Attending VMworld And Interested In vSphere 6.5 Security? Try My “vSphere 6.5 Security – Getting Started” Lab!

Attending VMworld And Interested In vSphere 6.5 Security?

Try My “vSphere 6.5 Security – Getting Started” Lab!

If you are attending VMworld US 2017 from August 27-31st in Las Vegas, NV and you are interested in the new vSphere 6.5 Security feature sets, then I have a lab for you! I am a lab captain for the Hands On Labs and have two labs that I created for this years VMworld sessions.

These new labs as well as the many other will only be available at the VMworld US and Europe conferences initially. After both conferences are over, we slowly release most of the new labs to the public-facing Hands On Labs environment that anyone can get to with an internet connection. You will see some labs to start showing up on the public side right after VMworld and then the rest typically will be released within or month or so. No guarantee on what labs will make it to the public site and when they will show up though, that is just what I’ve typically seen over the past few years.

This is my first time as a lab captain and creating labs, so I would love to see some HUGE numbers of people taking my labs! It would make me feel good knowing that people learned something by taking my labs. If you end up taking either lab at VMworld or even after they have been released to the public-facing HOL site, let me know what you think! You can reach out to me on my social media outlets, the links to them are on the right side of the page.

Public Facing – Hands On Labs Site:  labs.hol.vmware.com

Below are the labs that I have built and a summary of each of them:

  • (HOL-1811-01-SDC) vSphere 6.5 – What’s New:
    • Description:  Explore some of the new features of vSphere 6.5 including VM Encryption, vCenter High Availability, and the new HTML5 vSphere Client. You will also learn about the improved vCenter Server Appliance and how to migrate from a Windows-based vCenter Server installation.
  • (HOL-1811-04-SDC) vSphere 6.5 Security – Getting Started:
    • Description:  Experience new security features of vSphere 6.5, including VM Encryption, Audit Quality Logging, Encrypted vMotion, Key. We also use our vRealize Log Insight solution to look at the enhanced logging of the vCenter server logs. Add Key Management Servers (KMS) to the vCenter server and create a trust between them. Then we use PowerCLI commands to encrypt/decrypt virtual machines as well as other encryption related tasks.

Don’t forget to stop into the Hands On Labs at VMworld and take some labs…see you there!

 

 

 

New Content – vSphere 6.5 Upgrade/Migration & VMware Posters Links!

New Content – vSphere 6.5

Upgrade/Migration & VMware Posters Links!

 

 

Many VMware customers tend to wait to upgrade to the next version for several reasons. Some of these are no time to do the upgrade, scared of issues that may arise during the upgrade process especially from vSphere 5.x versions, or wanting to wait until the first update is out so that all the fixes have been addressed. These are all valid concerns in which I can appreciate due to my operation experience and background supporting vSphere environments!

On July 21, 2017, VMware released vSphere 6.5 Update 1 which has many enhancements. Once of the enhancements that most are excited about is the fact that the new HTML5-based vSphere Web Client is now at approximately 90% feature parity to the old Java-based vSphere Web Client which was know for being slow and clunky. Hopefully, by the next update of vSphere, the HTML5 client will be at full feature parity. At which time, VMware will retire the old Java-based client.

The HTML5 client enhancements are just one of numerous reasons why you should consider updating to vSphere 6.5. Another primary reason is that there are many new featured within the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) like embedded Backup/Restore Tool, vSphere Update Manager is embedded, and the new vCenter Server Appliance High Availability (HA) configuration option. So there are some great enhancements that should encourage you to upgrade to the latest version of vSphere and vCenter server!

VMware has created a Migration Assistance Tool to help migrate your vSphere 5.5/6.x environments to the new vSphere 6.5. Even if you are currently running a Windows based version of vCenter in the older version, the tool can migrate the vCenter database, performance data and metrics, etc. to the new vCenter Server Appliance 6.5. There are several supported migration options based on your vCenter server, Single-Sign-On (SSO), or Platform Service Controller (PSC) architectures you may be currently running.

So take a look at my Useful Links page on this site to see the links to below resources that can help you migrate to the new vSphere 6.5!

  • Top Reasons to Upgrade to vSphere 6.5 Infographic
  • vSphere 6.5 Upgrade Considerations – Part 1
  • vSphere 6.5 Upgrade Considerations – Part 2
  • Announcing the vSphere 6.5 Topology and Upgrade Planning Tool
  • vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 Migration Walkthrough
  • VMware Doc’s – Migration Assistance Tool
  • vSphere 6.5 – Upgrade Guide
  • VMware vCenter Server Appliance Poster
  • Platform Services Controller Topology Decision Tree Poster

 

Click here to go to the Useful Links tab within my website!

vSphere 6.5 U1 Added Benefit – vCenter Foundation Supports (4) Hosts Now!

vSphere 6.5 U1 Added Benefit – vCenter

Foundation Supports (4) Hosts Now!

