TinkerTry Virtualization Feed https://tinkertry.com Kirby Thu, 02 Sep 2021 15:22:24 +0000 The latest virtualization updates from TinkerTry.com VMware vSphere 7.0 Update 2c is now GA, here's how to download it any which way! https://tinkertry.com/articles/downloadvsphere7u2c articles/downloadvsphere7u2c Thu, 26 Aug 2021 18:50:00 +0000

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VMware vSphere 7.0 Update 2c was released on August 24 and isn't available for download on all 4 channels listed below quite yet, it's only on my.vmware.com so far. Don't worry, you can still get your lab updated to 7.0U2c now, read onward for details. I'll update this article accordingly once the new downloads of VCSA and ESXi 7.0U2c become available in the other channels too.

To get started with your lab testing, jump to the appropriate download section:

  1. If you have a free My VMware account
  2. If you're currently a vExpert
  3. If you're currently a VMUG Advantage EVALExperience subscriber
  4. If you're seeking the Free Hypervisor Download and License

The main VMware download page with all the products to sift through is here, with guidance on what exact files to get from where detailed below! If you're still on 6.x and are more of a YouTube watcher/visual leaner and you want to see what the upgrades to 7.0 are like, here's the article featuring informal videos that should help build your confidence!

On Aug 24 2021, I noticed that ESXi 7.0U2c became available, so I began my lab testing using the ESXCLI upgrade method.

Sequence

As always, be sure to update your VCSA first, here's my lab testing of that procedure using VAMI. Next, update your ESXi host(s) with the preferred Lifecycle Manager. Alternatively, use ESXCLI to upgrade which doesn't require VCSA, downloads and installs with one command, and doesn't require my.vmware.com credentials or software trials, or VCSA.

Issues

Please note that I've run into some issues with my own VCSA 7.0 Update 3 upgrade, but none were showstoppers.

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Error in method invocation Exception occurred while unzipping patch script, please retry after sometime

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Error in method invocation [Errno 2] No such file or directory: '/storage/core/software-update/tmp/latest/rmp-manifest.json'

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Error in method invocation {'id': 'com.vmware.appliance.update.checksum_verification_failed', 'default_message': 'Checksum verification failed', 'args': []}

While I don't have video and/or a screenshot, at times I've also run into this error message.
Error in method invocation [Errno 2] No such file or directory: '/storage/core/software-update/updates/index' The directory does exist.

Some of these errors are mentioned in the VMware Communities post that was the basis for my eventual success with VAMI.

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Despite this, my VCSA seems to work just fine once I managed to get the VAMI Update to work. I do have some other minor warnings in the vSphere Client that I might publish a video on if time permits, but those don't seem to have anything to do with how I updated. What surprised me was that my VCSA 7.0U2a instance was rebuilt from scratch under a month ago, so it was very nearly a fresh install. Thus, I found the errors surprising, but most went away by merely using vSphere Client to launch VAMI then clicking on Update, CHECK UPDATES, Check CD ROM, as pictured above.


Prerequisites

Folks new to VMware sometimes get tripped up when trying to find the actual files they'll need to get started. Note that the fresh install full downloads do require you to use your MY VMware account, with free sign-up and 60 day trials, with information about potentially avoiding all that for existing vSphere 7.0 non-production labs here, which I've already tested!

If you are new to 7.x, you'll need new license keys and some preparation. If you have a vSphere 6.x license key in your lab that is working now, after the upgrade to 7.0, you'll be starting your 60 day trial, during which time you'll want to apply your license keys from any one of the 4 options listed below.

As always, you must do your homework including checking whether your VM backup solution supports vSphere 7 Update 2c yet. Likely that will take at least a month or two. Check with your backup vendor to be sure, for example, since there's been a few of these supposedly minor updates that have inadvertently broken backups, for example. As always, the focus of my articles is home or work lab testing, typically considered non-production environments.

Release Notes

Before you begin any upgrades, you really need to review both

Warning
Note, when 7.0 came out, folks noticed significant changes about the filesystem layout, and note there were warnings about using boot media that's less than 32GB in size:

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Good thing the bootable media included with all SuperServer Bundles since 2016 have been 32GB.

You will find all kinds of details in these articles, including dependencies and warnings.

So if you're going forward with lab testing this anyway, but you don't have a VMware support, then you absolutely must back up everything first!

