Unless you live under a rock, you know that VMware recently released vSphere 4. The highly anticipated upgrade to its virtual infrastructure suite. The number of feature upgrades and enhancements makes the new version somewhat hard to ignore. But if you’re like me you tend to shy away from .0 releases. I usually wait for the real world installations to sort out the bugs and let the developer issue a patch or point release. Let someone else be my guinea pig. The last thing you want is for an upgrade to nuke your production system.
I am, however, happy to report that our experience with vSphere 4 has been relatively smooth so far. While I’ve not taken the plunge and upgraded our production environment yet, our lab upgrade from 3.5 to the 4.0 beta, and subsequently the general release went off without a hitch. This gives me the confidence to at least begin the planning stages of the production system upgrade.
Step one is to make sure our existing systems are at the latest version of Infrastructure 3.5 and fully patched. We start that in a a week or so and I’ll keep you all abreast of the progress. One thing I don’t have to worry about as we ready our production environment for vSphere is that the up.time monitoring station is waiting for us on the other side. It’s just waiting for me to play catch up!
So, have you upgraded to vSphere yet? Tell us about your experience with the process and about vSphere in general. Or even better, if you are monitoring your vSphere infrastructure with up.time we’d love to hear about your experience. You can visit the up.time website for more on vSphere Monitoring or VMware monitors.