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Reading Time: 3 minutes Recently a new VMware vExpert Sub-Program has been announced: the vExpert PRO program. But compared with the vExpert program and the other vExpert sub-programs, is slightly different. A vExpert Pro is a current vExpert who excels in their local region, adding value to the program and giving back to the community. This person has a strong relationship with the local IT community in general, and works as an advocate for the vExpert program, recruiting, mentoring and training people.

Reading Time: 3 minutes VMware vSphere with Operations Management (or vSOM) offers the full range of vSphere features for transforming data centers into dramatically simplified virtualized infrastructures, for running today’s applications with the next generation of flexible, reliable IT services. Best in class management capabilities allow IT to gain visibility into virtual environments, proactively identify and remediate emerging performance issues, and optimize resource utilization through a unified console. This bundle combine VMware vSphere with vRealize Operations Management in a single product to simplify licensing and purcase procedures.

Reading Time: 5 minutes VMware vSAN is a powerful hyperconverged solution, but sometimes still lack of some information or usability. In most cases the health engine is working well and automatically, but in other case it needs your attention and manual operation. One example is the vSAN Disk Balance alarm that sometimes happen in your cluster and bring your healt status no more “green”. This warning just indicate that that the cluster is imbalanced and there are disks that are high on space usage while others are very low, that potentially can make your cluster no more optimal.

Reading Time: 2 minutes Some weeks ago, VMware has discover a possible issue in all VMware vSAN 6.6 and 6.7 cluster, related to hot (or also cold) disk-extend operations. Applications such as databases report in-guest data inconsistency on a VMDK that has been extended while residing on VMware vSAN 6.6 and later. More information of this issue are provided in the VMware KB 58715 (Virtual Machines running on VMware vSAN 6.6 and later report guest data consistency concerns following a disk extend operation).

Reading Time: 4 minutes If you are running VMware vSphere 5.5 or 6.x you may have some issues with VM snapshots with the risk that VMs may report guest data inconsistencies! Not funny at all and potentially a critical problem that must be planned, considering that VM snapshots are used by all VM native backup products! And more serious that the cosmetic snapshot “issue” in VMware vSphere 6.0 using the vSphere C# Client. This issue is still open for vSphere 5.5 (and probably will remain un-fixed considerind that v5.5 is in End of General Support), 6.0 and 6.5.

Reading Time: 4 minutes After one year from the release of VMware Workstation 14 and VMware Fusion 10, VMware has just released VMware Workstation 15, VMware Player 15 (for Windows and Linux PCs) and VMware Fusion 11 (for MacOSX). A good celebration of VMware’s 20th anniversary, considering that the first product was VMware Workstation. And a good news, considering that two year ago there were some rumors and doubts about the future of Workstation and Fusion products, due to the laying off some employees from the related teams.

Reading Time: 4 minutes VMware NSX-T Data Center is the next generation product that provides a scalable network virtualization and micro-segmentation platform for multi-hypervisor environments, container deployments, and native workloads. It has not yet become features parity with NSX-v, but the gap is closing faster and there are also several new features and capabilities available ONLY on NSX-T. And the product is growing faster: on June was release the NSX-T Data Center 2.2.0 and now there is the new NSX-T Data Center 2.3.0 release (see the release notes).

Reading Time: 4 minutes VMware Cloud Foundation is VMware’s unified SDDC platform for the hybrid cloud and it’s based on VMware’s compute, storage, and network virtualization technologies to deliver a native integrated software stack that can be used on-premises for private cloud deployment or run as a service from the public cloud with consistent and simple operations. The core components of VMware Cloud Foundation are VMware vSphere, Virtual SAN (vSAN) for the storage part, and NSX, for the network and security part. VMware Cloud Foundation comes also with VMware SDDC Manager that automates the entire system life cycle and simplifies software operations for the entire stack. With […]

Reading Time: 3 minutes VMware vSphere 5.5 is really close to its End of Support, that will mean no more updates and possible limited support from VMware. The End of General Support for vSphere 5.5 is September 19, 2018. To maintain your full level of support and subscription services, VMware recommends upgrading to vSphere 6.5, or to a newer version.

Reading Time: 3 minutes Just a few weeks ago, VMware has released NSX Data Center for vSphere v6.4.2 and now it’s the turn of a new version: NSX Data Center for vSphere v6.4.3. NSX Data Center for vSphere 6.4.3 addresses a number of specific customer bugs. See Resolved Issues for more information. The release notes describe other aspects, but there aren’t new features or specific improvement in this new release.

Reading Time: 4 minutes Historically speaking, the VMware management tools were mostly based on Microsoft Windows systems. The biggest example was the vCenter Server that has start as a Windows installable software. Other products like Horizon View, vRealized Automation, Chargeback Manager, SRM, … were also based on Windows with some installable components. But rely on a general purpose OS makes more complicated the management (for example for patching) and makes longer the deployment time. A virtual appliance could bring more benefit in a virtual environment (see Virtual Appliance: angels o demons?) and simplify both the management and the deployment. […]

Reading Time: 2 minutes VMware Horizon version 7.4 was released at the begin of this year, and now VMware has just released the new version of VMware Horizon: version 7.6 has several improvements as documented in the release notes. So a really active year for EUC and VDI. VMware has also released VMware User Environment Manager 9.5 and VMware AppVolumes 2.14.2.

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