VMworld 2016 Review – vNews is Alive!!

vnewsYes, your podcast catcher is not deceiving you. vNews is back!

After a year of radio silence Steve Bruck and I are back with a new edition of everyone’s favourite Virtualisation News Review show.

In this episode Steve and I chat through the news and product releases from VMworld 2016.

So if you don’t have the time to read all the blogs from vMUGgers who attended or if you have missed our dulcit tones then worry no more simply download this episode and enjoy our run down of the facts and figures of VMworld 2016.

Below are our show notes should you wish to follow the links we mention in the podcast.


iTunes Link


vNews October 2016 – VMworld Europe – Be Tomorrow

Welcome to vNews.

My name is Stu (@stu_mchugh) and as always with Steve (@vcolossus)

www.stumchugh.com or http://vexpert.me/vnews

VMworld Keynote 2016


VMware Advances Cross-Cloud Architecture with New Releases of vSphere, Virtual SAN and vRealize Solutions to Drive IT and Developer Productivity


VMworld 2016 Europe: Short list of major announcements and resources

Posted by Achim Stohr on October 20, 2016


Move workload between VMware and AWS

Frank Denneman joins vmware to run with the AWS integration


Introducing vSphere 6.5 By Charu Chaubal


VMware Introduces Kubernetes as a Service on Photon Platform




We’re Back!! – vNews March 2015

Welcome to vNews ….

…..for all important  virtualisation and cloud news.

We read the blogs and press releases so you don’t have too.

All the news in a nugget of a 1 hour podcast for your commute by train, car, bike, or whilst watching an eclipse!

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We know we have been as overdue as King Richard III’s car parking ticket but we are back with this brand new episode for March 2015.

Show Notes

On this episode we chatted about:-

Who we are!

Who the devil are these two who keep chatting on the Podcast anyway?

VCP Renewal – New date


New vCloud Air Recovery as a Service v 2.0


CloudExpo 2015 Excel Center

Steve says he’s been to better but what do you think?

Veeam and vSphere 6.0


London VMUG and vBeers – London,UK (Thursday 23rd April 2015)


Technology User Group (formerly Virtual Machine User Group)

London User Group
Thursday 14th May 9am-4.30pm
Grange St Paul’s Hotel, London, EC47 5AJ

Register at: – http://www.technologyug.co.uk/Events/Event-Booking.aspx?EventID=465




vNews October 2014 – EVO:RAIL Interview with Mike Laverick


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Interview with Mike Laverick: EVO:RAIL Team Tech Marketeer/Evangelist

Mike Joined the new VMware EVO:RAIL Team as a Tech Marketeer/Evangelist in September 2014.

According to the bumpf:

“VMware EVO:RAIL™ combines compute, networking, and storage resources into a hyper-converged infrastructure appliance to create a simple, easy to deploy, all-in-one solution offered by VMware qualified partners. (See the EVO:RAIL product page for more information: http://www.vmware.com/products/evorail/ )”


But we decided to pull in a few past favours and drag Mike onto the show to answer some more pertinent questions about this new venture for VMware.

These are some of the questions that we cover during our chat with Mike (and many more!):

  • What is EVO?
  • What is the difference between the EVO:RAIL and EVO:RACK?
  • What does VMware see as the “killer App” or use case for Hyper-convergence, over and above just a converged infrastructure?
  • What is the anticipated lead time for EVO:RACK/RAIL?
  • What are the Licensing implications?
    • Is it available only via OEM on new purchases?
    • What about customers with ELAs
  • How does it differ from equivalents – e.g. Nutanix, Simplivity?
  • What Advantages, disadvantages does it have over the above?
  • Can EVO handle split site architectures?
  • When will the stack support
    • SRM?
    • VCAC?
    • VCOps?
  • Will there be Virtualization of Business Critical Applications collateral / papers / guidance to follow ? e.g. Oracle, SQL, SAP, Exchange
  • How do VMware envisage the solution will be automated?
  • What does the Future bring? – New flavours to come?

