Newsletter: March 20, 2021

Hello everyone,

I am writing this during a break in my move to a new home (update: now doing this sitting in my car outside my new house, finishing it off at home via my iPhone shared Internet).  This new house is one I am very exited to live in as it has almost no stairs.  Everything I need on one floor! I am still trying to get this out on time though.

Lots to share so lets get started!

Stay safe, and have a great week!


vSphere Lifecycle Manager Enhancements in vSAN 7 Update 2
This article is about the improvements and enhancements in vLCM in vSphere 7 U2. Sounds like some good improvements.

What’s New, Part 2, in vSphere 7.0 Update 2
Bob reminds us of articles on U2 already written, and there is a video attached too that is pretty good. You can find it all in this article.

vSphere 7.0 U2 Suspend VMs to memory for maintenance!
Duncan talks about a very cool new feature in this article. It sounds pretty cool and I would love to play with it but the hosts I am buying for my lab (Supermicro) don’t do Quick Boot.

vSAN 7 Update 2 File Services
Pete has an excellent article on what is in Update 2 for vSAN file services and it all sounds pretty cool and very useful.

VMware ESXi 7.0 Update 2 on Intel NUC
Some good info on upgrading for your NUC in this article.

vCSA 7 U1 Available Updates Error
This article will help you address an error you get when you try via the VAMI to update your vCSA but are not able too.

Error when connecting Virtual Machines to NSX-T Segements
This article will educate you on this error, and some troubleshooting via logs too, and help you with a solution as well.

VMware vCenter server Error no healthy upstream
This article highlights a problem, the troubleshooting and the solution. It has other good info too. If you do an upgrade or new install, and go to test the URL and you get a no healthy upstream error this article is a good one to remember.

Problem Solved: Can’t login to the vCenter Appliance
This article has a problem, troubleshooting, and a solution.  Nice! I suspect this is not an issue many will run into but it is good to know just in case.

Quick Tip - How to disable the vCenter Server Update Notification banner?
William helps you disable this notification but make sure you read the whole article so that you learn what else you loose when you disable the banner.

ESXi7.0 Update 2 enhancement for USB NIC only installations
William shares in this article that in U2 there is a command line parameter that will much improve USB support.

vSAN 7.0 U2 Skyline Health History
Duncan shares the good news in this article about how Skyline can now show history.

Save with VMware Cloud DR! Learn the New Math that can save you 60% on Disaster Recovery
This article is well done and has some good points. However the cost of providing access to the apps in the cloud for people at home or hotels and still maintain security is unknown to me but could be expensive.

71,000 Containers: Powering Applications with Cloud Native Technology
Dell has dove in on the Tanzu idea and you can see just how far they have gone in this article.

Patching Updating VMware vCenter Appliance from a zipped update bundle web server
This article shows you a very unsupported way to update your vCSA and I would recommend not doing it that way.

PowerShell script to check security compliance
You can find this script via this article.  I have not been able to test it but I am curious. It is based on the security compliance guide from VMware.

Compute only HCI Mesh with vSAN 7.0 U2
This article by Duncan has some great news in it. You can attach a vSAN cluster to a compute only cluster.  Nice!

Announcing vRealize Automation 8.4
This article will talk you through what is new with vRA 8.4. When I have my new lab I am looking forward to taking a look at this new vRA.

Announcing vRealize Network Insight 6.2
This article will help you learn what is new in 6.2 and it has some cool stuff!  This is a nice tool and I cannot wait to play with it.

Announcing vRealize Operations 8.4 and vRealize Operations Cloud
This article will share with you what is new in vROps and the cloud version too. Some very powerful new features in this release.

The many Clouds of Hands-on Labs
Doug talks about the Hands-on lab environment in this article. This is an oldish article but I have seen a number of people in the vExpert work wondering about it so I am sharing this article in case it helps.

V11: Replication and IaaS management with Veeam + VMware Cloud Director
An interesting look can be found in this article about what v11 offers vCD shops

World Backup Day
The day is past but there is good info - like the SureBackup Job mentioned in this article. Not enough people use SureBackup jobs.

Three Ways NEW Veeam Disaster Recovery Orchestrator v4 complements Veeam CDP in v11
I always knew it as VAO but they have changed it to VDRO.  I was a product manager on it for my time at Veeam, but I did not do product management with it.  I just educated people on it. I like the product a lot but have not seen it or used it for a while.  In this article Melissa talks about this new version and how you have CDP support in it. It is very cool to have CDP support in VDRO!

V11: Immutable primary backup storage with hardware-agnostic touch
This article has good info on how you can do a Linux repo that will become immutable and thus able to survive malware.

V11: Accelerate your Cloud journey with Veeam-powered BaaS & DRaaS
You can learn more about this from Jason in this article.  Jason is pretty darn smart and it is good info.

Windows Server 2019 Two-Tier PKI CA Part 1
You can see the first article of three that will start you getting a CA going and with lot’s of detail and examples to help.

Setting up a Nested ESXi environment with VMware Workstation Pro
Al has an article that will help you get ESXi running in Workstation! Very cool.

Hands On with ControlUp version 8.2
This article is a review of the new version of ControlUp.  It is a very useful tool and one I used to use in my lab a lot.

VMware Horizon: Grant permissions in Active Directory
Normally you do not have to grant AD permissions but when you work with instant clones you do.  Learn more in this article.

Overview of Azure VMware Solution Next Evolution
This article by Emad is pretty interesting. It is quite the VMware solution inside Azure.

VMware to Acquire Mesh7
Learn about this deal in this article.

NFT - Everything you need to know about non-fungible tokens
If you are curious about what NFT’s are and how they fit in this article can help.

DevOps Automation with Terraform and VMware
If you want to learn more about this you can find the book at this address.

Is a free VPN Safe? 5 things to look for
If you cannot afford to purchase a VPN subscription, this article will help educate you on what to look for in a free one.

Thanks for reading or skimming this far!


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