When you upgrade the vSphere components in Region B, after you upgrade the Platform Services Controller instance, you proceed with upgrading the Management vCenter Server in Region B.

Procedure

  1. Log in to 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.

      Setting

      Value

      User name

      administrator@vsphere.local

      Password

      vsphere_admin_password

  2. Rename the virtual machine name of the mgmt01vc51.lax01.rainpole.local appliance
    1. In the Navigator, click VMs and Templates.
    2. Expand the mgmt01vc51.lax01.rainpole.local control tree.
    3. Locate mgmt01vc51.lax01.
    4. Right-click the virtual machine, select Rename, change the name from mgmt01vc51.lax01 to mgmt01vc51.lax01_old and click OK.
  3. Locate the management ESXi host that the vCenter Server runs on.

    You must provide the address of the host when you deploy the new appliance that runs vCenter Server 6.5.

    1. In the Navigator, click VMs and Templates.
    2. Expand the mgmt01vc51.lax01.rainpole.local control tree and locate mgmt01vc51.lax01_old.
    3. On the Summary tab of the virtual machine, review the Host field which contains the ESXi host that runs the vCenter Server virtual machine.
  4. On the Windows host that has access to the data center, mount the vCenter Server Appliance installer .iso file, navigate to the vcsa-ui-installer\win32 directory, and run the installer.exe executable file.
  5. On the Home page, click Upgrade.
  6. Review the Introduction page to understand the upgrade process and click Next.
  7. Read and accept the license agreement on the End user license agreement page, and click Next.
  8. On the Connect to source appliance page, connect to the mgmt01vc51.lax01.rainpole.local appliance to begin the upgrade and click Next.
    1. In the Source appliance section, enter the following information about the source mgmt01vc51.lax01.rainpole.local appliance

      Setting

      Value

      Appliance FQDN of IP address

      mgmt01vc51.lax01.rainpole.local

      Appliance HTTPS port

      443

      SSO user name

      administrator@vsphere.local

      SSO password

      vsphere_admin_password

      Appliance (OS) root password

      mgmtvc_root_password

    2. In the ESXi host or vCenter Server that manages the source appliance section, enter the information about management ESXi host on which the vCenter Server appliance is running from Step 3.

      Setting

      Value

      ESXi host or vCenter Server name

      mgmt01esx51.lax01.rainpole.local

      HTTPS port

      443

      User name

      root

      Password

      esxi_root_password

  9. On the Certificate Warning dialog box that appears, verify that the thumbprints match those used on mgmt01vc51.lax01.rainpole.local and management ESXi host, and click Yes.
  10. On the Appliance deployment target page, enter the connection settings of the management ESXi host for the deployment and click Next.

    Setting

    Value

    ESXi host or vCenter Server name

    mgmt01esx51.lax01.rainpole.local

    HTTPS port

    443

    User name

    root

    Password

    esxi_root_password

  11. On the Certificate Warning dialog box that appears, verify that the thumbprint matches that used on the management ESXi host, and click Yes.
  12. On the Set up target appliance VM page, enter the information about Management vCenter Server and click Next.

    Setting

    Value

    VM name

    mgmt01vc51

    Root password

    mgmtvc_root_password

    Confirm root password

    mgmtvc_root_password

  13. If prompted, on the Select deployment size page, select Small vCenter Server from the Deployment size drop-down menu, and click Next.
  14. On the Select datastore page, locate and select LAX01A-VSAN01-MGMT01, and click Next.
  15. On the Configure network settings page, enter the temporary networking information to be used by the new vCenter Server appliance to perform the upgrade, and click Next.
    1. From the Network drop-down menu, select vDS-Mgmt-Management.
    2. In the Temporary network settings section, enter the temporary network configurations for the appliance

      Setting

      Value

      IP version

      IPv4

      IP assignment

      static

      Temporary IP address

      172.17.11.70

      Subnet mask or prefix length

      24

      Default gateway

      172.17.11.1

      DNS servers

      172.17.11.5,172.17.11.4

  16. On the Ready to complete stage 1 page, verify that all of the settings are correct and click Finish.
  17. Allow for the new Management vCenter Server to be deployed.
  18. After a successful deployment of the appliance, click Continue.
  19. On the Introduction page, click Next and allow for the Pre-upgrade checks to automatically be performed.

    The Pre-upgrade check result page will return an expected warning about vCenter External Extensions related to NSX for vSphere, vSphere Replication and Site Recovery Manager. You update vSphere Replication and Site Recovery Manager later in the SDDC upgrade sequence.

  20. Click Close in the pre-upgrade check warning messages that appears.
  21. On the Select upgrade data page, select Configuration and click Next.
  22. On the Ready to complete page, select I have backed up the source vCenter Server and all the required data from the database and click Finish.
  23. On the Shutdown Warning dialog, click OK to initiate upgrade.
  24. On the Complete page, click Close button.
  25. Exclude the new Management vCenter Server appliance from all distributed firewall rules to ensure that network access between vCenter Server and NSX is not blocked.
    1. Open a Web browser and go to https://mgmt01vc51.lax01.rainpole.local/vsphere-client.
    2. Log in using the following credentials.

      Setting

      Value

      User name

      administrator@vsphere.local

      Password

      vsphere_admin_password

    3. In the Navigator, click Networking & Security.
    4. Click NSX Managers and select the 172.17.11.65 instance.
    5. On the Manage tab, click Exclusion List and click Add.
    6. Add mgmt01vc51 to the Selected Objects list, and click OK.