Virtual Updates 2021-03-08

VCDX – newest & those who upgrade to current VCDX
Welcome some of the newest VCDX!
Also, take a peek at how many VCDX upgraded their cert to current versions.
While I have VCDX in vSphere 3, 4, 5, 6, and now 2020, that’s a lot of updates.
If there are ~300 VCDX, and only 16 per year update it, I wonder how many have all there versions that I do (upgrading every version)…. 12 years into the program.
Check out the VMware Blog post here.

VMware Tools 11.2.5 released
Remember…VMware Tools is really only required for Windows (as modern Linux distributions…they have open-vm-tools), and is released OUTSIDE the ESXi server releases.
Depending on your version of vCenter, you may have to download manually, and import to Update Manager (now called LifeCycle Manager).
Download link is here.
Release Note are here.

Internet Facing vCenters……why?
Corporate resources should not be on the public internet.
Why open yourself up to unnecessary risk.
There are people who still do these things for some reason….
check out this latest post at, where Christian Mohn summarizes (and has all the viable links) to how many vCenter servers (and hence….ESXi hosts) are exposed to the public facing internet…..

VMware Designlets – making up new words….
What is a Designlet?
VMware Blog post is here….and this excerpt is taken right from that page.
Designlets are intended to be short-form guides that describe a specific feature or design paradigm. They help identify nuanced considerations and design impacts for a particular component. These designlets also serve as a quick-reference guide, providing key highlights and links to additional resources that is part of the largerĀ VMware Cloud Ready Framework (VMRCF).
Designlet? Perhaps making up a new word isn’t really the best option.
How about we call them like reusable design components or something?

VMFS datastore Folders – what is a Catalog?
Duncan Epping put this out just recently.
While we have become accustomed to certain folders (such as .vSphere-HA), this new catalog folder has shown up.
His post covers this new catalog folder, & its purpose.

VMware vSAN PowerCLI Cookbook – free download
Eric Sloof recently posted about the vSAN PowerCLI Cookbook.
He has the link to download the PDF on his post.
130 pages of PowerCLI for vSAN goodness…..

NSX-T has a Time Based Firewall?
Something I learned this past week….
Just came across a post where I learned this
Hopefully, you just learned something too.

vRealize Automation 8.3 Standard Plus – now…available?
So…with the acquisition of SaltStack, I expected it to be part of vRA.
Just this past week, VMware announced a new “edition” of vRA, which is
vRA Standard Plus.
vRA Standard Plus includes the SaltStack components.
First gut instinct?….it replaces vRA Standard (or adds to it).
Now sure why the Plus is added to the name, but it appears that anyone with ANY version of vRA now gets the SaltStack config as part of their 8.3 package.
VMware Blog post is here.

VMware HCX 4.0 released
HCX is the enabler of hybrid & multi-cloud connectivity …. or multi-site connectivity (well, the VMs anyway).
Version 4.0 just went GA.
Release Notes are here.

VMware PhotonOS 4.0 released
If you are using PhotonOS, you’ll be happy.
AWS AMI, Azure VHD, GCP GCE, OVA, Installable, & and Raspberry Pi!
VMware Blog post is here.

HPE acquires CloudPhysics
CloudPhysics has been around for quite a few years now.
They were early on in getting insights into your virtualized infrastructures.
Now HPE has acquired them.
I wonder if this will be HPE only offering, or will it continue to be sold….
HPE Blog post is here.

Google Chrome now has Tabs?…for Tabs?
Kind cool.
Don’t think I would have found this out on my own for quite a while….

Veeam Backup v11 released!
Just….so much to go through. Here are all the new releases…
Veeam Backup & Replication v11 What’s New here.
Veeam Backup & Replication v11 Release Notes here.
Veeam One v11 What’s New here.
Veeam One v11 Release Notes here.
Veeam Agent for Windows v5 What’s New here.
Veeam Agent for Windows v5 Release Notes here.
Veeam Agent for Linux v5 What’s New here.
Veeam Agent for Linux v5 Release Notes here.

Nutanix Powershell Commandlets
Funny, I would have thought that there were so many places this kind of information was at before…..
Down to this one site where it lists all the commandlets…..

Nutanix AOS 5.15.5 released
Already got this running on my LTS cluster.
Lots of CVE fixes.
….but, I’m just waiting on the next LTS release which I believe will be 5.20
Release Notes are here (requires login).

Nutanix Calm 3.2 released
Update available via LCM.
Lots of features around sharing projects.
New import/export (backup/restore?) feature.
Release Notes are here (login required).

Continuing Education – a list of resources that come with references
A Cloud Guru
HashiCorp Learn
Nutanix University
VMware Customer Connect Learning (old VMware Learning Zone)
VMware Hands On Labs