You upgrade the vSphere Replication appliance and any additional vSphere Replication servers by using a downloaded ISO image.

The downloadable ISO image is the only means of upgrading from vSphere Replication 5.5.x or 5.6 to vSphere Replication 5.8. You cannot use vSphere Update Manager or the virtual appliance management interface (VAMI) of the vSphere Replication appliance to upgrade vSphere Replication from version 5.5.x or 5.6 to version 5.8.

You cannot upgrade vSphere Replication 5.1.x directly to version 5.8. You must upgrade from version 5.1.x to 5.5.x or 5.6 first, and then upgrade from version 5.5.x or 5.6 to 5.8 by using the ISO image for vSphere Replication 5.8.

You cannot downgrade to a previous version of vSphere Replication.

vSphere Replication Upgrade Scenarios

These examples of upgrade and update scenarios are not exhaustive. For the full list of supported upgrade paths, see the Compatibility Matrixes for vSphere Replication 5.8 at https://www.vmware.com/support/vsphere-replication/doc/vsphere-replication-compat-matrix-5-8.html.

  • You cannot upgrade from vSphere Replication 5.1.x to vSphere Replication 5.8. You use the relevant ISO image to upgrade from version 5.1.x to vSphere Replication 5.5.x or 5.6, and then upgrade to version 5.8 by using the ISO image for vSphere Replication 5.8.

  • You can update vSphere Replication 5.5.x to 5.8 by using the ISO image for vSphere Replication 5.8.

  • You cannot upgrade from vSphere Replication 5.5.x to 5.8 by using Update Manager or the VAMI.

  • You cannot upgrade from vSphere Replication 5.6 to 5.8 by using Update Manager or the VAMI.