vSphere Upgrade Saga: 6.7 Update Does Not Happen

My latest vSphere 6.7 upgrade issues were troublesome, frustrating, and problematic. VMware Update Manager (VUM) would not update a host. I tried to do an update many ways at many times, but it always showed as out of compliance even though the version of ESXi installed was the most recent version. VUM was broken. Or was it?

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vSphere Upgrade Saga: Upgrading NSX-V

I use VMware NSX-V to provide security services for my virtual environment: edge gateway and distributed firewall. These services do not require the software-defined networking features to be enabled. At least not yet. That could change. Given my use for security, upgrading NSX-V is important to my environment. Here are the steps I follow when a new release is available:

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NVIDIA — Failed to allocate software rendering cache surface

I have been using a kvm-client for years. This is a VM running within KVM, but it has a physical keyboard, mouse, and display. From my desk, you do not even know that it is a VM. Until recently, I could not upgrade my NVIDIA drivers or my kernel with the latest security patches. This was unsettling, to say the least. The problem was “Failed to allocate software rendering cache surface” when trying to load X Windows.

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Tech Review: Light My Bricks for Lego

Light My Bricks Winter Holiday Train

Every year, I build a Lego Winter Village for my family. This year, I wanted to add a bit more to it—to go to the next step. I found a company that sells LED lights for Lego: Light My Bricks. Its kits really bring the entire diorama to the next level. I am not one to write about Legos, but this addition adds a bit of technology to any Lego set.

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What is a vEXPERT PRO?

There have been some questions within and outside the VMware vExpert community about vExpert Pro. It sounds like it is a higher level of vExpert, but it is not. vExpert Pro, in short, is a program in which professionals assist those trying to become vExperts, those already within the community, and the vExpert program itself. The key here is “assisting.”

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