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VMworld 2016 U.S. – vExpert Sessions

vExpert: Dennis Bray
Twitter: @dennisbray
Blog: vminstructor.com

vExpert: Mike Brown
Twitter: @vMikeBrown
Blog: vcdx71.com

vExpert: Denny Cherry
Twitter: @mrdenny
Blog: dcac.co

vExpert: Nick Colyer
Twitter: @vnickc
Blog: 2ninjas1blog.com

vExpert: Tom Cronin
Twitter: @Virtual_Tom


vExpert: John Davis
Twitter: @johnnyadavis
Blog: vloreblog.com

vExpert: Romain Decker
Twitter: @woueb
Blog: cloudmaniac.net

vExpert: Luc Dekens
Twitter: @LucD22
Blog: lucd.info

vExpert: Joe DePasquale
Twitter: @DepasqualeJoe
Blog: blogs.vmware.com/tam/tag/joe-depasquale

vExpert: Adam Eckerle
Twitter: @eck79
Blog: blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/author/aeckerle

vExpert: Steve Flanders
Twitter: @smflanders
Blog: sflanders.net

vExpert: Rob Girard
Twitter: @robgirard
Blog: linkedin.com/in/robgirard/

vExpert: Chris Gurley
Twitter: @cmgurley
Blog: thegurleyman.com

vExpert: Forbes Guthrie
Twitter: forbesguthrie
Blog: vreference.com

vExpert: Niels Hagoort
Twitter: @NHagoort
Blog: cloudfix.nl

vExpert: Chris Halstead
Twitter: @chrisdhalstead
Blog: chrisdhalstead.net

vExpert: Jon Harris
Twitter: @JonOnDaCloud
Blog: virtumaster.com

vExpert: Ryan Johnson
Twitter: @tenthirtyam
Blog: tenthirtyam.org

vExpert: Mohammed Raffic Kajamoideen
Twitter: @vmwarearena
Blog: vmwarearena.com

vExpert: Ryan Kelly
Twitter: @vmtocloud
Blog: VmtoCloud.com

vExpert: GS Khalsa
Twitter: @gurusimran
Blog: vbrowncoat.com

vExpert: Thomas LaRock
Twitter: @SQLRockstar
Blog: thomaslarock.com

vExpert: Matt Liebowitz
Twitter: @mattliebowitz
Blog: thelowercasew.com

vExpert: Simon Long
Twitter: @simonlong_
Blog: simonlong.co.uk

vExpert: Kannan Mani
Twitter: @kantwit
Blog: vmoracle.com

vExpert: Vinith Menon
Twitter: @vinithmenon28
Blog: virtualize-automate.com

vExpert: Adam Osterholt
Twitter: @osterholta
Blog: datacenter.ninja

vExpert: Raffaello Poltronieri
Twitter: @raffapol
Blog: vaddicted.wordpress.com

vExpert: Lakshmana Prakash
Twitter: @VMAppDelivery
Blog: blogs.vmware.com

vExpert: Soeren Reinertsen
Twitter: @SorenReinertsen


vExpert: Alan Renouf
Twitter: @alanrenouf
Blog: virtu-al.net

vExpert: Kyle Ruddy
Twitter: @kmruddy
Blog: thatcouldbeaproblem.com

vExpert: Sachin Sharma
Twitter: @sachin_d_sharma
Blog: www.blogs.vmware.com/euc

vExpert: Vaughn Stewart
Twitter: @vStewed
Blog: vaughnstewart.com

vExpert: Matt Vandenbeld
Twitter: @vcloudmatt
Blog: cloudmatt.com

vExpert: Kong Yang
Twitter: @KongYang
Blog: http://bit.ly/KongYangGeekSpeakBlog

vExpert: Emad Younis
Twitter: @Emad_Younis
Blog: emadyounis.com

VMware at #EMCworld 2016


“Software-Define Your Future” with VMware at EMC World 2016
If you will be attending EMC World 2016 in Las Vegas (May 2-5), join us for a value-packed agenda of VMware keynotes, sessions, demos and labs for SDDC, Hyper-Converged Infrastructure, Hybrid Cloud and Cloud-Native Apps.

