Virtual Updates 2021-12-27

VMware Products Expiring in 2022
vSphere (vCenter & ESXi) are going end of support Oct 15 2022.
All the vRealize products less than version 8.7 Oct 30, 2022
(Yes, I know that 8.7 isn’t out yet).
Horizon 7 on Oct 15 2022.
Here is a link to the VMware Product Lifecycle Matrix.

Log4j continues…
Many have been implementing workarounds or patches…
Continuing relevant notes….
VMware’s What You Need to Know blog post.
VMware products affected list
VMware products NOT affected list

NSX-T IDS/IPS – protecting against Log4Shell
NSX isn’t just about virtualizing the network.
Security is huge part of it.
This is one good blog post I found, that is a short <5 minute read on this topic.

vSphere with Tanzu – problems with .local LDAP
It’s not with VMware or Tanzu, it is an issue with anything using
systemd-resolved service.
News to me, but I’m very glad I use different domain names than .local.
VMware KB 83387 is here, detailing the issue & workaround, but ONLY for labs & proof of concept environments.
…I can still see some large enterprises that still have their AD domain named .local from 20+ years ago running into issues like this….

NSX-T 3.2 available!
My favorite thing in this release?…
Regular vDS Port Groups now get DFW!!!
VMware Release Notes are here.

Horizon on Google Cloud VMware Engine Configuration
Running Horizon, and GCP will meet your needs?
Now you can run desktops there!
VMware Tech Zone article is here.

Veeam NBD Multithreading in v11
One of the team members at WEI pointed this one out to me.
Looks like NBD (Network Block Device, or Network based backup) can be tuned.
Check out the Veeam Forum for details explaining….

Nutanix Hybrid Cloud Reference Architecture
Updated in November 2021, this is a great online reference architecture.
Yes, you can still download the PDF of it.

Nutanix AOS 6.1
Some pretty cool items here, but his is about node removal.
You may not do this often on-prem, but doing it in the Public Cloud (Nutanix Clusters), you may have a need to quickly retire nodes.
Still, it will be nice for on-prem once every 3 or 4 years as well.
Josh Odgers reviews the improvements made in AOS 6.1.

Nutanix Scaling Storage Capacity
Another Josh Odgers post, going into the details of how node expansion works.
Granted, this is from Feb 2020, but it is still relevant, and I needed this post this week.
Yes, there is a VMware vSAN comparison, but I’m more interested in the details of Nutanix approach detailed out in this post.

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 or William Lam’s Direct Links
VMware Customer Connect Learning (old VMware Learning Zone)
VMware Hands On Labs
VMworld Sessions (2020 & 2019)