Virtual Updates 2021-04-19

VMware to be spun off from Dell
VMware News Release is here.

vROPS – day 2 operations guide
Now in its 3rd Edition, this FREE guide is worth checking out.
Iwan ‘e1’ Rahabok of VMware has been keeping this up to date.
If you use vROPs….you should download this AND read it.
It is in my to do list for this week.
It is available here on Dropbox for download.

RVTools 4.1.2 released
The tool we all use and appreciate….
Just remember, if you can, throw Rob de Veij (the developer of RVTools) donation so we can continue to use this tool he develops in his spare time…..
Release Notes are here.

vRealize Operations – Troubleshoot VM (custom dashboard)
I’m not one to recommend all user created dashboards, but this one is great!
I hope this just gets included in the new vROPs…
Here is the post that highlights this custom dashboard, and how to get it installed.

vRealize Operations Manager 8.4 released
Management Packs get renamed.
Scheduled reclamation & right sizing.
Better costing & what-if scenarios.
Support for lots of new AWS objects/Services.
VMware Blog post is here.
Release Notes are here.

vRealize Log Insight 8.4 released
Quite a few enhancements.
Webhook, and handling PII / PCI type data are highlights.
VMware Blog post is here.
Release Notes are here.

vRealize Automation 8.4 released
SaltStack now available…
There are a TON of notes in the release notes….you definitely need to read.
VMware Blog post is here.
Release Notes are here.

NSX-T 3.1.2 Released
Mostly a maintenance release, except for this….
N-VDS NSX-T Host Switch Deprecation Announcement….
Since vSphere 7 allows for use of the vDS, the N-vDS is going away (not right now but in the near future). PLAN on that migration!!!!
Release notes are here.

PowerCLI 12.3 released
Quite a few new features, lots supporting the new vSphere 7.0.2 features.
VMware Blog post is here, with quite a few examples of the new modules!

Google Cloud VMware Engine
Simon Long has started working at Google Cloud VMware Engine
Since he is doing some learning about he is keeping track of his resources, and has created a post here sharing all his sources.

ESXi Host PTP – do you need it?
PTP (Precision Time Protocol) is for those handful of applications that need better timekeeping than NTP can keep.
This is not for every VM you have, just the opposite….it is for the few applications that do need this.
VMware Blog post on this vSphere 7.x feature is here.

VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure – Cheat Sheet for Horizon Admins
Just how it sounds…..
VMware Techzone post is here.

vSphere with Tanzu & NSX Advanced Load Balancer – scripted
William Lam has released (in record time) the deploy script of a fully nested vSphere with Tanzu with the NSX Advanced Load Balancer (Avi Networks)
You can find his post here, and get the link to his GitHub repository.

Nutanix Move Automation – using Ansible
Nutanix Move is a V2V tool.
This 4-minute YouTube video highlights this integration.

Nutanix .NEXT registration now open
Event to be held Sept 20 – Sept 22
Get registered for free here.

Continuing Education – a list of resources that come with references (of people who have used those sites and are happy with the results).
Nutanix .NEXT – September 20-22 (Virtual Event)
VMworld – October 5-7 (Virtual Event)
A Cloud Guru
HashiCorp Learn
Nutanix University
VMware Customer Connect Learning (old VMware Learning Zone)
VMware Hands On Labs