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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VMware Virtual SAN 6.2 Deduplication, Compression, and Erasure Coding

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Hyper-Converged solutions featuring all-flash storage are the future as they continue to decrease in cost and offer dramatically better performance when compared to magnetic disks. Virtual SAN is optimized for modern all-flash storage with efficient near-line deduplication, compression, and erasure coding capabilities that lower TCO. [embed]https://youtu.be/DJ_8KyGCUAo[/embed] Deduplication and compression enable considerable capacity savings across the entire Virtual SAN cluster — especially in environments where standard OS builds (templates and clones) are used and where there is abundant data commonality such as file shares. RAID-5/6 erasure coding reduces capacity consumption by as much as 50% versus RAID-1 (mirroring) with the same levels of availability for FTT=1 and FTT=2 Virtual SAN rule sets. Find more information in this white paper: VMware Virtual SAN 6.2 Space Efficiency Technologies
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VMware Logon Monitor

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VMware Logon Monitor monitors Windows user logons and reports a wide variety of performance metrics intended to help administrators, support staff, and developers troubleshoot slow logon performance. Metrics include, but are not limited to, logon time, CPU/memory usage, and network connection speed. VMware Logon Monitor also receives metrics from other VMware products which provide even more clues about what is happening during the logon flow. While other VMware products are not required to benefit from VMware Logon Monitor, some VMware products may be active during user logon. The Horizon Agent, Horizon Persona Management, and App Volumes are examples and will soon report additional metrics which may further enhance the value of VMware Logon Monitor's logs. Please see the VMware Logon Monitor Metrics PDF for more information.
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VMware vExpert 2016

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The vExpert 2016 Announcement has been made by VMware and I’m honoured and pleased to say I have been awarded the accolade for the fourth 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 2016.
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20 VMware VMworld 2015 Sessions now available

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As you know one of my favourite vendor conferences took place in San Francisco this week which was VMware VMworld 2015, if you were unfortunate not to attend then Eric Sloof has created the below list of 20 sessions now available on Youtube.  My other favourite is Citrix Synergy 2015 which will be in Orlando :-) EUC5404 Deliver High Performance Desktops with VMware Horizon and NVIDIA GRID vGPU EUC5020 The “Snappy” Virtual Desktop User Experience EUC6807 The Future of End User Computing HBC4849 vCloud Air 2015 - Getting Started with Hybrid Cloud HBC6629 No App is an Island INF4528 vCenter Server Appliance VCSA Best Practices & Tips Tricks INF4586 Take Virtualization to the Next Level vSphere with Operations Management INF5975 vCenter Server Appliance as First Choice VC MGT5360 Introducing Application Self…
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What’s New in VMware Site Recovery Manager 6.1

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Site Recovery Manager provides unique capabilities to create, maintain, and non-disruptively test disaster recovery plans without the need for manual runbooks. The ability to automate the disaster recovery planning, maintenance, and testing process enables significant operational efficiencies. VMware has expanded the capabilities of Site Recovery Manager with the new version 6.1 release, which delivers unprecedented levels of protection and functionality as well as new use cases through the addition of capabilities such as storage policy based protection groups, support for stretched storage with orchestrated vMotion, and enhanced integration with VMware NSX. This paper will provide an overview of the new capabilities of Site Recovery Manager 6.1 and how they help reduce exposure to risk and improve operational efficiencies. Below is a quick 3 minute overview video of SRM 6.1 [embed]https://youtu.be/drOdnRaDZ4Q[/embed]
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