Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 essentials

Some things have changed in Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® 7 in the areas of directories, file system structure, and systemd as it relates to service control.

Did you know that /usr was so named for being the Unix System Resources directory? Learn how this, and the other top-level directories, are used by Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® 7. Additionally, we’ll be taking a look at systemd, which will be especially helpful if you’ve not yet started with systemd. We’ll cover design and some everyday commands and tasks.

Join this webinar in which we’ll cover these topics:

Identifying top-level directories and usage
Reviewing changes to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 file system structure
The architecture and moving pieces of systemd as it relates to service control
Some handy systemctl commands

Scott McBrien, technical product manager, Online Training, Red Hat

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Free e-learning course – VMware Horizon 7 Fundamentals

This course will provide you with a fundamental understanding of the VMware Horizons portfolio. It discusses some of the key features and benefits of the portfolio whilst exploring the components and architecture of Horizon 7.

Objectives: At the end of this course, you should be able to:

– Diagram the Horizon architecture
– Discuss the key benefits and features and use cases of Horizon 7
– List and explain the Horizon 7 components
– Describe the key Horizon capabilities
– Describe the High End graphics and display protocol options of Horizon7
– Describe the purpose of the Horizon Agent and Horizon Client
– Differentiate Instant clones from Linked clones
– Demonstrate how to log in, navigate and perform administration tasks in the Horizon Administrator interface

Outline: This course consists of 4 Modules.

Module 1: Introduction to Horizon provides an overview of the Horizon 7 Architecture and discusses the key benefits, features and use cases. This module also lists and explains the various Horizon 7 components.

Module 2: Horizon Desktops covers the steps for configuring virtual machines as desktops and how to install and configure the Horizon Client. The module also describes the capabilities of Blast Extreme, and compares Instant Clones to Horizon Composer Clones.

Module 3: Horizon Client Options outlines the process and choices to setup vCenter Server managed desktops. It also covers how to install and configure the Horizon Client, how to configure Horizon on Thin clients and how to setup and configure virtual printing.

Module 4: Working with Horizon Administrator demonstrates how to login and navigate the Horizon Administrator interface and carry out administration tasks in relation to creating an automated pool and how to provision and manage applications with App volumes. It also lists the steps for using and creating application pools.

Course Link

Free eBook – Build Your Own NetApp ONTAP 9 Lab

3dhow_to_build_a_netapp_ontap_9_lab_for_freeNeil Anderson over at has written a guide giving step-by-step instructions on how to build a full NetApp ONTAP 9 lab. It’s all built with free virtualized software meaning you can build and run it for free of cost.

It features two NetApp simulator clusters along with Windows and Linux clients and it’s networked via a VyOS router. It gives you a working replica of a production storage environment which you can use for testing or study.

Download Link :


Lab Topology Diagram
Lab Topology Notes
IP Addressing Tables
Lab Notes
VMware Workstation Player Install
VyOS Router Build
NetApp Simulator Build
Windows Server Build
Linux Build
SuperPutty Install

Free hands-on experience with AWS

Start building with Amazon Web Services (AWS) today. Create an AWS account for free and automatically take advantage of the AWS Free Tier.

You’ll be able to use most AWS services, such as EC2, S3, and Lambda with a free tier for 12 months, as well as additional service offers that do not automatically expire at the end of your 12-month AWS Free Tier term.

The Amazon Web Services (AWS) Free Tier is designed to enable you to get hands-on experience with AWS Cloud Services. The AWS Free Tier includes services with a free tier available for 12 months following your AWS sign-up date, as well as additional service offers that do not automatically expire at the end of your 12 month AWS Free Tier term.

After creating your AWS account you can use any of the products and services, listed below, for free within certain usage limits.

You can start today and automatically take advantage of the AWS Free Tier by following the steps below:

1.Sign up for an AWS account.

2.Enter your billing address and credit card information. You will not be charged unless your usage exceeds the free tier limits.

Enjoy the opportunity!

PowerShell is open sourced and is available on Linux

PowerShell is open sourced and available on Linux. PowerShell is a task-based command-line shell and scripting language built on the .NET Framework to help IT professionals control and automate the administration of the Windows, and now Linux, operating systems and the applications that run on them.


Today’s customers live in a multi-platform, multi-cloud, multi-OS world – that’s just reality. This world brings new challenges and customers need tools to make everything work together. Microsoft is working company-wide to deliver management tools that empower customers to manage any platform, from anywhere, on any device, using Linux or Windows. This shift to a more open, customer-obsessed approach to deliver innovation is one of the things that makes me most excited to come to work every day.

Official Link.

Free e-learning course from VMware on vRealize Automation 7 Fundamentals

Take advantage and make the best use of this free e-learning course from VMware on VMware vRealize® Automation.

– Format: Self-Paced
– Length: 3 Hours

This course demonstrates how people use VMware vRealize® Automation™ to accelerate the delivery and ongoing management of business-relevant IT services.

