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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...

vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 Migration Walkthrough

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vCenter Server migrations have typically taken massive planning, a lot of effort, and time. The new Migration Tool included in the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 6.5 is a game changer. No longer requiring scripts and many long nights of moving hosts one cluster at a time. The Migration Tool does all the heavy lifting. Copying Read more...
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New vCenter Server Appliance Deployment Walkthroughs

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vSphere 6.5 takes the VCSA deployment experience to the next level. The VCSA 6.5 installer no longer requires a plugin, making it browser agnostic. If that wasn’t enough, the VCSA installer now supports use on macOS, Linux, and Window. The VMware Feature Walkthrough site has two new VCSA 6.5 deployment walkthroughs. These two step-by-step guides Read more...
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New vCenter Server Appliance File-Based Backup / Restore Walkthroughs

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The vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 6.5 is full of new and exclusive features. One of which is the native file-based backup and restore. I’m happy to announce two new guided walkthroughs on the VMware Feature Walkthrough site. These walkthroughs will help illustrate how to setup the vCenter Server Appliance file-based backup feature. But also how to restore your vCenter Read more...

Preparing for a vCenter Server Migration using the vSphere 6.0 Update 2m Migration Tool – Part 2

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The first post of this series covered pre-migration considerations for both the vSphere Single Sign-On domain and vCenter deployment models. Now it’s time to focus our attention on the two co-stars of the show, the Windows vCenter Server and Database. When it comes to the Windows vCenter Server there are plenty of things to consider such as networking, Read more...

Preparing for a vCenter Server Migration using the vSphere 6.0 Update 2m Migration Tool – Part 1

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  Recently VMware released vSphere 6.0 Update 2m, an officially supported Migration Tool.  The Migration tool will automatically deploy a new vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 Update 2 and migrate configuration, inventory, and alarm data by default from a Windows vCenter Server 5.5. If your vSphere environment is leveraging a virtual distributed switch (VDS), it is Read more...

vCenter Server Migration Tool: vSphere 6.0 Update 2m

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Migrating from one vCenter Server to another traditionally has been a daunting task. Deploying and configuring a completely new vCenter Server while maintaining your existing one and coming up with a migration plan can be challenging. There are many factors to consider, including but not limited to the size of your environment, number of solutions Read more...

Introducing the vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 Reference Poster

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Updated 9/12/16 – vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 Reference Poster download link updated, see the PDF at the bottom of the post which can be printed at full size (24 in x 36 in). As we talk to customers on a daily basis, there are many questions about the vCenter Server Appliance. We wanted to provide a quick Read more...

vSphere 6.0 Update 2 – What’s New

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VMware just recently released Update 2 for vSphere 6.0. Update 2 is full of new features and bug fixes for both ESXi and vCenter Server. For a complete list of features and bug fixes make sure to review the release notes for ESXi and vCenter Server. There are few features that stood out to me in this update. Read more...