vSphere 6.5 is finally GA

Today, VMware finally announces vSphere 6.5 to be GA.

As I’m writing this post, I’m installing ESXi 6.5 GA in my lab:
ESXi 6.5 GA

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

What’s New in VMware vSphere 6.5
http://www.vmware.com/content/dam/digitalmarketing/vmware/en/pdf/whitepaper/vsphere/vmw-white-paper-vsphr-whats-new-6-5.pdf

vSphere 6.5 Highlights

VMware vCenter Server 6.5

  • Simple migration from Windows vCenter 5.5 and 6.0 to VCSA 6.5.
  • vCenter Server Appliance Management Interface (port 5480) provides now a simple interface to monitor the vCenter database.
  • Native vCenter High Availability solution. Spin up a vCenter HA cluster with two notes, one active and one passive.
  • The C# client has finally been retired. The new default is the vSphere HTML5 Client and the vSphere Web Client.
  • The vSphere Web Client is accessible via https://vcenter/vsphere-client
  • The vSphere Client is accessible via https://vcenter/ui

VMware vRealize Operations Manager 6.4

  • Enhanced UI.
  • Dashboard now focuses on Key Performance Indicators.

ESXi 6.5

  • VM encryption and encrypted vMotion is now available.
  • Host Web Client is now the default to connect to ESXi https:///ui/
    This came out of https://labs.vmware.com/flings/esxi-embedded-host-client
  • Network-Aware vSphere DRS
  • VMware vSphere Integrated Containers is build in by default
  • Automated UNMAP for block storage solutions

By the time I was done with writing this post, the installation of ESXi 6.5 was done as well.

ESXi65Installation

ESX 6.5 Host Client

 

Datrium DVX 101 – Adding Hosts

After covering the NetShelf setup in Datrium DVX 101 – NetShelf Setup a few weeks back, it is time to cover the host setup.

In order to add an ESXi host to a Datrium DVX, it has to meet the following requirements:

  • ESXi 5.5 U2 or later
  • Minimum of 2 cores for the Datrium Hyperdriver
  • Minimum of 7.5 GiB memory for the Datrium Hyperdriver
    • ~2.5 GiB memory for each additional terabyte of flash
  • At least one 800 GB SSD or 2x 400 GB SSDs

The actual process of adding a host to the Datrium DVX is easy and only a few mouse-clicks away.

  1. Open the Datrium GUI within the vSphere Web-Client
  2. Browse to Hosts and Clusters and select the host you would like to set up
  3. Go to Monitor -> Datrium DVX and hit Install
    Datrium Host Setup 1

    Datrium Host Setup 1
    This will take about 2 minutes
  4. Once the Hyperdriver has been installed, you need to select your SSDs and click on Configure host to finish the setup
    Datrium Host Setup 3

    Datrium Host Setup 4
    depending on the number of SSDs and size, this might take a few minutes

    Datrium Host Setup 5

  5. After the successful configuration of the SSDs and the mounting of the DVX datastore, the main GUI is going to load and you can start to use your new host
    Datrium Host Setup 6

Recap of VMworld 2016

We have survived VMworld 2016 and it was  a blast!!!

It was great to meet many old friends and make some new friends.

Overall, the show was great even tho I am  not a big fan of the location at the Mandalay Bay Event Center. Moscone Center became familiar over the past years and I feel it is easier to navigate through.

Since I have been mainly busy at the Datrium booth, I haven’t seen much else of VMworld. For the folks who didn’t get a chance to take a look at the our booth, below are some pictures of what you have missed out on.

 

Datrium VMworld 2016

Datrium VMWORLD Datrium VMWORLD

Free WiFi on Delta Flights

If you happen to fly frequently with Delta Airlines, you might enjoy my recent finding. I just flew back from my vacation yesterday on a Delta flight from Atlanta to San Jose (SJC) and found an easy way to get free wifi for any of your iOS devices.

Note, this might work for all devices including your laptop but I only tried it from my iPhone and iPad.

How to get free WiFi on Delta Airline Flights?

  1. Connect to the gogoinflight wifi
    gogoinflight
  2. Open your browser of choice and try to access any website. The gogo website will automatically open.
    gogo website
  3. Select Watch for Free and the movie and TV selection will open up.
    gogo movies
  4. Select any movie or TV show and hit the Watch Now button.
    gogo watch now
  5. Fill in the CAPTCHA and hit submit. You are now connected to the gogo Wifi and all messaging apps should work and also your emails.gogo captcha

If the internet connection stops working, just re-run the steps above and you’ll get reconnected to the internet.

Datrium DVX 101 – NetShelf Setup

For the NetShelf Setup, make sure you allocate a minimum of 3 IPs (floating, controller 1 & controller 2) for the data network or a total of 6 IPs if you plan to separate the management and data networks. The actual setup is very simple and takes only 2-3 minutes.

Serial port settings

Serial port speed: 115200
Data bits: 8
Spot bit: 1
Parity: None

Datrium NetShelf Controller
Datrium NetShelf Controller

Upon successful connection via serial cable, you will be presented with the Datrium DVX Setup Wizard. The wizard will guide you through the following areas:

DVX settings – 15 seconds

Network configuration – 1:45 minutes

After the network settings have been set, the setup wizard will move on to

vCenter Server Registration – 21 seconds

The NetShelf is now set up and ready to be used in under 3 minutes.

In the next post, I will go over adding hosts to the Datrium DVX.