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As I visit a number of my customers, i get a lot of questions about upgrading to vSphere 6.5 and where to start. I was doing some research and I came across some really helpful info on planning your vSphere 6.5 upgrade.
The fist step of any upgrade is making sure to do your homework and check for any relevant documents such as release notes for each product, vSphere documentation, and the compatibility guide. These provide important information such as what’s new, known issues and upgrade notes. The VMware Compatibility guide is key. Don’t assume that something supported in vSphere 5.5 will be supported in 6.5. You have to double check. I cant stress enough, you have to check hardware compatibility and make sure its supported prior to the upgrade. Also check out VMware KB articles, they can be a great source to assist on upgrades. Ill provide links below.
Other planning considerations:
Its really important to take your time planning. Make realistic goals and time for completions. Work with your extended team, like storage and network and the automation team. They will most likely have tasks to complete or items to review prior to an upgrade. No one wants a call at 2am for an emergency because you failed to include your storage team in the upgrade planning. TEST, TEST and TEST AGAIN! Try and account for all scenarios and any complications that could happen and what to do if you need to back out of the upgrade. What’s the point of no return. Open an SR with VMware prior to the upgrade to have them aware of when its happening. Support can make all the difference sometimes. Do you need backups? Yes, no, maybe. You need to know. These are just some of the questions and answers you need, Im betting you will come up with a lot more. There is a ton of information to process, it can seem overwhelming; however, if you do your research and take your time and put in a good plan, I’m sure your upgrade will be successful
VMware Interoperability Guide: http://www.vmware.com/go/interop
VMware Compatibility Guide: http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php
VMware Docs: https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-vSphere/index.html
Guest OS Installation Guide: partnerweb.vmware.com/GOSIG/home.html
Helpful Knowledge Base Articles: ( https://kb.vmware.com/s/ )
Information before upgrading to vSphere 6.5 (2147548)
VMware vSphere Upgrade Policies (2149713)
Update Sequence for vSphere 6.5 and its compatible VMware products (2147289)
Best Practices for upgrading to vCenter Server 6.5 (2147686)
Supported and Deprecated Topologies for VMware vSphere 6.5 (2147672)
vCenter Single Sign-on and PSC High Availability Compatibility Matrix (2112736)
Today, VMware announced a series of products and collaborations at today’s VMworld. Below is a summary:
VMware Cloud Services: Manage, Secure, Monitor, and Automate Cloud Infrastructure and Applications
VMware Cloud Services provide a unified approach to gain end-to-end visibility into cloud usage, costs, network traffic, metrics monitoring, and analytics, and deliver consistent security across public clouds and on-premises environments. By enabling IT organizations to manage and secure across clouds, VMware is helping IT organizations balance agility and flexibility with control and governance, across multiple clouds. Today, VMware is announcing its initial set of cloud services:
VMware and HP announce a partnership to add VMware’s Workspace ONE to the HP’s DaaS technology platform for endpoint management.
VMware Cloud on AWS – VMware and Amazon announce the availability of VMware Cloud on Amazon Web Services.
VMware and Dell EMC Partner to Deliver First Data Protection Solution for VMware Cloud on AWS
VMware Cloud Foundation: Fastest Path To Private Cloud, On Premises or As A Service
VMware Cloud Foundation is the industry’s most advanced cloud infrastructure platform. It can be flexibly deployed on-premises or consumed as a service in the cloud, and used to run traditional and cloud-native containerized applications. VMware Cloud Foundation accelerates IT’s time-to-market by providing an integrated cloud infrastructure stack that includes a complete set of software-defined services for compute, storage, networking, and security. With new built-in lifecycle management automation, customers can eliminate the overhead of infrastructure-level Day 0 to Day 2 operations. VMware Cloud Foundation provides customers choice among a growing ecosystem of compatible public cloud services, turnkey integrated systems and certified server options:
VMware Integrated OpenStack 4 to Deliver Enhanced Performance and Scale Capabilities
VMware Integrated OpenStack is an OpenStack distribution from VMware that complies with the OpenStack Foundation’s 2017.01 interoperability guidelines. It provides customers with the fastest and most efficient solution to deploy and operate OpenStack clouds on VMware’s software-defined data center (SDDC) infrastructure — typically without the need for professional services. VMware Integrated OpenStack 4 will support the latest OpenStack release — Ocata — enabling customers to take advantage of new performance and scalability enhancements to core compute and networking services as well as increased support for containers. VMware Integrated OpenStack 4 will introduce several new capabilities and integrations beyond those made available by the community. Additional new functionality will include:
VMware is also announcing new pricing and packaging for VMware Integrated OpenStack, which was previously available at no cost to qualified customers. See additional details in the Pricing and Availability section.
