PowerCLI 6.5.4

New Release – VMware PowerCLI 6.5.4

Although VMware released PowerCLI 6.5.3 a little over a month ago, here comes a pleasant surprise: few days ago VMware made available the shiny new version PowerCLI 6.5.4! The new version brings us improvements in two areas:

  • new module for VMware Cloud on AWS
  • new cmdlets for storage module

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News from AWS

News from AWS

Amazon Simple Email Service (SES) introduces two new features that can help to protect your sender reputation: email pausing and reputation metrics. You can use API operations to automatically pause email sending when reputation metrics cross certain thresholds. These features are now available in the following AWS Regions: US West (Oregon), US East (N. Virginia), and EU (Ireland). Read more on the new SES features.

Amazon Route 53 releases API to view service limits: hosted zones, health checks, reusable delegation sets, traffic policies, and traffic policy instances. You can watch your usage and compare it against your current limits, so you can ask for an increase well before reaching a limit.

Amazon EC2 is announcing an increase to the monthly service commitment in the EC2 Service Level Agreement, for both EC2 and EBS, to 99.99%. This change is effective immediately in all regions, and is available to all EC2 customers.

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VMware Security Advisory

VMware Security Advisories VMSA-2017-0018.1 and VMSA-2017-0019

VMware has released information on few vulnerabilities covering Workstation, Player, Fusion, Horizon View Client and NSX: “VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2017-0018.1 – VMware Workstation, Fusion and Horizon View Client updates resolve multiple security vulnerabilities” and “VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2017-0019 – NSX for vSphere update addresses NSX Edge Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) issue”.

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Veeam Vanguard Nominations 2018

Veeam Vanguard
Veeam Vanguard

Back in 2015, Veeam launched a global influencer program” called Veeam Vanguard. Program was organized by Rick Vanover (MVP, vExpert, Cisco Champion) together with a team of other vExperts and MVPs (Doug Hazelman, Luca Dell’Oca, Clint Wyckoff).

“The Veeam Vanguard Program is a hand-selected list of people of all backgrounds who Veeam feels embraces our brand best in their communities. Some Vanguards are bloggers, some are active on our Veeam Forums, some are active on Spiceworks sharing a lot of Veeam-specific information and the list goes on for all of the ways Vanguards have engaged.” – Rick Vanover

Fast forward to 2017, and for the third edition of the program we have 61 Veeam Vanguards from 26 countries. Among them I noticed people well-known from VMware community, like Andrea Mauro, Christian Mohn, John Nicholson, Liselotte Foverskov, Mike Preston, Vladan Seget, Paul Braren, Andreas Lesslhumer, David Hill, Pete Flecha, or Melissa Palmer. For a full list of Vanguards, you can check the official list.

We’ll move now to current days, with exciting news: nominations for Veeam Vanguard 2018 edition are open! Veeam plans to expand the program this year. Vanguards have privileged access to Product Strategy Team, product betas and briefings. You can nominate yourself or someone you know it fits the profile. Nominations will be accepted until 29 December 2017.

Go now and fill your nomination to Veeam Vanguard 2018!

AWSome Day 2017 Romania

AWSome Day 2017 in Romania

November is a good month for Amazon Web Services lovers from Romania: Bittnet and AWS are hosting not one, but two editions of AWSome Day! AWSome Day is a free introductory one-day event, based on the official AWS Technical Essentials course. Bittnet is the only authorized AWS Training Partner in Romania, and also holds AWS Consulting Partner status.

This is the third consecutive year in which Romanian users can attend this type of event. I have attended the first edition held at Hotel Novotel in Bucharest in October 2015 and it was a great event. Excellent content for an AWS introduction and a great networking opportunity.

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VMware Security Advisory

VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2017-0017

VMware has released a new security advisory: “VMSA-2017-0017 – VMware vCenter Server update resolves LDAP DoS, SSRF and CLRF injection issues“.

VMSA-2017-0017 advisory covers two issues affecting VMware vCenter Server:

  • CVE-2017-4927 – VMware vCenter Server doesn’t correctly handle specially crafted LDAP network packets which may allow for remote DoS. This issue affects vCenter Server 6.5 and 6.0. vCenter Server 6.5 Update 1 and 6.0 Update 3c fix this issue.
  • CVE-2017-4928 – SSRF and CRLF injection issues in vSphere web client. An attacker may exploit the Flash-based vSphere Web Client by sending a POST request with modified headers towards internal services leading to information disclosure. This issue affects vCenter Server 6.0 and 5.5. vCenter Server 6.0 Update 3c and 5.5 Update 3f fix this issue.

