13 Replies Latest reply on Oct 15, 2008 3:39 PM by IRQ2006

    Essential ESX 3.5 & VC 2.5 links

    esiebert7625 Guru
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      I've put together this link compilation for the new versions, it will also be posted on my website. New additional links will also be added to my website as a I gather them.

       

      Compatibility & Version Info:

      VI3 Key Features & Benefits Summary by Version - http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/key_features_35.pdf

      VMware Infrastructure Compatibility Matrixes - http://vmware.com/pdf//vi3_35/esx_3/r35/vi3_35_25_compat_matrix.pdf

      Details of What's New and Improved In VI3 Version 3.5 - http://www.vmware.com/support/vi3/doc/whatsnew_esx35_vc25.html

       

       

       

       

      Must Read:

      RTFM Upgrade guide for ESX 3.5 and VirtualCenter 2.5 - http://tinyurl.com/3722dz

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Release Notes/Install, Upgrade and Patch Guide:

      ESX Server 3.5 and VirtualCenter 2.5 Release Notes - http://www.vmware.com/support/vi3/doc/vi3_esx35_vc25_rel_notes.html

      ESX Server 3 Installation Guide - http://vmware.com/pdf/vi3_35/esx_3/r35/vi3_35_25_installation_guide.pdf

      Upgrade Guide - http://vmware.com/pdf/vi3_35/esx_3/r35/vi3_35_25_upgrade_guide.pdf

      ESX Server 3 Patch Management Guide - http://vmware.com/pdf/vi3_35/esx_3/r35/vi3_35_25_esxupdate.pdf

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Additional documentation:

      Configuration Maximums for VMware Infrastructure 3 - http://vmware.com/pdf/vi3_35/esx_3/r35/vi3_35_25_config_max.pdf

      Quick Start Guide - http://vmware.com/pdf/vi3_35/esx_3/r35/vi3_35_25_quickstart.pdf

      Basic System Administration - http://vmware.com/pdf/vi3_35/esx_3/r35/vi3_35_25_admin_guide.pdf

      Virtual Infrastructure Web Access Administrator's Guide - http://vmware.com/pdf/vi3_35/esx_3/r35/vi3_35_25_web_access.pdf

      ESX Server 3 Configuration Guide - http://vmware.com/pdf/vi3_35/esx_3/r35/vi3_35_25_3_server_config.pdf

      Resource Management Guide - http://vmware.com/pdf/vi3_35/esx_3/r35/vi3_35_25_resource_mgmt.pdf

      Fibre Channel SAN Configuration Guide - http://vmware.com/pdf/vi3_35/esx_3/r35/vi3_35_25_san_cfg.pdf

      iSCSI SAN Configuration Guide - http://vmware.com/pdf/vi3_35/esx_3/r35/vi3_35_25_iscsi_san_cfg.pdf

      Virtual Machine Backup Guide - http://vmware.com/pdf/vi3_35/esx_3/r35/vi3_35_25_vm_backup.pdf

      VMware Infrastructure 3 Primer - http://vmware.com/pdf/vi3_35/esx_3/r35/vi3_35_25_prim.pdf

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Additional downloads:

      Remote CLI Download - http://www.vmware.com/download/download.do?downloadGroup=VI-RCLI

      License Server for ESX 3.5 - http://download3.vmware.com/software/vi/VMware-licenseserver-64192.exe

      CPU Compatibility Tool for ESX 3.5 - http://download3.vmware.com/software/vi/CPU_Compatibility-64557.zip

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Converter:

      VMware Converter Enterprise for VirtualCenter 2.5 Admin Guide  - http://vmware.com/pdf/vi3_vec_10_admin_guide.pdf

      VMware Converter Enterprise for VirtualCenter 2.5 Release Notes - http://vmware.com/support/vi3/doc/vi3_vec_10_rel_notes.html

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Update Manager:

      VMware Update Manager Release Notes - http://vmware.com/support/vi3/doc/vi3_vum_10_rel_notes.html

      VMware Update Manager Admin Guide - http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vi3_vum_10_admin_guide.pdf

      VMware Update Manager Sizing Estimator - http://vmware.com/support/vi3/doc/vi3_vum_10_sizing_estimator.xls

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Latest Hardware Compatibility Guides:

      Systems - http://vmware.com/pdf/vi3_systems_guide.pdf

      I/O - http://vmware.com/pdf/vi3_io_guide.pdf

      Storage/SAN - http://vmware.com/pdf/vi3_san_guide.pdf

      Backup Software - http://vmware.com/pdf/vi3_backup_guide.pdf

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Blog & News Articles:

      VMware ESX 3.5 goes live with key new features - http://searchservervirtualization.techtarget.com/originalContent/0,289142,sid94_gci1285629,00.html

      What's new in ESX 3.5 & VC 2.5? -

      http://virtualgabe.wordpress.com/2007/12/08/what%e2%80%99s-new-in-esx-35-vc-25-part-2/

      http://virtualgabe.wordpress.com/2007/12/08/what%e2%80%99s-new-in-esx-35-vc-25-part-3/

      http://virtualgabe.wordpress.com/2007/12/08/what%e2%80%99s-new-in-esx-35-vc-25-part-4/

