VMware Release Week Summary

Neben dem lang erwarteten VMware VSAN 6.2 GA mit vSphere 6 Update 2 hat VMware diese Woche  eine gewaltige Anzahl von anderen Updates bereitgestellt. Diese habe ich in meiner VMware Release Week Summary etwas aufbereitet.

Hier die Zusammenstellung der Release Notes (tw. mit externer Verlinkung, da zu viele Punkte).

VMware vCenter 6 Update 2

What’s New

  • Two-factor authentication for vSphere Web Client: Protect the vSphere Web Client using the following form of authentication:
    • RSA SecurID
    • Smart card (That is the UPN based Common Access Card)
  • 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 Cient support: vSphere Web Client now supports Microsoft Windows 10 OS.
  • vCenter Server database support: vCenter Server now supports the following external databases:
    • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 3
    • Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Service Pack 1

Resolved Issues

The resolved issues are grouped as follows:


VMware ESXi 6.0 Update 2

What’s New

  • High Ethernet Link Speed: ESXi 6.0 Update 2 supports 25 G and 50 G ethernet link speeds.
  • VMware Host Client: The VMware Host Client is an HTML5 client that is used to connect to and manage single ESXi hosts. It can be used to perform administrative tasks to manage host resources, such as virtual machines, networking, and storage. The VMware Host Client can also be helpful to troubleshoot individual virtual machines or hosts when vCenter Server and the vSphere Web Client are unavailable. For more information about VMware Host Client, seeVMware Host Client 1.0 Release Notes.
  • vSphere APIs for I/O Filtering (VAIO) Enhancement:
    • ESXi 6.0 Update 2 supports the IO Filter VASA Provider in a pure IPv6 environment. For additional information, see the Resolved Issues section.
    • ESXi 6.0 Update 2 supports the VMIOF versions 1.0 and 1.1. For additional information, see the Resolved Issues section.

Resolved Issues

The resolved issues are grouped as follows.


VMware vRealize Log Inisght 3.3.1

Resolved Issues

This section contains descriptions of issues that have been resolved in this release.

  • The pre-installed Log Insight agent inside the Log Insight virtual appliance is automatically configured with an invalid hostname by default.
  • The vRealize Log Insight agent may unexpectedly exit after 4-7 days of uptime on some Linux platforms.


VMware vRealize Automation 7.0.1

What’s New

vRealize Automation 7.0.1 contains several new features and enhancements.

  • Provides a management agent to automate the installation of Windows components and to collect logs
  • Automates the deployment of all vRealize Automation components
  • Provides an installation wizard to automate a Minimal or Enterprise installation

Resolved Issues

The resolved issues are grouped as follows:


VMware vRealize Automation 6.2.4

What’s New

This release of vRealize Automation contains some resolved problems as described in the Resolved Issues section, and the following enhancements:

  • Reporting of provisioning and reconfiguration request outcomes on the vRealize administration interface.
  • Validation of machine input parameters, custom properties, and property dictionary for machines provisioned with the REST API.
  • Ability to display time and day in United Kingdom format.
  • Acceptance of vRealize Automation 7 Standard, vRealize Suite 7 Advanced, and vRealize Suite 7 Enterprise licenses.
  • Reconfigure and edit functionality for System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) provisioned VMs.
  • Keystone v3 OpenStack Identity Provider Support for vRealize Automation 6.2 OpenStack endpoint.
  • Provide guest agent for Solaris OS.
  • Enable guest agent to recognize and decrypt command line arguments from InstallSoftware script.
  • Enable Display Names on Application Director for corresponding vRealize Automation properties.
  • Version support to the following endpoints:
    • vCloud Director 5.6.4 & 8.3.1
    • vRealize Orchestrator 6.0.4
    • vSphere 5.5 Update 3 & 6.0 Update 2


Resolved Issues

Installation and Upgrade

  • When upgrading vRealize Automation, the DBUpgrade script fails
    If the DB name includes a space, the upgrade script fails.

This issue is resolved.

  • Installing or upgrading VMware vRealize Automation 6.2.x IaaS fails with the error: exited with code -1
    This issue occurs because the IaaS virtual machine has the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 1.8 installed.
    Workaround: Uninstall the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 1.8 and install JRE 1.7.See Knowledge Base 2101591.

This issue is resolved.


  • Hard disks are unexpectedly removed during reconfiguration
    The following issues regarding hard disk removal on reconfiguring operations are resolved:
    • Hard disks are deleted when reconfiguring a virtual machine that has RDM disks.
    • Hard disks and NICs are removed unexpectedly when performing reconfigure operations in multiple browser tabs.

See Knowledge Base 2124657 and Knowledge Base 2124198.

This issue is resolved.

vCloud Director 8.0.1 

What’s New in this Release

  • Upload and download of OVF and Media supported in the Chrome browser: vCloud Director removed support for uploading or downloading OVF or media files when running the vCloud Director Web Console in the Chrome browser. This release removes that restriction on Windows and Mac platforms.

Installing this release of vCloud Director has the following effects on Windows clients that run the vCloud Director Web Console in Chrome:

    • On the first attempt to upload or download an OVF or Media file, the system prompts you to download and install a new version of the vCloud Director Client Integration Plug-In (VMware-ClientIntegrationPlugin-5.6.0.exe).
    • The download also installs a new service, vmware-csd.exe, that runs on the client machine to support OVF and Media file upload and download.

Uploading and downloading OVF or media files when running the vCloud Director Web Console on Linux operating systems is still restricted. To upload or downlad an OVF or media file on a Linux operating system, use Mozilla Firefox to acces the vCloud Director Web Console.

  • Increased vSphere support: vCloud Director 8.0.1 supports vSphere versions 6.0U2, 6.0U1, and 5.5U3.
  • Increased NSX support: vCloud Director 8.0.1 supports NSX versions 6.2.2, 6.2.1, 6.1.6, and 6.1.5.
  • Increased vCloud Networking and Security support: vCloud Director 8.0.1 supports vCloud Networking and Security versions and
  • Increased platform OS support: vCloud Director 8.0.1 adds support for the following platform operating systems.
    • Cent OS 7.0 (64 bit)
    • Cent OS 6.7 (64 bit)
    • Cent OS 6.6 (64 bit)
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.0 (64 bit)
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.7 (64 bit)
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.6 (64-bit)
  • Guest customization for Windows 10: vCloud Director 8.0.1 for Service Providers adds guest customization support for Windows 10.
  • JRE version update: vCloud Director 8.0.1 for Service Providers uses JRE version 1.7.0_95.

Resolved Issues

The following issues are resolved in this version of vCloud Director.

VMware vSphere PowerCLI 6.3 Release 1

Change Type Description
feature Added the Get-ContentLibraryItem cmdlet that lets you list all content library items from all content libraries available to the connection.
feature Added the ContentLibrary parameter to the New-VM cmdlet that lets you deploy items located in a content library.
feature Added the V2 parameter to the Get-ESXCLI cmdlet that lets you specify method arguments by name.
improvement Optimized the Get-VM cmdlet to ensure maximum speed when returning larger amounts of virtual machine information. This cmdlet should now run faster and increase the speed of reporting and automation for all scripts that use it.
improvement Updated the Get-View cmdlet to auto-complete all available view objects in the ViewTypeparameter.
improvement Added support for Windows 10 and PowerShell 5.0.
improvement Added support for VMware vCloud Director 8.0.
improvement Added support for VMware vRealize Operations Manager 6.2.
modification Removed the New-CustomField, Remove-CustomField, and Set-CustomField cmdlets.

VMware vSphere PowerCLI Full Change Log


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