Monday, January 21, 2019

VMware PKS 1.3 Now Generally Available with Azure Support

VMware PKS 1.3 Now Generally Available with Azure Support and Enhanced Networking, Security, and Management Features.


VMware PKS 1.3 adds rich features that enhance multi-cloud support, networking and security, management and operations. This release also includes support for Kubernetes 1.12.

VMware PKS 1.3 delivers a production-grade, enterprise-ready Kubernetes solution that offers expanded IaaS support, enhanced network and security functionality, and more efficient cluster management and operations. In addition, with the inclusion of Kubernetes 1.12, VMware PKS 1.3 brings an array of the latest stable Kubernetes features to developers.

Microsoft Azure Support


VMware PKS 1.3 introduces support for Microsoft Azure adding breadth to its currently supported IaaSes including VMware vSphere, Google Cloud Platform, and Amazon EC2.

VMware PKS enables self-service provisioning of Kubernetes across multiple clouds with a common user interface. It also optimizes the Kubernetes clusters for the IaaS they are provisioned into – making workloads and operational tasks portable on any supported cloud while enabling enterprises with operational efficiencies around provisioning and day-2 operations.

Support for Kubernetes 1.12 and Other New Features

VMware PKS 1.3 supports Kubernetes 1.12 with the best and latest stable Kubernetes features. As an inherent part of the development flow of VMware PKS, we validate Kubernetes for enterprise readiness by confirming that it has fully passed all Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) Kubernetes conformance tests. The conformance testing is designed to ensure workload compatibility and portability.

VMware PKS 1.3 clusters can also share volumes between containers within a single pod. Scenarios such as creating an application that accesses a database while another reads database metrics are now possible. Mount propagation in Kubernetes 1.12 allows similar private, rshared, and rslave Linux primitives between containers.

VMware PKS 1.3 lets you deploy NSX-T and other IaaS control plane elements such as VMware vCenter behind an authenticated HTTP proxy, thereby restricting access to the IaaS control plane to improve your security posture.

VMware PKS Hands-on Labs

HOL-1931-01-CNA - VMware Pivotal Container Service and Kubernetes - Getting Started

Covered Build, deploy, and manage container-based applications with Kubernetes running on VMware vSphere. Also learn how to operationalize production Kubernetes using VMware Pivotal Container Service.

you can find the new information about VMWare PKS 1.3

I hope this has been informative and thank you for reading!

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Upgrading to VMware vSphere 6.7 eBook

VMware vSphere eBook Upgrading to VMware vSphere 6.7, authored by Nigel Hickey and David Stamen.

This is a free resource to assist customers upgrading to vSphere 6.7. The eBook further builds on the foundational guide Upgrading to VMware vSphere 6.5 by Emad Younis which has been widely adopted when preparing an upgrade to vSphere 6.5. 



Upgrading to VMware vSphere 6.7 eBook follows a 3 phase process to get you acquainted with how to plan and execute an upgrade to vSphere 6.7.

Phase 1: Pre-Upgrade – Information to use prior to upgrading. Links to resources that will assist in the planning of a successful upgrade.
Phase 2: Upgrade – Information on the correct process to upgrade and sample scenarios to guide you through the upgrade process.
Phase 3: Post-Upgrade – Information on day 2 operations once your upgrade is complete such as vCenter HA, Converge Tool and File-Based Backup and Restore.

We hope this resource will be able to assist you with successfully planning and executing a successful upgrade to vSphere 6.7. The eBook can be downloaded here.

I hope this has been informative and thank you for reading!

Saturday, December 1, 2018

vSphere Upgrade on vSphere Central

vSphere Central has always been a great resource to find content, but it has previously been grouped by product such as vCenter Server, Security, ESXi and Virtual Machine, and other categories.



When trying to share content on vSphere Upgrade it overlaps all of these categories. We have created a new consolidated vSphere Upgrade section that will walk you through your upgrade. We cover the following content.



