IManage User Group Meeting with Cloud Upgrades!

iManage User Group Meeting, London, 5th December 2017

Well… even though I’ve been using iManage for the last 12 years or so it was my first iManage User Group meeting!  I took lots of notes and though it would be worth sharing!

IManage have now released a new version in their version 10 product stream. They are still pushing for a clientless application by using the web plugins.  In the demo it seems like they have chrome and the client is html 5 based. As its web based one of the best benefits will be future upgrades will only be on the server backed and there will be no desktop client upgrade.

One of new features added in 10.2 is the ability to subscribe to other users matters. (Hopefully hitting product parity with 9.x now).  Don’t forever security though!  Another feature shown is when using the web client and the end user wants to compare two documents it will integrate with workshare compare, even in a mobile web browser.

Moving in to sharing! You will be able to share a document from the web client too. It seems easy and intuitive but the demo is showing the lawyer share and setting permission to the content.  This is great and a concept and certainly the ‘modern lawyer’ would do this but wonder how this would work in reality.

Outlook 2016 with Work 10 looks very neat. The demo shows Outlook but without Filesite however the EMM toolbar remains. iManage explain how they want to reduce their memory footprint in Outlook and there have been recent issue with the amount of RAM Outlook can address.  This seems like a fair comment but now most of their product is HTML 5 based then this is probably the real reason.

What is shown is the “browser” based view on the right hand pane in Outlook. It still allows drop and drag functionality but it’s now a web based. You can also drag and drop induvial email attachments.  When you compose a new email you can drag documents from the interface too.

Within Word the file open dialog is new but it’s actually the same as the web client. Once the document is open the user can see the properties and a document open in a pane on the right. This now also includes additional information such as all edits, calendar views, etc.  This extra inform looks very useful!

Ravn now integrates with Work 10 and a zero cost replacement to IDOL.  Once the platform is in place the data is there to build on with further ravn products.

New updated security policy manager offers new feature where each file can be individually encrypted.  This would mean if any user has direct access to the files then they would not be able to read/view them. All traffic is also encrypted using TLS between the client and server.  The old “God” accounts are gone too.  All access is secure. Rather than having specific passwords they instead leverage other technologies such as ADFS.

It seems more and more and more firms are dropping internal “Public” access to workspace in preference of “Need to know”.  Security policy manager can deliver a need to know and ethical wall policies. It will also secure windows shares and share point sites too! The new version 1.2, has many new features. The example shows a matter list from Elite and user groups for AD demoing pulling in data from other sources/systems.  Administration delegation is possible perhaps suggestion that it could be managed by a Risk department rather than IT.  One of the big thing I like and isn’t new is any security changes made resulting in document updates are applied instantly and no longer need to refine documents and emails.

IManage cloud is built on many technologies with a lot of automation to avoid human error. Docker and Mesos seem to be the main clustering platforms that help with fast upgrade processing.  The cloud document processing service is called Storm which was developed by Twitter which can process very high volumes of data.  IManage projects that can process around 10+ million documents per hour.

The cloud offering is also very fault tolerant with at least four copies of every document.  Two in two of the same datacentres and with the data centres two are stored in difference sectors. There was also a technology called “Swift technologies” check for bit rot as well as more traditional disk failures.


Wow… what a great day.  Lots of information to digest.  Maybe next time I’ll do a podcast 😉

I’m really happy to see the amount of process with the iManage cloud offering.  I feel product parity is very important and we can now only just create workspaces automatically.  At least that solved!

I’m left wondering when I should upgrade to iManage cloud as the development is so quick and useful.  I guess the answer is now as I don’t need to do anything to receive the updates as they always in the cloud! 🙂


vExpert 2017 Award

I was very pleased to read that I have been awarded vExpert status for 2017.  I feel very privileged! It’s a fantastic community to be involved in and one of the best technical groups out there by a long way.  Thanks to Steve Bruck who listens to me and adds some humour to our vNews podcast!

All the details for the vExpert announcement can be found at:

I’ll look forward to getting to a London VMUG soon!


It’s been a while

From time to time friends of mine have a break at blogging and then out of the blue there’s an update. Sometimes it’s reads a bit like an obituary. Today it’s my turn but I’m alive and kicking!  Always thinking and getting on with life and my career.

I’ve been known in Cloud and VMware circles for sometime now but in the last few years I’ve been focusing my energy on IT management. From Change Manager to engineer back to management level with a team to run. I didn’t want this to turn into my CV but I’m now currently working as an IT Manager in law firm in central London.

