Virtual Updates 2024-02-05

VMware & The Broadcom acquisition
So it’s been about 6 weeks now, and lots of news around this.
Nothing concrete of course, but lots of tidbits of information.
Just a lot of things all going on at once can be a bit…overwhelming?
Dec 11 – Broadcom simplifies Licensing.
Dec 11 – VMware Horizon & VMware Carbon Black “up for sale”
Dec 21 – Broadcom hands VMware Partners “Termination Notice”
Dec 29 – Broadcom ending VMware Channel Program.
Jan 8 – William Lam Highlighting VCF and VVF and other offerings
Jan 17 -Himanshu Singh posted VVF (VMware vSphere Foundations)
Jan 16 – Aria Simplification (licesnsing, cause its part of VCF now)
(VCF – vCloud Cloud Foundation, and VVF – VMware vSphere Foundation)
Jan 22 – VMware blog post discussing end of availability, and what the new product offerings are (as there has been perceived miscommunication….
Jan 25 – CRN article Broadcom making shareholders rich, rivals happy, and VMware Partners bitter.

1Password Blog – Mother of all breaches….
1Password Blog post highlighting the latest breach…
26 billion records breached?
It amazes me how many people don’t use Password Managers.
I’ve been biased to 1Password for over 10 years…
Note a 50% discount ($18) for 1 year subscription near the bottom…
Even Mercedes-Benz had a breach, though poor password/key management.

vSAN ESA & minimum # of nodes for RAID 5/6
Been said before in Duncan Epping’s posts & books….
reiterated here in his latest blog post.

Horizon View updated to 2312
Tons of things to read….
Release Notes are here.
UAG Release Notes are here.
App Volumes Release Notes are here.
DEM Release Notes are here.

VCAP-EUC Design 2024 released!!!
This has been a long time coming.
VMware End-User Computing Advanced Design (3V0-61.24)
My last VCAP-EUC was in 20…..
Now available!
Downside?….what is VMware doing with EUC, and what will this ultimately mean for those who achieve it?…. no one knows…. yet.

How to Enable & Configure vMotion Application Notification Feature
Pretty sure the title (above) covers it.
“Stun Time”…we have seen it….it is not unique to VMware or vSphere.
It’s an Operating System response to specific administrative operations, for example, in the Microsoft Windows world, the same interruption happens when you take quiesced (in-Guest) backup/snapshot of even a physical Server.
New to vSphere 8, “…when a vMotion operation is invoked, the operation waits for an Administrator-configurable “clearance” from the Guest Operating System before it actually begins
VMware Tech Zone post is here.

HPE Acquires Juniper Networks!
Announced Jan 12….
Good think my team already knows the Juniper, and Aruba, and Cisco, and Palo Alto, and Fortinet, ……
HPE News post is here.
Forbes take on it is here.
Reuters take on it is here.
TechCrunch take on it is here.

Dell ends agreement to sell VMware software
Primarily, just the VMware Perpetual software…
Wonder if that will change the DellEMC team’s need to sell VxRail…
Morningstar’s take on it…

Veeam Backup & Replication v11 – end of support
Not to worry….the upgrade to Veeam B&R v12 is easy enough.
Jorge de la Cruz chimes in on additional new features you should take advantage of the the newest v12 release.

Windows Server 2025
Now officially named.
Windows Server Insider Progam links, as well as what’s new links.
Hope by the its released, PowerShell Core will be there by default.
Blog post is here.

Azure Stack HCI now supports Azure Virtual Desktop
Of course it comes with SOME limitations, but judge for yourself if it meets your business requirements…
Microsoft Learn post.
Microsoft Tech Community post is here.

Bill Belichick a Coaching Mastermind
While I’m not a football fan, came across this link & figured I’d share.
An NFL Films YouTube video, 87-minutes.

Synology User – try WORM (WriteOnceReadMany)
Great post…check it out, and see if it is even an option for you….
Downside when I tried to implement?
I was NOT using the BTRFS volume (as this is a 10+ year implemented Synology with drives moved between a few generations of Synology).
This meant I could not implement WORM (without formatting & starting over).
But I found this interesting….
Might change HOW I do my next migration, and use BTRFS vs ext4.
My primary use case?
Backups…..this is the backup (and archive) for lots of my data.
Would be GREAT to have a “Forever WORMed” share, which I consider my “Archive”
Would be GREAT to have a “1 year retention WORMed share, for backups.

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