VMware: A few exciting events this week

Hi All,

For those of you who are based in Sydney or Melbourne, VMware User Group organises the most prominent annual community event this week – VMUG UserCon 2018. I’ve been participating in VMUG UserCon in Sydney for a few years, and it was always above my expectations meeting technology experts and raising startups, and socialise with the peers.

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According to the event’s agenda, this year the primary focus is going be on the solutions to build a hybrid VMware Cloud on AWS, provide automation and analysis for virtual machines and containerised workloads, secure environment with VMware NSX and more.

In addition to local VMUG leaders and stars, there will be industry pioneers like Bruce Davie (NSX) and Cormac Hogan (Storage and Availability). So if you would like to learn about modern trends in the virtual space, have some questions for VMware or the event sponsors, or just want to mingle with the crowd – the registration is still open here and here.

Another news I would like to share with you is related to hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI). VMware is planning to hold a virtual event called ‘Deploy, Manage and Scale vSAN and HCI with vRealize Operations‘ on March 21 and 22, 10 am PDT. The first webinar will be focused on business needs to accelerate HCI adoption, whereas the second one is promised to be a technical deep dive into the components that comprise the HCI architecture. Looks like a fascinating subject to explore to me!

VMware: StorageHub Portal Refresh

For those of us who have been interested in getting explicit information about VMware vSAN, Site Recovery Manager, and vSphere storage in general, VMware StorageHub was a unique source of technical documentation.

It is great to see the vendor working on improving this portal with the design and user interface refresh.

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Now it is possible to choose between English (US) and Mandarine languages for some of the articles.

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All seems quite logical, and I personally like navigation and how fast search works.

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Well done, VMware!

vSphere: Response to Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities

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For those who were responding quickly to Meltdown and Spectre by applying security patches to their ESXi environment, it can be a bit frustrating to know that VMware pulled those packages down few days after they were released.

This is related to a reboot issue in the recent CPU microcode updates released by Intel, and both vendors aks for some time to provide a revised version of firmware.

Currently, VMware urges to apply the latest patches (released on January 9, 2018) to vCenter Server and VCSA as follows:

More information (and possibly updates) will come next week.

Meanwhile, I would leave here a few more articles that are worth reading:

25/01/2018 – Update 1: Two more articles that seem to be quite helpful are as follows:

09/02/2018 – Update 2: VMware released a new security advisory (VMSA-2018-0007) in regards to mitigating CVE-2017-5753, CVE-2017-5715, and CVE-2017-5754 in VMware Virtual Appliances.

12/02/2018 – Update 3: Another excellent summary in regards to the subject: Meltdown and Spectre: far from the solution?

25/02/2018 – Update 4: Over the last week Dell EMC released new BIOS for 13G and 14G server platforms. Still, it will take some time for VMware to update their HCL with the supported configurations. Meanwhile, it is recommended to apply Photon OS security patches to VCSA 6.5 as per the following article: https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-vSphere/6.5/rn/vcenter-server-appliance-photonos-security-patches.html.

 

Packt Publishing eBooks and Videos Sale

New Year is a great time to save on purchasing different sort of things. Especially when you are planning to obtain new or update existing IT certification.

That is why I was pleased to see that Packt Publishing had a generous discount on almost all of their ebooks and video courses. Currently (and I believe it lasts until the end of this week) you can buy them for just AUD 6.50 / USD 5.00 each. Almost bargain!

Packt Publishing Offer

A few titles I found quite interesting to add to my library are as follows:

Don’t miss a chance to make yourself a gift 😉

2018 Sydney VMUG UserCon is on March 20th

Happy New Year to everyone!!! 2017 was definitely full of disruptions from VMware, and the folks in Palo Alto keep the wheels of innovation fast turning.

Saying that it is always a good idea to look at what is happening behind the curtains, meet with the experts and peers, and plan for the next technology upgrade. This is where VMUG UserCon can be of great use!

VMUG UserCon 2018

This year VMUG UserCon is promised to be more about deep-dive learning and hands-on training. Woo-hoo!!!

The primary focus is on modernising data centres and integrating with the public cloud, expanding into the digital workspace with Workspace ONE, and transforming security with solutions like NSX and vSphere.

The event is going to be held in the heart of Sydney CBD at The Westin Sydney.

The registration is already open, and it looks like it’s going to be a big hit! So don’t miss your chance to be there on March 20th 😉

vSphere Next: A new beta refresh and more

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Less than two months since VMware announced the availability of a vSphere beta and it has been refreshed with the new features and bugfixes. To participate in the program, candidates should indicate their interest by filling out this simple form.

I personally think time around Christmas holidays is the best one for tech geeks to dedicate some of their time and have an understanding of what’s next.

The beta refresh is available as a downloadable media and as a hosted environment in the Hands-on-Labs.

For those folks who need access to the full range of technologies from VMware, the VMware User Group has just announced a 10% discount on the VMUG Advantage subscription. This offer is available until December 31st, 2017.

All this sounds like a great Christmas gift from the vendor. Thank you, VMware!