Dell-EMC-VMware Event: Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Let The Transformation Begin

Dell-EMC-VMware Event:

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

“Let The Transformation Begin”

 

 

Dell EMC and VMware invite you to Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Watch our heroes transform and learn about the future of digital transformation with the Dell EMC VxRail/VxRack SDDC appliances powered by VMware vSphere 6.5, vSAN 6.6 and VMware Cloud Foundation. Transform your data center with a fully integrated, pre-configured, and pre-tested hyper-converged solution.

Whether your datacenter needs are large or small, Dell EMC VxRail and VxRack SDDC are the easiest and fastest hyper-converged options to stand up or extend a VMware environment while dramatically simplifying IT operations and lowering capital and operational costs.

Together, Dell EMC and VMware bring you highly configurable solutions to enable your digital transformation.

Be sure to register soon, limited availability in each city!


This exclusive early premiere will be in the following cities:

Denver, CO
Dublin/East Bay, CA
Orange County/San Diego, CA

Phoenix, AZ
Chicago, IL
Cincinnati, OH
Cleveland, OH
Indianapolis, IN
Pittsburgh, PA
Minneapolis, MN
Kansas City, MO
Louisville, KY
Charlotte, NC
Dallas, TX
Jacksonville, FL
Memphis, TN
Nashville, TN
Raleigh, NC
San Antonio, TX
Hartford, CT
Philadelphia/Oaks, PA
Long Island, NY
Rochester, NY
Silver Springs, MD
Jersey City, NJ

 

VMware’s Virtual SAN (vSAN) 6.6 Went GA Today!

VMware’s Virtual SAN (vSAN) 6.6 Went GA Today!

 

Today, April 18th, 2017, VMware announced that Virtual SAN (vSAN) 6.6 is now Generally Available (GA)! VMware vSAN (formerly Virtual SAN), is the industry-leading software powering Hyper-Converged Infrastructure solutions. vSAN is a core building block for the Software-Defined Data Center.

What vSAN Does?

Enables You To Evolve Without Risk – As the only native-vSphere storage, vSAN enables you to seamlessly extend virtualization to storage, creating a hyper-converged solution that simply works with your existing tools, skill sets, software solutions and hardware platforms. vSAN now further reduces risk with the first native HCI security solution, protecting data-at-rest while offering simple management and a hardware-agnostic solution. vSAN continues to offer the broadest set of deployment choices supported by the large, proven vSAN ReadyNode ecosystem of leading server vendors.

Reduces TCO – Faced with tight IT budgets, customers are turning to HCI powered by vSAN to lower total cost of ownership up to 50%. vSAN can dramatically reduce costs due to hardware choice, server-side economics, and affordable flash. Your operations become easier with fewer tasks and intelligent automation that can be managed through one tool and a unified team. The simplicity allows you to respond to business demands faster and more intelligently. New enhanced stretch clusters deliver site and local protection at half the cost of leading traditional solutions.

Scales To Tomorrow – As your businesses continue to evolve, the agility of vSAN helps you prepare for tomorrow’s IT demands—whether that requires expanding into the public cloud or rapidly deploying the latest flash and server technologies to gain a competitive advantage. vSAN also supports a wide range of applications, from current business critical applications to next-gen applications and containers. When combined with NSX, a vSAN powered SDDC stack can extend on-premises storage and management services across different public clouds ensuring a consistent experience.

 

To get more information, check out the below links…

Virtual SAN (vSAN) 6.6 Release Notes:   http://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/vsan/66/vmware-virtual-san-66-release-notes.html

Virtual SAN (vSAN) 6.6 Documentation:   https://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/virtual-san-pubs.html

 

Technical 301 (DEMO) – How to Enable & Configure vSAN 6.5!

Technical 301 (DEMO) – How to Enable & Configure vSAN 6.5!

 

In this session, I provide a demo of enabling and configuring the latest version of Virtual SAN (vSAN) – version 6.5 from within the vSphere Web Client. It is extremely easy to enable, configure, and manage vSAN even if you are not a storage expert! I used the “Hands On Labs (HOL)” environment to demo how to enable and configure it. The specific HOL lab is the “HOL-1731-SDC-1 – vSAN v6.5: What’s New” lab. The HOL is free to use by anyone and can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection. It is a techies playground to learn how to install, configure, and manage VMware solutions. So go out and register for an account and start using the Hands-On-Labs!

