vSphere 6.7 and more Released

VMware has released vCenter 6.7, ESXi 6.7, vSAN 6.7, VMware Site Recovery Manager 8.1 and VMware vSphere Replication 8.1.

VMware vCenter and ESXi 6.7

What's new:

VMware vCenter

  • HTML5 Client is the primary client
    • including: vSphere Update Manager, Content Library, vSAN, Storage Policies, Host Profiles, vDS Topology Diagram and Licensing
  • Improved vCSA
  • Lifecycle
  • Faster migration
  • Better monitoring
  • vCSA backup can now be scheduled
  • New functions to repoint vCSA
  • And more……

ESXi

  • TPM 2.0 and vTPM 2.0
  • Single Boot upgrade
  • vSphere Qiuck Boot
  • Support for Microsoft VBS
  • vSphere Persistent Memory
  • Per-VM EVC
  • And more……

See this VMware blog: https://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/launch

See the Release notes here: https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-vSphere/6.7/rn/vsphere-esxi-vcenter-server-67-release-notes.html

VMware Site Recovery Manager 8.1

What's new:

  • VMware Site Recovery Manager 8.1 is compatible with VMware vSphere 6.7. In addition, Site Recovery Manager 8.1 introduces backward compatibility with previous versions of vCenter and vSphere, as detailed in the Compatibility Matrixes for VMware Site Recovery Manager 8.1
  • Streamlined HTML 5 user interface. New HTML 5 UI enhances the overall user's experience by simplifying the deployment and usage, and enabling streamlined workflows – unified replication and protection, site pairing, and more.
  • VMware Site Recovery Manager 8.1 Configuration Import/Export Tool. You can use the VMware Site Recovery Manager 8.1 Configuration Import/Export Tool to export and import configuration data. The tool supports the export of inventory mappings, recovery plans, protection groups, and the related objects into an XML file, and import from a previously exported file. For more information on the new feature, check the Site Recovery Manager 8.1 Installation and Configuration.
  • Support for  Symmetric Multi-Processing Fault Tolerance (SMP-FT) with array-based replication.
  • Increase in the number of array-based replication protection groups and vSphere Replication protection groups to 500.
  • Unified Disaster Recovery and Protection for on-premises and VMware Cloud on AWS. VMware Site Recovery Manager 8.1 enables orchestrated recovery or migration of workloads across on premises sites or between on premises and VMware Cloud on AWS.
  • Enhancements to Site Recovery Manager public API. Site Recovery Manager 8.1 introduces new methods in the product’s Public API:
    • IP customization
    • Modifying array-based Protection groups
  • With the public API, you have programmatic access to a wider range of product functionality and more extensive product automation. 
  • vRealize Operations Management Pack for Site Recovery Manager 8.1. For information about the management pack, see VMware vRealize Operations Management Pack for Site Recovery Manager 8.1 Release Notes.
  • Ability to show related devices and datastores in a Protection Group. 

See the full release notes here: https://docs.vmware.com/en/Site-Recovery-Manager/8.1/rn/srm-releasenotes-8-1.html

VMware vSphere Replication 8.1

What's new:

  • Unified native hypervisor-based replication solution for on-premises environment and VMware Cloud on AWS.
  • Streamlined HTML5 user interface. New HTML5 UI will enhance overall user's experience by simplifying the deployment and usage, enabling streamlined workflows – unified replication and protection, site pairing, and more.
  • Improved security, manageability and bringing operational simplicity by introducing Photon OS. The vSphere Replication virtual appliance uses Photon OS 2.0 as the guest operating system. For more information on supported versions, please check the Compatibility Matrices for vSphere Replication 8.1.
  • Support for multiple VMware vSphere on-premises versions. vSphere Replication 8.1 is compatible with VMware vSphere 6.0 Update 3 and later, including 6.7. For interoperability with the releases of VMware vSphere, see the Compatibility Matrices for vSphere Replication 8.1.
See the full release notes here: https://docs.vmware.com/en/vSphere-Replication/8.1/rn/vsphere-replication-81-release-notes.html?src=vmw_so_vex_akjaer_1025

NOTES

Before upgrading,please check compatibility for hardware, and software that interacts with VMware vSphere.

Here is some of the VMware Products that is not compatible:

  • VMware NSX
  • VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO)
  • VMware vSphere Integrated Containers (VIC)
  • VMware Horizon

Also see this VMware KB: https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/53704

There some products that show not compatibility in the interoperability list, like vRealize Automation, but this could be lack of update of the list.

 

 

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