FROM THE EDITORS VIRTUAL DESK
Hi everyone, after a few weeks vacation the newsletter is back and packed full of content. So much has been happening since our last newsletter. One thing I would like to point you to is our VMware on AWS roadmap. This is such a great tool for those of you looking for a great onramp to the private or hybrid cloud. Of course there are always many decisions and discussions that need to take place and many of the questions that are are often concerning technology to support what your business may require. VMware has therefore decided to fully publish our VMware on AWS roadmap and make it public to help you with the conversations that need to take place with the data that you need top support the decision that you make. Take a look here and have a chat to your TAM who can help you with much more.

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NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM VMWARE

VMware Radius

  • Companies Team up to Address Issues With Multiple Clouds
    The impact of cloud is undeniable to both businesses and IT. Cloud has ushered in a new level of agility for organizations and transformed the way applications are built, run, managed, and delivered. As businesses increase their use of cloud computing and utilize multiple cloud providers, they natur...
  • VMware Award Winners Pioneer Tomorrow’s Use of Big Data
    VMware and Big Data VMware is a company that actively invests in cutting-edge research, collaborates with world-class researchers, and recognizes groundbreaking work. This is recognized through the VMware Systems Research Award. The award, which was established in 2016, first commended Professor M...
  • VMware Diversity and Inclusion Update 2018
    By Amber Boyle, VMware Diversity and Inclusion Director  Amber Boyle, Diversity and Inclusion Director at VMware This year, the conversation around diversity has been amplified. While progress is being made in the area of diversity and inclusion (D&I) from Hollywood to the C-suite, company diversi...

VMware Open Source Blog

  • Why Tern? The Case for an Open Source Tool to Help with Container Compliance
    By Nisha Kumar, Open Source Engineer, VMware The benefits of the microservice architecture for web applications and platforms have VMware’s customers demanding support for containers. Container build tools like Docker make it easy to build and deploy a microservice. Simply choose a base container to...
  • Gearing Up for Open Source Leadership Summit
    Open source leaders from far and wide will convene in California’s famous Sonoma Valley for The Linux Foundation’s Open Source Leadership Summit, taking place March 6-8. VMware is proud to be a sponsor of this prestigious forum, where the best and brightest open source minds will collaborate to driv...
  • The Story of Containers
    By Rostislav M. Georgiev, open source engineer, VMware Containers and their use in modern day high-performance cloud-native applications have generated a lot of hype in the past few years. Yet they came to the scene relatively late, especially when compared to virtual machines (VMs). Their appearanc...

VMware vSphere Blog

  • Announcing the vSphere 6.5 Update 1 Security Configuration Guide
    I am really pleased to announce the availability of the 6.5 Update 1 Security Configuration Guide (SCG). Normally a new guide is done only for numbered releases and not updates but the number of security updates that have made it into 6.5 Update 1 has warranted this SCG release. Also, we want to sho...
  • vSphere 5.5 and vSAN 5.5 End of General Support Reminder
    We would like to remind you that the End of General Support (EOGS) for vSphere 5.5 and vSAN 5.5 is September 19, 2018. To maintain your full level of Support and Subscription Services, VMware recommends upgrading to vSphere 6.5. Note that by upgrading to vSphere 6.5 you not only get all the lat...
  • Virtually Speaking Podcast #67 Resource Management
    Two weeks ago Pete Flecha (a.k.a. Pedro Arrow) and John Nicholson invited me to their always awesome podcast to talk about resource management. During our conversation, we covered both on-prem and the features of VMware Cloud on AWS that help cater the needs of your workload. Being a guest on t...

Network Virtualization

  • Security for Public Clouds (AWS) with vRealize Network Insight
    Enterprise IT needs visibility into the network and security status of their workloads, whether hosted on premises, or within AWS. While many AWS workloads are sandboxes for application development teams (DevOps), it is important to analyze these workloads. Increasingly, public cloud workloads are a...
  • Enhancing Application Performance with NSX
    The application performance gains resulting from migrating an infrastructure hosting multi-tier applications from a physical networking implementation to a NSX software-based one have been well documented.  Bob Goldsand and Todd Muirhead, from our  performance engineering team have been preaching ...
  • Want to Learn More About SD-WAN? Register for Our SD-WAN 101 Webinar Series
    No other technology in recent history has experienced the growth rate that SD-WAN currently possesses. The buzz is high, the benefits are numerous, and its strategic position in digital transformation is critical. Enterprises are changing their legacy networks and dramatically improving the way th...

