Upgrade vCenter 6.7 to 7.0

In this post we will let you know how to upgrade vCenter 6.7 to 7.0. According to VMware Product Interoperability Matrices, vCenter 6.7 U2 can support directly upgrade to 7.0.

In this scenario, we will upgrade vCenter Server 6.7 U2 Appliance (Embedded SSO) to 7.0. First we must prepare the vCenter 7.0 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. Deploy 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

REMARK: Please review below link for preparation of version upgrade for VMware vCenter 7.0 Appliance

https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-vSphere/7.0/com.vmware.vcenter.upgrade.doc/GUID-30485437-B107-42EC-A0A8-A03334CFC825.html

Execute the vCenter Server 7.0 installer, choose Upgrade.

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 vCenter Server deployment target, then Next.

Setup the target vCenter Server VM, then Next.

Select the deployment size, then Next.

Select the datastore, 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.

Select the data that you want to copy from the source vCenter Server, then Next.

Click 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 the target vCenter Server and start the services after the step 1 is completed.

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

Now we can login into vCenter Server Management page.

Finally we can see the vCenter health status is good.

6 thoughts on “Upgrade vCenter 6.7 to 7.0

  1. Missing details like:
    – does it change automatically from temp IP to Original Source IP afterwards? Or do i need to do this by hand?
    – this temp IP, does it require anything like DNS records?

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    • It will be changed the original IP address automatically from temp IP, it is not changed it manually. I suggest to use the same subnet of source vCenter as the temp IP which does not require the DNS records.

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