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Monthly Archives: January 2013

Technical Marketing Update 2013 – Weeks 1-4 – #tmupdate

I’m so far behind on the TM Update that this one is going to be a bruiser of a post.  This will have pretty much everything from January 1 through January 26.  Tech Marketing was quite busy in January, as you’ll see!  After this I’ll be back to regularly scheduled weekly updates on Tech Marketing material at the end of week 5, on Feb 1st.

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Top 5 Planet V12N Posts – Jan 28th 2013

Hello readers! This week we have a great selection of posts from a sneak peak, how-to install,to mention a couple. You will not be disappointed. Maybe it will inspire you to write something and get it shared here. If you are on Twitter be sure to follow PlanetV12N.

myvirtualcloud.net by Andre Leibovici -VMware View Pool Manager (Sneak Peek)

Andre is giving us a nice sneak peak on VMware View Pool Manager.

One of the biggest challenges VMware View administrators face in large deployments is desktop pool maintenance. Commonly each desktop pool has Active Directory security groups with the number of users a given desktop pool will support.

Read the full article here

DEFINIT by Sam McGeown - Installing the VMware Support Assistant

Sam gives an excellent how-to installation guide for the new Support Assistant.

So VMware’s Support Assistant is pretty awesome and it’s free! I thought I’d do a quick run through of the installation and set up for anyone who was interested, it’s fairly straightforward and if you raise a lot of calls or have multiple calls on the go it’s a time saver!

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Viktorious.nl by Viktorious – Some pitfalls when installing vCenter SSO using a custom DB

Here Viktorious talks about vCenter SSO and some of the troubles.

When installing vCenter Single Sign On (SSO) you have three options:

  • Install SSO as part of the VMware vCenter Simple Install option – In this case vCenter SSO, the vCenter Webservices and vCenter Server will be installed by one single wizard using default settings;
  • Install SSO as a separate product, using the included SQL Server Express database;
  • Install SSO as a separate product, using an existing database server (Oracle, MS SQL or DB2).

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Virtualization Review by Elias Khnaser Cloud Orchestration: What It Is, Why You Need It

Elias leads a great discussion about what Cloud Orchestration is and exactly why to use it..

The cloud is going to arrive in bits and pieces, not in a large uprooting of environments. When I try to explain that to some customers, they automatically change the conversation because they are not interested in cloud. Some of them view the cloud as a threat or they simply don’t understand it.

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Jume by Bouke Groenescheij uMU, my Raspberry Pi vSphere monitor

Bouke discusses one of the hottest products out today and how he used it with vSphere.

Yesterday I tweeted a picture showing off my Raspberry Pi with bi coloured LEDs (Red and Green). I’ve always wanted something to put on my desk, with LEDs, checking vCenters and/or ESX(i) hosts. After experimenting with the Arduino, I knew this system would be a stand alone application (requiring something like an external VM, doing the checks, sending the Arduino the status). I wanted a standalone device, as small like the Arduino, capable of checks against vCenter. As you all know, the Raspberry Pi is suitable for that task.

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That is all for this week. Hope you enjoy and get inspired to write something yourself!

VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast – Show Notes #216 – vCloud Networking & Security

Hosts
John Mark Troyer, VMware @jtroyer
Lauren Malhoit, @malhoit

Guests
Ranga Maddipudi, VMware

News
vBrownbag Podcast - Now with LATAM
VMware Looks to Give CIOs Control Over Cloud Chaos
Lenovo’s Heyworth joins VMware
VMware Pumps Cash Into Puppet, More
VMware Ups Stake in Cloud Automation Co. Puppet With $30M Investment
VMUG Local Meetings – Check it today!
[Webinar] Cloud IT Teams Exposed: Private Cloud Service Delivery Models That Work – Tues, Jan 29, 2013, 8:00 AM PST 
Spanish bloggers
French bloggers
Chicago VMUG vBeers – Register Here!
AdaptingIT – Lauren Malhoit Podcast
The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win
Virtualization Security Roundtable – Show 100

Link to Audio Recording
vCloud Networking & Security

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VMware vCloud Networking and Security

[PDF] VMware vCloud Networking and Security Overview

[Datasheet] VMware vCloud Networking and Security

VMware vCloud Networking and Security Product Evaluation Center – Download Now

How to Deploy a vCloud Networking and Security Edge Device

How to Configure DHCP Server Using vCloud Networking and Security Edge Device (vShield)

Differences between Compact, Large and X-Large Edge Gateway appliances

Setting up vCloud Networking and Security 5.1 Edge DHCP service

Load Balancing using vCloud Networking and Security 5.1 Edge

Setting up vCloud Networking and Security 5.1 Edge Firewall

NAT deployment using vCloud Networking and Security 5.1 Edge

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Top 5 Planet V12N Posts – Jan 21st 2013

Hello readers! This week there was so many great posts, it was really tough. However I feel that there are some real thought provoking post here. Maybe it will inspire you to write something and get it shared here. If you are on Twitter be sure to follow PlanetV12N.

