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vExpert Sessions at VMworld 2015

vExpert With VMworld San Francisco just around the corner and schedule builder on July 21st we've put together a list of the session being presented by VMware vExperts at both San Francisco. If you are interested in hearing from some of the best in IT be sure to register for VMworld and on July 21st start signing up for sessions. See you at VMworld! VMworld US vExpert Breakout Sessions:

Session Title Speakers Session ID
Best Practices for Running Virtualized Workloads on All-Flash Array Itzik Reich VAPP6646-SPO
Harnessing the Power of vStorage APIs for Data Protection: Lessons Learned and Best Practices Developed from Benchmarking Backup Solutions George Winter, Abdul Rasheed STO5475
Veritas Technologies: How to use vSphere 6 and Virtual Volumes (VVOLs) the right way George Winter, Abdul Rasheed STO6263-SPO
Advanced Network Architecture in SDDC to deploy highly automated IT Service Delivery based on NSX Dennis Bray NET6256-SPO
Incorporating VMware NSX in your DevOps Toolchain - Network Programmability with Python and Ansible Yves Fauser NET4972
How Did VMware's Internal IT Upgrade 200,000 vm's, 2,000 vSphere Servers and 100's of vCenter Servers to vSphere 6.0? Tom Ralph Zaigui Wang INF5680
Harnessing the Power of Storage Virtualization and Site Recovery Manager to Provide HA and DR Capabilities to Business Critical Databases Sudhir Balasubramanian Marlin McNeil VAPP4634
VMware Workspace Environment Management (WEM) Technical Deep Dive Stephane Asselin Chris Halstead EUC4517
App Volumes Tips, Tricks and Troubleshooting Stephane Asselin EUC5921
Architecting Horizon for VSAN, the VCDX way! Simon Long Travis Wood EUC4509
Building a Hyper-Converged Infrastructure with EVO:RACK and NSX Integrations Roberto Mari NET5640
Horizon for Linux Technical Deep Dive Ray Heffer EUC4825
Beyond the Marketing: Horizon 6 Technical Deep Dive Ray Heffer Jim Yanik EUC5052
Enabling Automated Network & Security Services with NSX and vRA Ray Budavari Francesco Vigo MGT5360
Enabling Automated Network & Security Services with NSX and vRealize Automation Ray Budavari Andrew Voltmer NET5362
Virtual Volumes Technical Deep Dive Rawlinson Rivera Ken Werneburg STO4649
Application Lifecycle Management with VMware Horizon Peter Bjork Matt Coppinger EUC4561
How Can Business Critical Applications Like SAP HANA, Oracle & Microsoft SQL Benefit from All Flash Storage? Mohan Potheri Ravi Venkat VAPP4799
VMworld 2015 - vSphere Security - Fact .vs. Fiction Mike Foley Yuecel Karabulut INF5177
Database Virtualization: Doing IT Right with vSphere 6.0 Michael Corey Jeff Szastak VAPP5129
vCloud Air API 101 Massimo Re Ferre HBC4521
Automating Everything VMware with PowerCLI - Deep Dive Luc Dekens Alan Renouf INF5211
SRM Technical Walk-through Jeff Hunter GS Khalsa STO6085
Starbucks Case Study: Self Service Provisioning of VMs with NSX Micro-Segmentation Jason Horn Justin Jones MGT5973
Ask the Cloud Experts Panel Discussion Jad El-Zein Tim Gleed Steve Kaplan MGT4837
5 Functions of Software Defined Availability Frank Denneman Duncan Epping INF4535
Top 10 Thing You MUST Know Before Implementing Virtual Volumes (VVols) Eric Siebert STO5888
vCloud Air Disaster Recovery Technical Deep Dive David Hill HBC5008
Conducting a Successful Virtual SAN 6.0 Proof of Concept Cormac Hogan STO4572
A ROBO Technical Deep Dive, Understanding Remote and Branch Office (ROBO) Best Practices Brian Graf Rick Terlep INF4790
Managing vSphere 6.0 Deployments and Upgrades - Part Brian Graf Salil Suri INF5123
'Zero Touch' ESXi Deployment, Configuration & Upgrades with AutoDeploy and Host Profiles Brian Graf Salil Suri INF5800
Defining Your Future With NSX Certification Ben Lin Chris McCain NET4468
Deploy Hundreds of VMs Instantly via Forking Alan Renouf Li Zheng INF5803
When it Rains it Pours: Protecting Your VMware Based Cloud. Aidan Dalgleish Matt Vandenbeld STO4510
vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) Best Practices & Tips/Tricks William Lam INF4528
How to Integrate VMware Hybrid Clouds with Your Enterprise Wade Holmes Ken Lamoreaux HBC5579
A Technical Deep Dive into VMware Integrated OpenStack Trevor Roberts Jr INF5094
Turning Distaster Recovery into a Reality with NSX Thomas Kraus John Whitman NET4907
Mastering Performance Monitoring and Capacity Planning Sunny Dua Iwan Rahabok MGT4973
Boosting Tier 1 Business Critical Oracle Applications Storage Performance Using vSphere 6.0 Virtual Volumes(vVOLs) Sudhir Balasubramanian Mohan Potheri STO4452
Becoming a vRealize Automagician: Why Automation isn't Automatic Steve Kaplan Trent TeSelle MGT5318
Data In-Sight! Experiences Running VMware's Private Cloud with Log Insight Steve Flanders Caleb Stephenson MGT4579
Horizon at Point of Sales - We Did It so Can You! Stephane Asselin Steven Tupponce EUC4919
Using VMware NSX in Your Open Source Environment Scott Lowe NET5422
VMware NSX Integrations with a Converged Infrastructure Solution Sai Chaitanya Nikhil Kelshikar NET5553
Integrating Physical Workloads and Infrastructure with a NSX Virtual Network Roberto Mari NET4995
WestJet - Fast and Simple Security Using NSX and VCO Richard Sillito SEC4488
VDI Sizing Deep Dive - The Horizon Sizing Tool Ray Heffer EUC4827
Connecting Remote Sites with VMware NSX Ray Budavari Francesco Vigo NET5352
NSX and vCloud Director - The Missing Guide Ray Budavari NET6007
Using VSAN to Maximize Database Performance Rawlinson Rivera STO4544
Improved Availability, Disaster Recovery and TCO by Migrating from Unix to Virtualized Linux Mohan Potheri INF4808
vSphere 6 Security Update Mike Foley INF4758
Enterprise Hybrid Cloud - Federal Case Study Mike Colson Travis Howerton OPT5069
VMware Validated Reference Designs - A Reference Architecture for the SDDC Mike Brown Karthik Narayan SDDC5440
Managing Users: A Deep Dive Into VMware User Environment Manager Michael Bradley Dale Carter EUC4630
Resource Management Using Storage IO Control and Storage DRS Matthew Meyer Mustafa Uysal INF5251
Architecting Disaster Recovery of Tier 1 Applications (SAP, Oracle, SQL & Exchange) using SRM and vSphere 6 Kannan Mani STO4525
A Practical Introduction to DevOps for VMware Administrators Josh Atwell Chris Sexsmith Egle Sigler Yvo van Doom INF5116
vSphere Distributed Switch 6.0 - Technical Deep Dive Jason Nash Chris Wahl NET4976
Putting VVOLs to Work - Storage Best Practices for vSphere 6 and Beyond Howard Marks STO5822
Your DevOps Transformation. Culture, Technology or both? Ed Hoppitt OPT4868
Ask the Expert vBloggers Duncan Epping Scott Lowe Chad Sakac Chris Wahl SDDC4593
Will it Blend and Scale? Monster Database Virtualization Techniques David Klee Thomas Larock VAPP4696
Designing for Mass Failover with Site Recovery Manager: Lessons Learned from a Customer Deployment Christopher Chua STO4856
Day to Day Automation of VMware Products to Increase Productivity and Efficiency Brian Graf INF4793
Design Advice for Small and Midsize Business Brian Atkinson Jason Gaudreau Jason Langer Harley Stagner INF4448
VMware Certificate Management for Mere Mortals Adam Eckerle Ryan Johnson INF4529

