vSAN 6.6 arrives, baked right into those VMware vSphere 6.5.0d bits that went GA today!

Posted by Paul Braren on Apr 18 2017 (updated on Apr 19 2017) in
  • ESXi
  • Virtualization
  • Storage
  • Just 6 months after vSAN 6.5!

    VMware vSAN 6.6 Release Notes

    VMware vSAN 6.6 | 18 April 2017 | ISO Build 5310538


    Check for additions and updates to these release notes.

    This vSAN release is a big deal, with so many improvements. Behind the scenes, I've been working on NVMe pass through ideas for my home lab, and/or saving up for a proper vSAN. I'm also looking forward to hearing more about Intel 3D XPoint/Optane speeds with vSAN in the months ahead, and look forward to VMworld 2017, assuming I find a way to get there.

    Meanwhile, step one was to get my home lab in order for vSAN 6.6. What better way than to get it downloaded and installed on day 1 of release? I recorded the whole upgrade to vSphere 6.5.0d process, so you can follow along.

    Here was the announcement, earlier today:

    Don't forget to check out the deeply technical overview by Jeff Hunter and others over at StorageHub.

    If you are already at vCenter/VCSA 6.5 and ESXi 6.5, then you can get vSAN bits today by simply installing or upgrading to vCenter/VCSA 6.5.0d and ESXi 6.5.0d. Details appear below for both new installs and upgrade.

    vSAN Prerequisites

    1. You will need the right hardware for the best experience, especially if you're expecting resilience and performance. Not just on the VCG (VMware Compatibility Guide) aka HCL, but also on the VMware Compatibility Guide for vSAN, featuring a caching layer made from SSDs of the proper write endurance pair ed with PLP/Supercapacitors, typically found in enterprise (costlier) flash storage devices
    2. You will need a vSAN license key
    3. Licensing was discussed recently here, with VMware EVALExperience being by far the most affordable way to dip your toes into to a 3 node hybrid vSAN, albeit a bit behind on version. I'm hoping for updates to that program soon, stay tuned.



    VCSA baby! (NOT vCenter)

    My focus and yours should be on VCSA going forward, not the old school vCenter installed on Windows. That is why TinkerTry how-to guides generally don't include vCenter on Windows. I'm all in with HMTL5 UIs, and enjoy the ease-of-install, ease-of-update, and speed of this Photon OS-based appliance. See for yourself in the update videos.

    Easy Upgrade

    Here's the exact way that I got these two upgrades done safely and easily, with a focus on simplicity for smaller home labs:

    1. How to easily update your VMware vCenter Server Appliance from VCSA 6.5.x to 6.5.0d

    2. How to easily update your VMware Hypervisor from ESXi 6.5.x to 6.5.0d

    New Installs

    • VMware vCenter Server Appliance
      Release Notes

      File size: 3.36 GB
      File type: iso
      Name: VMware-VCSA-all-6.5.0-5318154.iso
      Release Date: 2017-04-18
      Build Number: 5318154

    • VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi ISO) image (Includes VMware Tools)
      Release Notes

      File size: 331.09 MB
      File type: iso
      Release Date: 2017-04-18
      Build Number: 5310538

    What are you still reading this for? Roll up your sleeves, backup your VCSA and ESX, and get upgrading! Then come back and let us know how it went by dropping comments below the articles.


    "VMware vSAN 6.6 Demo: by Duncan Epping
    "VMware vSAN 6.6 Encryption" by Duncan Epping