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The VMware Certified Lenovo XClarity Web Client Plug-In Solution

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The VMware Certified Lenovo XClarity Solution Capabilities Lenovo recently certified their XClarity vSphere web client plugin solution.  Lenovo XClarity Administrator is a new centralized resource management solution that enables administrators to deploy infrastructure faster and with less effort. The solution seamlessly integrates into Lenovo servers and Flex System converged infrastructure platform. XClarity provides automated discovery, monitoring, firmware Read more...

vSphere 6.5 Upgrade Considerations Part-1

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The release of vSphere 6.5 in November 2016 introduced many new features and enhancements. These include the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) now becoming the default deployment. vCenter Server native high availability, which protects vCenter Server from application failure. Built-in File-Based backup and restore allows customers the ability to backup their vCenter Server from the VAMI or by Read more...

Secure Boot for ESXi 6.5 – Hypervisor Assurance

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I’ve talked about how vSphere has been moving towards a “secure by default” stance over the past few years. This can clearly be seen in the new vSphere 6.5 Security Configuration Guide where the number of  “hardening” steps are growing smaller with every release. In this blog post we will go over another “secure by Read more...

3 Reasons To Go Hybrid

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Customers often view public clouds as a means to gain the agility to respond to changing business needs or accelerate innovation and align costs. While some customers will be completely based in the public cloud, the reality for many customers, if not most, is that they will have a mix of private infrastructure models and Read more...

Learn about vSphere 6.5 – and Win a Drone!

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If you haven’t yet taken the Hands-on Lab for vSphere 6.5, now is the perfect time to do so.  When it was originally released during VMworld 2016, this lab was running a pre-release version of vSphere. The HOL team has been hard at work, and they have just updated the lab to the officially released version of Read more...

vSphere Management Assistant Deprecation

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Do you remember when the vSphere Management Assistant (vMA) was introduced? If you do then I’m sure you also remember the reason! Let’s go back to the days when ESXi was not around, remember ESX? ESX had a much larger service console and managing this service console was sometimes harder than it needed to be, Read more...

vSphere 6.5 Security Configuration Guide now available

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Announcing the GA release of the vSphere Security Configuration Guide!   Rename As I mentioned in my previous blog post where I announced the availability of the Security Configuration Guide (SCG) Release Candidate, the term “Hardening Guide” will no longer be used starting with vSphere 6.5.  Only an increasingly small subset of the settings are Read more...