License keys for vSphere 7 are another topic for another day, but one place that you can get 365 days of them for nearly every product VMware makes is the VMUG Advantage EVALExperience program, using TINKERTRY to get $20 off your $200 purchase. Absolutely worth every penny!

Download

Download

Note, VCSA 6.7 was 3.41 GB, but vSphere 7.0 was 6.42 GB, and 7.0 Update 2c is 7.20 GB! Yes, there's a lot of increased functionality, and keeping perspective here, this is a heckuva lot smaller than installing Windows Server and SQL Server used to be. VCSA is now a Photon OS based slim Linux variant that only includes the code that's actually needed.

To get started with your lab testing, jump to the appropriate download section:

  1. If you have a free My VMware account
  2. If you're currently a vExpert
  3. If you're currently a VMUG Advantage EVALExperience subscriber
  4. If you're seeking the Free Hypervisor Download and License

1. If you have a My VMware account (free sign-up)

at my.vmware.com and haven't requested a trial in the last 60 days, the 2 links below should work, but won't give you access to license keys that are purchased separately at the VMware Store where you'll find that the VMware Essentials Kit is the most cost-effective option, unless you are eligible for the Academic Price. Per incident support is purchased separately, most helpful for VMware software issues on VMware HCL supported hardware, such as a Bundle.

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Note, as of Aug 26 2021, there is no ESXi 7.0U2c ISO download page yet, so for now, you can download and install the below 7.0U2a version, then use Lifecycle Manager or ESXCLI method to update it to 7.0U2c.

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Licenses

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Within 60 days, you'll want to apply your new vSphere 7 licenses from here:
my.vmware.com/group/vmware/my-licenses/by-folder

Troubleshooting Access

If you get a sad-trombone moment and are faced with an issue with accessing the downloads such as
Your evaluation has expired
Consider requesting a new vSphere 7 trial here:
my.vmware.com/en/web/vmware/evalcenter?p=vsphere-eval

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See also alternative solutions I wrote up that may still work My VMware's "You either are not entitled or do not have permissions to download this product." error, and what to do about it., and this newer trick that may help.


2. If you're currently a vExpert

As of Aug 26 2021, it seems 7.0 Update 2c hasn't made it onto the vExpert Download section yet, but these instructions for downloading 7.0 should be similar enough to help you get by once it does come out.

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  1. Log in to the download page at:
    vexpert.vmware.com/my/downloads
    then search for 7.0.2 at top right to find all new vSphere related downloads, or just search for each of these file names below:
  2. The VCSA 7 appliance download you'll want is VMware-VCSA-all-7.0.2-17920168.iso.gz, but Windows users will also need something like 7-zip to extract the iso from the fully-downloaded gz file.
  3. The generic (non Dell or HP) ESXi download you'll likely want for most home labs is called VMware-VMvisor-Installer-7.0U2a-17867351.x86_64.iso.gz
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    Type "7.0.1" in the search box at top right, then "7.0U2", to more easily find the downloads you are seeking.

Licenses

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Within 60 days, you'll want to apply your new vSphere 7 licenses from here:
vexpert.vmware.com/my/licenses


3. If you're currently a VMUG Advantage EVALExperience subscriber

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EVALExperience is just one of many benefits to the VMUG Advantage program, click the image to read about many others.

This is the VMUG Advantage download site for existing members, and here is the sign-up site, taking roughly one business day to process your payment and give you access to the downloads. Sorry weekend impulse tinkerers, next time, place your order on Thursday morning, OK?

The EVALExperience VCSA and ESXi 7.0 bits are now available for download using the direct link below. I've recorded this video of the ordering and downloading process on Apr 7 2020, once 7.0 Update 1 arrives on VMUG Advantage, the process will likely be quite similar. You don't have to wait, since you can also upgrade your VCSA 7.0 to 7.0U2c manually using VAMI then use the preferred Lifecycle Manager method of updating your ESXi hosts to 7.0U2c, or you can use the ESXCLI method of updating ESXi 7.0 to 7.0U2c.

STEP 0 - Become a member, or renew your membership if it expired

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Mine had expired, so I renewed by clicking on UPGRADE TO ADVANTAGE. I'm told it usually takes one business day to process the order.

STEP 1 - Add to Cart

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When prompted, just log-in, Add to Cart, disable any ad blockers for this page, then begin your download!

  • VMware vCenter Server 7
    This one item added to your shopping cart, place your order, and you'll see the exactly the 2 downloads you need!

