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VMworld 2017: A healthcare focus

For healthcare IT, it is far too easy to become bogged down with the day-to-day tasks. VMworld is a great opportunity to spend some time with others in the field, and explore the direction the industry is going. With everything going on at the conference, it is important to prioritize, and what better way to spend the week than with the VMware healthcare team.


Networking with peers at VMworld always beneficial. Our healthcare team is consistently working to ensure that our customers are spending time not just with their sales teams, but also with other customers and industry experts. Here is a list of some of the events. Please make sure to join us for as many as possible. We look forward to seeing you, please register here: VMworld 2017 Healthcare Events.

Healthcare Customer Reception

Tuesday August 29, 6pm - 8pm

Mandalay Bay, Fleur by Hubert Keller


Cerner Customer Birds of a Feather Lunch

Tuesday, August 29, 12pm – 2pm

Delano Las Vegas


Epic Customer Birds of a Feather Lunch

Wednesday, August 30 12pm – 2pm

Delano Las Vegas


VMworld sessions are always thought provoking, with many to choose from. Each year, our healthcare team brings the best sessions with a specific focus to help healthcare IT get the most out of the event. These are the healthcare-specific sessions, but as always, if you have additional areas of interest not covered in these sessions, please work with your local VMware team for individual meetings.

Session ID Session Name Date/Time
IND6501U Harnessing Digital Innovations to Improve the Cost, Quality, and Delivery of Patient Care Sunday August 27 1pm-4pm
LDT3207BU Imagining the Future of Healthcare – A Customer Panel Discussion Monday August 28 2pm-3pm
MGT1816BU Case Study: How a Leading Health Insurance Provider Uses vRealize Business to Transform Its Cloud Initiative into a Cloud Business Management Practice Monday August 28 2pm-3pm
STO2030GU Intersystems Cache on Intel vSAN Tuesday August 29 4pm-5pm
VIRT1633 BCBS of Michigan Virtualizes on VMware and Achieves Extreme Consolidation Tuesday August 29 4pm-5pm
SAI2806PU Operationalizing Micro-Segmentation Customer Panel Tuesday August 29 4pm-5pm
NET2735PU Implementing NSX in a Healthcare Environment Tuesday August 29 5pm-6pm
SAI1339BU Case Study: Rapid City Regional Hospital Leverages VMware NSX to Provide Enhanced Security Around Their Electronic Medical Records System Thursday August 31 12pm-1pm

Hands on Labs

No VMworld is complete without the Hands-On Labs. Vmworld HOLs include millions of VMs provisioned over the week with live, expert help - all hosted on the VMware platform. All of the labs are valuable for healthcare IT, but our team has worked incredibly hard to deliver a healthcare-specific lab. HOL-1841-01-NET - Secure Horizon with NSX has been designed to bring healthcare-specific workloads. Please join us at the labs, come take a tour, talk to our experts, and spend some time learning new products and concepts that will help you improve patient and provider outcomes.

We hope to see you at as many of the events as you are able to make. Please come say hi, get to know the VMware healthcare team, and meet some of your peers. This show is all about you, so make it count, have fun, and share what you learn with your peers. We will see you there!

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Time for Another XenApp & XenDesktop Update Webinar

It’s hard to believe that we are already in mid-August! It feels like we were celebrating New Year’s just a few minutes ago (though the calendar proves me wrong). That said, I guess you’d expect things to seem like they’re …


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Announcing the vSphere 6.5 Topology and Upgrade Planning Tool

As part of the introduction of vSphere Central, one of the brand new assets we’ve put together is the vSphere 6.5 Topology and Upgrade Planning Tool. This tool aims to help customers plan and execute both upgrades to vSphere 6.5 as well as new deployments. With this initial release, the tool is focused on the most common upgrade paths and deployments of vCenter Server 6.5. Updates to the content within the tool are planned to occur over time. And, depending on feedback and value the tool has for customers, there could be other products or features added in with the aim of providing an even more complete set of assets for a given scenario. The sky’s the limit!

