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What's new in vCloud Director 10

Increase data center efficiency with the NSX-T load balancer

VRealize Automation 8 removes key features, adds new services

Configure advanced VM settings in vSphere 6.7

VMware vRealize 7.5, 7.6 offer key admin, user enhancements

Creating your first vRealize Orchestrator Workflow

This article is based on using the HTML-based user interface that was introduced with vRealize Orchestrator version 7.5 and which is the only available client in version 8. If you are running an older version and would like to use the instructions for the older Java-based client then you can find those instruction here

How AppDefense works to detect app and VM anomalies

What's the difference between VMware vCenter and vSphere?

NSX-T 2.4 could surpass NSX-V as VMware's primary SDN platform

Set timeout to 0 for VMware products

The vSphere Client and vSphere Web Client in the vCenter Appliance both have a timeout of 120 minutes. vRealize Automation has a timeout of 30 minutes. When I am teaching VMware classes the client always has just timed out when I want to demonstrate something to my students and I then have to re-login. So therefor I always configure the timeout to 0 (no timeout) at the start of each class. It is documented here how to do that:

New web site for VMware ports overview launched

VMware has released a new web site ports.vmware.com that conveniently contains all used ports per product. Not all products are covered yet but let's hope that's a matter of time. Here is an example of ports for NSX for vSphere with a filter that shows the ports used when ESXi is the source. This allows you to conveniently find the used ports per component.

3 ways to implement vSphere GPU virtualization

Get to know VMware's vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager

VMware Horizon Manual Floating pool with two users in AD group for computer management

A customer asked if it is possible to allow AD users to manage an existing virtual machine through an HTML connection. In this short video I am showing this setup with two VMs (each in their own pool) that can be accessed by two individual users that are members of an AD Group. To accomplish this you would have to create a Manual Floating pool with 1 VM per pool that can be accessed by multiple users (not simultaneously). Use a manual pool to make sure VMs are not deleted or otherwise managed by Horizon.

vSAN: No witness! No problem?

When you study how vSAN works then you will read about how objects are backed by one or more components. This is dependent on the fault tolerance level and what you would also read is that a tie-breaker witness will be created. This is to make sure that when a network partition occurs, servers in a network partition can decide whether or not they together hold more than 50% of the necessary components and/or witnesses. 

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Free VCAP6-NV Certification Exam Prep

VMware has announced a free on-line Exam Prep course for the VCAP-NV certification. If you have experience with VMware NSX Data Center for vSphere and would like to prepare to take the practical VCAP Deployment exam then this free on-line course is a good starting point.

More information and links to register can be found here.

Integrating VMC on AWS with Horizon 7 leads to new use cases

Explore VMC on AWS pricing, features and use cases with a trial run

VMware Horizon 7.6 includes vGPU vMotion, QoS for Blast Extreme

Why aren't I seeing DRS load-balancing recommendations?

VMware vRealize Automation 7.4 adds detailed customization

How do you reconfigure access to a VMkernel port?

VMware NSX 6.4 introduces upgrade planner, HTML5 features

How do you enable centralized vCenter logging?

How do you prevent host isolation during network maintenance?

Set up a vSAN 2-node cluster for small or remote deployments

NSX-T 2.1 features are nearly on par with NSX for vSphere

Tools to correlate MOID and inventory object names in VMware vSphere

Use SpoofGuard to defend against malicious activity in VMware NSX

Why DRS Should Run Rules are better than anti-affinity rules in small clusters

The Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) allows vSphere Administrators to use rules to enforce virtual machine placement on cluster nodes. An example of such a rule is in the image below with a rule to reparate two domain controllers so that they won't run on the same vSphere host.

DRS Anti Affinity Rule

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