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5V0-32-19 VMware Cloud Provider Specialist test 2019

The VMware Cloud Provider Specialist test (5V0-32.19) which leads to VMware Specialist – Cloud Provider 2020 badge is a 40-item exam, with a passing score of 300 using a scaled method.
Candidates are given a time of 60 minutes.

The test sections and objectives outline the range of content that can be included in the exam.
Some objectives may not have associated questions.
Section 1 – VMware vCloud Director Architecture and Technologies
Objective 1.1 – Define vCloud Director terminologies
Objective 1.2 – Identify vCloud Director cell architecture and technologies
Objective 1.3 – Describe vCloud Director processes, services, and resource abstractions
Objective 1.4 – Describe vCloud Director networking and storage concepts
Objective 1.5 – Identify vCloud Director hardware and software requirements
Objective 1.6 – Identify vCloud Director support platforms
Section 2 – VMware Products and Solutions
Objective 2.1 – Define and explain Cloud Provider Pod usage
Objective 2.2 – Define and explain Cloud Provider Hub usage
Objective 2.3 – Define and explain vCloud Availability Cloud-to-Cloud usage
Objective 2.4 – Define and explain how to use VMware vCloud Usage Meter and Insight
Objective 2.5 – Define and explain VMware vCloud Director Extender usage
Objective 2.6 – Define and explain the Cloud Provider Platform
Section 3 – NOT APPLICABLE TO THIS EXAM
Section 4 – Configure and install VMware vCloud Director
Objective 4.1 – Implement strategies for vCloud Director, cell, database and NSX Manager
Objective 4.2 – Identify the system and network hardware and software requirements
Objective 4.3 – Define, apply, and troubleshoot vCloud Director network configuration
have achieved the respective certification. v1.0
Objective 4.4 – Install and configure vCenter Single Sign On and SAML identity provider
Objective 4.5 – Install and configure vCloud Director and NSX Manager
Objective 4.6 – Configure an AMQP broker
Objective 4.7 – Identify database prerequisites
Objective 4.8 – Create and manage SSL certificates
Objective 4.9 – Install and configure vCloud Director Extender
Objective 4.10 – Install and configure load balancing for vCloud Director utilizing NSX
Section 5 and Section 6 – NOT APPLICABLE TO THIS EXAM
Section 7 – Administration and Operations of VMware vCloud Director
Objective 7.1 - Add resources to vCloud Director
Objective 7.2 – Create and manage cloud resources using vCloud Director
Objective 7.3 – Manage organizations in vCloud Director
Objective 7.4 – Create and manage vCloud Director user roles
Objective 7.5 – Manage catalogs using vCloud Director user interface
Objective 7.6 – Apply use cases for vCloud Director allocation models
Objective 7.7 – Compare tenant organization administration and provider administration
Objective 7.8 – Configure vAPP and virtual machines
Objective 7.9 – Manage catalogs using OVF tool
Objective 7.10 – Manage network administration and security
Objective 7.11 – Manage and configure storage policies
Objective 7.12 Upgrade vCloud Director environment

VMware Cloud Provider Specialist test 2019
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VMware is a well-known American cloud computing and virtualization technology company. It released the first bare-bones version of the Workstation Player in 2008. A year later, it added defining features like a graphical user interface, drag-and-drop enhancements, and multiple-monitor display.

In 2014, the VMware Workstation Player stopped supporting 32-bit computers following an update. In 2020, it dropped support for Windows 7, becoming available on only Windows 8 or higher (64-bit only) and the Linux operating system.

The VMware Workstation Player is a virtual machine software platform that is available for personal use for free. But, you'll need to pay for a license to use it commercially.  

VMware Workstation Player: Plans and pricing

As we’ve mentioned, you can get the non-commercial version of this software for free. You’ll have to pay $149 per device license for commercial use, which is pretty expensive. If upgrading from a previous version, you’ll pay $79. 

The higher-end version of this tool, VMware Workstation Pro, requires payment. Unlike its free-to-use counterpart, Workstation Pro lets you create and manage encrypted virtual machines (VMs) and create full operating system clones. It costs $199 for a new license for each PC or $99 for an upgrade. You can also add one year of technical support for a $42 fee.

