If your cluster contains stateful ESXi 6.0 hosts, you use the present workflow to resolve version compliance errors when upgrading vCenter Server with version 6.0 to version 6.5.

It is recommended to upgrade your host profiles to the same version as your vCenter Server.


  • Your cluster contains ESXi 6.0 hosts.

  • Your vCenter Server is with version 6.0.

  • A host profile with version 6.0 is attached to the cluster.


  1. Create a host profile from an ESXi 6.0 host.
  2. Apply the host profile to the cluster.
  3. Upgrade your vCenter Server to version 6.5.

    There are no changes in the vCenter Server configurations.

  4. Create a rule with an image profile version 6.5 and select the cluster.
  5. Activate the rule.
  6. Boot all ESXi hosts in the cluster.

    All hosts are compliant with the host profile.

    Remediation and check that compliance operations are available, but the host profile with version 6.0 cannot be edited.


    Skip the next steps, to use your current host profiles version 6.0.

    The hosts boot using the new rule and the new host profile is applied.

  7. (Optional) Extract a new host profile from an ESXi 6.5 host.

    There are some changed parameters for the host profile policy. For more information, see Answer File Field and Host Profile Extraction.

  8. (Optional) Attach the host profile with version 6.5 to the cluster.

    The host customization data auto-populates.

    All host profile operations are available.

What to do next

Proceed with upgrading the vCenter Server to version 6.7. For more information, see Recommended Host Profiles Upgrade Workflows.