VMware Offers vCloud “Test-Drive” with New Evaluation Service. This announcement doesn´t seem to be «Project Zephyr» which, if the rumors are true, is VMware´s own fully fledged IaaS service. This Public vCloud “Test-Drive” service, which VMware themselves describe as “white-label” from a vCloud service provider, seems like a way for VMware to provide cheap test-drive access, to vCloud through their existing service providers. Where the rumored «Project Zephyr» might be seen as a competing service, Public vCloud looks to be engineered to drive long term customers to the existing ecosystem of providers.

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Mike Laverick and Barry Coombs has released their new book, elegantly titled «Building End-User Computing Solutions with VMware View». Not only is this a great book, it is something that every existing and potential VMware View (and related technologies in the EUC area) administrator should add to their (digital) bookshelves. I´ll let the authors themselves describe it: This book is all about VMware View 5.1 and ThinApp 4.7.2 administration - and it takes in a wide scope of complementary technologies from the likes of Teradici, BitDefender and F5 Networks.

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I´ve been a Mac and OS X user now for about 7 months, but to be honest I have not been very experimental in my usage of my Macbook Air. Until now, my main focus has been basic usage of the hardware and operating systems, and making it work in my corporate environment. As I feel that I´ve reached mission accomplished status on that initial project, I decided to use some of my «free» vacation time to play around a bit and experiment a bit more.

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I love it when a plan comes together, especially when someone gets an idea and then someone fires on all cylinders and executes! As mentioned before, there has been a lot of talk about various ways to create a «soapbox» for all those who submitted VMworld sessions and got rejected, or those who did not submit but would still like to present. Thankfully the guys behind vBrownBags has teamed up with VMware communities and are now offering this opportunity at VMworld 2012.

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I recently had a need to create a VM for usage on ESX 3.x, but the only thing available to me in my lab was vSphere 5, which naturally creates new VMs with the latest and greatest version 8 virtual hardware. The following table lists the virtual hardware versions and the corresponding ESX and ESXi releases: Version Virtual Hardware Version ESXi 5.x 8 ESX/ESXi 4.

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**VMworld Session Reject Club 1st RULE: You do talk about Reject Club. ** Today VMware has sent out notifications to VMworld 2012 session submitters, with a yay or nay email. Of course, this sparked a lot of conversation on Twitter, and Scott Lowe published a blog post proposing a VMworld Unconference, and exploring several options: A physical “unconference” A virtual “unconference” A series of 10-minute “flash talks” at VMworld 2012

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The Thinapped vSphere Client has finally been updated to v5.0, and is readily available for download! Sadly the new version is v5.0 only, and will only allow you to connect to vSphere v5 hosts and since the new release has replaced the old release on the VMware Fling website, you´re out of luck if you haven´t already got the 4.0 version stowed away in your own private locker. I hope VMware decides to either make the 4.

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Just like last year, I got up really early and caught a 06:40 am flight from Bergen to Oslo to attend the VMware Forum. A couple of things have changed since the last time, one of them being the venue. This time around it was held at Ullevaal Business Class, and the venue itself worked great for a one day conference like this, divided into three sections, two for parallel sessions and one for the exhibitor area.

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My little pet project VCDX Wannabe has now (finally) gone live. For now it´s mostly a collection of links and resources, but that will change over time. So, if you want to see me (and possibly a few others) either go down in flames, kicking and screaming, or succeed obtaining the VCDX certification you now have the opportunity to do so.

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Since the vCenter Client no longer is bundled with an ESXi host installation, I´ve compiled a quick list of direct download URLs for the most recent clients. Update 17th September 2014: VMware has published the official list in knowledge base article KB2089791, use that as the official list going forward. Remember, the client download URL is still available from the vCenter server, if you point your browser to it.

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