vSphere 6 Update 2 and VSAN 6.2 released

Since today (March 15th) Update 2 for VMware vSphere 6 is available for download. As part of this update VMware has also released VSAN 6.2.

So what’s new with vSphere 6 Update 2:

  • Two-factor authentication for vSphere Web Client: Protect the vSphere Web Client using RSA SecurID or Smart card (That is the UPN based Common Access Card) for authentication
  • Support to change vSphere ESX Agent Manager logging level: This release supports dynamic increase or decrease of vSphere ESX Agent Manager (EAM) logging levels without restarting EAM.
  • vSphere Web Client now supports Microsoft Windows 10
  • vCenter Server database now supports Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 3 and ◦Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Service Pack 1

And a lot of issues are resolved, too – for example:

  • Upgrading vCenter Server from 5.5 Update 3b to 6.0 Update 1b might fail (KB 2139396)
  • In the vCenter Server Appliance Management Interface, the vCenter Server Appliance update status might be stuck at 70 percent

And many more – you can find all the details in the VMware vCenter Server 6.0 Update 2 Release Notes

VMware VSAN 6.2 – what’s new here?

  • support of deduplication and compression to eliminate duplicate data
  • support of both RAID 5 and RAID 6 erasure coding to reduce the storage space required to protect your data
  • support of software-based checksum on hybrid and all-flash Clusters
  • support of upgrades to new on-disk virtual file format 3.0 through the vSphere Web Client
  • supports of IOPS limits to restrict the number of I/O (read/write) operations per second for a specified object
  • Write-through in-memory cache. Virtual SAN 6.2 improves virtual machine performance by using a host resident write-through read cache. This caching algorithm reduces read I/O latency and reduces Virtual SAN CPU and network usage.

But there are many more enhancements in VSAN 6.2. Read more about them and the resolved issues in the VMware Virtual SAN 6.2 Release Notes

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