Saturday, June 27, 2020

Upgraded vCenter 6.5 to 7.0 and ESXi 6.0 -> 6.5 -> 7.0

I saw @duncanyb tweeting vcenter 7.0 was released
With a LAB env at vcenter 6.5 and ESX 6.0 I downloaded the vcenter 7.0 ISO

https://my.vmware.com/en/web/vmware/downloads/info/slug/datacenter_cloud_infrastructure/vmware_vsphere/7_0

mounted the ISO and executed the WIN32 installer

as expected, I ran into the ESX6.0 not compatible for vcenter 7.0 and proceeded to update all 3 hosts in the lab to 6.5U3(Cisco custom ISO)

I re-ran the vcenter 7.0 installer and it still complained about one ESX host < 6.5
This was not reconciling with all ESX at 6.5 in vcenter, so I logged into the VCSA and ran postgres queries to determine one of the ESX hosts updated to 6.5 was still recorded as 6.0

https://www.virten.net/2020/05/connect-and-work-with-the-vcsa-embedded-vpostgres-database/

So I put that ESX in maintenance mode, removed from vcenter and re-added it - now recorded as ESX 6.5

Re-ran the vcenter 7.0 installer and upgrade to vcenter 7.0 proceeded without issues

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vCenter 7.0 proxy updates issue

I wanted to test the vCenter 7.0 build in update feature, and it failed accessing the previous vCenter 6.5 proxy
This is a known issue, and solved by disabling the proxy and ssh'ing into the VCSA to put the proxy settings into the VCSA /etc/wgetrc
vCenter update then proceeded without issue