VMware vCenter 6.7 Appliance Upgrade

In this post we will let you know how to upgrade vCenter Appliance 6.5 to 6.7. According to VMware Product Interoperability Matrices, vCenter 6.5 can support to directly upgrade 6.7.

In this upgrade, we will upgrade a vCenter Server 6.5 Appliance (Embedded SSO). First we prepare the vCenter 6.7 appliance installer. We should create the VM snapshot for vCenter 6.5 before the version upgrade, then we can execute the installer to start the version upgrade.

Upgrade Sequence
1. Backup the source vCenter Server Appliance
2. Create a new vCenter Appliance with the temp IP address
3. copy the data from the source vCenter Server Appliance
4. Shut down the source vCenter Server Appliance
5. Import the data from the target vCenter Server

NOTE: The upgrade requirement for VMware vCenter 6.7 Appliance
https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-vSphere/6.7/com.vmware.vcenter.upgrade.doc/GUID-30485437-B107-42EC-A0A8-A03334CFC825.html

Click Next.

Accept the license agreement, next Next.

Connect the source vCenter Appliance, click “Connect To Source” button.

Input the information of source appliance and source host that manages the source appliance, then Next.

Input information of the target host, then Next.

Setup the target appliance virtual machine, then Next.

Select the deployment size, then Next.

Configure the temporary IP address for the target vCenter Server, then Next.

It starts to deploy a new vCenter Server Appliance when we click “Finish” button.

When the vCenter Server Appliance deploy successfully, it enters the upgrade stage 2 when we click “Continue” button.

Now it goes to the upgrade stage 2, then Next.

It connects to the source vCenter Server again.

Select the configuration data need to upgrade, then Next.

Next.

It starts to upgrade when we click “Finish” button.

The source vCenter will be shut down once the network configuration is enabled on destination vCenter Server.

It starts to copy the data from source vCenter Server to target vCenter Server.

It setup target vCenter Server and start services.

Finally it imports the copied data to target vCenter Server. After that the upgrade is completed successfully.

We can launch the vCenter Server Appliance Management homepage again.

We can see all status are in running health and the running version is 6.7.0.

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VMware vCenter Server 6.7 deployment

In this post, we will deploy a new VMware vCenter Server 6.7 appliance. First we download the vCenter 6.7 installer at VMware website, then execute the installer and click “Install”. Please check the following requirement before the deployment.

VMware vCenter 6.7 appliance requirement
https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-vSphere/6.7/com.vmware.vcenter.install.doc/GUID-BA4FA18C-1049-42AA-A5CD-DE863565251B.html

Next.

Accept the license agreement, then Next.

Select the deployment type, we choose “Embedded Platform Service Controller”, then Next.

Input the information of the target host for vCenter 6.7, then Next.

When it connects the target host, accept it.

Select the target folder, then Next.

Select the compute resource, then Next.

Input the name and root password for new vCenter appliance, then Next.

Select the deployment size, we choose “Tiny” and Next.

select the target datastore, then Next.

Input the network settings for the appliance, then Next.

It starts to the deployment when we click “Finish” button.

It will go to installation stage 2 when it finish the stage 1, next Continue.

Next.

Setup the appliance configuration, then Next.

Setup SSO configuration, we can create new SOO domain or Join an existing SSO domain. Then Next.

Next.

It starts the final deployment.

When the deployment is completed successfully, we can launch the vSphere Client (HTML5).

Finally we need to enable the vCenter 6 license, this deployment is completed.

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VMware vRealize Operations Manager 6.7 Upgrade

When upgrading vRealize Operations Manager, you might need to use a two-step upgrade sequence. See the following list for details on upgrade approaches for different versions:

  • From version 6.0 or 6.1, first upgrade to version 6.3.1, and then upgrade to version 6.7.
  • From version 6.2 or 6.2.1 with EPOPs installed on the source version, upgrade to version 6.3.1, and then upgrade to version 6.7.
  • From version 6.2 or 6.2.1 without EPOPs installed, or any of versions 6.3, 6.3.1, 6.4, 6.5, 6.6, or 6.6.1, directly upgrade to version 6.7.

Before version upgrade, we need to prepare the two vROps upgrade package.

Then we login into vROps Administration page and take the cluster offline.

When the cluster service is offline, we can start the software upgrade.

Go to Software upgrade, click “Install A Software Update” button.

Browse and upload the vRealize_Operations_Manager-VA-OS-6.7.0.8183616.pak

Next.

Next.

Next.

Install.

When OS upgrade is completed successfully, the status shows “Completed”.

Then we can go to 2nd upgrade phase, browse and upload vRealize_Operations_Manager-VA-6.7.0.8183616.pak. It will restart the cluster when the upgrade is completed.

When vROps upgrade is completed successfully, the status shows “Completed”.

We can see the new dashboard when we login vROps again.

