At VMware Explore 2023 Barcelona I was lucky enough to be able to present my Down the Rabbit Hole With VMware Aria Automation Config session, and the good people behind vBrownbag has made a recording of it available on YouTube!
My VMware Explore 2023 Barcelona week kicked off with a Partner Technical Leadership Forum at the Fira.
Shodan Monitor is a service by shodan.io that allows for monitoring of IPs, networks or domains, based on your own definitions. In my case, I use it to monitor my home network public IP, and to alert me if there is anything strange going on, like new services or any other abnormalities. This is very useful, I get alerts both via a Slack Webhook and email, but as most residential connections I have a dynamic IP address from my ISP. It doesn’t change often, but it happens. My Shodan Monitor definition is based on an IP assignment, and all of a sudden I got notifications for things that were not present in my network. My public IP had changed, and I was now receiving alerts for someone elses network who had been assigned my old public IP. Suboptimal.
This is a guest post by Stine Elise Larsen: I recently came across this message: The vSphere Distributed Switch configuration on some hosts differed from that of the vCenter Server. when I was going to upgrade some vDS switches. There were several complicated solutions presented to me via Google, but this is how I eventually managed to fix it easily.
This is a guest post by Stine Elise Larsen: VMware Explore Barcelona 2023 is upon us and if you are travelling for the first time or just looking for some general tips about the conference, look no further. I previously wrote about my experience traveling to VMware Explore last year. It was my first trip to VMware Explore, which was also my first big convention. My tips will be a characterized by Explore being downsized last year before a lot of last minute registrations, so everything was very crowded.
vSphere 8 introduced the new vSphere Datasets feature. In short, Datasets provides a way to exchange information (metadata) between vCenter and a VM, read/writeable through VMware Tools.
I thought this might be a nice way to pass information from vCenter, or a VM, to Salt in order to use this metadata information on a Salt minion. Thankfully, this was fairly easy to accomplish.
VMUG Denmark put on the (northern European?) VMUG event of the year on the 20th and 21st of September; Tech X 300. It was held at the beautiful Nordisk Film Biografer Palads cinema in Copenhagen, which offers great rooms for the presentations, along with huge screens. I think the largest one was over 12 meters wide!
There is nothing really big and revolutionary in the core vSAN 8 U2 announcement, besides vSAN Max that is. It is nice to see that native file services in vSAN ESA are now in feature parity with vSAN OSA, and that the configuration of 2-Node and Stretched Clusters as been simplified. Other than that, everything else seems to be performance improvements, simplified management and scalability improvements but no stand-out new features in the core offering iself.
The clear stand-out new offering in vSAN 8 U2 is the new Disaggregated Storage offering called vSAN Max. Broken down to its core, this is vSAN HCI Mesh on steroids, with some new and very shiny sprinkles on top. vSAN Max, with its new license model, is a dedicated storage cluster, built on vSAN ESA. A vSAN Max cluster only provides storage resources, and does not run traditional VM workloads. This storage cluster can be consumed by other vSphere clusters, either as a primary storage option or in addition to the storage those cluster already consume from other sources.