After you upgrade the ESXi hosts, validate the functionality of each host for management and compute clusters in region A and region B.

About this task

Table 1. ESXi hosts in the test environment




Region A

Management Cluster





Compute Cluster





Region B

Management Cluster





Compute Cluster






  1. Log in to the VMware Host Client interface of a management ESXi host mgmt01esx01.
    1. Open a Web browser and go to https://mgmt01esx01.sfo01.rainpole.local/ui.
    2. Log in using the following credentials.



      User name




  2. Verify the Version, the Build number and the State of ESXi host.
    1. In the Navigator section, click Host.
    2. On the host page, verify that the ESXi Version and Build number are correct in relation to the VMware Validated Design build numbers.
    3. Verify that the State of the host is Normal and ensure that the host is connected to vCenter Server.

  3. Verify the NTP status.
    1. In the Navigator, click Manage.
    2. On manage page, click System.
    3. Click Time & date.
    4. Verify that the NTP client status is enabled.
    5. Verify that the NTP service status is running.
    6. Verify that the displayed list of NTP servers is correct as per your VMware Validated Design environment.
  4. Verify the license information.
    1. On the manage page, click Licensing.
    2. Verify that the license information is correct, .

      You can see the license key, expiration date, and all the available features and assets

  5. Verify the ESXi packages.
    1. On the manage page, click Packages.
    2. Verify that the esx-vsip and esx-vxlan VIBs are installed and are of the correct version.
  6. Verify the status of ESXi services.
    1. On the manage page, click Services.
    2. Verify that the services, such as VMware vCenter Agent, Direct Console UI, NTP Daemon, and so on, are running.

  7. Verify the security and users related information.
    1. On the manage page, click Security & users.
    2. Click Acceptance level and ensure that the Acceptance Level is set to Partner or VMware Certified.
    3. Click Authentication.
    4. Ensure that Active directory is enabled.
    5. Ensure that the Domain membership status reports are in OK state.
    6. Ensure that the host is still joined to the Active Directory Domain as it was before the upgrade.
    7. Click Certificates and ensure that the certificates on the ESXi host are still valid.

      If the ESXi host certificates are invalid, you must replace the certificates.

    8. Click Users and ensure that any users that might have been directly added to the ESXi host are still there.
    9. Click Lockdown mode and ensure that the Lockdown mode has been re-enabled after all upgrade activities are completed.
  8. Verify the ESXi host monitoring services.
    1. In the Navigator, click Monitor.
    2. On the monitor page, click Hardware.
    3. Ensure that all of the hardware sensors on the ESXi host in the Health column are in green status status.
    4. Click Notifications.
    5. Review any warnings that might have been generated after the upgrade.
  9. Verify the storage information.
    1. In the Navigator, click Storage.
    2. On storage page, click Datastores.
    3. Verify that all the configured datastores are displayed with proper disk space information.
  10. Verify the network information.
    1. In the Navigator, click Networking.
    2. On the network page, click Port groups.
    3. Verify that all the configured port groups are intact.

    4. Click Virtual switches and verify that the configured distributed switch is displayed.
    5. Click VMkernel NICs and verify that the virtual adapters and port groups are intact.
    6. Click TCP/IP stacks and verify that the IPv4 gateway information for vxlan, vMotion stack and Default TCP/IP stack is intact.
  11. Repeat the steps for all the remaining ESXi hosts and verify that all parameters are intact.