VMware lets you request a full refund up to 30 days after your purchase. 

VMware Workstation Player: Features

Virtualization is the core function of the VM Workstation Player. It lets you create virtual machines on a Windows or Linux PC. The virtual machine functions like a separate computer running its own CPU, memory, network interface, and storage. It uses a hypervisor to separate the virtual machine's resources from your PC's hardware so that you can use it efficiently.

Your PC is the host system, while the virtual machine you install is the guest operating system. There are minimum requirements for a host system, including at least 400Mhz processing speed, 128MB memory, and 1GB free disk space. Most modern PCs meet this requirement, so there should be no cause for alarm.

Virtual machines are isolated from the rest of the host system, and a single host system can have multiple virtual machines. However, VMware Player lets you run only one virtual machine at a time– you must close the current virtual machine before opening a new one. You’ll have to pay for the Workstation Pro license if you want to run multiple VMs simultaneously.

You can manage your virtual machines in several ways with this tool. For instance, you can change the amount of memory allocated to each virtual machine. You can connect and disconnect any pre-configured devices in a virtual machine. You can copy and paste files from a virtual machine to the host and vice versa.

There are many use cases for virtual machines. You may want to adopt a new operating system but are not yet sure of your decision. You can install that OS on a virtual machine to see how it works and decide if it’s right for you.

You could also use virtual machines to develop software for other platforms. Let's say you use a PC running macOS but need to code software for the Windows operating system. You can install a Windows-powered virtual machine on your Mac PC and do just that. 

If you want to install virtual machines for personal use, VMware WorkStation Player lets you do that for free. But, if you need to do that in commercial settings, e.g., a school or business, you’ll need to purchase the license. 

Thanks to this software, enterprises can provide a corporate desktop image that employees can manage on their personal desktop. It's like having access to your work laptop from anywhere, which is helpful in this era of remote work. Likewise, schools can use VMware Player to provide a virtual sandbox for students to engage in educational activities. 

The free VMware Workstation Player has a lot of drawbacks compared to the paid Workstation Pro version. As we mentioned, the former doesn’t let you run multiple virtual machines simultaneously. It also doesn’t let you create a snapshot (backup) of the virtual machine, while Workstation Pro does. Likewise, you can’t encrypt virtual machines with passwords with the free VMware player, but you can do that with Workstation Pro.

Workstation Player isn’t compatible with Mac computers. But, VMware provides another tool (Fusion) that lets macOS-powered PCs run Windows or Linux virtual machines. 

VMware Workstation Player: Interface and use

When researching for this review, we observed considerable customer complaints of this software being difficult to set up and configure on a new PC. However, the complexity seems to dwindle once you get past the initial setup process. Customer reviews often highlighted user-friendliness as a central selling point.  

VMware Workstation Player: Support

VMware provides support in the form of upgrades and technical assistance, but you'll have to pay separately for it. You can contact the company’s technical support team through live chat, telephone, and email.  

VMware Workstation Player: The competition

The best alternative to the VMware Player that we’ll recommend is VirtualBox.  It's a free and open-source software compatible with Windows, Linux, and macOS. You get full access to VirtualBox’s features without paying, unlike with VMware Workstation Player.

We suggest going with VirtualBox if cost is a major concern, given that VMware’s licenses are expensive. 

VMware Workstation Player: Final verdict

With this software, you can easily create VMs for free for personal use. It’s pretty complicated to set up and doesn’t support the macOS operating system, but the VMware Workstation Player provides a lot of practicality for users.  

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Killexams : Broadcom's VMware acquisition sparks concern

Chip powerhouse Broadcom recently announced its intention to acquire virtualization pioneer VMware for $61 billion. In light of Broadcom’s less than stellar track record with prior acquisitions (CA Technologies in 2018, and Symantec in 2019), VMware’s enterprise customers are understandably worried.

“Following the purchases of CA and Symantec, Broadcom raised prices, decreased support, and stopped investing in innovation,” says Tracy Woo, senior analyst for Forrester. “VMware customers would be wise to have an exit plan,” she cautioned.

