Why You Should Attend VMworld

VMworld 2018, VMware’s premier digital infrastructure event where you can only find what you need to launch the digital transformation that relies on you. No matter which domain you are working, you discover the technology, learn the trends, and meet the people that are shaping the future of digital business and taking IT to the next level.

VMworld offers incredible opportunities for education, training, and insights into current and future trends related to digital infrastructure technology and transformation.

You will have the opportunity to network with your old colleagues and make new connections, get direct experience and training with hands-on labs, and discover new product breakthroughs. VMware executives and experts will also be there to meet with attendees, lead workshops, and give keynotes and answer to your queries.

In this post, I want to share you some ideas why you have to attend VMworld especially if you are attending VMworld first time.

  • Learn from top VMware and industry experts about growing today’s technology in IT and what’s coming next.
  • Build and expand your skills and expertise to solve tomorrow’s challenges VMware certifications.
  • Relax and let loose with games, recreation events, sponsored get-togethers and VMworld Fest

Register for VMworld 2018 Here

You will have great option to register with Early-bird rates  , effect until June 15 , don't miss this opportunity .

Your registration fee for a full conference pass at VMworld US entitles you to the following

  • Welcome reception
  • General sessions
  • VMware Hands-on Labs
  • VMworld Fest, the official conference party
  • Solutions Exchange
  • Breakfast, lunch, and refreshments
  • Breakout sessions (Note: Some sessions are restricted to VMware partners or other select groups of attendees)

Labs and Training

The VMware Hands-on Labs demonstrate the real value of VMware solutions in real time. As a VMworld attendee, you will gain special access to the latest VMware technologies without being required to purchase equipment, software or licenses. You will have the option to attend Self-Paced Labs, Expert-Led Workshops and Hands-on Labs Tours

  • Be the first to try new lab content before it is available online.
  • Ask your tough technical questions and test the answers in a live lab environment.
  • Gain rapid product learning without the hassles of licensing and installation.

Training & Certification

VMworld training and certification program enables you to realize the full value from your VMware investments by helping you build the skills and experience to design, deploy and operate your VMware platform , evolving your organization and your career.  You have the option to Sign up during registration for special training and certification offers at VMworld, including discount.

Gatherings , Meetup's & Parties

Not only the Sessions and networking you will have great fun on VMworld with many cool gatherings and events, which ones are not to be missed.

From VMworld Fest—our fabulous event party—to sponsored get-togethers to unofficial meetups and outings organized by the VMworld community, you’ll find plenty of options for spending time with friends or making new ones.

Social Media

During VMworld use below social channel links for your posts

 Hashtags to use on Twitter and Instagram:

  • #vmworld - VMworld conference
  • #vmworldHOL - VMware Hands-On Labs at VMworld
  • #vmworld3word - 3-word creative tweets
  • #vmworldselfie - selfie or group photos

Social and Community resources:

Attendee Information

VMworld 2018 US returns to Las Vegas with five days packed with excitement, learning, and innovation.

Venue

VMworld 2018 US will be held at Mandalay Bay, located on the south side of the Las Vegas Strip and offering an unparalleled conference experience. In addition to its world-class event facilities, Mandalay Bay offers fine dining, shopping, and the world-famous Mandalay Bay Beach aquatic playground.

Address:

3950 S Las Vegas Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89119

Here is the venue map

First Time to VMworld 

If you're a first-timer to VMworld don't worry  VMware has great arrangements for you to make things simple Let's see what VMware arranged for you .

NewV Welcome Session 

VMware will connect you with other new attendees, give you details to help you plan and navigate your way through VMworld, and teach you tips and tricks to make your visit more successful. We'll also throw in some fun and games. It's a great way to kick off your VMworld experience

In Addition VM ware povides you tips about travel , stay and how to  get more details easily

Hotel Information

VMworld offers exclusive discounts at several hotels conveniently located at or near Mandalay Bay. VMware made it very simple by booking the hotel at the time of online registration with discounts.

Please vmwold hotel page for more information

Travel

Getting to VMworld 2018 US is easy. Las Vegas is served by McCarran International Airport, which hosts 28 domestic and international airlines and is open 24/7.  It’s a quick 15-minute ride from your terminal to Mandalay Bay by taxi, limo, or ride share such as Lyft and Uber.

