Newsletter: May 29, 2021

Hello all,

I hope this finds everyone safe and comfortable. Things are OK here. I have found quite a range of articles for this newsletter.

I assume most of you saw my blog update and how things are changing. I will still do the DR orchestration reviews but I will not be doing many technical articles. I have done one article already about a very cool Africa guide outfit and a trip we did with them. I will do more like that. I am working on a review of survival books. I know a lot on that subject and have a great collection of them.

This newsletter was hard for me to do due to my hands being in poor shape. My wife suggested to use my voice. If anyone knows about how well voice works on Apple please leave comments for me. A link to how to use voice would be much appreciated.

Lets get this newsletter started.

Have a great week!


vCenter Patches Released, Fixes Security Issue

This article talks about the recent patches that are security related. I hope everyone has already applied them. Here is the VMware Security advisory.

Announcing General Availability of VMware Cloud Foundation 4.2.1 and VMware Cloud Foundation 3.10.1

You can learn more about these new releases in this article. Lots of security fixes and more.

Disable passthrough for specific USB devices for use with ESXi

William has an interesting article about USB and ESXi. This could be quite helpful for home labs or telco machines.

VMware vCenter High Availability (VCHA)

This article covers off vC HA quite nicely. There needs more info out there as it is not often used and that is not the right decision everywhere.

vSphere 7 ESXi Secure Boot Options

This article, by Vladan, has some great info on secure boot options.

VMware ESXi boot options

This article covers off the boot options very nicely.

Enable or Disable IO Metrics in Storage DRS

You can learn more about this and when to enable or disable in this article.

Home Lab - vCSA killed

An interesting article that has some useful info and useful links.

Can I make a host in a cluster the vSphere HA primary / master host?

Duncan will show you how to do this in this article, but under normal circumstances you should not make this change.

Build great dashboards with vRealize Operations Cloud - Part 4: Create a rotating overview dashboard with scoreboard and heatmap widgits

This article will help you get started with building dashboard in vROps.

How to use Compute allocation & Network configure subscription to change the IP address and rename of VM in VRA8

This article is detailed and will step you through this process.

vSphere Mobile Client - Access vSphere Anytime, Anywhere, Any device

Learn more about this very cool tool in this article. I used to use it a lot.

VMware PowerCLI Connect-VIserver Could not connect using the requested protocol

You can see the problem in this article as well as the solution.

How to use vSphere Developer Center?

You can learn in this article. The code capture can be very useful.

Automated Lab Deployment Script for VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) 4.2

William has an article that talks about automating the VCF deployment for a lab and it sounds pretty good.

vRealize Automation & VMware Solution Self-Service Hybrid Cloud Hyperscalers

This article is about vRA and different clouds that it can work with.

NSX Advanced Load Balancer - Logging and Troubleshooting Cheat Sheet

This article is the good start of a cheat sheet. Has some good info.

Five Strategic Automation Use Cases for your Business

This article is actually a download ebook. This is good info and useful too. Automation is very useful and to have some suggestions and samples is handy.

Locking down SSH - The Right Way

This article does in fact show you the right way to lock down a host.

Auditing / Logging vCenter Server authentication & authorization activities

This is an older article but it can help you get started. I know customers that like to have admin log-ins sent to a central Log Insight server. Banks, and police forces for example.

vSphere 7 Update 2 loses connection with SD cards - a workaround

This article is very detailed with lots of info. I am not sure how prevalent this problem is but he covers off things nicely.

vBrownBag TechTalks at VMworld 2021

If you want to do one of these techtalks check out this article.

Veeam: Veeam announces enhancements for new versions of Veeam Backup for AWS v4 / Azure v3 /GVP v2

Jorge has good info on these new announcements and even screenshots too. You can find it all in this article. Veeam is doing really well and I love how they keep adding platforms.

Veeam Announces Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 v6 - Self-Service Portal and Native Integration with Azure Archive and AWS S3 Glacier

Jorge has some good info and screenshots on this new functionality in this article.

GITOPS - Getting Started with ARGOCD

Michael has an interesting article about CI and CD, backup and data.

Kubernetes Automation at Scale: Pure Storage’s Portworx 2.8

This article talks about all the cool stuff you can do when you are a Pure customer. It is quite interesting.

Top 10 Ways Pure Helps You Get the Most Out of your VMware Investment

This is a video by two very smart ex-VMware guys so this should be quite interesting.

VMware StorageDRS on FlashArray Part 1 - Performance / Capacity Thresholds

Jase has you covered on this subject in this article.

The Two Faces of Find My

An interesting article dives deep into the area of Find My. Great background info. It is a useful tool. I have lost my keys and found them with Find My.

iOS 14.6, iPadOS 14.6, macOS 11.4 Big Sur, watchOS 7.5, and tvOS 14.6

This article talks about these updates and provides a little more info. I have updated all my devices with no issues. Here is an article about macOs Big Sur 11.4 that has more details.

iOS 14.6 is Out! What’s New?

You can answer the What’s new question using this video.

Apple Music Lossless and Spatial Audio: How to hear the best quality sound

This article talks about how Apple is turning Apple Music into lossless and it will be free to all subscribers. It also talks about HomePods. Here is more info on the HomePods. BTW,here is an Apple support article with the facts. Not sure if my ears will be able to hear the better quality but we will see.

How to set HomePod as your Apple TV 4K’s default speakers and use ARC universal audio

This article will help you do just what the title says.

Want to Drastically Improve your Thinking? A Navy SEAL Officer says Try These 5 ideas

This article has a great picture of a guy jumping out of a helicopter. I did that once and it was weird and scary compared to jumping out of a plane. The ideas he shares are good ones.

Thanks for reading or skimming this far,


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