IDC analyst Stephen Elliot sees it differently. Rather than advising VMware customers to identify the exits, Elliot believes customers should “double down” on their relationship with the vendor, moving towards a more strategic business partnership.

Either way, the deal isn’t expected to officially close until the end of 2023, so enterprises can take a wait-and-see approach before making any decisions.

Broadcom tries to reassure VMware customers and employees

Both Broadcom and VMware executives are aware of the concerns and have been saying all the right things, promising that it will be different this time. “We are approaching the post-closing planning phase of the transaction process with an open mind, while drawing from the lessons learned from our previous acquisitions of CA and Symantec Enterprise,” said Broadcom in a blog post.

And in a latest town hall meeting, VMware President Sumit Dhawan tried to dispel the worries of VMware’s 35,000+ employees. “Let’s not assume. . . that just because they have done what they have done with Symantec and CA is something that they intend to do with VMware because we’ve heard quite the opposite so far,” Dhawan said.

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Killexams : VMware embraces DPUs to stretch the use of CPUs

While it is clearly early in the game, VMware has made a bunch of moves recently to ensure that DPUs and the smartNICs they enable are an equal part of enterprise networking environments of the future.

VMware is a leading proponent of using digital processing units to free-up server CPU cycles by offloading networking, security, storage, and other processes in order to rapidly and efficiently supporting edge- and cloud-based workloads.

Competitors—and partners in some cases—including Intel, Nvidia, AWS, and AMD, also have plans to more tightly integrate DPU-based devices into in firewalls, gateways, enterprise load balancing, and storage-offload applications.

For VMware’s part, its most latest DPU moves are part of a strategy to ensure that networking and security are a priority going forward.

vSphere accommodates underlying processors

These include support for DPUs under the company’s flagship vSphere 8 virtualization and vSAN hyperconverged software packages. The idea is that vSphere is going to be the foundation for deploying and managing workloads and running them effectively and securely regardless of what the underlying processor technology is, said Tom Gillis, senior vice president and general manager at VMware. In the end, reduced CPU and memory overhead will lead to more efficient workload consolidation and better infrastructure performance, he said.

“When customers use a DPU to offload computing they save 10-to-20% of their server cores, so that’s the economic argument for using DPUs because in a high-density server environment, the higher your density, the more efficient the DPU becomes, but that’s just the beginning,” Gillis said. 

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Killexams : CrowdStrike CEO: Broadcom-VMware Deal Drawing worried Customers

Security News

Jay Fitzgerald

But VMware’s CEO counters that rivals poaching customers is “common” and “expected” after merger announcements.

CrowdStrike chief executive George Kurtz says his cybersecurity company is fielding inquiries from a number of VMware customers nervous about the pending Broadcom-VMware mega-merger now before regulators.

At The Channel Company’s Best of Breed conference in Atlanta this week, Kurtz, who’s known for calling out rivals and others for their perceived shortcomings, was asked during a panel discussion his thoughts on the giant Broadcom-VMware deal, which would include VMware’s Carbon Black unit that provides cloud-native endpoint security.

Kurtz, whose Austin, Texas-based company is a Carbon Black competitor, said the merger deal is obviously “huge” for the industry, assuming it’s finally approved by federal regulators who are now reviewing the proposed $61 billion transaction.

But he indicated his company is clearly a potential beneficiary of the proposed Broadcom-VMware deal, particularly since many believe the San Jose, Calif.-based Broadcom’s prior acquisition of security firm Symantec didn’t go as well as some customers and partners had hoped.

Saying he doesn’t “mince a lot of words,” Kurtz said many customers seem to be exploring their options following last May’s announcement that Broadcom intended to buy VMware.

“We got a lot of customers that have called us (and) said, ‘Hey, I’m concerned about the Carbon Black acquisition. We lived through the Symantec acquisition. We know what’s going to happen.’ Prices are going to go up, service is going to go down,” Kurtz told hundreds of vendors, channel partners and others attending the Best of Breed conference in Atlanta.

“We’re actively working on replacement deals right now,” said Kurtz, adding such activity represents yet “another opportunity for the partner community.”

After the panel discussion, Kurtz told CRN that customers are clearly on edge about the Broadcom-VMware deal.

