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VMware Upgrade & Update Operations Survey

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If you have a few minutes to spare, can you please fill out this short survey for VMware Upgrade and Update Operations. We are interested in how you currently manage the lifecycle (upgrades & updates) of your VMware infrastructure. Your feedback will help us improve our products and better support our customers. VMware Upgrade and Read more...
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VMware VXLAN Deployment Guide available for Download

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Recently I posted the Network Virtualization Design Guide that provides details on the different components of VMware’s VXLAN based network virtualization solution. The guide also discusses the packet flow and design considerations while deploying VXLAN in an existing and a green field environment. To accompany this design guide we have put together a VXLAN deployment Read more...
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New Whitepaper published–vCloud Disaster Infrastructure Resiliency Case Study

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A new whitepaper has just been published on the VMware website, this paper was written by Aidan Dalgleish, Consulting Architect who’s personal blog can be viewed here and Alan Renouf, Sr Technical Marketing Architect. Overview VMware vCloud Director® enables enterprise organizations to build secure private clouds that dramatically increase datacenter efficiency and business agility. Coupled Read more...
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vSphere 5.1 Hardening Guide Release Candidate now available

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I have posted the following in the vSphere Security blog. It is being cross-posted here to get maximum visibility and as an FYI vSphere 5.1 Hardening Guide Release Candidate now available I would like to announce the release of the Rev B/Release Candidate for the vSphere 5.1 Security Hardening Guide.  This guide should be functionally Read more...
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vSphere future: storage reservation survey

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The resource management team is interested in your opinion about a feature in development; storage reservations. The current version of Storage I/O Control provides tools to prioritize and provide fairness to I/O streams of virtual machines. However the current version does not provide a function to specify number of IOPS to guarantee a minimum level. Read more...
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New Beta Program offering: VMware Hosted Beta

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Many of you probably have participated in one of the many beta programs VMware has offered in the last couple of years. I personally have participated in various beta programs when I was a customer / partner and I always loved going through the various exercises. The challenging part for me always was finding the Read more...
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Which Guest OSes Are Supported In vCloud Director?

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Similar to my previous blog post for vSphere, you can now programmatically retrieve the list of supported guest OSes for vCloud Director 5.1 if you are looking to build your own custom provisioning solution or portal. You no longer have to create a static list and you can now dynamically generate the list of supported Read more...
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Which Guest OSes Are Supported In vSphere?

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A common question that I see asked on the VMTN community forums is the ability to programmatically identify which guest OSes (Operating Systems) are supported in vSphere using the vSphere APIs. This request usually comes in handy for folks looking to build their own custom provisioning solution or portal to provide to their end users. Read more...
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Italian VMUG – April 3rd, 2013 – Milan

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This is one for our Italian readers. If you are a VMware user and reside in Italy, we are having a great Italian VMUG event in Milan on April 3rd, next month. I will be presenting on VMware’s Software Defined Storage vision, and giving some insight into some of the features VMware is currently working Read more...