vToolbelt – January 2017

New additions for your Virtual Toolbelt

Welcome to the first edition of Virtual Toolbelt!   I do a lot of reading as part of my attempt to keep up with Technology.    I have been including the most interesting links in a customer newsletter. Perhaps a few of you will find it useful as well…

Management

A new fling from VMware Labs, the vRealize Operations E-mail Template Manager makes it easier to manage custom e-mail templates. This video shows how vRealize Network Insight can increase the visibility into what is going on in your virtual networks.

Virtual Desktops

Thinking of trying out Horizon 7 but not sure where to start?  TheReviewers Guide for Horizon 7 will walk you through all of the components and help you get a system up and running. App Volumes can make managing the applications in your environment much easier.  This deployment guide can help you plan your installation.

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Making Your Case for VMworld

VMworld 2016VMworld 2016 was last week.  It was my first time attending.  I worked in a VMware booth in the Solutions Exchange.  I had never been able to go when I was on the customer side.  That fact was not lost on me during the week.  As I flew home, I wrote down some thoughts about the week.  It was a new experience for me.  There was a fair amount of hard work, a good bit of fun; but most importantly I was able to observe interactions and discussions between people. That was by far the most interesting and important part.

Connecting the Dots

About mid way through the week, I was able to meet up with one of my customers that had attended.  I am relatively new to the account so I had not had a lot of face time with them yet.  It was good to get a chance to talk with them outside of their workplace.  During our conversation, it came out that they had recently begun looking to leverage vSAN as a way to increase their High Availability potential.

Utilizing a stretched vSAN cluster, they could extend their High Availability capabilities outside of a single building.  Their manager was not quite yet sold on the idea.  He was hoping to validate this use case for the technology and was wary of being the first to try something new.  I introduced them to a vSAN subject matter expert who was also at VMworld.   As I watched the conversation, the SME started to draw a diagram on a whiteboard, Continue reading “Making Your Case for VMworld”