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    Default vSphere 6.5

    Pretty quiet around the virtualization subforum these days...

    VMware vSphere 6.5 intro: https://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/201...phere-6-5.html
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    Read the press release this afternoon, pretty big shift from what I've read. There major things is html5, encrypted vms / vmotion and api.

    For me right now it's encryption. Encryption at rest is a major requirement for most large customers and allowing encryption at rest is a huge step imo. A few storage arrays do software based encryption and a few use SEDs but nothing is holistic.

    I went to 6.0 u2 for FT on vcenter and content libraries, I'll definitely make the jump to 6.5 once u1 is out.
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    It's pretty amazing what I'm reading. Some big changes to HA/DRS with Predictive DRS, Network DRS. The major push on VCSA (this has been happening for a while, but it's looking extremely attractive.) especially with VUM embedded now.

    VSAN has had some additions to it.

    and Nested ESXi has had a lot of benefits. PVSCSI and VMXnet3 are default when setting it up. GuestOS Customizations (IP settings only so far)



    It's all pretty amazing. We're keen on it already, but got a fair way to go before then.
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    Yes, big fan of finally being able to run VUM on VCSA! Makes it a worthy upgrade for lab environment.

    Very excited that the HTML5 web client is finally release in an update and not a fling. Disappointed the C# client is no longer supported but we knew that was coming already.

    Some of the encryption stuff is nice if you don't do that at the SAN level already.

    Does anyone know if TLS 1.0/1.1 will finally be deprecated and 1.2 can be enforced?

    Overall pretty good.
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    Keep in ind, with new enhancments and additions, Higher resources are required.
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    Been running vSphere 6.0U2 with VCSA in production for over a year now. Really glad VCSA now has VUM since the guests are all Linux. VCSA HA is a bonus too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iBrokeIT View Post
    Pretty quiet around the virtualization subforum these days...

    VMware vSphere 6.5 intro: https://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/201...phere-6-5.html
    Probably most hang around the vExpert Slack Channel
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    Quote Originally Posted by jibbajabba View Post
    Probably most hang around the vExpert Slack Channel
    I haven't been there for months. Not a huge fan of Slack and changing between teams or channels, or whatever they are called.
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    Can't wait to upgrade the home-lab to 6.5. Been using vSAN 6.2 for a few months now, got 4.6 TB's of space; it works amazing on the 10G FCoE.

    The new VUM integration into vCSA is amazing, that was one of my biggest crutches with vCSA vs the windows-based vCenter.

    The new vSAN feature I like allot since being the Lead Technical Engineer for a MSP now for the past few months, SMB's with a few servers really benefit from vSAN.
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    People still use FCoE? :P
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    FCoE usage is definitely rather limited. I'm more interested in what FCoE would have to do with VSAN. Local storage on servers + ethernet, not sure where fcoe would come into play
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    We were FCoE but found that storage vendors (not just one but multiple) had limited solutions using FCoE. Most were either FC or iSCSI. So with that we moved from FCoE to iSCSI.
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    it is for a home-lab guys, read into that much?

    home-lab has iSCSI and FCoE, I like using a broad range of protocols in the home-lab.

    however i may go with a decent FC switch at some point, the one lacking problem is you can't do LACP correctly on iSCSI, so just a 10G single FCoE works fine in the home-lab.

    for customers it's either iSCSI for small, FC for large needs.
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    That wasn't the question, the question is what FCoE had to do with VSAN, since FCoE is for remote/SAN storage, and VSAN is local storage.
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    vSAN likes either 1G or 10G connectivity, so I just use a solo 10G FCoE CNA uplink from each R610 to the FCoE switch.

    But you do know the wording in your question answers the question, you only do use FCoE for Remote or SAN traffic, vSAN is just a VIRTUAL SAN, so that back-end should be 10G. Technically, I could use iSCSI in the home-lab but I like being different and make it interesting. The Brocade Storage switch I'm using supports them both, it's just because I like using as many protocols as possible. If I lab on nothing but iSCSI all day, when I use FCoE or when I get a FC switch it helps to stay on top of different builds of systems. Like everything, practice makes perfect.

