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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Fabio Rapposelli´s post «On the Real Value of IT certifications» highlights some of the current problems related to IT certifications in general, and basic «entry level» exams in particular. The problems with brain dumps, lack of experience and testing methods is not new, and the_ «Paper MCSE»_ term was coined back in the early 2000´s when the influx of newly certified Microsoft Certified Systems Engineers, with little or no real world experience flooded the market.

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My Saturday morning started the same as any other. I checked my emails and my tweets, started a coffee, walked my dog and got into the shower. My iPhone buzzing on the sink caught my attention a few minutes into it. Covered in soap and the rest censored for the public here I answered the call. Without getting into too many details of my organization - my bosses-bossess-boss contacted me reporting a fire in one of our server rooms in Shanghai China.

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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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Like many others I was a VCP 4 and needed to upgrade to VCP 5 by Feb 29th to avoid a pricey class and possible ribbing from my peers. I was well aware of this deadline since mid December, however, I procrastinated on studying and was mostly flinging myself around the globe doing implementations and having an all around good time. When Feb 1st came I was sitting on a flight from Saigon to Frankfurt and that is when panic struck.

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Now there is an ambitious post title if there ever was one, but it seems fitting as the next 12 months promises to be my most ambitious professional year to date. Like Neil, I´ve started a journey that could either crash and burn, or end up with my very own personal moon landing. Those of you that follow my antics on Twitter already know what I´m talking about, but I´ll spell it out once and for all:

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I´ve mentioned this earlier, VMware hands-in labs going public in 2012, but finally it seems like something is happening in that regard! Scott Sauer has announced the availability of «VMware Virtual Customer Labs” (vCL) where he walks us through the setup and delivery of the new vCL offering. At the moment it´s only available to «selected customers», supported by a VMware pre-sales engineer, and the number of labs are limited. It´s still a work in progress, and I´m sure great things will come out of this!

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In a recent article, VCP 5 certification course deadline looms over VMware pros both vNinja.net contributors (Christian and Ed) are quoted in relation to the VCP 5 certification upgrade deadline of February 29th 2012. While I can´t speak for Ed, I can clarify my own comments a bit. The following is a quote from VMware, taken from the article in question: “That requirement is in place to maintain the integrity of the certification.

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Eric Siebert has opened up the voting for the top VMware & virtualization blogs. Head on over and cast your votes! Votes for vNinja.net and vSoup.net would be greatly appreciated, but since we´re not affiliated with the Dutch vMaffia we promise that you will not have to wear concrete boots or wake up to a horses head in your bed if you don´t vote for us. We think.

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As Mr. Simon Seagrave has pointed out, there is a fix available to enable OSX Lion Time Machine support for Iomega IX2 and IX4 NAS storage devices. I decided to take this a little step further, and try to upgrade my old (and discontinued) Iomega IX2-200 to the new IX2-200 Cloud Edition firmware. Initially this was a big failure, as I seemingly managed to brick my device. It was only responding to pings (so the TCP/IP stack was loaded and working), but I could not bring up the web based management tool nor connect via telnet or SSH.

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My new colleague Olav Tvedt asked me if I could test his method of enabling Bitlocker in a VM, on VMware vSphere. Of course, I was happy to oblige. I followed the same steps as he did in his Running Bitlocker on a Virtual computer post, and it worked perfectly. The only real difference between doing this in Hyper-V and on ESXi, is that the virtual floppy drive on ESXi by default doesn’t emulate an empty floppy.

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Sammy Bogaert has posted a 12 part series called «Building The Ultimate vSphere Lab», which knocks the socks of my previous vSphere 4.x series. In reality this means that my planned series for vSphere 5.x is now cancelled, as there is no need to duplicate Sammy’s efforts. Be sure to check the series out!

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Yes, this is YAEotYP, so if you’ve already read tons of them I apologize. 2011 - My personal view 2011 has been a steamroller of a year.The vSoup Virtualization Podcast got aired the first time, and we’ve recorded and published 19 full episodes in the inaugural year. I was awarded the vExpert title for the first time, and even got invited to Tech Field Day #6 in Boston. In addition to this, I wrote a white paper for Veeam, was included in the Server Virtualization Advisory Board, joined Rick Vanover for a Veeam Community Podcast, and appeared in two video interviews.

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One of the last projects I’ve been involved with at Seatrans, is to automate the installation and configuration of vSphere ESXi 5 hosts for deployment on vessels. I’ve talked a bit about this before, both on vSoup and in Setting Up Automated ESXi Deployments where I outlined my PXE and PowerCLI based installation and configuration scheme. Not much has changed since then, except updating the PXE server to offer ESXi 5, instead of ESXi 4 and a lot of work has been put into the scripting, including a front-end GUI for the PowerCLI script itself.

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While using ThinApp to create a standalone version of TweetDeck 0.38.2, since the newly announced 1.0 version looks, acts and feels like a 0.1 version, I posed the following question on Twitter: ["Hrm, what other apps should i #ThinApp while I'm at it?"](https://twitter.com/#!/h0bbel/status/145249562490179585). Kevin Kelling immediately responded with «Doom». Naturally, I decided to give it a go. A quick download of ZDoom later, and a quick run through the ThinApp Setup Capture later, the following was born (view in full screen for better viewing):

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As the title says, it’s been one of my more «public» weeks ever. Besides my «normal» vSoup engagement, this week I’ve also been involved with Mike Laverick’s VMTN Subscription Movement Miniwags to voice some of my views about the #VMTNSubscriptionMovement. Fair warning: This is video, and please to remember that during recording Movember was nearing its final phase. VMTN Subscription Movement Miniwags – Christian Mohn Secondly, I was a guest on the Veeam Community Podcast Episode 45 – vSphere 5 Storage Potpourri.

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A little while ago I fitted a small 64GB SSD disk to my HP MicroServer just to have a quick look at the new vSphere 5 feature Swap to Host Cache, where vSphere 5 reclaims memory by storing the swapped out pages in the host cache on a solid-state drive. Naturally, this is a lot faster than swapping to non-SSD storage, but you will still see a performance hit when this happens.

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VMware has announced Horizon Application Manager 1.2, and together with the new ThinApp 4.7 release it promises «end users access to Windows, SaaS and enterprise web applications across different devices while retaining control and visibility via policy-driven management». VMware Horizon Application Manager now manages your ThinApp applications making it easier and faster to provide virtualized Windows applications to end users. From Horizon Administration, you can deploy ThinApp packages, entitle users and groups, track user licenses, and manage application updates.

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Mike Laverick has started something of a petition to bring back the VMTN Subscription option, and I could not agree more! The VMTN Subscription was a way for interested parties to pay for a years subscription to VMware products, akin to the Microsoft Technet subscription program. It’s not intended for production use, but as a means to get hold of products for lab work, testing and development. I don’t understand why VMware pulled the plug on that option back in 2007, but I do understand why it’s time to bring it back to life.

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Juan Manuel Rey’s post Monitor ESX 4.x to ESXi 5.0 migration process show how you can watch the progress of an ESX 4 to ESXi 5 upgrade procedure, by looking at the live logs. While this is very useful, and in many cases a real learning experience, it got me thinking that these logs should be available remotely as well. Since ESXi supports, and actively encourages, the use of an external Syslog service for log file safekeeping and monitoring, shouldn’t the installation logs for ESXi also be logged externally if configured?

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