The first step in the NSX infrastructure upgrade process is the NSX Manager appliance upgrade.

About this task

During the upgrade, you can choose to join the Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP) for NSX. See Customer Experience Improvement Program in the NSX Administration Guide for more information about the program, including how to join or leave the program.


  • Validate the NSX Manager file system usage, and perform a cleanup if file system usage is at 100 percent.

    1. Login to NSX Manager and run show filesystems to show the /dev/sda2 filesystem usage.

    2. If the usage is 100 percent, run the purge log manager and purge log system commands.

    3. Reboot the NSX Manager appliance for the log cleanup to take effect.

  • Increase the NSX Manager virtual appliance's reserved memory to at least 16 GB before upgrading for NSX 6.2.x.

    See System Requirements for NSX.

  • If you have Data Security in your environment, uninstall it before upgrading NSX Manager. See Uninstall NSX Data Security.

  • Back up your current configuration and download technical support logs before upgrading. See NSX Backup and Restore.

  • Download the upgrade bundle and check the MD5. See Download the NSX Upgrade Bundle and Check the MD5.

  • Make sure that you understand the operational impact of the NSX Manager upgrade while the upgrade is in progress. See Operational Impacts of NSX Upgrades.


  1. Log in to the NSX Manager virtual appliance.
  2. On the NSX Manager home page, click Upgrade.

  3. Click Upgrade, then click Choose File and browse to the VMware-NSX-Manager-upgrade-bundle-releaseNumber-NSXbuildNumber.tar.gz file. Click Continue to start the upload.

    The upload status displays in the browser window.

  4. In the Upgrade dialog box, specify whether you want to enable SSH, and whether you want to participate in VMware's Customer Experience Improvement Program ("CEIP"). Click Upgrade to start the upgrade.

    The upgrade status displays in the browser window.

    Wait until the upgrade procedure completes and the NSX Manager login page appears.

  5. Log in to the NSX Manager virtual appliance again and confirm that the upgrade state is Complete, and the version and build number on the top right matches the upgrade bundle you just installed.


After upgrading NSX Manager and connecting it to an existing vCenter Server, reset the Web Client server to allow for any NSX plug-ins to be upgraded as well.

  • In vCenter 5.5, you can do this by opening https://<vcenter-ip>:5480 and restarting the Web Client server.

  • In the vCenter Server Appliance 6.0, you can do this by logging into the vCenter Server shell as root and running the following commands.

    Command> shell.set --enabled True
    Command> shell
    localhost:~ # cd /bin
    localhost:~ # service-control --stop vsphere-client
    localhost:~ # service-control --start vsphere-client

  • In vCenter Server 6.0 on Windows, you can do this by running the following commands.

    cd C:\Program Files\VMware\vCenter Server\bin
    service-control --stop vspherewebclientsvc
    service-control --start vspherewebclientsvc

A restart is required to avoid unexpected errors, such as configured security groups not appearing in the Security Groups tab of Service Composer.

If the NSX plug-in does not display correctly in the vSphere Web Client, clear your browser's cache and history.

It is recommended to use different Web Clients to manage vCenter Servers running different versions of NSX Managers to avoid unexpected errors when different versions of NSX plug-ins are running.

After the NSX Manager is upgraded, create a new NSX Manager backup file. See NSX Backup and Restore . The previous NSX Manager backup is only valid for the previous release.

What to do next

Upgrade the NSX Controller cluster.