vSphere 6

Licensing:

A la carte licensing that is priced on a per CPU basis. All editions must be used in conjunction with an existing or separately purchased vCenter Server edition. SnS is required for at least one year. For license package and feature comparison (Past and Current) visit http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2001113

White Paper: What’s New in the VMware vSphere 6.0 Platform.

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Whats New in vSphere 6 Summary: By @VMTimSandy

vSphere 6: What’s New Overview

Totally New to vSphere = * Blue Highlighted Headings

  • Maximum’s Increased:
    • 64 Hosts / 8000 VM’s / 480 CPU’s / 12TB RAM / 1000 VM’s (per host)
  • Enhanced Microsoft Clustering (MSCS) Support:
    • Support for 2012 R2 & SQL 2012.
  • * Platform Services Controller: (Embedded & External)
    • Provides SSO, Licensing, & Certificate Authority (CA) functions.
  • vCenter Linked Mode (Windows & Virtual Appliance)
    • Provides single pain of glass to manage multiple vCenter servers.
  • * Cross vSwitch vMotion:
    • Allows vMotion between the different virtual switch types (Standard & Distributed).
  • * Cross vCenter vMotion:
    • Allows you to vMotion VM’s between different vCenter Server environments at different locations (has requirements to allow this).
  • * Long Distance vMotion:
    • Allows you to vMotion across the country or even other continents (has requirements to allow this).
  • * Content Library:
    • A content library to share out VM Templates, vApps, Install files, and Scripts between multiple separate vCenter environments.
  • vSphere Client (C# client):
    • Now only used for directly accessing individual hosts and using Update Manager (VUM)
  • * NVIDIA vGPU GRID K1/K2 card Support:
    • Offers the ability to run graphic intensive 3D rendering applications (CAD, Google Maps, etc) on VM’s
  • vSphere Web Client:
    • Vast Performance and User interface (UI) improvementsNumerous Network & DRS related improvements
  • * Virtual Volumes (VVOLs):
    • Virtualizes NAS & SAN devices to allow for easier and more granular controls over storage devices
  • Fault Tolerance:
    • Continuous Availability – Now support protecting VM’s with (4) vCPU’s, previously only (1) vCPU
    • Limits: Either (8) vCPUs or (4) FT protected VMs per host – whichever limit is reached first
  • vSphere Replication Appliance:
    • Faster sync times
    • Linux file system quiescing
  • vSphere Data Protection (vDP):
    • Included in Essentials+ and higher editions
    • Has all features of vDP Advanced

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Free vSphere

Download Free Hypervisor: http://www.vmware.com/products/vsphere-hypervisor/gettingstarted.html

Specifications

  • Unlimited number of cores per physical CPU
  • Unlimited number of physical CPUs per host
  • Maximum vCPUs per virtual machine: eight
  • Limitation of 32GB RAM limit per server/host has been removed from the free Hypervisor.
  • Operating system support: Microsoft OS (18 versions), Linux (54 versions), Mac OS X 10, Solaris, FreeBSD, etc. (See a complete list of supported versions.)
  • As of vSphere 6.0 – VADP API included with free hypervisor.

As of vSphere 5.5, these provisions apply to all paid editions of vSphere, vSphere with Operations Management, and vCloud Suite:

  • vSphere 5.5 is licensed on a per-processor basis (per-CPU)
  • Each physical processor (CPU) in a server must have at least one vSphere 5 processor license key assigned to be able to run vSphere
  • There are no restrictions on physical cores or physical RAM
  • There are no restrictions on the number of virtual machines that can run on each properly licensed vSphere 5.5 processor
  • There are no restrictions on the number of vCPUs per virtual machine

These provisions apply to the free vSphere 5.5 Hypervisor:

  • The vSphere 5.5 Hypervisor retains the 8 vCPU/virtual machine limit
  • The physical RAM restriction (32 GB/host) has been removed from the free vSphere 5.5 Hypervisor

Reference: http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2064117

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vSphere 6: Technical Information: By @VMTimSandy

