Virtual Updates 2023-12-11

Broadcom purchase of VMware finally done
Took a while, but done on Nov 22, 2023.
Broadcom News page link here.
VMware News page link here.

VMware EUC to spin off into its own, org/BU/company?
While the post doesn’t say anything specific, many of us foresaw that this was going to happen.
Just wish the gave more details here…..
VMware Blog post is here.

Carbon Black – now its own business unit under Broadcom
Wonder if they will be doing something similar with other parts of VMware…
VMware (Carbon Black?) Blog post is here.

More confusion around Aria Operations Management Packs…
I posted a couple weeks ago about the end of many management packs for Aria Operations (vROPs).
they released a Management Pack creator OVA, where you were suppose to create your own Management Packs….
Now….there is this…
Announcing General Availability of VMware Aria Operations for Integrations-Management Packs- October 2023 Release
Just not sure where this is going….Didn’t see anything upon upgrading…

Need to add Storage to your VMware on AWS SDDC?
VMware Cloud Flex Storage does this.
Has links to the HOLs, and the tutorial videos.
VMware Blog post is here.

Replacing SSL certs on ESXi and vCenter
Haven’t manually replaced an ESXi server cert since vSphere 6 was released, as the vCenter’s CA handles that for me.
Saw this post for ESXi, & remembered it used to be quite a bit of effort to do this.
Didn’t try it, but it looks right.
They also had one for replacing the vCenter Machine SSL Cert.
Followed along, and it was spot on (using vCenter 8.0 U2A).

Veeam 12.1 released!!!
There are quite a few things in this release that are huge….
AI-powered built-in Malware Detection Engine, protection against accidental or malicious deletion or encryption of backups, & pinpointing identified ransomware strains to prevent reinfection are among the many new features.
Veeam News post is here.
What’s New in Veeam Backup & Recovery 12.1 PDF is here.

AsBuiltReports – Tim Carman stepping down
..from the project.
Needs help from the community to keep it running….
Take a look at his post, and help if you can….

RVtools updated to 4.5
Check out the Release Notes.

This week, I learned the longest US Highway…
Route 20 from Boston, MA to Newport, OR…. 3365 miles.
That makes it the longest road in America.
Few sites that highlight the trip…
Quirky Travel Guy
Do it Yourself RV
Sounds like a road trip!!!

Nutanix Promotion for existing VMware customers
WOW, they are going after this segment.
Up to 1 year of “free” Nutanix licensing (caveats exist, of course).
Check out the promo 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