The latest technology news Week 50-2023

Welcome to our weekly roundup of the hottest tech updates in the worlds of Azure, VMware, and other partners. In this series, we’ll be curating a collection of must-read articles, each offering a deep dive into the latest technological advancements, news, and trends within these cutting-edge platforms.

We understand that in today’s fast-paced tech landscape, staying informed is key. That’s why we’re here to make it easy for you. Each week, we’ll handpick the most insightful and informative articles that cover everything from Cloud, virtualization, Infrastructure As Code (IaC), DevOps to End User Computing breakthroughs.

Without further ado, let’s dive into this week’s top tech insights:

Microsoft 365

  • Effective file management with the next generation of OneDrive app for Microsoft Teams. Learn more
  • Simplify Resource Access with Entra Access Packages. Learn more
  • Microsoft Entra Private Access protections for on-premises & private cloud network resources. Learn more

Microsoft Azure

  • The Festive Tech Calendar 2023. Learn more
  • Azure Infrastructure Update – 15th of December 2023. Learn more
  • Windows Server upgrade and migration, on-prem, to and in Azure! Learn more
  • Azure Landing Zones – External Community Call – December 2023. Learn more
  • Public Preview: New AMD-based VMs with Increased Performance, Azure Boost, and NVMe Support. Learn more

Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) / Windows 365 / VMware Horizon / EUC

  • Weekly Newsletter – 9th of December to 15th of December 2023. Learn more
  • AVD Community Newsletter – 14th December 2023. Learn more
  • Automating cleanup Entra Joined AVD hosts. Learn more
  • The VDI Design Guide Part 2 is completely free. Learn more
  • Weekly Digest for End User Computing. Learn more
  • Advanced Device Redirection (in AVD, W365, and RDS). Learn more
  • Week 50-2023 VMware Enduser Computing Updates. Learn more
  • EUC Newsletter – Week 50. Learn more.
  • Application Deployment Options for AVD and W365 & MAM for Windows. Learn more

Intune

  • What’s new in Microsoft Intune. Learn more
  • Intune Windows app size (to upload) is now limited to 30Gb/App instead off 8Gb. Learn more

Infrastructure as Code (IaC) / DevOps

  • Platform Engineering: The Big Technical Picture. Learn more
  • Updates to Azure DevOps Demo Generator and Labs. Learn more
  • Playwright Testing and GitHub Actions Tutorial: Run Your Playwright Tests on Every Code Commit. Learn more
  • Simplify getting started with Bicep through easy to digest examples. Learn more
  • Azure Bicep monthly updates — December 2023. Learn more
  • Write Better PowerShell – You’re Out of Excuses. Learn more
  • The Do’s and Don’ts of Cloud Migrations: Azure, IaC, DevOps, Terraform, Pipelines w/ Sai Gunaranjan. Learn more
  • Bicep Community Call – December ’23. Learn more

Vembu

  • BDRSuite forms Strategic Partnership with Datta Tech consulting to redefine data protection Across the America, offering cost-effective backup solutions that is unmatched in the market. Learn more

VMware by Broadcom

  • VMware by Broadcom Dramatically Simplifies Offer Lineup and Licensing Model. Learn more
  • ESXi-Arm Fling 1.15 Refresh. Learn more
  • Solve the Blank Page Problem! VCDX Documentation Examples. Learn more
  • VMware discovered a Change Block Tracking (CBT) bug affecting all backup vendors when using vSphere 8.0 U2. Learn more
  • Terraform VMware Cloud Director Provider v3.11.0. Learn more
  • New home for VMware by Broadcom Flings. Learn more
  • Creating & Remediating Image Based Clusters with VMware PowerCLI. Learn more
  • [VCSA] SHA1 Certificates not supported with vCenter 8.0. Learn more
  • The VMware Explore Video Library: Discover A Wealth of Knowledge. Learn more

Windows

  • Microsoft unveils new, more secure Windows Protected Print Mode. Learn more
  • Windows 10 KB5033372 update released with Copilot for everyone, 20 changes. Learn more
  • Microsoft December 2023 Patch Tuesday fixes 34 flaws, 1 zero-day. Learn more
  • Windows Admin Center version 2311 is now generally available! Learn more

Other

  • Generative AI for Beginners – A Course. Learn more

The latest technology news Week 49-2023

Welcome to our weekly roundup of the hottest tech updates in the worlds of Azure, VMware, and other partners. In this series, we’ll be curating a collection of must-read articles, each offering a deep dive into the latest technological advancements, news, and trends within these cutting-edge platforms.

We understand that in today’s fast-paced tech landscape, staying informed is key. That’s why we’re here to make it easy for you. Each week, we’ll handpick the most insightful and informative articles that cover everything from Cloud, virtualization, Infrastructure As Code (IaC), DevOps to End User Computing breakthroughs.