STEP 2 - Check out

STEP 3 - Agree to the EULA

STEP 4 - Fill out SURVEY questions

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Fill out answers to some basic product survey questions, takes about a minute

STEP 5 - Click NEXT to order

Your existing membership is your only cost, there is no additional cost for downloading any of the code you find in your portal. You'll now see a confirmation screen with the 2 license keys that you'll need to use in your lab once your installation is completed during the 60 day trial.

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You can copy your serial numbers from here to a secure repository for use later, then click the Download button.

STEP 6 - Click on DOWNLOAD

Be sure ad blocker(s) are disabled for this url, or your download won't start.

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As of August 26 2021, only 7.0U2a is available, here's the 2 files:

VMware vCenter Server 7.0 Update 2a

Name: VMware-VCSA-all-7.0.2-17920168.iso
Size: 7 GB

VMware vSphere Hypervisor [ESXi]

File: VMware-VMvisor-Installer-7.0U2a-17867351.x86_64.iso
Size: 372 MB

License Keys and Downloads retrieval

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Order history.

Keys were provided in STEP 5 above, but they can easily be retrieved any time by going in to your VMUG Advantage Order History, then clicking on the View Details button.

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License keys and a button to re-download at a later date.
How to download your vSphere 7 [VCSA/ESXi] files and license keys from VMUG Advantage EVALExperience

4. If you're seeking the Free Hypervisor Download and License

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Apr 10 2020 Update - here's the new request URL:
my.vmware.com/en/group/vmware/evalcenter?p=vsphere-eval-7
and here's an excellent new article walking you right through all the steps
virten.net/2020/04/free-esxi-7-0-how-to-download-and-get-license-keys/

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Not having access to VMware vSphere's best features that vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) enables are pretty severe restrictions these days, here's a good article Nakivo wrote about the limitations in Free VMware ESXi 6.7. I know some just have one system, or multiple systems they're cool with managing via the ESXi Host Client.

What I have little sympathy for are folks trying to get away with using this free version for a production environment. I actually talked to a bank once who was doing exactly that. Sigh.


Thoughts & Plans

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Xeon D-1500 series and Xeon D-2100 series testing underway.

Of course, I've already begun testing new Update 2 release briefly, and I do plan to do a more thorough test on my Xeon D-1500 8 and 12 core SuperServer Bundles.

I am still considering re-doing my popular How to build your awesome virtualization home lab with VMware vSphere 6.0 (ESXi & VCSA), especially now that I've found an insanely fast and affordable Ubiquiti EdgeRouter Lite that does the forward and reverse lookup and FQDN that VCSA loves, with lovely names instead of ugly IPs for everything, and no certificate errors. This router also avoids that clumsy hosts-file-editing stuff and kludgey router domain name hoops I resorted to jumping through last time around. Setting expectations properly, I need to disclose that finding the time and the support to undertake such a large effort is going to be a challenge. A lot has changed in vSphere in the 6 years since I created that video, and during that same time I've changed day jobs 3 times too. If you have a keen interest in seeing such a step-by-step networking and vSphere deployment walk through, please:

Upgrades

I'm also working on my usual "How to easily update" set of VCSA and ESXi articles, with testing going well so far.

Video

TinkerTry - Aug 26 2021 - Eventual success updating VCSA from 7.0U2a to 7.0U2c when using vSphere Client to launch VAMI
TinkerTry - Oct 06 2020 - Using VAMI to successfully upgrade VMware VCSA from 7.0c to 7.0 Update 1
How to install VMware ESXi 7.0 Hypervisor onto a USB flash drive
How to seamlessly update VMware vCenter Server Appliance/VCSA from 6.7 to 7.0, no IP or dns change!

Step-by-step video showing me upgrading my SYS-5028D-TN4T Bundle based on the Xeon D-1541, going from 6.7U3 to 7.0 in my home lab.

How to update any 6.x VMware ESXi Hypervisor to 7.0 using ESXCLI for easy download and install
USB Image Tool for Windows easily backs up and restores complete VMware ESXi installed on USB or SD
vSphere Online Launch Event Apr 02 2020 - It was streamed live at 11am Eastern time, but playback is available at the same URL. Apparently this was live streamed, so I couldn't help but notice that the folks in a studio together weren't 6' from each other or wearing masks.

