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Reading Time: 3 minutes Note: there is a new version of this article at Adding DellEMC repository to VMware Update Manager. VMware vSphere Update Manager (VUM) enables centralized, automated patch and version management for VMware vSphere and offers support for VMware ESXi hosts, virtual machines, and virtual appliances. For ESXi hosts it can manage both the update and the upgrade workflows, but can also be powerful for adding custom VIB package, like for example new drivers.

Reading Time: 9 minutes This is an article realized for StarWind blog and focused on the pro and cons of an upgrade to vSphere 6.5. See also the original post. VMware vSphere 6.5 is the latest version of the enterprise server virtual platform from VMware, but the new beta it’s already there for testers. Actually the next version it’s (in the beta) and you can register at

Reading Time: 10 minutes The new VMware vSphere Suite 6.0 brings several changes and new features, but the installation phases remain still similar with the previous versions. The big changes are in the vCenter deployment type both for the installable and the appliance version and the new VUM client… all the other parts of the installation remain similar  with only few notes.

Reading Time: 4 minutes The procedure for upgrade to VMware vSphere 5.1 is quite similar to the upgrade path to vSphere 5.1 (and almost similar also to the upgrade path to vSphere 5.0) and is well described in the specific guide (vSphere Upgrade Guide). And first to all, you have to analyze the pro and the cons of a product upgrade, for more information see also: VMware vSphere 5.5 – Upgrade or not upgrade? You have also to consider (particularly for small enviroment) if apply an upgrade or rebuild. Anyway, some points are quite common for each major vSphere […]

Reading Time: 2 minutes In most cases (in small environment) a default installation of vCenter Server and its components could work. Considering that the default disk of Windows Server 2008 R2 and 2012 is 40 GB (at least in a VMware virtual environment) it can store all the installation without any directory changes. Except for the Upload Manager (VUM) that need a reasonable space for store the patches (usually not more than 20GB, but in some case also more, and the installer suggest at least a 120 GB disk). If you forget to change the patches directory during the […]

Reading Time: < 1 minute Actually VMware Update Manager works only with the “old” vSphere Client (the web edition is not yet available), and you need to install also the plugin client part on the vSphere Client. But today I’ve got a strange issue during the installation, and was not possible complete the installation, remove it or simple fix it. The error message was: Error applying transforms. verify that the specified transform paths are valid

Reading Time: 2 minutes After the vCenter Server (described in the previous post) and the VUM part (this could a simple upgrade, by keeping the existing DB, or a re-install), you can go through the ESXi part. A re-install from scratch could be simple, but you may loose some information (unless you use Host Profiles). For more information see upgrading to ESXi 5 vs doing a Fresh Install. Note that if you need 3rd part drivers, you may have to build your how ISO version (see: how to add ESXi custom drivers to the installation ISO).

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