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Apple Mac Mini on VMware HCL!

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For the past 6 years, the Apple Mac Mini has been one of the most popular hardware platforms for Virtualizing MacOS running on VMware vSphere enabling our customers to develop and build iOS and MacOS applications. With that said, VMware has historically only supported two Apple hardware platforms: Xserve (now EOL’d) and the Mac Pro Read more...
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vCenter Server 6.7: Day 2 Operations

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Deployment (Day 1) is over and you have successfully deployed your vCenter Server, configured your data center, created clusters and configured hosts. That feeling of completion is great right? Well at this point, the vCenter Server may be running great but what about setting up the File-Based Backup and Restore, deploying a Content Library, or Read more...
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Plugin Management UI in the vSphere Client 6.7 Update 2

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The vSphere 6.7 Update 2 release brings a number of enhancements to the vSphere Client. One important update is a new way to monitor vSphere Client plug-ins lifecycle with the Plugin Management UI. Up to vSphere 6.7 Update 1 the plug-in deployment process has been taking place behind the scenes. Any errors caused by a Read more...
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Decoding the vCenter Server Lifecycle: Update and Versioning Explained

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Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a vCenter Server update and a patch? Or between an upgrade and a migration? Why don’t some vCenter Server versions align? Keep reading for the answers! Version Numbering The first thing you should understand is vCenter Server versioning. When reviewing your vCenter Server version’s you may Read more...
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Which vSphere CPU Scheduler to Choose

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The release of vSphere 6.7 Update 2 brought with it a new vSphere CPU scheduler option, the Side-Channel Aware Scheduler version 2 (SCAv2) or “Sibling Scheduler.” This new scheduler can help restore some performance lost to CPU vulnerability mitigations, but also carries some risk with it. Further complicating matters is the newest Intel CPU vulnerability, Read more...
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HTML5 Web Client Fling: A Feature Catch-up

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Flings are awesome! Have you heard about VMware’s Flings website? It’s packed with free tools (130 at the time of writing) that can make your life much easier, and it’s where a number of features are road tested before they get rolled into a product. One of the most popular examples of this is the Read more...

vFlash Read Cache Deprecation Announced

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We announced the deprecation of vFlash Read Cache (vFRC) in the release notes of vSphere 6.7 Update 2. vFRC continues to be supported for vSphere 6.0/6.5/6.7. However, the next major release will not. VMware vSphere Flash Read Cache is being deprecated. While this feature continues to be supported in the vSphere 6.7 generation, it will be Read more...

What is the Impact of the VMKlinux Driver Stack Deprecation?

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Current versions of ESXi 6.x are shipped with both the VMKlinux and the Native driver stack. Modern hardware is, in many cases, using the new Native drivers. However, older hardware may still depend on a VMKlinux driver module. We announced to deprecate the VMKlinux driver stack back in 2017. This blog post goes into detail Read more...

vCenter Server Converge Tool Enhancements in vSphere 6.7 Update 2

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vCenter Server 6.7 Update 2 has been announced and with this release there have been enhancements made to the vCenter Server Converge Tool. VMware has now provided a topology overview of your Platform Services Controllers (PSCs) and vCenter Servers in the System Configuration view. Previously available only through the CLI, the vCenter Server Converge Tool Read more...