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

 

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