When you update the vSphere layer for the management instances in the SDDC, you upgrade the Management Platform Services Controller, Management vCenter Server, vSphere Replication Appliance and Site Recovery Manager system in Region A, and then repeat this operation in Region B.

About this task

Upgrading the VMware Validated Design vSphere and disaster recovery layers for the management clusters is a multi-step operation in which you must upgrade the Management Platform Services Controller, Management vCenter Server, vSphere Replication Appliance and Site Recovery Manager system in Region A before you repeat this operation in Region B, accordingly. This sequence ensures least impact on your ability to perform disaster recovery operations in the SDDC.

Table 1. Management vSphere and Disaster Recovery Nodes In the SDDC

Region

Role

IP Address

Fully Qualified Domain Name

Region A

Management Platform Services Controller

172.16.11.61

mgmt01psc01.sfo01.rainpole.local

Management vCenter

172.16.11.62

mgmt01vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local

vSphere Replication

172.16.11.123

mgmt01vrms01.sfo01.rainpole.local

Site Recovery Manager

172.16.11.124

mgmt01srm01.sfo01.rainpole.local

Region B

Management Platform Services Controller

172.17.11.61

mgmt01psc51.lax01.rainpole.local

Management vCenter

172.17.11.62

mgmt01vc51.lax01.rainpole.local

vSphere Replication

172.17.11.123

mgmt01vrms51.lax01.rainpole.local

Site Recovery Manager

172.17.11.124

mgmt01srm51.lax01.rainpole.local

Prerequisites

  • For Management vCenter Server and Platform Services Controller instances

    • Download the vCenter Server Appliance .iso file.

    • Verify that vSphere DRS isset to Partially Automated for the duration of the upgrade operations.

    • Verify that the static IP addresses 172.16.11.70 and 172.17.11.70 are available for use in the temporary network settings of the appliances.

    • Verify that all management ESXi hosts have the lockdown mode disabled for the duration of the upgrade.

    • Ensure any integration with the Management vCenter Server instances within environment has been quiesced of all activities, including but not limited to, users performing active backups of components or provisioning of new virtual machines within vRealize Automation. Without quiescing the environment, rollback operations may be disrupted by generated orphaned objects. You might have to extend the time of the maintenance windows too.

    • Create a snapshot of all Platform Services Controller appliances that you want to upgrade as a precaution in case of failure during the upgrade process.

    • Create a snapshot of the Management vCenter Server appliances that you want to upgrade as a precaution in case of failure during the upgrade process.

    • Create a backup copy of all Platform Services Controllers and Management vCenter Servers.

    • For complete information about the prequisites to upgrading vSphere, see Prerequisites for Upgrading the vCenter Server Appliance or Platform Services Controller Appliancein the vSphere 6.5 Upgrade documentation.

  • For vSphere Replication

    • Download the vSphere Replication Upgrade .iso file to a shared datastore for mounting to the virtual appliances. If you have space on your NFS datastore, upload the file there.

    • Create a snapshot of the each vSphere Replication Appliance that has been configured as a pair.

    • Create a backup of the each vSphere Replication Appliance that has been configured as a pair.

    • Verify that the Management Platform Services Controllers and Management vCenter Servers are successfully upgraded.

    • Verify that all services on the Management Platform Services Controllers and Management vCenter Servers are running.

  • For Site Recovery Manager

    • Download the Site Recovery Manager Upgrade .msi file.

    • Create a snapshot of the each Site Recovery Manager system that has been configured as a pair.

    • Create a backup of the each Site Recovery Manager system that has been configured as a pair.

    • Verify that the Management Platform Services Controller and Management vCenter Server instances are successfully upgraded.

    • Verify that all services on the Management Platform Services Controllers and Management vCenter Servers are running.

    • For information about the prerequisites to upgrading Site Recovery Manager, see Prerequisites and Best Practices for Site Recovery Manager Upgrade in the Upgrading Site Recovery Manager documentation.

What to do next

  • Verify that the vSphere and Disaster Recovery components function flawlessly after the upgrade. See the VMware Validated Design Operational Verification documentation.