VMUG Advantage EVALExperience is serious about home labs with a 10% discount for TinkerTry readers and now includes VCF and SRM too!

Posted by Paul Braren on Nov 5 2019 (updated on Nov 6 2019) in
  • ESXi
  • HomeLab
  • HomeServer
  • Virtualization
  • VMUGAdvantage
  • Backstory

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    Last week, this timely twitter exchange occurred, seen at right. JD Wallace noticed that the code at VMUG Advantage isn't always quite at the very latest patch level. The kind volunteer who updates the VMUG Advantage EVALExperience growing library of huge files does so on a quarterly basis in general. Exceptions are for when major new releases like when 6.7 first appear, he'll then usually get that code updated within weeks or even days. But if you just can't wait even that long, and you're hankering to home-lab test the latest bits, no problem, TinkerTry has you covered, see How to update any VMware ESXi Hypervisor to the latest using ESXCLI for easy download and install. As for VCSA, it's got updating built right in, see also my video that covers both, it's called Updating to VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 3 - VCSA first using VAMI, then ESXi Xeon D host using ESXCLI. Yes, I've closed the gap, you can update as soon as the bits are available, even if you don't have a My VMware account or the right entitlements!

    Sponsorship Trial

    I normally don't interact with the companies that come and go from the BuySellAds area of TinkerTry, but what happened here was quite different. After 455 mentions of VMUG Advantage and 357 EVALExperience spread over the past 8+ years of blogging, the thankful VMUG organization reached out to me directly via email, wanting to see if I'd be interested in having a set of ads run that get the word out about their new offerings, while also offering everybody who enters TINKERTRY into their EVALExperience shopping cart 10% off. What a match, their ads are spot-on for my audience. We talked, then it happened, and as with all ads, I reviewed them before they went live.

    Ever since I heard folks grousing at the unfortunate loss of the VMTN subscription to VMware code when eating lunch at Moscone during VMworld 2012, I new this gap had to be solved. I'm so glad the VMUG organization came to the rescue of home lab enthusiasts across the globe.

    Disclosure

    If you have an ad blocker enabled, here's the 3 VMUG ads running right now through the end of 2019 that you're not seeing, seen below. They sum up nicely what's new while directly helping TinkerTry continue to produce valuable content for my audience. Ask anybody who is blogging these days, it isn't easy creating a sustainable model to fund the innovations in hardware and software that TinkerTry is all about. Nearly everything I write about is purchased outright, then blogged about when things work out, any excepts are clearly disclosed.

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    VMware Cloud Foundation is now included!

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    You can read all about VMware Cloud Foundation:

    VMware Cloud Foundation makes it easy to deploy and run a hybrid cloud. VMware Cloud Foundation provides integrated cloud infrastructure (compute, storage, networking, and security) and cloud management services to run enterprise applications in both private and public environments.

    Download VCF:

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    You'll need to login and have a current EVALExperience subscription to be able to download VCF, click on the image above to get started.

    VMware Site Recover Manager is now included!

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    You can read all about VMware Site Recovery Manager:

    Simple, Reliable Disaster Recovery Software
    Discover the industry-leading disaster recovery solution that delivers automated orchestration of failover and fail-back to minimize downtime. Built-in non-disruptive testing and reporting ensure your RTOs are met and simplifies audits.

    Download SRM:

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    You'll need to login and have a current EVALExperience subscription to be able to download SRM, click on the image above to get started.

    10% Discount

    Don't forget that your $20 discount is still available by entering TINKERTRY at checkout!

    Download

    Here's the login for existing subscribers:

    Subscribe

    The list of benefits to VMUG Advantage are vast, including:

    • EVALExperience
    • 20% off VMware Training Courses
    • 20-35% off VMware Certification
    • 35% off VMware Certification prep
    • 35% off VMware Lab Connect
    • $100 off VMworld
    EVALExperience-2019

    Questions

    If you have any questions about membership, please email advantage@vmug.com.

    Complete Product List

    I've got them ALL, listed in an appendix to this article below.

