Dell EMC VxRail Software Update – Spectre Guest OS leakage mitigation

I posted earlier in the year that Dell EMC had released a Security Advisory to address Spectre (Meltdown doesn’t really affect VMware and hence VxRail). One of the items that wasn't addressed in the original fix was Guest OS leakage mitigation between processes within the VM - this required CPU/BIOS microcode updates which were not yet available … Continue reading Dell EMC VxRail Software Update – Spectre Guest OS leakage mitigation

VSAN 6.2 GA, plus other stuff..

Blink, and you might have missed the announcements doing the rounds on Social Media about a minor release for some of VMware's products. Of the minor releases, the biggest one has to be vSphere 6.0 update 2 which packages Virtual SAN 6.2. Now you can get all the goodness of Dedupe & Compression, Erasure Coding … Continue reading VSAN 6.2 GA, plus other stuff..

vCenter Server 5.5.0a Released

Hmm.... an update to 5.5 already!Release notes here:https://www.vmware.com/support/vsphere5/doc/vsphere-vcenter-server-550a-release-notes.htmlIf you're using the vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA) and have already upgraded from 5.1 to 5.5, then updating the appliance is a very simple process if your vCSA is able to connect out to the internet:Note: this update process will reboot your vCSA so you will lose connectivity … Continue reading vCenter Server 5.5.0a Released

The Joys and Pains of upgrades…..

So with the latest update releases across all the VMware products, I set about upgrading my demo kit last friday...... Upgrading the vCenter Server Appliance was straight forward enough.... mount the update iso to the VM browse to the management webpage click Update Repository selecting Use CD-ROM Updates follow the wizard and kick back and relax … Continue reading The Joys and Pains of upgrades…..