vSphere 6.5 is almost here – VMworld?

Everybody knows, that the vSphere 6.5 is in the tube and almost here. The public beta is running, we have seen a few breadcrumbs about the 6.5 (from vladan.fr, on reddit, etc.) The vSphere HTML5 Web Client fling is an awesome technical preview, I have also tried it. It can be the one of the biggest feature of the vSphere 6.5 from management point of view.


An additional blog post, from the VMware Education with “Get Ready for vSphere 6.5: Training Courses Now Open for Registration” title describes the following three new courses:

  • vSphere: What’s New [V5.5 to V6.5]
  • vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.5]
  • vSphere: Optimize & Scale [V6.5]

Currently the VMworld is running in Barcelona, so I am pretty sure that the vSphere 6.5 will launch. Can’t wait.

Update 18.10:

The blogpost from VMware Edu has been deleted (drops page-not-found), but the links about the courses are still available. It seems it was an accident 🙂

Outline of the What’s New [V5.5 to V6.5]:

  1. Course Introduction
    • Introductions and course logistics
    • Course objectives
  2. Introduction to vSphere 6.5
    • Discuss vSphere 6.5 feature enhancements
    • Use vSphere Client, VMware Host Client, and the appliance shell of vCenter Server Appliance
  3. Installation and Upgrade
    • Describe new vCenter Server architecture features
    • Choose between a distributed configuration and an embedded configuration based on your requirements
    • Describe the enhancements to vCenter Server Appliance
    • Describe the vCenter Server Appliance deployment
    • Describe the hardware requirements for installing vCenter Server Appliance
    • Identify the information that is needed before you begin the installation
    • Deploy a Platform Services Controller appliance
    • Describe how to upgrade vCenter Server Appliance 5.x to vCenter Server Appliance 6.5
    • Describe how to upgrade an ESXi 5.x host to an ESXi 6.5 host
    • List the benefits of using the content library
    • Create a basic content library
    • Synchronize a content library across vCenter Server instances
  4. Compute Enhancements
    • Discuss the enhancements to vSphere 6.5 scalability and performance
    • Discuss the additional features to support hot-plug and SMART solid-state drives
    • Describe new capabilities of host profiles introduced in vSphere 6.5
    • Discuss the improvements to lockdown settings
    • Describe the addition of smart-card authentication
    • Explain the changes that enhance user accountability
    • Discuss how virtual hardware 12 extends virtual machine resource configurations
    • Describe how using large receive offload reduces CPU-associated costs for network packet processing
    • Discuss how hot-add memory is distributed across NUMA nodes in vSphere 6.5
  5. Storage Enhancements
    • Discuss the benefits of using VMFS 6 with vSphere
    • Upgrade from VMFS 5 to VMFS 6
    • Discuss the benefits of using VMFS 6 with vSphere
    • Discuss the benefits of using NFS v4.1 with vSphere
    • Identify the differences between NFS v3 and NFS v4.1
    • Describe the implications of using NFS v4.1
    • Describe the advantages of the new VMware Virsto™ on-disk file system
    • Describe the advantages of the vsanSparse snapshot format
    • Describe the advantages of fault domains to withstand rack-local failures
    • Describe the benefits of applying different default policies to different VMware Virtual SAN™ datastores
    • Describe the benefits of using virtual volumes
    • Describe per virtual machine, policy-based policy management
    • Describe how VMDK data operations are offloaded to storage arrays through the use of VMware vSphere® API for Storage Awareness™
  6. Network Enhancements
    • Work with Network I/O Control
    • Upgrade Network I/O Control to version 3
    • Enable network resource management on VMware vSphere® Distributed Switch™
    • Configure bandwidth allocation for system and virtual machine traffic based on shares and reservations.
    • Discuss IPv6 support in vSphere 6.5
  7. Management Enhancement
    • List the core security modules that are part of Platform Services Controller
    • List the VMware certificate management components
    • Describe certificate use changes in vSphere 6.5
    • List the certificate management components that are part of Platform Services Controller
    • Describe the primary services provided by the VMware Certificate Authority component
    • Describe the primary services provided by the VMware Endpoint Certificate Store component
    • Define VMware CA certificate replacement options
    • Describe ESXi certificate replacement options
    • Discuss certificate-based guest authentication
  8. Availability Enhancements
    • Describe the new TCP/IP stack for vSphere vMotion
    • Explain the changes that make vSphere vMotion migrations across high-latency networks possible
    • Discuss the requirements for migrating a virtual machine across vCenter Server instances
    • Explain how VMware vSphere® Fault Tolerance supports virtual machines with multiple virtual CPUs
    • Describe how vSphere Fault Tolerance maintains the secondary virtual machine in a ready state
    • Explain the mechanism by which the primary virtual machine is determined
    • Discuss the improvements made in handling all paths down and permanent device lost conditions
    • Describe the increased scalability of vSphere HA
    • Explain the additional compatibility supported by vSphere HA
  9. Security Enhancements
    • Plan for secure boot support for ESXi host
    • Deploy enhanced vCenter Server events and alarms, and vSphere logging
    • Evaluate virtual machine encryption
    • Enable encrypted vSphere vMotion
    • Use encrypted core dumps
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