– Discuss the role vRealize Automation plays in delivering an integrated approach to cloud management
– Recognize how to install and configure the architectural components that support automated service delivery across a multi-vendor, hybrid cloud infrastructure
– Describe how vRealize Automation enforces service delivery policies and helps administrators control resource use
– Understand the process service architects use to build a library of re-usable, gold standard service components
– Describe how service architects and IT administrators can extend vRealize Automation to automate services provided by third-party management systems

Course Link

Happy Birthday Blog! Celebrating 5th Year…

My Blog celebrating 5th year this month and I just can’t believe how quickly 5 year’s have passed by. Hope I get time and resource to perform more R&D work and post informative content in the following year’s. I will be very delighted if you find it useful.


Thank you to my visitors and others who just left spam comments in my blog :) . I look forward to upload more informative blog post on VMware and Microsoft technologies. A special thanks also goes out to other bloggers and VMware virtualization community members for sharing your time and knowledge and continuing to inspire me to do the same.

Join the AWS Webinar Series – May

I want to share this email which I received from Amazon. :)

AWS Monthly Webinar Series – May

Join upcoming AWS Webinars to keep up to date with AWS and learn about the latest best practices.
The AWS Webinar Series is a selection of live online presentations that cover a broad range of topics at varying technical levels. These webinars feature technical sessions led by AWS solutions architects and engineers, live demonstrations, customer examples and Q&A with AWS experts.

Join the “AWS Services Overview” webinar to take a fast-paced 45-minute tour through our broad range of services

Big Data
Learn best practices for running, scaling, and managing MongoDB and how to spin up new clusters in minutes
Learn common use cases and best practices to collect, stream, and process real-time data with AWS

Learn how to build serverless web applications with Lambda, S3, DynamoDB, and API Gateway
Introducing AWS Application Discovery Service, a new service that simplifies your application migration

Explore the possibilities of incorporating ElastiCache in your application architecture to significantly improve performance

Learn how to select the right services for the right cloud data migration projects
Learn how to optimize your cloud computing costs when using AWS
Learn how to get started with the Internet of Things on AWS and how AWS IoT makes it easy to connect to the cloud

Windows on EC2
Free Hands-on Training: Learn about running Windows Server on AWS

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Cool Tool : RVTools version 3.8 is now available for download

Thanks to Rob de Veij (@rvtools) for developing RVTools and sharing with the community for free of cost. This tool does a great job of fetching loads of information from the Virtual Infrastructure and saves lot of time for the VI administrator, otherwise we need to run multiple script to fetch similar data.

RVTools is a windows .NET 2.0 application which uses the VI SDK to display information about your virtual machines and ESX hosts. Interacting with virtual center. RVTools is able to list information about VMs, CPU, Memory, Disks, Partitions, Network, Floppy drives, CD drives, Snapshots, VMware tools, Resource pools, Clusters, ESX hosts, HBAs, Nics, Switches, Ports, Distributed Switches, Distributed Ports, Service consoles, VM Kernels, Datastores, Multipath info and health checks. With RVTools you can disconnect the cd-rom or floppy drives from the virtual machines and RVTools is able to update the VMware Tools installed inside each virtual machine to the latest version.

Version 3.8 (March, 2016)
•VI SDK reference changed from 5.5 to 6.0
•on vInfo tab page new field: ChangeVersion unique identifier for a given version of the configuration
•on vInfo tab page new field: HA VM Monitoring status
•on vInfo tab page new fields: Number of supported monitors and Video RAM in KB.
•on vInfo tab page new field: Config status.
•Config issues are visible on the vHealth tab page
•on vInfo tab page new field: OS according to the VMware Tools
•on vTools tab page new fields: App state, App heartbeat status and Kernel crash state
•on vTools tab page new fields: Operations availability, State change support and
•Interactive Guest Operations availability
•on vHost tab page new field: NTPD running state.
•NTP issues are visible on the vHealth tab page
•on vHost tab page new field: Config status.
•Config issues are visible on the vHealth tab page
•on vCluster tab page new field: Config status.
•Config issues are visible on the vHealth tab page
•on vDatastore tab page new field: Config status.
•Config issues are visible on the vHealth tab page
•on vSC+VMK tab page new fields: IP 6 Address and IP 6 Gateway
•all VM related tab pages now have a VM Object ID and VM UUID columnsall VM related tab pages now have powerstate and template columns
•all tab pages. Now have a vCenter UUID column (= unique identifier for a vCenterServer)
•all VM related tab pages. The Custom Attributes columns are now ordered alphabetically
•all tab pages. A select is now a full row select so it is easier to follow the information across many columns
•bug fix: Refresh data issue on vRP and vCluster tab pages solved
•bug fix: Filter issue on vCluster tab page solved
•bug fix: On vInfo tab page the HA information was not filled with cluster default values
•bug fix: Content Libraries vmdk files are no longer reported as possible zombie files
•bug fix: msi installer sometimes installs RVTools in root of c:\ drive. This is solved now.

Download link : RVTools version 3.8 | Documentation

VMware vExpert 2016

Thank you VMware, I am glad to be part of VMware vExpert 2016, congratulations to all fellow vExpert’s and glad to be part of this elite group for the Third time in a row.

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I would like to thank and congratulate Corey Romero and the VMware Social Media & Community Team on successful journey of vExpert program. vExperts have a dedicated portal to manage NFR Keys, access to unique opportunities with manufacturers and VMware engineering team, etc. So watch out! :)

VMware vExpert 2016 List.