Virtual Updates 2023-06-28

VMware Tools CVE – Time to update
People always ask…is it important to update VMware Tools?
For Windows VMs, you have to orchestrate the update (there are many different ways to do this).
For any linux distros using open-vm-tool (the recommended way), use your appropriate package manager to update it.
VMware CVE post is here.

VMware vCenter 7 & 8 – updated releases
vCenter Server software just got a point upgrade for both vSphere 7 & vSphere 8.
VMware vCenter 7.0 Update 3M release notes are here.
VMware vCenter 8.0 Update 1a release notes are here.

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Virtual Updates 2023-05-29

vBrownBag Tech Talks at VMware Explore 2023
Spoke with Alastair Cooke about this.
Time to get your community tech talks submitted!!!

IT Architect Series: Stories from the Field Vol2 released!
This has been in the works longer than I would have liked, but Vol2 is now available on Lulu, our publisher site (as in today!)
This makes 5 books now in the IT Architect Series!

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Virtual Updates 2023-05-15

VMs, Containers, or Serverless?
Lots of folks have been talking about this online.
Amazon Prime Video has moved from Serverless, back to EC2 Images.
The reason was cost.
Just goes to show, that you need to use the right tool for the job, and that just because that’s the way you have/are doing it, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t review your options.
A post from InfoQ discussing this is here.

VMware Aria Migration
This looks to be about multi-cloud, and running your workloads in the appropriate cloud.
This initial release is focused only on assessing your environment…and they state that this part is free (not sure if it will remain that way).
The next two phases of release will add planning & execution.
This is interesting, as it looks like a combination of pieces of other offerings.
Have to see how this plays out, but it looks interesting.
VMware Blog post is here.

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Virtual Updates 2023-05-01

vSphere 8.0 Update 1 released!
vSphere Configuration Profiles (Desired State Config for clusters).
Skyline Health Diagnostics now part of vCenter.
Okta for Identify Provider.
VMK for NFS.
Frank Denneman has a post covering some enhancements with ML.
Lots more in the release notes.
vCenter 8.0 U1 Release Notes are here.
ESXi 8.0 U1 Release Notes are here.
vSphere with Tanzu 8 Release Notes are here.
Upgrade in the lab from 8.0 and from 7.03c went great!

Total Solar Eclips April 2024!
How I first heard about it Boston, MA WCVB, an ABC affiliate……
….if their comment is right….it will 20+ years till the next Total Solar Eclipse!
How I learned of its path… posted about this specifically.

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Virtual Updates 2023-04-17

Using vRealize Log Insight – UPDATE YOUR CERTS!
Self signed cert, or CA provided cert…you need to pay attention!
April 30, 2023, all internal certs of Log Insight will expire.
Kudos to Russel Hamker for highlighting this!
VMware KB article is here.

Lots of Patches from Many Vendors this past week….
Hacker News article with callouts to a lot of admin work this week….
Microsoft has quite a few.
Check out all the other vendors that patches needing to be applied in the post.

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Virtual Updates 2023-04-03

vSphere 8.0 Update 1 is coming….
Still waiting on the release….
VMware Blog post on vSAN Performance Monitoring.
William Lam covered a long awaited NFS feature, which is the ability to tag a VMkernel for NFS traffic

vSphere 8.0 Update C is out
Looks mostly to be about vSphere Distributed Services Engine (DPUs).
vCenter Release Notes are here.
ESXi Release Notes are here.

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