vmware release vSphere 5.5, vCloud Suite 5.5, vSphere with Ops Man 5.5

vmware have released the latest versions for the vsphere products announced at VMworld 2013

The latest versions of the vSphere family the 5.5 product sets available to download from vmware.com (all links below)

Whats New in vSphere 5.5

VMware vSphere® 5.5 introduces many new features and enhancements to further extend the core capabilities of the vSphere platform. This paper will discuss features and capabilities of the vSphere platform, including vSphere ESXi Hypervisor™, VMware vSphere High Availability (vSphere HA), virtual machines, VMware vCenter Server™, storage networking and vSphere Big Data Extensions.

vSphere ESXi Hypervisor Enhancements

  • Hot-Pluggable SSD PCI Express (PCIe) Devices
  • Support for Reliable Memory Technology
  • Enhancements for CPU C-States

Virtual Machine Enhancements

  • Virtual Machine Compatibility with VMware ESXi™ 5.5
  • Expanded vGPU Support
  • Graphic Acceleration for Linux Guests

VMware vCenter Server Enhancements

  • VMware® vCenter™ Single Sign-On
  • VMware vSphere Web Client
  • VMware vCenter Server Appliance™
  • vSphere App HA
  • vSphere HA and VMware vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler™ (vSphere DRS)

Virtual Machine–Virtual Machine Affinity Rules Enhancements

  • vSphere Big Data Extensions

vSphere Storage Enhancements

  • Support for 62TB VMDK
  • MSCS Updates
  • vSphere 5.1 Feature Updates
  • 16GB E2E support
  • PDL AutoRemove
  • vSphere Replication Interoperability
  • vSphere Replication Multi-Point-in-Time Snapshot Retention
  • vSphere Flash Read Cache

vSphere Networking Enhancements

  • Link Aggregation Control Protocol Enhancements
  • Traffic Filtering
  • Quality of Service Tagging
  • SR-IOV Enhancements
  • Enhanced Host-Level Packet Capture
  • 40GB NIC support


vCloud Suite 5.5 – https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/info/slug/datacenter_cloud_infrastructure/vmware_vcloud_suite/5_5

vSphere with Operations Management 5.5 – https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/info/slug/datacenter_cloud_infrastructure/vmware_vsphere_with_operations_management/5_5

vCenter Operations Management Suite 5.7 – https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/info/slug/infrastructure_operations_management/vmware_vcenter_operations_management_suite/5_7

All the products are available at

Core vSphere and automation/tools:

Suite components:

Thinking of how you Sync Files and Folders remotely before might have been a pain – What’s new in Windows 8.1 and 2012 R2

Thinking of how you Sync Files and Folders remotely before might have been a pain (nightmare) –
Introducing what’s new in Windows 8.1 and 2012 R2 that can help.

Thinking of how you Sync Files and Folders remotely before might have been a pain (nightmare), offline syncing
was not easy and you had to be connected to the LAN or connected via a VPN.

Over the past years this has got better in Windows 7 and then Windows 8 and now in Windows 8.1 and
Window Server 2012 R2 the options have got better and more.

Options available: How Work Folders Compares to Other Microsoft Sync Technologies


Consumer / personal data

Individual work data

Team / group work data

Personal devices

Access protocol

Data location







Public cloud

SkyDrive Pro






SharePoint / Office 365

Work Folders






File server

Folder Redirection / Client-Side Caching





SMB (only from on-prem or using VPN)

File server

Microsoft have published a few links and walk thoughts how this  

Microsoft Working Folders

Work Folders address the bring-your-own device (BYOD) scenario, enabling users to store and access work files on personal PCs and devices as well as corporate PCs. Users gain a convenient location to store work files and access them from anywhere, while organizations maintain control over corporate data, storing the files on centrally managed file servers and optionally specifying user device policies such as encryption and lock screen passwords.

Work Folders can be deployed alongside existing deployments of Folder Redirection, Offline Files, and home folders. Work Folders stores user files in a folder on the server called a sync share, and you can specify a folder that already contains user data, enabling you to adopt Work Folders without migrating servers and data or immediately phasing out your existing solution.

