I have already done a post where I was migrating a Windows based vCenter server 6.0 to VMware VCSA 6.5 here (With video). You could see that during the migration the old vCenter has been automatically shut down after everything was copied to the new VCSA 6.5. Today, we will conduct a test migration (just for fun) of the Windows based vCenter 6.0 to vCenter 6.5 (In-place migration).
Note that the vCenter 6.0 runs as an all-in-one, it means that the Platform Service Controller (PSC) is embedded on the same server. So nothing fancy, the VM has been protected by High Availability (HA), and we did not have any issues in the lab since its installation, back in the days….
The VCSA 6.5, on the other hand, can be set up as an active-passive scenario. You can have one VCSA in one datacenter (active) and passive VCSA in another datacenter. The VCSA vPostgress DB will have synchronous replication. VMware uses native vPostgres replication mechanism.
There was nothing spectacular happening during the migration, just that we did not have enough space on our C: drive… -:(. As a result, I had to abort the migration process > shut down the VM > increase the disk size (via the vSphere client) > Start the VM > Go to the disk manager and resize the partition (in Windows 2012R2 you can do that blindfolded). After that the process continues and continues ……
So far I found the installers very robust compared to 5.x and I believe that everyone else did the same.
I did a short video (heavy accelerated on some parts) of the process as well. Here is the video. Watch Full Screen. It is 1080p video.
VMware vSphere 6.5:
- VMware vSphere 6.5 Announced !!
- VMware vSphere 6.5 – Native vCenter High Availability (VCSA 6.5 only)
- VMware vSphere 6.5 – HTML5 Web Client and More
- VMware vSphere 6.5 – VUM, AutoDeploy, and Host Profiles
- VMware vSphere 6.5 – HA and DRS Improvements
- VMware vSphere 6.5 Fault Tolerance (FT) Improvements
- VMware VSAN 6.5 – What’s New?
- VMware vSphere 6.5 – VM Encryption Details
Installs, upgrades, migrations….
- VMware vSphere 6.5 Released – Start Your Download Engines
- How to Install VCSA 6.5 in VMware Workstation [LAB]
- How to Migrate Windows Based vCenter to VCSA 6.5 [Lab]
- How to Migrate Windows based vCenter Server 6.0 to Windows vCenter 6.5 In-Place [LAB] – [This Post]
- How to create a USB media with ESXi 6.5 Installation
- How to Upgrade ESXi 6.0 to 6.5 via CLI [On Line]
- How to Upgrade ESXi 6.0 to 6.5 via ISO
- How to upgrade ESXi 6.0 to ESXi 6.5 via Offline Bundle
Side note for vSphere 6.5 lab upgrade:
I have tried to migrate one of my hosts to 6.5, but I'm currently facing an issue with a good Firmware/Driver combination for my 10GbE NICs. Some of the users have experienced problems with those NICs (purple screens of death – PSOD). I did too, but after one driver update one and a half year ago, all PSODs were gone. Since then, I did not have problems, and I haven't done any updates .on the driver or firmware.
So I tried to upgrade one host, as is. It did not work. (you bet…) No network connectivity on the Intel x710-DA2 NIC after upgrade. The 4 other (built-in) NICs which are 1GBE are working fine and all other controllers, such the LSI 3008 is fine as well.
The thing is, that you have to have a good combination of Firmware/Driver, but when you look at the table at VMware you'll understand that there were quite a few updates since then!!!
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I have a system with 3 hosts. Does the installer update the hosts as well as create the new vCenter server or are the hosts updated separately?
Vladan SEGET says
The article details the migration of vCenter Server. Not an upgrade of ESXi hosts. Check our vSphere 6.5 page where you’ll find different upgrade options for your hosts. Thanks for your comment.
Thomas Berger says
Dear Vladan – great post and writeup, as usual: Thank you!
I have to do an update/migration from vCenter/Windows v5.5.0-u3 via v6.5.0-u3 to VCSA v6.7.0-u3. Obviously I have five options:
1) Update vCenter/Windows v5.5.0-u3 to vCenter/Windows v6.5.0-u3, then migrate to VCSA v6.7.0-u3.
2) Update vCenter/Windows v5.5.0-u3 to vCenter/Windows v6.5.0-u3, then migrate to VCSA v6.5.0-u3, then update to VCSA v6.7.0-u3.
3) Update vCenter/Windows v5.5.0-u3 to vCenter/Windows v6.5.0-u3, then update to vCenter/Windows v6.7.0-u3, then migrate to VCSA v6.7.0-u3.
4) Update vCenter/Windows v5.5.0-u3 to vCenter/Windows v6.5.0-u3, then migrate to VCSA v6.7.0-u3.
5) Migrate Center/Windows v5.5.0-u3 to VCSA v6.5.0-u3, then update to VCSA v6.7.0-u3.
Which option would be your recommendation?