vSphere 6.7 VCSA upgrade

 In Product updates, Software, VMware

As you already know, new version of VMware vSphere is generally available. So how the upgrade procedure work?
It is the same as it always was.

You need to upgrade both crucial components of VMware vSphere – vCenter server itself and then ESXi host.

Please, be advised that you have always update vCenter server first. If you update your ESXi servers first, your old version of vCenter server will not be able to manage them.

Before any update always check the compatibility matrix between products.

In this post we will focus on update of the vCenter Server Appliance.

The update process is quite straightforward.

Just open vCenter server installer from your management station and follow the wizard.

As you would probably guess, we will be performing the Update of VCSA so let’s select this option.

During the process new VCSA VM will be deployed with temporary IP address. Once the migration will be over the old VCSA VM will be shut down and new VCSA VM will be reconfigured with the previous IP address.

We need to connect to our old VCSA instance. You will need both root password as well as master SSO password so be prepared for that.

There is no need to enable SSH or anything on the VCSA, the installer will take care of everything.

Also, you will need account for host, that is hosting current VCSA VM.

Let’s fill in VM name of new VCSA as well as the host that will be managing it. In my case it is the same management ESXi host.

Now let’s fill in the temporary IP address of the new VCSA. You do not need to create any A or PTR records for this IP address as it will be used only during the migration process.

Now the first phase is over.

In the second stage you have the possibility to choose what data should be migrated.

And finally sit down and relax. In like 30 minutes your data will be migrated depending on the size of the database.

And that’s it! Your vCenter server was successfully upgraded from version 6.5 to version 6.7

In the next post I will show you how to perform upgrade of the ESXi hosts themselves and I will cover all possible upgrade mechanism like update through CLI, ISO an Update Manager.

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