Newsletter: March 14, 2020

Hello all,

I hope everyone stayed safe this week?  Covid-19 is not everywhere, but it is certainly stirring up a lot of excitement everywhere. Remember much of what you hear is not right.  For example washing hands is much better than the puerile stuff. Also, the CDC web site has good info, along with International SOS. But if you wash your hands good, and often, don’t shake hands, and keep your distance from other people you should be good. Plus if you do start to feel sick, put a mask on and go see your doc.  Don’t waste time. Here is an article that is being updated and is accurate on Covid-19 and has some good info.

I am astonished at the number of things that are not on.  Not just big events, but the NHL and NBA, schools, music events and more.  But this can help slow the spread of Covid-19 and provide time for a vaccination to be done.

I will have a lot on the vSphere 7 launch in this weeks newsletter, but I am going to curate it too.  Try and make sure you have the best stuff to read.

Lots to share this week, and also lots of vSphere 7 too.  Hope something for everyone!

Have a great week, and stay safe,


Deep Learning Technology Stack Overview for the vAdmin - Part 1
A new series from Frank is just what we need!  Lots of learning is always good. In this article - part 1, you can learn a lot about a ML stack.  Lots of detail and great info once again - thanks Frank!!

vSphere 7.0: Configuring NVMe-RoCE with Pure Storage
Interesting article about using the NVME-oF support in vSphere 7.

The Problem with VMware vSphere 7 with Kubernetes
Christian has an article about this problem which I must admit I was thinking about when I heard it discussed in the announcement ceremony.  Adoption will be slowed with VCF being the distribution vehicle for vSphere 7 with K8’s.

vSphere 7 - launch
You can learn more about what is new in vSphere 7 core storage in this article.  And here is another article on vSphere 7 storage.  Here is an article on features of vSphere 7. One of the things I like a lot in the vSphere 7 Web Client is how you can enable a new UI that I think is much nicer but no one has mentioned that in their reviews. Here is an article of the top 5 features. Some nice choices and it shows how much new is in vSphere 7. Here is an article about a feature in vSphere 7 called the Server Update Planner. Here is a PDF of licensing and packaging that might be helpful. Here is an article on what is new in vCenter. Here is an article on another new vCenter feature - Template check-in and out. This article talks of some new stuff like vCenter profiles which are going to be quite useful. Duncan has an interesting article on something new in DRS.

vSphere 7 with Kubernetes - launch
It is important to note that vSphere 7 with K8’s support is currently only in VMware Cloud Foundation.  Here is an article you can learn more about from Kit. Here is another article on this. Here is a PDF of licensing and packaging that might be helpful. This article by Anthony has some additional info.

 vSAN 7 - launch
Cormac explains this most interesting new functionality for vSAN - native file servers.  I knew this was coming so I am glad it is out now. Here is the announcement article on vSAN 7.

Track vSAN Memory Consumption in vSAN 7
This is a very nice improvement as I have tried a few times to figure out how much server memory was used by vSAN.  I remember asking dev staff that in the early days! So it is good to see Cormac’s article about how easy this is in vSphere 7 and vSAN.

Live Virtual Infrastructure Upgrade with Runecast Analyzer
A very nice video about how useful in upgrade scenarios Runecast is.  And it is my old friend John Arrasjid doing the talking!

VMware Cloud Foundation 4.0 Announced
Christian has a review and good details on the new release of VCF 4.0 in this article. It has come a long way and now how it supports containers in the form of Kubernetes is most amazing.

Become a Modern Software Organization with VMware Tanzu
Ray has an article about just what VMware is doing with the vSphere 7 launch.

Solving Real Problems with vRealize Operations Troubleshooting Workbench
When I first upgraded to vROps v8 I saw the Troubleshooting Workbench but I could only do a little with it.  So it is nice to see this article that will help you learn more about it.

