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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vToolbelt – June 2021

vCenter Server Security Advisory – VMSA-2021-0010

Last week, VMware released information on a critical issue affecting Plug-ins on vCenter Server.  VMware recommend customers patch or implement the workaround as soon as possible.

The vSphere Client (HTML5) contains a remote code execution vulnerability due to lack of input validation in multiple plug-ins in vCenter (some of which are enabled by default). VMware has evaluated the severity of this issue to be in the Critical severity range with a maximum CVSSv3 base score of 9.8.  The full notice (including list of plug-ins) can be read at https://www.vmware.com/security/advisories/VMSA-2021-0010.html

This affects certain versions of vCenter Server (Windows and the VCSA alike).  The work around is to disable the affected plug-ins in vCenter – KB 83829.  This does impact management and is considered a short-term stop gap.

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vToolbelt – May 2021

VMware with Tanzu – Live Learn Event
Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Join this exclusive educational event to gain insight and discovery into VMware vSphere with Tanzu. You will get live training and information from VMware experts, who will take you through a curated and customized set of hands-on modules on vSphere with Tanzu. Participants who complete the modules and assessments will receive a certificate.

This vSphere with Tanzu live training event has been designed to help you learn the most critical components and modules in a way that is easy and accessible:

  • Pre-Work: Available on Sunday, May 23rd: Provide pre-work learning content, that will establish a knowledge base into the Tanzu application prior to the immersive learning experience on the day of instruction.
  • Live Instruction: On Tuesday, May 25th: Live instruction that will walk learners through carefully chosen topics on vSphere with Tanzu with VMware experts providing guided instruction as well as integrated chat that will enable social learning.
  • Post Work: Closes on Thursday, May 27th: During the conclusion of the event participants will have the opportunity to receive a certificate of completion. The post-work portion of this event includes a formative assessment that is derived of the content during the live instruction.

Register

 

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Central Ohio VMUG – April 2021 Meeting

The Central Ohio VMware Users Group will meet virtually on April 27th, 2021 from 11am to 1pm 

  • Niels Hagoort (VMware Technical Marketing Architect) will be presenting on What’s New in vSphere 7 Update 2
  • Morpheus Data will be talking about their product – a powerful self-service engine which provides enterprise agility, control, and efficiency. Quickly enable on-prem private clouds, centralize public cloud access, and orchestrate change with cost analytics, governance policy, and automation

To attend, register on Zoom.

vToolbelt – March 2021

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

  • App Volumes 2.17 – 7/02/2021
  • Dynamic Environment Manager 9.8 – 7/02/21
  • Dynamic Environment Manager 9.9 – 9/17/21
  • Horizon 7.10 ESB – 9/17/21
  • Identity Manager 3.3.1 – 4/17/2021
  • Identity Manager Connector 19.03 – 7/01/2021
  • vRealize Operations for Horizon 6.6 – 4/30/21
  • Workspace ONE Access 20.01 – 7/30/21

NSX

  • NSX Advanced Load Balancer 18.2 – 8/31/21
  • NSX-T Data Center 2.5 – 9/19/21

Notes From The Field

vSphere 7 Update 1 introduced the vSphere Cluster Services (vCLS). This change has abstracted the Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) and High Availability (HA) functionality from vCenter.  These functions are now controlled by a set of small virtual machines.  You will not see them in the inventory view; but you may see them on a datastore or in other reports that show running VMs.  These VMs are named vCLS – or vCLS(x).  You don’t need to manage them; but it is good to understand what they are.  You can read more on the YellowBricks blog.

When installing vSphere 7 on a number of older processors you may see a warning that this processor will be deprecated soon.  The affected processors are all in or near End of Life or End of Support status by their respective manufacturers.  You can see the full list of AMD & Intel CPUs in VMware KB 82794.

The vSphere 7 Security Configuration guide has been updated and is now available.

Not a developer but interested in learning more about Kubernetes?  Check out Tanzu for the vSphere Admin.  You can also check out a collection of Kubernetes & Cloud-Native books.