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Handling the Lifecycle of a vCenter HA Environment

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vSphere 6.5 first introduced vCenter HA and since its inception has been deployed in many environments. When it comes to upgrading or updating your vCenter HA environment there are some specific considerations. If you have wondered what it takes to handle the lifecycle of a vCenter HA enabled vCenter Server, keep reading! vCenter HA Overview Read more...
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VMUG vSphere Roadshows – Coming to a City Near You

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Back by popular demand! We have brought back our VMUG vSphere Roadshows in collaboration with the VMware User Group (VMUG) and VMware. These free events are an opportunity for VMUG members to participate in a technical workshop focused on vSphere 6.7. These exclusive events bring a vSphere Subject Matter Expert to a city near you. Read more...

vCenter Server Converge Tool Enhancements in vSphere 6.7 Update 2

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vCenter Server 6.7 Update 2 has been announced and with this release there have been enhancements made to the vCenter Server Converge Tool. VMware has now provided a topology overview of your Platform Services Controllers (PSCs) and vCenter Servers in the System Configuration view. Previously available only through the CLI, the vCenter Server Converge Tool Read more...

Understanding the vCenter Server Converge Tool

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Announced in November 2018, the External Platform Services Controller (PSC) is being deprecated. Previously, many customers have deployed the External PSC to take advantage of features such as Enhanced Linked Mode (ELM) or PSC HA. With the removal of the External PSC, VMware has provided a Converge Tool to be able to migrate from an Read more...

Using the VMware Update Manager Download Service (UMDS)

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The VMware Update Manager Download Service (UMDS) has been around for some time, but as I speak with customers most have not been familiar with it. Within this post I will cover a few topics such as why and how to utilize the UMDS in your environment.   What is the Update Manager Download Service Read more...

Upgrading to vCenter Server 6.7 – New Feature Walkthroughs Available

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We are proud to announce we have two new feature walkthroughs available which cover the vCenter Server upgrade from vSphere 6.5 to vSphere 6.7. Introduction Located on our vSphere Central site we have created two new feature walkthroughs focused on upgrading your vCenter Server from version 6.5 to version 6.7.   The first walkthrough covers Upgrading Read more...

Now Available – Upgrading to VMware vSphere 6.7 eBook

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I am proud to announce availability of the new VMware vSphere eBook Upgrading to VMware vSphere 6.7, authored by Nigel Hickey and David Stamen. This is a free resource to assist customers upgrading to vSphere 6.7. The eBook further builds on the foundational guide Upgrading to VMware vSphere 6.5 by Emad Younis which has been widely adopted when Read more...

vSphere Update Manager Enhancements in vSphere 6.7 Update 1

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vSphere 6.7 Update 1 is now out, and with that the vSphere Client is now Fully Featured for your vSphere Environment. With the addition of vSphere Update Manager in the vSphere Client we have quite a few new workflows compared to the old vSphere Web Client. Let’s highlight some of these new improvements. We have Read more...