VMware Communities (VMTN) and Jive 7 Upgrade

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On June 5th at 6pm PDT we will begin our VMTN upgrade from Jive 5 to Jive 7. The upgrade will take around 30 hours to complete and we expect to be completed by June 6th around 10pm PDT. During this phase, VMTN will be in read-only mode. You will not be able to post discussions or documents but you will be able to read the discussions and documents. Also during the upgrade period, VMTN account creation through my.vmware.com will be suspended since the db will be in read-only mode.

Jive 7 release notes can be found at https://community.jivesoftware.com/docs/DOC-103485

Preview of what communities.vmware.com will look like once we are complete.

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Look at feel will remain the same with this release but features have changed slightly. Noting major but there have been some enhancements which I will cover below.

Feature List

Discussion & Documents:
There's a new option when creating a discussion or document which I find pretty cool. Rather then just drafting a discussion or document you can now draft the content or just share with specific users and then decide later to post to the community. The default option is chosen which in this case is ESXi 5 since we created this in the ESXi 5 community. You can see there are a few options here to choose from including "Specific People" which will be useful when drafting documents or joint discussions.

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New Groups Widget for communities:
Jive 5 introduced groups which are like communities but have the ability to be open to all users, request to join and invite only which allows silo teams or groups to work. The open groups allowed any user to come into and have a discussion.  Jive created a widget that goes and finds the duplicate groups and displays the content on the related community overview page. We will start to see these come into play after we launch Jive 7.

 

Mobile Experience - New iOS app: 
Jive has a new mobile app for iOS and Android users. While this is an upgrade and a step in the right direction it does take some tinkering and getting use to. There are a couple great use cases for the Jive mobile app and some things to avoid or watch out for. The jive mobile app is great for finding content in communities you are following. To follow a community, click the "Follow" button in any of the VMware Communities and the content will start to appear in your "All Activity" stream in the mobile app.

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Jive allows users to post a discussion to a personal location where the questions can easily be lost since it's not created in a community and not easy to find. To avoid this, when using the mobile app to create a discussion make sure to change "Visibility" from "Everyone" to a community of your choosing.

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Making this change will allow the content to be created in a community where others will find your content and will not be lost in your own personal conversation space.

 

User Profile
The new user profile is pretty nice, Jive moved from a simple user profile to a more linkedIn style. Here is the old Jive 5 user profile (never mind my bald head!)

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Now for the new profile and as you can see, there are now skills, contact info and several other new cool informations ares I can populate and share info with the community.

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Be sure to check out the new Jive 7 community platform early next week as we plan on releasing Jive 7 on the night of Sunday June 6th.

 

vExpert 2015 Second Half Applications are Now Open

Applications for the 2015 vExpert program are now open. This is the second and last chance to apply for vExpert in 2015. Applications will be accepted until July 15th at midnight PDT. The vExpert 2015 second half announcement will be on August 24th 2015. Current 2015 vExperts do not need to apply. 

