VMworld 2019: Managing vSphere Certificates

Notes: Although the notes from the session are not lengthy, the impact of this announcement cannot be understated. VMware has finally brought to the table slimplifed VCSA (and later ESXi) certificate management. I can't wait for the future betas to try out these new features.   New APIs for Cert management  Intuitive UI to manage certs Reduce total number of certs - Machine SSL certificate. No more solution users certificates. Address known cert issues ​Certificate...

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VMworld 2019: Project Pacific (vSphere of the Future)

​Session: HBI4937BU; Kit Colbert ​Session: HBI4937BU; Kit Colbert Unifying vSphere and Kubernetes Modern application deployments are accelerating More applications and solutions will be deployed in the next 5 years than in the previous 40. A modern application is complex: Kubernetes cluster, legacy apps, database, serverless. Challenges for developers and IT Ops from this complexity Using Kubernetes to Manage Workloads ​​​​​What if you could manage VMs using Kubernetes? Namespaces as the Unit of Management. Define: QoS...

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VMworld 2019: Day 1 Keynote

​Note: As usual for my live blogging posts please forgive any sentence fragments, typos, etc. I'll try and post after each session with just minimal proof reading. Speed trumps perfection at these conferences. Pat (CEO) walks on stage and welcomes everyone to VMworld 2019. This is his 7th anniversary as the VMware CEO, and his 8th VMworld. "Tech in the age of any". Welcomes the Pivotal team to VMware (recent acqusition). Welcomes Carbon Black to...

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How-to: OpenVPN Server in a Synology Docker Container

​I recently purchased Synology NAS, and wanted to run an OpenVPN server in a container for remote access. Yes, the Synology has a built-in OpenVPN server, but I felt that running a containerized version was more prudent. There are resources such as the Reddit Synology forum covering the Kylemanna OpenVPN Docker container, but I also wanted to harden my system a bit more using the ​Configuring a secure OpenVPN 2.4 server with Docker​​​ resource. ​​My...

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Synology Disk Station Manager (DSM) Configuration

In my article, Derek's 2019 NAS Selection, I discussed why I bought a Synology DS918+ for my home NAS needs. Now, I will cover the software configuration and some of the neat features of DSM (Disk Station Manager) 6.2.2. Topics that I will cover include security, snaphots, replication, Docker containers, VMs, VPN, and more. This is not a comprehensive configuration guide, so I can't cover everything I did to setup my NAS. Plus, your configuration...

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Derek’s 2019 Home NAS Selection

​Years ago I had a QNAP NAS which I used for my VMware home lab, but it was aging and I wanted something new and larger for all of my data and photos. Now, in 2019, I selected the Synology DS918+ NAS. Find out the specs, how I configured it, and what disks/memory/UPS I used. A future blog post will go into the software configuration and more details about my Docker containers, VPN, VM, cloud...

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VMware Security Patches Released

​Hot off the press are a few security patches for a variety of VMware products. Advisories include the products ESXi, Workstation, Fusion, and vCloud Director. As always with security updates, read the release notes, assess your risk, deploy the patches in a lab, test, then gently roll out to production. The first advisory, VMSA-2019-0005, has a 'critical' severity rating and affects ESXi, Workstation and Fusion. Thankfully the vulnerability ​is limited to those VMs with a virtual...

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