How to get More information about Events

The free VMworld 2018 iOS and Android mobile app option , which gives you fingertip access to event and personal information. You will be able to create and view personalized breakout session schedules; add sponsors, exhibitors, and speakers to your favorites list.You can  find your way with the interactive and searchable map and much more form this app and it will be released Soon.

More Details Can be found on VMworld

Here is the Agenda for VMworld 2018

 


How to Obtain Free Version Of vSphere (ESXi) 6.7

VMware vSphere 6.7 has been announced by VMware recently and there are many enhancement and new features are available with this release. Question is how we can obtain a free version of vSphere 6.7 for our non-production or testing environment.

As earlier how we used to get free license for older versions same method we have the options to generate vSphere 6.7 license. License key with no expiration date can created free at VMware's website. You can use the "Free Hypervisor" as identical to the paid version but with some software limitations.

Also Free version has some technical  Spec and limitations , find the below .

  • Free ESXi cannot be added to a vCenter Server
  • No commercial support
  • Some API functionality is missing
  • Number of logical CPUs per host: 480
  • No physical CPU limitation
  • Maximum vCPUs per virtual machine: 8
  • If you have already a free key for ESXi 6.0 or 6.5, you can use the old key for vSphere 6.7 also.

How to Obtain Free vSphere License

  1. Browse to VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 6.7 Download Page

  1. You can Login with existing account or create an account
  1. To Register for ESXi you have to enter your personal information .After registration, you will receive a unique license key and access to the vSphere 6.7 binaries.

  1. Now Download VMware vSphere Hypervisor 6.7 - Binaries

  1. You can install ESXi to your Hardware and ass the License to the ESXI host from web Client
  2. Login as root with the Embedded Host Client (https://<ESX IP / FQDN>/ui/)

5.Navigate to Manage -> Licensing

6. Click Assign license and enter your license key and start using the free vSphere  6.7


Whats New With vSphere 6.5 Update 2

VMware vSphere 6.7 has been announced by VMware recently and there are many enhancement and new features are available with this release.And now VMware released vSphere 6.5 Update 2 with some features of vSphere 6.7 .

vCenter Server 6.5 Update 2

  • A Windows vCenter Server that has custom HTTP & HTTPS ports are supported during migration to the vCenter Server Appliance.
  • You can use the TLS Configuration utility to configure SSL tunnels on port 8089.
  • you can configure SSL settings for the lightweight CIM daemon, SFCB, with the TLS Configuration utility
  • Backup and restore to Embedded Linked Mode with replication deployment topology API.
  • vMotion and cold migration of virtual machines across vCenter Server versions 6.0 Update 3 and later, also includes VMware Cloud on AWS.
  • During the GUI or CLI deployment process of the vCenter Server Appliance, you can customize the default network ports for the HTTP Reverse Proxy service. The default ports are 80 for HTTP and 443 for HTTPS.
  • Supporting Enhanced Linked Mode (ELM) with embedded PSC .

With vCenter Server 6.5 Update 2 you can use Enhanced Linked Mode (ELM) with an Embedded Platform Service Controller (PSC). This features really helps reduces the number of virtual machines to manage and removes the need for a load balancer for high availability and the maximum number of supported ELM configuration is  "10". This feature will support only on new installations , we cannot use for upgrade or additions.

vSphere 6.5

  • Customization of default network ports for the HTTP Reverse Proxy service via the GUI or CLI during the deployment of the vCenter Server Appliance.
  • IPv6 support for the Key Management Server (KMS) of VMware vSphere Virtual Machine Encryption (VM Encryption).
  • Additional alarms for expiration of KMS certificates, missing hosts, and virtual machine keys.
  • Management of multiple namespaces compatible with the Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) 1.2 specification and enhanced diagnostic log.
  • Adding tags to the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) hardware version 1.2 on ESXi using ESXCLI commands.
  • New native driver to support the Broadcom SAS 3.5 IT/IR controllers with devices including the combination of NVMe, SAS, and SATA drives.
  • LightPulse and OneConnect adapters are supported by separate default drivers. The brcmfcoe driver supports OneConnect adapters and the lpfc driver supports only LightPulse adapters. Previously, the lpfc driver supported both OneConnect and LightPulse adapters.
  • Updates to time zones in the Linux guest operating system customization: vCenter Server Linux guest operating system customization supports latest time zones.
  • Disk serviceability plug-in of the ESXi native driver for HPE Smart Array controllers, nhpsa, now works with an extended list of expander devices to enable compatibility with HPE Gen9 configurations.

