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vSphere 6.5 update 1 is out

VMWare published vSphere 6.5 Update 1 with some relevant enhancements, you can read the full article here

vSphere 6.5 Update 1 further refines vSphere 6.5 while also adding key additional support and enhancements including:

vSphere Client Now Supports 90% of General Workflows

The HTML5-based vSphere Client now can support up to 90% of general workflows.  This is welcomed news as VMware pushes towards 100% parity between the various clients.

vCenter Server Foundation Now Support 4 Hosts

In discussions with customers with smaller environments, VMware has received feedback that 3 host environments were too small in many cases.  If VMware vCenter Server Foundation could just support 1 additional host that would make all the difference.  This is why with vSphere 6.5 Update 1 VMware is now increasing the number of hosts that vCenter Server Foundation will support from 3 host to 4.

vSphere Support and Interoperability Across Ecosystems

VMware prides itself on having one of the broadest ecosystems across any industry.  As with any new product, at initial release, some partners were not ready with compatible versions of their products.  Many of these incompatibilities are now a thing of the past, as we have worked with our partners to test and ensure interoperability.  Furthermore, the ecosystem is also expanding as we forge new alliances to add vendor support for things such as Security Key Management and Proactive HA, to name a few.

vSphere 6.5 General Support Has Been Extended

VMware understands that upgrading infrastructure can be a lengthy process.   One consideration for whether or not to upgrade is how long the new product will be supported.  VMware wants to make the customer’s decision to upgrade easier by extending general support for vSphere 6.5 for a full 5 years.  This means that support for vSphere 6.5 will now end November 15, 2021.

Upgrade from vSphere 6.0 Update 3 Now Supported

Customers who are on vSphere 6.0 Update 3 now have a supported upgrade path to vSphere 6.5.

A recap of key capabilities offered in vSphere 6.5 can be found here.

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Don’t let your VMware VCP lapse

A VMware email come through about my VCP, 3 years it’s too short! No way i will let this expire. So what are the options?

(1) Upgrade to VCAP
(2) Update with the latest VCP exam
(3) Certify in a different technology track
At this point i will not move forwards to VCAP, just renew with VCP 6.5. See what’s New on 6.0 and 6.5 and do some labs. After that it’s time to schedule the exam :)

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Update ESXi from CLI

I was running the base image of ESXi 6.0, and i decided to update it to the latest version

Upgrade the ESXi from CLI it’s really easy, just following the next steps:

  1. Enter ESXi Maintenance mode
  2. Download the update from my.vmware.com (in my case vsphere 6.0 update 3)
  3. Upload to ESXi using Datastore Browser and connect to ESXi via SSH
  4. Install the update via CLI esxcli software vib install -d <path-to-update-file>
  5. Reboot

Note: The updates are cumulative, you just need to download the latest one available under your account

[[email protected]:~] esxcli software vib install -d /vmfs/volumes/Datastore/update-from-esxi6.0-6.0_update03.zip

Due the nature of operation we are doing, we require a reboot as we can see.

