Before you upgrade or migrate your environment to vSphere 6.5, you must move any deprecated deployment topology to a supported deployment topology.

When you first install vCenter Server 5.5 or 6.0, you deployment includes either an embedded Platform Services Controller or vCenter Single Single-On, or an external Platform Services Controller or vCenter Single Single-On.

If you upgrade or migrate your deployment later you have two options:

  • Join a vCenter Server with an external Platform Services Controller to a Platform Services Controller.

  • Join an external Platform Services Controller to a Platform Services Controller.

The installer does not validate whether the Platform Services Controller is external or embedded with vCenter Server. Although many types of join operations are possible, not all resulting topologies are supported. Before you upgrade or migrate your environment to vSphere 6.5, you must move any deprecated deployment topology to a supported deployment topology.

Moving to a Supported Topology from vCenter Server instances with Embedded Platform Services Controller or vCenter Single Single-On in Replication

Figure 1. Deprecated Topology of vCenter Server instances with Embedded Platform Services Controller or vCenter Single Single-On in Replication

To move a vSphere 5.5 deployment to a supported topology, follow the instructions in http://kb.vmware.com /kb/2130433.

To move a vSphere 6.0 deployment to a supported topology, see the instructions on repointing the connections between vCenter Server and Platform Services Controller in the vSphere Upgrade 6.0 documentation.

Moving to a Supported Topology from a vCenter Server Pointing to an Embedded Platform Services Controller

Figure 2. Deprecated topology of a vCenter Server Pointing to an Embedded Platform Services Controller

To move a vSphere 5.5 deployment to a supported topology, follow the instructions in http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2128430.

To move a vSphere 6.0 deployment to a supported topology, see the instructions on repointing the connections between vCenter Server and Platform Services Controller in the vSphere Upgrade 6.0 documentation.

Moving to a Supported Topology from an Embedded Platform Services Controller and an External Platform Services Controller in Replication

Figure 3. Deprecated Topology of an Embedded Platform Services Controller and an External Platform Services Controller in Replication

To move a vSphere 5.5 deployment to a supported topology, follow the instructions in http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2130436.

To move a vSphere 6.0 deployment to a supported topology, see the instructions on repointing the connections between vCenter Server and Platform Services Controller in the vSphere Upgrade 6.0 documentation.