vArchitect Newsletter 030

Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year to all. This is the first newsletter of 2019 and we’re back to bring you the latest happenings after your food coma recovery period.

Fling Updates

As usual, the VMware Flings saw some updates in December. Here is the rundown of new or updated flings since last time:

New Releases

Lots of new releases over the Holidays.  Check the list below.

  • NSX-T 2.3.1
    • Automatic scaling of load balancers for Kubernetes
    • Maintenance release to resolve existing issues
    • Release notes
  • NSX-V 6.4.4
    • Features added to HTML5 Client
    • Static route increase
    • Release notes
  • vRealize Network Insight 4.0.0
    • Vmware Cloud on AWS integration
    • NSX-T Enhancements
    • Additional 3rd Party Support
    • Release notes
  • Horizon View 7.7.0
    • HTML5 console updates
    • Administrator enhancements
    • Support for vSphere 6.7 and vSAN 6.7 U1
    • Agent updates
    • Instant clone for VMware Cloud on AWS
    • Release notes
  • App Volumes 2.15
    • Support for VMware Cloud on AWS
    • Improved support for Microsoft OneDrive
    • Box Drive Integration
    • Release notes
  • Skyline Collector 2.0
  • Cloud Foundation 3.5
  • Cloud Director
  • PowerCLI 11.1.0
    • SRM module support now on macOS and Linux
    • SRM 8.1 support
    • Minor other cmdlet updates
    • Blog post
VMware Security Advisory

vROPs contains a local privilege escalation vulnerability due to improper permissions of support scripts.  Admin users with shell access could exploit this to elevate root privileges.  Detailed information here.

Product Version Running on Patched version
vROps 7.x VA
vROps 6.7.x VA
vROps 6.6.x VA
SPBM plug-in updated for vRA

It’s been a minute, but VMware have finally gotten around to updating the storage policy based management (SPBM) plug-in/package for vRA/vRO. This allows you to essentially choose the vCenter storage policy for things like vSAN during your vRA requests. Head over to the marketplace here to grab the new package. The Tech Specs pane hasn’t quite been updated, but the package you get in the download has, just FYI.

vROps Federation Management Pack update

Also an update from the marketplace is the vROps Federation Management pack. This allows you to get a federated view of multiple vROps systems and all sorts of other fun stuff. They’ve added support for vROps 7.0 at this time.

Security Update for vCSA 6.7 U1a

If you’re using the vCSA (and we hope you are), and also on version 6.7 U1, there is a new security patch available that you should plan on getting that fixes vulnerabilities in Photon OS (the underlying operating system). See the notification here and the patch depot here.

Veeam 9.5 Update 4 Imminent

For those using Veeam, the massive Update 4 to version 9.5 has been released to VCSP partners and should be hitting general availability this month, according to Anton Gostev. For those not aware, Update 4 is going to be one of the most massive updates to the product in their history and will bring a whole slew of new enhancements, including the anticipated cloud tier functionality. Cloud Tier will allow spilling backups out into Amazon, Azure, and other public cloud providers. This one will be great to allow for those longer retention periods on cheap-and-deep storage services. If you want to hear more, sign up here for the webcast taking place on January 22nd.

New Blog:  Deploying VMware Agents with Ansible

Chip has been spending quite a bit of time with Ansible lately and has written a new blog post in which he shares some of his work with the community in the form of Ansible roles on Galaxy for deploying the vRLI and vROps End Point Operations agents.

Getting Started with Desired State Configuration Resources for VMware

PowerShell DSC has been all the rage recently, and this has been brought to PowerCLI allowing for DSC for vSphere. This is a very interesting topic and we think this could be really great for certain things. Lots of details in the recent blog post for you to check out and get started.

Reminder About New KB Articles

We’ve written about this in the past, but always keep an eye on the VMware Blog page for the new KB articles that are published. This keeps you ahead of the game when knowing about those critical issues *before* they strike. Highly recommended to add this to your RSS reader and scan it every week or so.

Understanding vROps Memory Metrics

A really good blog post was published in early January that explains memory metrics in vROps and how they are (and have been) changing. This is a topic which Chip has dealt with at several customers recently and often finds lots of confusion around. Strongly recommended to give this a read if you’re a vROps user to understand what’s going on.

2019 VCP Certification Changes

Another blog from VMware points out the new VCP program and how those certifications are changing heading into 2019. For example, passing the latest version of the VCP-DCV exam based on vSphere 6.7 (when available) in 2019 will net you a VCP-DCV 2019 certification. If you pass it in 2020 it’ll give you a VCP-DCV 2020.

Network Troubleshooting Tools in ESXi

Very often, we encounter network-related blockers when implementing vSphere or other components for customers. Sometimes customers have real difficulty in trying to troubleshoot these issues because of either unfamiliarity with ESXi or Linux (which, to be clear, ESXi is not Linux nor is it based upon it). Neils has a really good blog which shows you these tools, how to use them, and what they’re good for troubleshooting.

Importance of Choosing NAS Drives

Home labs are becoming more and more popular, and they’re something we absolutely recommend investing in. But it’s important to pick the right type of drive for a NAS to not have your data at risk. Contrary to popular belief, desktop drives are not ok to use, and this blog from Synology explains why. Considering that Synology is the most popular choice for home labers, read their blog to learn more.

VMware Products Reaching End of General support in 2019

With the new year under way, it is never too early to start planning your future projects by

making sure your existing VMware products are supported throughout the year so that you do not get caught out.  The VMware Lifecycle Product Matrix document you download here provides a list of all VMware’s supported products and which versions reach EOGS this year (marked in red), as well the product that has already expired (marked in purple).

Ok, that’s it for this month. A little light, we know, but we’ll be back next month with hopefully much more news to share!