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VMware vSphere 6.5

How To Restore VMware VCSA 6.5 Appliance

In the last post, we covered the process to backup the new VCSA 6.5 appliance. Let’s now take a look at the VMware VCSA 6.5 appliance restore process from the backup file set. As shown in the previous post, the backup process is very straightforward. Simply login to the vSphere Server Appliance Management interface and perform the backup.… Read More »

How to Configure VMware VCSA 6.5 HA

One of the many exciting new features of the VCSA 6.5 appliance is the builtin ability for high availability or HA out of the box. The HA configuration process creates two additional appliances that are a “passive” node and a “witness” node. So let’s take a look at how to configure VMware VCSA 6.5 HA and the steps… Read More »

VMware VCSA 6.5 Appliance Backup New

With the new VCSA 6.5 appliance, there is new functionality to backup the VCSA appliance builtin to the VAMI interface. You will notice there is a new “Backup” button over in the upper right hand corner. Let’s take a look at the new VMware VCSA 6.5 Appliance Backup process. New VMware VCSA 6.5 Appliance Backup To begin with,… Read More »

Upgrade VMware vCenter VCSA appliance 6.0 to 6.5

The core of all vSphere functionality is vCenter server. VMware has definitely embraced and chosen the VCSA appliance as the way forward in version 6.5. VCSA 6.5 has all of the functionality of the Windows vCenter server including Update manager which had long been a reason why many had stayed with the Windows Server implementation of vCenter. As… Read More »

Upgrading VMware ESXi 6.0 to 6.5

With the release of vSphere 6.5, most will be thinking about upgrading hosts and vSphere infrastructure to 6.5. Let’s take a look at the process of upgrading VMware ESXi 6.0 to 6.5 on a ESXi 6.0 U2 host. As mentioned in the preceding post on a new install of vSphere 6.5, there are considerations before upgrading to ESXi… Read More »

VMware ESXi 6.5 Install step by step

vSphere 6.5 has been released! With the release yesterday of VMware vSphere 6.5, this is a quick post showing screenshots of the VMware ESXi 6.5 Install step by step and what to expect with the install. For the most part there are no surprises here with the installer as it keeps with the look and configuration that we… Read More »

VMware vSphere 6.5 Configure Encrypted VMs

One of the new exciting features that was introduced with vSphere 6.5 is the encrypted VMs feature. Security these days is on everyone’s mind and encryption provides a solution to many security concerns. What happens if someone gets a copy of the raw VMDKs of a sensitive VM? They can then take those files and mount it on… Read More »

vCenter 6.5 new HTML5 VAMI UI interface

Actually, to be correct, the new HTML5 administrative interface for the new vCenter 6.5 appliance is no longer called VAMI but rather the vCenter Server Appliance Management or VSAM UI. This is the new redesigned interface that allows administrative management and monitoring of the vCenter appliance. Let’s take a look at the vCenter 6.5 new HTML5 VAMI UI… Read More »

VMware Disk Consolidation unable to access file since it is locked

I wanted to write up a quick post concerning an error I received recently with consolidating disks on a few VMs. Disk consolidation is needed when snapshot disks fail to compact after a Delete or Delete All operation or if the disk did not consolidate. Sometimes a snapshot deletion doesn’t commit back to the base disk. I had… Read More »

VMware vSphere 6.5 Change vmkernel MTU size

When dealing with VMkernel ports in vSphere 6.5 for most use cases for performance, we want to enable jumbo frames on the vmkernel ports to allow for less fragmentation of the packets for iSCSI, vMotion, and so forth. Let’s take a quick look at the topic of VMware vSphere 6.5 Change VMkernel MTU size with the web client… Read More »

VMware VCSA 6.5 error code 42500 joining Active Directory domain

Many VMware administrators by now are most likely looking at moving to vSphere 6.5. In doing so, moving to VCSA 6.5 appliance is the first step towards that goal, besides proper planning of course. Part of any vCenter configuration is getting permissions assigned to appropriate users in the environment and granting access to vCenter objects. Most environments will… Read More »

VMware ESXi 6.5 4k Drive Support

One of the new features and functionality that is probably getting overlooked with the other great functionality that is out in vSphere 6.5, is VMware ESXi 6.5 4k drive support. Let’s take a look at some of the details of this and other new storage features. VMware ESXi 6.5 4k Drive Support As we all know, the extremely… Read More »