Visit our VMware booth (Solutions Expo) for theater presentations every 20 minutes and meet our technical staff in person at any of the booth pods for product demos and Q&A.  The VMware booth team will be offering fantastic raffle prizes for attending booth demos and instant prizes for participants in other activities.

VMware Keynotes (General Session Theater):
Tuesday, May 3rd, 10am – Ray O’Farrell – VMware Management & Orchestration
Wednesday, May 4th, 10am – Kit Colbert – VMware Cloud Native Apps

VMware Breakout Sessions & Booth Theater Presentations:
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emworld-sessions      emcworld-theater

Social Media Stream for VMware at #EMCworld 2016
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Follow VMware and EMC World Twitter updates:
Twitter list for EMC World 2016
VMware Twitter directory

Watch LIVE and recorded video coverage online:
theCUBE video (interviews, highlights)
EMC TV (keynotes, interviews, highlights)

EMC World 2016 Mobile App:
Available for iOS, Android or Web App

Questions about VMware products or solutions?
Ask our team onsite at the VMware Booth or in sessions
Explore our VMTN Community Forums for Q&A
Explore the Everything VMware at EMC Community

Hope to see you in Las Vegas for EMC World 2016!

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 vSphere Resources And Webcasts Customers Should Know About!

Hi everyone,

I am one of the VMware
vSphere product marketing managers at VMware and wanted to give you a summary
of all the upcoming content related to the vSphere launch. We have developed
resources for all audiences and technical levels to help you understand what is
VMware vSphere, how does it work, and how to upgrade to it from VI3 or deploy
it for the first time. 

Here is a quick summary of
vSphere resources. More details are provided below the table.

Existing customers interested in:

Gaining an in-depth understanding of vSphere

to vSphere

New customers interested in:

a basic understanding of vSphere and its value proposition

vSphere for the first time

VMware vSphere Upgrade Center

Live Technical Webcasts

(parts 3-8)

Live Overview Webcasts

On-demand webcasts

(parts 1-2)

VMware vSphere QuickStart Series

On-demand webcasts
(mix of overview and technical

 VMware vSphere Evaluation Center
(goes live on vSphere GA date)

VMware vSphere product page (divided by company size)


Visit the VMware
vSphere web page
to learn more about the features and benefits of
VMware vSphere based on your company size.  You will find datasheets, demos, and solution
briefs on the vSphere product pages.


We have developed 3
webcast series:

We also have a series of podcasts for
those of you who would like to learn about vSphere on the go! The podcasts will
cover vSphere editions and provide technical deep dives into the new features.


We have launched VMware vSphere Upgrade
, a site that contains all the information you need to upgrade
from VI3 to vSphere 4. The site will point you to upgrade preparation
checklists, access to vSphere upgrade communities, vSphere entitlement paths
for VI customers with active subscription contracts, and details on the new and
improved licensing mechanism. We will add more resources to this page including
upgrade best practices when vSphere becomes Generally Available.  I highly recommend that you bookmark this
page if you are an existing VI customer.

[coming soon] We are
creating a vSphere Evaluation Center
packed with demos and technical documentation to provide a guided evaluation
experience for both new and existing customers. The site will go live when
vSphere becomes generally available.


Note: This resource is NOT designed for existing VI

One last resource I want
to point out to New Customers is the
VMware vSphere QuickStart
. This is a new FREE course that will be taught live over the web
in four 2-hour modules. It is designed to teach VMware vSphere and VMware ESXi
evaluators how to do a basic installation, configuration and management of either
ESXi or vSphere. The course primarily consists of live product demonstrations to
ensure new users gain practical experience that can be leveraged to do a basic
vSphere POC or small deployment. If you
are already familiar with VMware Infrastructure (VI3), you should not attend
this class unless you want an 8 hour review of what you already know.

is a short outline of the series:

Module Topic:

Module description

Scheduled delivery Date

Part 1: Install and
Configure ESXi

  • VMware vSphere deployment architecture
  • Install and configure ESXi
  • Configure network and storage
  • Create a virtual machine

