Tag Archive: vSphere 6.5

Nov 16

vSphere 6.5: Faster Maintenance Mode and Evacuation Updates

There have been a number of updates done to the backend of Maintenance Mode in vSphere 6.5 that will make VI admins very happy: Faster host evacuation times Priority evacuation for templates and Powered-on VMs. Let me explain… Faster host evacuation times Evacuation times in the past have been acceptable, but as innovation continues to …

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Oct 20

vSphere 6.5 – VCSA Backup

vSphere 6.5 introduces native Backup and Restore functionality with the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA). This means you will no longer need to use a 3rd-party backup tool to backup your vCenter. Backing it up also couldn’t be much simpler than it already is. Backing up the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) To back up your VCSA, …

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Oct 19

vSphere 6.5 – Deploy VCSA

With vSphere 6.5, and the deprecation of the Client Integration Plugin (CIP), our team has made a very easy to use vCenter UI installer that can be run from Linux, Mac, or Windows. The deployment/installation is split into two stages: Stage 1: Deploy Appliance Stage 2: Configuration of Appliance Deploy is very straight forward as …

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Oct 18

vSphere 6.5 PowerCLI Module for Encrypted vMotion Management

If you haven’t seen my post on Encrypted vMotions already, click HERE to read about it. PowerCLI Module for Encrypted vMotion Last week as I was thinking about our new Encrypted vMotion feature, I thought “I wonder how we can consume this data at scale?” and ‘at scale’ for me meant anything greater than 5 …

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Oct 18

vSphere 6.5 Encrypted vMotions are Here

Encrypted vMotions A feature that many folks I believe are very excited to see come to light is the ability to do encrypted vMotions. Since vMotion’s inception, vMotions have not been secured, but that hasn’t really been an issue until vSphere 6 when cross-vCenter vMotion came out because VMware best practices were to put vMotion …

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Oct 17

vSphere 6.5: vSphere HA What’s New – Part 4 – VM Restart Priorities

For all vSphere HA 6.5 updates see the other parts of this series: Part 1: vSphere HA – UI Part 2: vSphere HA – Admission Control Part 3: vSphere HA – Orchestrated Restart VM Restart Priorities In the past, we’ve had 3 restart priorities that can be used with VM Overrides: Low Medium High However, …

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Oct 17

vSphere 6.5: Client Integration Plug-in (CIP) Deprecated!

That’s right folks. I’ll keep this short and sweet so you can go on your day rejoicing… This means: No more having to fuss with downloading and installing with admin rights. No more having to troubleshoot why your browser says you don’t have it installed No more having to worry about different versions of CIP …

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Oct 17

vSphere 6.5: vSphere HA What’s New – Part 3 – Orchestrated Restart

For all vSphere HA 6.5 updates see the other parts of this series: Part 1: vSphere HA – UI Part 2: vSphere HA – Admission Control One of the best and 3rd highest used feature in vCenter is vSphere High-Availability (HA). vSphere HA allows virtual machines to restart onto running hosts should the host they …

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Oct 17

vSphere 6.5: vSphere HA What’s New – Part 2 – Admission Control

In Part 1, I go over the changes to the vSphere Availability UI. You can see that post HERE: I wanted to take some time to focus on what has changed with Admission Control since vSphere 6, as this is significant and has even received roomfuls of clapping from customers in our betas and on-sites, …

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Oct 17

vSphere 6.5: DRS what’s new – Part 2 – Predictive DRS

In Part 1, we discussed some of the updates in the UI as well as new advanced options, Network-Aware DRS, and a few algo enhancements. Read it HERE. Even though that blog post ended up being longer than my usual posts, there’s still additional greatness coming from DRS. I want to focus on Predictive DRS, what …

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