Saying the end of this year has been busy is the understatement of the year. The log4j vulnerbilities hit an extreme amount of products from various vendors across most enterprises. I have applied workarounds to nine VMware products to remediate Log4Shell. It has seemed almost neverending with new vulnerabilities related to log4j being discovered as the past couple of weeks have unfolded. It was nice when VMware offered scripts to do most of the work. I am happy that ESXi was not affected.
Make sure to apply the workaround to your NSX Intelligence Appliance. I think it’s an easy one to forget about. Also, KB87150 for this workaround has a small typo in step 6. Easy to miss it when copying and pasting. Will get an error message; command not found. Below is the correct syntax. I reported the typo so, hopefully, it will be fixed soon.
Step 6: dpkg -i zip_3.0-12_amd64.deb
I am glad to be a part of the vExpert program for the past four years. I have gotten a lot out of it from discussions on the private vExpert Slack to licenses for nearly every VMware product. The program has expanded every year I have been a part of it and I am excited to see what’s in store for next year.
I earned vExpert status for the forth year in a row. I was selected for my blog and contributions on the VMTN forums. I will continue my mission, which is writing articles that will assist someone that is facing the same issue I had.
VMworld will be only online again this year. It will be October 5-7, 2021. Not much has been announced so far for this event. I hope it is more interactive than last year’s online event. I definitely miss attending in person VMUGs and VMworld.
I am proud to announce I was selected for the vExpert program for the second year. I was selected for my blog and contributions on the VMTN forums. My goal with this blog was to make an impact with issues I resolved. Can be frustrating to come across a problem that seems to be unsolvable. Perhaps, something I managed to figure out and wrote about will help out someone.
I have another announcement. I am going to VMworld for the first time. VMworld in San Francisco is only a few weeks away and I am very excited to go. I was able to register for most of the sessions I wanted and double booked for most nights.
I have two personal announcements that I am excited to share. I was selected as a VMware vExpert for 2018. One of my goals with this blog was it to assist in being recognized as a vExpert. I am happy I reached that my first year. There’s other contributions I made to the community that helped, such as the VMTN forums and VCAP Google+ community. Hopefully, I can be more active and achieve this status two years in a row.
I passed the AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate exam. One challenging aspect of AWS exams is the passing score changes without warning and the passing score to reach. I took the exam the last day the specific version was available and fortunately passed with a 91%.