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National Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2019

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It’s October so in the US it’s officially National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. As the US CERT website states, “National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) is a collaborative effort between government and industry to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and to ensure that all Americans have the resources they need to be safer and more Read more...
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Security is a Team Sport

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There’s a growing idea in the greater VMware community that the role of the Virtualization Infrastructure Administrator (VI Admin) is changing. If you’ve been to a VMware User Group conference recently you will have seen & heard talks on this, how VI Admins are being asked to do new things and being offered opportunities outside of Read more...
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vSphere Compliance: Common Criteria, NIST 800-53, and DISA STIG

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Security is a hot topic everywhere in IT, but right behind it is its cousin, compliance. VMware vSphere is a great platform for organizations that have regulatory compliance needs. Hundreds of time-saving, easy-to-use, and flexible features in vSphere align closely with compliance frameworks, and VMware provides guidance on how to configure these features to meet Read more...

Enhanced vMotion Compatibility (EVC) Explained

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vSphere Enhanced vMotion Compatibility (EVC) ensures that workloads can be live migrated, using vMotion, between ESXi hosts in a cluster that are running different CPU generations. The general recommendation is to have EVC enabled as it will help you in the future where you’ll be scaling your clusters with new hosts that might contain new CPU models. Read more...
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10 Things To Know About vSphere Certificate Management

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With security and compliance on the minds of IT staff everywhere, vSphere certificate management is a huge topic. Decisions made can seriously affect the effort it takes to support a vSphere deployment, and often create vigorous discussions between CISO and information security staff, virtualization admins, and enterprise PKI/certificate authority admins. Here are ten things that Read more...

What is the Impact of the VMKlinux Driver Stack Deprecation?

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Current versions of ESXi 6.x are shipped with both the VMKlinux and the Native driver stack. Modern hardware is, in many cases, using the new Native drivers. However, older hardware may still depend on a VMKlinux driver module. We announced to deprecate the VMKlinux driver stack back in 2017. This blog post goes into detail Read more...

Designing a Shared Virtualized Infrastructure for Business Critical, Machine Learning and High-Performance Computing Workloads

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The University of Groningen – Center for Information Technology The University of Groningen (UG) is a public research university, located in the north of the Netherlands. The university has over 5000 people on staff and over 30,000 students across its under-graduate and post-graduate populations. The Center for Information Technology (CIT) within UG provides computing resources Read more...

Introducing vSphere ROBO Enterprise with DRS-MM

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The vSphere ROBO license model is perfect for organizations that have Remote Office Branch Office (ROBO) locations with a few hosts running workloads. Although being feature-rich, the ROBO clusters lacked the ability of automatic virtual machine migration when entering maintenance mode to perform upgrade or update operations. With the announcement of the vSphere 6.7 Update Read more...

vCenter Server Licensing Options

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UPDATED (October 18th, 2018): The vCenter Server features by licensing chart has been updated to reflect that the vCenter Server Migration Tool is included in the ISO and is available to use with all vCenter Server licensed versions.   vCenter Server allows virtualization administrators to centrally manage and monitor their vSphere environments. Lately I’ve received several questions from Read more...