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VMware vSphere 6.5 Update 1 Announced

VMware has announced the first update of its vSphere version 6.5. VMware has announced the newer version of vSphere ESXi 6.5 U1 , vCenter Server 6.5U1 & vCenter Server Appliance 6.5U1. With the release of this update VMware has made many many improvements & enabled the functionality which are awaited from long time.

Users who are on vSphere 6.0 Update 3 now can directly upgrade their environment to vSphere 6.5 Update1 without any risk or issues. Users who are on vSphere 5.5 will need to update to vSphere 5.5 Update 3b for upgrading their environment directly from vSphere 5.5 to vSphere 6.5 Update 1. In this 2 upgrades are required but it is very beneficial & necessary for best outcome.

There is some sad news for users who are using 3rd party switches they need to migrate from that switches to vSphere Switches if you are planning to upgrade your environment to vSphere 6.5 Update 1. Third Party switches are IBM DVS 5000v, HPE 5900v, and Cisco Nexus 1000v. Check VMware KB 2149722 for more information.

Increased Maximums on vSphere 6.5 Update 1:

  • Maximum vCenter Servers per vSphere Domain: 15 (increased from 10)
  • Maximum ESXi Hosts per vSphere Domain: 5000 (increased from 4000)
  • Maximum Powered On VMs per vSphere Domain: 50,000 (increased from 30,000)
  • Maximum Registered VMs per vSphere Domain: 70,000 (increased from 50,000)

Check below link for VMware vSphere 6.5 Configuration Maximums:
vSphere 6.5 Update 1 Configuration Maximum

ESXi 6.5 Update 1 Information:

ESXi 6.5 Update 1 Build Information:
ESXi 6.5 Update 1 | 27 JULY 2017 | ISO Build 5969303

What’s new included in ESXi 6.5 Update 1 :

  • If you prefer to use Update Manager for the upgrade of ESXi and vSAN stack, you can now enable vSAN software upgrades through integration with vSphere Update Manager. This provides a unified and common workflow. For more information see the vSphere Update Manager Installation and Administration Guide.
  • Driver Updates:
    • Cavium qlnativefc driver
    • VMware nvme driver
    • Intel i40en driver with Lewisburg 10G NIC Support
    • Intel ne1000 driver with Lewisburg 1G NIC Support
    • Intel igbn driver
    • Intel ixgben driver
    • Broadcom ntg3 driver

For More Information on release note check below link:
ESXi 6.5 Update 1 Release Notes

vCenter Server 6.5 Update 1 Information :

vCenter Server 6.5 Update 1 Build Information:
vCenter Server 6.5 Update 1 | 27 JULY 2017 | ISO Build 5973321
vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 Update 1 | 27 JULY 2017 | Build 5973321

What’s new included in vCenter Server 6.5 Update 1 :

  • You can run the vCenter Server Appliance GUI and CLI installers on Microsoft Windows 2012 x64 bit, Microsoft Windows 2012 R2 x64 bit, Microsoft Windows 2016 x64 bit, and macOS Sierra.
  • TcServer is now replaced with Tomcat 8.5.8.
  • vCenter Server 6.5 Update 1 supports Guest OS customization for Ubuntu 17.04 OS.
  • VMware vSphere Storage APIs – Data Protection (VADP) now also support Windows Server 2016 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux RHEL 7.3 as operating systems to perform proxy backup. This is in addition to the backup proxy operating systems already supported with VADP and VDDK 6.5.
  • If you prefer to use Update Manager for the upgrade of ESXi and vSAN stack, you can now enable vSAN software upgrades through integration with vSphere Update Manager. This provides a unified and common workflow. For more information see the vSphere Update Manager Installation and Administration Guide.
  • External database support: vCenter Server now supports Microsoft SQL Server 2016, Microsoft SQL Server 2016 SP1, and Microsoft SQL Server 2014 SP2.
  • The HTML5-based vSphere Client now supports most content library and OVF deployment operations, as well as operations on roles and permissions, basic customization of the Guest OS, and additions to virtual machine, host, datastore, and network management.
  • The HTML5-based vSphere Client now supports French, Swiss-French, and Swiss-German keyboards. For known issues related to the keyboard mapping, see https://kb.vmware.com/kb/2149039.
  • Linked vCenter Server instances now support up to 15 vCenter Server instances, 5,000 ESXi hosts, 50,000 powered on virtual machines, and 70,000 registered virtual machines. For more information, see the vSphere Configuration Maximums.
  • During the command-line installation, upgrade and migration processes of vCenter Server Appliance, a structured status file is provided along with installer logs.
  • Updates to JRE package. The Oracle (Sun) JRE package is updated to version 1.8.0_131.

For More Information on release note check below link:
vCenter Server 6.5 Update 1 Release Notes

vSphere Client Updates:

With the release of vSphere 6.5 Update 1 VMware has made many improvements in vSphere web client. Many improvements & performance fixes will be coming in near future. For more information on vSphere HTML 5 Client Updates check below link:
vSphere HTML 5 Client Improvements

Users who want to upgrade their environment to vSphere 6.5 Update 1 you can download the VMware vSphere ESXi 6.5 Update 1 , vCenter Server 6.5 Update 1 from their respective VMware accounts. If you are on vSphere 6.5 already then you can directly download Patches for vSphere 6.5 Update 1 & patch or upgrade your environment to the latest one vSphere 6.5 Update 1.

Checkout Our Posts on vSphere 6.5:

How to Install ESXi 6.5 Step by Step ?

How to Install vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 Step by Step ?

How to Install vCenter Server 6.5 Step by Step ?

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