After you upgrade the ESXi hosts running the management virtual machines, upgrade the VMware Tools in Region A to the version used in VMware Validated Design 4.1. To remediate the management virtual machines that are running earlier version of VMware Tools, create a baseline group so that vSphere Update Manager on the Management vCenter Server in Region A can automatically identify them.

About this task

You remediate VMware Tools on the folders of the following management virtual machines:

Table 1. Management Virtual Machines for VMware Tools Remediation in Region A

Cluster Name

Folder

Role

Virtual Machine Name

sfo01-m01-mgmt01

sfo01-m01fd-mgmt

Update Manager Download Service

sfo01umds01

sfo01-m01fd-vra

vRealize Automation IaaS Web Server

vra01iws01a.rainpole.local

vra01iws01b.rainpole.local

vRealize Automation Model Manager Service

vra01ims01a.rainpole.local

vra01ims01b.rainpole.local

vRealize Automation DEM Workers

vra01dem01a.rainpole.local

vra01dem01b.rainpole.local

Microsoft SQL Server

vra01mssql01.rainpole.local

sfo01-m01fd-vraias

vRealize Automation Proxy Agent

sfo01ias01a.sfo01.rainpole.local

sfo01ias01b.sfo01.rainpole.local

sfo01-m01fd-bcdr

vSphere Data Protection

sfo01m01vdp01

Site Recovery Manager

sfo01m01srm01

Procedure

  1. Log in to 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.

      Setting

      Value

      User name

      administrator@vsphere.local

      Password

      vsphere_admin_password

  2. Create a fixed baseline for VMware Tools that is packaged with ESXi 6.5 Update 1 in vSphere Update Manager in Region A
    1. From the Home menu, select Update Manager.
    2. In the left Servers pane, click sfo01m01vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local.
    3. In the right pane, on the Manage tab, click VMs/VAs Baselines tab.
    4. In the VMs/VAs Baselines pane, click New Baseline Group.

      The New Baseline Group wizard appears.

    5. On the Name page, enter the following values and click Next.

      Setting

      Value

      Name

      VMware Tools 6.5 Update 1 for VMware Validated Design 4.1

      Description

      -

    6. On the Upgrades page, select the following options and click Next.

      Setting

      Value

      VM Hardware Upgrades

      None

      VMware Tools Upgrades

      VMware Tools Upgrade to Match Host (Predefined)

      VA Upgrades

      None

    7. On the Ready to complete page, click Finish.
  3. Attach and scan the folder for updates against the new baseline .
    1. On the VMs/VAs Baselines pane, click Go to compliance view to locate the sfo01m01vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local vCenter Server and to the sfo01-m01-mgmt01 cluster.
    2. In the Navigator, click VMs and Templates and expand the sfo01-m01dc > sfo01-m01fd-bcdr tree.
    3. On the Update Manager tab, click Attach Baseline.
    4. In the Attach Baseline or Baseline Group dialog box, under Baseline Groups pane, select the VMware Tools 6.5 Update 1 for VMware Validated Design 4.1 baseline group and click OK.
    5. After you attach the baseline, click Scan for Updates.
    6. In the Scan for Updates dialog box, under Scan for, select only VMware Tools upgrades and click OK.

      After the scan is complete, the folder status is Non-Compliant.

  4. Remediate the virtual machines and upgrade VMware Tools to vSphere 6.5 Update 1.
    1. On the Update Manager tab, click Remediate.
    2. In the Remediate wizard on the Select baselines page, under Baselines Groups and Types pane, select the baseline group VMware Tools 6.5 Update 1 for VMware Validated Design 4.1 and click Next.
    3. On the Select target objects page, select the management virtual machines in the folder and click Next.
    4. On the Schedule page, configure the following settings and click Next.

      Setting

      Value

      Task name

      sfo01-m01fd-bcdr - VMware Tools 6.5 Update 1 Upgrade

      Task description

      -

      Apply upgrade at specific time

      For powered on VMs

      Run this action now

      For powered off VMs

      Run this action now

      For suspended VMs

      Run this action now

    5. On the Rollback Options page, configure the following settings and click Next.

      Setting

      Value

      Take a snapshot of the VMs before remediation to enable rollback

      Selected

      Snapshot Retention

      Do not delete snapshots

      Snapshot Details section

      Name

      VMware Tools 6.5 Update 1 for VMware Validated Design 4.1

      Description

      -

    6. On the Ready to complete page, click Finish to begin the upgrade.

      The Update Manager remedation process starts running and restarts the virtual machines.

  5. After the VMware Tools upgrade is complete on each virtual machine in the folder, review the Summary tab for each virtual machine that has been remediated, and verify that the VMware Tools status is Running and version is (Current).
  6. Navigate back to the sfo01-m01fd-bcdr folder and run the Scan for Updates operation again to verify that the management virtual machines are Compliant.
    Note:

    Due to the use of Guest Managed VMware Tools in the virtual machines, the Compliance Status might report Incompatible for the overall folder.

  7. Remove the snapshot from each virtual machine in the folder.
    1. From the Home menu, click VMs and Templates.
    2. In the Navigator, expand the sfo01m01vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local > sfo01-m01fd-bcdr tree.
    3. Right-click each virtual machines and select SnapshotsDelete All Snapshots.
    4. In the Confirm Delete dialog box, click Yes.
  8. Repeat these steps for the other management virtual machines using their folder in Region A .
  9. Repeat these steps for the management virtual machines in Region B.

What to do next

  • Verify that the management virtual machines are operational after the upgrade. See Validate the Cloud Management Platform, vSphere Data Protection, Site Recovery Manager, and Update Manager Download Service in the VMware Validated Design Operational Verification documentation.