vToolbelt – January 2018
And just like that, we are heading into the home stretch of January! When I began
writing this newsletter when we had 4-5 inches of white stuff on the ground. I can happily report that now that I’ve published the article – the snow is gone. However, I am writing this in Ohio, so by the time you are reading this we probably have another inch or so…
Toledo Q1 VMUG (3/7) – This is for those of you in the Northwest part of Ohio. The Toledo VMUG is meeting again! This event is Wednesday, March 7th from 11:30am-1:30pm. Lunch will be provided. VMware Staff Engineer Tom Zukowski will be presenting on NSX. Get more information and register here.
OARnet / VMware Education Day (3/27) – OARnet and VMware invite you to a free educational event at the Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in Columbus, Ohio on March 27th. There will be education tracks along a number of topics (Cloud, Automation, Security and more!) Sign up today! View the agenda and register.
Central Ohio VMUG UserCON (4/3) – Save the date, and plan to be at the Convention Center in Columbus on April 4 for one of the largest VMUG events in the mid-west! The agenda hasn’t been released yet; but watch the VMUG UserCon page for news! I will post an update once I hear the registration page is up.
- VMworld US returns to Las Vegas on August 26-30th 2018
- VMworld Europe will be back in Barcelona from November 5-8th 2018
vSphere 5.5 End of Life – September 19th, 2018 – This version of vCenter and vSphere ESXi reaches its End of General Support phase. The products will continue to operate after this date; but will no longer have telephone support available. Refer to the VMware Knowledge Base for more information – KB51491
Notes from the Field
NSX 6.4 – The latest version of NSX (6.4) was released recently. There are a huge number of features and improvements in this release. Some other NSX-releated news you might like:
- New NSX Troubleshooting Guide (6.4)
- Demo of the Context-Aware Firewall, Enhancements to the Application Rule Manager.
- Enhanced NSX Modules for Ansible
- Free PDF of the new book – Building VMware NSX Powered Clouds and Data Centers for Small and Medium Businesses
- New Powershell module for managing vRealize Network Insight – Introducing PowervRNI
- The NSX Manager has backup & restore functionality. Learn how to restore the Edge Gateway
- Using Docker to perform the initial virtual machine deployment and NSX Config
vSphere – For those of you who are still getting up to speed on vSphere 6.5, take a few minutes to watch or listen to this VMware Community Roundtable Podcast on key insights to vSphere 6.5. In other vSphere news:
- vSphere 6.5 Update 1d includes the Third Update to the HTML5 vSphere Client
- Goodbye vSphere Web Client – That’s right! the Flash-based vSphere Web Client will be deprecated with the next numbered release of vSphere. Note: This isn’t the next update but the next numbered release after 6.5. Get the details here.
- New VMware Labs Fling – Bulk migrate VMs to a new vCenter with the Cross vCenter Workload Migration Utility
- Should you have a need to disable TLS 1.0 across the core vSphere components – take a look at the vSphere TLS Reconfigure Utility
- If you are considering VM Encryption, check out this new white paper by VMware’s Mike Foley
- Learn about more detail about how VMware DRS and how it manages Memory Load Balancing
- Many are interesting in how VMware Tools can be deployed and managed using SCCM. VMware now has a guide for just that!
- Running 10gb networks for your IP Storage? You might be interested in some updates to the ESX IP Storage Troubleshooting Best Practices guide.
- Did you know you can enable service advisories from the VMware Portal? Learn how
vSAN – Since vSAN is configured at a cluster level, you might be wondering what would happen if you needed to replace your vCenter. Read on to learn how to replace vCenter that has existing vSAN hosts. A few other tidbits you might find interesting:
- Can you use a custom TCP/IP stack for the vSAN network
- One new addition to vSAN in vSphere 6.5 Patch 02 can bring your vSAN cluster back to storage policy compliance faster. Learn about vSAN Adaptive Resync
- In that same patch the vSAN Storage Performance Proactive Test changed a bit
- Updated Horizon 7 Network Ports guide
- Horizon 7.4 introduced User Session Collaboration. Learn how this can allow your users to work together
- Are you still Group Policy to manage your VDI environment? Learn how VMware User Environment Manager can help speed up the user experience and make administration easier for you!
- If you haven’t started using PowerCLI, or are still getting comfortable with it, take look at this Getting Started with PowerCLI series
- Did you know you can use PowerCLI to manage VMware Tools?
- Free PowerShell Training Resources
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