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vSphere 7 – Integrated Windows Authentication (IWA) Deprecation

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Readers of the vSphere 7.0 release notes have noticed that, in the “Product Support Notices” section, Integrated Windows Authentication is listed as deprecated. Naturally, there are quite a few questions about this, especially in the wake of all the changes Microsoft has been suggesting to Active Directory. Let’s try to answer some of these! What Read more...
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vSphere 7 – Virtual Watchdog

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The new virtual watchdog timer (vWDT) is a new virtual device introduced in vSphere 7. It enables developers and administrators to have a standard way to know whether the guest operating system (OS) and applications, running inside a virtual machine, have crashed. It is an important function for clustered applications to gain high availability. In Read more...

vSphere 7 with Kubernetes Network Service Part 1: The Supervisor Cluster

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(By Michael West, Technical Product Manager, VMware) vSphere 7 with Kubernetes enables operations teams to deliver both infrastructure and application services as part of the core platform.  The Network service provides automation of software defined networking to both the Kubernetes clusters embedded in vSphere and Tanzu Kubernetes clusters deployed through the Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Service Read more...
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vSphere 7 – vLCM Compatibility Checks

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The previous blog post on vSphere Lifecycle Manager (vLCM) covers all its capabilities and explains how vLCM ensures consistency across all ESXi hosts in a cluster using a declarative model. The desired state includes the ESXi base image, optional vendor addons, and firmware & drivers. When hosts drift from the desired state, the configured single Read more...
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vSphere 7 – vSphere Trust Authority

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At VMware we talk a lot about intrinsic security, which is the idea that security in a vSphere environment is baked in to the product at a deep level, not sprinkled on as an afterthought. Security is a huge focus of vSphere 7, even though when we talk about the new features it’s usually about Read more...
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vSphere 7 – Introduction to Kubernetes Namespaces

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The next component I’m going to cover in vSphere with Kubernetes for the vSphere Administrator is Supervisor Namespaces. Namespaces are set up by the vSphere Admin and allow them to control resource limits and other policies. We’ll go into those details below! What is a Kubernetes Namespace? In a large Kubernetes cluster with many projects, Read more...
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vSphere 7 – vSGX & Secure Enclaves

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Virtualization is a pretty revolutionary idea, adding a layer of software to help us solve other problems in IT. From a risk perspective, though, it adds more things to track. This isn’t to say that ESXi is insecure – far from it. ESXi is the most secure hypervisor around (our Common Criteria certifications help demonstrate Read more...