VMware vCenter Server Foundation provides powerful management tools for smaller environments looking to rapidly provision, monitors, and control virtual machines. Previously, vCenter Server Foundation only support managing up to (3) hosts much like the vSphere Essentials Kits. With the release of vSphere 6.5 U1, VMware has changed the licensing to now support up to (4) hosts!

Key Features:

  • Analyze and remediate issues quickly with visibility into vSphere virtual infrastructure.
  • Deliver the security and availability of vSphere through automated proactive management features such as automated load balancing and out-of-the-box automation workflows.

Key Capabilities:

  • Management service
  • Database server
  • Inventory service
  • VMware vSphere Clients
  • VMware vCenter APIs and .NET
  • vCenter Single Sign-On

 

vSphere 6.5 Upgrade Considerations Part-1

vSphere 6.5 Upgrade Considerations Part-1

The release of vSphere 6.5 in November 2016 introduced many new features and enhancements. These include the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) now becoming the default deployment. vCenter Server native high availability, which protects vCenter Server from application failure. Built-in File-Based backup and restore allows customers the ability to backup their vCenter Server from the VAMI or by API. The VSCA restore can simply be done by mounting the original ISO used to deploy the VCSA and selecting the restore option. These features and more are exclusive only to the vCenter Server Appliance. The new HTML5 vSphere Client is making its first official product debut with vSphere 6.5.

Did someone say security? We now have better visibility of vSphere changes with actionable logging. VM Encryption allows the encryption of a virtual machine, including disks and snapshots. Secure Boot for ESXi ensures that only digitally signed code runs on the hypervisor. Secure Boot for VM’s is as simple as checking a box. We’ve only begun to scratch the surface of all the new vSphere 6.5 features.

vSphere 6.5 Upgrade

Product Education

As you start preparing for your vSphere 6.5 upgrade, a checklist will be the run book used to ensure its success. The upgrade process can be divided into three phases:

Phase 1: Pre-upgrade – all the upfront work that should be done before starting an upgrade.

Phase 2: Upgrade  – mapping the steps of each component that will upgraded.

Phase 3: Post-upgrade – validation to ensure everything went according to plan.

The first part of any successful upgrade is determining the benefits of the new features and the value add they will provide to your business. Next is getting familiar with these new features and how they will be implemented in your environment. The following list will get you started learning each of the new vSphere 6.5 features and their benefits.

Another consideration to getting familiar with the new features and upgrade process is the hands on approach in a lab environment. If you have a lab environment at your disposal, try building it as close to your production environment as possible to simulate both the upgrade process and new feature implementation. If a lab environment is not available, there are options like VMware’s Workstation or Fusion if you have the resources to run them.  Last, but not least, there is also the Hands on Labs that do not require any resources and provide a guided approach. No matter which option you select, the key is getting familiar and comfortable with the upgrade process.

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Know What Features Limitations There Are With The “Free” Version Of ESXi/vSphere!

Know What Features Limitations There Are With The

“Free” Version Of ESXi/vSphere!

 

Have you ever wondered about the FREE version of vSphere and what limitations there are? I have created the below summary of limitations that are associated to the free version. For those using it for a home or test lab, the free version may do the trick for you. But even if using it for those situations, you still need to understand the limitations you have. One aspect to keep in mind especially is that the free version DOES NOT come with any type of technical support for it which is critical to understand!

Because of the below list of limitations and there not being any technical support for it, I highly recommend it not be used in corporate environments even in their Test/Dev labs! Instead, if you are trying to reduce the costs associated to vSphere licensing and have a limited budget, I would recommend that you look at the vSphere Essentials Kits which are very reasonably priced and offer two editions (Essentials & Essentials Plus). These offer you the ability to get support for them so if using in a production environment, you can be assured to get support from VMware to help keep your environment up and running at all times!

Essentials Kit – Edition Comparisons:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Essentials Kits:  

FREE vSphere – Limitations Summary:

  • No vMotion
  • No Fault Tolerance (FT)
  • No vSAN
  • Maximum of (2) physical CPU’s allowed per host
  • No built-in monitoring
  • NO Microsoft Active Directory (AD) integration
  • CANNOT be managed by a vCenter Server

Removed Limitations in vSphere 6.x:

  • Starting in vSphere 6.x, they removed the 32GB RAM limitation, it is now unlimited physical RAM

Additional Info:

 

Missed The Latest VMware Announcements In The Past Month? Check Out This Summary!

Missed The Latest VMware Announcements In The Past Month?

Check Out This Summary!

 

 

Have you been busy lately and haven’t keep up to date with the latest VMware announcements over the last month or two? If so, you have missed quite a bit! So I thought I would make it easy on you and pull together all the recent announcements related to product updates, acquisitions, promotions, partnerships, VMworld, Wanna Cry Ransomeware, etc. This summary has a lot of great information that you want to be aware. I highly recommend that you read through the full list of announcements to be sure you are aware of them.

One link I would like to draw your attention to specifically is under “Security” which takes you to a VMware blog about the “WannaCry Ransomeware” attack that swept the world on May 12th, 2017 in over 150+ countries worldwide. The article discusses how VMware’s NSX solution and its “Zero Trust” model could have helped those that were attacked mitigate this attack. This just proves how important it is that businesses consider using VMware’s NSX solution to help protect their environments from attacks in ways that other solutions can’t.

