vSphere Upgrade Saga: Exchanging HP BL460c G6 with BL460c G8

I recently received a pair of Gen8 blades for my enclosure and it is time to change out my Gen6 and 7 blades for Gen8. Now, just like every upgrade, there is a fair amount of planning that must happen in order to start the upgrade. I consider this a hardware upgrade and while it should be straight forward, you cannot just simply swap the blades, so much for the easy way. Continue reading vSphere Upgrade Saga: Exchanging HP BL460c G6 with BL460c G8

vSphere Upgrade Saga: Planning for vSphere 6.0

There are many features in vSphere 6.0, such as multi-vCPU Fault Tolerance, that I wish to use for my VMware vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA), as it is the single point of failure. Backups have been made, but they will take quite a while to restore. With the new Fault Tolerance, there is a chance that restore might not be needed, thereby speeding up my recovery. vSphere 6.0 also includes improvements for NSX, VSAN, such as VMCP, long distance vMotion, VVOLs, changes to SSO deployment, and many other existing features, as well as a new web client. All of these make upgrading to 6.0 a worthwhile task. But to do so, you need to first make some preparations. Continue reading vSphere Upgrade Saga: Planning for vSphere 6.0

Mac OS Upgrade Saga: Moving to Yosemite

I recently upgraded my Retina MacBook Pro to Mac OS X Yosemite and had several issues with the upgrade. The OS upgraded fine; the applications I normally use, however, had some issues. Not many, to be sure, but the ones I did have were very interesting in that they dealt entirely with communication. They also had something to do with previous upgrades causing issues with the latest upgrade.

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vSphere Upgrade Saga: Log Insight Content Pak

I have written about upgrading VMware vCenter Log Insight (vLI) in the past, but I have not discussed my first content pak for Log Insight. You can find my discussion on how to set up this content pak below. This was recorded at VMworld 2014 by the vBrownBag folks. I would like to thank them for their effort and for allowing me to speak on this subject. Continue reading vSphere Upgrade Saga: Log Insight Content Pak

vSphere Upgrade Saga: Update Order

I have collected quite a few updates over the last few weeks since VMworld ended, and now I should make them. However, the most important non-security update for me is the one for VMware Horizon View. My View environment is old, and though it is maintained, I am in need of several upgrades to Windows, View, and underlying bits. Given that I have nearly everything installed within my environment (except vCAC and vCD at the moment), it is time to find the proper upgrade order. Continue reading vSphere Upgrade Saga: Update Order

RHEV Upgrade Saga: RHEL 7 Licensing and RHEV Support

While continuing on my way toward getting a fully running RHEV set up on RHEL 7, I find myself facing two new problems. Neither has a simple solution. The first is the lack of support in RHEV for RHEL 7 as a hypervisor. The second concerns a change in Red Hat’s handling of virtualization licenses. Solving these issues will entail making some hard choices or spending lots of money.

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