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5 VMware tools that you didn’t know were free

VMware Skyline Skyline is free for every account that has a production support agreement (or premier service contract) This is a proactive support tool managed by VMware. It consists of a small appliance known as a collector which ships anonymised data securely to VMware. This data is analysed and the...
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5 things to do after installing VMware ESXi

VMware's ESXi Hypervisor (or vSphere Hypervisor) is commonly deployed in production and home-labs. Once installed, it's easy to start building Virtual Machines and installing your applications. With this said, there are a few things you should do as soon as ESXi is deployed. Redirect log files If your ESXi installation...
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Using vRealize Operations to identify Zombie VMs

This month the vExpert Cloud Management team challenged its members to utilise VMware Cloud Management tools to locate Zombie VMs. If we were able to do this, we were awarded a free T-Shirt and some trees planted in our name in the Amazon Rainforest. Quite a cool idea! Of course,...
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VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 2 – What’s new? (Hint: Lots!)

It's been just under 6 months since the release of vSphere 6.7 Update 1 Today, we have vSphere 6.7 Update 2 so what's new? New vSphere edition - vSphere ROBO Enterprise There are two vSphere features that are now available in a new ROBO (Remote Office, Branch Office) Enterprise edition:...
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Official VMware Visio Stencils & Icons for 2018

I have been writing documentation for some time but it has always bothered me that there has been no official Visio Stencils or Icons for the documentation of VMware solutions. There are some unofficial icon set sources out there and there are a few official product diagrams available but I've never...
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Do I really need VMware support?

A purchase of VMware software will generally require you to also subscribe to a minimum of 1 year "support & subscription service". What do you get for this? There are different levels. Generally, you would fit into Basic or Production. Both levels include: Unlimited Support Requests Remote Phone and Web Support...
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vSphere 6.7 – Overview, Videos and Download Links

VMware has just made vSphere 6.7 Generally Available! What's new? As part of vSphere, we have updates to all core components, notably: ESXi vCenter Server Appliance Update Manager HTMl5 Client This week has also seen vRealize Operations & vSAN announce version 6.7 also.   What am I most interested in?...
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vSphere 6.7 – HTML5 Update Manager (VUM) Walkthrough

If you haven't already check my earlier blog post on some of the new features of Update Manager 6.7: vSphere 6.7 - ESXi Upgrade Enhancements (No hardware reboots) Finally, we are able to use Update Manager via the HTML5 UI! Not only that but the workflow is cleaner and smoother than...
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