During the interview Mike mentioned an impartial review of Hyper-converged infrastructure from Trevor Pott on SpiceWorks which can be found here:


Mike also mentioned that the JSON configuration file for EVO:RAIL can be edited and he has kindly provided this file as an example of how it can be amended to customise the installation process. (Don’t worry Mike the passwords have been altered to protect the guilty 😀 )


    "network": {
       "dhcp": false,
       "hosts": {
           "management": {
               "pools": [{
                   "minIp": "",
                   "maxIp": ""
               "netmask": "",
               "gateway": ""
           "vsan": {
               "pools": [{
                   "minIp": "",
                   "maxIp": ""
               "netmask": "",
               "vlanId": 0
           "vm": [{
               "name": "Production",
               "vlanId": 110
           }, {
               "name": "Development",
               "vlanId": 120
           }, {
               "name": "Staging",
               "vlanId": 130
           "vmotion": {
               "pools": [{
                   "minIp": "",
                   "maxIp": ""
               "netmask": "",
               "vlanId": 0
       "vcenter": {
           "ip": ""
    "hostnames": {
       "hosts": {
           "prefix": "esxi-node",
           "separator": "",
           "iterator": "NUMERIC_NN"
       "tld": "vmworld.local",
       "vcenter": "vcenter"
    "passwords": {
       "esxiPassword": "Password1!",
       "esxiPasswordConfirm": "Password1!",
       "vcPassword": "Password1!",
       "vcPasswordConfirm": "Password1!",
       "activeDirectoryDomain": "",
       "activeDirectoryUsername": "",
       "activeDirectoryPassword": "",
       "activeDirectoryPasswordConfirm": ""
    "global": {
       "logging": "SYSLOG",
       "timezone": "UTC",
       "loginsightServer": "",
       "loginsightHostname": "",
       "ntpServerCSV": "",
       "syslogServerCSV": "",
       "dnsServerCSV": "",
       "proxyServer": "",
       "proxyPort": "",
       "proxyUsername": "",
       "proxyPassword": ""


VMworld US 2014 Roundup


This year’s VMworld 2014 in the U.S. promised to be a doozy and it certainly succeeded!

Although neither Steve nor I could make it in person this year that didn’t stop us being glued to our Twitter feeds and Blogger-verse to glean every last morsel of information we could get our paws on to bring you this cracking new Podcast Roundup of what we thought were the important take homes from this year’s conference.

As promised here are the show notes so simply download the podcast from here or subscribe to us on iTunes by searching for vNews.

Sit down; Relax and let Steve and I do the conference floor walking whilst you enjoy the spoils!


VMworld 2014

The General Session on Tuesday with demos of most of the things we will be talking about has been published on YouTube here:


Introducing the VMware EVO Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Solutions

August 25, 2014

ByChris Wolf


Meanwhile …..

Simplivity Converged Infrastructure Adds Cisco UCS


OmniStack Integrated Solution with Cisco UCS empowers you with the following:

  1. You can set up global VM-centric policies, manage workloads in the federation and automate common tasks. This allows you to be more agile and efficient, and reduces your operational costs. OmniStack’s VM-centric approach shifts policies from underlying hardware components to workloads, enabling greater mobility and agility.
  2. You gain integrated data protection with VM-level backup policies and WAN-optimized replication to a second site or the cloud for disaster recovery and cost effective, off-site backup.
  3. OmniStack data virtualization platform manages data segments in 4K to 8K chunks and deduplicates redundant segments before data hits disk, eliminating unnecessary read/write IO. Deduplicating, compressing and optimizing data in real time saves IOPS and capacity on primary storage and throughout the workload’s lifecycle

Use Cases:

  1. ROBO/Multi-Site Central Management Projects – SimpliVity and Cisco enable unified Remote Office/Branch Office Management projects by providing data mobility services and the ability to manage remote OmniStack-powered hyperconverged infrastructure from one location and interface
  2. All-in-one IT modernization projects for broad sets of applications including mission-critical applications
  3. Backup, disaster recovery, and business continuity projects
  4. Data migration, as well as merger and acquisition projects
  5. Development, test, and QA projects
  6. Technology refresh projects

vRealize Suite: Managing Your Hybrid Cloud

August 25, 2014



Welcoming A New Member To The VMware Family – CloudVolumes

August 20, 2014



VMware + Containers = Containers without Compromise

August 12, 2014



VMWorld TV Highlights


Jeremy Van Doorn (@JCvanDoorn)

Eric Sloof (@esloof)


  • GiveBack raised $250,000 for charity

 VMware supporting OpenStack

In the same way RedHat supports Open Source Linux VMware is to support OpenStack on vSphere. VMware will provide packaging of OpenStack

 vSphere 6.0 in Beta

….. but should be available next year

  • vmtn/vspherebeta – Still under NDA but open Beta
  • Content Library which replicates files such as templates and ISOs between vCenters
  • vMotion cross vSwitch / Portgroup
  • vMotion between vCenters provided they are network accessible. Different everything “vTeleport”
  • Long Distance vMotion upto 100ms downtime. SRM still manages DR but this would allow small numbers of VMs dependent on bandwidth
  • Web Client optimized especially response times. Now more closely reflects the .NET client.
  • .NET client will be updated to manage virtual hardware version 10
  • FT now supports upto 4vCPUs. Instantaneous failover now possible.
  • vVols extended to use external drive pools. All vendors supporting EMC; NetApp; IBM; HP; Dell; etc

Do you have a highlight from VMworld? Let us know in the comments section below and we will try to spotlight it in upcoming editions of the podcast.