vRealize Network Insight 3.5 to Deliver Enhanced Visibility for Networking and Security
VMware vRealize Network Insight delivers intelligent operations for software-defined networking and security across virtual, physical, and multiple-clouds with micro-segmentation planning that can be scaled to thousands of VMs at a time with 360-degree visibility and VMware NSX® operations. VMware vRealize Network Insight 3.5 will provide deeper visibility into the networking and security infrastructure enabling customers to easily monitor NSX deployments and help meet PCI (Payment Card Industry) compliance. Key new capabilities will include:
This latest release will build on significant capabilities delivered in vRealize Network Insight 3.4, which introduced support for micro-segmentation planning, troubleshooting, and application modeling using native Amazon Web Services (AWS) components.
New VMware vSAN Offering, VMware HCI Acceleration Kit Accelerates the Adoption of Distributed IT
Digitally-driven customers are increasingly in need of enterprise-class infrastructure at remote and branch sites to accelerate decision-making and deliver a level of IT independence to these important extensions of their business or operations. The distributed nature of vertical applications ranging from retail locations to oil rigs to tactical military installations is driving a need for flexible, cost-sensitive infrastructure that can be managed by IT generalists. The new VMware HCI Acceleration Kit brings affordable enterprise infrastructure with familiar, common management from the data center to distributed environments. Powered by the award-winning VMware vSAN software, the new offering delivers server economics to enterprise storage environments with a unique VMware vSphere®-native architecture that can be deployed on a broad choice of hardware platforms certified by VMware vSAN ReadyLabs™. The solution includes VMware vSphere and VMware vSAN standard licenses. The software licenses support single-socket vSAN ReadyNodes, which are available from Dell, Fujitsu, Lenovo, NEC, and Supermicro today. The VMware HCI Acceleration Kit pricing starts at $7,852 per 3-node cluster and the software licenses allow unlimited virtual machines.These new HCI systems based on vSAN will help power edge analytics and enable on-prem deployments of the new VMware Pulse™ IoT Center™ for Internet of Things (IoT) use cases.Read what partners have to say about the new VMware HCI Acceleration Kit.
VMware Introduces New vSphere Scale-Out Edition for Big Data and HPC Workloads
VMware vSphere Scale-Out™ edition, a new solution in the vSphere product line aimed at Big Data and HPC workloads. VMware vSphere Scale-Out edition includes the features and functions most useful to Big Data and HPC workloads such as those provided by the core vSphere hypervisor and the vSphere Distributed Switch™. This new solution also enables the ability to rapidly change and provision compute nodes.
Whoa! It’s been an exciting couple of months! I’m very excited to announce on Monday August 14th I will officially start the next chapter in my career. I have accepted the position of Pre-Sales System Engineer, Enterprise – UpState NY at VMware. Yeah Baby! The mother-ship! VMware has been such a big part of my professional and personal life for so many years, this is really an incredible opportunity. I cant tell you how thrilled I am to be able to provide technical guidance and help customers! How awesome is that. Im really looking forward to building a trust relationship with my customers and learning all about how they are working and what is unique to their business and where VMware can help empower their digital transformation.
With any change there are some doors that open and some that close. I will absolutely miss working every day with my team at M&T. These guys and gals are top notch. Pro-quality, high test, premium grade, A1 choice cut. The level of leadership and talent is top notch. The good news is that I will be supporting them as their new SE. 🙂 Another door that closes for me is my leadership responsibilities at the Buffalo VMUG. This one hurts. Community give back is so important to me, and I truly enjoyed the planning of the meetings and vBeers. l’ll move onto the steering committee and Ill be at every one helping out as much as I can with presentations and spreading the good word of VMware! Ahh VMworld…. I had to cancel my trip this year. No worries though, ill be back next year. Someone put a dollar in a slot machine for me!!
Lastly – whats up with this vBlog? Its only gonna get better kids! Hang tight. Great things are coming!
Hey Everyone! Wow I cant believe we are already looking forward to VMworld 2017. Its back again this year in Las Vegas and if you have never attended or haven’t registered yet, you definitely should! Its a great opportunity to learn about emerging virtualization technology and meet and socialize with your peers. Its really a great time. You can check out a recap of my VMworld 2016 right here.