This tool works by asking a series of questions while providing some guidance along the way to help answer those questions eventually making some recommendations on topology and upgrade and deployment steps. This may sound somewhat familiar. This tool was inspired by the Platform Services Controller Topology Decision Treeand is really an extension of it. The questions and content are focused specifically on the vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 since that is the recommended vCenter Server deployment type. Once all of the questions in a given branch are answered, you are presented with some details steps along with a diagram specific to that path you chose. There are also three groups of assets that include blogs, product documentation, KBs articles, and white papers. We plan to add videos and other content as new assets are created. This aligns with the overall theme of vSphere Centralin that it is really important to us that the content is curated. Each asset serves a purpose and is typically a frequently requested item that will be instrumental in the success of your upgrade or deployment.

Another nice thing about the vSphere 6.5 Topology and Upgrade Planning Tool is that the collection of assets at the end can be easily emailed to yourself, a colleague, or even a group of people. There are also some basic navigational buttons and a universal search bar at the top. Below is a screenshot that shows these elements in the UI.

I want to make a few things clear about this tool. As I previously mentioned this tool will evolve over time. Not only will the content be updated but the platform on which the tool is built will also see improvements. We’re planning the addition of a built-in feedback tool, some structural changes to make sharing specific steps within the tool easier, and continuously improve the overall UX. For now feel free to leave a comment on this blog post, reach me on twitter via @eck79, or the various other social channels you may find this post. You’re feedback is vital to this tool continuing to improve so it is greatly appreciated!

ThevSphere 6.5 Topology and Upgrade Planning Tool can be found here as well as in vSphere Central.

Hopefully this tool helps with your upgrade to vSphere 6.5 Update 1! Happy upgrading!

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Citrix Cloud to be Made Available to Citrix Service Providers

We are thrilled to announce that Citrix Cloud will be made available to our Citrix Service Provider (CSP) community! CSPs will soon be able to take advantage of the numerous benefits that Citrix Cloud has to offer. We anticipate that …


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vSphere 6.5 Update 1 – Under the Hood

I’m excited to announce that vSphere 6.5 Update 1 is now available and it has some great enhancements. While we have seen 5 patch releases so far, 6.5 Update 1 rolls all of those updates together as well as includes some long awaited functionality. Without further ado, let’s take a look under the hood of this highly anticipated release!

General Updates and Enhancements

First and foremost, vSphere 6.5 Update 1 allows customers who are currently on vSphere 6.0 Update 3 to upgrade to vSphere 6.5 Update 1. All of the security and bug fixes that were part of 6.0 U3 are now included in 6.5 U1 whereas before, upgrading from 6.0 U3 to 6.5 prior to U1 would have put customers in a more risky position due to the timing of the releases. That concern is a thing of the past now, though, and we anticipate even more customers will begin their upgrade journeys.

Speaking of upgrades, it is important to note that customers who are still on vSphere 5.5 will need to be on at least vSphere 5.5 U3b in order to upgrade to vSphere 6.5 U1. This may mean a two-step process for some customers to get to vSphere 6.5 U1 but this is necessary in order to ensure the best possible outcome for the upgrade.

Another item that has been signaled for quite some time is the removal of 3rd party switch support. This means that customers using 3rd party virtual switches such as the IBM DVS 5000v, HPE 5900v, and Cisco Nexus 1000v will need to migrate off of those switches prior to upgrading to vSphere 6.5 U1. For more information on this you can visit

Many customers and home lab users like to use Mac hardware in order to virtualize macOS in an officially supported manner. I’m happy to announce that vSphere 6.5 Update 1 adds full support for ESXi on MacPro 6,1 hardware! So, if virtualizing macOS is your thing you can now do it on the latest hardware and without workarounds.

vCenter Server

There are some exciting enhancements to vCenter Server in this release as well. First, lets talk about scale numbers as that has been a frequent ask and challenge for some customers. In vSphere 6.5 Update 1 we’re increasing some of the maximums related to vSphere Domains (also known as SSO Domains). In this release we have a new maximums guide that can be found here: Note that these maximums are specific to vSphere 6.5 Update 1 and are _not_ retroactive. vSphere 6.5 releases prior to Update 1 are still bound by the maximums published here:

