1. Free e-learning course - VMware App Volumes Fundamentals -
    This eLearning course on VMware App Volumes will provide you a fundamental understanding of App Volumes and how it can be used for real-time application delivery with life cycle management.

    The course will start with an overview of App Volumes, its components, features, and benefits. Next, you will take a look at the hardware and software prerequisites and the network and security considerations for installing App Volumes.

    Finally, you will see how to provision App Volumes and the process for installing and configuring App Volumes. You will also gain an understanding of how App Volumes helps create and manage AppStacks.

    At the end of this course, you will be able to:
    • Explain how the VMware App Volumes product works.
    • Explain the features and benefits of App Volumes.
    • Identify the interface elements of App Volumes.
    • Install and configure App Volumes.
  2. VMware vCenter Server 5.5 Availability Guide -
    With the release of VMware vCenter Server 5.5, there are many considerations to review prior to installing or upgrading. This paper will discuss the requirements of defining high availability for VMware vCenter Server on Microsoft Windows and VMware vCenter Server Appliance, with recommendations and best practices for providing acceptable levels of protection.
  3. VCP5-DCV Delta Exam Returns -
    After VMware has introduced the Recertification Policy, many who hold VCP5-DCV certification asked about options for recertifying at your current level, specifically if you were not looking to expand to other solution tracks or advance to the VCAP level. VMware has heard you and they are pleased to announce a streamlined exam that offers a quicker route to recertification for current VCP5-DCV holders. 

    The exam is offered to current VCP5-DCVs who took the VCP510 exam and need to renew their VCP5-DCV credential prior to March 10, 2015. The exam offers some key advantages: 
    • Based only on new material between the vSphere 5.0/5.1 and vSphere 5.5 exams
    • You save hours of prep time 
    • Available online
    • You can take it from any location 
    • Far less expensive
    • You save money 
    If you hold a VCP5-DCV certification, this is the quickest route to recertification. The exam will be offered until March 10, 2015
  4. VMware App Volumes Deployment Guide -
    This deployment guide presents a high-level overview of VMware App Volumes. It describes App Volumes capabilities, architecture, and implementation requirements and addresses frequently asked high-level questions about deploying an App Volumes solution.App Volumes is a real-time application delivery and lifecycle management tool.

    Enterprises can use App Volumes to build real-time application delivery systems that ensure that applications are centrally managed. Applications are delivered to desktops through virtual disks. There is no need to modify desktops or applications themselves, and the App Volumes solution can be scaled out easily and cost-effectively, without compromising end-user experience. 

    App Volumes complements the VMware End-User Computing portfolio by integrating with existing VMware Workspace Portal, application, and desktop solutions.
  5. NSX for vSphere Log Insight Content Pack - The NSX for vSphere Log Insight Content Pack provides powerful operational reporting and alerting visibility for all sources of log data within NSX.

    Each major NSX functions (logical switching, routing, distributed firewalls, VXLAN gateways, and edge services) are represented within this content pack via custom dashboards, filters, and alerts.

    This graphically rich, content pack is essential for analyzing and identifying NSX configuration, performance, security and trend related problems. The twelve NSX dashboards are easily selectable with intuitive mouse clicks.

    NSX log data is quickly sorted based upon user defined time intervals, and within seconds the data is presented graphically via bar graphs, pie charts and raw data collection widgets.
  6. VMware Horizon FLEX - Solution Brief -
    VMware Horizon FLEX is a policy-based, containerized desktop solution that allows IT administrators to create, secure, and manage local desktops to meet the needs of workers with their own computers, road warriors, and Mac users in the enterprise. End users work within a restricted virtual machine on their endpoints and can be either connected or disconnected from the enterprise network.

    Horizon FLEX is a combination of existing VMware products, with additional beneficial features. Horizon FLEX is composed of VMware Fusion® Pro, VMware Player Pro, VMware Mirage for Horizon FLEX, and the new Horizon FLEX Policy Server. The Horizon FLEX Client is composed of Fusion Pro and Player Pro.

