NLVMUG UserCon 2017

NLVMUG Session

In a couple of weeks from now, the next best thing after VMworld will take place. On the 16th of March, the 1931 venue will be the place to be if VMware technology is your thing. The biggest UserCon in the world, the Dutch VMUG (or NLVMUG) is raising the bar in 2017 after a great edition in 2016. This year has a couple of new tricks up it’s sleeve. The NLVMUG UserCon is a conference created by the community, for the community. That means that most of the speakers will be working either at a customers or a partner. And…

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Naviko Interface

Product Review: Nakivo Backup and Replication

I know what you must be saying, this is an EUC blog and why is he doing a product review? Well, the answer is quite simple. This product is so cool that I couldn’t keep it to myself. A couple of months ago I was contacted by someone from Nakivo to check out the latest version of their Backup and Replication solution for vSphere 6. As I was already using a different solution in my homelab that was working fine, I din’t really feel like responding. Until my shared datastore that contained all my VM’s died and recovery of the other solution…

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ITQ

Change is the only constant

Let me start by wishing you guys all the best in 2017! 2016 has been  the biggest rollercoaster in my career. vExpert 2016, VMware EUC Champion, VMworld Las Vegas and Barcelona and last but not least: VCDX-DTM. All stuff I am really, really proud of, and which I couldn’t have achieved without the help of my employer, ITQ. All this made me think. Last year I have been working as a Team lead for the End-User Computing business unit at ITQ and we have achieved great things. Awesome projects, enormous growth (in projects, consultants and publicity) and great awareness on an international…

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vROps Custom EUC dashboard

User Experience Troubleshooting Deep Dive, Part 2: How to monitor?

In the previous post I explained some things around metrics and which one you could monitor if you want to be aware of what is happing around the User Experience (UX) of your end users. In this post I would like to show you how these metrics can be monitored. vRealize Operations 6.4 is quite complete with all kinds of out-of-the-box dashboards. But in case you would like to create something that perfectly satisfy your needs (like I did), I will also show you how to create the custom dashboard that I always use. So where to start? In this…

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User Experience Troubleshooting Deep Dive, Part 1: How to start?

Many customers that I have visited are struggling with their User Experience. And quite often they have the tools to actually monitor it, but they have challenges in interpreting the right information. There are many solutions on the market that can be used to monitor the User Experience, but configuring them to show the right information can be hard. And where should you start? What information is useful? On regular basis I get questions on which KPI’s and metrics should be monitored. But how should you interpret these metrics? This blog series is dedicated to help you on monitoring some useful KPI’s and possibly…

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PowerCLI for Horizon

What’s new in Horizon 7.0.3

Today, VMware announced the Q4 release of Horizon, version 7.0.3. In this post I will explain the new features and functionality. Windows OS Support Horizon 7.0.3 has an extended Windows 10 support with the following branches: Windows 10 version 1511 Current Business Branch (CBB) Windows 10 version 1507 Current Business Branch (CBB) Windows 10 version 1507 Long-Term Servicing Branch (LTSB) Windows 10 version 1607 Long-Term Servicing Branch (LTSB) Windows 10 version 1607 Current Branch (CB) as a tech preview feature Also, Windows Server 2016 is now fully supported as an RDS server and VDI desktop. VMware PowerCLI for Horizon Finally! This is…

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The road to VCDX, Part 7: The waiting is over!

Wow, the waiting is over. As you may have read on twitter, the journey in becoming VCDX-DTM has reached a climax. Since the last post, again a lot has happened. I defended the design and flew back to the Netherlands. And then the dreadful period of waiting for an email from the VCDX program begins. I didn’t really think of this being a “thing”. But it was. When I left the defense room in Palo Alto, I had a positive feeling over both the defense and the design scenario. But the longer the wait takes, the more the insecurity grows….

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The road to VCDX, Part 6: Judgement Day

As you may have read in the previous post in my journey in becoming VCDX-DTM, I got invited to defend my design at the VMware HQ in Palo Alto. That’s when shit gets real and when you have to work maybe even harder towards the climax of a process that took me over a year. And one of the great things about this phase is that a lot of peers and people of the VMware and VCDX community are really helpful in achieving this. The last 3 weeks have been quite tough. The first phases in the VCDX process were (in my…

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The road to VCDX, Part 5: Waiting, waiting..

It has been a while since the last post around my Road to VCDX-DTM. After the last post, the waiting began. Waiting for that email that says “Please come over to Palo Alto and defend the phonebook-sized-pile of stuff you sent in”. And so it happened.. But let’s begin with what happened after the submission. I flew to Las Vegas to attend VMworld in the US. As soon as I arrived in the hotel, I opened up my laptop and discovered that there was an email from the VCDX program already! Could it be that fast? Unfortunately not. Apparently one…

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