Newsletter: June 8, 2019

Hello all,

I hope that this finds everyone healthy and happy.  It was a rough week for me.  I hope it was better for you.  This weekend my wife and I are in the small mountains of Fairmont Hot Springs in BC.

I did a few articles this week, one article on a VAO issue I had, and one article on an issue with Horizon View - which may make you smile.

I also want to mention how much I enjoyed the Apple WWDC keynote. The changes coming in the next releases of iOS and macOS are pretty exciting.  And now that the iPad has it’s own OS it is a big deal as that means we will start seeing more frequent releases for it.  I am impressed with the Mac Pro and the next Monitor. I am astounded at the number of people that are offended at the cost of the Mac Pro.  It is important to understand that the Mac Pro is not for normal people - it is not a email and web browsing kind of machine.  I don’t believe it is for developers either.  It is, for example, for people that make movies.  For example the most recent Toy Story only needed one new Mac Pro to make the movie and in the past it need a bunch of Macs. I have some good links below to learn more about the new software releases.

But lots to share, so I need to get started.

Have a great week!


VMware vCenter - VCSA - Security patches
Here is the release notes but it is best to do this update soonest. I did it on two vCenters and it did not take long.

New VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2019-0009
Both VMware Tools and Workstation have an security issues that can be fixed if you update!  See this article for more info.

10 Reasons to Upgrade to vSAN 6.7
Jeff has some very good reasons to upgrade to the current release of vSAN.  If you are not using vSAN 6.7 you should be, but check out the reasons that Jeff shares.

10 Things to know about vSphere Certificate Management
Bob has a very nice article on vSphere cert management including options and background info and learning.

Skyline Collector connect vCenter Server
This is a problem and solution type article around Skyline and its collector. I wish I could use Skyline as I think it very cool, so if you have better than a basic support relationship with VMware you should get it going!

Changing a lost or forgotten root password in VCSA
I had to use this article recently and so I can say it works in both 6.5 and 6.7.

Serverless Deployment of VMware Cloud on AWS
This interesting article from a very smart company is pretty interesting - serverless deployment of VMC. Basically they needed on-demand VMC environment.

Protect What’s Yours During Your Cloud Migration
This article talks about security during your migration to the cloud and has some very good points to think about.

VMware Cloud on AWS - Identity Access with Microsoft AD
This is something I think others could use - getting AD working with VMC.  Find out how in this article.

Digging through logs is over: Plugin Management UI in the vSphere Client
An interesting article about plug-in management issues.  Good stuff. Good learning too actually.

NSX-T N-VDS Topologies and Migrating Host Networking between vSphere DVS & N-VDS
This article helps with the migration discussion and work.

Revamped Powershell Module for Pure and VMware
Cody has an article with updated info on the Pure PowerShell stuff.  Great info for VMware / Pure customers.

Setting up vSphere RBAC for self-service backup portal
Melissa teaches you how to use the new RBAC for vSphere that is in Veeam 9.5 Update 4.

In search of the perfect Dashboard: InfluxDB, Telegraf, and Grafana - Part XV - IPMI Monitoring of ESXi Hosts
Jorge has an interesting article on how you can monitor your hosts including IPMI info.  Very cool.  It is in Spanish but Chrome does a very good job of translating it. And monitoring at the IPMI level is pretty interesting.

VVols: How to enable Trivia Logging
Good info if you have to troubleshoot VVols - trivia logging is often very powerful.

Veeam VMCE-ADO 9.5 Study Guide
This article talks about the prep for this hard test. It is a good course with good learning and so I think worthwhile if you support a big Veeam infrastructure, or if you are a partner that helps customers out with Veeam.

Veeam Availability for Nutanix AHV - 1.0 Update 2
Michael talks about a new release for the Veeam product for AHV.  Find out more in this article.

Quick Post - Installing Wireguard client on macOS
Anthony has an interesting article on WireGuard which is cool stuff. I cannot wait for it to be part of more VPN’s.

What Is NetApp StorageGrid?
Michael has a good article that explains nicely what is NetApp StorageGrid. It is impressive the scale it can support and the forms it can take too.

Veeam backup report via PowerShell
You can get a simple report on your backups via this article. I also like this one which is a little different and has more information in it. It’s home is here.

Veeam Backup for O365 - Restoring OneNote Notebooks
An interesting article about some useful functionality in a different setting.

Thunderbolt 3 enclosures with (Single, Dual & Quad) M.2 NVMe SSDs for ESXi
William has an interesting article that impacts many of us home lab users.  Good info.

Top 5 Microsoft Unknown Services Possibly you don’t know
In this article you can learn about the services that Microsoft has that you may not know about.

Windows 10 1903 Built-in Apps: What to keep
This article has a lot of info on the apps in 1903 and makes suggestions on what to keep or not.

Will Patent Disputes Finally Kill Tape?
Howard has an article with some good info I was not aware of.  I see his concern.  I actually like tape, and believe there is still a good use for it.  I do not want it to disappear yet.

ExploreVM Podcast Season 3 Episode 2 - HCI Series: Simplifity
A good way to learn more about HCI and Simplifity. Here is the one on VXrail.

What’s New in 8.7 - Going deeper into the clouds
You can learn more about this new release from CloudBolt.  They are a very interesting company with a great idea / solution in the cloud world.

Failure to patch is leaving companies open to attack
This is very true, and you can learn more about it in this article.

Apple details how offline location works in Find My app, will require you to own two Apple devices
This new app - Find My - will combine find my iPhone, and find my friends, but it will also work with a device which is offline.  So it is very interesting and you can learn more about it in this article.

Apple’s WWDC 2019
The keynote was pretty interesting, but you can learn more about macOS Catalina, iOS 13, and iPadOS. If you want a good overview, check out this article, or this article. Here is more info on iOS 13 which is good.

Thanks for reading or skimming this far,


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