VCP6-DTM exam – Complete


The final Section 6 of the VMware Certified Professional 6 — Desktop and Mobility Exam is all about the VMware Workspace Portal (actual name VMware Identity Manager. With this addition, all objectives as mentioned in the Exam blueprint have been covered.

In the attachment, you will find the complete Study Guide.

As the VCP 7 – Desktop and Mobility is currently in Beta, it’s preparation guide shows that there will be some changes. Most of the topices remain, new are the User Environment Manager and App Volumes. So probably this Studyguide will be updated soon.

I hope you like this guide, and welcome your comments.

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VM Storage Policies / Profiles, don’t mix up


With vSphere 5.5 came many, many changes. Without a doubt, the biggest change is the prominent role of the vSphere Web Client, now being the preferred client to manage your vSphere Clusters.

Being very familiar with the traditional vSphere Client, it takes a reasonable amount of time to get used to the vSphere Web Client (vWC). In my case, I always tried to perform the action with the vWC, with the traditional Client for Fall-back or while in a hurry.

While refreshing my knowledge about Storage Profiles, I noticed, in vSphere 5.5 “Storage Profiles” have been renamed to “Storage Policies”.
Although, not quite. Figure 1, shows part of the home screen of the same vCenter 5.5 server.


Figure 1– [Left] vSphere Web Client – [Right] traditional vSphere Client

But, soon I discovered that not only the name of this feature has changed.

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vExpert 2013


On May 28,  the vExperts 2013 are announced. John Troyer, Corey Romero and the VMware Social Media & Community Team have named 581 vExperts. I am very honored and humbled to have been selected for my (modest) contribution to the amazing VMware community.

I would like to thank all of you for making this possible.

Congratulations to all the other vExperts! The announcement and the complete list of vExperts can be found here.

Adventures in 2012


At the end of 2012, was so kind to prepare a 2012 annual report for my blog.

I have started this blog two years ago. While helping a friend, setting up his own blog, I decided to create another blog for my own purposes. My primary reason for publishing is to answer those questions, I can not find a suitable answer anywhere else. Information provided is for everyone searching for answers.

The best part of writing a blog, is to receive feedback. For that reason, I want to thank all readers who took the time to write me a message of appreciation, with questions or some extra information.

The number of page views of “Adventures in a Virtual World” increased over 100% to 99.000 views in 2012. I want to thank all my readers  for these numbers.

Wishing you all a very Happy and Healthy New Year. Thank you very much.

Best regards,


Click here to see the complete report.

How to handle VMware Data Recovery?


Some time ago, I was asked to investigate a vSphere cluster at a customer location. It is a small sized cluster, consisting of 3 ESX hosts, approximately 20 VM’s and VMware Data Recovery as backup- and restore solution. The backup target is a dedicated NAS with 2.5 TB capacity. During the implementation, Data Recovery version 1.1 was installed. The VMware Data Recovery was configured to run several backup jobs; a daily job and a few weekly jobs for static or less important VM’s. After several months backups failed, snapshots were not removed and locking problems were reported.

First action was; updating the ESX hosts and replacing the VMware Data Recovery with the 1.2 version. During the configuration of the backup target, I noticed a warning telling me that CIFS network shares larger than 500 GB are not a good idea…

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