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Reading Time: 3 minutes Six month ago there were only few VMware vSphere 6.7 books, but fortunately now there is a better offer with also some good and valuable resources. I’ve already wrote about the new edition of Mastering VMware vSphere 6.7, now I would like to write some comments about the VMware vSphere 6.7 Data Center Design Cookbook – Third Edition book released on March 2019 and written by Mike Brown and Hersey Cartwright.

Reading Time: 6 minutes The new VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 2 has been announced some weeks ago, but was not yet available (although lot of people have already wrote about most of its features)… now finally VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 2 is general available (GA) and you can download the bits and really test all its features This is a huge step and called just an update release is too limiting… there are so much difference with the VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 1 (released on October 2018) to make it much more like as a 6.8 version.

Reading Time: 3 minutes VMware vSphere Update Manager (VUM) enables centralized, automated patch and version management for VMware vSphere and offers support for VMware ESXi hosts, virtual machines, and virtual appliances. For ESXi hosts it can manage both the update and the upgrade workflows, but can also be powerful for adding custom VIB package, like for example new drivers. Usually it takes the updated files from the VMware repository, but you can also add custom repositories (or depots).

Reading Time: 6 minutes I’ve already wrote about the different reasons on Why upgrade to VMware vSphere 6.7 (or why not), but I’ve not yet provide tips and hints on how perform the upgrade process. If you are lucky enough to have a full VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) stack, then you don’t have much problem… the VCF Lifecycle Manager that can make your life easier (see also Simplify VMware’s products update/upgrade). Otherwise you need to plan this activity carefully and perform different tasks, some manual, some automatic.

Reading Time: 2 minutes Packt has released a new book for VMware vSphere: Mastering VMware vSphere 6.7 – Second Edition written by Martin Gavanda. I’m in the author list, but just because some of the material of this book cames from the Mastering VMware vSphere 6.5 book.

Reading Time: 3 minutes VMware vSphere upgrade process is usually an easy process to execute, due to the vSphere Update Manager simplicity, but it requires a careful planning and attention on the different compatibility and interoperability matrix. An important note is about the different build versions (or the Update releases) of the different components.

Reading Time: 2 minutes One of the new feature of VMware vSphere 6.7 is the full support for Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 devices both at host and VM level. But when you are using a TPM 2.0 device on an ESXi host, the host might fail to pass the attestation phase.

Reading Time: 2 minutes During holidays, reading some books could be a pleasure but also a moment of growth and deepening. And if you want to learn more on VMware vSphere 6.7 which book could be used?

Reading Time: 3 minutes The Dell Boot Optimized Storage Solution (BOSS) is a new option for the installation of the hypervisor part, in a virtualization enviroment, or more important in a hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) host! The dual SD option was already present in all PowerEdge, also in previous generations, and was a good choice to separate the hypervisor from the disks or simple use diskless based solutions. And was a good option for vSphere ESXi when servers were only used as a compute nodes.

Reading Time: 3 minutes The last week I’ve realized an article for the StarWind blog and focused on the design and architecture of VMware vCenter and PSC topologies (see VMware vCenter and PSC topologies). Some days ago, there was an interesting post from Emad Younis, on how the external PSC deployment it’s not only an old approach, but will also become no more supported in future release of vSphere (see: External Platform Services Controller, A Thing of the Past).

Reading Time: 1 minute This is an article realized for StarWind blog and focused on the design and architecture of VMware vCenter and PSC topologies. See the original post. You can “federate” multiple vCenter Server systems using vCenter Linked Mode (introduced in vSphere 4.0) to build a single pane of glass and share information between vCenter instances, like view and manage the inventories of all the vCenter Server systems that are linked.

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.

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