Tag: vSphere Lifecycle

vCenter Server Converge Tool Enhancements in vSphere 6.7 Update 2

vCenter Server 6.7 Update 2 has been announced and with this release there have been enhancements made to the vCenter Server Converge Tool. VMware has now provided a topology overview of your Platform Services Controllers (PSCs) and vCenter Servers in...

/ April 10, 2019

Updates to VM Compatibility and VMware Tools with vSphere 6.7 Update 2

Note: vSphere 6.7 Update 2 was recently announced and will soon be generally available as an update and download. With VMware Tools version 10.0 VMware took the decision to separate it’s release cycle from that of vSphere. On that note...

/ April 9, 2019

VMware vSphere Update Manager Enhancements in vSphere 6.7 Update 2

vCenter Server 6.7 Update 2 has been announced and will soon be generally available as an update and download, and with it come quite a few enhancements to the VMware vSphere Update Manager Interface! Back in October, I covered some...

/ April 8, 2019

vSphere 6.7 Update 2 – Introducing ROBO-ENT with DRS-MM

The vSphere ROBO license model is perfect for organizations that have Remote Office Branch Office (ROBO) locations with a few hosts running workloads. Although being feature-rich, the ROBO clusters lacked the ability of automatic VM (Virtual Machine) migration when entering...

/ April 4, 2019

Understanding the vCenter Server Converge Tool

Announced in November 2018, the External Platform Services Controller (PSC) is being deprecated. Previously, many customers have deployed the External PSC to take advantage of features such as Enhanced Linked Mode (ELM) or PSC HA. With the removal of the...

/ February 27, 2019

Using the VMware Update Manager Download Service (UMDS)

The VMware Update Manager Download Service (UMDS) has been around for some time, but as I speak with customers most have not been familiar with it. Within this post I will cover a few topics such as why and how...

/ February 7, 2019

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...

/ January 11, 2019

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 feature walkthroughs focused on upgrading...

/ December 18, 2018

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...

/ December 5, 2018

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. The eBook further builds on...

/ November 20, 2018

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...

/ October 31, 2018

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...

/ October 30, 2018

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...

/ October 26, 2018

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...

/ October 10, 2018