      VMware VI Client 2.5 does not support 64-bit workstations - http://www.dabcc.com/article.aspx?id=6674

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Relevant KB Articles:

      Licensing:

      Updates to your VMware VI3 Starter Licenses - http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1003299

      Changes in licensing for VI3 Standard Edition When upgrading to VI 3.5 - http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1003301

      Understanding VI 3.5 Licensing: Server and Host-based Licensing Models - http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1003295

       

       

       

       

       

       

      ESX 3.5:

      Installing ESX Server throws an "Anaconda Error" in the Partitioning Options screen - http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1003217

      VMFS Partition cannot be created for "Typical" ESX Server Installation if Prior installation is detected - http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1003309

      IBM System x3850 M2 and System x3950 M2 Servers fail to connect to 100Mbps Networks - http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1003226

      Installing the Tivoli Storage Manager Client on the Service Console results in an error - http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1003142

      Virtual Machine on a RDM Shared Storage becomes invalid after migration from ESX Server 2.5.x to ESX Server 3.5 or 3i - http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1003092

      Vmotion is disabled after ESX Server upgrade - http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1003060

      Certain Special Characters cause software iSCSI Initiator CHAP Configuration corruption - http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1003095

      Connection to ESX Server host through VI Client is lost if you attempt to delete several VM's at once from the Datastore Browser - http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1003250

      Storage Devices connected to McData FC Switch through Qlogic adapters occasionally do not re-appear after reboot - http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1003250

      Snapshot operations submitted directly to an ESX Server Host during Storage vMotion corrupts Virtual Machine data - http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1003114

      Storage vMotion on a VM with I/O intensive workload may result incorrectly in a timeout error - http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1003276

      Upgrading to ESX Server 3.5 when the Root Parition is nearly full might cause Incomplete System Configuration - http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1003311

      Restarting Hostd (mgmt-vmware) on ESX Server hosts restarts Hosted Virtual Machines where VM Auto Startup/Shutdown is enabled - http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1003312

      ESX Server becomes temporarily unresponsive under a Heavy I/O load - http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1003039

      Consolidation of Large or Deeply Nested Snapshots using VirtualCenter, SDK or VCB might take longer on ESX Server 3.5 than on ESX Server 3.0.x - http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1003308

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Consolidated Backup 1.1:

      Upgrading Consolidated Backup version 1.0.x to 1.1 causes the installer to hang - http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1003045

      Consolidated Backup cannot create Quiesced Snapshots of VM's running Windows Vista - http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1003074

      VCB 1.1 Command Line utility connection to port 902 causes an error message - http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1003088

       

       

       

       

       

       

      VC 2.5:

      When you install SQL Server Express on a System where SQL Native Client is present the installation might fail with error - http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1003076

      VirtualCenter Server Fails to Start after your replace Default SSL Ceritifcates with Custom Certificates - http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1003070

      Error Message During Installation: error 1603: error installing Windows installer engine - http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1003036

      Administrative Credentials are Required for Oracle and SQL Database when Installing or Upgrading VirtualCenter - http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1003052

      Client-side CD-ROM or Floppy can become disconnected - http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1003118

      VirtualCenter Server does not detect changes in Host IP Address unless SSL Certificate Verification has been enabled - http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1003066

      Permission problem if host had been in lockdown mode - http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1003117

      Virtual Machines might lose Network Connectivity when moved to a different Port Group - http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1003061

      Powering on Virtual Machines with multiple PCI Devices might fail - http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1003048

      Incorrect Device Paths for LUNs displayed in Storage Summary - http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1003064

      VirtualCenter Consolidation service Usernames and Passwords must use only ASCII characters - http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1003096

      VI Client installation fails on Windows Vista Business Edition with enabled Anti-virus software - http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1003079

      VirtualCenter Server might crash in a cluster with Manual or Partially Automatic DRS and Automatic DPM - http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1003027

      Deleting Snapshots of VM's with Heavy disk I/O might cause host to be Disconnected from VirtualCenter - http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1003024

      Paravirtualization option is not Disabled for Unsupported Operating Systems - http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1003008

      VirtualCenter Server installation fails or results in an error if your system does not have MDAC 2.8 SP1 or later installed - http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1003160

      Installing Update Manager with Unified Installer might faile if Disparate Databases are used - http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1003277

      Some Alarms may disappear after upgrading to VirtualCenter 2.5 - http://kb.vmware.com/selfservicekb/1003072

      VirtualCenter Database upgrade fails with an exception when a Password that contains Apostrophes or Double Quotes is used - http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1003049

      The VirtualCenter Server might Crash when using an older ODBC driver with Oracle 9i - http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1003049

      Guest Operating System Standby feature removed in VirtualCenter Server 2.5 - http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1002414

      Cannot specify Destination Folder on Non-default Datacenter when Cloning Virtual Machines - http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1003075

      VirtualCenter Service will not start on a machine with non-Ascii characters in it's Machine Name - http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1003075

      vMotion from ESX Server 3.5 hosts to ESX Server 3.0.x hosts causes the console sessions of the migrated VM's to become blank - http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1003038

      Automatic VMware Tools upgrade does not upgrade to the latest version on VM's with Insufficient space in the Root parition - http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1003051

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Eric Siebert

      VMware Communities User Moderator

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