Yesterday VMware released vSphere .Next calling it 6.7 which on the surface appears to be a minor update to the v6 platform. However upon closer inspection you may notice that there is more here than a typical minor release would have! For the official blog post from VMware look here.
OpBot is the Slack-based VMware Chat Bot you never knew you were missing!
I am always looking for quirky, interesting, or simply odd things to mess around with in VMware. While browsing the other day I came across an interesting post by Opvizor about a new software integration they released. They call it OpBot and it seems to have a specific purpose, to allow you a swift communication channel directly to your vCenter server from anywhere you have an internet connection. All you need is a Slack client! For those unfamiliar, Slack is a chat and collaboration tool used both in and outside of the enterprise.
Knowledge Base Searching… Automated!
WARNING THIS IS NOT A FREE TOOL!!!
BUT THERE IS A FREE TRIAL
VMware is an industry leader in a lot of areas but one place they really excel is their public Knowledge Base (KB) offering. They have one of the most extensive KB repositories publicly available from any major tech firm. All you typically need is an error code and access to Google to get several KB articles which contain relevant information to your issue. However, anyone who has tried this method will know that it leads to a lot of dead ends. Nothing is more frustrating to admins than chasing a dead end…
Recently VMware put out an update to ESXi (5.5U3b) which many people found to be a little disruptive. In keeping tight with their numbering convention, they have muddied the waters on what exactly is allowed in a “minor” update. Due to security vulnerabilities in the SSLv3 architecture, VMware made the call (correctly if you ask me) to disable this feature, however they did so in a minor revision not even a proper ‘Update’. Which has left a lot of people clamoring for what to do when they run security patches in VUM or directly on their ESXi servers only to have them not come back when rebooted!! If you were unfortunate enough to have this situation happen to you, then you were probably very confused and a bit upset. If you would like more information on this particular issue check out this VMware KB kb.vmware.com/kb/2140304.