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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