VMworld Barcelona – Pre-conference post

September 19, 2016 Kim Bottu 0

If you are among the lucky ones who like me are heading out to VMworld Barcelona in a couple of weeks, I hope you are as excited about this year’s edition as I am. This year more so than last year is the year where VMware makes a statement that it is still one of the big players and after having watched the general sessions of VMworld 2016 Las Vegas and having browsed through the VMworld 2016 content catalog I have to agree, this year will be epic! Barcelona is one of the most fascinating cities in the world. It is the city where you can admire the architectural masterpieces designed by Gaudi, the hometown of FC Barcelona, a place where good food never is far away and to me the host […]

VMware Horizon VIEW: No desktops available after adding a new connection broker with the same name but different IP

September 15, 2016 Kim Bottu 0

For anyone working with Horizon View the following screen shouldn’t be to unfamiliar. “This desktop has no desktop sources available.” It happens to all of us  and mostly the error is caused by common issues which are easily tracked and solved: We might have forgotten to create enough desktops for the amount of concurrent users. The View agent which has been installed might be having errors. There might be customization issues. Click the top link to see more examples in the VMware KB.   The VDI test environment: To give you a better idea of my test environment, I have a master connection server, a replica server and a security server. The master connection server has been used to create a relation with the security server. […]

VMworld 2016

July 15, 2016 Kim Bottu 0

For the last couple of years I have been fortunate enough to be able to attend VMworld. Luckily enough for me my managers see the value in me attending VMworld. I know a lot of employers think employees want to attend for the after parties and all that, will be drunk most of the evenings, hungover in the daytime and attending barely 10 % of the sessions you said you want to attend. But from the first time I have attended VMworld in 2012 I have come to realize some things: The total amount of money I spend for VMworld is way less than the costs for the offical ICM course which comes in at 3600 Euros + VAT in Belgium and at the […]

REVIEW: VMware vSphere 6.x Datacenter Design Cookbook – Second Edition

July 5, 2016 Kim Bottu 1

Whether you are a seasoned architect who still is getting familiar with vSphere 6 or a hands-on engineer who likes to get a firmer grip on design and architecture using vSphere 6, Hersey’s updated datacenter cookbook just might be just the book you need. This book graciously keeps a good balance between datacenter design principles, best practices and howto’s. In this book Hersey takes you by the hand and guides you through the steps needed to create a virtual datacenter design using vSphere 6. Besides the necessary theoretical explanations Hersey offers his readers 75 recipes which they can use to help with the creation or optimization of a  virtual datacenter design: What are the prerequisites you need for a design? […]

vCNS 5.5 to NSX 6.2.3 upgrade – vCenter Lookup Not connecting

June 29, 2016 Kim Bottu 1

Yesterday I performed a vCNS 5.5 upgrade to NSX 6.2.3. I did run into issues later on the day thanks to NTP, there is a small gotcha here even if you had set it up correctly! The environment: vCenter 5.5 VCSA + embedded SSO ESXi 5.5 vCNS 5.5 ( vShield Manager + vShield APP Firewalls) some VMs ( including DHCP and Domain Controller) NTP running from a Windows Server   Performing the upgrade of vCNS is pretty straight forward:   Download the NSX upgrade package: VMware-vShield-Manager-upgrade-bundle-to-NSX-6.2.3-3979471.tar.gz. Open the vCNS vShield Manager Go to Updates and Upload Upgrade Bundle After the upgrade you might end up with a web interface which looks like a mix of vCNS and NSX. Flush the […]

REVIEW: Architecting EUC Solutions

June 26, 2016 Kim Bottu 0

Each year I order a couple of books even though I have no idea if they will be books which contain content I can actually use. The reasons to buy these books varies: The title might look promising, there is a lot of buzz about a book or it can be as plain and simple as me liking the cover of a book. Brian Suhr’s book belongs to the first category, the title looked promising. Such a strategy can result in picking bad books of course.                 This book is not a book that does not deliver though. After having read Architecting EUC Solutions I would say this book is quite the opposite to me, an EUC compendium ‘par […]

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