Custom installations of vCenter Server 5.5 for Windows that have services located across multiple machines are upgraded and relocated (if required) to the vCenter Server system during the upgrade or migration process.
If all vCenter Server 5.5 services are deployed in the same system, they are upgraded in place without any need for configuration after upgrade. However, if you have one or more services deployed remotely, the upgrade and migration software relocates your service or services to the vCenter Server virtual machine or physical server during upgrade or migration. Some services require reconfiguration or other actions after upgrade or migration. These vCenter Server 5.5 for Windows services are relocated to become part of the vCenter Server group of services during the upgrade or migration process:
- vSphere Web Client
- vSphere Auto Deploy
- vSphere Syslog Collector
- vSphere ESXi Dump Collector
- vSphere Update Manager
vCenter Inventory Services functionality is replaced by the vCenter Content Library and other services which are part of vCenter Server 6.5. The upgrade or migration process migrates the data from vCenter Inventory Service to the new database support services in vCenter Server 6.5.
vSphere Syslog Collector functionality is replaced by vCenter Server services functionality.
vCenter Server and vCenter Single Sign-On are the only services that are not relocated. vCenter Single Sign-On instances are upgraded in place to become part of an external Platform Services Controller instance if they are deployed on a system other than the system where the vCenter Server resides.
|Service Name||Service Location Before Upgrade||Service Location After Upgrade||Post-Upgrade Actions|
|vCenter Inventory Service||Not installed on the vCenter Server system||Replaced with vCenter Content Library as part of the vCenter Server services||
vCenter Inventory Service 5.5 data is copied to the vCenter Content Library instance that is installed with vCenter Server 6.5. You do not need to copy it manually.
vCenter Inventory Service 5.5 is still running but no longer used. It must be manually stopped and removed.
|vSphere Web Client||Not installed on the vCenter Server system||Installed as part of the vCenter Server services||
vCenter Server 5.5 data is copied to the vSphere Web Client 6.5 instance that is installed with vCenter Server 6.5.
vSphere Web Client 5.5 is still running but is no longer used. It must be manually stopped and removed.
|vSphere Auto Deploy||Not installed on the vCenter Server system||Relocated as part of the vCenter Server system||
vSphere Auto Deploy data is copied to the Auto Deploy 6.5 instance that is installed with vCenter Server 6.5.
Repoint vCenter Server DHCP settings to the migrated vSphere Auto Deploy service.vCenter Server
vSphere Auto Deploy 5.5 is still running but is no longer used. It must be manually stopped and removed.
|vSphere Syslog Collector||Not installed on the vCenter Server system||Relocated as part of the vCenter Server services
Data is not retained. Configurations for ports, protocols, and rotation log size are preserved.
|vSphere ESXi Dump Collector||Not installed on the vCenter Server system||Installed as part of the vCenter Server services
Data is not retained.
|vSphere Update Manager||Not installed on the vCenter Server system||Relocated as part of the vCenter Server system or the vCenter Server Appliance||Run Migration Assistant on the source Update Manager machine, if Update Manager is installed on an different machine from vCenter Server.|
For more information about upgrade scenarios, see Example Upgrade Paths for vCenter Server version 5.5 to version 6.5.
For more information about migration scenarios, see Example Migration Paths from vCenter Server for Windows to vCenter Server Appliance 6.5.
When migrating vCenter Server instances to vCenter Server Appliance instances, some services do not behave the same way for vCenter Server for Windows and vCenter Server Appliance. For details on services that differ between vCenter Server for Windows and vCenter Server Appliance, see Differences between Upgrading and Migrating vCenter Server on Windows.