It’s finally happened! VMware has just made our lives a lot easier. If you manage a VMware environment, you have to know the configuration maximums for each VMware product and version in your environment. If you’re taking a VMware certification exam, you have to know the configuration maximums for each product and version in the blueprint for the exam you want to take.
Now, all of that information is readily available on the web, eliminating the need to search for the documentation you need and write everything out in your own spreadsheets. Check out the new VMware Configuration Maximum Tool here: https://configmax.vmware.com/
As of this writing, this tool contains the configuration maximums for vSphere 6.0, 6.5, and 6.5 Update 1. I’m sure more versions, and more products will be added to the tool in the future, so bookmark it!
This handy tool allows you to select your vSphere version, and then choose to display maximums only for the technology you choose. You can even compare the configuration maximums across different versions, which is really useful if you want to see what improvements and enhancements have been made that may lead to a small rearchitecture effort in your environment, or plan for your next upgrade. You can even export the results to Excel if you want to.
How to Use the VMware Configuration Maximum Tool
- Click the Get Started button.
- Choose your Product from the tree on the left.
- Choose your Version from the tree on the left.
- Check the boxes for each configuration maximum you’d like to display, or select All Maximums, from the tree on the left.
- Expand and collapse maximums if needed by clicking on the carrot to the left of the maximum name.
How to Compare Configuration Maximums
- Click the Compare Limits button at the top of the page
- Select the Product you want to compare from the tree on the left.
- Select the Version you want to compare from the tree on the left.
- Select the target vSphere version(s) you want to compare from the Versions drop-down menu.
- Click the Compare button.
I can’t even begin to tell you how useful something like this is. Frankly, it’s long overdue! I’m very excited to see that VMware has been listening, and can’t wait to see what user experience they improve next.
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