The VMware vCenter upgrade has some possible issue, considering also that the SSO part is changed from the one implemented in vSphere 5.1. VMware has released the vSphere 5.5b (specifically for the vCenter Server application, both installable and vCSA editions) just before the Christmas holiday. Mostly another bunch of fixes around vCenter Single Sign-On functionality and upgrade errors, so be sure to use this one for the upgrade to reduce the possible issues. Note that most of the issues are related to the vCenter components:
In the previous post we have talk about the VMware Horizon View Event database and how purge the old data in order to free some space. You can have similar issue also with the VMware vCenter Server database, considering that it can continuous grow due to the statistics and also due to the events/tasks. In really small system a simple solution could be re-install a fresh version of vCenter Server (maybe during an upgrade) and re-create all the configuration stored only in the vCenter Server database. But in several cases this approach is not realistic. […]
The new VMware vSphere 5.5 has some interesting new features and scalability properties that make interesting for each new environment, but also for existing customers (considering that the license key remain still the same of the 5.x feature). So could make sense start using directly this version instead of the 5.1 and upgrade all existing environment to the new version 5.5? Like each new version you have to make some consideration first and especially before starting the upgrade procedure. The main consideration is that each new product (does not matter that is a major or […]
Finally, after the official announce of one month ago the new vCloud Suite 5.5 it’s in GA and available on the download site. Also the documentions site has been update to the new product. Note that existing 5.x licenses still works with the new products.
With the announce of the new VMware vCloud Suite 5.5, there are some new features and also several improvements. We have already discuss about the new limits of VMware vSphere 5.5, let’s consider the other aspects. First we have to say that, as usually, most of the new features or technologies are almost related to the Enterprise Plus edition… that means no significant changes for the SMB segment. Editions remain the same of vSphere 5 and the comparison tables are already updated to the new version. Also the Licensing, Pricing and Packaging document has been […]
The installation or the upgrade procedure of vCenter Server components are quite similar. Starting from version 5.1 there are more components, so you can use the Simple Mode install or upgrade SSO, Inventory and vCenter services in different (but sequential) steps. I’ve used the Simple Mode for new installation and for upgrade from 5.0 without problems. But some people have report issues in some cases, so probably separated steps could be a better choice for an upgrade.
Finally VMware vSphere 5.1 is available (after the product announce during the VMworld). Note that now there is also a virtual appliance also for Orchestrator (when one for VUM?). Also vShield is now called VMware vCloud Networking and Security. VMware ESXi 5.1 build: 799733 VMware vCenter Center 5.1 build: 799735 What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.1? VMware vSphere 5.1 download page VMware vSphere 5.1 documentation VMware vCloud Suite 5.1 documentation Note that also those other products are now available: VMware vCloud Director 5.1 VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.1
With the new vSphere 5.1 a new vMotion option has been added (only in the new Web Client) that combine vMotion and Storage vMotion in a singe hot migration step to migrate between hosts/clusters without shared storage! This could increase the mobility of the VMs and usage also of local storage (for some cases). Both VM state and VM files are transported across network using the vMotion vmkernel interfaces (so a good network design could be necessary). The requirements are: Hosts must be managed by same vCenter Server Hosts must be part of same Datacenter […]
In the previous new products release we have notice several changes in some core parts, and several components are gone (see What’s in and what’s out). Now with the new vSphere 5.1 a new historical component (from the VI 3.0) will die soon: the vSphere Client! The limits of this client are: it works only on Windows client (so it isn’t a multi-platform solution) and has some dependency with the .NET Frameworks it’s a thick client-server approach (compared with thin solutions, like browser oriented) it’s “complicated” to deploy and upgrade (strange that VMware has not […]
On 16 August 2012, VMware has releaded a new version of vCenter Server: VMware vCenter Server 5.0 Update 1b (build 804277). This version introduces support for the following vCenter Databases: Oracle 11g Enterprise Edition, Standard Edition, Standard ONE Edition Release 2 [188.8.131.52] – 64 bit Oracle 11g Enterprise Edition, Standard Edition, Standard ONE Edition Release 2 [184.108.40.206] – 32 bit Also the DB2 express embedded database provided with the vCenter Server Appliance has been replaced with VMware vPostgres database. This decreases the appliance footprint and reduces the time to deploy vCenter Server further. Finally it […]
With the new version of System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2012, the features gap is slowly reduced from the vSphere vCenter Server. But the positioning and the comparison remain not so simple due to different license (and different cost), different set of features, and different integration with other products. Note also that some features in Microsoft environment are not depending from VMM but are features of the Hyper-V or the FailOver Cluster part (so are basically included in the free Hyper-V Server), for this reason some features will change when VMM 2012 will be […]