vSphere 6.5 Upgrade Considerations Part-3
Feb18

vSphere 6.5 Upgrade Considerations Part-3

Scenario Update 10/3/17 – by request requirements and decisions section has been added for the example scenario and blog post updated to reflect these changes. We’ve started out by discussing the concepts and processes that make up a successful vSphere 6.5 Upgrade. Then it was time to take what we’ve learned in the first blog post of this series and apply it to a particular scenario. The first scenario covered upgrading an environment...

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vSphere 6.5 Upgrade Considerations Part-2
Feb18

vSphere 6.5 Upgrade Considerations Part-2

Scenario The first post in this series covered Phase 1 of the vSphere 6.5 upgrade process. Phase 1 consists of all the upfront work that one should do before starting an upgrade. This includes getting familiar with the new vSphere 6.5 features and the necessary documents. Hopefully, by now you’ve done your homework and are ready to move on to Phase 2 which is planning out the upgrade steps of all the components, scheduling meetings...

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vSphere 6.5 Upgrade Considerations Part-1
Feb18

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 VCSA restore can simply be done by...

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Understanding the Impacts of Mixed-Version vCenter Server Deployments
Feb18

Understanding the Impacts of Mixed-Version vCenter Server Deployments

There are a few questions that come up quite often regarding vCenter Server upgrades and mixed-versions that we would like to address. In this blog post we will discuss and attempt to clarify the guidance in the vSphere Documentation for Upgrade or Migration Order and Mixed-Version Transitional Behavior for Multiple vCenter Server Instance Deployments. This doc breaks down what happens during the vCenter Server upgrade process and...

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Platform Services Controller (PSC) 6.x FAQ Now Available
Feb18

Platform Services Controller (PSC) 6.x FAQ Now Available

The Platform Services Controller (PSC) was introduced in vSphere 6.0 as a mechanism to simplify and centralize common vSphere infrastructure services. The PSC handles vSphere single sign-on (SSO), licensing, tagging, global permissions, custom roles, and certificate management. Prior to the PSC, most of these services were individually managed such as tagging and licensing while global permissions is a new capability. While the PSC...

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What Every vSphere Admin Must Know About VMware Tools
Feb18

What Every vSphere Admin Must Know About VMware Tools

Managing the lifecycle of VMware Tools continues to be a topic of interest among VMware vSphere customers everywhere. There have been some notable changes to VMware Tools management in the past year, especially for environments that have opted for more advanced configurations.The compilation below is targeted at those looking to get up to speed on the latest changes and technical information about VMware Tools lifecycle management....

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