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Virtual SAN 6.2 – Deduplication And Compression Deep Dive

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Virtual SAN 6.2 introduced several highly anticipated product features and in this blog, we’ll focus on some of the coolest ones: Dedupe & Compression. These features were requested by VMware customers and I am glad that we listened to the customer. When talking about Dedupe and Compression, one first needs to determine why an organization Read more...

vSphere HTML5 Web Client Fling

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Today we are excited to announce the release of the vSphere HTML5 Web Client Fling. The decision to go with Flash was made years ago, before HTML5 and developer tools were ready. The situation has changed, and we’ve been working very hard on removing the dependency on Flash to improve performance, stability, and security. The Web Read more...

Maintenance Mode Improvements in vSphere 6.0 Update 2

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vSphere 6.0 Update 2 has launched and with it comes a very simple change with the way that VMs and Templates are evacuated from hosts that enter Maintenance Mode. In all prior versions, when a host enters Maintenance Mode, DRS will evacuate the host by placing all the running VMs, powered off VMs, and the Read more...

VMware Host Client 1.0 is now GA

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On behalf of the VMware Host Client team, I am pleased to announce that the VMware Host Client v1.0 is GA and shipping with vSphere update 6.0U2. VMware Host Client overview The VMware Host Client is an HTML5-based UI client that is used to connect to and manage single ESXi hosts. It can be used Read more...

VMware Virtual SAN: The Technology And Its Future

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As discussed in earlier posts, the latest version of Virtual SAN (v.6.2) announced on February 10, 2016 is the biggest release of the product since its debut in March 2014. The list of new features is impressive and makes Virtual SAN very competitive against the most sophisticated storage platforms in the market today. Indeed, with Read more...

Six Methods for Keeping VM Tools Up to Date

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When it comes to keeping VM Tools up to date, there are six different approaches that vSphere administrators can use. That may sound like a lot, but after seeing each of the various options, it is clear that the intention is to accommodate nearly any workflow customers require for flexible datacenter operations. These different techniques allow Read more...

Understanding the Three Types of VM Tools

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Three different types of VM Tools are available, intended to accommodate the range of workflows required in heterogeneous datacenters. This article provides an overview of these types and the next covers available options for keeping VM Tools up to date. The Classic VM Tools ISOs for all Supported Guests The most familiar mechanism for consuming VM Read more...