Here are some of the increased vSphere 6.5 Update 1 numbers:

  • Maximum vCenter Servers per vSphere Domain: 15 (increased from 10)
  • Maximum ESXi Hosts per vSphere Domain: 5000 (increased from 4000)
  • Maximum Powered On VMs per vSphere Domain: 50,000 (increased from 30,000)
  • Maximum Registered VMs per vSphere Domain: 70,000 (increased from 50,000)

Hopefully these new scale numbers are welcome improvements!

Another exciting improvement is full support for the vCenter Server Appliance installer on macOS Sierra (10.12). Due to the timing of the release of Sierra and vSphere 6.5, changes to Sierra’s security model were causing problems with the installer. I’m happy to say that the installer now works great on Sierra so no more workarounds required.

vSphere Client

The vSphere Client also sees a big leap forward in this release. We’ve added too much functionality to list, but we have focused more on host-centric operations. So Virtual Distributed Switch (VDS) management, datastore management, and host configuration are areas that have seen a big increase in functionality. This means that the vSphere Client now has about 90% of general workflows completed. We’re pushing hard towards 100%!

As a reminder, the vSphere Client can be accessed via https:///ui and it is completely built on HTML5, requires no plugins, and it lightning fast. If you’ve been following along with the Fling version, the version in vSphere 6.5 Update 1 is roughly equivalent (actually a bit newer) than the bits in v3.15 of the Fling. You can view the items that we’re still working on getting into the vSphere Client here. Dennis Lu, the Product Manager for the vSphere Client also has a blog with a few more details.


vSAN 6.6.1 is also here and adds some exciting new capabilities involving vSAN and vSphere Update Manager (VUM). This new integration helps streamline and simplify vSphere upgrades on vSAN-enabled clusters by consulting several sources and recommending updates including firmware, drivers, and vSphere software. You can learn more about this new functionality in Pete Flecha’s blog over on the Virtual Blocks blog.

Getting Started with vSphere 6.5

vSphere 6.5 Update 1 includes some great new enhancements to an already solid release. Along with the enhancements above there are numerous bug fixes that should make your experience even better. If you’ve been waiting to upgrade to vSphere 6.5 then wait no longer! Please review the full release notes and I’d also recommend Emad’s blog series on upgrading to vSphere 6.5 if you need help getting started.

We also have a number of click-by-click walkthroughs that can help in the actual upgrade process. And don’t forget about the Hands On Labs if you want to kick the tires prior to your upgrade.

Happy upgrading!

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Managing the Healthcare Cloud

A Cloud Standards Consumer Council paper titled, &#rsquo;Impact of Cloud Computing on Health Care&#rdquo; states, &#rsquo;There is substantial growth in demand for health care services because of aging populations, the increasing prevalence of chronic diseases and comorbidities. Concurrently, there are cost pressures stemming from the need to do more and higher quality work with fewer and more costly resources and also reduced revenue.&#rdquo; Cloud providers, both internal and public, must be abstracted from a user perspective. Deploying and managing the cost and operations across providers becomes the primary concern for enterprise health care IT.


It all starts with deployment of resources

Health care is unique in our method of deploying and consuming applications. While many health care organizations are developing applications, nearly all applications deployed by health care IT are commercial, off the shelf (COTS) products. This often leads to the mistaken belief that automation is not necessary in health care. When deploying a new health care application, especially when it is an Electronic Medical Records (EMR) major version, much of the deployment time is spent creating the environment, including compute, storage, and networking.


Efficiencies in application deployments are not limited to internal private cloud. Leveraging the Advanced Programming Interfaces (APIs) provided by public cloud providers, vRealize Automation can deploy across multiple public and private clouds. Test and development environments may be provisioned in public cloud resources for short term projects, while longer term production workloads may be deployed within the private datacenter, spanning multiple public and private clouds, all with a single request for resources.


