Overview

Every IT leader's goal is the same to provide the most functional, flexible IT infrastructure possible as the lowest price. Unfortunately, all technology has a shelf life. Innovation advances at a rapid pace. Advancing from the present to the future requires the continual utilization of the upgrade process. Upgrades are executed on all technologies. An old server can be replaced with a newer model.

BestHardware & Software Upgrade Explanations

Understanding

Hardware upgrades are a multistage process that requires procedures to be performed in a specific order minimizing any downtime. An appropriate plan for upgrade should be established so as to identify all requirements for each stage. Before the upgrade, you should become familiar with any prerequisites and all tasks.

Hardware Upgrade Process

  1. Planning:  Develop a thorough project plan and focus it on a solution, task list, and project schedule. Establish the hardware that is required for the new system as a result of the preferred solution. The prerequisites required to support the new hardware should also be determined in the initial stage of the upgrade. Put into considerations the backups, recovery and the anticipated time for downtime during the upgrade period and whether side-by-side services will be required.

  2. Ordering:  Analyze the developed detailed plan to realize the feasibility of the upgrade, the risk factors involved with the upgrade, and whether the requirements will have been met after process completion. Place the order if everything appears to be in line with your detailed plan.

  3. Preparation:  Prepare your data center system for the upgrade. Preparing the environment might involve adding, replacing, or removing the failed hardware feature and activating inactive resources. In regards to the hardware compatibility, there may need to upgrade the software before replacing the hardware feature or performing unit expansion. For example, in server upgrade, you should ensure that the source server is cleaned by removing failed resources, unsupported disk units and deleting device configurations. Perform data back up in the event of server upgrade before installing any hardware prerequisites and ensure completion of checklists.

  4. Pre-Installation:  Examine the prior procedures performed to determine if you are ready for the upgrade or you may be required to complete any remaining work item. After ensuring that everything is in order, meet the authorized service provider and display all the pertinent information such as target hardware configurations.

  5. Installation:  The hardware upgrade should be done after confirmation of software compatibility with the new hardware. The authorized service provider conducts the hardware upgrades and presents the new hardware and its physical configuration to client review.

  6. Post-Installation:  After reviewing the hardware and its physical configuration, you can then configure the target equipment i.e. server. It involves configuration of the hardware management console, migration of existing logical partition configurations, rearrangement of hardware as per logical partitions and setting up the logical partitions. After the process, perform hardware testing as detailed in the test methodology plan.

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