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Top 5 Planet V12N blog posts for week 30

Great to see this past week a lot of the vExperts gave a shout out to John Troyer for his birthday.  For those of you that don’t know him, John Troyer is a VMware employee that leads a lot of the social media activities for VMware and the community.  He is also responsible for maintaining this site, and recruited me to help out in highlighting some of the top blog posts every week.  It wasn’t so much his birthday but an official “thanks for all you do for the VMware community”. 

I second that notion in tipping my hat in honor of Mr. Troyer.  For all your valiant efforts, hours of community podcasts, devotion to Twitter, leading the vExpert program, acting as the catalyst for the VMware community, and in general making this a fun experience.  Thanks John!

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Ok on with this weeks top 5!

Gabrie van Zanten – vSphere 5 – How to run ESXi stateless with vSphere Auto Deploy – A great new feature of vSphere 5 is the possibility to run ESXi stateless. Long, long time ago when ESX 3.0 was hip, we would all install ESX on the local harddisk (or SAN disk). With ESX 3.5, the first ESXi version was released but only few were using it. With 4.x ESXi really got a large install base and more and more people were moving to installing ESXi on USB or SD card. Now with vSphere 5 and ESXi as the only hypervisor (no more ESX), we don’t need to install ESXi at all.

William Lam – New vSphere Health Check 5.0 & ghettoVCB Script – The vSphere Health Check script has now been updated to support vSphere 5.0 and includes the following new features, vCenter Server Instance UUID, vCenter hostname, Storage DRS Configuration (Maintenance Mode, Stats Aggregation, Stats Collection for Datastores), FDM/HA Heartbeat Policy + Datastore, FDM/HA State, Host Agent Settings, Host New iSCSI Configuration/Information…

Eric Sloof – vSphere 5 Video – Storage DRS – So what’s the fuzz about this new vSphere 5 Storage DRS feature? This feature delivers the DRS benefits of resource aggregation, automated initial placement, and bottleneck avoidance to storage. You can group and manage similar datastores as a single load-balanced storage resource called a datastore cluster. Storage DRS makes VMDK placement and migration recommendations to avoid I/O and space utilization bottlenecks on the datastores in the cluster.

Chad Sakac – Even MORE reasons to run Oracle on VMware – If I told you that I could do something to make your most mission critical app, perform better, cost less, have higher overall availaiblity, you would either: A) assume I’m a vendor trying to sell you something and write it off as such; b) assume I’ve made an error – and ignore my advice; c) investigate, and if you agree, you would consider that deployment model for the app.  Or, you’d be a person who likes “just keep it the way it is” SO much that you are willing to pay more, for less performance, and suffer more downtime.  

Vladan Seget – VMware vSphere 5 performance enhancements whitepaper – After reading this whitepaper, I really started to like some of the new features introduced in vSphere 5. Besides the CPU enhancements which can now scale up to 32 vCPU per VM, which I will implement less likely immediately, or the possibility to configure 1TB of vMem in one single VM, the paper discuss the interesting SSD Swap Cache, which is new feature in ESXi 5.0 and which permits to configure the redirection of those swapped-out memory pages rather on SSD local drive instead of SATA/SAS.

A week in virtualization

The VMworld Schedule Builder is up and running for the Las Vegas conference, so if you are planning to attend any sessions, you may want to go and register for the ones you like. We will have many of the popular sessions running multiple times to ensure everyone who’s interested gets a chance to participate. Simply go to vmworld.com and click on Las Vegas conference link, then look in the left nav for the schedule builder link.

The early bird discount for VMworld Copenhagen is still available until this Friday, July 29th, so hurry if you plan on going.

On Facebook, the VMware vCloud team is inviting vExperts to participate in the ESXi Quiz Show at VMworld. They have also shared a bunch of cool links to studies and blog posts you should check out. You will find all this linky goodness at facebook.com/vmwarevcloud

The Fusion team is still looking for Beta participants for the upcoming new version. They have also shared a blog post about OS X Lion and its new features. Go to facebook.com/vmwarefusion for more details.