VMware Cloud Management

Cloud-Native Apps

  • Running Selenium Grid on vSphere with vSphere Integrated Containers
    By Tom Schwaller, Senior Technical Product Manager, Michael Roy, Product Line Marketing Manager, and Simone Morellato, Director Technical Product Management One thing that makes containers great is their ability to rapidly spin up a browser-compatibility testing environment. There are plenty of gre...
  • Enterprise Management Associates Awards VMware PKS EMA Top 3 Container Management Products of 2018
    By Ning Ge, Senior Product Marketing Manager VMware Pivotal Container Service (PKS) was awarded EMA Top 3 products of 2018 by Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) in its report published on March 1 — Ten Priorities for Container Management and DevOps in Production and at Scale in 2018. Based on p...
  • Getting Started with Kubernetes-as-a-Service
    By Michael West, Technical Product Manager, VMware As digital transformation moves from a talking point to an IT mandate, infrastructure teams are being asked to step up to expanded roles. An understanding of containers and container orchestration technologies, combined with deep expertise in stora...

VMware End-User Computing Blog

  • VMware Horizon Cloud Service on Microsoft Azure –Technical Walkthrough (Part 1)
    VMware Horizon Cloud Service on Microsoft Azure provides a single platform for delivering virtualized Windows applications and desktops running in Microsoft Azure. Microsoft Azure is a very flexible and scalable cloud platform offering high reliability across its more than 40 global data centers. It...
  • See What’s New in VMware Identity Manager 3.2
    VMware Workspace ONE provides a consumer simple, enterprise secure platform for all the apps your employees need, helping you build a digital workspace that protects your data and empowers your users. As we release the VMware Identity Manager 3.2 component of Workspace ONE, we’re focused on providin...
  • Get an Exclusive First Look at New Workspace ONE Platform Release
    The digital workspace has the power to transform the way IT delivers services and employee experiences. The most successful organizations embrace new techniques and tools that make anytime, anywhere, any device work a tangible reality. The team here at VMware EUC is laser-focused on delivering solut...

The Support Insider

  • New KB articles published for week ending 11th March 2018
    VMware SDDC Manager How to update the Cisco UCS C240 M5 servers in a VMware Cloud Foundation environment to allow for correct boot configuration Date Published: 2018/03/08 The VSAN and vMotion distributed port groups in a VMware Cloud Foundation environment have an incorrect MTU value Date Published...
  • Top 20 NSX articles for February 2018
    Virtual machine in ESXi is unresponsive with a non-paged pool memory leak Licensing vShield 1.x/5.0 VMs running on ESXi 5.5 with vShield endpoint activated fails during snapshot operations Performing vMotion or powering on a virtual machine being protected by vShield Endpoint fails When using VMwar...
  • Top 20 vSAN articles for February 2018
    Component metadata health check fails with invalid state error Best practices for vSAN implementations using Dell PERC H730 or FD332-PERC storage controllers vSAN Build Recommendation Engine Health fails Status of TLSv1.1/1.2 Enablement and TLSv1.0 Disablement across VMware products How to manually...
  • Top 20 vSphere articles for February 2018
    vCenter Appliance root Partition 100% full due to Audit.log files not being rotated “invalid credentials LDAP Error 49” error when starting Inventory Services in vCenter Server 6.x Troubleshooting an ESXi/ESX host in non responding state Unable to log in to the root account of vCenter Server Applia...
  • New KB articles published for week ending 4th March 2018
    VMware Horizon Windows Server 2016 RDSH have issue with Intel GPU Date Published: 2018/03/01 VMware vCenter Server Appliance Joining vCenter Server Appliance or ESXi host into Active Directory domain fails with error: LW_ERROR_LDAP_CONSTRAINT_VIOLATION or LW_ERROR_LDAP_INSUFFICIENT_ACCESS Date Publi...

Cloud Foundation

  • VMware Cloud Foundation Architecture Poster 2.3
    VMware is pleased to release the latest VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) architecture poster. VCF is a fully automated, hyper-converged software stack that includes compute, storage, networking and cloud management. Because VCF has so many tightly integrated products, it is important to understand the ...
  • HPE Synergy and VMware Cloud Foundation – now certified
    Author Bhumik Patel – Technical Alliances, VMware @bhumikp   Introduction: As customers leverage VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) to provide integrated Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) & cloud management services for running enterprise applications, it becomes critical to rely on an underlying pl...
  • Cloud Foundation 2.3.1 Reaches General Availability
    VMware is pleased to announce the general availability of VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) 2.3.1. We’ve introduced several new features and provided fixes for issues identified in previous releases. I’d like to present a quick overview of the new features in Cloud Foundation 2.3.1 in this article. New...

