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An interesting feature with the baselines in VMware Update Manager December 14, 2012

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I noticed an interesting thing with VMware Update manager this week to do with baselines, it’s this.

When we create a baseline, which is a collection of patches. We can make the baseline one of the following.

A fixed baseline remains the same even if new patches are added to the repository. With a fixed patch baseline, the user manually specifies all updates included in the baseline from all the patches available in Update Manager. Fixed updates are typically used to check whether systems are prepared to deal with particular problems. For example, you might use fixed baselines to check for compliance with patches to prevent computer worms.

In a Fixed baseline you highlight the patch and click the little down arrow, the patch is then included in the baseline

A dynamic baseline is updated when new patches meeting the specified criteria are added to the repository. The criteria that you can specify are patch vendor, product, severity, and release dates. As the set of available updates changes, dynamic patch baselines are updated as well. You can explicitly include or exclude an update.

In a dynamic baseline you highlight the patch and click the little down arrow, the patch is then excluded from the baseline.

I’ve tried it a couple of times and in all cases the above was true.

A free eBook on Windows 8 December 12, 2012

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I’ve now started looking at Windows 8, but as a Microsoft Certified Trainer, I need to look at it from both an academic and practical point of view.

Microsoft have produced a training course for Windows 8, entitled Configuring Windows 8 , which on first look, looks very informative.

However they have also produced a nice little free eBook entitled. Introducing Windows 8: An Overview for IT professionals.

Come on the course and also download the book to help ease your path to Windows 8



A free course from VMware on vSphere data Protection December 9, 2012

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One of the topics on our VMware vSphere Install, Configure and Mange 5.x, is the module on Data Recovery.

Now as IT professionals we know, we must backup our systems.

The module on Data Recovery talks about the VMware Data Recovery Appliance.

Well that’s now called the vSphere Data Protection Appliance.

VMware have kindly given us a free course around this product.

The vSphere Data Protection and Recovery Fundamentals [5.1]

The vSphere Data Protection and Recovery course provides information about vSphere Storage APIs and the Data Recovery backup and recovery solution for virtual machines and describes the technologies used by Data Recovery.

The above course is a nice little additional course to compliment your full ICM course.

VMware vCloud Director 5.1 Fundamentals, a free course December 9, 2012

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I was out at VMworld 2012 in October.

Dr Steve Herrod told us all about the software datacentre, we were also told about the new version of vCloud Director, the new version is called vCloud Director 5.1.

I teach the vCloud 1.5 courses and think the product is excellent, but the new product is better.

Working for a VATC, I teach VMware courses and I’m looking forward to the new courses for 5.1 arriving. But until that day, VMware have very kindly given us a free course to get us in the mood.

VMware vCloud Fundamentals [5.1]

The VMware vCloud Director Fundamentals [V5.1] free self-paced course introduces students to the components, architecture, functions, and benefits of vCloud Director.


Have a look at this course, as we keep getting told, the future is in the cloud.


The new features of Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V December 9, 2012

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One of the things I get asked regularly on the Windows Server Virtualisation course is.

“Do you have a list of the new features that come with Hyper-V 2012?”

I always answer, “Yes Microsoft’s website.”

They then ask. “Where?”

So here’s the link, to Microsoft’s TechNet article, this article tells you all about the new features in Hyper-V 2012

Group Policies are better with Windows 2012 December 9, 2012

Posted by vbry21 in Windows 2012.
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Many of you who deal with Microsoft Server Operating systems may be aware of Group Policies.

For me Group Policies have always been extremely useful, in a previous position, I had the job of installing, configuring and securing Windows networks.

Now imagine you have 2000 desktops, the last thing you really want to have to do is to configure all of these desktops with the corporate standard.

Well Groups policies allow me to configure not only the machine regardless of who logs on, but also allows me to secure the system regardless of where the user logs on.

We now have Windows 2012 and these Group Policies have been improved.

Rather than me re-invent the wheel however, Darren Mar-Elia has wrote a fantastic blog which can be accessed at the Microsoft server and tools Blog

VMware cloud-based lab enviroment December 5, 2012

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How many times have you been on a VMware course and thought?

“I’d really like access to those labs to practice for my exam?”

How many time have you been frustrated by the answer.

“Sorry, we can’t provide that for you.”


If you live in America and you sit on a qualifying VMware course then you can have access to on demand labs now.

The product is called VMware Lab connect.

If you live in Europe, Asia Pacific, and Japan expect to release VMware Lab Connect in Q1 2013.

For further details head over to VMware’s website