vToolbelt – January 2023

I hope all of you had a Happy New Year – welcome to 2023.
I do want to take a moment and thank you for reading.  I have been working on this blog for a few years now with no real expectations other than trying to provide some information that is helpful to others.  Getting questions and feedback on what I write provides encouragement to keep going!
I don’t normally make much of New Year’s Resolutions; but thought it might help keep myself accountable so – Here goes!
  1. Focus more on Education – In almost every industry continual learning is a necessity to some degree.   I want to deepen my skillset and branch out a bit
  2. Blog more – The last quarter of 2022 has kept me busy with work and life.   The winter months should provide time to share what I am learning.  I have a few things on tap that may be of interest so stay tuned!
  3. Dedicate Time to Physical Health – I know this one is cliche; but for this first time it seems like I am headed in the right direction in this area.  Like many who may read this, I spend most of my time on the computer for work or hobby.   My wife and I recently decided to help each other be more active and eat better.  Doing this together really does seem to be working for us.    I have a workout streak going and am having success eating healthier food with little to no snacking.  Even after a short time my blood pressure is starting to trend in the right direction and so is the scale. Queue up Rule #1 🤣
VMware Security Advisories
  • VMSA-2022-0030 – vCenter and ESXi updates address multiple security vulnerabilities
  • VMSA-2022-0031 – vRealize Network Insight updates address command injection and directory traversal vulnerabilities
  • VMSA-2022-0032 – Workspace ONE Access and Identity Manager updates address multiple security vulnerabilities.  Note: This also affects Identity Manger 3.3.6 used with vRealize Suite and Horizon
  • VMSA-2022-0033 – ESXi, Fusion, and Workstation updates address a heap out-of-bands vulnerability
  • VMSA-2022-0034 – vRealize Operations updated to address privilege escalation vulnerabilities

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vToolbelt – December 2022

Hot Topics

  • VMware Security Advisories

Upcoming Events

 


Cincinnati VMUG UserCON
December 8th 2022
8am – 4:30pm
In-person at the Sharonville Convention Center

The Cincinnati VMUG community welcomes you back to the Sharonville Convention Center to networkand engage in face-to-face conversations with your peers at the Cincinnati VMUG UserCon. Learn about the latest in IT innovations to help you stay on the cutting edge of technology. Advance your knowledge, become a better IT professional and grow as a strategic leader for your organization.

Register at MY.VMUG.COM

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vToolbelt – November 2022

Welcome to November!  For those of us in the midwest this means a

nearly endless need to rake and bag leaves.    The first round isn’t so bad.  When you get to the 5th round or later – not as fun 🤣  Wherever you are – I hope you are well!  Please send me a kind thought as I prepare for my 6th round of leaf duty.  On to more interesting topics – this month’s newsletter contains a number of links that will help you start to prepare for vSphere 8

If you haven’t upgraded to vSphere 7 yet – there is still time. While vSphere 6.5 and 6.7 have left End of General Support and are now in Technical Guidance, VMware will still do their best to help you if you upgrade.    Take a look at these upgrade planning tips and get started!

Hot Topics

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vToolbelt – October 2022

Hot Topics

  • vSphere 6.5 and 6.7 will exit General Support on 10/15/22 and transition into TechnicalGuidance –  This phase of the support lifecycle is focused on providing workarounds for lower severity issues.  The full description of this phase including what support options are still available is described on the VMware Lifecycle Policy page.

Upcoming Events


Toledo VMUG –  What’s new with vSphere 8 and vSAN
Date: November 16th, 2022
Time: 11:30am Eastern

Join the Toledo VMUG on this virtual Lunch-n-Learn to review what is new in vSphere and vSAN for version 8!

Register

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vCenter Server Certificate Status Alarm

Earlier this week I began receiving alarms from my vCenter regarding a Certificate Status Alarm.  I had not run into this particular error before and it took me a bit of investigation to get it solved.

An unusual certificate description

The alert kept repeating on an hourly interval and I didn’t have a clue what this certificate was for:

This email is to notify you that an alarm has been triggered in your vCenter:
[Critical] Alarm alarm.CertificateStatusAlarm on Folder Datacenters because Certificate 'CN=Synology,OU=Synology,O=Synology,L=Unknown,ST=Unknown,C=Unknown' from 'SMS' expires on 2022-08-01 08:35:11.000.

