Posts Tagged ‘ ESX ’

vSphere Upgrade Saga: Staging Upgrade to vSphere 5

November 3, 2011
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I have done all my homework, planned my upgrade to vSphere 5, ensured my licenses are available and all that, so now it is time to stage the upgrade using my spare node.Why stage the upgrade and not perform it? By staging using my spare node, I am able to test to see if firmware…

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vSphere Upgrade: Moving to a BladeSystem

February 7, 2011
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I recently upgraded my entire infrastructure. The cost of going to 3 new servers at the latest hardware compared to going to a blade center was finally equal. In general, 3 2U DL380s are less expensive than upgrading to a c3000 blade enclosure and over the last several years I have been fighting with this…

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vSphere Upgrade: Moving to Active Directory

December 9, 2010
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I do quite a bit of application testing within the virtual environment and I have found that an increasing number of virtual appliances require Active Directory in order to access these appliances complete functional set of the product. I feel this is short sighted as there are many other directory servers which can be used…

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VMware ESX, upgrade to 4GB Switch – Redundancy is what it is about!

April 20, 2009
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In my previous post I explained how SVMotion saved the day, this blog post is about the need for storage fabric redundancy. Storage fabric/network redundancy makes simple upgrades work without the need to power off any VMs or virtualization hosts. My recent upgrade to a Brocade 240E went smoothly once I could access the device.

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CPU Checks Required for Running Virtualization Hosts within VMware Workstation

March 18, 2009
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So you want to run VMware ESX or ESXi within VMware Workstation but you do not know if your laptop or desktop will support the functionality? It will work but if you do not have the proper hardware, it will run extremely slow, ie. take several hours to boot a VM.  So you will need…

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