“They’re concerned about the acquisition, as most customers are, and they’re looking for alternative solutions,” he said

Asked what customers were most concerned about regarding Broadcom’s takeover of VMware, Kurtz said: “Being looked after. Right? Being looked after.”

It’s not unusual to see such concerns and business activity following a major merger announcement, he said. “Obviously, there’s always a transition period and disruption from a customer perspective.”

Kurtz added: “We’re obviously helping customers. If they have potential challenges with their current vendors, that’s what we’re focused on.”

At a later Best of Breedpanel in Atlanta, VMware CEO Raghu Raghuram dismissed Kurtz’s comments, saying “you wouldn’t be doing your job” if you headed a company like Crowdstrike and didn’t try to take advantage of a merger.

“It’s common,” he said of rivals trying to poach customers from each other. “It’s expected. Nothing surprising.”

In the end, he said customers will end up appreciating how well the Carbon Black technology integrates with Broadcom’s other offerings.

In response to questions from The Channel Company founding partner Robert Faletra and CRN executive editor of news Steven Burke, Raghuram told Best of Breed audience members that any channel partners and customers with questions about the post-merger VMware can contact his company to get answers.

He also noted that VMware has been negotiating renewal contracts with locked-in prices, in case some customers are worried about higher post-merger prices.

Raghuram stoutly defended the merger benefits for both Broadcom and VMWare.

He said that Broadcom, known primarily as a chipmaker, gets a top-notch software company in the deal as it seeks to broaden its offerings. Meanwhile, VMware gets the backing of a deep-pocketed owner who can help his firm increase its R&D and offerings.

In a statement, a Broadcom spokesman said: “The combination of Broadcom and VMware is about giving customers choices and greater flexibility to address their most complex IT infrastructure challenges. Following transaction close, we will enable enterprises to accelerate innovation and expand choice by addressing their most complex technology challenges in this multi-cloud era.”

Ron Dupler, CEO of Greenpages Technology Solutions, a Portsmouth, N.H.-based MSP and consulting firm focused on the cloud and cybersecurity, said a merger as big and important as the Broadcom-VMware deal was bound to attract attention and controversy.

“Anytime a major force in the industry like VMware gets acquired (it) raises fear, uncertainty and doubt about what’s going to change,” said Dupler, whose firm doesn’t partner with VMware or CrowdStrike. “There’s a lot of wait and see going on.”

He added that the future success of the merger ultimately comes down to how Broadcom handles VMware’s technology and services in the long-run.

Jay Fitzgerald

Jay Fitzgerald is a senior editor covering cybersecurity for CRN. Jay previously freelanced for the Boston Globe, Boston Business Journal, Boston magazine, Banker & Tradesman, MassterList.com, Harvard Business School’s Working Knowledge, the National Bureau of Economic Research and other entities. He can be reached at jfitzgerald@thechannelcompany.com.

Tue, 11 Oct 2022 08:41:00 -0500 en text/html https://www.crn.com/news/security/crowdstrike-ceo-broadcom-vmware-deal-drawing-worried-customers
Killexams : Compared: Parallels Desktop 18 vs VMWare Fusion

You can get Windows onto an Apple Silicon MacBook Air.

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If you need to run Windows apps on an Apple Silicon Mac, the two best choices are Parallels Desktop 18 for Mac and VMWare Fusion. Here's what you should know about the two tools.

One of the rare issues with Mac ownership in a multi-platform working environment is that you may run into a situation better suited for a Windows desktop. Sometimes you simply can't run certain apps you may need, as macOS-compatible equivalents aren't available. Though other apps may perform the same functions, they may not be the right ones for the job.

There may also be apps that do offer cross-platform support, but the user may prefer the UI of the Windows version over macOS, or the Mac app may not have all of the features of the Windows version.

In the case of gaming, not all titles are developed to run on macOS, with many older games and those produced by small teams potentially being a Windows-only affair for players.

There's also the usability problem, as a long-time Windows user may not necessarily want to learn how to navigate macOS for whatever reason.

