ESXI · vCenter

VMware vSphere 6.7 – What’s New

Last Day VMware launched vSphere 6.7 and there are lots of new enhancements in this release  , This release of VMware vSphere 6.7 includes ESXi 6.7 and vCenter Server 6.7. Read about the new and enhanced features in this release in What’s New in VMware vSphere 6.7.

let take a look of some of the New Features on vSphere 6.7 :

vCenter with embedded platform services controller in enhanced linked mode
enabling you to link multiple vCenters and have seamless visibility across the environment without the need for an external platform services controller

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  • No load balancer required for high availability supports native vCenter Server High Availability.
  • Allows for 15 deployments in a vSphere Single Sign-On Domain
  • Reduces the number of nodes to manage and maintain

vSphere 6.7 upgrade  paths

upgrades from 6.0 & 6.7 are supported. vSphere 5.5 to 6.7 is not supported (multi-step). Also, a vCenter Server 6.0 or 6.5 managing ESXi 5.5 hosts will also be a multi-step upgrade at least to ESXi 6.0 before upgrade vCenter Server to 6.7

vSphere Appliance Management Interface (VAMI)

 https://ip_or_FQDN of vcenter:5480 

there is alot of improvement which include :

  • Monitoring – visibility to CPU, memory, network, atabase utilization and disk “you can see if any disk is going out of space’ .
  • Services – new services view is also present showing you state of a service. When selecting a service, you have actions such as start, stop, restart.
  • Syslog – can now ffoward to 3 syslogs , in  vSphere 6.5 there was only support forward to 1 syslog .
  • Update- Now you have an option to select the patches to install. Previously you only could install All or nothing. So now with vCSA 6.7 also you can stage or stage and install patch (before was via CLI only)

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  • Backup – Backup Scheduler new added you can setup backup and retention policy , also you can check the backup if it’s manual or scheduler

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vSphere HTML 5 Client – 95 %

VMware vShpere Client (HTML 5) supported more function

  • vSphere Update Manager
  • Content Library
  • vSAN
  • Storage Policies
  • Host Profiles
  • vDS Topology Diagram
  • Licensing

VMware Working to improve the client in the next release will support full functions

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vShpere Client (HTML5)  Also Include the Platform Service controller part (PSC)

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another great option (Single Reboot) When you upgrade the ESXI you have only 1 reboot but this work only when upgrading form 6.5 to 6.7 and from 6.0 to 6.7 will have 2 reboot

vSphere Quick Boot 

it is a way to restart the hypervisor without going through the physical hardware reboot process. , of course this only applies when your used server hardware supports it. Note that with the first release only a limited set of servers will support it

Core Storage

Several new features and enhancements to further the advancement of storage functionality are included. Centralized, shared storage remains the most common storage architecture used with VMware installations despite the incredible adoption rate of HCI and vSAN. As such, VMware remains committed to the continued development of core storage and Virtual Volumes, and with the release of vSphere 6.7, this truly shows. The 6.7 version marks a major vSphere release, with many new capabilities to enhance the customer experience. Check this VMWare blog for more details  What’s new with vSphere 6.7 Core Storage

vCenter Server Hybrid Linked Mode

which makes it easy and simple for customers to have unified visibility and manageability across an on-premises vSphere environment running on one version and a vSphere-based public cloud environment, such as VMware Cloud on AWS, running on a different version of vSphere.

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vSphere 6.7 also introduces Cross-Cloud Cold and Hot Migration, further enhancing the ease of management across and enabling a seamless and non-disruptive hybrid cloud experience for customers.

As virtual machines migrate between different data centers or from an on-premises data center to the cloud and back, they likely move across different CPU types. vSphere 6.7 delivers a new capability that is key for the hybrid cloud, called Per-VM EVC. Per-VM EVC enables the EVC (Enhanced vMotion Compatibility) mode to become an attribute of the VM rather than the specific processor generation it happens to be booted on in the cluster. This allows for seamless migration across different CPUs by persisting the EVC mode per-VM during migrations across clusters and during power cycles

Useful links

This blog post highlights several of the new features in vSphere 6.7

Note : All Screen shoot from VMware

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