About me:

With more than 20 years of experience in the IT-Industry, Yves was – beside his work at the comdivision group – also involved with successfully bringing several (IT) startup companies to market. Yves was honoured several times by vendors and customers for his capability of transporting the highly technical IT concept to regular IT consumers using their language.His customers are primarily in the enterprise and service provider space, where he works on complex private, public and hybrid cloud setups based on customer needs.

Besides having been accredited with the highest certification there is, the VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX), Yves holds most VMware certifications starting with the VCP3 up to VCDX-CMA, VCIX-NV, VCIX-DCV and is also a VMware Certified Instructor L2 for current and beta deliveries. In 2011 he was honoured as the Instructor of Q1 and was called into the selected group of mentors. Yves is a vExpert since 2014, EMC Elect since 2015 and NTC since 2017. 

Yves Sandfort holds a Private Pilot License for Single-Engine planes which he enjoys to use when possible. Since his wife Christina Sandfort gave birth to her daughter he also starts to get back into running with her whenever he is home.

My recent blog posts:

Using the Philips 499P9H with a 13" Macbook Pro and a Blackmagic eGPU pro

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Today a non VMware topic... My workplace needed some more screen estate and while colleagues go for multiple screens I personally prefer the one screen solution, which naturally pushed towards one of the new 49" SuperWide screens which you can find from Philips like the  499P9H which I use, or Dell  U4919DW has one as well. Be careful that you check the screen resolution, there are models on 49" which are 3840x1080, which would be too low for me, only some have 5120 x 1440 pixel LCDs.

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Linking vRealize Orchestrator (vRO) to vCloud Director (vCD) for Service Management

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One of the new features in vCloud Director since version 9.1 is the ability to execute vRealize Orchestrator workflows direct from within the vCloud Director User Interface for both tenant and service provider usage. With the constant addition of other extensibility features this becomes a very attractive solutions for service providers to expand from standard vCloud Director based IaaS to some more advanced service offerings.


But how do you get started?

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New ways to "update" your VMware certifications…

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Recently VMware announced the removal of the certification expiration, causing a relief for a lot of people, as keeping up with certs and other topics can be quite challenging from time to time.


Another recent change caught me as a complete surprise, I first thought that the massive uprise in VCP-NV 2019 certs was due to an initiative for partner enablement or in preparation for the announced VMware on AWS Master Competency which will require this as parts of it. But then I did some research and found that VMware now offers different ways for the different cert tracks on how to update your cert to the newest version WITHOUT sitting the exam. 

In the following paragraphs I will ONLY COVER THE UPGRADE PATHS to renew your certification. If you don't hold that certificate or are on a different track please visit the link on each cert for more dertails.

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Why you should attend VMware Empower and why I did!

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Today a non-tech blog-post, I wanted to recap and encourage the participation in the VMware Empower conference… Why as a Partner you should attend and ensure at least your tech field team is attending…

You want the short version:

Empower is the technical enablement event for VMware Partners, there is currently no better place to network, get insights into all products, get envisioned with short and long term road map overview and even get a free exam to make the next step towards a higher partner level.

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vCloud Director 9.5.0.3 (critical security update) - Update instructions

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VMware has released on 28-March 2019 vCloud Director 9.5.0.3 which includes a highly critical security patch which should be installed as soon as possible by all service providers running vCloud Director 9.5.

Security issue at hand:

VMware vCloud Director for Service Providers update resolves a Remote Session Hijack vulnerability in the Tenant and Provider Portals. Successful exploitation of this issue may allow a malicious actor to access the Tenant or Provider Portals by impersonating a currently logged in session.

Personal note / comment (I started to add this as I get often asked to evaluate the "real criticality/risk factor" by our strategic accounts):

This is a very critical issue which could directly affect customer/tenant data security, therefore I advice to give the test and upgrade procedure highest priority. Ensure this get's validated on test infrastructure before applied to production systems.


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Upgrade PostgreSQL database (from 9.x to 10) and vCloud Director to 9.5

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If you are still using PostgreSQL 9.x with vCloud Director you will receive a big stop sign if you try to upgrade to vCloud Director 9.5, as this version requires PostgreSQL to be on v10 as a minimum. In this blog post I will walk you step by step on how to upgrade PostgreSQL on a CentOS system, as well as how to apply the vCloud Director 9.5 upgrade. I am pretty sure the process on RedHat is similar, but i had no system to validate at hand.

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VMware Cloud Provider Pod - Release 1.1 (minor or major)

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Today VMware released the first minor release not patch of VMware Cloud Provider Pod. After the initial launch of Version 1.0 in 2018 and a patch release 1.0.1 in November this is the first feature release. This release features massive list of product updates, improvements on the Designer, the Documents, Fibre-Channel support and also a complete rewritten network design with higher flexibility.

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Unlock ESXi root account from host client

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As I do quite a bit of lab development and support I see often people lock themselves out of the ESXi web based host client. Keep in mind this only locks you out from ssh and the web console. Password lockout is NOT active on the console/DCUI. Below is how you reset the counter and regain access.

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VMware Cloud Provider Pod 1.0.1 - Release Info

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With VMware Cloud Provider Pod having it's first public appearance during the VMworld Session of Wade Holmes (VMware) and myself ( https://blog.comdivision.com/blog/2018/08/vmworld-session-introducing-vmware-cloud-provider-pod-hyp1499bu). First GA release followed on 18-October and now we have the first patch release on 20-November 2018. This release contains primarily new product versions of many of the integrated solutions, as well as a lot of bug fixes and fine tuning.

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The (rest of the) comdivision team