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VMware VirtualCenter 1.1 Release Notes

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Version 1.1.1 | 08/06/04 | Build 9544

What's in This Release Note

Version Compatibility for This Release

This Release version requires and/or functions with the listed version of the following:

VirtualCenter ESX Server GSX Server
version 1.0 version 2.0.1  
version 1.0.1 version 2.1, 2.0.1  
version 1.1, version 2.1, 2.0.1 version 3.1

Revision History of This Release Note

Revision Date Changes
1.1 June 30, 2004 GA release
1.1 July 30, 2004 post 1.1 updates
1.1.1 August 4, 2004 1.1.1 release

Installing and Upgrading to Version 1.1.1

The process for installing VirtualCenter for the first time and upgrading an existing installation of VirtualCenter is essentially the same. The installer determines whether a VirtualCenter component is installed on the local machine, then displays the appropriate opening screen. The difference is:

  • For an upgrade, the installation wizard opening screen asks if you wish to perform an upgrade.
  • For a first time install, the installation wizard opening screen asks for your user name and company information.

In VirtualCenter 1.1.1 the installation or upgrade process also includes an option to install the VirtualCenter Web service component. The Web service component is installed on a machine that has the VirtualCenter server. If the VirtualCenter server is not already installed on the local machine, it will be installed when you select to install the Web service.

Note: Because changes have been made to both the VirtualCenter server and the VirtualCenter client, you must upgrade all machines with either component. VirtualCenter 1.1 server cannot connect to a VirtualCenter 1.1.1 client, and VirtualCenter 1.1.1 server cannot connect to a VirtualCenter 1.1 client.

Refer to Installing and Upgrading the VirtualCenter Product for complete information on performing an installation or upgrade of your VirtualCenter product.

If you are upgrading VirtualCenter, consider and perform the following as needed:

Always backup your database before you proceed with an upgrade process.

  • If you are using Microsoft Access for your VirtualCenter 1.1 database and you are using Web service: refer to the following Known Issue, Web service do not start when upgrading from VirtualCenter 1.1 to 1.1, before upgrading to VirtualCenter 1.1.1.

  • If you are using an Oracle database: prior to upgrading, make sure that shared_pool_size parameter is set to no less than 100 MB. This ensures that the upgrade performs reasonably. The shared_pool_size parameter is in the init.ora file. Have your Oracle database administrator check and set this.
  • If you are upgrading a large database: this may take a significant amount of time, from several minutes to more than an hour, depending upon the size of your database.

For additional information after you have completed your installation:

Refer to the appropriate sections in the VirtualCenter User's Manual, to set up for specific functionality.

Corrections to VirtualCenter User's Manual

Incorrect file name reference: In the printed manual, in the section, Configuring Hosts to Connect Through a Firewall, there is a reference to the httpvmdbproxy.dll. This is incorrect. It should be vmdbhttpproxy.dll.
This is corrected in the online versions of the manual.