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In VMware vSphere there was an hystorical limit of VMDK disks around 2 TB (2 TB – 512 B), but the real “usable” was also less due to the need to make a snapshots on it (if you want use native backup solutions) and depending on the block size (for more informations see Veeam KB 1091). Starting with vSphere 5.5 was finally possibile have bigger disks up to 62 TB (that I will call just “jumbo” disks), but again with several limits describe in VMware KB 2058287 (Support for virtual machine disks larger than 2 TB […]

Now that the new VMware vSphere 6.5 is in GA, most people are starting considering to upgrade (or start from scratch) with this version, instead of vSphere 6.0 (or also 5.5). But please consider this product like a major release, there are several changes, but also new features and scalability properties that make interesting for each new environment, but also for existing customers (with an active subscription if you have a 5.5 version, so that you can also upgrade your 5.x license keys). But like each new version you have to make some consideration first […]

Finally the vSphere Integrated Containers is now in GA (General Availability) and will be possible using vSphere to also natively run containerized workloads and not only VMs. Because it relies on existing vSphere constructs to run containerized workloads, vSphere Integrated Containers can seamlessly leverage NSX, vSAN and the vRealize management suite out of the box. Using constructs from the Open Container Initiative to map Docker containers to vSphere infrastructure, containers are provisioned as virtual machines, offering the same security and functionality of virtual machines in VMware ESXi hosts or VMware vCenter Server instances.

After the official announce at the last VMworld EU, finally VMware vSphere 6.5 is now GA and available for the download. There are several news in the Web client, in new vCenter, in the availability, in VSAN 6.5, in the new security features, new scalability and lot of other stuff.

The new VMware vSphere 6.5, recently available in GA, increase all configuration maximums to new limits (compared to the 6.0 and previous versions). Maybe we can say with no limit, or at least, to be serious, with really huge numbers compared to the actual needs and the existing compunting power. Those new limits are both for scalability aspect, but also to fit with possible performance requirements, considering that a bigger number of business critical applications are going in the virtual environment. For more information see the official docs Minimum & Maximum for VMware vSphere 6.5.

The new release of VMware vSphere 6.5 will finally add some interesting news of the vCenter Server. Not only the virtual appliance (Linux based) version is not fully featured (was almost in version 6.0, but still with the big limit of VMware Update Manager available only for Windows), but now has some features only for this version and the Windows one become the limited version. First sign was the Fling for the migration from a vCenter edition to the VCSA: the official Windows vCenter Server to vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) Migration Tool which is part […]

Disk Drill is an file undelete for Windows and MacOSX that permit to recover your data in a matter of minutes and in an easy way. Any storage device you can connect to your Windows PC can be scanned by our free data recovery software. The free version recovers up to 500MB, otherwise you can buy the PRO or Enterprise version.

One of the (few) new products announce during the VMworld US 2016 was the VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) 3.0 release. OpenStack is an framework for providing developers with cloud-style APIs and tools on top of a choice of virtual infrastructure technologies. OpenStack software controls large pools of compute, storage, and networking resources throughout a datacenter, managed through a dashboard or via the OpenStack API. OpenStack works with popular enterprise and open source technologies making it ideal for heterogeneous infrastructure.

Finally VMware has announced some good news about the vSphere clients: for the (old/legacy) C# client and the web/flash one: the C# client (AKA Desktop Client/thick client/vSphere Client for Windows) will not be available for the next version of vSphere (finally!). Current versions of vSphere (6.0, 5.5) will not be affected, as those will follow the standard support period. the web client based on Adobe Flash, will be soon replace (finally!) with a new vSphere pure HTML5 Web Client (actually available through a Fling).

As promised in the last VMworld, now VMware has introduced two new less-expensive versions of its NSX product targeted for the mid-enterprise. Also on NSX there are now different editions with different prices and, of course, features. The full version will be the Enterprise one (sigh… on vSphere Enterprise has gone, wasn’t better call it Enterprise Plus), the intermediate Advanced and the starter just Standard. No Essential or Essential Plus, but will be difficult and non sense (yet) apply this kind of technology to the small business.

VMware best practices for virtual networking, starting with vSphere 5, usually recommend the vmxnet3 virtual NIC adapter for all VMs with a “recent” operating systems: starting from NT 6.0 (Vista and Windows Server 2008) for Windows and for Linux that include this driver in the kernel, and for virtual machines version 7 and later. For those operating systems the choice is normally between the e1000 or the vmxnet3 adapter: the new virtual machine wizard suggest the e1000 for the recent Windows systems, but only because this driver is included in the OSes. Historically there were some […]

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