vToolBelt – March 2017
It has been a busy month in the VMware world so far! Major updates to vSphere, and lots of news coming your way.
How do you keep your skills current in our fast paced industry? Have you ever tried listening to a Podcast? I’ve used them for a while to stay current on a variety of topics (virtualization, networking, scripting, and even non-technical). They have been very useful for me, and I thought I would share my playlist for anyone interested.
A recent Apache Struts 2 vulnerability has required updates to a number of VMware products (vCenter, vROps, etc) – Read more here.
Workstation and Fusion both have patches for critical out-of-bounds memory issues (exploited by copy-paste and drag-and-drop functionality)
Horizon 7.1 was released yesterday! The highlights:
- Instant clones can now proving RDSH servers, using NVIDIA GRID vGPUs, and span multiple VLANs
- Windows 2016 is now supported for the View Components
- RDSH Apps – customize icons, unauthenticated access to apps from WIndows/Linux clients
vSphere 6.5b was released on March14th. [release notes]. This includes a fix for the Struts issue and brings more functionality to the HTML 5 client!
vSphere 6.0 Update 3 includes a few important vSAN updates [release notes].
Important note about vSphere 6.0 Update 3 – upgrading from vSphere 6.0 Update 3 to vSphere 6.5 (a or b) is not currently supported. This is due to 6.5 being released a few months before vSphere 6.0 Update 3. The upgrade path from 6.0 Update 3 will be to 6.5 Update 1. This is currently targeted for Q2 2017.
vSphere 6.5 provides more actionable data in logging. Using vSphere Log Insight with content packs can help create a Security Operations Center you can use to monitor your environment more efficiently. Patching your vCenter appliances may cause password expiration settings to reset back to defaults.
A few notes on how to isolate vSphere Replication network traffic.
A handy link to bookmark for later – Network Port diagram for vSphere 6.x
Standing up vRealize Automation can seem like a daunting task. Check out this video guide. It will walk you through the process.
VMware’s Jase McCarty talks about vSAN sizing and Design
You did know that Layer 2 Multicast was a requirement for vSAN right? Take a look at the troubleshooting steps.
Hardware compatibility is very important to vSAN (and a lot of other VMware products). Did you know that firmware of all the components (raid card & drives) as well as where the vSphere ISO comes from can have an impact? Read on to learn one person’s experience.