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  1. Travis Backs
    Travis Backs at |

    Nice write-up, Michael. I especially like this "keep your architecture as simple as possible"

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    1. Matt
      Matt at |

      I completely agree with the K.I.S.S. (keep it simple stupid) approach with your 5.1 design. After having performed 5.1 upgrades and fresh installs, I highly recommend simplicity unless your environment absolutely dictates otherwise.

      On a side note, 5.1 is a buggy (very buggy) product and we have yet to go to update 1a. We are considering waiting for a future update as 1a only addresses the authentication issue introduced in update 1. I'd rather not have to go through back-to-back updates if we can avoid it. Thoughts?

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      1. Matt
        Matt at |

        Hi Travis,

        The VMware doc I reviewed stated, "the main aim of the 5.1 U1a release is to only address the regression that was identified in 5.1 U1." (the authentication issue)

        As soon as I consumed the above line I tuned out as it brought no real benefit to our 5.1 (no U1 update).

        As for upgrading from 5.0 to 5.1 U1a – I completely agree with numerous bug fixes having been corrected (perhaps this is what you meant all along and I miss interpreted).

  2. Andrew Marshall
    Andrew Marshall at |

    Nice article, Michael. I've done some upgrades from 4.X and to be honest I think with the great stuff in 5.X I can't see why people wouldn't upgrade. As you say though it does take some planning and usually allows some underlying infrastructure changes i.e. VMFS5 larger LUNs

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