Virtual Updates 2023-11-20

vSphere 8.0 Update 2 – Performance Best Practices
Link to the download page is here.

Horizon View Licensing
A well worded breakdown of Horizon licensing.
I wish this breakdown was on the main Horizon page…
…keeping this for reference!
VMware Blog post is here.

VMware Live Recovery
Announced at VMware Explore, Barcelona….
“Protection from ransomware & DR recovery across VMware Clouds in 1 console”
It essentially is two offerings combined: “VMware Site Recovery Manager” and “VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery with Ransomware Recovery”
VMware Blog post is here.

VMware Cloud Foundation 5.1
My gut instinct is the VCF is going to be a core product for VMware.
Pretty current with the vSphere 8 & Aria products….
VCF 5.1 Release Notes are here.
Want to use terraform to deploy Cloud Builder? Here’ a blog post.

Aria Operations Management Packs – no more?
Got an email stating that quite a few Management Packs are reaching end of life.
VMware’s answer?….download the Management Pack Builder, and build your own….not sure I like that answer, but I’ll have to play with this tool to form an opinion….
Link to the VMware Aria Operation Management Pack Builder.

vSphere 8 Advanced Topics -HOL
All you need to access HOL (Hands On Labs) is your myVMware account.
Give this HOL a spin, as vSphere 8 is you goal right now.
(vSphere 7 end of support is only 15 months away….)
Link to the specific HOL is here.

DPUs vs SmartNICs vs SR-IOV vs EDP
A great post, covering some of the benefits of the DPU.
If you can offload a lot of CPU activity, and your workload is aligned, this is a really viable option for you…
Just make sure the requirements align, and then have a go at designing for this.
A random blog post, which I believe covers this in English, and is relatively short.

VMware PowerCLI 13.2 released
Some new functionality included…
Update-Module -Name VMware.PowerCLI
VMware Blog post is here.

Nutanix AOS 6.7 (STS) – review new features
The best one?….
Migrate across Nutanix Clusters. FINALLY!!!!
Looking forward to the next release of LTS that incorporates this!
Nutanix Blog post is here.

Nutanix EUC Performance Impact Analysis
Nice tech note!
Windows 10 & 11, Server 2022 (all different CPU / RAM allocations)
Different versions of Office considered.
Optimized vs non-Optimized.
….all before taking GPUs into consideration! (and callouts on what to tweak)
End-User Computing Performance Impact Analysis article is here.

Continuing Education – a list of resources that come with references
(of people who have used those sites & are happy with the results).
Free Learning – GitHub Repo
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