that accompanies all that promise. How do you deploy them efficiently across the entire enterprise? How do you keep the applications secure? Heavy questions require heavy hitters, which is why VMware has take...
  • Transforming Cybersecurity as We Know It: A New Security Model
    The current security model is a failure. According to Gartner, Inc., worldwide spending on information security products and services will reach $86.4 billion in 2017, an increase of 7 percent over 2016, but the cost of data breaches significantly exceeds that amount. By the year 2019, Forbes pred...
  • ACI Specialty Benefits Supports its Growth With VMware Technologies
    ACI Specialty Benefits (ACI) offers best-in-class benefit solutions to engage the new workforce and drive business performance. By offering services like employee assistance, corporate concierge, work-life balance, wellness, and student assistance programs to customers worldwide, ACI helps customers...

Open Source @VMware

  • Printk(), x86, Unikernals & ftrace: Here’s What You Missed at Open Source Summit Europe
    Earlier this year, LinuxCon, ContainerCon and CloudOpen all combined for one massive umbrella event: Open Source Summit. After a successful North America launch, Prague hosted over 4,000 open source experts and enthusiasts at Open Source Summit Europe last month. Community members and technologists ...
  • Start Your Journey Toward Kubernetes Certification Today
    The Rise of Containers & Kubernetes Containers quickly rose in popularity, but what are they and how can they be optimized for your developers’ needs? Containers are lightweight, self-contained packages of executable software, but unless specifically instructed, they do not interact with each other...
  • Top 7 Things You Need to Read About Project Harbor
    Project Harbor is having a momentous year. The open source enterprise-class registry server for storing and distributing container images has risen the ranks to become one of VMware’s most popular and widely used open source projects. Between unveiling new security features to earning 3,000 stars ...

VMware vSphere Blog

  • Key Manager Concepts and Topology Basics for VM and vSAN Encryption
    At VMworld 2017 VM and vSAN Encryption and security of vSphere in general became VERY popular topics. And in those discussions the topic of Key Managers came up and specifically “How many key managers should I have?” was a recurring question. This blog article will give you two examples of key ...
  • Three Key Reasons for Joining Modernize Data Centers Track at vForum Online
    As digital transformation increases across the business world, the era of costly, complex legacy infrastructures is coming to an end. But what will it take to modernize infrastructures in such a way that IT gets the agility and flexibility it needs to operate, innovate, and scale to meet the demands...
  • Understanding the Impacts of Mixed-Version vCenter Server Deployments
    There are a few questions that come up quite often regarding vCenter Server upgrades and mixed-versions that we would like to address. In this blog post we will discuss and attempt to clarify the guidance in the vSphere Documentation for Upgrade or Migration Order and Mixed-Version Transitional Beha...

Network Virtualization

  • Securing Native Cloud Workloads with VMware NSX Cloud Blog Series – Part 1: Getting Started
    Introduction As businesses evaluate their applications in the constantly evolving world of IT, new strategies are emerging for delivery. These strategies include keeping applications on-premises or moving them to one or more public cloud providers. These public clouds come with their own networkin...
  • Terminology Tuesday Presents: Microservices
    Microservices is the philosophy of designing software programs by breaking what used to be a singular function or command into multiple components, known as services.  The ultimate goal is to reduce complexity and increase speed (basically the goal of anything nowadays).   Think of Thanksgiving.  ...
  • Remote User Authentication and RBAC with NSX-T
    Remote user authentication and role based access control (RBAC) is an important requirement when deploying new systems in an organization, particularly in the networking world. For that matter, systems typically leverage RADIUS or Active Directory (AD) servers, to name a few. NSX-T integrates with ...

Virtual Blocks

  • 3 Key Reasons Why You Must Attend the Modernize Data Centers Track At vForum Online
    As digital transformation increases across the business world, the era of costly, complex legacy infrastructures is coming to an end. But what will it take to modernize infrastructures in such a way that IT gets the agility and flexibility it needs to operate, innovate, and scale to meet the demands...
  • Oakland University Accelerates Technology Growth with vSAN
    At first glance, Oakland University (OU) looks like a relaxed midwestern university with rolling lawns and students lounging under spreading oaks. And while that is indeed part of the university’s charm, a closer look reveals a campus culture that is anything but sleepy. Serving more than 20,500 stu...
  • vSAN Announcements and Highlights from VMworld 2017
    Las Vegas wasn’t the only destination on VMworld’s itinerary this year. The annual conference traveled overseas and made waves in Spain. The record breaking number of attendeeds at each event heard how vSAN surprassed the noteworthy milestone of 10,000 customers. Many of these customers were out in ...

