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Thursday, 18 January 2018

Announcement: VMware Response to Speculative Execution security issues CVE-2017-5753, CVE-2017-5715, CVE-2017-5754 (aka Spectre and Meltdown)

On January 3, 2018, it became public that CPU data cache timing can be abused by software to efficiently leak information out of mis-speculated CPU execution, leading to (at worst) arbitrary virtual memory read vulnerabilities across local security boundaries in various contexts. 

Three variants have been recently discovered by Google Project Zero and other security researchers; these can affect many modern processors, including certain processors by Intel, AMD and ARM. 

For more information see KB52245

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

VMware Tools Bundling Changes in ESXi 6.5


In ESXi 6.5, only a subset of VMware Tools ISO images are bundled with the ESXi 6.5 host by default.

The following VMware Tools ISO images are bundled with ESXi:
  • windows.iso
VMware Tools image for Windows Vista or higher 
  • linux.iso
VMware Tools image for Linux OS with glibc 2.5 or higher (for example, RHEL 5 or later, SLES 11 or later, Ubuntu 10.04 or later) 
  • winPreVista.iso
VMware Tools image for Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows 2003 


The following additional VMware Tools ISO images are available for download from My VMware:
  • solaris.iso: 
VMware Tools image for Solaris 
  • freebsd.iso: 
VMware Tools image for FreeBSD
  • winPre2k.iso: 
VMware Tools image for pre Windows 2000
  • linuxPreGlibc25.iso: 
VMware Tools image for Linux OS with glibc less than 2.5
  • darwin.iso: 
VMware Tools image for OS X 10.11 or later
  • darwinPre15.iso: 
VMware Tools image for Pre-OS X 10.11
  • netware.iso: 
VMware Tools image for Netware

Monday, 15 January 2018

Discontinued processors support in vSphere 6.5

During an installation or upgrade, the installer checks the compatibility of the host CPU with vSphere 6.5.

If your host hardware is not compatible, a purple screen (PSOD) appears with an incompatibility information message, and the vSphere 6.5 installation process stops.

vSphere 6.5 no longer supports the following processors:
  • Intel Xeon 51xx series 
  • Intel Xeon 30xx series 
  • Intel core 2 duo 6xxx series 
  • Intel Xeon 32xx series 
  • Intel core 2 quad 6xxx series 
  • Intel Xeon 53xx series 
  • Intel Xeon 72xx/73xx series

Friday, 12 January 2018

vRealize Operations 6.6 Persistence Layer Databases


Image:VMware

vRealize Operations maintains the following databases:
  • File system database: 
This contains all the statistical time series data. This raw metric data is used to provide live status displays in the user interface.

  • Central vPostgres: 
This contains user configuration data, such as alert and symptom definitions, dashboard configurations, and super metric formulas. The global database is found only on the master node and master replica nodes.
  • Alerts/symptoms vPostgres: 
This contains alerts and symptoms information.
  • HIS vPostgres: 
This contains a historical view of all object properties and relationships.
  • Cassandra: 
This enables expansion of the cluster size to 16 nodes.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 Update 1e Released

Product Patch for vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 contains VMware software fixes, security fixes, and Third Party Product fixes.
  • This release of vCenter Server 6.5 Update 1e delivers the following patches. 
VMware-vCenter-Server-Appliance-6.5.0.14000-7515524-patch-FP.iso

  • This updated version of vCenter Server also provides part of the hypervisor-assisted guest remediation of CVE-2017-5715 for guest operating systems. For important details on this remediation, see VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2018-0004.


For more detail check Release notes here.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Vembu BDR Suite v3.9.0: What's New?

With the begining of year 2018, Vembu has introduced new release of its BDR suite v3.9.0. Vembu BDR Suite provides flexible deployment options like offsite, cloud, on-premise and hybrid cloud. The centralized monitoring and management portal also makes it very easy to monitor and manage large deployments with minimal effort.
Vembu BDR Suite v3.9.0 new features are as below:

Tape Backup Support:

Vembu extends its support to native tape backup through the Vembu BDR console. You can utilise the best known 3-2-1 backup strategy of having 3 copies of backup data in 2 different media and 1 off-site location for an efficient DR plan. 


This secondary backup approach will help you to archive the image based backups in both virtual and physical environments like VMware, Hyper-V and Windows Servers and recover them in multiple formats like VHD, VMDK, VHDX, VMDK-Flat and RAW.

Auto Authorization at Off-siteDR:

Enabling the auto authorization feature will allow only the authorized Vembu BDR servers to get connected with Vembu OffsiteDR servers (Replication) using the registration key.

Quick VM Recovery on ESXi for Hyper-V and Disk Image Backups:

Instant recovery of backed up data on VMware ESXi is now made available for both the Hyper-V VMs and Windows Servers backup jobs for an effective Disaster Recovery. This recovery of the virtual machines happens in a matter of seconds by booting the backed up machine directly from the backup storage repository, from where all the files, folders and applications can be accessed.

Windows Event Viewer Integration:
All the events of the Vembu BDR, Off-siteDR & agents like information on critical, warnings and major events are updated in the Event Viewer of Windows Servers when enabled for better management.

Advanced Backup level encryption for all agents:

Users will be able to configure AES-256 bit encryption for all their backup jobs of VMware, Hyper-V, Disk Image through their customized passwords using corresponding password hints as well.

OffsiteDR Server retentions using Vembu Network Backup:

OffsiteDR retention policies is now available for the Network Backup plugins too, like the image based backups of VMware, Hyper-V and Disk Image backups at the too.

Listing of files & Folders in aciTree structure:

The listing of files and folders while configuring backups on a Network Backup plugin is now up with the aciTree structure for easy and quick navigation.

Pre/Post backup scripts for all Network & Image Backup clients:

This feature provides the ability to configure running custom actions before and after the execution backup schedule. The custom actions may include running an application using some script files.

AngularJS conversion of UI for Vembu OnlineBackups:
The overall UI of Vembu OnlineBackup is improved for better performance like the current Vembu BDR and Off-siteDR.

Update of consumed space on the Vembu Portal:

Based on the display of the consumed space of Vembu OnlineBackup and SaaSBackup plugins, the customer will be able to allocate and purchase further cloud storage post purchase and upgrade.


Download free trial of Vembu BDR Suite v3.9.0 here.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

New security advisory released by VMware

VMware has released the following new security advisory:
VMSA-2018-0002 – VMware ESXi, Workstation and Fusion updates address side-channel analysis due to speculative execution.
This advisory documents remediation for known variants of the Bounds-Check Bypass (CVE-2017-5753) and Branch Target Injection (CVE-2017-5715) issues due to speculative execution disclosed today by Google Project Zero. These issues may result in information disclosure from one Virtual Machine to another Virtual Machine that is running on the same host.
A third issue due to speculative execution, Rogue Data Cache Load (CVE-2017-5754), was disclosed along the other two issues. It does not affect ESXi, Workstation, and Fusion because ESXi does not run untrusted user mode code, and Workstation and Fusion rely on the protection that the underlying operating system provides.
The remediation as documented in VMSA-2018-0002, has been present in VMware Cloud on AWS since early December 2017.
Source:- VMware blog.


Monday, 8 January 2018

vRealize Automation upgrade path

Below is the valid upgrade path latest version of vRealize Automation. 




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