Author: Eric Grueter

Eric Grueter is a Staff Solutions Engineer at VMware. He has been with the company since 2015 and is based out of the New England region. Prior to coming to VMware Eric spent several years in the storage hardware industry as a pre-sales consultant as well as an implementation engineer.

Weekly Update – Week of 10/21/2019

New and Noteworthy:
Introducing vRealize Suite 2019 – VMware vRealize Suite 2019, vCloud Suite 2019, and vCloud Suite 2019 Platinum, the industry leading cloud management platforms are now available for download.   Modern Hybrid Cloud Management Platform VMware vRealize Suite, vCloud Suite, and vCloud Suite Platinum are part of VMware’s hybrid cloud management platform offerings. We will also look further into two of the vRealize Suite Components in the articles below.

VMware vRealize Automation 8.0 goes GA – We announced vRealize Automation 8.0 at VMworld US 2019 in San Francisco. Sharing the same modern container-based architecture with the SaaS-based VMware vRealize Automation Cloud, this release of vRealize Automation also includes the latest versions of VMware vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager 8.0 and VMware vRealize Orchestrator 8.0.

vRealize Operations 8.0 goes GA – As part of the vRealize Suite 2019 release, vROps has been given an update as well. This entry covers several new features ans explroes what’s new in 8.0

Updated KB Articles:
New KB articles published for the week ending 12 October 2019

Upcoming Events:
VMworld 2019 Europe – Barcelona – 11/04/2019 to 11/07/2019 – Register
KubeCon + CloudNativeCon – San Diego – 11/18/2019 to 11/21/2019 – Register


Upcoming Webinars:
GSS Webinar: vSAN Best Practices from the Field – 10/29/2019 – Register
The Latest on Containers – 10/31/2019 – Register
Instructor Hour Covering Containers – 10/31/2019 – Register
Tanzu: Any App, Any Cloud, Any Cluster – 11/13/2019 – Register
What’s New with VMware Cloud Services – 11/21/2019 – Register
Instructor Hour covering ‘What’s New with VMware Cloud Services’ – 11/21/2019 – Register
[Full Live Event List]

New Releases:
2019-10-24
VMware vCenter Server 6.5U3d [Download]
VMware vCenter Server 6.7U3a [Download]
2019-10-17
VMware AppDefense Plugin 2.3.0 for Platinum Edition [Download]
VMware vRealize Operations 8.0 [Download]
VMware vRealize Orchestrator Appliance 8.0.0 [Download]
VMware vRealize Operations for Horizon 6.7.0 [Download]
2019-10-14
NEC Custom Image for ESXi 6.7 U3 Install CD [Download]
2019-10-10
Hitachi Custom Image for ESXi 6.7U3 Install CD [Download]
VMware NSX for vSphere Standalone Edge – Client 6.4.6 [Download]
VMware NSX for vSphere 6.4.6 [Release Notes] [Download]

Weekly Update – Week of 9/30/2019

New and Noteworthy:
IP Subnets and Connectivity for your VMC on AWS SDDC – Our VMC on AWS customers often ask us how to best plan for hybrid connectivity between their on-premises and public cloud environments. This article will identify and explain the primary considerations for the selection of new networks to be used within the SDDC, as well as identifying existing networks that will interact with the SDDC.

Updated KB Articles:
New KB articles published for the week ending 21st September, 2019
New KB articles published for the week ending 28th September, 2019

Upcoming Events:
vForum – Hartford, CT – 10/16/2019 – Register
vForum – Online – 10/16/2019 – Register
VMworld 2019 Europe – Barcelona – 11/04/2019 to 11/07/2019 – Register

Upcoming Webinars:
New Workspace ONE Features and Training Options – 10/10/2019 – Register
Instructor Hour Covering Workspace ONE – 10/10/2019 – Register
GSS Webinar: vSAN Best Practices from the Field – 10/29/2019 – Register
The Latest on Containers – 10/31/2019 – Register
Instructor Hour Covering Containers – 10/31/2019 – Register

[Full Live Event List]

