VMware vSphere 6.5 Update 3 and more Released

VMware has released vCenter 6.5 Update 3, ESXi 6.5 Update 3,vSphere Replication 6.5.1.4, App Volumes 2.17 and User Environment Manager 9.8.0.

vCenter 6.5 Update 3

Important: Before updating to vSphere 6.5 U3, make sure to read the release Notes. Upgrades and migrations from vCenter Server 6.5 Update 3 to vCenter Server 6.7, including Update 1, Update 2, and their related Patches, are not supported. This will probably be supported with vSphere 6.7 Update 3.

What’s new:

  • With vCenter Server 6.5 Update 3, events related to adding, removing, or modifying user roles display the user that initiates the changes.
  • vSphere Auditing Improvements: vCenter Server 6.5 Update 3 improves VMware vCenter Single Sign-On auditing by adding events for the following operations: user management, login, group creation, identity source, and policy updates. The new feature is available only for vCenter Server Appliance with an embedded Platform Services Controller and not for vCenter Server for Windows or vCenter Server Appliance with an external Platform Services Controller. Supported identity sources are vsphere.local, Integrated Windows Authentication (IWA), and Active Directory over LDAP.
  • External database support: vCenter Server 6.5 Update 3 adds support to Microsoft SQL Server 2014 SP3.
  • Photon OS updates

See the full release notes here: https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-vSphere/6.5/rn/vsphere-vcenter-server-65u3-release-notes.html

ESXi 6.5 Update 3

What’s new:

  • The ixgben driver adds queue pairing to optimize CPU efficiency.
  • With ESXi 6.5 Update 3 you can track license usage, refresh switch topology and see improvements in the search and Developer Center in the vSphere Client.
  • ESXi 6.5 Update 3 provides legacy support for AMD Zen 2 servers.
  • Multiple driver updates: ESXi 6.5 Update 3 provides updates to the lsi-msgpt2, lsi-msgpt35, lsi-mr3, lpfc/brcmfcoe, qlnativefc, smartpqi, nvme, nenic, ixgben, i40en and bnxtnet drivers.
  • ESXi 6.5 Update 3 provides support for Windows Server Failover Clustering and Windows Server 2019.
  • ESXi 6.5 Update 3 adds the com.vmware.etherswitch.ipfixbehavior property to distributed virtual switches to enable you to choose how to track your inbound and outbound traffic, and utilization. With a value of 1, the com.vmware.etherswitch.ipfixbehavior property enables sampling in both ingress and egress directions. With a value of 0, you enable sampling in egress direction only, which is also the default setting.

See full release notes here: https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-vSphere/6.5/rn/vsphere-esxi-65u3-release-notes.html

vSphere Replication 6.5.1.4

This is a bug fix version/Expess patch.

See the full release notes here: https://docs.vmware.com/en/vSphere-Replication/6.5/rn/vsphere-replication-651-release-notes.html

App Volumes 2.17

What’s new:

  • Support for Windows 10 1903
  • App Volumes Manager can now communicate to SQL Server using TLS 1.2 protocol.
  • App Volumes API reference documentation is available on VMWare {code}.

See the full release notes here: https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-App-Volumes/2.17/rn/VMware-App-Volumes-217-Release-Notes.html

User Environment Manager 9.8.0

What’s new:

  • Additional Horizon Smart Policies.Several Horizon Smart Policies are newly available.
    • Audio playback
    • Drag and drop
    • Blast Extreme Protocol: H.264, H.264 high color accuracy, H.264 minimum quality, HEVC/H.265, JPG, and Max frame rate
  • Additional options/choices in the Blast/PCoIP Endpoint Platform condition.
    • Chrome ARC++
    • Chrome Native
  • New regular expression support for conditions. Applicable conditions allow you to configure regular expressions using the Matches regex option.
  • Additional Windows Support. Windows 10 Version 1903 (May 2019 Update).

See the full release notes here: https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-User-Environment-Manager/9.8.0/rn/VMware-User-Environment-Manager-Release-Notes-980.html

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