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VMware has released (on Feb, 15th) a new vCSA version: vCenter Server 6.5 U1f, with build number 7801515. This release patches the vCSA operating system (Photon OS) mainly against two vulnerabilities: bounds-check bypass (Spectre-1, CVE-2017-5753) and rogue data cache load issues (Meltdown, CVE-2017-5754). As of now, there is still no patch for branch target injection vulnerability (Spectre-2, CVE-2017-5715). VMware has also updated the security advisory dealing with all of its virtual appliances updates for Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities, VMSA-2018-0007. But note that VMSA-2018-0004.2 has not been updated yet, and it still report that the suggested version for […]

After the special discount for all the eBook (and video) on Packt site, now it’s the turn for the printed book: for one week only, get 25% off all Packt print books as well as FREE shipping! A good opportunity if you want to buy the Mastering VMware vSphere 6.5 book, or also other books from Packt.

This is an article realized for StarWind blog and focused on the pro and cons of an upgrade to vSphere 6.5. See also the original post. VMware vSphere 6.5 is the latest version of the enterprise server virtual platform from VMware, but the new beta it’s already there for testers. Actually the next version it’s (in the beta) and you can register at https://secure.vmware.com/43478_vSphere_Beta_Reg.

One month ago, the Mastering VMware vSphere 6.5 book has been published and we already have some interesting feedback. Considering that it’s the first book experience (not only for me but also for the other co-authors), and that neither of us it’s a native English speaker, we are really interested in more feedback (positive or negative) as possible, in order to improve, in the case of a new edition or a new book.

There are some cases where the VMware Tools installation, if you run it from the vSphere platform, remain pending and you cannot end this task anymore. Also if VMware Tools are up and running properly. It’s something boring because may block you in several other tasks.

Seems that the vSphere Web Client has some bugs, also with the latest vSphere 6.5 version. It should be the main web client (see a list of possible GUI clients in vSphere 6.5), but sometimes does not work as expected (without considering possible Flash bugs). If you are using vSphere vApp (a feature that requires a DRS enabled cluster), you may have some issues when you need to remove a VM outside from a vApp.

VMware has announced the general availability (GA) of VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) 4.1. The new release is based on top of the Ocata release and support for the latest versions of VMware products, across vSphere, vSAN, and NSX V|T (including NSX-T LBaaSv2). OpenStack is a framework for providing developers with cloud-style APIs and tools on top of a choice of virtual infrastructure technologies. OpenStack software controls large pools of computing, storage, and networking resources throughout a datacenter, managed through a dashboard or via the OpenStack API. OpenStack works with popular enterprise and open source technologies […]

VMware has released a new version of NSX-v, the NSX edition for vSphere environment. Note that NSX 6.4 is a new minor release, but has so many important enhancements, new features, and improvements that can be considered a new major release. The most interesting news are the support to the HTML5 vSphere Client (another little step to a complete adoption) and some new interesting features and capabilità in the distributed firewall. For more technical details on the new features, see this post.

VMware vSphere, during its history and the different versions, has got several types of GUI clients. One of the most used (not the first, but the standard one since Virtual Infrastructure 3.0) was the vSphere Client for Windows. But on May 2016 VMware has announced that the Legacy C# Client (aka thick client, desktop client, or vSphere Client) will no longer be available with the vSphere 6.5 release, replaced by web-based clients. With VMware vSphere 6.5 there are mainly two different “Web Client”:  the vSphere Web Client (based on Flash and introduced in vSphere 5.0) […]

Meltdown and Spectre are critical vulnerabilities existing in several modern CPU: these hardware bugs allow programs to steal data which is currently processed on the computer. Meltdown and Spectre can affect personal computers, mobile devices, server and several cloud services. Actually, the only way to minimize those security risks is to patch your operating systems, but also the hypervisor level and the hardware level (if vendors provide a new firmware).

Meltdown and Spectre are critical vulnerabilities existing in several modern CPU: these hardware bugs allow programs to steal data which is currently processed on the computer. Meltdown and Spectre can affect personal computers, mobile devices, server and several cloud services. Actually, the only way to minimize those security risks is to patch your operating systems or the hypervisor level (if you are using virtual machines).

One month ago, VMware has released a new branch of the VMware Tools, the version VMware Tools 10.2.0 some a new interesting feature: the offline VIB bundle. With this package, you can simply upgrade the embedded VMware Tools components in your VMware ESXi hosts in order to continue to update your VMware Tools as usual!

VMware has just released the new version of VMware Horizon: version 7.4 has several improvements as documented in the release notes. Some improvements are related to the connection servers:

Now that the PSOD on vSphere 6.5 and 10 Gbps NICs issue is finally solved seems that vSphere 6.5 critical bugs are closed, but it’s not totally true. During an upgrade from a vSphere 6.0, I’ve found a really strange iSCSI storage issues where all the VMs on the iSCSI datastore were so slow to become un-usable. First I was thinking about drivers or firmware, in the hosts and in the NIC (1 Gbps) or the firmware on the storage.

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