New Releases:
2019-10-03
VMware vSphere Replication 8.2.0.2 [Download]
2019-09-24
VMware vSphere Integrated Containers 1.5.4 [Download]
2019-09-19
VMware Fusion 11.5.0 (for Intel-based Macs) [Download]
VMware Workstation 15.5.0 Pro for Windows [Download]
2019-09-17
VMware App Volumes 2.18.0 [Download]
VMware Dynamic Environment Manager 9.9.0 [Download]
2019-09-12
VMware ThinApp 5.2.6 [Download]
VMware vCenter Server 6.0U3j [Download]

Weekly Update – Week of 9/9/2019

New and Noteworthy:

Introducing Project Pacific – At VMworld we announced Project Pacific. Project Pacific evolves vSphere to be a native Kubernetes platform.  Project Pacific fuses vSphere with Kubernetes to enable our customers to accelerate development and operation of modern apps on vSphere.  This new architecture fuses vSphere with Kubernetes to enable our customers to accelerate development and operation of modern apps on vSphere.  This platform provides a foundation that will allow developers and IT practitioners alike a secure, robust, and streamlined platform to run their modern applications.

VMware Project Pacific Architecture

New KB articles published for the week ending 31st August,2019Re-posting due to a broken link last week

Upcoming Events:

CloudLive by CloudHealth – Boston 09/24/2019 – 09/26/2019 Register
VMUG UserCon – Boston09/25/2019Register
VMUG UserCon – NY/NJ – Jersey City09/27/2019Register
VMworld 2019 Europe – Barcelona11/04/2019 – 11/07/2019Register

Upcoming Webinars:

VVD for the vSphere Admin09/19/2019Register
NSX-V Upgrades and Best Practices09/24/2019Register
New Workspace ONE Features and Training Options 10/10/2019Register
Instructor Hour Covering Workspace ONE10/10/2019Register

  [Full Live Event List]

New Releases:

2019-08-22
VMware Enterprise PKS Management Console [Download]
2019-09-05
VMware Pulse IoT Center 2.0.0 [Release Notes] [Download]
2019-09-03
VMware Integrated OpenStack 6.0.0 [Release Notes] [Download]
VMware Smart Assurance SMARTS 10.1.0 [Release Notes] [Download]
VMware Smart Assurance NCM 10.1.0 [Release Notes] [Download]
2019-08-29
VMware Integrated OpenStack 5.1.0.3 [Release Notes] [Download]
VMware Integrated OpenStack 4.1.2.3 [Release Notes] [Download]
2019-08-28
Lenovo Custom Image for ESXi 6.7 U3 Install CD [Download]
2019-08-26
DellEMC Custom Image for ESXi 6.7U3 Install CD [Download]
2019-08-22
VMware Enterprise PKS Management Console [Download]
2019-08-21
Hitachi Custom Image for ESXi 6.5U3 GA Install CD [Download]

Weekly Update – Week of 9/2/2019

VMworld 2019 has come and gone and there is much to recap. The announcements of Project Pacific and the VMware Tanzu Portfolio as well as the acquisitions of Pivotal and Carbon Black have added up to one of the largest VMworlds in terms of content. We have provided recaps of each day here with links to core content:

Day 1 Recap: Tech in the Age of Any
Day 2 Recap: Make Your Mark
Day 3 Recap: Your Discovery Powerhouse
Day 4 Recap: It’s All In Your Hands


VMworld US 2019 Breakout Sessions Playback & Download URLs – For those of you with VMworld logins, this page contains links to all of the recorded VMworld breakout sessions organized by topics and solutions sets (courtesy William Lam)

New KB articles published for the week ending 24th August,2019
New KB articles published for the week ending 31st August,2019

Upcoming Events

CloudLive by CloudHealth – Boston 09/24/2019 – 09/26/2019 Register
VMUG UserCon – Boston09/25/2019Register
VMUG UserCon – NY/NJ – Jersey City09/27/2019Register

Upcoming Webinars:

VMWorld Announcement Updates09/11/2019Register
vSAN as Object-Based Storage09/12/2019Register
Instructor Hour covering vSAN 6.709/12/2019Register
VVD for the vSphere Admin09/19/2019Register
NSX-V Upgrades and Best Practices09/24/2019Register
New Workspace ONE Features and Training Options 10/10/2019Register

  [Full Live Event List]

New Releases:

