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If you are like me, VMworld 2014 in San Francisco left my brain on overload. With so many new product and services announcements, plus breakout sessions filled with technical information and demos in the expo floor booths, it’s hard not to feel like you are drinking from the proverbial fire hose.  Throw in a party or three, plus the pile of work waiting when you get home and all that great info you gathered starts to turn up with some CRC errors in your memory.
VMware Feature Walkthrough Home

Fortunately, VMware has a tool that you can use to refresh your memory on the VMware solutions and services that you explored at VMworld.  The VMware Feature Walkthrough site ( provides technical overviews and step-by-step guidance for installing, configuring and managing our solutions.  Each walkthrough includes screen shots with relevant steps highlighted and text explaining the process.

VMware vSOM Walkthrough

The Feature Walkthrough site is a great for stepping through a self-paced demo of a particular VMware product or feature.  We’ve made the site mobile friendly, so go ahead and open it on your tablet and take it into the data center to guide your proof-of-concept install of the products you saw or heard about during VMworld, or to simply refresh your memory on just where exactly that checkbox to enable a product feature is.  Use it to show your boss that cool feature you saw at VMworld, or to familiarize yourself with the basics of a product before you jump into a live Hands-on Lab environment.

We’re always adding new walkthroughs; the vSphere with Operations Management (vSOM) series of Walkthroughs was recently refreshed, and NSX and Virtual SAN walkthroughs are now available. If there are any particular products or features that you want to see added to the site, feel free to drop me a note at or leave a comment below!

About the Author

Josh Townsend

Josh Townsend is a Sr. Technical Marketing Architect in VMware’s Integrated Systems Business Unit, where he focuses on VMware Cloud Foundation and other Software Defined Data Center technologies. Josh is a technology leader with 15 years of hands-on experience in VMware virtualization, storage design, Microsoft technologies and network infrastructure as a customer, consultant and VMware partner. He holds several technical certifications, including VCP, VCAP5-DCD & VCAP5-DTD. Josh is active in the Washington DC VMUG and has been recognized as a community leader through the vExpert and EMC Elect programs. In his spare time, Josh serves as a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical responder with Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department - in the heart of the Washington DC area’s high tech corridor and data center alley. Follow Josh on Twitter @joshuatownsend