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VMware vSphere 6.5 Is Now GA!

VMware Officially released vSphere 6.5 on the 15th of November 2016! There are many features that I’m excited about using such as VM-Level Disk Encryption and Encrypted vMotion. These features can be enabled on any operating system which is a cool feature that VMware have added to further enhance the security of the vSphere Platform. VMware have also added the Secure Boot feature that prevents unauthorised tampering with the Hypervisor and the Guest Operating Systems. You can find further information on the release here!

I will be creating a number of posts regarding vSphere 6.5 and the features that have been added. I will be upgrading my Lab Environment to vSphere 6.5 in the coming days so I will be documenting the process. I will also be redeploying vCenter using the vSphere Appliance as I’ve been trying to migrate the majority of my services to Linux. I will be keeping a backup of my Windows vCenter so that I can easily roll back If required and also so I can document the upgrade process once the vCenter Server Migration Tool has been updated to support vSphere 6.0 –> vSphere 6.5.

You can find the Download Links for ESXI and vCenter here –

VMware ESXI 6.5

VMware vCenter 6.5

You can also find the Documentation for vSphere 6.5 here –

vSphere 6.5 Documentation

I would advise you install this in a Lab Environment before rolling this out to production as there is still a number of known issues. You can read about on the release notes page here. I will be waiting before I upgrade to ESXI 6.5 as I have had issues before in my Lab Environment with my Mac Pro 4,1 Hosts as often drivers etc have been removed from the initial release that are later re-added to the ISO’s.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for posts on vSphere 6.5!

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