Virtual Updates 2023-02-20

Another round of ESXi ransomware
Brought up by one of the WEI team members….
Please make sure you are patched, and if you expose your ESXi hosts on the internet, please stop!
Blog Post is here.

Oracle Java Pricing changes – Major Cost Implications
Medium size businesses with small Java footprint – 1,400% increase
Medium size businesses with medium Java footprint – 105% increase
Read more to see what this entails…
House of Brick post is here.
Reach out to us at WEI….we are working with HOB on this with customers.

vCenter 8.0 receives another patch
One of the items reviewing the release notes is the section:
Deprecation of vSphere Lifecycle Manager baselines
What does this mean?
Cluster members need to be as similar as possilble.
Remember, the new Image Based management only allows for 1 combination of ESXi version and Firmware / Drivers.
That means any of your cluster members need to be able to use the same drivers and software versions….
Which means rethinking the way you design Clusters!
I bring this up now, because if you are buying hardware now, you probably want it in prod for 3-5 years.
Thinking about it now will give you a cluster that can continue to be managed by vCenter, and easily patched & managed.
Not sure what VMware’s official stance is, but they seem committed to removing baselines (the old Update Manager approach)
vCenter Release notes are here.

ESXi 8.0 gets to 8.0b
Can’t have vCenter without an ESXi update.
ESXi Release notes are here.

VMware Certs – many updated for 2023
vSAN Specialist
Just those I have seen become public in the last 2 weeks.
Just waiting for the VCAP exams to get updated.

VMware Cloud Sizer
Looks like VMC on AWS only right now.
This has been around for awhile, and I expected by now that Azure & GCP would be here….
Anyway, here’s the link to VMware Cloud Sizer.

VMware Horizon now with Amazon WorkSpaces
Didn’t think I would see this option, but Horizon can now serve Amazon WorksSpaces.
VMware Blog post is here.

VMware Fusion & Parallels get Windows 11 support on Apple M1/2 chips
When Apple introduce the new “M” chips, and changed from x64 to ARM, we were no longer able to run Windows as a VM using either Fusion, or Parallels desktop software.
Now, both have figured it out with Microsoft.
VMware Blog post is here.
Parallels’ Blog post is here.

RVTools gets an update
Never hurts to grab the latest version.
RVTools home page is here.

Veeam Backup & Replication v12 released
On Valentine’s Day. Awwww.
Check out Veeam’s v12 here.

Zerto 9.7 Update 1 – with vSphere 8 support
Any Zerto users?
Thought so….time to prep your DR environment, to support vSphere 8.
Only 2 years till vSphere 7 is end of support….
Zerto Release Notes are here.

NVD (Nutanix Validated Designs)
Just noticed that EPIC and Meditech are here (for my healthcare folks).
View, Cloudera, Citrix, SAP, RedHat OpenShift, Splunk, SAS, Oracle, MS SQL, PostgreSQL, MySQL, Mongo, Unified Storage, Files, Volumes, Networking, etc.
Such a wealth of knowledge.
These NVDs are showing high level enterprise deployments.
You can customize to your needs, as they provide the guidance, things to consider (requirements/constraints/assumptions) to roll your own.
NVDs are here.

Nutanix GTS 2023
I was lucky enough to be invited to the Nutanix Engineering team only conference.
Had a great time, met many peers, product managers, became part of the first official Nutanix PTAB (Partner Technical Advisory Board), and learned so much.
While getting a chance in May to reconvene with PTAB during .NEXT, I think having the partners involved to this extent will be rewarding for partners AND Nutanix.

Nutanix AOS 6.6 STS with PC 2022.9
Lots of cool new things.
Though with 6.6 being an STS release (beta), its cool to see what’s coming.
MSP for PC is now the default.
Kicking the tires on that.
Recommendation (for now)….keep with 2022.6 until the upgrades are smoothed out.

Free Nutanix Training & Exam Vouchers
Came across this when someone at Nutanix GTS shared it with me.
List of free training courses mapping to different NCA, many NCPs, and NCM-MCI.
Take the online course, get an exam voucher!
Must complete the course by end of February, so not much time remaining.
Nutanix 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 2023 -Aug 21-Aug 24 (Las Vegas, NV)
Nutanix .NEXT 2023 – May 9-10 (Chicago, IL)
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