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Opvizor = next Gold sponsor

I’m please to announce my last gold sponsor, Opvizor


Back in 2008 I attended a VMware VMworld event in Cannes and met a chap who gave me a signed copy of his book. His name was Dennis Zimmer. I’d followed Dennis and known he’d had a connection with I lost touch with Dennis and then bumped into him at a VMUG session this year in London. Dennis told me he was now the CEO for Opvizor. Now I’d heard of Opvizor but before the VMUG session didn’t know what they did. After the demo I was hooked on the story, it made sense.


Opvizor offers a paradigm-shifting solution in the VMware market space.  They  create an unprecedented return for its clients – allowing customers to not only greatly reduce downtime, but identify and eliminate resource limitations, broken snapshots and wasted resources.  Customers have realized a 52% decrease in resource costs by using Opvizor.


Opvizor was founded by former Virtualization Consultant and  System Engineer, Dennis Zimmer, as a solution to reduce the amount of time you spend researching and solving problems.  Now a 6-time vExpert and author of 10 books on VMware, Dennis’ goal is ensure that the community of VMware experts in conjunction with opvizor’s clients and partners continue to contribute to that larges rulebase in the industry (730 and growing.)


These rules allow Opvizor clients to predict potential root foundation failures before they emerge and potentially compromising their environment – allowing companies to be truly proactive.  opvizor’s team of vExperts validate every rule and provide best-practice solutions to each rule. 


Because of our approach and interaction with the community, we have built an incredible database of information to share and to give back to the community who has helped build who we are. 


Opvizor Summary 

·        Community-driven

·        Largest rulebase in the industry

·        Provides solutions to each issue it uncovers

·        All rules and solutions validated by a team of vExperts

·        Unprecedented ROI 

·        See stats on your environment in under an hour


And oh did I mention the solution is cloud based :-)

Another vCAC 6 Repo404 error

Today I decided to try to continue the rebuild of my lab and I fired up vCAC 6 and once again received an Repo404 error as seen in my previous post >here< . I decided reinstall time thinking I’d not fixed the problem the last-time but decided not to wipe out the old VMs. I got to the part where I’d all but finished preparing the IaaS server for install when I noticed my SQL database  was not online……DOH…so there you have it, Repo404 error can also mean database problems.

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Uniprint = New Gold Sponsor

I’m pleased to announce UniPrint as the next gold sponsor.


I have a long history with UniPrint going back a decade now. I even once was a UniPrint instructor, I think I only ever delivered 1 course though before VMware consumed my life.


So what is it? Well if you want to print from a VDI session, lets say from a branch office for example you need this in your life. We all know that both Citrix and VMware have a cut down effort of a universal printer driver but come on, we all know in the real world that won’t cut the mustard. What you need is a full featured solution like UniPrint.


UniPrint pioneered the use of PDF-based universal printer driver technology to streamline and enhance printing in Server-based Computing (SbC) environments.  Today, we are the recognized leader in printing virtualization.


Some of you may be asking yourself, what exactly is printing virtualization and how can my business benefit from this technology?  A quick answer is that printing virtualization was created to extend the benefits of VDI to printing, helping you to reduce help desk overheads, increase operational efficiency and cut printing costs enterprise-wide.


In VDI environments, the desktop’s operating systems and application programs are hosted within a virtual machine that runs on a centralized server, delivering abundant measurable benefits to organizations. One major benefit is simplified central desktop management. Because all virtual desktop images are hosted in one location, updating or installing new software is quick and easy, since most of it can be done by updating the golden image. Another huge benefit is security. With VDI, corporations can control what applications are installed on each desktop image and how they are being used. Virtual desktop images can be easily locked down from external devices, such that data cannot be transferred from the image to a local hard drive. Data is also more secure since it is stored on servers in the data center, reducing data breach concerns if a mobile user’s laptop or tablet is stolen. Therefore, it would seem logical that given the benefits and the fact that most large enterprises employ VDI within the workplace today, that VDI would also extend to printing. However, this isn’t so and many VDI solutions lack the functionality to allow VDI users to print from their VDI image.


In the same vein, managing your VDI printing environment can offer various paybacks toward cost cutting. For example:  a single universal printer driver negates the need to install multiple manufacturer printer drivers on each virtual desktop image. This eliminates printer driver incompatibility issues, which in turn saves system admin and help desk manpower and costs.  Since everything resides in one data center, hardware costs can be easily managed.  Also, pesky printer problems can predominantly be solved all within in one data center, as opposed to troubleshooting each remote printer.


Why is this important?  Well, as the number of people working remotely increases, a managed VDI printing environment enables employees working from anywhere to print the documents they need at any time. In addition, as the BYOD (bring you own device) and mobility trends proliferate, employees are given the ability to alternate between devices, depending on their location and task requirements. As a whole, staffers have become so accustomed to the performance, ease of use, and flexibility in their personal IT experiences that they expect the same level of accessibility and flexibility at work. Printing virtualization fulfills these expectations by allowing users to print from their VDI session to the closest printer physically.


It is evident that VDI brings forth an array of benefits for the business world, and will continue to move full throttle, but also brings forth challenges in printing. It is inevitable that when it comes to streamlining enterprise workflows, the growth of VDI printing solutions will become a staple and relied upon by corporate IT departments.  To learn more about VDI printing, contact