You can use vSphere Lifecycle Manager to upgrade the ESXi hosts in an environment where you have VMware NSX-T Data Center™ enabled.
- Verify that the ESXi hosts to upgrade are version 6.5 or later.
- vCenter Server version 6.7 or earlier
- VMware NSX-T Data Center™ 3.0
- Verify that the vmknics on the ESXi host are properly configured and the DHCP server works properly.
- Upgrade vCenter Server to version 7.0.
For more information about upgrading vCenter Server, see the vSphere Upgrade documentation.
- Import an ESXi 7.0 ISO image to the vSphere Lifecycle Manager depot.
For more information, see Import an ISO Image to the vSphere Lifecycle Manager Depot.
- Download the VMware NSX-T Data Center™ 3.0.0 NSX Kernel Module for VMware ESXi 7.0 from http://my.vmware.com.
- Import the kernel module to the vSphere Lifecycle Manager depot.
For more information, see Import Updates to the vSphere Lifecycle Manager Depot.
- Create an upgrade baseline with the imported ESXi 7.0 ISO image.
For more information, see Create a Host Upgrade Baseline.
- Create an extension baseline with the uploaded NSX kernel module.
For more information, see Create a Host Extension Baseline.
- Create a baseline group that contains the newly created upgrade and extension baselines.
For more information, see Create a Host Baseline Group.
- Attach the baseline group to a cluster.
For more information, see Attach Baselines and Baseline Groups to Objects.
- Remediate the cluster against the attached baseline group.
For more information, see Remediate ESXi Hosts Against a Single Baseline or Multiple Baselines.