The VMware View Bootcamp, is in full swing. We have so far released seven videos, so you can catch up on everything and join the fun for the remaining two videos and discussions around them. We release them every day, before 9 am Central European Time, which makes it just before midnight Pacific Time. Go to vmware.com/go/viewbootcamp to learn about VMware View technologies.

Finally, VMware Mobile has shared a link to a Forbes video interview with Steve Herrod, our CTO, where he talks about how our company’s product line will evolve over the next two to five years. Find this at facebook.com/vmwaremobile

Let’s have a look at the upcoming events in the world of virtualization.

We have more than a dozen of cool webinars coming up soon, in which you can learn about such topics as security and compliance in cloud environment, virtualization of Microsoft and Oracle – that one is available in Spanish, as well; and of course vSphere 5. There are more topics listed than I can cover in this quick overview, so head on over to webcasts.vmware.com and see for yourself.

There is one webinar I want to call out though, about Application Modernization in Practice. If you work with middleware and are looking at moving your applications to the cloud, this one will be worth your while.

From our community of users, there’s a few cool things coming up too.

The following VMUGs are meeting over the next seven days: Tasmanian, Perth, Atlanta, Greensboro/Triad, and Phoenix. There is also a full-day user conference in Indianapolis tomorrow, which is like a VMUG on steroids. You get a full program, with interesting speakers, and multiple sessions, and of course you get to hang out with the friends from the local user group. You can find more details and registration links for all these VMUG events at myvmug.org by clicking on “Events.”

 

vExpert and going to VMworld? We need you!

We’ve attended many VMworld sessions and one thing has always stood out and that is after a couple of hours you tend to slip away. we realized that it was time for a change at VMworld and came up with a new idea for a session… no more Powerpoint! Instead we decided to mix the educational aspect with entertainment and came up with a very exciting Quiz Show which will be all about vSphere 5 and of course ESXi as migrations to ESXi are a hot topic these days.

Now that we have figured out all the details we need Teams of course… We are looking for vExperts who will attend VMworld and want to have their shot to become the VMworld Quiz Champion. We are looking for 8 vExperts forming two teams in total, but keep in mind slots are limited. Now besides 2 vExpert teams we are also internally recruiting a team of VMware employees. Wouldn’t it be cool if the vExpert team beats the VMware team? Wouldn’t it be great to see Tom Howarth taking on Eric Siebert or Chad Sakac taking on Scott Lowe? More details about the quiz will follow soon, for now if you are a vExpert and will attend VMworld sign up below!

Session ID: VSP1956 : The ESXi Quiz Show
Scheduled: Monday – 13:00 – 14:00

We guarantee that this session will be entertaining!

Death to Powerpoint, hail the Quiz Master!

Top 10 Planet V12N blog posts for week 29

Well there is just too much great content this past week to fit it all into a Top 5 again.  This task seems to be consuming more and more of my time (which is a great thing!) as you guys are pushing out such great content.  Here are the top 10 from this past week, enjoy!

Jason Boche – Configure a vCenter 5.0 integrated Syslog server – Now that VMware offers an ESXi only platform in vSphere 5.0, there are logging decisions to be considered which were a non-issue on the ESX platform.  Particularly with boot from SAN, boot from flash, or stateless hosts where logs can’t be stored locally on the host with no scratch partition due to not having local storage.  Some shops use Splunk as a Syslog server.  Other bloggers such as Simon Long have identified in the past how to send logs to the vMA appliance. 

Hany Michael – Publishing the vCloud Director portal on the Internet – One of the very frequent questions I see internally on the VMware mailing lists is how to publish a vCloud Director portal on the Internet. I’ve personally went through the dilemma of searching for such information and had no luck to find something documented in a clear way with configuration examples.  In this post I will cover both the architecture considerations as well as the technical configuration from my experience in a real-world implementation.

