VMware upgrades: Advice for beginners (and pros)

A few months ago I received an email regarding a blog I wrote about upgrading VMware vSphere. In short, I was asked some questions about how to approach an upgrade of vSphere in a relatively small environment. This admin was concerned about posting to the VMware forums because she felt she might be chastised for asking some basic questions. So, I answered her questions, but I also told her that the VMware forums were very welcoming and although I couldn’t promise that everyone would be nice* I was fairly confident that any further questions would be answered and most people would be very respectful. I think those of us who have been engulfed in the VMware world so often forget that not everyone has been using it for the last five or ten years. There are several businesses out there that just started getting in to virtualization.

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