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Podcast: Upgrading to vSphere: What you need to know


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 webcast 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


Eric Siebert IT industry veteran, author and blogger

Eric Siebert is an IT industry veteran, author and blogger with more than 25 years of experience, most recently specializing in server administration and virtualization. He is a very active member of the VMware VMTN support forums, where he’s attained the elite Guru status. Siebert has presented at VMworld in 2008 & 2010 and has been recognized as a vExpert by VMware in 2009 & 2010. Siebert has published books including his most recent, “Maximum vSphere,” from Pearson Publishing, and has authored training videos in the Train Signal series. He also maintains his own VMware blog and information website, vSphere-land, and is a regular feature article contributor on TechTarget's SearchServerVirtualization and SearchVMware websites.

Dell and VMware
23 Aug 2010
Aug 23, 2010

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