Free VMware Training

What free VMware training? Yep Free! What is the catch? They are intro courses not the full day onsite or remote classes. But Free.

Just recently VMware has released new free training classes that are self paces e-learning.

The catalog contains over 50+ free courses in all. 

Use this link to look at all the free courses

The other free VMware courses I would recommend are the VMware hands on labs

VMware hands on labs has a wealth of labs that is a great training resource.

Here is a brief summary of the subject areas SDD,Hybrid Cloud, Mobility, VDI, Networking, Storage, Performance.

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Create a patched ESX ISO 5.5 / 5.5 U1

People have been asking for a patched ESX 5.5 / 5.5 U1 ISO / installer / upgrade CD.

A patched ISO is useful for new patched deployments and upgrades and patching without VUM or command line.

The good news is you can create your own patched ESX ISO 5.5 / 5.5 U1 in about 2 minutes.

Download & Install the latest vSphere PowerCLI

Download the ESX 5.5 or 5.5 U1 Patch

ESXi 5.5 U1 ESXi ESXi550-201404401

ESXi 5.5 ESXi ESXi550-201404420

Run the vSphere PowerCli

Add-EsxSoftwareDepot C:\Downloads\

Get-EsxImageProfile | select Name

“The command above will show the ESXi images ie Standard or no-tools”

Export-EsxImageProfile ESXi-5.5.0-20140404001-standard -ExportToISO -FilePath C:\Downloads\ESXi-5.5.0-20140404001-standard.iso

Your new ISO will compile and you are ready for new install patched install or upgrade to patch your host.



Creating an ISO Image from a VMware Patch File – Kyle Gleed

PowerCLI Initialize Error

* If you get an error about powerclientenvironment.ps1 cannot be loaded

Run as administrator and run Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned

Answer Yes  and you should be good





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VMware vSphere Virtual SAN VSAN

One of the exciting announcements at VMworld 2013 was VMware vSphere Virtual SAN VSAN

I am excited about Virtual SAN VSAN  for a few reasons:

1. BYOCI Build your own Converged  Infrastructure with Server vendor of  your choice.

2. The ability to lower the cost of deployments of Virtual Data Centers

3. VDI use case high IO using local storage that is distributed.

4. VSan is built directly into the hypervisor not an additional virtual machine.

5. Distributed Storage without a physical SAN

I look forward to testing VMware vSphere Virtual SAN VSAN soon.

Register for the Virtual San VSan public beta

Some other blog posts you can look at for more information on VMware vSphere Virtual SAN VSAN

A great 8 part series on VSAN and more from Cormac Hogan

VMware Virtual SAN


VMworld 2013: What’s New in 5.5 – vSAN

Introduction to VMware vSphere Virtual SAN

Nutanix Virtual Computing Platform compared to VMware VSAN 1.0

Comparing VMware VSA & VMware Virtual SAN

vSphere 5.5 Improvements Part 4 – Virtual SAN (VSAN)

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Instant Provisoning of Linux Applications

Forget about manually installing applications or deploying applications from deployment tools that take hours to configure your system.
Watch this Video using CloudVolumes we inject applications in real-time to enable workloads on demand.

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Virtualize Everything

Funny Video on Virtualization

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Are you Managing your Systems like Pets or like Farm Animals?

Are you managing your systems (desktops, servers and vm’s) like pets or like farm animals?

When watching a video from the Red Hat Summit on OpenStack I got to thinking about the pets and farm animal’s analogy.

What do I mean with  pets and farm animal’s?

Pets as it relates to desktops, servers and virtual machines (vm’s)

  • Each system is custom and or different.
  • Individual management, patching, software deployment.
  • Backing up the entire system.
  • The system breaks you troubleshoot then repair vs. replace.


Farm Animals as it relates to desktops, servers and virtual machines (vm’s)

  • Mange all systems like one system
  • Operate a Stateless / Non Persistent / Disposable
  • Zero touch


The question is can you transform your IT environment from Pets to Farm Animals?

