After you upgrade the NSX Manager instances in Region A and Region B, upgrade the NSX Controller instances for the management cluster and for the shared edge and compute cluster.

About this task

For each NSX Manager that has the primary role, you start an upgrade for the connected NSX Controller cluster. During the upgrade to NSX 6.3.3, the underlying operating system of the NSX Controller changes. Instead of previous versions of NSX where an in-place upgrade of the software occurs, the existing controllers are deleted one at a time, and new Photon OS based controllers are deployed using the same IP addresses and configuration state of the prior controller. The controllers are upgraded one at a time so that high availability remains persistent during the upgrade.

You upgrade the NSX Controller cluster for the management cluster in Region A first. Repeat the upgrade procedure for the NSX Controller cluster for the shared edge and compute cluster in Region A. You can perform these operations in the same or separate maintenance windows.

Table 1. NSX Controller Properties in Region A



NSX Manager

NSX Manager IP Address

NSX Controller IP Address


Region A

Primary NSX Manager for the management cluster


Region A

Primary NSX Manager for the shared edge and compute cluster


  1. Log in to the Management vCenter Server by using the vSphere Web Client.
    1. Open a Web browser and go to https://sfo01m01vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local/vsphere-client.
    2. Log in using the following credentials.



      User name




  2. From the Home menu, select Networking & Security.
  3. In the Navigator pane, under Networking & Security, click Installation.
  4. Under NSX Managers, select the NSX Manager instance and click Upgrade Available in the Controller Cluster Status column.
  5. In the Upgrade Controller dialog, click Yes.
  6. In the Special Upgrade dialog, click Proceed.

    The Status column starts with reporting Removing, at which point the Controller will be removed from the list, then changes to Deploying, at which point the Controller will be return to the list, and finally to Connected once again.

    The Upgrade Status column shows the following stages:

    1. Queued For Upgrade

    2. Upgrade in progress for each NSX controller

    3. Waiting to Rebooting

    4. Rebooting

  7. After the upgrade is complete for each NSX Controller, confirm that all are connected to the NSX Manager, verify that the NSX Controller has the following configuration the NSX Controller nodes section of the Installation page.


    Expected Value



    Software Version


  8. After the upgrade of the NSX Controller cluster of the management cluster is complete, repeat the procedure to on the NSX Controller nodes for the shared edge and compute cluster in Region A.