Extending an EagerZeroedThick Disk

Today a coworker asked me about extending an EagerZeroedThick disk, as they had a customer inform them that extending an EagerZeroedThick disk actually turned it LazyZeroed. Although this is somewhat true, it is not 100% accurate. What actually happens is the extension becomes LazyZeroed but the original portion of the disk still remains EagerZeroedThick. This is actually by design, if you want to extend the VMDK and ensure that it is all EagerZeroedThick you must specify a flag in the vmkfstools command to do so.

Extending an EagerZeroedThick VMDK

# vmkfstools -X 10G -d eagerzeroedthick /path/to/vmdkfile.vmdk

In the above syntax example it is critical that you specify eagerzeroedthick as the disk format.


Created on September 4, 2013 by Rick Scherer

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vCloud Director and vCloud Networking and Security Product Update

In case you may have missed it, VMware made a couple big announcements today around vCloud Director and vCloud Networking and Security (vCNS).

VMware is committed to delivering an exceptional customer experience and—in response to feedback from you, our customers—we are moving toward more simplified packaging and unified licensing of our cloud stack. Driven by this commitment, we’re implementing an integrated approach to the packaging of all of the essential capabilities for building a software-defined data center.

As part of this key initiative, this month we’re announcing the End of Availability of the stand-alone editions of VMware vCloud® Director® and VMware vCloud® Networking and Security. This communication provides important information for you as a license holder of vCloud Director, vCloud Networking and Security, and/or VMware vShield.

End of Availability: VMware vCloud Director Stand-alone
VMware vCloud Director orchestrates the provisioning of software-defined data center services as complete virtual data centers that are ready for consumption in a matter of minutes. Virtual data centers provide virtualized compute, networking, storage, and security. Effective as of the general availability of vCloud Director 5.5 and the vCloud Suite® 5.5, VMware is making the following packaging changes to make this technology more easily accessible:

  • vCloud Director 5.5 will be available only as part of vCloud Suite 5.5.
  • VMware will retire the stand-alone SKUs for vCloud Director.
  • Existing customers can maintain their vCloud Director through either the entitlement program or while converting to vCloud Suite with the Fair Value Conversion Program.

Please take note that the last day to order vCloud Director Stand-alone is September 19, 2013.

Extended Support for vCloud Director 5.5
Generally, as per VMware Enterprise Application Support Policy, VMware will support the current release of software for 2 years from the general availability of the Major Release, or the latest released version for 12 months. However, VMware will provide extended support for vCloud Director 5.5 with support available for 4 years from general availability. Customers will be able to get telephone and Internet support for vCloud Director 5.5 until their current contract expires or until Q3, 2017, whichever is earlier.

The End of Support date for vCloud Director 5.1 remains as September 10, 2014.

For more information:
–    Read our Customer Announcement
–    Visit the VMware vCloud Suite page

End of Availability: VMware vCloud Networking and Security Stand-alone
VMware vCloud Networking and Security provides essential networking and security capabilities for the software-defined data center. Accordingly, VMware is making the following packaging changes to also make this technology more easily accessible:

  • vCloud Networking and Security 5.5 will be combined into a single edition. All features of vCloud Networking and Security 5.1 Standard and Advanced Editions have been integrated into one feature set.
  • vCloud Networking and Security 5.5 will be available only as part of vCloud Suite 5.5.
  • VMware will retire the stand-alone SKUs for vCloud Networking and Security.
  • Existing customers can maintain their vCloud Networking and Security investment through either the entitlement program or while converting to vCloud Suite with the Fair Value Conversion Program.

Please take note that the last day to order vCloud Networking and Security Stand-alone is
September 30, 2013.

Extended Support for vCloud Networking and Security 5.5
Generally, as per VMware Enterprise Application Support Policy, VMware will support the current release of software for 2 years from the general availability of the Major Release, or the latest released version for 12 months. However, VMware will provide extended support for vCloud Networking and Security 5.5 with support available for 3 years from general availability. Customers will be able to get telephone and Internet support for vCloud Networking and Security 5.5 until their current contract expires or until Q3, 2016, whichever is earlier.

The End of Support date for vCloud Networking and Security 5.1 remains as September 10, 2014.

For more information:
–    Review the FAQs
–    Read our Customer Announcement
–    Visit the VMware vCloud Suite page

If you have any questions about these announcements, please contact your sales representative or www.vmware.com/support.


Created on September 4, 2013 by Rick Scherer

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VMware KB Digest – New KB articles published for week ending 8/31/13

In our effort to provide our viewers with up to the minute information on VMware related news and topics, we’re posting the following list of new KB Entries for this week, direct from VMware Support.

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Created on September 3, 2013 by Rick Scherer

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VMware KB Digest – New KB articles published for week ending 8/24/13

In our effort to provide our viewers with up to the minute information on VMware related news and topics, we’re posting the following list of new KB Entries for this week, direct from VMware Support.

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Created on August 26, 2013 by Rick Scherer

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VMworld 2013 San Francisco – Live Blogging

All Systems Go. VMworld 2013 has kicked off and things are in full swing. We’re about 10 minutes away from the Monday morning General Session beginning and there is definitely an excitement in the air. We have bloggers, analysts, customers, partners, attendees that have been to all 10 VMworlds (including myself) all standing around, mingling and anxious to hear Pat Gelsinger give his state of the union address.