See also at TinkerTry

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See also

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How to get Windows 11 Insider Preview running as a VMware ESXi 7 VM https://tinkertry.com/articles/windows-11-as-a-vmware-esxi-vm articles/windows-11-as-a-vmware-esxi-vm Sun, 01 Aug 2021 18:15:00 +0000

Step-by-step upgrade instructions and video below! If you already have a Windows 11 ISO you trust, then a cleaner fresh-install approach is already well documented by Al Rasheed at Creating a Windows 11 Virtual Machine with vSphere7.

Windows 11 has had quite a bit of attention since it's release as a Windows Insider Preview, and much of the controversy has surrounded the ability to run it under systems without TPM 2.0 or with CPUs as little as 3 years old. All that aside, what about running it as a VM? Specifically, does it work fine under VMware vSphere, using the latest ESXi 7.0 Update 2a? Let's find out!

Prerequisites

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During this beta test phase, it seems Microsoft is pretty liberal about what is required when installing this in a VM. Thankfully, unlike when you try to install this on physical hardware like my Xeon D-1541 system, you don't even need to have TPM 2.0 and/or Secure Boot enabled for it to work in a VM. This may change once Windows 11 goes GA (Generally Avaialable).

This procedure has only been TinkerTry'd with VMware vSphere 7 VM, using this configuration:

  • VMware ESXi 7.0 Update 2 hypervisor
  • VM Hardware Version 19
  • VM Windows 10 20H2 Build 19042.1083
  • VMXNET 3 network type
  • VMware Tools version:11333

Step-by-step Upgrade

Until a legitimate way to download the Windows 11 Insider Preview ISO comes along, this is the way I got my home lab to have a Windows 11 VM to kick the tires on.

To register for the Windows Insider Program, visit:

In your Windows 10 VM:

  1. click Start, type "Insider" then the Windows Insider Program Settings page comes up
  2. click "Go to Diagnostics & Feedback settings to turn on optional diagnostic data."
    Diagnostic
  3. select "Optional diagnostic data", close the window
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  4. click Start, type "Insider", then the Windows Insider Program Settings page comes up
  5. click the "Get-started" button
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  6. click "Link an account" to add your Microsoft account
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  7. select Dev Channel then close Window
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  8. click Start, type "Windows Update" and hit enter
  9. click "Check for updates" button, you should see "Windows 11 Inside Preview" start to download and install automatically, with several reboots before it's ready
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  10. you're done with the installation, enjoy Windows 11!

Video


Aug 02 2021 Update

Al Rasheed let me know about his great article, so I pre-pended my article above with the link to his fantastic work.

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See also at TinkerTry

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See also

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  • Securing Virtual Machines with Virtual Trusted Platform Module
    Updated Dec 15 2020 at VMware Docs

    With the Virtual Trusted Platform Module (vTPM) feature, you can add a TPM 2.0 virtual cryptoprocessor to a virtual machine.

    A vTPM is a software-based representation of a physical Trusted Platform Module 2.0 chip. A vTPM acts as any other virtual device. You can add a vTPM to a virtual machine in the same way you add virtual CPUs, memory, disk controllers, or network controllers. A vTPM does not require a hardware Trusted Platform Module chip.


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It sure does, thank you @al_rasheed!

I've prepended a link to Al's clean-install-from-ISO method https://TinkerTry.com/windows-11-as-ws-11-as-a-vmware-esxi-vm

It'll be interesting to see if UEFI, Secure Boot, and maybe even vTPM
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Synology DSM 7.0 Announced, Release Candidate now available featuring a faster UI and improved ease-of-use ease-of-use https://tinkertry.com/articles/synology-dsm-7-announced articles/synology-dsm-7-announced Wed, 23 Jun 2021 20:38:00 +0000
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TinkerTry Home Lab Testing of Synology DS1618+ and DS1621xs+.
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DSM 6.2.x at left, DSM 7.x at right. Click/tap twice to zoom in.
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DSM 7 has made getting started even easier.

Introduction

This article is a natural follow-on to my previous, closely-related article about some hands-on time I had with this 2018 product:

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which generated many reader comments where it became evident that others felt much as I did. We wanted a version of this NAS where we didn't have to choose between 10G or M.2. Instead, we want to have both! See also at TinkerTry:

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I now have a DS1621xs+ in the TinkerTry home lab to test as well! Stay tuned for more information on how my initial tinkering is going. My valued readers and I would love to read your comments dropped below this article, particularly regarding your thoughts and experiences with the new DSM 7.0.

