VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 2

VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 2 has been announced by VMware today. Many fixes and improvements is coming with the new release.

There is improvements for vSphere Platinum and also VMware announced vSphere ROBO edition (vSphere Remote Office Branch Office).

vSphere 6.7 Update 2 will deliver simplified operations, enhanced security, and support for new applications. It will include updates to the vCenter Server Converge Tool, new vCenter Server audit events and new VM maximums.

Goodbye External PSCs

With VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 2, administrators be able to linked vCenter servers together up to 15 vCenter servers.

The vCenter Server Converge Tool introduced in vSphere 6.7 Update 1, enables admins to seamlessly migrate topologies with external PSCs to embedded.

Now, infrastructure teams now have an intuitive snapshot of environments that enables them to make informed life cycle management decisions.

The UI provides topological and extended views of the relationships between components such as:

  1. vCenter Server instances and PSC
  2. Embedded vCenter Server instances and other embedded vCenter Server instances
  3. Health checks
  4. Replication status

This delivers exceptional end-to-end user experience as customers migrate their topologies from vCenter Server instances with external PSC to vCenter Server instances with Embedded PSCs.

Security Enhancements

There is some security enhancements against vulnerability on Intel Skylake or older processors, vSphere 6.7 Update 2 provides enhanced protection against L1TF with a modified scheduler that also recaptures performance impacted by the vulnerability.

With this release, AppDefense delivering increased application visibility and enhanced security lifecycle management. New scope level dashboards provide a real-time snapshot of application health and an overview of the security validation checks performed. Increased granularity for monitoring and event classification reduces the operational overhead for security incident response and remediation. By automatically adapting to security events that have been classified as normal application behavior, vSphere Platinum effectively reduces false positive alerts, reducing the operational burden on security operators.

Virtual Machine Configuration Maximums

Virtual machines will support more virtual CPUs and more memory in new virtual machine hardware version, any virtual machine can be a monster server to virtualize database intensive applications such as SAP HANA.

VMware vRealize Operations

VMware vRealize Operations 7.5 also announced by VMware will deliver new integrated compliance and automated drift remediation capabiities for VMware vSphere, to help reduce risk and enforce IT and regulatory standards.

vSphere ROBO Enterprise

vSphere Remote Office Branch Office Enterprise as the new highest end edition of vSphere Remote Office Branch Office, an efficient and secure platform for your remote sites and branch offices. vSphere Remote Office Branch Office Enterprise brings key capabilities that deliver enhanced security and business agility to the infrastructure at your remote sites.

Customer data at remote sites is further away from the data center and hence, there is a critical need to secure this data. vSphere Remote Office Branch Office Enterprise helps secure this data through VM-level encryption capability designed to protect data against unauthorized access.

Moreover, vSphere ROBO Enterprise makes it easier for customers to perform maintenance on remote hosts by delivering Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) in Maintenance Mode. It automatically moves VMs out of a server when it goes offline for maintenance and brings the VMs back to the server afterwards. Maintenance can be done remotely from a central IT location, enhancing business agility and availability.

References

VMware vSphere Blog

Further Reading

[Review]: vSphere 6.5 Update 2

End of General Support for vSphere 6.0

vSphere Central, The Messenger of God

Deploy vCenter Server Appliance without DNS Server

New Features in vSphere 6.7 Update 1

External Links

VMware vSphere Blog´╗┐

Davoud Teimouri

Davoud Teimouri is as a professional blogger, vExpert 2015/2016/2017/2018/2019, VCA, MCITP. This blog is started with simple posts and now, it has large following readers.

2 Responses

  1. Theo Merian says:

    These are some welcome improvements/enhancements. Our environment is mostly 6.5, but moving to 6.7 should be easier than ever. We are not a huge shop (~3000 VMs), but we’ve never run into a situation where an external PSC was necessary. I always thought that it made things unnecessarily more complex. VMware must have come to this same conclusion, since external PSCs are gone…

    Good write-up Davoud.

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