Upgrade VCSA 6.5 to VCSA 6.7 Update 1

VMware vCenter 6.7 U1 has recently been released. Last week I posted how to upgrade VCSA 6.7 to 6.7 Update 1, this post will walk you though upgrading VMware vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 to VCSA 6.7 Update 1!

When doing a VCSA version upgrade the upgrade process is much different, than going from say 6.7 to 6.7 U1. When going from 6.5 to 6.7 the upgrade is actually broken up into two stages.

The first stage involves deploying a brand new vCenter 6.7 appliance. Then the second stage will copy the data from your 6.5 VCSA into the newly deployed 6.7 VCSA from stage 1.

Getting Started

Before we begin it’s HIGHLY recommended you first check the VMware Interoperability Matrix before performing any upgrade to check compatibility of other VMware products.

Now go download the VCSA 6.7 U1 ISO if you haven’t already and lets get started with the upgrade!

How to Update VCSA 6.5 to VCSA 6.7 U1

  1. Mount the VCSA ISO and start the vCenter Server Appliance 6.7 U1 installer (installer.exe) located at \vcsa-ui-installer\win32 and select Upgrade.
    upgrade vcsa 6.5 to 6.7 iso mounted
  2. Click on Next on the introduction, then accept the EULA and click Next.
    upgrade vcsa 6.5 to 6.7 accept eula
  3. Now enter the existing VCSA FQDN or IP address as well what ESXi host the existing VCSA is running on, along with all of the login details for the existing VCSA and ESXi host.
    upgrade vcsa 6.5 to 6.7 connect source appliance
  4. Next enter the ESXi host or vCenter server where you would like the new VCSA 6.7 Update 1 appliance to be deployed.
    upgrade vcsa 6.5 to 6.7 appliance deployment
  5. Enter a VM name and root password for the new VCSA.
    upgrade vcsa 6.5 to 6.7 target appliance vm
  6. Select an appropriate deployment size for your environment.
    upgrade vcsa 6.5 to 6.7 deployment size
  7. Select what datastore you want the VCSA 6.7 appliance to be stored.
    upgrade vcsa 6.5 to 6.7 select datastore
  8. Configure a temporary network configuration. Once Stage 2 of the upgrade has been completed the 6.7 VCSA will take the network identity of the old existing VCSA.
    upgrade vcsa 6.5 to 6.7 configure temp network
  9. Review the Stage 1 summary and click on Finish.
    upgrade vcsa 6.5 to 6.7 review stage 1
  10. Wait for Stage 1 to complete and deploy the new VCSA 6.7 U1 appliance.
    upgrade vcsa 6.5 to 6.7 stage 1 deploying

Stage 2 of VCSA 6.7 U1 upgrade, copying data

  1. Click Next through the introduction screen.
    upgrade vcsa 6.5 to 6.7 stage 2 intro
  2. Stage 2 will then automatically run a Pre-Upgrade check on your existing VCSA. Make sure to review those results, then click on Next.
    upgrade vcsa 6.5 to 6.7 pre-upgrade check
  3. Next select which data you would like to copy from the existing VCSA 6.5 to the new VCSA 6.7 U1 appliance.
    upgrade vcsa 6.5 to 6.7 select upgrade data
  4. Choose if you want to participate in CEIP or not and click on Next.
    upgrade vcsa 6.5 to 6.7 join ceip
  5. Review the Stage 2 summary and check “I have backed up the source vCenter Server and all the required data from the database” and click Finish.
    upgrade vcsa 6.5 to 6.7 stage 2 ready complete
  6. Now the Stage 2 will start coping the data from the old VCSA into the new 6.7 VCSA and other tasks.
    upgrade vcsa 6.5 to 6.7 stage 2 data transfer
  7. Once Stage 2 is complete you’ll get another set of informational messages. Make note and click on Close.
    upgrade vcsa 6.5 to 6.7 stage 2 messages
  8. And finally, the VCSA 6.5 to VCSA 6.7 U1 upgrade is now complete!

    upgrade vcsa 6.5 to 6.7 upgrade complete

Now that your VMware vCenter Server has been updated, you are ready to start upgrading your VMware ESXi hosts to 6.7 U1.

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