#vROps 6.2 what’s new?
vRealize Operations 6.2 was released last night and is now available for download!
Looking at what’s new very quickly there are some good new enhancements but when you compare this to the 6.1 release it’s perhaps a little light, nevertheless there appears to be some new cool features and enhancements to be had in this version.
There does not appear to be any sizing/scale increases.
Upgrading from existing 6.1 versions can be done via a .pak file.
The main focus of this update appears to be on stability (which is no bad thing given a few horror stories I have heard)
- Enhanced Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) Integration
vRealize Operations now offers enhanced integration with the vCenter Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) when making and executing workload placement recommendations. The vRealize Operations Manager analytics determine cross-cluster placement opportunities, while vCenter Distributed Resource Scheduler determines the best destination within clusters. The enhanced integration uses all DRS rules, constraints, and enterprise-class capabilities.
- New Workload Utilization Dashboard
The Workload Utilization Dashboard enables you to see the object workload utilization for Cluster, DataCenter, and Custom DataCenter containers. The new dashboard incorporates an updated Utilization widget, capable of operating in either a capacity or workload utilization mode.
- Ability to Import Single Sign-On Users
As an Administrator, you can now add and authorize new users for vRealize Operations Manager by importing them from a Single Sign-On source.
- Telemetry Enablement on Upgrade
This release includes a one-time dialog after you upgrade that allows you to participate in the VMware Customer Experience Improvement Program. This program collects anonymous product configuration and usage data to enhance future versions of vRealize Operations.
- Portable Licensing
The portable licensing feature adds the ability for customers to license use of the product in vSphere as well as non-vSphere environments.
vSphere 5.5 – what I like from what’s new..
With vSphere 5.5 being announced at VMworld San Francisco I was very eager to see what was new and after devouring all of the great blog posts out there of the guys in attendance I wanted to summarize in my own way the aspects I think are great!
- VMDK 2TB limitation removed! (also virtual mode RDMs)
This has to be one of the best pieces of news as it has been in the rear trying to accommodate really large VMs (changes affect both VMFS and NFS)
IMPORTANT – You need to be running ESXi 5.5
You cannot grow the VMDK “hot” the VMDK must be offline. Also you must use the web client to make the changes beyond 2TB ( you will get a funky error message if you try with the .NET client)
- vSphere Flash Read Cache
I have been keeping an eye (where possible) since I heard it announced way back as vFlash by Cormac hogan at a VMUG meeting last year, so I was chuffed to bits to see it made the cut in 5.5 (From what I have read though thus far it is not as straight forward to deploy and use as PernixData‘s excellent product which I have had the pleasure in looking at and testing.)
- vSphere maximums
While the days of needing to know the maximums for the exams have pretty much gone, VMware are still eager to impress and with HyperV hot on it’s tail VMware have certainly upped the ante..
Apparently its not a re-branding of VSA (which was not particularly popular) VSAN is a new way to make use of HOST mounted storage whether it be SSDs or HDDs and create a data store accross 8 Hosts (8 hosts being the present maximum)
This solution is quite appealing for some of what I do on a day to day basis, but I have yet to see how VMware will license it or which suite (if any it will fall into)
If you want a really great overview of all the new features and changes I would recommend reading the following blog post at WahlNetwork
Also VMware have the following PDF