Posts Tagged ‘vCneter Server 4.0’

VMware: vCenter Update Manager Performance and Best Practices White Paper Posted

May 26th, 2009 No comments

VMware vCenter Update Manager is a component of VMware Infrastructure that automates patches and upgrades of ESX hosts, virtual machine Tools and hardware, Windows and Linux virtual machines, and virtual appliance. A new white paper, VMware vCenter Update Manager Performance and Best Practices, is now available.

In this paper we discuss VMware vCenter Update Manager 4.0 host deployment, latency, resource consumption, guest OS tuning, high-latency networks, and the impact of on-access virus scanning. We also provide performance tips to help customers tune the system for better performance.



VMware: Installing ESX 4.0 and vCenter 4.0 best practices (1009080)

May 26th, 2009 No comments

This article provides additional steps which may be useful when installing ESX 4.0 and vCenter 4.0.

Notes: This article assumes that you have read the ESX and vCenter Server Installation Guide. This guide contains definitive information. If there is a discrepancy between the guide and this article, assume that the guide is correct.


The following are best practice procedures when installing vCenter 4.0 and ESX Server 4.0:

Note: See the VMware vSphere 4.0 Release Notes for known installation issues.

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VMware: Automating VMware Tools upgrade in vCenter Server 4.0 (1010796)

May 26th, 2009 No comments

his article provides information about and steps for automating the VMware Tools upgrade in vCenter Server 4.0.

The following are required for automatic upgrades:

  • Virtual machines must have a version of VMware Tools shipped with ESX Server 3.0.1 or greater installed.
  • Virtual machines must be hosted on an ESX Server 3.0.1 or greater, and the vCenter Server must be version 2.0.1 or greater.
  • Virtual machines must be running a Linux or Windows guest operating system that is supported by ESX Server 3.0.1 or greater and vCenter 2.0.1 or greater.
  • Virtual machines must be powered on.

To configure virtual machines to automatically upgrade VMware Tools:

  1. Power off the virtual machine.
  2. Right-click the virtual machine and click Edit Settings.
  3. On the Options tab, click VMware Tools.
  4. In the Advanced pane, select Check and upgrade Tools before each power-on and click OK.

Note: The next time the virtual machine is powered on, it checks the ESX/ESXi host for a newer version of VMware Tools. If one is available, it is installed and the guest operating system is restarted (if required).

For more information, see Upgrading an ESX 3.x virtual machine to ESX 4.0 (1010675).

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