Step by Step for vCenter Upgrade from 5.1 to 5.5

I am taking this Tutorial from VMware Communitiies (VMTN). This is a very common questions to ask, so I re-post it again in this blog.

Make sure below 6 tasks has been completed before starting of vCenter Upgrade.

  1. 2 hours before the upgrade disable all Schedule VM backups for vCenter or 3rd Party Tools
  2. Once backup disabled request Database Team to backup below databases 30 mins before the vCenter upgrade –
    1. vCenter Server database
    2. SRM database
  3. On vCenter, make a copy of the SSL certificates, copy them backup folder
  4. Backup Inventory Service database. Follow below procedure
  • On the source machine, open the command prompt in the vCenter Server and change the directory to vCenter_Server_installation_directoryInfrastructureInventory Servicescripts.
  • Run the following command at the prompt to back up the Inventory Service database.
  • backup.bat -file gdciventoryvcenter.bak
  • When the backup operation finishes, the message Backup completed successfully appears, copy the file to backup folder
  1. Backup the SSO configuration
    1. Click on start/programs/vmware
    2. Select Generate vCenter Single Signon Backup bundle, this creates a zip file on the desktop
    3. Select Generate vCenter single Signon log bundle
    4. Copy these files to backup folder
  2. 5 minutes prior to upgrade of vCenter

    Create a snapshot of vCenter.

    ********** UPGRADATION **********

Once the jobs or tasks written in above completed, we will start with vCenter Server Upgrade from 5.1 to 5.5

We need to upgrade the vCenter Server in below sequence.

  1. Single Sign On – SSO
  2. vSphere Web Client
  3. vSphere Inventory Service
  4. vCenter Service
  5. vCenter Update Manager
  6. VMware Site Recovery Manager


  7. Single Sign On Upgrade:


  8. Mount the ISO and kick off the SSO installer under custom upgrade.
    1. All the required install files for all products we are upgrading are located on each VC server under “d:vCenter 5.5 and related”


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Fight the FUD – Oracle Licensing and Support on VMware vSphere

In this post I will copy-paste one of the Best reading for Virtualizing Business Critical Applications from Michael Webster’s blog. This can explain that Oracle Database can be virtualized in VMware! Enjoy!

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I keep hearing stories from Customers and Prospects where Oracle appears to be trying to deceive them for the purposes of extorting more license money from them than they are legally required to pay. I also keep hearing stories of Oracle telling them they would not be supported if they virtualized their Oracle systems on VMware vSphere. This has gone on now for far too long and it’s time to fight back and stop the FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt)!

In my opinion the best way for you to prevent this situation for your company is by knowing the right questions to ask, and by knowing what your obligations are. The aim for this article is to give you the tools to pay only what you legally owe, while making the most efficient and economic use of your licenses, and get the world class support that you are used to, even in a virtualized environment on VMware vSphere. All without sacrificing availability or performance.
I’m going to start this article by quoting Dave Welch, CTO, House of Brick – “I believe in paying every penny I owe. However, beyond that, it is my discretion to who or what I donate and in what amount. I have no patience with individuals or entities that premeditate the creation of OLSA compliance issues.  I similarly have no patience with the knowing spreading of FUD by some professionals in what could be construed as extortion of funds beyond customers’ executed contractual obligations. I will continue to vigorously promote and defend the legal rights of both software vendors and their customers even if that means I induce accelerated hair loss through rapid, frequent hat swapping.” Source Jeff Browning‘s EMC Communities article – Comments by Dave Welch of House of Brick on Oracle on VMware Licensing.

I agree with Dave on this. So I am going to show you how you can pay what you owe, while using what you pay for as efficiently and cost effectively as possible, and show you how you can still enjoy the full support you are entitled to. Without the scaremongering that sometimes accompanies discussions with Oracle Sales Reps.

For those that aren’t familiar with the term FUD, it is an acronym which stands for Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt. Something some companies and professionals seem to go to great lengths to create in the minds of customers.

FUD #1 – Oracle Licensing and Soft Partitioning
Oracle’s Server/Hardware Partitioning document outlines the different types of partitioning and how they impact licensing. Oracle may try and tell you that licensing a VMware environment will be more expensive as they don’t consider VMware Hard Partitioning. This is complete rubbish. This assertion is completely irrelevant unless you were only planning on deploying a single small database on a very small subset of a very large server. In this case you probably wouldn’t be using Enterprise Edition and may not be paying per CPU Core (Named User Plus instead). Why would you deploy such a system when you could easily purchase a server that is the right size for the job and licensed appropriately for the job? There is absolutely no requirement to run Oracle Enterprise Edition just because you are virtualizing your databases.

There is absolutely no increase in licensing costs over and above what you would have to pay for the same physical infrastructure to run your Oracle Database if you were running it in the OS without virtualization. You still have to pay what you owe, for what you use. The truth is that your costs could actually be significantly less when virtualizing on VMware vSphere as you can get more productive work done for the same amount of physical hardware, and therefore the license requirements and your costs will be significantly less. This is because you can run multiple Oracle databases on the same server and effectively share the resources, including memory, provided you take care during your design to ensure any undesirable performance impacts are avoided.  Take this image for example showing consolidating two dissimilar workloads on the same hardware (Source: VMware).

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Daftar Komprehensif mengenai Default URL, Username, dan Password di berbagai macam Produk VMware Inc.

