We’re pleased to announce that the vSphere Client is now ‘Fully Featured’ in vSphere 6.7 Update 1. This means that you can manage all aspects of your vSphere environment using the HTML5-based vSphere Client, no need to switch back and forth between the vSphere Client and the vSphere Web Client. We’ve ported all remaining features
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As I visit a number of my customers, i get a lot of questions about upgrading to vSphere 6.5 and where to start. I was doing some research and I came across some really helpful info on planning your vSphere 6.5 upgrade.
The fist step of any upgrade is making sure to do your homework and check for any relevant documents such as release notes for each product, vSphere documentation, and the compatibility guide. These provide important information such as what’s new, known issues and upgrade notes. The VMware Compatibility guide is key. Don’t assume that something supported in vSphere 5.5 will be supported in 6.5. You have to double check. I cant stress enough, you have to check hardware compatibility and make sure its supported prior to the upgrade. Also check out VMware KB articles, they can be a great source to assist on upgrades. Ill provide links below.
Other planning considerations:
- Know if your vCenter Topology is supported for 6.5
- Check to make sure 3rd party solutions are compatible
- How about an environment health check prior to the upgrade?
- Windows vCenter should be migrated to VCSA
- Map out your upgrade, if its a large environment complete it in phases
- Got Training? Use VMware HOL to get familiar with all the new features and management interfaces. A lot has changed. There is a new vSphere appliance interface, HTML5 vSphere client, PSC management interface, vSphere web and host client. Do you know what client is used for what? You need to know! 🙂
Its really important to take your time planning. Make realistic goals and time for completions. Work with your extended team, like storage and network and the automation team. They will most likely have tasks to complete or items to review prior to an upgrade. No one wants a call at 2am for an emergency because you failed to include your storage team in the upgrade planning. TEST, TEST and TEST AGAIN! Try and account for all scenarios and any complications that could happen and what to do if you need to back out of the upgrade. What’s the point of no return. Open an SR with VMware prior to the upgrade to have them aware of when its happening. Support can make all the difference sometimes. Do you need backups? Yes, no, maybe. You need to know. These are just some of the questions and answers you need, Im betting you will come up with a lot more. There is a ton of information to process, it can seem overwhelming; however, if you do your research and take your time and put in a good plan, I’m sure your upgrade will be successful
VMware Interoperability Guide: http://www.vmware.com/go/interop
VMware Compatibility Guide: http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php
VMware Docs: https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-vSphere/index.html
Guest OS Installation Guide: partnerweb.vmware.com/GOSIG/home.html
Helpful Knowledge Base Articles: ( https://kb.vmware.com/s/ )
Information before upgrading to vSphere 6.5 (2147548)
VMware vSphere Upgrade Policies (2149713)
Update Sequence for vSphere 6.5 and its compatible VMware products (2147289)
Best Practices for upgrading to vCenter Server 6.5 (2147686)
Supported and Deprecated Topologies for VMware vSphere 6.5 (2147672)
vCenter Single Sign-on and PSC High Availability Compatibility Matrix (2112736)
Today, VMware announced a series of products and collaborations at today’s VMworld. Below is a summary:
VMware Cloud Services: Manage, Secure, Monitor, and Automate Cloud Infrastructure and Applications
VMware Cloud Services provide a unified approach to gain end-to-end visibility into cloud usage, costs, network traffic, metrics monitoring, and analytics, and deliver consistent security across public clouds and on-premises environments. By enabling IT organizations to manage and secure across clouds, VMware is helping IT organizations balance agility and flexibility with control and governance, across multiple clouds. Today, VMware is announcing its initial set of cloud services:
- VMware AppDefense™: a data center endpoint security solution that protects applications by embedding application control, and threat detection and response capabilities into the VMware vSphere-based environments on which applications and data live. By leveraging vSphere, AppDefense gains a deep understanding of the intended state and behavior of the applications running on virtual machines and can detect and respond to unauthorized changes. With AppDefense, VMware is helping IT transform security by building on a virtualization foundation and moving to a new security architecture that’s intent-based and application focused. Read the AppDefense news release here.
- VMware Cost Insight™: a cost monitoring and optimization service for public and private clouds that helps IT analyze cloud spend, find savings opportunities, and communicate the cost of services to the business. With Cost Insight, users can understand aggregated cloud costs and identify key cost drivers. Cost Insight provides granular visibility into public and private cloud costs so that IT leaders can map investments to strategic business priorities and ensure cost transparency. Read more about Cost Insight in this blog.