CloudVolumes enables IT to make that transition from Pets to Farm Animals.

What is CloudVolumes?

CloudVolumes is Workload Virtualization that enables IT to separate the Applications, Configuration and Data across desktops, servers and vm’s.  Much like VMware pioneered x86 OS Virtualzation that allowed the separation between the OS and Hardware.


System management with CloudVolumes

  • 1 gold image per operating system across the data center.
  • Application, System and Patches are injected in real time in seconds to the native OS verses lengthy legacy deployment methods.
  • No packaging of software that might or might not work when deployed
  • OS, Data and Application are separated that enables Stateless / Non Persistent / Disposable OS. If OS brakes or has issues simply move workload to new device.
  • One CloudVolumes Manager can easily serve 10,000 virtual machines

The following video demonstrates CloudVolumes dynamically delivering SQL Server 2008 and a large 1GB database containing more than 1M rows–all within a few seconds. Next, we upgrade to SQL Server 2012 and then rollback to SQL Server 2008 all within a few seconds and a few clicks!

Get CloudVolumes and Manage Systems like Farm Animals

For more information visit

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CloudVolumes “Virtual-State” Into Physical Server

To demonstrate some of the key capabilities of this new solution, we wanted to share the following video. In this video, we will configure a new bare metal piece of hardware, a Dell M610 blade server, from Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offered by, and stream an OS (Windows 2008 64-bit) onto that server with Dell Wyse WSM. We then log in with a user who has been assigned a CloudVolumes workload, which will instantly initiate the delivery of the SQL workload to the physical server in seconds. The whole process takes under 10 minutes, in stark contrast to the normal hour or more that it normally takes to stand up a server with applications!

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Real-time VDI Management of VMware Horizon View VM’s without a Recompose using Cloudvolumes

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Guest Blogpost by Chas Setchell…

Centralized management of VDI vs. physical computers saves on time and resources however depending on which kind of VDI deployment you have you could be realizing even more savings. Ideally the most efficient deployment type is Non-persistent / Stateless VDI, this is when you have one or many golden master VM’s that are then shared by a VDI pool. When your VM’s are Non-persistent / Stateless the user gets a fresh VM at login and at logout the VM gets recycled.


In a Non-persistent / Stateless VMware Horizon View deployment with Composer the admin creates a base image and performs a VM snapshot that is used as the starting point for the VM’s. When patch Tuesday rolls around and the admin will boot the golden master apply the patch and take a snapshot, the admin then needs to perform a recompose that will update all existing…

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Openstack Auth issues running nova ERROR: You must provide a username via either –os-username or env[OS_USERNAME]

Openstack Auth issues running nova ERROR: You must provide a username via either —os-username or env[OS_USERNAME]

OpenStack Nova Authentication issues

Running into errors using the nova command

nova secgroup-add-rule myservers tcp
ERROR: You must provide a username via either —os-username or env[OS_USERNAME]


nova secgroup-list-rules default
ERROR: Invalid OpenStack Nova credentials.

This document is good

Logged in to the Nova Dashboard under project and Access & Security and the API Access tab, Download the  OpenStack RC File



Once downloaded I used WinSCP to copy my root directory



From your ssh session in the /root directory run


Now you should be able to run nova commands


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PernixData first Beta Test

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PernixData first beta test

From the time we heard about PernixData and watched PernixData CTO Satyam Vaghani’s videos form Storage Field Day we were excited to get our hands on the PernixData Flash Virtualization Platform (FVP) product and give it a test.

What is PernixData and why should you care?

PernixData is a inline storage IO acceleration software that leverages flash storage on your VMware ESX host.

OK so you might be saying to yourself ok I have flash on my VMware ESX host why would I need a piece of software like PerixData FVP.

For Statefull / Persistent VM’s you typically want them running on some type of SAN that provides raid and enables you to use all the enterprise features from the VMware vSphere such as live migration. You also want to reduce the risk of data loss and having data on a single flash device could…

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