Today at VMworld Europe, VMware announced vSphere 6.5. This highly anticipated release promises to deliver on several key features and components that have been in the works for some time. Among the anticipated features are native backup and restore of the vCenter 6.5 appliance, the HTML 5 vSphere Client, native HA for the vCenter 6.5 appliance, Update Manager integrated with the vCenter 6.5 appliance. This release also brings VMotion encryption, VM disk level encryption, vSphere integrated Containers, major enhancements to DRS, dramatic improvements to API and automation capabilities with enhancements to REST APIs and CLI’s as well as improvements to the logs and integrated GUI for Auto Deploy, to name a just a few.
For more information on the vSphere 6.5 announcements visit VMware’s vSphere Blog posts:
Introducing vSphere 6.5
What’s New in vSphere 6.5: vCenter Server
What’s new in vSphere 6.5: Security
What’s New in vSphere 6.5: Host & Resource Management and Operations
The vSphere 6.x product page at VMware.com also highlights the product versions and licensing:
vSphere and vSphere with Operations Management
With VMworld Europe 2016 underway, expect more announcements from VMware.
VMware KB: Backing up and restoring the vCenter Server Appliance vPostgres database.
This is very useful information for anyone who is considering deploying the vCenter 6.0 virtual appliance.
A question came up today about receive side scaling support for Linux in vSphere. This KB describes how it is supported.
VMware KB: RSS and multiqueue support in Linux driver for VMXNET3.
VMware KB: VMware Platform Services Controller 6.0 FAQs.
This is a terrific FAQ for the vSphere 6 PSC. I suggest you read this and refer to it as you begin to get more familiar with and plan upgrades or deployments of vSphere 6.
In preparation for teaching an early access vSphere: Install, Configure and Manage [v6] course this week, I have collected all the web resource links from the student manual onto a single page. Every web link is included, though none are repeated as they are in some sections of the course materials.
The web resources are here.