Home Lab – Workstation 7 to 7.1 Upgrade

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I upgraded my Home Lab from Workstation 7.0 to 7.1 tonight..

More info on my home lab here…

Upgrade Steps I took…

  1. First step was to uninstall Workstation 7, then install 7.1
    • Note: The install will do this automatically if needed
  2. Once the uninstall is completed a reboot is necessary
  3. After the reboot I noticed Windows 7 reconfigure the Network adapters
    • Note.. At this point if you need to adjust your local subnets now might be a good time, once you install 7.1 it will reconfigure all the vmnets around this.
  4. The install of Workstation 7.1 is pretty simple, Choose Custom and Next a few times and one reboot
  5. After the reboot Windows 7 finds the new network adapters, and it was all done..

What I noticed after the upgrade..

  • WS7.1 launched with out issues, it didn’t require me to input my serial number again, and it came right up.
  • I opened up the Virtual Network Editor, and it took about a minute to assign subnets to the 8 difference vmnets. (This is something I should have documented better, as I don’t recall all the subnets.  However I did have 2 documented)
  • When I powered on my good old XP VM, locally Windows 7 noticed this as needing an USB updated driver, it quickly went to the update site and downloaded the driver, no issue.  In the XP VM I updated the vmware tools, rebooted, and it worked normally
  • One new thing was the vmtools ICON now is grey and white
  • I powered up my ESX test environment..
    • 1st my vCenter Server is connected to VMnet0 in Auto-Bridged mode
    • On Power up I noticed my vm had been switched from a static ip to DHCP
    • I correct this by entereing its static IP and it functioned normally
    • 2nd I powered up my ESX 3.5 host
    • It booted fine and attached itself to the vCenter server without issue
    • 3rd I powered up my ESX 4.0 host
    • It booted fine and attached itself to the vCenter server without issue

Final thoughts…

This upgrade was a good warm up for the next Workstation upgrade that I need to do.
This environment was pretty simple, nothing very complex, and pretty much went smoothly.
I think the best rule of thumb is before you upgrade know and document your lab then upgrade.
My home lab was partially documented it would have went smoother if it was fully documented.

Next up… Update of a more complex WS lab with an IOMega iSCSI NAS and multiple subnets…
I’ll post up how it goes…

Here’s whats new with WS7.1… I got this from VMware site…


What’s New

This release of VMware Workstation adds the following new features and support:

•New Support for 32-Bit and 64-Bit Operating Systems

•New Features in VMware Workstation

New Support for 32-Bit and 64-Bit Operating Systems

This release provides support for the following host and guest operating systems:

Operating System Host and Guest Support

Ubuntu 8.04.4 Host and guest

Ubuntu 10.04 Host and guest

OpenSUSE 11.2 Host and guest

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.5 Host and guest

Fedora 12 Guest

Debian 5.0.4 Guest

Mandriva 2009.1 Guest

New Features in VMware Workstation

•OpenGL 2.1 Support for Windows 7 and Windows Vista Guests — Improves the ability to run graphics-based applications in virtual machines.

•Improved Graphics Performance — Enhanced performance with better benchmarks, frame rates, and improved rendering on Windows 7 and Windows Vista guests allows you to run various graphics-based applications. In addition, major improvements in video playback enable you to play high-resolution videos in virtual machines.

•Automatic Software Updates — Download and install VMware Tools and receive maintenance updates when available.

•Direct Launch — Drag guest applications from the Unity start menu directly onto the host desktop. Double-click the shortcut to open the guest application. The shortcut remains on the desktop after you exit Unity and close VMware Workstation.

•Autologon — Save your login credentials and bypass the login dialog box when you power on a Windows guest. Use this feature if you restart the guest frequently and want to avoid entering your login credentials. You can enable Autologon and use direct launch to open guest applications from the host.

•OVF 1.1 Support — Import or export virtual machines and vApps to upload them to VMware vSphere or VMware vCloud. The VMware OVF Tool is a command-line utility bundled in the VMware Workstation installer. Use this tool along with VMware Workstation to convert VMware .vmx files to .ovf format or vice versa. VMware recommends that you use the OVF command-line utility. For more information, see the OVF Web site and OVF Tool User Guide.

•Eight-Way SMP Support — Create and run virtual machines with a total of up to eight-processor cores.

•2TB Virtual Disk Support — Maximum virtual disks and raw disks size increased from 950GB to 2TB.

•Encryption Enhancements — VMware Workstation includes support for Intel’s Advanced Encryption Standard instruction set (AES-NI) to improve performance while encrypting and decrypting virtual machines and faster run-time access to encrypted virtual machines on new processors.

•Memory Management — User interface enhancements have simplified the handling of increased virtual memory capacity.

•User Experience Improvement Program — Help VMware improve future versions of the product by participating in the User Experience Improvement Program. Participation in the program is voluntary and you can opt out at any time. When you participate in the User Experience Improvement Program, your computer sends anonymous information to VMware, which may include product configuration; usage and performance data, virtual machine configuration; usage and performance data, and information about your host system specifications and configuration.

The User Experience Improvement Program does not collect any personal data, such as your name, address, telephone number, or email address that can be used to identify or contact you. No user identifiable data such as the product license key or MAC address are sent to VMware. VMware does not store your IP address with the data that is collected.

For more information about the User Experience Improvement Program, click the Learn More link during installation or from the VMware Workstation Preferences menu.

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