Official VMware Visio Stencils & Icons for 2019

What makes this so good is that they were the same ones as used in the official VMware Validated Design Documentation!

What’s new?

These are screenshots of what is included in the new Visio files. Keep in mind that these are SDDC focused so you will find Compute, Network and Storage icons with a strong focus on the SDDC within the set.





So how do you get hold of the Visio files?

Simply go to the direct link on the VMTN forums here. Read the instructions on the page from Ryan, as these will make using the icons much easier! – Don’t forget to like the page if you find them useful.

Also, be sure to check out the VMware Validated Design Documentation to give you an idea of how they should be displayed.

Download visio files here


New VMware Releases

VMware has released Site Recovery Manager 8.2, vSphere Replication 8.2, Workstation 15.1.0 and Fusion 11.1.0.

Site Recovery Manager 8.2

What’s new:

  • VMware Site Recovery Manager 8.2 adds compatibility with VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 2.
  • Simplified management and increased security with Photon OS-based Site Recovery Manager virtual appliance.
    Reduce layers of complexity associated with Windows Server by leveraging a new operating system, purpose-built for only disaster recovery functions. Streamline deployment by installing the Site Recovery Manager virtual appliance directly from vCenter Server.
  • Enhancements to the Site Recovery Manager HTML-5 User Interface:
    • VMware Site Recovery Manager 8.2 Configuration Import/Export Tool is now available in Site Recovery Manager User Interface.
    • With Site Recovery Manager 8.2, you can change the color schemes in the Site Recovery Manager HTML-5 User Interface to display the interface in a dark theme.
    • Ability to display capacity information in the Protection Groups Datastores tab.
    • Ability to provide in-product feedback with the Site Recovery User Interface.
  • Enhancements to Site Recovery Manager public API. Site Recovery Manager 8.2 introduces new methods in the product’s Public API:
    • Listing Array Managers information
    • Listing replicated RDMs
      For information about Site Recovery Manager public APIs and more extensive product automation, see Site Recovery Manager API Developer’s Guide.
  • vRealize Operations Management Pack for Site Recovery Manager 8.2. For information about the management pack, see the VMware vRealize Operations Management Pack for Site Recovery Manager 8.2 Release Notes.
  • vRealize Orchestrator Plug-In for VMware Site Recovery Manager 8.2. For information about the new workflows, see the VMware vRealize Orchestrator Plug-In for VMware Site Recovery Manager 8.2 Release Notes.
  • Ability to send Site Recovery Manager logs to a remote syslog server.

See the full release notes here

vSphere Replication 8.2

What’s new:

  • VMware vSphere Replication 8.2 adds compatibility with VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 2.
  • Support for VM encryption: You can replicate encrypted virtual machines if you are using VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 1 or later.
  • Minimize security risks by enabling network encryption: You can enable encryption of replication data transfer in VMware vSphere Replication 8.2, if you are using VMware vSphere 6.0 or later.
  • Enhancements to the Site Recovery user interface: With vSphere Replication 8.2, you can monitor target datastores in the replication details pane of the Site Recovery user interface, and use vSphere Replication reports that display transferred bytes per virtual machine and per hour.
  • vRealize Operations Management Pack: The new vRealize Operations Management Pack for vSphere Replication 8.2 provides increased visibility into the status of your vSphere Replication environment, RPO violations and other details. For more information, see VMware vRealize Operations Management Pack for vSphere Replication 8.2 Release Notes.
  • vRealize Orchestrator Plug-In for vSphere Replication 8.2. For information about new workflows, see VMware vRealize Orchestrator Plug-In for vSphere Replication 8.2 Release Notes.

See the full release notes here

Workstation 15.1.0

What’s new:

  • Support for new guest operating systems:
    • Windows 10 19H1
    • Ubuntu 19.04
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.0
    • Fedora 30
    • ESXi 6.7 Update 2
  • Stretch guest display: This feature is now extended to support all guests running on Windows hosts.
    In Workstation 15.0.x, stretch guest for Windows was supported only for versions earlier than Windows 7. This limitation has been removed in Workstation 15.1.

