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.
- 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.
- Using dual IP stacks (IPv4 and IPv6) is not supported.