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Reading Time: 3 minutes Now that VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 1 was released in GA the “missing piece” was still the Platinum bundle. But now also VMware vSphere Platinum is finally in General Availability (GA). Announced during the VMworld US 2018, VMware vSphere Platinum is an new edition and a new bundle. The new vSphere Platinum is basically VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 1 Enterprise Plus with the addition of VMware AppDefense. Funny but there is no info about the announce credits on VMware Cloud on AWS (Credits worth $10,000 for VMware Cloud on AWS) that now are no more mentioned.

Reading Time: 3 minutes The new release VMware vSphere 6.7U1 has a lot of improvements, but one has not been emphasized too much: VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 1 finally supports Microsoft Active Directory 2016 schema and relative functional level! Lot of people forget that  vCenter Server, vCenter Single Sign-On and the VMware Platform Services Controller have their own interoperability matrix with Active Directory versions based on the Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) domain functional level, not only with the Windows Server operating system on which Active Directory is running.

Reading Time: 2 minutes Seams that the new VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 1 will break all the Veeam Backup & Replication backup jobs! As reported in the Veeam KB 2443, VMware 6.7 Update 1 is actually NOT supported by Veeam B&R and will be supported only with Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 4. More information are available on Veeam KB 2784 and this forum thread.

Reading Time: 2 minutes After some months from the announce, finally VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 1 is now generally available (GA) and you can now download all the bits. Of course, this also mean a new version of the VMware vSAN 6.7 Update 1. But more importantly it means also a fully featured vSphere Client with the new version of the HTML5 client in vSphere 6.7 Update 1! There is a bunch of videos available on YouTube with all the HTML5 client features. But before read more, note that actually Veeam Backup and Replication does not support vSphere 6.7 […]

Reading Time: 3 minutes In the last Veeam Community Forums Digest, there are some interesting notes about some possible issues with vSphere Storage vMotion, that usually is used to move backup your VMs in the original datastore during a Instant VM Recovery (IR). Seems that there is major bug in Storage VMotion functionality of vSphere 6.7 when you are using the optional IR feature that allows you to redirect virtual disk updates to the selected datastore.

Reading Time: 4 minutes If you are running VMware vSphere 5.5 or 6.x you may have some issues with VM snapshots with the risk that VMs may report guest data inconsistencies! Not funny at all and potentially a critical problem that must be planned, considering that VM snapshots are used by all VM native backup products! And more serious that the cosmetic snapshot “issue” in VMware vSphere 6.0 using the vSphere C# Client. This issue is still open for vSphere 5.5 (and probably will remain un-fixed considerind that v5.5 is in End of General Support), 6.0 and 6.5.

Reading Time: 3 minutes VMware vSphere 5.5 is really close to its End of Support, that will mean no more updates and possible limited support from VMware. The End of General Support for vSphere 5.5 is September 19, 2018. To maintain your full level of support and subscription services, VMware recommends upgrading to vSphere 6.5, or to a newer version.

Reading Time: 3 minutes Three years ago, VMware has decided to make VMware Tools an independent package, with a separate lifecycle and available in the MyVMware download page as a separated package. Separated and independent from VMware Fusion, Workstation and ESXi virtualization solutions! Seems good, but on vSphere environment, this can make some confusion considering that you have the VMware Tools bundled with ESXi and the standalone VMware Tools usually with a bigger version and independent also by the version of vSphere!

Reading Time: 2 minutes There are a lot of different possible reasons why a VM does not power on a VMware vSphere infrastructure, but usually, the error message can really help to found the reason or the root cause. Maybe not available resources, maybe some files that are missing, maybe some incompatibility… But normally you can put the error message and found the proper VMware KB that can help you.

Reading Time: 5 minutes VMware Tools are a set of utilities installed in the guest operating system that improve the control of the virtual machine making the administration easier, can increase the overall performance providing paravirtualized drivers and add also new features and capabilities (for example the snapshots with quiesciencing). Usually VMware Tools are included with ESXi deployment, but starting with November 2nd, 2015 there are also a standalone version of VMware Tools that can be downloaded as a VMware Tools packages ZIP or TAR.GZ file (or also a VIB file). Downloads are available at this link.

Reading Time: 4 minutes As usual, VMworld has several announcements, and for the second year in a row, there are some important announcements about the core virtualization platform: VMware vSphere. First news is a not surprising new vSphere 6.7 Update 1… At the begin of the year, my bet was that vSphere 6.7 was announced during VMworld US and maybe vSphere 6.7 Update 1 at VMworld EU, but seems that the releasing of the product has been accelerated (in my opinion to accelerate vSAN growing).

Reading Time: 6 minutes The new vSphere Client in HTML5 introduced with vSphere 6.5 was originally a Flings project called: vSphere HTML5 Web Client. The name is inconsistent now, but the Flings project mantain the original name to avoid something like ‘vSphere Client Fling’ and also to keep its independed devel path. And on August 22, 2018 a new release of the Fling version has been released: v3.41 – Build 9687895.

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