Upgrade NSX-T Data Center in the management domain before you upgrade VI workload domains.

Upgrading NSX-T Data Center involves the following components:
  • Upgrade Coordinator
  • Edge clusters (if deployed)
  • Host clusters
  • NSX Manager cluster

NSX-T VI workload domains can share the same NSX Manager cluster and NSX Edge clusters. When you upgrade these components for one NSX-T VI workload domain, they are upgraded for all NSX-T VI workload domains that share the same NSX Manager or NSX Edge cluster. You cannot perform any operations on the NSX-T workload domains while NSX-T is being upgraded.

The upgrade wizard provides some flexibility when upgrading NSX-T Data Center for workload domains using vLCM baselines. By default, the process upgrades all Edge clusters in parallel, and then all host clusters in parallel. Parallel upgrades reduce the overall time required to upgrade your environment. You can also choose to upgrade Edge clusters and host clusters sequentially. The ability to select clusters allows for multiple upgrade windows and does not require all clusters to be available at a given time.
Note: The NSX Manager cluster is upgraded only if the Upgrade all host clusters setting is enabled on the NSX-T Host Clusters tab. NSX Manager is upgraded after all host clusters in the workload domain are upgraded. New features introduced in the upgrade are not configurable until the NSX Manager cluster is upgraded.

For workload domains using vLCM images, all Edge clusters and hosts clusters are upgraded sequentially.

Prerequisites

  • Validate that the NSX-T Manager password is valid.
  • Download the NSX-T Data Center upgrade bundle. See Download Bundles.
  • Use the vSphere Client to check for and resolve any active alarms on hosts in the host clusters that you are upgrading.
  • NSX-T upgrade is not supported on a vLCM image based stretch cluster. You must unstretch the cluster before proceeding with the upgrade.

Procedure

  1. Navigate to the Updates/Patches tab of the management domain or a workload domain.
    You must upgrade the management domain before upgrading workload domains.
    When you upgrade NSX-T components for a selected workload domain, those components are upgraded for all NSX-T VI workload domains that share the NSX Manager cluster.
  2. Run the upgrade precheck. See Perform Update Precheck.
    The NSX-T precheck is run on all NSX-T workload domains in your environment that share the NSX Manager cluster.
  3. In the Available Updates section, select the target release.
  4. Click Update Now or Schedule Update next to the VMware Software NSX-T bundle.

    The Schedule Update dialog box appears.

  5. Select the NSX-T Edge clusters to be upgraded.
    By default, all Edge clusters are upgraded. To select specific Edge clusters, click Enable edge selection. To upgrade only the Edge clusters, select Upgrade NSX-T Edge clusters only.
  6. Click Next.
  7. Select the NSX-T host clusters to be upgraded.
    If you want to upgrade all host clusters across all workload domains, enable the Upgrade all host clusters setting. Host clusters are upgraded after all Edge clusters have been upgraded.
    Note: The NSX-T Manager cluster is upgraded only if the Upgrade all host clusters setting is enabled.
    • If you have a single cluster in your environment, enable the Upgrade all host clusters setting.
    • If you have multiple host clusters and choose to upgrade only some of them, you must go through the NSX-T upgrade wizard again till all host clusters have been upgraded. When selecting the final set of clusters to be upgraded, you must enable the Upgrade all host clusters setting so that NSX-T Manager is upgraded.
    • If you have upgraded all host clusters without enabling the Upgrade all host clusters setting, run through the NSX-T upgrade wizard again and schedule the upgrade to upgrade NSX-T Manager.
  8. Click Next.
  9. Select the upgrade options. This option only applies to workload domains using vLCM baselines.
    By default, workload domains using vLCM baselines upgrade Edge clusters and host clusters in parallel.
    Option Description
    Enable sequential upgrade of NSX-T Edge clusters Upgrades Edge clusters sequentially, instead of in parallel.
    Enable sequential upgrade of NSX-T hosts clusters Upgrades host clusters sequentially, instead of in parallel.
    These options are not available for workload domains using vLCM images, where Edge clusters and host clusters are upgraded sequentially.
  10. If you had selected the Schedule Upgrade option, specify the date and time for the NSX-T bundle to be applied.
  11. Click Next.
  12. Review the settings and click Finish.

    The NSX-T upgrade begins and the upgrade components are displayed. The upgrade view displayed here pertains to the workload domain where you applied the bundle. Click the link to the associated workload domains to see the components pertaining to those workload domains.

  13. Monitor the upgrade progress. See Monitor Updates.
    If a component upgrade fails, the failure is displayed across all associated workload domains. Resolve the issue and retry the failed task.

Results

When all NSX-T components are upgraded successfully, a message with a green background and check mark is displayed.

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