When you upgrade the vSphere components in Region B, after you upgrade the Platform Services Controller instance, you upgrade the Compute 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 comp01vc51.lax01.rainpole.local appliance.
    1. In the Navigator, click VMs and Templates.
    2. Expand the mgmt01vc51.lax01.rainpole.local control tree.
    3. Locate comp01vc51.lax01
    4. Right-click the virtual machine and select Rename.
    5. Update the name from comp01vc51.lax01 to comp01vc51.lax01_old and click OK.
  3. 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.
  4. On the Home page, click Upgrade.
  5. Review the Introduction page to understand the upgrade process and click Next.
  6. Read and accept the license agreement on the End user license agreement page, and click Next.
  7. On the Connect to source appliance page, connect to the comp01vc51.lax01.rainpole.local appliance to begin the upgrade and click Next.
    1. In the Source appliance section, enter the following information about the source comp01vc51.lax01.rainpole.local appliance

      Setting

      Value

      Appliance FQDN of IP addres

      comp01vc51.lax01.rainpole.local

      Appliance HTTPS port

      443

      SSO user name

      administrator@vsphere.local

      SSO password

      vsphere_admin_password

      Appliance (OS) root password

      compvc_root_password

    2. In the ESXi host or vCenter Server that manages the source appliance section, enter the information about Management vCenter Server instance on which the Compute vCenter Server appliance resides.

      Setting

      Value

      ESXi host or vCenter Server name

      mgmt01vc51.lax01.rainpole.local

      HTTPS port

      443

      User name

      administrator@vsphere.local

      Password

      vsphere_admin_password

  8. In the Certificate Warning dialog box that appears, verify that the thumbprints match those used on comp01vc51.lax01.rainpole.local and mgmt01vc51.lax01.rainpole.local, and click Yes.
  9. On the Appliance deployment target page, enter the connection settings of the Management vCenter Server for the deployment and click Next.

    Setting

    Value

    ESXi host or vCenter Server name

    mgmt01vc51.lax01.rainpole.local

    HTTPS port

    443

    User name

    administrator@vsphere.local

    Password

    vsphere_admin_password

  10. On the Certificate Warning dialog, click Yes.
  11. On the Select folder page, expand the mgmt01vc51.lax01.rainpole.local control tree, expand LAX01, select Discovered virtual machines, and click Next.
  12. On the Select compute resource page, expand LAX01, select LAX01-Mgmt01, and click Next.
  13. On the Set up target appliance VM page, enter the information about Compute vCenter Server and click Next.

    Setting

    Value

    VM name

    comp01vc51

    Root password

    compvc_root_password

    Confirm root password

    compvc_root_password

  14. On the Select Deployment Size page, from the Deployment size drop-down menu, select Large vCenter Server.
  15. On the Select datastore page, locate and select LAX01A-VSAN01-MGMT01, and click Next.
  16. 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

  17. On the Ready to complete stage 1 page, verify that all of the settings are correct and follow the information provided in the above steps and click Finish.
  18. Allow for the new Compute vCenter Server to be deployed.
  19. After a successful deployment of the appliance, click Continue.
  20. On the Introduction page, click Next and allow for the Pre-upgrade checks to automatically be performed.
    Note:

    The Pre-upgrade check result page will return an expected warning about vCenter External Extensions related to NSX for vSphere and vRealize Operations Manager. Click Close in this message.

  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. In the Shutdown Warning dialog box, click OK to initiate upgrade.
  24. On the Complete page, click Close.
  25. Allow for the Compute vCenter Server Appliance to be configured.

    Now, exclude the new compute vCenter Server from all of your distributed firewall rules. This ensures that network access between vCenter Server and NSX is not blocked.

  26. Exclude the new Compute vCenter Server 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 comp01vc51 to the Selected Objects list, and click OK.