All quiet before the VMworld storm – vNews August 2014

Welcome to August’s edition of vNews ….


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The world of virtualisation is quiet and calm as all the vendors are keeping their powder dry ready to announce their latest and greatest news at VMware’s annual VMworld Conference which is taking place August 24 – 28, 2014 at Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA. As such vNews is thin on the ground but Steve and I have managed to trawl around the Internet and pulled together this pre-conference Podcast.

Coming up from Steve in this months episode:

  1. Microsoft to give away Windows 9 for free to Vista, XP users?
  2. Software-defined Storage Makes Economic Sense and Frees You From Hardware-defined Lock-in!
  3. VMTurbo Posts 16th Consecutive Quarter of Record Revenue
  4. Solar winds Product Blog: Virtualization Manager 6.1.1 Server
  5. Get started backing up to the cloud with SQL Server Backup to Microsoft Azure Tool
  6. Announcing: Microsoft’s unified technology event for enterprises
  7. Working with vCD Edge Gateway Rules in PowerCLI

Whilst Stuart reports on

  • Hybrid Cloud
  • How fast is you cloud
  • Citrix in the magic quarant
  • EUC
  • PowerCLI

Show Notes

Don’t Be Fooled By Import Tools Disguised as Hybrid Cloud Management


Chris Wolf

Performance Advantages of vCloud Hybrid Service

August 6, 2014  By jasonlochhead

Performance Advantages of vCloud Hybrid Service

Why is vCloud Hybrid Service 35% Cheaper Than Azure and 83% Cheaper Than AWS?

Posted onAugust 6, 2014 byMathew Lodge                       



EUC Integration Points

July 23, 2014


Top 3 Scripts and Tools for July 2014

Posted onAugust 6, 2014 byBrian Graf                       

  1. vCheck
  2. Migrate cluster from one vCenter to another vCenter
  3. Get VM ToolsVersion


Citrix Positioned as a Leader in the Magic Quadrant for Enterprise File Synchronization and Sharing

Evaluation Based on Completeness of Vision and Ability to Execute




IDC Ranks Citrix GoToAssist the #1 Remote Support Software Vendor for Sixth Consecutive Year

Expanded Mobile, Social and Integrated Multi-Channel Support Capabilities Drive Industry Differentiation



Steve’s Stuff

Microsoft to give away Windows 9 for free to Vista, XP users? | News | TechRadar http://bit.ly/1v3Jot8

Software-defined Storage Makes Economic Sense and Frees You From Hardware-defined Lock-in! http://bit.ly/1omD9Hd

VMTurbo Posts 16th Consecutive Quarter of Record Revenue http://bit.ly/1v3KzZF

Solar winds Product Blog: Virtualization Manager 6.1.1 Server | kiwi http://bit.ly/1v3LeKw

Get started backing up to the cloud with SQL Server Backup to Microsoft Azure Tool – SQL Server Team Blog – Site Home – TechNet Blogs http://bit.ly/1omE1f2

Announcing: Microsoft’s unified technology event for enterprises – Microsoft Server and Cloud Platform Blog – Site Home – TechNet Blogs http://bit.ly/1v3Mbmg

Working with vCD Edge Gateway Rules in PowerCLI http://bit.ly/1v3ONjP


vNews July 2014 – Special Edition Interview with Mike Laverick and FeedForward Initiative


Mike Laverick (@Mike_Laverick) is an old stalwart of the show and used to present with Stu back in the day but now is plying his trade at VMware as a VMware Senior Cloud Infrastructure Evangelist.

However, he has not forgotten his roots and is now fronting a community-driven initiative called FeedForward that is attempting to assist and encourage community members to present at their local VMUGs.

This special edition of vNews Mike and Steve chat through this initiative and how VMUG members can get engaged.

Mike’s notes are held here:


Should you wish to learn more then visit the FeedForward landing page at:


Or follow on Twitter using the handle @feed4ward or the hashtag #feedforward

Tune in and find out!

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vNews June 2014


Where is the best place to work in the Bay area? Who is Marvin? What is happening in the Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Market? All these questions and more are answered in this month’s episode of vNews!

