FROM THE EDITORS VIRTUAL DESK
Hi everyone, a few reminders this week regarding VMworld as well as patches for a number of our solutions. I have provided most of this information in prior newsletters however I want to include it all again this week so that you have a reference. These are mainly updates to our security advisories and are important to roll into your patching/maintenance cycle as early as possible. Please reach out to your TAM with any questions or concerns on these or anything else.

Update on VMSA-2017-0007
VMware vCenter Server updates resolve a remote code execution vulnerability via BlazeDS. Please click here for more info. This affects vCenter 6.x (not 5.5).

Update on VMSA-2017-0006
VMware ESXi, Workstation and Fusion updates address critical and moderate security issues. Please click here for more info. This affects ESXi 6.x (not 5.5) as well as Fusion and Workstation versions.

Update on VMSA-2017-0004.7
A update has been made to this VMSA. This affects vSphere 6.0. Please take a look here and let me know if you have any questions.

VMworld 2017 TAM Day Registration Details!
It’s that time of year again. Registration is now open for VMworld 2017 US hosted at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. Dates are August 27th – August 31st. Sunday the 27th kicks off with TAM Customer Day. TAM customers have exclusive access to TAM Customer Day as well as a TAM central sessions. More info to follow from your TAM and in the newsletter over the coming months, and follow us on Social Media (see below) for constant updates prior to and during VMworld (competition giveaways and more).

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New VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2017-0007
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Blogger Blast: VMware vCloud Director 8.20
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