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VMware has just released the new version of vSphere 6.7 that includes ESXi 6.7 and vCenter Server 6.7, and, of course, it’s the foundation for vSAN 6.7!

There are several news, improvements and new features. Most are well described in the vSphere 7.6 launch page.

Like usual, scalability has been extended and new maximums numbers are bigger. Most of the changes are on the vSphere 6.7 vCSA that delivers great performance improvements (all metrics compared at cluster scale limits, versus vSphere 6.5):

  • 2X faster performance in vCenter operations per second
  • 3X reduction in memory usage
  • 3X faster DRS-related operations (e.g. power-on virtual machine)

Introducing vCenter Server 6.7

The vCenter Server Appliance is now the default deployment. But also the embedded deployment seems to become the standand: finally it’s supported have vCenter with embedded platform services controller in enhanced linked mode, enabling customers to link multiple vCenters and have seamless visibility across the environment without the need for an external platform services controller or load balancers. There are several improvements also on the VCHA part (vCenter High Availability).
For more information about the new vCenter see this blog post.
Introducing vSphere Lifecycle 6.7

VMwarevSphere 6.7 now features an HTML5 client for Update Manager and adds innovative technology that saves time during host maintenance operations. For example now VUM it’s finally working in the vSphere Client.
Introducing vSphere Security 6.7

Security was a huge improvements in vSphere 6.5, but here more and more has been added. First of all the virtual TPM but also thefully support for Microsoft Virtualization Based Security.

VMware vSphere with Operations Management 6.7 has some interesting additions in store. From a new plugin for the vSphere Client, to new dashboards, to a brand-new capacity engine, this is the version to upgrade to!

There are a ton of updates and improvements to comb through for the developer and automation side. As part of the vSphere 6.5 release, there is a new set of RESTful based APIs.
Introducing vSphere 6.7 for Enterprise Applications

VMware vSphere 6.7 introduces new storage and networking features which have a major impact on the performance of enterprise applications – these include support for Persistent Memory (PMEM) and enhanced support for Remote Directory Memory Access (RDMA).

Support for 4K native disk drives, beeter auto-UNMAP, VVols enhancements, increasing in the maximum number of LUNs/Paths (1K/4K LUN/Path).

Starting with vSphere 6.7, VMFS-3 will no longer be supported. Any volume/datastore still using VMFS-3 will automatically be upgraded to VMFS-5 during the installation or upgrade to vSphere 6.7. Any new volume/datastore created going forward will use VMFS-6 as the default.

For instructions about upgrading ESXi hosts and vCenter Server, see the ESXi Upgrade and the vCenter Server Upgrade documentation.

The VMware Product Interoperability Matrix provides details about the compatibility of different versions of VMware vSphere components, including ESXi, VMware vCenter Server, and optional VMware products.

Check the VMware Product Interoperability Matrix also for information about supported management and backup agents before you install ESXi or vCenter Server.

VMware vSphere 6.7 is available in the following languages:

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Simplified Chinese
  • Traditional Chinese

As announced with vSphere 6.5 installation, some CPU are no more supported in vSphere 6.7:

  • AMD Opteron 13xx Series
  • AMD Opteron 23xx Series
  • AMD Opteron 24xx Series
  • AMD Opteron 41xx Series
  • AMD Opteron 61xx Series
  • AMD Opteron 83xx Series
  • AMD Opteron 84xx Series
  • Intel Core i7-620LE Processor
  • Intel i3/i5 Clarkdale Series
  • Intel Xeon 31xx Series
  • Intel Xeon 33xx Series
  • Intel Xeon 34xx Clarkdale Series
  • Intel Xeon 34xx Lynnfield Series
  • Intel Xeon 35xx Series
  • Intel Xeon 36xx Series
  • Intel Xeon 52xx Series
  • Intel Xeon 54xx Series
  • Intel Xeon 55xx Series
  • Intel Xeon 56xx Series
  • Intel Xeon 65xx Series
  • Intel Xeon 74xx Series
  • Intel Xeon 75xx Series

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Andrea MauroAbout Andrea Mauro (2718 Posts)

Virtualization, Cloud and Storage Architect. Tech Field delegate. VMUG IT Co-Founder and board member. VMware VMTN Moderator and vExpert 2010-18. Dell TechCenter Rockstar 2014-15. Microsoft MVP 2014-16. Veeam Vanguard 2015-18. Nutanix NTC 2014-18. PernixPro 2014-16. Several certifications including: VCDX-DCV, VCP-DCV/DT/Cloud, VCAP-DCA/DCD/CIA/CID/DTA/DTD, MCSA, MCSE, MCITP, CCA, NPP.


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