 

EXTERNAL NEWS FROM 3RD PARTY BLOGGERS virtuallyGhetto

  • Thunderbolt to 10GbE Network Adapters for ESXi
    I was recently made aware of this article in which the author, Karim Elatov, had successfully demonstrated the use of a Sonnett Thunderbolt 2 to 10 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter with ESXi running on an Apple Mac Mini. As far as I am aware of, this may be the first public confirmation that such a device w...
  • How to check when the VSAN Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) is updated?
    While catching up on emails from being out on paternity leave, I came across a VSAN HCL feature request that I had filed in early December of last year. I was pleasantly surprise to see that it had been marked resolved. The VSAN Hardware Compatibility List is continuously being updated to include ne...
  • Automating Intel Sighting remediation using PowerCLI (SSH not required)
    In case you may not be aware, Intel recently notified VMware that certain Intel Broadwell and Haswell CPUs are affected by Intel Sighting after applying the latest microcode update to remediate against the Spectre vulnerability. VMware has published the following KB 52345 which provides more details...
  • Cloudafied Desktops: HP RGS on Amazon EC2
    Provided is a quick recording of how RGS (v5.1.5) performs on a "cloud" hosted machine when playing Flash and Quicktime videos. The capture software that we used made the video a little sluggish (as can be seen from the not-so-smooth mouse movements which should otherwise be smooth when using RGS re...
  • Verify Hypervisor-Assisted Guest Mitigation (Spectre) patches using PowerCLI
    VMware recently published a new knowledge base (KB) article 52085 that outlines instructions for enabling the Hypervisor-Assisted Guest Mitigation (CVE-2017-5715), also known as the Spectre vulnerability. This KB also provides steps to verify the updated microcode (included in the ESXi patch) has be...

ESX Virtualization

  • Nakivo Instant File Recovery – How it Works?
    Nakivo Backup and Replication for VMware and Hyper-V can recover files from backed up VMs fast way. But the main reason why Instant File recovery is an important feature for VMware and Hyper-V environment is the fact that this feature is used very often. It’s no secret for any admin that very often ...
  • How To Install Kali Linux on Windows 10
    If you’re using Windows, but at the same time you’d like to have Linux distribution on hand, you have several choices. Previously, if you were VMware administrator, you’d simply install a VM on your ESXi, or when running a desktop computer, you’d install a VMware Workstation or Player and install a ...
  • New VMware SDDC Poster – Free PDF download
    There has been a new VMware SDDC poster available at VMware website which you can download. Free posters are cool so we usually promote this kind of goodies without hesitation. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy it the same way as we do. The poster is called VMware Cloud Foundation 2.3 – The Software-Defined D...
  • How-To Install Hyper-V Cluster 2-Node Windows Server 2016 With StarWind Virtual SAN
    Not so far back we have pointed a scenario which was destined for VMware administrators willing to use local disks (or Direct Attached Storage – DAS) to install StarWind Virtual SAN. 2-Node scenarios are very popular because of their efficiency and cost. No need for shared storage because we have a ...
  • Micro Focus VM Explorer 7.0 Released
    Previously Trilead’s product, VM Explorer is a lightweight backup and replication product for VMware and Microsoft virtual infrastructures that our readers know well. If you haven’t read about VM Explorer, you might check out one of our past posts which we’ll be linking at the end of this post. The ...

CormacHogan.com

  • Getting started with Cloudera Hadoop on vSphere
    This past week, my buddy Paudie and I have been neck-deep in Cloudera/Hadoop, with a view to getting it successfully deployed on vSphere. The purpose of this was solely a learning exercise, to try to understand what operational considerations need to be taking into account when running Hadoop on top...
  • A closer look at VMware’s latest Cloud Launch
    Today VMware has another cloud launch update, and this one is significant for many reasons. Our underlying goals of VMware Cloud are many. From an infrastructure perspective, the goal is to provide operational consistency no matter where the application is running, whether this is from an automation...
  • Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI), Sustainability and Green IT
    I’m sure it will come as no surprise to many readers that virtualization has brought (and continues to bring) huge benefits with regards to data center efficiency. I’m sure you are all aware of how virtualization allows you to do more with your servers; no more single server – single application par...
  • Which policy changes can trigger a rebuild on vSAN?
    Some time ago, I wrote about which policy changes can trigger a rebuild of an object. This came up again recently, as it was something that Duncan and I covered in our VMworld 2017 session on top 10 vSAN considerations. In the original post (which is over 3 years old now), I highlighted items like i...
  • A first look at AWS Greengrass on vSphere
    Last week, I had the pleasure to attend our CTO Ambassadors conference, hosted by our Global Field CTO Chris Wolf. This was an excellent week, especially for someone like me who works directly for a single business unit at VMware. It gave me great insight into the activities going on in our other bu...

