After creating a slipstreamed ESXi 6.5a with NSX 6.3.1 VIBs, upload it to vSphere Update Manager on the Management vCenter Server instance in Region B. You use this image to remediate your shared compute and edge cluster in the region too.


  1. Log in to the Management vCenter Server by using the vSphere Web Client.
    1. Open a Web browser and go to https://mgmt01vc51.lax01.rainpole.local/vsphere-client.
    2. Log in using the following credentials.



      User name




  2. Upload the slipstreamed ESXi image to the vSphere Update Manager in Region B.
    1. On the Home page of the vSphere Web Client, under the Operations and Policies section, click Update Manager.
    2. In the left Servers pane, click mgmt01vc51.lax01.rainpole.local.
    3. In the right pane, click the Manage tab, click ESXi Images and click Import ESXi Image.
    4. In the Import ESXi Image dialog box, click Browse and locate the VVD ESXi 6.5a with NSX 6.3.1 VIBs.iso .
    5. Click Open to upload the image.
    6. After the image has been successfully imported, click Close.
  3. Create a baseline for your VMware Validated Design ESXi image.
    1. On the Manage tab, select Host Baselines.
    2. Click the New Baseline icon.
    3. In the New Baseline dialog box, provide the following settings and click Next.




      VMware Validated Design ESXi 6.5a Upgrade



      Baseline type

      Host Upgrade

    4. In the ESXi Image section, click the VVD ESXi 6.5a with NSX 6.3.1 VIBs image from the list and click Next.
    5. Click Finish to complete making the baseline.
  4. Attach the new VMware Validated Design ESXi 6.5a Upgrade Baseline to your management cluster.
    1. On the Host Baselines tab, click Go to Compliance View to go to the mgmt01vc51.lax01.rainpole vCenter Server and to the LAX01-Mgmt01 cluster.
    2. From the Update Manager tab, click Attach Baseline.
    3. In the Attach Baseline or Baseline Group dialog box, under Upgrade Baselines, select the VMware Validated Design ESXi 6.5a Upgrade baseline and click OK.
  5. Scan the cluster for updates against the new baseline
    1. On the Update Manager tab, click Scan for Updates .
    2. In the Scan for Updates dialog box, under Scan hosts for, select Upgrades and click OK.

      After the scan is complete, the cluster reports back as Non-Compliant.

  6. Remediate the cluster and upgrade to vSphere 6.5.
    1. From the Update Manager tab, click Remediate.
    2. In the Remediate wizard, under Baselines Groups and Types, select the baseline VMware Validated Design ESXi 6.5a Upgrade and click Next.
    3. On the Select Target page, select all of the management hosts in the cluster and click Next.
    4. On the End User License Agreement page, select I accept the terms and license agreement and click Next.
    5. On the Advanced options page, click Next
    6. On the Host remediation options page, deselect Retry entering maintenance mode in case of failure and click Next.
    7. On the Cluster remediation options page, select the following options and click Next.



      Disable Distributed Power Management (DPM) if it is enabled for any of the selected clusters


      Disable High Availability admission control if it is enabled for any of the selected clusters


      Enable parallel remediation for the hosts in the cluster > Automatically determine the maximum number of concurrently remediated hosts in a cluster


      Migrate powered off or suspended VMs to other hists in the cluster, if a host must enter maintenance mode


    8. On the Ready to complete page, click Pre-check Remediation to generate a pre-upgrade report of any identifiable problems that would prevent a successful upgrade.

      Address any items reported in the Pre-check Remediation dialog box before proceeding with the upgrade. Click OK to close the screen. Ignore the Disable HA admission control message from Recommended Changes.

    9. After you address all pre-check items, click Finish to begin the upgrade.
  7. Review the NSX for vSphere status of the management clusters.
    1. Select Home > Networking & Security.
    2. Select Installation in the Navigator.
    3. On the Host Preparation tab, select from the NSX Manager menu and verify that Installation Status for all management ESXi hosts is green.