VMworld 2017 Parties & Gatherings!

VMworld 2017 parties & gatherings!

VMworld 2017 gatherings & parties!

VMworld is famous for its wide array of opportunities to connect with fellow attendees. From our VMworld Customer Appreciation Party — to Sponsor Events — to unofficial meet-ups and parties organized by the VMworld community, you’ll find plenty of options for spending time with friends or making new ones.

Be sure to check back often as the list gets updated.  VMworld parties are a great chance to network with colleagues and talk shop.


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vSphere 6.5 Update 1 is out, here’s why you want to upgrade

vSphere 6.5 Update 1 is out, here’s why you want to upgrade | Itzikr’s Blog on WordPress.com

vSphere 6.5 Update 1 is out, here’s why you…

Hi VMware have just released the first major update to vSphere 6.5, normally, I don’t blog on these but this update is so big and it fixes some really annoying bugs I saw using the GA version of vSphere 6.5..thankfully, we worked hard with their support to overcome some of the issues I highlighted…


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VMware Announces General Availability of vSphere 6.5 Update 1

VMware Announces General Availability of vSphere 6.5 Update 1

VMware Announces General Availability of…

vSphere 6.5 Update 1 is the Update You’ve Been Looking For! Today, VMware is excited to announce the general availability of vSphere 6.5 Update 1. This is the first major update to the well-received vSphere 6.5 that was released in November of 2016. With this update release, VMware builds upon the already robust industry-leading virtualization The post VMware Announces General Availability of vSphere 6.5 Update 1 appeared first on VMware vSphere Blog .


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Latest Fling from VMware Labs – DRS Lens

Latest Fling from VMware Labs – DRS Lens

Latest Fling from VMware Labs – DRS Lens

As VMware vSphere DRS has become more widely adopted now, more and more users are interested in knowing how it works. They need more insights into DRS activity and actions. They want to know the value that DRS provides to their clusters. DRS Lens is an attempt to provide a UI-based solution to help understand DRS better. DRS Lens provides a simple, yet powerful interface to highlight the value proposition of vSphere DRS. Providing answers to simple questions about DRS will help quell many of…Read More


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VCAP6-DCV Deployment Exam Simulator

VCAP6-DCV Deployment Exam Simulator – Solutions4Crowds

VCAP6-DCV Deployment Exam Simulator -…

S4C VCAP Simulator is a tool to help students and administrators to achieve the VCAP6-DCV Deployment certification. This simulator is a broken VMware vSphere 6.0 environment that should be fixed by following 17 pre-defined tasks in less than 180 minutes. When the time is gone, the environment will shutdown and access will be interrupted. [ … Continue lendo VCAP6-DCV Deployment Exam Simulator →


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VM Delta Migration Procedure

A while back we were charged with moving VMs to a new data center while also keeping downtime to a minimum.  My team and I came up with a VM Delta Migration process to move a delta of the VM (basically the snapshot) so that we could keep the downtime short.  The basic process was to take a snapshot, copy the VM to external media, and power it on.  Then that media was shipped to the new DC to import.  Once imported and ready, we shut down the VM again, SFTP the snapshot files, imported those into the new VM folder and powered on the VM.  Once the VM was powered on and verified working, we were able to remove the snapshot.  I’ve documented the process below for anyone that may be wanting to do something similar.

This article details the steps taken to perform the migration of a large VM in multiple parts – Part 1 is a bulk data copy, sent via physical media for large files. Part 2 is an incremental copy, to allow us to keep the VM available during this window. When the VM is imported at its new home, both parts should be combined.

Step 1:

Power off the VM, and create a snapshot.

Create Snapshot

Step 2:

Browse to the datastore that the VM is located in, and copy all files in the folder to the bulk storage destination. – Delete the VMWare.log files from the destination.

Browse Datastore

Step 3:

Power the VM back on, and ship the physical media over to the new location.

Step 4:

Once the media has been received, power the VM off again, and copy the following files over to the SFTP server:

  • The VMX file
  • The NVRAM file
  • The 000001.vmdk – Snapshot file
  • The –delta.vmdk – Snapshot deltas

Step 5:

At the new data center, copy the files from step 4 to the physical media from step 2. Overwrite any files that are duplicates.

Step 6:

Add all files from the physical media to a datastore, and import the VM using “Add to Inventory” on the .VMX file.

Step 7:

Power the VM online, and once everything is confirmed working, delete the snapshot.

 

I hope this helps anyone else needing a process to perform a migration of VMs between data centers while keeping downtime to a minimum.

What It Means to Be a VMware vExpert

What It Means to Be a VMware vExpert [rubrik.com]

What It Means to Be a VMware vExpert

Being a technical professional often results in no one knowing about the work being done–if things go according to plan. Our focus is on being invisible. We set up complicated servers, hook them all together, and offer up resources for virtual machines and data repositories. And in the end, an application is given a home, where visibility of the world is often abstracted from view.


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vExpert 2017 Award Announcement

Honored to be selected for my 3rd year in the vExpert program.

vExpert 2017 Award Announcement

First we would like to say thank you to everyone who applied for the 2017 vExpert program. I’m pleased to announce the list 2017 vExperts. Each of these vExperts have demonstrated significant contributions to the community and a willingness to share their expertise with others. Contributing is not always blogging or Twitter as there are many public speakers, book authors, CloudCred task writing, script writers, VMUG leaders, VMTN community moderators and internal champions among this group.


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Get step-by-step guidance for installing,…

Get step-by-step guidance for installing, configuring & managing VMware products & solutions

Get step-by-step guidance for installing,…

The VMware Feature Walkthrough site provides step-by-step guidance for installing, configuring & managing VMware products & solutions.


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