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How to get the most out of VMware vSphere 6.0

Mastering VMware vSphere 6 digs into the new features in VMware's latest server virtualization release and walks administrators through the setup process.

VMware made its first major release of its server virtualization platform in three years with the unveiling of vSphere 6.0 in February. This latest iteration has 650 new features, which means there's quite a bit for VMware shop personnel to digest. Is it worth looking into an upgrade to take advantage of some of these new advancements?

Authors of the book Mastering VMware vSphere 6 -- for a full version of Chapter 1, click on this link for a PDF -- Nick Marshall, Grant Orchard and Josh Atwell, dive deep into the latest vSphere release to give users a breakdown of the more prominent innovations. There's information about the ability to do long-distance vMotion and also cross-vCenter vMotion as the barriers to execute these advanced procedures have been eliminated. At more than 800 pages, the book walks administrators through numerous procedures to get the most out of their investment.

The authors explain some of the changes with the vSphere Web Client and the state of the desktop client in this excerpt from Chapter 1:

With the release of vSphere 5, VMware shifted its primary administrative interface to a web-based vSphere Client. The vSphere Web Client provides a dynamic, web‐based user interface for managing a virtual infrastructure and enables you to manage your infrastructure without needing to install the Windows‐based vSphere Desktop Client on a system. In its initial release, the vSphere Web Client provided a subset of the functionality available to the "full" Windows‐based vSphere Desktop Client. However, in subsequent releases -- including the 6.0 release -- the vSphere Web Client has been enhanced and expanded to include almost all the functionality you need to manage a vSphere environment. Further, VMware has stated that the vSphere Web Client will eventually replace the Windows‐based vSphere Desktop Client entirely. For this reason, I'll use screen shots of the vSphere Web Client throughout this book unless it is impossible to do so.

The Windows‐based vSphere Desktop Client is still available to allow you to manage individual ESXi hosts, either directly or through an instance of vCenter Server. You can install the vSphere Desktop Client by browsing to the URL of an ESXi host or vCenter Server and selecting the appropriate installation link (although keep in mind that Internet access might be required in order to download the client in some instances). The vSphere Desktop Client provides a rich graphical user interface (GUI) for all day‐to‐day management tasks and for the advanced configuration of a virtual infrastructure. Although you can connect the vSphere Desktop Client either directly to an ESXi host or to an instance of vCenter Server, the full set of management capabilities are available only when you are connecting the vSphere Desktop Client to vCenter Server.

Excerpted with permission from the publisher, Wiley, from Mastering VMware vSphere 6 by Nick Marshall, Scott Lowe (Foreword by) with Grant Orchard, Josh Atwell. Copyright © 2015.

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