Virtual Updates 2022-08-22

Short Update – mostly duplicates…
While its been a busy news week, its mostly been
“announcement coming soon”
I assume after VMworld we’ll have quite a few posts in here.

vSphere 6.5 & 6.7 – End of General Support
Why do I keep posting this?
I do not want anyone to be surprised….

Don’t forget that vSphere 6 is phasing out, and that most people should be moving to vSphere 7.
Customer buying new hardware, & asking for ESXi 6.5 installs are being met with surprises, as the hardware doesn’t support ESXi 6.5…..forcing the upgrade path.
So far, vSphere 7.0.3 Update 3f (July release) seems to be very stable.
vSphere 6.5 & 6.7 End Of General Support ends October 15, 2022
This only leaves just over 2 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!

Cormac Hogan’s take on vSphere+/vSAN+
How centralized management, DSC, a new subscription model of licensing, (Tanzu Standard is part of that new subscription licensing), and of course, we will all learn more next week at VMworld….
Cormac Hogan’s Post on vSphere+ and vSAN+ is here.

vRA 8.9 is out!
Two weeks before VMworld, vRealize Automation 8.9 is out.
Integration with TMC (Tanzu Mission Control), multi cloud governance,
VMware Blog post is here.
Release notes are here.

VMworld Parties this year is keeping tabs on this….
WEI’s VMware Explore event is Tuesday evening, 5-8….before all the vendor parties. Reach out to me for an invite….

VMworld (VMware Explore) – Tour Hands-on Labs
They offer this most years of the event…
A tour to see how HOL runs from the Command Center
VMware’s Doug Baer has a post with all the details.
If you’ve never seen it….worth taking the tour!!!
Want to know what’s behind HOL all year long?
Doug Baer’s newest post covers that!

VMworld (VMware Explore) VCDX Workshop
Join up for this session on Monday, 8/29 from 1-5.
Even if you are not going for your VCDX, you will learn a ton.
Not only that…the networking!!!
Get registered here.

Presenting at VMware Explore
Left my typo in the title for this. I’m still defaulting to calling it VMworld….after nearly 20 years, hard habit to break.
I’ll be presenting at the VMTN area.
Schedule & links to follow as they become available.
For now, all I have is the session in the Content Catalog.
Also doing a VMware TAM & 360 Customer Success Session 3000
“Meet The vExperts – Mark Gabryjelski”

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
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)