Frank Denneman – Upgrading VMFS datastores and SDRS – Among many new cool features introduced by vSphere 5 is the new VMFS file system for block storage. Although vSphere 5 can use VMFS-3, VMFS-5 is the native VMFS level of vSphere 5 and it is recommended to migrate to the new VMFS level as soon as possible. Jason Boche wrote about the difference between VMFS-3 and VMFS-5.

William Lam – HBR (Host Based Replication) CLI for SRM 5 – Host based replication (HBR) is a new feature in the upcoming SRM 5.0 which gives user the ability to replicate VM’s between dissimilar storage. Traditionally, SRM mainly relied on array-based replication to backup and recover virtual machines residing on set of LUN(s). This required all virtual machines to be backed up to be in a set of protected and common LUN(s). With HBR, you now have the ability to target specific VM and their respective VMDK(s) and backup to different storage type at the destination such as local storage, iSCSI/FC LUN or NFS datastores.

Duncan Epping – Scale Up/Out and impact of vRAM?!? (part 2) – About a year ago I wrote an article about scaling up. I have been receiving multiple requests to update this article as with vRAM many seem to be under the impression that the world has changed but did it really? Yes I know I am about to burn myself but then again I am Dutch and we are known for our bluntness so let me be that Dutch guy again. Now before this turns into a “burn the witch who dares to speak about vRAM” thread let me be clear, this article is not about vRAM per se.

Eric Sloof – vSphere 5 Video – EFI the Extensible Firmware Interface – UEFI virtual BIOS. Virtual machines running on ESXi 5.0 can boot from and use the Unified Extended Firmware Interface (UEFI). When you create a new virtual machine on an ESXi 5.0 host you have the option to choose for virtual machine version 8. This new version brings a lot of extra (scalability) features but there’s one other interesting new feature. The Extensible Firmware Interface can be selected to replace the BIOS of a virtual machine. EFI is the successor of the traditional BIOS which is used since the introduction of the IBM PC back in 1981. If you want to host Apple Mac OS X 10.6 in a virtual machine, you need EFI.

Andre Leibovici – vSphere 5.0 New .vswp file & Storage Tax on VDI – Virtual Machine swap files have been around since the early ESX days and overtime we have learnt how to play with Memory Reservations to constrain their maximum size and reduce storage footprint. This type of operation may not be as effective with server virtualization as it is with desktop virtualization.The size of a .vswp file is equal to the memory size allocated to the VM, minus any assigned memory reservation. As an example, assume a virtual desktop with Windows 7 with2GB RAM, and 1GB memory reservation. In this case the .vswp file is 1GB.

William Lam – Automating ESXi 5.x Kickstart Tips & Tricks – There are some minor changes with kickstarting ESXi 5.0 but the majority of your existing ESXi 4.1 kickstart configurations can be re-used with a few modifications. One of my goals during the vSphere 5.0 beta was to automate as much of the configurations of an ESXi host as possible within the kickstart process. I also converted as many of the legacy esxcfg-* commands as I could over to the enhanced esxcli namespaces as the esxcfg-* commands will eventually be deprecated in favor of esxcli.

Greg Mulholland – Introducing Virtual NUMA in vSphere 5 – There has been a lot of talk already about new features announced in vSphere 5 since the cloud launch last week. After being involved in the beta and doing some of my own discovery/testing in my home lab I stumbled across something that I thought was cool if not interesting. Virtual NUMA is now part of vSphere 5 and although it won’t get the attention of some of the highlight features like Storage DRS I thought it may deserve an introduction at the least.

Michael White – Failback? Where is the button!? – Are you one of the ones that cannot live with the manual nature of the failback operation in SRM 4?  You need that Failback button that you have heard about in SRM 5?  And you didn’t find it did you!  I will help you with that in this blog and hopefully it all makes sense.  You will be doing a simplified and automated failover back to the original site soon so no worries!

A week in virtualization

The VMworld Schedule Builder is released for the Las Vegas conference, and if you are registered to attend, you can now begin signing up for your favourite break-out sessions. Simply go to vmworld.com and click on Las Vegas conference link, then look in the left nav for the schedule builder link.