See the full release notes here

Fusion 11.1.0

What’s new:

  • Support for the following operating systems as guest.
    • Windows 10 19H1
    • Ubuntu 19.04
    • RHEL 8.0
    • Fedora 30
    • ESXi 6.7 U2
  • Bug fixes and security updates

See the full release notes here

My vision of Cloud Computing 2019


The past few years in IT have been very interesting, because of the many, increasingly faster opportunities and techniques, especially as an IT professional and this will only become more interesting next year. Developments are fast, as said, and change is the order of the day. Geo-politics will throw the playing field upside down is my expectation.

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Happy Holidays

blog seasons greetings 2017

2017 for me was quite a roller coaster, privately I had quite a few setbacks and this makes you realize that the people around you are very dear to you and you are just a man of the day. It has strengthened my intention to enjoy each other more and make real time for this.

Businesslike, it was also an eventful year, after I had opted for a new adventure at a start-up this soon turned out to be no fit and things looked different from what I had been told. Then quickly entered a nice new challenge at Cegeka and I like it so far. Great projects and pleasant colleagues to work with. There is a lot on the agenda in 2018 with many nice challenges that I am really looking forward to!

Personal highlights for me was being asked to participate in the NetApp VTAB and Cloud Architect Alliance, as well as receiving the vExpert Cloud award. I am honored and grateful.

I want to thank everyone who supported me and played a part in my turbulent year. Special thanks to the community of vExpert, NetApp, NTC, Citrix and Cloud Architect Alliance.

I wish everyone a merry Christmass ad a healthy and fantastic 2018!

Celebrate and enjoy this time together with you family and friends. I am looking forward to 2018 for a successful year full of solutions, happiness and success!

Warm regards.

Peter van de Bree



Veeam Backup & Recovery 9.5 vs Azure Backup server

Storing VMware VM backups  in Azure

When implementing a 3-2-1 backup strategy, one backup needs to be stored offsite. In a hybrid cloud environment, offsite will likely be the datacenter of your cloud provider. If you run VMware VMs in an on-premises datacenter and use Azure public cloud services, how can you copy a backup of a VM to Azure? Well, there are multiple solutions but every solution has it pros and cons. In this article we will shortly explain 2 solutions and compare them: Veeam Backup & Recovery 9.5 and Microsoft Backup Server (latest update). Continue reading

VMware in the Clouds recap – reference guide


This again has been a massive year for VMware. So many clouds so many announcements. Here is a quick portfolio guide to what VMware is offering in public clouds from last year until now. Continue reading

vExpert Cloud 2017 Award Announcement


This weekend the VMware vExpert Cloud 2017 announcement has been released, and I am humbled to be recognised as a Cloud expert for community contributions in the cloud space.

I also want to congratulate everyone on the list and espaclily my dutch colleagues which I personally know,  Martijn Baecke, Dimitri de Swart, Frank Denneman, Ruurd Keizer, Jeffrey Kusters, Erik Scholten, Marco van Baggum, Viktor van den Berg and Robert Nieuwendijk.

Huge and special thanks to Corey Romero and the team behind the vExpert program.

See the full vExpert Cloud announcement via vExpert Cloud 2017 Award Announcement – VMTN Blog – VMware Blogs

VMware App Volumes 2.13 Technical Overview

VMware is excited to announce the latest release of VMware App Volumes 2.13. This release includes some great new features for both IT and end users, and new third-party integration support, enabling greater flexibility for deployment options. Improved AppStack Experience and Performance App Volumes 2.13 introduces a new feature that enables concurrent computer- and user-assigned […]

Source: VMware App Volumes 2.13 Technical Overview | VMware End-User Computing Blog