Virtual Updates 2023-08-07

Heading to VMware Explore?
Lots of things to check out….
My Session on “vSphere Cluster Design – Why It’s More Important Than Ever”
If you are working towards your VCDX (or thinking about it), join the VCDX Workshop on Monday.
If you are already a VCDX, make sure to attend the VCDX Town Hall on Monday.

AMD CPU Vulnerability needs patching now!
If your run AMD, just do a sanity check, and apply patches if needed.
Saw this post on Security Weekly.

vSphere released 8.0 U1c
Couple of weeks before VMworld (ahem….VMware Explore).
vCenter looks like mostly patches.
ESXi supports new servers, and gets patches.
New naming convention for TKr, which corresponds to vSphere.
vCenter Release Notes are here.
ESXi Release Notes are here.
TKr Release Notes are here.

VMware Horizon Cloud – end of life/support for Gen1
It’s not exactly the same thing as running Horizon View, but that’s the point!
The Control Plane is End of Life January 31, 2024.
(not support which ends October 2023)
Be ready to do your Self-Schedule migration to the new Gen2 Control Plane.
VMware Blog post is here.

vSphere vTPM (Virtual TPM) – Q&A
As new tech gets released, you must always have a conversation about the details of implementing it.
TPM (Trusted Platform Module) is a chip that is installed in a physical server, with 1 job…to provide security-related functions (more in the first paragraph).
vTPM can be used without a TPM in the ESXi hosting the VMs.
This has been around since vSphere 6.7.
VMware Blog post is here, and answer a lot of the most common questions.

Deploy VMC on AWS with Terraform
Conversations around this have been had for the past few months.
Customers recently started asking in the past month.
Just needed to capture this blog post.

History of (and continued use) of IBM Mainframes
Most IT folks will never work with a mainframe.
Those who do, drive a lot of business for their companies….
It’s’ a 10 minute read, but check out the ArsTechnica post here.

Crazy Project Expectations?
Love this silly sketch on YouTube called, The Expert.
A 7.5 minute look into working a project, with unrealistic expectations….

Nutanix Database Service Control Plane High Availability
Magnus Andersson just published a post stating, “…a new reference architecture has been published and it aims to provide you with the information required to implement the NDB Control plane in HA mode.”
Check out this link to the details here.

AHV, CVM, and VMs – Changing the VLAN Tag
This question popped up over the weekend, so have not yet had a chance to validate these commands….
A quick, to the point, guide on adjusting VLAN tags in Nutanix.

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)
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