This is where virtualization tools step in. Applications that run a virtual machine, allowing users to install Windows on their Mac and run it from within macOS. In effect, the tool acts as a computer to Windows, allowing it access to the resources of the host Mac, but still runs entirely normally.

Two of the biggest names in virtualization for macOS users are Parallels Desktop for Mac and VMWare Fusion. They're both utilities that can get you running Windows on your Mac, but there are differences in how the two operate.

Here's what you should look for when choosing either of them.

But what about Boot Camp?

Boot Camp is Apple's way of allowing users the same goal of running Windows on a Mac. Using Boot Camp Assistant, you can install Windows and the required drivers to a Mac fairly easily.

This is a good system on its own and also free to use, but two big things hold it back compared to virtualization tools.

Boot Camp is viable to get Windows on your Mac. Except for Apple Silicon.

Boot Camp is viable to get Windows on your Mac. Except for Apple Silicon.

For a start, Boot Camp isn't virtualization, as you're creating a partition for Windows and installing it on a drive. This can provide the fastest Windows experience as neither a virtual machine nor macOS is getting in the way between Windows and the hardware.

But, this does mean if you want to switch between Windows and macOS, you will have to shut down one to move to the other. With VM tools, you're running Windows on top of macOS so that you can use both operating systems simultaneously.

The other problem with Boot Camp is that you cannot use it on an Apple Silicon Mac, only those running on Intel chips.

Add in that Microsoft won't be bringing out Windows on ARM with Apple Silicon support, and you're left with using virtualization tools.

Boot Camp is a viable option if you have an Intel-based Mac and don't mind shutting down macOS to get to Windows. Virtualization is the way for anyone with a modern Mac or MacBook.

Parallels Desktop 18 for Mac

Parallels Desktop for Mac is considered the more user-friendly of the two, with little effort required to get up and running with the software.

After installing Parallels Desktop, it then proceeds to set up a virtual machine for Windows 11, downloads Windows, installs it, and gets you up and running in a very short space of time. With a sufficient Internet connection, you could be using Windows within macOS in less than an hour.

Parallels can  get Windows 11 onto your Apple Silicon Mac for an easy setup process.

Parallels can get Windows 11 onto your Apple Silicon Mac for an easy setup process.

Once set up, you're left with a Windows desktop within a macOS window. Everything looks like a stock Windows installation.

If you have an existing Boot Camp installation, you can incorporate that into Parallels instead of needing to shut down to switch. If you have an Intel Mac, you could even import that Boot Camp installation into Parallels.

The Windows desktop will show files stored on the Mac desktop, so you can easily open and change them within each operating system and directly impact the counterpart in the other. There's also disk space optimization, so you're not going to burn up a lot of capacity with the tool.

There's also the ability to drag and drop files between Mac and Windows and to copy and paste text too. This creates a very seamless working environment between the operating systems.

Parallels can take items from your macOS desktop and make them immediately usable from Windows' own.

Parallels can take items from your macOS desktop and make them immediately usable from Windows' own.

In the window's taskbar, there are options for managing the virtual machine and performing various keyboard shortcuts, control volume, folder access, and so on.

After installation, you can configure the VM instance in various ways, including how many CPUs it uses, graphics resolutions, connected devices, how it shares applications with Mac and many other options.

There is also the option to use what is referred to as Coherence, a mode where you see just the Windows app, not the entire Windows desktop. That means you could have Windows apps appearing as if they're running in macOS, which can be initially confusing but very helpful if you just want to see one app.

If Windows isn't your cup of tea, you could install a Linux distribution with relatively little effort and again have it up and running in a short space of time.

Coherence mode in Parallels allows you to run Windows apps (like Microsoft Edge) as if they're macOS apps.

Coherence mode in Parallels allows you to run Windows apps (like Microsoft Edge) as if they're macOS apps.

Parallels Desktop 18 for Mac is offered in three versions: Standard Edition, Pro Edition, and Business Edition. You'll get most of what you want from Standard Edition, but the other two have more advanced features aimed at enterprise users.

For example, while the $99.99 Standard Edition can manage four virtual CPUs and 8GB of vRAM, the Pro and Business go up to 32 vCPUs and 128GB vRAM.