Here is some of the functionality that Work Folders includes:

  • Provide a single point of access to work files on a user’s work and personal PCs and devices (Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1, with immediate plans to follow up with Windows 7 and iPad support and other devices likely in the future)
  • Access work files while offline and sync with the central file server when the PC or device next has Internet or network connectivity
  • Maintain data encryption in transit as well as at rest on devices and allow corporate data wipe through device management services such as Windows Intune
  • Use existing file server management technologies such as file classification and folder quotas to manage user data
  • Specify security policies to instruct user PCs and devices to encrypt Work Folders and use a lock screen password, for example
  • Use Failover Clustering with Work Folders to provide high-availability solution

Microsoft Working Folders Overview

Microsoft Working Folders


Work Folders Test Lab Deployment


World Economic Forum – Technology Pioneers Report 2014

Tech Pioneers 2014

New technologies and innovations are constantly changing and improving the way we do things and approach problems. Processes, institutions and industries that have been around and unchanged for decades are now being rethought and redesigned with the aid of technology. Many of these adaptions and approaches are not being developed by large, established industry leaders but rather by their smaller, early-stage counterparts.
This year, the World Economic Forum is pleased to present 36 leading start-ups selected as Technology Pioneers 2014. The class is particularly diverse, providing new solutions to a number of challenges, including technologies for a greener and more sustainable planet; the deployment of precise and targeted therapies in the treatment of cancer and other diseases; the rethinking and redesign of how we deliver education; a robotics renaissance; the creation of a more personalized Internet experience; and the initiation of a “sharing” economy, to name a few.

The Technology Pioneers for 2014 are (in alphabetical order): AdtelligenceAdvantix SystemsAgios PharmaceuticalsAirbnbAlphabet EnergyAppNexusBIND Therapeuticsbluebird bioBug Agentes BiologicosCodecademyCourseraCyberdyneData4Dnevnik.ruD-Rev: Design Revolution EcoNationFoundation MedicineGitHubJanaKaggleKebonyKoemeiLenddoLiveUNateraNest Labs, Oasys WaterOMC PowerRethink Robotics, Second Sight Medical ProductsSelecta BiosciencesSunPartnerSynTouchTruTag TechnologiesViki and Witricity Corporation.

The World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneers programme recognizes companies, normally in a start-up phase, from around the world that are involved in the design, development and deployment of new technologies, and are set to have a significant impact on business and society. Technology Pioneers must demonstrate visionary leadership and show signs of being long-standing market leaders – their technology must be proven. Each year the World Economic Forum chooses a select number of Technology Pioneers from hundreds of applicants.

Technology Pioneers are selected through a rigorous process. A selection committee – comprised of top technology and innovation experts, academics, venture capitalists as well as entrepreneurs, evaluates all candidates against the programme’s criteria before making its recommendation to the World Economic Forum.

Since 2000, more than 550 innovative companies from five continents have been selected as Technology Pioneers. Among them, the majority are still thriving independently while others have been acquired by industry leaders.

Nominate a Company

For updates on our current activities, please visit our Technology Pioneers blog here.

Find out about the 2014 Technology Pioneers, including their profiles and how they are using cutting-edge technology to improve the state of the world. Here are the Technology Pioneers from 201320122011201020092008 and 2007.

click for more at source

Managing a Mac using Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager

Managing a Mac using Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM)

A few resources becoming available whilst thinking about using Mac’s in the Enterprise. One item is though do people that bring Mac via BYOD or other methods
what management tools installed on them. Hmmm…

Microsoft now with System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2012 Sp1 have some features





Also Parallels have Parallels Management Suite for Microsoft SCCM which adds support to System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007 and 2012

Parallels Management-Mac for Microsoft SCCM – Overview

Macs are a reality in businesses today, and they need to be managed. Whether you want to extend your current SCCM-based desktop management infrastructure or consolidate multiple systems to minimize redundancy and save money, we can help. As the leaders in making Windows and Mac work together seamlessly, we understand Apple technologies and the needs of IT teams who use SCCM and also need to manage Macs.

Full visibility of the Macs on your network
No more guessing how many Macs are really there. Automatically scan the network ranges you choose, and discover Macs on your network. Then, have the Parallels Management-Mac for Microsoft SCCM agent auto-install and enroll them. The plug-in ensures you have the broadest range of Macs covered, including Mac OS X 10.8x, 10.7x, and 10.6x.

Gain control – easily 
Software discovery, distribution, and inventory occur just like with your PCs, but without costly Mac-only infrastructure. Our wizard-driven system for application packaging and Mac profile setup makes it easy for SCCM admins with minimal Mac skills, so anyone can be a pro in no time. And we make it simple to use Apple’s latest FileVault 2 technology to provide the best security available on your Macs.

Securely deploy and manage Windows on Mac 
Parallels Management-Mac extends your management abilities even further, to Windows applications on Macs. In conjunction with Parallels Desktop for Mac, manage delivery of your policy-compliant Windows stack to Mac users. All your management needs, centralized in SCCM.