Tuesday 12 April 2016

What's New vSphere 6.0 Update 2

With the latest release of VMware vSphere 6.0 Update 2 there have been couple of new features and functionalities which has been added both in terms of the Esxi host and the vCenter Server.

What's New VMware Esxi 6.0 Update 2

1) High Ethernet Link Speed : Supports 25G and 50 G ethernet speeds.

2) VMware Host Client (HTML5 Web Client):  The VMware Host Client is an HTML5 client that is used to connect to and manage single ESXi hosts. 

Can be used to perform administrative tasks:

  • VM Power Operations (common cases)
  • VM Edit Settings (simple CPU, Memory, Disk changes)
  • VM Console
  • VM and Host Summary pages
  • VM Migration (only to a Host)
  • Clone to Template/VM
  • Create VM on a Host (limited)
  • Additional monitoring views (Performance charts, Tasks, Events)
  • Global Views (Recent tasks, Alarms–view only)
3) VMware Virtual SAN 6.2: The new VMware Virtual SAN 6.2 is bundled with ESXi 6.0 Update 2 (Refer VSAN 6.2 Release Notes)

4) vSphere APIs for I/O Filtering (VAIO) Enhancement: After successful installation of I/O Filter through VIM API, the installed filter is not able to publish the filter capabilities to VPXD. Which has now been fixed in this release.

For a complete list refer (vSphere 6.0 Update 2 Release Notes)

What New VMware vCenter Server 6.0 Update 2

1) Two-factor authentication for vSphere Web Client: Protect the vSphere Web Client using the following form of authentication:
  • RSA SecurID (RSA SecurID is configured using the SSO-Config utility. It also requires RSA Authentication Manager in your environment)
  • Smart card (Smart Card Authentication can be configured from the Platform Services Controller UI or using SSO-Config utility.)

2) vSphere Web Client Support :  vSphere Web Client Support for Windows 10.

3) vCenter Server database support: vCenter Server now supports the following external databases:
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 3
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Service Pack 1

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