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

  • How Cloud Foundry Container Runtime Tackles Both Day 1 & Day 2 Operations for Production Kubernetes
    by Merlin Glynn, Technical Product Manager, VMware Cloud Foundry Container Runtime (CFCR), formerly known as Project KUBO, is an open source project that delivers the functionality of both Day 1 (deployment) and Day 2 (operations) tasks for Kubernetes clusters. The initial genesis behind CFCR was t...
  • Connect with VMware Around Containers at DockerCon EU
    Copenhagen is one of Europe’s leading cities around information technology, making it the perfect locale for this year’s DockerCon EU, taking place October 16-19 at the Bella Centre in Denmark’s capital city. DockerCon is the leading container conference for practitioners to learn from other contain...
  • Join VMware at China Kubernetes End User Conference
    On October 15, the China Kubernetes End User Conference, a joint venture put on by Caicloud, Cloud Native Computing Foundation and the “K8sMeetup China Community,” will celebrate the tremendous technological impact of Kubernetes, unveil the latest updates and enhancements around it and provide top-l...

VMware End-User Computing Blog

  • VMware Client IP Transparency Explained
    In certain industries, like banking and healthcare, it is not uncommon to find backend application servers configured with the client IP address from where the connection originates. A couple good examples of this are a nurse station in the healthcare industry, where Epic software is the backend, or...
  • Announcing the Reviewer’s Guide for Cloud-Based VMware Workspace ONE Series
    The Reviewer’s Guide series for cloud-based VMware Workspace ONE is now available to download. This series focuses on a cloud-based VMware Workspace ONE deployment and discusses major Workspace ONE features, and architecture and components. These guides provide practical exercises to walk you throug...
  • The War for Talent & Access Management: What Do These Have in Common?
    Employee talent is one of the strongest differentiators a business can have. Talented employees ensure your organization thrives through good and bad times. Without the right employees with the right talent, your organization may miss opportunities and struggle to adapt to trends. Because talent is ...

AirWatch Blog

  • 3 Enterprise Use Cases for Chrome OS
    Now that VMware Workspace ONE, powered by VMware AirWatch technology, industry-first unified endpoint management (UEM) support for Chrome OS is officially available, let’s talk about how this operating system can be leveraged in your organization. This support allows your organization to manage your...
  • It’s Time to Solve IT’s Windows Software Distribution Challenges
    PC lifecycle management (PCLM) was originally designed for PCs moored to the corporate network. It has not changed much in decades—until the introduction of unified endpoint management (UEM). UEM technology—a pillar for our VMware AirWatch 9.2 console release—extends the concepts of enterprise mobil...
  • Meet the Apple iPhone X: A Phone Ready for Your Business Case
    In addition to the larger Super Retina screen, greater power efficiency and wireless charging capabilities, the iPhone X provides amazing intelligence and computing power—a true work productivity catalyst. With the new A11 Bionic chip, faster CPU and Apple-designed GPU, this phone quickly predicts y...

The Support Insider

  • New KB articles published for week ending 19th November 2017
    VMware ESXi HPE SimpliVity Stretched Cluster Technical Overview 2017/11/14 Veritas InfoScale Enterprise 7.x in guest storage, high availability, and disaster recovery support (Partner Verified and Supported) 2017/11/15 VMware vCenter Server End of General Support for vSphere 5.5 2017/11/16 VMware SD...
  • New KB articles published for week ending 12th November 2017
    VMware vCenter Server Installing or upgrading to vCenter Server 6.5 fails on the Windows server that uses 53/TCP port (DNS Service) Date Published: 2017/11/06 VMware Horizon Cloud with Hosted Infrastructure Edit General Settings Date Published: 2017/11/06 VMware vSphere Data Protection Unable to dep...
  • New KB articles published for week ending 5th November 2017
    VMware vRealize Business Standard vRA VMs that are deleted in the current month before upgrade will be missing in the current month’s vRA reports Date Published: 2017/10/31 VMware ESXi Unexpected VM crash with signal: 11 on svga Date Published: 2017/11/2 vMotion fails when running heavy 3D workload ...
  • Top 20 vRealize Operations Manager articles for October 2017
    Touch screen compatibility in vRealize Operations Manager 6.x Resetting the Administrator password in vRealize Operations Manager 5.x and 6.x Adding additional storage to vCenter Operations Manager Analytics or UI virtual machine Change the IP Address of a vRealize Operations Manager 6.x Multi Node...
  • Top 20 Horizon View articles for October 2017
    Provisioning or recomposing a linked clone desktop pool fails Unable to verify vCenter certificate in VMware View Administrator Virtual machine application runs slower than expected in ESXi Configuring VMware View Event database on an SQL server fails with the error: An error occurred while attempt...

