vSphere 6.5 Update 1 is out, here’s why you want to upgrade

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vSphere 6.5 Update 1 is out, here’s why you…

Hi VMware have just released the first major update to vSphere 6.5, normally, I don’t blog on these but this update is so big and it fixes some really annoying bugs I saw using the GA version of vSphere 6.5..thankfully, we worked hard with their support to overcome some of the issues I highlighted…


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VMware Announces General Availability of vSphere 6.5 Update 1

VMware Announces General Availability of vSphere 6.5 Update 1

VMware Announces General Availability of…

vSphere 6.5 Update 1 is the Update You’ve Been Looking For! Today, VMware is excited to announce the general availability of vSphere 6.5 Update 1. This is the first major update to the well-received vSphere 6.5 that was released in November of 2016. With this update release, VMware builds upon the already robust industry-leading virtualization The post VMware Announces General Availability of vSphere 6.5 Update 1 appeared first on VMware vSphere Blog .


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migrate2vcsa – Migrating vCenter 6.0 to 6.5 VCSA

migrate2vcsa – Migrating vCenter 6.0 to 6.5 VCSA

migrate2vcsa – Migrating vCenter 6.0 to 6.5 VSCA

Over the past few years i’ve written a couple of articles on upgrading vCenter from 5.5 to 6.0. Firstly an in place upgrade of the 5.5 VCSA to 6.0 and then more recently an in place upgrade of a Windows 5.5 vCenter to 6.0. This week I upgraded and migrated my NestedESXi SliemaLab vCenter using the migrate2vcsa tool that’s now The post migrate2vcsa – Migrating vCenter 6.0 to 6.5 VSCA appeared first on VIRTUALIZATION IS LIFE! .


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Resources for Getting Started with VMware NSX

Resources for VMware NSX

NSX can be a beast to take in at once.  However, as someone trying to get a handle on all that it has to offer, the article below has some great resources to get you started.  No matter what level you are coming into this information at, you will no doubt be able to use these resources to get you started.  And as with anything, practice makes perfect.  So if you’re like me and learn by doing, then hop on over to VMware’s Hands On Labs site and get started with NSX.

Resources for Getting Started with VMware NSX

VMware’s NSX, their Network Virtualization and Security platform is one of their hottest technology platforms. NSX is all about micro segmentation, a policy based method for ensuring resourc…


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Free e-learning course – VMware vSphere: What’s…

Free e-learning course – VMware vSphere: What’s New Fundamentals [V6.0 to V6.5]

Free e-learning course – VMware vSphere: What’s…

This course highlights the new features and enhancements in vSphere 6.5. It also presents use cases that describe how the new features align with customer needs.


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What’s new for vSAN 6.6?

What’s new for vSAN 6.6? [www.yellow-bricks.com]

What’s new for vSAN 6.6?

Yes this may confuse you a bit, a new vSAN release namely vSAN 6.6 but it doesn’t coincide with a vSphere release. That is right, this is a “patch” release for vSphere but a major version for vSAN! It seems like yesterday that we announced 6.2 with Stretched Clustering and 6.5 with iSCSI and 2-Node Direct Connect. vSAN 6.6 brings some exciting new functionality and a whole bunch of improvements. Note that there were already various performance enhancements introduced in vSphere 6.0 Update 3 for vSAN 6.2. Anyway, what’s new for vSAN 6.6?


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VM Delta Migration Procedure

A while back we were charged with moving VMs to a new data center while also keeping downtime to a minimum.  My team and I came up with a VM Delta Migration process to move a delta of the VM (basically the snapshot) so that we could keep the downtime short.  The basic process was to take a snapshot, copy the VM to external media, and power it on.  Then that media was shipped to the new DC to import.  Once imported and ready, we shut down the VM again, SFTP the snapshot files, imported those into the new VM folder and powered on the VM.  Once the VM was powered on and verified working, we were able to remove the snapshot.  I’ve documented the process below for anyone that may be wanting to do something similar.

This article details the steps taken to perform the migration of a large VM in multiple parts – Part 1 is a bulk data copy, sent via physical media for large files. Part 2 is an incremental copy, to allow us to keep the VM available during this window. When the VM is imported at its new home, both parts should be combined.

Step 1:

Power off the VM, and create a snapshot.

Create Snapshot

Step 2:

Browse to the datastore that the VM is located in, and copy all files in the folder to the bulk storage destination. – Delete the VMWare.log files from the destination.

Browse Datastore

Step 3:

Power the VM back on, and ship the physical media over to the new location.

Step 4:

Once the media has been received, power the VM off again, and copy the following files over to the SFTP server:

  • The VMX file
  • The NVRAM file
  • The 000001.vmdk – Snapshot file
  • The –delta.vmdk – Snapshot deltas

Step 5:

At the new data center, copy the files from step 4 to the physical media from step 2. Overwrite any files that are duplicates.

Step 6:

Add all files from the physical media to a datastore, and import the VM using “Add to Inventory” on the .VMX file.

Step 7:

Power the VM online, and once everything is confirmed working, delete the snapshot.

 

I hope this helps anyone else needing a process to perform a migration of VMs between data centers while keeping downtime to a minimum.

First vSphere Client (HTML5) update in vSphere…

First vSphere Client (HTML5) update in vSphere 6.5.0b! [VMware vSphere Blog]

First vSphere Client (HTML5) update in vSphere…

With the release of vSphere 6.5.0b, we are proud to announce the first update to the vSphere Client!


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Released: vCenter and ESXi 6.0 Update 3 –…

Released: vCenter and ESXi 6.0 Update 3 – What’s in It for Service Providers — via VIRTUALIZATION IS LIFE!

Released: vCenter and ESXi 6.0 Update 3 –…

Last month I wrote a blog post on upgrading vCenter 5.5 to 6.0 Update 2 and during the course of writing that blog post I conducted a survey on which version of vSphere most people where seeing out in the wild…overwhelmingly vSphere 6.0 was the most popular version with 5.5 second and 6.5 lagging in adoption for the moment.


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