vArchitect Newsletter 023

New Releases

After all the new releases in April mentioned in our previous newsletter, VMware kept the best for last and dropped a bunch more in the same month.  We have a lot of new releases to cover, so let’s go through them. There’s so much that’s new and different in each one, we can’t mention even the largest points here, but definitely check out the release notes.

vCenter Server 6.7a

  • The first patch release for vSphere 6.7 is out and fixes issues in vCenter regarding many upgrade bugs. This is why, if you must jump to the latest release, you at least wait for a few weeks for this “a” patch to come out. Anyway, release notes are here.
  • Still no Veeam 9.5 compatibility yet with 6.7. Patch pending for June.

vSphere 6.5 U2

  • Second major update for vSphere 6.5 is now available.
  • Back ports several features from 6.7.
  • Note this is notcompatible with Veeam 9.5 U3 right now.
  • No current upgrade path from U2 to vSphere 6.7.
  • Release notes for vCenter here and ESXi here.
  • Important official blog post here.

vSphere Integrated Containers 1.4

  • Supports vSphere 6.7.
  • Upgrade simplifications.
  • Lots of fixes and updates.
  • Release notes here.
  • Official blog post here with good info.

Workstation 14.1.2

  • Point release but brings support for important guest OS updates.
  • Release notes here.

Fusion 10.1.2

  • Same as Workstation.
  • Release notes here.

Horizon 7.5

  • Big update for Horizon bringing support for VMware Cloud on AWS plus more.
  • Release notes here.
  • Official blog here.

NSX 6.4.1

  • Big ticket item is support for vSphere 6.7.
  • Release notes here.
  • Official blog here.

New and Updated Flings

Update from VeeamON 2018

VeeamON 2018 was in Chicago this year and a couple folks from Sovereign were able to attend. Although there weren’t any explosive releases, there were still some good announcements of updates to existing products and word on futures. Here are the main things.

  • Backup for Office 365 updated to 2.0. Will contain the requested backup for OneDrive and SharePoint enhancements.
  • VBR 9.5 U3a pending in June bringing vSphere 6.7 and vSphere 6.5 U2 support. DON’T UPDATE VSPHERE YET. Some major changes VMware made under the covers broke lots of functionality hence the delay including changes to NBDSSL.
  • Most functionality slated for v10 has been incorporated into 9.5 U3 or the upcoming U4 at the end of 2018. Some of those features will be:
    • Spilling backup data to cloud. Similar to a recall feature, data can be silently moved to public cloud providers and all Veeam features continue to work as-is.
    • Selective data deletion. For GDPR reasons, customers can request themselves to be deleted. Coming ability to “stage” a restore and delete selective content before going back into production.
    • Quarantine. Triggers full anti-virus scan on the mount server before a restore. Provided with integration from various different providers ensuring a clean restore for malware treatment.
    • Veeam log scanning. Feature being built into Veeam ONE similar to Runecast that scans logs and detects known issues, offers remediation.
    • Direct restore to EC2. Similar to how restore to Azure works today, will be provided for EC2 instances.
    • RMAN integration.
    • NDMP to tape.
Monthly vArchitect Blogs

Check out this month’s blogs from your vArchitects!

Johann Stander

Chip Zoller

vSphere 5.5 End of Support Countdown

The End of General Support (EOGS) for vSphere 5.5 is rapidly approaching. If you’re still on vSphere 5.5, time to start serious planning your upgrade. As of 1 June 2018:

110 Days Remain