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vSphere HTML5 Web Client Fling

How to Install vSphere HTML5 Web Client Fling

vSphere HTML5 Web Client Fling - Download
Download vSphere HTML5 Web Client Fling

VMware agrees that Flash is not the solution for the long-term. Our long-term direction is to utilize HTML5. In vSphere 6.5, we have released a supported version of an HTML5 based web client which we call “vSphere Client”. What’s New in vSphere 6.5: vCenter management clients

This vSphere HTML5 Web Client evolved from an application initially published as a Fling (“Flings are apps and tools built by our engineers and community that are intended to be played with and explored”). The Web Client made available in vCenter is a fully supported version of the fling. However, VMware updates the fling version of the client more often. Even if the fling version is not supported, it’s still good to play with what will eventually graduate to a supported version.

In this article I will guide you through the initial configuration of vSphere HTML5 Web Client Fling. We will install the fling in parallel with the existing vCenter Server and will make no permanent changes at vCenter level. If you want to update an already existing installation of the fling, check this article: How to Update vSphere HTML5 Web Client Fling.

I will demonstrate how to install vSphere HTML5 Web Client Fling on top of vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 with an embedded PSC.

I will start the process with the download of the OVA file. Go to the VMware Fling repository and download the latest version available (in my case v3.27 – Build 7055108, released on 4th November 2017). Check “I have read…” checkbox and choose the OVA file from the drop down list (in my case h5ngcVA-3.27.0.0-7055108_OVF10.ova). You can then click on “Download” button and wait for the archive to be downloaded.

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VMware vSphere 6.5 Host Resources Deep Dive

Free e-book: VMware vSphere 6.5 Host Resources Deep Dive

I have to admit, this post comes earlier than planned. I am still reading “VMware vSphere 6.5 Host Resources Deep Dive” by Frank Denneman and Niels Hagoort. See above, third part of the book (“Storage Resources”), chapter 14 (“Non-volatile Memory Architecture”), page 331. Printed version, no search function available yet.

Why do I write this now? Because Rubrik and VMUG have an early Christmas gift for us. After Rubrik gave away  at VMworld 2000 free copies of the printed version of “VMware vSphere 6.5 Host Resources Deep Dive”, they partnered with VMUG and decided to further support the community by providing a free PDF version of the book. If you are in a rush, go to Rubrik site and download the e-book. If you prefer the printed version, sorry, but you will have to pay for it @Amazon.

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How to Update ESXi 6.5 with Update Manager

In this article I will demonstrate how to easily update ESXi 6.5 using Update Manager.

In this demonstration I will use vCenter Update Manager, so I must have the proper vCenter version already installed. As a rule of thumb, you always need to update vCenter Server before ESXi (vSphere). Update process for VMware solutions can be tricky, so for specific order update for VMware products I suggest you to check KB2147289.

Note: If you look for VCSA update instructions, check this article: How to Update vCenter Server Appliance to 6.5 Update 1b.

Check vCenter and ESXi versions

I will connect to my vCenter Server using vSphere Web Client and I will check the vCenter version. As you can see below, I am running vCenter version 6.5.0, build 6816762, which is the latest version at the moment I am writing this article.

Update ESXi - Check vCenter Version

Next, I will check ESXi version. I navigate in the left panel to the ESXi server I plan to update (esx1.lab.local). In the right panel, I can see the installed product: VMware ESXi 6.5.0 build 5310536.

Update ESXi - Check ESXi Version

I will use now my.vmware.com site.to find the latest version for ESXi 6.5. As you can see below, latest build is 6765664. Take note of the Bulletin Number, we will use it later: ESXi650-201710401-BG.

Update ESXi - MyVMware

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News from AWS

Cloud Events for November 2017

November is a full month for cloud enthusiasts, with great cloud events both in United States and Europe, including one of the most important IT conference of the year (in my opinion, of course), which is AWS re:Invent.

AWS re:Invent 2017

Las Vegas, Nevada, will host this month the biggest AWS event of the year, AWS re:Invent 2017. Between 27 November and 1 December, you can attend over 1,000 breakout sessions, hackathons, bootcamps, labs, and workshops. Tickets are nearly sold out, hurry to secure your place.

If you can’t attend in person, you can still register for the live streaming of the keynotes. You can watch both keynotes (Andy Jassy, CEO, Amazon Web Services, and Werner Vogels, CTO, Amazon.com) and  Tuesday Night Live featuring Peter DeSantis, VP, AWS Global Infrastructure.

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