Trainsignal has just launched a new Online Training bundle, and for $49 a month you can get unlimited access to their entire set of training courses and practice exams for Cisco, Apple, Microsoft, Citrix, CompTIA, and VMware. The new pricing is very attractive, especially since you no longer need to buy access on a course by course basis. The courses are delivered in your browser, but Trainsignal also offers an offline player in case you need access when traveling or otherwise offline.

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VMware Labs has released a new fling called Makyo (魔境 _makyō_ means “ghost cave” or “devil’s cave.”) which basically is a tool to copy VMs or vApps from one vCenter instance to another. It works by doing an automated OVF export on the source vCenter, and then an import on the destination vCenter. The plugin integrates directly into the vSphere Web Client, and I hope to see this feature installed by default in future versions of the Web Client.

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Eric Siebert has yet again gone through the massive job of setting up his yearly Top VMware & Virtualization Blogs Vote. Huge kudos to Eric, I know this is a big undertaking for you, and myself and the rest of the community really appreciate the hard work you put into this each year! Go ahead and cast your vote before the cut-off date of March 1st. vNinja.net is listed in the general section, feel free to vote for us if you feel like we deserve it.

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My recent experience with setting up vCenter Operations Manager on a standalone ESXi host, and the always excellent William Lam´s post Automating VCSA Network Configurations For Greenfield Deployments got me thinking. There are several other appliances out there that require deployment to a vCenter, to be able to configure the networking options and not just default to DHCP. In many, and perhaps even most, cases you can work around that by running the _vami_set_network _command to change from DHCP to STATIC network configurations.

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A client of mine recently had their vCenter 5.0 appliance replaced with a new vCenter 5.1 appliance, something vCenter Operations Manager did not enjoy. In this case the original vCenter 5.0 Appliance was turned shut down, a new 5.1 Appliance deployed, with the same IP as the old one, and then configured. Naturally the existing hosts were added to the fresh vCenter, clusters recreated and in general everything was reconfigured.

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SearchserverVirtualization published an article today called «Experts weigh in on CTO Herrod’s departure, future of VMware» where I have been quoted in regard toSteve Herrod’s departure from VMware. While the quote itself is correct, I feel that there is a need to further expand on what I said, in the context it was given in. So here it is, my entire response: My reaction to Steve Herrods departure is probably on par with just about everyone else's, one of surprise.

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In order to be able to deploy vCenter Operations Manager, the ESXi host it is deployed to needs to be managed by a vCenter. At first glance, that seems like a fair and pretty straight forward requirement, right? But, is it? While I can see the need for a vCenter in the environment that vCenter Operations Manager is supposed to monitor, I don´t understand why the host you want to deploy the vApp on has to be managed by a vCenter instance as well?

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vOPS 6.3 Environment Explorer Yesterday fellow vExpert Mattias Sundling gave me a little pre-release briefing of the new Dell/VKernel vOPS Server Explorer 6.3 release. While I don´t normally do press release posts like these, I´m willing to make an exception in this case. Not only is vOPS Server Explorer 6.3 available in a free version, with the familiar tools from previous versions, the new release also comes armed with a couple of new interesting tools in the suite:

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Christopher Kusek, who runs pkguild.com, has just announced that he is running a contest where you can win a VMware Workstation 9 license. Seeing that announcement, and the fact that Christopher was nice enough to mention both me and vNinja.net in it, I have decided to also give away a license that has been lingering unused in my possession way to long. Instead of running my own contest, my license has been added to the existing contest so head on over there to read all the details.

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One of the smaller improvements in vSphere 5 was the introduction of the «Virtual machine disks consolidation is needed» configuration alert if vSphere determines that there are orphaned snapshots for a given VM. Previous versions does not show this warning message, and datastore usage could potentially skyrocket for no apparent reason if something continues to create snapshots that are not properly cleaned up when they are no longer in use.

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