Newsletter: May 23, 2020

Hello all,

I hope everyone came through this week happy and safe! Things good here.We have settled nicely in our house with two offices a floor apart. I am used to working at home but my wife is not but it has turned out pretty good for us.

iOS and iPadOS 13.5 dropped recently (iOS and iPadOS) and it has a couple of interesting features.  I like how it is easy to deal with a mask and authenticating but I also like the how - in the US only - that it will send your medical info when it calls 911. I also released an article on moving to my new Mac. I  bought one of the new MacBook Air and I really like it.

I updated an article on using Wipedisk as I was surprised I had to buy licenses again when I went to wipe hosts in my lab. This product works pretty good but it has gotten pretty expensive for me.

I am working this weekend on a detailed article with all that I am selling out of my home lab.  BTW, it was 700 CAD but it is now 450 CAD. I really want to sell this.

I have heard the president of the US say that churches must be open this week. I know many people in the US and this frightens me. I would like to suggest people think twice about going to church this weekend.  It is too soon.  And here is an article - full of science that explains why I am worried about this.

I have some interesting articles to share so lets get started.

Have a great week and stay safe!


VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid 1.1 now GA
This new version has a lot of new stuff in it.  You can see more in the release notes, and where to download.

Deploying Tanzu Kubernetes Clusters (TKC) on vSphere with Kubernetes using the TKG CLI
David has an article that will be fun for those of you who love to work at the CLI.

VMware Skyline Collector 2.4 now GA
I quite like the idea of Skyline, and I wish it was available for home labs!  I think they would benefit from all that extra data. But here is the release notes for this new version. This is a free product so everyone who has production licenses should have it running!  It will be one of the few tools that can help your IT start to be proactive.

VMware vCenter 7.0.0a now GA
Here is the release notes on this update.  Upgrade via the Appliance Mode available at https://vC_FQDN:5480. And always upgrade vCenter before the ESXi hosts!

Setup custom login banner when logging into a vSphere with Kubernetes Cluster
William shows you how to do this login banner in this article which I think is pretty useful and cool.

Workload Management PowerCLI Module for automating vSphere with Kubernetes
William has an interesting article about a new PowerCLI module for automation in vSphere with Kubernetes.

vSphere 7 - A Closer Look at the VM DRS Score
A very interesting article, and a good reason to upgrade sooner to vSphere 7! Although I should admit there is at least a few good reasons to upgrade sooner. Like Lifecycle Manager, or the custom display for VMs, for example.

VMware Photon OS as an SRM Test VM
In this article you can learn how to have Photon in your SRM world.  It was more work than I expected.

Whitepaper: Running Augmented and Virtual Reality Applications on VMware vSphere using NVIDIA CloudXR
Duncan talks about this new whitepaper - that sounds pretty amazing - and where to find it. I believe there is a lot of VR in our future.

Multi-Tenancy with vCloud Director and NSX-T
I think the couple of Managed Service Providers (MSP) that I know, like and respect already know how to do multi-tenancy with vCD.  But I think doing it with NSX-T is new so hopefully this article is interesting and helpful to everyone.

Custom Naming in vRealize Automation 7.x
A very nice article about something important and useful.  Naming is key, and making it useful is really nice!

Introducing the 2nd Generation of VMware Cloud on Dell EMC
You can learn more from Kit in this article.  Sounds like some big changes.

Kubernetes Introduction for VMware Users - Part 1: the Theory
Thanks to Danny, I saw this article again. I used to know Hany, and he is smart and does great work.  I had forgotten about this article and it is a very good article to K8’s.

Kubernetes Liveness and Readiness Probes
This very interesting article is - I think - very important and useful for the K8’s admins.

Veeam Backup & Replication - Application Log File backup
Michael has an interesting article about some new functionality in VBR 10 that is pretty cool.  More log file management!

Going beyond the Veeam Backup, Proxy, and Repo servers
A very good - and detailed article - about the other Veeam components. Good info for Veeam admins.

Veeam and Kasten - Kubernetes and Containerization Backup
Anthony talks about this new partnership, and the product, in this article.

How to set up Custom Repositories with Runecast Analyzer
This is a handy article for Runecast customers in dark sites.  I am very fond of Runecast and it is a very useful tool to have around.

PowerShell Core Support for Installation of the Pure Storage vSphere Plugin
Cody has you covered in this article to get this done. vSphere plug-ins are important to users so this is good news.

NetApp HCI for End -User computing with VMware and NVIDIA GPU’s
This technical report was update recently and it is pretty useful.

NetApp HCI for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure with VMware Horizon 7
This technical report was not updated recently but it is still pretty useful.  Which is why I am sharing it of course!

How to clone an ESXi USB / SD drive the easy way
A useful article to have around in case you have issues.

The case of the missing DNS packets: a Google Cloud Support story
I see why Google shared this story, it speaks volumes about their support org.  A very well done job is highlight in the article.

Major security flaw found in Thunderbolt Macs and PC’s: Should you be worried?
The short answer is no. The bad guys would need direct access to your Mac.  But it is good that this info has come out as maybe some of the vendors will work on minimizing the vulnerabilities. Find out the full info and story in this article.

Don’t Bury a Wet Laptop in Rice! Better Advice from iFixit
You can learn more about this in this article.  It has a link to what you should do, and it even has a link to a video that shows you how useless rice is.

PowerPhoto’s 1.8 now available
You can learn more about this new release but I love how when you delete duplicates, they will be removed from albums but PowerPhoto will put the non duplicate copy in the album so you don’t lose the picture.  Very cool. The people that did this software have some amazing software products.

Apple releases iOS 12.4.7, iOS 13.5, iPadOS 13.5, tvOS 13.4.5 updates
You can learn a little about these releases in this article.  I have updated my TV with no issue.

I heard about this free fax from Rick.  Pretty handy actually as I don’t have a fax at home any longer and no office.

No Mask, No Dice
Interesting article by John Gruber on wearing of masks.

Thanks for reading or skimming this far,


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