Newsletter: October 3, 2020

Hello everyone,

This is coming from me at home, not on the road.  So home for a while and I hope to get my lab built soon, and some more fun articles coming out.

Something interesting happened over the weekend locally I thought interesting.  There was a big accident on a local highway, and all the cars, that slowed down and looked, got distracted driving tickets.  I think this is very good as this causes a big slowdown and that is not always good.

I have watched a few VMworld sessions, which are not as good as in person, and their sessions that you can download had no notes to help make sense of things.  When I worked at VMware and did sessions I always put notes to help people understand things better. I am quite disappointed that none of the sessions I watched did not do this.

BTW, I have had my vCenter install fail three times in my lab and I cannot figure it out.  I did post about it in the forums if anyone has comments or suggestions it would be quite appreciated.

WordPress has forced me to use a new editor - which I really don’t like, and I cannot figure out how to remove the blank space between titles and text.  I will keep looking, and I will try and get the old editor back.

But like always, I have things to share so lets get started.

Have a great week!


Getting started with vSphere with Tanzu

I am so glad that Cormac has started with this in his article as I want to get Tanzu working in my lab - when the darn thing is working so I can learn more.

vSphere 7 Update 1 - Unprecedented Scalability

The title is so correct for this article, 24 TB of memory for a VM is a major wow! Although I guess 768 vCPU for a VM is pretty wild too!

VM Consolidated Performance View in vSAN 7 Update 1

This article shows of the new view that I think should be pretty useful for people. So long as you are using vSAN that is.

VMware vSphere 7 U1 and vSAN Improvements

You can see the list in this article of the new vSAN stuff thanks to U1 and Vladan.

Shared Witness - Feature walkthrough

This article talks about some witness improvements in vSphere 7 Update 1.

Announcing VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery

Duncan covers off this new offering in his article.  It sounds pretty cool, and I would love to play with it.

Join Us Live for Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Bob has an article that talks about the Cybersecurity Month and he has a number of sessions, and even the .iCal file for them too! They look pretty good.

VMware Cloud Director on VMware Cloud Foundation

This article makes good sense, as I agree that service providers would love VCF and want to have vCD on it.

VMware vRealize Log Insight Cloud August Release Updates

This article details what new stuff is in the Log Insight Cloud instance. I am very fond of Log Insight as I was part of the team that welcomed them to VMware and help them be successful.

Bitfusion Client Service - The Bash in the Rue Morgue

This article has technical content in it, but it is sort of odd.  But if you are doing Bitfusion, or want to, I think it may help.

VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger on Kubernetes hype, controlling open-source and freeing your CPU’s

You can find this interview via this article.  I read the transcript rather than watch.

Highlighting some VMworld on-demand sessions

Duncan has an article with some suggestions on on-demand sessions and they are good ones as I have watched some of them myself.

VMworld on-demand

You can use this link to see a great many sessions!  You can easily find what you missed. Very handy! After October 8, you will need to use this link for the VMworld On-Demand Library.

VMworld Recaps

Here is the Day 1 recap, and the Day 2 recap.

Top 3 things you didn’t know you could do with the VAO v3 API

Melissa has the full info on the API in this article. While I was a Field product manager on VAO when I worked at Veeam, I did not do product management unfortunately, but I did love the product and I wish I had it in my lab now. BTW, here is a video on the config of VAO.

The AWS Shared Responsibility Model

Sam has an interesting article about who is responsible for what in AWS and I think that this is something that people should be familiar with as it is not all intuitive. Nice job Sam!

Using the VMC API to troubleshoot the connected VPC

This article is interesting and I suspect it may be useful for people out there!

How Much Did our VMware Cloud Study Cost? - Running POCs

An interesting article - with an interesting report link too, on doing POCs of different VMware Clouds.  Good idea!

5G FAQ: What is 5G and when is it coming to the iPhone?

This article answers the question nicely about what and the complexities, and it is good to know as it is a big deal but will take a long time to get here.

How to use iOS 14’s new Headphone Audio Customization feature

I was not aware this sort of customization was possible so it was nice to see this article on how to do it.

Apple’s new spatial audio feature turns the AirPods Pro into home theatre for your ears

This article will help you understand this feature which is pretty darn cool.

Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac review: Good protection for a good price

This article describes the tests they did to see how Bitdefender would do and it sounds like it has improved and would make a nice security improvement at home.  It is more important now to have good cybersecurity at home than it has been in the past. I have used Windows Bitdefender with customers and it worked well, so it is good to see the Mac version improving.

How to customize your Apple Watch face in watchOS 7

This article will help you with this task, and it is interesting what is possible.

iOS 14: How to add, remove, and customize widgets

i have seen various people lately struggling with widgets so I am adding this article to help.

iOS 14: How to use the App Library

This is something that has puzzled me a bit, and my wife, so this article is pretty handy to help out. This is an interesting feature but it takes the dev to do something (provide category info) and for us to learn a bit about it.

iOS 14: How to stop your AirPods automatically switching from iPhone to iPad

This article has useful info - I needed it and it worked good.

How to use Apple Maps Guides in iOS 14

I had to show someone how to do this, and they loved the functionality.  Very handy when you are travelling. But here is an article on how.

Apple Maps lists your location incorrectly? You can report it

Learn how to report problems on Apple Maps via this article.

These iOS 14 apps offer home screen widgets, App Clips, and much more

You can see the list in this article. And it is a nice list.

Continuously Validate Security to Maximize the Value of your Investments

This article has some good points and suggestions, and I agree with it.

Thanks for reading or skimming this far,


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