Newsletter: October 27, 2018

Hello all,

A very busy week for  me, two full days of long travel, and a number of customer and partner events.  I do like very much working with customers.  Introducing them to, and educating them about, Veeam Availability Orchestrator is pretty darn good.  But heading home and will be home for a bit so you will see more articles.  This newsletter will be a little small.

I did do one article this week – about what I noticed in vSphere 6.7 U1. I can say I have heard positive things from VMware (Thanks for that!) and so that is pretty good!

Have a wonderful week, and stay safe!

Michael

vCenter 6.7 Update 1 Convergence Tool
Emad has an excellent article about working with the new convergence tool in U1 that will help you move to the recommended model of embedded PSC.  Really good info if you need  to move to the newly recommended model – which I think pretty good.

Quick Fix – VCSA 6.7.0.10000 can’t update from VAMI UI
Anthony has an interesting problem (and fix) in this article that impacted his update from 6.7 to 6.7 U1.  I upgrade in two labs with no issue, however, I did all the patch updates too before U1.  So not sure if that was what helped my upgrade to U1 go smooth.

vSphere 6.7 – Expanding LVM Volumes
I recently had an error in the health of my VCSA and it was my log partition almost full.  This article will help you with that issue. It did not work for me as I am in an odd situation where my order of VMDK for the VCSA is not what it is supposed to be.  But that article is a good one to remember. I do expect the VMware KB article to be updated soon but for now Kev’s article is what you need.

vRSLCM 2.0 – Simplifying vRA Winodws Deployments
This tool from VMware is getting even better.  And while i don’t think all customers need to have a tool to deploy vRA, it can certainly help anyway, and with partners it could help with consistency and minimize issues.  So very cool.  Learn more in this article.

Veeam: Enterprise Manager – the Swiss Army Knife
Jorge has  an excellent article about the Veeam Enterprise Manager.   Which is a application that most Veeam customers have and yet  not all fully understand what is possible with it.

Native snapshot integration for NetApp and Solidfire
You can learn more about this old, and new, integration between Veeam and NetApp.

Veeam: Slack notifications for each execution in failover plans of Veeam Availability Orchestrator
Jorge has an article that will help you configure things so VAO updates will appear in a Slack channel, which is in fact pretty handy. I could see that being useful for a distributed team in a crisis to keep track of things and help keep people working in the same direction.

How to visualize your Cloud Deployments – Hava
Gabe has an article that is about visualizing your cloud, which is pretty darn handy.  In particular that can help troubleshooting and security conversations quite nicely.

Memo to Microsoft: Windows 10 is broken, and the fixes can’t wait
I saw this on the register and it is actually interesting reading how MS got into this mess. Thurrott is saying some of the same things too.

Windows Defender Antivirus can now run in a sandbox
This is a very big deal – I am most impressed that Microsoft has done this – Defender is in a different category now.

iPhone XR Review: Almost all the best for way, way less!
I have heard some very good things about the XR – all the cool features, but with a much smaller price.  So this review is interesting.

iOS 12 allows for third party Password Manager tools to be integrated
I love this feature – now in iOS 12 1Password can insert my passwords at prompts as easy as if they were out of the keychain.  If you need help with this amazing feature this article should help.  It is definitely worth making sure this works for you.

Thanks for reading or skimming this far (actually not that far this time),

Michael

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