Virtual Updates 2022-04-04

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!

vSphere 7.0.3 Update 3d released
Only a short time between Update 3c and update 3d….
Please read the release notes before upgrade….
Still calling out issues with Intel based nice…
vCenter Release Notes are here.
ESXi Release Notes are here.

VMWare’s paravirtual RDMA device CVE discovered
Not that many people use the RDMA device, right?
NIST posted this finding this past week.
No findings or scores yet, but keep an eye out, especially if using paravirtual RDMA devices.

VMware Carbon Black patches for Critical Flaws
Found by the team at WEI….
VMware has released patches, so be sure to get those rolled out.
This is 9.1 scored CVE
A post by Hacker News covers it.

VMware Tanzu has critical CVE
Three products are affected:
VMware Tanzu Application Service for VMs
VMware Tanzu Operations Manager
VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Integrated Edition (TKGI).
Get it patched, or apply workaround for TKGI!
VMware CVE-2022-22965 post is here.

VMware Cloud Flex Storage
A new offering for VMC on AWS.
Have an average computer requirement, but lots of storage needs?
This could be the answer, as it uses Datrium’s Filesystem to your VMC on AWS SDDC, which is already in use for the Cloud DR service.
VMware Blog post is here.

HPC on vSphere 7 vs Bare Metal
A nice short write up.
Given the operational benefits virtualization provides, I would definelty approach HPC with a vSphere foundation (but I’m biased, of course!).

AsBuiltReport.VMware.ESXi – v1.1.2 released!
AsBuiltReport is gaining a lot of traction.
Cisco UCS, Microsoft AD, Nutanix, Pure Storage, Rubrik, Veeam, and of course, VMware vSphere!
Used extensively, and is a gold standard.
Here is a link to the GitHub page.

Run VMFS unmap via PowerCLI
Ben Liebowitz recently posted a handy little script on this post.
With VMFS-6, storage reclamation is configurable per datastore.
Only downside, is it only reclaims storage from thin provisioned VM disks.
So, if you use Thin Provisioning on the SAN side, and Thick Provisioned VMDK files (my preference if not using HCI), then you must manually run the Unmap… over SSH…. and then for every datastore.
His PowerCLI script has you covered!

Nutanix Cloud on Equinix Metal
Been looking at this for a few months now, and it looks promising.
Glad that we are already working on this with customers!!!
Equinix post is here.

Nutanix AOS 6.1 released
Lots of new features in this STS release.
Networking, encrypted replication traffic, maintenance mode improvements, database performance improvements…the list goes on…
Nutanix Blog post is 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)