Recently vmware just announced the vSphere 6.5 Update 2 with lot of the enhancements and with this update, vmware again brings in mind that you need to do upgrades and updates while the support for the vSphere 5.5 will end on September 2018.
Some of the enhancements on vSphere 6.5 U2 are:
IPv6 support for the Key Management Server (KMS) of VMware vSphere Virtual Machine Encryption (VM Encryption).
Additional alarms for expiration of KMS certificates, missing hosts, and virtual machine keys.
Customization of default network ports for the HTTP Reverse Proxy service via the GUI or CLI during the deployment of the vCenter Server Appliance.
Management of multiple namespaces compatible with the Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) 1.2 specification and enhanced diagnostic log.
Adding tags to the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) hardware version 1.2 on ESXi using ESXCLI commands.
New native driver to support the Broadcom SAS 3.5 IT/IR controllers with devices including the combination of NVMe, SAS, and SATA drives.
Also some specific support for the vCenter Server Appliance:
vCenter Server 6.5 Update 2 now supports Enhanced Linked Mode (ELM) when deployed with an Embedded Platform Service Controller (PSC)
A Windows vCenter Server that has custom HTTP & HTTPS ports are supported during migration to the vCenter Server Appliance.
Using the TLS Configuration utility to configure SSL tunnels on port 8089.
Backup and restore to Embedded Linked Mode with replication deployment topology API.
vMotion and cold migration of virtual machines across vCenter Server versions 6.0 Update 3 and later, also includes VMware Cloud on AWS.
Important Note: Upgrading from vSphere 6.5 Update 2 to vSphere 6.7 GA is not supported.
As well as >> Upgrading to vSphere 6.5 Update 2 from vSphere 5.5 requires a minimum version of vSphere 5.5 Update 3b prior to performing the upgrade.
Last week in New Orleans (US) Nutanix did lot of the great announcements for its vision & mission on their incoming products and solutions as well as those existing with more enhancements:
Nutanix Beam > new stuff from Nutanix, to simplify Multi Cloud optimization & management with intelligent consumption planning, so you will have better Cloud control (Nutanix – AWS & Azure)!
Nutanix Flow > SDN – Software Defined Networking solution, go beyond Micro-segmentation with Nutanix & Netsil (acquired by Nutanix) supported from AOS 6.5 released in April.
Nutanix Era > Databases made simple with 1 Click database Clone/Refresh, Database provisioning and Life Cycle Management (LCM) so you will be able to start with Copy Data Management, initially support for Oracle and Postgres databases … and will be expanded over the time to include MS SQL Server and MySQL.
Nutanix Xtract > support for migration from AWS EC2 to Nutanix AHV…
Nutanix X-Ray > Nutanix is going Open Source with this automation test platform and as latest version will support MS Hyper-V & Storage Spaces.
Nutanix Calm > Apps Automation & Multi Cloud Management (AWS, Azure & Google Cloud Platform GCP).
Acropolis File Services (AFS) > support for NFS v4 and much more on API. Acropolis AOSS (Object Storage Services) – new stuff and for more info check it here.
VMware is announcing vSphere 6.7 – as the latest release in the Hybrid Cloud era bringing the new features and delivers key capabilities to enable IT organizations address the trends that are putting new demands on their IT infrastructure.
vSphere 6.7 vCSA delivers phenomenal performance improvements (all metrics compared at cluster scale limits, versus vSphere 6.5):
2X faster performance in vCenter operations per second
vSphere 6.7. will support upgrades and migrations only from vSphere 6.0 or 6.5. vSphere 5.5 does not have a direct upgrade path to vSphere 6.7. Customers still on vSphere 5.5 will need to upgrade to vSphere 6.0 or 6.5 first and then to vSphere 6.7. Also, a vCenter Server 6.0 or 6.5 managing ESXi 5.5 hosts cannot be upgraded or migrated until the hosts have been upgraded to at least ESXi 6.0.
This week is going to be the Nutanix week with its annual event in the US as Nutanix NEXT Conference 2018.
Nutanix – is the pioneer company in the HyperConvergence but they don’t stop only on it, they are going and moving forward with Cloud as well so they are future Cloud company with lot of the super features for the modern Data Centers.
What Nutanix will bring new in the Technology World we will see during this week in its global conference which will be held in New Orleans so for all live keynotes session you can watch them here
I’m honored to be awarded for the 2nd time as vExpert – 2018! – Thank you vmware – great to be part of this unique vCommunity group!
Friday (March 9, 2018) … was send the knock knock emails for the vExpert awards to the people who are amazing to the vCommunity. Congrats to all new and renewed people and keep it up with your vCommunity activities and support!
DellEMC – just announced the top level certification on its products and solutions that is Master Enterprise Architect. A Dell EMC Certified Master Enterprise Architect’s recommendations can be the most influential within a business environment.
FF = Fast Facts about the program:
For more information and all details, including board review schedule you can check out here.
I can say that the RVTools is one of the best and an awesome free tool to collect almost all the necessary information about your vSphere environment! Number of the downloaded copies can talk a lot, so there are around 900 000 downloads
Upgraded Log4net to version 2.0.8, Waffle.AD to version 1.8.3 and NPOI to version 2.3.0
Connection error when TLSv1.0 and TLSv1.1 are disabled and only TLSv1.2 is enabled is solved by using .Net Framework 4.6.1
vInfo tab page new columns: The latency-sensitivity setting of the virtual machine, Change Block Tracking (CBT) and disk.EnableUUID values
vDisk tab page new columns: SCSI label, unit number and sharedBus
vHost tab page new columns: Assigned License(s), ATS heartbeat, ATS locking values. 0 = disabled 1 = enabled, Host Power Policy shortname, CPU Power Management current policy and CPU power hardware support
When Export to xlsx is executed a metadata worksheet with version number of RVTools and date time stamp is added to the output xlsx file
All columns in the RVTools export xlsx file(s) now have a filter
When export to csv newline characters are replaced by spaces
When started from cli and login fails an error message and login box was displayed. Now RVTools will exit with exit code -1, without showing the error message and login form.
Added an example PowerShell script with which you can merge RVTools export xlsx files
Added a example PowerShell script to start Export all to xlsx for multiple vCenters
vDatastore tab page: For NFS datastores the address column is now filled with remote host and path info
vDatastore tab page new columns: Datastore Cluster Name, Cluster capacity and Cluster free space
The upper limit on the Health check for number of VMs on a datastore is now 9999
vHealth tab page: new column “message type” which can be used as a filter in Excel
vHealth tab page: hbrdisk.RDID files are no longer reported as possible zombie files
vHealth tab page: low disk space messages no also show the free space in MB.
All tab pages: Refresh or auto-refresh will respect your sort order
CLI export2xls parameters changed to export2xlsx (old parameter will still work)
Bug Fix: invalid “Horizontal Alignment” value in xlsx style sheet.
Bug Fix: Calculation of total snapshot size was not always correct
Bug Fix: Child snapshot hierarchy was not always correct
Default installation directory is changed to C:\Program Files (x86)\RobWare\RVTools without the version number