With the last year released vSphere 6.5 VMWare provides new high availability features and optimized the scalability and performance of the vCenter appliance to surpass the classic windows installation.
Today we will make a simple upgrade from vCSA 6.0 u2 to vCSA 6.5
before starting please:
- note that your old vCenter appliance will be shut down during the installation, but not deleted.
- create a snapshot of your old appliance.
let´s start 🙂
go to my.vmware.com and download the ISO File of the new vCenter Server Appliance 6.5
mount the ISO and start the Installer located in this path
choose from the Wizard Menu “Upgrade”
As by a new installation or migrate from a windows version, the upgrade is a two stage process: Deploy and Upgrade
Accept the EULA and click Next
provide the existing VCSA FQDN or IP and your SSO username and password.
Define the host or the vCenter that manage the actual appliance
Accept the certificate warning
provide the credentials of the ESXi host where the new VCSA will be installed
Accept again the warning of the host
specify a VM name and a root password for the new VCSA
for my environment i will go to choose Tiny deployment
choose the appropriate LUN where to install the VCSA
configure the Network setting. Note that the new VCSA need a temporary IP for the installation. During the Migration and after shut down the source VCSA the old IP address will be also transferred to the target appliance.
Review the configuration and click Finish
The new appliance will be now installed
once the deployment is finish click continue to start with stage 2
in Stage 2 the old data and configuration made in source VCSA will be migrated to the new appliance.
Click Next to run the Pre Upgrade Check
Oh! no Panic
if you are facing the same issue you should only enable SSH on your source VCSA to allow the connection to it via Port 22
connect to your old VCSA and go to troubleshooting Mode Option and enable SSH
re Run the Check and it will work fine
choose the data you want to migrate and click Next
Review the settings and click Finish to start the migration
confirm the warning
the Migration will start
once finish you can connect to the new interface either with Flash (WebClient) or with the new HTML5 vSphere Client
That´s it 😉