Disclosure - I now have a Synology DS1621xs+ provided by Synology for long-term evaluation at no charge. Synology exerted no influence over the content of this article, and no stipulations. Synology has not advertised on TinkerTry via BSA. "TinkerTry.com, LLC" may earn a small income from readers who use the shopping links below.

DSM 7 Release Candidate

Disk Station Manager 7.0-41882 Release Candidate download.

DSM 7 is one of the largest overhauls Synology DSM (Disk Station Manager) has ever had, and is claimed by Synology to be more responsive too.

Tonight, I had a look for myself, using DSM 7.0 Release Candidate on my DS1618+, recording some footage of me informally kicking the tires, comparing DSM 7 to the DSM 6.2 UI on my DS1621xs+. According to the press release below, the final generally available bits will appear on June 29 2021, but for my XS series DS1621xs+ NAS, I'll need to wait until Q4 2021 until I can run DSM 7 on it too. Once Synology has a generally available DSM 7 for both my NASs, I'll start putting some of my important data back on them, hopefully having a chance to test VMware VM backups using NAKIVO, Veeam, and Synology.

I can safely say that DSM 7 is different enough that much of the existing documentation on setting up NFS or iSCSI for use with VMware is now somewhat obsolete. This is a pretty dramatic usability boost too, with considerable workflow streamlining from any prior DSM release. My initial impressions are favorable, as you'll hear me express in my very first lab test featured in my DSM 7.0 upgrade and configuration video below, where'll see just how straight-forward and easy it has become to create my first storage pool and volume.

Video

I enjoy informal usability testing, especially when I've heard the UI has been optimized to actually be faster than prior releases, even on older systems. This is generally no easy task as feature sets grow, check out the videos below.

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Synology DiskStation DS1618+ NAS unboxing, initial watt burn measure, and firmware update testing

Synology DSM 7 Release Notes

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  • Release Notes for DS1618+
  • Release Notes for DS1621+

    Before Update

    Before updating, your Synology NAS should be running DSM 6.2 or above versions.
    Reserve extra time to complete DSM 7.0 update. The DSM update takes 10 to 20 minutes, while package update may take more than an hour. The actual time depends on the computing power of your model, the number of media indexing files, and the number of packages installed.
    If you're performing a clean installation, make sure to complete the installation with find.synology.com or Synology Assistant 7.0-50029 or above.

Synology Press Release

I've pulled together some highlights from today's Synology Press Release below, choosing the sections that detail the new DSM 7.0 UI, since that's the focus of this article.

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Taipei, Taiwan—June 23, 2021—Synology today announced the imminent release of DiskStation Manager (DSM) 7.0 and a massive expansion of the Synology C2 platform with four new cloud services. Focusing on enhancing security, system management capabilities, and improving data collaboration, DSM 7.0 is an enormous step forward for Synology's NAS and SAN product lines.

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Close to the source, how Synology edge solutions solve data management challenges

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Over eight million of Synology's data management solutions have been deployed worldwide1, each powered by the DSM operating system. As the world's largest NAS OS, DSM uniquely combines storage interoperability, backup and data protection capabilities, and robust synchronization and collaboration solutions together to address increasingly distributed workplaces and sources of data. Synology-developed add-ons, such as Synology Drive, Active Backup suite, and more, feature more than six million monthly downloads.

DSM 7.0, the next leap forward for the platform, will be released on June 292. Launching together with the massive new update includes brand new hybrid-cloud services, such as Active Insight, a large-scale device monitoring and diagnostics solution, Hybrid Share, which combines C2 storage flexibility and synchronization capabilities with on-premises solutions, and C2 Identity, a hybrid cloud directory as a service to simplify cross-site domain management3. Together with platform improvements such as supporting up to 1 PB volumes for super-large tasks, DSM 7.0 also introduces security improvements in the form of Secure SignIn. This brand-new authentication system makes two-factor effortless and straightforward to use.

Availability
New C2 solutions and DSM 7.0, which has concluded over 7 months of public testing, will be available soon.

  1. Source: Synology sales metrics across all markets.
  2. For select Plus, value, and J series products. XS, SA, and FS series devices will receive updates later in Q4 2021.
  3. New C2 services will gradually roll out starting from July 13.

