paradoxxaz
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VSphere VC

All,

I currently have a 3.5 environment and getting ready to roll out a Vsphere env.

Question is, can I admin the 3.5 environment from within the new VSphere VC?

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AntonVZhbankov
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Yes, you can. Actually you can even mix ESX 3.5 and 4.0 in the same cluster and VMotion VMs between them, so upgrade to vSphere will be without downtime.


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http://blog.vadmin.ru

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paradoxxaz
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really? to clarify: I can run esx3.5 hosts withing a 4.0 cluster?

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AntonVZhbankov
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Yes. VMotion and HA will work.


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MCSA, MCTS, VCP, VMware vExpert '2009

http://blog.vadmin.ru

EMCCAe, MCITP: SA+VA, VCP 3/4/5, VMware vExpert http://blog.vadmin.ru
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paradoxxaz
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Thanks! SO, I can also run the vsphere client and administer both the 3.5 a 4 environments from a single vsphere instance?

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AntonVZhbankov
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Absolutely.

Just one note: you should also leave/install License server for 3.5 hosts.


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http://blog.vadmin.ru

EMCCAe, MCITP: SA+VA, VCP 3/4/5, VMware vExpert http://blog.vadmin.ru
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paradoxxaz
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I will leave the current 3.5 license structure in place...

Do i need a VC license in the new environemnt? I have 12 cpu lic currently for 4, dont see a VC lic

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Troy_Clavell
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Do i need a VC license in the new environemnt? I have 12 cpu lic currently for 4, dont see a VC lic

Yes, you will need a license key for your vCenter4 instance. Check your licensing portal, it should be there.

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AntonVZhbankov
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Yes, vCenter 4 requires another license. If you had active support at moment vSphere was released (end of May) then you should have vCenter 4 license also, because it should be automatically upgraded from vCenter 2.5 to vCenter 4.


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http://blog.vadmin.ru

EMCCAe, MCITP: SA+VA, VCP 3/4/5, VMware vExpert http://blog.vadmin.ru
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Exacent
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so has anyone done the upgrade. Thats the next task after I roll out esx4 env, I will have to upgrade the 3.5 env... easy?

Any links or docs on the upgrade process would be appreciated..

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AntonVZhbankov
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It was really easy for me. All you need is in manuals - Update Manager 4.0 worked like a charm unlike 1.0 in vCenter 2.5.


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http://blog.vadmin.ru

EMCCAe, MCITP: SA+VA, VCP 3/4/5, VMware vExpert http://blog.vadmin.ru
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ephillipsme
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Yes Vcenter 4 will alloow you to manage both ESX 3.x and 4.x. You can vmotion and storage vmotion if you have the license. Only will some of this functionality be lost when you upgrade the actual VM's from version 4 (native ESX 3.5) to version 7 (native ESX 4.x). the upgrade for the vm can be done through the VUM and the upgrade baselines.

~Ernie

VCP3,VCP4, MCSE, CCA

~Ernie
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paradoxxaz
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I have a 5 cluster farm in one datacenter and I am adding the vsphere farm in another DC. So within the new VC4 I can add all my 3.5 clusters?

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AntonVZhbankov
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>So within the new VC4 I can add all my 3.5 clusters?

Yes.


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http://blog.vadmin.ru

EMCCAe, MCITP: SA+VA, VCP 3/4/5, VMware vExpert http://blog.vadmin.ru
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