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VMware has announced a few days ago that LCM is End of Life. Please check the FAQ for more details.

For those of you not familiar with it, VMware Lifecycle Manager is a workflow based application running on top of vCenter Orchestrator. vCenter Orchestrator is not impacted by the LCM EOA.

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Hey everyone I just got back to the hotel after a nice 13 hour day at VMworld! I'm working labs 11-15 and am Co-Presenting the Orchestrating the Cloud session Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Today's session from 3pm-4pm had over 130 people checked in and felt like it went pretty well. The session was intended to be discussion heavy around using VMware vCenter Orchestrator (vCO) to to perform cloud automation. As such, we presented a short series of 3 videos that highlight the usage of an upcoming vCO plug-in for VMware vCloud Director! There were plenty of questions throughout the session. If you happened to be at the session today and are stopping by to check out the site, please feel free to register and comment on this article and/or use the "Contact Us" form to provide us with feedback - and don't forget to fill out the online form for the Orchestrating the Cloud session at VMworld!

With over 16,000 (17,000) people in attendance this year, the labs are rockin' and people are excited :) Hope to see you here!

For those of you who managed to make it in on Monday - THANK YOU VERY MUCH for stopping by. If you missed Monday's session, we have 2 more sessions: 1 on Tuesday morning and a final one on Wednesday morning.

UPDATE: FYI - Day two of the labs saw the total labs deployed counter roll right past 8,000 labs!!! And we still have a couple days left!

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Lifecycle Manager 1.2 has just been posted on VMware's website. This release requires the new vCenter Orchestrator 4.1 so it runs on a 64-bit Operating system. Additionally, there is finally support for some of the new vSphere features that were not previously available for Lifecycle Manager users including:

  • Thin Provisioning
  • VMXNET3 Network Adapters
  • vNetwork Distributed Switch
  • Cisco Nexus 1000V support
  • Windows 7 Guest OS Customization
  • IE8 and Firefox 3.6.x support

If you're Lifecycle Manager (LCM) deployment has been customized, you'll most likely need to re-implement the customization if you wish to migrate to the new 1.2 release since it uses a different version of the vCenter plugin.

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Yes, it is that time of year again. VMworld 2010 is nearly upon us! And, yes, Orchestrator will have a few sessions available for your education :) Currently listed are 3 sessions:

  1. VMware vCenter Orchestrator - Orchestrating the Cloud (Advanced Lab Tutorials)
  2. Lab: VMware vCenter Orchestrator (Hands-on Lab)
  3. Saving Time with vCenter Orchestrator (Breakout Session)


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vCenter Orchestrator 4.1 has been just released as part of vSphere 4.1.

Here is a summary of the main changes since version 4.0, along with our analysis.

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