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vSphere 7 – ESXi System Storage Changes

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We’ve reviewed and changed the lay-out for ESXi system storage partitions on its boot device. This is done to be more flexible, and to support other VMware, and 3rd party solutions. Prior to vSphere 7, the ESXi system storage lay-out had several limitations. The partition sizes were fixed and the partition numbers were static, limiting Read more...
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vSphere 7 – vSphere Pods Explained

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In this blog post I’m going to dive into what makes up a “vSphere Pod”. If you read my previous blog on the vSphere Pod Service, I touched on the different components that make up the service. One of those components was the vSphere Pod itself. Let’s dive in! What is a vSphere Pod? It’s Read more...
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vSphere 7 – A Closer Look at the VM DRS Score

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With vSphere 7, we released the greatly improved Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) logic. We received numerous requests from customers to provide more information about the VM DRS Score. This blog post details the new DRS algorithm, with a focus on the VM DRS Score. DRS works to ensure that all workloads in a cluster are Read more...
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vSphere 7 – Integrated Windows Authentication (IWA) Deprecation

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Readers of the vSphere 7.0 release notes have noticed that, in the “Product Support Notices” section, Integrated Windows Authentication is listed as deprecated. Naturally, there are quite a few questions about this, especially in the wake of all the changes Microsoft has been suggesting to Active Directory. Let’s try to answer some of these! What Read more...
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vSphere 7 – Virtual Watchdog

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The new virtual watchdog timer (vWDT) is a new virtual device introduced in vSphere 7. It enables developers and administrators to have a standard way to know whether the guest operating system (OS) and applications, running inside a virtual machine, have crashed. It is an important function for clustered applications to gain high availability. In Read more...

vSphere 7 with Kubernetes Network Service Part 1: The Supervisor Cluster

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(By Michael West, Technical Product Manager, VMware) vSphere 7 with Kubernetes enables operations teams to deliver both infrastructure and application services as part of the core platform.  The Network service provides automation of software defined networking to both the Kubernetes clusters embedded in vSphere and Tanzu Kubernetes clusters deployed through the Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Service Read more...
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vSphere 7 – vLCM Compatibility Checks

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The previous blog post on vSphere Lifecycle Manager (vLCM) covers all its capabilities and explains how vLCM ensures consistency across all ESXi hosts in a cluster using a declarative model. The desired state includes the ESXi base image, optional vendor addons, and firmware & drivers. When hosts drift from the desired state, the configured single Read more...
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vSphere 7 – vSphere Trust Authority

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At VMware we talk a lot about intrinsic security, which is the idea that security in a vSphere environment is baked in to the product at a deep level, not sprinkled on as an afterthought. Security is a huge focus of vSphere 7, even though when we talk about the new features it’s usually about Read more...