What should be included in the upgrade plan?

An administrator has deployed a vCenter Server to manage a virtual environment. The administrator has been asked to develop a plan for handling major upgrades to the application.

What should be included in the upgrade plan?

A.
Utilize vCenter Configuration Manager to upgrade the vCenter Server in place

B.
Install a new vCenter Server and import the information from the existing vCenter Server

C.
Install a new vCenter Server over the existing vCenter Server as an in-place upgrade

D.
Utilize Update Manager to upgrade the vCenter Server in place

9 Comments on “What should be included in the upgrade plan?

  1. CiscoJedi says:

    Actually I’m reading pg 36 of the vSphere Upgrade guide for v5…

    ——–
    Upgrade vCenter Server 4.x to vCenter Server 5.0 on the same machine if the vCenter Server 4.x instance is on a 64-bit machine.

    This procedure requires downtime for the vCenter Server that you are upgrading. You do not need to turn off virtual machines.

    If an earlier version of vCenter Server is on your machine, the vCenter Server installer detects and upgrades it. If the upgrade fails, no automatic rollback occurs to the previous vCenter Server version.

    In-place upgrade to vCenter 5.0 is not supported on Microsoft Windows XP.
    ——–

    So, clearly “it depends”

  2. Tony says:

    Another screw up from vmware. It asks for FUTURE upgrades. How could I predict the future, vmware? My crystal ball is sent for repair !!!

  3. moors says:

    Answer should be B

    Key statement in the question “An administrator has deployed a vCenter Server”. If we suppose that the administrator has deployed a vCenter server over an existing vCenter server, shouldn’t he had developed the plan for the major upgrades before doing so since the risks are major.

    Alternatively, the administrator may deploy a new vCenter server and import the information from the existing vCenter Server to mitigate all risks.

  4. Spam This says:

    The difference comes down to ‘Server’ or ‘Appliance’.

    If it’s a server, in-place is the proper upgrade method.

    If it’s an appliance, you need to install new and import the config.

    Wish VMware wouldn’t have chosen such poorly worded questions.


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