 

vExpert

 

The VMware vExpert program is VMware's global evangelism and advocacy program. The program is designed to put VMware's marketing resources towards your advocacy efforts. Promotion of your articles, exposure at our global events, co-op advertising, traffic analysis, and early access to beta programs and VMware's roadmap.

Each year, we bring together in the vExpert Program the people who have made some of the most important contributions to the VMware community. These are the bloggers, book authors, VMUG leaders, speakers, tool builders, community leaders and general enthusiasts. They work as IT admins and architects for VMware customers, they act as trusted advisors and implementors for VMware partners or as independent consultants, and some work for VMware itself. All of them have the passion and enthusiasm for technology and applying technology to solve problems. They have contributed to the success of us all by sharing their knowledge and expertise over their days, nights, and weekends.

vExperts who participate in the program have access to private betas, free licenses, early access briefings, exclusive events, free access to VMworld conference materials online, exclusive vExpert parties at VMworld and other opportunities to interact with VMware product teams. They also get access to a private community and networking opportunities.

Evangelist Path
The Evangelist Path includes book authors, bloggers, tool builders, public speakers, VMTN contributors, and other IT professionals who share their knowledge and passion with others with the leverage of a personal public platform to reach many people. Employees of VMware can also apply via the Evangelist path. A VMware employee reference is recommended if your activities weren’t all in public or were in a language other than English.

Customer Path
The Customer Path is for leaders from VMware customer organizations. They have been internal champions in their organizations, or worked with VMware to build success stories, act as customer references, given public interviews, spoken at conferences, or were VMUG leaders. A VMware employee reference is recommended if your activities weren’t all in public.

VPN (VMware Partner Network) Path
The VPN Path is for employees of our partner companies who lead with passion and by example, who are committed to continuous learning through accreditations and certifications and to making their technical knowledge and expertise available to many. This can take shape of event participation, video, IP generation, as well as public speaking engagements. A VMware employee reference is required for VPN Path candidates.

Apply for vExpert 2015 Second Half

  • Current 2015 vExperts do not need to apply.
  • 2015 vExpert application: http://bit.ly/1c5bAUb
  • Recommend a colleague to apply for 2015 vExpert: http://bit.ly/1bobFfF (They will still need to fill out the application)

Questions & Updates

For questions about the application process or the vExpert Program, please send email to  vexpert@vmware.com. Be sure to follow @vExpert for updates on the 2015 vExpert program.

Thank you to all who have participated in years past,
Corey Romero & the vExpert Team

 

VMworld 2015 US & Europe Blogger Passes

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Each year we provide blogger passes to both the VMworld US and the VMworld Europe conferences. The program is simple: if you are a blogger or have a publication then you should apply for a complementary blogger pass to one of the conferences. We provide the pass, you provide the transportation and hotel accommodations. The blogger passes are full conference passes so you will still be able to register for sessions just the same as a regular conference pass difference is these are free of charge.

Since passes are limited, we will only provide one pass per person per year. Meaning you can go to either VMworld US in San Francisco or VMworld Europe in Barcelona. Keep in mind that in the past we have always had more passes to San Francisco then Barcelona and both are limited. U.S. Limit is 50 blogger passes while the Europe conference is limited to 35 blogger passes.

The deadline this year for VMworld US is June 4th at Midnight PDT. Deadline for VMworld Europe is July 17th, which is only a couple of weeks later but an earlier deadline will allow you to have the necessary time to arrange hotel and air travel accommodations. If you want to attend VMworld with a blogger pass, please fill out the form right away so we can allocate passes.

Not everyone will be chosen for a blogger pass since the passes are limited and I’m sure we will see a tremendous response this year. If plans change please email cromero at vmware.com with the cancelation so we can allocate the blogger pass to another person.

This is going to be a great year once again at VMworld!

Register for the blogger pass at VMworld Blogger Pass Application (VMware employees are excluded)

vSphere 6.0 vExpert Blog Articles Covering What's New, Installation, VVOLS, vMotion, VSAN, Web Client and much much more

Today we announced vSphere 6.0 and the vExpert community has some excellent insight into what this release is about. The articles below are written by VMware vExperts who are the best IT professionals in virtualization.

There are several in depth single as well as multipart articles to help understand this release. Throughout the day we will update this blog with new highlighted blog articles from additional vExperts.  Most of the articles are in English but there are several in international languages as well. Be sure to keep an eye on #VMW28days on Twitter. Be sure to also try vSphere 6 and VSAN today online over at labs online.

Here are some of the highlight topics covered in the articles:

  • What's new in vSphere 6
  • VMware AppVolumes
  • Install Walkthrough (vSphere & vCenter)
  • Server Design & installation
  • Features & Enhancements of vSphere 6 Web Client
  • Multi-Processor Fault Tolerance
  • How to Install and Configure vSphere 6 Hypervisor
  • vSphere 6 Certificate Authority & Design Decisions
  • VVOL's
  • What's new in VSAN
  • vMotion Enhancements & Long Distance vMotion
  • Managing your vSphere 6 Environment

vExpert Blog Articles

Adam Eckerle - Is a TAM for VMware, vExpert, 3xVCAP holder (DCA/DCD/DTD), and passionate about Data Center virtualization technology.

  1. New Features in vSphere 6 - VMware vSphere 6 is another step forward to enabling the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC). There are some very exciting new features that have just been announced so here is a (non-exhaustive) list broken down by area.

