vArchitect Newsletter 036

Hi, folks, and welcome to our July newsletter! As usual, we have a list of releases, security patches, and more info. Let’s get to it.

New Releases


New and updated releases since last month.  With all new releases and updates, be absolutely sure you read the release notes carefully!


  • VMware Horizon 6 version 6.2.9
    • Maintenance release with mostly bug/security fixes
    • Release notes


  • VMware Site Recovery Manager


  • VMware vSphere Replication


  • VMware vCenter Server 6.5 Update 3
    • Auditing improvements for user management, login, group creation, identity source, and policy updates
    • External DB support (Windows) for MS SQL 2014 SP3
    • Upgrading to 6.7 shortly after installing this release may not be supported. Read the release notes carefully. Also read article below.
    • Release notes


  • VMware ESXi 6.5 Update 3
    • Multiple driver updates
    • Support for Windows Server Failover Clustering and Server 2019
    • Release notes


  • PowerCLI 11.3
    • HCX cmdlets
    • NSX-T opaque networks
    • Bulk tagging improvements
    • Blog post


VMware Security Advisory


VMware released advisory VMSA-2019-0009 that addresses out of bounds read and use-after-free vulnerabilities within VMware Tools and Workstation.  Details about the advisory can be found here




Running on

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Must Upgrade

VMware Tools




Must Upgrade


VMware released advisory VMSA-2019-0010 that address Linux kernel vulnerabilities in TCP Selective Acknowledgement.  Details about the advisory can be found here.  This advisory affects most of the VMware products, please review for specific patched versions or workarounds. 



Fling Updates


As usual, we bring you the VMware Flings which saw some updates in June.




vRealize Automation EBS Lifecycle States and Events


Although this is an older blog, it somehow eluded our grasp until it was pointed out by someone else recently. In it, the author has created a really nice diagram of all the event broker subscription (EBS) lifecycle states and events. If you’re creating your own integration based on hooks from EBS, this would be great to print out and hang on your wall as a reference posted.



Back-in-Time vSphere Upgrades


For whatever reason, the subject of vSphere upgrades when it comes to cross-version and latest patch compatibility always throws people for a loop. This KB attempts to explain what back-in-time means and why it’s problematic. If you’re planning an upgrade and have been keeping recent with vSphere patches, please give this KB a close read.


New Book: The Ultimate vSphere Virtual Machine Migration Guide


And on the subject of vSphere migrations, Chip has recently published a book in online format through GitBook that details the various forms of virtual machine migration within vSphere. This is the culmination of many months of research and writing and is designed to really target novice and intermediate users of the platform, but even expert users will find some new information within. With it being published on GitBook, that means that changes and additions can be made fairly quickly. Although it’s based on 6.5, just about everything in here applies to 6.7. Check it out here. And a sincere thank you to all those proofreaders from vProof who spent their time!



Notable VMware Blogs


Several new and cool blogs have been written in the past month, so we’re aggregating these for you below.


The vMotion Process Under the Hood

ServiceNow Notifications with vRealize Operations 7.5

Kubernetes Across VMware Cloud Automation Services

Enhanced vMotion Compatibility (EVC) Explained

10 Things To Know About vSphere Certificate Management


VMworld 2019


VMworld 2019 is just around the corner, and the content catalog has been published (yet scheduling is not open until July 16). Be sure you check out the catalog and determine your interests here.