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VMware vSphere 5.5 Cookbook by Abhilash G B

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Upgrading from VMFS3 to VMFS5

There are several enhancements added to version 5 of VMFS. Knowing these enhancements will definitely motivate you to upgrade to this version. Nevertheless, the upgrade process is nondisruptive.

Although this is an in-place upgrade, you should take the following precautions before upgrading:

  • Back up the virtual machines on the volume, or migrate them off to a different datastore
  • Ensure that there are no ESX 3.x or ESX 4.x servers in the environment accessing the same datastore

The VMware® vSphere® VMFS-5 Upgrade Considerations whitepaper explains more about VMFS-5 enhancement and the upgrade considerations. You can access the paper at http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/techpaper/VMFS-5_Upgrade_Considerations.pdf.

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