Tag: vSphere Lifecycle

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 External PSC, VMware has provided a Converge Tool to be able to migrate from an

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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 to utilize the UMDS in your environment.   What is the Update Manager Download Service

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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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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

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.

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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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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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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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

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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