Last chance to win your VMworld 2015 Ticket from VMTurbo

If you still have not got your VMworld 2015 ticket, it is not yet the time to quit your hunting for a free VMworld ticket. VMTurbo is still offering you the chance to win one of a pair of Two VMworld 2015 tickets through their sweepstakes taking place on July 9th. VMworld is the most looked after Virtualization/Cloud Computing event, and here is your chance to be there this year. Good luck everyone and looking forward for a winner within my blog readers.

Below is more details about VMTurbo VMworld 2015 Ticket Sweepstakes: (Click on the image below to be directed to the Sweepstakes page)

VMTurbo VMworld 2015 Sweepstakes

VMTurbo is giving 2 more lucky winners two Full Conference Passes to VMworld 2015 in San Francisco. The epicenter of all things virtual, VMworld is our industry’s biggest stage. VMTurbo will be there, and they want you there too.

VMTurbo will be giving away the last pair of tickets on July 9th, make sure to enter for your chance to win!

Who? 2 Winners (maybe you!)
What? 2 VMworld 2015 Passes
Where? San Francisco, California
When? August 30th – September 3rd… Read More

Configure VBuzzer as a VOIP Provider in 3CX Phone System

After creating my previous post PBX in the Cloud, there was a small detail that grabbed a surprising attention from the community. I have mentioned that I have setup VBuzzer as a VOIP Provider in 3CX Phone System, and the only reason I did that was it was I had a  readily available VBuzzer account, but there seems a good amount of users interested in how I got VBuzzer to work as a VOIP Provider in 3CX, as it was one of the none out of the box providers and as I got the question from few different readers, I thought I will document how I have done it.

1- Make sure the following ports are forwarded in your firewall to your 3CX Phone System:

9000 – 9099

2- Using the ADD VOIP Provider Wizard, choose ‘Generic’ from the Country drop down menu and ‘Generic VOIP Provider’ from the Provider drop down menu. Click Next.

3CX add VBuzzer as a VOIP Provider

3- Configure the VOIP Provider general tab as in the below screenshot.

3CX VBuzzer SIP Configuration

– Extension Number: is the phone number assigned to you by VBuzzer

– Authenication ID: is your VBuzzer username

– Authenication Password: is your VBuzzer user account password

– The rest of the field fill them exactly the same as in the above image.… Read More

PBX in the Cloud

Most companies today have one sort of PBX or another. It no longer makes sense to buy a phone line from the telecom for each employee. This over time has made PBX a very attractive solution from a cost perspective and companies have rushed to adapt it. Unfortunately, it does not take long after a traditional PBX solution is installed for the business to notice the amount of required specialized equipment and skills they need to maintain it. Actually after a few years, most PBX systems seem to get out of hand with how many wires are running loose with no one figuring out which user it belongs to. Further, simple features like voicemail, call forwarding, and call conferencing might require you to change your full PBX system or require additional expensive systems.

When VOIP PBX systems came out, they seemed like the knights in shining armour who will be saving the day for business owners. It sounded like a very appealing alternative, as it uses the same network infrastructure the company has already invested in, and provides tons of features that were never possible with a traditional PBX. Further, large VOIP PBX players made it look very easy to setup and maintain.… Read More

Software Defined PBX

I remember the days when I used to live in an apartment building and when my analog home phone used to stop working due to a line problem, the first thing we used to suspect is one of my neighbor has missed up our building PBX wiring while fixing his phone line or installing a new phone line (more than likely, they did not mean to). I used to call the building maintenance and walk down with them to the PBX box and the fun begin when you try to identify which cable is my home phone line.

As that PBX grid grew, that wires spaghetti got out of hand. It got to a stage where it was almost impossible to add new lines or fix old ones without disturbing someone else phone line. The sad part, this PBX fun is not limited to old apartment buildings but many enterprises still depend on it.  If one of the below images remind you of how painful this sometime get, then keep reading as the solution might be Virtualization Again! And might be cheaper than you always thought.

PBX very hard to manageOld PBX System


As many companies has over grown their PBX system to unmanageable state, VoIP seems to be the natural choice to replace that old hard to manage PBX till companies look at the cost of switching to VoIP and complexity of traditional VoIP solutions they shy away and stick with what they have.… Read More

Vote for my VMworld Sessions!

