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...

Monthly Security Patch Program for the vCenter Server Appliance

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The vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) has become the recommended deployment type starting with vSphere 6.5. The three main components of the VCSA – operating system, database, and application – now all fall under VMware’s umbrella. The VCSA now uses Photon OS which is a custom operating system built from the ground up for virtualization and removes Read more...

Farewell, vCenter Server for Windows

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VMware plans to deprecate vCenter Server for Windows with the next numbered release (not update release) of vSphere.  The next version of vSphere will be the terminal release for which vCenter Server for Windows will be available. Why Is VMware deprecating vCenter Server for Windows? VMware is consistently striving to simplify data center administration and Read more...

vSphere 6.5 Upgrade Considerations Part-3

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Update 10/3/17 – by request requirements and decisions section has been added for the example scenario and blog post updated to reflect these changes. We’ve started out by discussing the concepts and processes that make up a successful vSphere 6.5 Upgrade. Then it was time to take what we’ve learned in the first blog post of this Read more...

vCenter Server 6.5 Light Board Videos

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Today we are releasing a new set of Light Board videos in the vSphere 6.5 playlist, all dedicated to helping customers with vCenter Server 6.5 architecture and design. These videos are a bit different from the previous ones we did, since Adam and I decided to have a more conversational approach. We took a lot Read more...
vSphere 6.5 Topology and Upgrade Tool

Announcing the vSphere 6.5 Topology and Upgrade Planning Tool

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As part of the introduction of vSphere Central, one of the brand new assets we’ve put together is the vSphere 6.5 Topology and Upgrade Planning Tool. This tool aims to help customers plan and execute both upgrades to vSphere 6.5 as well as new deployments. With this initial release, the tool is focused on the Read more...

Welcome to vSphere Central!

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I am pleased to announce the release of a brand new technical resource center called vSphere Central.  This site brings together a variety of technical assets from VMware that helps users understand how vSphere works, how to implement various features, plan upgrades, and more.  With content in a range of formats, including text, video, and Read more...

vSphere 6.5 Update 1 – Under the Hood

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I’m excited to announce that vSphere 6.5 Update 1 is now available and it has some great enhancements. While we have seen 5 patch releases so far, 6.5 Update 1 rolls all of those updates together as well as includes some long awaited functionality. Without further ado, let’s take a look under the hood of Read more...

VMware Announces General Availability of vSphere 6.5 Update 1

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vSphere 6.5 Update 1 is the Update You’ve Been Looking For! Today, VMware is excited to announce the general availability of vSphere 6.5 Update 1.  This is the first major update to the well-received vSphere 6.5 that was released in November of 2016.  With this update release, VMware builds upon the already robust industry-leading virtualization Read more...