Virtual Updates 2022-11-28

So, I took a week off from doing updates, so yes, 2022-11-14 is missing.
Was a busy few weeks….

VMware Explore Europe 2022
There were a lot of similar announcements to VMware Explore US.
There were some additional announcements.
Found a nice summary blog post here….not a short read.

VMware Data Services Manager
To meet, this looks a lot like NDB (Nutanix DataBase, which used to be called Era), which I believe has some additional value….won’t know till I explore this new offering a bit more as it becomes available.
Another use of the term, namespace.
But, it is another self-service portal where developers can get their DBs, and stay within the best practices of the organization.
Cormac’s Blog post is here.

vSphere 8 – NUMA & Cores Per Socket changes
VM’s with VMX-20 no longer have the traditional Cores Per Socket setting.
It’s been moved to VM Options –>
So long as you deploy within a Single NUMA node for CPU & RAM, you VM is placed within a NUMA node.
Also, vNUMA still will not support Hot-CPU add.
Frank Denneman’s post is here.
William Lam’s post is here.

vCenter 7 to 8 upgrades….dealing with errors.
Well, Jorge ran into errors.
While I have not had any issues in my upgrades, most of mine are done in lab environments….so they are not long lived.
I’ve seen folks run into similar issues from vSphere 6 to 7 upgrades too.
He links to VMware KBs, and talks through his issues in this post.
Jorge de la Cruz’s blog post is here.

VMware Workstation 17 & Fusion 13 released
…don’t forget, that both Fusion & Workstation have free versions…
For Fusion? M1 / ARM support!!!
VMware Blog post is here for Workstation, & here for Fusion.
VMware Workstation 17 Release Notes are here.
VMware Fusion 13 Release Notes are here.

VMware PowerCLI 13 is out
Support for vSphere 8.
Finally, fully multi-platform!
update-module -name VMware.PowerCLI
Just remember, if using ImageBuilder with PowerCLI, you now need to install Python 3.7 BEFOREHAND.
Certificate issue is possible if upgrading, so refer to the post below
VMware Blog post is here.

Google Cloud to offer Mainframes?
Not for everyone, but targeting that customer that still runs mainframes, and wants another option.
News link is here.

Intel has “subscription” for CPU features
A handful of advanced features will be unlockable.
Maybe it is to reduce the number of SKUs maintained….
Saw this post here.

Nutanix – Native Encryption for Replication Traffic
Easily enabled in each Nutanix Cluster’s CVM.
Supported for Cluster or Prism Central based replication.
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