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What’s New in vSphere 5.5 Platform–Quick Reference

Quick ReferenceWith all the new announcements at VMworld last week you will be excused for not knowing the technical advantages that have been added to the vSphere 5.5 release and specifically in the platform, with this in mind we wanted to create a quick technical overview of what’s new so you are armed with the information you need as a technical person.

This “Quick Reference” was created as a single place to look and find out the new features which interest you and give you some base information to quickly understand which areas you may want to find out more information about.  I have found it useful, I hope you will too.

Please note that this guide may need adjusting in the future but all updated copies will be uploaded to this page.

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Download the vSphere 5.5 Quick Reference here and let us know if the format of this information is useful by adding a comment below.

For more information now make sure you check out the Summary of Whats New in vSphere 5.5 here by Kyle Gleed.

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Alan Renouf

About Alan Renouf

Alan Renouf is a Product Line Manager at VMware focusing on API's, SDK's and CLI's, He is responsible for providing the architects and operators of private and public cloud infrastructure with the toolkits/frameworks and command-line interfaces they require to build a fully automated software-defined datacenter. Alan is a frequent blogger at http://blogs.vmware.com/PowerCLI a book author and has a personal blog at http://virtu-al.net. You can follow Alan on twitter as @alanrenouf.

31 thoughts on “What’s New in vSphere 5.5 Platform–Quick Reference

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    1. Alan RenoufAlan Renouf Post author

      I will check this at release date to ensure it is correct but i believe the current information is correct.

      1. Darren

        Do we even have a rough idea? This month? This year? For those of us trying to plan our workload over the next 6 months and with requirements that 5.5 will meet why don’t VMware even give target dates? Q3? Q4?

        1. Charlie

          Agreed. I have a new vCloud implementation going on and a manager thats asking me to upgrade from 5.0 on other vCenters. Would be nice to implement the ‘fixed’ SSO rather than the interim

          1. Alan RenoufAlan Renouf Post author

            The only time frame VMware has given so far is Q3 2013, unfortunately we are unable to give further details.

  2. Eric K. Miller

    It would be interesting to know whether the combination of 120 devices per VM, 62TB VMDKs, and improvements in the VMFS heap, can result in a very large maximum size of all VMDKs per VM (7.2PB+)? Or are there other limitations that will prevent us from using large storage VMs?

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  4. John Laur

    VMware’s practice of making a big announcement and releasing tons of technical literature and marketing material without having the software available or even a release date specified is really maddening.

    1. Matthew Smith

      I agree, in a jovial kind of way. Sounds like a really exciting release and I look forward to it. I check the VMware download page once a day – it is sort of odd how the product pages all refer to 5.5 and then it takes you to a 5.1 download.

      A really great feature would be if there was a way to sign up for release email notifications right there on the download page… kind of like the FedEx delivery notifications. I realize there is sort of this feature in the my VMware portal to subscribe to “Product Notifications,” but it sends a lot more junk mail than just release notifications… so it’d be nice to have a quick and simple one-time use box.

      1. Matthew Smith

        Just as a sub-thought to this — it’d save you a lot of hits on your website from people constantly checking to see if it was released. The downside would be instantly notifying everyone would be a very heavy burden on your site — you could kind of control this by sending out the emails over a 36 hour period or something.

  5. Karan

    Hi Alan
    I am facing issue on adding a SSD as a vflash resource using powercli command line , all other configuration stuff is achieved , even I can remove the resource but adding a resource is giving me error
    The comments on the vFRC cmdlets are closed , so I am posting it here , I need the help on this command:
    PowerCLI> Set-VMHostVFlashConfiguration -AddDevice ??????????
    Can you please help me on this .

    1. Alan RenoufAlan Renouf Post author

      Karen, I sent you an email, here is my sample code I used:

      $VMHost1 = Get-VMHost
      $SSDs = $VMHost1 | Get-VMHostDisk | Where { $_.ScsiLun.CanonicalName -eq “mpx.vmhba2:C0:T0:L0” -or $_.ScsiLun.CanonicalName -eq “mpx.vmhba3:C0:T0:L0” }
      $VMHost1 | Get-VMHostvFlashConfiguration | Set-VMHostVFlashConfiguration -AddDevice $SSDs

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