This aggregated page will serve as a central repository for some live updates (mainly around keynotes, and sessions) as well as a live feed from my Twitter profile as well as my Instagram profile (for pictures). For my up to the minute VMworld 2013 Schedule please visit this post.

This is going to be an amazing week! I can’t wait for the fun to start and ingest all of the great information that will be delivered. I also hope to see all of you throughout the week and especially at my Ask the Experts sessions (VSVC4569 and VSVC4570)

So that’s it for now… let’s switch on the live blogging and hope this all works out! Have a Great Week!

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Created on August 26, 2013 by Rick Scherer

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VMworld 2013 Itinerary

An event 10 years in the making! 2013 marks the 10th VMworld Conference here in the US and it has officially begun.  I arrived into San Francisco yesterday and have already reconnected with some vFriends, had a great dinner with an awesome customer and even was involved in a high-speed chase (ask me to tell you the story over a couple beers)!

Like I’ve said in prior years, VMworld is by far the best IT conference on the planet. There isn’t one event that captures everything from core infrastructure components and software all the way up the stack through application development and end-user computing devices. One full week filled with education, networking, entertainment and awesome technology!

The networking opportunities have to be the best piece of VMworld, never will you be able to meet with other people as passionate about a single thing as you are. Now that VMware has a clear cut focus on the Software-Defined Data Center I think we’ll learn a lot more about some exciting new products and technologies focused around Storage, Networking and Security. Over the past year VMware has been trimming a lot of fat, and migrating some key products to a joint initiative between EMC/VMware called Pivotal. I think what this means for the industry is that VMware will be laser focused on SDDC and End-User Computing.

So here is my schedule, full of great sessions, fun networking opportunities, awesome parties and completely slammed from morning to evening….boy I love VMworld! At the bottom of the page I’m going to include some “Interested” sessions and Vendors, these are sessions that I wasn’t able to schedule due to conflict but that I’d still very much like to watch perhaps on-demand after the conference.

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Created on August 25, 2013 by Rick Scherer

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VMware KB Digest – New KB articles published for week ending 8/17/13

In our effort to provide our viewers with up to the minute information on VMware related news and topics, we’re posting the following list of new KB Entries for this week, direct from VMware Support.

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Created on August 19, 2013 by Rick Scherer

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VMware KB Digest – New KB articles published for week ending 8/10/13

In our effort to provide our viewers with up to the minute information on VMware related news and topics, we’re posting the following list of new KB Entries for this week, direct from VMware Support.

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Created on August 12, 2013 by Rick Scherer

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VMworld 2013 – Ask the Experts Panel Sessions

Wow…another year, and another VMworld coming up.  I can’t believe how fast time goes by, and how fast things evolve in the tech industry. I know it’s cliche to say that this will be the most exciting VMworld, because I say that every year, but honestly every year brings something new and this year is going to be no different.

Lots of changes happening to VMware, specifically around the reorganization of people and products. It finally looks like VMware has a clear cut focus, Datacenter Virtualization (Cloud/SDDC) and End-User Computing. Pivotal was formed to take 100% of the Next-Gen Application space and other products (ie: Zimbra) were sold off. VMware can now focus 100% on what they’re good at. I think we have to thank Pat Gelsinger for the disruptive yet extremely good changes VMware has gone through the past year.

So, enough blabbing, why are we really here? Well, I’ll post a full informative VMworld post in the next few days or so which will detail out my schedule and what sessions I think  people should be checking out.  This post is to remind people of two great sessions that I’ll be running at VMworld.

Ask the Experts is a highly successful session that I’ve ran for the past 6 years and this year it’s only going to get better! I’ve broken it out into two separate sessions, one hosted by expert vBloggers and another hosted by VMware Certified Design Experts (VCDX). Don’t let the titles fool you, these sessions aren’t about asking how to get into blogging, or how to obtain your VCDX (although, those are both valid questions). These sessions are for you, the audience, to ask any question your heart desires around any VMware focused topic. Why isn’t this working? How should I architect my vCloud landscape? What type of storage layout should I use for VDI?

With that said, the success of these sessions are strictly dependent on YOUR participation. So, please register for VSVC4569 – Ask the Expert vBloggers and VSVC4570 – Ask the Expert VCDX’s, attend the session and get vocal! Ask some questions!  If you’re a little shy, or perhaps not attending VMworld San Francisco you can also submit your question prior and if there is time we’ll get to it on stage live at VMworld! So please, if you do have a question feel free to submit a questionnaire with one of the links presented below. If you’re attending VMworld SF I hope to see you there, if you’re not extend a hello to me on Twitter! (@rick_vmwaretips)

To submit a question for VSVC4569 – Ask the Expert vBloggers, visit http://bit.ly/14EcEKS

To submit a question for VSVC4570 – Ask the Expert VCDX’s, visit http://bit.ly/15o9O5S


Created on August 10, 2013 by Rick Scherer

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VMware KB Digest – New Articles Published for Week Ending 8/3/13

In our effort to provide our viewers with up to the minute information on VMware related news and topics, we’re posting the following list of new KB Entries for this week, direct from VMware Support.

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Created on August 6, 2013 by Rick Scherer

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