This section provides instructions for upgrading the vCloud Director from version to The vCloud Director installer verifies that the target server meets all upgrade prerequisites and upgrades the vCloud Director on the server.


  • Verify that you have superuser credentials for the servers in your vCloud Director server group.

  • Verify that the vCloud Director database, vSphere components, and the NSX components are compatible with the new version of vCloud Director.

  • Verify that all ESXi hosts are enabled. Starting with vCloud Director, disabled ESXi hosts are unsupported.

  • Take a backup or snapshot of the vCloud Director cells before upgrading them.

  • Back up your existing database before you upgrade it. Use the backup procedures that your database software vendor recommends.


  1. Upgrade the vCloud Director. See Upgrading vCloud Director.
  2. Upgrade the vCloud Director database. See Upgrade vCloud Director Database.

    All cells in a vCloud Director server group use the same database. Regardless of how many cells you are upgrading, you need to upgrade the database only once.

  3. If you are using Microsoft SQL Server 2012, follow this procedure:
    1. Install Windows Server 2012 R2 Update 1 (Microsoft KB2919355).
    2. Upgrade Microsoft SQL Server 2012 to Microsoft SQL Server 2014.
    3. Install the latest SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS).
  4. Upgrade vCloud Director on the remaining cells in the group.