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vSphere & Intel JCC, TAA, and MCEPSC/IFU: What You Need to Know

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VMware has released updates to mitigate several Intel CPU issues, two of which affect security, as well as a regression in how VMware mitigates the previous MDS vulnerabilities. As with other CPU errata and vulnerability mitigations these topics are extremely complicated. Information security often speaks to three core tenets: confidentiality, integrity, and availability. These types Read more...

HBI1812TE – vSphere Upgrade Workshop

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Over the last year and a half, the vSphere Technical Marketing team have had the pleasure to travel the world. We’ve been running vSphere upgrade workshops and speaking with all kinds of awesome folks. The workshop got an airing at VMworld in San Francisco, and again yesterday at VMworld in Barcelona. The workshop lasts 3 Read more...
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DRS Pairwise Balancing in vSphere 6.5 and 6.7

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Or maybe I should have called this blog post, “I’m seeing an excessive number of DRS initiated vMotions on my newly upgraded 6.5 environment”. Recently I was part of a few conversations about the nature of DRS load balancing in systems running vSphere 6.5 and newer. It was noticed that more vMotion operations where occurring Read more...
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Creating an Asset Inventory for vSphere Infrastructure

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We often talk about how the two biggest ways to stay secure in IT are regular patching and good account & password hygiene. However, there is a big prerequisite to both of these, one that is almost always overlooked: an asset inventory. Without a comprehensive inventory of what devices, virtual machines, and OSes are your Read more...

Cloud Migration Series: Part 2 – VMware HCX Overview

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In Part 1 of our Cloud Migration series we discussed traditional migration methods – Cold Migration and vMotion – and their requirements. This gives you the ability to migrate virtual machines to the cloud with the same technology you use on-premises every day, sometimes without even thinking about it. In Part 2 we are going Read more...
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VMware AppDefense 2.3: Vulnerability Scanning and More

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One of the most interesting parts of working at VMware is watching a product as it evolves, and it’s been fun to watch AppDefense grow and progress. If you aren’t familiar with AppDefense, it’s VMware’s endpoint protection product that learns and protects the good behavior on a guest VM, versus trying to keep up with Read more...
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Considerations for vSphere Component Backup and Restore: Part 2

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Now that we have covered the considerations to backup each component in your vSphere Environment, it’s time to think about the rollback or restore process. In the previous post we discussed how to backup each individual component, in this post we will continue the conversation and discuss considerations to restore or rollback your vSphere Environment Read more...
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Considerations for vSphere Component Backup and Restore: Part 1

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You spend time planning and implementing updates, upgrades and configuration changes to vSphere Environments. Rollback or recovery is usually the last thing on the mind. Did you know there are multiple ways to successfully backup each component in a vSphere Environment? There are also many ways to recover those same components. In this series we Read more...