After creating a slipstreamed ESXi 6.5a with NSX 6.3.1 VIBs, upload the image to vSphere Update Manager on the Compute vCenter Servers in Region A. Then use this image to remediate the shared edge and compute clusters.

Procedure

  1. Log in to the Compute vCenter Server by using the vSphere Web Client.
    1. Open a Web browser and go to https://comp01vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local/vsphere-client.
    2. Log in using the following credentials.

      Setting

      Value

      User name

      administrator@vsphere.local

      Password

      vsphere_admin_password

  2. Upload the slipstreamed ESXi image to the vSphere Update Manager.
    1. From the Home page of the vSphere Web Client, under the Operations and Policies section, click Update Manager.
    2. In Servers pane, click comp01vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local.
    3. In the right pane, click the Manage tab, select ESXi Images and click Import ESXi Image.
    4. In the Import ESXi Image dialog box, click Browse and locate the VVD ESXi 6.5a with NSX 6.3.1 VIBs.iso.
    5. Once the image has been successfully imported, click Close.
  3. Create a baseline for your VMware Validated Design ESXi image.
    1. On the Manage tab, select Host Baselines and click the New Baseline icon.
    2. In the New Baseline dialog box, provide the following settings and click Next.

      Setting

      Value

      Name

      VMware Validated Design ESXi 6.5a Upgrade

      Description

      --

      Baseline type

      Host Upgrade

    3. In the ESXi Image section, click the VVD ESXi 6.5a with NSX 6.3.1 VIBs image from the list and click Next.
    4. In the Ready to complete section, click Finish to complete making the baseline.
  4. Attaching the new VMware Validated Design ESXi 6.5a upgrade baseline to your compute cluster.
    1. On the Host Baseline tab, click the Go to compliance view button to go to the comp01vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local vCenter Server and to SFO01-Comp01 cluster.
    2. On the Update Manager tab, click Attach Baseline.
    3. In the Attach Baseline or Baseline Group dialog box, under Upgrade Baselines, select VMware Validated Design ESXi 6.5a Upgrade baseline.
    4. Click OK to set the baseline.
  5. Scan the cluster for updates against the new baseline.
    1. On the Update Manager tab, click Scan for Updates.
    2. In the Scan for Updates dialog box, under the Scan hosts for section, select only the Upgrades check box and click OK.

      After the scan is complete, the cluster reports back as Non-Compliant.

  6. Remediate the cluster and upgrade to vSphere 6.5.
    1. On the Update Manager tab, click Remediate.
    2. In the Remediate dialog box, under Baseline Groups and Types, select the baseline VMware Validated Design ESXi 6.5a Upgrade and click Next.
    3. On the Select target objects section, select all of the compute hosts in the cluster and click Next.
    4. On the EULA section, select I accept the terms and license agreement and click Next.
    5. On the Advanced options section, click Next.
    6. On the Host remediation options section, deselect Retry entering maintenance mode in case of failure and click Next.
    7. On the Cluster remediation options section, select the following options and click Next.

      Options

      Disable Distributed Power Management (DPM) if it is enabled for any of the selected clusters

      Selected

      Disable High Availability admission control if it is enabled for any of the selected clusters

      Selected

      Enable parallel remediation for the hosts in the selected clusters > Automatically determine the maximum number of concurrently remediated hosts in a cluster

      Selected

      Migrate powered off and suspended VMs to other hosts in the cluster, if a host must enter maintenance mode

      Selected

    8. In the Ready to complete section, click Pre-check Remediation to generate a pre-upgrade report of any identifiable problems that would prevent a successful upgrade.
      Note:

      Address any items reported in the Pre-check Remediation dialog box before proceeding with the upgrade. Click OK to close the screen. Ignore Disable HA adminssion control message from the recommended changes.

    9. After you address all pre-check items, click Finish to begin the upgrade.
  7. Review the NSX for vSphere status of the management clusters.
    1. Select Home > Networking & Security.
    2. Select Installation in the Navigator.
    3. On the Host Preparation tab, select 172.16.11.66 from the NSX Manager drop-down menu and verify that Installation Status for all shared edge and compute ESXi hosts is green.