VMware Carbon Black – Connect – May 13-14 2020 Virtual

VMware Carbon Black – Connect

Day 1 of the Event

First thing, the platform this event ran on was interactive and simple to follow. Simply navigate your way around as if you were at the event in person.

The agenda was packed full of interesting and useful knowledge from start to finish.

Presentations

There were three presentations that appealed to me on day 1.

  1. Main Stage “Welcome to VMware Carbon Black Connect” by Patrick Morley, Senior Vice President and General Manager at VMware
  2. Security Leadership “5 Tactics for Selling Security to Senior Leadership” by Alex Philips, CIO and CISO at a Fortune 500 oil and gas company

    Example of the 5 Tatics

  3. Security Leadership “The Rise of Destructive Malware” by Greg Foss, Senior Threat Researcher at VMware Carbon Black

    Example of one of the slides

Training and Certification Area

I also went on to the certification and training area

Training completed

  1. Become a Threat Hunter Workshop by Ryan Hendricks, Training Manager at VMware Carbon Black
    1. Demonstration and training on VMware Enterprise Carbon Black EDR product

    GUI – Example view

    1. LAB environment

Optimising and Securing VMware Environments with Runecast Analyzer

Overview of Runecast Analyzer

A brief overview of a product which helps reduce troubleshooting time, identify issues and helps with making your vSphere system compliant. The biggest issue I see in vSphere environments is maintaining security and hardware compatibility with the HCL. The features of Runecast certainly would appear to help resolve these issues. See the key features as I see in this product. (not an exhaustive list)

Key Features (from my perspective)

  • Config KB checks
  • Best Practise
  • Security reports
  • Hardware compatibility checks
  • Logs and KBs Discovered
  • Plugin Runecast for vSphere Client
  • vRealize Orchestrator – Remediation options

Requirements

  • Base appliance starts as min spec – 2vcpu 4GB RAM appliance

Runecast Dashboard (example)

Simple clear dashboard, also available using a plugin for the vSphere Client.

  • Config KB checks

The headache in my life resolved, identify config issues highlighted.

What a useful feature, it pulls the info from the VMware Knowledge base and shows resolution

  • Best Practise

Check best practise (run a scan, only takes 1 or 2 mins.)

NTP example

SSH example enabled

  • Security reports

Security and compliance

Analyse against compliance example report and recommendations

Example if PCI DCSS (target specific PCI clusters if your required)

  • Hardware compatibility checks

Hardware Compatibility check only too often get over looked when updates and upgrades happen. Then boom things go wrong and how do you start troubleshooting the unknown. So, this feature looks good to help keep you on track.

Drill down to see the issue example

  • Logs and KBs Discovered

Logs being reviewed, another nice feature

  • Plugin Runecast for vSphere Client (The plugin mentioned at the start)
  • vRealize Orchestrator – (Remediation options with Runecast example)

This is just a brief overview of a product to help save your IT resources time and effort in managing and maintaining the vSphere environment. Seems useful to me.

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Stickers Laptops and VMware vExpert Awards

VMware vExpert Award 2020 received. Many thanks VMware for the recognition, 5th year in a row. #VMware #vExpert #vExpert2020 #vSphere #ESXi #Award
#vCommunity. And now, New VMware vExpert Stickers arrived in the post. 5 years of Receiving the Award = 5 STARS. But wait that’s not all, PowerVKE stickers, from Barcelona 2018 Hackerthon when our team picked up 3rd place!! Powershell & Kubernetes. What a great end to the week!! #vExpert, thanks Christopher Lewis To Sticker or Not to Sticker, the Dell XPS13.. #ToSticker or #NotToSticker, #theCLOUDexpert #vCommunity #VMware #kubernetes #PowerVKE #VMwareCode #PowerShell

The BLANK canvas XPS13

The XPS 15 sticker design

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VMworld 2018 Barcelona Highlights

Stephen Hackers from Hot Wired IT Solutions affiliate partner to HTG (Howell Technology Group) made the trip to VMworld Barcelona 2018 with Kevin Howell (HTG), Graham Wight (HTG) and Tony Cota.

Overview

Tech Experts Meetings + Design Workshops + Vendors + Hall Sessions = A great experience and excellent value for money.

Things I learnt…

  1. Download the VMworld App
  2. Book sessions early
  3. Register for a vendor party
  4. Participate where possible

VMworld through my eyes

  1. Download the app… Contains your pass, schedule, reminders, events, map, info and more.
  2. The photo every geek wants

3. Picked up my VMware vExpert 2018 goodie bag

 

4. Attended multiple design workshops. Signing NDA… Sorry no secrets being shared here.

VMware design_studio

 

5. Entered the Hackathon .. Joined an amazing team of 8 experts. (3rd place)

Chris Porter, Christopher Lewis, Colin Westwater, Dave Simpson, Dominik Zorgnotti, Gareth Edwards, Tony Cota and Stephen Hackers (Me).

We created and launched #PowerVKE. PowerShell module to deploy kubernetes. This was successful in taking 3rd place at the Hackathon

Available on GitHub https://github.com/PowerVKE

Follow on twitter https://twitter.com/PowerVKE

24 hours on from the Hackathon and Will PowerVKE name change to PowerPKS??

 

6. Meet the Vendors.

Vembu stand

NetApp with Ducati ( I was always going to visit any stand with a bike being a biker myself)

Quantum

 

7. Vendor party

Cohesity was our option

Great night out and some interesting glow in the dark / flashing devices for the night. The Queen tribute act was definitely worth watching. The friendly atmosphere was fantastic

 

8. Meet the Experts.

I attended two of these excellent sessions on PKS (kubernetes) and vSphere on AWS. As a techy I felt I got more business value in these 30-45min 1-1 tech sessions than in some of the high level presentations attended. That’s not to say the high level presentations were worth attending as well, but I got to ask in the 1-1 my homework for actual work I’m doing or planning on doing.

 

9.The End

Then the trip was over. Such an amazing few days. Already looking forward to VMworld 2019……

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