And early bird discount for VMworld Copenhagen is still available until July 29th, so hurry if you plan on going.

Also, the VMworld team is inviting everyone to send in their videos to be used as part of the opening keynote session at VMworld this year. Go to vmworld.com and click on the blue button on the right which says “Be part of the VMworld Opening General Session” to find out how you can participate.

Unless you spent the last 8 days under a rock, you already know that last week we have released a number of new Cloud Infrastructure products, among them vSphere 5, vCloud Director 1.5, vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5, and vShield 5. Our CEO Paul Maritz and CTO Steve Herrod announced the release in a live webcast that was attended by dozens of thousands of people. If you were there, good for you! All the news and a bunch of resources are of course linked front and center on vmware.com

On Facebook, the Fusion team is looking for Beta participants for the upcoming new version. They have also shared a blog post about OS X Lion and its new features. Go to facebook.com/vmwarefusion for more details.

The vCloud team has shared a link to a blog post by Matt Sarrel about how vSphere 5 is setting a new standard in virtualization and cloud computing. You can find it at facebook.com/vmwarevcloud

The VMware View Bootcamp, is in full swing. It started yesterday, and at this point, two videos of the nine-part series have been released. It is not too late to jump on the bandwagon and learn about VMware View technologies. Go to vmware.com/go/viewbootcamp and join in the fun.

And now, a look at the upcoming events in the world of virtualization.

The VMware Forum is in Minneapolis on the 21st, after which it will take a short break until August, at which point it will head over to Colombia. The web page with details is as usual linked from vmware.com homepage – in the grey box that says “VMware Forum 2011” on the lower left.

We have six cool webinars coming up soon, covering a variety of topics from three common misconceptions about SAP virtualization, over transition to ESXi, to Application Modernization in Practice. They all are listed at webcasts.vmware.com

That last webinar I mentioned, about Application Modernization, is definitely the one to put on your calendar if you are working with middleware on a regular basis. This webcast has IDC analysts, a NewEdge data architect, and of course our very own VP of Application Platform, Shaun Connoly. Folks, this will be worth your while.

Our friends at EMC are hosting some live webinars covering EMC solutions for VMware, a couple of them together with our VP of Product Marketing, Bogomil Balkansky. Go check them out at vmware.com/go/emcwebinars

From our community of users, there’s a few cool things coming up too.

First, there’s the drawing to win a free trip to VMworld, with all bells and whistles from vDestination. To enter this contest, post one comment/reply on the blog announcement with:
* Your favorite thing about VMware
* What you look forward to most at VMworld 2011
* And who you hope meet at VMworld 2011

You can find the announcement and the rules of the game on vdestination.com

Also, there is another contest going on to win a trip to Vegas for the VMwold show, and this one is put together by Niketown588.com

In order to enter, you have to email the organizer, and then eight people will be randomly selected to participate in the contest. The contestants then will have to blog about four or so virtual classes that they will have to attend. All eight of them will be flown to the show, where the winner will be announced. All eight contestants will win something, but the main winner will get a little more. The prizes are secret at this point, so I don’t have much more info. Go to niketown588.com to read the full announcement and to enter.

The following VMUGs are meeting over the next seven days: Sydney, Austin, Boise, San Diego, Adelaide, and US-Federal. New England VMUG’s Summer Slammer is tomorrow, and aside from cool talks, there will also be free lobster and steak at the end for all. You can find more details and registration links for all the VMUG meetings at myvmug.org by clicking on “Events.”

vFabric webcast: Application Modernization in Practice

Folks, if you get to work with middleware at all, here's a webcast worth joining. It's called Application Modernization in Practice: How NewEdge Revolutionized Their Brokerage Operations with VMware vFabric and will air on Thursday, July 28, 2011, 9:00 AM PDT.

In this live event, you can learn from IDC Analysts and NewEdge's Global Head of Data how a new approach to applications and data is driving revenue growth and cost savings.

