RVTools version 3.10 is now available for download

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RVTools is a windows .NET 4.6.1 application which uses the VI SDK to display information about your virtual environments. Interacting with VirtualCenter ESX Server 6.5.       RVTools is able to list information about VMs, CPU, Memory, Disks, Partitions, Network, Floppy drives, CD drives, Snapshots, VMware tools, Resource pools, Clusters, ESX hosts, HBAs, Nics, Switches, Ports, Distributed Switches, Distributed Ports, Service consoles, VM Kernels, Datastores, multipath info, license info and health checks. With RVTools you can disconnect the cd-rom or floppy drives from the virtual machines and update the VMware Tools installed inside each virtual machine to the latest version.
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VMware vSphere 6.5 Host Deep Dive – Free ebook

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The VMware vSphere 6.5 Host Resources Deep Dive is a guide to building consistent high-performing ESXi hosts. A book that people can’t put down. Written for administrators, architects, consultants, aspiring VCDX-es and people eager to learn more about the elements that control the behaviour of CPU, memory, storage and network resources. This book shows that we can fundamentally and materially improve the systems we’re building. We can make the currently running ones consistently faster by deeply understanding and optimising our systems. The reality is that specifics of the infrastructure matter. Details matter. Especially for distributed platforms which abstract resource layers, such as NSX and vSAN. Knowing your systems inside and out is the only way to be sure you’ve properly handled those details. It’s about having a passion for these…
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VMware Labs – DRS Dump Insight

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DRS Dump Insight is a service portal where users can upload drmdump files and it provides a summary of the DRS run, with a breakup of all the possible moves along with the changes in ESX hosts resource consumption before and after DRS run. Users can get answers to questions like: Why did DRS make a certain recommendation? Why is DRS not making any recommendations to balance my cluster? What recommendations did DRS drop due to cost/benefit analysis? Can I get all the recommendations made by DRS? Once the drmdump file is uploaded, the portal provides a summary of all the possible vMotion choices DRS went through before coming up with the final recommendations. The portal also enables users to do What-If analysis on their DRS clusters with options like:…
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New VMware vSphere 6.5 performance

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Underlying each release of VMware vSphere are many performance and scalability improvements. The VMware vSphere 6.5 platform continues to provide industry-leading performance and features to ensure the successful virtualization and management of your entire software-defined datacenter. This paper describes new performance enhancements and features included in vSphere 6.5.  Based on these performance, scalability, and feature improvements in vSphere 6.5, VMware continues to demonstrate industry-leading performance
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VMware vExpert 2017

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The vExpert 2017 Announcement has been made by VMware and I’m honoured and pleased to say I have been awarded the accolade for the fifth year running. I would like the thank Cory (@vCommunityGuy) and the team at VMware for all their hard work vetting the individuals that apply. Looking forward to working with many vExperts and attending the many VMware events throughout 2017.
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vSphere 6.5 Storage

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This technical white paper describes the various features of the new vSphere 6.5 Core Storage in detail Storage Limit Improvements Pluggable Storage Architecture (PSA) Improvements VMFS-6 UNMAP Storage I/O Control vSphere VM Encryption New Virtual Storage Hardware NFS ISCSI Improvements
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What’s New in VMware vSphere 6.5

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VMware vSphere® 6.5 is the next-generation infrastructure for next-generation applications. It provides a powerful, flexible, and secure foundation for business agility that accelerates the digital transformation to cloud computing and promotes success in the digital economy. vSphere 6.5 supports both existing and next-generation apps through its 1) simplified customer experience for automation and management at scale; 2) comprehensive built-in security for protecting data, infrastructure, and access; and 3) universal application platform for running any app anywhere. With vSphere 6.5, customers can now run, manage, connect, and secure their applications in a common operating environment, across clouds and devices. This paper will discuss the new and enhanced features in vSphere 6.5 across various areas of technology. Download Here
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VMware Cloud Foundation

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With the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC), VMware laid out the vision for the architecture of the hybrid cloud. SDDC redefines the architecture and operational model of the data center, enabling IT to complete the transition to hybrid cloud and maximize its benefits. In an SDDC, compute, storage, and networking services are decoupled from underlying hardware infrastructure and abstracted into logical pools of resources that can be more flexibly provisioned and managed.   To accelerate the customer journey to SDDC, VMware has introduced VMware Cloud Foundation™, a new unified SDDC platform for the private and public cloud. Cloud Foundation brings together VMware’s compute, storage, and network virtualisation into a natively integrated stack that can be deployed on premises or run as a service from the public cloud. Cloud Foundation enables organisations…
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Microsoft SQL Server on VMware vSphere Availability and Recovery Options

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Running Microsoft SQL Server on VMware vSphere offers many options for database availability and disaster recovery utilizing the best features from both VMware and Microsoft. For example, VMware vSphere vMotion and VMware vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) can help to reduce planned downtime and balance workloads dynamically, and VMware vSphere High Availability (HA) can help to recover SQL Server databases in the case of host failure. At the application level, all SQL Server features and techniques are supported on vSphere, including AlwaysOn Availability Groups, AlwaysOn Failover Cluster Instances, database mirroring, and log shipping. SQL Server availability features can be used inside of a virtual machine just as you would on a physical server, and combined with vSphere features to support flexible availability and recovery scenarios, applying the most efficient and appropriate tools for different use cases.   AlwaysOn is a…
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