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vShpere vCenter 5.5 - Full windows installation or a Virtual appliance?

Hi guys,

We're about to install a new vCenter 5.5, and i was wonder what will be the best practice for our implementation.
- We have 3x ESXi hosts (varies from 4.x-5.1), which are about to be upgraded to ver 5.5.
- We use NetApp 3240 including SMVI snapshots which are currently being managed on the vCenter 4.1 windows installation.
- No other needs

Thanks in advance
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I would recommend the vCenter Server for Windows, so you can then install Update Manager on the same server.

BUT, at present I would really recommend you hold off your upgrade to 5.5, until 5.5 U1 is launched.

Many Experts Exchange Members 5.5 Upgrades have FAILED! Do not complete an Upgrade, complete a FULL INSTALL!

You have been advised, I would not want to see you back here, with a question, it does not work!
IT_Group1Author Commented:
So the bottom line it to install vCenter 5.1 on Windows and hold the upgrade to 5.5, got you.
As for the upgrade to 5.1 from 4.x, is it safe?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
to be honest with you, all upgrades after 5.0, are terrible in our opinion, we spend most of our time, now trying to fix broken upgrades, Since the introduction of SSO!(which was 5.1).

I would recommend a new INSTALL of Hypervisors and vCenter Server 5.1. (wait until 5.5),  unless you are really desperate for 5.5 features.
S00007359Cloud Engineering OfficerCommented:
If you like complete control, i'd say go for  vCenter Server for Windows, as you'll have complete know how of windows and the application.

the appliance is a Linux os with the apache stuff and all, and unless u are familiar with the Linux, u could be stuffed!
IT_Group1Author Commented:
Guys, thanks a lot.
I'll go for your recommendations and install vcenter 5.1 + ESXi's 5.1 from scratch.

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