After you convert your vCenter Server to subscription, you can manage your vCenter Server updates from the VMware Cloud Console. Whenever an update is available, vSphere+ displays a notification in the VMware Cloud Console. You can also view the detailed history of all the vCenter Server updates performed from the VMware Cloud Console.
- Ensure that your vSphere environment meets all the requirements. See Prepare Your vSphere Environment.
- Enter the network configuration settings for your vCenter Server. See Enable Updates for Your vCenter Server.
- Download the latest version of the vCenter Server by using the Downloads option in the VMware Cloud Console. See Download Software Binaries.
- If the vCenter Server is in high availability (HA) mode, remove the HA configuration. After you update the vCenter Server, you can configure the vCenter Server for HA again. See Remove a vCenter HA Configuration.
- Back up your vCenter Server. See File-Based Backup and Restore of vCenter Server.
- Log in to the VMware Cloud Console at https://vmc.vmware.com.
- On the left navigation panel, select Inventory, select the vCenter Server, and then click vCenter Updates.
- From the vCenter Server drop-down menu, select the vCenter Server version that you want to update to.
- Click Check Prerequisites to check whether the vCenter Server meets all the requirements.
vSphere+ adds a secondary NIC to the vCenter Server for troubleshooting purposes.
It takes a while to check all the prerequisites. You can still use your vCenter Server while this operation in progress.
- Click Update Now to update the vCenter Server.
While the update is in progress, you cannot use the vCenter Server. However, you can continue to use other vSphere+ services.
The update process takes a while to complete. When the update is complete, you can view the status in the History table. If the update is not successful, vSphere+ reverts your vCenter Server to the previous version.
What to do next
- You can configure the vCenter Server for HA. See Configure vCenter HA for High Availability with the vSphere Client.
- If the update is not successful, power off and preserve the vCenter Server VM on which the update failed. Create a support request or contact VMware Support for further assistance.
- If auto-revert also fails, restore your vCenter Server by using the backup you created. See Restore vCenter Server from a File-Based Backup.