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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...

vSphere Upgrade Series Part 3: Upgrading vSphere Hosts

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In Part 1 Preparing to Upgrade & Part 2 Upgrading vCenter Server of the vSphere Upgrade Series we prepared our environment for an Upgrade and then completed the vCenter Server & vSphere Update Manager (VUM) upgrades to version 6.7. In this post we will cover the upgrade process for Upgrading vSphere Hosts (ESXi) via vSphere Update Manager Read more...

vSphere Upgrade Series Part 2: Upgrading vCenter Server

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In part 1 of the vSphere Upgrade Series, Preparing to Upgrade, we covered getting started with our prerequisites, compatibility, and also prepared the vSphere Update Manager (VUM) server to migrate its data to the VCSA 6.7 during the upgrade. In part 2 we will cover the vCenter Server Upgrade to 6.7. Let’s begin. vCenter Server Upgrade Now Read more...

vSphere Upgrade Series Part 1: Preparing to Upgrade

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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 I am excited to kick off the vSphere Upgrade Blog Series. This vSphere Upgrade Series will Read more...

VMware Communities Podcast: Episode 433 vSphere 6.5 Update 2

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VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast On May 9th, 2018, I was lucky enough to join Eric Neilson, Sr. Director Social Media & Communities and his co-host John White, SE VMware, on their podcast, VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast. If you are not familiar with this podcast it is a weekly show that runs every Wednesday at 12pm Read more...

vSphere 6.5 Update 2 Now Available

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By now, you may have heard, that vSphere 6.7 was released on April 17th which included many new features and enhancements. Customers who are currently on vSphere 6.0 (any version) or 6.5 (GA & Update 1 versions) have a direct upgrade path to vSphere 6.7. Keep in mind that vSphere 5.5 will be reaching its Read more...