VMware 6.5 Update 1 Released with New Features

VMware released 6.5 update 1 last 27th and it comes with lots of improvements. There are improvements to the vCenter OS platform supports, vCenter Configuration maximums, vSphere H5 web client, vSphere Update Manager, enhanced database support etc.

I was reading the VMware 6.5 update 1 release notes and these new features can be found in the documentation.

  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.

Read VMware vCenter Server 6.5 Update 1 Release Notes

VMware H5 Web client now supports to configure the advanced networking options for the vSphere distributed switches. vSphere Web Client Change log can be found here

Also, It supports to the VSAN 6.6.1

Improved vCenter Configuration maximums for a single vSphere domain:

  • Maximum linked vCenters support for a single vSphere domain increased to 15 from 10
  • Maximum ESXi hosts support for a single vSphere domain increased to 5000 from 4000
  • Powered on Virtual Machines for a single vSphere domain increased to 50 000 from 30 000
  • Registered Maximum Virtual Machines for a single vSphere domain increased to 70 000 from 50 000

Also, a patch was released to update the JRE version to  1.8.0_131. See the KB article for more information.

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