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External Platform Services Controller, A Thing of the Past

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VMware is deprecating the external Platform Services Controller deployment model. In a future vSphere release (not update release), there will no longer be an option to deploy the external PSC The Platform Services Controller (PSC) was first introduced in vSphere 6.0. It served a couple of purposes. First, it was to simplify the distributed vCenter Read more...

What’s New in vCenter Server 6.7 Update 1

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Today I’m happy to announce vSphere 6.7 Update 1 is now generally available. This release includes a single vSphere Client to manage them all. I’m referring to the HTML5 based vSphere Client, now fully featured. Also, included in this release are the necessary tools for convergence and repointing. An external Platform Services Controller (PSC) for Read more...

vCenter Server Appliance 6.7 File-Based Backup and Restore Walkthroughs

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The vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) had several exclusive features introduced in vSphere 6.5. One of those features was the built-in file-based backup and restore. This native backup solution is available within the VMware Appliance Management Interface on port 5480. It supports backing up both the vCenter Server Appliance and Platform Services Controller (PSC). There is Read more...
Introducing vCenter Server 6.7

Introducing vCenter Server 6.7

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vSphere 6.7 is here! and the vCenter Server Appliance is now the default deployment. This release is full of new enhancements for the vCenter Server Appliance in all areas. Now customers have more tooling to help with monitoring. The vSphere Client (HTML5) is full of new workflows and closer to feature parity. The vCenter Server Read more...

New Resource – The VMware vSphere 6.5 Upgrade eBook

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Over the past year I have written several blog posts and conducted workshops on vSphere 6.5 upgrades. The intent was to help customers learn about the upgrade concepts and planning. Only by getting familiar with the concepts and planning accordingly will the execution be successful. Part of the upgrade journey is knowing what resources are Read more...

vSphere 6.5 Upgrade Considerations Part-3

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Update 10/3/17 – by request requirements and decisions section has been added for the example scenario and blog post updated to reflect these changes. We’ve started out by discussing the concepts and processes that make up a successful vSphere 6.5 Upgrade. Then it was time to take what we’ve learned in the first blog post of this Read more...

vCenter Server 6.5 Light Board Videos

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Today we are releasing a new set of Light Board videos in the vSphere 6.5 playlist, all dedicated to helping customers with vCenter Server 6.5 architecture and design. These videos are a bit different from the previous ones we did, since Adam and I decided to have a more conversational approach. We took a lot Read more...

vSphere 6.5 Upgrade Considerations Part-2

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The first post in this series covered Phase 1 of the vSphere 6.5 upgrade process. Phase 1 consists of all the upfront work that one should do before starting an upgrade. This includes getting familiar with the new vSphere 6.5 features and the necessary documents. Hopefully, by now you’ve done your homework and are ready to move Read more...

vSphere 6.5 Upgrade Considerations Part-1

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The release of vSphere 6.5 in November 2016 introduced many new features and enhancements. These include the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) now becoming the default deployment. vCenter Server native high availability, which protects vCenter Server from application failure. Built-in File-Based backup and restore allows customers the ability to backup their vCenter Server from the VAMI or by Read more...