Flash Player and VMware Management Consoles – What to do

Hi! Thanks for joining me back at this new post. We will be talking about what to do if you came up with the Flash Player End of Life and you are not ready for upgrading your infrastructure. If you are ready for upgrade, I have wrote down some tips on how to check VMware products upgrade path and compatibility matrix.

Most of you might noticed that when accesing some VMware mangement consoles (eg: vCenter, Horizon View, etc) that uses Flash, an icon like the one below will be shown because of Flash EOL on January 12, 2021 https://www.adobe.com/la/products/flashplayer/end-of-life.html

Internet Explorer:

Google Chrome:

What can we do to address this?

  • First and foremost, do not panic, it only affects your management console but not your virtual machines or services like Horizon. Everything will keep on working as it was before.

I have tested it on Internet Explorer and it worked like a charm.

Original file:

Modified file:

Gained acces again, Woho!

  • If you are not on a critical situation, plan you upgrade, check the product interoperability matrix and the upgrade path of each product you have on the same situation, or products related to the ones that you will need to upgrade.

The product interoperatibility matrix will tell you if a product is compatible with another one (eg: vCenter with Horizon, vCenter with NSX, etc).

The upgrade path will tell you which upgrades from version to version are supported, so you can plan if multiple upgrades are required to reach the desired state. Let’s suppose going from Horizon 6.2.9 to Horizon 8 (2012) you will need an intermediate upgrade to Horizon 7.13, and then Horizon 8 (2012)

Product Interoperatibility Matrix: https://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/sim/interop_matrix.php

Upgrade Path: https://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/sim/interop_matrix.php#upgrade

How to use Product Interoperatibilit Matrix? It’s very easy. Just select at least two products (you can select more than one at “2. Add Platform/Solution”) and It will display if they are compatible or not.

If the products selected have a green check, good to go, plan the upgrade (check the upgrade path section too, it’s very important) and also plan a rollback just in case is needed (eg: backup, snapshots, etc). If you got into a failure open a support case with VMware https://www.vmware.com/support/file-sr.html
*You must have your support up to date to have support. Contact VMware or your Partner to renew it.

If a red line is displayed, do not try that combination of versions, its incompatible and the product might work in an unexpected and unsupported way.

If a grey line is displayed, they are not supported. You will have to find a combination that might work for you and the corresponding upgrade path if the products are linked in some way. A situation like this might be upgrading vCenter from 6.5 U2 to 7.0 U1 and NSX-V from 6.3.7 to 6.4.9. You will need to upgrade first NSX-V from 6.3.7 to 6.4.6, then vCenter from 6.5 U2 to 6.7 U3 (you can not jump directly to 7.0 U1 because NSX-V would not support it based on product interoperatibility matrix), then NSX-V from 6.4.6 to 6.4.9 and again vCentr from 6.7 U3 to 7.0 U1.

If you want me to write a more detailed post on how to plan a VMware upgrade just type in the comments section below.

Thanks for reading. See you on the next post =)

How to prepare a VMware Exam?

Hi everyone! This post will be focused on VMware exams how to check which ones are available, requirements, how to prepare and some other tips.

The following tips are the ones that were useful for me and I would appreciate if you can share your own experience in the comments section below.

You can go to this link to check all available exams https://www.vmware.com/education-services/certification.html

By the time of this post, there are 6 tracks alligned with different VMware products. Some of them are going to have certification and digital badges. There are 4 certification levels, VCTA, VCP, VCAP and VCDX. Keep in mind not all tracks include all the levels VCTA, VCP, VCAP and VCDX.

Once you’ve decided the track that you’re going to be evaluated on, you have to click on the selected track and then on the specific exam.

Once you click on the selected exam, you will be redirected to a web page where you will see the exam details like duration, number of questions, passing score and format.

Now that we know a few basics about the exams, we will step forward to the following tips.

Before the exam:

  • Check the exam code and download the blueprint from the exams detail webpage.
  • Check the blueprint sections and objectives. This is everything that you will need to cover before the exam. Start studying the objectives where you are sure that it’s a weak or unknown spot. That will give you more confidence that you will be ready because on strong spots you might need less time to study and if the exam date comes up close, you can give it your best shot.
  • To prepare each objective/section you will have a list of reference documents to read and learn.
  • Check the blueprint if there are any recommended courses because I have found some of them to be extremely useful (eg: VMware vSAN: Production Operations [V6.7])

During the exam:

  • If you do not know the answer, mark the question and keep going. At the end, you will have the oportunity to review the marked questions. Do not rush to skip it, but do not take too much time to decide, you have a limited time to do the exam.
  • If you are taking a VCAP Deploy exam, check on the time frequently, time is your number one enemy. Think if the task is a long one (eg: feature enablement, component deployment, etc) and keep going with the next task after having the task running. Do not lose time waiting for it to finish.
  • For all exams, if time has ended, the exam will be saved. I thinks that you will not lose points for the questions answered (I suppose, not sure 100%).

After the exam:

  • If you passed it, congratulate yourself and start preparing for the next one.
  • If you took a VCAP Deploy exam, relax because it might take 1 or 2 weeks to have the results because they are not shown immediately when finished. You will receive an email like the following.
  • If you have failed it, check the score report so you can make focus at weak spots for the next time. It’s not the end of the world, a failure is an opportunity to learn more.