Pre-Upgrade Considerations
Platform Services / vCenter Server Upgrade
ESXi Host Upgrade
VMware Tools and VM Compatibility Upgrade
VMFS Upgrade
Virtual Distributed Switch Upgrade
Post-Upgrade Considerations

You can find the new vSphere Upgrade section on vSphere Central here

I hope this has been informative and thank you for reading!


Friday, October 19, 2018

What’s New in vCenter Server 6.7 Update 1


vCenter Server 6.7 Update 1, you can move a vCenter Server with an Embedded Platform Services Controller from one vSphere domain to another vSphere domain. Services such as tagging and licensing are retained and migrated to the new domain. For more information, see the vCenter Server Installation and Setup Guide.
  • vCenter Server 6.7 Update 1 adds screening for issues in your vSphere environment that proactively provides links to relevant VMware knowledge base articles. For more information, see Check vSphere Health in vSphere Client.
  • vCenter Server 6.7 Update 1 adds support for virtual machine (.vmtx) templates in the Content Library Service.
  • vCenter Server 6.7 Update 1 adds a CLI tool to convert instances of vCenter Server Appliance with an external Platform Services Controller instances into vCenter Server Appliance with an embedded Platform Services Controller connected in Embedded Linked Mode.
  • Burst Filter: vCenter Server 6.7 Update 1 adds a Burst Filter to manage event bursts and prevent the database of vCenter Server from flooding with identical events over a short period of time.
  • vCenter Server 6.7 Update 1 supports VMware vSphere vMotion between on-prem systems and VMware Cloud on AWS. You can use either the vSphere Client or vShere Web Client, or the API. To enable the feature, you must upgrade the source on-prem vCenter Server system to vCenter Server 6.7 Update 1 and ESXi 6.7 Update 1.
  • With vCenter Server 6.7 Update 1, you can import Open Virtual Appliance (OVA) files in a Content Library. The OVA files are unzipped during the import, providing manifest and certificate validations, and create an OVF library item that enables deployment of virtual machines from a Content Library.
  • With vCenter Server 6.7 Update 1, you can restore external Platform Services Controller instances which are replicating data with other external Platform Services Controller instances. This includes restore of external Platform Services Controller instances in all topologies supported in replication mode. The external Platform Services Controller being restored syncs with active peers or if no replication partner is available, it is restored to a backed-up state.
  • Create and Extend Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI): The Create/Extend HCI cluster feature provides a guided user experience for configuration of vSphere and vSAN clusters. The feature also delivers a centralized wizard experience, embeds best practice, and automates repetitive operations.
  • With vCenter Server 6.7 Update 1, you can use the Appliance Management User Interface to configure and edit the firewall settings of the vCenter Server Appliance.
  • With vCenter Server 6.7 Update 1, users with vCenter Single Sign-On administrator privileges, who are part of the SystemConfiguration.BashShellAdministrator group, can access and manage the vCenter Server Appliance by using the Bash shell.
  • vCenter Server 6.7 Update 1 supports Windows 2016 Active Directory.
  • vCenter Server 6.7 Update 1 adds support for configuration and monitoring of vCenter High Availability by using the vSphere Client.
  • With vCenter Server 6.7 Update 1, you can change color schemes in the vSphere Client to display the interface in a dark theme.
  • AppDefense vCenter Server Plugin: vCenter Server 6.7 Update 1 introduces VMware Appdefense as an integrated component of vCenter Server. The AppDefense vCenter Server Plugin provides aggregated security metrics, visibility, and health statistics for applications and workloads running on vSphere.
  • AppDefense lifecycle management: vCenter Server 6.7 Update 1 supports one-click, integrated installation and upgrade workflows for AppDefense directly within vCenter Server. For more information, see the AppDefense Installation Guide with vCenter Server Plugin.
  • AppDefense virtual machine monitoring: vCenter Server 6.7 Update 1 supports AppDefense behavior monitoring for visibility, security assessment, and troubleshooting directly within vCenter Server. For more information, see the AppDefense User Guide.


