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!

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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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VMware vExpert 2013 Award

I’m really happy to read John Troyer’s announcement of VMware vExpert 2013 as I’m on the list!

A big thanks to John Mark Troyer and Corey Romero for managing the programme.

It’s great to be recognised for the extra effort I put in outside of my day job and its a good motivator to awarded such a status as vExpert.

vExpert 2013 announcement


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vNews April 2013 – Bumper issue!

This months vNews is a bumper packed issue covering oodels of news from VMware, Microsoft, Cirtrix and Veeam.

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Show Notes

 vSphere Storage Appliance Manager Installer 5.1.3

25 April 2013 | Build 1090394

Update vSA after upgrading to vCenter Server 5.1U1vSA 5.1.1 customers must upgrade to vSA 5.1.3 after upgrading their vCenter Server to 5.1 Update 1.


Cannot log in to vCenter Server using the domain username/password credentials via the vSphere Web Client/vSphere Client after upgrading to vCenter Server 5.1 Update 1 (2050941)

Customers with SSO configured with multiple domain-based identity sources along with vCenter Server domain user accounts that are associated with a large number of groups should not upgrade to vCenter Server 5.1 Update 1.

FREE eLearning Available: Security Principles in Virtualized Data Centers

Posted on May 5, 2013 by Elaine Sherwood

VMware Strengthens Executive Leadership, Appoints Former Savvis President to Head New Hybrid Cloud Services Business Unit

Veteran Cloud Services Leader Bill Fathers to Accelerate Growth of VMware Hybrid Cloud

PALO ALTO, Calif., March 13, 2013

VMware Outlines Corporate Strategy, Innovations Across Software-Defined Data Center, Hybrid Cloud and End-User Computing

Company to Expand Hybrid Cloud Business with New Services, Appoints Former Savvis Leader Bill Fathers to Executive Team

VMware® Horizon View™ Transforms Legacy Desktops Into A Service At Sutherland Global Services

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) creates private cloud for managing global desktops for a company in hyper-growth mode


Canonical and VMware Collaborate to Enable OpenStack Clouds with VMware Technologies

Companies Work to Enable Customers to Confidently Use OpenStack with VMware’s Enterprise-Grade Virtualization Technologies


Socialcast® by VMware Advances Enterprise Social Networking With New Capabilities

New project management, secure instant messaging unlock ideas and collaboration from communication silos


ViaWest Accelerates Customer Adoption of Cloud Services with VMware Network Virtualization

Network Virtualization Helps ViaWest Roll Out New Services with Greater Efficiency, Agility and Control at a Lower Overall Cost


VMware to Announce vCloud Hybrid Service


Windows Azure for IT Professionals Jump Start – May 16th


Why Domino’s Pizza® Decided to Move 10,000 Store Servers to Hyper-V


Are You vConfused?

Amy Barzdukas, GM STB Mktg,  14 Mar 2013 4:30 PM

Customers Find Value & Savings with Windows Server Hyper-V

Microsoft Server and Cloud Platform Team  7 Mar 2013 10:00 AM

Citrix Unveils Podio Instant Messaging and Video Chat – 2nd May 2013

Citrix GoToMyPC Named Leader in Remote Access Market for Fifth Consecutive Year

Citrix Adds Do-It-Yourself Webcasting to Video Lineup


Citrix and Industry Leaders Usher in New Era for Open Source Xen

Strong Industry Support Drives Need for Independent Xen Project Initiative


Citrix ShareFile Helps Financial Firms Meet Compliance Requirements with New Archiving Capability

Citrix Enables Anything-as-a-Service with CloudPortal Business Manager 2.0

Cloud Services Delivery Platform Brings Self-Service IT to Enterprise and Service Providers


New Citrix Enterprise Mobility Cloud Report: iOS Leads, App Blacklisting on the Rise–ios-leads–app-blac.html

Citrix Enhances Podio Apps for iPhone and Android, Adds New Languages


Veeams 5th Birthday


Windows 8.1 blue!


