VMware 5.5 U1 Release Announcement

Big announcement yesterday for the release of U1 for 5.5 in case you missed it!  This includes PowerCLI 5.5 R2 (includes new SRM cmdlets!!!), ESXi 5.5.1, Vcenter 5.5.1, SRM 5.5.1.  There appears to be a large number of bug fixes so I would recommend going to it as soon as you can if you are already on 5.5.  I have the upgrade screenshots coming for the 5.5 upgrade which should be the same as the U1 upgrade.  I am working on  the 5 part custom install series for Vcenter/SRM 5.5 postings as we speak so hopefully will have them out shortly.

VSAN is finally out of beta and now to GA. It is good to note that it is NOT bundled in with any version of the Vsphere license and is a separate purchased product.

VMware Virtual SAN Virtual SAN 5.5 is a new hypervisor-converged storage tier that extends the vSphere Hypervisor to pool server-side magnetic disks (HDDs) and solid-state drives (SSDs). By clustering server-side HDDs and SSDs, Virtual SAN creates a distributed shared datastore designed and optimized for virtual environments. Virtual SAN is a standalone product that is sold separate from vSphere and requires its own license key

As far as the announcement here are the links to the release notes, be sure to read through all the bug fixes and see if any apply to your environment.

ESXi 5.5 U1 Release Notes: https://www.vmware.com/support/vsphere5/doc/vsphere-esxi-55u1-release-notes.html

Vcenter 5.5 U1 Release Notes: https://www.vmware.com/support/vsphere5/doc/vsphere-vcenter-server-55u1-release-notes.html

SRM 5.5.1 Release Notes: https://www.vmware.com/support/srm/srm-releasenotes-5-5-1.html

PowerCLI 5.5 R2 Release Notes: https://www.vmware.com/support/developer/PowerCLI/PowerCLI55R2/powercli55r2-releasenotes.html

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