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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Nutanix Files 3.5 is now GA

Previously known as AFS (Acropolis File Services), Nutanix Files v3.5 is now GA. For those of you unfamilar with Files, here's a short description:Nutanix Files (formerly known as AFS) is a software-defined scale-out file server. Nutanix Files can be used as the repository for unstructured data like home directories, user profiles, departmental shares, and application logs. It can be deployed on AHV and vSphere clusters and offers many enterprise features such as easy deployment and...

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Nutanix Move 3.0 (formerly Xtract for VMs) now GA

Hot off the press is Nutanix Move 3.0. Now you might be asking what is Nutanix Move 3.0? Move 3.0 is the next major release of the product formerly called Xtract for VMs. Xtract for VMs was a free Nutanix product that enables super easy migration of VMs to the Nutanix AHV hypervisor. While there are a variety of ways to move VMs into AHV, Move is one of the best tools out there. Did...

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Windows Storage Spaces with Nutanix

Nutanix is a great platform for running a range of workloads from small, medium, to large. As disk capacity requirements increase, it can be beneficial to back large data disks (e.g. 1TB+) with multiple smaller virtual disks (vDisks). Although not set in stone, using 4-6 virtual disks instead of one huge disk can significantly boost disk performance with these large data sets. Typically we see this most applicable to database-type workloads, where there is a...

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Nutanix Prism Central RBAC

In a very high percentage of enterprise environments you need to securely delegate access to various applications and infrastructure components. Unless you work in a mom and pop IT shop, you should follow the security principle of 'least privilege' with RBAC (Role based access controls). This means a person with elevated access should only have the permissions to do their normal day-to-day job, and no more. Yes, that means don't dole out Domain Admins rights...

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Adding Google Tag Manager to your WordPress Site

​Everyone is probably very familar with Google Analytics, for tracking page views and many other stats for your website. However, you may not be as familiar with Google Tag Manager. Google tag manager is a highly advanced analytics 'hub' that lets you create various triggers and tags, which can then be processed by a variety of analytics engines. GTM can allow you to track down to the 'click' level on your site, for example. Or...

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Nutanix Acropolis 5.10.0.1 Released

​A couple of weeks ago Nutanix AOS 5.10 was released, along with new versions of AHV (Nutanix Hypervisor) and NCC (Nutanix Cluster Check). These were long term support releases and contains a lot of new features. Today, we released a minor patch release for AOS and Prism Central, version 5.10.0.1. This update resolves an issue with ​licensing and stargate in AOS. Prism Central and AOS both have a fix for LDAPS and a Prism gateway...

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Nutanix Foundation Portable Betas Available

​For Nutanix partners, you will be familiar with our Foundation product. Foundation is how Nutanix bootstraps the hypervisor of your choice and our software stack on to bare metal hardware. Over the years Foundation has evolved and now comes in different forms, for different use cases. Partners and some customers will instantly recognize the 'CVM' and appliance VM forms of Foundation. The latest addition to the stable is "Portable"' Foundation, which is a native app...

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