VMware vSphere 6.5 Part 1-Introduction

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I have decided to start preparation for VCP6-DCV. vSphere 6.5 the latest version of its industry-leading virtualization platform. This new release of vSphere features a dramatically simplified experience, comprehensive built-in security, and a universal app platform for running any app. started setting up my lab for test environment. We will look into Installation, Configuration and Management of vSphere 6.5 components. A lot has been changed with vSphere 6.5 and its time to learn some new stuffs. So let’s get started.

vSphere 6.5 accelerates the customer transition to digital transformation and cloud computing by addressing key challenges:

  1. Environments growing increasingly complex,
  2. Growing IT security threats, and
  3. The need to support both existing and new apps and services.

Let’s take a look at some of the key capabilities.

vSphere 6.5 focuses on 4 areas of innovation directly targeted at the challenges customers face as they digitally transform their businesses.

  • Simplified customer experience – Re-architected vCenter Server Appliance, streamlined HTML5-based GUI, and simple rest-based APIs for automation.
  • Comprehensive Built in Security – Policy-driven security at scale to secure data, infrastructure, and access.
  • Universal App Platform – A single platform to support any application, anywhere.
  • Proactive Data Center Management – Predictive analytics to address potential issues before they become serious problem.


Introduction to VMware vSphere 6.5

VMware vSphere 6.5 many changes are done in architecture and some new features were introduced. One of the major changes that were introduced in vSphere 6. that allows vSphere 6.5 to deliver a simplified experience is the graphical user interface itself. The highly anticipated new HTML5-based vSphere Client provides a modern user interface experience that is both responsive and easy to use.

What’s new in vSphere 6.5

vCenter Server Appliance

  • Enhanced vCenter Install, Upgrade, Patch
  • vCenter Server Appliance Migration Tool
  • Sphere Update Manager for vCenter Server Appliance
  • Improvements in Host Profiles
  • VMware Tools Lifecycle Management
  • vSphere Automation API
  • Platform Service Controller High Availability
  • vCenter High Availability
  • vCenter Server Appliance and Database Management
  • Native vCenter Server backup and restore


  • Expanded Support for New Hardware, Architectures and Guest Operating Systems
  • Guest OS and Customization Support
  • VMware Host Client
  • Virtual NVMe
  • Para-Virtualized RDMARDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE).
  • I/O Drivers and Ecosystem.
  • vSphere Fault Tolerance


  • Enhancements to Storage I/O Control
  • Storage Policy-Based Management Components
  • Enhancements in NFS 4.1 client Increased Datastore & Path limit
  • vMotion Acceleration with Virtual Volumes Replication
  • Enhancements in VMware vSphere Storage APIs – Data Protection
  • Virtual SAN
    • iSCSI support
    • 2-node Direct Connect and Witness traffic separation
    • Support for latest hardware
  • VMFS 6 Datastore


  • Content Library Improvements
  • Orchestrated VM Restart using HA
  • vSphere Web Client enhancements
  • vSphere Web Client Reorganization of tabs
  • Client Integration Plugin (CIP) removal
  • vSphere HTML5 Web Client
  • Proactive HA
  • Upgrades over IPv6.
  • Virtual Machine Console
  • Network-aware DRS
  • PowerCLI


  • Improved performance for Nested ESXi
  • Improved manageability for infrastructure networks


  • VMDK Encryption Manageability
  • Secure Boot Support for ESXi Host and Guest VM
  • Enhanced vCenter Events, Alarms and vSphere Logging
  • Encrypted vMotion
  • New Role – No Cryptography Administrator


vSphere 6.0 is coming in 3 editions:

1: vSphere Standard: The standard version of vSphere 6.5 provides you following feature

  • HA and FT for 2 vCPU
  • vMotion
  • Data Protection
  • vShield Endpoint
  • vSphere Replication
  • vCenter High Availability
  • vCenter Backup and Restore
  • vCenter Server Appliance Migration Tool


2: vSphere Enterprise Plus: vSphere 6.5 Enterprise Plus edition covers all features of standard version plus some additional features like:

  • FT for 4 CPU
  • Storage DRS
  • Proactive HA
  • Nvidia Gird vGPU
  • Virtual Machine Encryption
  • Distributed Switch
  • Host profile/Auto Deploy
  • vSphere Integrated Containers
  • VMware Integrated OpenStack
  • vMotion (+Cross-vSwitch / Cross-vCenter / Long Distance / Cross-Cloud)


3: vSphere with Operations Management Enterprise Plus: vSphere 6.5 Enterprise Plus edition covers all features of standard version plus some additional features like:

  • FT for 4 CPU
  • vSphere Health Monitoring
  • vSphere Security Hardening
  • vCenter Management Pack
  • Cloud Management Platform (CMP) Management Packs – vRA, vRB, LI, vRO
  • Management Pack for Storage Devices (MPSD) – for VSAN customers only
  • Rebalance Action (requires DRS to be turned on)
  • OOTB Dashboard for Workload Planning and Balancing
  • Capacity Metering, Trending, Right-sizing, and Resource Optimization
  • Self-learning Analytics with Dynamic Thresholds
  • Flexible Operations Policies and Operations Groups
  • Role-based Access Control
  • Remote Collector HA
  • Single Sign-on
  • Scale-out Platform
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