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vSphere 5.1 supports View 5.1 and visa versa October 28, 2012

Posted by vbry21 in VMware blogs.
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As VMware Certified Instructor, I teach not only the vSphere products, but also View products.

The killer for me was that when vSphere 5.1 was released it could not support View 5.1 and having to explain this to delegates and also some of the people I deal with on a regular basis did not go down that well.

My response was always. “It’s VMware; they’ll have already sussed this, just wait.”

Well, phew, VMware have indeed come through and now with an update the vSphere 5.1 / View 5.1 support has indeed arrived.

For more info, visit VMware


VMUG Northeast meeting fast approaching October 24, 2012

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Hi all just a reminder that the next VMUG meeting in Newcastle is fast approaching.

It will take place

Thursday 1st November 2012


The CastleGate

Melboune Street

Newcastle upon Tyne



If you’re not a member of the VMware Users Group, join, it’s free and with 75,000 members it’s a big group to join.

If you’re a member, and you can attend then register.


I’d love to go along but unfortunately I’ll be on holiday next week.


Just click the link to VMUG Northeast




Microsoft Tech,Days Online conference on Windows 2012 and Windows 8 October 24, 2012

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Life is a long and never ending learning experience, I work as a lecturer in virtualisation technologies and really that’s where my interest in IT lies.

Microsoft recently sent me an invite to join in on their Tech.Days Online, this is a 2 day online conference specifically designed for IT professionals to learn about Windows 2012, Windows 8, Windows Azure and System Center 2012.

Just follow the link and register, it’s free, interactive online learning direct from your browser.

Microsoft Tech Days Online

Free VMware Instructional videos October 24, 2012

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I’ve just received an email from VMware about their new microsite containing an array of very handy instructional videos.

There’s 51 videos containing the following products.

Site Recovery Manager

vCenter Operations Manager




vSphere Storage Appliance

To visit this site click the link to VMware Learning

Super useful as all videos also have call-to-action links to downloading evaluation software, product information and links to supplemental e-Learning content.

Microsoft’s free Cloud Security Readiness Tool October 21, 2012

Posted by vbry21 in Microsoft Virtualisation blogs.
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We’re now being bombarded with the Cloud, and we are now wondering, “should we move to the cloud?”

This can be a worrying time, we are told that it will reduce costs, it will make our IT environment more agile, it will empower us, etc.

Wouldn’t be nice if we could get a useful assessment of our environment, and then use this information to help make the decision about moving to the cloud.

The decision to deploy cloud computing is a strategic one. Many organizations are curious to learn more about their IT environments and evaluate whether deploying cloud services is appropriate.

Well, Microsoft has provided us with a tool to help make that decision.

Take a short survey that assesses your current IT environment with regard to systems, processes, and productivity. The survey information creates a custom non-commercial report that provides recommendations on your IT state and helps you evaluate the benefits of cloud computing.

Evaluation VHDs for System Center 2012 October 21, 2012

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I was having a look around Microsoft’s website and discovered the evaluation VMs for System Center 2012 SP1.

The evaluation VMs are really useful as they are a prebuilt VM with Windows 2012 and System Center 2012.

Just to warn you though, they are huge and come down in 700MB chunks.

To access the beta, click the link to Microsoft Evaluations

Microsoft Security Intelligence Report October 21, 2012

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As we move to the cloud, our data becomes distributed.

Internally we need to ensure that data is accessible to our internal users, we also need to ensure that data is accessible only by the users that require it.

However as we move our machines and data to the cloud we need to ensure that our data is secured, as the VMs containing the data may be hosted by a third party.

Microsoft, on a regular basis produce their Security Intelligence reports, they are full of useful information and definitely worth a look.

Microsoft Virtual Academy Windows 2012 VDI training October 20, 2012

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I was having a browse through the Microsoft Virtual Academy website and found that they had some new course offerings around Virtual Desktop Infrastructure.


Microsoft Virtual Academy now offers nine free Windows Server 2012 courses with the release of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) training. Learn how to deploy remote desktop services architectures that give users access to data and applications from virtually anywhere, on whichever device they choose.


I’ve had a quick look at the courses and they do look useful, select the link below, these courses look to be useful to compliment the official Microsoft Courseware.


Microsoft Virtual Academy Microsoft Windows 2012


Windows 2012 Essentials available for download October 20, 2012

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On the 9th of October 2012 Microsoft released Windows Server 2012 Essentials RTM. Come the 1st November 2012 will be make generally available on all channels.

Windows Server 2012 Essentials (formerly Windows Small Business Server Essentials) is a server solution designed and priced for small businesses with up to 25 users and 50 devices. Windows Server 2012 Essentials is an ideal first server, and it can also be used as the primary server in a multi-server environment for small businesses.

Click on the Link to get even more information

Sysprep files cannot be located (even through they are there) October 18, 2012

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Came up against an interesting issue yesterday, when we worked through guest customisation, we found that the button to allow guest customisation in the vSphere Client was greyed out.

The statement from the vSphere client was that the customisation files could not be found.

We checked the vCenter server (linux version) the files definitely in the location required.


We tried logging out of the client and back in to no avail.

The next thing we did was check the properties of the template, first we converted the template to a VM and then.

vSphere Client > right click VM > edit settings> options TAB

VM options

The OS can be seen set to Windows 2003 32 bit, the problem was it was set to Windows 2003 64 bit


The template had the guest OS set to Windows Server 2003 64 bit, so this meant that when customisation was ran the client and vCenter was looking for 64 bit sysprep files (the VM/template had Windows 2003 32 bit installed).

We set the VM OS setting under options to Windows 2003 32 bit and converted back to template hey presto everything was fixed.