Installation Result
Message: The update completed successfully, but the system needs to be reboot ed for the changes to be effective.
Reboot Required: true
VIBs Installed: VMware_bootbank_ehci-ehci-hcd_1.0-3vmw.600.2.52.4600944, VMwa re_bootbank_elxnet_10.2.309.6v-1vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_esx-base_6. 0.0-3.57.5050593, VMware_bootbank_esx-tboot_6.0.0-3.57.5050593, VMware_bootbank_ esx-ui_1.14.0-4940836, VMware_bootbank_ima-qla4xxx_2.02.18-1vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_lpfc_10.2.309.8-2vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_lsi-mr3_6 .605.08.00-7vmw.600.1.17.3029758, VMware_bootbank_lsi-msgpt3_06.255.12.00-8vmw.6 00.1.17.3029758, VMware_bootbank_lsu-hp-hpsa-plugin_2.0.0-4vmw.600.3.57.5050593, VMware_bootbank_lsu-lsi-lsi-mr3-plugin_1.0.0-3vmw.600.3.57.5050593, VMware_boot bank_lsu-lsi-megaraid-sas-plugin_1.0.0-3vmw.600.3.57.5050593, VMware_bootbank_ls u-lsi-mpt2sas-plugin_1.0.0-4vmw.600.1.17.3029758, VMware_bootbank_misc-cnic-regi ster_1.78.75.v60.7-1vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_misc-drivers_6.0.0-3.57 .5050593, VMware_bootbank_net-bnx2_2.2.4f.v60.10-1vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bo otbank_net-bnx2x_1.78.80.v60.12-1vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_net-cnic_1 .78.76.v60.13-2vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_net-e1000e_3.2.2.1-2vmw.600. 3.57.5050593, VMware_bootbank_net-igb_5.0.5.1.1-5vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_boo tbank_net-ixgbe_3.7.13.7.14iov-20vmw.600.3.57.5050593, VMware_bootbank_net-nx-ni c_5.0.621-5vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_net-tg3_3.131d.v60.4-2vmw.600.1. 26.3380124, VMware_bootbank_net-vmxnet3_1.1.3.0-3vmw.600.2.43.4192238, VMware_bo otbank_nvme_1.0e.0.35-1vmw.600.2.34.3620759, VMware_bootbank_qlnativefc_2.1.50.0 -1vmw.600.3.57.5050593, VMware_bootbank_sata-ahci_3.0-26vmw.600.3.57.5050593, VM ware_bootbank_scsi-bnx2fc_1.78.78.v60.8-1vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_sc si-bnx2i_2.78.76.v60.8-1vmw.600.0.11.2809209, VMware_bootbank_scsi-hpsa_6.0.0.44 -4vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_scsi-mpt2sas_19.00.00.00-1vmw.600.0.0.249 4585, VMware_bootbank_scsi-qla4xxx_5.01.03.2-7vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootba nk_vsan_6.0.0-3.57.5050595, VMware_bootbank_vsanhealth_6.0.0-3000000.3.0.3.57.50 50596, VMware_bootbank_xhci-xhci_1.0-3vmw.600.2.52.4600944, VMware_locker_tools- light_6.0.0-3.57.5050593
VIBs Removed: Broadcom_bootbank_misc-cnic-register_1.710.70.v55.1-1OEM.550.0. 0.1331820, Broadcom_bootbank_net-bnx2_2.2.5f.v55.16-1OEM.550.0.0.1331820, Broadc om_bootbank_net-bnx2x_2.710.70.v55.7-1OEM.550.0.0.1331820, Broadcom_bootbank_net -cnic_2.710.70.v55.5-1OEM.550.0.0.1331820, Broadcom_bootbank_net-tg3_3.137d.v55. 1-1OEM.550.0.0.1331820, Broadcom_bootbank_scsi-bnx2fc_1.710.70.v55.3-1OEM.550.0. 0.1331820, Broadcom_bootbank_scsi-bnx2i_2.710.70.v55.6-1OEM.550.0.0.1331820, Emu lex_bootbank_elxnet_10.2.445.0-1OEM.550.0.0.1331820, Emulex_bootbank_lpfc_10.2.4 55.0-1OEM.550.0.0.1331820, Hewlett-Packard_bootbank_scsi-hpsa_5.5.0.84-1OEM.550. 0.0.1331820, Intel_bootbank_net-igb_5.2.7-1OEM.550.0.0.1331820, Intel_bootbank_n et-ixgbe_3.21.4-1OEM.550.0.0.1331820, LSI_bootbank_scsi-mpt2sas_15.10.06.00.1vmw -1OEM.550.0.0.1198610, QLogic_bootbank_ima-qla4xxx_500.2.01.31-1vmw.0.3.100400, QLogic_bootbank_net-nx-nic_5.5.641-1OEM.550.0.0.1331820, QLogic_bootbank_qlnativ efc_1.1.39.0-1OEM.550.0.0.1331820, QLogic_bootbank_scsi-qla4xxx_644.55.35.0-1OEM .550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_ehci-ehci-hcd_1.0-3vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware _bootbank_esx-base_6.0.0-0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_esx-tboot_6.0.0-0.0.249458 5, VMware_bootbank_lsi-mr3_6.605.08.00-6vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_lsi -msgpt3_06.255.12.00-7vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_lsu-hp-hpsa-plugin_1. 0.0-1vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_lsu-lsi-lsi-mr3-plugin_1.0.0-1vmw.600. 0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_lsu-lsi-megaraid-sas-plugin_1.0.0-1vmw.600.0.0.2494 585, VMware_bootbank_lsu-lsi-mpt2sas-plugin_1.0.0-1vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_b ootbank_misc-drivers_6.0.0-0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_net-e1000e_2.5.4-6vmw.60 0.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_net-vmxnet3_1.1.3.0-3vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_ bootbank_nvme_1.0e.0.35-1vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_sata-ahci_3.0-21vm w.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_xhci-xhci_1.0-2vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_lo cker_tools-light_6.0.0-0.0.2494585
VIBs Skipped: VMWARE_bootbank_mtip32xx-native_3.8.5-1vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMw are_bootbank_ata-pata-amd_0.3.10-3vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_ata-pata- atiixp_0.4.6-4vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_ata-pata-cmd64x_0.2.5-3vmw.60 0.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_ata-pata-hpt3x2n_0.3.4-3vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMwa re_bootbank_ata-pata-pdc2027x_1.0-3vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_ata-pata -serverworks_0.4.3-3vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_ata-pata-sil680_0.4.8-3 vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_ata-pata-via_0.3.3-2vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VM ware_bootbank_block-cciss_3.6.14-10vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_cpu-micr ocode_6.0.0-0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_emulex-esx-elxnetcli_10.2.309.6v-0.0.24 94585, VMware_bootbank_esx-dvfilter-generic-fastpath_6.0.0-0.0.2494585, VMware_b ootbank_esx-xserver_6.0.0-0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_ipmi-ipmi-devintf_39.1-4v mw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_ipmi-ipmi-msghandler_39.1-4vmw.600.0.0.24945 85, VMware_bootbank_ipmi-ipmi-si-drv_39.1-4vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_ lsu-lsi-lsi-msgpt3-plugin_1.0.0-1vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_lsu-lsi-mp tsas-plugin_1.0.0-1vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_net-e1000_8.0.3.1-5vmw.6 00.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_net-enic_2.1.2.38-2vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_b ootbank_net-forcedeth_0.61-2vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_net-mlx4-core_1 .9.7.0-1vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_net-mlx4-en_1.9.7.0-1vmw.600.0.0.24 94585, VMware_bootbank_nmlx4-core_3.0.0.0-1vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_ nmlx4-en_3.0.0.0-1vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_nmlx4-rdma_3.0.0.0-1vmw.6 00.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_ohci-usb-ohci_1.0-3vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_b ootbank_rste_2.0.2.0088-4vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_sata-ata-piix_2.12 -10vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_sata-sata-nv_3.5-4vmw.600.0.0.2494585, V Mware_bootbank_sata-sata-promise_2.12-3vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_sata -sata-sil24_1.1-1vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_sata-sata-sil_2.3-4vmw.600 .0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_sata-sata-svw_2.3-3vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_boo tbank_scsi-aacraid_1.1.5.1-9vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_scsi-adp94xx_1. 0.8.12-6vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_scsi-aic79xx_3.1-5vmw.600.0.0.24945 85, VMware_bootbank_scsi-fnic_1.5.0.45-3vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_scs i-ips_7.12.05-4vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_scsi-megaraid-mbox_2.20.5.1- 6vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_scsi-megaraid-sas_6.603.55.00-2vmw.600.0.0 .2494585, VMware_bootbank_scsi-megaraid2_2.00.4-9vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_boo tbank_scsi-mptsas_4.23.01.00-9vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_scsi-mptspi_4 .23.01.00-9vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_uhci-usb-uhci_1.0-3vmw.600.0.0.2 494585