Cost as a user metric

Health care IT is often considered a cost center, something needed, but challenging to fund. Projects often fund infrastructure, but have limited means of tracking the actual value they are receiving from the acquisition. When an application shares infrastructure and needs additional resources mid lifecycle, reallocation is often required. This creates significant problems with right-sizing the environment during project planning.


VMware&#rsquo;s vRealize Business enables health care IT to provide actual cost to project teams. Costs can be gleaned from existing environments to forecast new projects. For applications which can be deployed on public clouds, cost comparison can happen in real time with forecasting to determine the lowest cost provider meeting the requirements. This also provides real time costing on migrating applications and resource reclamation as that becomes an option. Application owners are presented with the cost they could avoid, by shifting unused resources to new projects.


Automating operations

When automating bad process, the speed of bad process increases exponentially. One of the most often overlooked challenges in health care IT is the need for a better operational process. Deploying applications and looking at cost is beneficial, but a majority of the operational cost and struggle occurs in the shift from design and deploy to operate and maintain. Runbooks and instructions are helpful, but many of the operational tasks are repetitive, and tedious.


Adding resources, predictive performance monitoring, and capacity management can be easily automated using VMware&#rsquo;s vRealize Operations with Log Insight. Many functions can become self-documenting as lower level functions are abstracted. Fewer operational staff are then required to manage the system; enabling more focus on projects and less &#rsquo;keeping the lights on&#rdquo;, providing greater value back to the organization and, most importantly, to the patient.


Managing the health care cloud is a challenging proposition, made all the more difficult by the changes in reimbursement models, changing technology, and technical debt. Automation is one of the best ways to solve many of these problems but it must be treated as a complete solution, and one which accounts for future expansion and changes to technology. By building out a solution with complete lifecycle management, cost, and operational efficiencies, Health care IT can provide a superior provider and patient experience, while continuing to remain relevant in an ever changing world.


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vSAN ReadyNode™ Sizer: Size and Deploy vSAN for the workload of your choice

The new All Flash vSAN ReadyNode™ Sizer is now available and is accessible here:     What are the key features of the vSAN ReadyNode™ Sizer? The key features of vSAN ReadyNode™ Sizer are: Evaluation Sizer: A basic evaluation version of the vSAN ReadyNode™ Sizer which requires minimal input such as the count of

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VMware Tackles HCI Security with Unique Software-Defined Encryption

Building a Secure Private Cloud with VMware vSAN Hyper Converged Architecture A financial firm recently shared with us that it was fending off 10,000 unauthorized hacking attempts per day. A hospital shared their need to comply with the latest privacy regulations, and a transportation firm explained how decommissioned hard disk drives needed to be physically

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Using VMware Workstation Pro as the perfect demo tool

Matthew Evans

By Matt Evans.

An EUC Senior Specialist SE based in the UK. Matt hasbeen with VMware for 9 months and hasbeen working in the Server based ComputingEUC space for 20 years. Outside of work he is interested in music and running, having completed the London Marathon in April.

As a member of the End User Compute Specialist Sales Engineer team, I use VMware&#rsquo;s cloud hosted demo environment 99% of the time. However, we have all been in the situation where we need to demonstrate the solution but there is no network connection available. That&#rsquo;s one of the reasons I built a VMware Horizon environment in Workstation Pro. The other reason is that the &#lsquo;techie&#rsquo; in me wants to have an environment that I have free rein in. As well as my Horizon environment, I built a Windows 10 virtual machine so that I had a Windows 10 device to manage from my AirWatch demo lab.

The core virtual machines in my demo lab that runs in Workstation Pro is:

  • Windows 2012 R2 – Vmware Horizon Server
  • Windows 2008 R2 – Active Directory, DNS and DHCP
  • Windows 2012 R2 – Workspace ONE components
  • Windows 2012 R2 – RDS Host
  • Windows 10 – VDI desktop
  • Windows 8 – VDI desktop
  • Windows 10 – Managed endpoint by AirWatch (Saas)

As I said I am techie at heart and I like to use three 3rd party tools with my demo lab to enable me too deep dive, create screenshots and shadow my iPhone, now let me explain.

