Virtual Updates 2019-10-14

PuTTY Gets updated
PuTTY is now version 0.73
Still funny that it is not even 1.0 yet….
Here is the change log.

Repointing vCenter to another SSO Domain
There were quite a few situations in vSphere 5.5 to 6.x migrations where this would have been handy. Now in 6.7 the domain-repoint command is available for performing this move.
VMware Blog post covering the steps.

VMware UAG (Unified Access Gateway) hidden tools
Given the wealth of VMworld 2019 sessions available, I have yet had time to watch 10% of them, much less all of them.
Hidden gems in two of the sessions talk about 2 tools that are in the UAG, which allow for deeper troubleshooting.
TCPdump and ETHtool are in the UAG bits.
Found this post highlighting these tools (short, but direct).

VMware Project nanoEDGE
Might be a bit early in the lifecycle, but his is a nice project.
How to setup small, SDDC, remote offices of 2 or 3 nodes.
Small nodes (SuperMicro is highlighted in these posts) that provide “Edge” solutions….in the past, I would have called it a “ROBO (remote office branch office)” solution.
The reference architecture from the VMware post shows all the options around deployment
VMware Blog post is here.
Duncan Eppings thoughts are here.

VMware Enterprise PKS 1.5.1 released
Released just last week.
Release notes are here.

VMware NSX-V 6.4.6 released
Product rebranding as well.
New name: NSX Data Center for vSphere
Read the release notes, as there ARE common situations / deployments that would cause an issue if you updated without preparing properly….LIke upgrading VMware Tools to a specific version….
Release notes are here.

VMware Hands on Labs
I had just taken the latest NSX-T Getting Started HOL
With more & more focus going to NSX-T (versus NSX-V, which is what most of us have known as NSX for the past few years), I would definelty give it a go. Takes about 2.5 hours.
I also have taken the Pulse IoT Center 2.0 HOL.
This was fun….

Microsoft WVD (Windows Virtual Desktop)
This was released (announced?) Sept 30.
Found a short video for those who are not familiar with it.
Anyone who does VDI (and separates user profiles and apps) already understands what this is doing.
Here’s a 14 minute YouTube video of the solution.
Here’s an article on

Nutanix .NEXT 2019
René van den Bedem captured this nicely in 6 bullet points.
He even has some complementary slides in the post.
Get caught up in 3 minutes.
Blog post is here.

Nutanix Insights
Predictive Health & Support.
Wait…isn’t that Nutanix Pulse’s job? Yes.
Insights builds on that data collected via Pulse, in a proactive way.
Imagine Insights identifying a problem, realizing it needed support, it would create a support ticket automatically for you.
This will be SaaS.
Nutanix blog post is here.

Nutanix Beam – Security Compliance for Private Cloud
Beam had thus far supported security posture auditing and remediation for public clouds and now it also provides the same capabilities for Nutanix private cloud.
Currently helping with PCI-DSS, Beam aims to provide compliance validation with HIPAA, NIST, CIS… 
Nutanix Blog post is here.

Pure Storage VM Analytics now an OVA
Cody Hosterman wrote up a nice summary of what VM Analytics does for Pure Storage customers, where to get it, and how to deploy it.

Upcoming Conferences
VMworld 2019 EMEA – Barcelona, Spain 11/4-11/7
VeeamON Virtual Event – online 11/20
AWS re:Invent – Las Vegas, NV 12/2-12/6
VeeamOn – Las Vegas, NV 5/4 – 5/6 (2020)
Cisco Live! – Las Vegas, NV 5/31 – 6/4 (2020)
HPE Discover – Las Vegas, NV 6/23-6/25 (2020)
VMworld 2020 – San Francisco, CA 8/30-9/3 (2020)