When upgrading to vCenter Server 7.0, it is important to understand changes in component behavior for version 7.0 that can affect the upgrade process.

Understanding changes from previous versions of vSphere can help in your upgrade planning. For a complete list of new features in vSphere 7.0, see the Release Notes for version 7.0 releases.

vCenter Server Upgrade Methods

There are multiple methods for upgrading vCenter Server to version 7.0.

Supported Migration Path from vCenter Server for Windows to vCenter Server
You can migrate from an existing vCenter Server for Windows to a vCenter Server 7.0 deployment using a graphical user interface-based installer or a command-line interface-based installer. See Migrating vCenter Server for Windows to vCenter Server Appliance.
Support for Graphical User Interface (GUI) Deployments of vCenter Server
You can upgrade an existing vCenter Server appliance version 6.5 or 6.7 deployment to vCenter Server 7.0 using the GUI. See GUI Upgrade of the vCenter Server Appliance.
Support for Command Line Interface (CLI) Deployments of vCenter Server Appliance
You can upgrade an existing vCenter Server appliance version 6.5 or 6.7 deployment to vCenter Server 7.0 using the CLI. See CLI Upgrade of the vCenter Server Appliance.
Auto Deploy Changes
You can use a graphical user interface (GUI) for upgrading vCenter Server deployments that were initially set up with Auto Deploy.
VMware Update Manager Changes
You can use a graphical user interface (GUI) when upgrading vCenter Server deployments using VMware Update Manager.

Changes in Supported Deployment Types

Changes from previous versions of vSphere can affect your deployment type.

Mixed IPv4 and IPv6 Upgrade and Migration

  • Upgrade and migration from vCenter Server 6.5 or 6.7 to 7.0 is supported for pure IPv4 or pure IPv6 management networks only.
  • Upgrade and migration from a mixed mode IPv4 and IPv6 environment transfers configurations depending on the source deployment configuration.
    Table 1. Transfer of Networking Configuration Settings for Mixed Mode IPv4 and IPv6 Deployments
    Source configuration Settings transferred during upgrade or migration Settings not transferred during upgrade or migration
    DHCPv6 and AUTOv6 DHCPv6 AUTOv6
    DHCPv4 and DHCPv6 DHCPv4 DHCPv6
    DHCPv4 and AUTOv6 DHCPv4 AUTOv6
    DHCPv4 and Static IPv6 Static IPv6 DHCPv4
    Static IPv4 and AUTOv6 Static IPv4 AUTOv6
    Static IPv4 and DHCPv6 Static IPv4 DHCPv6
    Static IPv4 and Static IPv6 Static IPv4 and Static IPv6 -