Reference Video

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Software upgrade – Dell EMC VxRail vSAN Stretched Cluster

In this post we will show the software upgrade on VxRail vSAN Stretched Cluster, the details of hardware and software configuration as below. In this demo, we will upgrade VxRail software package 4.5.070 to 4.5.152.

Site A (Preferred Site) – 3 x VxRail E460 Appliance
Site B (Secondary Site) – 3 x VxRail E460 Appliance
Site C (Remote Site) – 1 x vSAN witness node

VMware and EMC Software
VxRail Manager 4.5.070
VMware vCenter 6.5 U1 Appliance
VMware ESXi 6.5 U1
VMware vSAN 6.6 Enterprise
VMware vSAN Witness Host 6.5

Software upgrade sequence:
1) VMware vCenter Server appliance to Update 1 or later
2) VMware vSAN witness appliance to Update 1 or later
3) Dell EMC VxRail Manager to 4.5.152
3) VxRail Appliance (eg, ESXi, BIOS, Disk Controller, iDRAC, iSM, Dell ptAgent, HBA driver VxRail Platform Service and VxRail VIB)

Preparation
VMware vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 U1 upgrade package
VMware vSAN Witness 6.5 U1 upgrade package
Dell EMC VxRail 4.5.152 upgrade package “VXRAIL_COMPOSITE-4.5.152-8119822_for_4.5.x.zip”

Since it is the vSAN Stretched Cluster in our environment, first we need to upgrade vCenter Server Appliance and vSAN Witness that are running outside VxRail Appliance. When we finish this upgrade of vCenter Server Appliance and witness host, we can start software upgrade on VxRail Manager.

NOTE: The software package upgrade includes vCenter Server Appliance and Service Platform Controller (PSC) if it is using bundled vCenter Server Appliance and PSC inside VxRail Appliance.

First we make sure there are no any error on VxRail Manager, then we can upload software upgrade package into VxRail Manager. It supports the local upgrade and internet upgrade, we choose the local upgrade in this time.

NOTE: We suggest that create VM snapshot of VxRail Manager before the software upgrade.

When it finishes the uploading of software package, click “continue” button to start the software upgrade.

Input the permission of vCenter Server and VxRail Manager, then submit.

It starts to upgrade VxRail Manager after the upgrade pre-check. We need to login into VxRail Manager again when it finishes the version upgrade.

Now it starts the software upgrade on each VxRail appliance one by one. Before the software upgrade, it will migrate the VMs are running on VxRail into other node automatically, and then starts to upgrade on that VxRail Appliance and all related components. In this demo, it will upgrade six VxRail Appliance one by one.

NOTE: The software upgrade is NOT perform automatically if the vSphere license is standard edition, you need to migrate the VM into other VxRail node manually during the software upgrade.

Finally the software upgrade is completed successfully.

We can see the version of each component on VxRail Manager.

Conclusion

The service of running virtual machines on VxRail is not disrupted during the software upgrade. We don’t concern the compatibility of each hardware and software component. One software upgrade package includes all related hardware and software component. Great !!!

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Dell EMCPP Knowledge Sharing Competition 2018

Just received the announcement from Dell EMC Proven Knowledge Sharing program. Waiting is the hardest part, my article has been selected for publication. I am so excited to get this result today. ✌✌✌ Thank you for Dell EMCPP Program.

https://community.emc.com/docs/DOC-60851

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Dell EMC VxRail – VMware Virtual SAN Stretched Cluster

Logical Diagram of VMware vSAN Stretched Cluster

Physical Diagram of VMware vSAN Stretched Cluster

Last week I deployed a test environment of VMware vSAN Stretched Cluster which is running on Dell EMC VxRail Appliance. In this post we will describe how to setup VMware vSAN Stretched Cluster on Dell EMC VxRail Appliance. Above figure is the high level of physical system diagram. In site A/B there are six VxRail Appliances and two 10GB Network Switch which are interconnected by two 10GB links, and each VxRail Appliance has one 10GB uplink connects to each Network Switch. In site C, there are one vSAN Witness host and one 10GB Network Switch. For the details of configuration of each hardware equipment in this environment, you can reference the followings.

Site A (Preferred Site)
3 x VxRail E460 Appliance
Each node includes 1 x SSD and 3 x SAS HDD, 2 x 10GB SFP+ ports
1 x 10GB Network switch

Site B (Secondary Site)
3 x VxRail E460 Appliance
Each node includes 1 x SSD and 3 x SAS HDD, 2 x 10GB SFP+ ports
1 x 10GB Network switch

Site C (Remote Site)
1 x vSAN witness host, 2 x 10GB SFP+ ports
1 x 10GB Network switch

Top-of-Rack Switch A/B/C
Mgmt 192.168.10.x/24, VLAN 100 (Native)
vSAN 192.168.11.x/24, VLAN 110
vMotion 192.168.12.x/24, VLAN 120
VM Network 192.168.13.x/24, VLAN 130

VMware and EMC Software
VxRail Manager 4.5.070
VMware vCenter 6.5 U1 Appliance
VMware ESXi 6.5 U1
VMware vSAN 6.6 Enterprise
VMware vSAN Witness Host 6.5

NOTE: For production network planning, please check the details of “VxRail Planning Guide for Virtual SAN Stretched Cluster”. The above network design is only used for a test environment.
https://www.emc.com/collateral/white-papers/h15275-vxrail-planning-guide-virtual-san-stretched-cluster.pdf

NOTE: For the best practice, iDRAC port on VxRail requires to connect to the extra 1GB Network Switch.

