Web resource links for VMware NSX: Install, Configure and Manage [6.4] class

As an instructor, I like to have all the material referenced in a class manual available as I prepare for the class and/or when I am preparing to implement the “stuff” we cover in class. So I have gone through the manual and created a page with all the online resources, papers or articles mentioned in the VMware NSX: Install, Configure and Manage [6.4] course in one place.

vExpert 2016


I am proud to be recognized by VMware as a vExpert for 2016! I am more proud of the fact that I am 1 of 3 from ENS-Inc. that have been recognized by VMware as vExperts for 2016!

This is Jason’s Coleman‘s 3rd year as a vExpert and Jeff’ Green‘s first recognition as a vExpert!

The official VMware vExpert 2016 Announcement

The VMware vExpert program is VMware’s global evangelism and advocacy program.

VMware recognizes vExperts with a certificate. vExperts who participate in the program have access to private betas, free licenses, early access briefings, exclusive events, free access to VMworld conference materials online, exclusive vExpert parties at VMworld and other opportunities to interact with VMware product teams. They also get access to a private community and networking opportunities. Currently, VMware has three paths to become a vExpert: the Evangelist Path, the Customer Path and the VMware Partner Path.

The Evangelist Path includes book authors, bloggers, tool builders, public speakers, VMTN contributors, and other IT professionals who share their knowledge and passion with others with the leverage of a personal public platform to reach many people. The Customer Path is for leaders from VMware customer organizations. The VMware Partner Network Path is for employees of VMware partner companies who lead with passion and by example, who are committed to continuous learning through accreditations and certifications and to making their technical knowledge and expertise available to many. This can take shape of event participation, video, IP generation, as well as public speaking engagements.

Awesome work, guys!

Thank you VMware!

New vRealize Operations Manager 6.0 elearning courses available

This morning VMware Education announced the availability of two new free self-paced vRealize Operations Manager 6.0 elearning courses: VMware vRealize Operations Manager Fundamentals [V6.0] and vRealize Operations Manager What’s New [V6.0] Fundamentals.

The first course is an overview of the new features, architecture, key features and management packs for vROPS 6.0. The course is targeted at people who are familiar with VMware technologies and datacenter virtualization, but not necessarily vROPS or previous versions of vCOPS.

The “What’s New” course also covers an overview of vROPS 6.0, new features, architecture and new management packs. Additionally, this course includes information on integration with VMware’s vRealize Log Insight and presents potential use cases illustrating how vROPS 6.0 aligns with customer needs. VMware does suggest familiarity with the previous vCOPS 5.x products as a prerequisite for this course.

Each course contains about 2 hours of content and registration gives you a year of access to the course.

The registration links and outlines are below.

VMware vRealize Operations Manager Fundamentals [V6.0]


1. Course Introduction

2. Introduction to vRealize Operations Manager 6.0

3. Architecture and New Deployments of vRealize Operations Manager 6.0

4. Key Functionalities of vRealize Operations Manager 6.0

5. Interoperability and Resulting Solutions


vRealize Operations Manager What’s New [V6.0] Fundamentals


1. Course Introduction
– Course Overview
– Navigation
– Course Objectives

2. VMware Cloud Management Platform
– Cloud Management Platform Overview
– Evolving Customer Challenges
– Evolving VMware Cloud Management
– Portfolio Positioning
– Benefits of VMware Cloud Management
– Market Opportunity
– vSphere Optimization Assessment
– vOA Benefits
– vOA Execution

3. Key Features of vRealize Operations Manager 6.0
– New Features and Enhancements in vRealize Operations Manager 6.0
– Unified User Interface
– Alerting and Remediation
– Alerting Components
– Fixing an Issue
– Integrated Compliance Framework
– Analysis – Compliance Tab
– Customization of Views, Reports, and Dashboards
– Capacity Planning
– Projects
– Policies
– New Group UI and Features
– New Initial Setup Wizard
– User Access Controls
– Access Control Authentication
– Access Control – Object Model
– Mapping Features to Editions

4. Platform and Architecture of vRealize Operations Manager 6.0
– New Platform
– New Single vRealize Operations Manager 6.0 Virtual Machine
– Scalability and Scale Out
– GemFire – Shared Memory Cluster
– High Availability and Resiliency
– Upgrade and Migrations
– Remote Collectors
– Deployment Options

5. vRealize Operations Manager 6.0 Management Packs
– Solutions Exchange
– Operations Manager Management Packs
– Hyperic Management Pack Updates
– Management Pack for Storage Devices
– vRealize Automation Management Pack
– Tenant Overview Dashboard
– Top N Tenant Dashboard

6. Use Cases for vRealize Operations

App Volumes Hands On Lab is now available

Today VMware announced the public availability of

HOL-MBL-1458 -Application Management with VMware App Volumes and Horizon 6

Here is the description of the lab from the announcement:

Get an introduction on App Volumes working in conjunction with Horizon 6, how you can manage and deploy applications, and the benefits it provides with your virtual desktops. This lab will provide you with an introduction to App Volumes when used in conjunction with Horizon 6 with View desktops and RDS hosts. You will find out the benefits of utilizing containers for application management and the simplicity of deploying applications based upon individual users, groups, departments, and company wide as well.


1. Introduction to App Volumes

2. Application Lifecycle & Delivery

3. User Installed Applications

4. Local Profile Delivery

5. ThinApp Integration

6. Remote Desktop Hosted Apps

7. Rapid Application Deployment


VMware Hands On Labs End User Compute catalog: http://labs.hol.vmware.com/eucsolutions/catalogs/catalog/177

VMware Hand On Labs Main page: http://labs.hol.vmware.com/

VMware KB: Configuring disks to use VMware Paravirtual SCSI (PVSCSI) adapters

The question of using the PVSCSI adapter in Windows Server templates comes up occasionally. The quoted VMware KB article has the VM and OS compatibility requirements as well as the steps to implement the driver.

For my purposes, I don’t recommend using the PVSCSI adapter for the OS disk. I prefer to maintain the highest level of compatibility with OS versions and possible use cases. For example, MS clustering is not supported.

I have seen improved VM disk performance when the PVSCSI adapter is used with applications that require higher IOPS.

VMware KB: Configuring disks to use VMware Paravirtual SCSI (PVSCSI) adapters.