Limitations

  • Cloning of virtual machines between vCenter Server 6.0 and vCenter Server 6.5 is not supported.
  • Configuration of TLS protocols on clusters with mixed ESXi 6.0 and ESXi 6.5 hosts is not supported.
  • Upgrade from vSphere 6.5 U2 to vSphere 6.7 GA is not supported yet.
  • ELM with embedded PSC will support only on new installations .

vSphere 6.5 Update 2 Download Links

VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 6.5 U2 - Download    Release Notes

VMware vCenter Server 6.5 U2                       -  Download    Release Notes

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How to Install 32 / 64 bit Operating System on Nested vSphere 6.7

VMware vSphere 6.7 has been announced by VMware recently and there are many enhancement and new features are available with this release.Most of the VMware engineers and admins will do their tests on Nested virtual environment , As we ll know VMware supports nested virtualization . With vSphere 6.7 also it supports , In this post i will share how can we install or what modification we have to do after creating a nested VMware 6.7 environment to install 2 32 bit and 64 bit OS top of that .

First I will share details about about my environment , my nested setup is running on top of  a HP ProLiant BL460 G7 Server , below table will have the configuration details .Since HP G7 is not supporting the 6.7 version I choose the base esxi on 6.0 U3 and Nested ESXi are on vSphere 6.7 . Also Storage is VSAN datastore created on this nested setup.

Server Type CPU CORE Logical CPU RAM ESXi Version
Physical 2 12 24 64 GB 6.0 U3
Nested 2 2 4 10 6.7
Nested 2 2 4 10 6.7
Nested 2 2 4 10 6.7
Nested 2 2 4 16 6.7

I created a 32 bit windows 2008 R2 machine on one of the Nested ESXi server with configuration of 1 CPU , 2 GB RAM , and 20 GB HDD

To install OS on the machine i powered on the VM and got the below error . As per the error i understand that , this issue is related my nested ESXi CPU feature . Since it is nested by default the hardware virtualization won't be  there , but what we can enable the virtualization feature on the CPU of nested ESXi and resolve this issue .

Let's check the virtualization supported feature enabled on the windows 2008 VM and the Nested ESXi . It is not mandatory to enable the feature the VM but it should be enabled on nested ESXi .

Edit Settings -> CPU -> Hardware Virtualization  , you can see it is not enabled on both .

Enable the Feature on the nested ESXi and power on the VM  , note that to enable the feature  down time required ( shutdown the nested ESXi) .

Shutdown the nested ESXi 

Edit Settings -> CPU -> Hardware Virtualization - > add the tick on Check box of Hardware Virtualization Option and Power on .

You can verify from that same from option and you can find configuration same like below on that feature .

Try to Power on the VM and install Operating system  . Also you can notice that VM hardware compatibility is ESXi 6.0 and later and virtual machine hardware version is 11 . Because I tried to create a VM first time with supported version of base ESXi seerver .

Also I have create new 64 bit windows 7 VM to test 64 bit compatibility on nested vSphere 6.7 and it worked

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ESXCLI Commands in vSphere 6.7

VMware vSphere 6.7 has been announced by VMware recently and there are many enhancement and new features are available with this release.With this release vSphere CLI  also having enhancements and i was trying to under stand  what all new enhancement in my  6.7 Lab , ven though i tried with my lab i got reference from one the Blog on these details and it helped me to understand this quickly .

Apart from below available option there will be few additional commands if you are using any custom ISO .

Additional commands available with  custom ISO used in HPE  hardware

Below the Command List which is having enhancement and new commands , and it is total 62 number

ESXCLI Component Number of New Commands
Device 3
Hardware 6
iSCSI 1
Network 14
NVMe 14
RDMA 2
Storage 9
System 6
vSAN 7

esxcli device

Commands used to manage devices and available options are create, list and delete software devices ,drivers

esxcli hardware cpu cpuid raw
In previous versions only a subset of CPUID fields was available. The new raw command displays all CPUID fields for a given CPU.

esxcli hardware ipmi bmc
Allows configuration of IPMI Baseboard Management Controller (BMC) properties. OS name and OS version can be configured.

