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VMware vSphere 5 Official GA Date?

Posted on July 23rd, 2011 in vSphere | 6 Comments »

VMware vSphere 5.0 have been launched since 12 July 2011 but the official GA still a missing date. For the past 1 week, my colleague or my friend keep ask about the VMware vSphere 5 Official GA date. Sorry I do not have the answer, please refer to VMware Inc.

Today, I just would like share something interesting that I found from one of the VMware document that probably tell us the answer.

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VMware vSphere 5 Web Client

Posted on July 19th, 2011 in Announcement, vCenter, Virtualization, vSphere | No Comments »

If you require to manage a different Virtual Data center with long distance and latency, now you can consider the alternative management tools beside viClient. vSphere 5 come with a new features call vSphere web client. Which allow you to perform the basic administration from the browser level.  It does not allow users to launch the virtual machine console from the web client.

Below are some of the screen shot to share

vSphere 5 Web Client

Option to select vSphere web client for vSphere 5

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Update Manager Changes on vSphere 5

Posted on July 19th, 2011 in Announcement, Virtualization, vSphere | 5 Comments »

There are major change on the up coming version of Update Manager on vSphere 5. I was quite surprise with the change which I found out during the training today. In previous version, the update manager was able to provide patch update to virtual machine and ESX host. Which allow users to patch the virtual machine for both windows and Linux easily without require to purchase additional software management tools. With the new version of update manager, this capability had removed. It will only support the patch capability for ESX host level. You will no longer enjoy the benefits to perform patch update for virtual machine with Update Manager vSphere 5.

I was quite disappointing with this changes as I had used to the patch capability on virtual machines in the previous version. I will need to clarify further with the local representative about the changes on this.

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VMware vSphere 5 License Comparison Chart

Posted on July 18th, 2011 in Tips, vCenter, vSphere | 4 Comments »

As of 12 July 2011, VMware officially launched the 5.0 release of vSphere. VMware vSphere 5 introduced an impressive number of new features and new licensing format.

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VMware vSphere 4.1 Update 1 on SQL 2008 R2

Posted on June 8th, 2011 in Tips, vCenter, vSphere | No Comments »

Microsoft SQL 2008 R2 had been officially supported for VMware vSphere 4.1 update 1. Previously it doesn’t supported if you are not on update 1. I just did an upgrade yesterday and here is some finding to share. 1st, I tried to perform an upgrade as usual, and of course I retain all the database information to prevent reconfiguration and performance data lost for the previous environment. Unfortunately, the update manager portion had given error which it not allowed us to continue the installation. It left me no choice that a re installation will be required. If you hit to the same situation, do not panic as your previous configuration will still retain, and no down time require even you are on dVswitch. Ensure no host name changes in this case will be safe enough for you to proceed further.

During the re-installation, you I will suggest you follow the sequence to un-install all the vCenter application 1 by 1. Update Manager required to be un-install before you uninstall the vCenter server. You can backup and re-attach the SQL DB as the MDF and LDF files is in place. If your vCenter is on virtual environment, strongly recommend a snapshot taken before any changes been made. Once you re-attach the DB, you will require to perform the DSN connections to be created from ODBC.

Here is the tricky part you need to take note. It take me 2 hours to figure out due to some confuse and mistake. vCenter Server will able to run on 64 bits DSN as standard, you will not face any issue on that. When come to update manager, DO NOT try to access the ODBCAD32.exe from start run directly on windows. It will point you to the 64 bits ODBC configuration tab. You will require to browse to the path directly as :

%systemdrive%\Windows\SysWoW64\Odbcad32.exe

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