You must comply with the path and sequence for SDDC upgrade to version 4.0 of this VMware Validated Design.

Upgrade Paths

To upgrade to version 4.0, you must run version 3.0.2 of this VMware Validated Design.

Currently Installed Version

Upgrade Path

2.0

  1. 3.0

  2. 3.0.2

  3. 4.0

3.0

  1. 3.0.2

  2. 4.0

3.0.2

4.0

Upgrade Sequence

The VMware Validated Design upgrade process follows a prescriptive path to properly decouple the VMware components into their respective layers. By following this path, you can incrementally upgrade from one version to another while minimizing the number of context switching between products and user interfaces and minimizing the number of product champions required during maintenance windows. At the same time, the upgrade sequence reduces the overall upgrade window and the impact size in the event of a failed upgrade or update. This sequence also ensures interoperability with the broader components within the SDDC. This way, the upgrade sequence allows for progressive, granular upgrade over the course of time.

Table 1. VMware Validated Design Upgrade Sequence

Order

Component

Sub-Component

Layer

1

vRealize Automation

vRealize Automation Appliances

Cloud Management

vRealize Automation IaaS Components

2

vRealize Business for Cloud

vRealize Business for Cloud Appliance

vRealize Business for Cloud Data Collectors

3

vRealize Orchestrator

-

4

vRealize Operations Manager

-

Operations Management

5

vRealize Log Insight

vRealize Log Insight Appliances

vRealize Log Insight Agents

6

vSphere Data Protection

-

Business Continuity (Backup and Restore)

7

NSX for vSphere

NSX Managers

Virtual Infrastructure (Networking)

NSX Controllers

NSX Networking Fabric

NSX Edges

8

Platform Services Controller

-

Virtual Infrastructure (Compute Infrastructure)

vCenter Server

-

vSphere Replication

-

Business Continuity (Disaster Recovery)

Site Recovery Manager

-

ESXi

-

Virtual Infrastructure (Compute Infrastructure)

vSAN

-

Virtual Infrastructure (Storage)