Alex Muetstege

  1. Whats's new in vSphere 6 covering scalability, availability. vCenter Server, vMotion enhancements, Storage, vSphere 6 Pricing

Andrea Casini - I've been working in the IT industry for over 14 years designing, implementing and managing IT infrastructures. All the technology I'm passionate about is somehow related to VMware and the revolution they started with virtualization.

  1. vSphere 6 Certificate Lifecycle Management - Since the introduction of SSO, managing certificates have became more and more difficult and problematic. With the introduction of VMCA and VECS VMware is giving us the tools to make this process more streamlined and less cumbersome, making it easy for companies of all sizes to move away from unmanaged self-signed certificates and deploy internal or 3rd party certificates including all vSphere components in the corporate security policy.

Andrea Mauro - Works in IT since 1996 and held several technical certifications (VCP, VCAP, VCDX, MCITP, MCSA, MCSE, CCA). And he's also a VMware vExpert (2010/2011/2012/2013/2014).

  1. VMware vCenter Server 6 design - This post describe the step by step installation procedure for VMware vSphere 6.0
  2. VMware vSphere 6 Client
  3. VMware vCenter Server 6 adds more cloud features - In this new version vCenter Server has been extended with some new interesting features (partially from vCloud Director capabilities) to make it more cloud oriented.

Andreas Lesslhumer - 16 years in IT, specializing in virtualization and server infrastructure. Virtualization Evangelist and Blogger at Running-System.com

  1. Features and Enhancements of the new vSphere 6 Web Client - Features and Enhancements of the new vSphere 6 Web Client"  waiting for the launch.
  2. vSphere 6 Fault Tolerance highlights and improvements -  vSphere 6 brings some great enhancements to Fault Tolerance. Read more in the article about topics like multi processor VM support and other improvements you can expect.

Andreas Peetz - Virtualization Engineer and Evangelist, Blogger and Tool author, Maintainer of the V-Front Online Depot for ESXi, vExpert since 2012

  1. What's in ESXi 6.0 for free license and white box users? - Read what the new vSphere version brings for users of the free ESXi license and white box hardware, and how it behaves with community supported drivers and tools.

Ather Beg - Ather Beg is a technology blogger, vExpert and Chief Virtualogist at Virtualogists.com.

  1.  vSphere 6: Platform Services Controller (PSC): Design Decisions - This article discusses the new vSphere 6 architecture component Platform Services Controller (PSC), possible configurations, design decisions and their impact for a vSphere install or upgrade.
  2. vSphere 6: VMware Certificate Authority (VMCA): Design Decisions - This article discusses the new vSphere 6 component "VMware Certificate Authority", deployment configurations, design decisions and their impact for a vSphere install or upgrade.
  3. vSphere 6: Upgrade Considerations - This article discusses the various vSphere 6 upgrade scenarios and paths, points to consider before embarking on an upgrade program and the design decisions involved.

Benjamin Troch  - is a seasoned IT veteran with 15 years+ experience providing (virtual) infrastructure consulting services for some of the largest financial institutions in the world. vExpert 2013/2014, VMware User Group (VMUG) leader for Singapore and SME on VMware technologies Benjamin holds VCAP DCD and DCA certifications alongside MCITP and Citrix CCA certs

  1. vSphere 5 is dead, long live vSphere 6 - Virtualb.eu's overview of the new platform -

Benjamin Ulsamer - Planning, designing and realising VMware & NetApp projects since 10 years as Senior Consultant, Architect, Systems Engineer and Trainer

  1. The easy way to vSphere 6 - Part 01a - Install vCenter 6 on Windows
  2. The easy way to vSphere 6 - Part 01b - Deploy the vCenter Appliance 6
  3. The easy way to vSphere 6 - Part 02 - Install vSphere Client 6 to connect ESXi Hosts
  4. The easy way to vSphere 6 - Part 03 - Install Update Manager 6
  5. The easy way to vSphere 6 - Part 04 - Install Update Manager Client 6
  6. The easy way to vSphere 6 - Part 05 - Update ESXi 5.x Hosts to version 6 via Update Manager 6

Bob Plankers -  IT Generalist specializing in systems management, virtualization, and cloud design & operations.

  1. 9 Things You'll Love About vSphere 6.0 - vSphere 6.0 has major advancements in many areas, with the addition of major functionality and thousands of minor improvements. Here are 9 big & small things that vSphere users will really enjoy.

Brian Trainor - Is a consulting engineer with UNICOM Systems and has experience in data center management, infrastructure and operations management, and virtual infrastructure design.

  1. The New vSphere 6.0 Web Client - A quick overview of the new and enhanced vSphere Web Client 6.0. This might be one of the most welcome upgrades offered in vSphere 6.0 as significant improvements have been made in performance and user experience.

Chris Nickl - Chris is a Datacenter Architect/Engineer for World Wide Technology's Professional Services.

  1. What's cool in vSphere 6? - VMware has finally released version 6.0 of their vSphere Environment.  What are largest new features and enhancements.
  2. VVOLs What are they? - VMware has been talking about VVOLS for over two years.  What are they and how do they help us?
  3. vSphere 6 : vSphere Client is ALIVE!! - The long standing VI-Client that was rumored to be killed off, is in fact still around and works with vSphere 6.
  4. vSphere 6 now supports NFS v4.1 with Authentication - vSphere 6 finally supports NFS version 4.1 and even allows Kerberos authentication.  This will allow NFS Multi-pathing and better authentication.
  5. vSphere 6: Multi-Processor Fault Tolerance - With the announcement of vSphere 6.0, one very cool feature that is new is Multi-Processor Fault Tolerance.  You can now turn FT on for VMs with up to 4 vCPUs.
  6. Installing the new vCenter 6.0 Appliance - VMware has released the new 6.0 vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA).  This will detail how to exactly install it so that you can get your environment running.

