Virtual Updates 2022-03-21

vSphere 6.5 & 6.7 – End of General Support
Don’t forget that vSphere 6 is phasing out, and that most people should be moving to vSphere 7.
So far, vSphere 7.0.3 Update 3c seems to be very stable.
vSphere 6.5 & 6.7 End Of General Support ends October 15, 2022
This only leaves just under 7 months to get to vSphere 7.
VMware End of Support pages are here.
Don’t forget that SD cards are no longer recommended by VMware!
That means you need SSD or NVMe for boot drives now!

VCDX Mentoring Series
Working your way up the VMware certification ladder?
Interested in what it takes to be a VCDX?
Just want to take in some advanced topics?
I have been part of the VCDX Mentoring Series for a while now, and love watching these.
Lots of insights from 20+ (myself included) VCDX around technical skills, soft skills, time management, time commitment, and many other topics.
Session are always recorded, and made available.
Check out the VCDX Mentoring Series here!

VMware vRA (vRealize Automation) 8.7 Released
Lots of new features and updates in the new release.
VMware Blog post is here.
Release Notes are here.

vNUMA Mismatch with hardware change
Frank Denneman recently posted on this topic, when moving from two-socket to four-socket systems.
Regardless of if you use 4 socket or 2 socket, it highlights how vNUMA is presented during VM Power On, and how vCPUs/RAM is allocated.
Great summary, and a reminder on sizing our VM workloads appropriately.

vMotion – Additional Performance in vSphere 7.0 Update 3c
Found this blog post, which reminded me of the performance improvements that vMotion has been getting in each of the vSphere releases.
This means less manual tuning (advanced settings) to get the most out of you vMotion operations (covers up to 100-GbE NICs).

HPE UEFI Firmware Updates
HPE found UEFI firmware bugs, and released some patches.
Not just servers, but laptops, desktops PoS systems….basically everything.
Initially found this on this blog post.

AsBuiltReport.Microsoft.AD – v0.7.0 released!
AsBuiltReport is gaining a lot of traction.
Cisco UCS, Pure Storage, Rubrik, Nutanix, Veeam, VMware vSphere, and now Microsoft Active Directory!
Used extensively, and is a gold standard.

VMware Flings of note
Solution Designer – checks agains HCL, interoperability guides.
First fling I’ve seen using SaaS (Use your Customer Connect Login).
Nice tool (for pre & post sales) for everyone.
Yea, its v1, but looking forward to feature polish.

Nutanix Bootcamp
Found something last week during a conversation with my Nutanix reps.
Nutanix Bootcamp is another place to get online training.
Links to real web based / in person boot camps, available training on the page, entry level and advanced training modules.
Not sure why its not part of Nutanix University, but I’ll take it!

Nutanix AHV Mission Control
More online training from Nutanix.
AHV Mission Control is another new discovery.
Intro to advanced topics for training here.

Continuing Education – a list of resources that come with references
(of people who have used those sites & are happy with the results).
VeeamON – May 16 – May 19 (Las Vegas, NV & Virtual)
Nutanix Tech Summit – May 23 – May 26 (Las Vegas, NV & Virtual)
VMworld 2022 – August 28 – Sept 1 (San Francisco, CA)
VMworld Europe 2022 – November 7 – November 11
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 (2021, 2020, 2019)