Without further ado, let’s dive into this week’s top tech insights:

Microsoft 365

  • Entra.News #22: Your weekly dose of Microsoft Entra, Learn more
  • Leveraging Microsoft Entra ID (Azure AD) to counter token theft. Learn more
  • Microsoft Entra ID Continuous access evaluation and how it works! Learn more

Microsoft Azure

  • The Azure Infrastructure Update  8th of December 2023. Learn more
  • Common pitfalls of large-scale datacenter migration projects to Azure. Learn more
  • Everything You Need to Know About Azure Managed Disks. Learn more
  • Communicating a cost savings initiative the right way and what NOT to do. Learn more

Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) / Windows 365 / VMware Horizon / EUC

  • Week 49-2023 VMware Enduser Computing Updates. Learn more
  • Weekly Newsletter – 2nd of December to 8th of December 2023. Learn more
  • AVD Community Newsletter – 7th December 2023. Learn more
  • Configure single sign-on for Azure Virtual Desktop using Microsoft Entra ID authentication. Learn more
  • What is MSIX and MSIX app attach? – Steve Horne & Jim Moyle. Learn more
  • New app attach features for Azure Virtual Desktop in public preview. Learn more
  • Announcing general availability of the new Microsoft Teams app for virtual desktop infrastructure. Learn more
  • Upgrade to new Teams for Virtualized Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). Learn more
  • VMware Unified Access Gateway Techzone. Learn more
  • VMware Explore Barcelona EUC Updates. Learn more
  • Self-Guided Workshop: Horizon – Getting Started w/ App & Desktop Virtualization (HOL-2451-01-DWS). Learn more
  • Get the latest updates for VMware Horizon packaging and licensing. Learn more
  • Announcing FSLogix 2210 hotfix 3 Preview (2.9.8716.30241). Learn more
  • Classic Teams for VDI will reach end of support on June 30th, 2024. Learn more
  • Troubleshooting issues with AppX, MSIX or Microsoft store applications with FSLogix. Learn more

Microsoft 365 Defender / Sentinel

  • TechTalk Dudes S03E04 – Microsoft Defender Vulnerability Management. Learn more
  • Blocking Remote Support Applications using Windows Defender Application Control and Microsoft Intune. Learn more

Intune

  • Microsoft Entra hybrid join devices isn’t recommended through Autopilot. Learn more
  • Introducing Microsoft Intune Enterprise App Management. Learn more
  • Microsoft Intune Reporting Using Azure Automation With System Assigned Managed Identity. Learn more
  • Get a better Intune policy report part 3. (FINAL). Learn more

Infrastructure as Code (IaC) / DevOps

  • Audit changes in GPOs using Azure DevOps – Config as Code Part 2. Learn more
  • Terraform v1.6.0 released. Learn more
  • Azure Bicep Advent Calendar Schedule. Learn more
  • Mastering Ansible on Windows: Your Go-To Expert Guide. Learn more

Vembu

  • DRSuite unveils exciting 2024 roadmap, prioritizing Ransomware protection and MSP empowerment. Learn more

VMware by Broadcom

  • The annual Dutch VMUG UserCon is back in Den Bosch on March 26, 2024! Learn more
  • An exciting new era for End-User Computing. Learn more

Other

  • ControlUp – Introducing ControlUp’s Free DEX Tools. Learn more
  • The future of As Built Report. Learn more
  • Veeam Backup & Replication v12.1 What’s New. Learn more

Patch a VMware ESXI host with the ESXCLI command and choose the right image profile

When installing a patch on a VMware ESXi host using the ESXCLI command you need to specify the image profile that is available in the ESXi patch.

Here are the steps for patching a VMware ESXi host with the correct image profile:

  • Go to the Customer Connect Patch Downloads page.
  • Download the patch needed, In this example, I use ESXi patch VMware-ESXi-7.0U3o-22348816-depot.zip
  • Upload the patch to a datastore
  • Make a SSH connection to the ESXi host
  • Place the host in maintenance mode
esxcli system maintenanceMode set –enable-true
  • Now you need to know which image profiles are available in the VMware ESXi patch. To do this use the following command (replace the <datastore> with your datastore):
esxcli software sources profile list -d /vmfs/volumes/<datastore>/iso/VMware-ESXi-7.0U3o-22348816-depot.zip
  • The following profiles are listed. As you can see the image profile contains 4 image profiles:

  • Here is a table with so, 0, standard, and no-tools means:
Option Details
standard With VMware Tools included
no-tools Without VMware Tools
so Security updates only image
o Security and Bugfix update image
  • To install the ESXi with security and bugfix updates without VMware Tools use the following command (replace the <datastore> with your datastore):
esxcli software profile update -d /vmfs/volumes/<datastore>/VMware-ESXi-7.0U3o-22348816-depot.zip -p ESXi-7.0U3o-22348816-no-tools
  • Reboot the host
esxcli system shutdown reboot -r "Patch ESXi 7.0U3"
  • When the host is back, exit maintenance mode,  make a SSH connection to the ESXi host
esxcli system maintenanceMode set --enable false

With this procedure, you can specify the right image profile when manually patching an ESXi host.