we are currently running vCenter 5.5 on Windows 2008 R2 with an external SQL 2008 R2 Database.
We are now considering moving to vCenter 6.5 and at the same time moving our Windows servers to Windows 2012 R2 and Sql 2012 R2. What would be the best way to do this? Fresh install and move all the hosts over the new vCenter?
- 5 clusters
- about 40 hosts total
- dvSwitch with multiple port groups
The easiest way I have seen for now is probably by moving to VCSA with the migration tool but the organisation is not very enthusiastic about moving over Linux base vCenter.
So considering this what would be the best way to accomplish this on Windows.
You can go for both....either new vCenter running on upgraded version of windows server. Also, VCSA is the good option, if you educate some best part of this appliance to your organization (like eliminating Microsoft license).
But again Choice is your and both will server you the best.
I will suggest you to deploy new vm with Win server and move all host over the new vCenter. Upgrading option is time consuming and may go through few challanges like win upgrade, sql upgrade and then vCenter upgrade.
Also, I can see that the Current environment is manageble, if you go for fresh vCenter installtion and configure you existing host accordingly.
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thanks guys for your comments.
The fresh install looks tricky. I don't really want to re-configure every dvSwitch and port groups to the new vCenter. And I saw somewhere that it's not recommended to move a host with dvswitch to another vCenter.
Do you really do that much with the associated database? or logging into the windows server? I can see why you might want a physical server for the security of a box that you don't have to look for on your hosts, or not be able to get too if the host it is on is down.
We don't really do anything at the OS or DB level that's for sure. To be honest, my first choice would be VCSA but I'll need to convince people over here and right now I don't have much other than Microsoft licences. They don't really care about the complexity of the upgrade.
We completely agree with you. We do understand the same thing as a Techie....However, its hard to make understand the management/end user something.
Better to go with Windows base vCenter, if all are comfortable for windows version.
I would find it incredibly hard to recommend a Windows based vCenter server if going to 6.5. Just use the vCSA, the migration progress is painless and in case of any issues you will have VMware support.
6.5 vCSA has embedded database but also Update Manager built in. That's at least 2 windows licenses and also SQL licenses you no longer have to pay for.