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vSphere 5 Upgrade Saga: Planning the Upgrade

With vSphere 5 there are some new considerations as well as the same old set of considerations for upgrading from older versions of vSphere and Virtual Infrastructures. The same old set of considerations is:

  • Can you upgrade your licenses, or did you let your SnS lapse?
  • Will you perform an in place upgrade? Or require a reinstall?
  • Is there a feature such as EVC that you need to enable during this refresh?
  • Do you need to wait until your third party and VMware software supports vSphere 5?
  • Do you need to upgrade any infrastructure VMs to support vSphere 5, ala databases, AD, etc?

However the new set of questions are:

  • Do you need more licensing per the vRAM pools license model?
  • Do you need to migrate clusters into a single vCenter to add those server licenses into your vRAM pool?
  • Do you need to federate your vCenter’s to increase your vRAM Pool?
  • Will you migrate from your existing vCenter implementation to the vCenter Appliance?

As we add more functionality within our virtual environments we need to consider how an upgrade will impact that functionality.

Edward Haletky
Edward L. Haletky, aka Texiwill, is an author, analyst, developer, technologist, and business owner. Edward owns AstroArch Consulting, Inc., providing virtualization, security, network consulting and development and TVP Strategy where he is also an Analyst. Edward is the Moderator and Host of the Virtualization Security Podcast as well as a guru and moderator for the VMware Communities Forums, providing answers to security and configuration questions. Edward is working on new books on Virtualization.