VMware vSAN is the industry-leading software powering Hyper-Converged Infrastructure solutions. vSAN is a core building block for the Software-Defined Data Center. There are more than 7,000 customers that have adopted vSAN in their production environments.

Enables You to Evolve Without Risk

Seamlessly extend virtualization to storage with an integrated hyper-converged solution that simply works with your overall VMware environment and reduces the risk in digital transformation by using existing tools, skillsets and solutions.

Reduces TCO

Lower total cost of ownership by 50% or more with capital and operational savings. Reduce storage CapEx with software-defined storage that leverages server-side economics and affordable flash. Avoid large capital expenses by growing-as-you-go with on-demand, granular scaling of compute and storage that delivers predictable performance and costs.

Scales to Tomorrow

Prepare for tomorrow’s dynamic business in the multi-cloud era with a solution designed to utilize the latest storage and server technologies and ready to support a wide range of applications, from current business critical applications to next-gen applications using containers.

Additional vSAN 6.5 Resources:   http://www.vmware.com/products/virtual-san.html

Technical 301 (DEMO) – How to Enable & Configure vSAN 6.5:   Click Here To Watch It!!

Intel Optane the new benchmark SSD to beat

Intel Optane the new benchmark SSD to beat [michaelryom.dk]

Intel Optane the new benchmark SSD to beat

For a very long time Intel 3700 series of SSDs has held the crown as the best all round SSD for the enterprise market. Intel did something special with this line of SSDs. They stop talking IOPS and latency at least as the main focus and started focusing on where it really would hurt mainstream storage vendors. What was new was QoS or consistency and power loss protection. These features are enterprise graded. Many vendors will claim that they have power loss protection, but non-like Intel did and even today, you have to understand the vendor’s power loss protection in order to validate if it is any good for your needs. This of course was not what hit most medias covering the SSD market. What Intel really changed here was the QoS you…Read More


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VMware vSAN First HCI To Support Intel Optane

VMware vSAN First HCI To Support Intel Optane [storagereview.com]

VMware vSAN First HCI To Support Intel Optane

​Intel launched its first Optane-based product for the enterprise last week, the Optane SSD DC P4800X series. Summarizing of the technical details, the P4800X in its first incarnation is a 375GB SSD in an add-in-card form factor. Software defined solutions like VMware vSAN are uniquely qualified to take full advantage of this new technology, as they’re already architected to leverage advancements in hardware. VMware has done just that, offering launch support in both ESXi 6.5 and vSAN 6.5.


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vSAN Got a 2.5x Performance Increase: Thank You…

vSAN Got a 2.5x Performance Increase: Thank You Intel Optane! [blogs.vmware.com/virtualblocks]

vSAN Got a 2.5x Performance Increase: Thank You…

Today, March 19th Intel announced the Intel® Optane™ SSD DC P4800X—the first flash device built on the much-anticipated 3D XPoint technology. This is exciting news for vSAN customers, since—as a result of Intel and VMware’s active collaboration—we are pleased to offer day 1 support of vSAN 6.5 and ESXi 6.5 with the Intel® Optane™ SSD DC P4800X. This is the first Intel Optane NVMe drive (375GB) to be made available with more coming soon (750GB and 1.5TB).


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A Cloud Alliance Between VMware and AWS Takes Shape

A Cloud Alliance Between VMware and AWS Takes Shape – via VMware vSphere Blog

A Cloud Alliance Between VMware and AWS Takes…

Last October, when VMware unveiled a strategic partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS), many in the tech industry were surprised. The two companies, once spirited competitors, announced they were collaborating on a new hybrid cloud solution called VMware Cloud on AWS.


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Designing vSAN Networks – Why Should I Use the Distributed Switch?

Designing vSAN Networks – Why Should I Use the Distributed Switch? – via Virtual Blocks

Designing vSAN Networks – Why Should I Use the…

The vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS) is a powerful, but often misunderstood technology that is included with VMware vSAN. This post will review some of my favorite settings on the VDS, and how you can use them to get better control, performance, and visibility into your virtual SAN cluster. While it is most known for the ability to create port groups that exist on all hosts with a simple click, it also has a lot of lesser known but incredibly powerful functions that will aid the vSAN administrator.


