How do you do....it? Thread, VMWare Upgrade 4 to 5 in Technical; Hi all,
I have VMware ESXI 4 running on my main server, however I need to upgrade to Server 2012 ...
1st August 2013, 10:41 AM #1
VMWare Upgrade 4 to 5
I have VMware ESXI 4 running on my main server, however I need to upgrade to Server 2012 which wont run on version 4 thus leaving me no option but to upgrade ESXI to version 5.
My license for VMWare is listed as "Vmware vSphere 4 Standard".
Can I use this key to upgrade to version 5 with ?
I have kinda tested it an put 5 on a test machine and when I entered my key it told me that it would change to "Unlicensed", so this means it wont work ?
Sick of waiting for VMware to get back to me!
*PS I cant use VMware ESXI free as the hardware is above the requirements.*
Thanks in advance everyone!
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1st August 2013, 10:46 AM #2
You will need a new key, when i did my upgrades i did. If you dont have support you can't get one for no extra cost.
Thanks to FN-GM from:
cpjitservices (1st August 2013)
1st August 2013, 10:53 AM #3
Oh Dear. Thats not going to be cheap.
1st August 2013, 11:11 AM #4
Keep the support up so you can spread out the cost
1st August 2013, 11:20 AM #5
We no longer have any support, that ran out about 6 months ago.
Originally Posted by FN-GM
Problem is - Because the need to upgrade has suddenly been urged upon us... I hadnt bothered checking whether ESXI 4 would run 2012, My bad.
Last edited by cpjitservices; 1st August 2013 at 11:24 AM.
1st August 2013, 11:35 AM #6
Do you need to use > 32GB ram? If not, why not use the free ESXi 5.1 for the time being instead.
1st August 2013, 11:56 AM #7
Well I wasnt going to use the free version because I thought it wouldnt support all of our CPU's, we have 2CPU's in the main system and they are both Quads.
24GB RAM so looks like I MIGHT be able to use the free version.
Could someone confirm ?
Last edited by cpjitservices; 1st August 2013 at 12:01 PM.
1st August 2013, 12:21 PM #8
Yes. There is no CPU restriction on the free version, just RAM (32GB physical).
I'm running a pair of ESX 5.1 boxes with 32GB each and twin quad core processors.
2 Thanks to synaesthesia:
cpjitservices (1st August 2013)
1st August 2013, 12:24 PM #9
Excellent! I know what I'll be doing Friday night then!!
1st August 2013, 02:35 PM #10
It only takes 5 mins to install ESXi
Originally Posted by cpjitservices
1st August 2013, 02:47 PM #11
Yes, But I have to do it our of hours and we dont shut until 5.
1st August 2013, 02:55 PM #12
Same here - we have ESXi 5.1 free with 32GB of RAM and 2 quad core CPUs on a few servers, the only issues come with VM backup - Veeam won't work, for instance. We just ghettovcb it.
1st August 2013, 03:13 PM #13
What's the benefit of backing up at VM level? (Veeam etc) compared to any other backup method?
1st August 2013, 04:15 PM #14
Makes restores really easy should you lose a VM completely - just restore the whole VM rather than rebuilding and restoring data.
Originally Posted by synaesthesia
1st August 2013, 04:18 PM #15
Ah, fair enough. We use veeam for one of the servers, wondered if it was really worth doing similar for the rest. Looking into SCCM DPM currently for other services.
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