What’s New in vRealize Operations 8.1
Lots more new in vROps 8.1 including new integrations which is good - such as the one with Slack.  See the details in this article.

Announcing VMware vRealize Automation 8.1
Lots more new in vRA 8.1 and you can see the details in this article. Here is another article with detail on this new announcement.

Cumulative Update for vRealize Automation 7.6
I tried to share this with you last week but the KB article did not display for me.  It does this week though! Some good fixes!

Cumulative Update for vRealize Automation 7.5
I tried to share this with you last week but the KB article did not display for me.  It does this week though, and there are some good fixes too.

Risk based conditional Access from Workspace
This article talks about what you can do with Workspace ONE and it’s components to greatly improve your corporate security.  Very powerful stuff actually.

Embracing Zero Trust with User Risk Scoring: Available Now in Workspace ONE Intelligence
Another interesting article about additional security that can be used in Workspace ONE to protect the enterprise.

VMware Horizon 7 on VMware vSAN Best Practices
I had not seen this TWP before so here it is!

Ubuntu OVA update for Horizon 7 now available
This article is about an OVA of Ubuntu to be used as a Linux desktop in Horizon.  Very interesting stuff!

FlashArray Replication, vVols and SRM 8.3 - test failover
While most of us cannot try this yet, this article talks about SRM protecting vVols hosted workloads and it works!  The cool part that made my heart sing was no SRA! Here is an article on what’s new in SRM and vSphere Replication 8.3.

Announcing vRealize Log Insight 8.1
I am still irritated they jumped to v8 and skipped a bunch of versions.  And here we have 8.1 now, or almost now.  See the details of this new release in this article.

Announcing VMware vRealize Orchestrator 8.1
You can learn about what is in 8.1 in this article.

vExpert blog articles on the launch, Mind Map on VMware launch articles, and videos
You can see a good list of articles from vExperts in this article. Thanks to Corey for doing it.  I am not on the list as I got into the beta a day or two before the launch.  As well, here is a cool mind map on the VMware articles. Here is a URL to a number of VMware videos.  I have watched them and they are good.

Backup & Replication v10 - What’s In It For Service Providers
Anthony looks at VBR v10 from the point of view of service providers, and yes, there is lots to make them happy.  And of course, making them happy also often means making their customers happy too usually.

Replica Seeding to vCloud Director
An interesting article with a good idea.

Veeam: How to design and implement a backup system based on SLA Polices
This is a series of five or six articles that Jorge has done with the first one being right here. Good info to improve your backup, but also have your backup in a state that supports automation too.

Automating Kubernetes deployment on VMs using Ansible
This article has all the info if you want to use Ansible to deploy K8’s.  Interesting stuff.

Microsoft Leaks Info on Wormable Windows SMBv3 CVE-2020-0796 Flaw
An interesting problem described in this article.  I have heard that they may have released a patch for this on Thursday but I have not been able to confirm that. As well it is very specific what has been impacted.

Live CD with access to VMFS
This one will be very handy for low level work up to but not including VMFS6. But it is free and works.  This other one is not free but it does work with VMFS6.  I have used it in the past and it works good.

Microsoft orchestrates coordinated takedown of Necurs botnet
An interesting story in this article about a botnet and Microsoft.

macOS keeps asking for SSH Passphrase
This article describes the problem, and the solution, and does it very efficiently too.

Your Mac Can No Longer Listen for Aliens, but it could help cure Covid-19
You can find out how you can help cure Covid-19 in this article.  Good stuff! If you have a home lab in particular you could really help out.

DuckDuckGo Made a Giant List of Jerks tracking you online
This article provides some detail on this.  Not surprised it is a giant list.

CSIS warns business travelers, academics about ‘honey traps’ and undercover cab drivers
CSIS is the Canadian version of the CIA, and it is warning people to be more careful as they travel.  Which is very true.  Some of the places I have been do a lot of honey traps and hotel room searches.

Thanks for reading or skimming this far,


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