Apowersoft Phone Manager

VMware Workstation Pro supports USB devices which is critical to this tool. I can connect USB devices, such as my iPhone, to my laptop and map them through to the Virtual Machine. As part of my Horizon demo I always like to show the user experience from an iPhone connecting to a VDI or RDSH application as well as what the Workspace ONE portal looks like and what the user experience looks like.

Apowersoft Phone Manager is similar to iTunes, in the way it helps you manage your device. The one feature that it offers that iTunes does not, is the ability to shadow the device, you can see the Workspace ONE app running on my phone below. You can also switch to full screen mode. Being able to shadow the device means that can deliver a demo from my iPhone or iPad and display it through Workstation Pro and onto a larger screen, typically a projector.

I tend to make screenshots of this type of demo as well as documenting the setup and configuration of Horizon, for example. This leads me on nicely to the next tool.

Apowersoft Phone Manager


Typically I deliver my product demonstrations out of VMware Test Drive, which is managed cloud environment, therefore software updates are managed centrally and not done by me. That&#rsquo;s one of the reasons I use Workstation Pro to run my own demo lab, so I can go through the experience of updating and managing the environment as I would like. When I go through the update I tend to take screenshots that I can then use for custom presentations or share with customers and partners so they know what to expect when they go through the updates themselves. It also helps to take screenshots to help articulate a configuration or specific feature with a customer when a real time screen-sharing tool is not an option. As Workstation Pro allows clipboard redirection between my host OS (laptop) and virtual machine it is very easy for me to take screenshots and then copy them out of the Virtual Machine into One Drive.

Within Lightscreen I configure a hotkey to take the screenshot, a directory to store the image in and also whether I want to capture the whole screen or just the active window - I tend to use the active window. Then I just run through my sequence, click the hotkey when required and finally when I have finished, copy the images out of the Virtual Machine and paste them to my local drive.

Apowersoft Phone Manager

ASIDE: The one feature that could improve Lightscreen would be if you could also capture short video files, even if that was limited to say 10 seconds.

Apowersoft Phone Manager


In my opinion, I have saved the best until last. Glasswire offers Network Monitoring, Threat Monitoring and a Firewall. Because my Virtual Machines are pretty isolated in Workstation Pro I am not really using the software for its main intended purpose. However, I love the Network Monitoring aspect. Being able to monitor the network gives me the visibility of what processes are running, what they are doing and what bandwidth they are using. A good example of its use case for me would be to look at the different protocols we support in Horizon and how they perform.

As you may know we support Blast, PCoIP and RDP within Horizon, and Glasswire enables me to monitor exactly what they are doing - sorry but I did warn you I was a techie at heart. The screenshot below shows all my active processes and their bandwidth usage over a 5 minute period, the time period can be adjusted as you can see in the top right corner.


Let me give you an example of a customer scenario. I was involved in a project where we planned to leverage the customer&#rsquo;s internal Java based VPN client to secure a connection for remote workers and then automatically trigger a connection to a cloud based Virtual Desktop. To be able to configure this process we needed to know which processes were active when a connection was established, if they only used HTTPS and what the differences would be if we connected using the HTML5 client rather than the standard Windows Client. Firstly I logged into my Windows client machine in Workstation Pro and launched the Horizon Client, I then made a connection to a hosted Windows 10 machine and checked Glasswire. From the image below you can see that the Horizon client has two processes running, both of which are making an HTTPS connection to the same host.


Secondly, I wanted to see how the Horizon connection varied when using the HTML5 client rather than the Windows client. The HTML5 client is represented by Chrome, as that was the browser I was using. It is still using HTTPS but in this instance it is a single connection to


With the help of this information we were able to configure the VPN client to pass these connections through giving the customer end users and simple and familiar use case.

