Microsoft Patch Tuesday – 56 historic vuln’s patched! 3 Critical…

It’s that time again, and Microsoft have really gone to town this week with ‘9 security bulletins to patch 56 unique vulnerabilities’in Windows, Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Server software. Of the nine security bulletins, three are rated Critical in severity, and among these three is one that addresses a years-old design flaw that can be exploited remotely to grant attackers administrator-level access to the targeted machine of device.

Additionally, it has been reported that KB3001652 has had issues for some users due to a perceived bug – causing system lock-ups during install. This has now been removed from the update.

More info on the root-level bug here.


It’s here! VMWare vSphere 6 released

After what seems a lifetime since the last full release of vSphere 5, VMWare has announced that vSphere 6 has now been released.

It has been 4 months since the vSphere 6 release candidate was made available but users will be pleased to finally have the full release available for deployment.

There are many new features in this new iteration of the hypervisor Goliath’s cloud platform – including OpenStack inclusion implementation and OneCloud(TM) and the foundation of the ‘software-defined-data-centre.’

Key Features

  • 64 Hosts per Cluster (from 32 Hosts)
  • 8000 Virtual Machines per cluster (from 4000 VM’s)
  • Support for 480 CPU’s (from 320 CPU’s)
  • 12TB RAM supported (from 4TB)
  • 1000 virtual machines per host (from 512 VM’s)
  • Now supporting up to 128 vCPU’s per VM
  • Instant Clone* – Technology, built in vSphere 6.0, that lays that foundation to rapidly clone and deploy virtual machines, as much as 10x faster than what is currently possible today (derived from Project Fargo)
  • Managed using vSphere/Openstack management interface
  • VIO – VMWare Integrated OpenStack
  • upgraded to VSAN 6 – VVOL’s
  • There’s much more than mentioned above – You can read more on the new platform on the VMWare website