Virtual Updates 2022-05-02

Short update this week.
Been spending a majority of my time the past 2 weeks preparing for the
Nutanix NCX certification…..

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!

VMware Security Advisories
With all the notifications coming from most software vendors, thought it appropriate to provide a link to VMware Security Advisories

ESXi – SD/USB boot devices revisited….again
So VMware made it very clear in 7.0 Update 2 that SD cards were no longer supported as boot devices.
That kept a lot of people from upgrading to this rev, most of those I speak to still have ESXi hosts at 6.7 as they figure out their approach.
Well, VMware has chained its mind last week, and now SD cards are supported for the time being in the 7.x releases.
Does that mean you no longer need to move to SSD / NVMe for boot devices?
NO! You still need to get there by the 8.x release.
VMware KB 85685 covers this topic again.
PLEASE…read the whole thread to get the whole picture.

vRA 8.8.0 released!
Multi-level approvals & custom naming!
Some day 2 operational improvements.
VMware Blog post is here.
vRA 8.8.0 Release Notes are here.

vRLI 8.8.0 released!
Some differences in the GUI, but nothing you can’t figure out.
Brining the on-prem & cloud offerings more in line with each other.
VMware Blog post is here
vRLI 8.8.0 Release Notes are here.

vRNI 6.6 released!
There are a lot of enhancements made here.
VMware Blog post is here.
vRNI 6.6 Release Notes are here.

Nutanix vDisk Performance Improvements
This is an improvement that you’ll see once you get to AOS 6.1
(or for most of us, 6.5, as that is the next expected LTS release of AOS)
Efficiency & scale of Disk IO for a VM improvements.
Read the details on the Nutanix Dev post.
A blog post comparing 5.20 vs 6.1 using the Nutanix X-Ray Tool.

Nutanix Calm 3.5 released
Magnus Andersson has some info & links on his blog.
Noteable change, is this release can now use Nutanix’s VPC (advanced Networking feature).

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)
VMware Explore 2022 – August 28 – Sept 1 (San Francisco, CA)
VMware Explore 2022 Europe – 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)