VMworld Voting is here again. I have two sessions this year that made it to the voting stage. I would appreciate it if you can show your support and interest in these sessions and vote.  Please vote at:

Below is an extract of both sessions:

Session: 1304 Protect Your Cloud

As the business world is becoming more competitive by day, companies are striving to be more agile. As a result, the adoption of Cloud Computing technologies has reached new levels never been seen before.

While Cloud Computing Technologies bring a lot of agility and benefits to the enterprise, if not implemented correctly they will come with their own challenges. Availability, Business Continuity, and Disaster Recover-ability are a few of the top challenges enterprises faces when moving to Cloud Computing. Fortunately, VMware customers will not have to make the trade off between being agile and having best of breed Availability, Business Continuity, and Disaster Recovery.

Join us in this session to learn how VMware’s new vCloud Suite offers an unprecedented Availability, Business Continuity, and Disaster Recovery capabilities. We will discuss the capabilities and how the solution meets the highest SLA levels without compromising agility.

A demonstration of vCloud Automation Center failover will be conducted during the session.… Read More

Win Free VMworld Trip with Veeam

I am sharing this news, as I am sure many of you are looking for a free way to get to VMworld, and Veeam is offering a few of you a chance to do that. They are even offering a chance to Win a Google Glass. Sorry Apple, but I would rather the Google Glass on an iPad my self! Below is the details on why Veeam is doing it and on how to register. Good luck!

Veeam is about to get its 100,000th customer and is launching an interactive contest for a chance to win a trip around the world and other prizes (Google Glass, iPad and Microsoft Surface).

To participate, visitors need to register and predict the location of Veeam’s 100,000th customer on the interactive map. The closer you are to the right spot, the better chance you have to win the trip around the world and other prizes.

Veeam currently have a live pre-registration page. The main contest will start next week.

Join in on the fun! I hope many of you will participate and I hope among my readers there will be few winners.

Just for the fun of it, if you have got a chance to choose between any of these gifts, which one will you choose?… Read More

Vote For Your Favorite Virtualization Blog

It is that time of the year again where you can vote for your favorite blogs at: It is a great way to show your appreciation to your favorite blogs and bloggers who you benefited from their blog posting. Remember most bloggers including myself are doing this on their spare time, and don’t get much of compensation in return so the least you can do is show your appreciation and vote for your favorite Virtualization Bloggers. For those of you who already know what they should do, then please head on to the following URL and vote for my blog:

Vote for your favorite blog

If you have enjoyed my blog posts for the past year, or found something that saved you from trouble then please don’t forget to vote for me. Your vote means a lot to me, and will definitely encourage me to drive my blog even stronger as to grows. I believe the competition will be quite tough this year especially with blogs like the following on the list:

  • (Hany Micheal)
  • Long White Virtual Clouds (M. Webster)
  • Yell0w Bricks (Duncan Epping)
  • ESX Virtualization (Vladan Seget)
  • Virtually Ghetto (William Lam)
  • Kendrick Coleman (Kendrick Coleman)

Actually these are few of my favorite Virtualization blogs, and though it might give you an extra choice or two to vote for if you ran out of option during your choice of top 10 blogs.… Read More

VMworld 2013 Hands-on Labs is now Available Online

Friends and Fans of the VMworld  Hands-on Labs, I have a great news for you. I am sure if you are like me, you did not get enough time at VMworld to do all the Hands-on Labs you planned to go through. Worry not, now you can take them online! They are available even for those of you who did not get to attend VMworld! It is free for every one! What are you waiting for, Register, sign-in and start taking labs in less than five minutes.
VMware have begun releasing the 2013 Labs via the Hands-on Labs Online Portal at There are now 16 lab topics available, free to everyone. Please share with your co-workers, customers and partners. Labs are listed below along with a direct link to enroll in the lab.


