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vSphere Releases 7.0b and 7.0bs

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Last week we released two new update versions for vSphere 7.0. When examining the vSphere Lifecycle Manager (vLCM) image repository, you’ll notice that two new ESXi base images are automatically downloaded, reflecting the downloads that are available on my.vmware.com. There could be some confusion to why we released two versions. With vSphere 7 updates, we’ll Read more...
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vSphere 7 – Storage vMotion Improvements

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The vMotion feature is heavily updated in vSphere 7, resulting in faster live-migrations while drastically lowering the guest performance impact during the vMotion process together with a far more efficient way of switching over the virtual machine (VM) between the source and destination ESXi host. vSphere 7 also introduces improvements for the Fast Suspend and Read more...
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vSphere 7 – ESXi System Storage Changes

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We’ve reviewed and changed the lay-out for ESXi system storage partitions on its boot device. This is done to be more flexible, and to support other VMware, and 3rd party solutions. Prior to vSphere 7, the ESXi system storage lay-out had several limitations. The partition sizes were fixed and the partition numbers were static, limiting Read more...
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vSphere 7 – A Closer Look at the VM DRS Score

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With vSphere 7, we released the greatly improved Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) logic. We received numerous requests from customers to provide more information about the VM DRS Score. This blog post details the new DRS algorithm, with a focus on the VM DRS Score. DRS works to ensure that all workloads in a cluster are Read more...
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vSphere 7 – Virtual Watchdog

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The new virtual watchdog timer (vWDT) is a new virtual device introduced in vSphere 7. It enables developers and administrators to have a standard way to know whether the guest operating system (OS) and applications, running inside a virtual machine, have crashed. It is an important function for clustered applications to gain high availability. In Read more...
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vSphere 7 – vLCM Compatibility Checks

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The previous blog post on vSphere Lifecycle Manager (vLCM) covers all its capabilities and explains how vLCM ensures consistency across all ESXi hosts in a cluster using a declarative model. The desired state includes the ESXi base image, optional vendor addons, and firmware & drivers. When hosts drift from the desired state, the configured single Read more...
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Announcing Flatcar Linux Support on vSphere

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We are excited to share the news that Flatcar Container Linux by Kinvolk is now officially supported on vSphere. Flatcar Container Linux  is a popular container OS and the perfect drop-in replacement to CoreOS Container Linux. CoreOS Container Linux will be end-of-life on May 26, 2020, so users who want to receive ongoing maintenance and Read more...
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vSphere 7 – Lifecycle Management

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We greatly improved lifecycle management in vSphere 7. The new innovations for lifecycle management in vSphere 7 make it easy for customers to have consistent and up-to-date systems. The major lifecycle management improvements in vSphere 7 are vCenter Server Profiles, Update Planner and vSphere Lifecycle Manager (vLCM). vCenter Profiles is way to ensure configuration and Read more...
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vSphere 7 – Assignable Hardware

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A wide variety of modern workloads greatly benefit from using hardware accelerators to offload certain capabilities, save CPU cycles, and gain a lot of performance in general. Think about the telco industry for example: Network Function Virtualization (NFV) platforms utilizing NICs and FPGAs. Or customers that use GPUs for graphic acceleration in their Virtual Desktop Read more...
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vSphere 7 – Improved DRS

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The first release of Distributed Resource Scheduling (DRS) dates back to 2006. Since then, data centers and workloads have changed significantly. The new vSphere 7 release is shipped with DRS enhancements to better support modern workloads by using an improved DRS logic and new accompanying UI in the vSphere Client. The enhanced DRS logic is Read more...