  • esxcli hardware ipmi bmc get
  • esxcli hardware ipmi bmc set

esxcli hardware power policy
Provides information and configuration options for system power policies.

  • esxcli hardware power policy choices list
  • esxcli hardware power policy get
  • esxcli hardware power policy set

esxcli iscsi adapter target lun list

Displays iSCSI LUN (Channel-, Target-, LUN numbers and LUN size) information

Here there is no iSCSI luns , so list is empty .

esxcli network ens
A bunch of new commands to configure ens (Enhanced Networking Stack) logical core affinity.

  • esxcli network ens lcore add
  • esxcli network ens lcore affinity get
  • esxcli network ens lcore affinity set
  • esxcli network ens lcore list
  • esxcli network ens lcore remove
  • esxcli network ens lcore switch add
  • esxcli network ens lcore switch get
  • esxcli network ens lcore switch remove
  • esxcli network ens maxLcores get
  • esxcli network ens maxLcores

esxcli network nic queue loadbalancer

This command using for displaying the details from installed and loaded NetQueue balancer plugins on physical NICs. Plugins can be enabled or disabled with the plugin set command. NetQueue has the  ability of some network adapters to deliver network traffic to the system in multiple receive queues that can be processed separately .

  • esxcli network nic queue loadbalancer plugin list
  • esxcli network nic queue loadbalancer plugin set
  • esxcli network nic queue loadbalancer state list
  • esxcli network nic queue loadbalancer state set

esxcli nvme device

New NVMe device namespace and feature configuration capabilities.

  • esxcli nvme device controller list
  • esxcli nvme device feature cap
  • esxcli nvme device feature apst get
  • esxcli nvme device feature hi get
  • esxcli nvme device feature hmb get
  • esxcli nvme device feature kat get
  • esxcli nvme device feature kat set
  • esxcli nvme device feature lba get
  • esxcli nvme device feature spm get
  • esxcli nvme device feature spm set
  • esxcli nvme device namespace attach
  • esxcli nvme device namespace create
  • esxcli nvme device namespace delete
  • esxcli nvme device namespace detach

esxcli rdma

This Command using for list all enabled RDMA protocols and delete iser logical devices.

RDMA - Remote direct memory access

ISER   - iSCSI Extensions for RDMA

esxcli storage 

it is very useful command fro all storage related activities

esxcli storage core device vaai

List the ats, clone, delete and zero VAAI attributes for the devices.

  • esxcli storage core device vaai ats list
  • esxcli storage core device vaai clone list
  • esxcli storage core device vaai delete list
  • esxcli storage core device vaai zero list

esxcli storage hpp

Commands to display information about devices controlled by the hpp (VMware High Performance Plugin).

  • esxcli storage hpp device list
  • esxcli storage hpp device set
  • esxcli storage hpp device usermarkedssd list
  • esxcli storage hpp path list

esxcli system clock
Display and configure clock phase correction settings. The default positive or negative phase correction is configured to 48 hours (172800 seconds)

  • esxcli system clock get
  • esxcli system clock set

system security fips140
Enable or disable FIPS140 mode for rhttpproxy and ssh.vSphere 6.7 uses FIPS 140-2 validated Cryptographic Modules which for example enforces specific secure encryption ciphers.

  • esxcli system security fips140 rhttpproxy get
  • esxcli system security fips140 rhttpproxy set
  • esxcli system security fips140 ssh get
  • esxcli system security fips140 ssh set

esxcli vsan

This command using to perform vSAN related operations

esxcli vsan datastore
Addition to above image exploring on datastore commands  , it is using to create and configure vSAN datastores. Creating datastores is only allowed if vSAN is enabled on the host and generally , add should be done at cluster level. Because the point is vSAN cluster is across the hosts and vSAN datastores should be in sync with all the hosts .

