Previous months, in April VMware launched newest version vSphere 6.7 and also with it vCenter Server Appliance 6.7, which now is the default deployment option for vSphere.
This is the final release for both vCenter Server for Windows and the vSphere Web Client (flash). From now is no more supported deployment of vCenter Server Windows version. Also this release is full of new enhancements for the vCenter Server Appliance in all areas. Today we are going to show some of the important features in this new version of vCenter Server Appliance, which are really great.
The vSphere Appliance Management Interface (VAMI) has received a significant amount of improvement. VAMI is becoming the VCSA tool for monitoring and out of band troubleshooting. There are several new tabs and enhancements in the VCSA 6.7 VAMI, these include:
- Monitoring – visibility to CPU, memory, network, and database utilization. A new addition called disks is now available under the monitoring tab.
- Services – All the services that make up the VCSA, their startup type, health, and state are visible here.
- Update – there is now more flexibility in selecting patches and updates.
- File-Based Backup – was first introduced in vSphere 6.5 under the summary tab, now it has its own backup tab. Native scheduler included in the UI. Retention option available, select the number of backups to keep.
vSphere 6.7 is also the last release to include vCenter Server for Windows, which has been deprecated. Customers can migrate to the vCenter Server Appliance with the built-in Migration Tool. In vSphere 6.7 we can now select how to import the historical and performance data during a migration:
- Deploy & import all data
- Deploy & import data in the background
While importing data in the background customers have the option to pause and resume. This new ability is available in the vSphere Appliance Management Interface.
With vSphere 6.5 VMware introduced a supported version of the vSphere Client (HTML5). Included in the vCenter Server Appliance it only had partial functionality. This newly designed HTML5 interface is a pleasure to work with and is extremely performant. It is said to be around 95% complete at this point and with the new features found in the HTML5 vCenter Server 6.7, such as VUM, vSAN, Licensing, Content Library, Host Profiles, etc.
Now vCenter Server Appliance 6.7 introduce vCenter with Embedded PSC with Enhanced Linked Mode. Here are the benefits of this deployment model:
No load balancer required for high availability supports native vCenter Server High Availability.
Site boundary removal provides flexibility of placement
Supports vSphere scale maximums
Allows for 15 deployments in a vSphere Single Sign-On Domain
Reduces the number of nodes to manage and maintain
The PSC functionality is now part of the vSphere Client and all functionality is now located under the Administration menu. Certificate management has its own tab and all other PSC management is under the configuration tab.
vCenter Server Appliance 6.7 is the new standard for running vCenter Server. We cover some of the new features of this version. Enjoy it!