Newsletter: April 24, 2021

Hello everyone,

I hope this finds everyone well. My wife and are mostly OK. I am less than OK as I have had a tough week, more pain and frustration. ALS really does suck. And no one tells you anything of what might happen so some painful surprises.

But I have most of my lab now, missing only one storage array but it should be here soon. I do a memory check on each host so that takes a while, so it will not be running right away. I am going to play with Veeam Disaster Recovery Orchestrator and write up a review first. And yes, I am running 7.0 U1 since U2 was pulled.

I am curious why NetApp is moving to Silicon Valley when other companies are leaving, and it is so expensive for people to live out there. I do love the area mind you but it is changing.

I have some interesting articles to share so lets get started.


Announcing VMware Anywhere Workspace Featuring VMware SASE

You can learn more about this new offering in this article. It sounds very useful to me.

Announcing vRealize Log Insight 8.4 and Log Insight Cloud

I am a very big fan of Log Insight and I have had it in my lab since before it was named or sold. Here is the info on the next release.

vRealize Suite 8.4 Released

You can learn more about this release in this article. It looks like a big release.

NSX-T 3.12 now available

Here is the release notes and the bits.

Does vSAN Enhanced Durability work when you have a limited number of hosts

Duncan does a great job - as always of explaining things. I like and care for Duncan a lot. We always have interesting chats and I miss that.

HCI Mesh error: Failed to run the remote datastore mount pre-checks

Duncan explains this error and how to fix it in this article. This is not the only reason to leave IPv6 enabled.

Can 2-node or Stretched be used as client or server cluster with vSAN HCI Mesh?

Duncan answers this question which the answer sort of makes sense.

Understanding the VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Terminology

This article is very helpful and well done. It does a great job of explaining a lot of Tanzu terms. Thanks for doing this Dean!

Integrating Tanzu Mission Control with vRealize Automation Custom Resources

In this article you can learn about linking Tanzu and vRA and it has lots of details so hopefully it goes smooth.

Packer Builder for VMware vSphere

If you want to use Packer to build out virtual machines this article will help.

VMware Event Broker Appliance (VEBA) v0.6 is now available!

William has the details on this new version in this article.


This is the first article in a series on using the VMware Event Broker Appliance which sounds pretty darn cool.

Recovering NSX-T Manager from File System Corruption

This article has the full details on this issue and should be quick handy if you have a storage issue that corrupts the Manager.

Change NSX-T password with API

If you want to know how to use the API to change the password of the NSX-T software this article will help.

How to deploy OpenShift 4.3 on VMware vSphere with Static IP addresses using Terraform

This article from Dean will help you do what the title suggests. And I know Terraform is popular. This article was very recently updated I hear.

16 years - A reflection

An interesting article from Cormac on his career at VMware. I was also part of Customer[0] and it was a great to be part of it. It really made some important changes and helped out dev staff too.

Procmon v3.70, Sysmon v13.10, Autoruns v13.99, TCPView v4.01 and WinObj 3.03

You can learn more about these new releases in this article. I like very much several of these utilities.

Using AWS Organizations to consolidate billing sprawl

An interesting article that I suspect will be quite helpful for some customers. Minimizing the accounting to determine how much is spent.

How-To: Adding SSH keys to OPNsense

This article will provide the info on how to do this in this firewall.

How-To: NextDNS + OPNsense Firewall

How to make both of those tools work is covered in this article.

What’s New in Pure1 VM Analytics and OVA Collector 3.1.0

This article tells you what is new in this interesting article. This sounds like a cool tool.

Do. Or do not. There is no try.

Al has an interesting article on moving to a new job. Congrat’s Al!

New tvOS 14.5 color balancing features works with older Apple TV models, here is how to use it

This article will help you do the color balance which was demo’ed in the event and looked pretty useful.

Apple Spring Loaded event was pretty good!

You can watch it here. Here is an article that covers most things nicely. Here is a nice article on AirTags. Here is another article that covers off most things. The Apple TV and AirTags have caught my attention so will get them. Here is an article on iPad Pro and Center Stage which was a cool feature. Here is an article on the new Apple TV.

Pwn2Own 2021: Zoom, Teams, Exchange, chrome, and Edge “fully owned”

This article talks about this event and how things went and how much money people made for doing well at the event. But it is also a good reminder of what needs to be updated!

2021 Cyberthreat Defense Report

You can get this report and the useful info it contains right here. These reports are perfect to help you plan your defence.

Russian Foreign Intelligence Service Exploiting Five Publicly known Vulnerabilities to compromise US and Allied Networks

Learn more about this situation in this article.

Thanks for reading or skimming this far!


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