Friday, January 6, 2012

VMware Upgrade Project

One of the exciting purchases approved at work for 2011 was an upgrade to our VMware environment. The purchases were almost all hardware, which is a good thing since our current production equipment has been running 24/7 for four years now. We've been getting by on ESX 3.5. Its time to get modern because the writing is on the wall for incompatibility soon.

The new equipment is:
2x HP DL380g7 servers (1x 6core Xeon X5649, 48GB RAM, 4GB Flash storage for OS, 6 NICs)
1x IBM N3400 filer (12x 600GB 15k SAS)

I've been working hard on bringing my VMware skill set up to date with a ton of reading. Fortunately, because everyone else in the world is a VMware customer, there's lots and lots of content in communities all over the internet. I've also been enjoying Mastering VMware vSphere 5 by Scott Lowe (published by Sybex and read on safaribooksonline.com). Doesn't go into detail on a lot of things, but its a good overview of the product and implementation tasks.

So far I've got ESXi installed on the servers. Next week will involve preparing storage for the environment and installing the latest vCenter server. After that I'll start cold migrating servers over! Can't wait to be up to date with enough storage to do work again!