Microsoft has just released to all Windows Insiders the new Windows Server Insider Preview Build 17074. This build is a preview build of the next Semi-Annual Channel release of Windows Server and it’s a preview of the next production build of Windows Server 2016… usually most of the features will be confirmed in the stable branch.

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.

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Veeam has announced the acquisition of N2W Software (N2WS), their first major acquisition in an all-cash transaction deal for N2WS valued at $42.5M. This after an impressive year, with $827M in total bookings revenue and 36% annual growth!

N2WS was founded with the mission of providing enterprise-class data protection for workloads in the public cloud.

N2WS is a leader in IaaS data protection, providing a cloud-native backup solution specifically designed for AWS workloads, enabling organizations to back up data and applications as often as needed and recover them in seconds. N2WS grew revenues by 102% in 2017.

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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 and the hypervisor level (if you are using virtual machines).
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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) and the new HTML5-based vSphere Client (see also What’s New in vSphere 6.5: vCenter management clients).

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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).
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PowerShell Core 6.0 is the new edition of the powerful Microsoft’s scripting language PowerShell. At the beginning, it was only for the latest version of Microsoft Windows operating systems, but in the last year has finally become cross-platform (Windows, macOS, and Linux), open-source, and built for heterogeneous environments and the hybrid cloud.

PowerShell Core uses .NET Core 2.0 as its runtime, that enables PowerShell Core to work on multiple platforms (Windows, macOS, and Linux). PowerShell Core also exposes the API set offered by .NET Core 2.0 to be used in PowerShell cmdlets and scripts. Windows PowerShell used the .NET Framework runtime to host the PowerShell engine. This means that Windows PowerShell exposes the API set offered by .NET Framework.

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Plutora Environments gives internal and external environment teams one place to collaborate on and view environment bookings, allocations, configurations, and conflicts. It supports intake requests, environment change requests, environment allocations, conflict detection, and impact analysis with complete notification options for stakeholders.

Plutora Environments improves the quality, availability, and utilization of your environments by reducing costs and delays. The solution simplifies the management of requests by providing a single system for all tracking.

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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 apply different type of patches at different levels, including operating systems, the hypervisor , the hardware level, …

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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).

continue reading…

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).
continue reading…

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 and the hypervisor level (if you are using virtual machines).
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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!

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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:

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