vArchitect Newsletter 039

Hello, everyone, and here’s our October newsletter. We bring you all the things that happened last month, the first full month in the aftermath of VMworld 2019 US. We’re approaching VMworld EU, so expect that news to come in the next newsletter.

New Releases

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

  • VMtools v11.0
    • AppDefense driver updates
    • New appInfo service to collect guest services.
    • Release notes
  • Harbor v1.9
    • Tag retention
    • Quotas
    • Webhooks
    • Replication targets used in public clouds
    • Announcement blog 
  • VMware Workstation v15.5
  • VMware Fusion v11.5
  • VMware vRealize Network Insight v5.0


Fling Updates

Rather than enumerating all of them, Wouter has done a pretty good job of putting together his own Fling Newsletter which summarizes all of them nicely. You can view that here.

Notable VMware Blogs

Here are more of the “best of” VMware blogs since last month.
Setting up XaaS with vRealize Automation Cloud
Blueprint Object Properties Editor in vRealize Automation Cloud
Kubernetes Namespace Management in Cloud Assembly
vRealize Automation Cloud (fka Cloud Automation Services) – API First!
NSX-T 2.5 – What’s New for Kubernetes

New NSX-T Design Guide

NSX-T is VMware’s go-forward NSX product, and the reference guide here is critical. It was just updated to reflect NSX-T 2.5, which you can view here.

Cumulative Update for vRO 7.6

vRealize Orchestrator 7.6 has really struggled with some issues after it became generally available. Much of this was due to the 1.0 feature that launched bringing an HTML5 client. If you happen to be on this version, you might be glad to know that there is a new cumulative update available in this KB which may fix some of your problems.

Sovereign Blogs

As usual, we’ve been working on blogs since last month, so here are the ones produced since then.
Terraform Cloud – Step by step configuration (Johann)
Installing the Windows Subsystem for Linux and use Terraform with VS Code (Johann)
Rancher HA on Enterprise PKS (Chip)

Using Cloud-Init

Cloud-init is a rather import system as it is what powers most (if not all) of the public cloud providers’ customizations. Daryl has a good blog to explain this in context of VMware, and this is a good thing as vRA Cloud (formerly Cloud Automation Services if you recall) uses cloud-init for its work.

Ansible, Windows, and PowerShell

If you’re not learning some sort of config management or automation framework today, you really should get on it double quick, and Ansible is and has been a community favorite. Although it evolved primarily around Linux, there’s also support for Windows, and Jonathan has what’s shaping up to be a really good series on using Ansible with Windows here.

vSphere 6.7 Update 3 Issues

After keeping our ears to the group (as we commonly do), we’ve been noticing lots of small issues here and there with vSphere 6.7 Update 3 that range from SSO repointing issues to driver issues to vMotion issues on Dell Hardware etc. Until things stabilize further, we recommend holding off on the Update 3 release unless you absolutely require a feature it brings. Further to that point, we generally find it’s a better idea to wait a couple weeks at the minimum before installing such major platform updates while others perform the field beta tests.

Veeam Update 4b and Windows Server 2019

Anton Gostev has written in a prior newsletter to state that Veeam Update 4b is officially certified for vSphere 6.7 U3 (see note above, however). Also on that point, he reminds us that VMware still does not support taking quiesced snapshots of Windows Server 2019. That is to say, the quiescence method provided by VMware Tools. One of the nice things about Veeam is that, for years now, rather than relying on the often-buggy-and-problematic VMware Tools Windows VSS driver, they have written their own from scratch. This means that while VMware doesn’t support application-consistent snapshots using VMware Tools, Veeam has no problems whatsoever.
Ok, that’s all for this month. It was a little bit less than last, but plenty of new things to cover. We’ll be back in your inbox in a few more weeks with hopefully more info from VMworld Europe.