Labs Currently Available


Labs Coming This Week

  • HOL-SDC-1303 – VMware NSX Network Virtualization Platform
  • HOL-SDC-1319 – VMware NSX for Multiple Hypervisor Environments
  • HOL-MBL-1301-UC – VMware View Use Cases
  • HOL-MBL-1304 – Horizon Workspace – Explore and Deploy
  • HOL-MBL-1309 – Horizon Mirage – Manage Physical Desktops
  • HOL-MBL-1311 – Applied ThinApp with the Horizon Suite
  • HOL-HBD-1301 – vCloud Hybrid Service – Jump Start for vSphere Admins
  • HOL-HBD-1302 – vCloud Hybrid Service – Networking & Security
  • HOL-HBD-1303 – vCloud Hybrid Service – Manage Your Cloud
  • HOL-PRT-1301 – NetApp Virtual Storage Console
  • HOL-PRT-1302 – IBM Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments
  • HOL-PRT-1303 – EMC – Using Puppet with vSphere Web Client
  • HOL-PRT-1304 – Infoblox – Automate with vCAC and the vCO IPAM plug-in
  • HOL-PRT-1305 – Cisco Nexus 1000V – Enhanced VXLAN Networking in vCloud Director
  • HOL-PRT-1306 – Catbird-Hytrust-LogRhythm – Partner Security and Compliance
  • HOL-PRT-1307 – Puppet Labs – Automate vSphere Provisioning and Management


VMware announce new lab releases via the Hands-on Labs blog at… Read More

Please Vote for my #VMworld 2013 Sessions

I have came up with four sessions that I would like to present at VMworld 2013, but I need your help to make it reality. As you know VMworld sessions are chosen based on the community voting, so I need every vote I can get specially when many of the other sessions are done by commercial contributors who got an army of employees and partners who would vote for them. I would appreciate your vote on the sessions you would like to see at VMworld 2013. Please find my sessions information below:

4795 vCenter & Single Sign On 5.1 Best Practices

This session will discuss the various design considerations when architecting the foundation for every solid vSphere 5.1 environment. The introduction of vCenter Single Sign On & the ability to deploy vCenter components across multiple machines in vCenter 5.1 has dramatically changed & added new set of rules to vCenter best practices. This session will help you understand & relate such best practices to your VMware Virtual Infrastructure.

4797 vCenter & vCenter SSO 5.1 best practices.

This session will have open discussions for the various design considerations when architecting the foundation for every solid vSphere 5.1 environment. The introduction of vCenter Single Sign On & the ability to deploy vCenter components across multiple machines in vCenter 5.1 has dramatically changed & added new set of rules to vCenter best practices.… Read More

Two opportunities for Free VMworld Passes

Yop, it is that time of the year again where all of us are looking for a way to get free VMworld Passes. Below is not one opportunity, but two of them & I will update it as soon I hear of more.

1- VMworld Calls for Papers: As with every year VMware is calling Employees, Partners, Alliance, Customers & everyone interested in presenting at VMware to  submit their requests before April 12, 2013 for consideration. If your paper  is accepted, you will be offered to present and a free pass to VMworld. Check out the following link for more details :

2- Veeam VMworld 2013 Pass Drawing: All you need to participate for a chance to win a VMworld 2013 pass from Veeam is to register for their VMworld 2013 Pass Drawing at: FREE full pass to VMworld 2013 by Veeam.

Good luck to everyone! & hope more vendors will copy Veeam initiative and offer more chances for Free VMworld Passes.… Read More

VMworld 2012 Labs from the Comfort of your Home Couch

Imagine being able to access VMworld 2012 labs while enjoying your comfy Home Couch. Imagine if all this joy was on demand when ever or where ever you want it as long you have access to the internet. Oh yeah you don’t have to travel thousand of miles to VMworld to get access to these labs nor you have to buy anything. Sound as a dream land right!

No I am not trying to bull your leg in here to buy something. VMware has released “VMware Hands-on Labs Online – Public Beta” few months back, & people started already getting access now. Alright got you excited yet? Now the time to ask for payment, if you want access you will need to pay me $699.99 & I will send you the link.

You don’t take a good joke! below is the link to register. Its free! Please remember the sooner you do so the quicker you will get your access.

