VMware Vsphere 6.7 U1

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VMware VSphere 6.7 U1

What's New in Vmware Vsphere 6.7 U1

This release includes a single vSphere Client to manage them all. I’m referring to the HTML5 based vSphere Client, now fully featured. Also, included in this release are the necessary tools for convergence and repointing. An external Platform Services Controller (PSC) for enhanced linked mode is a thing of the past. Customers can now convert to a simplified embedded deployment supporting the same functionality.

The vSphere SSO domain also is receiving more flexibility with support for embedded repointing. Now a single embedded deployment can move to another vSphere SSO domain. Another feature with enhancements in vSphere 6.7 Update 1 is Content Library. It now supports native vCenter Server templates (.vmtx) and Open Virtual Appliance (OVA). Of course, there are more new features and enhancements in this release. Without further ado, here is what’s new in vCenter Server 6.7 Update 1.

vSphere Client

The wait is finally over! We now have a fully featured vSphere client in vSphere 6.7 Update 1. Delivering a fully featured client to customers was only part of the process. The vSphere team also wanted to optimize the vSphere Client’s performance and workflows. Ensuring the best customer experience possible. This release includes smart porting over and completing the remaining features which included:

  • vCenter High Availability (VCHA)
  • Auto Deploy
  • Host Profiles
  • vSphere Update Manager
  • Network Topology Diagrams
  • Performance Charts
  • Improved Searching
  • Dark Theme

There are two features I want to highlight from the vSphere Client in vSphere 6.7 Update 1. The first is the improved searching capabilities. Customers can now search objects with a string and filter based attributes. These attributes include Tags, Custom Attributes, and VM power state to name a few. For common searches, there is also an option to save the search for future usage.

The second feature I want to highlight is considered one of the top feature requests. The vSphere team has been listening and now the dark theme option is available. Now customers can switch between the traditional light theme to the new dark theme in a single click. When switching to dark theme a blue information banner appears at the top of the screen. In this release dark theme supports vSphere features and plugins. Keep in mind other features and plugins may not render well until the necessary changes are in place. Glad the vSphere team was able to get this nice surprise in this release.

Convergence Tool

vCenter Server is going back to its roots of a simplified architecture. vSphere 6.0 introduced us to a new vCenter Server service called the PSC. The role of the PSC is to manage the following vSphere SSO domain components:

  • Authentication
  • Licensing
  • Tags & Categories
  • Global Permissions
  • Custom Roles
  • Certificates

The PSC has two deployment models, embedded and external. The only reason to use an external PSC at the time was for Enhanced Linked Mode (ELM). Otherwise, use the embedded deployment model for simplicity. Starting with vSphere 6.7 and 6.5 Update 2 the embedded deployment model supports ELM, but only for greenfield deployments. Until now customers who deployed an external PSC for ELM had no way to change their topology to an embedded PSC. vSphere 6.7 Update 1 introduces a new CLI tool to converge a PSC deployment from external to embedded.

The convergence tool is available in a directory called “VCSA-Converge-CLI” on the VCSA 6.7 Update 1 ISO. Before using the convergence tool there are two important prerequisites. First, a vSphere environment must be running vSphere 6.7 Update 1. This includes all the external PSCs and vCenter Servers in the vSphere SSO domains. Second, the convergence tool does not support Windows PSCs or vCenters Servers. Meaning migrate to the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) you should.

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