Every year VMworld releases a few weeks prior to the schedule builder going live the content catalog. Its always fun to search through all the great sessions and start to ear mark the ones I want to attend. Often by the time the schedule builder goes live if you don’t choose your sessions a head of time many sessions will fill up quickly and you will be left out in the cold! (well its hot in Vegas, but you know what I mean). With that said, below is the list of some of the session that I feel are going to be awesome and I’m going to register for. Here is the link for the VMware US Content Catalog – https://my.vmworld.com/scripts/catalog/uscatalog.jsp
vRealize Operations Capacity Explained (MGT1599BU)
This is an absolute must see! At VMworld 2016, I was fortunate enough to be involved in co-presenting this session and I would highly recommend it. Hicham Mourad is an expert on capacity management and he always delivers a fast paced and interactive presentation. Last year this session was a top 10 session for attendance and rating. Hicham will take you through a deep understanding of the different capacity and efficiency badges and how they are calculated, and he will explain in depth the different capacity models. Expect to see a demo also. As long as Hicham is doing this session, I will be in attendance. Here is a pic of Hicham and I presenting!
vSphere APIs with Alan Renouf and Kyle Ruddy (SER3036GU)
Just look at the title – Alen Renouf and Kyle Ruddy – are you kidding me! Two giants in the field of APIs. This is one I will register for. I am looking forward to learn about vSphere APIs and how to use them. This session will deliver some really great content.
The Top 10 Things to Know About vSAN (STO1264BU)
Duncan Epping and Cormac Hogan – BOOOOM! This is the mother load of vSAN presentations. I really don’t need to type anything else, but just in case you need more……. Cormac and Duncan will go over starting from the design phase and benchmarking to the operational aspect of vSAN. I cant image a more informative session on vSAN. Make sure you favorite this session, it will fill up right away! Im bringing my autograph book!
VMware Cloud on AWS – Getting Started Workshop (ELW18801U)
What to get some hands on with VMware Cloud interface to perform basic tasks and manage your public cloud capacity!!?? Hell yeah!
VMware Cloud on AWS: A Technical Deep Dive (LHC2384BU)
Frank Denneman and Ray Budavari are two of the most technical speakers around. This session will take a closer look at key features of VMware Cloud on AWS, such as elastic cluster and NSX networking functionality. I clicked the star on this one… don’t miss it!
NSX and VMware Cloud on AWS: Deep Dive (LHC2103BU)
This is another Ray Budavari presentation. He is like the Papa Smurf of NSX, a true NSX OG! This session will take you through the connectivity models for VMware Cloud on AWS and how NSX provides consistent networking on security between on premises deployments and public cloud…plus a whole lot more!
So there you are, just a few of the amazing sessions coming up at VMworld US 2017, that I will be attending. There are so many more to choose from, all the content looks good. I know my schedule will be filled to the brim! Don’t forget to allow a little time to do some Hands On Labs and check out the Solutions Exchange and Hang Space. Also make sure to stop by the VMUG booth and if you are not a member register and get involved in the community!
See ya in Vegas, Baby!
vExpert is a global recognition provided by VMware for having demonstrated significant contributions to the community and a willingness to share expertise with others. The vExpert group is responsible for much of the virtualization evangelism that is taking place in the world — both publicly in books, blogs, online forums, and VMUGs; and privately inside customers and VMware partners.
I am very honored for the second year in a row to be named VMware vExpert 2017. You can check out the full announcement here – http://vexpert.me/YX
Happy New Year everyone! Over the last few years my work concentration has been, and still will be to a point, working to engineer solutions for my companies virtual infrastructure, and over the last couple years specializing in the vROPs suite of applications and now with the new year here, I have been assigned to work on what my companies direction and strategy will be for our cloud initiative. This doesn’t mean I am moving away from VMware, quite the opposite, I will be digging deeper into what VMware offers as a cloud platform and provider. I will also to some extent still have involvement in ESXi, vSphere, NSX and vROPs. My larger team still covers all of those products; however my focus will shift to private/public cloud. How cool is that right!? This is the industry trend and there is so much opportunity to be involved in engineering some awesome solutions and further grow the cloud footprint (cloudprint??) at work. Its not all going to be me, ill be part of a team, all of us working to provide real value. I’m very excited and feel privileged to be part of this movement.
So what does this all mean for this blog. Not much, except more cool and informative info as I work my way through this. Ill still focus on providing articles and write ups of solutions and information on how VMware deeply integrates with our cloud solutions, and the integration of VMware products. I betting you will still see some vROPs and capacity management stuff too as I transition. Over the last year the articles I have written here have been based around actual challenges or issue or decisions I have had to work through. Expect the same theme, just a focus change to cloud. I love sharing info with my VMUG/VMware community and I hope you will find the info I post will continue to interest you and maybe even help. 🙂
See ya in the clouds!