- VMware Discovery™: an automated inventory service that improves cloud visibility and tames shadow IT by bringing together inventory information and cloud accounts from multiple clouds, making it easy for IT to search for and identify workloads deployed from their enterprise. Using native cloud tags and properties that have been identified, customers can group cloud resources even if they span across multiple clouds. With better organization of cloud resources, Discovery allows organization of cloud resources in ways that mirror business needs. Read more about Discovery in this blog.
- VMware Network Insight™: a network and security analysis service offering purpose-built for public clouds and software-defined data centers. Network Insight provides comprehensive network visibility and granular understanding of traffic flows to enable cloud security planning and network troubleshooting. Best practices checks, an intuitive UI and search simplify VMware NSX administration, making it easier for cloud administrators to manage and troubleshoot NSX deployments at scale. Read more about Network Insight in this blog.
- VMware NSX Cloud™: a service that provides consistent networking and security for applications running in multiple private and public clouds, via a single management console and common API. Micro-segmentation security policy is defined once and applied to application workloads running anywhere — in cloud virtual networks, regions, availability zones — and across multiple clouds. Overlay networking enables more precise control over topologies, traffic flows, IP addressing, and protocols used in public clouds. The consistency and control delivered by NSX Cloud enables IT to simplify and scale operations, improve standardization and compliance, and lower OPEX for applications running in public clouds. Read more about NSX Cloud in this blog.
- Wavefront® by VMware®: a metrics monitoring and analytics platform that handles the high-scale requirements of modern cloud-native applications. Wavefront by VMware’s speed, scale, and flexibility empowers DevOps, and developer teams with instant insight into the performance of highly-distributed cloud-native services. Wavefront by VMware’s analytics, query-driven alerts, interactive visualizations, open API, and integrations, all powered by a scalable time-series database, deliver “first pane of glass” visibility to help DevOps teams detect performance anomalies while enabling high availability of key cloud services. Developers can self-serve and adapt Wavefront by VMware analytics to the unique needs of their code while gaining visibility into its production behavior. Read more about Wavefront in this blog.
VMware and HP announce a partnership to add VMware’s Workspace ONE to the HP’s DaaS technology platform for endpoint management.
VMware Cloud on AWS – VMware and Amazon announce the availability of VMware Cloud on Amazon Web Services.
VMware and Dell EMC Partner to Deliver First Data Protection Solution for VMware Cloud on AWS
- Announced today, VMware Cloud on AWS is an on-demand service running on elastic, bare-metal AWS infrastructure
- Dell EMC is the first to offer data protection for VMware Cloud on AWS, including backup and recovery for workloads running in VMware Cloud on AWS
- Dell EMC Data Domain and Data Protection Suite provide self-service data protection services tightly integrated with VMware vSphere
VMware Cloud Foundation: Fastest Path To Private Cloud, On Premises or As A Service
VMware Cloud Foundation is the industry’s most advanced cloud infrastructure platform. It can be flexibly deployed on-premises or consumed as a service in the cloud, and used to run traditional and cloud-native containerized applications. VMware Cloud Foundation accelerates IT’s time-to-market by providing an integrated cloud infrastructure stack that includes a complete set of software-defined services for compute, storage, networking, and security. With new built-in lifecycle management automation, customers can eliminate the overhead of infrastructure-level Day 0 to Day 2 operations. VMware Cloud Foundation provides customers choice among a growing ecosystem of compatible public cloud services, turnkey integrated systems and certified server options:
- New cloud services — VMware partners delivering services based on Cloud Foundation now include CenturyLink (announcement), Rackspace (announcement), and Fujitsu.
- New Integrated systems — VMware partners announcing new solutions include the newly updated version of Dell EMC VxRack SDDC and the new releases of HDS UCP-RS, Fujitsu PRIMEFLEX and QCT QxStack.
- New certified servers — VMware is announcing an expanded list of Cloud Foundation certified server options from Cisco, HDS, Fujitsu, and Lenovo.
VMware Integrated OpenStack 4 to Deliver Enhanced Performance and Scale Capabilities
VMware Integrated OpenStack is an OpenStack distribution from VMware that complies with the OpenStack Foundation’s 2017.01 interoperability guidelines. It provides customers with the fastest and most efficient solution to deploy and operate OpenStack clouds on VMware’s software-defined data center (SDDC) infrastructure — typically without the need for professional services. VMware Integrated OpenStack 4 will support the latest OpenStack release — Ocata — enabling customers to take advantage of new performance and scalability enhancements to core compute and networking services as well as increased support for containers. VMware Integrated OpenStack 4 will introduce several new capabilities and integrations beyond those made available by the community. Additional new functionality will include:
- Enhancements that enable enterprises to run containerized applications alongside traditional applications in production on OpenStack
- vRealize Automation™ integration to enable OpenStack users to use vRealize Automation-based policies and to consume OpenStack components within vRealize Automation blueprints
- Increased scale and isolation for OpenStack clouds enabled through new multi-VMware vCenter® support
VMware is also announcing new pricing and packaging for VMware Integrated OpenStack, which was previously available at no cost to qualified customers. See additional details in the Pricing and Availability section.
