With a greatly improved web client, a vCenter Server appliance that is on scale with vCenter, cross-vCenter and long-distance vMotion, and fault tolerance that supports up to 4 vCPUs, vSphere 6 is now GA.
This entry will be updated as the need arises. New items in bold.
Last update: 5/3/2015, 8:47PM ET
As we near the release of the next major version of VMware vSphere, version-specific documentation will be published. When I become aware of it, I will update this blog entry with links to the documentation.
- Top 5 Tips when Considering vCenter Architecture Design in vSphere 6.0. Great advice and starting point for your upgrade.
- What’s New in the VMware vSphere 6.0 Platform. 16 page technical white paper from VMware technical marketing veterans covering a full range of new features.
- Before you upgrade to vSphere 6: Compatibility, database, and resiliency considerations in making the move.
- vSphere 6 Documentation Center: Detailed manuals on the new version.
- vSphere 6 Training and Certification. What’s New, ICM, and Optimize and Scale courses already up and ready to be registered for.
- vSphere 6.0 Feature Walkthrough. Very, very cool. Fairly technical.
- Collection of demos organized by major features. Looks to be about 18 bite-sized demos, covering everything from installation (with and without a PSC) to upgrades to backup jobs to replication.
- This is just one “Feature Walkthrough” of many. The rest of them are here.
- vCenter Server 6 Deployment Guide
- What’s New in vSphere 6 Hands On Lab
- HOL-SDC-1410. HOLs are awesome. You can either run through the script (warning -’tis a looong lab) or just play around the interface.
Transparent Page Sharing is the ability for virtual machines to share identical memory pages. This allows hosts to most efficiently use memory, particularly when those hosts have many almost identical VMs running on them. The net benefit is better memory usage when it is actually leveraged (which isn’t always), potentially leading to greater consolidation ratios. TPS has been around almost as long as VMware.
As the blog post below indicates, VMware is making a change to the default settings for TPS in proactive response to theoretical security research. I encourage you to click-through to learn more.
One of my customers is investigating best practices for combining network traffic types on a 10Gb link, since obviously having 1 NIC per traffic type (vMotion, Management, FCoE, iSCSI, etc.) isn’t feasible. These slides were pulled from a vSphere 5.0 deck that VMware’s Technical Marketing put together. If I find more detailed slides I’ll update the post.
September 22, 2014
VMworld 2014 Announcements presentation for your everlasting enjoyment. I truly hope this is helpful.