Migrating from Windows vCenter 6.x to VCSA 6.5

Hey folks! As most of you know by now, VMware has now completely moved out of the Windows dependency for vCenter Server and with vSphere 6.5, there is no need to have a Windows Server for Update Manager and all you need is to deploy a VCSA 6.5. Migrating from a Windows based vCenter Server to VCSA 6.5 has been simplified greatly and here is the step by step process of doing it. To know more about the new features in vSphere 6.5, you can find them here, here, here and here. Continue reading


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Enhanced Linked Mode with External PSC and Mixed Mode using vCenter 6.5

Hey folks, we have discussed about the Enhanced Linked Mode and different architecture models that can be implemented with embedded and external PSC here. All those things still hold good for vSphere 6.5 as well, in this post, i want to try setup a Enhanced Linked Mode in Mixed mode – that would be fun!  Continue reading

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Installing ESXi 6.5

VMware has made vSphere 6.5 GA yesterday and like everyone, i was also very much excited to try the features and so i downloaded the software and started to setup my lab. As i do it i thought of blogging them just so that anyone can go through them and comes handy to me while preparing for the certification exams because there is always a chance of missing some silly things. So let me jump in. Continue reading

#esxi-6-5, #installation, #vsphere-6-5

What’s New vSAN 6.5

vSAN 6.5 was announced along with the vSphere 6.5 and it has also come with many enhancements and this post is to run you through the most important of them. vSAN is growing day by day and there are around 5500 customers now and that’s awesome. Well, to begin with, Virtual SAN is now vSAN; although you still see some VMware press releases mentioning Virtual SAN, remember that’s gonna go away soon. Let’s now review those ‘new’ things.

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What’s New vSphere 6.5 – Storage

With many enhancements introduced with vSphere 6.5, its time we discuss about the enhancements in the Storage. vSphere 6.5 has brought in so much granularity to the Storage management and SPBM can be made use of to the most. A lot of features make administoring and managing more simpler.

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