After reboot you can check the new version, turn off the maintenance and ready to go!

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What is the deal to be vExpert for the first time?

Excited! It is the right word for this announcement, VMware is being the leader on Virtualization and challenger on other subjects. Let’s keep the ball rolling.

What benefits does a vExpert get?

vExpert Program Benefits

  • Invite to our private #Slack channel
  • vExpert certificate signed by our CEO Pat Gelsinger.
  • Private forums on communities.vmware.com.
  • Permission to use the vExpert logo on cards, website, etc for one year
  • Access to a private directory for networking, etc.
  • Exclusive gifts from various VMware partners.
  • Private webinars with VMware partners as well as NFR’s.
  • Access to private betas (subject to admission by beta teams).
  • 365-day eval licenses for most products for home lab / cloud providers.
  • Private pre-launch briefings via our blogger briefing pre-VMworld (subject to admission by product teams)
  • Blogger early access program for vSphere and some other products.
  • Opportunity to receive a free blogger pass to VMworld US or VMworld Europe (limited to 50 for US and 35 for EU).
  • Featured in a public vExpert online directory.
  • Access to vetted VMware & Virtualization content for your social channels.
  • Yearly vExpert parties at both VMworld US and VMworld Europe events.
  • Identification as a vExpert at both VMworld US and VMworld EU.

References:

vExpert 2017 Award Announcement

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VMware vSphere 6.5 is available now!

VMware made it available what we were expecting later, VMware vSphere 6.5 is now available for download,

Some direct links where to find some relevant information:

Downloads:

Documentation:

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