VMware vSphere 5.5 New Features

Learn about the exciting new features in VMware vSphere 5.5 designed to make datacenters more efficient and empower virtualization admins.
Course info
Rating
(205)
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Aug 27, 2013
Duration
3h 7m
Table of contents
VMware vSphere 5.5 New Features
Installing VMware vSphere ESXi 5.5
Installing vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 5.5
Installing vCenter 5.5 for Windows
Exploring New vSphere 5.5 Web Client Features
Understanding New vSphere 5.5 Replication Features
Introduction to VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN)
Deploying and Administering VMware Virtual SAN 5.5
What’s New in vCenter Orchestrator 5.5
Introduction and Using VMware Virtual Flash (vFlash)
What’s New in vSphere 5.5 Networking
Upgrading Best Practices for vSphere 5.5
vCloud Director 5.5 New Features
vSphere App High Availability (AppHA)
Description
Course info
Rating
(205)
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Aug 27, 2013
Duration
3h 7m
Description

VMware's latest release of vSphere contains exciting new features designed to make datacenters more efficient and empower virtualization admins. Some of those new features are related to the vSphere web client, vSphere Replication, vCenter Orchestrator, the VMFS, and vCloud Director. Two of the most exciting new features are the new VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) and Virtual Flash (vFlash). Watch this course to learn about all the new vSphere 5.5 features and implement them in your own vSphere infrastructure. To get the most from this course, it's best to be familiar with VMware vSphere 5 and the new features of VMware vSphere 5.1. If you aren't familiar with VMware vSphere 5 and the vSphere 5.1 updates, be sure to check out our VMware vSphere 5: Installing, VMware vSphere 5: Configuring, VMware vSphere 5: Advanced Features, and VMware vSphere 5.1 New Features courses.

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About the author

David has authored over 50 courses for Pluralsight.com around enterprise data center technologies such as cloud computing, virtualization, and (especially) VMware vSphere.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Exploring New vSphere 5.5 Web Client Features
Hello and welcome to Pluralsight, you're watching Exploring New vSphere 5. 5 Web Client Features. The new vSphere 5. 5 Web Client is tremendously faster than ever before and that makes it so much more responsive and so much more useable in large environments. With the new features that they've added you can accomplish things in many fewer clicks than you had to in the past. There's also a lot more searching and filtering capabilities built in as well as the recent objects tab, which is a feature I really like. So we're not going to spend much time here in the slides, let's go ahead and go over and jump in and I'll demonstrate for you these nice new usability and performance features in the vSphere 5. 5 Web Client.

Introduction to VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN)
Hello and welcome to Pluralsight. You're watching Introduction to VMware Virtual SAN. VMware's VSAN is an all new form of Software-Defined Storage available from VMware with the release of vSphere 5. 5. VMware makes the case that you need Software-Defined Storage in your data center and here's why. They say that today's storage is difficult to align with the applications, that it provides unreliable performance, that it lacks end-to-end visibility, that provisioning of storage is much too slow and is a manual process, that storage is managed separately in most data centers in its own silo, separate from the compute and network and that it's less efficient to manage storage in most data centers then it is to manage to compute and network infrastructure, and then finally that storage requires specialized data center hardware that is in most cases quite costly. So, that's why VMware says that you need SDS or Software-Defined Storage in the data center.

Upgrading Best Practices for vSphere 5.5
Hello, and welcome to Pluralsight. You're watching Upgrading Best Practices for vSphere 5. 5. Of course any time you do any sort of upgrade, especially on an enterprise data center level, you've got to do through testing. You really need to run vSphere 5. 5, and if you're using the entire vCloud suite, you'll need to run all the pieces that make up that in a lab environment. You'll want to thoroughly test whatever you do on a daily basis and whatever you use the virtual infrastructure for because everyone's virtual infrastructure is going to be different because everyone's business is different, everyone's hardware, and everyone's use cases are slightly different. So, I know that VMware put thorough testing into the release of vSphere 5. 5, but that doesn't mean that it's perfect, and so you still need to ensure that you do your own testing and that you've got all your bases covered. Of course you also want to make sure that you back up your VMware vCenter server, perhaps your ESXi host configuration, and of course all of your virtual machines prior to doing any sort of upgrade. I would encourage you to test your real virtual machines from production in a lab environment where you're running the latest release of vSphere 5. 5 and do everything that you can do to protect your company's data, your company's uptime, and, of course, especially your job.

vCloud Director 5.5 New Features
Hello, and welcome to Pluralsight. You're watching vCloud Director 5. 5 New Features. The new features of vCloud Director 5. 5 include, improvements to vApp Lifecycle Management, OVF Import and Export, Hot add and remove of virtual hardware. The ability to edit Virtual Machine hardware when creating a new VM from a template. A number of improvements related to transferring of virtual machines, and then the ability to clone a virtual machine and include the memory state of that VM. So let's talk about these new features.