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Timekeeping within ESXi

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Overview Precise timekeeping is a key attribute for many types of applications. At a high level, it allows these applications to accurately construct the precise sequence of events that have occurred or is occurring in real time. For example, in the financial services industry, it’s important to timestamp transactions with sufficient granularity and accuracy from Read more...

vSphere 6.7: Suspend and Resume of GPU-attached Virtual Machines

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VMware vSphere  is the Universal Application Platform of choice for deployment of all kinds of applications – from end-user virtual desktops to very large databases, machine learning systems and in-memory data management systems. vSphere 6.7  became generally available in April 2018. This article describes a set of use cases and a demonstration for a new feature Read more...

vSphere Upgrade Series Part 2: Upgrading vCenter Server

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In part 1 of the vSphere Upgrade Series, Preparing to Upgrade, we covered getting started with our prerequisites, compatibility, and also prepared the vSphere Update Manager (VUM) server to migrate its data to the VCSA 6.7 during the upgrade. In part 2 we will cover the vCenter Server Upgrade to 6.7. Let’s begin. vCenter Server Upgrade Now Read more...

vSphere Upgrade Series Part 1: Preparing to Upgrade

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Today I am excited to kick off the vSphere Upgrade Blog Series. This vSphere Upgrade Series will cover the upgrades of each piece of the vSphere environment as they’re upgraded, and in the proper sequence. This blog series will begin with Preparing to Upgrade. After this post, we will continue with Upgrading vCenter Server, then move Read more...

vSphere Upgrade – FAQ’s Now Available

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As Nigel Hickey and I present on vSphere Upgrade we are asked questions that seem to have a recurring theme. We thought it would be a great idea to compile them into a central location. These FAQ’s will be a living document and updated over time.   We have FAQ on the following vSphere Upgrade Read more...

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...

Prepping an ESXi 6.7 host for Secure Boot

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When 6.7 went “GA” or General Availability, I was excited to get it installed and running on my bare metal hosts in my lab here at VMware. I had gotten my Dell R630’s updated with TPM 2.0 chips and was looking forward to booting with “attested” hosts. But I had a few issues before I Read more...

New Release: VMware Datacenter CLI 2.9.1

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We are happy to announce a brand-new version of VMware Datacenter CLI (DCLI) has been released! Before diving into the impressive list of updates, let’s take a second to review the history of one of VMware’s newest command line interfaces (CLI). DCLI was introduced as part of the vSphere CLI 6.5 command set release. DCLI Read more...