Category: VMware

Managing access to the VMware vCloud Availability for Cloud-to-Cloud Plugin to vCloud Director 9.5

With C2C 1.5, a new plugin was introduced inside of the vCloud Director 9.x context switching menu. By default, all organizations and org admins receive this plugin once C2C is installed. What if we wanted to restrict/control access and mask this from specific tenants? Well, I plan on walking through how this is done using … Continue reading “Managing access to the VMware vCloud Availability for Cloud-to-Cloud Plugin to vCloud Director 9.5”

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Announcing the vSphere 6.7 Topology and Upgrade Planning Tool

As part of vSphere Central we previously had a Topology and Upgrade planning tool for vSphere 6.5. It focused on common upgrade and migration paths from vSphere 5.5 and 6.0 to vSphere 6.5. With the support for Enhanced Linked Mode with Embedded vCenter Server deployments in vSphere 6.5 Update 2 and vSphere 6.7 there have been

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vCloud Director 9.5 – Multi-Site and Cross-VDC Permissions Requirement

I was recently asked by a colleague of mine on why the Organization Administrator role did not have access to multi-site nor Datacenter Groups which is a new feature inside of vCloud Director 9.5. As it turns out, my orgadmin … Continue reading

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What’s New in vCenter Server 6.7 Update 1

Today I’m happy to announce vSphere 6.7 Update 1 is now generally available. This release includes a single vSphere Client to manage them all. I’m referring to the HTML5 based vSphere Client, now fully featured. Also, included in this release are the necessary tools for convergence and repointing. An external Platform Services Controller (PSC) for

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Machine Learning with GPUs on vSphere

The VMware team had a very productive summer when it comes to publishing studies of running Machine Learning workloads using GPUs on vSphere.  Here is a roundup of blog articles published in the last few months.  This series goes over the various options for using GPUs with vSphere, and compares and contrasts the capabilities and

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vCenter Server Licensing Options

vCenter Server allows virtualization administrators to centrally manage and monitor their vSphere environments. Lately I’ve received several questions from customers about the different vCenter Server licensing options and what features are included with them. There are three different vCenter Server license categories; Standard, Foundation, and Essentials. vCenter Server licenses for Standard or Foundation, are sold

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End of Availability of vSphere with Operations Management Enterprise Plus

VMware is announcing the End of Availability (EOA) of VMware vSphere with Operations Management Enterprise Plus edition, effective February 1, 2019. Moving forward, the VMware vSphere line up will consist of vSphere Standard, vSphere Enterprise Plus and vSphere Platinum editions. After October 15, 2018, existing vSphere with Operations Management Enterprise Plus licenses will be fulfilled

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My five favorite things about VMware vCloud Director 9.5!

The VMware Cloud Provider Software Business Unit has released the next iteration of vCloud Director – version 9.5. We’ve been holding to a six month cadence on major releases and this vCD version does not disappoint. As expected, Tom Fojta … Continue reading

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vCloud Director – Unable to Remove vCenter Endpoint

This is a quickie, but I’m hoping this will help others if they run into this. I received some odd behavior when attempting to remove a vCenter endpoint. Basically, vCloud Director was stating to unprepare the hosts, but vCD is … Continue reading

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Automating the Upgrade of the Virtual Distributed Switch

We are on the home stretch of our Automating your vSphere Upgrade blog series. The final step of completing our upgrade will be upgrading our Virtual Distributed Switch (VDS). When upgrading your VDS on vSphere 6.7 the version is actually 6.6 (we will cover the details later). Please make sure prior to upgrading your VDS

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Automating Migration of VMFS-5 to VMFS-6 Datastores

Next up in our Automating your vSphere Upgrade blog series is your VMFS Datastore. vSphere 6.5 and vSphere 6.7 both support the latest VMFS-6. Once all of your ESXi hosts that are connected to the VMFS-5 datastore have been upgraded to vSphere 6.5 or vSphere 6.7 you can then proceed to migrate your datastore to

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Automating Upgrade of VMware Tools and VM Compatibility

Next up in our Automating your vSphere Upgrade blog series is your VMware Tools and VM Compatibility. Upgrading these both have different requirements so we will cover when and how you should upgrade your VMware Tools and VM compatibility in the below post.   Upgrading VMware Tools When it comes to keeping your VMware Tools

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vSphere Upgrade Series Part 6: Upgrading vSphere Networking

Congratulations! You have made it to the final part of the vSphere Upgrade Series, Part 6: Upgrading vSphere Networking. To recap, I kicked off this series by reviewing our Upgrade prerequisites & compatibility, gathering our data, and Preparing to Upgrade. Next we continued by upgrading vCenter Server and migrating vSphere Update Manager (VUM) from vSphere 6.0 Update3 to

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vSphere Upgrade Series Part 5: Upgrading VMFS Storage

• vSphere 5.5 End of General Support Reminder • If you are running vSphere 5.5, please be advised that End of General Support (EOGS) for vSphere 5.5 occurred on September 19, 2018. Read the 5.5 EOGS blog for more details.   Today brings us Part 5 of the vSphere Upgrade series which will cover Upgrading VMFS Storage. Upgrading

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