Virtual Updates 2021-10-18

VMware Tanzu Community Edition
This created a lot of excitement for folks when released.
Caught me by surprise.
Essentially, you get Tanzu for vSphere, AWS, Azure, or locally on your machine.
Quickly and easily.
VMware Blog post is here.
William Lam’s post is here. (shows easy installation using Brew/Chocolatey)
William Lam’s post on Minimum vSphere Versions is here.
Main Tanzu Community Edition page.
VMware HOL for Tanzu (just note which ones are community edition)

VMware Skyline PRO
…still part of your S&S, this “free” utility helps you get a handle on your VMware solutions you have deployed.
Already have Skyline? You’ll be upgraded to pro next time you upgrade.
Found a blog post about it here.

Be Careful with Windows Updates on Server 2012 R2
Had a customer get bit by this.
Apparently, in win2012r2, if you apply the VMware SCSI you might get a non-accessible boot device. The reddit thread linked below covers it.
No longer on Windows Update, you still may have a VM that gets it, or has gotten it.
Read the post, and the linked VMware KBs….
I did not have a problem with this in win2016, win2019, or win2022.
Details here, on reddit.

vSphere 7 (u1, u2, u3) Performance PDF
Just updated this past week.
Direct link to PDF is here.

vSphere 7.0.3 (Update 3) released
Released on the first day of VMworld!
Feels like lots of patches.
Found a “clone across centers” feature.
Once you login to vCenter, note that right-click menus now require a click to navigate….
40-minute TechZone video is here.
vCenter Release Notes are here.
ESXi Release Notes are here.
vSAN Automatic Rebalance introduced (in update 2….I missed that)….

vSphere 7.0.3 problem with Lifecycle Manager
You can not use vSphere Liffecycle Manager when logged in.
…unless you are administrator@vsphere.local
VMware KB 85962 is here.

vRealize Suite 8.6 Released
WOW….a lot of releases between vRealize & vSphere.
vRealize Automation Blog post is here.
vRealize Log Insight Blog Post is here.
vRealize Operations Manager Blog post is here.
vRealize Operations Manager new features walkthrough is here.
vRealize Network Insight (6.4) Blog post is here.
vRealize Network Insight new features walkthrough is here.
vRealize Automation Release Notes are here.
vRealize Log Insight Release Notes are here.
vRealize Operations Manager Release Notes are here.
vRealize Network Insight Release Notes are here.
vRealize Lifecycle Manager Release Notes are here.

vTVS (vRealize True Visibility Suite) – now included in vROPs!
Remember vTVS is what Blue Medora used to be…
Now, in the above vROPs blog post, it states that vTS compute and storage management packs are now going to be available to all vROPs users!
There are still other application management packs that will require licensing.
I know a lot of folks who will be very happy about this!
VMware Blog post is here.

Ubuntu 21.10 has arrived
This is the last release before the next LTS release in 2022-04
Ubuntu Blog post is here.

Nutanix & Enterprise (Databases & Such) Workloads
Michael Webster put up a post linking to some cool ESG reports.
Take a look at his post here, and if you’d like to dig deeper, reports are available.

Nutanix Prism Central updated to 2019.9
Nice new release.
Magnus Andersson has a short write-up.

Continuing Education – a list of resources that come with references (of people who have used those sites and are happy with the results).
VMworld 2022 – August 28 – Sept 1 (San Francisco, CA)
HashiCorp Learn
Kode Kloud
Nutanix University
PluralSight / A Cloud Guru (PluralSight purchased A Cloud Guru)
VeeamOn 2021 – recordings
VMware Customer Connect Learning (old VMware Learning Zone)
VMware Hands On Labs
VMworld Sessions (2020 & 2019)