Virtual Updates 2022-06-29

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 4 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!

Getting Started with Kubernetes
It is an older post from January 2019, but that doesn’t mean it won’t help you.
Eric Shanks (VCDX #171) put together a huge 27-part post about
Getting Started with K8s
Lots of good information there!!!

ESXi 7.0 Update 3e released
vCenter was updated to 7.0 update 3e a couple weeks back.
Now, ESXi gets updated as well.
Still has an Intel NIC driver issues that should be reviewed prior to updating.
Lots of CVE fixes listed.
Release Notes are here.

vMotion VMs using GPUs? – it depends
So this topic came up, and I had to review a couple of things to answer it correctly (Thank you Tony Foster for spending some time with me!)
In short, it depends on how you are using your GPUs.
If you are sharing the GPUs (sVGA using profiles, typically VDI), then yes, and this set of VMware Docs shows things you need to be aware of.
If you are passing the GPUs (dedicating the entire GPU) to a VM, then answer is no….and there is a good list (4-part VMware Blog post) of things to do to prepare for this config….but if your VM’s getting the dedicated GPU are part of an RDSH farm, then access to the application could continue (though maintenance might take a bit longer, keeping users happy could be the design’s goal…)

VMware Horizon 8 – maximum CPA, Pods, & Blocks
It’s been a while since I read the min/max guides for Horizon View, as the team at WEI has been running with this for quite some time.
A Cloud Pod can support up to 250,00 users.
A Pod can support up to 20,000 users.
Check out the Reference Architecture here (which has links to min/maxes).

An update wipes out 34 million records on 77 Petabytes
Ever say “oops…”
Many of us have while working in IT….but wiping 77-PB is a big oops.
I hope this story is just just discussing the primary site, and that there was a backup solution (of the backup solution) that was able to provide the recovery of all this data.
Just be sure you are designing for your primary sites’ backup solution to fail at the same time as your primary storage…..
(If you plan for it, it will be like auto insurance….glad you have it, and hope you will never need it)

vCenter TLS versions in use – CLI method
Found this post about this topic.
Seems simple enough to follow if you ever need to capture & show your vCenter’s TLS versions in use….

Remove VMRC Session via CLI
William Lam posts another great topic right when I need it….
If you ever adjusted your max VMRC Sessions to 1…
(done in settings of a VM, VM Options Tab, VMRC options, Max # of sessions),
what happens if that one allowable session is locked?
This post provides a PowerCLI script to remove that connection from vCenter.

Nutanix – every products’ ports & protocols
Magnus Andersson posted this last week.
Great to find this all in one place, versus sifting through all the different product documentation.
Direct link to Nutanix Portal here (requires login).

Continuing Education – a list of resources that come with references
(of people who have used those sites & are happy with the results).
VMware Explore 2022 – August 28 – Sept 1 (San Francisco, CA)
VMware Explore 2022 Europe – November 7 – November 11
HashiCorp Learn
HPE Discover 2022 – June 28-30 (Las Vegas, NV)
Kode Kloud
Nutanix University
PluralSight / A Cloud Guru (PluralSight purchased A Cloud Guru)
VMware Customer Connect Learning (old VMware Learning Zone)
VMware Hands On Labs
VMworld Sessions (2021, 2020, 2019)