vRealize Network Insight 3.5 to Deliver Enhanced Visibility for Networking and Security
VMware vRealize Network Insight delivers intelligent operations for software-defined networking and security across virtual, physical, and multiple-clouds with micro-segmentation planning that can be scaled to thousands of VMs at a time with 360-degree visibility and VMware NSX® operations. VMware vRealize Network Insight 3.5 will provide deeper visibility into the networking and security infrastructure enabling customers to easily monitor NSX deployments and help meet PCI (Payment Card Industry) compliance. Key new capabilities will include:
- The NSX Edge Health Dashboard and NSX Internet Protocol Flow Information Export (IPFIX) integration to enable NSX customers to safeguard health and access analytics for SDDC flows impacted by NSX firewall rules
- Support for Brocade MLX, Check Point Firewall and HPE OneView to provide customers with holistic visibility across their virtual and physical networking and security infrastructure
- The PCI compliance dashboard for NSX Distributed Firewall (DFW) will help customers in verticals such as financial, healthcare and government to build compliance for their NSX infrastructure
This latest release will build on significant capabilities delivered in vRealize Network Insight 3.4, which introduced support for micro-segmentation planning, troubleshooting, and application modeling using native Amazon Web Services (AWS) components.
New VMware vSAN Offering, VMware HCI Acceleration Kit Accelerates the Adoption of Distributed IT
Digitally-driven customers are increasingly in need of enterprise-class infrastructure at remote and branch sites to accelerate decision-making and deliver a level of IT independence to these important extensions of their business or operations. The distributed nature of vertical applications ranging from retail locations to oil rigs to tactical military installations is driving a need for flexible, cost-sensitive infrastructure that can be managed by IT generalists. The new VMware HCI Acceleration Kit brings affordable enterprise infrastructure with familiar, common management from the data center to distributed environments. Powered by the award-winning VMware vSAN software, the new offering delivers server economics to enterprise storage environments with a unique VMware vSphere®-native architecture that can be deployed on a broad choice of hardware platforms certified by VMware vSAN ReadyLabs™. The solution includes VMware vSphere and VMware vSAN standard licenses. The software licenses support single-socket vSAN ReadyNodes, which are available from Dell, Fujitsu, Lenovo, NEC, and Supermicro today. The VMware HCI Acceleration Kit pricing starts at $7,852 per 3-node cluster and the software licenses allow unlimited virtual machines.These new HCI systems based on vSAN will help power edge analytics and enable on-prem deployments of the new VMware Pulse™ IoT Center™ for Internet of Things (IoT) use cases.Read what partners have to say about the new VMware HCI Acceleration Kit.
VMware Introduces New vSphere Scale-Out Edition for Big Data and HPC Workloads
VMware vSphere Scale-Out™ edition, a new solution in the vSphere product line aimed at Big Data and HPC workloads. VMware vSphere Scale-Out edition includes the features and functions most useful to Big Data and HPC workloads such as those provided by the core vSphere hypervisor and the vSphere Distributed Switch™. This new solution also enables the ability to rapidly change and provision compute nodes.
Whoa! It’s been an exciting couple of months! I’m very excited to announce on Monday August 14th I will officially start the next chapter in my career. I have accepted the position of Pre-Sales System Engineer, Enterprise – UpState NY at VMware. Yeah Baby! The mother-ship! VMware has been such a big part of my professional and personal life for so many years, this is really an incredible opportunity. I cant tell you how thrilled I am to be able to provide technical guidance and help customers! How awesome is that. Im really looking forward to building a trust relationship with my customers and learning all about how they are working and what is unique to their business and where VMware can help empower their digital transformation.
With any change there are some doors that open and some that close. I will absolutely miss working every day with my team at M&T. These guys and gals are top notch. Pro-quality, high test, premium grade, A1 choice cut. The level of leadership and talent is top notch. The good news is that I will be supporting them as their new SE. 🙂 Another door that closes for me is my leadership responsibilities at the Buffalo VMUG. This one hurts. Community give back is so important to me, and I truly enjoyed the planning of the meetings and vBeers. l’ll move onto the steering committee and Ill be at every one helping out as much as I can with presentations and spreading the good word of VMware! Ahh VMworld…. I had to cancel my trip this year. No worries though, ill be back next year. Someone put a dollar in a slot machine for me!!
Lastly – whats up with this vBlog? Its only gonna get better kids! Hang tight. Great things are coming!