Without much fanfare NSX released earlier this month. Among other features, there is IPv6 support. However, a big requirement is you must complete your N-VDS to VDS 7.x migration before upgrading to NSX 4.0 Oh yes, the NSX-T name is now retired (along with NSX-v), so NSX-T is now .. plain NSX.

Here's the release notes: https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-NSX/4.0/rn/vmware-nsx-4001-release-notes/index.html

The release notes include a link to this extremely detailed doc on N-VDS migration: https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/79872

There was a quick patch in January for critical bugs (related to log4shell still I believe), but almost 6 months after 3.2, we finally have 3.2.1. With 4.x already being discussed for “Cloud First” environments (such as VMC on AWS), and pushes towards managing your NSX-T via vRealize LifeCycleManager, better get those 3.1 versions upgraded now before automation takes it out of your hands! :lol:

Here's the latest on 3.2.1: https://blogs.vmware.com/networkvirtualization/2022/05/nsx-t-3-2-1-rolling-upgrade-for-nsx-management-plane.html/

Don't forget to follow the Upgrade Checklist: https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-NSX-T-Data-Center/3.2/upgrade/GUID-E35506A7-8050-482A-BABA-F356D2AC3B65.html

Red Hat sent out the link for their Virtualized Summit Session Catalog yesterday, check it out: https://summit.redhat.com/conference/sessions

Some interesting sessions:

  • Demystifying systemd
  • RHEL 8 performance and tuning
  • Conquering the edge
  • Defend yourself using built-in RHEL security technologies
  • When to use to a rules engine
  • Using cloud-native technology to modernize applications

Follow-up to the vSphere 7 is Coming, GA is Here!

See the blog post announcing it: https://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2020/04/vsphere-7-new-generation-vsphere.html

Many new features are covered in the What’s New posts: https://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/tag/vsphere-7

Some insight into the Development time from virten.net: https://www.virten.net/2020/04/vmware-vsphere-7-0-ga-download-links-available/

With NSX-T 3.0 around the corner, there will be plenty to do while we have stay-home orders in the USA for the next month or 2.

With the coronavirus (COVID-19) fears and large-scale orders to ban gatherings of 100 -> 50 -> 20 -> 10 -> 6 -> 3 people, not to mention many transportation options being severly limited, Red Hat announced earlier this month that they have moved the annual Red Hat Summit (scheduled for West Coast this year) to a Virtual event.

See the blog post announcing it: https://www.redhat.com/en/blog/moving-red-hat-summit-2020-virtual-experience

I did attend Red Hat Summit 2019 in Boston, and got to witness the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 announcement. It’s been an interesting year, with the IBM acquisition closing: I’ve already seen a lot of activity with new Open Source webcasts coming from IBM. I just hope that this doesn’t turn out the way the Sun acquisition by Oracle did: a lot of technical capabilities that were developed during the Sun era were not properly marketed, and while much of it seeded later development (containers, virtual desktops, grid computing), there was undoubtedly lots of technology and talent that were left by the wayside.

So we've known this was coming since Project Pacific was announced, and betas
have already come out. But now we have the offficial announce from VMware:
vSphere 7 is Here!

See the blog post announcing it: https://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2020/03/vsphere-7.html

There was also a full presentation this afternoon, linked to from the Application Modernization blog: https://www.vmware.com/app-modernization.html

More to come, but I figure this is a good point to pickup this blog and start
some new VMware posts.