The $199.99 per year Pro Edition also includes a Visual Studio plug-in for remote debugging, virtual networking tools, automation elements, integrations with Docker and others, and premium phone support, among other factors.

For $149.99 per year, Business Edition includes the Pro Edition's features, allowing employees to get preconfigured versions of Windows to their Mac, per-user licensing, a centralized administration and management tool, and unified volume license keys for mass deployment.

VMWare Fusion

For quite some time, VMWare Fusion was considered equal to Parallels in terms of virtualization on Mac. The problem is that, since the release of Fusion 12, it's stalled in place.

Yes, Fusion 12 from late 2020 could run Windows on an Intel Mac, but Apple has progressed considerably and onto its own chips.

While progress has been slow, VMWare has slowly been working towards releasing a version of its software made so that it functions on Apple Silicon, which is available in a Public Tech Preview.

The good news is that it's free to try out the tech preview. The bad news is that it's not easy to start with Windows on Apple Silicon.

For a start, it works on the basis that you're going to provide the operating system to install, be it a Linux distribution or Windows. So you're going to have to get that from Microsoft via its Windows Insider program.

Installing operating systems in VMWare Fusion is a little more involving. And then there's Windows 11 for ARM...

Installing operating systems in VMWare Fusion is a little more involving. And then there's Windows 11 for ARM...

Then you have to follow a set of instructions that had to be picked up via a Google search, rather than anything official. This guide on Cellular.FM describes the extremely long process you have to undertake to get to running Windows 11 via VMWare Fusion's tech preview.

In short, it explains to get the Windows 11 ARM64 Insider Preview, how to install Homebrew on your Mac to install QEMU, and using QEMU to convert the Windows VHDX file to a VMDK instead. Then you have to install Windows to VMWare Fusion, taking care to disable Internet access otherwise it won't work, and then follow other procedures to install VMWare's tools to get the final bits set up.

Understandably, a tech preview could require a bit more effort than a full public release, but this is beyond the reach of most average users.

The annoying thing is, once you've got Windows 11 ARM64 installed, it works perfectly adequately. It's just the journey that's the problem.

As a more admin-focused tool, it's also understandable that there are a lot of things you can configure within the software. And again, some of this is not end-user-friendly to deal with, but you don't have to touch the more complex items.

The interface can get a little complex, but VMWare does skew towards professional usage instead of home users.

The interface can get a little complex, but VMWare does skew towards professional usage instead of home users.

Given VMWare's very corporate-focused approach and leaning away from VMWare Fusion's development, it may be quite some time before the Apple Silicon adoption by the main release will happen.

Hopefully, whenever that does occur, VMWare will also make it a lot easier to get going with Windows on an Apple Silicon Mac.

Aside from the technical preview, VMWare still offers the proper Fusion 12 releases for use.

Fusion 12 Player is its most basic release, providing all of the essential functionality you need, including installing multiple VMs, DX11 and OpenGL4.1 support for 3D graphics, and snapshots.

VMWare offers a commercial license for Player at $149, but for home users who will use it for non-commercial reasons, a free license can be acquired instead.

Fusion 12 Pro adds features like creating and managing an encrypted VM, virtual network customization, connections to vSphere and ESXi Server, linked and full clones, remote vSphere host power control, and other more admin-based elements.

Pro costs $199, while a version with one year of technical support assistance and access to knowledge base articles is $241.

Not a close race

If you're a home user, you're presented with two options for virtualization on Apple Silicon. However, it's very hard to advise anyone to go down the route of VMWare Fusion at this point.

It's one thing to have a solid toolset in place for Intel Macs, but it's quite another to leave Apple Silicon users out in the cold with a tech preview for devices that are nigh two years old.

Not to mention that getting Windows 11 for ARM running on VMWare requires so many steps and messing about in Terminal and the Windows command line to be intimidating to some end users.

Parallels may not be free, but the straightforward process to get started with Windows on Apple Silicon is a world away from the more challenging VMWare experience. The Coherence mode to get Windows apps on the macOS desktop is just a cherry on top.

Even if VMWare brings out Fusion 13 with Apple Silicon support, complete with another free-for-non-commercial license, it will have to do a lot to make itself more user-friendly to become recommendable.

