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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Experiencing in Upgrading to VMWare Server 2.0 Final from RC2

A couple of days ago, my friend Brandon let me know that VMWare 2.0 moved from the RC2 status to final status on the VMWare website. Having resolved to use VMWare 2.0 Server for the best virtual machine solution for my Windows 2008 Server environment -- I wanted to get on the final version from the RC2 release that I was running.

I downloaded the 575MB executable installation (VMware-server-2.0.0-116503.exe) for Windows 2008 -- interested if the software installer would automatically upgrade me from the RC2 version (or possibly beta or RC1) or would I need to perform some manual actions? The good news is that the installer is setup to perform an upgrade and for me and my VM's -- it went smooth as silk.

Here was my experience:

Awesome, the VMWare installer detects my RC2 version -- and will uninstall / reinstall the final of VMWare Server 2.0 on my Windows 2008 Server.Awesome, the VMWare installer detects my RC2 version -- and will uninstall / reinstall the final of VMWare Server 2.0 on my Windows 2008 Server.

Uninstalling the VMWare Server 2.0 RC2 components took about two minutes for the VMWare installer.Uninstalling the VMWare Server 2.0 RC2 components took about two minutes for the VMWare installer.

Standard Windows problems still exist in Windows 2008.  You need to reboot before the final working version of VMWare 2.0 Final will work if you were already running VMWare.Standard Windows problems still exist in Windows 2008. You need to reboot before the final working version of VMWare 2.0 Final will work if you were already running VMWare.

Standard VMWare Server installation process -- EULA, Legal, Install Directory, etc.Standard VMWare Server installation process -- EULA, Legal, Install Directory, etc.

Installation goes off without a hitch or any errors, VMWare Server 2.0 is ready to go.Installation goes off without a hitch or any errors, VMWare Server 2.0 is ready to go.

Time for the obligatory Windows 2008 reboot due to in-use components during the VMWare Server 2.0 installation process.Time for the obligatory Windows 2008 reboot due to in-use components during the VMWare Server 2.0 installation process.

After reboot, the Windows 2008 Server / VMWare Serve 2.0 Web MUI.  My Windows 98 instance fires up cleanly!After reboot, the Windows 2008 Server / VMWare Serve 2.0 Web MUI. My Windows 98 instance fires up cleanly!

The last remaining step was the message I received when I hit the console tab - VMware Remote Console Plugin has to be upgraded. - the installation uninstalled the old Remote Control Plugin, and installed the new one. While the Internet Explorer browser had to be restarted, the computer did not. Then I was able to access my Virtual Machines from my web console.

What was your experience with the VMWare Server 2.0 upgrade, was it as smooth as mine? I am interested in hearing about any experiences from VMWare 1.0 (1.0, 1.0.1, 1.0.2, 1.0.3, 1.0.4, 1.0.5, 1.0.6, or 1.0.7) to the new VMWare Server 2.0.

1 comments:

Anonymous said...

Tried upgrading from V1.006 to 2.0 and it did the uninstall of the old version and rebooted. Then ran it again to install new version and the installer just craps out before it gets even to the first screen. Several reboots and attempts all with same result.
This is on Windows Server 2003 standard as the host.