New Resource – The VMware vSphere 6.5 Upgrade eBook

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Over the past year I have written several blog posts and conducted workshops on vSphere 6.5 upgrades. The intent was to help customers learn about the upgrade concepts and planning. Only by getting familiar with the concepts and planning accordingly will the execution be successful. Part of the upgrade journey is knowing what resources are Read more...

Virtually Speaking Podcast #67 Resource Management

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Two weeks ago Pete Flecha (a.k.a. Pedro Arrow) and John Nicholson invited me to their always awesome podcast to talk about resource management. During our conversation, we covered both on-prem and the features of VMware Cloud on AWS that help cater the needs of your workload. Being a guest on this podcast is an honour Read more...

vSphere 6.5 DRS and Memory Balancing in Non-Overcommitted Clusters

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DRS is over a decade old and is still going strong. DRS is aligned with the premise of virtualization, resource sharing and overcommitment of resources. DRS goal is to provide compute resources to the active workload to improve workload consolidation on a minimal compute footprint. However, virtualization surpassed the original principle of workload consolidation to Read more...

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...
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vSphere 6.5 Encryption FAQ now available

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I’m really pleased to announce the availability of the vSphere 6.5 VM and vSAN Encryption FAQ! This FAQ is built upon over a year of questions that have come in to me on both VM and vSAN Encryption. We’ve reached critical mass and now it’s time to share! 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...

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...