For those that wish to move away from their Windows v Center, there is nothing stopping you from going down the Migrate2VCSA path, and it is possible to migrate directly from 5.5 to 6.5.
Existing Component Versions: SQL Version Requirements: v Center 6.0 Update 2 requires at least SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 or higher, so if you are running anything lower than that you will need to upgrade to a later service pack or upgrade to later versions of SQL Server. v Center Upgrade Pre-Upgrade Checks: First step is to make sure you have a backup of the v Center environment meaning VM state (Snapshot) and v Center database backup.
I logged into the appliance management site, clicked on update, check updates and selected Check CD ROM URL.
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Post Upgrade Checks: Apart from making sure that the upgrade has gone through smoothly by ensuring all core v Center services are up and running, it’s important to check any VMware or third party services that where registered against the v Center especially given that the SSL Certificate has been replaced a couple of times.
Server applications like NSX-v, v Cloud Director and v CO explicitly trust SSL certificates so the registration needs to be actioned again.
With that, my suggestion would be to generate a temporary self signed certificate for the upgrade and then apply a public certificate after that’s completed.
Ephemeral TCP Port Error: Once the SSL mismatch error has been sorted you can run the pre-upgrade checker again.
Depending on the size of you v Center instance and the speed of your disks the upgrade can take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes or longer.
If at any time the upgrade process fails during the initial export of the 5.5 data a roll back via the installer is possible…however if there is an issue while 6.0 is being installed the likelihood is that you will need to recover from backups.
Update 1 brings new features to v Center, includes some security patches, and lastly fixes a few previous issues.
The complete list of improvements and fixes can be found within the v Center 6.7 Update 1 release notes by clicking here Today I attempted to update my VCSA 6.7 server to update 1.
Once that’s done there are a few pre-requisites that need to be met and that will be checked by the upgrade process before the actual upgrade occurs.