When you update the vSphere layer for the management components in the SDDC, you upgrade the Management Platform Services Controller, Management vCenter Server, vSphere Replication Appliance and Site Recovery Manager system in Region A. Then, you repeat this operation in Region B.

About this task

Upgrading the VMware Validated Design vSphere and disaster recovery layers for the management clusters is a multi-step operation in which you must upgrade the Management Platform Services Controller, Management vCenter Server, vSphere Replication Appliance and Site Recovery Manager system in Region A before you repeat this operation in Region B, accordingly. This sequence is with least impact on your ability to perform disaster recovery operations in the SDDC using the management components and with minimal operational impact to your tenant workloads and provisioning operations.

Table 1. Management vSphere and Disaster Recovery Nodes In the SDDC

Region

Role

IP Address

Fully Qualified Domain Name

Region A

Management Platform Services Controller that is configured in a highly-available pair

172.16.11.61

sfo01m01psc01.sfo01.rainpole.local

Compute Platform Services Controller that is configured in a highly-available pair

172.16.11.63

sfo01w01psc01.sfo01.rainpole.local

Management vCenter

172.16.11.62

sfo01m01vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local

vSphere Replication

172.16.11.123

sfo01m01vrms01.sfo01.rainpole.local

Site Recovery Manager

172.16.11.124

sfo01m01srm01.sfo01.rainpole.local

Region B

Management Platform Services Controller that is configured in a highly-available pair

172.17.11.61

lax01m01psc01.lax01.rainpole.local

Compute Platform Services Controller that is configured in a highly-available pair

172.17.11.63

lax01w01psc01.lax01.rainpole.local

Management vCenter

172.17.11.62

lax01m01vc01.lax01.rainpole.local

vSphere Replication

172.17.11.123

lax01m01vrms01.lax01.rainpole.local

Site Recovery Manager

172.17.11.124

lax01m01srm01.lax01.rainpole.local

Note:

VMware Validated Design 4.1 introduces a new convention for host and object names in the SDDC. The step-by-step upgrade guidance uses the new names for both the pre- and post-upgrade SDDC setups. For information about the new convention, see Mapping Component Names Between Versions 4.0 and 4.1 of VMware Validated Design.

Prerequisites

  • For Management vCenter Server and Platform Services Controller instances

    • Download the vCenter Server Appliance update VMware-vCenter-Server-Appliance-6.5.0.x-build_number-patch-FP.iso file to a shared datastore for mounting to the virtual appliances. If you have space on your NFS datastore, upload the file there.

    • Verify that all management ESXi hosts have the lockdown mode disabled for the duration of the upgrade.

    • Ensure that any integration with the Management vCenter Server instances in environment has been quiesced of all activities. Such activities include but are not limited to users performing active backups of components or provisioning of new virtual machines by using vRealize Automation. Without quiescing the environment, rollback operations could be disrupted by orphaned objects that could be generated after you have taken snapshots. You might also have to extend the time of the maintenance windows.

    • Verify that a backup of all Platform Services Controller and Management vCenter Server instances exists. See the VMware Validated Design Backup and Restore documentation.

  • For vSphere Replication

    • Download the vSphere Replication Upgrade VMWare-vSphere_Replication-6.x.x-build_number.iso file to a shared datastore for mounting to the virtual appliances. If you have space on your NFS datastore, upload the file there.

    • Create a backup of the each vSphere Replication appliance that has been configured as a pair.

    • Verify that the Management Platform Services Controller and Management vCenter Server instances are successfully upgraded.

    • Verify that all services on the Management Platform Services Controller and Management vCenter Server instances are running.

  • For Site Recovery Manager

    • Download the Site Recovery Manager Upgrade VMware-srm-6.x.x.exe file.

    • Create a backup of the each Site Recovery Manager system that has been configured as a pair.

    • Verify that the Management Platform Services Controller and Management vCenter Server instances are successfully upgraded.

    • Verify that all services on the Management Platform Services Controller and Management vCenter Server instances are running.

    • For information about the prerequisites to upgrading Site Recovery Manager, see Prerequisites and Best Practices for Site Recovery Manager Upgrade in the Upgrading Site Recovery Manager documentation.

What to do next

  • Verify that the vSphere and Disaster Recovery components are functional. See the VMware Validated Design Operational Verification documentation.