When all of the physical network connections and requirement are ready at each site, we can start to build up the VxRail cluster. Before the VxRail installation, please note that we need to predefine the required network IP address and VLAN in each 10GB Network Switch, ie ESXi Mgmt, vMotion, vSAN and VM Network. For the details of VxRail network design, please check “Dell EMC VxRail Network Guide”.
https://www.emc.com/collateral/guide/h15300-vxrail-network-guide.pdf

Browse to the VxRail Manager IP address and start to initial the configuration.

For vSAN stretched cluster deployment on VxRail, we need to use external vCenter Server.

When the validation of all the requirements can be passed, we can build VxRail cluster.

After the VxRail cluster build up successfully, we can access the VxRail Manager now.

After it build up VxRail cluster, we login into vCenter with vSphere Web client. We can see it has different network port groups in vDS on each node. The following table shows VxRail traffic on the E Series 10GbE NICs is separated as follows:

Then we need to prepare the one vSAN Witness host at Site C, it is the OVA file.  We can download this OVA file at VMware website.

The following is VxRail Release Compatibility Table. In this test environment, we will setup vSAN stretched cluster (3+3+1).

When all nodes and witness host are ready, now we start to configure the vSAN Stretched Cluster now. First we configure the two fault domains, preferred site and secondary site. Each fault domain includes three VxRail node. Then select the host at site C as witness host. Finally select the cache HDD and capacity HDD, it starts to build up vSAN Stretched Cluster automatically.

When vSAN Stretched Cluster is ready on VxRail Cluster, we can see there are six hosts are running in one ESXi cluster, the witness host is running at other data center. Then we go to the next configuration, create the vSAN storage policy to protect the virtual machine. Since this vSAN Stretched Cluster is (3+3+1), it can be only supported RAID-1 mirroring protection. For RAID-5/6 (Erasure Coding), it requires more VxRail nodes at preferred site and secondary site, please reference the above VxRail Release Compatibility Table for details.

The VM Storage Policies for R1 (PFTT=1, SFTT=1, Failure tolerance method=RAID-1)

Primary level of failures to tolerate =1 ( specific data will be replicated into fault domain )
Secondary level of failures to tolerate = 1 ( specific the local protection )
Failure tolerance method = RAID-1 (Mirroring) ( Specific R1 protection at both sites )

The VM Storage Policies for R5/6 (PFTT=1, SFTT=2, Failure tolerance method=RAID-5/6)

Primary level of failures to tolerate =1 ( specific data will be replicated into fault domain )
Secondary level of failures to tolerate = 2 ( specific the local protection )
Failure tolerance method = RAID-5/6 ( Specific Erasure Coding )

When you created the VM storage policies, then you can apply the storage polices into the virtual machines.

For the other information of VMware vSAN and Dell EMC VxRail Appliance, you can reference my previous posts.

Create VM Storage Policies on vSAN 6.6 Stretched Cluster
https://wuchikin.wordpress.com/2017/11/10/create-vm-storage-policies-on-vsan-6-6-stretched-cluster/

vSAN Management Pack for vRealize Operations
https://wuchikin.wordpress.com/2017/11/20/vsan-management-pack-for-vrealize-operations/

VMware vSAN 6.6 Stretched Cluster
https://wuchikin.wordpress.com/2017/11/09/vmware-vsan-6-6-stretched-cluster/

VxRail 4.0 – Scale Out
https://wuchikin.wordpress.com/2017/03/26/vxrail-4-0-scale-out/

Dell EMC RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines 5.1 – Protect VM
https://wuchikin.wordpress.com/2017/08/04/dell-emc-recoverpoint-for-virtual-machine-5-1-protect-vm/

EMC RecoverPoint For VMs 5.0 Deployment
https://wuchikin.wordpress.com/2017/03/04/emc-recoverpoint-for-vms-5-0-deployment/

EMC vRPVM Cluster configuration
https://wuchikin.wordpress.com/2017/03/05/emc-vrpvm-cluster-configuration/

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vExpert 2018 Award Announcement

I am happy to be selected again to be a part of the vExpert 2018, it is vExpert for the 5th year. Thank you everyone who have motivate me. Congrats to everyone !!! 👏👏👏👏

https://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/2018/03/vexpert-2018-award-announcement.html

And I am great to archive the both badges of blogger and video publishing in my vExpert profile. 🤗🤗🤗

https://vexpert.vmware.com/directory/155

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