Dave Morera - Is an experienced virtualization and storage Architect, with breadth of knowledge in other areas as well.

  1. vSphere 6 Web Client: Let's go there… - This article highlights the new features of the new vSphere 6 Web Client. The most noticeable features are highlighted based on customer feedback via social media and VMUG meetings.
  2. vSphere 6 Availability Enhancements - This article highlights the new availability enhancements provided in vSphere6. Such enhancements play an important role in maintaining HA and a DR strategy.
  3. VVols: Go for Launch - This article provides a high level view of VVols as well as its requirements. VVols allow for a better management and integration of storage and vSphere 6.

Derek Seaman - Is VMware VCDX #125, and a Senior Solutions and Performance engineer at Nutanix. He specializes in Microsoft enterprise software, and detailed how-to articles for a variety of enterprise products.

  1. vSphere 6.0 Install Pt. 1: Introduction - Back by popular demand and following in the vSphere 5.5 footsteps, this is the first article in a long series of how-to install and upgrade to vSphere 6.0.
  2. vSphere 6.0 Install Pt 2: PSC
  3. PEX 2015: VVOL Overview
  4. What's new in vSphere 6.0

Edward Haletky

  1. vSphere Upgrade Saga: Planning for vSphere 6.0

Emad Younis

  1. vCenter Appliance (vCSA) 6.0 – New & Improved - vSphere 5.0 introduced us to the vCenter appliance (vCSA). The vCSA continues to evolve with each release and this one is no exception.

Filip Verloy - Is an NSX SE at VMware based in Belgium and has been blogging about virtualization and networking since 2012.

  1. The vSphere 6 blog post focusses on what's new related to vMotion, including cross vCenter- and long distance vMotion and the new use cases it enables.

Florian Grehl - Is a Hosting Engineer working for a managed services provider in Germany.

  1. vSphere 6 vMotion Enhancements - This article introduces cross vSwitch and cross vCenter vMotion. It also analyses what's geographically possible with the increased supported RTT of 100ms.
  2. vSphere 6 Web Client Enhancements - This article highlights the changes in the vSphere Web Client and presents a performance analysis compared to the previous version.

Greg Schulz - Five-time VMware vExpert, independent advisory consultant and author of several books, his blog is storageioblog.com and twitter @StorageIO.

  1. VMware Announces vSphere v6 Virtualization Technologies - VMware has announced version 6 (V6) of its virtualization hypervisor called vSphere aka ESXi, this post looks at the announcement and what it means for implementing a software defined data center including coverage of Virtual Volumes (vVOLs).

Iwan Rahabok - A VMware CTO Ambassador and author, started the user community in ASEAN 6+ years ago. The community Facebook group is one of the largest globally.

  1. vSphere 6 First Impressions - A tour of the changes in the UI. Web Client is now cool again!
  2. vSphere 6: Features that are now global - A great enhancements for customers with multiple vCenter Servers. And who doesn't!
  3. The rise of SDDC Architect - A strategic take on the launch, encouraging VMware professionals to rise up and become the SDDC Architect.

Jason Conine - Virtualization Evangelist, Systems Engineer, MBA, vExpert, VCP5-DCV

  1. VMware vSphere 6.0: What's New?

Jim Jones - Systems and network administrator working in state government. Jim has over 15 years in the IT industry.

  1. Managing your vSphere 6 Environment - vSphere 6 provides a great deal of enhancements to its manageability and scale. This article will provide the high points.

John Nicholson - (vExpert 2013-2014) is the manager of Client Services for Synchronet.  His focus is on Storage and Virtual Desktop Architecture.

  1. VMware VSAN : What's new - This article looks at the end management updates to VSAN as well as the implications of the powerful back end updates to the file system.

Josep Ros

  1. Novedades de VMware vSphere 6.0

Kevin Kelling - Is a 4-time VMware vExpert holding an MBA as well as nearly 20 years of Information Technology experience.

  1. Top 6 Features of vSphere 6 - vSphere 6 may just be the most significant release in VMware's history.  Let's take a quick walk through the 6 biggest features that enable a whole new world of capabilities and opportunity.

Keith Norbie - Sr. Business Development Manager at SolidFire, and works closely with solutions architects, marketing, sales and channel teams to drive forward some of SolidFire's most strategic technology partnerships, including VMware and Citrix Systems. Keith has a strong history of experiences working in different channel and business development roles within the enterprise IT and storage market. He is also an active VMware vExpert and member of VMware's Partner Technical Advisory Board (PTAB).

  1. vSphere 6 Storage - The Future of Storage at Scale

Leon Scheltema - I am a IT professional for over 14 years specialising in Virtualization and Storage, last couple of years focussing on designing virtual infrastructures, Blogger

  1. VMware Reveals vSphere 6 - The article highlights the most important enhancements and new features of the latest vSphere release. In addition a high-level overview of the differences between the vCenter components in the previous version and in the latest version, and how this affects deployment of vCenter nodes.

Michael Webster - Is among a small number of VMware Certified Design Experts (VCDX-066), currently the only VCDX in New Zealand, and a vExpert, with deep experience delivering project management, ITIL based VMware operational readiness and technical architecture consulting services to enterprise and service provider clients around the world.

