Runecast Analyzer 3.0!

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This week I had a brief conversation with the folks from Runecast. I have been following them since day 1 and they have made a big impression on me from the start. During the conversation the Runecast folks shared with me that Runecast Analyzer 3.0 was going to be announced today and they gave a quick overview and demo of what would be announced and included in 3.0. They also quickly went over the functionality that was added the past year, some things which really were well adopted by customers were HIPAA and DISA-STIG compliance feature. Also Horizon support and security auto-remediation capabilities. Another thing that customers really appreciated were the upgradability simulations (beta feature), where Runecast validates your environment against the HCL.

Stan (Runecast CEO) also mentioned that this year Runecast signed up a customer with over 10k hosts, as you can imagine a lot of the work in the past 12 months was focused on scalability and performance at that level of scale. But that is not what today’s announcement is about, today Runecast is announcing 3.0. In 3.0 there are some great enhancements to the platform again. First of all, production-ready HCL Analysis for vSphere and vSAN. On top of that, the ESXi Upgrade Simulation is now GA, and the log analysis has been improved. Runecast is also introducing a new H5 Client plugin-in with new widgets and a dark theme! Just look at it below, you have got to love the dark theme!

But as I mentioned, there’s more to it than just the H5 Client Plugin, the HCL Analysis and the Upgrade Simulation are two key features if you ask me. During the demo, Stan showed me the below screen, and I think that by itself makes it worth testing out Runecast. It simply shows you in one overview if your environment is compliant to the HCL or not, and if it is not compliant, which combination of firmware and driver you should be using to make it compliant. In this example, the driver should be upgraded to 2.0.42. A very useful feature if you ask me. Note that this will work for both vSphere and vSAN and all components needed to run either of these.

Just as useful is the Upgrade Simulation by the way, are you considering upgrading? Make sure to run this first so you know if you will end up in a supported state or not?! And some of you may say that VMware has similar capabilities in their product, but the Runecast appliance doesn’t need to be connected to the internet at all times. You can regularly update the dataset and run these compliancy and upgrade checks (or any of the other checks) regularly offline. Especially for customers where internet access is challenging (dark sites) this is very helpful.

All in all, some very useful updates to an already very useful solution.

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Skyline Advisor Update: Enhanced Filter Capabilities

While VMworld is right around the corner, and we’re excited to meet customers and have a conversation about proactive support, we have also been working hard to incorporate customer feedback and requests into Skyline Advisor. And with that, I’m excited to share updates to Skyline Advisor available today. This update to Skyline Advisor includes updated

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New KB articles published for the week ending 17th August,2019

VMware Horizon HTML Access Unable to log in to Horizon HTML Access with a new user after current user password reset Published Date: 15-Aug-19 VMware Integrated OpenStack VMware Integrated Openstack upgrade from 4.1 to 5.1 generates error “Failed to query availability zones” Published Date: 16-Aug-19 VMware NSX-T Data Center NSX-T Backups are incorrectly reported as

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New KB articles published for the week ending 10th August,2019

VMware Horizon Resizing windows fails in Windows 10 1803 and the Horizon Client Published Date: 5-Aug-19 VMware Integrated OpenStack How to manually add certificates to the controllers in VMware Integrated OpenStack 5.x and earlier Published Date: 9-Aug-19 VMware NSX-T Data Center NSX-T UI pages fail to load Published Date: 6-Aug-19 VMware PKS Incorrect vCenter Server

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New KB articles published for the week ending 3rd August,2019

VMware Horizon Auto start applications are launched after a remote app is launched from Windows 10 agent Date Published: 31-Jul-19 VMware NSX Data Center for vSphere 100% CPU usage on NSX Edge 6.4.4 Date Published: 1-Aug-19 VMware NSX-T Data Center On NSX-T 2.4.0/2.4.1 Edge Load Balancer service status is UNKNOWN Date Published: 31-Jul-19 VMware PKS

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vSAN Deep Dive book available in traditional chinese

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It took a while, but it is my pleasure to announce that the publisher DrMaster just published the Traditional Chinese version of “VMware vSAN 6.7 U1 Deep Dive”. For those who would like to get a copy of the book in Traditional Chinese, there are a couple of ways to pick it up:

I would like to thank the folks at DrMaster for taking on the effort of translating and publishing it!

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VMworld Run 2019??

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A few folks had asked me if I will be organizing a VMworld RUN again in San Francisco this year. I organized one in 2009 and then after that, the VMworld team took over. In Las Vegas running wasn’t really an option considering the heat. But now that we are back in San Francisco the question popped up again. I briefly considered it, but then I came to my senses and realized that it wouldn’t be the smart thing to do. It would be too big and risky. After some discussions, I found out that there’s a run organized called the Bridge to Bridge run on the 25th of August. (https://bridgetobridge.com/) Why organize something yourself when you can potentially work with a professional organization? I reached out to the VMworld team, the VMworld team reached out to the Bridge to Bridge organization, and they came back with the following:

Looking for a fun and active way to kick off your VMworld experience? We’ve partnered with the Bridge to Bridge run in San Francisco to offer VMworld attendees $15 off registration for their annual run supporting the Special Olympics of Northern California on August 25th. Just enter the code INNOVATEVM750 during registration to save.

Register here if you want to join a great run, and take advantage of a 15 dollar discount, while supporting the Special Olympics: https://raceroster.com/events/2019/16196/bridge-to-bridge-run

Sign up!

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Here we go again: the correct case for VVols has been changed to vVols

VMware loves their acronyms and through the years has constantly changed the format for them from upper to lower case. vSAN has gone from VSAN to vSAN and now according to VMware the correct case for abbreviating VVols is vVols. It’s always frustrating when VMware does this, especially if you are a vendor and have … Continue reading »

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Learn How VMware is Transforming the Customer Support Experience at VMworld US 2019

VMworld is right around the corner. This year, we have more opportunities than ever to show you how VMware is transforming the customer support experience. We have sessions on Skyline, SupportHub, My VMware and more. There will also be a Skyline Hands-On Lab and a Expert-Led Workshop. And for our TAM customers, we’ll have a

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New KB articles published for the week ending 27th July,2019

VMware Horizon VM hosted App does not work well in Tablet mode Date Published: 23-Jul-19 VMware NSX-T Data Center Additional NSX-T manager nodes are stuck at “VM Clustering in Progress” Date Published: 25-Jul-19 In an NSX-T environment ESXi hosts fail with a PSOD Date Published: 24-Jul-19 NSX-T Manager allows to restore on the same NSX

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