My initial thoughts on SDN (Software defined networking)(VMware NSX, Nicera)


Limit a VM from an IOps perspective


VMworld session public voting – vote early and vote often


Dell updates and rebrands Foglight for virtualization management


Frank Denneman leaves VMware for PernixData

Craig Waters – “Nu-tanicks” as a Senior Systems Engineer.


vCenter 5.1 SSO default domain clashes if domain is added to username for CommVault Auto-Discovery

vNews – February 2013


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Show Notes

VMware Partner Exchange (PEX)
EMC Replacing their Flare code on their SANs using C4 micro-hypervisor.
VMware now used in 100% of Fortune 100 – 99% of Fortune 1000
VMware will be concentrating on 3 main areas this year
vSphere and Ops Mgr – VSOM – New licensing bundle instead of ‘Naked vSphere’
EUC – End User Compute – The Horizon Suite
vCloud Suite – Private and Public cloud infrastructures

VMware Single Sign On (SSO)
If you wish to use vCenter Linked Mode with vSphere 5.1 then SSO must be installed in Cluster or Multi-Site mode NOT Basic mode.
SSO Knowledgebase articles available on kb2033588

SSO Certification pre-staging

SSO Re-registering with vCenter; Inventory Service and Web Client Service

Citrix Reports 2012 Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year Financial Results
Citrix Extends Line of Mobile Apps to Help Users Work More Effectively Anytime, Anywhere, on Any Device
Citrix Appoints New SVP and General Manager
Citrix XenDesktop Ranked Desktop Virtualization Champion
Citrix XenServer Ranked Server Virtualization Champion
listed as a Champion in Info-Tech Research Group’s Server Virtualization Vendor Landscape.
listed as a Champion in Info-Tech Research Group’s Desktop Virtualization Vendor Landscape.
New datacenter in Singapore at the heart of Citrix continued expansion in Asia Pacific
Citrix Drives Innovation with Investment in Mobile Security Startup Armor5
Customers Find Value & Savings with Windows Server Hyper-V
Microsoft Virtual Academy Hits 1 Million Mark
7 Feb 2013 10:00 AM
Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals Jump Start
Microsoft VDI vs. VMware View: Freedom of Choice

Dell and VMware Deliver Converged Infrastructure Solution Optimized for Desktop Virtualization
Members of VMware Partner Community Awarded at VMware Partner Exchange 2013
VMware Simplifies Enablement, Clarifies Actions for Partners to Operate Successfully and Accelerate Their Businesses in the Cloud Era

VCE and VMware Extend Partnership to Jointly Develop, Sell and Deliver Vblock Cloud Management and Orchestration
VMware Unveils VMware Horizon Suite, Industry’s Most Comprehensive Platform for Workforce Mobility
VMware® Horizon Workspace™, VMware Horizon View™ and VMware Horizon Mirage™ Deliver the Virtual Workspace to Simplify End-User Computing in the Multi-Device Era
VMware Introduces VMware vSphere® with Operations Management™ and VMware vSphere Data Protection™ Advanced
VMware to Acquire Virsto


vNews January 2013

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Show Notes
Virtualization and some coffee
The Network Virtualization Guide with SC 2012 – VMM SP1

System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager Service Pack 1 KBs

Citrix Appoints New Chief Marketing Officer

Citrix Closes Acquisition of Zenprise

Synergy heads to sunny SoCal, LA, USA
The conference, to be held on May 22-24, 2013, at the Anaheim Convention Center

Simon Seagrave

VMware View Client for Windows Store
Christoph Harding
Cisco Office-in-a-box Solution, UCS E-Series Servers and VMware View
Nutanix Best Practise Guide for VMware View

VMware Dominates Reader’s Choice Award
Virtualization Review.

