Category Archives: vSphere 6.0

Repost : with a few additions: What is my SSO Domain Name & Site Name?

I had to use this today after forgetting a little used VMware Workstation Lab’s vSphere 6 sso domain.

 

I ended up finding this blog post, and i’m going to refer to it in my blog post as well.

vCenter Server 6.0 Tidbits Part 2: What is my SSO Domain Name & Site Name?

 

You will find it in the following two configuration files:

Windows:

C:\ProgramData\VMware\vCenterServer\cfg\install-defaults\vmdir.domain-name

VCSA:

/etc/vmware/install-defaults/vmdir.domain-name

You have to enable shell via ssh to vcenter first.

login to vcenter via ssh. I enabled this by default.

If not do the below steps or skip this section if ssh is enabled.

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How to enable ssh on the vcenter appliance

 

by 

1. Open the console of the appliance using in this case the vsphere client.

2. Press F2 and log in as root.

3. Notice the choices and select Troubleshooting Mode Options.

4. Notice the two options. Select Enable SSH.

5.  Press Enter to enable it.

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Command> shell.set –enabled True
Command> shell

localhost:~ # vi /etc/vmware/install-defaults/vmdir.domain-name

This returned

ssolocal.local

Thus I knew I had to login to [email protected] to vcenter.

P.S. Document your lab login and sso information… :0)

Roger L

VMware vSphere 6.0 is now available

Looks like VMware has made the 6.0 version of their vSphere and related product lines available today.  Here are the links to download.  Note:  These links require a My VMware account that is licensed for these products.

VMware vCloud Suite 6.0 (You can get ESXi 6.0, vCenter Server 6.0, vSphere Replication 6.0, vSphere Data Protection 6.0, vCenter Site Recovery Manager 6.0,  vRealize Orchestrator Appliance 6.0.1 and vRealize Operations Manager 6.0.1 from this link.  Virtual SAN is included with ESXi and vCenter Server downloads)

Short and simple right?

 

This is from the VMware Site.

 

VMware Announces General Availability of vSphere 6

Today, we are excited to announce the general availability of VMware vSphere 6 along with a slew of other Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) products including VMware Integrated OpenStack, VMware Virtual SAN 6, VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes, VMware vCloud Suite 6, and VMware vSphere with Operations Management 6.

vSphere 6 is the latest release of the industry-leading virtualization platform and serves as the foundation of the SDDC. This is the largest ever release of vSphere and is the first major release of the flagship product in over three years.  vSphere 6 is jammed pack with features and innovations that enable users to virtualize any application, including both scale-up and scale-out applications, with confidence. New capabilities include increased scale and performance, breakthrough industry-first availability, storage efficiencies for virtual machines, and simplified management  at scale. For more details on the blockbuster features please refer to the vSphere 6 announcement.

If you are interested in learning more about vSphere 6, there are several options:

 

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vSphere 6.0 Platform New Features

Today Announces the release of VMware’s vSphere largest release in VMware History. Note. These facts are pre release, thus I will update any changes if necessary, All Facts are direct From VMware.

Increased vSphere Maximums

  • 64 Hosts per Cluster
  • 8000 Virtual Machines per Cluster
  • 480 CPUs
  • 12 TB RAM
  • 1000 Virtual Machines Per Host
Virtual Machine Compatibility ESXi 6 (vHW 11)
 
  • 128 vCPUs
  • 4 TB RAM to 12 TB RAM (depending on partner)
  • Hot-add RAM now vNUMA aware
  • WDDM 1.1 GDI acceleration features
  • xHCI 1.0 controller compatible with OS X 10.8+ xHCI driver
  • Serial and parallel port enhancements
  • A virtual machine can now have a maximum of 32 serial ports
  • Serial and parallel ports can now be removed
Local ESXi Account and Password Management Enhancements
 

New ESXCLI Commands

  • Now possible to use ESXCLI commands to:
  • Create a new local user
  • List local user accounts
  • Remove local user account
  • Modify local user account
  • List permissions defined on the host
  • Set / remove permission for individual users or user groups

Account Lockout

  • Two Configurable Parameters
  • Can set the maximum allowed failed login attempts (10 by default)
  • Can set lockout duration period (2 minutes by default)
  • Configurable via vCenter Host Advanced System Settings
  • Available for SSH and vSphere Web Services SDK
  • DCUI and Console Shell are not locked

Complexity Rules via Advanced Settings

  • No editing of PAM config files on the host required anymore
  • Change default password complexity rules using VIM API
  • Configurable via vCenter Host Advanced System Settings

Improved Auditability of ESXi Admin Actions

  •  In 6.0, all actions taken at vCenter against an ESXi server now show up in the ESXi logs with the vCenter username
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Enhanced Microsoft Clustering (MSCS)

  • Support for Windows 2012 R2 and SQL 2012
  • Failover Clustering and AlwaysOn Availability Groups
  • IPV6 Support
  • PVSCSI and SCSI controller support
  • vMotion Support
  • Clustering across physical hosts (CAB) with Physical Compatibility Mode RDM’s
  • Supported on Windows 2008, 2008 R2, 2012 and 2012 R2
Enjoy.
Update: a post vSphere 6 – Clarifying the misinformation has been posted to clairify any changes that have or will happen between beta and this post. I did my best to validate that my information is correct.
Roger L

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