Upgrade vSphere from 5.5 to 6, rescan disks?

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Upgrade vSphere from 5.5 to 6, rescan disks?

Veeam Logoby BackupDude » Mon Apr 25, 2016 4:52 pm

Greetings,

We are in the planning phase to upgrade our vSphere environment from 5.5 to 6 update 1b. We are currently using Veeam 9 update 1 to back up this environment. My question is around post vSphere migration.

Will Veeam perform a full scan of the virtual hard disk instead of the typical nightly delta scan? My initial thought process is pointing to yes since CBT might reset due to the upgrade forcing Veeam to rescan the entire disk looking for changes. I would prefer not to rescan all disks due to the volume of data but it can be accommodated if necessary.

Any thoughts on this subject would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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Re: Upgrade vSphere from 5.5 to 6, rescan disks?

Veeam Logoby foggy » Mon Apr 25, 2016 4:55 pm

Fabio, will it be an in-place upgrade or migration to a clean environment?
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Re: Upgrade vSphere from 5.5 to 6, rescan disks?

Veeam Logoby BackupDude » Mon Apr 25, 2016 4:59 pm

We will do an in-place upgrade of our hosts and vCenter.
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Re: Upgrade vSphere from 5.5 to 6, rescan disks?

Veeam Logoby foggy » Mon Apr 25, 2016 5:03 pm

In this case VM IDs shouldn't change (provided no re-registration in virtual infrastructure occurs) and your jobs should continue to run normally.
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Re: Upgrade vSphere from 5.5 to 6, rescan disks?

Veeam Logoby BackupDude » Mon Apr 25, 2016 5:54 pm

Thanks Foggy for the quick reply. I assume if I wipe the hosts and re-install ESXi fresh, a complete rescan would occur. vCenter would remain as an in-place upgrade.
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Re: Upgrade vSphere from 5.5 to 6, rescan disks?

Veeam Logoby foggy » Tue Apr 26, 2016 9:23 am

Yes, upon registration in vCenter your VMs will get new IDs, which will result in full backup/replication job runs after that. If you could do maintenance host by host, for example, temporarily migrating VMs from the re-installed host, you could probably avoid this.
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