Newsletter: September 26, 2020

Hello all,

Still in Vancouver, although soon to head to Whistler which should be a lot of fun. We have had a lot of fun in Vancouver and so I want to share a couple of things with you.  We visited Capilano Suspension Park, which had a very nice bridge, a walk way up in the tree canopy’s, and a cliff walk - on the outside of the cliff. And they had a couple of good places to eat as well.  Both my wife and I really enjoyed this place.  A lot of fun. We also went up Grouse Mountain in a gondola, had a wonderful lunch, and wandered around.  They also have a Grizzly habitat where we watched the Grizzly’s for a bit. Again had a lot of fun up there.  Both of these are recommended for everyone.

I have a surprising amount of things to share so lets get started.

Have a great week, and stay safe,


What is new in Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Replication 8.3.1
This article talks about all the new stuff and it is good to see. I like how tags are protected and you can protect empty datastores.

VMware announces End of Support for Internet Explorer 11
You can see more about this in this article but it is no surprise.

Extreme Performance Series at VMworld 2020
It is very good to learn that the Extreme Performance series is back for VMworld.  It is a great way to learn more about vSphere and how to make it perform as it should.

Space Efficiency using the new “Compression only” option in vSAN 7.0 Update 1
A very nicely done article on this new feature. Lots of info and knowledge in it so if you wonder about why a compression only option this article is for you! Pete K always does interesting and informative articles and this is another one.

Step by Step: Upgrading the capacity disks in a vSAN 7 hybrid cluster
This article is really a step by step kind of thing and very helpful if you wish to grow capacity in your vSAN cluster.

vSAN 7 Update 1 Fastboot - feature walkthrough
This article is about how vSAN handles fastboot in Update 1 and it is a nice change and quite interesting.

vSAN 7 Update 1 What (Else) is new - iSCSI Stretched Clsuter Support
John talks about this new stuff and how it can be used. Some good info and his comments are pretty good too.

vSAN 7 Update 1 What (Else) is new - Networking
John covers off the changes in networking for vSAN in Update 1 in this article.

LifeCycle Management with vLCM in vSAN 7 U1
Pete F has an interesting and useful article on how vLCM has changed in Update 1.  Some nice changes for sure!

vSAN 7.0 U1 File Services with SMB and NFS support demo
Duncan has a nice demo in this article that shows off the SMB and NFS support in File Services.  Very cool. Here is an article about Update 1 File Services if you need more info.

Using the vSphere CSI Driver with OpenShift4.x and vSAN File Services
Dean has this covered and how to do it in this article. Quite interesting.

vSphere 7 Update 1 - AMD SEV-ES
Bob has an interesting article on this new AMD functionality that vSphere 7 Update 1 can work with.  Very cool security and I hope we see it or something like it in Intel processors on day.

Precise Performance Monitoring with vSAN IOinsight
This article talks about this new functionality - or rather the addition of a fling into production usage.  Very cool stuff.

vSphere 7 Update 1 - vSphere Clustering Service (vCLS)
This very interesting article is the start of something very cool.  I think that vCLS is going to be very important in the cloud and very big environments.  Definitely something everyone should read as you will end with extra VMs that you need to leave alone.

Update Error VCSA 7 - vCenter Server not operational
This article covers off a problem, that likely is not totally impossible for others to have, and a workaround too. Nice! You should always have a backup of your vCSA before you patch.

VMware Fusion v12 - Kubernetes / Kind integration
Cormac covers this off quite nicely in this article.

Tanzu vs. OpenShift vs. Ezmeral: 3 rivals Kubernetes offerings
This article talks about the three products and compares them to see what is best for you. I will be getting Tanzu going when I have my lab working, and vSphere 7.0 Update 1 has GA’ed.

VMware Tanzu Mission Control expands it’s Policy…
This article briefly mentions the new policies coming to Tanzu Mission Control and links to a very detailed article for more learning.  This is very good news I believe.

A closer look at VMware’s Project Nautilus
This article talks about Project Nautilus which is something I did not know much about.  It is interesting and very handy for people though I think.

The Future of the ESXi Host Client
I was surprised to see this article, as I remember the Host Client as a fling, then as built in, and now they are having issues - which are understandable, and what will happen next I wonder?

Learn how to use VMware OS optimization tool
This is a useful tool for preparing your templates for VDI use, and you can learn more about it in this article. Sorry that it is Tech Target one but it has good info.

