After you upgrade the cloud management and operations management layers, upgrade the components of the virtual infrastructure and business continuity layers of the SDDC. You upgrade the virtual infrastructure and business continuity layers last to reduce the time to upgrade the whole stack and prevent from errors caused by incompatibility between product versions.

Table 1. Upgrade Sequence for the Virtual Infrastructure and Business Continuity Layers in VMware Validated Design

Order

Component

Sub-Component

1

Backup solution based on VMware vSphere Storage APIs – Data Protection (VADP)

-

2

NSX for vSphere

NSX Manager instances

NSX Controller instances

NSX Networking fabric

NSX Edges

Post-upgrade configuration of NSX

3

Platform Services Controller instances

-

vCenter Server instances for the management clusters

-

4

vSphere Replication

-

Site Recovery Manager

-

5

vSphere Update Manager Download Service

-

6

ESXi in the management clusters

-

7

vCenter Server instances for the shared edge and compute clusters

8

ESXi in the shared edge and compute clusters

9

Post-upgrade reconfiguration for virtual infrastructure

-