- Improved vMotion which lets you vMotion even without having shared storage (vMotion+svMotion). This is described in this post. For customer transition projects, this can probably come in handy.
- vSphere web client: This is now the default interface for managing vSphere - it will probably take a little getting used to for the server admins.
- Zero-downtime upgrade for VMware tools: Not having to reboot the VMs after tools upgrade is a big step forward (as an IT service provider, it can be close to impossible getting a maintenance window for all your VMs)
- Larger VMs - up to 64 vCPUs (you will have to have sufficient underlying hardware though, so unfortunately it can't be simulated in the home lab :))
- Virtual hardware v9. Upgrading will require VM downtime. One can only hope that, in future releases, vHW upgrades can be done in-place.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Most important new features in vSphere 5.1
I was going over the "What's new in vSphere 5.1" sheet and wanted to point out the, from an operational standpoint, what is the most important changes.