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Maximum vSphere™: Tips, How-Tos, and Best Practices for Working with VMware vSphere™ 4 by Simon Seagrave, Eric Siebert

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1. Introduction to vSphere

VMware released the successor to Virtual Infrastructure 3 (VI3) in May 2009 with a new name, vSphere, and a new version number, 4.0. This release introduces many new features, both small and large, which we will cover in this chapter. However, don’t be intimidated by all the new features. Overall, the core product is basically the same, so many of the things you know from VI3 will also apply to vSphere.

What’s New in This Release

When it came time to release the successor to its VI3 datacenter virtualization product, VMware chose to change the name of the product family from VI3 to vSphere. In addition, VMware took the opportunity to sync up the version numbers between its ESX and ESXi products with that of its vCenter ...

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