Virtual Updates 2023-09-11

VMware Ransomware Recovery Field Guide
This is a post about how using some of the VMware Cloud DR, VMware on AWS, and Carbon Black Cloud can work together to provide you failover capabilities and recovery capabilities in the event you ever need to use them.
Just note, that being able to have weeks, months, & years worth or rollback points is something you will need to define.
VMware Tech Zone post is here.

VMware Cloud DR with Cloud File System
Now, with the ability to run VMs in the Cloud File System.
There are tradeoffs for doing this (between performance, and cost)
VMware Blog post is here.

ESXCLI for ESXi 8 is released
Product page link is here.

VMware Tools 12.3.0 released
Covers some CVEs.
Add support for Windows VMs on ARM for Apple silicone.
VMware Blog post is here.

VMware on AWS Advanced Tier now available
What does this bring?
Some of the Aria stack, as well as NSX+Policy Management.
VMware Blog post is here.

VMware on AWS – Federated Login & MFA
“…users that have enabled Enterprise Federation with VMware Cloud Services can securely authenticate to their SDDC vCenter Server with the same credentials used to login to the VMware Cloud on AWS Console. “
A short post showing how to enable this for VMware on AWS.
VMware Tech Zone post is here.

VMWare Horizon on GCVE (Google Cloud VMware Engine)
Just because I was asked by a client to look into it….
VMware Tech Zone post is here.

Read-Only VMDKs – in vSphere 8.0 Update 2
William Lam posted on this new feature.
Why?… ”┬áThe most common use case for this feature is being able to share a single VMDK across multiple Virtual Machines and prevent any changes to the original data, a common scenario for VMware App Volumes or VMware Horizon environments.”

Fortran – it is still around
Never thought Fortran would still be around, but it is.

Nutanix AHV & Cisco ACI Integration
When running AHV & Flow Network Security….
Also supported with Nutanix running ESXi.
Cisco ACI with Nutanix Best Practices are here.
Nutanix Blog post is here.
Cisco Newsroom post is here.
Found a blog post summarizing it to.

NC2 (Nutanix Cloud Clusters) on AWS – native backup
The Nutanix Cluster Protect solution, provides a native option for Prism Central, as well as for all user VMs (and their data).
Essentially, AOS snapshots are sent out to S3 buckets!
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).
HashiCorp Learn
Nutanix University
VMware Customer Connect Learning
VMware Hands On Labs
VMware Explore 2023 Sessions (William Lam’s easier to search list version)
VMware Explore VMTN Sessions (vBrownBag)
VCDX Mentoring Series