Newsletter: July 22, 2017

Hello all,

I had a great week in St-Petersburg (great city BTW) working with R&D and as you might expect, I like doing that a lot.  Had some great strategic meetings that I hope turn into important stuff for Veeam and our customers.  I also have several not quite done articles but will try to finish them and get them out soon.

Last week I asked about uninstall of PowerShell on the Mac.  Turns out that Google was no use, but there was some help in this article.  Thanks very much to Patrick for sharing.

So lets get started, and have a great week!


PowerCLI 6.5.1 upgrade
I upgraded on my home lab admin desktop PowerCLI from 6.5 to 6.5.1.  So I had to uninstall the old version, and install the new version via the PowerShell Gallery.  Was easy and is nice how it turned out.  You can find out how to do the very odd but easy upgrade in this article.  You can find out more about the 6.5.1 release in this article.

Using the vCenter Login Banner for RSA SecurID Support
Mike has an interesting article and one that will in fact help with an awkward issue - people needing new PIN in a UI that doesn’t really support that easily. Very important article if you are using SecurID with vSphere.

vSphere 6.x Certificates - Just because you can doesn’t mean you should
Interesting article about certificates and good background info if you are going to change your vSphere certs.  Some very good points actually.  BTW, if you are in the use case of just wanting the extra clicks going into vCenter to be gone - check out this article which is particularly useful if you use a Mac.

Understanding vSAN on-disk format versions and compatibility
This KB article is quite useful if you have questions on vSAN disk versions.  Was used just recently in fact.

Editing uneditable VMs in vCenter
In this article someone had to edit the vCenter database to solve an issue of uneditable VMs.  Doing this in your home lab is one thing, but doing this anywhere else is a very poor idea.  Certainly, I would not do this in a production or almost production environment.  In fact, William suggested that instead of editing the database, you could work safely with the API.  Background info on that can be found here and here.

Installing Windows with Secure Boot from USB
An interesting article about how you can boot and install from USB but yet have Secure Boot.

Deploy OVA / OVF in Scalable and Automatic way
This is a nice tool to deploy OVA / OVF and without some of the issues in other tools.

Integrating Amazon Echo and VMware API’s
I know there are several of you out there that would like to learn more about integrating Alexa and vSphere and this article will help with that.  I would love to hear how it goes so please let me know.

VMworld 2017 US: Time to build your curriculum!
An article that will help you with your VMworld schedule and has some suggestions on sessions as well.

VMworld Parties - US and EMEA
You can find the info on US VMworld parties, or the EMEA VMworld parties.

How to make your vSphere 6.5 upgrade a success
A good article that reminds you what you need to think about  before you do a vSphere Upgrade.  Good reminders.

VMware Cloud for the AWS Cloud
A good video on just what VMC is - this one via Amazon, and here is one by VMware. Here is another by vBrownbag and with Frank Denneman.

Install VMware Tools on CentOS 7 - the easy and quick way
This article does cover of the quick an easy way of ding VMware Tools on CentOS. I am impressed.

Error Deploying HyTrust OVA in the ESXi 6.5 Host Client and Learning to Read
A nice article about a problem install and the solution that was somewhat unexpected.  Incidentally, I would also suggest that the HyTrust KMS solution should have three nodes.

Exploring Starwind’s Cloud VTL software
In this article you can learn more about the very interesting VTL from Starwinds.  One of my co-workers uses it and likes it a lot.  He has not connected it to the cloud mind you.  But it does sound like very nice software.  I plan on getting it going soon so I can learn more about how Veeam works with tape changers.

Veeam ONE and automation
If you want to trigger automation based on certain ONE alarms firing you can - and you can see examples on how to do it in this article.

Veeam - Upgrade to SQL Express 2016 SP1 for improved performance
Yes, this article has it correct.  You can speed up Veeam operations by upgrading the database.  And this is a supported operation too.

qemu-img for Windows
Ian shared out a link to this very interesting software.  Disk conversion - VMDK to VHD or VHDX so it is pretty serious code.

Moving Production to Amazon Web Services
An interesting move to the cloud for a home lab. Find out the details of a Linux based home lab - a good sized one - that moves to AWS.

GDPR - from Risk Compliance to Reputational Advantage
A short but useful WP on GDPR.  I think a lot of non-Europeans do not quite realize the impact of this legislation.  It will impact far and wide.

Free ebooks from Microsoft Press
A nice list of free ebooks can be found here.

PSA - you should not force quit apps on iOS
And interesting article on something I had known, and had told people, but the article has additional info.  Definitely do not force quit apps on iOS.  Unless they are in fact broken.

iOS 10.3.3, MacOS 10.12.6, tvOS 10.2.2, watchOS 3.2.3
You can learn more about these new releases in this article. I have updated an iPhone 7, iPad Pro 10.5 and a MBP 15″ with no issues.  All smooth.  It looks like these updates are all about security.

Thanks for reading or skimming this far,


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