Tag Archives: vSphere Upgrade Saga

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, as with every upgrade, a fair amount of planning must occur in order to start this upgrade. I consider it a hardware upgrade, and while it should be straightforward, one cannot 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

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

vSphere Upgrade Saga: Catastrophic Failure Recovery

Recently, my environment experienced a seemingly major catastrophe. The IBM DS3400 SAN I use experienced a two-drive failure, which meant the RAID 5 array was effectively gone. Or was it? I will cover why it was not completely lost in the following writeup, but most of my data was damaged, which forced me to restore what I could from backup and recreate my entire set of management tools. Luckily, however, email, AD, accounting, and other critical business data was not lost. Some was restored; some was rebuilt from the array.  Continue reading vSphere Upgrade Saga: Catastrophic Failure Recovery

vSphere Upgrade Saga: Maintaining Host Profiles After Hardware and Software Upgrades

Recently I added some hardware, and once I did, my vSphere hosts were no longer within the profile; neither were they at the latest patch level. I would have expected little to change within the host profile, but once you add hardware, things change in the host. The same thing happens during every update in which either new features are added or bug fixes are made to the subsystems a host profile cares about. Continue reading vSphere Upgrade Saga: Maintaining Host Profiles After Hardware and Software Upgrades

vSphere Upgrade Saga: vCenter 5.5 w/Horizon View

I use VMware Horizon View as an outside-in approach to VDI. That being said, once I upgraded to vCenter 5.5, I broke my Horizon View integration. This showed up about a month after the upgrade as a failure to log in to a desktop. But before I could find a solution, I had to look at all the changes I made, because this error showed up only after I updated my VMware vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS) to a 5.5 VDS. Continue reading vSphere Upgrade Saga: vCenter 5.5 w/Horizon View