 

Product Announcements:

 

Acquisitions:

 

Latest Promotions/Discounts:   http://www.vmware.com/promotions.html

  • New Promotion – User Environment Manager (UEM) 9.2
  • Updated Promotion- vRealize 25% Upgrade Promotions Extended to July 29, 2017

 

Security:

  • WannaCry Ransomware attack that attacks Microsoft operating systems swept the world on May 12th in over 150+ countries. Below is VMware’s response on how the NSX Zero-Trust model could have helped mitigate this attack using NSX. This is a great opportunity for you to drive how critical it is to use NSX and where other solutions couldn’t provide the same protection that we can from these types of attacks.

 

VMware Partnerships:  

 

VMware Partner Accreditation’s:

 

VMworld 2017:

 

The NSX Mindset…VCP-NV & vSphere Foundations Exam Package Price!!

The NSX Mindset…VCP-NV & vSphere Foundations Exam Package Price!!

 

For those of you that may be interested in getting your VCP6-NV certification and need to also take and pass your Foundations exam as well, VMware has a deal for you!

There’s a discounted VCP-NV promotional package right now; for around $2,000 it gets you:

  • An exam prep course for the vSphere Foundations course
  • An exam voucher for vSphere Foundations exam
  • NSX Install, Configure, Manage On-Demand E-Learning course
  • A separate NSX exam prep course
  • An exam voucher for the VCP-NV 6.2
  • 6 CPUs of NSX Enterprise for non-production personal use (training)
  • A full year of VMUG Advantage, including eval licenses for almost all VMware products.

The Details

When one of my colleagues pointed out this promotion to me, I was blown away. Read the original post at The NSX Mindset. I wanted to make sure there wasn’t a hidden cost; The details do matter, so here they are. VMware is running this promotion in conjunction with the VMUG Advantage program. The individual needs to:

  1. Join VMUG (that initial step as a “Member” is free)
  2. Join the VMUG NSX Community (still no cost)
  3. Get VMUG Advantage with EVALExperience (This is $200)
  4. Get the VMUG NSX Training and Certification Package (This is $2,000)

For more information on this deal, check out this VMware blog:  https://blogs.vmware.com/networkvirtualization/2017/05/the-nsx-mindset.html/

Best Practices for Running SQL Server Virtualized

Best Practices for Running SQL Server Virtualized – via Long White Virtual Clouds

Best Practices for Running SQL Server Virtualized

It was about this time in 2013 that Michael Corey, Jeff Szastak and I started writing Virtualizing SQL Server with VMware: Doing IT Right (VMware Press) 2014. Microsoft SQL Server was the single most virtualized business critical app in the world then, and it is still the case today.


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Are you ready to be a VMware Top Gun? (Top Gun TECH Thursday’s Enablement Webinars)

Are you ready to be a VMware Top Gun?

(Top Gun TECH Thursday’s Enablement Webinars)

 

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Are you ready to be a VMware Top Gun?

Join us for Top Gun Tech Thursdays to receive best in class partner SE training!  See a Demo (and learn how to do it yourself), get our most frequently asked questions (and the answers!), and ask an SE any questions you have on the product!

Step 1 – REGISTER NOW at: http://www.vmware.com/go/TGTT

Step 2 -­- Join the WEEKLY THURSDAY 30-45 Min. Webex Training Starting @8:30AM PST.

**Check out the Training Agenda for the current quarter!**

  • Date          Topic  (subject to change)
  • 1/26          TestDrive: Windows 10
  • 2/2            Blue Medora: vROPs Management Packs
  • 2/9            TestDrive: BYO & Security
  • 2/16          vRealize Business
  • 2/23          Hybrid Cloud Assessment Introduction
  • 3/2            Virtual Volumes
  • 3/9            vSAN 6.5 What’s New & SMBs
  • 3/16          vSAN 6.5 Troubleshooting/Monitoring/Best Practices
  • 3/23          What’s New with SRM & Native vSphere Replication
  • 3/30          Horizon 7.1 What’s New
  • 4/6            VMware Cloud on AWS
  • 4/13          VMware Cloud Foundation 2.0 General Update
  • 4/20          AirWatch 9.1 What’s New

Be sure to register and block your calendar now!

 

VMware vCenter Server 6.5 Improves Uptime for High Availability

VMware vCenter Server 6.5 Improves Uptime for High Availability

VMware vCenter Server 6.5 improves uptime for…

Downtime can be costly and dangerous for businesses. The latest version of VMware High Availability, included in Sphere 6.5, seeks to reduce downtime, but still needs a little work.


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Check Out This Week’s Generally Available (GA) Announcements From VMware!

Check Out This Week’s Generally Available (GA)

Announcements From VMware!

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The Virtually Connected “What’s New” Tab:  https://thevirtuallyconnected.net/whats-new/

Check Out This Week's Generally Available (GA) Announcements From VMware!