    VMware Horizon FLEX - Solution Brief
  7. VMware Certified Professional 6 – Desktop (VCP6-DT) - VMware has released the Certified Professional 6 – Desktop certification. The VCP6-DT certification is designed for System Engineers and Desktop Virtualization Specialists with a foundation in vSphere implementation and administration. Earning this certification validates your skills implementing, installing, and configuring a VMware Horizon with View 6.x environment.

    Download the VCP6-Desktop Exam Blueprint
  8. Reference Architecture: Creating a VMware Software-Defined Data Center -
    This reference architecture describes an implementation of a software-defined data center (SDDC) usingVMware vCloud® Suite Enterprise 5.8, VMware NSX for vSphere 6.1, VMware IT Business Management Suite Standard Edition 1.1, and VMware vCenter Log Insight 2.0 to create an SDDC.

    This SDDC implementation is 
    based on real-world scenarios, user workloads, and infrastructure system configurations. The configuration uses industry-standard servers, IP-based storage, and 10-Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) networking to support a scalable and redundant architecture.

    An overview of the solution and the logical architecture as well as results of the tested physical implementation are provided. Consult with your VMware representative as to how to modify the architecture to suit your business needs.
  9. VMware Learning Zone -
    The VMware Learning Zone is a new subscription-based service that gives you a full year of unlimited, 24/7 access to official VMware video-based training.

    Top VMware experts and instructors discuss solutions, provide tips and give advice on a variety of advanced topics. 

    Your paid subscription also gets you:
    • Training on the latest products and technologies with new titles added all the time giving you the most up-to-date information on how to optimize your VMware solutions. 
    • Powerful search functionality to find what you need – and fast. Quickly search for keywords across our entire video library or search within a specific video and drill down to your keyword.
    • Content that delivers the help you need on relevant and advanced topics including troubleshooting, deployment and configuration helping you effectively resolve issues, extend functionality and increase productivity.
    • Mobile and community access that allows streaming to your tablet, smart phone or laptop along with functionality that lets you take notes, make comments, create bookmarks and join channel discussions.
  10. New Training Course - VMware Mirage [V5.0] and Horizon with View [V6.0]: Fast Track - This extended-hours, hands-on training course provides students with skills that they need to deploy a unified image management system using VMware Mirage as well as installing, configuring, and managing the VMware Horizon View component of VMware Horizon.
    Students learn how to configure security, manage images, perform a Windows migration, set up endpoint protection, and perform various management functions with Mirage.

    Students will also gain practical experience with View concepts through the completion of hands-on labs that include VMware View Manager, VMware View Composer, and the View security server.
  11. VMworld 2014 - Advanced Network Services with NSX -

    Applications are today complex and require on the network side much more than switching and routing. Clouds should be able to host any applications, including your complex applications.

    NSX offers a wide range of network services, such as but not limited to firewalling, load balancing and vpn.

    In addition with its distributed model of network services NSX can scale to the most demanding applications and thus support your most complex and high-demanding applications.
  12. Free e-learning course - vRealize Orchestrator for vRealize Automation [V6.1] Fundamentals - The VMware vRealize Orchestrator for vRealize Automation Fundamentals eLearning course is designed to educate students about important workflows that can be accomplished out-of-the-box with vRealize Automation. It provides examples of how vRealize Orchestrator can be used to extend the power of the product with customized workflows.