I hope this has been informative and thank you for reading!

What’s New VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 1


vSphere 6.7 Update 1 is now generally available. This release includes a single HTML5 vSphere Client. The vSphere SSO domain also is receiving more flexibility with support for embedded repointing. Now a single embedded deployment can move to another vSphere SSO domain. Another feature with enhancements in vSphere 6.7 Update 1 is Content Library. It now supports native vCenter Server templates (.vmtx) and Open Virtual Appliance (OVA). Of course, there are more new features and enhancements in this release. Without further ado, here is what’s new in vCenter Server 6.7 Update 1.

vSphere Client

We have a fully featured vSphere client in vSphere 6.7 Update 1. The vSphere team also wanted to optimize the vSphere Client’s performance and workflows. Ensuring the best customer experience possible. This release includes smart porting over and completing the remaining features which included:

  • vCenter High Availability (VCHA)
  • Auto Deploy
  • Host Profiles
  • vSphere Update Manager
  • Network Topology Diagrams
  • Performance Charts
  • Improved Searching
  • Dark Theme


Content Library

This feature has been around since vSphere 6.0 and is one of my favorites. As a customer, I had to manage several images, scripts, OVAs, and templates for several remote sites. Having to maintain and update the same content in several locations can be a nightmare. Content Library is a native vCenter Server service which solves this problem. It uses the subscriber/publisher model to distribute content. There are two deployment models when using Content Library:

Single vCenter Server managing several sites
  • Centralized managed content
  • Uses WAN to sync content, requires publishing vCenter Server to be available
  • Content stored on a datastore at the remote sites
  • When provisioning content at the remote sites, traffic is kept local

Multi vCenter Server
  • Centralized managed content
  • Uses WAN to sync content
  • Can sustain publishing vCenter Server failure, remote locations continue to operate
  • Content stored on a datastore at the remote sites
  • When provisioning content at the remote sites, traffic is kept local

vSphere Health

This is a new feature with huge potential. When deploying your vCenter Server there is an option to enable CEIP. It stands for Customer experience improvement program. When enabled data gets sent to VMware’s analytics cloud, customer workload data is not part of the data collected. This is all anonymous, data is secure and housed in VMware’s data centers. VMware uses this telemetry data to help improve features and customer experience. Now when enabled this functionality provides even more value to the customers.

Remaining new update i will cover my next post shortly. I hope this has been informative and thank you for reading!

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Introducing vSphere Platinum and vSphere 6.7 Update 1!

VMware is announcing VMware vSphere Platinum – a new edition of vSphere, as well as vSphere 6.7 Update 1 – the latest release of the industry-leading virtualization and cloud platform.

With the adoption of digital transformation, individuals and corporations are all leaning more on digital assets, digital identities, and digital channels to drive revenues and differentiate themselves in the market, which makes comprehensive security across infrastructure and applications of paramount importance.  As data security threats increase and regulatory pressure to control such risks grow, organizations are shifting from point security tools to embedded infrastructure solutions. Here are some key challenges and focus areas for customers, when it comes to IT Security
  • Addressing security threats and securing applications are a top IT and business priority.
  • Security threats are increasing, and becoming more sophisticated.
  • Security needs to be enabled at the foundation of an IT architecture and across the entire environment, not just in one component or layer. IT needs to comprehensively secure – applications, data, infrastructure, and access.
  • Security needs to be easy to operationalize in a seamless and transparent manner.
  • Traditional security models and anti-virus products can be both ineffective and consume too many system resources. By the time an attack is detected, it is usually too late.
Introducing vSphere Platinum


VMware vSphere Platinum is a new edition of vSphere that delivers advanced security capabilities fully integrated into the hypervisor. This new release combines the industry leading capabilities of vSphere with VMware AppDefense, delivering purpose-built VMs to secure applications.


vSphere Platinum secures applications, infrastructure, data, and access with the combined capabilities of core vSphere and AppDefense. It enables a simple and powerful way to maintain existing workflows, while supporting collaboration amongst vSphere Admins, and Security, Compliance and Application teams; making for less disruptive response and remediation in a security incident.

