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Mastering VMware vSphere™ 4 by Scott Lowe

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4.6. Performing an Orchestrated Upgrade

Now that I've discussed host upgrade baselines, I can revisit the idea of baseline groups and discuss a specific use case for baseline groups: the orchestrated upgrade. An orchestrated upgrade involves the use of a host baseline group and a VM/VA baseline group that, when run sequentially, will help automate the process of moving an organization's environment fully into VMware vSphere.

Consider this sequence of events:

  1. You create a host baseline group that combines a host upgrade baseline with a dynamic host patch baseline to apply the latest updates.

  2. You create a VM baseline group that combines two different VM upgrade baselines—the VMware Tools upgrade baseline and the virtual machine hardware upgrade ...

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