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Reading Time: 3 minutes Kubernetes (k8s) is an open-source system for automating deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications and during the last years has become the standard de-facto of large containers management. VMware PKS (launched on August 2017) is a purpose-built product that enables enterprises and service providers to simplify the deployment and operations of Kubernetes clusters. It provides a production-grade Kubernetes distribution with deep NSX-T integration for advanced networking, a built-in private registry with enterprise security features and full life cycle management support of the clusters.

Reading Time: 3 minutes VMware vSphere upgrade process is usually an easy process to execute, due to the vSphere Update Manager simplicity, but it requires a careful planning and attention on the different compatibility and interoperability matrix. An important note is about the different build versions (or the Update releases) of the different components.

Reading Time: 2 minutes The VMware vSAN release catalog provides critical information to vSAN build recommendation engine. It will be updated when there are new releases or critical patches and, of course, it’s very important to keep the local copy up-to-date. The vSAN health check feature, will periodically ensure that the local copy of vSAN release catalog is up-to-date.

Reading Time: 2 minutes One of the new feature of VMware vSphere 6.7 is the full support for Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 devices both at host and VM level. But when you are using a TPM 2.0 device on an ESXi host, the host might fail to pass the attestation phase.

Reading Time: 3 minutes Starting with vSphere 5.1, the VMware Tools update procedure was no more requiring a Windows VM reboot to finalize the process (see also VMware Tools unattended upgrade). But there were some cases where a reboot was still necessary (see VMware Tools 5.1 upgrade may restart your Windows VM).

Reading Time: 8 minutes During holidays, reading some books could be a pleasure but also a moment of growth and deepening. And if you want to learn more on VMware NSX-v or NSX-T which book could be used?

Reading Time: 2 minutes During holidays, reading some books could be a pleasure but also a moment of growth and deepening. And if you want to learn more on VMware vSphere 6.7 which book could be used?

Reading Time: 2 minutes With VMware vSAN you can use VMware vSphere Update Manager (VUM) to update all the software part, but it can also be useful to manage some hardware related updates. Usually you have to check BIOS version (for example for Spectre and Meltdown bugs), but also the other firmware.

Reading Time: 5 minutes VMware Horizon version 7.6 was released on September 2018, with a lot of new features, and now VMware has just released the new version of VMware Horizon: version 7.7 has several improvements as documented in the release notes. Definitely VDI is not dead, and each year is an important year for VDI and EUC. And not only Horizon 7 version 7.7 has been released, but also VMware Horizon Client 4.10. Other products remain at the same version (VMware ThinApp 5.2.4, VMware Mirage 5.9.1, VMware App Volumes 2.15.0 and 3.0, VMware User Environment Manager 9.6.0). More information on […]

Reading Time: 4 minutes The Dell Boot Optimized Storage Solution (BOSS) is a new option for the installation of the hypervisor part, in a virtualization enviroment, or more important in a hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) host! The dual SD option was already present in all PowerEdge, also in previous generations, and was a good choice to separate the hypervisor from the disks or simple use diskless based solutions. And was a good option for vSphere ESXi when servers were only used as a compute nodes.

Reading Time: 2 minutes Hot-add trasport mode is a valuable solution for serveral environment, but is not necessary the fastest (see Slow speed in hot-add transport mode backup) or the best solution. But for some environments (for example VMware vSAN) it’s the recommended approach. But in VMware vSphere 6.5 and 6.7 that can be some issues using hot-add on proxy with a huge number of virtual disks. Note that this issue is resolved in ESXi 6.5 P03 and ESXi 6.7 U1.

Reading Time: 3 minutes As you probably know, VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP) is the builtin “backup solution” for vSphere and was first introduced with vSphere 5.1 (see VDP: the new VDR in vSphere 5.1). But VMware has decided its End of Availability (EOA) and VMware vSphere 6.5 was the last release to include vSphere Data Protection and future vSphere releases will no longer include this product. VMware want to focusing its investments on vSphere Storage APIs – Data Protection to further strengthen the vSphere backup partner ecosystem that provides better 3rd part native backup products. For sure it’s […]

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