Running Glasswire in a clean virtual machine in Workstation Pro is ideal as it allows me to remove many of the other processes that could dilute the information I am trying to gather,

Your Go

Without Workstation Pro I would have had to install my demo lab on my native endpoint, which just wouldn&#rsquo;t be viable due to requirements of AD, DHCP, DNS and in some case multiple versions of the same software. Another option would have been to pay for cloud resource to run the virtual machines. This generally is a good option but I want access to all the components, for example the Hypervisor or AD Controller, which is not always an option with Cloud based environments and I wanted to guarantee 100% control.

Try Workstation Pro for Windows, or Workstation Pro for Linux, for free, today.

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Brand-new Apple MacBook Pro: $3K. VMware Fusion: $160. Running got-to-have-them Windows Apps on my Sweet Setup: Priceless.

Donn Bullock

by Donn Bullock,Director of End-User Computing Channel Sales for the Americas.

With over 20 years of high-tech sales & marketing experience, Donn has worked at every level of the IT channel including 3 resellers, 2 manufacturers (Compaq & IBM) and a distributor. He started one of the first (he was told by VMware the actual first) business partner VDI practices focused on VMware in 2006. He joined VMware in July 2012 as the first external hire for the new Commercial Field Sales team and today serves as a channel sales executive for VMware&#rsquo;s $500M EUC business in the Americas.

Donn has a BA from Wake Forest University and an MBA in Finance and Marketing from Vanderbilt University and lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.


No matter how millennial you might be (or think you are), sometimes you just can&#rsquo;t escape Windows. That&#rsquo;s what Bryan Garner, CEO of home audio company TruAudio, and his executive team discovered, much to their collective chagrin. Following the setup of their all-new Apple MacBook Pros, the excitement of having joined the Apple ecosystem was abruptly replaced with the reality of a recently installed, Windows-based financial system. As new Mac converts, Bryan and team immediately set out to rescue their newly acquired IT tools from the setback of Windows non-compatibility.

As a fast-growing, small business, TruAudio had been running their financials from Quickbooks Enterprise for many years. In an office exclusively comprised of Windows PCs and Servers, upgrading to Microsoft Dynamics seemed like a natural fit given the IT history of the firm, the application&#rsquo;s ability to scale with the fast pace of their company&#rsquo;s growth, and the recommendation of their trusted IT consultant. That is until the trending younger executive team decided that Macs were their platform of choice for personal productivity. It was only after setting up their crisp new hardware that the discovery of no MacOS interface within Dynamics was discovered.

After an unfulfilling foray into Oracle&#rsquo;s VirtualBox, Bryan and team took the advice of yours truly and had a go with Fusion Pro. The firm has not looked back since. First, VMware&#rsquo;s Fusion Pro satisfied their Dynamics needs, allowing each of the users to create a dual-screen desktop environment of both MacOS and Windows, running applications simultaneously on either desktop OS (and indeed running Microsoft Office on both).

TruAudio’s Desktop

Along the way, the team also discovered that Fusion resolved the unsuspecting issue of printing to their respective locally attached Konica Minolta bizhub printers, which also lacked a native MacOS driver. Printing through Windows on Fusion was now all they needed. As the firm has continued to grow rapidly, Fusion has resolved other unforeseen issues and found its way into other critical parts of the business. For example, the team also discovered that Crestron, the leader in commercial and home automation, lacks a MacOS driver for its products, an easy resolution found once again with Fusion-empowered MacBooks. By connecting the Crestron automation tools into Windows within Fusion, TruAudio has been able to provide the sound testing studio with flexibility for anyone wanting to test out new solutions on TruAudio gear.

In today&#rsquo;s IT environment, not every user wants to be locked into a single OS. For many users, application choice dictates platform, not the other way around. And while users seek choice in their BYOD demands, corporate IT departments insist upon control and standardization. VMware Fusion reconciles this potential conflict of end-user choice with control, creating an environment in which both Windows and Mac can not only work together, but empower new options and use cases not available to users before.

Don&#rsquo;t believe that Fusion can&#rsquo;t make a difference in your company? Just ask Bryan as he runs to his next meeting with MacBook Pro in hand. Try it yourself today, for free.

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