One of the more popular posts, currently in third place, on vNinja.net is my list of vSphere Client direct download links posted back in March 2012.

Thankfully William Lam had the same idea, and got a new Knowledgebase Article published: Download URLs for VMware vSphere Client (2089791). Please use that article as the official download link documentation from now on.

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I finally took the plunge, and sat the VDCA550 exam yesterday. The VCAP5-DCA certification has been on my todo list way to long, and I’m glad I can now tick that box and move on. The VDCA550 exam is held in a live lab environment, with approximately 23 lab activities, which is the subsequently scored after the exam is finished. This means that you do not get an immediate pass/fail summary at the end of the exam, but you’ll be feverishly checking your email until the score report is sent to you from VMware.

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Another VMworld US is over, with huge attendee numbers and in keeping with tradition lots of new announcements were made.  I’m not going to go through them, enough posts have been made about that, the basis of this post is something completely different all together.

There seems to be a general expectation that we as a community is to be wooed by the announcements and flashy keynotes, but are we really the target audience? If you think about it, we probably aren’t.

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VMware EVO:RAILVMware has finally announced what I’ve been speculating about for some time now, EVO:RAIL was announced at VMworld US this morning. Short story; It’s a HCIA (Hyper Converged Infrastructure Appliance), offered through several hardware vendors, with a new integrated management solution.

Since I’m not at VMworld my self, I’ll leave the blog postings to those close to the action, but here is a quick collection of links to get you acquainted with the next EVOlution of SDDC from VMware:

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VMworld US is very soon upon us, and I’m one of the jealous ones left behind not being able to attend. I will hopefully be able to join everyone oat VMworld Europe in Barcelona on October though.

An interesting Twitter hashtag #AdviceForVMworld appeared a week or so ago, with lots of good advice for people attending a huge tech conference.

Here are a few good examples:

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Finally. I’ve finally found a way to put two of my favourite things together in a completely non-sensical way, namely VMware Marvin and Pearl Jam. As The Register reported earlier today, odds are that Marvin no longer responds to it’s project name, but rather to the new EVO name recently trademarked by VMware. There has been whispers of a Marvin name change for quite some time, so this isn’t really hard to believe.

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A customer of mine, who runs a pure HP environment based on c7000 and StoreServ 7200, wanted to get the HP Insight Control Storage Module for vCenter up and running. The problem was that while we were able to connect to the older MSA array they run for non-production workloads, we were unable to connect to the newer StoreServ 7200. There is full IP connectivity between the application server that the HP Insight components run on and the storage controllers/VSP (no firewalls between them, they are located in the same subnet).

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It’s been a while since I tried speculating on the soon-to-be-announced VMware Marvin project, but some very recent VMworld US 2014 session additions look really interesting in that regard:

SDDC1818 - VMware Customers Share Experiences and Requirements for Hyper-Converged SDDC2095 - VMware and Hyper-Converged Infrastructure SDDC1767 - SDDC at Scale with VMware Hyper-Converged Infrastructure: Deeper Dive SDDC3245-S - Software-Defined Data Center through Hyper-Converged Infrastructure

If you look at 1767 specifically, since the other sessions are still very light on details, it has a rather interesting description:

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vSphere Design BookFollowing the success of the first vSphere Design Pocketbook, PernixData has created a new version, this time dubbed «Blog Edition».  Where the first book focused on small «tweet sized» design tips, the new one allows for more in-depth articles, lifting the first editions 200 character limit.

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recording photoI was invited by Nick Martin and Tom Walat to join them in this pre-VMworld edition of the podcast, so if you’re not bored reading about my Marvin speculations already, you can now listen to them as well over at This Week in Virtualization by SearchServerVirtualization

It also covers some expectation for VMworld 2014, which is rapidly getting closer.

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