VMWare vSphere 5.1 announced

VMWare released today during VMWorld the new version of vSphere. Version 5.1 will be the new version.

Here are a few new features of this version:

vSphere 5.1 is VMware’s latest release of its industry-leadingvirtualization platform. This new release contains the followingnew features and enhancements:


Larger virtual machines – Virtual machines can grow twotimes larger than in any previous release to support even themost advanced applications. Virtual machines can now haveup to 64 virtual CPUs (vCPUs) and 1TB of virtual RAM (vRAM).

New virtual machine format – New features in thevirtual machine format (version 9) in vSphere 5.1 includesupport for larger virtual machines, CPU performancecounters and virtual shared graphics acceleration designedfor enhanced performance.


Flexible, space-efficient storage for virtualdesktop infrastructure (VDI) – A new disk formatenables the correct balance between space efficiency and I/Othroughput for the virtual desktop.


vSphere Distributed Switch – Enhancements such asNetwork Health Check, Configuration Backup and Restore,Roll Back and Recovery, and Link Aggregation ControlProtocol support and deliver more enterprise-class networkingfunctionality and a more robust foundation for cloud computing.

Read more about the new features here.

Compare the versions here at the VMWare website.


vSphere 5.0 Hardening Guide

This is the official release of the vSphere 5.0 Security Hardening Guide, v1.0.  The format of this guide has changed from previous versions. The guide is being released as a Excel spreadsheet only.  The guideline metadata from earlier guides has been greatly expanded and standardized.  CLI commands for assessment and remediation of the guidelines is included for the vCLI, ESXi Shell, and PowerCLI.  For additional information, please see the Intro tab of the spreadsheet.

You can download the guide here.

XenDesktop and Provisioning Services on vSphere 5

Scott Cochran wrote a good blog post on the Citrix blogs which this is the beginning.

I want to preface this post by saying if you are not interested in any backstory just skip down to the summary section for a wrap up…

Coming from a consulting background I learned the hard way that you always have to check the compatibility of all components in a project.  Since VMware released vSphere 5 many people found out the hard way that Citrix Provisioning Services (PVS) was not supported on VMware’s latest hypervisor platform.  People without in-depth knowledge of the Citrix solution stack may have read XenDesktop 5 was supported on vSphere 5, but in reality that only meant when using Machine Creation Services (MCS).  This forced companies to have to make some hard decisions.  You could either go down the route of using MCS with vSphere 5, or go with Provisioning Services on vSphere 4.x.  Hopefully most customers consulted with their trusted Citrix advisor prior to making this

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VMware vSphere 4 versus vSphere 5 for VDI desktops licensing cost calculator

Hi guys,

Brian Madden has taken the time to make an excellent spreadsheet to calculate the license costs between vSphere 4 and vSphere 5. Check this page to download the spreadsheet.

Until next time.


VMWare vSphere 5 clustering technical deepdive book release

Duncan Epping and Frank Denneman have released their new book “VMware vSphere 5.0 Clustering Technical Deepdive”. This book is available at Amazon in full colour and e-reader format. Frank and Duncan have written “vSphere 5.0 Clustering Technical Deepdive” to give you a better understanding of all the new clustering features vSphere 5.0 offers and how these integrate with each other. Continue reading “VMWare vSphere 5 clustering technical deepdive book release”