Totally New to vSphere = * Blue Highlighted Headings

  • Maximum Comparisons: (ESXi 5.5 / ESXi 6.0):
    • 21 / 64 Hosts
    • 4000 VM’s / 8000 VM’s
    • 320 COU’s / 480 CPU’s
    • 4TB RAM / 12TB RAM
    • 512 VM’s (per host) / 1000 VM’s (per host)
  • * Hot-Add RAM now vNUMA aware
  • Misc. items – ESXCLI commands, Account Lockout, and Complexity Rules via Advanced Settings
  • Enhanced Microsoft Clustering (MSCS):
    • Support for 2012 R2 & SQL 2012
    • IPv6
    • PVSCSI & SCSI controller support
    • vMotion Support
      • Clustering across Physical hosts (CAB) & Physical Compatabiltity Mode RDM’s
      • Support for 2008 / 2008 R2 / 20132 / 2012 R2
  • * Platform Services Controller: (Embedded & External)
    • SSO function
    • Licensing
    • Certificate Authority (CA):
      • VMware Certificate authorty (VMCA) – Root CA & Issuer CA
      • VMware Endpoint Certificate Service (VECS)
  • vCenter Linked Mode (Windows & Appliance)
    • Provides single pain of glass to manage multiple vCenter servers
  • * Cross vSwitch vMotion:
    • vSS (virtual Standard Switch) to vSS
    • vSS to vDS (virtual Distributed Switch)
    • vDS to vDS
    • Requires Layer 2 connection (no IP change on VM)
    • Transfers vDS Port Metadata
  • * Cross vCenter vMotion:
    • Doesn’t require shared storage
    • Pool resources across vCenter servers
    • Requirements:
      • vCenter 6.0 or greater
      • SSO Domain
      • 250 Mbps per vMotion
      • L2 Network connectivity on VM Portgroups
  • * Long Distance vMotion:
    • Does not require VVOLs
    • Requires 100ms round trip time
    • vMotion network will cross L3 boundaries
    • vMotion can now use its own TCP/IP stack
  • * Content Library:
    • Can contain VM Templates, vApps, ISO images, Scripts
    • (3) Types of Catalog Libraries:
      • Local – Only available on local vCenter
      • Published – Local library that is published for catalog subscribers
      • Subscribed – Library that syncs with a published library
  • vSphere Client (C Sharp):
    • Used for direct access to individual hosts
    • Update Manager (VUM) managed still from the client, not the Web Client
    • VM’s with hardware Version 10 & 11
  • vSphere Web Client:
    • Improved login Time
    • Faster menu actions
    • Better performance
    • Recent tasks moved to bottom
    • Get to anything in 1-Click
    • Performance Charts improved response times
    • VM Remote Control (VMRC) integration
    • Dockable UI
    • Right-click menu has been flattened
  • Network I/O Control Version 3:
    • Reserve bandwidth to guarantee levels
    • Applied at vNIC & Distributed Port Group levels
  • Storage I/O Control & Storage DRS Enhancements:
    • Now aware of storage capabilities thorugh VASA 2.0
    • Array-based thin Provisioning, Deduplication, auto-tiering, and snapshots
    • Integration with Site Recovery manager (SRM) – Aware of consistency groups
    • vSphere Replication fully supported – Replication awareness
    • Set IOPs reservation on a per disk basis using the API
  • * Virtual Volumes (VVOLs):
    • Virtualizes NAS & SAN devices
    • Finer control with VM level storage operations
    • Supports FC, iSCSI, & NFS
    • Industry-wide initiative supported by major storage vendors
    • Offloads Data services
    • Policy based management
    • Eliminates LUN Management
    • VASA Provider (VP) – Software component developed by storage arrays vendors
    • Protocol Endpoints (PE) – Seperates the access points from storage itself, enable communication between ESXi hosts and array systems, and compatible with iSCSI, NFS v3, FC, and FCoE
    • Storage Containers (SC) – logical storage constructs for grouping of virtual volumes. Same as a datastore.
    • Storage Policy Based management (SPBM) – Helps assign rule based policies to VM’s
  • Fault Tolerance: (10GB between host RECOMMENDED!!)
    • Continuous Availability – Zero downtime and zero data loss for infrastructure failures, fully automated
    • Limits: Eeither (8) vCPUs or (4) FT protected VMs per host – whichever limit is reached first
    • x2 VMs w/4 vCPU each (total 8 vCPUs)
    • x4 VMs w/2 vCPU each (total 8 vCPUs)
    • x4 VMs w/1 vCPU each (total 4 vCPUs)
    • Each FT VM has its own VMX, VMDK’s (new), & allowed on DIFFERENT DATASTORES (new)!
    • DOES NOT WORK – VSAN/VVOL, DRS (partial), Storage DRS, VCD, vSphere Replication
  • vSphere Replication:
    • End-to-end compression
    • Network traffic isolation (better bandwidth, improves performance & security)
    • Linux file system quiescing
    • Faster initial full sync
    • Move replicas wihthout full sync
    • Virtual appliances – run SLES 11 SP3
    • Supports IPv6
  • vDP:
    • Included in Essentials+ and higher editions
    • Has all features of vDP Advanced
    • (800) VM’s per vCenter Server
    • Up to (20) vDP appliances Per-vCenter Server or external proxies
    • (8) TB of Deduped data
    • 150-200 VM’s per vDP appliance
    • Backup to Data Domain with DD Boost