upgrading VMware Server without uninstall / Gold Support

Posted on 2007-09-28
Last Modified: 2010-08-05
I want to upgrade our VMware Server from 1.0.2 to 1.0.4. (running on Win2003 x64)

I'm shy of the uninstall/reinstall method, because the networking settings are fairly complicated (we're using Win2003 RRAS with Reverse NAT to access the VMs from the Internet) and the physical host is off-site.

Would VMware Gold Support ($350) enable an update without an uninstall?
Question by:adamvsmith
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    VMware Gold Support is just a support offering from Vmware allowing you to submit technical support requests directly to them for assistance.  You can upgrade regardless of whether you have Gold Support or not.  Here's a link which mentions a few "gotchas":

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    Am I being dense, or is it a product weakness, having to uninstall and reinstall to patch the product? Is it best practice to patch VMware Server on production servers? Or better never touch a running system.
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    I don't use Server very often, I'm primarily ESX.  I didn't see anything that read Server had to be completely uninstalled though prior to the 1.04 upgrade??  Are you seeing that somewhere?  That's typically not the case - I've patched plenty of production ESX servers.  As far as best practices, at least with VMware, I only patch it if it fixes a problem I'm experiencing or if I need to upgrade to get some new features, etc.  I would say I patch/upgrade every 6-12 months - I do not patch everytime they release a fix.

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