Alarm name alarm.CertificateStatusAlarm
Description alarm.CertificateStatusAlarm
Target Folder Datacenters
Status Critical (previous status: Unset)
Triggered time 09/15/2022 08:45:42 PM

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vToolbelt – September 2022

Sending this newsletter a little early.  Included below are links to an important Security Advisory and the live stream to the VMware Explore keynote on August 30th.

Hot Topics

Upcoming Events

 


VMware Explore
August 29 – September 1, 2022
In-Person at the Moscone Center
San Francisco, California

VMware Explore starts this week!

The keynote from the General Session on Tuesday will be streamed live on Tuesday 8/30 at 12pm EST.

Learn more and Register

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Adding VMware Tools Updates to vSphere Lifecycle Manager

Updated – 12/28/22 – based on user feedback I have updated this article.

There are times where VMware Tools updates are published outside of a vSphere release/update.  This can be due to a bug fix or a security advisory (ie: VMSA-2022-0024)

This new VMware Tools package can be easily added to your ESXi hosts so your virtual machines can be updated.  If you are still running vSphere 6.x, the VMware Tools package will be  updated using Update Manager.

vSphere 7 introduced Lifecycle Manager which can now be used for this update.  Here are the steps:

Login to vCenter, and navigate to Lifecycle Manager (click on the hamburger menu -> Lifecycle Manager)

Create the Baseline

Click on the Baselines menu and click New -> Baseline

Create New Baseline - Menu

 

 

 

 

 

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vToolbelt – August 2022

Hot Topics

  • A few security advisories have been released recently for VMware products.  If you operate any of these please take a few moments to review the information to see if it is applicable to your environment:
  • Sphere 6.5 and 6.7 are heading into End of General Support in just a few months – October 15th, 2022.  If your environment is still running these versions – now is the time to plan your upgrade.  Check out this Upgrade Planning Guide to help you get started.

Upcoming Events


VMware Explore
August 29 – September 1, 2022
In-Person at the Moscone Center
San Francisco, California

Same event – new name!  VMworld has become VMware Explore!

There are a variety of ways to pay for a pass.  You can use PSO Credits (24 credits per pass).  These can be purchased via OARnet.  You can also pay with a credit card and there are 2 early bird discount periods. Please refer to the link below for details.

Check out the Content Catalog to start planning your sessions!

Important Date

  • July 19th – Breakout Session scheduling begins

Learn more and Register

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vCenter Server Backup – Failed to create backup directory on Backup Server

I noticed an alarm in vCenter that indicated the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) was having trouble backing up.  I logged into the VCSA Appliance Management interface (vCenter URL with :5480) to investigate.  When I logged in, I found the following error:

Failed to create backup directory on Backup Server

vcsa backup - failed to create directory

Thinking there was something wrong on my SFTP server, I checked the username and password, file system permissions; but could find nothing wrong. I connected to the VCSA using root on SSH, and checked the log file at /var/log/vmware/applmgmt/backup.log.  This provided some additional detail on the issue and showed the backup process was unable to authenticate to the SFTP server.

VCSA backup.log - failed to authenticate

 

 

 

I tried the SFTP command manually and found the core of the issue:

VCSA - SFTP command requires acceptance of SSH key

 

 

 

For some reason, the SSH key has changed and needs to be updated in the local SSH Known Hosts file.  Once I accepted this new key, the backup was able to complete successfully.

VCSA Backup Completed

 

 

 

 

I am not sure what would have changed the SSH key.  The only thing I can think of is that I had updated vCenter from 7.0 U3f to 7.0 U3g recently.  I have verified the host is correct.

vToolbelt – July 2022

Hot Topics

  • vSphere 6.5 and 6.7 are heading into End of General Support in just a few months – October 15th, 2022.  If your environment is still running these versions – now is the time to plan your upgrade.  Check out this Upgrade Planning Guide to help you get started.

Upcoming Events


VMware Explore
August 29 – September 1, 2022
In-Person at the Moscone Center
San Francisco, California

Same event – new name!  VMworld has become VMware Explore!

Check out the Content Catalog to start planning your sessions!

Important Date

  • July 19th – Breakout Session scheduling begins

Learn more and Register


Product Support Watch

The following products are nearing the End of General Support.  You can find the full list on the VMware Lifecycle Product Matrix.

vSphere – vCenter and ESXi

  • 6.5 – 10/15/22
  • 6.7 – 10/15/22

vSAN

  • 6.5, 6.6, 6.7 – 10/15/22

NSX 

  • NSX-V (all versions) – General Support ended January 16, 2022 – Customers should migrate to NSX-T

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