Newsletter: December 5, 2020

Hello all,

I hope everyone is well, things are good here. Our province is out of control with COVID-19 but my wife and I are staying home and out of danger.

My lab is is in good shape now - thanks to Pete and Sean, but I need to wait to be back in vExpert before I can do more.  I am quite looking forward to that.

I wrote an article about confirming your vSphere host was working before it gets used in production.  I used to use it when I was professional services. If you have suggestions or comments I would love to hear them.

I said in my M1 MBA article that it had great battery.  I spent three days out of my office and I never plugged it in once. I used it extensively each day too.

As I am retired, and cannot do much, I watch movies when I can.  I have seen two good ones lately - Ice (with no IMDB info) and The Postman (IMDB info). I quite enjoyed both movies, but Ice has some real science behind it - if we screw up big enough (and specific enough) that movie will be what happens in parts of the world.

This week I accidentally deleted some VMs and I used Veeam to get them back.  It was so quick, and so easy.  I love Veeam Backup & Replication (and VAO too)!

As always, I have stuff to share so lets get started!

Have a great week,


vSphere 7 Join AD error code 1225
Learn about the problem and the solution in this article.

vSAN File Services SMB capability not showing up in the vSAN 7.0 U1 UI?
Duncan covers off this issue, and how to fix it in this article.

Non-Interactive logins to vSphere 7 with Tanzu Clusters
This article will help you with non-interactive logins which is quite important.

Deploying Harbor v2.1.0 - Step by Step
Cormac has an excellent article to help you with Harbor. Interesting stuff.

Programmatically interact with the VMware Product Lifecycle Matrix
William has an article that can help you with this.  Not sure the use-case but it is handy.

Using vRealize Operations to Gain Insight into your Kubernetes Environment
This article shows off how good vROps can monitor K8’s.

How to check BIOS Power management settings of ESXi hosts
This article can help you with your BIOS settings which is a very good idea! It is true that BIOS settings can impact performance.

VMware Configuration Maximums PowerShell Module
Very interesting and useful article on how you can see the config max differences between two different versions of an app and using PowerShell.

VMware Horizon 7: deploy Unified Access Gateway
This article will help you deploy the UAG which is a bit of work.  You need to be good at it as an upgrade is a new deploy too so lots of opportunity to install!

Fun with Python and vSphere
This article does not sound like fun, but it was educational for certain.  If you want to find the vCenter GUID using Python the article will help.

Multi-cloud made super easy with Tanzu Service Mesh
This article talks about, and shows, an app running in multiple clouds and regions and it is pretty cool. That config really makes things resilient and that is good!

Getting your XFS repository setup for some block cloning
Many Veeam users have heard of how good ReFS on Windows machines is for a Veeam Repo.  XFS is the linux version and Michael will explain how to make it work in this article.

Veeam, S3 Object Locks, MinIO and TrueNAS
An interesting article with lots of details and it can help you have your backup data survive a worm attack.

Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 v5 is GA
This update seems pretty big and with some nice improvements so read all about it in this article.

Microsoft Teams backup and recovery in NEW Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 v5
This article talks about one of the new features in v5 of the new release

Upgrading your Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 to v5
It is a big update and so Michael has done the update on video to help make it easier for people.  Find it here.

DevOps Automation with Terraform and VMware
This link is for a book that can help you with Terraform and VMware - and thanks to Turbonomic and Eric.

Intel NUC with 512 GB memory
That title really caught my attention as I thought that was impossible but William has the info in this article.

How to customize your widgets in macOS Big Sur
Learn more about your widgets in this article.  Handy info!

How to view, cancel, and renew subscriptions on iPhone and iPad
With the new Apple One subscription things have gotten a little confusing so this article is helpful.

Editing photo’s in macOS Big Sur
You can find help using the Retouch tool in this article and general video editing in this article.

13-inch MacBook Pro with M1 review: What even is the MacBook Pro anymore?
Here is a review of the M1 MBP and I should add I am very happy, and impressed with my M1 MBA.

Thunderbolt Improvements in the M1-based Macs
This article highlights an important change in the M1 based Macs. Intel processor macs the Thunderbolt ports share a bus.  In the M1 based Macs they do not.

Video details ARM Windows virtualization on M1 Macs, nearly 2x faster performance than Surface Pro X
Another performance review but this time of Windows virtualisation. When VMware Fusion is working on M1 it should be pretty nice!

Mac: How to set custom Safari backgrounds
I saw a Mac where this had been done and I thought it was cool.  So here is an article that can help you do this if you need it.

OmniFocus for Mac Updated with new widgets for macOS Big Sur
OmniFocus is a very powerful tool and this update with new widgets is pretty cool.  It is also already a universal app too! Learn more about this new release in this article.

How to setup HomeKit security camera activity zones in macOS Big Sur
This is very useful functionality, and you can learn more about it in this article.

21 Tips Every Apple Watch Owner Should Know
This article does have a lot of example features of the Watch. If you only tell time with it, you should check out the article.  If you are thinking of buying one, you should check it out. I really like my Apple Watch.

Apple announces best App Store apps and games of 2020
This article shows off the apps that Apple says are best. This article talks about the most downloaded apps in 2020.

Forward Networks
I heard about this software recently - Forward Networks. It can look at your network and make a software version of it that can help with testing things, or diagnosing things.  Goldman Sachs uses it with 15k worth of devices on their network.

Thanks for reading or skimming this far!


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