Reading the Tea Leaves Before VMworld 2012 – Part 1

This year’s VMworld conference in San Francisco is shaping up to be a great one.  VMware is gearing up for quite a conference this week – I’ve heard from several VMware insiders, saying this show will be “jaw-dropping,” “mind-blowing,” and “amazing.”  But, VMware is keeping the product announcements, acquisitions, and cool new technology very close to the vest this year, so the exact details are not yet known.  I thought I might engage in some predictive analytics against recent VMware press releases, VMworld session builder details, and some buzz in the community/press to guess at what might … [Read more...]

Official VCP5 Certification Guide & Building a Virtual Datacenter Books Now Available

VMware Press this week released two new books.  The first is The Official VCP5 Certification Guide by Bill Ferguson.  The book is designed to help professionals prepare for the VMware VCP510 exam, covering all of the topics on the VMware VCP510 exam blueprint, including: Understanding how virtualization can best be integrated into today's real-world IT environments Recognizing what to change, and what to leave alone Planning, installing, configuring, and upgrading vCenter Server and VMware ESXi Planning and configuring vSphere networking and storage Deploying and Administering … [Read more...]

VMware Releases Workstation 9 and Fusion 5

Today, VMware released the latest version of their VMware Workstation product - version 9.  VMware Workstation was the first VMware product that I used (some 13 years ago) and has continued to be a product I rely on to do my work.  I've been using the Technology Preview versions of Workstation 9 for months and am impressed with its speed, stability, and features.  Using VMware Workstation Tech Preview 9 on my laptop, I run a full VMware View environment, complete with firewall, load balancer, OpenFiler storage appliance, vCenter, a couple nested vSphere 5 ESXi servers,  View Composer and View … [Read more...]

VMUG Advantage Program

VMware has been investing in the VMware User Group (VMUG) program over the past year, adding new benefits and opportunities to an already great program.  In addition to local meetings where you can interact with fellow VMware professionals, the VMUG program offers other great benefits - the latest is the VMUG Advantage program. The VMUG Advantage program offers the following benefits: $100 Discount to VMworld 20% Discount on VMware Instructor Led Training 20% Discount on VMware Certification 1-Year Free Subscription: All Access eLearning Courses ($750 Value) 30% Discount on … [Read more...]

Vote Now for Top Virtualization Bloggers

Happy New Year to everyone!  2010 is shaping up to be quite a good year, both personally and professionally.  Between two little boys at home and a bunch of new projects at work I should stay busy.  I will also continue to co-lead the Washington, DC VMware User Group (VMUG).  In my spare time I will continue to write what I hope are technically sound, practical, and timely articles on And speaking of Eric Siebert has opened up voting for the top 25 virtualization bloggers on his site.  I am very honored to be included in the ballot list of 55 of … [Read more...]

VMworld 2009 Sponsor and Exhibitor List

The VMware ecosystem is rich and thriving, with partners, vendors, and the virtualization community at large continuing to drive innovation and producing complementary products. VMworld is where this ecosystem comes together to show the latest and greatest they have to offer, and to give a glimpse into what lies ahead. With VMworld 2009 just a few days away, the ecosystem is pulsing with increase vigor, as evidenced by the increased amount of email, Twitter traffic, and general buzz in the community. The VMworld 2009 Sponsor and Exhibitor list is available at … [Read more...]

VMware Fusion Updated to 2.0.5

While setting up a new 17" MacBook Pro today I found that an update to VMware Fusion has been released. The update, version 2.0.5, has a release date of June 23. According to the release notes, the update includes: Support for Mac OS X Server guest operating systems on Macs with Intel Xeon 5500 and 3500 Series processors (based on Nehalem micro-architecture) Provides experimental support for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Server as a guest operating system (32-bit only) Provides experimental support for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard as a host operating system (32-bit only) Supports Ubuntu … [Read more...]

VMworld Content Catalog Released

The VMworld 2009 Content Catalog was released on Friday night according to a post on the blog.  I have only started to browse the many breakout sessions, instructor-led labs, self-paced labs, and panel sessions that are currently planned for VMworld 2009.  A quick glance shows a wide variety of content for all technical levels across many tracks, including Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery, Desktop Virtualization, Enterprise Applications, Technology and Architecture, Virtualization 101 and Virtualization Management.  It also appears that the catalog includes a nice mix of … [Read more...]

VMworld Here I Come

Today is the last day for VMworld early-bird registration, and I got in just under the wire.  Here's to hoping that VMworld 2009 is as informative, fun and valuable as last years.  I remember sitting in Vegas last year as the first of the big financial institutions began to fall.  It will be interesting to see how the current economic condition impacts attendance, vendor quality, tee-shirt availability, and the VMworld party.  Here's to fun, free beer, and virtualization! I'm also hoping that my wife will be able to join me and 'geek out' (her term) this year.  If so, I'll have to get her … [Read more...]

VI Toolkit for Windows v1.5 Released Today

VMware released version 1.5 of the VI Toolkit for Windows - the PowerShell management and reporting tool of choice for many VMware administrators. The new version carries build number 142961. You can download v1.5 here: The update includes some 32 new cmdlets, including ones for getting/setting NTP settings on ESX, getting/setting Advanced configuration options on ESX, getting/setting ESX Firewall settings, and the ability to modify DRS rules using PowerShell. Existing cmdlets have also been updated with new parameters, and several fixes have been … [Read more...]