Tuesday, March 17, 2015

vSphere 6.0 Release


The time is now here! All the products announced on February 2, 2015 and a few others, were released past week.
While some of them may just looks like bug fixes or compatibility releases others bring amazing new features.
I’ll give just a peek at the highlights I choose, full features could be find at the release notes.

I don’t expect you guys to read all of this, but focus on the products will have today on your environment, you might find some new feature or a bug fix that will make your life easier. ; )

Good reading 
  
vCenter Server 6.0 | 12 MARCH 2015 | Build 2562643
ESXi 6.0 | 12 MARCH 2015 | Build 2494585
Wow, this release is amazing with things like, Long Distance vMotion, Cross vCenter vMotion, Web Client Performance enhancements, Virtual Volumes (VVOL) and some platform innovation like Platform Service Controller (PSC) service. It’s a good idea to check What’s New in vSphere 6 Platform guide.
Scalability is something huge on this release as well, just to give you an idea:
- Clusters of 64 nodes
- Hosts with 480 physical CPUs and 12 TB of RAM
- Virtual Machine Compatibility Level 6, allowing 128 vCPUs, and 4TB of RAM
If I were you I would check vSphere 6 Configuration Maximum guide.

vSphere Update Manager | 12 MARCH 2015 | Build 250319
The only thing here is a new embedded database version and support for Oracle Database

vRealize Automation 6.2.1 | 12 MAR 2015 | Build 2553372
Covering a lot of bug fixes this release also brought Secure Remote Console for VMs running on vSphere endpoint back !!!
Custom properties are reapplied in case you reprovision a VM.

Horizon View 6.1 | 12MAR 2015
What about shared vGPU, with NVIDIA ? Cool, right. Also it includes smart-card authentication for RDS desktops. Support for IPV6, Compatibility with vSAN 6 and VVOL and Windows 2012 support for VDI desktops

Site Recovery Manager 6.0 | 12 MAR 2015 | Build 2580226
Along with vSphere 6.0 support it now also supports Storage vMotion and Storage DRS on both the protected and recovery sites, protect and recovery of virtual machines using IPV6.

vSphere DataProtection (VDP) 6.0 Release Notes | 12 MAR 2015
This release kills the difference between standard/advanced. That means all features are included on a single version and a free version, how cool is that ?!?

VMware vSphere Replication 6.0 | 12 MAR 2015 | Build 2568808
This one brought a lot of enhancements, like:
- Network traffic compression: replicated data is now optionally compressed prior to being sent over the network, resulting in reduced replication times and less network bandwidth consumed.
- Linux guest OS quiescing: introducing Linux guest OS quiescing service to provide file-system level crash consistency to replicated Linux-based VMs.
- Scalability: each vSphere Replication Management Server can now configure for replication and manage a maximum of 2000 simultaneous replications, up from the limit of 500 replications today.

vCloud Network andSecurity (vCNS) 5.5.4 | 12 March 2015 | Build 2504419
This release upgrades all components, vCNS Manager and vCNS Edge, but, beside of a few bug fixes it adds support for vSphere 6.0, but beware that new vSphere 6 features have not been tested with this release of vCNS therefore it’s not supported, for more details check KB2109120.

vRealize Orchestrator 6.0.1 | 12 March 2015 | Build 2510741
It has some stability and management enhancements but more important compatibility with vSphere 6.0

vRealize Code Stream 1.1 | 12 March 2015 | Build 2553372
This release has a built-in and a step-by-step instruction how to set up everything along with how to videos. Nice if you ask me.
Also it enhanced integration with vRealize Automation, vRealize Orchestrator, Artifactory, Jenkins, PowerShell script & Bash script

VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) 1.0 | 12 MARCH 2015 | Build 2567172
This release confirms the tight integration between VMware products, like vCenter, vRealize Operations and LogInsight for OpenStack operations.

vRealize Business Standard 6.2.1 | 12 March 2015 | Build 2548009
It’s more a compatibility release, allowing it to work with vSphere 6.0, vRA 6.2.1 and vROPs 6.0.1

vRealize Business Advanced and Enterprise 8.2.1 | 12 MARCH 2015 | Build 2522126
I see nothing but bug fixes, which is always good ; )

VMware vRealize Infrastructure Navigator Version 5.8.4 | 12 March 2015
Another compatibility release for vSphere 6.0 support.

It might have more, gosh !!!!

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