Virtual Updates 2020-03-02

Not a lot of updates this week.
VMware updates will be plenty in the next update, after the 3/10 announcement coming from VMware….

Nutanix Global Tech Summit 2020
Just got back from a week in Las Vegas for this event.
I consider myself lucky to have gone to this event, as only a handful of Partners get the invite to attend.
Passed the NCSX (Nutanix Certified Sales eXpert) in person defense.
Never thought I would stress over a sales exam….
Then all the learning and sharing. What a great week.
Really gets me excited to see the upcoming things this year will bring.
(will share as I can, when I can)

VMware vRA 7.6 Hot Fix released
A VMware KB covering the fixes in this update.

VMware App Volumes 4 – Tutorial
If you have used App Volumes before, reading this post will be all you need.
If you haven’t, following this post will show you how to deploy and create useable AppStacks in AppVolumes.
It covers some of the new features in the new version of App Volumes.
Definitely some cool things in this new version 4 release.
(wonder what ever happened to App Volumes v3…)

VMware Enterprise PKS – 1.5.2 released
They say features and bug fixes, but all I see are bug fixes….
Release notes are here.

VMware Flings of Note
Horizon Reach – Web based alerting/monitoring for on-prem Horizon
App Volumes Entitlement Sync – for managing multiple instances of App Volumes across sites.
App Volumes Migration Utility – for moving from App Volumes 2.18 to version 4 (New app stack format requires migration)

GCP – Managed Services for Microsoft AD – GA
This was in beta for a while, but is now full fledged offering.
Given that these are full blown domain controllers, looks like it will be easy/comfortable for folks to adopt it.
Read the Google News post here.

Nutanix Drive Failures explained
Josh Odgers keeps on putting out articles….
He’s got a great last few posts early this year, and this continues.
How drive failures affect Nutanix ADSF vs vSAN.
Remember, he is biased as he works for Nutanix, but the information he shares here is based on documentation….

Nutanix Heterogeneous Cluster Support
Another Josh Odgers post….
So heterogenous in this post is about nodes with different CPU & Storage configurations, not about the different CPU families and what vSphere Admins think of as EVC mode.
Give it a read, to understand scaling out your cluster.

Nutanix Write I/O Path
Another Josh Odgers post….
This one focuses on how VM I/O occurs during normal operations, maintenance, and during failure of nodes.
Kinda cool to see how failures and normal operations are dealt with.

Upcoming Conferences
Aruba Atmosphere – Las Vegas, NV 3/22-3/27
VMware Empower (partner only) – Dallas, TX 4/20-4/23
Red Hat Summit – San Francisco, CA 4/27-4/29
VeeamOn – Las Vegas, NV 5/4 – 5/6
Cisco Live! – Las Vegas, NV 5/31 – 6/4
HPE Discover – Las Vegas, NV 6/23-6/25
Nutanix .NEXT – Chicago, IL 6/29 – 7/2
Microsoft Inspire – Las Vegas, NV 7/19-7/23
VMworld 2020 – San Francisco, CA 8/30-9/3
VMworld 2020 – Barcelona 11/9-11/2