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One of the announce at last VMworld EU 2017 is the new version of VMware vSphere Integrated Containers (VIC). This new version will deliver significant new capabilities, major security enhancements and the the ability to provision native Docker container hosts using a unified management portal. VMware vSphere Integrated Containers delivers an enterprise container infrastructure that provides the best of both worlds for the developers and vSphere operations teams where containers can now be enabled and managed as “normal” virtual machines with the same concepts and skills, with no processes or tools changes required.

VMware has just released the new major version of NSX-T 2.0 to provides an agile software-defined infrastructure to build cloud-native application environments. When Nicira product has been released was for Linux and physical platform, but after the VMware’s acquisition has been re-engineered to be integrated in the vSphere platform, with the new name of VMware NSX (now NSX-v). NSX-T is again a version for (physical) Linux system designed for management, operations, and consumption newtork resources insied a (development) organizations. NSX-T allows IT and development teams to choose the technologies best suited for their applications.

The new Dell-EMC PowerEdge G14 Server series it’s finally out and it’s not only the first line with the new logo (and a new bezel), but has really a lot of new features and capabilities. I’ve already talk about the PAT option, now let’s see another one, now valuable also for virtual infrastructure. The Dell Boot Optimized Storage Solution (BOSS) is a new option for the installation of the hypervisor part, in a virtualization hosts, or more important in a hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) host!

The new Dell-EMC PowerEdge Server generation it’s out (I’ve see a preview at last Dell-EMC World event): the PowerEdge G14 series is not only the first line with the new logo (and a new bezel), but has really a lot of new features and capabilities. One of this the Dell Processor Acceleration Technology (PAT) Pro option: on a R740 the street price is more than 1500€!

Starting with vSphere 6.0, the new PSC component include not only the SSO part, but also a certification authority for certification management of all vSphere infrastructure elements (unfortunately is not been used yet by all the other VMware’s products). This simplified not only the certifications management (with auto-enrollment for expired certificates), but also the trust between the different connections.

After the beta period, Nakivo is announcing the GA release of NAKIVO Backup & Replication v7.2 with some interesting new features. The new v7.2 comes with the following new features:

Actually there are two different platform where you can run the vCenter Server components (including the PSC): Windows (both physical or virtual) or Linux (only with the vCSA, based on PhotonOS). Initially there was only a Windows version, then the vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA) was first introduced with the release of vSphere 5.0 and has since evolved to become the definitive deployment model for vCenter Server. Starting with vSphere 6.5 the vCSA has become the first choice and has raised the level of vCenter with new functionalities (not available on the Windows version).

Finally has been announced (or better, confirmed) that VMware plans to deprecate the Flash-based vSphere Web Client with the next numbered release (not update release) of VMware vSphere. What does it mean, that the HTML5-based vSphere Client will become the only GUI client… finally! After the death of the vSphere Client for Windows, written with C# and with several issues, like the console issues with Windows 10, but also with several inconsistency with the others clients, now it’s the turn of the Flash based client.

One propertiers of VMware (standard) virtual switches was the number of ports per switch. A parameter (120 was the default in ESXi 5.x) that define how many virtual NIC and/or vmkernel interfaces you can connect to the virtual switch portgroups. This parameter was static and any changes require a host reboot. But starting with vSphere 5.5 (see KB 2064511) this parameter has become “elastic”.

In the past, I’ve wrote about Ravello System and it’s unique solution (Smart Labs) that permit self-contained capsules to run your VMware/KVM development, test, training and demo environments in the cloud without migration. Also if the company has been acquired by Oracle (my guess was that most interested in this technology was VMware itself), it remain still active and now more important. Oracle want to push out the Next Generation of Cloud with the promise to be the Best Cloud for Enterprise and Ravello become an important piece of this vision.

Several people are disabling IPv6 support in ESXi for different reasons: because of the minimum privilege principle (if you are not using a service, why you have to keep it enabled?) or simple because they don’t want any IPv6 address in the network. On Linux and Windows systems is become very difficult disable it and Microsoft itself does not recommend disabling IPV6: ” We do not recommend that you disable IPv6 or its components, or some Windows components may not function.” (https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/929852)

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