Berikut ini adalah daftar yang sangat komprehensif mengenai default username dan password untuk berbagai macam produk dari VMware. Saya mengutipnya dari Blog Kendrick Coleman, agar tidak sering lupa jadi saya memasukkan ini di dalam blog


Horizon Application Manager




Horizon Connector



vCenter Appliance Configuration


username: root

password: vmware


vCenter Application Discovery Manager


username: root

password: 123456

default ADM management console password is 123456 and the CLI password is ChangeMe


vCenter Chargeback


username: root

password: vmware


vCenter Infrastructure Navigator:


username: root

password: Supplied during OVA deployment


vCenter Log Insight

https:// log_insight-host/

username: admin

password: password specified during initial configuration


vCenter MOB



vCenter Web Client Configuration


username: root

password: vmware


vCenter vSphere Web Client Access


username: root

password: vmware

For vSphere 5.1  = Windows default username: admin@System-Domain

For vSphere 5.1 = Linux (Virtual Appliance) default username: root@System-Domain

For vSphere 5.5 = default username: administrator@vsphere.local
Continue reading Daftar Komprehensif mengenai Default URL, Username, dan Password di berbagai macam Produk VMware Inc.

VCDX – Supporting Documentation

Berikut ini, saya mengutip resource yang sangat baik dari mengenai persiapan untuk mengambil sertifikasi VCDX. Sertifikasi tertinggi dari VMware Inc.

Once you have finished your design documents, you then have to prepare the supporting documentation.  The length of this task is very often underestimated by aspiring candidates, who either rush the job to make the submission and possibly have their application rejected due to incompleteness or miss their submission date.


List of articles in VCDX series:

  1. VCDX – Recipe for Success
  2. VCDX Study Plan – Networking
  3. VCDX Study Plan – Security
  4. VCDX Study Plan – Storage
  5. VCDX Study Plan – BC/DR
  6. VCDX Study Plan – Compute & vSphere
  7. VCDX – The Submission
  8. VCDX – The Presentation
  9. VCDX – D-Day
  10. VCDX – Think like a Panelist
  11. VCDX – I passed, now what?
  12. VCDX – Design Scenario Strategy
  13. VCDX – Troubleshooting Scenario Strategy
  14. VCDX – Mock Design Scenarios
  15. VCDX – Mock Troubleshooting Scenarios
  16. VCDX – Learn to speak “VCDXese”
  17. VCDX – How do I measure if my Customer Requirements are being met?
  18. VCDX – Logical & Physical Design Blueprints
  19. VCDX – Study Group Etiquette
  20. VCDX – Supporting Documentation

The term “Supporting Documentation” refers to the following documents/sections from the VCDX Blueprint:

  • Implementation Plan
  • Configuration Guide
  • Test Plan
  • Standard Operating Procedures

Assuming you have validated that your design meets your Customer’s Requirements, you now have to ensure that your supporting documentation will allow the design to be implemented, configured, tested and operated successfully.  This is where we separate the men from the boys, so much effort has gone into the design process, you then need to marshal your resources and push through the creation of the supporting documentation.

The strategy is very simple, create a linked list that maps from each physical design decision to the Implementation Plan, Configuration Guide, Test Plan and the SOPs.  This is summarised in the diagram below:


It is very important to maintain a unique numbering system throughout all of your documentation; this will allow you to quickly verify that all components and scenarios are covered and then collate them into a matrix to ensure that nothing is missed.  For example: supporting_documentation_template and supporting_documentation_matrix.





Berikut ini adalah Summary yang sangat baik untuk mengumpulkan Artikel mengenai Best Practice di VMware vSphere 5.5, saya mengutip dari blog Dan C Barber.









Agile Infrastructure Design to Support Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC)

Berikut ini adalah salah satu slide yang pernah saya buat sebagai bahan pertimbangan secara sekilas saja mengenai beberapa keuntungan dari Private Cloud yang dikhususkan penggunanya yaitu kepada para pembuat aplikasi (Software Developer).


Single Portal untuk melakukan seluruh kegiatan diatas (Capture, Deploy, Flexible Resource) dengan kemampuan Automation, Orchestration, dan Monitoring serta Chargeback akan sangat memberikan keuntungan yang maksimal bagi para application developer, dan juga infrastructure system administrator tentunya.


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VMware ESXi 5.5.0 Update 1 2014-03-11 Go to Downloads
VMware vCenter Server 5.5 Update 1 2014-03-11 Go to Downloads
VMware vSphere Replication 5.5.1 2014-03-11 Go to Downloads
VMware vSphere Data Protection 5.5.6 2014-03-11 Go to Downloads
VMware vCenter Orchestrator Appliance 5.5.1 2014-03-11 Go to Downloads
Cisco Nexus 1000V Virtual Ethernet Modules for vSphere 5.5.0 2014-01-30 Go to Downloads
VMware vCloud Director 5.5.1 2014-03-11 Go to Downloads
VMware vCloud Networking and Security 5.5.1 2014-04-03 Go to Downloads
VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.5.1 2014-03-11 Go to Downloads
VMware vCloud Application Director 6.0.1 2014-02-13 Go to Downloads
VMware vCenter Operations Manager Enterprise 5.8.1 2014-03-11 Go to Downloads
VMware vCenter Hyperic 5.8.1 Server 2014-03-11 Go to Downloads
VMware vCenter Hyperic 5.8.1 Agent Only 2014-03-11 Go to Downloads
VMware vCenter Infrastructure Navigator 5.8.0 2013-12-10 Go to Downloads
VMware vCenter Chargeback Manager 2.6.0 2013-12-10 Go to Downloads
VMware vCenter Configuration Manager 5.7.1 2013-12-10 Go to Downloads
VMware vCloud Automation Center 6.0.1 2014-02-13 Go to Downloads
VMware vCloud Connector 2.5 Advanced 2013-06-11 Go to Downloads
VMware vSphere Big Data Extensions 1.1 2014-01-16 Go to Downloads
VMware vSphere App HA 1.1.0 2014-04-08 Go to Downloads

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