Benefits for vSphere Admins
  • Gain visibility into the intent of each virtual machine, and a detailed inventory of application assets and context.
  • Understand how applications behave and be alerted to potential issues and deviations.
  • Shrink the attack surface and reduce the risk of security compromise.
  • Establish a simple and powerful way to collaborate with security, compliance and application teams.
  • Get better visibility and protection with a simple, light-weight and scalable security solution, with no agents to manage, and minimal overhead.
  • Use what you already own, understand, and run in your data center – vSphere – with its unique visibility, automation and isolation qualities.
  • Play a larger and critical role in the security of your entire IT environment – Be the Security Admin
Key Features and Capabilities

vSphere Platinum delivers comprehensive built-in security and is the heart of a secure SDDC, delivering secure applications, data, infrastructure, and access.

Secure Data

  • FIPS 140-2 Validated VM Encryption, and cross-vCenter Encrypted vMotion – Secure against unauthorized data access both at rest and in motion, across the hybrid cloud.
  • Secure Infrastructure
  • Secure Boot for ESXi – Allows only VMware and Partner signed code to run in your hypervisor.
  • Secure Boot for Virtual Machines – Helps prevent images from being tampered with and prevents the loading of unauthorized components.
  • Support for TPM 2.0 for ESXi – Enables hypervisor integrity by validating the Secure Boot for ESXi process and enables remote host attestation.
  • Virtual TPM 2.0 – Provides the necessary support for guest operating system security features while retaining operational features such as vMotion and disaster recovery.
  • Support for Microsoft Virtualization Based Security – Supports Windows 10 and Windows 2016 security features, like Credential Guard, on vSphere.
  • Secure Access
  • Audit Quality Logging – Enables authorized administration and control by providing high fidelity visibility in vSphere operations.
  • Additionally, vSphere has deep integration and works seamlessly with other VMware products such as vSAN, NSX and vRealize Suite to provide a complete security model for the data center. To learn more about vSphere Platinum
I hope this has been informative and thank you for reading!

VMworld 2018 US Recap

I’m very very excited to fly into Las Vegas VMworld 2018. VMworld is a five-day conference that will take place at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas August 26 – 30. 

VMworld in the US this year?

What’s New during the keynotes. and release some posts during the events.

Especially HCI, Vsphere 6.7 update 1 and vSphere Platinum multi-cloud and NSX.









Secure Infrastructure

  • Secure Boot for ESXi – Allows only VMware and Partner signed code to run in your hypervisor.
  • Secure Boot for Virtual Machines – Helps prevent images from being tampered with and prevents the loading of unauthorized components.
  • Support for TPM 2.0 for ESXi – Enables hypervisor integrity by validating the Secure Boot for ESXi process and enables remote host attestation.
  • (Virtual TPM 2.0) – Provides the necessary support for guest operating system security features while retaining operational features such as vMotion and disaster recovery.
  • Support for Microsoft Virtualization Based Security – Supports Windows 10 and Windows 2016 security features, like Credential Guard, on vSphere.

Introducing vSphere 6.7 Update 1

vSphere Platinum, we are excited to announce vSphere 6.7 Update 1, which includes some key new and enhanced capabilities. Here are some highlights:

  • Fully Featured HTML5-based vSphere Client
  • Enhanced support for NVIDIA vGPU powered VMs; and Support for Intel FPGA
  • New vCenter Server Convergence Tool
  • Enhancements for HCI and vSAN
  • Enhanced vSphere Content Library

I hope this has been informative and thank you for reading!

VMware PKS 1.3 Now Generally Available with Azure Support

VMware PKS 1.3 Now Generally Available with Azure Support and Enhanced Networking, Security, and Management Features. VMware PKS 1...