Virtual Update 2019-03-04

VMware EMPOWER is coming
There are 3 events (listed at the bottom of this post) scheduled for this year.
I am lucky enough to have been named a VMware EMPOWER Ambassador.
There will only be 10 x Ambassadors for each EMPOWER event.
What does this meant???
Anyone (who is a partner) can reach out to me, and chat about this event.
Unsure of whether or not to attend? Not sure if there is value? What would be the best use of my time?
Reach out to me on Twitter @MarkGabbs and we can chat.
Plus, Ambassadors can help you get $100 off registration!

VMware  PowerCLI update
PowerCLI has been updated to 11.2.0
Blog post highlighting some features are her
Release Notes are here
…just run Update-Module VMware.PowerCLI

Wireshark 3.0
I am sure there are some folks who can’t wait for this.
Release notes are here.

AMD EPYC & vSphere Numa
NUMA nodes….always a conversation to have with folks, especially when considering how to size workloads (both CPU & RAM) on a VMware solution.
Typically, this is an Intel conversation for me.
When I saw the post by Frank Denneman about this topic, I had to read it.
This post is quite extensive, explaining how this AMD solution works just a bit differently than Intel chips, including RAM & NUMA nodes.
Even if you aren’t planning on consuming AMD in your ESXi hosts just now, this is a post worth the 15 minute read, and will reinforce VM sizing, NUMA Nodes, and potential performance impacts of sizing workloads beyond NUMA node limits.

VMware NSX-T 2.4 released
Well, this looks cool.
I’ll be interested in playing with “Intent-Based Networking UI”
I saw that Highly-Available cluster management is now here…VIP can be provided by NSX or external load balancer.
Release notes are located here.
Migration Coordinator documentation here.

VMware Fling – ESXi Native Driver for USB NIC
So what! I couldn’t use that in production.
I agree, but for homelab use….hmmmmmmm…..
Be it a NUC, Mac mini, or whatever small form factor you run at home, adding NICs means a PCI slot (typically), and those small form factors might not have room.
Again, I am excited to see this, as I am many others who do homelab work.
I don’t know how William Lam finds time to do everything he does, but wouldn’t you know it….he’s involved in this Fling as well.
Here’s the post on VirtuallyGhetto, here is the Fling itself.
Thanks Lam!

Nutanix AOS 5.10.2 released
With the latest LTS release of AOS 5.10.2, a few other items are updated…
Prism Central made it to 5.10.2, as did the Witness appliance.
Lots of little fixes.
You will need to be logged into the Nutanix site to read release notes…
AOS 5.10.2 Release notes
Prism Central 5.10.2 Release Notes

Startup / Shutdown Procedures
It is great to see someone write a procedure for something most take for granted….starting/shutting down a datacenter.
This write up by Erik Verbruggen on the process of a VCF 3.x startup/shutdown sequence is spot on. There is so much taken for granted that he captured in this post.
While most of us do not use VCF (VMware Cloud Foundation), most of us DO consume at least half of what is being described here, and we all have dependencies on things like switches, DNS, NTP and the like in our environments….

Veeam Licensing Changes
A blog post by Veeam that tries to explain what the new license model means to users.
I was under the impression that there were no more “per socket” licenses being offered, but the way I read this, it hints that they might still be available?
Not sure that this will provide the best cost/benefit for customers who have been using Veeam B&R at a per socket….If they are required to go per instance, this will get expensive for those customers that have a high VM density for their clusters.

Pure Storage NVMe-oF released
OK, so first…. what is NVMe-oF?
NVMe over Fabric (I had to look it up to make sure).
So what did Pure Storage release? NFMe support for All Flash Arrays.
Cody Hosterman is a Pure Storage Technical Director, and always post some great content.
This time he posted about this topic, and what it means for support in today’s All Flash Arrays, and how this impacts things like vSphere, and when this will be supported by the different vendors.

Upcoming Conferences
VMware Empower (for Partners only) – Atlanta, GA 4/15-4/19
VMware Empower (for Partners only) – Singapore, 4/24-4/26
Nutanix .NEXT – Anaheim, CA 5/7-5/9
Red Hat Summit – Boston, MA 5/7-5/9
VMware Empower (for Partners only) – Lisbon 5/20-5/23
HPE Discover – Las Vegas, NV 6/18-6/20
VMworld 2019 US – San Francisco, CA 8/26-8/29
VMworld 2019 EMEA – Barcelona, Spain 11/4-11/7