2019-08-20
VMware Open Virtualization Format Tool 4.3.0 Update 3 [Download]
VMware Virtual SAN Witness Appliance 6.7U3 [Download]
VMware vSAN Management SDK 6.7U3 [Download]
VMware vSphere Client SDK 6.7U3 [Download]
VMware vSphere Management SDK 6.7U3 [Download]
VMware vSphere Virtual Disk Development Kit 6.7U3 [Download]
VMware vCenter Server 6.7U3 [Release Notes] [Download]
VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 6.7U3 [Release Notes] [Download]
HPE Gen9 Plus Custom Image for ESXi 6.7 U3 Install CD [Download]
VMware vSAN Witness Appliance 6.5U3a [Download]
VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 6.5U3a [Release Notes] [Download]
Fujitsu Custom Image for ESXi 6.5U3 GA Install CD [Download]

2019-08-21
Hitachi Custom Image for ESXi 6.5U3 GA Install CD [Download]

VMware to Acquire Carbon Black

VMware announced yesterday (22 August) that it intends to acquire the endpoint security provider Carbon Black. Per the VMware press release:

Carbon Black has created an innovative cloud-native security platform with a smart, lightweight agent, and an AI/ML-based Data Lake in the Cloud that provides comprehensive protection of endpoints and defense against a variety of threats. 

The acquisition of Carbon Black represents the evolution of VMware’s intrinsic security strategy, where security features are built into the infrastructure and across workloads, clients and applications.”

Weekly Update – Week of 8/5/2019

Google Cloud and VMware Extend Strategic Partnership – Google Cloud and VMware Inc. announced Google Cloud VMware Solution by CloudSimple, a new service that will allow organizations to run their VMware workloads in Google Cloud Platform, providing customers with choice and flexibility to run VMware workloads on-premises, in a hybrid architecture, or in the cloud. The solution will leverage VMware Cloud Foundation infrastructure software, deployed on GCP and designed and operated by CloudSimple, a VMware Cloud Verified partner.

VMware Cloud on AWS: NSX Networking and Security – With the amount of interest in our VMware Cloud on AWS offering, Humair Ahmed, Gilles Chekroun, and Nico Vibert have put together an e-book on NSX Networking and Security on this platform. It covers from top to bottom how the NSX stack is implemented on VMC.

New KB articles published for the week ending 27th July,2019 – This contains all of the KB articles that were posted during this week.

Upcoming Events

VMworld 2019 – San Francisco08/25/2019- 08/29/2019Register
CloudLive by CloudHealth – Boston 09/24/2019 – 09/26/2019 Register
VMUG UserCon – Boston09/25/2019Register
VMUG UserCon – NY-NJ – Jersey City09/27/2019Register

Upcoming Webinars:

VMC on AWS – Add-Ons and Integration 08/08/2019Register
Instructor Hour covering VMware Cloud on AWS08/08/2019Register
GSS Webinar: vRealize Operations – Best Practices and Troubleshooting08/27/2019Register
vSAN as Object-Based Storage09/12/2019Register
Instructor Hour covering vSAN 6.709/12/2019Register

  [Full Live Event List]

New Releases:

[No release updates this week]

Labs:

https://labs.hol.vmware.com/
Always free, always available

VMware Cloud on AWS: NSX Networking and Security

With the amount of interest in our VMware Cloud on AWS offering, Humair Ahmed, Gilles Chekroun, and Nico Vibert have put together an e-book on NSX Networking and Security on this platform. It covers from top to bottom how the NSX stack is implemented on VMC.

Topics Include:

  • NSX Architecture and Features in VMware Cloud on AWS
  • NSX Networking in VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC
  • NSX Security in VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC
  • NSX Operational Tools in VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC
  • … and more.

Click here to download this free e-book.

CloudLive 2019 – Boston Sept. 24-26

Join us at CloudLIVE to innovate, collaborate, and grow, hosted by CloudHealth by VMware. This year it will be at the brand new Encore Boston Harbor from September 24-26.

CloudLIVE is the industry-leading multicloud conference dedicated to transforming and scaling businesses in the cloud.

This three-day event brings together 500+ cloud leaders with the shared mission of harnessing the power of the cloud to fuel innovation.

Register now for an experience that will take your multicloud strategy to the next level.