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vSphere 8 Update 2: Boosts Performance and Reduced Downtime

VMware vSphere 8 Update 2 is now available, and it’s packed with new features and enhancements that will help organizations supercharge the performance of their demanding workloads and enhance the operational efficiencies of their IT teams.

This latest update introduces advanced workload management capabilities, allowing organizations to intelligently allocate resources and prioritize critical workloads based on business needs. Additionally, vSphere 8 Update 2 introduces enhanced security features, including enhanced encryption and improved access controls, ensuring the protection of sensitive data and mitigating potential threats.

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New Release – STOR2RRD & LPAR2RRD (7.50)

I’ve published many articles about STOR2RRD and LPAR2RRD monitoring software for monitoring servers, OS, storage, SAN, LAN and other devices. XORUX has released new version of the monitoring suites with new features and capabilities. Let’s review the new features, capabilities and changes.

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Major Update For DELL EMC Unity/Unity XT OE (5.2.0.0.5.173)

EMC has released new OE (5.2.0.0.5.173) for Unity/Unity XT storage array family with new major changes. The new release also contains lots of resolved issues for different components. The biggest changes are “Data Reduction and Advanced Deduplication” can now be enabled for hybrid storage pools and also dynamic pools will be expanded faster than before.

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Rocky Linux, The Rightful Successor to CentOS

CentOS born from nothing and was everything for some businesses but Red Hat deposed him from the kingdom. I have published a post about CentOS Replacement Candidates and Rocky Linux was one of candidates. Rocky Linux was under development by Rocky community and release candidate version of Rocky Linux was released on April 30, 2021.

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vSphere 7 is Available to Download

VMware vSphere 7 is now available to download. The new version of vSphere is available with the below licenses and components: Licenses and Components Essentials VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 7.0.0                           VMware vCenter Server 7.0.0                                                              Essentials Plus                                              VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 7.0.0                            VMware vCenter Server 7.0.0                                                              VMware vSphere Replication 8.3.0                                       Standard                                                       VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 7.0.0                            VMware vCenter Server 7.0.0                                                              VMware vSphere Replication 8.3.0                                       VMware vRealize Orchestrator Appliance 8.0.1 Enterprise                        VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 7.0.0                            VMware vCenter Server 7.0.0                                                              VMware vSphere Replication 8.3.0                                       VMware vRealize Orchestrator Appliance 8.0.1 Enterprise Plus                VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 7.0.0                            VMware vCenter Server 7.0.0                                                              VMware vSphere Replication 8.3.0                                       VMware vRealize Orchestrator Appliance 8.0.1 Desktop                            VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 7.0.0                            VMware vCenter Server 7.0.0                                                              VMware vSphere Replication 8.3.0                                       VMware vRealize Orchestrator Appliance 8.0.1 vSphere Scale-Out                         VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 7.0.0                            VMware vCenter Server 7.0.0                                                              VMware vRealize Orchestrator Appliance 8.0.1 Custom ISO and Addons Dell and HPE has released their customized images for ESXi 7 and the customized images are available to download. Also the vendors have released Addons for ESXi 7 and the addons are available now. Other vendors are not listed yet, so f you are ready to deploy vSphere 7 in your environment, make...

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The New Guy Came, vSphere 7

I was reading lot of posts and tweets about this new guy, vSphere 7 but who is this new guy? Why is he attractive for Virtualization ladies? What’s New in vSphere 7? There are many new features and there are many removed feature, vSphere 7 has huge arms compare to vSphere 6.7 (The depressed guy). Let’s quick review about new features, I’ll publish some posts about each feature after check them on my lab. I hope that the new guy is compatible with our current hardware! But there is no information yet. He is a ghost! vSphere Lifecycle Manager Next-Gen Infrastructure Image Management: Manage infrastructure images to patch, update or upgrade ESXi clusters using a desired state model. vCenter Server Profiles: Desired state configuration management capabilities for vCenter Server. It helps the user to define/validate/apply configuration for multiple vCenter Servers. vCenter Server Update Planner: Manage the compatibility & interoperability for vCenter Server for upgrade scenarios. We will allow users to generate the interoperability and pre-checks report, which will help them plan for upgrades. Content Library: Added administrative control and versioning support. Provides simple and effective centralized management for virtual machine templates, virtual appliances, ISO images, and scripts. Identity federation with...