Here's a short overview of what the talk will cover:

  • Why traditional approaches to middleware can’t support today’s modern applications
  • How a cloud application platform can help you deliver applications in weeks instead of months or years
  • When it’s time to rethink your approach to data

Save the date and register today.

Top 5, I mean 10 Planet V12N blog posts for week 28

Well hopefully you got a chance to see the largest VMware launch in history this past week.  If you missed the big event and would like to see it, you can click here to watch!  We announced vSphere 5, vShield 5, Site Recovery Manager 5, and vCloud Director 1.5.  The amount of exciting technology features and updates are really going to dramatically change the way we run our datacenters.  Awesome stuff, I am very excited and just think what will we be announcing at VMworld?

Some fun stats from the launch event:

· 153 Journalists and Analysts were pre-briefed globally before the official launch.

· 1,000 pages on www.vmware.com were updated globally in 16 languages

· For the Americas region we deployed emails in English, Portuguese and Spanish yesterday to our customer base

· Over 36k people registered globally for the webcasts that happened in the US and APJ – I believe just over 10,000 attended the US version…not sure about the APJ version

· There were over 100 press articles written about VMware in just 24 hours.

There were just too many blog posts in the past 7 days for me to only choose 5 posts to highlight so this week I am going to select 10 posts that are above and beyond the rest that you should really read.  Here we go:

Duncan Epping – vSphere 5.0: Profile-Driven Storage, what is it good for? – By now most of you heard about this new feature called Profile-Driven Storage that will be introduced with vSphere 5.0, but what is it good for? Some of you, depending on the size of the environment, currently have a nice long operational procedure to deploy virtual machines. The procedure usually contains gathering information about the requirements of the virtual machine’s disks, finding the right datastore to meet these requirements, deploy the virtual machine and occasionally check if the virtual machine’s disks are still placed correctly. This is what Profile-Driven Storage aims to solve.

Simon Seagrave – VMware vSphere 5.0 – What’s New & Exciting – After much anticipation VMware vSphere 5.0 has now officially been announced with a release date in the not so distant future (still TBC).  It is safe to say that this is definitely one of the most significant vSphere/ESX/ESXi updates to date with a whole range of feature improvements, enhancements and all new capabilities.  In fact it is VMware’s largest co-ordinated release of products to date according to VMware’s CTO Steve Herrod.   It’s been a busy week since the launch though the dust is finally settling after the excitement surrounding the online announcement event hosted by VMware’s CEO, Paul Maritz and CTO, Steve Herrod. So it’s a good time to review what vSphere 5.0 has to offer.

Alan Renouf -  vSphere 5 License Entitlements – A somewhat surprising popular topic at the moment considering the amazing features announced by VMware this week is vSphere 5 Licensing, I have seen a lot of people talking about this and a lot of confusion and misunderstanding of the new licensing model announced by VMware in vSphere 5. Hopefully this post and my script below will help people work out what their v5 License entitlements will be.

Chad Sakac – Raising the Bar V = vSphere 5! – Ah – I always love this period :-)   Finally, I can speak freely about things that have been cooking for a long time (years!)   This may sound whiny, but it’s actually hard keep a lid on things this cool, to participate in the alpha and beta cycles, and to be one verbal misstep from getting the NDA police on you is not easy.  One gets good at the NDA tapdance.  Today, July 12th, VMware has launched vSphere 5 and the related wave of surrounding releases: Site Recovery Manager 5, vShield 5, and vCloud Director 1.5!  Note that the GA date is still a little out – but not much.  While I’m sure there will be broad and deep coverage across the blogosphere, Here’s my 2 cents.

Duncan Epping – vSphere 5.0: Storage vMotion and the Mirror Driver – There’s a cool and exciting new feature as part of Storage vMotion in vSphere 5.0. This new feature is called Mirror Mode and it enables faster and highly efficient Storage vMotion processes. But what is it exactly, and what does it replace?  Prior to vSphere 5.0 we used a mechanism called Change Block Tracking (CBT), to ensure that blocks which were already copied to the destination were marked as changed and copied during the iteration.

