Remember.... just because you are virtual does not imply that your storage is virtual, nor does virtual storage imply that the storage will be shared between workloads or VMs. None of that is implied or suggested in going virtual. You still maintain all proper storage management decision making when virtual as you did physical. You don't get to give any of that up.
In restrospect, I probably ought not have included the System Center Dude stuff in the discussion, since it seemed to just cause confusion about what I was curious.
You still maintain all proper storage management decision making when virtual as you did physical.
I believe this is the greatest takeaway from the discussion. Regardless if the environment is like the one I'm in where ultimately one physical storage device is hosting all of the virtual storage within the VMs.
Could also be an issue if a vendor-specific ISO was used to initially install ESXi. I ran into a similar problem with Dell; I had to get the Dell ISO from their downloads for the specific server model/service tag.
For 6.0 this is fine (you'll use this to get ASNC drivers). You can also add the dell VIB depot to get them this way also.
For 6.7 Dell has (thankfully) stopped shipping ASYNC drivers and moved 100% to inbox. It's all for 3rd party management VIBs. Honestly I've seen 3rd party VIBs be a culprit for updates before. I'd make sure you are updating the BIOS/FIrmware also when updating ESXi (People forget this sometimes).
I haven't been keeping up with Windows Admin Center for awhile. Was that an option to manage Hyper-V?
It will be, but I'm not sure that it is yet. We've tried and not been able to get it working even internally anywhere, let alone externally. Once they figure out stability and authentication, I assume that it will be great for that. Being that this is 2016, it's going to suck hard. And if there is a Hyper-V issue, WAC would be down which is a problem in a small environment like this.
@WrCombs Also remember once you have vm's setup and running they are just files. So that also makes it real easy to backup with robocopy, veeam, rsync or borg. Its one of the many great advantages of virtualizing, your expanding your options alot.