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

Using the Image Builder service to inject the NSX for vSphere 6.3.x VIBs into 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. To download the NSX for vSphere VIBs from the NSX Manager in Region A, open a Web browser and go to https://mgmt01nsxm01.sfo01.rainpole.local/bin/vdn/vibs-6.3.1/6.5-5124743/vxlan.zip
  2. Log in to vCenter Server by using the vSphere Web Client.
    1. Open a Web browser and go to https://mgmt01vc01.sfo01.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 mgmt01vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local and click the Related Objects tab.
    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. On the Home page, click Auto Deploy.
    2. In the Auto Deploy pane, select mgmt01vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local from the vCenter Server drop-down menu, and click the Software Depots tab.
    3. Click the Add Software Depot icon.
    4. In the Add Software Depot dialog box, provide the following settings and click OK.

      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 the Image Builder for sharing.
    1. On the Software Depots tab, click the Import Software Depot icon.
    2. In the Import Software Depot dialog box, click Browse, locate vxlan.zip from Step 1 and provide the following settings.

      Setting

      Value

      Name

      NSX 6.3.1 VIBs

      File

      path_to_vxlan.zip

    3. Click Upload and click Close after the upload is complete.
  7. Upload the ESXi 6.5 image to the Image Builder for sharing.
    1. On the Software Depots tab, click on the Import Software Depot icon.
    2. In the Import Software Depot dialog box, click Browser and locate the ESXi 6.5a offline depot .zip file.

      Setting

      Value

      Name

      ESXi 6.5a

      File

      path_to_ESXi65_Offline_Depot.zip

    3. Click Upload and click Close after the upload is complete.
  8. Create a slipstreaming ESXi 6.5 image with the NSX for vSphere VIBs.
    1. In the left Software Depots pane, click on ESXi 6.5a.
    2. In the right Software Depots pane, click on ESXi-6.5.0-<Release Date>-standard, and click the Clone Image Profile icon.
    3. In the Clone Image Profile wizard, on the 1 Name and details page, provide the following settings 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

    4. 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

      all vibs in the software depot

    5. On the 3 Ready to complete page, click Finish.

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

  9. Export the ESXi 6.5 image with NSX 6.3.1 VIBs.
    1. From the Home page of the vSphere Web Client, 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, right-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 is generated, click Download Image.

      An ISO file VVD ESXi 6.5a with NSX6.3.1 VIBs.iso is downloaded to your workstation.