vRealize Operations

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 Horizon 7

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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VCDX

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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VCDX

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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VMworld

Review of VMworld 2016 in Barcelona

The EMEA edition of VMworld in Barcelona is a wrap. This edition of VMworld is in my honest opinion one of the best until so far. And in this post I will explain why. VMware Cloud on AWS Anyone who missed the great announcement around the partnership between VMware and Amazon has either lived in a cave or is still using floppy drives on a daily basis. VMware Cloud on AWS is a new service that let’s you integrate your local VMware vSphere infrastructure with the vSphere infrastructure on AWS, but fully transparently. More about this game changing technology can…

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VMworld

VMworld 2016, What’s new in EUC?

Yep, again a great week full of announcements, networking, technical sessions, parties and fun with the ITQ team. VMworld 2016, the Barcelona Edition is yet again a blast! Last Friday I attended a Citrix Usergroup event in the Netherlands. Lot’s of great community people and speakers. One of those speakers was Shawn Bass, the CTO for VMware’s EUC products. After his session about the VMware ecosystem and his vision around the Digital Workspace, I spoke to him about VMworld. I asked him if he was excited about VMworld and his answer was “I have been working on a great new EUC…

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VMworld

VMworld 2016 Must-sees

This year I was one of the lucky ones to being able to attend both VMworld events. In this post you can read my review on the Las Vegas edition of VMworld. The post you are reading now is dedicated to a list of sessions that in my opinion are must-sees at the Barcelona edition of VMworld 2016. Also, it will be a great chance of seeing me in Barcelona as well.. 🙂 The Power of Two: EUC with NSX [PAR3707] Tom Vallons and Mark Sindlinger talk about stuff they are good at: EUC and NSX. Session description: This session…

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Access Point

Cloud Pod Architecture with F5 LTM or NSX

In 2014, VMware announced a new feature in Horizon 6 called Cloud Pod Architecture. This feature can make sure that you can run Horizon based VDI/Remote Apps from multiple data centers and that the maximum number of desktops can exceed 10,000 per Horizon implementation (by setting up multiple POD’s with 10,000 desktops each). To use this feature, it is a best practice to set up load balancing as well. And in case of geographically separated data centers, a load balancer with support for a Global Traffic Manager as well. F5 has such a module next to their Local Traffic Manager…

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