Wednesday, 21 February 2018

VMware Cloud Briefing - Online event

I present a lot of courses, as an instructor/trainer/lecturer I cover VMware, Microsoft, AWS, and CompTIA products and courses.

My companies purely cloud trainers say that everyone in the future will use hosted cloud products, the infrastructure trainers say they can't understand why companies would move to the cloud.

I think personally that a hybrid approach works well in most companies.

I always ask. "Who will move entirely to the public cloud?" Very few people hold up their hands.

Ask the question. "Who can see the benefits to their company of a hybrid approach?" Every hand is held high in the sky.

With that in mind I've been looking at the VMware VMC on AWS offering and, being completely bias towards anything VMware (apologies), I have to say, this works well for me.

Now onto the reason for this post.

VMware Cloud Briefing - Online event

Tune in on March 7 to hear from VMware and AWS Executives on the next important milestone in the VMware Cloud strategy. They'll be sharing essential updates, demos and partner program news.

So, if you're free on 7th March 2018 4PM onwards, then why not sign up.

There's 5 sessions:

  1. Keynote with Pat Gelsinger
  2. VMware Cloud Launch Milestones
  3. VMware Cloud Use Cases and Integrated Demos
  4. Global Cloud Trends
  5. VMware Cloud Market Momentum
You may even win $800 of AWS credits.

vSphere Central - a one-stop shop for original and curated technical VMware content

This week I'm prepping various Fast Track VMware courses, this involves a lot of reading and watching of sessions, videos, etc.

I do like it, when content is easy to locate, this week, I've been using the following resource.

VMware vSphere Central

Currently the site is  broken down into the following sections.

  • vCenter Server
  • Security
  • ESXi host and Virtual Machine
  • Resource Management and Availability
  • Operations Management
  • Developer and Automation Interfaces
From my point of view, lots of things to pass on to anybody that's interested

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

The Platform Service Controller - FAQ (VMware)

When I teach the various VMware courses, I get a lot of questions related to the PSC or Platform Service Controller.

The Platform Service Controller includes a set of common infrastructure services and these are listed below.

  • VMware vCenter Single Sign-On
  • VMware License Server
  • Lookup Service
  • VMware Certificate Authority
  • Certificate Store
  • VMware Directory Services
A useful document I find for reference is the:

vSphere 6.x – Platform Services Controller (PSC) FAQ

Definitely worth a look

Thursday, 1 February 2018

UK North East VMUG Meeting 22nd February 2018

Are you a member of the VMware Users Group? Do you live in the North East of England

If the answer to the above questions are yes, then why not sign up for the latest VMUG meeting.

The meeting will take place

February 22 08:45 - 17:00

Royal Station Hotel
Neville Street
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Newcastle, NE1 5DH

The speakers that have been confirmed are.

Frank Denneman, Duncan Epping, Mark Brookfield, Tim Hynes, and Katarina Wagnerova

If all goes to plan, see you there.

To register visit the VMUG website 

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Free Webcast Series on NSX

Anyone interested in VMware NSX? Then why not sign up for the:

VMware NSX: Things You Need to Know webcast series 

These webcasts will be presented by VMware Education Services. Each 60-minute session is delivered by VMware Certified Instructors and offered at 3 different times so you can choose what works for your schedule.

  • Feb 1: Simplify Network Provisioning with Logical Routing and Switching using VMware NSX
  • Feb 22: Automate Your Network Services Deployments with VMware NSX and vRealize Automation
  • Mar 8: Design Multi-Layered Security in the Software-Defined Datacenter using VMware vSphere 6.5 and VMware NSX 6.4
  • Mar 29: Advanced VMware NSX: Demystifying the VTEP, MAC, and ARP Tables
  • Apr 19: That Firewall Did What? Advanced Troubleshooting for the VMware NSX Distributed Firewall

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Free ebook from VMware - Microsegmentation for Dummies

VMware have very kindly made available another free eBook, it's title is:

Micro-segmentation for Dummies v2 written by Matt De Vincentis and is 76 pages in length.

Introduction from the book itself.

"This book provides a broad overview of micro‐segmentation in the data center. After reading this book, you’ll have a good basic understanding of micro‐segmentation — like you’d get from a college‐level 101 class, but far more interesting than Microbiology 101 or Microeconomics 101 (and not as difficult either)!"

To download a copy visit the following link.

Micro-segmentation for Dummies

Friday, 12 January 2018

VMware Operating System Optimisation Tool - VMware Flings

This week I've been playing with the VMware Horizon product and also looking at the VMware Horizon 7: Install, Configure, and Manage [7.3] course.

In the course we look at desktop optimisation, and a tool we look at is the The VMware OS Optimization Tool

The VMware OS Optimization Tool helps optimize Windows 7/8/2008/2012/10 systems for use with VMware Horizon View. The optimization tool includes customisable templates to enable or disable Windows system services and features, per VMware recommendations and best practices, across multiple systems. Since most Windows system services are enabled by default, the optimization tool can be used to easily disable unnecessary services and features to improve performance.

You can perform the following actions using the VMware OS Optimization Tool:

  •     Local Analyze/Optimize
  •     Remote Analyze
  •     Optimization History and Rollback
  •     Managing Templates
The tool is available for download from the VMware Flings website 

VMware also have a useful PDF called the:

VMware Windows Operating System Optimisation Tool Guide