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VMware vCenter Log Insight Manager 2.0 May 23, 2014

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My last couple of weeks have been spent preparing to teach the VMware Troubleshooting 5.5 and VMware Optimise and Scale 5.5 courses. Both of the courses cover ensuring that your system is fit for purpose and delivers a reliable, efficient and secure system for your end users.

My thoughts on this are as follows,


“Let’s be honest, how often do you check your log files?”

“When I have an issue with the system”


“How often do you baseline your system?”



One of the products I’ve been playing with is VMware Log Insight Manager.


So what does it do?


Extends Analytics to Log Data With huge amounts of machine data generated in dynamic, virtual and cloud infrastructures on a daily basis, there is an acute need to apply analytics-based technologies to solve IT problems. vCenter Log Insight extends VMware’s leadership in analytics capabilities to unstructured data and log files, giving you operational intelligence and deep, enterprise-wide visibility across all tiers of your IT infrastructure and applications.

Easy to Use and Accessible Log Management Unlike command line-based tools or highly specialized solutions that are only available to the largest of enterprises, vCenter Log Insight’s is accessible to everyone. It is fast to deploy and easy to use, with intuitive, interactions that get you started with log analytics immediately, without the need to learn a new query language.

Optimised for your VMware Environment. Get built-in support for your VMware deployments.

Intelligent Log Analysis Operations Log Insight adds to the predictive analytics of vCenter Operations Management with machine learning-based Intelligent Grouping, an important new technology that can group related data together to aid you in detecting problems more quickly.

Unified Management. Get easy integration with vCenter Operations and many other vendors. In addition, universal unstructured data collection extends operational visibility and proactive management capabilities across infrastructure and applications across physical, virtual and cloud environments.

For more information, including documents and demo videos and to download your free trial visit the VMware Log Insight Manager Page

VMware Horizon View Install, Configure and Manage 6.0 Beta course May 20, 2014

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One of the products that I work with and also teach courses on is VMware Horizon View, I started with version 3, then 4 and then 5 and now VMware have released Horizon View 6.


Thankfully they have also released a VMware Horizon View: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.0] – BETA course


  • The course covers the following topics
  • Identify View components
  • Install and configure View Connection Server
  • Install and configure virtual machines that become desktops
  • Configure and manage VMware Horizon™ Client™ systems
  • Configure and manage pools of existing physical machines
  • Configure and manage automated pools of full virtual machines
  • Configure and manage pools of linked-clone machines
  • Configure and manage RDS pools of desktops and applications
  • Use View Administrator to configure the View environment
  • Configure secure access to View desktops
  • Describe steps to deploy View Persona Management for user profile management
  • Manage performance and scalability of a View deployment

VMware NSX Install, Configure and Manage v6.0 course May 20, 2014

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You may have read about the VMware NSX product, the product is there to help us move towards a Software Defined Datacentre (SDN) by virtualising our network.

VMware have released a 5 day beta NSX: Install, Configure, Manage [v6.0] course

Not only that but, if you’re quick, they are also running a 5 day Beta of the above course in the UK at their Frimley office.

The course starts on the 23rd June 2014 and for more details and to book follow the link below

June 23rd 2014 Frimley Surrey Beta NSX: ICM course

VMware web Client reports Empty Inventory May 6, 2014

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Today I’ve been playing with a course build for the VMware Troubleshooting 5.5 workshop

I got to the 3rd lab, this lab involves me using the Web Client to connect to my vCenter and then make some changes to my environment and then use the log files to verify the changes.

The client reported Empty Inventory



Then I checked the services and found that the VMware vCenter Inventory Service was started, so I gave the VMware vCenter Inventory Service a restart and all was good with the world.

It’d be boring if everything worked first time.