  • esxcli vsan datastore add
  • esxcli vsan datastore clear
  • esxcli vsan datastore list
  • esxcli vsan datastore remove

esxcli vsan debug

There is a new features for debugging vSAN features. It allows to Start/Stop the vSAN Managed Object Browser Service and to perform a host evacuation precheck.

  • esxcli vsan debug evacuation precheck
  • esxcli vsan debug mob start
  • esxcli vsan debug mob

ESXi 6.7 CLI Reference

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VMware vCenter 6.7 Upgrade from Windows vCenter 6.5

VMware vSphere 6.7 has been announced by VMware recently and there are many enhancement and new features are available with this release.In this post I am sharing details  about upgrade of  Windows based vCenter Server 6.5 with embedded PSC to 6.7 version .

Current vCenter Configuration

Operating System - Windows 2012 R2

CPU and Core       -  2 x 2

Memory                 -  16 GB

vCenter Version   -  vCenter Server 6.5 U1 with Embedded PSC

Database               -   Embedded SQL Database

I am performing upgrade from vCenter Server 6.5 U1  to vCenter 6.7 version , and not making any changes on configuration side . Also refer below checklist before proceeding the upgrade to new version .

  • Backup of the vCenter Server and the database .
  • Temporarily stop any third party software which could interfere with the installer, such as anti-virus scanner
  • SSO administrator password .
  • vCenter Server services are running with any other account rather than Local System account , you have to log in to the server with that account to run the upgrade
  • The user must be a member of the administrators group and it should have log on as a service permissions and if it is a domain user act as part of the operating system.
  • Proper NTP settings .
  • FQDN resolution .
  • Review the vCenter 6.7 Documentation 

Download the VMware vCenter Server and Modules for Windows ISO from VMware Official Website.

Mount the ISO and right click autorun.exe, select Run as administrator. The VMware vCenter Installer will open. Ensure vCenter Server for Windows is selected and click Install.

The vCenter Server 6.7 Installer will open in a separate window, select vCenter Server Windows and click Next.

Enter the current vCenter Server 6.5  SSO credentials and you can choose the same for vCenter Server and click Next 

Note:If  SSO administrator account has been  removed  from the vCenter administrators the you have to use the credentials of vCenter administrator.

The installer will now run pre-upgrade checks and continue after that

It will list the default ports required and configured  , Click Next to Continue

Select the type of data to migrate during the upgrade, click Next.

Select the installation directories. and Click Next

Note: You will need to remove the data export location folder after verifying the upgrade is successful because it won't remove automatically after the installation , the default location isC:\ProgramData\VMware\vCenterServer\export.

Tick or untick the VMware Customer Experience Improvement Program as appropriate and click Next.

Check the configuration on the review page, check the box to confirm that you have backed up the vCenter Server, and click on Upgrade to begin the installation .

new windows will come up with a progress bar , upgrade is  5 stage process it will take few minutes based on the existing setup  .

Different Steps of  vCenter Upgrades

  • Collect all required data
  • Export the the data to directory
  • Uninstall the Existing vCenter
  • Installing the new vCenter Components
  • Import the data

From version 6.7 onwards TLS 1.0 is disabled and TLS 1.1 will be used and incase a you need to use old TLS you can run reconfiguration tool from directory as show in below image .

Also After upgrade you have reconfigure DHCP setting for auto deploy

After Completing the installation you can Click on Launch vSphere Web Client to open vCenter on default Web browser

Click Finish to Exit the Installer .

Also you can Connect to the vCenter by using the IP or FQDN of the vCenter. and start accessing the new vCenter 6.7 re by clicking either the vSphere Web Client (Flex) or the vSphere Client (HTML5).

As we discussed on earlier posts new HTML5 client has most of the features available Start accessing the vCenter and learn new features .

Note that if you have installed  and configured Update manger then you have to perform upgrade of that also with version 6.7 .

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What's New with VMware vCenter 6.7

VMware vSphere 6.7 has been announced by VMware recently and there are many enhancement and new features are available with this release.In this post I am sharing details  about new features and enhancements of vCenter Server Appliance 6.7 .

VCSA 6.7 Improved Architecture

The major change for the vCenter Server Appliance , simplified  architecture. All vCenter Server services are running on a single instance with all the function .