    Special Thank You

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    I've been super thankful to the VMUG organization for years now, including their incredibly generous give-away to help with attendance at the Connecticut VMUG, see March 1st Connecticut VMUG UserCon - one lucky attendee will win a TinkerTry'd SuperServer, thanks to the VMware User Group!, see also VMUG President Brad Tompkins visiting my VMworld 2018 US display.


    See also at TinkerTry

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    Video

    Updating to VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 3 - VCSA first using VAMI, then ESXi Xeon D host using ESXCLI

    VMUG Advantage EVALExperience Filenames

    I've included all filenames which incorporate the version numbers:

    VMware Horizon Advanced Edition
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    VMware_Identity_Manager_19.03.0.0_Full_Install.exe
    VMware_Identity_Manager_Connector_19.03.0.0_Installer.exe
    VMware-Horizon-Agent-Direct-Connection-x86-7.10.0-14590940.exe
    VMware-Horizon-Agent-x86_64-7.10.0-14590940.exe
    VMware-Horizon-Agent-x86-7.10.0-14590940.exe
    VMware-Horizon-Client-4.5.0-5650915.exe
    VMware-Horizon-Connection-Server-x86_64-7.10.0-14584133.exe
    VMware-Horizon-Extras-Bundle-5.2.0-14570289.zip
    VMware-Horizon-Persona-Management-x86_64-7.10.0-14590940.exe
    VMware-Horizon-Persona-Management-x86-7.10.0-14590940.exe
    VMware-Horizon-View-HTML-Access-5.2.0-14483613.zip
    VMware-VCSA-all-6.7.0-14367737.iso
    VMware-VIM-all-6.7.0-14367737.iso
    VMware-VMvisor-Installer-6.7.0.update03-14320388.x86_64.iso
    VMware-Horizon-Agent-Direct-Connection-x86_64-7.10.0-14590940.exe
    VMware-viewcomposer-7.10.0-14535354.exe
    VMware-Jmp-Installer-7.10.0-14584133.exe
    euc-unified-access-gateway-3.7.0.0-14567523_OVF10.ova
    VMware-ThinAppSDK-5.2.6-14449759.zip
    
    VMware SRM
    VMware-srm-8.2.0-14338491.exe
    VMware-srm-va-8.2.0.3542-14383141.iso
    
    VMware NSX
    nsx-l2vpn-client-ovf-13281489.tar.gz
    VMware-NSX-Manager-6.4.5-13282012.ova
    VMware-NSX-Manager-upgrade-bundle-6.4.5-13282012.tar.gz
    VMware-VMvisor-Installer-6.7.0.update03-14320388.x86_64.iso
    
    vRNI
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    VMware-vRealize-Network-Insight-5.0.0.1568279774-proxy.ova
    vRealizeNetworkInsight-Chrome71Support-201812201800.bundle
    
    VMware Orchestrator
    VMware-vRO-Appliance-7.6.0.317-13020602_OVF10.ova
    VMware-vRO-Appliance-7.6.0.317-13020602-updaterepo.iso
    
    vCenter
    VMware-vCenter-Server-Appliance-6.7.0.40000-14367737-updaterepo.zip
    VMware-VCSA-all-6.0.0-3634788.iso
    VMware-VCSA-all-6.7.0-14367737.iso
    VMware-VIM-all-6.7.0-14367737.iso
    VMware-VIMSetup-all-6.0.0-3634788.iso
    VMWare-vSphere_Replication-8.1.2-13095593.iso
    VMware-VMvisor-Installer-6.7.0.update03-14320388.x86_64.iso
    VMware-VCSA-all-6.5.0-9451637.iso
    
    VMware vCloud Suite
    VMware-BigDataExtensions-2.3.2.2479-4972446_OVF10.ova
    VMware-VCSA-all-6.7.0-14367737.iso
    VMware-VIM-all-6.7.0-14367737.iso
    VMware-VMvisor-Installer-6.7.0.update03-14320388.x86_64.iso
    vSphereDataProtection-6.1.5.ova
    