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VMware Cloud Foundation – Technical Deep Dive

VMware Cloud Foundation – Technical Deep Dive

VMware Cloud Foundation – Technical Deep Dive


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Top 5 Q&A: Getting More out of vSAN – Session 1

Top 5 Q&A: Getting More out of vSAN – Session 1 – via Virtual Blocks

Top 5 Q&A: Getting More out of vSAN – Session 1

In 2017, we kicked off Getting More Out of vSAN, an ongoing technical webcast series led by vSAN experts and designed to support you, our customers, with deployment and operation of vSAN. This webcast series is unique because of the interactive, live Q&A session at the end, where you can voice your concerns, provide feedback, and get your questions answered live by the vSAN product team!


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VMware Reports 4Q & Full-Year Earnings & vSAN Hits 7K Customers

VMware Reports 4Q & Full-Year Earnings & vSAN Hits 7K Customers – StorageReview.com

VMware Reports 4Q & Full-Year Earnings & vSAN…

Not only is VMware reporting some terrific earnings numbers, they are also announcing 7,000 customers for the Hyper-Converged, software powered infrastructure solution vSAN.


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vSAN Availability Part 11 – Stretched Cluster Stretched Cluster Failure Scenarios

vSAN Availability Part 11 – Stretched Cluster Failure Scenarios – via JeffHunter.info

vSAN Availability Part 11 – Stretched Cluster…

Previous articles have covered how vSAN responds to and recovers from various environmental failures in a standard (non-stretched) cluster. This article provides concise coverage of similar environmental failures in a stretched cluster environment.


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Thin Provision and Thick Provision disk – My Virtual Journey

Thin Provision and Thick Provision disk – via My Virtual Journey

Thin Provision and Thick Provision disk – My…

In previous post of this series, we’ve discussed virtual hardware and virtual version of a VM. And in this post, we’ll discuss about virtual disk and its types for a VM. if you missed previous posts of this series, you can follow them here.


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Designing vSAN Networks – Why should I Use the Distributed Switch?

Designing vSAN networks – Why should I use the Distributed Switch? – via Virtual Blocks

Designing vSAN networks – Why should I use the…

The vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS) is a powerful, but often misunderstood technology that is included with VMware vSAN. This post will review some of my favorite settings on the VDS, and how you can use them to get better control, performance, and visibility into your virtual SAN cluster.


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Designing vSAN Networks – Using Multiple…

Designing vSAN Networks – Using Multiple Interfaces? – via Virtual Blocks

Designing vSAN Networks – Using Multiple…

vSAN can leverage a number of core ESXi networking features to increase performance and availability. vSAN VMkernel ports should always be configured to use more than one interface to preserve availability in the event of a link failure. There are a number of ways to configure this fail over.


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What is NFS(Network File System)

What is NFS(Network File System) – via VMware Insight

What is NFS(Network File System)

Network File Systems, generally known as NFS is file-level storage which is allocated by shared storage. It is Network attached storage that can be shared across a cluster in vSphere. It allow an user on a client computer to access filers over network similar as local storage.


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Step by Step Configuration Guide for Using Openfiler as Shared Storage in ESXi and vSphere Environment

Step by Step Configuration Guide for Using Openfiler as Shared Storage in ESXi and vSphere Environment – via VMware Insight

Step by Step Configuration Guide for Using…

As part of setting up Home Lab for virtual environment, we read about installation of Openfiler appliance in the previous article “Installation Guide – Openfiler as Shared Storage for Virtual Environment Lab”. Let’s move on to the configuration part and see how we can manage this appliance for accessing shared storage ESXi Hosts.


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New vSAN Management Pack for vRealize Operations

New vSAN Management Pack for vRealize Operations – via CormacHogan.com

New vSAN Management Pack for vRealize Operations

Last month we announced the release of a new vROps Management Pack specifically for vSAN. Previously the vSAN Management Pack was bundled with the MPSD – Management Pack for Storage Devices. I wrote about this when it entered beta, way back in 2015. Well, for those customers who are only interested in monitoring vSAN, and didn’t want all the other parts of the MPSD, the new vSAN Management Pack is now a stand-alone offering, so no MPSD required.


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vSAN Stretched Cluster – Partition behavior changes – via CormacHogan.com

vSAN Stretched Cluster – Partition behavior changes – via CormacHogan.com

vSAN Stretched Cluster – Partition behavior…

My good pal Paudie and I are back in full customer[0] mode these past few weeks, testing out lots of new and upcoming features in future release of vSAN. Our testing led us to building a new vSAN stretched cluster, with 5 nodes on the preferred site, 5 nodes on the secondary site, and of course the obligatory witness node.