 

EXTERNAL NEWS FROM 3RD PARTY BLOGGERS virtuallyGhetto

  • Translating vSAN VM Object IDs (UUID to VM and VM to UUID)
    I was working on one of my vSAN Clusters a few weeks back and I had noticed a bunch of vSAN Objects being listed under the "Other" category within the vSAN Virtual Objects Health view as shown in the screenshot below. I could not figure out what files or VMs these vSAN objects were actually […...
  • Using PowerCLI & vSAN Management API to list VMs w/Thick VM swap
    Earlier this year, I had put together a Python script using the vSAN Management API to help customers easily identify Virtual Machines which have Thick VM swap while running on vSAN. You can find the full details in Duncan's blog post here. The reason I had chosen Python over something like PowerCLI...
  • Changing "Password will expire in X days" notification for Active Directory users in vSphere Web/H5 Client
    When logging into the vCenter Server using either the vSphere Web (Flex) or H5 Client, one of the validation checks that is automatically performed by the server is to check the current users password expiry. If you account expiry is less than the current password expiry configuration, then you will...
  • External replication of vSphere Content Library
    As the adoption of vSphere Content Library continues to grow, I am seeing more questions from our field and customers around content distribution. In case you did not know, vSphere Content Library (CL as I will be refering to it going forward) has its own built-in native replication mechanism which ...
  • Moving ESXi hosts with LACP/LAG between vCenter Servers?
    At VMworld this year, I had received several questions from customers asking whether it was possible to move an ESXi host configured using LACP/LAG from one vCenter Server to another, similar to the workflows outlined here or here. Not having spent much time with LACP/LAG, I reached out to a fellow ...

ESX Virtualization

  • VCP6.5-DCV Objective 3.5 – Set up and Configure Storage I/O Control (SIOC)
    Today we’ll cover another chapter from the upcoming VCP6.5-DCV Study guide. There is no particular order when those chapters are published, but each chapter is a single blog post. Whether it is enough to cover everything or not, this is the way we proceed. As you know, the latest vSphere 6.5 has now...
  • VCP6.5-DCV Objective 4.3 – Perform vCenter Server migration to VCSA
    Another topic today for people studying for VCP6.5-DCV VMware Certification exam. Today we will cover VCP6.5-DCV Objective 4.3 – Perform vCenter Server migration to VCSA, which is a very nice topic since since version 6.0 VMware really pushes vCenter server appliance (vCSA) by adding more features t...
  • VCP6.5-DCV Objective 3.2 – Configure Software-Defined Storage
    We’ll talk and try to cover another huge topic today which is a topic from VMware VCP6.5-DCV Certification Exam preparation guide. VCP6.5-DCV Objective 3.2 – Configure Software-Defined Storage. We’ll cover vSAN, vVOLs, we’ll also talk about vSAN observer or creating storage policies. While the VCP6-...
  • Mastering VMware vSphere 6.5
    New book for VMware vSphere infrastructure called Mastering VMware vSphere 6.5. If you’re in the virtualization space long enough you might remember the release 6.0 written by Nick Marchall and Scott Lowe. This time, Mastering VMware vSphere 6.5 is authored by three fellow bloggers – Andrea Mauro, P...
  • VCP6.5-DCV Objective 2 – Secure ESXi and vCenter Server
    Another new post today with another Objective to study towards VMware VCP6.5-DCV Certification Exam. We have put on a new page centralizing those topics – VCP6.5-DCV Study Guide [Unofficial] Page. Today’s topic will cover VCP6.5-DCV Objective 2 – Secure ESXi and vCenter Server. Funny because we have...