Scott's Weblog

  • Technology Short Take 96
    Welcome to Technology Short Take 96! Ahead, lying in wait, is a unique collection of links, articles, and thoughts about various data center technologies. Browse if you dare…OK, so I’m being a bit melodramatic. It’s still some good stuff here! Networking Via Matt Oswalt and Mic...
  • Recent Changes in my "Learning Tools" Repository
    A couple years ago, I created a “learning-tools” repository on GitHub with the goal of creating environments/tools that would help others learn new technologies. At first, the contents of the repository were almost exclusively leveraging Vagrant, but over time I’ve extended the env...
  • Looking Ahead: My 2018 Projects
    For the last six years or so, I’ve been publishing a list of projects/goals for the upcoming year (followed by a year-end review of how I did with those projects/goals). For example, here are my goals for 2017, and here’s my year-end review of my progress in 2017. In this post, I’m...
  • Technology Short Take 95
    Welcome to Technology Short Take 95! This Short Take was a bit more challenging than normal to compile, given that I spent the week leading up to its publication visiting customers in Europe. (My travel schedule in Europe is also why it didn’t get published until Saturday instead of the typica...
  • Some Tools to Help Learn Kubernetes
    Kubernetes is emerging as the clear leader in the container orchestration space. This makes it an important technology to know and understand. However, like other distributed systems, learning something like Kubernetes can be challenging due to the effort involved in getting Kubernetes up and runnin...

Welcome to vSphere-land!

  • Is 2018 the year of VVols?
    Next month VMware’s new Virtual Volumes (VVols) storage architecture will turn 3 years old as it was released as part of vSphere 6.0 in March of 2015. Since it’s initial release adoption has been very slow, I believe VMware estimates less than 2% of customers are using VVols. So will 201...
  • VMworld 2018 Call For Papers is open – here’s how to get people to vote for and attend your session
    VMware just announced that the Call for Papers for VMworld 2018 is now open until March 13th. Just like last year, this year VMware has opened early compared to the usual March-April period of years past. Remember VMworld US is again back in Vegas this year at the Mandalay Bay from Aug. 26th-30th, V...
  • Automating Storage Provisioning using VMware vRealize Orchestrator
    I finally got my company to get on board with an external webinar platform and I get to kick off the very first webinar on BrightTalk.The topic is on vRealize Orchestrator integration with the 3PAR platform as an example, I promise this will be a technical webinar and not a sales pitch so if you  ...
  • A new job for me and reflecting on 2017
    2017 was a bit of a tough year for me mainly due to the major surgery that my daughter Sophia had and the subsequent very painful recovery from it. I’d have to say that was one of the most difficult and stressful things that I have been through in my life and I am very … Continue readin...
  • 2017 VVols year in review
    I tend to write a lot about VMware VVols these days as I believe VMware’s new storage architecture has many benefits and VVols is the future of storage for vSphere. In this post I thought I would highlight and recap some of the posts that I did in 2017 related to VVols and you have … Co...

Virtual Geek

  • Its time for change, and change = renewed invention, renewed vigor, renewed discovery.
    I’m going to make this a two-part post. Part 1 = what is in the rear-view window? Part 2 = what’s out the front windshield? Part 1: CPSD and Dell EMC are in my rear-view window. First, while want to close the chapter behind me - it’s a flawed analogy, because it suggests some sort of “finality”. ...
  • The best athletes (and VxBlock 1000) = faster, higher, stronger!
    In watching the Olympics, it’s amazing to see athletes doing amazing things – frankly it’s inspiring. Sometimes it’s a new star rising – something new (amazing Chloe Kim!) .   Sometimes it’s a veteran pulling a “Michael Phelps” – producing every 4 years (see Dutch speed skater Sven Kramer). I’m not...
  • What a start to the year...
    It's been a crazy couple days on a couple fronts, but the most material front has certainly been Spectre and Meltdown. There are lots of sources, and the trick is that while distinctly the root cause lies in the CPU domain and with the CPU manufacturers- the impact touches nearly everything. It's b...
  • To allTHANK YOU for 2017, and lets dream of 2018!
    To all my readers, all our customers and partners, all my colleagues, all my friends – heck my competitors, thank you for everything in 2017.   It was a year filled with change for me in the middle of a massive integration through the Dell acquisition – with a ton of learning, a ton of personal d...
  • Looking forward to 2018: Vertical Stack Wars are upon us.
    This is part 3 of a 3-part blog series on things that I’m thinking about going into 2018. Warning – remember, Virtual Geek post are my musings, not an official company position.   They are officially my opinions – which means they aren’t worth more than 2 cents.  They aren’t authored by anyone...

