VMware Cloud on AWS Partner Program Coming in 2017

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Earlier this year, VMware and Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced a strategic alliance to build and deliver a seamlessly integrated hybrid offering that will give customers the full software-defined data center (SDDC) experience from the leader in the private cloud, running on the world’s most popular, trusted, and robust public cloud. VMware Cloud™ on AWS will enable customers to run applications across VMware vSphere®-based private, public, and hybrid cloud environments. Delivered, Read more [...]

IRS Approves VDI & BYO for Remote Access to FTI Systems

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Faster, simpler and more secure tax reporting is now achievable for federal, state and local agencies thanks to new Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidelines. While virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) was previously approved by the IRS for remote access to Federal Tax Information (FTI), the September 2016 release of IRS Pub 1075 adds the approval for the use of personally-owned devices to remotely access FTI via VDI. This is great news for federal, state, and local agencies seeking to Read more [...]

New Release: vSphere Command-Line Interface 6.5

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vSphere’s 6.5 release has brought about many new features and enhancements. One of the features which may have flown under the radar has to be the vSphere Command-Line Interface (vCLI) 6.5 release. Overview As a high-level overview, vCLI allows users to run commands from remote systems against vSphere environments. Examples of such commands would be ESXCLI, Datacenter CLI (DCLI), vifs, vicfg, and so forth. To put it another way, vCLI allows users to run all of the commands available within Read more [...]

Saying Farewell to Snapins!

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One of the key improvements to the VMware PowerCLI 6.5 R1 release is the absence of PowerShell snapins. All of the remaining snapins have been converted to modules! Snapin History If you don’t know why this is such a big deal, let me take a second to cover some history on snapins. Going back to the days of PowerShell version 1, snapins were the only way to extend the shell, or add additional features and functionalities. The issue with snapins begin due to how they can only be written in a Read more [...]

vCenter Server 6.5 High Availability Performance and Best Practices

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High availability (aka HA) services are important in any platform, and VMware vCenter Server® is no exception. As the main administrative and management tool of vSphere, it is a critical element that requires HA. vCenter Server HA (aka VCHA) delivers protection against software and hardware failures with excellent performance for common customer scenarios, as shown in this paper. Much work has gone into the high availability feature of VMware vCenter Server® 6.5 to ensure that this service Read more [...]

vSphere 6.5 Update Manager Performance and Best Practices

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vSphere Update Manager (VUM) is the patch management tool for VMware vSphere 6.5. IT administrators can use VUM to patch and upgrade ESXi hosts, VMware Tools, virtual hardware, and virtual appliances. In the vSphere 6.5 release, VUM has been integrated into the vCenter Server appliance (VCSA) for the Linux platform. The integration eliminates remote data transfers between VUM and VCSA, and greatly simplifies the VUM deployment process. As a result, certain data-driven tasks achieve a considerable Read more [...]

VMSA-2016-0021 and VMSA-2016-0022

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This is a critical security advisory from VMware (VMSA)

Greetings from the VMware Security Response Center! Today we released VMSA-2016-0021 which documents a Moderate severity issue in Vmware Identity Manager (vIDM) tracked by CVE-2016-5334. This issue is similar to a directory traversal (def: OWASP) but based on our analysis the only data you can access are files in the /SAAS/WEB-INF and /SAAS/META-INF directories. While these directories have not been found to contain sensitive data, reading them directly is unintended and warranted a fix. In addition, Read more [...]

Paper: VMware vSphere Virtual Machine Encryption Performance

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Encryption of virtual machines is something that has been requested for years by the security community. VMware continued to postpone its implementation due to the negative operational impact that many solutions proved to have, until now. With vSphere 6.5 VMware introduced an agnostic, policy driven VM Encryption feature claiming that the impact on I/O performance is very minimal. To prove that VMware published a 16 pages Performance Study which presents the results of several I/O experiments aimed Read more [...]

Whitepaper on vSphere Virtual Machine Encryption Performance

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vSphere 6.5 introduces a feature called vSphere VM encryption.  When this feature is enabled for a VM, vSphere protects the VM data by encrypting all its contents.  Encryption is done both for already existing data and for newly written data. Whenever the VM data is read, it is decrypted within ESXi before being served to the VM.  Because of this, vSphere VM encryption can have a performance impact on application I/O and the ESXi host CPU usage. We have published a whitepaper, VMware Read more [...]

New Release: PowerCLI 6.5 R1

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There’s been a lot of buzz around PowerCLI lately, and we’re keeping it going! It gives me great pleasure to announce the general availability of VMware PowerCLI 6.5 Release 1! Before diving in on all the new features, it’s worth noting that these features are all created based on feedback taken directly from the users. Please help us make the product better by letting us know what would make PowerCLI easier to use and what would make your automation tasks less painful! The PowerCLI Read more [...]