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Changing your vCenter Server’s FQDN

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*Blog UPDATED as of August 22nd* A popular feature request recently has been the ability to rename a vCenter Server appliance (VCSA). I am not referring to renaming the virtual machine (VM) as that is the inventory name of the VM. I am referring to the Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) or hostname of the Read more...
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vCenter Server 6.7: Day 2 Operations

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Deployment (Day 1) is over and you have successfully deployed your vCenter Server, configured your data center, created clusters and configured hosts. That feeling of completion is great right? Well at this point, the vCenter Server may be running great but what about setting up the File-Based Backup and Restore, deploying a Content Library, or Read more...
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vCenter Server 6.7 Update 2: What’s New

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Note: vSphere 6.7 Update 2 was recently announced and is generally available as an update and download.   The announcement of vSphere 6.7 Update 2 informed us of many new features like DRS-MM (DRS in Maintenance Mode), CPU scheduler options for vulnerabilities like L1TF, as well as new vSphere ROBO licensing, and updates to vSphere Read more...

Join us at Tech Field Day 18

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On February 7th VMware subject matter experts will join the Tech Field Day team at Tech Field Day 18 in Austin, TX! The brain child of GestaltIT, Tech Field Day is an independent IT influencer event that allows vendors to discuss products and/or features with industry leading bloggers, speakers, and podcasters. Taken from the About Tech Field Read more...
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Understanding vSphere Health

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A new powerful feature of vSphere 6.7 is vSphere Health. vSphere Health works to identify and resolve potential issues before they have an impact on a customer’s environment. Telemetry data is collected from the vSphere environment then used to analyze pre-conditions within customer environments. Discovered findings can be related to stability as well as incorrect Read more...

The vSphere Upgrade Blog Series (Wrap-Up)

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The vSphere Upgrade Blog Series began in July and ran through September 2018. It provided customers with screen-by-screen guidance from start to finish of a vSphere Upgrade in a six part blog series. Since each part of the blog series was posted over a few months, it’s common for steps or posts to be missed Read more...

Migrate to the vCenter Server Appliance

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vSphere 6.7 is the final release that will include vCenter Server for Windows. VMware’s direction for vCenter Server is the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA). The good news is there’s a dedicated migration tool to help customers transition to the VCSA. Today I would like to announce several new VCSA migration product walkthroughs. These new walkthroughs Read more...

vCenter Server Licensing Options

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UPDATED (October 18th, 2018): The vCenter Server features by licensing chart has been updated to reflect that the vCenter Server Migration Tool is included in the ISO and is available to use with all vCenter Server licensed versions.   vCenter Server allows virtualization administrators to centrally manage and monitor their vSphere environments. Lately I’ve received several questions from Read more...

vSphere Upgrade Series Part 6: Upgrading vSphere Networking

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Congratulations! You have made it to the final part of the vSphere Upgrade Series, Part 6: Upgrading vSphere Networking. To recap, I kicked off this series by reviewing our Upgrade prerequisites & compatibility, gathering our data, and Preparing to Upgrade. Next we continued by upgrading vCenter Server and migrating vSphere Update Manager (VUM) from vSphere 6.0 Update3 to Read more...

vSphere Upgrade Series Part 5: Upgrading VMFS Storage

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• vSphere 5.5 End of General Support Reminder • If you are running vSphere 5.5, please be advised that End of General Support (EOGS) for vSphere 5.5 occurred on September 19, 2018. Read the 5.5 EOGS blog for more details.   Today brings us Part 5 of the vSphere Upgrade series which will cover Upgrading VMFS Storage. Upgrading Read more...