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SRM and vSphere upgrade order

I’ve been getting some questions about the correct SRM and vSphere upgrade order from our customers lately. The default order of any vSphere environment is to begin with the vCenter Server of course but the more products and thus complexity you add to your environment, the upgrade order may change. In a multisite environment with external PSCs and vCenter Server Appliances you would normally upgrade all PSCs first and then the vCenter Servers. When SRM/vSphere […]

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How to upgrade NSX to version 6.4

The NSX 6.4 release was GA roughly two weeks ago so I decided to do an upgrade on my environment to see what’s new etc. I am not going into details and what’s new in 6.4 release because you can read it in the release notes. I will focus on the upgrade process which is quite straightforward as you will see. The procedure below describes an upgrade from NSX 6.3.3. Before you begin make sure […]

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Migrate Windows vCenter Server 6 with embedded PSC to vCSA 6.5 with external PSC

Continuing with the upgrade-migration scenarios to vCSA #migrate2vcsa FTW! 😎 , this blog post will concentrate on migrating from Windows vCenter Server 6 with embedded PSC to vCSA 6.5 with external PSC.  The procedure steps are as follow. Migrate to vCSA 6.5 with external PSC Deploy a secondary PSC version 6 and join the existing SSO domain. Repoint the vCenter Server to the new PSC. Migrate PSC to version 6.5. Migrate Windows vCenter Server to vCenter […]

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How to upgrade Site Recovery Manager 6 to version 6.1

The Site Recovery Manager 6.1 has been released for a while now so it is a good time to have a look at the upgrade process from version 6.0. Before you jump into the upgrade process, have a quick look at what’s new in Site Recovery Manager 6.1 in one of my previous posts. As in previous releases, you can upgrade an existing vCenter Site Recovery Manager installation and the upgrade process will preserve existing […]

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How to upgrade Site Recovery Manager 5.8 to version 6.0

The Site Recovery Manager 6.0 has been released for a while now so it is a good time to have a look at the upgrade process since the original release build also received a patch in April 2015. Before we jump into the upgrade process, let’s have a quick look at what’s new in Site Recovery Manager 6.0. Support for VMware vSphere 6.0, including integration with shared infrastructure components such as Platform Services Controller and […]

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How to upgrade vSphere Replication 5.8 to version 6.0

A quick blog post on how to upgrade vSphere Replication 5.8 to version 6.0. You need to perform this step if you using the vSphere Replication in you Site Recovery Manager deployment. This step is mandatory according to the VMware Product Interoperability Matrix if you want to upgrade to Site Recovery Manager 6.0. Before you begin, make sure you have read the following: VMware vSphere Replication 6.0 Release Notes VMware vSphere Replication Administration guide (chapter […]

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How to upgrade vCenter Server Appliance 5.5 to version 6.0

The latest version of VMware vSphere ships with a new version of the vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA). Let’s have a quick look on how to upgrade the vCenter Server Appliance 5.5 to version 6.0. As always, before you begin, make sure you read the vSphere 6 upgrade guide (chapter 5: Upgrading and patching the vCenter Server Appliance). Also, before you can proceed with the upgrade, you must install the VMware Client integration plug-in from the […]

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How to upgrade vSphere 5.5 to version 6.0 – Part 2

In the previous part of the upgrade vSphere 5.5 to version 6.0 mini-series, we upgraded the vCenter Server, vSphere Client and the Update Manager. In this article we will proceed with the upgrade process of the remaining vSphere 6 components. Upgrade ESXi hosts Just like in the previous version of vSphere, there a several different methods for upgrading your ESXi hosts. This includes: vSphere Update Manager Interactive Upgrade using the ESXi installer ISO or USB […]