Monday: 6/15/09

Part 2: VM Management
with vCenter Server

  • Install and configure VMware vCenter Server
  • User access control
  • VM management (templates, snapshots, and
    thin/thick provisioned VM disks)

Monday: 6/22/09

Part 3: Cluster Set
up, Availability, and Load Balancing

  • Cluster set up
  • Configure
    VMware VMotion, Storage VMotion, HA, and DRS

Monday: 6/29/09

Part 4: Monitoring,
Availability, Back up, and Next Steps

  • Monitoring & troubleshooting
  • Alarms and reports
  • Configure VMware Fault Tolerance & Data
  • VMware vSphere editions & bundles

Monday: 7/6/09

Registration is open today
and space is very limited. Visit the vSphere QuickStart landing
to view course details and register!

VMotioning your Service Console?! » Yellow Bricks

Re our post yesterday on ESXi, Duncan dives deeper into one of the tools that VMware is creating so that you don’t have to pop the hood — VMware Infrastructure Management Assistant (VIMA).

Link: VMotioning your Service Console?! » Yellow Bricks.

Some of you might have looked into VIMA
already. Those of you that didn’t please check it out because I expect
this to be the way that VMware is heading. Note, I don’t know if it
really is the way VMware is heading, but a Service Console
with VMotion capabilities sounds like a winner to me. A little birdie
also just told me that APC, the UPS Company, is finishing their VIMA
Compatible UPS software agent!

The cool thing about VIMA is that it includes the RCLI commands, the
Perl toolkit and a logger daemon named vilogd. The last one will be the
topic for this blog. So what does this logger daemon include? The vilogd daemon collects all the logs that are available through the DiagnosticManager VI API:

SAP application-aware management integration: a model for the future?

At VMworld, we talked about how we think you’ll be managing your VMware Infrastructure in the future. Through programs like the VMware Ready Management Initiative and the APIs and services on the platform, the management vendors you’re already using will be able to extend their tools you’re already using to better manage your virtual resources.

SAP is already ahead of the game today by integrating their Adaptive Computing Controller with VirtualCenter. One of the benefits of this integration is you can manage (start, stop, resume, VMotion) your virtual machines from inside the application-aware SAP tool, so that you can see your VMs not as black-box compute workloads, but also by the SAP services they are running. Hmm, the future of virtual management is looking interesting.

Joachim gives us the details: Virtualization for SAP Solutions: News on the SAP Adaptive Computing Controller: Integration with VMware Infrastructure.

What does the integration entail? Let me start with a few customer
questions that I frequently get. “With VMware ESX there is a new
component in the stack. How do I do the monitoring then?”, “I am an SAP
Basis Administrator and I need to see what else is running in my ESX
servers. But I do not want to learn a new tool!”, or “My infrastructure
manager does not want to give me access to VirtualCenter, so how can I
see what is going on in my SAP landscape?” are some of the more common

The upcoming integration addresses all of these points. The AC UI will
feature a new tab called “Virtualization”, adding core virtual machine
functionality to the existing AC functionality (which basically treats
a virtual machine as a physical system). In the “Virtualization” tab
you can see which application service is running on which virtual
machine on which ESX host, and you get information about ESX hosts and
virtual machine usage data. You can also execute core VMware commands
like start/stop/suspend/resume for a VM, and trigger a migration using
VMotion through the SAP UI. Very cool is also the following feature: If
you click on “shutdown” for a VM, the AC Controller displays a pop-up
window listing which SAP services are running in the VM and asks you
whether it is still ok to proceed with the shutdown. This is clearly
new stuff and a great interaction between virtual infrastructure and
application. …

If you click on a specific ESX host you get some usage statistics for
that server as well as a list of all SAP services running on each
virtual machine on that host.

Deep dive on B-hive

Bernd Harzog over at Doug Brown’s place (DABCC.com) has a great deep dive with B-hive’s CEO and CTO. Link: Virtualization Management: VMware B-hive Detailed Product Review.

