To update one or more Supervisor Clusters, including the Kubernetes version that the Supervisor Cluster is running and the infrastructure supporting Tanzu Kubernetes clusters, you perform a vSphere Namespaces update.

There is a new version entity for vSphere with Tanzu. The version entity is a semantic version string in the form v1.16.7-vsc0.0.1-16128153, where the prefix is the Kubernetes version (v1.16.7) and the suffix is the vSphere with Tanzu version (vsc0.0.1-16128153).


Read the release notes before you perform a vSphere Namespaces update.

To install the necessary binaries, upgrade the vCenter Server appliance. See Upgrading the vCenter Server Appliance in the vCenter Server documentation.

Note: When you perform a vSphere Namespaces update, all provisioned Tanzu Kubernetes clusters must be in a running state. If a Tanzu Kubernetes is in a creating or deleting state, wait until the process finishes before updating a Supervisor Cluster, otherwise it might not succeed.


  1. Log in to the vCenter Server as a vSphere administrator.
  2. Select Menu > Workload Management.
  3. Select the Namespaces > Updates tab.
  4. Select the Available Version that you want to update to.
    For example, select the version v1.17.4-vsc0.0.1-16128153.
  5. Select one or more Supervisor Clusters to apply the update to.
  6. To initiate the update, click Apply Updates.
  7. Use the Recent Tasks pane to monitor the status of the update.