How to upgrade vCenter server appliance

Prior to VMware vCenter Server Appliance 6.x, upgrading or patching vCSA was as simple as a few button clicks in the appliance UI. Gone are those days, as VMware has replaced the appliance UI with a DCUI and the web based install wizard during setup.

The good news is, upgrading or patching the vCSA 6.x is still pretty simple via the command line!

How to patch or upgrade VMware vCenter 6.x Appliance

  1. Download the vCSA .ISO patch from VMware.
  2. Upload the ISO to a datastore the vCSA has access to and mount the ISO to the vCSA virtual machine.
    VMware vCSA mount ISO
  3. Connect to the vCSA via SSH using PuTTy or your choice of client.
  4. Type the following command:
    software-packages install --iso --acceptEulas

    VMware vCSA upgrade command

  5. After just a minute or two the update will complete, now reboot the appliance by typing the following command:
    shutdown reboot -r updating

    VMware vCSA reboot command

And that’s it, sure it’s not the old (5.x) appliance UI but still pretty darn easy to update your VMware vCenter Server Appliance with the latest build.
VMware vCSA updated

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