Why the Old Way No Longer Works
I get into how the product works, I want to spend a moment on why it is
important to do things in the way that B-hive does it. There is a right
way and a wrong way to do Applications Performance Management in
virtualized environments. The reason for this is that when you stick a
piece of software in a VM, the Windows OS (assume Windows for a moment)
no longer owns the clock (the hypervisor does). This means that
anything that counts time inside of a VM will do so incorrectly. This
includes management agents from systems management vendors and APM
vendors. This in turn means that you cannot collect resource usage
information or response times from within a guest and try to use that
information to infer anything about the performance of the application
running in the guest. Time based metrics include CPU utilization, Page
Faults per Second, Context Switches per Second, Disk I/O Reads/Writes
per Second, Network Bytes Send/Received per Second, and most
importantly any measure of the time elapsed between Event A (start of a
transaction) and Event B (end of transaction). So, neither resource
based metrics nor applications response time metrics collected from
inside of a guest VM are valid. All of this is described in a VMware Whitepaper
on the subject if you do not believe me. Bottom line – products that
install agents to measure resource utilization and/or response time in
virtualized guests do not work. So once you virtualize, a new way to do
APM is needed. …

By buying B-hive,
VMware did not just acquire yet another product that watched resource
utilization on servers. B-hive moved the ball forward in terms of how
to measure performance the right way (response time), with IT
Operations as the target audience. This will be a highly valuable tool
to VMware customers with virtualized servers, and will significantly
enhance the value of the VMware platform relative to competing
platforms from Microsoft and Citrix, neither of whom have anything like
this in their portfolios.

Grid Today also talks to VMware CTO Steve Herrod on the importance of this acquisition. Link: Does B-hive Acquisition Make VMware a Cloud Vendor?. [via]

To put it simply, Herrod says that Conductor is able to “think at
the level that applications that at,” as opposed to thinking at an
infrastructure level. Whereas most of VMware’s measurement tools focus
on machine metrics like CPU MHz or RAM usage, B-hive’s tool is able to,
for example, recognize what it looks like to report a Web page and what
it looks like when a Web page is returned to a user, and can then
report on the average time to provide a page. And it is just as
proficient looking into more complex, multi-tier applications, says

This application-level insight is increasingly vital to
VMware users, many of whom are implementing “VMware first” initiatives.
Large companies in particular, says Herrod, are putting all of their
apps in virtual environments, and they are not hesitant about
requesting more support in terms of performance tracking when they
migrate mission-critical applications to VMware. “From our standpoint,”
he says, “we saw a way to do performance better than it’s done on
physical systems, so we see it as another driver for people to bring
new applications into their systems.”

“We’re 100 percent serious
about making VMware the best place to run mission-critical
applications,” Staten stated. “And to the extent we make those easier
to manage and more available and more secure than when they’re running
natively, that’s absolutely our strategy — and this is one of the
pillars in doing that.”

What does B-hive do again?

As you may know, VMware recently began the process of acquiring B-hive, but you may not know much about what B-hive does. From the press release, B-hive "gives infrastructure
groups visibility into application performance in virtual environments
such as end-user transaction response time, virtual machine utilization
and cross-virtual machine dependencies."  Think of it as providing more raw data for both your existing management solutions and for automated tools like DRS, so you can "proactively
resolve application performance problems by automatically triggering
actions such as dynamically allocating more resources, migrating the
application to a different server, provisioning additional VMs,
changing transaction routing, or system re-boots."

Note also that B-hive is agentless, which means not only do you not have to install software in the guest, but that it is independent of OS, something that fits very well into VMware’s philosophy and architecture.

I wanted to share this description of what B-hive does with you. It’s fairly detailed yet still high level. (I don’t know enough about this space to comment on Bernd’s market landscape observations. Again, I don’t think VMware is going in to the "application performance management" space, but we just want to give you more and better data to start implementing the dynamic cloud data center of the future. You can also go straight to the source and visit b-hive’s site, where you can get a deeper understanding. Their blog is also worth checking out.

