Tag: Technical

Configuring a VMware Tools Repository in vSphere 6.7U1

As you upgrade your vSphere hosts we generally recommend that you also upgrade VMware Tools in your virtual machines. This can get tricky to manage, especially if you have hosts at different versions of ESXi. To help mitigate this we allow you to store the files on a centralised repository and point the hosts to

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ESXi Network Troubleshooting Tools

In the previous post about the ESXi network IOchain we explored the various constructs that belong to the network path. This blog post builds on top of that and focuses on the tools for advanced network troubleshooting and verification. Today, vSphere ESXi is packaged with a extensive toolset that helps you to check connectivity or

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Upgrading to vCenter Server 6.7 – New Feature Walkthroughs Available

We are proud to announce we have two new feature walkthroughs available which cover the vCenter Server upgrade from vSphere 6.5 to vSphere 6.7. Introduction Located on our vSphere Central site we have created two new

Understanding the ESXi Network IOChain

In this blog post, we go into the trenches of the (Distributed) vSwitch with a focus on vSphere ESXi network IOChain. It is important to understand the core constructs of the vSphere networking layers for i.e.

The vSphere Upgrade Blog Series (Wrap-Up)

The vSphere Upgrade Blog Series began in July and ran through September 2018. It provided customers with screen-by-screen guidance from start to finish of a vSphere Upgrade in a six part blog series. Since each part of the blog series was posted over a few months, it’s common for steps or posts to be missed

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Now Available – Upgrading to VMware vSphere 6.7 eBook

I am proud to announce availability of the new VMware vSphere eBook Upgrading to VMware vSphere 6.7, authored by Nigel Hickey and David Stamen. This is a free resource to assist customers upgrading to vSphere 6.7.

External Platform Services Controller, A Thing of the Past

VMware is deprecating the external Platform Services Controller deployment model. In a future vSphere release (not update release), there will no longer be an option to deploy the external PSC The Platform Services Controller (PSC) was first introduced in vSphere 6.0. It served a couple of purposes. First, it was to simplify the distributed vCenter

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Announcing the vSphere 6.7 Update 1 Security Configuration Guide

Back in March I released the vSphere 6.5 Update 1 Security Configuration Guide (a.k.a “The SCG”). At that time, I went in to detail on more than just the guide. I covered the topic of why some guidelines are removed or changed. I also covered how more settings were set to “secure by default” now

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vSphere Update Manager Enhancements in vSphere 6.7 Update 1

vSphere 6.7 Update 1 is now out, and with that the vSphere Client is now Fully Featured for your vSphere Environment. With the addition of vSphere Update Manager in the vSphere Client we have quite a few new workflows compared to the old vSphere Web Client. Let’s highlight some of these new improvements. We have

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Migrate to the vCenter Server Appliance

vSphere 6.7 is the final release that will include vCenter Server for Windows. VMware’s direction for vCenter Server is the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA). The good news is there’s a dedicated migration tool to help customers transition to the VCSA. Today I would like to announce several new VCSA migration product walkthroughs. These new walkthroughs

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Announcing vSphere Upgrade on vSphere Central

vSphere Central has always been a great resource to find content, but it has previously been grouped by product such as vCenter Server, Security, ESXi and Virtual Machine, and other categories. When trying to share content on vSphere Upgrade it overlaps all of these categories. We have created a new consolidated vSphere Upgrade section that will

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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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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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