  1. VMware vSphere Release Revolution for Mobile Cloud Era -  For the first time you will be able to live migrate from private cloud to public cloud, a true hybrid cloud and software defined datacenter. Expect to improve qualify of service for all applications, scale to unprecedented levels, and support even higher levels of service. All while reducing management overheads and complexity across the entire ecosystem. This release has been baking for a while and for good reason. There is a big commitment to product qualify, which was evidenced by the first ever public beta for VMware vSphere.  This is a major release, and is well deserving of the 6.0 version number.

Mohammed Raffic - A VMware vExpert, VMware Employee and an author of the Book "VMware ESXi CookBook". Independent author and Founder of the blog "www.VMwarearena.com" focusing on VMware Virtualization and Cloud computing. He has more than 7 years of high level knowledge in Remote infrastructure services, consulting, designing, implementing and troubleshooting VMware Virtualization technology.

  1. vSphere 6.0 – New Configuration Maximums - This article focuses about the New Configuration maximums available with vSphere 6.0. It provides the Comparison table between the configuration maximums of vSphere 5.5 and vSphere 6.0.
  2. vSphere 6.0 vMotion Enhancements – vMotion Across vSwitches and vCenter Servers - This article focus about the vMotion enhancements available with vSphere 6.0. It provides detailed information about vMotion across vSwicthes, vMotion across vCenters and Long Distance vMotion.
  3. vSphere 6.0 - What's New in VMware Fault Tolerance (FT) - This article focus about the VMware vSphere 6.0 Fault Tolerance and its new features. It also provides comparison table between vSphere 5.5 and vSphere 6.0 Fault Tolerance
  4. vSphere 6.0 New Features – Content Library - This article focus about one of the New Feature called "Content Library" available with vSphere 6.0. It also provides details about configuring content library and deploying Virtual Machines from Content Library.
  5. vSphere 6.0 - What's New in vCenter Server 6.0 - This article focus about the new components and pre-requisites for the installation of vCenter Server 6.0. It also provides the details about 2 different components of vCenter Server along with the details about vCenter Server 6.0 deployment models.
  6. vSphere 6.0 - What's New in vCenter Server Appliance(vCSA) 6.0 - This article focus about the new Installation type, Deployment Model, Appliance Sizing about the vCenter Server Appliance 6.0. It also provides comparison table between Windows Version of vCenter Server and vCenter Server appliance.
  7. vSphere 6.0 New Features - What is VMware Virtual Volumes (VVols)

Niels Hagoort - I am a virtualization enthusiast with a love for software defined solutions. Working at YaWorks as a Sr. Virtualization Consultant.

  1. vSphere 6: Multi-Processor Fault Tolerance (SMP-FT)
  2. vSphere 6: mClock scheduler & reservations

Paul Braren - "TinkerTry IT @ home" Founder and IT Professional Paul Braren actually enjoys the bleeding edge of technology, residing happily at the forefront throughout his multi-decade IT career. Paul has done many years of customer trainings and virtualization implementations. He's always been tinkering, but most recently, he's been honing his photography, videography, and writing skills, with over 500 in-depth articles and over 300 how-to videos at TinkerTry.com.

  1. Getting my mitts on the vSphere 6 bits including ESXi and vCSA, already enhancing my home lab - It's been a long wait for vSphere 6.0, and in the home lab, that likely means ESXi 6.0 coupled with VCSA 6.0. The question for IT Pros/home lab enthusiasts: will my efficient/affordable/unsupported equipment still work with this major new release? Wait no more, catch a good glimpse of all that vSphere 6.0 goodness coming soon to your our home lab.
  2. Sneak Preview - Build your own vSphere 6 home datacenter in about an hour - Today, the day vSphere 6 is announced, I'm already ready to show you exactly how I just re-built my home lab today, in about an hour…stick with hard-coded IPs, SSO auto-configuration in the vCSA appliance now works very nicely. The video is now available, exclusively at TinkerTry!

René Bos - Technical Consultant at Conclusion FIT, SnowVM blog

  1. The new features of vSphere 6

Robert Verdam - My main focus is infrastructure (Storage, Networking and Computing), but I'm also very interested in designing and implementing VDI and Server Based Computing-environments.

  1. vSphere 6: vMotion enhancements - A brief history about vMotion and an overview of new exiting vMotion features. Shows what are use-cases and requirements for these new vMotion features.

Roger Lund - Solutions Architect at Deltaware Data Solutions; Blogger,  VMUG leader, Tech Field Day Delegate, and VMware vExpert.

  1. vCenter Server 6.0 New Features
  2. vSphere 6.0 Platform New Features
  3. vSphere 6.0 Fault Tolerance - New Features
  4. vSphere 6 Configuration of Fault Tolerance

Rutger Kosters - Virtualization Consultant working at YaWorks. Tech Junkie!

  1. mClock Scheduler & Reservations - A closer look at the mClock scheduler and how it is used in vSphere 6 for reservations in association with Storage IO Controls.

Sittichai Palanisong - Currently a Systems Engineer manager for VMware. Has 22 years of experiences in IT industry. Started with systems programming using C. Spent 18 years of career in the world of  UNIX and alike environments.   VCP5 and VCAP-DCD5 certified.

  1. What's New in vSphere 6 (Thai)

Vikas Shitole

  1. vSphere 6.0 : How SIOC works with Storage IO reservation - Yet another vSphere 6.0 feature which will excite you to move your Tier-1 IO intensive apps to vSphere.

Vipin V.K. - Working for a VMware partner company, in India. vExpert 2014/15

  1. vSphere 6 enhancements – Let's take a look - Discussing some of the new key features with the new vSphere release, vSphere 6.

