One of the newly revamped technologies to come out of the vSphere 5 suite announced this week at VMworld is Site Recovery Manager 5 (SRM5)
This is an anxiously awaited upgrade after the success from SRM with vSphere 4.
I’ll cut right to the chase though. The biggest new feature to me in the Automatic Fail-back. That’s right, automatic fail-back.
This coupled with the newly announced VXLAN (VMware’s new extensible LAN networking) brings home the idea that gone are the days of having to re-ip everything in case of a disaster.
In addition to all this VMware announced that with vSphere 5, vSphere Replication. Which allows you to replicate your VMs with just the SRM licensing.
Exciting things coming out of VMworld!
VMware announced yesterday the release of SRM 4.0– fully compatible with vSphere 4. With hardware compatibility aside, there is now no reason to NOT upgrade your ESX/ESXi servers to vSphere 4 (assuming you have an Active SnS contract).
Here are the new features in SRM 4.0
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Earlier this week we had a little contest around the office – that is, who could get in and get their vSphere4 VTSP accomplished the quickest. The VMware Technical Sales Professional Program (VTSP) provides foundational technical knowledge for pre-sales engineering individuals to certify them to successfully architect, engage, and participate in a VMware solutions sales cycle. For VMware partners, the VTSP is a pre-requisite that must be completed before you can obtain Technical Pre-Sales Competency Accreditations.
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Before starting down the path to VMware vSphere, it is worth taking some time to determine what your current VMware Infrastructure deployment scenario looks like with respect to the setup of VMware vCenter and how it is configured to support VI3 Clusters with Resource Pools, VMware HA and VMware DRS. An eGroup Virtualization Healthcheck will help identify the state of your VI3 environment.
How Do I Upgrade?
Phase 1: Complete the upgrade of the VMware vCenter Server along with VMware Update Manager. VMware Converter Enterprise and VMware Guided Consolidation are two additional components that can be installed along with their respective VMware vCenter Client plug-in.
Phase 2: Choose from three VMware ESX migration methods. The three options are: VMware Update Manager, Host Update Utility or Clean Install of VMware ESX 4.
Phase 3: Complete the upgrade of your Virtual Machines by first upgrading VMware Tools, followed by the upgrade of the Virtual Hardware from version 4 to version 7.
Click here to access eGroup’s VMware vSphere 4 Upgrade Center and to access step-by-step migration videos
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