November 2016 archive

Configuration Maximum changes from vSphere 6.0 to vSphere 6.5

vSphere 6.5 is now available and with every release VMware makes changes to the configuration maximums for vSphere. Since VMware never highlights what has changed between releases in their official Configuration Maximum 6.5 documentation, I thought I would compare the document with the 6.0 version and list the changes between the versions here.

ConfigurationvSphere 6.5vSphere 6.0
Virtual Machine Maximums
RAM per VM6128GB4080GB
Virtual NVMe adapters per VM4N/A
Virtual NVMe targets per virtual SCSI adapter15N/A
Virtual NVMe targets per VM60N/A
Virtual RDMA Adapters per VM1N/A
Video memory per VM2GB512MB
ESXi Host Maximums
Logical CPUs per host576480
RAM per host12TB6TB *some exceptions
LUNs per server512256
Number of total paths on a server20481024
FC LUNs per host512256
LUN ID0 to 163830 to 1023
VMFS Volumes per host512256
FT virtual machines per cluster12898
vCenter Maximums
Hosts per vCenter Server20001000
Powered-on VMs per vCenter Server2500010000
Registered VMs per vCenter Server3500015000
Number of host per datacenter2000500
Maximum mixed vSphere Client (HTML5) + vSphere Web
Client simultaneous connections per VC
60 (30 Flex, 30 maximum HTML5)N/A
Maximum supported inventory for vSphere Client
10,000 VMs, 1,000 HostsN/A
Host Profile Datastores256120
Host Profile Created5001200
Host Profile Attached5001000
Platform Services Controller Maximums
Maximum PSCs per vSphere Domain108
vCenter Server Extensions Maximums
[VUM] VMware Tools upgrade per ESXi host3024
[VUM] Virtual machine hardware upgrade per host3024
[VUM] VMware Tools scan per VUM server20090
[VUM] VMware Tools upgrade per VUM server20075
[VUM] Virtual machine hardware scan per VUM server20090
[VUM] Virtual machine hardware upgrade per VUM server20075
[VUM] ESXi host scan per VUM server23275
[VUM] ESXi host patch remediation per VUM server23271
[VUM] ESXi host upgrade per VUM server23271
Virtual SAN Maximums
Virtual machines per cluster60006400
Number of iSCSI LUNs per Cluster1024N/A
Number of iSCSI Targets per Cluster128N/A
Number of iSCSI LUNs per Target256N/A
Max iSCSI LUN size62TBN/A
Number of iSCSI sessions per Node1024N/A
iSCSI IO queue depth per Node4096N/A
Number of outstanding writes per iSCSI LUN128N/A
Number of outstanding IOs per iSCSI LUN256N/A
Number of initiators who register PR key for a iSCSI LUN64N/A
Storage Policy Maximums
Maximum number of VM storage policies1024Not Published
Maximum number of VASA providers1024Not Published
Maximum number of rule sets in VM storage
Maximum capabilities in VM storage policy
rule set
Maximum vSphere tags in virtual machine storage policy128Not Published

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vSphere 6.5 is now available!

You can download it here.

Also check out the documentation here, the first doc that I always go to is the Configuration Maximums to see how things have grown.

And be sure to read through my Summary of What’s New in vSphere 6.5 post and What’s New in VSAN 6.5 post and also check out my huge vSphere 6.5 Link-O-Rama which is your one source for all vSphere 6.5 related links on the internet.


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Upcoming vmLIVE webinar on VVols replication

Want to learn more about the new Replication functionality for VVols in vSphere 6.5? If you are a VMware partner you can sign-up for a vmLIVE webinar next week on 11/15 at 7:00am PST. I’ll be co-presenting with Ben Meadowcroft who is the VMware product manager for VVols. We’ll be covering what’s new with VVol’s in vSphere 6.5, much of which is around replication and how HPE 3PAR StoreServ has implemented support for it. So if you are a VMware partner head on over to VMware’s Partner Central website and sign-up. If you are not a partner you won’t be able to sign-up but you can still read my overview on VVols replication and also check out my VMworld 2016 session which covers it as well.


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