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VMware Patching

vmwareSo, VMware just released their first ESXi patch set of 2009.  Being the intrepid “lif-on-the-edge” guy I am, I downloaded and applied the patches to the systems here today.  VMware makes these types of upgrades relatively painless.  I simply used DRS to move my VM’s from system to the other, applyed the patches, reboot, repeat again.  No downtime for the VM’s, life is good.

Now, in the real world, this would certainly required change management and other IT processes (think ITIL) to accomplish.  How do you do your patching?  Do you still take regular downtime windows?  Or have you gone transparent?  Discuss…