Shop

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  • Amazon - Synology 6 bay NAS DiskStation DS1621xs+ (Diskless)
    • Combine built-in 10GbE and optional high-speed NIC for over 3,100 MB/s sequential read performance
    • Built-in M.2 2280 NVMe SSD slots permit cache acceleration without using storage drive bays
    • Flexibly scale up to 16 drives to increase storage capacity as demand grows
    • Back up critical data and reduce your Recovery Time Objective (RTO) with Snapshot Replication
    • Use virtualization storage tools to complete your SAN or run virtual machines on a full-featured hypervisor

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Tap or click twice to view close-up, in very high resolution.

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See also

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  • Synology Active Backup Suite

    Active Backup centralizes backup tasks for VMware, Hyper-V, Windows endpoints, Office 365 and G Suite to Synology NAS – and lets you manage from one simple console. Fast and reliable recovery delivered to keep running services, VMs, and files instantly available.
    ...

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VMUG Advantage video series - blogger tips https://tinkertry.com/articles/vmug-advantage-tinkertry-blogging-tips articles/vmug-advantage-tinkertry-blogging-tips Thu, 10 Jun 2021 17:02:00 +0000

I was recently having a discussion with the leadership at the VMUG Organization, and given my 10 year anniversary of blogging happened this month, we decided together that it'd be a good idea for me to publish some short tips videos about blogging. I have a problem with being succinct (just look at any of my articles), so what better way to practice brevity than to limit my time on camera for each clip? I'm always open to trying new things.

Below you'll find my notes that I had jotted down, to prepare a little for what I'd try to capture on camera. Instead, weeks later, I wound up improvising, capturing shorter versions of the details below. Between the words and the videos you'll hopefully glean some nuggets of information that help you in your journey into blogging, whether it's about home labs, home tech, IT, or whatever you like to do. Just be you!

Disclosure: TinkerTry.com, LLC ad space has been purchased by VMUG via BuySellAds within the last 12 months. While we came up with the 5 topics together, VMUG had no say in what is written here in this article or what I said on camera.

Introduction

  • It's summer, why not enjoy the outdoors and talk to myself (and the camera) for a while? At least I'm not between two ferns.

Content

  • Passion for topic.
  • My somewhat goofily-named blog called TinkerTry is vague enough to endure.
  • what I mean by this is that my attention wanders, but the vague name still applies.
  • My tagline was chosen early on: efficiency, virtualization, storage, backup and more.

Integrity

  • I get a sea of spam, despite my polite warnings on my contact page, with random companies looking to pay me to post backlinks.
  • I also get at least one invite a week for guest blog posts by folks I do not know at all, and have no reason to trust.
  • I get several invites a year to put some tracking code into my site for good money, but that would hurt my reputation and rankings, and my ability to sleep well at night.
  • Unlike most ephemeral-article sites, I actually go back and make corrections, based on new information and/or incorrect details. This is why I appreciate reader comments, helping make my articles better for everybody.

Business

  • BSA ads, Disqus, forming an LLC, taxes, etc.
  • With BSA, they used to take 30% commission if I used offsite purchase buttons such as in the Virtualization category. It was 20% if they were hosted on-site. Then they removed onsite buttons, and re-arranged the categories including virtualization, so I had to stay on top of asking to be added again.
  • Disqus has been a good commenting engine, adding a lot of value to the articles. Their eventual, inevitable push to adding advertisements meant I had to pay to avoid the way-off-topic ads.
  • Same goes for Google Search Engine, paying to avoid the ads.
  • Disqus' article recommendation engine is decent, useful since I dumped WordPress and some handy article recommendation plugins long ago, too much whack-a-mole to stay on top of security concerns.
  • LLC formed to handle any YouTube and BSA and other sources of revenue.
  • Also helpful to have custom email for a more professional appearance when communicating with others.
  • Skimlinks ultimately wasn't a good choice for revenue earning for a site like mine, especially once they lost partnerships with Amazon and Newegg.
  • Skimlinks automatic redirect code didn't work out as it messed up VMware store URLs, so I went with manually creating f a v e . co URL shortening, but that resulted in problems with Google search, so eventually, after many many hours of a manual effort to purge my entire site of all such links, I'm back to pretty much only having affiliate links for Amazon.

Backend

  • By backend I'm referring to the behind the scenes code that runs TinkerTry.
  • I'm currently using Kirby, details here.
  • I'm currently editing with Microsoft Visual Studio Code for now, it's good, but it's proven to be less than ideal for seamless sftp and/ grammar/spell checking.

