Upgrade – VMware vCenter Server Appliance 6.5

In this post, we will perform the upgrading from vCenter 6.0 U3 to 6.5 U1. We highly suggest that check VMware Product Interoperability Matrices before any VMware products upgrade. Accroding to Interoperability Matrices, this upgrade path is supported.

Firstly you need to download vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 Update 1 ISO in VMware website. Then mount this ISO and start the vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 installer located at \vcsa-ui-installer\win32

Select Upgrade button from the VMware vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 Installer.

VCSA Upgrade includes two stages which is deploy a new VCSA and copy data from source VCSA to target VCSA.

Stage 1 – Deploying vCenter Appliance 6.5

Click on Next.

Accept the End User Licence Agreement. Click on Next.

Enter the FQDN or IP of your existing 6.0 VCSA as well what host the existing VCSA resides on, along with all the login credentials. Click on Next.

Enter the ESXi host you want the new VCSA 6.5 appliance to be deployed. Click on Next.

Enter the name you would like for the appliance VM and root password. Click on Next.

Next, select the deployment size that best matches your environment. For this demonstration I’m selecting Tiny. Click on Next.

Select what datastore you want the VCSA 6.5 appliance to be stored. Click on Next.

Configure a TEMPORARY network setting. Once Stage 2 of the upgrade has been completed the VCSA 6.5 will take the network identity of the old existing VCSA. Click on Next.

Review the summary and click on Finish.

Once completed you will have the option to continue onto Stage 2 of the upgrade or close. If you close then you can finish the VCSA config by going to “https://<TEMP_VCENTER_IP>:5480

Stage 2 – Copying data to VCSA 6.5

After clicking Continue from Stage 1 you will be taken to the Stage 2 Upgrade introduction page, click on Next.

Confirm the source vCenter Server and ESXi host. Click on Next, this will start pre-check.

Select what data you would like to migrate from the existing VCSA 6.0 deployment to the new VCSA 6.5. Click on Next.

Check or un-check if you would like to join the Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP) and click on Next.

Again review the summary and check “I have backed up the source vCenter Server and all the required data from the database” and click on Finish.

You’ll receive a notice telling you that the existing VCSA 6.0 appliance will be shut down and it’s network identity will be enabled on the new VCSA 6.5 upgrade. Click on OK.

It starts to copy the data from the source VCSA to the target VCSA.

After a few minutes the vCenter Server Appliance upgrade should complete and you should see the following screen.

When you log into vCenter 6.5 by web client in “https://<VCENTER_IP>/vsphere-client and start enjoying vCenter Server 6.5.

This upgrade is successfully completed.

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