The vCenter Server Appliance upgrade wizard prompts you for the deployment information. It is a best practice to keep a record of the values that you entered in case you must reinstall the product.

Important: Upgrades from vCenter Server Appliance 5.1 Update 3 and later to vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 are supported. To upgrade vCenter Server Appliance 5.0, you must first upgrade the vCenter Server Appliance to version 5.1 Update 3 or 5.5 Update 2 and then upgrade it to vCenter Server Appliance 6.0. For information about upgrading vCenter Server Appliance 5.0 to version 5.1 Update 3, see the VMware vSphere 5.1 Documentation. For information about upgrading vCenter Server Appliance 5.0 to version 5.5 Update 2, see the VMware vSphere 5.5 Documentation.

You can use this worksheet to record the information that you need for upgrading a vCenter Server Appliance version 5.1 Update 3 or 5.5.x.

Table 1. Information Required for Upgrading vCenter Server Appliance 5.1.x or 5.5..x
Required Information Default Value Your Entry
IP address or FQDN of the target ESXi host on which you upgrade the vCenter Server Appliance
Credentials of a user who has administrative rights on the target ESXi host Target ESXi host user name
Target ESXi host password
vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 name
Version of the vCenter Server Appliance to upgrade to vCenter Server Appliance 6.0
Data for the vCenter Server Appliance to upgrade vCenter Server Appliance IP address or FQDN
vCenter Single Sign-On administrator user name If you upgrade from vCenter Server Appliance 5.5.x this is administrator@vsphere.local
Password of the vCenter Single Sign-On administrator
vCenter Server HTTPS port number
Password of the root user
Temporary upgrade files path /tmp/vmware/cis-export-folder
Migrate performance & other historical data Disabled by default
IP address or FQDN of the source ESXi host on which the vCenter Server Appliance that you want to upgrade resides
Credentials of a user who has administrative rights on the source ESXi host Source ESXi host user name
Source ESXi host password
vCenter Single Sign-On settings

Only if you upgrade from vCenter Server Appliance version 5.1.x

vCenter Single Sign-On password
vCenter Single Sign-On domain name
vCenter Single Sign-On site name
vCenter Server Appliance size.

The options vary depending on the size of your vSphere environment.

  • Tiny (up to 20 hosts, 400 virtual machines)
  • Small (up to 150 hosts, 3,000 virtual machines)
  • Medium (up to 300 hosts, 6,000 virtual machines)
  • Large (up to 1,000 hosts, 10,000 virtual machines)
Tiny (up to 20 hosts, 400 virtual machines)
Name of the datastore on which the new version of the vCenter Server Appliance is deployed
Enable or disable thin disk mode. Disabled by default
Temporary network for communication between the vCenter Server Appliance to upgrade and the new vCenter Server Appliance
IP address version IPv4
IP address allocation method DHCP
Static assignment settings Network address
Subnet mask
Network gateway
Network DNS servers, separated with commas
Enable or disable SSH Disabled by default