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Can you run all-flash with vSAN 6.2 Standard…

Can you run all-flash with vSAN 6.2 Standard license? – via Yellow Bricks

Can you run all-flash with vSAN 6.2 Standard…

As I get the following question a lot I figured I would share the answer here as well: Can you run all-flash with vSAN 6.2 Standard license? Many of you have seen the change in licensing when 6.5 was introduced. No longer is vSAN licenses based on storage hardware used, spindles or all-flash, you can use the lowest license SKU.


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New Report Names vSAN #1 in HCI Purchases or Evaluations – via VMware Radius

New Report Names vSAN #1 in HCI Purchases or Evaluations – via VMware Radius

New Report Names vSAN #1 in HCI Purchases or…

A recent report from technology research and advisory firm Evaluator Group notes that HCI solutions continue to gain traction in the market.


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Configure vSAN with iSCSI based disks – vMBaggum

Configure vSAN with iSCSI based disks – via vMBaggum

Configure vSAN with iSCSI based disks – vMBaggum

This post describes how to configure vSAN with iSCSI based disks and allow vSAN to claim iSCSI disks and contribute to the vSAN Disk Group.


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vSAN 6.5: A Real-World Review — Virtualization Review

vSAN 6.5: A Real-World Review — Virtualization Review

vSAN 6.5: A Real-World Review — Virtualization…

VMware’s updated software-defined storage product mostly finds its mark.


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[Webcast Series] Getting More Out of vSAN: Deploy & Operate

[Webcast Series] Getting More Out of vSAN: Deploy & Operate

[Webcast Series] Getting More Out of vSAN:…

Grow your expertise in vSAN fundamentals in our webcast series, including what’s new in vSAN 6.5 and the best server and network hardware design options. Sign up now!


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Oracle on VMware vSAN – Dispelling the Licensing Myths

Oracle on VMware vSAN – Dispelling the Licensing myths

Oracle on VMware vSAN – Dispelling the…

Introduction to VMware vSphere & vSAN Some key things to keep in mind when we talk about VMware vSphere Platform , ESXi hypervisor and vSAN: VMware vSphere is a platform of virtualized hardware that creates a total abstraction layer between the O/S and the Hardware ESXi, is a non-Para virtualized, Type1 hypervisor and therefore makes […] The post Oracle on VMware vSAN – Dispelling the Licensing myths appeared first on Virtualize Business Critical Applications .


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VMware vSphere 6.5, vSAN among hottest topics in 2016

VMware vSphere 6.5, vSAN among hottest topics in 2016

VMware vSphere 6.5, vSAN among hottest topics…

VMware vSphere 6.5 helped erase some doubt that the product was headed in the wrong direction. VSphere was just one of many popular VMware topics in 2016.


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VMware Cloud Foundation: A closer look

[Video] VMware Cloud Foundation: A closer look

VMware Cloud Foundation: A closer look

At the VMworld conference, Network World’s Brandon Butler chats with VMware VP and GM John Gilmartin about its newly announced Cloud Foundation offering. The integrated system can help build private clouds made up of the company’s virtualized compute, network and storage products packaged together with new management software. Click here to subscribe to IDG.tv: https://www.youtube.com/user/IDGTV/subscribe Check out our website for our full video collection: http://www.idg.tv Like IDG.tv on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/idgtv.us Follow IDG.tv on Twitter: https://twitter.com/IDGtv_US Follow us on Instagram: http://instagram.com/IDGtv


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Announcing the vSAN Management Pack for vRealize Operations

Announcing the vSAN Management Pack for vRealize Operations

Announcing the vSAN Management Pack for…

Have you deployed or are considering vSAN for your vSphere 6.0U2 or 6.5 environment? If so, you should know about VMware’s new VMware vRealize Operations Management Pack for vSAN 1.0 released last week. The vSAN management pack is specifically designed to accelerate time to production with vSAN, optimize application performance for workloads running on vSAN The post Announcing the vSAN Management Pack for vRealize Operations appeared first on VMware Cloud Management .


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SSD, flash, Non-volatile memory (NVM) storage Trends, Tips & Topics

SSD, flash, Non-volatile memory (NVM) storage Trends, Tips & Topics

SSD, flash, Non-volatile memory (NVM) storage…

Recently I did a piece over at InfoStor looking at SSD trends, tips and related topics. SSDs of some type, shape and form are in your future, if they are not already. In my InfoStor piece, I look at some non-volatile memory (NVM) and SSD trends, technologies, tools and tips that you can leverage today to help prepare for tomorrow. This also includes NVM Express (NVMe) based components and solutions.


