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vSphere & Intel CPU Vulnerabilities: CacheOut & Vector Register Sampling

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Intel Corporation has released security advisory INTEL-SA-00329, in which they disclose new CPU vulnerabilities present in their CPU product families (L1D Eviction Sampling, aka “CacheOut,” and Vector Register Sampling). Intel has disclosed these issues but has not yet provided new CPU microcode that resolves or mitigates the issues. VMware ships CPU microcode updates as part Read more...
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Creating and Using Content Library

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Content Library has evolved quite a bit since its inception in vSphere 6.0. Some of that evolution has brought new ways to accomplish tasks as well as new features. One of the newest additions as of late is new cmdlets for Content Library management via PowerCLI, available in version 11.5.0. This blog will guide you through Read more...
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vSphere Signing Certificate Expiry – What You Need To Know

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Why Do We Sign? To guarantee the security of your download, VMware releases are cryptographically signed. The certificate used to sign legacy releases of software expires at the end of December 2019. For some time now, we have been dual signing releases with the replacement certificate and the legacy certificate. Soon releases be will signed Read more...
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VMware vSphere & Microsoft LDAP Channel Binding & Signing (ADV190023)

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Update (1/16/2020): Updates to reflect the results of Integrated Windows Authentication testing. Microsoft has recently released warnings to its customer base that, in the March 2020 updates to Windows, it intends to change the default behavior of the Microsoft LDAP servers that are part of an Active Directory deployment. These changes will make secure LDAP Read more...
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vSphere Support for Intel FPGA

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Since VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 1, VMware expanded its array of supported hardware accelerators by introducing support for the Intel® Arria® 10 GX Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) devices. This blog post zooms in on what an FPGA is, what the generic FPGA architecture looks like and how to expose an Intel® Arria® 10 GX Read more...
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Now Available! vSphere Upgrade: The Inside Track

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With such interest in our vSphere Upgrade workshops, David Stamen and Kev Johnson have put together a 7 Part Video series on Upgrading to vSphere 6.7! We call it vSphere Upgrade: The Inside Track. We have travelled all over the world for the last year and a half bringing a great workshop to our customers and Read more...

Hot and Cold Migrations; Which Network is Used?

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A common question arises when customers are migrating workloads between ESXi hosts, clusters, vCenter Servers or data centers. What network is being used when a hot or cold migration is initiated? This blog post explains the difference between the various services and networks stacks in ESXi, and which one is used for a specific type Read more...

Cloud Migration Series: Part 4 – Planning and Considerations

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In the first three parts of our Cloud Migration Series, we discussed the hybrid cloud and migration methods, provided an overview of HCX, and talked about the importance of the service mesh. These are all critical to understanding, but even more important are the aspects of planning, design and other considerations. Without proper planning, and Read more...