Newsletter: April 3, 2021

Hello everyone,

I hope this finds everyone well. Things OK here. Still unpacking and settling in. I have still not figured out this new WordPress UI but I will keep trying. This change by WordPress really irritates me.

Someone was asking me about this. I was Airborne Infantry in the Canadian military for about 7 years and I was in the Loyal Edmonton Regiment. Was very good for me as I grew up, and learned a lot - about myself, but also about other things. Jumping out of an airplane, then executing a mission is pretty cool.

BTW, vSphere 6.5 has had its support period extended. Read about it in this article.

Here is a security advisory from VMware that is about vROps.

I have things to share so lets get started.

Have a great week,


The VMware Labs flings Monthly for March 2021 - new website

Wouter shares with us the new and updated flings in this article. It is so much easier to see new and updated from his article.

Why upgrade vSAN? Here is a list of features, release by release

Cormac has updated this article for U2 and it is quite interesting. I met a partner once that used this article to convince customers to upgrade.

vSAN 7.0 U2 - What’s New?

Cormac visits the U2 vSAN to share with us what is new - he is not looking at all the features but the key ones. See this article to learn more.

vSAN 7 Update 2 RDMA Support

This article by John is very interesting and it sounds very good for vSAN and it’s users.

What’s New in vSphere 7.0 U2 Storage: Creating a File Repository on a vVol Datastore

Cody has the info on creating a file repo on a vVol but as he talks about that there is a bunch of other education in his article.

vSAN File Services and Stretched Clusters!

Duncan has a very interesting article about some cool changes in File Services.

Proactive HA, Health Checks and Alarms for a healthy vSAN Datastore

This article has info on these new features / functionality as a result of U2.

Feature Brief: Elastic DRS

This article does a nice job of saying what is Elastic DRS and how it can be helpful. It is a cloud only feature but it makes sense it is in the cloud.

PowerCLI script to [Forcefully] Log Off Horizon Users

Find the script and all the info in this nice article by Wouter.

Disabling vSphere with Tanzu does not delete NSX Advanced Load Balancer (NSX ALB) Service Engine (SE) VMs

William has the full scope on this situation in this article. Some good info like the delayed cleanup.

vRealize Operations integration with Tanzu Mission Control for auto cluster discovery

Dean has an interesting article that talks about a cool feature in the Kubernetes management pack for vROps.

Automating default Admin password change for NSX Advanced Load Balancer (NSX ALB)

William shows a bit about automation of the new ALB in this article and more learning too.

Join the Cloud Native Runtimes for VMware Tanzu Public Beta

Learn more about this via this article.

Deploying Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Management Cluster to Microsoft Azure

Dean has a detailed article on how to do this. Great stuff Dean!

Introducing VMware vRealize Automation 8.3 Standard Plus

This article describes this new packaging of vRA. Sounds interesting, but not what I thought it was. I thought it was a version of vRA for people that were not working in the cloud and just doing basic stuff inside their company.

VMware Cloud - Continuing VMware’s Force-for-Good for Cloud Choices

This article is interesting and even mentions customer names. Some good points thought.

Introducing VMware Cloud Universal

I had previously heard the term Universal but was not sure what it was but this article explains it.

Announcing the Data Protection Trends Report for 2021

Jason has some good background and a link to an interesting report in this article.

Homelab: Installing vROps / vRNI & Log Insight

If you want some help with doing the install of those three apps, in a slightly different way check out this article.

Test vCPU Configuration to get Best performance out of a VM

This article can help you understand VM performance and how to improve it.

Duo and Okta

Al helps you with configuration of Duo and Okta in this article. Much thanks Al!

Veeam Upgrade Center for v11

Rick has produced a nice upgrade center with lots of good info and it was recently upgraded too.

Veeam: What’s New in Veeam Backup & Replication v11 - Linux Proxies - DirectSAN with NetApp

Jorge has an article about what is new in v11 with Linux proxies and what you can do with them.

What’s New in v11 - the video

Here is a video on what is new in v11 of Veeam.

How to deploy Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 in Azure, AWS or IBM Cloud

This article will cover things off. Pretty cool stuff.

Top Tips for Better Backup

This article has some great tips thanks to Retrospect. I used Retrospect long ago in a big Oil & Gas company and really liked it. My favourite now is Veeam though as it is very powerful and also pretty simple. The tips are good though and worth thinking about regardless of what backup software you use.

The Most Important Feature in Microsoft Teams You Aren’t Using

This article talks about meetings that are online with some good points and a nice suggestion.

Use Emergency Bypass to Circumvent Do Not Disturb for VIPs

You can learn how to do this in this article. It is very handy.

Master iOS 14 on your iPhone with our expert guide

This article will help you learn more about iOS 14 and some of the cool stuff in it.

Uncover macOS Big Sur’s secrets with these tips and tricks

Some good stuff in this article.

Apple Maps now displays airport COVID-19 health information

Learn about this new feature in this article. I confirmed it worked for my local airport.

iOS 14.4.2, iPadOS 14.4.2, iOS 12.5.2, and watchOS 7.3.3 Address Serious WebKit Issue

This article talks about this important update that should be done soonest. Or quite frankly, it should already be done.

Thanks for reading or skimming this far,


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