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vSphere 6: Updates to Host Profiles

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With the announcement of vSphere 6 becoming Generally Available, I figure it a good time to shine some light on some of the updated features of Host Profiles. Host Profiles allow you to establish standard configurations for your ESXi hosts and to automate compliance to these configurations, simplifying operational management of large-scale environments and reducing errors Read more...

Upgrading to VMware Virtual SAN 6.0

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Virtual SAN 6.0 introduced new changes to the structural components of its architecture. One of those changes is a new on-disk format which delivers better performance and capability enhancements. One of those new capabilities allows vSphere Admins to perform in-place rolling upgrades from Virtual SAN 5.5 to Virtual SAN 6.0 without introducing any application downtime. Read more...

VMware Virtual SAN 6.0 Now Generally Available

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Virtual SAN 6 – you heard about it in February… thousands of you read about it in Rawlinson’s blog post… and today you can get your hands on it. Virtual SAN 6 is now generally available (GA) – download your evaluation version today! For those of you who missed Rawlinson’s blog post describing the details Read more...

vSphere 6.0 Lockdown Modes

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Lockdown mode has been around in various forms for many releases. The behaviors have changed a few times since 5.1 with varying levels of usability success. For vSphere 6.0 we are trying to address some of these issues. Personally, what I’d love to see happen with all customers running V6.0 is that you run at Read more...

VMware Announces General Availability of vSphere 6

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Today, we are excited to announce the general availability of VMware vSphere 6 along with a slew of other Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) products including VMware Integrated OpenStack, VMware Virtual SAN 6, VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes, VMware vCloud Suite 6, and VMware vSphere with Operations Management 6. vSphere 6 is the latest release of the Read more...

vCenter Server 6 Deployment Topologies and High Availability

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Architectural changes to vSphere 6: vCenter Server 6 has some fundamental architectural changes compared to vCenter Server Server 5.5. The multitude of components that existed in vCenter Server 5.x has been consolidated in vCenter Server 6 to have only two components vCenter Management Server and Platform Services Controller, formerly vCenter Server Single Sign-On. The Platform Read more...

CoreOS Now Supported on VMware vSphere 6 and VMware vCloud Air

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By Mark Lohmeyer, vice president of product management and marketing, Cloud Platform, VMware Editor’s Note: This post, initially published on March 9, 2015, was updated on March 13, 2015 to reflect that CoreOS is now supported on vSphere 6. A key driver behind vSphere’s popularity and broad adoption in the enterprise has been VMware’s commitment Read more...

VMware Virtual SAN Alarms for vCenter Server with PowerCLI

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I was recently involved in a couple customer conversations where the main topics were focused on monitoring and troubleshooting events in vCenter particularly for Virtual SAN. I know that particular topic has been covered a few times in the past, not only on the VMware corporate storage blog but also by other community blogs. To Read more...

vCenter Server 6.0 Deployment Guide

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Over the course of the last few months I’ve been working on a pretty massive deployment guide for vCenter Server 6, the result turned into a 100 page guide. Before getting scared off by the size the guide it goes into details for installing and upgrading many different scenarios including new installs and upgrades from Read more...

vSphere Replication 6.0 Compression

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VMware recently introduced vSphere version 6.0. One of the features of vSphere 6.0 is vSphere Replication 6.0, which is included in the Essentials Plus Kit and higher editions of vSphere. The reason I mention that explicitly is there are still many VMware customers and partners that do not realize they have access to a mature, Read more...