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  • Question

  • Hi,

    I'm looking for technology allowing me to do the Windows updates without restarting virtual machines in production. Is there such an infrastructure in Hyper-V or VMware (ESXi)?

    Thank you!
      François

    FrankyGx

    Wednesday, November 20, 2013 8:20 PM

Answers

  • It's due to the actual update whether a restart is required or not, and as stated, it has nothing to do with the hypervisor, Microsoft HyperV, VMware, Citrix Xen, or any other vendor.

    If you require 24/7 uptime, then I'm assuming the servers that provide this service are either in an NLB , or are clustered to provide that 24/7 SLA uptime requirement. If that is the case, then you can update them one at a time without downtime.

    If they are not in an NLB or clustered, then what do you do if you have a major problem and the machine can't be fixed in a timely fashion?


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    • Marked as answer by Daniel JiSun Wednesday, November 27, 2013 2:10 AM
    Friday, November 22, 2013 12:49 AM
  • This is neither Hyper-v nor Vmware features, it has to do with windows, there should be a server restart.
    • Proposed as answer by Ace Fekay [MCT] Friday, November 22, 2013 12:46 AM
    • Marked as answer by Daniel JiSun Wednesday, November 27, 2013 2:10 AM
    Thursday, November 21, 2013 2:18 PM

All replies

  • Hi Francois,

     You have to restart the servers for the updates to be properly installed, just schedule a change after working hours.

    Regards

    Wednesday, November 20, 2013 8:47 PM
  • Hi,

    Unfortunatly we can't because the working hours is :24 / 7...
    We have 2 SAN and Hyper-V cluster.

    No Microsoft solution wit hypervisor?
    If not, maybe solution with VMware?

    Thanks,


    FrankyGx

    Wednesday, November 20, 2013 9:02 PM
  • This is neither Hyper-v nor Vmware features, it has to do with windows, there should be a server restart.
    • Proposed as answer by Ace Fekay [MCT] Friday, November 22, 2013 12:46 AM
    • Marked as answer by Daniel JiSun Wednesday, November 27, 2013 2:10 AM
    Thursday, November 21, 2013 2:18 PM
  • It's due to the actual update whether a restart is required or not, and as stated, it has nothing to do with the hypervisor, Microsoft HyperV, VMware, Citrix Xen, or any other vendor.

    If you require 24/7 uptime, then I'm assuming the servers that provide this service are either in an NLB , or are clustered to provide that 24/7 SLA uptime requirement. If that is the case, then you can update them one at a time without downtime.

    If they are not in an NLB or clustered, then what do you do if you have a major problem and the machine can't be fixed in a timely fashion?


    Ace Fekay
    MVP, MCT, MCITP/EA, MCTS Windows 2008/R2 & Exchange 2007, Exchange 2010 EA, MCSE & MCSA 2003/2000, MCSA Messaging 2003
    Microsoft Certified Trainer
    Microsoft MVP - Directory Services
    Technical Blogs & Videos: http://www.delawarecountycomputerconsulting.com/

    This post is provided AS-IS with no warranties or guarantees and confers no rights.

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    • Marked as answer by Daniel JiSun Wednesday, November 27, 2013 2:10 AM
    Friday, November 22, 2013 12:49 AM