Link: Virtualization Management After VMware / B-hive, Who Wins – Who Loses | Bernd Harzog’s "Managing Virtualization" Column.

B-hive – A Quick Look at the Product
basic idea of an APM or EUEM solution is to measure either applications
performance (how fast is the application processing transactions or
units of work as they arrive from users or other applications), or the
end user experience, which measures how well the application is working
in the eyes of its end users. B-hive is not a true end user experience
solution since in order to be one of these you have to be able to
measure response time from the perspective of actual end users, and
B-hive does not do this. B-hive measures response time from the
perspective of the presentation tier (the web server if it is a web
based system) of an application system, which is exactly the right
approach if you want to be a leading edge APM solution (older APM
solutions tried to infer applications performance by looking at the
resources used by an application, and this approach simply does not
work for virtualized applications systems). So, here is a quick
overview of what B-hive does:

1. B-hive
attaches to a mirror (spanned) port on the switch that supports the
servers closest to the users (most often the switch that supports the
web servers). This allows B-hive to see all of the transactions that
flow back and forth between users and the applications system.

2. B-hive’s
concept of response time is the time between the arrival of a request
from a user, and the reply to that request on the part of the
application system. By default these transactions are "atomic" or
highly granular and not something that that map to what a user would
view as a transaction of interest. But they are representative of the
overall response time of the system, and since these atomic
transactions can be supported for almost every application with no
configuration, they represent the right level of detail for the IT
staff supporting the virtual infrastructure.

3. B-hive
also understands certain back end protocols like SQL Server and Oracle.
So for two-tier client server applications or any application that
talks to a database, the request/response time to and from the database
server is used as a proxy for response time.

4. The
level of the atomic transaction depends upon the nature of the
application. For web based applications the atomic transactions are
HTTP request/responses. For non-web applications they are lower level
TCP/IP request/responses or database request/response times.

5. With
additional effort, atomic transactions can be combined into true
compound transactions or transactions of interest to applications
owners and the business. In fact B-hive is sold in two flavors, one
that supports just atomic transactions for the IT staff, and another
one that includes the more comprehensive view of higher level
transactions which are of interest to applications owners and the
business analysts.

6. B-hive
will try to get the user ID of the application out of the TCP/IP data
stream. For web based applications this is easy. For some applications
this is not possible, and the notion of who the user is defaults to the
source IP address which is in many cases not unique to a user (due to
NAT). This is one area where vmSight has an advantage due to its
patented Connector ID technology.

7. B-hive
claims to be able to automatically drive actions in the virtualized
environment (for example provision a new server or move a VM) based
upon its response time measurements. This takes DRS to an entirely
different level, since making these kinds of decisions based upon
applications response time makes much more sense than does making them
based upon CPU or memory usage.

PowerShell toolkit anticipation builds

Well, once Carter spilled the beans, everybody is now waiting with bated breath for VMware to release the beta of our new curiously-named VI Toolkit (for Windows). The toolkit is powered by Windows PowerShell, a shell/scripting technology that Microsoft appears to have gotten very right indeed. The VI SDK, while extremely powerful, is not for the faint of heart. This toolkit takes that power and wraps it up in a very simple syntax which creates a compelling tool for VI admins.

I’m a Perl guy from way back, and I have to say seeing PowerShell
scripts, er, cmdlets do all sorts of tricks with my VMs without breaking a sweat
makes me grin like a maniac. This is going to be a real boon to VI

Here’s an example from the VMworld hands-on lab manual Automating VMware with PowerShell Lab Manual. How can you not like this? You don’t even need a manual to understand what it does.

get-vm | get-snapshot | where { `
  $_.Created -lt (get-date).addmonths(-1) `

Here’s a round-up of the blog reactions so far.

