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Reading Time: 3 minutes VMware vSphere Update Manager (VUM) enables centralized, automated patch and version management for VMware vSphere and offers support for VMware ESXi hosts, virtual machines, and virtual appliances. For ESXi hosts it can manage both the update and the upgrade workflows, but can also be powerful for adding custom VIB package, like for example new drivers. Usually it takes the updated files from the VMware repository, but you can also add custom repositories (or depots).

Reading Time: 4 minutes VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) is VMware’s unified SDDC platform for the hybrid cloud and it’s based on VMware’s compute, storage, and network virtualization technologies to deliver a native integrated software stack that can be used on-premises for private cloud deployment or run as a service from the public cloud with consistent and simple operations. The core components of VMware Cloud Foundation are VMware vSphere (for the compute part), vSAN (for the storage part), and NSX DataCenter (in version -v or -T, for the network and security part).

Reading Time: 6 minutes I’ve already wrote about the different reasons on Why upgrade to VMware vSphere 6.7 (or why not), but I’ve not yet provide tips and hints on how perform the upgrade process. If you are lucky enough to have a full VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) stack, then you don’t have much problem… the VCF Lifecycle Manager that can make your life easier (see also Simplify VMware’s products update/upgrade). Otherwise you need to plan this activity carefully and perform different tasks, some manual, some automatic.

Reading Time: 6 minutes VMware Horizon version 7.7 was released on December 2018, with a lot of new features, and now VMware has just released the new version of VMware Horizon: version 7.8 has several improvements as documented in the release notes. Definitely VDI is not dead, and maybe 2019 it’s not the year of VDI… just because each year is an important year for VDI and EUC. Note that not only Horizon 7 version 7.8 has been released, but also VMware Horizon Client 5.0, VMware ThinApp 5.2.5, VMware User Environment Manager 9.7.0, VMware App Volumes 2.16 and Client Agent […]

Reading Time: 2 minutes Packt has released a new book for VMware vSphere: Mastering VMware vSphere 6.7 – Second Edition written by Martin Gavanda. I’m in the author list, but just because some of the material of this book cames from the Mastering VMware vSphere 6.5 book.

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).

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