VMware Hands On Labs Blog: The art of inviting a friend to take a lab – VMware Hands-on Labs

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Feb 282014
 

Happy Friday Folks,

Just wanted to take a few minutes to give you some background on the “Invite a Friend” feature we have in the Hands-on Labs Portal…

This feature was requested by some our friends in the community that liked the content we had in our site and wanted an easier way to share the lab with their friends… so lets get started

Inviting a friend is easy…

1. Go to http://labs.hol.vmware.com – if you don’t have an account you can self register

VMware Hands-on Labs invite a friend

Step 2 – Choose your method  (You must have your Twitter, FB, Linked accounts associated in your  HOL Profile Settings – go to My Profile and associate your Social Media Accounts with HOL)  My friends tend to ignore my emails so I tend to use my twitter account a little more.

VMware Hands-on Labs invite a friend

Please note: Your friends will receive an email from “admin@projectnee.com” so it is important you use relevant / descriptive subject lines see below.

VMware Hands-on Labs invite a friend

Well that is all I have for this wonderful afternoon thanks for reading and remember be kind invite a friend to take a lab !

VMware Accelerate: How to Keep an IT Professional Happy

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by Alex Salicrup

It’s 6:00AM; my alarm clock just went off.  Another day started in a hotel bed hundreds of miles away from home and family. As a consultant, I do this half of the week most weeks, working with my customers. And, my team’s experience is very similar to mine.

We meet this morning, all traveling from every corner of the U.S., to discuss several challenges that two of our clients are facing while making the cultural transition from traditional IT to service providers. Both clients are two of the largest, everyday brands we consume worldwide; both strive to achieve similar outcomes.

The mood in our conference room is passionate, yet full of humor and laughter. Sometimes we have tough days, but as innovators, we are always motivated by the answer yet to be formulated—we are IT explorers. We all believe in what we do and have seen the success that each of us uniquely brings to the problem-solving process.

As a strategist, I could likely secure a lucrative position within a major IT department. I receive emails every week for consultant-, director-, even executive-level roles. I pay no attention to them. Yes,  I endure long separations from my family and heavy travel. However, it’s difficult for me to contemplate leaving a job environment where I get to collaborate with amazing and motivated individuals and have a positive influence on so many organizations. To me there is no greater satisfaction than seeing my customers increase their skills and develop their capabilities to morph into a culture that uses a lot more of their annual budget innovating rather than reacting.

Why do I use myself as an example? Because I am the outcome of a well-aligned service provider. Because my attitude is likely to mirror any employee’s within your IT organization. All IT professionals would love to forge new routes, develop plans, and create innovative ways to forecast and meet or exceed business needs. No one is satisfied with reacting to repetitive requests and remediation.  These tasks still need attention, and there are more effective ways to address them. For many IT organizations, there just isn’t time or in-house experience to change status quo.

Unfortunately, most IT resources are still dedicated to reactive tasks. Many of the IT organizations I work with have tried to move away from this behavior but without the best practices to achieve service-driven ambitions, many stall in spite of their efforts. In the end, I believe the skill to execute is what’s lacking. Few IT organizations systematically tackle transforming their operations by subscribing to a roadmap that embraces the key pillars of a successful service provider.

Three key pillars of a successful service provider include:

  1. A proactive service culture,
  2. Robust processes that drive automation as well as using technical tools and,
  3. The technical skills required to operate the new environment.

Many organizations try, but find it hard to do it on their own. They may be so immersed in their culture that they can’t see the opportunities change will bring. The motivation may also be lacking to get them to the finish line.  This can change with the right focus and, possibly, the right help.

In my experience, it’s a fact that IT employees who embrace and subsequently become part of a service-driven culture enjoy their jobs significantly better—and like me, increase their productivity through efficiency. Over time, they find it hard to let go of those opportunities to innovate. Everyone loves it when a plan comes together! They learn new skills that are less tactical and more strategic. And the attrition rate among service-driven IT organizations is much lower than traditional ones.

I partner with clients to understand their goals and act as a shepherd to guide them in developing these results by constructing long-term road maps with game-changing milestones throughout their journey.  With the right direction and tools, the short-term wins soon amass to reach the organization’s end-state goals.

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Alex Salicrup is an IT transformation strategist with VMware Accelerate Advisory Services.

ESXi 5.1 host might display vim.PerformanceManager error messages during first boot (2036086)

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ESXi/ESX hosts and compatible virtual machine hardware versions list (2007240)

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VMware vSphere Blog: Getting Started with the vSphere Distributed Switch

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When I joined the Technical Marketing team last September I was tasked with vCenter Availability and Scalability along with providing coverage for all things vCenter and SSO.

Since that time I’ve branched out and am also covering Resource Management (more on this coming soon!) and also features in the Enterprise Plus SKU. I’m really excited about this as to this day one of my favorite and I feel underused features is the vSphere Distributed Switch, or VDS.

To get started in the VDS series I wanted to take a step back and show just how easy it is to setup and move Hosts and VM’s over to it. In the two videos and product walkthroughs below you’ll see this step by step for yourselves. In the coming weeks I’ll be posting more on the features of the VDS that make it a truly powerful component in the SDDC. For now I hope you enjoy these two getting started videos and product walkthroughs.

Getting Started with the vSphere Distributed Switch Product Walkthrough.
Part 1
Part 2

If you want to test out the VDS remember we have Hands-on Labs available, specifically for VDS check out  HOL-SDC-1302 – vSphere Distributed Switch from A to Z.

