2018

vSphere 6.7 update 1 Announced (GA later in 2018)… Highlights: HTML5 Client – Finally a fully featured HTML5-based vSphere Client, now a one stop shop eh, ah alas still so many people love(d) the c# client, ah well onwards and upwards. vCenter Server Converge Tool – HHmmm whats that? well this is an interesting one,…

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VMware vSphere Platinum This is a new version of vSphere that is full of advanced security features integrated into ESXi brought to you VMware AppDefense. AppDefense an its “ensuring good” methodology a good explanation in this diagram: vSphere Platinum include a vCenter AppDefense plugin to allow administrators easily monitor and respond to threats. Also some…

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Intel L1 Terminal Fault Security Vulnerability. In a nutshell, if two virtual machines are using the same processor (common place) they share L1 cache which is memory built into the CPU itself. This vulnerability has the potential for malicious software on one virtual machine to access information sitting in that L1 memory of other virtual…

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In a nutshell, unmap is used to reclaim storage blocks on VMFS datastores. I was running into alerts from my DellEMC Equallogic storage stating my volumes we’re greater that 90% consumed, I should really change that to 80%. So when I log onto the Storage Manager I see the volume as only having 281.79GB free.…

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Today I am excited to kick off the vSphere Upgrade Blog Series. This vSphere Upgrade Series will cover the upgrades of each piece of the vSphere environment as they’re upgraded, and in the proper sequence. This blog series will begin with Preparing to Upgrade. After this post, we will continue with Upgrading vCenter Server, then move…

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VMware ESXi patches are released periodically to resolve issues or address security vulnerabilities – just like any other software product. These updates can either be downloaded automatically through VMware vSphere Update Manager (VUM) or manually by logging in to My VMware. Regardless of delivery means, the contents are the same: a collection of software packages,…

Read More New Rollup Bulletins Simplify VMware ESXi Updating

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With the recent announcement and general availability of vSphere 6.7 we’ve seen an immense amount of interest. With each new version of vSphere we continue to see customers start their testing of new releases earlier and earlier in the release cycle. vSphere 6.7 brings a number of important new features that vSphere Administrators as well…

Read More Announcing the What’s New in vSphere 6.7 Whitepaper