The SLOG by Simon Long – VMware Mirage: Speed Up Centralization In Your Test Environments

Simon Long tells you how to quickly and easily to disable bandwidth throttling in Mirage.

I’ve been working with Mirage quite a bit over the past few months and I wanted to share a little tweak that can help speed up Centralization and other network intensive processes.

Disclaimer: As stated in the title of this post, this is great for Test environments. I wouldn’t however recommend you configure this on your production environment unless you fully understand the impact of the changes.

Read the full article here

Horizon Flux by Tim Arenz – ThinApp scripting with VBScript

Tim discusses how you can utilize VBScript with-in your ThinApp deployment.

Most of the times when I talk to our customers they want some functionality in ThinApp which it doesn’t offered out of the box.  For example:

  • Allow to run a virtualized application only until a specific date.
  • Update a configuration file every time the applications is launched.
  • Allow an application only to be executed when user is inside the corporate office.
  • Messure the usage of an application.
  • Enforce licensing restriction.
  • And so on…

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The Lone SysAdmin by Bob Plankers – Explaining Things Simply

In this post Bob does great job at making you think in this post..

Humans try to make everything really, really complicated. Sometimes we need the complexity but we often do it just because we can. We do it without thinking about it, perhaps a subliminal way of telling people to check out our species’ big brains.

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Double Cloud by Steve Jin – Simple Logging in Java Application

Here Steve talks about a logging in Java Application development.

Logging is a common requirement for application. In Java world, there are a few frameworks, the first and the most famous of which is the log4j from Apache foundation. Java included its own logging APIs afterwards. You can find many discussions which one is better in terms of use of use, flexibility, and performance. To reconcile the two APIs, a common abstraction called Simple Logging Facade for Java (SLF4J) was created. As SLF4J works with both log4j and Java logging, you can switch between them easily (in theory).

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Robert van den Nieuwendijk’s Blog by Robert van den Nieuwendijk -Get VMware vCenter Scheduled Tasks with PowerCLI

Rob discusses some PowerCLI tips you can use with vSphere.

VMware vSphere PowerCLI is missing cmdlets to work with VMware vCenter Scheduled Tasks. In a series of blog posts I will show you some PowerShell advanced functions that you can use to work with vCenter Scheduled Tasks. The first function is Get-VCScheduledTask. You can use this function to retrieve one or more scheduled tasks from your vCenter Server.

Read full article here

That is all for this week. Hope you enjoy and get inspired to write something yourself!

VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast – Show Notes #215 – VMware Mirage

Hosts
John Mark Troyer, VMware @jtroyer
Mike Gordon Laverick, VMware @Mike_Laverick

Guests
Jay Tomlin, VMware

News
vBrownbag Podcast
Transition in our industry…and for me!
CyberPower Systems Joins The VMware Technology Alliance Partner Program
Emulex Offers I/O Connectivity Management Support for VMware vSphere 5.1 Web Client
Toronto VMUG full day User Conference – Nicholas Weaver @lynxbat will Keynote
VMUG Local Meetings – Check it today!
[Webinar] Cloud IT Teams Exposed: Private Cloud Service Delivery Models That Work – Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 8:00 AM PST  

We will miss you Stephen Herrod, Thanks for all your support from VMUG, vExpert and the VMware community at large – all the best and have fun!

 

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VMware Mirage

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VMware Mirage

Using VMware Mirage in Remote and Branch Offices

[PDF] Branch Office Desktop VMware Solution Lab Validation

The Branch Office Desktop

VDI manageability with local execution – right here, right now with VMware Mirage

VMware Rapid Desktop Appliance

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Top 5 Planet V12N Posts – Jan 14th 2013

Hello readers! The past few months have been hectic and I have not be able to post these in awhile. Well we are back and going to be here each week to bring you 5 great picks from our Blog feed. The best thing for me is reading all this great content each week, the tough part is only narrowing it down to 5 posts. So, if you are on Twitter be sure to follow PlanetV12N.