CormacHogan.com

  • A closer look at Minio S3 running on vSAN
    While we are always looking at what other data services vSAN could provide natively, at the present moment, there is no native way to host S3 compatible storage on vSAN. After seeing the question about creating an S3 object store on vSAN raised a few times now, I looked into what it would take to ha...
  • Upcoming VMUG webinar – vSphere 6.5 Core Storage
    A quick note to let you know that I am co-presenting on an upcoming VMUG webinar with my good pal, Cody Hosterman, from Pure Storage. The subject is vSphere 6.5 Core Storage, and this is very much the same topic that we presented at VMworld 2017. We will cover new limits, deed dive into VMFS-6 and V...
  • Preventing selection of certain datastores with SPBM
    One of the great things about presenting at VMware User Group meetings is actually talking to customers and finding out about what their pain points are, and how  VMware can improve on our products and features. At the most recent VMUG I attended (in Poland), I was asked a question about storage pol...
  • Does Storage vMotion rename Virtual Volumes also?
    I had another question recently about whether or not the Storage vMotion behaviour of renaming VM files on a VMFS or NFS datastore also worked with Virtual Volumes or VVols? After a quick test, I can state categorically that the answer is yes. I created a VM on a Nimble Storage appliance, presented ...
  • Guest OS space reuse on vSAN
    This post came about after a brief discussion with my pal, Lee Dilworth. Although the outcome of this test has really nothing to do with vSAN, the behaviour was observed on certain Guest OS which were running on vSAN. I guess the first thing that needs to be made clear is that there is no support fo...

Scott's Weblog

  • Installing MultiMarkdown 6 on Fedora 27
    Long-time readers are probably aware that I’m a big fan of Markdown. Specifically, I prefer the MultiMarkdown variant that adds some additional extensions beyond “standard” Markdown. As such, I’ve long used Fletcher Penny’s MultiMarkdown processor (the latest version, v...
  • Using Docker Machine with KVM and Libvirt
    Docker Machine is, in my opinion, a useful and underrated tool. I’ve written before about using Docker Machine with various services/providers; for example, see this article on using Docker Machine with AWS, or this article on using Docker Machine with OpenStack. Docker Machine also supports l...
  • Happy Thanksgiving 2017
    In the US, today (Thursday, November 23) is Thanksgiving. I’d like to take a moment to reflect on the meaning of Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving means different things to different people: To folks outside the US, it often just a day with drastically reduced email volume and no interruptions fro...
  • Installing Older Docker Client Binaries on Fedora
    Sometimes there’s a need to have different versions of the Docker client binary available. On Linux this can be a bit challenging because you don’t want to install a “full” Docker package (which would also include the Docker daemon); you only need the binary. In this article,...
  • Installing Postman on Fedora 27
    I recently had a need to install the Postman native app on Fedora 27. The Postman site itself only provides a link to the download and a rather generic set of instructions for installing the Postman native app (a link to these instructions for Ubuntu 16.04 is also provided). There were not, however,...

Welcome to vSphere-land!

  • A new update on VVols customer adoption
    It’s been a while since I last reported on the customer telemetry data that we capture to track VVol adoption with 3PAR customers and wanted to provide an update. Before I share that I want to relay what I’ve seen and heard around VVols adoption in general. VVols adoption is trending upw...
  • How Pat Gelsinger saved VMware
    I ran across this recent article in the SF Business Times and thought I would share it along with my thoughts. The article highlights VMware’s CEO Pat Gelsinger as one of the most admired CEO’s and how he helped right the VMware ship adrift in stormy seas during his tenure. You can read ...
  • 30 Must-Read Small Business IT Blogs 2017
    I was recently honored to be included in a list of 30 must read SMB IT blogs and wanted to say thank you to BizTech for including me in that list. I looked through the blogs in that list and there is a lot of diversity in it with everything from credit card blogs to … Continue reading » ...
  • How VVols impacts storage protocol choices with vSphere
    File vs. Block, why choose one over the other with vSphere. They both have their pros and cons which has influenced decision making when it comes to picking your storage with vSphere but VVols has changed the game of how storage protocols interact with vSphere which may also impact your decision mak...
  • 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...

Virtual Geek

  • Seriously DIY HCI or HCI Systems are you SURE?
    I want to be clear – I see REAL cases where customers cover the full spectrum for real reasons – from DIY to turnkey systems.    I know that we as Dell Technologies need to provide great choices for builders of IT, and consumers of IT. That said – I see some bad examples of self-inflicted pain by ...
  • 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...

