sponsored by Dell and VMware
Posted:  06 Sep 2010
Published:  23 Aug 2010
Format:  PDF
Length:  16  Page(s)
Type:  Presentation Transcript
Language:  English
ABSTRACT:

If you have an existing VMware Infrastructure 3 environment, upgrading to vSphere -- also known as ESX and ESXi 4 -- will probably be on the agenda at some point if it hasn't already. But before jumping into an upgrade of this caliber there are many considerations and requirements that you should be aware of, including hardware, software and database requirements, third-party software compatibility considerations and compatibility with other VMware products. Then, you'll need to devise an upgrade plan for your existing environment. Upgrading to vSphere is fairly straightforward, but there are many gotchas that can make it more difficult than necessary. To avoid surprises during the upgrade you should properly prepare and know all the steps involved in your upgrade so that it is trouble-free. In this presentation transcript we will cover considerations and steps for upgrading your existing virtual environment to vSphere.

Compatibility & requirement considerations:

  • Hardware requirements
  • Software & database requirements
  • Third-party product compatibility
  • VMware product compatibility

Planning an upgrade:

  • Upgrade phases
  • Upgrade methods

Performing an upgrade:

  • Rolling back to a previous version
  • Pre-upgrade checklist
  • Upgrading vCenter Server
  • Upgrading ESX and ESXi hosts
  • Upgrading virtual machines



Author

Eric Siebert
Technical Author and Virtualization Guru

Eric Siebert is an IT industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience who now focuses on server administration and virtualization. He's the author of VMware VI3 Implementation and Administration (Prentice Hall, 2009) and Maximum vSphere (Prentice Hall, 2010).



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