Andre Leibovici – vSphere 5.0 Datastore Clusters & VDI – I have been fortunate enough to be part of the vSphere 5 Beta program. vSphere 5 really raise the bar and implement a number of new features; mostly around automated management. I’m sure there will be many blog posts listing those new features, so I decided to show some screenshots of those features.One of the cool new features is the ability to create Datastore Clusters that enable the use of Storage DRS (the long waited Automated Storage vMotion) based on user’s defined criteria.

Eric Sloof – vSphere 5 What’s New – Storage Appliance (VSA) – In vSphere 5.0, VMware has released a new storage appliance called VSA. VSA is an acronym for “vSphere Storage Appliance”. This appliance is aimed at our SMB (Small-Medium Business) customers who may not be in a position to purchase a SAN or NAS array for their virtual infrastructure, and therefore do not have shared storage. Without access to a SAN or NAS array, SMB customers are unable to implement many of vSphere’s core technologies, such as vSphere HA & vMotion. Customers who decide to deploy a VSA can now benefit from many additional vSphere features without having to purchase a SAN or NAS device to provide them with shared storage.

Dave Lawrence – VMware vSphere 5: The BIG feature list – As I was wading thru all of the new materials from yesterday, I thought it would be helpful to create a big list of all of the new features in vSphere 5.0.  There were really only a few named in the presentation (or else the preso would have been 3 hours and put the analysts to sleep).  While we wait for the release notes, I put together this list for you.  This is not every new feature, but rather as many as I could find or remember.

Eric Sloof – VMware View for Android – Tech Preview – Android tablets now have an awesome view, VMware View. 
Tedd Fox of VMware demonstrates VMware View Client for Android. Available on the Android Market and Cisco AppHQ, the VMware free Android client enables you to access your virtual Windows desktops, applications and data from anywhere. Addition information can be found on the VMware End-User Computing blog at: this link and the bits are available for download at this link.

Hugo Phan – vSphere 5 vCenter Server Vir
tual Appliance Quick-Start Guide
– The vCenter Server Linux Virtual Appliance is a preconfigured Linux-based virtual machine that is optimized for running vCenter Server and associated services.  This article provides a step-by-step guide on how to deploy the vCenter Server Virtual Appliance, configure networking, authentication, database and vCenter services.  The following table lists the required files that you will need, gather these files before proceeding.

VMware View Bootcamp: Learn from the experts

Next Tuesday, July the 19th, we will launch a free 9-part training series on VMTN forums called "VMware View Bootcamp."

We will release training videos every morning, and all of you can watch and learn from the experts such as John Dodge, Sr. Manager PSO Services at VMware, Jim Yanik, our Sr. Systems Engineer, Shannon McFarland, Consulting Engineer for Data Center technologies and Enterprise IPv6 design on Cisco’s Consulting Engineering team in the Office of the CTO, Cisco, Todd Dayton, who is a Staff Product Manager, Desktop Product Management with VMware and many more.

While the videos are pre-recorded, every day, the experts will be availailable online for Q&A in the forums. Simply ask your questions in the discussion board for the given topic, and one of our subject-matter-experts will respond.

To make this even more exciting, we will compile the content of the entire 9-day course in an e-book, and make it available for free to anyone who signs up.

Interested? Then go over to vmware.com/go/viewbootcamp and get ready to learn from the experts.

A week in virtualization

As you know, yesterday we have released a number of new Cloud Infrastructure products, among them vSphere 5, vCloud Director 1.5, vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5, and vShield 5. Our CEO Paul Maritz and CTO Steve Herrod announced the release in a live webcast that was attended by dozens of thousands of people. If you were there, good for you! All the news is of course linked front and center on vmware.com

On Facebook, the vCloud team has shared a link to a number of technical white papers covering what’s new in vSphere 5. You can find it at facebook.com/vmwarevcloud

Early bird discount for VMworld Copenhagen is still available until July 29th, so hurry if you plan on going.