Eric Sloof - NTPRO.NL

  • Using esxtop to Troubleshoot Performance Problems
    The resxtop and esxtop command-line utilities provide a detailed look at how ESXi uses resources in real time. Also, esxtop displays information about the state of the physical server running an ESXi Server. It lists CPU utilization for each physical processor, memory utilization, and disk a...
  • Planning the Capacity Using vRealize Operations Manager 6.6
    You can use the Projects feature in vRealize Operations Manager to plan for capacity allocations and upgrades in your virtual environment, or to optimize your existing resources. To plan your upcoming capacity needs, you create a project that anticipates forthcoming changes that affect the capa...
  • Available for pre order - Mastering VMware vSphere 6.5
    Mastering VMware vSphere 6.5 written by Andrea Mauro, Paolo Valsecchi and Karel Novak is available to pre-order now and is expected to be published in February 2018.   ...
  • VMware vSAN 6.6 Witnesses, Components and Votes
    Each object is composed of a set of components, determined by capabilities that are in use in the VM Storage Policy. For example, with Primary level of failures to tolerate set to 1, vSAN ensures that the protection components, such as replicas and witnesses, are placed on separate hosts in t...
  • Free e-book: VMware vSphere 6.5 Host Deep Dive
    The VMware vSphere 6.5 Host Resources Deep Dive is a guide to building consistent high-performing ESXi hosts. A book that people can’t put down. Written for administrators, architects, consultants, aspiring VCDX-es and people eager to learn more about the elements that control the behavior of C...

Virten.net

  • Homeserver - ESXi on HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10
    After Hewlett Packard Enterprise has missed offering a Microserver in their 9th Generation, it is now back in Gen10. The Microserver series provides affordable servers intended to be used in SMB and as home servers. Due to its low price and …Read more »...
  • Fix for FreeNAS on HPE MicroServer Gen10 X3216 Stuck Console Issue
    When you try to install FreeNAS 11 on the new HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10 X3216, the installer stops booting and appears to be stuck at: pcib0: <ACPI Host-PCI bridge> port 0xcf8-0xcff on acpi0 pcib0: _OSC returned error 0x10 pci0: <ACPI PCI …Read more »...
  • Get- and Set-VMLatencySensitivity PowerShell Function
    The Get-VMLatencySensitivity, Get-VMLatencySensitivityBulk and Set-VMLatencySensitivity PowerShell functions configure can return and set the latency sensitivity level of a virtual machine. You can adjust the latency sensitivity of a virtual machine to optimize the scheduling delay for latency sensi...
  • Critical Patch for All-Flash vSAN with Deduplication (6.0 and 6.5)
    VMware has released a critical patch for vSAN 6.0 and 6.5. This patch contains a fix for a highly critical vSAN issue that might cause IO read errors and in some cases severe symptoms such as inaccessible VMs, host failures, or stuck resyncs. The issue …Read more »...
  • Get-VMHostVersion and Get-VMHostLatestVersion PowerShell Function
    The Get-VMHostVersion and Get-VMHostLatestVersion PowerShell functions are aimed at helping you to identify the version at which your ESXi is currently running, and whether updates are available. Both are using a JSON based ESXi Build database which is also the backend …Read more »...

vInfrastructure Blog

  • VeeamON Tour Virtual 2017
    VeeamON is the big event from Veeam (actually only in the US) and VeeamON Tour is usually a smallest (one day) event around the world. But, like happened in the past year, on December 5 there will be also a VeeamON Tour Virtual event: coming right to your desktop, an event on the future of Availabil...
  • Broadcom complete the acquisition of Brocade
    Finally, one year after Broadcom announced the intention acquire Brocade the deal is completed: Broadcom Limited announced that it has completed its acquisition of Brocade. With the close of this transaction, Brocade’s storage area networking (SAN) business is now a highly strategic part of Broadcom...
  • The rise of KVM
    In the server virtualization area the main type 1 (or bare-metal) hypervisors are: VMware ESXi, Microsoft Hyper-V, Xen and KVM. For the public cloud IaaS solutions the most used are Xen (AWS use a custom version) and Hyper-V (in Azure). For the on-prem infrastructure, ESXi is the most used, followed...
  • Free vSphere 6.5 Host Resources Deep Dive book
    One of the best virtualization related book of 2017, in my opinion, is the VMware vSphere 6.5 Host Resources Deep Dive written by Frank Denneman and Niels Hagoort. It’s main target is for administrators, architects, consultants, aspiring VCDX-es and people eager to learn more about the element...
  • Next VMUG events in Europe
    November will be a rich month for VMUG UserCon in Europe. There will be two big UserCon : Italian VMUG UserCon 2017: Nov, 14th 2017 – https://www.vmug.com/Attend/VMUG-UserCon/Italy-VMUG-UserCon-2017 UK VMUG UserCon 2017: Nov, 16th 2017 – https://www.vmug.com/Attend/VMUG-UserCon/United-Ki...

 

 

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