Vladan Seget - IT Consultant, professional Blogger and owner of vladan.fr ESX Virtualization website.

  1. vSphere 6 Long Distance vMotion - vSphere 6 breaks the traditional boundaries which is a datacenter - Po. Long distance vMotion is a game changer in DR strategies and architecturing DR solutions.
  2. vSphere 6 Features - vCenter Server Details - Windows based vCenter or VCSA? The barrier is gone as VCSA 6 scales the same way as Windows vCenter Server 6 - up to 1000 hosts and 10k VMs including support for linked mode…

VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast 298 - Hyper Scaled HP Platforms & #VMworld Europe

Hosts

Eric Nielsen, VMware @ericni25

James Warmkessel, VMware @warmkessel

Guests

Open Discussion

News

HP launches ‘first enterprise-class’ ARM-based server

HP, Applied Micro Release First 64-Bit ARM Server

VMworld 2014 Europe - Hope to see you there!

Around the Community

vBrownbag Podcast

VMUG Local Meetings – Check it today

AdaptingIT – Lauren Malhoit Podcast

Virtualization Security Roundtable

vCatchup Podcast – Craig Waters

Stu McHugh’s Virtualisation Blog – vNews Podcast

Geek Whisperers Podcast

Establish your Cloud Cred!

Join the Conversation on Google+ Communities – Software-Defined Data Center

VUPaaS – Virtualization User Podcast as a Service

Join the Conversation on Google+ Communities – VMware NSX

vSoup Podcast

The Cloudcast Podcast

NEW Join the Google+ EVO:RAIL Community

NEW Join the VMware Integrated OpenStack Community

Link to Audio Recording

Hyper Scaled HP Platforms & VMworld Europe

Show

VMworld 2014 Europe Social Media & Community

Recording - 2014 #vBrownBag VMworld USA

vBrownBag TechTalk schedule for VMworld EMEA 2014

Planet V12n - The Best Virtualization Blogs From Around The Planet

HP Moonshot System

HP’s Moonshot server now packs 64-bit ARM chips

HP to Ship 64-Bit ARM-Based Moonshot Server in 2014

Learn more - ARM - Processor

What are ARM Processors?

Hewlett-Packard Ships The First 64-bit ARM Server With Applied Micro Circuit’s X-Gene - Forbes

 

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VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast 297 - vCloud Automation Center with @vitman75 @JillLiles1

Hosts

Eric Nielsen, VMware @ericni25

Corey Romero, VMware, @vCommunityGuy

Guests

Shiv Diddee, VMware @vitman75

Jill Liles, VMware @JillLiles1

News

VMware Announces vCloud Air ISV Partner Program

VMware Announces General Availability of New Solutions for Building, Managing and Protecting Software-Defined Data Centers

Around the Community

vBrownbag Podcast

VMUG Local Meetings - Check it today

AdaptingIT - Lauren Malhoit Podcast

Virtualization Security Roundtable

vCatchup Podcast - Craig Waters

Stu McHugh's Virtualisation Blog vNews Podcast

Geek Whisperers Podcast

Establish your Cloud Cred!

Join the Conversation on Google+ Communities  Software-Defined Data Center

VUPaaS  Virtualization User Podcast as a Service

Join the Conversation on Google+ Communities  VMware NSX

vSoup Podcast

The Cloudcast Podcast

NEW Join the Google+ EVO:RAIL Community

NEW Join the VMware Integrated OpenStack Community

Link to Audio Recording

vCloud Automation Center w/Shiv Diddee

Show

Calling All VCP5-DCVs: Save Time and Money on Recertification

Download the exam blueprint and learn more!

The Future of VCDX

VMware Education and Certification Blog

VMware Certified Professional - Network Virtualization (VCP-NV) NEW

Recertification Policy: VMware Certified Professional

Certification VMware Page

VMware Education Page

VCDX Boot Camp - Videos

vCloud Automation Center

VMware vCloud Automation Center - Data Sheet

HOL-SDC–1321 - vCloud Automation Center 6 from A to Z

VMworld 2014 Europe Gatherings, Parties and Activities

vBrownBag TechTalk schedule for VMworld EMEA 2014

VMware NOW Registration - Live Launch Events

MGT2173 - How a Major Healthcare Provider Built a Multi-Site Distributed vCloud Center as a Reference Architecture

Reference Architecture - vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) 6.0 Distributed Environment - Part 1 of 2

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VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast 296 - PowerCLI 5.8 R1 @alanrenouf @vTagion

Hosts

Eric Nielsen, VMware @ericni25

Mike Gordon Laverick, VMware @Mike_Laverick

Guests

Brian Graf, VMware @vTagion

Alan Renouf, VMware @alanrenouf

News

VMware Announces General Availability of New Solutions for Building, Managing and Protecting Software-Defined Data Centers

Have you seen the VMware site - Tribal Knowledge

VMware Ranks #1 Compared with Microsoft, Amazon, Cisco and RedHat, Analysts Say

Around the Community

vBrownbag Podcast

VMUG Local Meetings - Check it today

AdaptingIT - Lauren Malhoit Podcast

Virtualization Security Roundtable

vCatchup Podcast - Craig Waters

Stu McHugh - Virtualization Blog - vNews Podcast

Geek Whisperers Podcast

Establish your Cloud Cred!