Check Out This Week’s Generally Available (GA)

Announcements From VMware!

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The Virtually Connected “What’s New” Tab:  https://thevirtuallyconnected.net/whats-new/

How to Deploy VMware VCSA 6.5 (VMware vCenter Server Appliance)

How to deploy VMware VCSA 6.5 (VMware vCenter Server Appliance) – vladan.fr

How to deploy VMware VCSA 6.5 (VMware vCenter…

VMware has done a great job with this new VCSA 6.5 appliance. You have already seen my lab deployment of VCSA 6.5 by using VMware Workstation – just to test the workflow, but today we’ll do another lab post. You’ll watch and learn How to deploy VMware VCSA 6.5 (VMware vCenter Server Appliance).I have also […] Read the full post How to deploy VMware VCSA 6.5 (VMware vCenter Server Appliance) at ESX Virtualization.


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vSphere C# Client officially gone in vSphere…

vSphere C# Client officially gone in vSphere 6.5 but what are the HTML5 client limitations – vsphere-land.com

vSphere C# Client officially gone in vSphere…

Earlier this year I wrote about the end of life for our beloved vSphere C# thick client. Now that vSphere 6.5 is here VMware delivered on their promise to eliminate the C# client in vSphere 6.5 in lieu of the new HTML5 client that they have been working on to replace the current flash-based vSphere web client that everybody hates on.


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Get This Week’s List of VMware’s Solutions That Went GA!

Get This Week’s List of VMware’s Solutions That Went GA!

 

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The below are the list of VMware solutions that have been Generally Announced (GA) for this week Be sure to know about these and especially look at the details surrounding the vSphere/vSAN 6.5 announcement!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • PowerCLI 6.5 Release 1

Get This Week's List of VMware's Solutions That Went GA!

Get This Week’s List of VMware’s Solutions That Went GA!

 

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The below are the list of VMware solutions that have been Generally Announced (GA) for this week Be sure to know about these and especially look at the details surrounding the vSphere/vSAN 6.5 announcement!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • PowerCLI 6.5 Release 1

A comparison of VMFS5 & VMFS6 in vSphere 6.5 -…

A comparison of VMFS5 & VMFS6 in vSphere 6.5 – vsphere-land.com

A comparison of VMFS5 & VMFS6 in vSphere 6.5 -…

vSphere 6.5 has introduced a new VMFS version 6 and there are a few changes in it compared to VMFS version 5 that you should be aware of.


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A comparison of VMFS5 & VMFS6 in vSphere 6.5 -…

A comparison of VMFS5 & VMFS6 in vSphere 6.5 – vsphere-land.com

A comparison of VMFS5 & VMFS6 in vSphere 6.5 -…

vSphere 6.5 has introduced a new VMFS version 6 and there are a few changes in it compared to VMFS version 5 that you should be aware of.


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New Release: PowerCLI 6.5 R1 – VMware PowerCLI…

New Release: PowerCLI 6.5 R1 – VMware PowerCLI Blog

New Release: PowerCLI 6.5 R1 – VMware PowerCLI…

There’s been a lot of buzz around PowerCLI lately, and we’re keeping it going! It gives me great pleasure to announce the general availability of VMware PowerCLI 6.5 Release 1!


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vSphere 6.5 & Virtual SAN (vSAN) 6.5 Now Generally Available (GA)!

vSphere 6.5 & Virtual SAN (vSAN) 6.5

Now Generally Available (GA)!

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vSphere 6.5:

There are 3 themes for vSphere 6.5:

  • Simplified Experience – 
    • simplified architecture (integrated vCenter Server Appliance, Update Manager included all-in-one), no Windows/SQL licensing
    • Native High Availability (HA) of vCenter for the appliance is built-in – Automatic failover (Web Client may require re-login)
    • Native Backup and Restore of vCenter appliance – Simplified backup and restore with a new native file-based solution. Restore the vCenter Server configuration to a fresh appliance and stream backups to external storage using HTTP, FTP, or SCP protocols.
    • New HTML5-based vSphere Client that is both responsive and easy to use (Based on our new Clarity UI)
  • Built-In Security – 
    • Encryption at rest and in motion – new VM-level encryption capability designed to protect against unauthorized data access. When used with vSphere vMotion, this capability safeguards both data at rest and data in motion
    • secure boot model to make sure images have not been tampered with and to prevent the loading of unauthorized vSphere component
    • secure access, vSphere 6.5 provides multi-factor authentication. You can now configure vCenter Server permissions to require 2-Factor authentication using both a password and a smartcard or RSA key. Plus, vSphere 6.5 offers enhanced audit-quality logging capabilities that provide more information about user actions. IT can now access auditable trails if an investigation into anomalies or security threats require it.
  • Universal App Platform – universal app platform that supports both traditional and next-generation apps (including 3D graphics, big data, machine learning environments, SAP Hana, and SaaS)… vSphere 6.5 expands its workload coverage model by focusing on both scale-up and scale-out next-gen apps that are increasingly built using evolving technology building blocks, such as containers.
    • VIC is extends vSphere capabilities to run container workloads and sits on top of vCenter, and integrates with the rest of the VMware stack like NSX and vSAN…
      • vSphere Integrated Containers where we are enabling the best of both worlds for contained based cloud native apps…
      • vSphere Integrated Containers is the easiest way for vSphere users to bring containers into an existing environment.
      • Integrated containers deliver an enterprise container infrastructure that provides the best of both worlds for the developer and vSphere operations team.
      • Containers are now just as easy to enable and manage as virtual machines.
      • For cloud native apps, there are two audiences we are trying to serve, one is the developers, they want to leverage native docker interface, using the tools that they are familiar with.
      • For IT, operations guys, they want to have control and visibility of these category of applications, they like to leverage tools and processes they have honed in over the years.
    • newly released VMware Cloud Foundation and VMware Cloud Foundation Service are built on vSphere 6.5.
  • IMPORTANT NOTE:  Please be sure to check the vSphere 6.5 compatibility blog (see KB 2147548) before upgrading to vSphere 6.5 if you are currently using other VMware solutions.

