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 – – based on poster picture from VMware campus

Is it an acronym? – Virtual Infrastructure Node

CRN Reported:

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 Foley


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 –


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:

 2014 top VMware & virtualization blog voting results

Eric Siebert

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.

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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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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

vNews June 2013 – All the top cloud and virtualisation news in one free podcast!

This months vNews is bulging at the seams  We have covering lashings of news from Microsoft, Cirtrix, VMware, EMC, BriForum and more!

vnews-smallAll the news in a 1 hour free podcast for your commute on the train, car, bike, or watch face!?

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Show Notes

vExperts Announced

Introducing VMware vCenter Log Insight –

Upcoming Training Courses-,-Configure,-Manage.html

BriForum 2013 London DEMO Lab videos are posted –

Announcing AppV_SelfService (AVSS), a new free tool for simplifying App-V 5 application delivery to VMs

Resources for Networking and Network Virtualization –

Citrix Positioned as a Leader in 2013 Mobile Device Management Software Magic Quadrant

29th  May 2013


University of São Paulo Chosen as Winner of 2013 Citrix Innovation Award

University Creates Largest IT Cloud Project in Latin America

22nf May 2013


Citrix ShareFile Mobilizes and Secures Enterprise Data Everywhere

Extends Support for Microsoft SharePoint, Network Drives and Windows Azure Platform

22nd May 2013


Citrix Extends Enterprise Mobility Strategy with XenDesktop 7

XenDesktop 7 Mobilizes Virtual Windows Apps and Desktops on Any Mobile Device

22nd May 2013

New Citrix NetScaler Delivers Record Breaking Secure Application Delivery

New NetScaler 22000 Series Offers Industry’s Highest SSL Scalability and Over 3 Tbps of Application Layer Throughout

7th May 2013

Transforming your Datacenter with Software-Defined Networking (SDN)

3th June 2013

TechEd North America 2013 Editor’s Choice

3th June2013


Hyper-V – What’s New in Windows Server 2012 R2

VMware Announces vCloud Hybrid Service™

21st May 2013


Software Defined Storage articles to read… –

Top 5 Hypervisor New Storage Enhancement Use Cases –

EMC Worldtale of the tape –

Cool Tech: Pebble watch –

London VMUG 4th July

London’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry, 33 Queen Street, London, EC43 1AP.

The Excellent and Welcoming VMware and vExpert Community

Generous companies have some generous offering since the vExpert announcement however there are still lots of others out there!  Here’s my list including the vExpert only offerings:

A fellow London VMUG’r, Simon Seagrave over at has kindly supplied everyone with a link the the EMC VNX and Celerra Virtual Storage Appliance.  An excellent and essential companion to a home lab!

Veeam is giving away FREE 180-day NFR licenses for 2 sockets of Veeam® Backup Management Suite™ for VMware or Hyper-V for your home or work lab.

FREE Licenses of Backup Exec V-Ray Edition for VMware vExperts, VMware Certified Professionals (VCP) and VMware Certified Instructors (VCI)

David Davis from has made it possible for all 2013 vExperts to get a free one year subscription to their training material.  That’s a very generous gift which I’m sure will help me along the way.

The good people at Timtri are offering VMware vExperts a free t-shirt!

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