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Comparing vSphere Editions: vSphere Standard and vSphere Enterprise Plus

One of the most important aspects to designing a vSphere environment is choosing what licensing level you are going to be using.  VMware lists the licensing information for VMware vSphere editions available on their website side by side to help customers draw a comparison.   There are three versions of VMware vSphere: VMware vSphere Standard …

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How to Update an Expired VMware vSphere License in the vSphere Web Client

The time has come once again to update a expired VMware vSphere license.  Personally, I have a bad habit if never bothering to add licenses in a lab environment until they expire.  If we are talking about a production environment, I always make sure licenses are verified during the testing and validation phase of the …

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Enhancements to Update Manager Download Service in vSphere 6.5

If you plan on using VMware vSphere Update Manager 6.5 (which is now integrated into the VMware vCenter Server Appliance), the VMware vSphere Update Manager Download Service, or UMDS, may very well be a key component of your deployment.  Are you getting ready to upgrade to vSphere 6.7?  Be sure to read the full article …

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Why Nested ESXi Is an Essential Part of Your Home Lab

There’s always a ton of discussion around home labs among IT professionals on Twitter, and many are very, very impressive!  I have to admit, I do tend to have a case of home lab envy at times.  Whatever you home lab consists of, be it a laptop, a desktop, or a mini rack, I’d like …

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How to Upgrade ESXi 5.5 to 6.5 Using vSphere Update Manager 6.5 on the vCenter Server Appliance

Something each and every one of us virtualization folks will have to is update ESXi at some point, it is a fact of life.  If you are looking to upgrade VMware vSphere ESXi from 5.5 to 6.5, look no further than VMware vSphere Update Manager 6.5, which was integrated with the vCenter Server Appliance in the …

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A Guide to VMware ESXi Install Locations

When it comes to setting up a new VMware vSphere environment, there are many things that must be considered.  While it is not hard to install VMware products, making a few decisions up front can make things a lot easier later on.  One key task in this process is to install ESXi, or the hypervisor …

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