Brand

  • YouTube, Twitter, etc. No Facebook for me, not ever.
  • This one was tough. Setting up YouTube and Twitter with the same branding and logos and such is a challenge for anybody artistically challenged, like myself. Even favicons were tricky for me.
  • I'm so grateful to have had one of my son's help: he has the skills and the Mac tools to create the logos, and to share them in the SVG (scalable vector graphics) format.
  • Notice how my TinkerTry logo doesn't blur when zooming or out. It's the little things.

See also at TinkerTry

vmugadvantageday

new-vexpert-2021-vsphere-license-keys-now-available

vmug-advantage-tinkertry15-for-15-percent-off-in-sep-2020

vmug-advantage-eval-experience-now-includes-vcf

how-to-apply-vmware-vsphere-7-license-keys

downloadvsphere7

vrealize-log-insight-install-configure-syslog-update
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VMware ESXi 7.0 Update 2a not available yet via ESXCLI (Update - available on Apr 29 2021) https://tinkertry.com/articles/esxi-7u2a-not-available-via-esxcli-yet articles/esxi-7u2a-not-available-via-esxcli-yet Tue, 27 Apr 2021 21:42:00 +0000

This is just a quick, fleeting article about my tinkering in my home lab tonight, featuring a video of me trying to lab test the ESXCLI method of updating my ESXi 7.0 Update 2 (VMware ESXi 7.0.2 Build 17630552) to ESXi 7.0 Update 2a (VMware ESXi 7.0.2 Build 17920168). See also the VMware vSphere with Tanzu Release Notes that includes these details on VCSA (note that a new ESXi build isn't available just yet, this is still the March 9 2021 build):

April 27, 2021 Build Information

ESXi 7.0 | 09 MAR 2021 | ISO Build 17630552

vCenter Server 7.0 | 27 APR 2021 | ISO Build 17920168

VMware NSX Advanced Load Balancer | 12 OCT 2020 | 20.1.X

info6

Today, Tuesday Apr 27 2021 at 9:26pm eastern time, I tried to visit the vSphere 7.0 Product Download link from the release notes above, and I got redirected to https://maintenance.vmware.com/info6.html with this error:

Content Not Available
Dear user, the web content you have requested is not available.

This could mean nothing, or it could mean stuff is happening.

I tried again at 9:40pm, nothing. I'll try again tomorrow, and will update How to update any VMware ESXi Hypervisor to the latest using ESXCLI for easy download and install once the ESXCLI update command has been tested in my lab. Meanwhile, in case you're interested in the behavior I saw when attempting ESXCLI and VCSA (stuck at 92%) tonight, check out this very casual video.

Video

VMware ESXi 7.0 Update 2a not available yet via ESXCLI

Apr 28 2021 Update

Thanks to Mahmoud Adel for commenting that I had used the VCSA build number during that impromptu video, so sorry about that mishap. Article above updated accordingly.

I'll keep watching for this ESXCLI command:

esxcli software sources profile list --depot=https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml

to show something new.

I'll also keep an eye out for an ESXi update to appear at any of these sites:

  1. kb.vmware.com/s/article/2143832
  2. kb.vmware.com/s/article/83063
  3. kb.vmware.com/s/article/83107
  4. kb.vmware.com/s/article/2143832
  5. my.vmware.com/web/vmware/downloads/info/slug/datacenter_cloud_infrastructure/vmware_vsphere/7_0
  6. esxi-patches.v-front.de/ESXi-7.0.0.html
  7. my.vmware.com/group/vmware/patch#search
  8. twitter.com/ESXiPatches

Apr 30 2021 Update

1387953565143085056

As seen in this tweet by VMware ESXi Patch Tracker, the tracking site has been updated to include ESXi 7.0 Update 2a!

See also @lamw's tweet, and release notes.


See also at TinkerTry

downloadvsphere7u2

See also

1387088429473681410

vSphere 7.0 Update 2a is now available & adds support for the new vSphere VM Service (aka VM Operator)

Release Notes - https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-vSphere/7.0/rn/vsphere-esxi-vcenter-server-7-vsphere-with-tanzu-release-notes.html

I also see 🔍 my fix to now support deploying @VMwareTanzu Guest Clusters using Terraform https://virtuallyghetto.com/2020/11/using-terraform-to-deploy-a-tanzu-kubernetes-grid-tkg-cluster-in-vsphere-with-tanzu.html

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