VMware vCloud Blog: Next Stop: VMware

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Following the excitement of the general availability of VMware vCloud Hybrid Service in the US and now Europe, VMware’s hybrid cloud strategy is being well received and adopted among our customers and partners. It’s important to have a “subject matter expert” lead our customers and partners through this transition to capitalize on the growing cloud trend, while supporting IT with the rigor and management it needs.

We are pleased to officially announce that Simone Brunozzi, has joined VMware as VMware vCloud Hybrid Service Vice President and Chief Technologist, Hybrid Cloud.

Hear directly from Simone below on why he chose to join VMware.

I grew up in a small Italian town, called Assisi. After working as an entrepreneur, a consultant, a (young) University professor, a novelist and CTO for the relatively small Foreigners University of Perugia, I decided that I wanted to be more ambitious. I left Italy to work for “a little bookstore up in Seattle”, which also happens to be a very successful Internet company. For six years, I took hundreds of flights around the world, spoke at hundreds of conferences, met with thousands of customers, developers, cloud experts and engineers, and learned A LOT.

People tend to get attached to their personal experiences and recall the positives better than the negatives, but I can safely say that for me it was the experience of a lifetime. A lot of independence, a lot of exposure to the bleeding edge of technology. Wow, what a ride it has been. I am very grateful for my time there, and I will miss the interaction with great people like Werner Vogels (Amazon.com’s CTO) and others.

Why VMware

As it often happens in life, fate rolled the dice, and in the moment when I started looking around, an old acquaintance talked me into accepting an exciting position at VMware.

At that point, if you’ve learned something in life, you ask yourself why you want to change, and chase another opportunity.

Speed and growth: VMware is a young company, growing fast and reinventing itself. You can see the signs all around, it’s like… An old city suddenly enjoying a gold rush: old buildings are replaced by shiny new ones, streets become busier than ever, and you feel that vibration all around you.

Plus, VMware just announced that VMware vCloud Hybrid Service is expanding in Europe, and has accelerated the pace of acquisitions, both good signs that we’re now sailing at full speed. We’ve recently passed the 14,500 employees mark, and the new campus in Palo Alto is bigger than ever.

Opportunity: The position I was offered – Vice President and Chief Technologist, Hybrid Cloud – is both a challenge and an opportunity for me: new types of customers (more enterprise, less SMBs and startups), different ways to adopt and buy services, different barriers and incentives at play, and ultimately different players in the game. It’s an opportunity to learn many new things, and try to prove myself again.

Innovation: VMware has an impressive array of technology, ready to invade the market. It doesn’t fully surprise me that the company which made virtualization the de facto standard for every data center in the world, is again reinventing itself with the Software-Defined Data Center (thanks, in part, to the Nicira acquisition), End User Computing (with the Desktone – now renamed Horizon – and Air Watch acquisitions), and of course with the team I will be part of, vCloud Hybrid Services (or vCHS).

Care: It’s only my first week at VMware, but I already feel that this company genuinely cares about things such as the environment, giving back and the well being of others. I’m completely new to green, charitable and volunteer initiatives pushed by the company. It’s a great feeling. I don’t want to diverge too much, but I will dedicate some future posts to the beautiful details of what I’ve seen.

Knowledge: I really liked my colleague Chris Wolf’s blog post on his decision to join VMware, and in particular his mention of this unstoppable trend to rethink the modern user experience – particularly in the enterprise. I’m also thrilled that Ben Fathi has recently joined VMware as a global CTO, bringing his impressive experience with him.

These are just two of the many examples of smart people that are attracted by the opportunity to reshape IT again. And again. And again. You can’t easily beat the opportunity to work alongside these valuable minds.

Next steps

You will hear from me again, possibly more often than you’d like! In the meantime, feel free to follow me on Twitter, and let me know your thoughts.

Lastly, if you’re looking for a great place to work, I humbly suggest to look at VMware as well. You won’t regret it.

VMware Company Blog: VMware Weekly News Recap: February 28

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VMware News On Monday, VMware’s acquisition of AirWatch officially closed. The announcement comes just weeks after announcing intent to acquire the leader in enterprise mobile management and just in time for Mobile World Congress (#MWC14). At #MWC14, the End-User Computing (EUC) team, along with AirWatch unveiled “AirWatch by VMware.” Also at #MWC14, VMware CEO Pat […]

Virtual machines using the E1000/E1000E adapter intermittently lose network connectivity (2073419)

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Hosts with virtual machines using the E1000/E1000E adapter have networking issues after upgrading to ESXi 5.1 U2 (207269…

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Pautas para generar e importar certificados SSL para View Connection Server for View 5.0.1 y las versiones anteriores (2…

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Incremento de los valores del tiempo de desconexión de discos para las máquinas virtuales Linux 2.6 (2073541)

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Incremento de los valores del tiempo de desconexión de discos para las máquinas virtuales Linux 2.6 (2073541)

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vShield Manager user interface becomes unavailable after upgrading to 5.1.3 when Cisco Nexus 1000V is present (2073502)

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After upgrading to vCloud Networking and Security (vCNS) 5.1.3 in an environment where the Cisco Nexus 1000V is present: · You... Published: 2/28/14

Adjusting the amount of vSphere Flash Read Cache resources assigned to a virtual machine disk (2057829)

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Caída de vínculo físico con pérdida de redundancia (2073540)

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Renuncia: Este artículo es una traducción de Physical Link Down with Loss of Redundancy (1009542). Los artículos han sido traducidos en español basados en el mejor esfuerzo. Sin embargo, el... Published: 2/28/14