 

     vSphere 6.5 Announcement:  https://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2016/10/introducing-vsphere-6-5.html

     vSphere 6.5 Release Notes: http://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/vsphere/65/vsphere-esxi-vcenter-server-65-release-notes.html

     Download:  https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/info/slug/datacenter_cloud_infrastructure/vmware_vsphere/6_5

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Virtual SAN (VSAN) 6.5:

  • Additional TCO Savings by…
    • Offering New Workload types such as Cloud-Native Apps and the ability for Physical workloads to point to the VSAN datastore via iSCSI
      • vSphere
        • Works off-the-shelf with Docker, Swarm, Kubernetes, …
        • Persistent Docker Volume Driver
      • vSphere Integrated Containers
        • Docker API Compatibility
        • Persistent Volume Driver
        • VM-like container isolation
      • Photon Platform
        • New VSAN for Photon Platform release available
      • Non-virtualized workloads can utilize VSAN for storage (using iSCSI initiators)
    • Support of All-Flash hardware in Virtual SAN (VSAN) STANDARD
    • While eliminating the cost of networking hardware for (2)-Node ROBO deployments.
      • Eliminate router/switch costs by connecting two nodes directly using crossover cables
      • Supports two cross over cables between the
        2-Nodes for higher availability of network
      • Separates VSAN data traffic from witness VM traffic
    • Then we can Accelerate Responsiveness of the business by…
      • Providing a Full-Featured PowerCLI tool to fully automate operational tasks.
      • And then separating witness and Virtual SAN (VSAN) traffic for Stretched Clusters.
    • We have accelerated the adoption of HCI with the support of Next-Gen Hardware
      • By increasing the Cache Sizing
      • As well as now support large capacity drives through the 512e drives.

 

     Virtual SAN (vSAN) Announcement:  https://blogs.vmware.com/virtualblocks/2016/10/18/vmware-virtual-san-6-5-whats-new/

     vSAN 6.5 Release Notes:  http://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/vsan/65/vmware-virtual-san-65-release-notes.html

     Download:  https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/info/slug/datacenter_cloud_infrastructure/vmware_vsan/6_5

 

vSphere 6.5 & Virtual SAN (vSAN) 6.5 Now Generally Available (GA)!

vSphere 6.5 & Virtual SAN (vSAN) 6.5

Now Generally Available (GA)!

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vSphere 6.5:

There are 3 themes for vSphere 6.5:

  • Simplified Experience – 
    • simplified architecture (integrated vCenter Server Appliance, Update Manager included all-in-one), no Windows/SQL licensing
    • Native High Availability (HA) of vCenter for the appliance is built-in – Automatic failover (Web Client may require re-login)
    • Native Backup and Restore of vCenter appliance – Simplified backup and restore with a new native file-based solution. Restore the vCenter Server configuration to a fresh appliance and stream backups to external storage using HTTP, FTP, or SCP protocols.
    • New HTML5-based vSphere Client that is both responsive and easy to use (Based on our new Clarity UI)
  • Built-In Security – 
    • Encryption at rest and in motion – new VM-level encryption capability designed to protect against unauthorized data access. When used with vSphere vMotion, this capability safeguards both data at rest and data in motion
    • secure boot model to make sure images have not been tampered with and to prevent the loading of unauthorized vSphere component
    • secure access, vSphere 6.5 provides multi-factor authentication. You can now configure vCenter Server permissions to require 2-Factor authentication using both a password and a smartcard or RSA key. Plus, vSphere 6.5 offers enhanced audit-quality logging capabilities that provide more information about user actions. IT can now access auditable trails if an investigation into anomalies or security threats require it.
  • Universal App Platform – universal app platform that supports both traditional and next-generation apps (including 3D graphics, big data, machine learning environments, SAP Hana, and SaaS)… vSphere 6.5 expands its workload coverage model by focusing on both scale-up and scale-out next-gen apps that are increasingly built using evolving technology building blocks, such as containers.
    • VIC is extends vSphere capabilities to run container workloads and sits on top of vCenter, and integrates with the rest of the VMware stack like NSX and vSAN…
      • vSphere Integrated Containers where we are enabling the best of both worlds for contained based cloud native apps…
      • vSphere Integrated Containers is the easiest way for vSphere users to bring containers into an existing environment.
      • Integrated containers deliver an enterprise container infrastructure that provides the best of both worlds for the developer and vSphere operations team.
      • Containers are now just as easy to enable and manage as virtual machines.
      • For cloud native apps, there are two audiences we are trying to serve, one is the developers, they want to leverage native docker interface, using the tools that they are familiar with.
      • For IT, operations guys, they want to have control and visibility of these category of applications, they like to leverage tools and processes they have honed in over the years.
    • newly released VMware Cloud Foundation and VMware Cloud Foundation Service are built on vSphere 6.5.
  • IMPORTANT NOTE:  Please be sure to check the vSphere 6.5 compatibility blog (see KB 2147548) before upgrading to vSphere 6.5 if you are currently using other VMware solutions.

