Complete the upgrade of the management part of the Virtual Infrastructure layer by upgrading the management ESXi hosts in Region A and Region B.

About this task

Upgrading the management ESXi hosts when using NSX for vSphere is a multi-step operations in which you must download the NSX for vSphere VIBs, slipstream the NSX for vSphere VIBs into the ESXi 6.5 image, and use vSphere Update Manager to automate a cluster-wide upgrade operation on each of the clusters.

Table 1. Management ESXi hosts In the SDDC

Region

IP Address

Fully Qualified Domain Name

Cluster Name

Virtual SAN Datastore

Region A

172.16.11.101

mgmt01esx01.sfo01.rainpole.local

SFO01-Mgmt01

SFO01A-VSAN01-MGMT01

172.16.11.102

mgmt01esx02.sfo01.rainpole.local

172.16.11.103

mgmt01esx03.sfo01.rainpole.local

172.16.11.104

mgmt01esx04.sfo01.rainpole.local

Region B

172.17.11.101

mgmt01esx51.lax01.rainpole.local

LAX01-Mgmt01

LAX01A-VSAN01-MGMT01

172.17.11.102

mgmt01esx52.lax01.rainpole.local

172.17.11.103

mgmt01esx53.lax01.rainpole.local

172.17.11.104

mgmt01esx54.lax01.rainpole.local

Prerequisites

  • Make sure that the system hardware complies with ESXi requirements by consulting VMware Compatibility Guide. Check for system compatibility, I/O compatibility with network and host bus adapter (HBA) cards, storage compatibility, and backup software compatibility.

  • Ensure the firmware for the network and host bus adapter (HBA) cards have been updated for compatibility.

  • Ensure the BIOS for the ESXi hosts are updated for compatibility.

  • Ensure that sufficient disk space is available on the host for the upgrade.

  • Ensure DRS has been set to Fully Automated for the duration of the upgrade operations to allow for management workloads to be evacuated from hosts as the are upgraded.

  • Download the ESXi 6.5 .iso file.

What to do next

  • Verify that the management ESXi hosts function flawlessly after the upgrade. See Validate the ESXi Hosts in the VMware Validated Design Operational Verification documentation.