You must follow the SDDC upgrade path and sequences for this VMware Validated Design.

Upgrade Paths

You must run version 4.3 of this VMware Validated Design before you upgrade to version 5.0.

Table 1. Upgrade Paths of This VMware Validated Design

Currently Installed Version

Upgrade Path

2.0

  1. 3.0

  2. 3.0.2

  3. 4.0.x

3.0

  1. 3.0.2

  2. 4.0.x

3.0.2

  1. 4.0.x

  2. 4.1

4.0.x

4.1

4.1

4.2

4.2

4.3

4.3

5.0

Upgrade Sequence

Тhe progressive and granular upgrade process of this VMware Validated Design provides the following benefits:
  • Isolates the VMware components in functional layers.
  • Supports incremental upgrade from one version to another with minimal context switching between products and user interfaces, and minimizes the number of product champions required during maintenance windows.
  • Reduces the overall upgrade window and the impact of a failed upgrade.
  • Upgrading the components of the operations management layer first provides a wider interoperability and continuous monitoring and alerting during the subsequent upgrade processes.
  • By decoupling the upgrade of Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Replication from the upgrade of Platform Services Controller and vCenter Server in both Region A and Region B, you can accurately size and schedule the maintenance windows for the end-to-end upgrade across both regions.
Table 2. Upgrade Sequence of This VMware Validated Design

Order

Upgraded or Updated

Component

Sub-Component (in Order)

SDDC Layer

1

Yes

vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager

-

Operations Management

2

Yes

vRealize Log Insight

vRealize Log Insight Appliances

vRealize Log Insight Agents

3

Yes

vRealize Operations Manager

-

4

Yes

vRealize Business for Cloud

vRealize Business Appliance

Cloud Management

vRealize Business Data Collectors

5

Yes

vRealize Automation

vRealize Automation Appliances

vRealize Orchestrator (Embedded)

vRealize Automation IaaS Components

6†

Determined by Organization

vSphere Storage APIs for Data Protection-based Backup Solution

-

Business Continuity

7

Yes

vSphere Replication

-

Site Recovery Manager

-

8

Yes

NSX Data Center for vSphere

NSX Manager Instances

Virtual Infrastructure - Networking

NSX Controller Instances

NSX Networking Fabric

NSX Edges

9

Yes

Platform Services Controller

-

Virtual Infrastructure - Management

vCenter Server

-

vSphere Update Manager Download Service

-

ESXi

-

vSAN

-

VMware Tools

-

10

Yes

vCenter Server

-

Virtual Infrastructure - Shared Edge and Compute

ESXi

-

Note:

VMware Validated Design requires a compatible and supported backup solution. Refer to your backup solution documentation for the interoperability with the vSphere version in the Release Notes. If the backup solution is not compatible, upgrade the backup solution before you proceed with upgrading the rest of the components of this VMware Validated Design.