Orchestrated upgrades allow you to upgrade the objects in your vSphere inventory in a two-step process: host upgrades followed by virtual machine upgrades. You can configure the process at the cluster level for higher automation, or at the individual host or virtual machine level for granular control.

You can upgrade clusters without powering the virtual machine off as long as VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) is available for the cluster. To perform an orchestrated upgrade, you must first remediate a cluster against a host upgrade baseline, and then remediate the same cluster against a virtual machine upgrade baseline group containing the VM Hardware Upgrade to Match Host and VMware Tools Upgrade to Match Host baselines.