Newsletter: April 6, 2019

Hello all,

I hope this finds everyone who reads it as doing well.  Things good here.  A nice week at home and lots done on working towards a very good release of my VAO product. I have another week at home before on the road again.

I am really enjoying reading a very interesting and entertaining newsletter which if you are curious you can find here. I read it with my breakfast and I learn a lot and always smile a few times too.

I got another article in my vRA series out, which joins my first article, and I have another one that hopefully will be out this weekend. These three articles will take you from no vRA to working and provisioning VMs which is pretty cool.

Have a great week,


vSphere 6.7 Update 2 - whats new?
Here is one article about what is new in vCenter - which is quite a list of stuff - I am excited about the updated health and Content Library improvements. Here is another very good article on what is new in vSphere Platinum which is what I would love to have in my lab! In this article learn how vSphere ROBO gets an important new feature!

VMware: How to configure VCSA 6.7 HA in vSphere Client
Jorge has an article that explains how to use this very cool functionality. I think more customers should be using this functionality.

vSAN Stretched Cluster failure scenarios and component votes
You can learn about how failure scenarios is handled in a vSAN stretched cluster. As always Duncan goes a great job explaining it.

vSAN Health Checks Explained
To get the full explanation you will need to start with part 1, followed by part 2, part 3, part 4, and part 5.  Good info but I wish the articles connected with each other!

Automating the installation of VMware ESXi with PowerCLI
An interesting article that can help automate your ESXi install.

StorageMinute: Virtual Volumes (VVols) and UNMAP
A short article - but with a video and some good info on UNMAP.  I sure wish I could play with VVols in my lab. Wait, and I wish I had the time to do it as well.

Changing Time Windows for Better Insight with Performance Metrics for vSAN and vSphere
A very nice article from Pete about how you can learn more about metrics in vSphere and how to work with them with respect to time scale.

What’s New in vRealize Automation 7.6 and vRealize LifeCycle Manager 2.1
You can learn all about these new releases in this article but it is sort of teasing as I think they are only going to be on in the next week or three.

Upgrading vRA with vRCLM and JAVA versions
You can learn about using vRLCM to upgrade in this article but also about some issues and dealing with them.

What’s New in vRealize Operations 7.5?
This article talks about how 7.5 brings new use cases supported as well as some better supported. It is quite a list of new stuff including around capacity management which is pretty handy.

Want to learn more about vRealize Orchestrator?
Here is some videos, and a design guide that does teach too. Here is a book as well that is pretty good.  It may be getting updated soon but not sure.

The true power of VMware OSOT in VDI
This article will help you learn more about a very useful and I think sometimes unknown tool. If you do templates for VDI then this tool was made for you!

The VMware Labs Flings Monthly for March 2019
Quite a list of new and updated flings and you can learn more about them in this article. I like the Identity Manager backup tool and the updated vSAN HCL checker.

Optimize - VMware PKS
This interesting article is about a script that will optimize a PKS deployment in a couple of ways.  Quite cool actually.

VMware Cloud on AWS: Day Two Operations
This interesting article talks of day 0, day 1, and day 2 which is likely a good start, but it also has a lot of other info to help understand VMC better.  Nice job!

Integrating Github Actions with vSphere and VMware Cloud on AWS
In this article William will talk about event driven automation which is very cool.

Building Custom Search Engines for VMware Content in Google Chrome
In this article Nick will show you how to do some interesting stuff that will help you search smarter and maybe faster too.

Quick Fix: Upgrading to vCloud Director 9.7 fails during database script updates
Anthony has an article that talks of an issue during vCD upgrade and like Anthony does he also shares the solution.

Quick Post: vCloud Director released as a critical update
Anthony has the scoop on this critical update

Enhanced agent monitoring and reporting in Veeam ONE
Kirsten has an article that looks at some of the new options in Veeam ONE 9.5 U4 - I quite like the agent reports.

Quick Fix - Incompatible Veeam Backup for Office 365 Server Version
Anthony has an article that will help you get through a problem in your upgrade to Veeam Backup for Office 365 (VBO365) v3.  Always good to know about these things before they impact you!

Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 v3 now GA
You can find the product page, release notes, and bits easy enough. Here is a blog article on the new stuff. Here is an article on the upgrade. The performance increase is amazing and I think worth the update alone.

Disaster recovery plan documentation with Veeam Availability Orchestrator
Sam has an article that shows off the reports in VAO.  They are dynamic, and modifiable, and very useful. We have worked hard to make them very useful.  For example, one of them is called a Plan Definition report and at the end of it you will see all the changes that have happened to it, and who made the change, and when.  Very handy!

How to install and Configure Veeam Enterprise Manager 9.5 U4
Melissa has a nice article that will help you to install and configure the Enterprise Manager. It is a nice tool and quite useful and I know customers who do not have it installed so it is good she has done this. It looks like she will do other articles on using the Enterprise Manager which is very good too.

Update 4 for Service Providers - Targeting vCloud Director with Cloud Connect Replication
Anthony talks about this in his article on the subject.  It is good info and I know SP’s waited a long time for that replication.

Learning how to use Terraform in vCloud Director
Luca has an article on how he used Terraform to configure his lab inside vCD.  Cool stuff.

How to create a support case at Veeam
In this KB article you can learn how to do a support case.  It is worth knowing as you will likely need - if you are a Veeam customer - to do a support case at some point. I would also always suggest you include a log bundle.

Preserving your Credibility Is your Prime Directive
Stephen has a great article about preserving your credibility which I think is most excellent and I agree with too. And yes, the graphic does look cool.

Top 26 Tools for VMware Administrators
Another top tools lists for VMware admins but it does have some good things on the list.

The Next Release of PowerShell - PowerShell 7
In this article it talks of the next release of PowerShell. The fact I can do PowerShell on my Mac is pretty darn cool.  And I hope that continues to grow and increase in functionality.

Learn Windows PowerShell in a month of Lunches
I heard that this was a very good way to learn PowerShell.

Windows: Three ways to map a network drive using Powershell
If you are curious about this, then this article should help.

Microsoft’s Making Significant Changes to Windows Updates and Features Rollouts for Windows 10
Some big changes to updates, and reboots, is happening at Microsoft for Windows 10 and you can learn more about it in this article.

Evolution - Thinking about my lab
An interesting article about a guy’s lab, and how it might change.  I understand about the 710’s as I used to have four of them.

Getting 10 GB on skull canyon NUC without Thunderbolt 3
This article is how you can get 10 GB into your NUC without resorting to Thunderbolt.  But there is some detail to it. And do you have a 3d printer?

Noctua NH-U9DX i4 and NH-U9DX i4 U3 Heat-sink Review
For anyone that may need to implement Noctua heat-sinks this article is for you. Well cone article with great info and details.

How a supercomputer is helping AT&T prepare for extreme weather
Interesting article about how AT&T hopes to use really detailed weather info to understand which of its equipment is in danger and do something about it. I think that this makes a lot of sense, and will likely increase in use by other companies to do similar things.

These stunning drone photos really put humanity in its place
Yes, pretty nice photos shot by drone.

Verizon Now Offering Free Call Filtering to block Telemarketers
In this article you can learn how Verizon will start helping its customers deal with telemarketers.  Cool stuff. I see this as one day being a built in feature of IOS - you flip a switch and say block all unidentified calls, and all calls that are from numbers not in my directory.

iWork Update Brings iOS Aps Closer to Parity
You can learn more about the iWork apps update in this article. Nice apps actually. I do not compare them with anything, and when I use them they do what I need and are easy to use so I am happy with them.

Apple Card: More than just a credit card
This article has some serious detail on this Apple Card and the new version of the Apple Wallet.  I now actually want this card! I think that other card companies will start copying some of this soon - I hope.

Things to know about San Francisco for when you are at VMworld
The VMworld twitter account shared this article and this article. Very good stuff to know - in fact for any trip to San Fran.

The True Dollar Cost of the Anti-Vaccine Movement
This article shows the cost of ignorance and it is a lot bigger than I realized.  This is not cool at all.  Anti-vaxers are a serous issue that is costing a lot of money, and causing a lot of deaths too.

Thanks for reading or skimming this far,


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