Sure, administrators and more technically-minded users will find VMWare Fusion's system a good thing to try, even through morbid curiosity. But for people who just want to run Windows on their Apple Silicon Mac, Parallels Desktop 18 for Mac is the better choice.

Where to buy

Parallels Desktop for Mac starts at $69.99 when you upgrade to the latest version and $99.99 for new license purchases. Students can save up to 50% on the academic version.

Paid VMware Fusion plans, meanwhile, start at $79 for Player upgrades and cap out at $241 for a new license to the Pro plus Support plan. A free Personal Use License is available with a valid MyVMware account for home users participating in non-commercial activity. And if you have a valid Parallels license, VMware is offering 40% off its Fusion line when you switch.

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Killexams : VMware To Explore 6G Tech With New Canadian Research Center

Networking News

Joseph F. Kovar

VMware is working with several Canadian industry organizations and higher education institutions to build the VMware Next G-AI Research and Innovation Center, the goal of which is to develop the infrastructure, networking, and application development technologies on which future 5G and 6G technologies will be built.

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VMware Tuesday unveiled the opening of a new Canadian-based research center focused on developing the kinds of technologies it says are needed to advance the IT industry on the path towards enhanced 5G and 6G.

The new VMware Next G-AI Research and Innovation Center was opened in Montreal, Quebec after being built together with Mitacs, Centech, and the IEEE.

Mitacs is a Toronto-based non-profit national research organization that connects private sector companies and local and international universities to develop innovative technologies.

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Centech is a Montreal-based non-profit organization that supports high-tech companies an project from conceptualization to commercialization.

The VMware Next G-AI Research and Innovation Center is aimed at combining VMware’s multi-cloud infrastructure, networking, and modern application development capabilities with modern cloud-native development, AI, and machine learning technologies to target emerging 5G and 6G technologies, the company said in a statement.

VMware did not respond to a CRN request for more information by press time.

The VMware Next G-AI Research and Innovation Center is located within Centech and the Ecole de Technologie Superieure, or ETS, of the University of Quebec. ETS is a Montreal-based public engineering school.

The center is targeting three programs.

The first is applied research in partnership with Mitacs to develop sustainable 5G+ and 6G technologies and help move the Internet to an open grid.

The second is a research and innovation lab to provide researchers and industry with access to the latest hardware and software to help validate and demonstrate key concepts.

The third is the VMware Tanzu Modern Software Factory aimed at giving VMware customers and partners access to VMware Tanzu open source technologies and solutions, including Spring and .Net development tools, developer accelerators, automated container build service, provide Kubernetes support, and Boost software supply chains.

VMware CTO Kit Colbert said in a statement that Montreal has one of the world’s most significant clusters of AI researchers along with a thriving innovative startup community.

“Through partnerships with researchers, startups and industry partners, we will be able to bring together cloud, networking and AI to build 6G technologies that are sustainable and centered on human needs,” Colbert said.

Joseph F. Kovar

Joseph F. Kovar is a senior editor and reporter for the storage and the non-tech-focused channel beats for CRN. He keeps readers abreast of the latest issues related to such areas as data life-cycle, business continuity and disaster recovery, and data centers, along with related services and software, while highlighting some of the key trends that impact the IT channel overall. He can be reached at jkovar@thechannelcompany.com.

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Killexams : VMware warns new ChromeLoader variants pose a serious risk

A new report from VMWare Inc.’s Carbon Black Managed Detection and Response Team today details the rise of the highly prevalent ChromeLoader malware, its ongoing evolution and the serious risk it poses to both individuals and businesses.

ChromeLoader, which was first discovered in January, typically drops as a .iso optical disk image and is used to steal a user’s browser credentials, harvest latest online activity and hijack the browser searches to display ads. Since it was first discovered, several variants have emerged, including a macOS version in March 2022 and others such as ChromeBack and Choziosi Loader.

The researchers explain that although this sort of malware is created with the intent to feed adware to the user, ChromeLoader also increases the attack surface of an infected system. Knowing this, hackers have been seen delivering more malicious malware with Chromeloader for other nefarious purposes.

