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Reading Time: 2 minutes The Reduced Downtime Upgrade (RDU) is a new mechanism introduced in vSphere 8.x for upgrade/update the self-managed vCenter Servers with a minimal downtime (lesser compared to normal upgrade/update procedure). What is the Self-managed vCenter Server? It’s a vCenter Server that manages its own ESXi host and its own virtual machine. More information are available in KB 92659 (vCenter Server upgrades with the reduced downtime).

Reading Time: 2 minutes There were some rumors about the future of the End-User Computing Division (the “EUC Division”) in VMware. This division includes several producs like Horizon and Workspace ONE, along with common platform services of data, identity and workflows.  Today, KKR announced the signing of a definitive agreement with Broadcom to acquire its “EUC Division” in a transaction valued at approximately $4 billion. Upon closing of the transaction, which is expected to occur later this year subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals, the EUC Division will become a standalone company, with greater access to growth capital and a dedicated […]

Reading Time: 2 minutes The free edition of VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) is no longer available on the VMware website. As explained in KB 2107518, on February 16th 2024, VMware announces the End Of General Availability of the Free vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi 7.x and 8.x). As part of the transition of perpetual licensing to new subscription offerings, the VMware vSphere Hypervisor (Free Edition) has been marked as EOGA (End of General Availability).

Reading Time: 2 minutes The possibility to backup VCSA using VAMI at file level is very powerfull and could be a good “plan-B” in case the backup at image level is not restorable (it happens in case of file/DB corruptions). But, of course, is not perfect and still in latest version there are some issues, like the VAMI backup retention issue. But can also happen that backup fails with no specific errors.

Reading Time: < 1 minute Broadcom has completed its acquisition of VMware, VMware will operate as VMware by Broadcom. You can read more about this combination on VMware’s website. There is also an interesting video: VMware Acquisition Close: Q & A with Hock Tan, President and CEO, Broadcom (25 min 34 sec)

Reading Time: < 1 minute According with Product Lifecycle Matrix and KB 89305, VMware has officially declared, vSphere 6.5.x and vSphere 6.7.x will be End of General Support by October 15th 2022. To maintain your full level of Support and Subscription Services, VMware recommends upgrading to vSphere 7.

Reading Time: 2 minutes If you are using Veeam Backup & Replication (but also other backup solution) you can perform both backup and replication with the same tool. But with latest version of vSphere you can probably notice a huge difference between backup and replication speed if you are using NBD transport mode.

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