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Upgrade the vSAN Witness Appliance

I’m using vSAN within my Homelab. In this post I explain the update (replacement) of the vSAN Witness Appliance. An update is a replacement in fact. You power up a new Witness Appliance, configures it, disable the Stretched Cluster and reconfigure this one with the new Witness.

Sounds to easy? But it is…

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Deploy vSAN Witness Appliance

This little post describes the deployment of the vSAN Witness Appliance.

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Veeam B&R 9.5 Update 1 released for production

Last weekend the final version of Veeam Backup and Replication Update 1 was released.

VMware vSphere 6.5 is now fully supported.

The vSphere 6.5 support adds the following features:

  • Encrypted VMs support.
  • VMFS6 support.
  • Virtual hardware version 13 support.
  • NBD compression. VDDK 6.5 adds ability to enable native NBD traffic compression.
  • New guest interaction API support.
  • New VM tag API support. vSphere 6.5 introduces new APIs for programmatic access and management of vSphere tags.

To get the full list of changes go to https://www.veeam.com/download_add_packs/vmware-esx-backup/kb2222/

I’ve wrote down the few steps to install the update.

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Veeam B&R 9.5 Update 1 – Release Candidate availiable

At the beginning of the new year Veeam has built the Release Candidate for Veeam Backup and Replication 9.5 Update 1.

With this update it is possible to backup VMs running on vSphere 6.5. You have to open a case at Veeam to get the Release Candidate. Remeber: Those updates are only for testing. Productive support will come with the official update!

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Upgrade vCSA 6.0 to 6.5

vSphere 6.5 is now GA. In this post I want to go through the upgrade process of the vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA). First thing I can say. It works really good :)

The upgrade process will create a new machine and transfer all data (you can choose between configuration + events + performance data) from the old one to the new vCSA.

Please think about, when to install the upgrade… All 3rd party software, which is using the vCenter must support the new version. If you have a lab this could be okay, but in your production it is not much fun, if backup or something else fails.

But now to the upgrade…

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