Virtual Updates 2022-01-10

VMware – CD-ROM vulnerability
This affects VMware Workstation, Fusion, and ESXi
CVE-2021-22045 works against a connected CD-ROM to a Virtual Machine
(but that’s not you, right? No one leaves a CD-ROM attached to a VM….)
This depends on the version of vSphere you are using, and is detailed out, along with the workarounds (such ad disconnect the CD-ROM) in VMware KB 87249
Very nice of them to include the PowerCLI scripts to resolve it…

VMware Visio Stencils for 2022
Because VMware can’t be bothered to release a set of Visio Icons,
Graham Barker has been releasing them annually.
Here’s a link to his blog post.

Getting started working with APIs
New to APIs? So am I.
Want to get started?…start with Postman.
So many people reference this software.
(you have to look for it, but the app itself is free to download & use).
Paid versions offer collaborations & whatnot….
Create an account with Postman, even if it’s the free version.

vSphere 7.0 – Update 3b – File based Backups fail
Are you like me & downloaded & deployed this version in your lab (before they pulled this Update 3 versions of vSphere)?
Well, I get a new error….
When attempting to do file based backups of the VCSA,…
“Db health is UNHEALTHY, Backup Failed”
Called out in VMware KB 86084, with workaround, & statement that this will be fixed in the next release….
Just note that the issue can return if using vSAN…

vROPs Management via API
Notice I started with postman, a few paragraphs above?
Start with that, and then dive into vROPs Content Management via APIs.

NSX-T 3.2 simplifies security & micro-segmentation
With NSX-T 3.2 release, you can now do micro-segmentation on normal vDS Port Groups (not vSS, only vDS). In the past, this required N-vDS
Essentially, it is now super easy to add NSX-T 3.2 to an existing vSphere environment using vDS, and get the security benefits.
VMware Blog post is here.

NSX-T 3.2 Upgrade Problems
So….currently, if you upgrade to NSX-T 3.2, you will have an issue.
I tried after I read this, and yup…had an issue.
Kinda feels like someone is really forgetting to QA new releases….
VMware KB 87231 covers it here.

Horizon View – Creating Pools with PowerCLI
Great post by Roderik de Block, granted its nearly 2 years old.
His post is pretty complete, showing examples and his whole script.
Short post, great script!

VMware DEM (Dynamic Environment Manager) – Using OneDrive Business
Need DEM to use OneDrive (for Business) to house user profiles?
Start here, at the VMware Documentation.
Covers the setting with & without AD integration, as well as the requirements.

Windows OS Optimization Tool for VMware Horizon Guide
Now that this is a “real” VMware product with support….
The guide is available on VMware Tech Zone.
Long read? yes.
Look at all the options and settings you can control.

Intro to Horizon View for Citrix Administrators
VMware Tech Zone has a post,
Intro to Horizon View for Citrix Administrators
Lengthy post, but there is a lot to cover. Nice that they added in the links to VMware Hands-On Labs, and a few other good links near the bottom.

VMware Exams – How Scoring Works
Ever wonder how the score of a VMware exam works, and why its has a max score of 500?
This VMware Blog post covers how scoring works in VMware exams.

Is Rocky Linux the new CentOS?
Same promises that CentOS had….
Red Hat compatible, bug for bug, release for release.
Even has a script to migrate from various Linux releases to Rocky
Examples of the migration from many sites, I picked one.
The official Rocky Documentation way to migrate…
Also available in AWS & GCP…
Check out the Rocky Linux homepage, and get x64 or ARMx64 versions….

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)