Join the Conversation on Google+ Communities - Software-Defined Data Center

VUPaaS - Virtualization User Podcast as a Service

Join the Conversation on Google+ Communities - VMware NSX

vSoup Podcast

The Cloudcast Podcast

NEW Join the Google+ EVO:RAIL Community

NEW Join the VMware Integrated OpenStack Community

Link to Audio Recording

PowerCLI 5.8 R1 w/Alan Renouf & Brian Graf

Show

New Release: VMware vSphere PowerCLI 5.8 Release 1

VMworld 2014 Europe - Have Fun!

VMware vSphere PowerCLI 5.8 Release 1 Release Notes

PowerCLI 5.8 Release 1 - new SPBM cmdlets

VMware PowerCLI 5.8 R1 Released

Deploying Log Insight with PowerCLI 5.8 R1 new features

PowerCLI 5.8 New Feature: Get-OvfConfiguration (Part 1 of 2)

PowerCLI 5.8 New Feature: Import-vApp using Get-OvfConfiguration (Part 2 of 2)

New VMware Fling: Introducing PowerActions for vSphere Web Client

Top 3 Scripts and Tools for July 2014

HOL-SDC–1428 - VMware EVO:RAIL Introduction (Hands-on-Lab)

PowerCLI in the vSphere Web Client - Announcing PowerActions

PowerActions for vSphere Web Client

VMworld 2014  EVO:RAIL and EMCs approach

VMware PowerCLI Blog

Download and Install PowerCLI 5.8 Release 1 today from here

Alan Renouf github

 

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VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast 295 - #VMUG Leadership @ravi_venk

Hosts

Eric Nielsen, VMware, @ericni25

Corey Romero, VMware, @vCommunityGuy

Guests

Ravi Venkatasubbaiah, @ravi_venk

News

AirWatch Introduces AirWatch Chat for Secure Enterprise Messaging

Sprint Selects AirWatch Enterprise Mobility Management for Mobile Initiatives

Capgemini and VMware announce strategic partnership to deliver an Enterprise Mobility Management powered by AirWatch offering

Around the Community

vBrownbag Podcast

VMUG Local Meetings – Check it today

AdaptingIT – Lauren Malhoit Podcast

Virtualization Security Roundtable

vCatchup Podcast – Craig Waters

Stu McHugh’s Virtualisation Blog – vNews Podcast

Geek Whisperers Podcast

Establish your Cloud Cred!

Join the Conversation on Google+ Communities – Software-Defined Data Center

VUPaaS – Virtualization User Podcast as a Service

Join the Conversation on Google+ Communities – VMware NSX

vSoup Podcast

The Cloudcast Podcast

NEW Join the Google+ EVO:RAIL Community

NEW Join the VMware Integrated OpenStack Community

Link to Audio Recording

VMUG Leadership w/Ravi Venkatasubbaiah

Show

VMware Delivers Ultimate Windows on Mac Experience With VMware Fusion 7 and VMware Fusion 7 Pro

VMware Fling Contest - enter today

Introducing Hands-on Labs in a Box

VMworld Europe 2014 - Oct 14 - 16

VMware User Group (VMUG) - Consider Joining Today

Meet the VMUG Board of Directors

VMUG on Facebook

VMUG YouTube Channel

VMUG on Twitter

VMUG on Linkedin

Find a VMUG near you

Check out VMUG Advantage - many savings!

Check out the VMUG events Calendar

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VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast 294 - #VMworld wrap-up & open mic

Hosts

Eric Nielsen, VMware, @ericni25

Mike Gordon Laverick, VMware @Mike_Laverick

Guests

Open mic!

News

VMware Delivers Ultimate Windows on Mac Experience With VMware Fusion 7 and VMware Fusion 7 Pro

VMware Announces 2014 VMware Innovation Awards Winners

VMware to Host “What’s New at VMware” Conference Call for Investors and Financial Analysts

NEW Join the Google+ EVO:RAIL Community

NEW Join the VMware Integrated OpenStack Community

Around the Community

vBrownbag Podcast

VMUG Local Meetings – Check it today

AdaptingIT – Lauren Malhoit Podcast

Virtualization Security Roundtable

vCatchup Podcast – Craig Waters

Stu McHugh’s Virtualisation Blog – vNews Podcast

Geek Whisperers Podcast

Establish your Cloud Cred!

Join the Conversation on Google+ Communities – Software-Defined Data Center

VUPaaS – Virtualization User Podcast as a Service

Join the Conversation on Google+ Communities – VMware NSX

vSoup Podcast

The Cloudcast Podcast

Link to Audio Recording

VMworld wrap-up & open mic

Show

VMworld TV Highlights from VMworld 2014

vBrownBag TechTalks at VMworld

VMware Integrated OpenStack (Beta)

VMworld 2014 Social Media Stream

VMworld 2014 U.S. Wrap-up

VMworld 2014 Top Ten

ESXi Mac Learning dvFilter

VMworld Photos

VMworld Flickr from Angelo Luciani

Key takeaways from VMworld 2014

VMworld 2014 News and Insta-Analysis: VMware Doubles Down on the Cloud

Slideshow: VMworld 2014 highlights software-defined data center

VMWorld 2014: Winners and Losers

VMworld US 2014: The Day 4 Buzz

Getting Started with OpenStack and VMware vSphere

VMworld TV Interview: Robin Matlock, CMO, about Destination Giveback

VMware Teams With Docker, Google and Pivotal to Simplify Enterprise Adoption of Containers

VMware Unifies Mobile, Desktop and Content Management With VMware Workspace Suite

VMware, NVIDIA and Google Unveil Future of Graphics-Rich Applications Delivered on Enterprise Cloud Desktops

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