What's inside VMware vSphere 6.5 Update 1

VMware has just released vSphere 6.5 Update 1 including the following producs:

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vCenter Server 6.5 U1 - What's new

  • Ubuntu 17.04 OS Guest OS customization: vCenter Server 6.5 Update 1 supports Guest OS customization for Ubuntu 17.04 OS.
  • VADP support for Windows Server 2016 and RHEL 7.3: VMware vSphere Storage APIs - Data Protection (VADP) now also support Windows Server 2016 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux RHEL 7.3 as operating systems to perform proxy backup. This is in addition to the backup proxy operating systems already supported with VADP and VDDK 6.5.
  • Upgrade from vCenter 6.0 U3: vCenter Server 6.5 Update 1 supports upgrades and migrations from vCenter Server 6.0 Update 3 and above to vCenter Server 6.5 Update 1.
  • HTML5 Client with 90% feature support: The HTML5-based vSphere Client now can support up to 90% of general workflows.
  • 4 ESXi Host support in vCenter Server Foundation: With vSphere 6.5 Update 1 VMware has increased the number of hosts that vCenter Server Foundation will support from 3 host to 4.
  • General Support until November 2021: VMware has extended the general support for vSphere 6.5 for a full 5 years. This means that support for vSphere 6.5 will now end November 15, 2021.

Increased Configuration Maximums

  • Maximum vCenter Servers per vSphere Domain: 15 (increased from 10)
  • Maximum ESXi Hosts per vSphere Domain: 5000 (increased from 4000)
  • Maximum Powered On VMs per vSphere Domain: 50,000 (increased from 30,000)
  • Maximum Registered VMs per vSphere Domain: 70,000 (increased from 50,000)

vSAN 6.6.1 - What's new

  • vSphere Update Manager (VUM) Integration: The manual process of checking the VMware Compatibility Guide to ensure the upgraded version was supported with the specific hardware has been automated with a completely new Update Manager workflow.
  • Performance Diagnostics: The vSAN Cloud Analytics capabilities have been improved with a proactive Performance Diagnostics feature that analyzes the performance of a given vSAN cluster against previously executed benchmarks.
  • vSAN Licensing for ROBO and VDI: VDI and ROBO licensing editions are expanded with an Enterprise model that allows encryption and stretched clusters.

The latest ESXi 6.5 Build number is now: 5969303
Updated: ESXi Release and Build Number History
Updated: VMware Product Latest Version
Updated: ESXi Image Profiles

  1. How would i go about installing this on my 4th Gen intel nuc? I currently have 6.5.0 (Build 4564106) installed.

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