 

     vSphere 6.5 Announcement:  https://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2016/10/introducing-vsphere-6-5.html

     vSphere 6.5 Release Notes: http://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/vsphere/65/vsphere-esxi-vcenter-server-65-release-notes.html

     Download:  https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/info/slug/datacenter_cloud_infrastructure/vmware_vsphere/6_5

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Virtual SAN (VSAN) 6.5:

  • Additional TCO Savings by…
    • Offering New Workload types such as Cloud-Native Apps and the ability for Physical workloads to point to the VSAN datastore via iSCSI
      • vSphere
        • Works off-the-shelf with Docker, Swarm, Kubernetes, …
        • Persistent Docker Volume Driver
      • vSphere Integrated Containers
        • Docker API Compatibility
        • Persistent Volume Driver
        • VM-like container isolation
      • Photon Platform
        • New VSAN for Photon Platform release available
      • Non-virtualized workloads can utilize VSAN for storage (using iSCSI initiators)
    • Support of All-Flash hardware in Virtual SAN (VSAN) STANDARD
    • While eliminating the cost of networking hardware for (2)-Node ROBO deployments.
      • Eliminate router/switch costs by connecting two nodes directly using crossover cables
      • Supports two cross over cables between the
        2-Nodes for higher availability of network
      • Separates VSAN data traffic from witness VM traffic
    • Then we can Accelerate Responsiveness of the business by…
      • Providing a Full-Featured PowerCLI tool to fully automate operational tasks.
      • And then separating witness and Virtual SAN (VSAN) traffic for Stretched Clusters.
    • We have accelerated the adoption of HCI with the support of Next-Gen Hardware
      • By increasing the Cache Sizing
      • As well as now support large capacity drives through the 512e drives.

 

     Virtual SAN (vSAN) Announcement:  https://blogs.vmware.com/virtualblocks/2016/10/18/vmware-virtual-san-6-5-whats-new/

     vSAN 6.5 Release Notes:  http://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/vsan/65/vmware-virtual-san-65-release-notes.html

     Download:  https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/info/slug/datacenter_cloud_infrastructure/vmware_vsan/6_5

 

How to Enable vCenter Server High Availability (HA) in vSphere 6.5 w/single ESXi host?

How to enable vCenter Server High Availability (VCHA) in vSphere 6.5 w/single ESXi host? – virtuallyGhetto

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One of the big new features that was introduced in vSphere 6.5, exclusively for vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA), is the vCenter Server High Availability (VCHA) capablilty.


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What’s New: vSphere 6.5

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What’s New: vSphere 6.5

We have an announcement from VMware about vSphere 6.5. I will check this on VMware’s hand on labs (labs.hol.vmware.com) and try to synthesize it here. These labs a are sleek way to experience VMware products without the hassle of setting up everything in your personal lab.


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VMware Horizon View 7 License Comparison

VMware Horizon View 7 License Comparison – vEnthusiast

VMware Horizon View 7 License Comparison

If you are like me, I am not a fan of how VMware website shows the features and license comparison. I made a table that’s visually appetizing.


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vSphere 6.5 Technical Overview Q4 2016

[Video] vSphere 6.5 Technical Overview Q4 2016

vSphere 6.5 Technical Overview Q4 2016

Learn about several of the prominent technology innovations and improvements that will further propel vSphere’s lead in manageability, security, and application delivery. vSphere 6.5 was announced at VMworld Europe 2016.


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vSphere 6.5 – Restore VCSA 6.5 from Backup

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vSphere 6.5 – Restore VCSA 6.5 from Backup

In this post, we will look at how to restore VCSA 6.5 from backup. In the previous post, we saw how to natively to perform VCSA 6.5 backup which is one of the new features in vSphere 6.5.


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Learning vSphere 6.5-Part-3-vCenter Server and…

Learning vSphere 6.5-Part-3-vCenter Server and PSC Deployment Types – Virtual Reality

Learning vSphere 6.5-Part-3-vCenter Server and…

In last post of this series we had an overview of VCSA and touched a little bit on what are the new features that are included in VCSA v6.5.