Register for VMware Hands-On Labse Online Link

For more info about this new exciting labs check out the following page:

Ah at last please don’t forget to leave your feedback of how the labs operate, lab manuals, lab interface and the over all experience.… Read More

VMworld 2012 Top Announcements

Every VMworld so far has carried out an over whelming number of innovative announcements that hit us over a short period of few days, & this VMworld is no exception. In this post, I have decided to summarize the top announcement made at VMworld 2012. I will start by pointing the ones announced today, & will add to them if I find more announcement to make it to my top announcements list. I believe just the ones announced today will be a total game changer and will leave us with a lot to play with till the next VMwolrd and maybe beyond that. That have been said, let’s look at some of these great announcements:

vSphere Related Announcements:

vSphere 5.1 is here with many enhancement and new features. For the full list of enhancement and features of vSphere 5.1, you might want to check out:

vSphere Enhanced VMotion: Share Storage was always one of the requirements to run VMotion. Not any more with the announcement of Enhanced VMotion today, you no longer need a shared storage to be able to benefit of VMotion. I can see many customers looking forward to this, specially smaller customers who could not afford a shared storage.… Read More

Veeam Christmas gift to VCPs – vExperts – VCIs – MVPs – MCP

FREE VEEAM BACKUP & REPLICATION v6 LICENSES FOR YOUR LAB IS VEEAM CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR GIFT TO MANY OF US. If you are VMware vExperts, VMware Certified Professionals, VMware Certified Instructors, VMUG members, Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals, and Microsoft Certified Professionals, then you should check the instructions below to obtain your free NFR copy of Veeam Backup & Replication. Veeam Backup & Replication is such a great backup & replication product with many outstanding features and would be a great fun to own it for free for your lab. Actually I am planning to use my free NFR copy to automate the backup and restore of my home lab, so what are you waiting for go and get yours while they are free!!!

Below are few of the fantastic features that Veeam Backup & Replication offer and could encourage you to obtain your free copy. I still to see a similar capability with any other backup solution for Virtual Infrastructure:

Instant VM Recovery

Run a VM directly from a compressed and deduplicated backup file on regular backup storage. This eliminates the need to extract the backup and copy it to production storage.
Watch feature demo >>

U-AIR (Universal Application-Item Recovery)

Recover individual objects from ANY virtualized application without the use of additional agents, backups or software tools.

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The correct legal way to write about VCE Vblock Infrastructure Platform

During my blogging for the past 3 years, I have never been contacted about using the wrong upper & lower case incorrectly in the product name. Though the VCE VblockTM Infrastructure Platform was the exception. Two days ago, I have put a simple post about VCE Vblock Platform at

I have done a small non intentional repeated mistake at the blog post by using the word vBlock rather than Vblock, which is incorrect. It seems the way most virtualization vendors specially VMware has written their products has got me as Vblock does not follow it. Example: vCenter, vSphere, vCloud, vRanger, … ect all of them had a v in small case where the second letter is what capitalizes. Carrying the same method on vblock it would have been vBlock, but after using that on my post 2 days back & being slapped already by 5 different VCE Employee I have definitely learned that you have to spell it as Vblock with an upper case for the V and lower case for the rest of the letters.

I always thought a trademark is done based on the letters of the word & does not bother about upper and lower case.… Read More

My VMworld Awards Critique

First lets start by answering “Do I agree with the VMworld 2010 Awards winners?”. My answer to the previous question to the most part I agree with most of the winners, though I believe the judging process might need a bit of improvement. I have just came across Eric Siebert, which discuss the judging process for VMworld Award winners. You can find Eric article at:

Although the process is quite fair to every vendor, I still believe without installing and testing the product running we will allow vendors to promise the sky and deliver nothing close. I am sure the judges like Eric are Virtualization experts that are not easy to fool about the products functionality, but still there is a gray area that vendors can play around. I believe it would be more fair if the judges get to test these products in the lab & ensure it meets the promised functionality. As the installation of all the products to be tested can be time consuming for the judges, it might make sense to let these app vendors install the application and keep it ready for the judges test drive.

Further, I was wondering if the judges declare them selves to the competing vendors as judges when they go to evaluate and ask about the products.… Read More