If you look at the recenty Nutanix Acropololys Operating Systems releases you will notice new versions in just few months: Nutanix AOS 5.6 was released in April and now Nutanix AOS 5.8 has been just released.

What does it means for the support and the lifecycle of the products?

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The new Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 3a patch may introduce some warnings backing up Microsoft SQL Server VMs after installing the update.

It does not happen in all cases, and seems more limited for SQL Express instances.

But Veeam has described the issues in KB2689 (https://www.veeam.com/kb2689) with also the required fix!

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In the last months there were several post about the vRealize Log Insight for vCenter Server edition… a “free” version of vRealize Log Insight included with vCenter Server license (so not really free, but included in your license cost).

To be honest there were only 25 OSI included (vRealize Log Insight counts the sources of the log), but quite enough for a small-medium environment, if you consider only the ESXi and vCenter Server… If you try to use for a large environment or for monitoring also other log sources or for NSX components, this number is quite limiting.

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Some weeks ago, somebody as ask me how was going the Mastering VMware vSphere 6.5 book, so I’ve collect some stats from the published and from Amazon.

This book was the first authoring experience not only for me, but also for the other authors (Paolo Valsecchi, from the blog http://nolabnoparty.com/, and Karel Novak, a VCI and VMUG leader from CZ, both also Veeam Vanguard).

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Tintri has laid off 80 per cent of its staff, including its top sales bod, leaving just 40 to 50 staff behind, however it still expects to run out of cash on June 30. And there are a lot of rumors with impending news of bankruptcy.

That’s not good at, considering the history of the company and the quality of their products.

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We are approching an important milestore: January 14, 2020 sets the end of Extended Support for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2. Just three years ago was the turn of Windows Server 2003 (End of the extended support for Windows Server 2003 family).

End of support means the end of regular security updates, potentially leaving you vulnerable to security and compliance issues. Find all the details you need in the end-of-support blog post.

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Managing the lifecycle of a complete software stack it’s something potentially complex because to the interdependence between the different layers, the order of the update or upgrade and the multiple software piecies (but also potentially some firmware/driver updates).

For VMware vSphere there is VUM that can simplify ESXi lifecycle, but for example cannot manage the vCenter/PSC upgrade/update process.

For VMware vSAN, VUM has been improved to consider the proper flow of the update process.

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The historycal technical certification from Nutanix was the Nutanix Platform Professional (NPP) certification: a free online exam to all Nutanix customers and partners wwhere training is recommended, but not required before attempting the exam.

The exam was quite easy (due also the fact that it’s an online and not proctored exam), so the value of this type of certification was not so high.

But was a requirement for Nutanix partners and and plus for a customer because it confirms your (minimal) ability to install, configure, and manage the Nutanix environment.

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Nutanix has recently released a new version of Acropolis Operating System (AOS): AOS 5.8 is now the latest version. Just few months after Nutanix AOS 5.6.

NOTICE: AOS 5.8 is a new AOS Feature Release or Short term Support (STS) Release, that means it isn’t a Long Term Supported (LTS). The support for all feature release version will only be for 6 months after the release date, within which period you will have to upgrade to the next feature release version.

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vOneCloud is an OpenNebula distribution optimized to work on existing VMware vCenter deployments to provide full cloud features.

vOneCloud is distributed as a virtual appliance for vSphere. It contains all required OpenNebula services within a single CentOS Linux appliance. All components are fully open-source and have been certified to work in enterprise environments. You can build your cloud in just 5 minutes!

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VMware vSphere 6.7 wasn’t officially supported by Veeam Backup & Replication, as also the new vSphere 6.5 Update 2 (due to the backporting from 6.7).

But now Veeam has released the Backup Replication 9.5 Update 3a version that fully supports latest vSphere versions, including vCloud Director and VMware Cloud on AWS:

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VMware Workstation 14 it’s a great product and adds several features from ESXi 6.5 and 6.7 (like NVMe support). But drops too many CPU from its compatibility list and this means less support for old PCs or laptop.

With an unsupported processor, you can create, configure, move the VMs, but when you try to power on them, you will receive an error message like this:

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