The VMware community is a fantastic group to be involved with.  I first presented at the London VMware user group back in 2009 encouraged from my boss at the time (Angela Conner) and helpful guidance from the LonVmug team and regulars, Aleric, Stuart, Simon, Mike and Jane.

I certainly keep my passion for IT and a more basic, high level of making sure IT works for us and not the other way round.  I’ll continue to do this whether is recording podcasts or getting out into the IT community to compare common challenges.  When is the next London VMUG or Legal IT event?

I’m not going to read this post back too many time so appologies for typo’s and grammer, but just wanted to get something written and posted.  To use a rugby reference, a few points on the board is sometimes as good a a try.

Now I must email Steve and see if he want to record another podcast!

It’s that Friday feeling… and #vExpert 2016!

Well it’s that special time again.  Friday…. and to add to that it’s vExpert announcement day!!  I’ve very pleased to be awarded this again for 2016.

VMW-LOGO-vEXPERT-2016-kI have been quite far away from being able to tinker which an technie fun for a while but am now appreciating what VMware does from other angles such as management and great hardware partnerships.

Thanks to Corey Romero and the rest of the VMware Social Media & Community Team.


We’re Back!! – vNews October 2015… again!

We’re Back!! – vNews October 2015… again!

Welcome to vNews ….

vnews-smallWell…. it’s been too long and we’re well overdue our monthly podcast cast so I managed to track down Steve in Spain and wouldn’t let him back in Blighty until we have at least spoken on Skype!  Here’s how it went… including the show notes!


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Show Notes

Steve went to VMworld 2015!

….and bumped into friendly faces from the London VMUG

LonVMUG – Alumni
Alex Galbraith
Dave Simpson
Darren Woollard – Nutanix
Mike Laverick
Stu Thompson
Damian Davies
Dan Willis
Julian Wood
Alan Renouf


The UK VMUG is very soon!  User Con

Date: Thursday 19 November 2015

Time: 8:00 – 17:00

Location: National Motorcycle Museum

Coventry Road, Solihull

West Midlands B92 0EJ


Small announcement…. Dell buys EMC for a cool $67 Billion!!


Internet of Things – Intel IoT Solution Gateway.
General Session Wednesday – Boxer welcomed to VMware.


Project A2 – AirWatch + AppVolumes

“EUC will Rock You” – Embarrassing chant

Martin Casado – NSX 6.2. Customer with snakeskin jacket and punisher t-shirt
NSX for Amazon Web Services. Seamlessly link internal and external cloud network

Automation of vCloud Air – vCA Platform is API friendly.

Retrieve endpoint connections for relative vCloud as JSON object. Contains OrgName and SessionURL. This can be used for vCD (vCloud Air) and DBaaS offerings

vca-cli built on pyvcloud – multi platform. PowerCLI – Windows only
Can work on vCloud Air and also on vCD standalone
Supports portal functionality and beyond.

VSAN – 2 or 3 node cluster?
vNuma & pNuma –

vNews UK VMUG 2014 – Special Edition


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I was lucky enough to attend the forth UK wide VMUG a couple of weeks ago up north (for me) and attend many of the excellent session both from vendor’s and sometimes more importantly the community themselves!

If there is only one VMUG I get to a year, then it the national one.  There were over 35 vendors and and around 40 presentations all happening on one day.  I managed to arrive a day early and attend the vCurry and meet up with some friends there and get ready for the full day of tech bombardment the next day,

I managed to record a few interviews there from some excellent informed professionals such as Chris Deardon, Darren Woolard, Jonathan Medd, Ather Beg, Stuart Thompson and Cormack Hogan.  Thanks to Veeam, Xtravert, Nutanix and Pure Storage.  Make sure you click on the link about to download or search for vNews in iTunes.

Happy Anniversary to my co-host Steve Bruck who couldn’t be with me on the podcast this month as he was gallivanting away in NYC!  Happy Anniversary and to Mrs Bruck!

Happy listening!

VMware #vExpert 2014

I’m really pleased to learn that I have been recognised as a VMware vExpert again.  Thanks for Corey Romero continuing efforts with this programme.  It’s nice to be recognised for the extra effort and time that I and other fellow vExperts put in outside of their usual working like.  The VMware community as a friendly and welcoming group of people.

OK… Volins away now!  ….and don’t forget to subscribe to the Podcast!





vNews Podcast – Things you need to know about cloud and virtualisation this month

vnews-smallWith this months vNews we are back to our usual format exploring the latest goings on with the cloud and virtualisation space.  We have news from companies such as Microsoft, Citrix, Veeam and VMware and also from the blogasphere from people such as Eric Sloof, Eric Siebert, Scott Lowe and William Lam.


