Using the new Image Builder service included in vSphere 6.5, insert the NSX for vSphere VIBs from the NSX Manager 6.3.x in an ESXi image for Region B.

About this task

Using the Image Builder service to insert the NSX for vSphere 6.3.x VIBs in to an ESXi image allows for a stream-lined operation for upgrading the hosts within a cluster. By using this method, additional preparation via NSX Manager for the ESXi hosts is not needed, which greatly expedites the upgrade time window by allowing vSphere Update Manager to automate a cluster-wide upgrade.

Procedure

  1. Download the NSX for vSphere VIBs from the Region B NSX Manager.
    1. Open a Web browser and go to https://comp01nsxm51.lax01.rainpole.local/bin/vdn/nwfabric.properties
    2. Locate the vSphere 6.5 section.
      ...
      # 6.5 VDN EAM Info
      VDN_VIB_PATH.3=/bin/vdn/vibs-6.3.1/6.5-5124743/vxlan.zip
      VDN_VIB_VERSION.3=5124743
      VDN_HOST_PRODUCT_LINE.3=embeddedEsx
      VDN_HOST_VERSION.3=6.5.*
      ...
    3. Append the VDN_VIB_PATH.3 line to the URL in your browser to download the NSX for vSphere VIBs from https://comp01nsxm51.lax01.rainpole.local/bin/vdn/vibs-6.3.1/6.5-5124743/vxlan.zip
  2. Log in to the Compute vCenter Server by using the vSphere Web Client.
    1. Open a Web browser and go to https://comp01vc51.lax01.rainpole.local/vsphere-client.
    2. Log in using the following credentials.

      Setting

      Value

      User name

      administrator@vsphere.local

      Password

      vsphere_admin_password

  3. Start the Image Builder service on vCenter Server.
    1. From the Home page, under the Administration section, click System Configuration.
    2. In the Navigator pane, click Nodes.
    3. Under Nodes, click comp01vc51.lax01.rainpole.local and click Related Objects.
    4. Locate ImageBuilder Service and click Start.




  4. Log out and log back in to the vSphere Web Client to re-load the Image Builder plug-in.
  5. Create an image depot for the VMware Validated Design ESXi Image .
    1. From the Home page, click Auto Deploy.
    2. Select comp01vc51.lax01.rainpole.local from the vCenter Server drop-down menu.
    3. In the Auto Deploy pane, click the Software Depots tab and click Add Software Depot.
    4. In the Add Software Depot dialog box, provide the following settings.

      Setting

      Value

      Select the type of depot you want to create:

      Custom Depot

      Name

      VVD ESXi 6.5 Upgrade

  6. Upload the NSX for vSphere 6.3.x VIBs to Image Builder for slipstreaming.
    1. From the Home page, click Auto Deploy.
    2. In the Auto Deploy pane, click the Software Depots tab and click Import Software Depot.
    3. In the Import Software Depot dialog box, click Browse, locate the vxlan.zip file from Step 1 and provide the following settings.

      Setting

      Value

      Name

      NSX 6.3.1 VIBs

      File

      path_to_vxlan.zip

    4. Click Upload.
  7. Upload the ESXi 6.5 image to the Image Builder for slipstreaming.
    1. From the Home page, click Auto Deploy.
    2. In the Auto Deploy pane, click the Software Depots tab and click Import Software Depot.
    3. In the Import Software Depot dialog box, click Browse, locate the ESXi 6.5a offline depot .zip file and provide the following configuration.

      Setting

      Value

      Name

      ESXi 6.5a

      File

      path_to_ESXi65_Offline_Depot.zip

    4. Click Upload.
  8. Create a slipstreaming ESXi 6.5 image with the NSX for vSphere VIBs.
    1. From the Home page, click Auto Deploy.
    2. In the Auto Deploy pane, click the Software Depots tab.
    3. In the left Software Depots pane, click ESXi 6.5a.
    4. In the right Software Depots pane, click ESXi-6.5.0-<Release Date>-standard, and click the Clone. icon.
    5. On the Name and details page of the Clone Image Profile wizard, provide the following and click Next.

      Setting

      Value

      Name

      VVD ESXi 6.5a with NSX 6.3.1 VIBs

      Vendor

      VMware Validated Design

      Description

      VMware Validated Design 4.0 upgrade ISO for ESXi 6.5a with NSX 6.3.1 VIBs

      Software depot

      VVD ESXi 6.5 Upgrade

    6. On the 2 Select software packages page, enter the following configuration and click Next.

      Setting

      Value

      Acceptance Level

      VMware certified

      Software depot

      NSX 6.3.1 VIBs

      Available

      • esx-vsip

      • esx-vxlan

    7. On the Ready to complete page, review the settings and click Finish.

      The VMware ESXi 6.5 Standard ISO with the NSX for vSphere VIBs has 125 software packages. If you use a vendor-specific ESXi 6.5 image, the software package number might vary.

  9. Export the ESXi 6.5 image with NSX 6.3.1 VIBs.
    1. From the Home page, click Auto Deploy.
    2. In the Auto Deploy pane, click the Software Depots tab
    3. In the left Software Depots pane, click the VVD ESXi 6.5 Upgrade depot.
    4. In the right Software Depots pane, click VVD ESXi 6.5a with NSX 6.3.1 VIBs and click Export Image Profile.
    5. In the Export Image Profile dialog box, select ISO - Generate a bootable ISO image from the image profile and click Generate Image.
    6. After the image has been generated, click Download Image.

      An ISO file named VVD ESXi 6.5a with NSX 6.3.1 VIBs.iso will be downloaded to your workstation.