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Welcome to vSphere Central!

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I am pleased to announce the release of a brand new technical resource center called vSphere Central.  This site brings together a variety of technical assets from VMware that helps users understand how vSphere works, how to implement various features, plan upgrades, and more.  With content in a range of formats, including text, video, and Read more...

Learn about vSphere 6.5 at VMworld

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Ever since VMware released vSphere 6.5 late last year, the response from customers has been overwhelming positive.  Customers have been especially excited by features such as enterprise-grade vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA), built-in encryption features, and a modern API set.  Now that people have learned about these new capabilities, we decided for this year’s VMworld to Read more...

Learn about vSphere 6.5 – and Win a Drone!

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If you haven’t yet taken the Hands-on Lab for vSphere 6.5, now is the perfect time to do so.  When it was originally released during VMworld 2016, this lab was running a pre-release version of vSphere. The HOL team has been hard at work, and they have just updated the lab to the officially released version of Read more...

Deploying WordPress in vSphere Integrated Containers

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This article is from Cheng Wang, a Member of Technical Staff on the vSphere Integrated Containers team. WordPress is a popular, open-source tool for the agile deployment of a blogging system. In this article, we offer a step-by-step guide for deploying WordPress in vSphere Integrated Containers. This involves creating two containers: one running a mysql database Read more...

Connecting Containers Directly to External Networks

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This article comes from Hasan Mahmood, a staff engineer on the vSphere Integrated Containers team. With vSphere Integrated Containers (VIC), containers can be connected to any existing vSphere network, allowing for services running on those containers to be exposed directly, and not through the container host, as is the case with Docker today. vSphere networks Read more...

Learn about the new capabilities of vSphere HA

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Among the new features in vSphere 6.5, there are a set of significant enhancements to the venerable vSphere HA capability.  I am excited to announce a new set of content aimed at helping you learn more about these new features.  In particular, these resources go over Orchestrated Restart and HA Admission Control. To recall, Orchestrated Read more...

Volume Support with vSphere Integrated Containers

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This post comes from Matthew Avery, a member of the vSphere Integrated Containers engineering team. I am excited to discuss volume support with vSphere Integrated Containers and its differences from standard Docker deployments. The important difference to note between VIC and Docker is that VIC leverages the robust vSphere environment in order to interact with pools of Read more...

Learning more about Predictive DRS

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Predictive DRS is a new feature in vSphere 6.5 that leverages the predictive analytics of vRealize Operations Manager with the powerful resource scheduler algorithm of vSphere DRS. Together, these two products enable workload balancing for certain VMs before resource utilization spikes occur, potentially eliminating a great amount of resource contention that might have occurred in Read more...

Basic Network Configuration with vSphere Integrated Containers Engine

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The following is article was written by Andrew Chin of the vSphere Integrated Containers engineering team at VMware This post will discuss basic network configuration options when deploying a Virtual Container Host (VCH) to use vSphere Integrated Containers Engine (VICE).  For general information on vSphere Integrated Containers and Virtual Container Hosts, please see the vSphere Integrated Containers Engine documentation, Read more...