  • vCenter Server with Embedded PSC with Enhanced Linked Mode
  • High availability no longer requires a load balancer and fully supports native vCenter Server High Availability.
  • SSO Site boundaries have been removed which provides flexibility of placement.
  • Supports vSphere scale maximums.
  • TLS 1.0 has been removed and using TLS 1.1
  • 15 deployments allowed in a vSphere Single Sign-On Domain.
  • Node management and maintenance is reduced
  • Built-in Migration Tool will support to import the historical and performance data during a migration .
  • Migration Toll will show estimated time of each option on migration window will take when migrating .
  • You will have option to pause and resume while doing the migration of data in background .
  • Migration from Windows vCenter to VCSA support custom ports if it has been configured in windows vCenter.
  • New HTML5 clarity UI

vSphere Client (HTML5)

With new HTML5 client new enhancement came ,now it supports  below workflows . But still all the functions are not fully supported , VMware is still working to reach to 100 %  .

vMotion and EVC

vSphere 6.7 enhanced vMotion capability , now it supports vMotion across vCenter Server versions up to 6.0 U3.With vSphere 6.7 you will have option to EVC on VM level  and it is available Per-VM EVC. This will help you to move the VMs across clusters, datacenters, vCenters, and VMware Cloud on AWS. EVC .Also to support Per-VM EVC your virtual machine should be on the latest VM compatibility version 14 .

Monitoring & Management

  • First the user interface is fully improved , VAMI is updated with Clarity user interface  , Clarity UI.
  • Dedicated to monitoring option available and you can see CPU, memory, network,disks and database utilization.
  • More Security option on password requirements
  • Increased the supported number of syslog forwards as three
  • More flexibility in selecting patches and updates. Information about each patch or update is available such as type, severity, and if a reboot is necessary. Either you can stage or stage and install a patch or update from the VAMI.
  • All the services related VCSA, their startup type, health, and state are visible here. Also you have the option to start, stop, and restart services if needed.

Built in backup and Restore Feature

  • Backup scheduler to schedule the backups of their vCenter Server Appliances and select how many backups to retain.
  • From activity section you will get detailed information of file based backup.
  • The Restore workflow is available on backup archive browser and all your backups will be listing there .

vCenter Server CLI Installation

One of the enhancement with cli installer to manage the vCenter Server Appliance is availability of JSON template examples with vCenter ISO. These JSON templates are a way to ensure consistency across installs, upgrades, and migrations. Usually, you have to run one JSON template from the cli installer at a time in the correct order. This manual per-node deployment is now a thing of the past with batch operations. With batch operations, several JSON templates can be run in sequence from a single directory without intervention.

There is now a templates schemas directory under the CLI installer directory.

Repointing Tool

One of the enhancements which I  liked with VCSA   repointing option with cmsso-util  command like tool. It is not anew feature , it was not available in vSphere 6.5 and makes a return in vSphere 6.7. This is using to repointing an external vCenter Server Appliance across SSO Sites within a vSphere SSO domain.

Additionally you can now repoint your vCenter Server Appliance across vSphere SSO domains. Can you say consolidation? The domain repoint feature only supports external deployments running vSphere 6.7. Built-in the domain repoint feature has a pre-check option which generates any discrepancies before repointing. The pre-check compares the two vSphere SSO domains and lists any discrepancies in a conflict JSON file. This is your opportunity resolve any of the discrepancies before running the domain repoint tool. The tool can migrate licenses, tags, categories, and permissions from one vSphere SSO Domain to another.

Reference

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VMware vSphere Update Manager (VUM) on vSphere 6.7

VMware vSphere 6.7 has been announced by VMware recently and there are many enhancement and new features are available with this release.In this post am sharing details  about update manger in vSphere 6.7 .With vSphere 6.7 version update manager module consists of a server component and client components for the vSphere Client (an HTML5-based GUI) and the vSphere Web Client (a Flex-based GUI).

  • With vSphere 6.7 update manager (VUM)  is accessible through HTML5 web client with limited functions .You have to still use the Web Client Flex for rest of the  features accessibly .

 

  •  Update Manager on vCenter 6.7 or the UMDS that runs on Windows requires Microsoft .NET version 4.7.Installing or upgrading vCenter Update Manager or UMDS  on version 6.7 required  .NET 4.7 or to upgrade your existing .NET version to 4.7  .

