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How To: Upgrade vCloud Director in Detail – Part 3

Upgrading the ESXi hosts is a standard documented process using VMware Update Manager and explained in detail in the vSphere Installation documentation. Specific to vCloud Director, there is nothing the system administrator needs to do, provided that the vSphere admin follows the proper steps. Personnel Resources Needed VMware vCenter Administrator VMware ESX Administrator with Root credentials VMware vCloud Director Administrator ... Read More »

How To: Upgrade vCloud Director in Detail – Part 2

After the VMware vCloud Director, vShield Manager and vCenter Chargeback components have been upgraded, customers can choose to pause the upgrades here, which is recommended. Customers may want to ensure that the vCloud layer is properly running while the backend is still vCenter 4.1 and ESX 4.1. Once they have decided that vCloud Director is still running properly, they can ... Read More »

How To: Upgrade vCloud Director in Detail – Part 1

This outlines the steps for performing an “End-to-End” upgrade of a vCloud deployment. “End-to-End” for the purpose of this guide refers to all aspects of the installation from the vCloud Director cells all the way to the deployed virtual machines running inside the vCloud. What this document will not cover is the specific click through steps on certain components, as ... Read More »

Gotcha: Partitioning a vCloud Director Cell File System

This seems to be something that most people are forgetting to look at.  The most common question I get is how big to make the “Transfer” space, however recently we ran into a situation where root on the cell filled up from logs and other items.  It begged the question about how to size the cell, and I found out that is ... Read More »

How To: Manually Remove the vCloud Director Agent

David Hill, my VMware vCloud partner in crime, has already put together a post about how to completely Uninstall vCloud Director, that also explains the manual removal of the vCloud Host Agent for version 1.0.1.  As we are seeing with my recent post about Properly Stopping a vCloud Cell, some things are changed with 1.5.  In fact removing the agent ... Read More »

Gotcha: The Importance of NTP to VMware vCloud Director

So here I am again after working a couple days on a troubleshooting issue for a customer during a VMware vCloud upgrade that we finally got fixed.  I seem to now be the resident expert on getting the entire stack of VMware vCloud products upgraded in the right order and sequence as a matter of fact.  I wanted to really ... Read More »

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