vSphere 6 public beta open!

v6The VMware vSphere 6 Public Beta is open now.  I just joined and downloaded the RC code.  Throwing them in a VM for now to kick the tires but so far it looks like they’ve basically doubled, tripled and in some cases quadrupled a number of the config maximums!  FT is specifically a LOT more practical to use given it’s new limitation of 4 vCPU’s and 64GB ram per VM instead of one as before and relaxation of a lot of the other restrictions such as vMotion and snapshots on a FT protected VM (more information later in the post).


Config Maximums

Here’s a great comparison between 5.0, 5.1, 5.5 and 6.0 config maximums:





vSphere 6 Web Client

The Web client seems to be improved quite a bit performance wise.  I personally didn’t care for the web client- not because it was web based but because they chose to completely re-layout everything.  It reminded me of the change between excel 2003 and excel 2007 with the new ribbon.  I had to learn where everything was all over again!  There are a lot of additional context menu improvements/additions.  Here are a few side by side comparisons between the v5.5 and the v6.0 web client:

vSphere-6.0-Web-Client-Improvements_1 vSphere-6.0-Web-Client-Improvements_2 vSphere-6.0-Web-Client-Improvements_31




VMware vCenter 6

vCenter has undergone some under the hood changes too.  The old embedded SQL server is gone and is now replaced with a Postgres based database.  You won’t likely be using this for larger installations as before but good to know for the smaller installations.  It now supports up to 20 hosts and 200 virtual machines.  Here are some of the currently supported platforms for vCenter 6:

Supported Windows Operating Systems for vCenter 6.0 Installation:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 SP2 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 64-bit

Supported Databases for vCenter 6.0 Installation:

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 SP1
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2014
  • Oracle 11g R2
  • Oracle 12c




vSphere Fault Tolerance

vSphere Fault Tolerance has long been a favorite feature of mine for the sheer cool factor of true HA with realistically zero failover time.  The protocol that is used to keep the FT VM’s updated has been revamped as well.  Here are some comparisons between 5.5 and 6.0 FT restrictions:




All in all, things are looking up and I’m excited to try it out.  I may have to see if any of my lab gear is on the HCL so I can put it through it’s paces in a more production capacity.  VCP6 here I come :).


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