Category Archives: vSphere

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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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 …