Updating vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 to Update 1

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Earlier this month, we released vSphere 6.0 Update 1. In this update we introduced some awesome new features for vCenter Server. Let’s take a look at some of these just below: Installation and Upgrade using HTML 5 Installer for VCSA: The following installation and upgrade scenarios are now supported for vCenter Server Appliance using its Read more...

Introducing the Platform Services Controller Interface in vCenter Server 6.0 Update 1

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Back in March, we introduced vSphere 6.0 and the new architecture for vCenter Server. With this new architecture you learned about the Platform Services Controller, a new functional component of vCenter that moves beyond just Single-Sign On to include additional platform services such as: Licensing Service Certificate Authority (VMCA) Certificate Store (VECS) Lookup Service for Read more...

Big Data on vSphere with HBase

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This article describes a set of performance tests that were conducted on HBase, a popular data management tool that is frequently used with Hadoop, running on VMware vSphere 6 and provisioned by the vSphere Big Data Extensions tool. The work described here was done by Xinhui Li, who is a staff engineer in the Big Data Read more...

Web-based Management for the VCSA is Back!

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When vSphere 6.0 launched, there was a celebration. But one beloved feature didn’t make it to the party: The vCenter Server Appliance Management Interface, or more fondly known as the VAMI. The VAMI was the administration web interface included with previous releases of the VCSA that was used to perform basic administrative tasks to the Read more...

vCenter Server 6.0 Update 1 Single Sign On and SSLv3

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Hi, vSphere 6.0 Update 1 is out and there’s lots of great updates. One that I think many will be interested in is SSLv3 as it relates to Single Sign-On. From the Update 1 Release Notes SSLv3 protocol disabled by default on port 7444 in vCenter Server 6.0 Update When you install vCenter Server 6.0 Read more...

Open-VM-Tools (OVT): The Future of VMware Tools for Linux

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For those of you who attended my VMworld sessions with Salil Suri, we dropped a hint that there are things happening with Open-VM-Tools (OVT). We at VMware know that vSphere lifecycle is a difficult task to take on and that updating VMware Tools across hundreds or thousands of virtual machines is an ever-increasing burden. There Read more...

New Capabilities in Project Photon OS Technical Preview 2 (TP2)

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Project Photon OS, the small-footprint container runtime from VMware that was first announced back in April, is making great progress. Several new enhancements to this open source initiative are especially interesting to vSphere administrators and those responsible for deployment and administration. PXE Boot and Network Installation Operating system ISO images may be the lingua franca Read more...

vSphere Replication and Virtual Raw Device Mappings

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Some vSphere administrators utilize a storage feature called “raw device mapping” or RDM. There are two types of RDM – virtual RDM and physical RDM. For more information on RDM, please see the vSphere 6.0 Documentation Center. In general, I recommend using VMDK files or Virtual Volumes, but there are certain benefits of RDM. “Does Read more...