• vSAN Direct Configuration is a new feature released via Update 1 for vSphere 7. It provides, according to VMware, an alternative option for modern stateful services to interface directly with the underlying direct attached storage (DAS) and have optimized I/O performance.

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  • In the previous post, I provided a detailed walkthrough of the requirements, deployment, and activation of VMware vSAN 7 U1 file services—How to install and configure VMware vSAN 7 U1 file services. [create link to that post here] This post is a follow-up, where we'll configure and manage an SMB share on vSAN 7U1 via the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) for managing SMB shares.

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  • VSAN file services enable the configuration of SMB or NFS shares for your organization, and as such, VSAN can obviously become a file server. It was not the intention of VMware to "steal" this function from the existing Microsoft file servers; rather, it was an implementation to provide storage for container-based applications running within vSphere clusters.

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  • This is another post that is part of our Free VCP7-DCV Study Guide, which will help you to prepare for the VCP-DCV 2020 exam. You take the exam based on either vSphere 6.7 or vSphere 7.x. The result will be the same. You'll be a VMware Certified Professional with a Data Center Virtualization 2020 certification, a VCP-DCV 2020.

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  • With vSphere 7 U1, VMware introduced vSphere Clustering Service (vCLS), which helps in a situation when vCenter Server becomes unavailable. As you know, if you lose vCenter Server, you also lose the Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS), so your VMs are no longer balanced across your cluster.

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  • Yes, as Leos pointed out, vCenter can do what ESXi and host client management cannot. If your organization grows and need more VMs, it's fairly simple to add additional hosts when you already have vCenter installed. 

     

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  • In this case you have to update your vCenter via VAMI first (https://ip_of_vcenter:5480), and then shut down. Once all VMs (including VCSA) are stopped, you can update ESXi (via command line). Example for 6.5 > 6.7 upgrade here: https://www.vladan.fr/upgrade-esxi-6-x-to-6-7-via-cli-two-methods/ You'll have to replace the last part "grep -i ESXi-6.7" with "grep -i ESXi-7".

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  • Yeah, good post from Cormac. In fact, we haven't had all those information during the NDA briefing. And now, the product is still not released, just announced. So yes, thanks for pointing this out Krzysztof -:). Good point.

    Cheers,

    Vladan

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  • We continue to cover VMware VCP7 certification exam objectives for vSphere 7 datacenter virtualization—the VCP-DCV 2020. This exam is the most important exam for every datacenter admin, as this certification was named one of the best virtualization certifications for IT Pros. VCP7-DCV would have been the logical name for this certification; however, VMware changed the denominations to VCP-DCV 2020 to make it easier to recognize how current this certification is and during which year it was passed.

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  • VMware recently announced vSphere 7 U1. This new release includes some significant improvements and simplified operations for vSAN 7 U1.

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  • You should be able to do a 7.0 to 7.0U1 upgrade when it will be out, later in october.

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  • The same way as the "normal" upgrade when running on ESXi - "in guest" upgrade via VAMI and 5480 port.

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  • VMware has recently announced a new exam based on vSphere 7. You can become a VMware Certified Professional on vSphere 7 by passing a certification exam with exam code 2V0-21.20. The whole exam blueprint has 80 chapters. The exam has 70 questions, and you have 115 minutes. The passing score is 300.

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  • To get started with Kubernetes on VMware vSphere, admins had to use VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF), which has vSphere, NSX, vRealize Suite, etc. VMware has now announced vSphere with Tanzu. It is the latest release of VMware vSphere 7 U1, which will be capable of running Tanzu without being part of VCF.

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  • Hmm, have you tried to upgrade from 5.5 > 6.0 first? I'd try this.... Hope it helps. 

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  • When you're running VMware vSphere and its associated products, you must respect the update order. You cannot upgrade the whole environment with different parts of the infrastructure in some random order because the interconnection between those products would be broken. Addressing the interoperability between different VMware products is an essential part of every IT admin's job before any upgrade of a complex environment.

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  • The very popular free tool RVTools for VMware vSphere has recently been updated to version 4.04. This new release brings some new features and enhances a very complete product. RVTools helps to point out an unwanted configuration or detect misconfigurations by showing you details about different parts of the infrastructure. The utility is distributed as freeware. It must be installed on a Windows system with Microsoft .NET Framework.

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  • Not sure to what you're referring to. 

    To change the default behavior:

    • Click on your HA cluster and then the “Configure” Tab
    • Click on “VM Overrides” and then click “Add”
    • Click on the green plus sign and select the VMs you would like to give a higher, or lower priority
    • Then select the new priority

    Hope it helps

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  • We have a vast topic today. We'll discuss some VMware VM performance tips and tweaks. Application users often complain about performance. Before telling them that everything is OK, let's have a look what you should check at the VM level before searching for performance improvements elsewhere (storage, network).

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  • In our previous post, we upgraded our VMware vCenter server to version 7. Now we can proceed with the upgrade of our ESXi hosts. VMware renamed vSphere Update Manager (VUM) to vSphere Lifecycle Manager (VLCM) in vSphere 7.

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