    There are three lessons in this course.
    • Assess the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Anything as a Service (XaaS) extensibility features for vRealize Automation. 
    • Describe Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Anything as a Service (XaaS) functionality with vRealize Orchestrator. 
    • Describe Anything as a Service (XaaS) functionality with Advanced Service Designer (ASD). 
    Register here
  13. Cloud Automation Savings Calculator -
    This calculator shows the size of your physical and virtual IT environment and projected growth rates. These assumptions are for the next 12 months. The results are presented in the "Cloud Automation Savings Report"

    The results in this report are based on the cost savings that can be achieved by deploying an on-demand cloud infrastructure that automates the delivery of IT services within predefined governance policies.
  14. Brain Graf about PowerActions -

    PowerActions integrates the vSphere Web Client and PowerCLI to provide complex automation solutions from within the standard vSphere management client. PowerActions is deployed as a plugin for the vSphere Web Client and will allow you to execute PowerCLI commands and scripts in a vSphere Web Client integrated Powershell console.

    Furthermore, administrators will be able to enhance the native WebClient capabilities with actions and reports backed by PowerCLI scripts persisted on the vSphere Web Client. Have you ever wanted to “Right Click” an object in the web client and run a PowerCLI script?

    Now you can! For example I as an Administrator will be able to define a new action for the VM objects presented in the Web client, describe/back this action with a PowerCLI script, save it in a script repository within the Web client and later re-use the newly defined action straight from the VM object context (right click) menu. 

  15. VMware Workspace Portal 2.1 Reviewer's Guide -
    The VMware Workspace Portal 2.1 Reviewer’s Guide is comprehensive technical overview of VMware Workspace Portal. Workspace Portal enables you to build a self-service app store that provides your end users with access to any application from any device. As an IT professional, you can use Workspace Portal to deliver, manage, and secure enterprise assets and support Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives from a central location.

    This guide provides a hands-on evaluation of some of the key features of Workspace Portal. It walks you 
    through a series of exercises, each building on the one before. When you complete the exercises, you will have a working configuration and an understanding of the key features and capabilities of Workspace Portal in the context of meaningful use cases.

    The installation and configuration sections present a basic deployment of a Workspace Portal appliance. You can then use your Workspace Portal appliance to entitle users to managed multi-device access to Microsoft Windows applications and VMware Horizon with View desktops. In the remaining sections, you set up additional services in Workspace Portal to provide access to Remote Desktop Services (RDS)-hosted applications, VMware ThinApp packages, and Citrix published applications.

    This guide is designed for evaluation purposes and based on minimum resources to enable you to evaluate the capabilities and concepts of Workspace Portal without a dedicated test lab. This evaluation environment should not be used as a template for deploying a production environment.
  16. vSphere Replication Calculator -
    Storage and network bandwidth requirements can increase when using vSphere Replication. Besides the network transfers of replicated data from the primary site to the vSphere Replication server, and the transfers from the vSphere Replication server to the ESXi host, the host writes the data to storage once and then, due to the use of redo log snapshots, reads the data back and rewrites it to storage.

    The amount of network bandwidth that vSphere Replication requires to replicate virtual machines efficiently depends on several factors in your environment. 
    • Network-based storage
    • Size of dataset
    • Data change rate
    • Recovery point objective (RPO)
    • Link speed
    To further help you to estimate the amount of bandwidth that vSphere Replication requires, VMware provides the online vSphere Replication Calculator.
  17. Scott Lowe speaks to VMworld TV about his VMworld experience -

    Talking with Eric Sloof, VMware's Scott Lowe discusses his VMworld so far.
  18. Hands-on-Lab: Running OpenStack on VMware vSphere and NSX -

    Are you interested in learning more about how to deploy, consume and operate OpenStack on Vmware vSphere and NSX? This Hand-on-Lab session provides you with step-by-step guidance on every aspect of running OpenStack on VMware
  19. Duncan Epping talks to Eric Sloof about his new role in VMware -
  20. Configuring VMware vCloud Automation Center 6.1 High Availability Using an F5 Load Balancer -
    The configuration of the F5 load balancer with vCloud Automation Center 6.1 in a highly available (HA) configuration requires that the various components are implemented in the correct sequence.

    Failing to follow the documented
    sequence can create unpredictable consequences and/or dependencies on other components where dependencies should not be placed.

    Download the Deployment Guide for High-Availability Configurations

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