  • With Quick Boot option on vSphere 6.7 Update Manager will reduce the time an ESXi host spends in maintenance mode during remediation. This is available from Update Manager configuration settings, and the remediation wizard. Quick Boot is supported on limited platforms and systems , Supported platforms , Refer - KB .
  • Virtual appliances upgrades with Update Manager is deprecated , Upgrade and patch operations of virtual appliances is deprecated in Update Manager 6.7.

Find the below supported and unsupported functionalities  of vSphere update manager with HTML5 and Flex Client . 

Supported Functionality in the vSphere Web Client (HTML5 )

Update Manager Functional Area Supported Functionality in the vSphere Web Client (HTML5 )
Configuration Settings Unsupported
Patch Repository Download patches manually to the repository
Import patches
Add/Remove baselines that include a particular patch
Baselines Create Patch Baselines
Edit Patch Baselines
Create Extension Baselines
Edit Extension Baselines
Create Host Upgrade Baselines
Edit Host Upgrade Baselines
Delete Baselines
Baseline Groups Create a Host Baseline Group
Edit a Baseline Group
Delete Baseline Groups
Scan Check Compliance for Hosts & Clusters
Working with Baselines and Baseline Groups Attach host baselines
Detatch host baselines
Delete host baselines
Attach baseline groups
Detatch baselines groups
Delete baselines groups
Pre-check remediation Pre-check remediation
Stage Stage all patches to hosts or none
Remediating Hosts & Clusters Remediation against predefined patch baselines (limited functionality)
Remediation against custom patch baselines (limited functionality)
Remediation against extension baselines (limited functionality)
Remediation against upgrade baselines (limited functionality)
Remediation against baseline groups (limited functionality)
Remediating vSAN clusters Remediation against system-managed baselines
Remediating VMs Unsupported
Monitor Update Manager Events&Notifications Update Manager related events are displayed in global vSphere Client events list.
Monitoring of Update Manager notifications are unsupported.
Scheduling Update Manager tasks Unsupported
Update Manager compliance view Compliance info cards that are available from the Updates tab:
Summary card of the selected host or cluster
Compliance information card of the selected host or cluster
Pre-check remediation card of the selected host or cluster

Supported Functionality in the vSphere Web Client (Flex-based GUI)

Update Manager Functional Area Supported Functionality in the vSphere Web Client (Flex-based GUI)
Configuration Settings Change the Update Manager Network Settings
Configure the Update Manager Proxy Settings
Configure the Update Manager Download Sources
Configure Checking for Updates
Configure Notifications Checks
Configure Host and Cluster Settings
Configure Using Quick Boot
Configure Host Maintenance Mode Settings
Configure Cluster Settings
Enable Remediation of PXE Booted ESXi Hosts
Take Snapshots Before Remediation
Configure Smart Rebooting
Configure the Update Manager Patch Repository Location
Patch Repository Download patches manually to the repository
Import patches
Add/Remove baselines that include a particular patch
Baselines Create Patch Baselines
Edit Patch Baselines
Create Extension Baselines
Edit Extension Baselines
Create Host Upgrade Baselines
Edit Host Upgrade Baselines
Delete Baselines
Baseline Groups Create a Host Baseline Group
Create a Virtual Machine Baseline Group
Edit a Baseline Group
Add and Remove Baselines to a Baseline Group
Delete Baseline Groups
Scan Scan Hosts
Scan Clusters
Scan VMs
Working with Baselines and Baseline Groups Attach host baselines
Detatch host baselines
Delete host baselines
Attach VM baselines
Detatch VM baselines
Attach baseline groups
Detatch baselines groups
Delete baselines groups
Pre-check remediation Pre-check remediation
Stage Select patches to stage to hosts
Remediating Hosts & Clusters Remediation against predefined patch baselines
Remediation against custom patch baselines
Remediation against extension baselines
Remediation against upgrade baselines
Remediation against baseline groups
Remediating vSAN clusters Remediation against system-managed baselines
Remediating VMs Remediation against predefined VM baselines
Monitor Update Manager Events&Notifications Update Manager related events are displayed in global vSphere Web Client events list.
Monitoring of Update Manager notifications is available from the Update Manager Admin view under Monitor tab.
Scheduling Update Manager tasks Schedule scan and remediate operations from Task&Events under the vSphere Web Client Monitor tab.
Update Manager compliance view Unsupported