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Can all VSAN Witness VMs for ROBO be in the…

Can all VSAN Witness VMs for ROBO be in the same VLAN? — Yellow Bricks

Can all VSAN Witness VMs for ROBO be in the…

Yesterday I received the question if all VSAN Witness VMs for ROBO can be in the same VLAN? The excellent VSAN 2 node and Stretched Cluster guide for VSAN describes an example of how things can be implemented with different VLANs for the VSAN Witness, which would look like this:


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The difference Between VM Encryption in vSphere 6.5 and vSAN Encryption (Yellow-Bricks)

The difference Between VM Encryption in vSphere 6.5

and vSAN 6.5 Encryption (Yellow-Bricks)

 

More and more people are starting to ask me what the difference is between VMCrypt aka VM Encryption and the beta feature we announced not to long ago called vSAN Encryption. (Note, we announced a beta, no promises were made around dates or actual releases or releasing of the feature.) Both sounds very much the same and essential both end up encrypting the VM but there is a big difference in terms of how it is implemented. There are advantages and disadvantages to both solutions. Lets look at VM Encryption first.

VM Encryption is implemented through VAIO (vSphere APIs for IO Filters). The VAIO framework allows a filter driver to do “things” to/with the IO that a VM sends down to a device. One of these things is encryption. Now before I continue, take a look at this picture of where the filter driver sits.

As you can see the filter driver is implemented in the User World and the action against the IO is taken at the top level. If this for instance is encryption then any data send across the wire is already encrypted. Great in terms of security of course. And all of this can be enabled through policy. Simply create the policy, select the VM or VMDK you want to encrypt and there you go. So if it is that awesome, why vSAN Encryption?

 

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vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 6.5 What’s New…

vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 6.5 What’s New Rundown – Emad Younis Blog

vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 6.5 What’s New…

During VMworld Barcelona 2016, VMware announced vSphere 6.5. With lots of new features and updates, this is one of the biggest vSphere releases we have had in a while.


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What Does the VMware/AWS Mashup Mean to IT Pros…

What Does the VMware/AWS Mashup Mean to IT Pros and CIOs? – The New Stack

What Does the VMware/AWS Mashup Mean to IT Pros…

You would expect an agreement between the number one private cloud company and the number one public cloud company to make waves. You might not realize the new categories of applications the VMWare/AWS integration makes possible as your company’s online transactional processing (OLTP) and other operational functions get access to the mountains of data now residing in the cloud.


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Monitor Your DHCP Scopes With vRealize Log Insight

Monitor Your DHCP Scopes With vRealize Log Insight

 

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I’ve been spending some time lately figuring out ways to improve the monitoring and alerting within VMware’s Internal Horizon environments. A condition I wanted to alert on was DHCP scope exhaustion. We have many DHCP scopes globally for our virtual desktop environments and I want our support team to be alerted when we start to run low on DHCP IP addresses and in a worst case scenario, exhausted all IPs in the scope. Virtual desktops without IP addresses don’t tend to work very well.

In theory, we should never exhaust our DHCP scopes if we size and place our desktop Pools correctly. However, in practice that doesn’t always happen. Often a Pools get created with the wrong amount of desktops or the wrong network was selected on the Golden Master image, causing the new Pool to use the wrong DHCP scope. I want to know when these mistakes have been made, so we can correct them before our end users are affected.

Within our Horizon environments, we utilize vRealise Log Insight for log collect and analysis. My knowledge of Log Insight is still pretty primitive, so I engaged one of my OneCloud colleagues, Caleb Stephenson, who manages our Global Log Insight instance that processes 35 Billion events per week to figure out how we can achieve this. 

We use Windows based DHCP servers, so the first thing we needed to do was to figure out if the DHCP service logs the information we are looking for. Lucky in our case, it does. In two places. In the DHCP logs (C:\Windows\Sysnative\dhcp). However, these are only created daily, which wasn’t dynamic enough for our needs. The other place is in the Windows System Event Logs.

Below are a couple of screenshots of the System Log entries that we are interested in alerting against.

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So now we know where the data is, Caleb needed to figure out a way of capturing that information and alerting on specific conditions. I’m not going to go into depth on how this was achieved as Caleb documents it and also does a really good job of explaining the process on his blog post: Getting Fancy with Log Insight Alerting (aka. Monitoring DHCP pools via logs) However, I will share the high-level steps.

1. Collect the event logs from the DHCP Servers – By default the Log Insight Windows Agent collects events from the Application, System, and Security channels – Install and Configure the Log Insight Windows Agent

 

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Horizon 7 Blast Extreme Technical Whitepaper

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VMware Horizon 7 Blast Extreme Primer—Everything an Admin Needs to Know

Everyone watches videos on their phones, tablets, PCs, or laptops, either as part of their daily work or as a break-time activity. Most people like to use more than one type of device to do their work, and they like the flexibility of being able to work from a variety of settings: office, home, hotel, café, doctor’s waiting room, and so on. Work-life balance has become something of an extreme sport. For these people, VMware is here to help, offering the Blast Extreme display protocol, a major feature of the VMware Horizon 7release.