Jason Nash’s Blog by Jason Nash – New TrainSignal Course: vCenter Operations Manager Implementation

Who doesn’t like training? Here Jason talks about the new course offered by TrainSignal on vCenter Operations Manager. Also providing an embedded sample video in the post.

That time again!  I’m proud once more to announce a new course from TrainSignal.  This time it’s on vCenter Operations Manager, a product that I love and think is very useful to most vSphere admins out there.  We’ve had a huge amount of interest in vCOPs from our customers but there hasn’t been much training available out there, especially for the more advanced features.

Read the full article here

ESXVirtualization Mag by  Vladan SEGET- How-to reset root password in VDP – VMware vSphere Data Protection

Vladan talks about the steps required to reset the VDP root password. This is valuable as you maybe entering a shop utilizing this but old IT staff didn’t document the initial password change, or you simply forgot what you set the password to.

In this how-to you’ll see How-to reset root password in VDP (vSphere Data Protection). VDP is bundled with vSphere Essentials Plus, so If you’re on this package, you have the possibility to use it and backup your VMs.

Read full article here

vmware admins by Eric Sarakaitis – Installing and Configuring VMware Horizon Connector

In this post Eric guides you through the installation of Horizon Connector.

Much like the VMware Horizon Application Manager (installation of the VMware Horizon Application Manager appliance is documented here), the VMware Horizon Connector is an appliance provided by VMware.

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frankdenneman by Frank Denneman – Adding new disk to an existing virtual machine in a Storage DRS Datastore Cluster

Here Frank talks about adding another disk to the Storage DRS Datastore Cluster and the behavior and affects of doing so.

Recently I had some discussions where I needed to clarify the behavior of Storage DRS when the user adds a new disk to a virtual machine that is already running in the datastore cluster. Especially what will happen if the datastore cluster is near its capacity?

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TECHHEAD by Simon Seagrave – What is the VMware Horizon Workspace App?

Simon talks about the app he discovered Horizon Workspace  and it’s release.

Whilst browsing through the Apple AppStore with my iPad I noticed that VMware have released the Horizon Workspace App, which is available for free download on both the iPhone and iPad.  The Horizon Workspace App is part of the VMware Horizon Suite and for those of you not familiar with VMware’s Horizon Suite, it brings together the areas of applicationsdataand virtual desktop access into a single integrated end user computing (EUC) offering. It provide users with a one-stop-shop to access Windows, Android, iOS, web and SaaS applications, along with their files & access to their virtual desktop all from a single workspace on their work or personal device.  By using the VMware Horizon Workspace application users will have the ability to use their own devices with self-service access to applications, virtual desktop and data on a range of popular devices such as the iPhone, Andriod based phones and tablets such as Apple’s iPad.

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That is all for this week. Hope you enjoy and get inspired to write something yourself!

VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast – Show Notes #214 – Cloud Operations

Happy New Year Everyone! Get Ready for 2013.

Hosts
John Mark Troyer, VMware @jtroyer
Mike Gordon Laverick, VMware @Mike_Laverick

Guests
Kevin Lees, VMware
John Walsh, @jwalsh2
Mariano Maluf, @mjmaluf

News
Eaton Upgrades Power Management Software for VMware
CloudBolt Software Announces Advanced Integration with Nicira by VMware
Bloxx VMware Virtual Appliance Web Filter and Secure Web Gateway Now Available in North America
vSphere 5.1 IOPS Performance Characterization on Flash-based Storage
VMware Dominates Reader’s Choice Award
VMUG Local Meetings – Register for one today!
Virtualization Security Roundtable Podcast
Lauren Malhoit’s AdaptingIT with first guest – Susan Gudenkauf VCP #1
Google+ Community – Software-Defined Data Center – Join today!
VMware Partner Exchange 2013 – Register Today 

Link to Audio Recording
Cloud Operations

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[Webinar] Cloud IT Teams Exposed: Private Cloud Service Delivery Models That Work – Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013, 8:00 AM PST 

[PDF] Organizing for the Cloud

CloudOps Café – Private Community

Impact of “Greenfield” on the Organizational Constructs

VMware vCloud Architecture Toolkit

VMware vCloud Blog

New Roles and Skills for Cloud Computing

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