vSphere 6.5

A change to sub-blocks on VMFS-6

Something that I only just recently noticed is that we have made a change to the sub-blocks structure on VMFS-6, compared to VMFS-5. Sub-blocks are small [...]

VMFS-6 Large and Small File Blocks – what are they?

When vSphere 6.5 released towards the end of 2016, it introduced a brand new version of VMFS, VMFS-6. VMFS probably needs little in the way of introduction at [...]

vSphere 6.5 p01 – Important patch for users of Automated UNMAP

VMware has just announced the release of vSphere 6.5 p01 (Patch ESXi-6.5.0-20170304001-standard). While there are a number of different issues addressed in the [...]

Gathering core dump files when encryption is enabled

One of the key new features of vSphere 6.5 is vSphere VM Encryption, a mechanism to encrypt all virtual machine files. This mechanism not only encrypts the [...]

Virtually Speaking Podcast Episode 34 – Core Storage

Many readers will be aware that John Nicholson and Pete Fletcha of the VMware Storage and Availability Tech Marketing team run a weekly podcast show called  [...]

vSphere Integrated Containers is GA

Regular readers will know about vSphere Integrated Containers (VIC for short), as I have written a number of articles around my experiences with this new [...]

Determining if an array supports automated unmap in vSphere 6.5

Many of you will be aware of the new core storage features that were introduced in vSphere 6.5. If not, you can learn about them in this recently published [...]