When it comes to vRealize Automation 8.0, VMware has been moving full steam ahead with rapid product updates containing new features, capabilities, and bug fixes. Continuing this trend, on January 17, 2020, VMware released the first hotfix for vRealize Automation 8.0.1. Included in it are three enhancements, ten improvements, and fifteen fixes for items relating to the IaaS API, Provisioning, Action-based extensibility (ABX), vRealize Orchestrator (vRO), and Virtual appliance/clustering. The hotfix can be installed using vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager 8.
I recently had the pleasure of upgrading two virtual appliance-based VMware Identity Manager 3.3.0 deployments to 3.3.1 using the offline update method without the assistance of vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager. When I reviewed the update documentation, I found that this release didn’t support the offline update process I previously utilized, so I figured I’d create a quick post providing an overview of the supported update processes for 3.3.1. What Changed? In previous releases of VMware Identity Manager 3.
Just a heads up. VMware has published Security Advisory VMSA-2020-0002 (CVE-2020-3941), which details information regarding a race condition within VMware Tools 10.x.x that can allow a user to escalate their privileges on a Windows VM. This issue was assigned a CVSSv3 score of 7.8 and has the potential to affect many environments as it applies to all releases of VMware Tools 10. The vulnerability can be resolved by installing VMware Tools 11, but if you can’t upgrade to VMware Tools 11, a workaround is available in VMware KB76654.
VMware has released a new maintenance update to vRealize Operations 8.0 that includes performance and stability improvements. The list of resolved issues in vRealize Operations 8.0.1 includes: The rsyslog service does not run with vRealize Operations Manager parameters. After Service Discovery is configured, the Execute Script and Get Top Processes actions do not work from the Inventory > Objects page. The Set Memory of VM action does not work and the memory hot plug is not supported on virtual machines.
VMware has released a new update to vRealize Automation 8.0, bringing with it new features, as well as improvements and bug fixes. Unfortunately, vRealize Automation 8.0.1 still does not provide an upgrade/migration path from 7.x to 8.0. We likely will not see upgrade/migration functionality until version 8.1. New features in this release include: Migration from vRealize Automation 7.5 or 7.6 assessment vRealize Automation Migration Assessment Offline Capture Utility 1.0.0 allows you to collect data from your vRealize Automation, vRealize Orchestrator, or external vRealize Orchestrator source environment offline.