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Upgrading to vSphere 5? Tips and Tricks Before You Begin Your Adventure – Part 1 of 3

Published on 02/19/2013 by Jayson Stokes
Category: Virtualization

If you’re running vSphere 4.0 or 4.1 and are interested in updating your environment to 5.0, this article might help point you in the right direction. First, upgrading to vSphere 5 requires careful planning and specific ordering of steps in order to achieve a successful upgrade. In the first of this three part series, we’ll focus on the preplanning steps.

First, the vSphere licensing has changed from version 4.x to 5.x, so you’ll need to get new license keys. If you’re an existing vSphere customer with an active Support and Subscription contract, you are entitled to an upgrade for no charge. Log into your VMware account at https://www.vmware.com/support/licensing/ for details on updating your keys to support 5.0.

Next, if your hardware is not brand new (or if it’s bleeding edge!), check the Server VMware Hardware Compatibility List at http://bit.ly/W8KduB. There you can check your servers for supported releases of VMware. If you’re using shared storage, you should also access VMware to ensure your storage subsystem is supported at http://bit.ly/YlceP9.

In addition to the hardware requirements, vSphere 5.0 requires 64-bit database software, as well as a 64-bit version of Operating System. If you’re currently running a 32-bit version of Operating System, you must migrate to a 64-bit version of architecture first. The Database requires a 64-bit DSN (Database Source Name) as well.

Database Requirements

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express (intended for use with up to 5 hosts and/or 50 virtual machines)
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Standard edition (SP3) 64 bit
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Enterprise edition (SP3) 64 bit
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Standard Edition 64 bit
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Enterprise Edition 64 bit

  Operating System Requirements

  • Windows XP Pro SP2 (SP2 required, 64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2003 (SP1 required, 64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2008 (64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit)

  Once you have determined that you have met all the requirements, you’ll need to develop an action plan. What components come first? What’s last? Should you load net new or perform an upgrade? Stand by for part 2 of 3 when we talk about it!

Jayson Stokes is the Director of Technical Services at Park Place International. He has been working with MEDITECH for over 13 years, serving former roles at JJWild, Perot Systems and currently Park Place International. He founded the virtualization practice for Park Place in 2008, developed the product solution set, and created the only on-site customer VMware training focused on the MEDITECH market space. Jayson is responsible for the integration services division, delivering reliable and sustainable solutions. Holding a BA in Psychology from Boston University in 1991 under a full-scholarship, Jayson possess unique skillsets that allow him to develop and drive the business successfully within the MEDITECH community.