The VMware Validated Design Upgrade document provides step-by-step instructions for upgrading VMware software in a Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) that are deployed according to the VMware Validated Design™ for Software-Defined Data Center.

Before you start an upgrade of your SDDC, make sure that you are familiar with the update or upgrade planning guidance that is part of this guide.

Intended Audience

The VMware Validated Design Upgrade document is intended for infrastructure administrators and cloud administrators who are familiar with and want to keep VMware software up-to-date with the latest versions available.

Required VMware Software

VMware Validated Design Upgrade is compliant and validated with certain product versions. For more information about supported product versions, see VMware Validated Design Release Notes and VMware Software Versions in the Upgrade.

Before You Apply This Guidance

The sequence of the documentation of VMware Validated Design follows the stages for implementing and maintaining an SDDC. See Documentation Map for VMware Validated Design.

To use VMware Validated Design Upgrade, you must be acquainted with the following guidance:

  • Introducing VMware Validated Designs

  • VMware Validated Design Architecture and Design

  • VMware Validated Design Planning and Preparation

Update History

This VMware Validated Design Upgrade is updated when necessary.



09 NOV 2020 During the vSphere upgrade process, you upgrade the vSAN on-disk format version on the ESXi hosts. See Upgrade the vSAN On-Disk Format Version on the Management Hosts in Region A.
24 AUG 2020 At VMware, we value inclusion. To foster this principle within our customer, partner, and internal community, we are replacing some of the terminology in our content. We have updated this guide to remove instances of non-inclusive language.

30 JUN 2020

The shutdown order and startup order of the management virtual machines are now optimized. See Shutdown Order of the Management Virtual Machines and Startup Order of the Management Virtual Machines.

14 JAN 2020

Initial release.