Eric Sloof - NTPRO.NL

  • Who joins me at the VMware NSX: Micro-Segmentation [V6.3] training course
    In this intensive three-day course, you will explore the security-focused features of VMware NSX 6.3, including the distributed firewall and the Service Composer, to help drive your microsegmentation deployment to success. We have a couple of spots left in the online 3-day Training for VMware ...
  • VMware vSAN 6.6 Technical Introduction, White Paper and a Free Hands-on Lab
    New Technical White Paper: VMware vSAN 6.6 Technical Overview You can also explore vSAN’s features—data-encryption at rest, deduplication and compression, RAID 5/6 erasure encoding, iSCSI Target support and more—in a free Hands-on Lab, the fastest and easiest way to test-drive vSAN, no insta...
  • VMware Cloud Briefing
    VMware and AWS leaders share essential updates, demos, and partners program news. Make sure you tune in to hear more about the bold strategy and global expansion on the horizon for VMware Cloud in 2018.   ...
  • New Free eLearning Course: VMware NSX: What’s New [V6.4]
    This video-based training provides the details of the new features and product enhancements in NSX V6.4. The course walks you through the benefits of the new features, how to make use of the new functionality, and in some cases, how to troubleshoot these new capabilities. The objectives are: ...
  • RVTools version 3.10 is now available for download
    RVTools is a windows .NET 4.6.1 application which uses the VI SDK to display information about your virtual environments. Interacting with VirtualCenter ESX Server 6.5. RVTools is able to list information about VMs, CPU, Memory, Disks, Partitions, Network, Floppy drives, CD drives, Snapshots...

Virten.net

  • How to Install VMware vSphere Perl SDK on Debian 9 (stretch)
    Download the latest Perl SDK for your vSphere version from code.vmware.com and copy it to the system. The download is free, but an My VMware account is required. vSphere Perl SDK for vSphere 6.5 vSphere Perl SDK for vSphere 6.0 vSphere …Read more »...
  • Homeserver - ESXi on HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10
    After Hewlett Packard Enterprise has missed offering a Microserver in their 9th Generation, it is now back in Gen10. The Microserver series provides affordable servers intended to be used in SMB and as home servers. Due to its low price and …Read more »...
  • Fix for FreeNAS on HPE MicroServer Gen10 X3216 Stuck Console Issue
    When you try to install FreeNAS 11 on the new HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10 X3216, the installer stops booting and appears to be stuck at: pcib0: <ACPI Host-PCI bridge> port 0xcf8-0xcff on acpi0 pcib0: _OSC returned error 0x10 pci0: <ACPI PCI …Read more »...
  • Get- and Set-VMLatencySensitivity PowerShell Function
    The Get-VMLatencySensitivity, Get-VMLatencySensitivityBulk and Set-VMLatencySensitivity PowerShell functions configure can return and set the latency sensitivity level of a virtual machine. You can adjust the latency sensitivity of a virtual machine to optimize the scheduling delay for latency sensi...
  • Critical Patch for All-Flash vSAN with Deduplication (6.0 and 6.5)
    VMware has released a critical patch for vSAN 6.0 and 6.5. This patch contains a fix for a highly critical vSAN issue that might cause IO read errors and in some cases severe symptoms such as inaccessible VMs, host failures, or stuck resyncs. The issue …Read more »...

vInfrastructure Blog

  • What’s really define an HCI solution?
    Most people probably already know the terms Converged infrastructures (CI) and HyperConverged Infrastructures (HCI) that are both become quite common in the IT world, with several products and solutions that aim to be fit in those classifications. HCI has become a hot topic with several vendors that...
  • CLI vs. GUI for VMware admins
    This is an article realized for StarWind blog and focused on the pro and cons of using GUI or CLI, with the example of VMware environment. See also the original post. In several cases, a user can choose to use the CLI or GUI, in other cases, for example for some specific tasks, maybe it’s possible t...
  • Using Runecast on a vSAN environment
    Runecast Analyzer is a proactive issue detection software for VMware vSphere environments, powered by the largest database of automated VMware KB articles which feed its internal archive of known issues. With the new release version 1.7 the analysis is now extended also to vSAN environments and can ...
  • vOneCloud version 3.0.5
    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 ...
  • VMware vExpert 2018
    This year the vExpert 2018 announce has take much time compared with the the vExpert 2016 announce, or also also the vExpert 2017 announce. But finally has arrived, with some changes from the past years (not only for the delay, but also with the list that has been reduced). And also this time I’ve b...

 

 

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