Dave Marshall played with it at VMworld. Link: VMware administrators find value
in Microsoft PowerShell

I in fact also attended the lab during the show
and found it quite interesting and compelling. For me, this was the
first time I had actually used the PowerShell cmdlets to operate and
manage a VMware environment. I spoke with VMware’s Product Manager of
API & SDK, Carter Shanklin at length. Like the people being exposed
to PowerShell for the first time, Shanklin seemed very energetic about
the possibilities that this scripting feature brings to VMware

Eric Sloof has been working with the toolkit for a while and posting his progress. Link: VMware PowerShell – NTPRO.NL. Here are some of his posts:

Hal is looking for good nuts to crack with our new nutcracker. Link: Call for Script Ideas: VMware PowerShell Toolkit.

Calling all ESX admins!  I am looking for novel ideas for scripts to
write for the upcoming VMware Toolkit for Windows PowerShell.  Yes–I am
offering to do the writing.  I am doing research for a project (details
of which to be announced in the coming weeks), and I could use some
really great ideas of missing functionality or fixes to problems you
have seen while working with VMware Virtual Infrastructure 3.  Pointers
to something cool you have seen done with the VMware Perl Toolkit are
good too.  It’ll be amusing to see how much simpler those will be in PowerShell.  :D

Hal and Andrew Kutz are also having a great discussion about relative complexity and our Perl vs PowerShell toolkits here: TechProsaic
– VMware Perl Toolkit versus PowerShell VI Toolkit
. I don’t think either one really is saying my scripting language is better than yours, but more that the VMware team has done a great job of providing the right level of interface for what admins need to do. Jeffrey Snover actually puts it best on the Windows PowerShell team blog. Link: Windows PowerShell : The Semantic Gap.

Someone could read this blog and walk away thinking, "PowerShell is
great and Perl is crap" – you’d be both right and wrong.  PowerShell is
great but Perl is not crap.  (Hats off to superstar Larry Wall
and Perl, very few people and technologies that have had the level of
(positive 🙂 ) impact these 2 have had on the industry.  The world is
a better place because that guy was born!)   The difference between the
2 examples is the semantic gap.  The PowerShell example has a very small gap between what you think and what you type. The Perl example has a very large gap.

the end of the day, the semantic gap is "owned" by the people that
provide the instrumentation.   VMWare could have just as easily
provided a PowerShell Script that took just as many lines as the Perl
example or they could have provide a Perl library or script which
provides the semantics of the Get-VM cmdlet.

The good folks at SAPIEN Technologies have a new VI Toolkit (for Windows) book coming out. Link: Coming Soon: Managing VMWare with Windows PowerShell

We’ve a new book in the works: Managing VMWare with Windows PowerShell: TFM. Read about it at http://www.sapienpress.com/vmware.asp,
where you can also read about the author and (once we have them
available) download preview chapters. We’ll be looking for community
reviewers before long, so if you’re an ESX Server user, stay tuned to
this blog for your chance to participate and earn some cash!

Dave Stein wins the award for the best title so far: Oh No They Didn’t!  VMware Getting all Uppity with Mac Daddy PowerShell

I have no doubt you or your RSS reader should stay glued to the VI PowerShell and Developer Center blogs — the VI Toolkit (for Windows) beta is coming your way soon.

Peeling the VI onion: introducing the VI Team Blog

The VI Team has opened the doors on their brand spankin’ new blog over at http://blogs.vmware.com/vi. They’ll be posting occasional pieces on their view of virtualization, the technology, where it’s headed, how it all fits together, and what they’re hearing from customers, both big and small.

Product marketing manager Leena Joshi starts us off. Leena is over the jet lag from her trip to VMworld Europe in Cannes, where she presented on What’s new in VI 3.5. On the new VI Team Blog, she breaks apart the different layers of VI3, and what we mean when we say “Management & Automation.” Link: VMware virtualization perspectives | VI Team Blog.

Today we begin with an overview of how we think about the entire virtualization stack. The clarification of our viewpoint is necessary because the market tends to speak of two categories – 1. The hypervisor and 2. An amorphous glob called “management”. While it is relatively clear what the hypervisor is, it is far from clear what is being lumped under “management” in the virtualization context.

In our minds, there are two distinct layers of “management” on top of the hypervisor – the virtual infrastructure capabilities, and the automation capabilities.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, and “peel the onion” layer by layer.

Go over and say hi.