Virtual Updates 2024-02-19

VMware Edge Compute Stack
VECS (VMware Edge Comute Stack).
VECO (VMware Edge Cloud Orchestrator).
Learn what those new terms mean in the post.
But is this the replacement for the old ROBO offerings?
It might be, as it comes with VVF….gotta learn more…
VMware Blog post is here.

VMware ESXi “Free” edition is gone!
Wow. Homelabbers are going to be out of luck now….
VMware KB 2107518 is here.

vSphere – How to collect # of cores & # of TiBs of Capacity
This is something that’s been asked quite a few times over the weeks….
Never hurts to post again….
VMware KB 95927 (script download is in the upper right of the page).

VMware CPU Deprecation
Wow….and I thought Skylake CPUs were still new…didn’t they JUST come out the other day?….
Take a look at some of CPUs, and have a plan for what to do….
VMware KB 82794 is here.

vSphere 8 Update 2 – Identify Federation
So with vSphere 7, ADFS was the only iDP option.
Now, there is Azure AD (Entra ID) and Okta support.
Noticed a nuance in this post…. right from the documentation….
“If you have an Enhanced Linked Mode configuration of 3 vCenter Server systems,
A, B, and C, and you configure the Okta identity provider on vCenter Server A,
vCenter Server A is the only system to handle all the Okta logins.
vCenter Server B & vCenter Server C do not directly communicate with Okta.
What that means to me, is we have a SPOF that we need to consider if doing Enhanced Linked Mode, ….because only 1 of the 3 vCenters in the example handles the authentication with the iDP.

vSphere Configuration Profiles
With Host Profiles going away (in the next major version of vSphere) AND
with vLCM deprecating Baselines and moving to Image Based Management…
Replacing Host Profiles….is vSphere Configuration Profiles.
Want to get a jump start on using them?
The post introduces you to the workflow.

vSphere Metrics Book 3rd Edition
“No, it’s not a light reading as I tried to keep it short (it is already 375 pages long).”
Available here, via LinkedIn post (which takes you to Box Downloads page).

vCenter vLCM – PowerCLI
Another William Lam creation….
You have to download this PowerShell module (not included in PowerCLI….yet)
With this script, its all about getting information about your vLCM Image Based clusters….bet soon there will be a set script too….and it will probably get packaged up with PowerCLI in the future…

Horizon View – Optimize VDI image for “new” Teams Client
Until the VMware team updates the OS Optimization Tool, here is a workaround…
VMware Tech Zone post is here.

Microsoft AzureStack HCI – now with desktops!
So now you can consume Azure Virtual Desktops on AzureStack HCI.
The Register article is here.

Cohesity to buy Veritas Data Security
Should close by end of year….
Including Veritas NetBackup
Cohesity Press page is here.
Reuters post is here.

Nutanix Objects Visualizer
New to Objects 4.3…
Watch videos, edit files, right there in a browser, no other S3 client needed.
Nutanix Blog post is here.

Nutanix Cluster Lockdown
Applicable to both Prism Central and Nutanix Clusters (Prism Element).
Have a requirement to prevent SSH use with username/password, and force the use of public/private keys to gain access as the way to connect to the AHV hosts or Nutanix CVMs?
This has been around for as long as I can remember.
Haven’t seen people doing it.
Found this post, which I think is great, as it also explains how to create your public/private key pair.
Windows users….just run the Linux commands in PowerShell.
ssh-keygen is there.

Nutanix in Health Care – Epic EMR
Nice Customer Success story write up.
Nutanix Customer Story 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).
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