If the computer on which you install the skip-level upgrade tool does not have access to depot.vmware.com and the Dell EMC depot, you can perform an offline skip-level upgrade to update SDDC Manager and its services to the correct version for the target VMware Cloud Foundation on Dell EMC VxRail release.

This procedure describes the process for downloading the bundles required to upgrade SDDC Manager and its services to VMware Cloud Foundation 4.1. To download the bundles required to upgrade VxRail Manager, see Download VxRail Manager Bundles.
Note: The Bundle Transfer Utility and Skip Level Upgrade Tool is the only supported method for downloading bundles. Do not use third-party tools or other methods to download bundles.

For information about which versions of VMware Cloud Foundation support skip-level upgrades, see VMware Cloud Foundation on VxRail Skip-Level Upgrade.

To perform a skip-level upgrade to VMware Cloud Foundation 4.1 on Dell EMC, download all of the bundles with check marks in the column matching the version of VMware Cloud Foundation from which you are upgrading.

Bundle ID 4.0 4.0.0.1 4.0.1
bundle-24282
bundle-25558
bundle-25559
bundle-27565
bundle-30441
bundle-30442
bundle-29985
bundle-29651
bundle-29988
For example, if you are upgrading from version 4.0.0.1 to 4.1, you must download the following bundles:
  • bundle-25558
  • bundle-25559
  • bundle-27565
  • bundle-30441
  • bundle-30442
  • bundle-29985
  • bundle-29651
  • bundle-29988

For complete usage information for the VMware Cloud Foundation SDDC Skip-Level Upgrade Tool command line interface (CLI), see Skip-Level Upgrade Tool CLI.

Prerequisites

The SDDC Manager skip-level upgrade tool is a CLI-based tool with support for both Windows and Linux platforms. You must have a Windows or Linux computer that meets the following requirements:
  • Java 8 runtime environment, update 261 or later.
  • Connectivity to SDDC Manager over SSH and HTTPS.
  • Free Space of 120 GB.
Additional prerequisites:
  • Take a snapshot of the SDDC Manager VM. The skip-level upgrade tool takes this snapshot by default, unless you choose to skip it.
  • Take a snapshot of the management VMs.
  • Do not run any domain operations while an upgrade is in progress. Domain operations are creating a new VI workload domain, adding hosts to a cluster or adding a cluster to a workload domain, and removing clusters or hosts from a workload domain.
  • Ensure that there are no failed workflows in your system and none of the Cloud Foundation resources are in activating or error state. If any of these conditions are true, contact VMware Support before starting the upgrade.
  • Confirm that the passwords for all Cloud Foundation components are valid. Keep a record of the passwords in a secure location.

You must have a computer that can access depot.vmware.com to download the upgrade bundles. Once you download the upgrade bundles, you copy them to the computer that has the skip-level upgrade tool.

Procedure

  1. Download the Bundle Transfer Utility & Skip Level Upgrade Tool for VMware Cloud Foundation 4.1 from My VMware to a computer that can access depot.vmware.com.
  2. Extract the file lcm-tools-prod.tar.gz.
  3. Open a command line utility, change to the bin directory that contains the executables, and run the following command for each bundle you need to download:
    ./lcm-bundle-transfer-util --op <download directory> -d --du <my.vmware.com registered user ID/name> -b <bundle-ID> 
    For example:
    ./lcm-bundle-transfer-util --op C:\Users\Administrator\Download\bundles -d --du ffirth@rainpole.com -b bundle-25558
    Enter your MyVMware password when prompted.
  4. Once you have downloaded all the bundles, copy them to the Windows or Linux machine from which you will run the skip-level upgrade.
    Copy all the files for each bundle ( .tar, .manifest, and .manifest.sig) to a single directory. For example, C:\Users\Administrator\Downloads\downloaded_bundles. You will need this location in step 8.
    Note: Once the bundles are downloaded, do not change any of the file names.
  5. Copy the folder lcm-tools-prod to the Windows or Linux computer from which you will run the skip-level tool.
  6. Open a command line utility, change to the bin directory in lcm-tools-prod, and run the following command:
    For Windows:
    sddcmanager-skip-level-upgrade.bat -d –u 
    For Linux:
    ./sddcmanager-skip-level-upgrade -d –u 
  7. Enter the following information:
    • Fully-qualified domain name (FQDN) of the SDDC Manager VM.
    • SDDC Manager super user name (primary user), for example: vcf.
    • SDDC Manager REST API user name (basic auth user), for example: admin.
    • Password for the primary user.
    • Password for the root user.
    • Password for the basic auth user.
    • Local directory for downloaded bundles. This is the location to which you specified in step 3.
    • SDDC Manager VM Temporary IP (with gateway and subnet). This may not be required depending on the version of VMware Cloud Foundation from which you are upgrading.
    • Super user (primary user) name and password for new SDDC Manager VM (target VM). This may not be required depending on the version of VMware Cloud Foundation from which you are upgrading.
    • Root user password for the new SDDC Manager VM (target VM). This may not be required depending on the version of VMware Cloud Foundation from which you are upgrading.
    • REST API user (basic auth user) password for new SDDC Manager VM. This may not be required depending on the version of VMware Cloud Foundation from which you are upgrading.

Results

When the upgrade is complete, you will see a message similar to the following:
2020-05-15 23:11:58.561-0800 INFO Successfully applied all required bundles
2020-05-15 23:11:58.561-800 INFO Enable VMWARE_SOFTWARE cumulative upgrade to VCF 4.1
2020-05-15 23:13:14.742-0800 INFO SDDC Manager skip level upgrade completed with success

What to do next

From the SDDC Manager UI, upgrade the VMware Cloud Foundation components required for the target VMware Cloud Foundation release. The components that you need to upgrade and the order in which you upgrade them will vary based on the version of VMware Cloud Foundation from which you are upgrading.

  • vCenter Server
  • NSX-T Data Center
  • vRealize Suite components
Note: The skip-level upgrade tool does not download bundles for the vRealize suite components. To upgrade vRealize Suite components, see "Upgrade vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager and vRealize Suite Products" in the VMware Cloud Foundation Lifecycle Management Guide.

Download the VxRail Manager bundles required for upgrade. See Download VxRail Manager Bundles.