The vCenter Server upgrade wizard prompts you for the upgrade information. It is a best practice to keep a record of the values that you entered in case you must reinstall the product.


vSphere supports upgrades from vCenter Server 5.5 and later to vCenter Server 6.5. To upgrade from vCenter Server 5.0 or 5.1, you must first upgrade the vCenter Server instance to version 5.5 Update 2 and then upgrade it to vCenter Server 6.5. For information about upgrading vCenter Server 5.0 or 5.1 to version 5.5, see theVMware vSphere 5.5 Documentation.

You can use this worksheet to record information that you might need when upgrading vCenter Server for Windows in the future.

You will see the default values in the table below only if you left the default values when you installed the source vCenter Server instance.

Table 1. Information Required for Upgrading vCenter Server for Windows.

Required Information

Default Value

Your Entry

vCenter Single Sign-On administrator user name



The user must be administrator@your_domain_name.

You cannot change the default user name during upgrade.

vCenter Single Sign-On administrator password

Enable or disable Use the same credentials for vCenter Server

Enabled by default

vCenter Server user name



The user must be administrator@your_domain_name.

vCenter Server password

Syslog Service Port


Syslog Service TLS Port


Auto Deploy Management Port


Auto Deploy Service Port


ESXi Dump Collector Port


Destination Directory

The folder paths cannot contain non-ASCII characters, commas (,), periods (.), exclamation points (!), pound signs (#), at signs (@), or percentage signs (%).

Directory to install vCenter Server

C:\Program Files\VMware

Directory to store data for vCenter Server


Directory to which to export your 5.x data


Join or do not participate in the VMware Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP).

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

Join the CEIP