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Upgrading to vSphere 6: Part 2- Upgrading a simple install.


This is part 2 of the multi part series for Upgrading to vSphere6.

Part 1: How and What to plan for 

Part 2: Upgrading a simple install

Part 3: Upgrading standalone SSO Server (upcoming)

Part 4: Upgrading standalone Inventory Service Server (upcoming)

Part 5: Upgrading vCenter Server (upcoming)

Part 6: Upgrading ESXi Hosts (upcoming)

As promised in the earlier post, this has all the pretty pictures included. So lets see what to do:

If you are running vCenter in a simple install mode, chances are you are either running it on lab/dev environment or you haven’t planned vCenter installation properly (more on this later). Lets assume that you are running in a dev/lab environment. First and foremost of all is take a snapshot of the vCenter Server. This will act as a rollback point if we have any issue.

Step 1: Attach the vSphere 6 installation media to your VM and run setup.exe.

Step 2: Select vCenter Server for Windows and click on Install


Step 3: Wait for the installer to extract the upgrade scripts.

Step 4: The installation will automatically detect the existing components and upgrade them. Click Next


Step 5: Accept EULA and Click Next


Step 6: Enter the current SSO password. This will be used to upgrade the components and the same password will be used post upgrade as well. If there is a different credential for vCenter with admin privileges, enter those details as well.

Click Next.


Step 7: Click OK on the warning. If you haven’t taken a snapshot of the VM, its still not too late. 🙂 . Click Next when done.


Step 8: The ports which are part of the previous install are detected. Any unassigned ports can be changed such as syslog etc. Also please note the ports at the bottom of the window.


Step 9: Enter the location where you want to install the upgrade. This can be a different location to the original one.

Note: Even if the location is different, the previous install data will be exported into the folder specified.


Step 10: Ensure that all the details are correct, check the box for confirmation of backup for SQL and Click Next.


Step 11: From here on in, the screenshots are pretty self explanatory. Keep an eye on the upgrade and ensure that its successful.

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Step 12: When the upgrade finishes successfully, you get the option to launch the vSphere Web Client. Once you’ve ensured that all the data etc is robust and not corrupted. You can proceed to delete the exported data.


Step 13: Logon to vSphere Web Client. Once complete also delete that snapshot so that the changes are merged.


In the next part(s), I will explore on upgrading the standalone SSO server to PSC and vCenter to version 6 upgrade.


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