Virtual Update 2018-11-26

…and with AWS reInvent going on this week, I’ll be looking forward to some interesting announcements and updates…..

VTUG Winter Warmer 2019
I am sure people are looking forward to this event!
Thursday, January 24 2019
Gillette Stadium, 1 Patriot Place, Foxboro, MA
Register Here!

Boston VMUG
A meeting in December!  Cool (hahahaha).
OK, so get registered here.
Dec 13, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM, and is the final 2018 event for the Boston VMUG.

vSphere 6.7 Update 1
I have been playing with this release for over a month now, and it has treated me pretty well (minus the fact that during the first month, my Veeam based backups didn’t work without a modification to the registry).
I’ve been playing with VMware View, vSAN, vROPs, SRM, and some additional 3rd party products, all with great success.
The HTML5 is fully featured, and I have yet to find anything to complain about in its functionality.

VMware vSAN 6.7 Upate 1 
With new ESXi server releases, vSAN gets its updates as well.  What can I write here that Duncan Epping and Cormac Hogan haven’t already covered?  Not much, so I’ll just point you out to some of their current links.
Since Site Read Locality, Thin Swap, Object Repair Delay, and easier access to the advanced options of vSAN are only a few of the highlights, following these links for the deeper overviews worth a few minutes of time.
New vSAN 6.7U1 Advanced Options –
VMware on AWS EBS Backed vSAN –
ESXi on ARM/Raspberry Pi for vSAN Witness –
Want to test vSAN? Go to VMTestdrive! –
VMworld Sessions with vSAN Customers –

VxRail 4.7 runs vSphere 6.7 
While searching for this, found a VMware KB that shows the correlation between versions of VxRail & vSphere versions.
While not yet showing that VxRail 4.7 is up, that is just a delay in the VMware KB, so any VxRail folks looking to get to vSphere 6.7, now you can!
Here is the link to the DellEMC PDF
(need an EMC login to get this document).

Workspace ONE Cloud-Based Reference Architecture
A pretty extensive set of links and documents that comprise the Workspace ONE Reference Architecture.  This will definitely take some to to review, but if you are ready for this EUC Reference Architecture, It is a great read.

Horizon View & NSX Datacenter Enterprise Plus SKU announced
VDI solutions can easily benefit from NSX micro-segmentation policies to help secure the desktops running in the VDI solution.
VMware just announced that this can now be purchased as a single SKU, which now means that one SKU offers VDI on an SDDC (ESXi, vSAN, and NSX).
With the VDI solutions being quoted, now a single SKU comprises all the multiple components I would normally recommend anyway.

vRealize Operations Manager Sizing Tool 
Found this just recently, and it is a great tool.
Ran it through its paces, and it provides correct sizing recommendations.
Give it a shot, as this is what my peers and I use to size vROPs.

VMware PowerCLI vSAN Witness Replacement Script 
Found this on VMware Code page, and thought it might be useful for people.
 A simple little script, that will remove a vSAN Witness host (for either a 2 node or a stretched cluster), AND replace it.
You have to go to the page, and download the script to use it.
After that, its as simple as:
Vsan-ReplaceWitness.ps1 -ClusterName CLUSTERNAME 

Microsoft Windows 10 & Server 2019 
On November 11, 2018, Microsoft re-released these Operating Systems to the public again.
After the data loss (during the initial release), I’m sure folks are excited to get back to their plans of testing, learning, and putting these new versions through their paces.

PMEM (Persistent MEMory) – benefits using Oracle as example
Most of us have now heard of PMEM, and how this brings disk I/Os close to DRAM for performance comparisons.
This link covers Oracle with vSphere PMEM for Oracle Instant Recovery as the example.
Personally, I’m not an Oracle guy, but even so, this article shows how to use this new technology to solve business problems/requirements.
Someday, all of us will have PMEM readily available.  For now, I’ll just keep reading up on it to be ready to use it when the price point drops a bit.

Nutanix Metro Availability
Want to architect a metro-cluster using your Nutanix nodes?  Now you can.
Artur Krzywdzinski did a nice write up of the solution.  For those of us who already have done VMware Metro Clusters, it is a familiar read.  
Given that this post is labeled Part 1, I am sure more will follow, and the details will get deep.

Nutanix Resiliency 
Josh Odgers has a nice 10-part (so far) write up on Nutanix Resiliency.
The link sends you to part 10 (the rest are linked at the bottom of the article.
Of course, comparisons are made against VMware’s vSAN in this article. 
All in all, a good read, but it can take 30-60 minutes to read the show 10 posts….

Upcoming Conferences
VMware Empower (for Partners only) – Atlanta, GA 4/15-4/19
Nutanix .NEXT – Anaheim, CA 5/7-5/9
VMworld 2019 US – San Francisco, CA 8/26-8/29
VMworld 2019 EMEA –