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vmware vSphere 6.5 Update 2

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.

Official update and more info >>>

Stay Tuned …

 

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Announcements from Nutanix .NEXT Conf 2018 US

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.

Check more in details in Nutanix Blog posts …

We will see what’s NEXT in the Nutanix NEXT Conference 2018 EU in London … check and register if you want to attend & see you there!

Stay tuned …

 

vSphere 6.7 – announcement

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
  • 3X reduction in memory usage
  • 3X faster DRS-related operations (e.g. power-on virtual machine)

And much more:

  • Eliminating one of two reboots normally required for major version upgrades, now with Single Reboot.
  • The HTML5-based vSphere Client – (Fully Featured HTML5-based vSphere Client Coming in Fall 2018)
  • Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 hardware devices and also introduces Virtual TPM 2.0
  • Simplifies workflows for VM Encryption.
  • Encrypted vMotion across different vCenter instances.
  • Enhancements to Nvidia GRID™ vGPU technology.
  • vCenter Server Hybrid Linked Mode
  • Cross-Cloud Cold and Hot Migration

For all other details: Intro vSphere 6.7

Upgrade Info:
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.

Stay Tuned …

 

Nutanix NEXT Conf 2018

This week is going to be the Nutanix week with its annual event in the US as Nutanix NEXT Conference 2018.

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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

Looking forward for very interesting new stuff …

Stay Tuned …

vExpert 2018 **

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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!

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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!

Check the official announcements here

 

 

 

 

 

RVTools new version 3.10 …

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

Check out the new version of the RVTools 3.10

New version details:

  • Upgraded RVTools solution to Visual Studio 2017
  • Upgraded RVTools to .Net Framework version 4.6.1
  • 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

If you like this tool you can donate it here!

 

Storage Field Day 15 … #SFD15

I’m honored to be invited as Tech Field Day delegate for the next TFD event that is Storage Field Day 15 which is going to be held on 7-9 March 2018. GestaltIT is one of the greatest company with unique activities like TechFieldDays covering Tech, Storage, Cloud, Networking Virtualization, Wireless, Mobility etc.

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We will have great companies which are going to present their products and solutions. They are:

COHESITYDATRIUM WEKAIO HGST HEDVIG IBM HUAWEI STARWIND.

All of these companies have their unique solutions and products for the Storage, some of them are new in the market, some of them still continuing to cover the global market with their solutions, but all of them trying to bring the new features and easy to use in the Data Centers as well as Cloud & Edge connectivity and not leaving aside the bare-metal stuff.

Looking forward to see what’s next with all of them and for sure delegates will have super focus on their solutions with lot of questions and clarification so you can follow the Storage Tech Days 15 on this link where we will be live + on Twitter #SFD15

About the #SFD15 Delegates:

Arjan Timmerman
Chanaka Ekanayake
Chin-Fah Heoh
Dan Frith
Rachel Traylor
Glenn Dekhayser
Josh De Jong
Lino Telera
Mariusz Kaczorek
Michael Stanclift
Ray Lucchesi

Will be a great opportunity to meet all of them, including super staff of the Tech Field Day Stepehe FoskettBen Gage !

Stay tuned for more updates …