You can upgrade your externally deployed vCenter Single Sign-On 5.1 to an externally deployed Platform Services Controller instance by using the vCenter Server for Windows installer.

Before you begin

Note:

A vCenter Single Sign-On 5.1 instance that is deployed on the same virtual machine or physical server as vCenter Server 5.1 is automatically upgraded to an embedded Platform Services Controller instance when you upgrade to vCenter Server 6.0.

About this task

Figure 1. vCenter Single Sign-On 5.1 Upgrade Workflow for Windows


Flow chart showing the steps for upgrading externally deployed vCenter Single Sign-On 5.1 instances to Platform Services Controller instances.


If you are upgrading an externally deployed vCenter Single Sign-On 5.1 instance to an externally deployed Platform Services Controller instance in a mixed-version environment, any vCenter Server 5.1 instances continue to operate with the upgraded Platform Services Controller exactly as they did with the vCenter Single Sign-On without any problems or required actions.

Procedure

  1. Download the vCenter Server for Windows ISO file. Extract the ISO file locally, or mount the ISO file as a drive.
  2. In the software installer, double-click the autorun.exe file to start the installer.
  3. Select vCenter Server for Windows and click Install.

    The installer runs pre-upgrade checks in the background to discover your existing vCenter Single Sign-On settings and notify you of any problems that can affect your upgrade process. The vCenter Server installer opens to the Welcome page.

  4. Verify the detected information and upgrade path.

    If you see a dialog box identifying missing requirements instead of a Welcome screen, follow the instructions in the dialog box.

  5. Review the Welcome page and accept the license agreement.

    The installer runs pre-upgrade checks in the background to detect any issues that can cause the upgrade to fail. You might receive a warning if the old certificates do not meet current VMware security standards.

  6. Upgrade vCenter Single Sign-On instances.

    You can create or join a Platform Services Controller site.

    • If this is the first or primary vCenter Single Sign-On instance, upgrade it to a new standalone Platform Services Controller instance by configuring a new vCenter Single Sign-On domain name and site name.

    • If you have two or more vCenter Single Sign-On instances and this is the second or an additional vCenter Single Sign-On instance, join it to the vCenter Single Sign-On site of the primary Platform Services Controller to enable replication.

    Replication information is retained during the upgrade.

    The vCenter Single Sign-On 5.1 domain '"System-Domain" is migrated to the new domain you choose.

  7. Configure the ports and click Next.

    The installer checks the availability of the selected ports and displays an error message if a selected port cannot be used.

  8. Configure the install, data, and export directories and click Next.

    The installer runs disk space and permission checks for the selected directories and displays an error message if the selected directories do not meet the requirements.

  9. Review the VMware Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP) page and choose if you want to join the program.

    For information about the CEIP, see the Configuring Customer Experience Improvement Program section in vCenter Server and Host Management.

  10. Verify that the Summary page settings are correct. Verify that you have made a backup of your system and click Upgrade.

    A progress indicator displays as the installer starts the upgrade process. When the process is complete, the installer verifies the upgrade.

  11. Before clicking Finish, note the post-upgrade steps.
  12. Click Finish to complete the upgrade.

What to do next

After configuring an external Platform Services Controller instance, you are ready to upgrade your vCenter Server to an external deployment.