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

 

vSphere HA – VM Monitoring

VM Monitoring comes with three different options. By default it is set to Disabled but you can vm monitoringenable either VM Monitoring Only or VM and Application Monitoring.

In either case, the VM uses VMware Tools to identify the state of the VM and its application and then reboot the VM if necessary.

What is the difference between VM Monitoring Only and VM and Application Monitoring?

VM Monitoring Only utilizes VMware Tools to check regularly for heartbeats and I/O activity from the VMware Tools process. Depending on the Monitoring Sensitivity setting, vSphere HA will  know how often to look for heartbeats and how often the VM should reboot.

VM and Application Monitoring also utilizes VMware Tools and can monitor the VM just like the VM Monitoring Only setting but it can also monitor the application, running on the VM. In order to enable Application Monitoring the application has to support VMware Application Monitoring or use the appropriate SDK.

At a minimum it is best practice to enable VM Monitoring Only to ensure maximum availability for your most important VMs. Note, this setting can be adjusted per VM via VM Overrides in the Cluster Settings

 

Top VMworld 2016 Sessions by Category

The content catalog for this year’s VMworld 2016 in Las Vegas has just been announced.
Even tho the content catalog has been published, the schedule builder won’t be available until July 19th 2016.

Below is a list of sessions which looked very interesting and promising. There are more than 500 sessions available and below are my top sessions.

SDDC – Software Defined Data Center

STO7650 – Software Defined Storage @ VMware Primer
INF8255 – vSphere API 101 – Harnessing the power for the everyday Admin
INF8108 – vCenter Performance Deep Dive
STO9617 – Containers & VVols – a technical deep dive on new technologies that revolutionize storage for vSphere
STO8164 – Benchmarking VAIO-Integrated Caching. Is it Really Faster? How Much, and Why?
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Every year again – Vote for the Top vBlog 2016

Top vBlog 2016
top vblog 2016

This years voting for the Top vBlog 2016 is now open and it is your opportunity to actively support your favorite bloggers. Currently there are more than 300 blogs about VMware and virtualization out there.

If you frequently read blogs and follow bloggers on twitter, go ahead and vote for your favorite blog. As part of the voting, you will need to pick 12 of your favorite blogs out there and then rank them in an order from #1 to #12. Depending on the ranking, the blogs will get points assigned.

All details can be found on Eric Siebert’s blog.

Happy voting everyone