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VMware Announces Discontinuation of Third Party vSwitches

VMware has announced it will be discontinuing support for third party vSwitch support, this will impact vSwitches such as the Cisco Nexus 1000V, Cisco VM-FEX, HPE 5900v and IBM DVS 5000. You can read the VMware KB here.

The most recent version of vSphere 6.5 Update 1 does still support third party vSwitches and will be the last version to do so, all subsequent versions will have the vSwitch APIs removed!

Now for those users on the Cisco Nexus 1000V there is a migration tool which VMware provides to assist with migrations, you can find this here under the ‘Automation Tools and SDK(s)’ drop down.

I’m sure some users will be disappointed in VMware’s decision however the vSphere Distributed Switch is feature rich and should fulfill most users requirements.

 

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VMware updates vSphere 6.5 to 6.5 U1

vSphere 6.5 Update 1 has been released and it contains some great improvements, fixes and removal of a feature!

vCenter

Several improvements to vCenter, I personally think the increases are for the up and coming VMware Cloud on AWS release.

  •  vSphere 6.0 Update 3 can now be to upgraded/migrated to vSphere 6.5 Update 1
  • vCenter Server scale has been greatly increased!
    • Maximum vCenter Servers per vSphere Domain: 15 (increased from 10)
    • Maximum ESXi Hosts per vSphere Domain: 5000 (increased from 4000)
    • Maximum Powered On VMs per vSphere Domain: 50,000 (increased from 30,000)
    • Maximum Registered VMs per vSphere Domain: 70,000 (increased from 50,000)
  • Full support for the vCenter Server Appliance installer on macOS Sierra (10.12)

vSan

vSAN 6.6.1 has been released bringing with it;

  • New capabilities involving Update Manager (VUM)
  • More sources for updates including firmware, drivers, and vSphere software

Switching

Important notice for anyone running 3rd party switches.

  • 3rd party switch support has been REMOVED, this means users using 3rd party switches such as the Cisco Nexus 1000V must migrate away before upgrading to 6.5 U1.
  • UPDATE – VMware has revised the notice about 3rd part switches explaining subsequent vSphere versions will have the third party vSwitch APIs completely removed and third party vSwitches will no longer work. Meaning vSphere 6.5 U1 is the last update to support 3rd party switches . More info here

Read more in VMware’s official blog post here

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VMware vSAN 6.6 release

We’ve seen vSan evolving at a rapid pace, and now vSan 6.6 is here this evolution continues.

Highlights include

  • Secure Data with vSAN Data-at-Rest Encryption
  • Highly Available Management with the ESXi Host Client
  • Degraded Device Handling (DDH)
  • Intelligent Rebuilds
  • Capacity and Policy Pre-Checks

Lower TCO

  • Enhanced Stretched Clusters with Local Failure Protection
  • Site Affinity for Stretched Clusters
  • Cloud-friendly Networking with Unicast
  • vSAN Cloud Analytics
  • Easier Deployment and Configuration
  • Enhanced Health Monitoring
  • vRealize Operations Management Pack for vSAN

Read more here

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VMware Horizon 7.1 is now GA!

VMware has made Horizon 7.1 generally available!

What’s New or updated in this release…

  • Instant Clones
  • Horizon Virtualization Pack for Skype for Business
  • Blast Extreme protocol
  • Hide Server and Domain Info
  • Logon Segments Breakdown Function
  • RDSH published applications
  • URL Content Redirection.
  • Integration with vRealize Orchestrator and vRealize Automation
  • Windows Server 2016 support

Read more here

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vSphere 6.5 is GA – VMware Announces General Availability

VMware vSphere 6.5 is generally available! What’s New or updated in this release?

  • A simplified experience
  • Comprehensive built-in security
  • Universal app platform
  • vSphere Predictive DRS

Read more here