You can upgrade your existing vCenter Server 5.5 deployment by using the vCenter Server for Windows installer.

Before you begin

  • Verify that your configuration meets the upgrade requirements. See vCenter Server for Windows Requirements.

  • Complete the preparation to upgrade tasks. See Before Upgrading vCenter Server

  • Verify that you have made a backup of your vCenter Server configuration and database.

  • To verify that the VMware Directory Service is in a stable state and can stop, manually restart it. The VMware Directory service must stopped for the vCenter Server upgrade software to uninstall vCenter Single Sign-On during the upgrade process.

  • Download the vCenter Server Installer. See Download the vCenter Server for Windows Installer.

  • If your vCenter Single Sign-On 5.5 is located on a different virtual machine or physical server than your vCenter Server, make sure you upgrade vCenter Single Sign-On 5.5 before you start the upgrade of vCenter Server 5.5. See Upgrade vCenter Single Sign-On 5.5 for External Deployment

About this task

Your vCenter Server 5.5 configuration of services determines your post-upgrade deployment of components and services.

  • If your vCenter Single Sign-On 5.5 is located on the same virtual machine or physical server as your vCenter Server, the installer upgrades your configuration to vCenter Server with an embedded Platform Services Controller deployment.

  • If your vCenter Single Sign-On 5.5 is located on a different virtual machine or physical server than your vCenter Server: the installer upgrades your configuration to vCenter Server with an external Platform Services Controller deployment.

  • vCenter Server 5.5 ports that are in use by vCenter Server and vCenter Single Sign-On are preserved. You cannot change ports during the upgrade. For information on required ports, see Required Ports for vCenter Server and Platform Services Controller.

  • vCenter Server services are no longer deployed separately from vCenter Server. Separately deployed 5.5 services are upgraded and migrated to the vCenter Server virtual machine or physical server during the upgrade process. For details on service migration, see Migration of Distributed vCenter Server for Windows Services During Upgrade to vCenter Server 6.0 and vCenter Server Example Upgrade Paths.

  • The installer automatically migrates the database from Microsoft SQL Server Express to the PostgreSQL database that is included in vCenter Server. For information about migrating from Microsoft SQL Server Express to Microsoft SQL Server before upgrading to VC 6.0, see the VMware knowledge base article at http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1028601 and the Microsoft documentation. To upgrade without migrating to the PostgreSQL database, see the VMware knowledge base article http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2109321.

Note:

If you are using an external vCenter Single Sign-On, you must upgrade it to Platform Services Controller 6.0 before upgrading your vCenter Server 5.5 instances to 6.0. See Upgrade vCenter Single Sign-On 5.5 for External Deployment.

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 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. Click Next and accept the license agreement.
  5. Enter your vCenter Server and vCenter Single Sign-On credentials.

    Option

    Action

    If vCenter Single Sign-On is installed on the same virtual machine or physical server

    1. Enter your vCenter Single Sign-On credentials.

    2. Deselect the Use the same credentials for vCenter Server check box to use different credentials for the vCenter Server user, and provide the credentials that you want to use.

    3. Click Next.

    The installer runs 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.

    If vCenter Single Sign-On is installed on a different virtual machine or physical server

    1. Enter your vCenter Server credentials, and click Next.

      The installer runs checks in the background to detect any issues that can cause the upgrade to fail.

    2. Register your vCenter Server with a vCenter Single Sign-On instance in an existing Platform Services Controller 6.0.

      1. Change the default vCenter Single Sign-On HTTPS port.

      2. Enter your vCenter Single Sign-On administrator password, and click Next.

    3. Verify the certificate provided by the remote server.

  6. Configure the ports and click Next.

    Verify that ports 80 and 443 are free and dedicated, so that vCenter Single Sign-On can use these ports. Otherwise, use custom ports during installation.

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

  7. Configure install, data, and export data 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Review the Summary page to verify that the settings are correct. Select the checkbox to verify that you have made a backup of the vCenter Server machine and the vCenter Server database and click Upgrade.

    The installer starts the upgrade process and displays a progress indicator. When the process is complete, the installer verifies the upgrade.

  10. Before clicking Finish, take note of the post upgrade steps.
  11. Click Finish to complete the upgrade.

Results

Your vCenter Server for Windows upgrade is complete. For information on post-upgrade tasks, see After Upgrading vCenter Server.