Highlighting the evolving threat the malware presents, a Chromeloader variant dubbed “Bloom” drops a file named bloom.exe in customer environments with ChromeLoader infections. The Bloom variant has been observed making external network connections and exfiltrating sensitive data. There have also been a number of other variants that follow the same bloom.exe attack chain but use different process names and hashes to avoid detection.

One variant, seen as recently as late August, deploys so-called “Zip bombs” alongside Chromeloader. A Zip bomb, also known as a decompression bomb or zip of death, is a malicious archive file designed to damage a program or system. In this case, once the Zip bomb is double-clicked, it destroys the user’s system by overloading it with data.

In the evolution of malware, ransomware often comes up, which is no different with ChromeLoader. One campaign using ChromeLoader was found to contribute the Enigma Ransomware via HTML attachments. Once the attachment is open, it will launch the default browser, execute its embedded javascript, then follow its standard chain of encryption.

In another campaign, ChromeLoader distributors have impersonated OpenSubtitles, a program used to help users find subtitles for popular movies and TV shows, and the music player software FLB Music. The impersonated software is used in conjunction with an adware program that redirects web traffic, steals credentials and recommends other malicious downloads posed as legitimate updates. It also reads through the Chrome browser history.

ChromeLoader distributors were also found to be targeting business services. Of the more than 50 VMware Carbon Black MDR customers infected by ChromeLoader, the majority of the infected are within the business services industry, followed by the government and education sectors.

Given the evolution of the campaigns and the variations, the researchers note that there is a real concern that ChromeLoader infections will continue to lead to more sophisticated attacks that deliver nefarious malware to larger audiences.

“The VMware Carbon Black MDR team believes this is an emerging threat that needs to be tracked and taken seriously due to its potential for delivering more nefarious malware,” the researchers concluded. “It has been seen before that adware is waved off as just being a nuisance malware, however, because of this, malware authors are able to take advantage and use it for wider attacks like Enigma ransomware.”

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Killexams : Cyberespionage group developed backdoors tailored for VMware ESXi hypervisors

Researchers have identified a new malware family that was designed to backdoor and create persistence on VMware ESXi servers by leveraging legitimate functionality the hypervisor software supports. According to researchers from Mandiant who found and analyzed the backdoors, they were packaged and deployed on infected servers as vSphere Installation Bundles (VIBs). VIBs are software packages used to distribute components that extend VMware ESXi functionality. The malicious VIBs provided hackers with remote command execution and persistence capabilities on the servers and the ability to execute commands on the guest virtual machines running on the servers.

Hackers used unsigned VIBs that were hard to detect

By default, VMware ESXi is configured to accept only the installation of VIBs that are VMWareCertified, VmwareAccepted, or PartnerSupported. At these levels of acceptance, the bundles need to be digitally signed by either VMware or a partner whose signature VMware trusts.

However, there is a fourth level of acceptance called CommunitySupported and VIBs in this category do not need to be digitally signed. The downside is that these bundles need to be deployed by an administrator by intentionally using the –force flag on the installation command through the esxcli command line tool.

The malicious VIBs found by Mandiant had their manifest file modified to list “partner” as the acceptance level, but in reality had no digital signature and had been deployed using the –force command. This means the attackers already had administrative-level access to the servers before deploying them. so they were a late-stage payload.

One effect of listing “partner” as the source in the manifest of the rogue VIBs was that they appeared listed as PartnerSupported when the “esxcli software vib list” command was used when in fact they weren’t. This oversight in the command that simply displays what the manifest says, helped attackers better hide their backdoors from administrators. To discover them, admins would have had to use the command “esxcli software vib signature verify” that would have Tested the digital signature of all the deployed VIBs on their servers.

Attackers deployed both hypervisor and virtual machine backdoors

In addition to a manifest file and a signature file, VIBs include a collection of files and directories that will be copied on the system. One of these files was a passive backdoor that used VMware service names to hide itself and listened to traffic on a hard-coded port number on the ESXi server. The backdoor, which was named VIRTUALPITA can perform arbitrary command execution, upload and get files, and start and stop vmsyslogd, the ESXi service that’s responsible for logging messages from the system kernel and other components.

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