Announcing the What’s New in vSphere 6.7 Whitepaper

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With the recent announcement and general availability of vSphere 6.7 we’ve seen an immense amount of interest. With each new version of vSphere we continue to see customers start their testing of new releases earlier and earlier in the release cycle. vSphere 6.7 brings a number of important new features that vSphere Administrators as well Read more...

Configuring TPM 2.0 on a 6.7 ESXi host

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In a previous blog post I went over the details on how ESXi uses a TPM 2.0 chip to provide assurance that Secure Boot did its job and how that “attestation” rolls up to vCenter to be reported on. In this blog article I’m going to go over some of steps necessary to configure the Read more...

vCenter Server Appliance 6.7 File-Based Backup and Restore Walkthroughs

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The vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) had several exclusive features introduced in vSphere 6.5. One of those features was the built-in file-based backup and restore. This native backup solution is available within the VMware Appliance Management Interface on port 5480. It supports backing up both the vCenter Server Appliance and Platform Services Controller (PSC). There is Read more...

Upgrading your vCenter Server Appliance from 6.5 to 6.7

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On April 17th we released the latest update to our vSphere product line vSphere 6.7. vSphere 6.x has been one of our fastest adopted product versions with many people now moving to the appliance. We have already received quite a few questions on what the new upgrade process looks like, so we will discuss two 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...

vCenter High Availability Deep Dive – Part 2

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The first post in this series covered vCenter High Availability deployment types and considerations. Hopefully, by now you’ve gotten your VCHA cluster deployed and are ready to move on with some of the operational aspects such as backup & restore, patching, and upgrades to the VCHA cluster. The continuation of this blog series will dive into each feature Read more...

vCenter High Availability Deep Dive – Part 1

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vCenter High Availability (VCHA) was introduced in vSphere 6.5 in November 2016. Since that time the Technical Marketing team has spent a lot of time creating content and speaking about VCHA. Much of that content can be found on vSphere Central. Even with all that content, there are still some common questions and misconceptions regarding Read more...
Introducing vCenter Server 6.7

Introducing vCenter Server 6.7

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vSphere 6.7 is here! and the vCenter Server Appliance is now the default deployment. This release is full of new enhancements for the vCenter Server Appliance in all areas. Now customers have more tooling to help with monitoring. The vSphere Client (HTML5) is full of new workflows and closer to feature parity. The vCenter Server Read more...

Platform Services Controller (PSC) 6.x FAQ Now Available

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The Platform Services Controller (PSC) was introduced in vSphere 6.0 as a mechanism to simplify and centralize common vSphere infrastructure services. The PSC handles vSphere single sign-on (SSO), licensing, tagging, global permissions, custom roles, and certificate management. Prior to the PSC, most of these services were individually managed such as tagging and licensing while global Read more...

Understanding the Impacts of Mixed-Version vCenter Server Deployments

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There are a few questions that come up quite often regarding vCenter Server upgrades and mixed-versions that we would like to address. In this blog post we will discuss and attempt to clarify the guidance in the vSphere Documentation for Upgrade or Migration Order and Mixed-Version Transitional Behavior for Multiple vCenter Server Instance Deployments. This Read more...