Newsletter: February 16, 2019

Hello all,

Another busy week in the lab.  It was also bitter cold.  Still is in fact.  BBQ last night in bitter cold was sort of tricky.

I did get a few articles done - one on using Veeam agents to protect your laptops, and another on how you can get Veeam ONE to do a Visio diagram of your lab, which is actually pretty cool. Both of these were the result of requests from readers / customers. BTW, I also updated my Windows 10 vSphere Template article.

I don’t have as much time as I normally do so lets get right to the sharing!

Have a great week,


Filter Failure at the Outrage Factory
This article is important and in fact I believe it correct as well. It has good points and things we should all understand better. Especially if you have kids.

vSphere 6.7 - Virtual Trusted Platform Modules
I saw this article in a Slack channel recently, and it is pretty informative so I thought I would share it out (again). Mike really does a good job of explaining this stuff.

ESXi Native Driver for USB NIC Fling
This is very good news from William on this new fling.  It will help a variety of people in the lab too.  In fact even me when I had a NUC.

VMware Cloud on AWS - SDDC Version 1.6 now GA
This is a big release and it has a range of things that sound good.  Find out more in the release notes. A new feature is custom CPU core count which will allow you to save money, but learn more about it in this article. Here is an article about this new release.

Using VMware Network Insight to Visualize and Secure Geographically Distributed Applications
This is a great article to highlight just how powerful and useful Network Insight really is.  Very interesting stuff.

Troubleshooting Windows 10: VMware Workspace ONE Operatonal Tutorial
This amazing article is designed to help you troubleshoot Windows 10 in a Workspace ONE environment but it has good info and can be helpful in just plain old Windows 10 troubleshooting.

How to make sure your USB Device always gets passed through to your VM
A very interesting article with lots of detail and screenshots, even code snippets.  Good info for a problem that I have not seen but I can image the frustration dealing with it.

VMmark 3.1 Released
This benchmarking and storage testing tool has been released as a new version, and has some interesting new features. Find out more in this article.

How to update VMware Windows VM’s DNS using PowerCLI
This article shows the process to a new very nice script thanks to help from the community - yes, that is you Jase, nicely done.

Applying Golden Images for VDI & RDS Cloned pools using the Horizon View API’s
This article is interesting in what it is doing, but it shows a good reason to be more familiar with View API.

How to improve security with Veeam DataLabs Secure Restore
This is a very cool new feature in Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 4 that allows you to confirm if your restore has malware in it, and a chance to safely clean it.  Find out more from Michael in this article. Nice job Michael!

Update 4 for Service Providers - Tape as a service
Anthony has an article about an interesting feature in U4 for service providers - tape as a service.  That is interesting and useful as it provides a nice way to protect data.

Cloud Connect automatic usage reporting
Luca has an excellent article about a very useful script that can help out Cloud Connect people.  Nicely done.

Community driven Integration & Plugins
You can see what community driven integrations and plugins for Veeam are available in this thread.

How to remove the Veeam Backup & Replication Console
I had a problem upgrading my VBR console, and the process crashed.  So the upgrade, or install, or uninstall would not work any longer.  So I used this article to help me do the full uninstall, before I could try again.

Veeam Storage Plug-in updates - NetApp SolidFire, Huawei, and Infinidat
If you use VBR, and storage plug-ins from any of the above storage companies there are new updates you can find here.  You will need to scroll way down for them.

Error: Failed to find crypto key - Veeam
A short but useful article about a problem after updating to Veeam VBR 9.5 U4 and how to solve it.  A crypto error on encrypted backup jobs.  Nice job Ian, thanks for sharing.

WordPress plugin flaw lets you take over entire sites
This article will educate you about this flaw, and how and what it can do, but also will tell you the solution to make sure it doesn’t happen to you!

Flaws in self-encrypting SSDs let attackers bypass disk encryption
Very interesting article and warning about self-encrypting SSDs that everyone should know. There is some good mitigation information in the article too.

Fed Up with Facebook?  Move your Family to Slack
This article title caught my attention and I realized right away what a good idea this is. I really like Slack. This article goes into some detail about why you need to run like hell away from Facebook but then it goes into how Slack would work good for families. Even though this made me smile at first, it is a serious suggestion.

Azure File Sync Agent v5 Release - Feb 2019
This is an interesting product I have not played with, but in this new release there is functionality that is quite impressive.  It can sync deduped storage on Win2K16 or Win2K19 without having to hydrate it first.  Very cool.  Find out more about this release in this article.

40 Years of Frequent Flyer Programmes
I never knew who started the Frequent Flyer programs but I do appreciate them!  They were sure different in the early days - paper coupons would have been a hassle. See the story here.

One Pure Storage Powershell module to rule them all
Please help out Pure Storage with their question, and I quite thank you for doing that as I like very much the product and the team at Pure Storage.

My must-have Mac applications
This is not my list, but they do have some very nice choices on it.  Particularly 1Password!

Apple Re-enables Group FaceTime with iOS 12.1.4 and macOS 10.14.3
It was an odd bug, but it is good it is fixed and you can find out more in this article.

50 Years after Vaccine, Polio’s Legacy Endures
This very sad article is more sad since Polio is coming back due to people that are idiots. BTW, want to see how vaccines cause autism - check this out.

Thanks for reading or skimming this far,


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