This user-interface remoting technology is easy to set up, manage, and troubleshoot, and now all the information administrators need is gathered into one concise document. VMware End-User-Computing Technical Marketing is happy to announce the publication of a new white paper, Blast Extreme Display Protocol in Horizon 7.

Blast Extreme uses standard, natively supported encoding formats, including H.264 and JPG/PNG, and can use either UDP or TCP transport, which means

  • Broad client support: Windows, Linux, Mac, Android, iOS, Chrome, Web browsers (HTML Access), and more than 70 thin and zero clients
  • Port sharing over TCP: Requires opening only one port on the front-end firewall when TCP port sharing is used with Access Point
  • Lower CPU consumption on H.264-capable devices because video decoding is performed by hardware on the user’s phone, tablet, or computer

In addition, VMware designed Blast Extreme in partnership with NVIDIA so that video encoding can be performed by hardware in an NVIDIA GRID card. With Blast Extreme and NVIDIA GRID vGPU, many power users of 3D-rendering applications can share a single GPU. To see how greatly Blast Extreme improves performance when compared with PCoIP, the incumbent protocol, see VMware Horizon Blast Extreme Acceleration with NVIDIA GRID.

Of course, performance without features would not be very useful, so Blast Extreme provides the same feature-rich experience that users are accustomed to enjoying with PCoIP. The following figure shows all possible ports and protocols that can be used for Blast Extreme, including those used for various remote-experience features, for both internal and external connections.

 

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This white paper, Blast Extreme Display Protocol in Horizon 7, includes sections on deployment, optimization tips, security, and using logs for troubleshooting and verifying configuration on both the client side and the agent side (virtual desktop or hosted application).

 

Horizon 7 – Blast Extreme Whitepaper:  Click Here!

 

vSphere 6.5 New Hotness Series – Wahl Network

vSphere 6.5 New Hotness Series Archives – Wahl Network

vSphere 6.5 New Hotness Series – Wahl Network

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VMware vSphere 6.5: Host-Client HTML5

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VMware vSphere 6.5: Host-Client HTML5

As we all are aware that C# client is no more available.VMWare come-up with HTML5. How it look like and what all options are there lets take a look. Login into vSphere Client via : https://esxiname-FQDN/ui/ After login below is… Continue Reading →


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Automatic space reclamation (UNMAP) is back in…

Automatic space reclamation (UNMAP) is back in vSphere 6.5 -via vSphere-land

Automatic space reclamation (UNMAP) is back in…

A long time ago in a vSphere version far, far away VMware introduced support for automatic space reclamation which allowed vSphere to send UNMAP commands to a storage array so space from deleted or moved VMs could be un-allocated (reclaimed) on the storage array. This was a welcome feature as block storage arrays have no visibility inside a VMFS volume so when any data is deleted by vSphere the array is unaware of it and it remains allocated on the array. UNMAP was supposed to fix that so when data was deleted vSphere would send a string of UNMAP commands to the array telling it exactly which disk blocks it could have back.


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Nested ESXi Enhancements in vSphere 6.5 – Virtually Ghetto Blog

Nested ESXi Enhancements in vSphere 6.5 -virtuallyGhetto

Nested ESXi Enhancements in vSphere 6.5 -…

As many of you have probably heard by now, vSphere 6.5 was just announced at VMworld Barcelona this week and it is packed with a ton of new features and capabilities which you can read more about h…Read More


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vSphere 6.5 What’s New With DRS – Yellow Bricks Blog

vSphere 6.5 what’s new – DRS -Yellow Bricks

vSphere 6.5 what’s new – DRS

Most of us have been using DRS for the longest time. To be honest, not much has changed over the past years, sure there were some tweaks and minor changes but nothing huge. In 6.5 however there is a big feature introduced, but lets just list them all for completeness sake: Predictive DRS Network-Aware DRS […] ” vSphere 6.5 what’s new – DRS ” originally appeared on Yellow-Bricks.com . Follow me on twitter – @DuncanYB.


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What’s New in vSphere 6.5: Host and Resource Management and Operations

What’s New in vSphere 6.5: Host & Resource Management and Operations -VMware vSphere Blog

What’s New in vSphere 6.5: Host & Resource…

vSphere 6.5 brings a number of enhancements to ESXi host lifecycle management as well as some new capabilities to our venerable resource management features, DRS and HA. There are also greatly enhanced developer and automation interfaces, which are a major focus in this release. Last but not least, there are some notable improvements to vRealize Operations, since this product is bundled with certain editions of vSphere. Let’s dig into each of these areas.


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VMware Gets Serious about RESTful APIs and…

VMware Gets Serious about RESTful APIs and Expanding PowerCLI -wahlnetwork.com

VMware Gets Serious about RESTful APIs and…

Check out the new RESTful API and fully module-based PowerCLI in vSphere 6.5! The post VMware Gets Serious about RESTful APIs and Expanding PowerCLI appeared first on Wahl Network.


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