Build your session path for VMworld 2020
This is an interesting way to arrange and pick sessions.  I like how you can add things to your calendar too!

Taking your Automation to the next level with PowerShell 7
This is video learning if you wish to learn more about PS7.  And from a very smart guy too.

Overview of Azure VMware Solution Next Evolution
Emad has an interesting article on this new stuff from Microsoft.

Quick Tip: Defrag your Veeam Office365 Jet Database
This article will help you defrag the database, which is a good thing to do, but I would only do it after Support suggests it, or you have an issue that will be solved by it.

macOS 10.15.7 Catalina, iOS 14.0.1, iPadOS 14.0.1, watchOS 7.0.1, and tvOS 14.0.1 Squash bugs
Looks like Apple Update day again - see the details in this article.

The best resources and tips for customizing your iOS 14 Home Screen
This article can help but it is also a little advanced.  It is amazing what you can do in iOS 14.

How to translate languages in Safari in iOS 14
In case you are curious about this - and I was, this article will help you with this task.

How to use the Handwashing feature on the Apple Watch
I can say once this is enabled, it works pretty good. More info can be found in this article - lots more.

How to use the new Control Center Features in iOS 14
I did not know there was much new in the Control Center but now I do.  This article is a big help.

How to get the most out of Apple Music’s updates in iOS 14
There are quite a number of changes in Music, and they were surprising so this article was quite helpful.

iOS 14 Weather App includes real-time precipitation data and more
Have you looked at the weather widget in iOS 14?  It provides a lot more info and if you click on it and use the new app you see a lot more. See more about this in this article.

iPadOS 14 - 50+ top features and changes
In this article / video you can learn a lot about iPadOS. There is a lot of new stuff.

How to set up sound recognition alerts in iOS 14 and why you would want to
This is very cool functionality that I think can be quite helpful for people with poor hearing.  Your phone can hear from you and then alert you.  More info in this article.

Announcing the Shortcuts Catalog for iOS 14, featuring 300 shortcuts and 300 actions
This site is pretty amazing.  It has all you need if you want to work with shortcuts on your iOS device.  Lots of info.

How to use App Clips in iOS 14
This is very useful technology - it is for when you do not have the app but you need the functionality of the app.  Check it out in this article.

How to make custom Home page icons for iPhone
Something else I did not know was possible - you can make your own home page icons in iOS 14. Find the details in this article.

How to use Scribble on iPadOS 14 on your iPad
This is very cool stuff.  Use your pencil to write something, and it will be turned into text.  See how to do this in this article. It is quite handy.

A bevy of new features make iOS 14 the most secure mobile OS ever
Learn about what makes this title true in this article.

IT Architect Series: Stories from the field, Vol 1
You can order this book here, and it should be pretty interesting and useful.

Safeguard your Veeam backups with Pure Storage Flashblade Safemode
This article will help you have a backup that is immutable.  Which is handy as it will not be impacted by Ransomware.

The Ultimate Guide to Veeam Availability Orchestrator
You can find the article that goes into good depth.  I recently suggested to the Director of that group they should hire a BCDR person (like I am) to allow them to talk not just about features but how they fit into disasters. Maybe do some articles on other BCDR stuff but he didn’t answer me, and some of the team just laughed at me and poked fun at me.

Lets Encrypt’s New Root and Intermediate Certificates
Some interesting news from Lets Encrypt in this article and how they are trying to improve privacy on the web.

Using PowerShell with APIs to Generate Let’s Encrypt SSL Certs with CloudFlare or GoDaddy DNS
Anthony has you covered on how to do this in this article.

Best VPN services: Reviews and buying advice for Mac Users
This article can help you pick a VPN and while it talks about Mac, some of them have non-Mac versions too.

Want to strengthen cybersecurity? Start by improving your discovery process
Some very good ideas and suggestions in this article.  I think they have a very good point.

Protection against Ransomware attacks, Credential stuffing, and Password Spray Attacks
An interesting article that talks about the different types of attacks and what you might do about them. Long article but good info.

‘Cuties’ is an unflinching look at what it means to be a preteen girl. No wonder people cannot handle it.
I have not seen Cuties, but I have heard a lot of press on it and how due to it people should leave NetFlix.  Then I saw this article.

Thanks for reading or skimming this far,


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