Category: vSphere Upgrades

Solving Compatibility Challenges with VMware Validated Designs

BlogPost Series – Creating a Roadmap for vSphere Upgrades:
Phase 5.3 – Solving vSphere Compatibility Challenges with VVD

Intro VMware its product portfolio has grown immensely in the last several years. Most VMware products are designed to integrate & enhance each other but also to be compatible with one and another. However, it has become difficult to keep track of which versions of all the products are compatible and supported with each other. …read more →

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Common vSphere Upgrade Challenges

BlogPost Series – Creating a Roadmap for vSphere Upgrades:
Phase 5.2 – Common vSphere Challenges

Intro Upgrading and maintaining a vSphere environment is a broad topic that also can be difficult. As you probably have noticed already in the blogpost series, there are numerous ways of doing a vSphere upgrade, and each has its own benefits, drawbacks but also consequences. That’s why I’m so focused in this blogpost series on …read more →

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BlogPost Series: LCM of VMware vSphere & HPE Hardware – Final Conclusion (Part 5)

Final Conclusion Like I said in the beginning of the blogpost series, Life Cycle & Patch Management is a difficult topic. Which can become a big headache when there are so many dependencies within the environment, especially if it hasn’t been maintained for a while. The bigger the Jump, the more difficult it gets. Therefore, …read more →

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BlogPost Series: LCM of VMware vSphere & HPE Hardware – Global LCM Plan & Order of Upgrading (Part 4)

Intro We’ve viewed the different tools that help to manage a HPE stack and if and how we could integrate VUM with this. We also discussed that consistency with virtualization & infrastructure is one of the most important things for having reliable operations, and that you need some sort of reporting tool that can give …read more →

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BlogPost Series: LCM of VMware vSphere & HPE Hardware – Scripts & Reporting Tools (Part 3)

Intro We’ve viewed the different tools that help to manage a HPE stack and if and how we could integrate VUM with this. During the project and our research, we found out that it is really difficult to see if the VIBs that are being deployed, are consistent with all the ESXi hosts of the …read more →

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BlogPost Series: LCM of VMware vSphere & HPE Hardware – LCM Tools Comparison & Review (Part 2)

Intro Life Cycle & Patch Management, can be achieved with different tools and methods with HPE and VMware. However, the number of available tools that can be used for LCM, can make it quite confusing of how and when these tools should be used. Especially when you install the CIM agent on the ESXi host, …read more →

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BlogPost Series: LCM of VMware vSphere & HPE Hardware – Basics (Part 1)

Intro Life Cycle & Patch Management within organizations can be a difficult topic. Mostly because of the broad set of software and hardware that can and should be included in a Life Cycle & Patch Management strategy. Still, due to the constantly changing landscape within the IT, this becomes more and more important. Security breaches …read more →

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BlogPost Series – Creating a Roadmap for vSphere Upgrades:
Phase 5.1 – Technical vSphere Challenges

Intro Without knowledge, one cannot make reliable (technical) decisions. Quite simple right. That’s why it is so important that you do your research well and spend enough time gathering information about the current environment. It makes the previous phases invaluable, and it shall act as your foundation for the upcoming phases. At this stage, you …read more →

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BlogPost Series – Creating a Roadmap for vSphere Upgrades:
Phase 4 – Dependencies & Compatibility

Intro You have done the interviews, gained a lot of insight through tools, documentation and whatsoever, and with that you’ve created your first draft of the so-called IST. During the assessment phase you’ve also learned how the environment is being used, what the applications landscape looks like, what kind of hardware and underlying infrastructure is …read more →

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BlogPost Series – Creating a Roadmap for vSphere Upgrades:
Phase 3 – Defining the IST

Intro With the GAP-Analysis we’ll try to create a clear overview of where we start and where we want to be, starting with defining the IST. The IST is so called starting point or baseline if you will. It describes and evaluate the current state of the environment and it is key for a project …read more →

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