Check the below VMware reference web page  to understand more about Update Manager and learn

Reference

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vSphere 6.7 Enhanced Linked Mode ( ELM )

What's New with vShere 6.7 in Enhanced Linked Mode ( ELM )

vCenter Server with an embedded platform services controller supports enhanced linked mode (ELM). It is one the best features came with vSphere 6.7 to reduce the complexity for customers to manage their multi site VMware Infrastructure . This is big enhancement for vCenter and its really made out life easy .

I have already shared post about vCenter High Availability with 6.5 version  . ELM helps to link multiple vCenter Servers together for increased visibility . And with vSphere 6.7  change on the architectural design resolves the without the complexity of external PSCs or load balancers.

  • No load balancer required for high availability and fully supports native vCenter Server High Availability.
  • SSO Site boundary removal provides flexibility of placement.
  • Supports vSphere scale maximums.
  • Allows for 15 deployments in a vSphere Single Sign-On Domain.
  • Reduces the number of nodes to manage and maintain.

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vCenter Server Appliance 6.7 Deployment with Embedded PSC- VCSA 6.7

As we all know new vSphere version has been released and i have shared a hint about dome of the features and information has been share on previous post  .In this post i am going to share how to deploy new vCenter Server Appliance 6.7 with embedded PSC .

First You have to Download the vCenter Server 6.7 from VMware Portal , you can find the download link below.

Create a Proper DNS entry for the new VCSA server no your DNS server

Verify that your DNS is resolving from the Machine you rare going to install the vCenter and inside ESXi host .

Mount the ISO on the machine from where you are going to start the installation

Navigate to the Folder vcsa-ui-installer -> win32 from the mounted ISO drive and open the installer file .

As you can seen the deploy appliance page will popup with a new look  , and you can see the options available there

Install    -  For fresh installation of VCSA

Upgrade - Upgrade of existing VCSA or PSC

Migrate - Migrate existing vCenter , PSC or SSO windows server to appliance .

Restore  - Restore the vCenter or PSC  backup which we already took .

Since we are planing to install the new VCSA , Click on Install Option

The new window for installation of the vCenter 6.7 look very nice and the details of the each step is described over there , Click Next to Continue

Accept the License Agreement and Click Next

Next Step we have to choose the deployment type  , there are two option one is vCenter Server with embedded PSC or external PSC , Select vCenter Server with an Embedded Platform Service Controller and Click Next

Enter the Target ESXi host FQDN or IP and user name and password of the Target ESXi host where new VCSA will be installed

Accept the Certificate Warning to proceed further

Add the VM Name and root password for the appliance

Select the deployment sizes and click next

Select the Storage location where this appliance to be deployed and Click Next

Select the  Network to be communicated with VCSA and add the IP details and Click Next

Note :- FDQN of vCenter should be resolving else you may get an error on installation time .

Review the settings and Click Finish to Start the Installation of VCSA 6.7

Popup will come ad you can review the progress the installation

After Completion of the vCenter Appliance installation you can continue to next stage of deployment which is appliance setup .

Click Continue to start the Stage 2

You can see the Two stage Process details on the  window and Click next to continue

Choose the Time Sync Option , Sync with ESXi or NTP server details , also you can enable or disable SSH access form same window and Click Next

Here you have to add SSO domain details , sso domain name , username and password , Click Next to Continue

Also if you want to join to existing sso you select the option and add the existing details

If you want to join CEIP the Select Tick on Join VMware's CEIP option and or you can leave it as it is and Click Next to Continue

Review the setting of the vCenter Appliance and Click Finish to start the Second Stage Instalaltion

You will get warning Message , Click OK to continue .

You Can Monitor the Stage Installation Progress on the Window

After Installation completed you can close the window , and you can access the appliance by browse the address from any browser .

You can see the Latest version of the Web client , with vSphere 6.7 version ymore features available with HTML5 client

New HTML client Login Window Looks like blow

Soon i will come up with more posts on vSphere 6.7  , you can refer release notes to learn more .

Release Notes

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