Also, the VMworld team is inviting everyone to send in their videos to be used as part of the opening keynote session at VMworld this year. Go to vmworld.com and click on the blue button on the right which says “Be part of the VMworld Opening General Session” to find out how you can participate.

The VMware View team has shared a blog post about some helpful tools for View admins on their Facebook page. Also, they posted a link to the upcoming VMware View Bootcamp, starting next Tuesday. You will find the link on facebook.com/vmwareview

View Bootcamp is a series of nine 40-or-so minute videos, released daily Monday through Friday on VMTN community forums. Each day, the presenter of the video will be available for Q&A about their piece. Also, at the end of the bootcamp, all registered participants will receive a copy of an e-book that will contain the full contents of the bootcamp. Learn more and register for your copy of the e-book at vmware.com/go/viewbootcamp

And as usual, the upcoming days and weeks will be as exciting as ever, with a number of cool events happening in the world of virtualization.

VMware vCloud will be hosting a Twitter “cloudchat” on Wednesday, July 20.  This is meant to fuel dialogue and to help build a community around vCloud topics. At 11am PT on July 20th @vCloud will pose a few questions using the #cloudchat hashtag to get the conversation rolling.

If you want to participate, simply respond to the posed questions or provide your own commentary on the topic while tagging your tweets with the #cloudchat hashtag

The VMware Forum is in Minneapolis on the 21st, after which there will be a brief pause until August. The web page with details is linked from vmware.com homepage – in the grey box that says “VMware Forum 2011” on the lower left.

We have nine more webinars coming up over the next couple of weeks, covering a variety of topics from quantifying the business value of VMware View to virtualizing Oracle and Microsoft in Spanish and Portuguese and more. They all are listed at webcasts.vmware.com

Our friends at EMC are hosting some live webinars covering EMC solutions for VMware, a couple of them are featuring our very own VP of Product Marketing, Bogomil Balkansky. Go check them out at vmware.com/go/emcwebinars

The following VMUGs are meeting over the next seven days: London, Louisville, Albany, Central Ohio, South Germany, St. Louis, Sydney, and Iowa. New England VMUG Summer Slammer is also coming up on the 21st. That’s an event you won’t want to miss. Aside from a packed schedule, there will also be free lobster and steak at the end for all. You can find more details and registration links for all the VMUG meetings at myvmug.org by clicking on “Events.”

Then from our community, we have DC vBeers happening tonight. More info at vbeers.org

Also, the Virtualization Security Podcast, hosted by Edward Haletky is on tomorrow with Steve Kaplan. You can find details in the VMTN Podcasts group at communities.vmware.com/groups/podcasts

Sessions for VMware vSphere 5 and Cloud Infrastructure Suite

Wow, after a content-rich announcement of products and features around VMware vSphere 5 and the Cloud Infrastructure Suite, there is a lot to consume — a lot to digest — and a lot to share. Be sure to visit our virtual show to continue your journey in an online environment of sessions, resources and networking.

Start at the Auditorium for on-demand breakout sessions where you can listen into each topic and view slides with Q&A and conversations on Twitter.

Auditorium

Note: A recording of the Keynote is available in the Auditorium

Twitter hashtags to use in tweets for any questions:

Cloud Infrastructure Launch – What’s New?
What’s New in vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5?
What’s New in vCloud Director?
What’s New in vSphere Storage Appliance
What’s New in vSphere 5 and Heartbeat 6.4
What’s New in vShield 5? – Trust Your Cloud
What’s New in Licensing?
  #vmwarecloud
#vmwsrm
#vmwvcd
#vmwstorage
#vmwheartbeat
#vmwvshield
#vmwlicensing

Also visit the Resource Center to view and save demos, datasheets, FAQs, papers, etc.

Resources

And connect with other attendees for a chat or questions in the Networking Lounge.

Networking

Invite your collegues, bring your questions and see you online!