The new vCenter Operations Manager 5.6 is now generally available, and one of many improvements from v5.5 is the new licensing scheme. The new foundation edition, is the new entry-level edition which from now on is included in every licensed vSphere edition free of charge. That´s right, you can now run vCenter Operations Manager 5.6 Foundation without purchasing any additional licenses. vCenter Operations Manager now comes in the following flavors:

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One of my clients has recently been having issues with their storage solution, and wanted to export the events from vCenter that show storage performance degradation, to aid in troubleshooting with the vendor. For some reason, and I have yet to confirm that this is a bug with the vCenter 5.0 appliance or the vCenter Desktop Client, when an event export is done, the storage related events are not exported with the rest of the events.

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What is VIP VCP Club? #This a new concept by VMware Norway, for certified VMware professionals, where the idea is to gather local certified VMware Professionals for a day of hands-on labs, specialized technical sessions and general community building. Agenda # Storage/HA/DR/Clustering Presented by Lee Dilworth End User Computing Presented by Joel Lindberg vCenter Operations Management Suite Presented by Ulf Andreasson The hands-on labs covered VMware Site Recovery Manager, vCenter Operations and Horizon Suite.

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Post Update: As per Preetam´s comment, HP has published a customer advisory regarding the usage of install vs update. After installing a couple of brand new HP ProLiant BL460c G8 blades with HP Smart Array P220i controllers at a customer site, I decided that I should upgrade from the VMware-ESXi-5.0.0-Update1-623860-HP-5.20.43.iso Build 623860 used to install the blades, to the latest 821926 build offered by VMware. Normally this is a really easy process using VMware Update Manager, but since this is a new installation all the prerequisites for that are not in place just yet and I decided to use esxcli to perform the update.

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Fellow vExpert Rick Scherer is giving away a voucher that provides free access to all of the VMworld 2012 sessions, including associated MP3′s and PDF’s. Have a look at his post Win Access to VMworld 2012 Sessions and enter to win now! Good stuff Rick, real good! Update October 30th: Fresh VCDX and fellow vExpert Joep Piscaer has followed suit and announced his own “Want to win a VMworld 2012 Subscription?

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When VMware vSphere 5.1 and vCloud Networking and Security 5.1 was launched at VMworld US in late August, one of the news items was the change in licensing relating to vShield Endpoint. vShield Endpoint is now included in every vSphere edition, with the exception of the lowest tier vSphere Essentials package. I was under the impression that you had to upgrade to the new 5.1 version to take advantage of the licensing change, and get licenses available for vShield Endpoint, but a new VMware Knowledgebase article named KB: 2036875 Downloading and enabling vShield Endpoint on supported vSphere platforms debunks that.

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Everyone, and probably their extended family including their mother-in-law, has heard me whine and complain about the VCP training requirements. VMware has unveiled a new lab, namely Project Nee (Next-Generation Education Environment) and this is something I´m really excited about. Project Nee is described as this: VMware Project NEE is a new VMware Labs project providing a richly featured, powerful online learning and lab environment delivered from the cloud to any device, anywhere, anytime.

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This post is inspired by a tweet from Andrew Storrs, where he pinpoints that the host log file locations have changed between ESXi 4 and ESXi 5. Note: This post has been updated with new log files for ESXi 5.1 ESXi 4 Log File Locations: #[table id=6 /] ESXi 5 Log File Locations: #[table id=5 /] Between version 5.0 and 5.1 the log file locations have not changed, but a couple of new logs have been added.

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Now that vSphere 5.1 and assorted products have been released into the wild, how do you check the integrity of your downloaded file? As you might be aware of, VMware publishes both MD5 and SHA1 hashes for their files, making it possible to check if the file you just downloaded is identical to the file offered from VMware. Checking the MD5 or SHA1 hash for a single file is easy, at least in OS X where you don´t need any third party tools to check.

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Way back in the old days, you know when VMworld 2012 was held in San Francisco, I tweeted that if someone could get hold of a VCP pin for me, I would be very happy. Luckily Paul Valentino from vCommunity Trust picked that up, and apparently went on quite the scavenger hunt on my behalf. Imagine my surprise today when this little square meter of carton appeared, courtesy of Mr. Valentino:

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Christian Mohn works as a Chief Technologist SDDC for Proact in Norway.

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