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Full show Notes to follow soon:

VMworld 2013 Social Media for Barcelona

Save 50% on VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.5]

What’s New and What’s Next for Horizon View

Active Directory authentication fails when vCenter Single Sign-On 5.5 runs on Windows Server 2012 and the AD Domain Controller is also on Windows Server 2012 (2060901)

Upgrade from vSphere 5.1 to vSphere 5.5 rolls back after importing Lookup Service data (2060511)

Unable to install or upgrade to VMware vCloud Director to version 5.5.0 when using SQL Server 2005 SP4 (2060068)

New VMware Ready Devices

Next Generation Virtual Desktop as a Service

VMware turns the Big 15 – 15 killer stats from 15 years

The Edge Show: Wrapping up the “What’s New in 2012 R2” Series

Citrix ShareFile Integrates with iManage and Worldox Legal Document Management Systems

Citrix, Keeping Up with Microsoft’s Lump Releases, Unveils XenDesktop 7.1 on October 23, 2013

VEEAM release Patch 1 for VEEAM Backup & Replication 7.0 released in August.VMware Flings contest –

VMware Workstation 10 is out

Microsoft licensing turns the screws


Solarwinds Virtualisation Manager – Eric Siebert –

Introduction to Networking: Part 2, A Few More Basics –

The weblog of an IT pro specializing in virtualization, storage, and servers

Is Citrix’s Crystal Palace the next big thing in mobility, or simply an additional feature of ShareFile? Either way I’m intrigued. – Gabe Knuth –

Microsoft should attack Blackberry by allowing Windows Phone to run on a VM next to Android – Brian Madden –

virtuallyGhetto: You no longer can install vSphere C# Client on Windows Domain Controller in vSphere 5.5VMware nested Easter egg!

vNews VMworld special on What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.5 Platform – The Podcast

This months vNews is a special edition we Steve and try to tackle what new in vSphere 5.5.  We read the press articles so you don’t have too!

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The link to the original PDF of What’s New in VMware vSpherer 5.5 platform is below:

Also the excellent coverage from Chris Wahl is below too:

vNews August 2013 – What’s happening in cloud and virtualisation? Listen to the podcast!

This months vNews is packed of news and useful information covering virtualisation and cloud storing from VMware, Xtravirt, Microsoft, Citrix and even Apple’s new iOS 7!

vnews-smallAll the news in a 1 hour podcast for your commute, drive, train journey, flight or lounging around on a beach!

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Show Notes

VMworld – Defy Convention – San Francisco 25th-29th August 10th Annual
VMworld Europe – 14th Oct Partner Day 15th-17th October

Mike Laverick – vCommunity Call for Papers: The UK National VMUG Event – Thursday, November 21, 2013

vPi – Xtravirt

VirtuallyGhetto – William Lam –  Ravello: An interesting solution using Nested Virtualization
Ravello Systems Transforms Any Public Cloud Into the Ideal Enterprise Development and Test Infrastructure : – Virtualization News and Information for Everyone

VirtuallyPrepared – Darren Woollard – Use Foursquare to help with your travel expenses

Yellow Bricks – Duncan Epping – Vendors to check out at VMworld – Scott Lowe – Using Your Home DNS Servers with Corporate VPNs – Luc Dekens – HL Tools – Part 1 – Clone a VM without vCenter – Jason Boche – Software Defined Single Sign On Database Creation

VMware SSO – SSO user IDs expire after 365 days by default.

Change the default settings by using the process outlined in

Social Media Specialist for VMware, Rick Blythe manages the Twitter handles @vmwarecares and @vmwarekb. He curates the Support Insider Blog at VMware.    VMware ESXi

FREE Instructional Videos on Horizon Mirage

VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast – 244 – VMworld Previews

Log Insight Now Understands More of your IT Environment with Partner Content Packs

VMware’s Strategy for iOS 7 and Industry Implications

Mark your calendars for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 –

Focusing in on the New Windows Server 2012 R2 Innovations

New Magic Quadrant from Gartner for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure

Citrix Advances Enterprise Mobility with XenClient 5

Citrix GoToAssist Named #1 in Remote Support Market for Fifth Consecutive Year

Citrix CloudBridge Certified for NetApp SnapMirror® Deployments to Accelerate Enterprise Data Replication–deployments-.html

Citrix Enables High-Performance App and Desktop Delivery from Windows Azure

Citrix and Arrow to drive Europe-wide channel growth