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Below is an updated list of URLs and tools to review as you are planning your migration to vSphere 6.5:
- VMware Compatibility Guide – https://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php
- VMware Product Interoperability Matrices – https://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/sim/interop_matrix.php
- Supported and deprecated topologies for VMware vSphere 6.5 – https://kb.vmware.com/kb/2147672
- Update Sequence for vSphere 6.5 and its compatible VMware Products – https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/2147289
- vSphere 6.5 Topology and Upgrade Planning Tool – https://vspherecentral.vmware.com/path-finder
- Configuring certificates for PSC for High Availability in vSphere 6.5 – https://kb.vmware.com/kb/2147627
- Configuring F5 BIG-IP Load Balancer for use with vSphere Platform Services Controller (PSC) 6.5 (2147038) – https://kb.vmware.com/kb/2147038
- Best practices for upgrading to vCenter Server 6.5 – https://kb.vmware.com/kb/2147686
- vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 Migration Walkthrough – https://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2017/01/vcenter-server-appliance-6-5-migration-walkthrough.html
- vCenter HA Deployment Options – https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-vSphere/6.5/com.vmware.vsphere.avail.doc/GUID-F08F7501-FC06-4A83-806D-89CA489FA3AF.html
- Enabling vCenter HA – Advanced – https://featurewalkthrough.vmware.com/#!/vsphere-6-5/enabling-vcenter-ha-advanced
- Deploying vCenter High Availability with network addresses in separate subnets – https://kb.vmware.com/kb/2148442
vSphere 6.5 Hands-on Labs
- vSphere Security – Getting Started (VM Encryption and audit quality logging) – http://labs.hol.vmware.com/HOL/catalogs/lab/3627
- What’s New: vSphere 6.5 – http://labs.hol.vmware.com/HOL/catalogs/lab/3624
One final tip as I’ve had several questions regarding vCenter HA and how it is enabled so I thought I would share a screenshot from my homelab. Once you have successfully upgraded to vCenter 6.5 the configuration option will be available (see screenshot below):
vSphere 6.5 includes a great deal of new features as well as a 6x performance increase in operations per second over vSphere 5.5. Given this sort of boost in performance and efficiency it is now time to start planning your environment upgrade. More details on the performance enhancements can be found here: https://blogs.vmware.com/performance/2017/04/vcenter-6-5-performance-what-does-6x-mean.html.
- In 5.5, vCenter was capable of approximately 10 operations per second in our testbed.
- In 6.0, vCenter was capable of approximately 30 operations per second in our testbed.
- In 6.5 vCenter can now perform more than 60 operations per second in our testbed. With faster hardware, vCenter can achieve over 70 operations per second in our testbed.
The URLs below should be reviewed and used for planning your vSphere environment upgrade:
- Important information before upgrading to vSphere 6.5 (2147548)
- Update sequence for vSphere 6.5 and its compatible VMware products (2147289)
- Migration of Update Manager from Windows to a vCenter Server Appliance 6.5
- Upgrading to vCenter Server 6.5 Best Practices (2147686)
- Supported and deprecated topologies for VMware vSphere 6.5 (2147672)
Be sure to review the vSphere Compatibility Predictor fling that is available on VMware Flings: https://labs.vmware.com/flings/future-vsphere-compatibility-predictor. This tool will scan and map out your vSphere environment and all solutions that are connected to vCenter along with your PSCs (Platform Services Controller). Once the scan is complete it will provide you with a map of your vSphere environment and will provide feedback of potential compatibility issues when upgrading to vSphere 6.5.