After you upgrade vCloud Director and NSX Manager, you must upgrade the vCenter Server systems and ESXi hosts that are registered to vCloud Director. After you upgrade all attached vCenter Server systems and ESXi hosts, you can upgrade the NSX Edges.

Prerequisites

Verify that you have already upgraded each NSX Manager that is associated with the vCenter Server systems that are attached to your cloud. See Upgrade Each NSX Manager That Is Associated with an Attached vCenter Server System.

Procedure

  1. Disable the vCenter Server instance.
    1. In the vCloud Director Web Console, click the Manage and Monitor tab, and, in the left pane, click vCenters.
    2. Right-click the target vCenter Server name and click Disable.
    3. Click Yes.
  2. Upgrade the vCenter Server system.

    For information, see vCenter Server Upgrade.

  3. Verify all vCloud Director public URLs and certificate chains.
    1. In the vCloud Director Web Console, click the Administration tab, and, in the left pane, click Public Addresses.
    2. Verify all public addresses.
  4. Refresh the vCenter Server registration with vCloud Director.
    1. In the vCloud Director Web Console, click the Manage and Monitor tab, and, in the left pane, click vCenters.
    2. Right-click the target vCenter Server name and click Refresh.
    3. Click Yes.
  5. Upgrade each ESXi host that the upgraded vCenter Server system supports.

    See the VMware ESXi Upgrade.

    Important:

    To ensure that you have enough upgraded host capacity to support the virtual machines in your cloud, upgrade hosts in small batches. When you do this, host agent upgrades can complete in time to allow virtual machines to migrate back to the upgraded host.

    1. Use the vCenter Server system to put the host into maintenance mode and allow all the virtual machines on that host to migrate to another host.
    2. Upgrade the host.
    3. Use the vCenter Server system to reconnect the host.
    4. Use the vCenter Server system to take the host out of maintenance mode.
  6. (Optional) Upgrade NSX Edges managed by the NSX Manager associated with the upgraded vCenter Server system.

    Upgraded NSX Edges deliver improvements in performance and integration. You can use either NSX Manager or vCloud Director upgrade NSX Edges.

    • For information about using NSX Manager to upgrade NSX Edges, see the NSX for vSphere documentation at https://docs.vmware.com.

    • To use vCloud Director to upgrade an NSX Edges, you must operate on the vCloud Director network object that the Edge supports:

      • An appropriate upgrade of an Edge Gateway occurs automatically when you use either the vCloud Director Web console or vCloud API to reset a network that the Edge Gateway serves.

      • Redeploying an Edge Gateway upgrades the associated NSX Edge appliance.

      • Resetting a vApp network from within the context of the vApp upgrades the NSX Edge appliance associated with that network. To use vCloud Director Web console to reset a vApp network from within the context of a vApp, navigate to the Networking tab for the vApp, display its networking details, right-click the vApp network, and select Reset Network.

      For more information on how to redeploy Edge Gateways and reset vApp networks, see the vCloud Director Web console online help or the vCloud API Programming Guide.

What to do next

Repeat this procedure for the other vCenter Server systems registered to your vCloud Director installation.