    VMware vSAN
    VMware-VMvisor-Installer-6.7.0.update03-14320388.x86_64.iso
    
    VMware vRealize Log Insight
    
    VMware-Log-Insight-Importer-4.8.0-13020979.msi
    VMware-vRealize-Log-Insight-4.8.0-13036238_OVF10.ova
    VMware-vRealize-Log-Insight-4.8.0-13036238.pak
    VMware-Log-Insight-Agent-4.8.0-13020979.bin
    VMware-Log-Insight-Agent-4.8.0-13020979.msi
    VMware-Log-Insight-Agent-4.8.0-13020979.noarch.rpm
    VMware-Log-Insight-Importer-4.8.0-13020979.noarch.rpm
    
    VMware vRealize Operations Enterprise
    APUAT-7.5.0.13176775.pak
    vRealize_Operations_Manager-VA-7.5.0.13165947.pak
    vRealize_Operations_Manager-VA-OS-7.5.0.13165947.pak
    vRealize-Operations-Manager-Appliance-7.5.0.13165949_OVF10.ova
    vRealize_Operations_Manager-RHEL-7.0.0.10098132.pak
    vRealize_Operations_EPOps_Agent_Upgrade-7.5.0.13056189.pak
    vRealize-Endpoint-Operations-Management-Agent-x86-linux-7.5.0-13055136.rpm
    vRealize-Endpoint-Operations-Management-Agent-noJRE-7.5.0-13055136.tar.gz
    vRealize-Endpoint-Operations-Management-Agent-x86-64-win-7.5.0-13055136.zip
    vRealize-Endpoint-Operations-Management-Agent-x86-64-linux-7.5.0-13055136.rpm
    vRealize-Endpoint-Operations-Management-Agent-noarch-linux-7.5.0-13055136.rpm
    vRealize-Endpoint-Operations-Management-Agent-x86-64-win-7.5.0-13055136.exe
    vRealize-Application-Remote-Collector-7.5.0.13122748.ova
    VMware-vLCM-Appliance-2.1.0.11-13273278_OVF10.ova?role=personal
    VMware-vLCM-Appliance-2.1.0.11-13273278-updaterepo.iso?role=personal
    vRealize-Endpoint-Operations-Management-Agent-noJRE-7.5.0-13055136.zip
    vRealize-Endpoint-Operations-Management-Agent-win32-7.5.0-13055136.zip
    vRealize-Endpoint-Operations-Management-Agent-x86-64-linux-7.5.0-13055136.tar.gz
    vRealize-Endpoint-Operations-Management-Agent-x86-linux-7.5.0-13055136.tar.gz
    vRealize-Endpoint-Operations-Management-Agent-x86-win-7.5.0-13055136.exe
    
    VMware vRealize Operations Enterprise Horizon
    VMware-v4v-6.6.0-9844216.zip
    VMware-v4vbrokeragent-x86_64-6.6.0-9844216.exe
    VMware-v4vdesktopagent-6.6.0-9844216.exe
    VMware-v4vdesktopagent-x86_64-6.6.0-9844216.exe
    VMware-vrops-viewadapter-6.6.0-9844216.pak
    vRealize-Operations-Manager-Appliance-6.7.0.8183617_OVF10.ova
    
    VMware vSphere with Ops Plus (now called VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus)
    VMware-VMvisor-Installer-6.5.0.update02-8294253.x86_64.iso
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    VMware-VMvisor-Installer-6.7.0.update03-14320388.x86_64.iso
    
    VMware Workstation
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    VMware-Workstation-Full-15.5.0-14665864.x86_64.bundle
    
    VMware Fusion
    VMware-Fusion-11.5.0-14634996.dmg
    
    vRealize Automation
    VMware-vR-Appliance-7.6.0.317-13027280_OVF10.ova
    VMware-vR-Appliance-7.6.0.317-13027280-updaterepo.iso 
    
    vCF
    VMware-Cloud-Builder-2.1.1.0-14487798_OVF10.ova
    VCF Lab Constructor Overview.pdf
    VCF Lab Constructor  Install Guide 372Rev1.pdf