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vSphere 5.

5:
New Features and Tips
Rick Vanover
MCITP vExpert VCP
Veeam Software
http://www.veeam.com/blog
Twitter: @RickVanover @Veeam

About the Speaker


Contributor to industry publications

Agenda
Version sequencing of vSphere 5.5
Top features of vSphere 5.5
Upgrade tips of vSphere 5.5
Nested ESXi and Autolab
Live demo of vSphere 5.5
Additional vSphere 5 resources

About VMware vSphere 5.5


Leading virtualization platform
Robust features: DRS, HA, VMFS, Advanced storage
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ESX(i) host(s)

Shared storage resources

Versions of vSphere 5.5


Release sequencing

VMware ESXi 5.5 22-Sept Build 1331820


VMware vCenter Server 5.5 22-Sept Build 1312298
vCenter Server Appliance 5.5 22-Sept Build 1312297
VMware vCenter Server 5.5.0a 31-Oct Build 1378901
vCenter Server Appliance 5.5.0a 31-Oct Build 1398493

Check editions before updates and downloads

(My) Top features in vSphere 5.5

Whats New PDF: http://vee.am/55whatsnew

Backup Academy blog and free training

Virtual Machine Hardware Version 10


New virtual machine format for vSphere 5.5
Version 4:
Version 7:

VMware Infrastructure 3

Version 8:
Version 9:

vSphere 5

Version 10:

vSphere 4
vSphere 5.1
vSphere 5.5

New features only


New configuration maximums permitted
with new virtual machine hardware
VMDK greater than 2 TB only v10
Up-to-date configuration is important
for feature-rich backups

(My) Top features in vSphere 5.5


Support for 62TB VMDK
Makes virtualization, the rest of the way, easy

(My) Top features in vSphere 5.5


Improved scalability of the vCenter Server Appliance:
The vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA)

(My) Top features in vSphere 5.5

vCenter Single Sign-On


Enhancements
Authentication interconnect
across vCloud Suite
Why is SSO used?
Why not only Active Directory?
(though made easier in 5.5)

(My) Top features in vSphere 5.5


PDL AutoRemove
vSphere Flash Read Cache

(My) Top gotchas in vSphere 5.5


vSphere APIs for Data Protection now x64 only
Some things can only be done in the vSphere Web Client: Most
explicitly new features are Web Client only.
Updated vCenter Server 5.5.0a released on Halloween
Single Sign On continues to be a learning experience:

http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2013/10/backwards-compatible.html

The upgrade process


VMware KB 2057795 |

http://vee.am/8By3Ye

General flow if only using vCenter and ESXi


Upgrade vCenter Application
Upgrade ESXi hosts
Upgrade VMware Tools

Upgrade VM virtual machine


hardware version
Upgrade VMFS datastores

How to test the upgrade


New VMware Fling provides VMware Tools on nested ESXi
Blog: http://vee.am/05u3Ye

Must Try: Autolab


http://www.labguides.com/autolab/

Lets take a look in the lab


Interactive video of vSphere 5.5

Additional vSphere 5 resources


VMware vSphere documentation
http://vee.am/vSphere5 (Short URL for Pubs.VMware.com)

Getting started with vSphere 5 (VMware KB TV)


http://vee.am/KBTV (Short URL for blogs.vmware.com)

vLaunchPad

http://vlp.vsphere-land.com/
Blogs
Documentation
Podcasts
Storage resources
News resources

What We Covered

What We Covered

How Version sequencing of vSphere 5.5


Top features of vSphere 5.5
Upgrade tips of vSphere 5.5
Nested ESXi and Autolab
Interactive lab demo
Additional vSphere 5 resources

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