Before you upgrade a vCenter Server instance, you should use the vCenter Server Management Interface to manually back it up.
- In the vSphere Client, for each vSphere cluster that is managed by the vCenter Server, note the current vSphere DRS Automation Level setting and then change the setting to Manual. After the vCenter Server upgrade is complete, you can change the vSphere DRS Automation Level setting back to its original value. See KB 87631 for information about using VMware PowerCLI to change the vSphere DRS Automation Level.
- Ensure that there are not any active vMotion tasks.
- In a web browser, log in to the vCenter Server Management Interface (https://appliance-IP-address-or-FQDN:5480).
- In the left navigation pane, click Backup.
- Click Backup Now.
- If you already have a backup schedule set up, select Use backup location and user name from backup schedule and click Start.
- If you do not already have a backup schedule, enter the following information and click Start.
Enter the backup location from SFTP server.
For example: sftp://172.16.11.60/backups/
Backup server credentials
A service account with privileges to the SFTP server.
For example: svc-vcf-bck.
Enter the password for the username provided.
DB health check
Stats, events, and tasks
Inventory and configuration
What to do next
- Identify the required vCenter Server version. In the vCenter Server Management Interface, click Summary in the left navigation pane to see the vCenter Server version and build number.
- Download the VMware vCenter Server Appliance ISO file for that version from VMware Customer Connect.