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HPE Offline Bundle 3.5.0-12 for VMware ESXi

HPE Offline Bundle 3.5.0-12 for VMware ESXi includes important fixes for issues which can be cause of service down time. If you have VMware ESXi 6.5 or VMware ESXi 6.7, you must update HPE Offline Bundle to the new version (3.5.0-12).

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Dell EMC Unity OE 5.0.2.0.5.009

EMC has released new upgrade file for Unity family (5.0.2.0.5.009) but I couldn’t find Release Notes link till now. Seems, the upgrade file is contains some minor fixes and security fixes as well. (Now I know that some issues were major!) The file size is as big as previous releases, but as I know, the below security issues have been fixed on this release. (Thanks to “derWolle“, I don’t know him but he has read the post and sent me the link of release notes: https://support.emc.com/docu97010_Dell-EMC-Unity-Family-5.0.2.0.5.009-Release-Notes.pdf?language=en_US Seems, there is new feature and important fixes: Initially Configuring your Unity syste: When initially configuring your system, you will need to reset the default password whether you are using the Unisphere UI, REST API, SMI-S, Service Commands, or CLI. Support for new Power Supply Unit (PSU): Unity Operating Environment 5.0.2.0.5.009 contains updated firmware to support the new PSU part number 071-000-208-XX. The below security issues have been addressed and 21 technical issue which opened from previous releases have been fixed: bzip2 CVE-2016-3189 CVE-2019-12900                curl CVE-2019-5482 glib2 CVE-2019-13012 libgcrypt CVE-2019-13627 Mozilla-nss, libfreebl3, libsoftokn3   CVE-2019-9811 CVE-2019-11709 CVE-2019-11711 CVE-2019-11712 CVE-2019-11713 CVE-2019-11715 CVE-2019-11717 CVE-2019-11719 CVE-2019-11729 CVE-2019-11730 perl CVE-2018-18311 polkit CVE-2019-6133 python CVE-2018-20852 CVE-2019-9636 CVE-2019-10160  Further Reading...

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Last HPE Pre-Gen9 ESXi 6.5 U3 Custom Image

HPE has released the last custom image for Pre-Gen9 ProLiant servers. Actually, the Pre-Gen9 was just Gen8! Seems, HPE Gen8 ProLiant is retiring. HPE released ESXi 6.7 U3 custom image as well and it does support Gen9 and Gen10. What’s Changed? Same as all previous custom images, there were some changes on device drivers, management bundles and also ESXi image. All the custom images have been created from latest ESXi image. Also you can find the other changes via the below links: ESXi 6.7 U3: Driver Versions in HPE supplied VMware ESXi images ESXi 6.5 U3 (G9 Plus, Pre-G9): Driver Versions in HPE supplied VMware ESXi images Download Links The custom images are available on VMware: ESXi 6.7 U3 Dec 2019 – Support Gen9 Servers and forward ESXi 6.5 U3 Dec 2019 – Support Gen9 Servers and forward ESXi 6.5 U3 Dec 2019 – Last Pre-Gen9 custom image

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HPE Virtual Connect 4.80

Today, HPE has released Virtual Connect 4.80, the release is includes lots of security fixes. Beginning with VC 4.80, HPE VC Flex-10 10Gb Ethernet Module is not supported having reached its 5 year End of Support period in July 2018. To upgrade to Virtual Connect 4.80, the minimum Virtual Connect Support Utility required version is 1.15.0. Supported Interconnect Modules Virtual Connect 4.80 is supported on the following interconnect modules: • HPE VC Flex-10/10D Module • HPE VC FlexFabric 10Gb/24-Port Module • HPE VC FlexFabric-20/40 F8 Module • HPE VC FlexFabric-20/40 F8 TAA Module • HPE VC 8Gb 20-Port FC Module • HPE VC 8Gb 24-Port FC Module • HPE VC 16Gb 24-Port FC Module • HPE VC 16Gb 24-Port FC TAA Module Major Enhancements VC 4.80 contains the following enhancements: Support for lldpRemManAddrTable(LLDP-MIB) and lldpV2RemManAddrTable(LLDPv2-MIB) Added SNMP trap support for non-correctable ECC memory parity error For VC VC-Enet and FlexFabric modules in non-FIPS mode and for new VC Domains, TLS v1.2 will be the default TLS setting and TLS v1.0, TLS v1.1 will be disabled. Major Fixes VC 4.80 release resolves the following issues: With HPE Virtual Connect FlexFabric 10Gb/24-port Module, FCoE high throughput traffic might see packet loss. When...