Updates to VMware products for the Log4J vulnerability – CVE-2021-44228

Many VMware products use the LOG4J software components which were recently disclosed to have a critical security vulnerability (CVE-2021-44228).    This is a serious issue which requires immediate action.

VMware has published a security advisory (VMSA-2021-0028) which details VMware products known to be affected, as well as steps to remediate the issues.      This is an on-going situation and updates to this document are expected.  Please check back often to ensure you have the latest information.

VMware has also published an FAQ to address any questions.

 

vToolbelt – December 2021

Hot topics for the month

  • The open source Apache Log4J project has announced a zero day vulnerability with versions 2.14.1 and earlier. Any systems using those affected software components should patch or take preventative action immediately.  Read below for more details.
  • ESX hosts using SD-Cards or USB Media to boot should be aware that support for this is ending.

 

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.

Horizon View / Workspace ONE

  • Dynamic Environment Manager 9.9 – 3/17/21
  • Dynamic Environment Manager 9.11 – 3/17/22
  • App Volumes 4 – 1/14/22
  • Horizon 7.0 ESB – 3-17-22
  • Identity Manager 3.3.3 – 5/11/22

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vToolbelt – November 2021

I hope everyone is well!

Hot Takes for the month

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VMware vSphere Upgrade Planning

It’s that time – VMworld has come and gone.  Now there are new ideas and new releases that need explored.    No better time to start your VMware vSphere Upgrade Planning!

Taking the time to plan your upgrade can lead to better results.  This can lead to less hassle and stress for you as well as a smoother process for your organization.  It is time well spent!

Continue reading for a review of the tools that can help you upgrade like a pro!

VMware Product Lifecycle Matrix – One of the first things to understand is how much time do you have on your current products until they are out of support.  Do you know how long your vCenter and vSphere versions are supported?  What about other VMware products?  The Product Lifecycle Matrix can help you figure that out.

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vToolbelt – October 2021

Hello All!  I hope you are able to stay cool!

NSX-V – End of Life reminder – NSX-V is End of Life and will be out of support on January 16, 2022.  If you are running NSX-V you need to migrate to NSX-T.  The licenses you have today do work with NSX-T.  There are 2 methods to migrate.  There is also a whitepaper on migrating from NSX-V to NSX-T.

Updates on booting ESXi hosts SD-cards/USB Sticks – vSphere 7.0 Update 3 has been released which automates the settings to allow ESX hosts to safely use SD-Cards.  Refer to the information in the Notes from the Field section below for full details.

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.

Horizon View / Workspace ONE

  • Dynamic Environment Manager 9.9 – 10/31/21
  • Dynamic Environment Manager 9.10 – 12/12/21
  • Dynamic Environment Manager 9.11 – 3/17/22
  • App Volumes 4 – 1/14/22
  • Horizon 7.0 ESB – 3-17-22
  • Workspace ONE UEM Console 2005 (SaaS Only) – 12/10/21
  • Workspace ONE UEM Console 2006 (SaaS Only) – 12/17/21
  • Workspace ONE UEM Console 2007 (SaaS Only) – 1/20/22
  • Workspace ONE UEM Console 2008 – 3/15/22
  • Workspace ONE UEM Console 2010 (SaaS Only) – 4/14/22

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Changes to the VMware Product Lifecycle Matrix

I love this time of year!  The weather (in Ohio anyway) is starting to turn cooler.  VMworld is right around the corner – and lots of VMware Admins are starting to plan upgrades!

VMware has made a number of improvements to the tools that you use to plan your next upgrade!  This is the first blog post in a series that will review these changes.

 

This week, I’ll highlight the updates to the VMware Product Lifecycle Matrix.  Instead of telling about them – I’ll show you!

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Check back next week as we review another planning tool!

If you like this video check out the other videos I’ve made on Youtube

 

 

vToolbelt – September 2021

NSX-V – End of Life reminder – NSX-V is End of Life and will be out of support on January 16, 2022.  If you are running NSX-V you need to migrate to NSX-T.  The licenses you have today do work with NSX-T.  There are 2 methods to migrate.  There is also a whitepaper on migrating from NSX-V to NSX-T.

Some new information upgrading to vSphere 7.0 Update 2 if your hosts have SD-cards/USB Sticks.   VMware has released KB 82515 which provides guidance on  booting ESXi from low endurance media.    While you should read the KB, there are 2 key points:

  • SD-Cards are not depreciated in vSphere 7.x.  You do need to read and understand the info noted below.  There is action you need to take when upgrading.  If you do not, you run the risk of your SD-Cards failing while the host is running.
  • VMware does strongly recommend transitioning away from USB/SD-Card boot devices

If your hosts use USB Boot Media (SD-Cards, USB Sticks, etc) there is some important information you need to read before you upgrade.    Refer to the information in the Notes from the Field section below for full details.

Upcoming Events

VMworld 2021
October 5-7, 2021

Registration is now live.  You can register for free on VMworld.com.

  • VMworld 2021 is on-line and free.

In addition to the General pass (which is free), a Tech+ Pass is available for $299/individual.    A comparison of the options is available here.

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What is VMware Skyline?

VMware Skyline is more than just a single tool. There are 3 different tools under the Skyline name. Each of them has a distinct purpose and use case.  I have put together a few  videos that might help you learn more!

I recommend you start with the Skyline Overview

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There are demos of each of the Skyline Toos

I hope you find these useful!  If there are other topics you are interested in – let me know in the comments…

 

 

 

vToolbelt – August 2021

I know many are looking to upgrade to vSphere 7.0 Update 2.  If your hosts use USB Boot Media (SD-Cards, USB Sticks, etc) there is some important information you need to read before you upgrade.    Refer to the information in the Notes from the Field section below for full details.

Upcoming Events

VMworld 2021
October 5-7, 2021

Registration is now live.  You can register for free on VMworld.com.  Key Dates:

  • Content Catalog – Became available on July 20th.  This allows you to browse information on what content will be available and help you start to plan your schedule.
  • Schedule Builder – will open on September 14th.  This will allow you to sign up for sessions.
  • The event itself will be from October 5-7 and is on-line.

In addition to the General pass (which is free), a Tech+ Pass is available for $299/individual.    A comparison of the options is available here.

 

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vToolbelt – July 2021

I know many are looking to upgrade to vSphere 7.0 Update 2. If your hosts use USB Boot Media (SD-Cards, USB Sticks, etc) there is some important information you need to read and action you should take before you upgrade.

Read on in this newsletter for the details you need to know…

VMworld 2021

VMworld 2021 will be from October 5-7 and is on-line. You can register for free on VMworld.com.

Key Dates:

  • July 20th – The Content Catalog becomes available – This allows you to start figuring out which sessions you want to attend
  • September 14th – Schedule Builder launches – This is when you can actually register for sessions.  Some popular sessions fill early, so don’t delay!

In addition to the General pass (which is free), a Tech+ Pass is available for $299/individual.   If you are curious as to the differences, a comparison of the General and Tech+ passes is available.

vSphere 7 Upgrade Notes

I am hearing of two different issues that customers are running into with vSphere 7 upgrades and wanted to pass the info along.

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