Do I Upgrade to VMware Virtual Hardware Version 7?

I am in the process of planning for a large infrastructure upgrade from ESX3.5 to vSphere 4. As part of the planning I've been looking at Virtual Machine Virtual Hardware Versions. Currently all VM's are running Version 4, but as we migrate to ESX4 we will have the option to upgrade to Version 7.

Instead of just upgrading all VM's no questions asked, I decided to try and answer these following questions;

  • Exactly what does Version 7 offer?
  • What is the upgrade process?
  • Will upgrading introduce any downtime?
  • Could there be any issues after the upgrade which may cause the VM to not function correctly?

Here is what I've found

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Gestalt IT Tech Field Day – Boston

I WILL BE THERE!!!

Yes, I have been invited by Gestalt IT to be a Delegate at the next Tech Field Day which is to be held in Boston this April.

If you've not heard about these Tech Field Days, here is a little summary taken from the Gestalt IT Website:

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APAC Virtualization Roundtable

Taken from Rodney Haywood's Blog

Andre Leibovici is trying to start up a APAC Virtualization Roundtable run via Talkshoe like the VMTN Communities Roundtable.

The first one is on this Wednesday (3rd Feb 2101) night at 9:00pm Sydney time. This is 10:00am London time.

If you are in APAC, or anywhere else you may want to join in.

You can participate via web accessing http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/75046.

Title: EPISODE1 – Introduction & Your Virtual Environment
Start Time (EDT): Wed 03/02/10 09:00 PM EST (SYDNEY TIME)
Duration (minutes): 60

Call ID: 75046

or click the link below

http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/75046

3PAR Management Plug-In For VMware vCenter

On the 25th January 2010, 3PAR announced the release of the 3PAR Management Plug-In for VMware vSphere.

Working at a 3PAR Cloud-Agile Partner I have free access to this application, so I have downloaded, installed and given it a whirl. (Note. The vCenter plugin and Recovery Manager for VMware are supported only on version 2.3.1 of InServ.)

Here is the official overview of what the plugin does;

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London VMware Usergroup 25th Feb 2010

The Steering Committee are pleased to announce the next UK London VMware User Group meeting, kindly sponsored by Pano Logic, to be held on Thursday 25th February 2010. We hope to see you at the meeting, and afterwards for a drink or two, courtesy of VMware.

Our meeting will be held at the Thames Suite, London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, 33 Queen Street, London EC4R 1AP, +44 (0)20 7248 4444. The nearest tube station is Mansion House, location information is available here. Reception is from 1230 for a prompt 1pm start, to finish around 5pm. Our agenda is not final at the moment, but looks something like this:

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vSphere 4.0 Security Hardening Guides

VMware have just released five Draft vSphere 4.0 Security Hardening Guides, I have put all of the Download links below so they are easier for you to find.

VMware would like to announce the availability of a public draft for the vSphere 4.0 Security Hardening Guide.  This guide represents a new approach to providing security guidance from VMware. As compared with the previous VI3 Hardening Guides, the current guide has the following highlights 

  • Structure: this version uses a standardized format, with formally defined sections, templates, and reference codes.  The goal is to increase clarity and reduce ambiguity, make it easier to reference individual guidelines, and most of all, enhance the ability to automate guideline enforcement.
  • Recommendation levels: in following with the formats used by NIST, CIS, and others, this guide categorizes all guidelines into three security levels.  Instead of recommending a single set of guidelines for all environments, this guide encourages more of a risk-based approach, so that individual administrators can decide which guidelines apply to their environment.

Overall, there are more than 100 guidelines. The guide itself is split into the following major sections:

    After having a quick scan through, these are will most definitely be printed off and read thoroughly.

    Lucky 17

    As I mentioned in my previous post VOTE NOW!! The SLOG had been nominated for the Top 25 VMware/Virtualisation Bloggers of the year.

    As I'm sure you can guess..I came 17th!!

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    London CloudCamp, 21st January 2010

     

     

     

    CloudCamp is once again making an appearance on these shores.

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    VOTE NOW!

    You may or may not have heard that the vSphere-Land.com Top Bloggers in VMware and Virtualization Award nominations have been released and voting has commenced.

    I'm both pleased and honoured to have my Blog on the shortlist amongst some of the worlds top Virtualization Bloggers.

    So if your a regular reader of the various Virtualization Blogs, it would be great if you could vote for your favourites.

    For more information visit www.vsphere-land.com

    VCP4 Exam Deadline and Free 2nd Shot Extended

    VMware have made an announcement on their Certification Portal which you may be interested in if you planned on taking the VCP410 exam but found that your local Pearson Vue test center was full.

    Notice: Due to overwhelming demand, existing VCP3 professionals will be able to obtain the VCP4 certification with no additional course requirement through January 31st, 2010

    The 2nd Shot retake, to participate you must enrol prior to taking your first attempt and no later than January 15th, 2010.

    Click here to enroll in the 2nd Shot Program. Vouchers will only be sent to those who have completed the prerequisites for VCP4 (see below). Please direct any questions about this program to certification@vmware.com.  You must take your first exam on or before January 22nd to allow for the 7 day wait between attempts.

    Visit www.PearsonVUE.com/VMware/Upgrade for the full list of participation instructions. If you have previously enrolled in the 2nd Shot Program and already received your voucher, the expiration has been automatically extended.

     
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