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Architecting a vSAN Cluster (Part 1)

Architecting a vSAN Cluster (part 1) – FrancisDalyIT

Architecting a vSAN Cluster (part 1) -…

In this post I will talk about best practices when designing a vSAN cluster. I will start off by discussing why this is important, then look at disk groups and caching within these disk groups. You can also see videos where I explain these concepts in more depth on VMware Learning Zone, To see these…


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The Promise of Software‐Defined Storage (SDS) — VMware Education & Certification Blog

The Promise of Software‐Defined Storage (SDS) — VMware Education & Certification Blog

The Promise of Software‐Defined Storage (SDS)…

Together with Intel, VMware has released a new ebook covering virtualized storage, Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI), and vSAN. Hyper‐Converged Infrastructure for Dummies by Michael Haag shows you the ways HCI evolves how compute, storage, and management are delivered and provisioned to help you cut operational and capital costs, increase IT and business agility, and improve application […] The post The Promise of Software‐Defined Storage (SDS) appeared first on VMware Education and…Read More


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Sign Up for the HCI for Dummies Webcast on…

Sign Up for the HCI for Dummies Webcast on 12/06 – Virtual Blocks

Sign Up for the HCI for Dummies Webcast on…

As the data center continues to evolve, it’s time for a more robust infrastructure that can help organizations meet the needs of modern business. Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) is a radically simple, cost-effective solution designed with the future in mind—from performance to cost to scale.


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[Webcast] Hyper-Converged Infrastructure for Dummies on 12/6

[Webcast] Hyper-Converged Infrastructure for Dummies on 12/6

[Webcast] Hyper-Converged Infrastructure for…

Join us on 12/6 to see how HCI can help you keep up with next-gen data center demands.


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Creating ISCSI Targets Using Virtual SAN (vSAN) 6.5

Creating ISCSI Target using vSAN 6.5 – virtualizationblog.com

Creating ISCSI Target using vSAN 6.5 -…

vSAN 6.5 also extended workload support to physical servers using ISCSI Target Service providing vSAN functionality such as deduplication, compression, mirroring, and erasure coding, RAID-1, RAID-5, RAID-6.


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VMware vSphere 6.5 Storage – VMFS 6 with Automatic UNMAP to Reclaim Dead Blocks

VMware vSphere 6.5 Storage – VMFS 6 with Automatic UNMAP to Reclaim Dead blocks – vladan.fr

VMware vSphere 6.5 Storage – VMFS 6 with…

VMware vSphere 6.5 has also new updated file system VMFS-6. We haven’t talked about it just yet, as there is so much to cover. We have covered so far the vCenter upgrades, ESXi upgrades (via ISO/CD-ROM, but also via VMware Online Depot or Via “Offline Bundle”.


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Using vSphere Storage Policy-Based Management…

Using vSphere Storage Policy-Based Management in Mixed Storage Environments – Punching Clouds

Using vSphere Storage Policy-Based Management…

Categories: Virtual SAN , Virtual Volumes Tags: SPBM , vRA , VSAN , VVols A couple of weeks ago I delivered a brief webcast presentation on Storage Policy-Based Management and its use across mixed vSphere storage environments.


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Looking for a iSCSI Target Usage Guide for the New Virtual SAN (vSAN) 6.5?

Looking for a iSCSI Target Usage Guide for the New Virtual SAN (vSAN) 6.5?

 

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Looking to learn how to use the new iSCSI Target feature when using Virtual SAN (vSAN) 6.5? Then click on the link below and download the iSCSI Target Usage Guide in a PDF format!

Link:  https://storagehub.vmware.com/#!/vmware-vsan/iscsi-target-usage-guide

 

 

How to Backup and Restore the Embedded vCenter Server 6.0 vPostgres Database

How to backup and restore the embedded vCenter Server 6.0 vPostgres database

How to backup and restore the embedded vCenter…

https://kb.vmware.com/kb/2091961 This video demonstrates how to backup and restore the embedded vCenter Server 6.0 vPostgres database Backing up and restoring your database protects the data stored in your database. Note: This video is only supported for backup and restore of the vPostgres database to the same vCenter Server. Use of image-based backup and restore is the only solution supported for performing a full, secondary appliance restore. For additional information, see VMware Knowledge Base article 2091961 at the following URL https://kb.vmware.com/kb/2091961


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