    But my problem anymore in the home-lab is that while FCoE is technically faster than ISCSI even at 10G, I'm still encountering a bottleneck now on my QNAP 2U NAS and the CNA's for FCoE on the R610's, so having either FCoE or iSCSI 10G really doesn't make a difference anymore, but it was fun to set it up. I use my QNAP array not for just VMware but for torrents. I seed well over 20 TB's of them, my Sonicwall TZ 210 1G link is usually using all of that 75 Mbit upload connection.

    Again, your reading to far into it, as it's just a home-lab setup and not a real world deployment where iSCSI is used for small deployments in fixed with default protocols with Active/Passive links and FCoE is used for larger deployments with round robin and IP Hash in EC bundles. I use FC sometimes but I mainly only use iSCSI anymore, most clients I use never get above 1G SAN's, 10G SAN aren't very prevalent with me yet.
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    WTAF dude...now your just spitting out acronyms to sound fancy. In what realm does 'IP' hashing have anything to do with native Fibre Channel. Do you even FSPF brah?
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    I was merely stating the use-cases of them in a VMware posting?

    No protocol is set in stone ever, it's just what I use. Everyone has their own preferences. I just like IP hashing on bonded connections like LACP and Etherchannel, LACP can be either FCoE or just normal IP traffic. I find LACP is the better protocol to use, personally. But I don't use FC tremendously, so I don't have a need to know it, I know enough or to some not enough.

    But this just my opinion, everyone has their own.
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    I'll bite. Tell me more about LACP with FC. I know this is impossible so do tell how no protocol is set in stone.
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    oops, I meant FCoE with LACP, FC can't be used with LACP. I get them confused.

    Anytime Iris rebuttles on posts I think to make sure my words is correctly. I don't always say things how I mean. But Iris always like to jump to conclusions with my postings and forgets I'm dyslexic. Then abruptly the posts are always deleted because it turns into a drama fest. So I'm not even going to give you food to chew.
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    Seriously? Three CCIE DCs tell you that you'r factually incorrect on various points and I'm the last one to comment on only one of those points and somehow I'm picking on you for your learning disability?
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    I'm not perfect, I don't always understand even my own words, try living with dyslexia then we can talk.

    Again, telling me your a CCIE just sounds like a electronic epeen being strutted, it really doesn't phase me at all.

    That's like telling a Cop I'm a CCIE and VCDX, give me a speed reduction because I can fix IT stuff. He would just look at you with a haze.

    I do however look forward to getting a FC switch for the home-lab so I can understand it's inner workings. I just don't use FC that much, ISCSI or FCoE is usually good for me as most of the SAN's I've used just have solo 10G links, I'm sure someday I'll go to FC but I just haven't had a need. I guess i'll figure it out when I get to that point, I really don't mind right now. Recently NSX and CISSP has been my focus.
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    I don't have three CCIEs.i was referring to Jason and Joel's epeen if that makes you feel better
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    @Iris - I can never tell, since you always jump to conclusions with my wording. Google Dyslexia and understand it, can a CCIE do that? (ok that was kind of harsh but you understand my frustration I hope and everyone too on here), I'd hope after being on this forum so many years and how my wording is always consistently messed up you'd put one and one together and ask for clarification.

    I tell all my employers I'm disabled and get wording messed up, but ADA doesn't apply to a forum.

    Ok, I'm sorry this hijacked this thread, if a moderator can delete these posts that be nice. I just felt misunderstood sometimes,, naaa most time(s) I should say but it had to be said.
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    Da hell? You get called out by multiple people on multiple things and it's all my fault and I'm picking on you because you're disabled? Considering I have family members with dyslexia, I'm very aware of what it is and have seen how it personally affects people. It's pretty obvious that you don't have a grasp of the technology you're bragging about but you're very quick to blame it on a disability or people picking on you when you get called out instead of learning something. You're on a forum with other technical folks so when you say something that people disagree with, it's unbecoming to assume the victim stance instead of course correcting.
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