Virtual Updates 2022-10-31

vSphere 8 – HCL is limited to newer servers
Danny Alvarez posted something this past week regarding his findings on what server vendor hardware is supported for vSphere 8.
His list covers a majority of my VMware customers….
and he calls out that the following models are supported for vSphere 8:
Cisco -M5
Dell – Gen14
HPE – Gen10
Nutanix – G7
Check out the VMware HCL for servers here, and plan accordingly!!!!
….and remember…you vCenter can be 8.x, and your ESXi hosts can be 7.x.

VMware NSX Released
Don’t forget, NSX-T is now called just NSX.
vSphere 8 support
NSX Release Notes are here.

VMware HCX 4.5 released
vSphere 8 support
HCX 4.5 Release Notes are here.

vSphere 8 with Tanzu – Automated Lab
William Lam has been creating these nested environments for quite a few years now, and recently updated it to run vSphere 8…..and only use 32-GB RAM!
Check out his post here.

VMware Tanzu Community Edition – no more
Tanzu CE has been retired, and in its place, VMware is now pushing folks to TKG (Tanzu Kubernetes Grid)…..with a free 100-core license.
Obviously….for non-production workloads.
VMware post about this is here.

DPU – Using in HPC Environments
Want a quick summary of what a DPU might be used for in vSphere 8?
Quite a few ways this could benefit you, though it may not all be here today.
VMware Blog post is here.

ESXi 8.0 – booting fails with Error 10 (out of resources)
Chatting about this on Twitter with people.
My gut stated it was a deprecated CPU, but it turns out….
Was just a server using a BIOS vs UEFI….
VMware KB 89682 is here.

vGPU pass-thru error – LIBNVIDIA-VGX.SO
Frank Denneman came across error and shared the solution this past week.
If you are passing a GPU to a VM, and get an error:
“Could not initialize plugin ‘ – Check SR-IOV int he BIOS”
Frank’s post is here with the answer.

vSphere 8 – CPU topology for VMs
There are lots of reasons I tend to avoid cores-per-socket.
The big one is for consistency in deployment.
Now, for large VMs (8+CPUs, technically), there are considerations here that are given, and the way you can control that in vSphere 8 has changed.
Frank also dives into mapping to PCI devices per NUMA node….
Frank Denneman’s post on this is here.

Red Hat – No-Cost Enterprise Linux licenses?
Yup, you can get up to 16 RHEL instances for non-prod use.
Developers or Individuals….
Got this from one of my workshops attendees this past week (who happened to work at Red Hat)….
Red Hat Developer link is here.

Nutanix – TPMs & AHV/ESXi
Not exactly sure what a TPM is?
Do I need a TPM to use vTPM (you should have a TPM, though)?
How does it work along with UEFI & Secure Boot?
A great 3 minute read for an overview of these capabilities.
Nutanix Blog post is here.

NDB (Nutanix Database) – how patching gets simplified
Schedule & automate patching? Yes please!
Have a nearly instant roll-back plan already in place? Must have!
Rather just be notified? that’s there too.
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).
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
VMware Explore 2022 (sessions)
VMware Explore VMTN Sessions (vBrownBag)
VCDX Mentoring Series