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Welcome to VMware, David Tennenhouse


May 6, 2014

By Ben Fathi

VMware Named One of the “Top Workplaces” in the Bay Area

Posted on June 16, 2014 by VMTN


VMware: public clouds are “modern silos”


by Joe Curtis| 11 June 2014

AirWatch Named Leader in 2014 Magic Quadrant

Michael Cusanelli | Private and Public Cloud InfoCenter


Citrix Positioned as a Leader in the Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Mobility Management Suites




Citrix Announces Workspace Services, Cloud-based Platform for DaaS, Virtual App Delivery and Mobility

Cloud-based Service Enables Faster Time-to-Value for Partners and Customers, Increases Simplicity of Building Mobile Workspaces on a Choice of Clouds


Optimizing Hyper-V Replica HTTPS traffic using Riverbed SteelHead



Building a Private Cloud VM Compute Foundation with the FREE Hyper-V Server 2012

KeithMayer    5 Apr 2013 1:00 AM


NUTANIX – VCE Bashing Videos Pulled


SYMPLIVITY – Not to be purchased by HP


MARVIN – What is it?

Christian Mohn blog –http://vninja.net/vmware-2/marvin-speculation – based on poster picture from VMware campus

Is it an acronym? –http://vninja.net/vmware-2/marvin-acronym/Reference Virtual Infrastructure Node

CRN Reported:http://www.crn.com/news/storage/300073093/vmware-teaser-gets-tweeted-marvin-hyper-converged-infrastructure-appliance.htm

HP Discover 2014


Julian Wood

vCenter Server Heartbeat – End of Availability



UCS Number 1 Server Vendor

The King is Dead, Long live the King! – Colin Lynch


vSphere Hardening Guide

vSphere Hardening Guide 5.5 Update 1 Released! | VMware vSphere Blog – VMware Blogs  by Mike Foleyhttp://bit.ly/1oPteyp



vNews April 2014

vnews-smallWith this months vNews we are back to our usual format exploring the latest goings on with the cloud and virtualisation space.  A major release for VMware Horizon, exams, books,  vExperts, Azure Backup to the cloud,  and much more!


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vNews April 2014 Show Notes

We’re All In with VMware Horizon 6


A Closer Look at AirWatch – March 31, 2014 By kit Colbert


The Dawn of Virtual SAN – March 12, 2014 By @richardMcdougll


New vSphere 5.5 Version of VCAP5-DCA Exam Available – Posted on April 7, 2014 by Jill Liles


Download the exam blueprint or request exam authorization here.

Citrix Advances Enterprise Mobility To Meet High-Security Requirements With New XenMobile Release


Citrix Adds Free Web Conferencing Tool to GoToMeeting Product Portfolio


The Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 2.0 – 8 Apr 2014 10:00 AM

Microsoft Server and Cloud Platform Team

Use Windows Azure Backup to Cloud Backup your Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 – 5 Mar 2014 4:25 AM


Steve’s Bit

First Time for Non-VMware Employees: SDDC Intensive Workshop | VMware Education and Certification Blog – VMware Blogs


Posted on April 9, 2014 by Elaine Sherwood

AWS WorkSpaces on iPad – DaaS – Virtuwise


Veeam and NetApp, RPO and RTO at their best

Windows XP – RIP.

New Book – vSphere Virtual Machine Management – Eric Sloof –

NTPRO.NL http://bit.ly/1ize0a8

ESXi DCUI Shutdown vs vCenter Shutdown of a host

Duncan Epping


vExpert 2014 Q2 applications are open | VMTN Blog – VMware Blogs

Corey Romero


 2014 Q2 vExpert application: http://bit.ly/LMJqB5

 2014 top VMware & virtualization blog voting results

Eric Siebert




vNews Podcast Returns After Long-Awaited Hiatus!


As happens with all good US sitcoms and action serials vNews has been on somewhat of a hiatus over the past couple of months but is back now with an episode that we recorded way back in November 2013 at the UKVMUG that occurred in the National Motorcycle Museum near Birmingham in the UK.

This episode includes interviews with:

  • Michael Poore and Darren Woollard of Xtravirt
  • Cormac Hogan and Mike Laverick of VMware
  • Jonathon Medd of the Get-Scripting podcast fame
  • Maish Saidel-Keesing of Cisco
  • Stuart Thompson a member of the UKVMUG organising committee
  • and ….. Joe Baguley VMware CTO EMEA

Although a couple of the dates mentioned are a little stale the content is still well worth a listen!

The show notes Blog and Twitter details for the interviewees are as follows:

We hope you enjoy and we will be back again soon!


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