Browsing Posts published in August, 2018

Reading Time: 6 minutes The new vSphere Client in HTML5 introduced with vSphere 6.5 was originally a Flings project called: vSphere HTML5 Web Client. The name is inconsistent now, but the Flings project mantain the original name to avoid something like ‘vSphere Client Fling’ and also to keep its independed devel path. And on August 22, 2018 a new release of the Fling version has been released: v3.41 – Build 9687895.

Reading Time: 4 minutes VMware has just officially announced that their certifications will change the names with something different and no more related to the product version. New certification names will be identified by the year they are earned. Potentially this will make easier to immediately identify how current a certification is.

Reading Time: 3 minutes Runecast is a company that provides actionable predictive analytics for VMware vSphere environments. Runecast Analyzer is a solution that provides software-defined expertise to mitigate service outages, increase security and compliance and reduce time in troubleshooting.  Runecast Analyzer is deployed in VMware environments across the globe within enterprise and SME customers. This solution can discover hidden issues in your vSphere environment by using the current VMware Knowledge Base articles, that is probably the most trusted, complete and up-to-date public source of known issues and best practices related to VMware products, but it’s also typically used reactively, once […]

Reading Time: 3 minutes VMware NSX Data Center for vSphere is the new name of NSX-v and NSX-t for the on-prem case, and version 6 is actually referring to the specific edition for VMware vSphere that use the vCenter Server UI has the main UI also for all the NSX part. There are other NSX products, but VMware has just announced a new minor version for the vSphere related product: NSX Data Center for vSphere v6.4.2 it’s out. The release notes describe all the new features and improvement of this release:

Reading Time: 5 minutes Cohesity has started is journey focusing in the hyperconverged secondary storage area, but in the last two years, it has embraced the cloud power focusing more on the public and hybrid cloud integrations. Now Cohesity has announced the release of Cohesity Helios, a SaaS-based management solution that empowers customers to see, manage, and take action on their secondary data and applications globally, from a single dashboard, while benefiting from powerful analytics and machine learning (ML) capabilities that generate valuable insights from untapped data.

Reading Time: 7 minutes Converged infrastructure operates by grouping multiple information technology (IT) components into a single, optimized computing package. Components of a converged infrastructure may include servers, data storage devices, networking equipment and software for IT infrastructure management, automation, and orchestration. Using converged systems is a way to use a building block approach for the IT infrastructure:

Reading Time: 2 minutes VMware has just released a new fresh version of PowerCLI 10.2.0! VMware PowerCLI is a command-line and scripting tool built on Windows PowerShell, and provides more than 600 cmdlets for managing and automating vSphere, vCloud, vRealize Operations Manager, vSAN, NSX-T, VMware Cloud on AWS, and VMware Horizon environments.

Reading Time: 3 minutes If you still are using the Windows based vCenter Server with a SQL Server database you may have some login issues, due to a recent Windows update (released on July 10, 2018). You will have some errors in the SQL Server part with SQL startup issues due to “TCP port is already in use” errors. This is caused by a regression in the TCP/IP functions that manages the TCP port pool introduced in the July 10, 2018 Windows updates for Windows 7/Server 2008 R2 and Windows 8.1/Server 2012 R2.

Reading Time: 7 minutes The L1 Terminal Fault (aka Foreshadow) bug is another speculative execution side channel attack that affects Intel Core processors and Intel Xeon processors only. For VMware vSphere, there are some patches available as described in this document: VMSA-2018-0020. All patches have been released on August, 14th 2018.

Reading Time: 4 minutes Two years ago, VMware has started new vExpert (sub)programs on different technologies. One of those sub-programs was the vExpert NSX and I was honored to part of the first list. After the renewal of last year (VMware vExpert NSX 2017), I found that I’ve been renewed also for this year! VMware has just announced the list of vExperts NSX 2018.

Reading Time: 3 minutes Dell EMC OpenManage Server Administrator (OMSA) is a complementary tool that provides a comprehensive, one-to-one systems management solution in two ways: from an integrated, web browser-based graphical user interface (GUI) and from a command line interface (CLI) through the operating system. Usually, you should add it to each bare metal system, unless you are using other management tools. But also if you are using Open Manage Essential (OME) or similar, OMSA provide some unique and powerful features, like the access to the BIOS settings.

Reading Time: 4 minutes This is the year of the security threats originated by hardware level bugs. The year has begun with the Spectre and Metldown bug with several months of possible solutions, new BIOS, new patches… and new variants of those bugs (like Spectre V4 and V5). But we are far from the solution because other bugs came out. And more will come out… All the software used at the microprocessor level and all the optimizations will probably be a good vector for new attack patterns. As already written, we are still far from the solution.

Reading Time: 3 minutes In the last Veeam Community Forums Digest newsletter there is an interesting note about possible performance issues in VMware vSphere backup based on hot-add transport mode. VMware has confirmed that the increased Hot Add times experienced by some Veeam customers who have installed Veeam Backup & Replication Update 3a and the reason is the latest Virtual Disk Development Kit (VDDK) 6.5 version used in U3a to support also vSphere 6.5 Update 2.

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