Veeam Software Reports Record-Breaking Year in 2012

Puppet Labs Secures $30 Million Investment From VMware

New VMware Training Courses
by Eric Sloof
New Training Course – VMware vSphere: Fast Track [V5.1]
New Training Course – VMware vSphere: Skills for Operators [V5.1]
Free eLearning course – Introducing the VMware Security Solution Fundamentals

Faking an SSD in your virtualized vSphere lab
by Duncan Epping of Yellow Bricks

Tape No Longer a Reliable Option for IT Managers Seeking to Eliminate Single Point of Failure

New eBook: The Best Virtualization Management White Papers of 2012

The VMRC console has disconnected.. attempting to reconnect – FIXED

It’s been a few months now if using Windows 8 and for some time now I have been putting up with not being able to use the VMware vSphere client direct console of virtual machines.  I belive it something to do with IE 10 but that’s all history now!

Download the latest version from with build number 913577.  At time of writting this comes with vsphere server 5.1b.  The install file should be something like this:


After installing reboot your machine and you will have the console back!! Yay!

VMware vSphere vCenter 5.1 installation check list

I have written a short list of challenges I had when installing the VMware vSphere vCenter 5.1 server.  It’s not an exhaustive list but just a short list that may help some in the future!

Before you start:

  • Create vSphere database
  • Create Single Sign On (SSO) database and read the guide for the requirement
  • Create the two SQL users (user & DBA) for access to the SSO database and give appropriate permissions.
  • Run the SQL scripts from the install media that create the required tables
  • Make sure you DNS is working and don’t forget reverse DNS too!!!!
  • Setup the 64-bit DNS using the SQL Native Client BEFORE you start the install process.  If you get to the part where is asks for the DSN and then you create, it won’t find it until you restart the installation process.
  • Start the media install but don’t run the install all option
  • Install SSO first (Chose multi-site or cluster Basic does not let you use linked mode in the future)
  • Have a master admin password ready for SSO admin account.
  • If its the first install then choose primary but for all others choose secondary.
  • Make sure the latest version of Java is installed

Post install

  • You can administer SSO via the web console.
  • No one by default has access to vcenter except the admin account created in the install phase.

Just a short list but I hope some people find this useful.


vNews – Virtualisation Review of the Year for 2012 – With Stu McHugh and Steve Bruck

This months excellent vNews is a review of this years virtualisation activity across the industry, from VMware to Citrix to Microsoft.

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Show Notes:

vSphere 5.1
vCloud Suite –
software defined datacenter
Paul Maritz moved on and replaced by Pat Gelsinger

Server 2012 with Hyper-V 3.0

Bringing XenDesktop and XenApp into into one
Project Avalon Excalibur

Who bought whom!

2012    October 16, 2012    StorSimple Inc. – talk
2012    October 4, 2012    PhoneFactor Inc.
2012    July 9, 2012    Perceptive Pixel Inc.
2012    June 25, 2012    Yammer Inc.

In April 2012, Citrix acquired Podio [31]
In May 2012, Citrix acquired Virtual Computer
In June 2012, Citrix acquired Bytemobile
In September 2012, Citrix acquired Beetil
In December 2012, Citrix acquired Zenprise

On 24 April 2012, VMware acquired Cetas Software.
On 22 May 2012, VMware acquired Wanova.
On 2 July 2012, VMware acquired DynamicOps.[20]
On 23rd July 2012, VMware acquired Nicira Inc.[21] – $1.2BN

Cisco bought cloudia
Dell buys wyse

Join vExpert Mike Laverick for Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Chat


Today (Thursday 6th December) at 6.00 pm UK time (10.00 AM PT) Mike Laverick will be on hand to talk about disaster recovery and Business Continuity for SMB via hashtag #vSMBchat on Twitter.


Having a backup plan is essential for all businesses, from small to the very large. See what Mike has to say about how this can be achieved with minimal effort taking advantage of having a visualised environment.

All the details can be found at: