How to easily update your VMware vCenter Server Appliance from VCSA 6.5.x to 6.5.0d

Posted by Paul Braren on Apr 18 2017 (updated on Mar 31 2018) in
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  • Important Update - On Mar 20 2018, VMware VMSA-2018-0004.3 announced that CVE-2017-5715 (Spectre-2) mitigation is now included in the latest patch that you should be using instead of the older patch featured in the original article below. You'll find the newer article here:

    Article below as it originally appeared.

    vCenter Server Appliance 6.5.0d | 18 APRIL 2017 | ISO Build 5318154

    vCenter/VCSA 6.5 should be upgraded to 6.5.0d (aka 6.5 b) before upgrading your host(s) to ESXi 6.5.0d.

    There's a huge benefit to 6.5.0d, it introduces vSAN 6.6! See also:

    VMware vSAN 6.6 Release Notes

    VMware vSAN 6.6 | 18 April 2017 | ISO Build 5310538


    Check for additions and updates to these release notes.

    Once in a while, things are easy. One of the selling points of making the big move from vCenter + Windows to VCSA (vCenter Server Appliance) has been the ease of VCSA upgrades through the handy VAMI web UI. Emad even calls it sexy, who am I are argue? Yep, works as advertised, just like it did when going from 6.5 to 6.5.0a back in February, and to 6.5.0b in March, and to 6.5.0c just yesterday. This is a very easy upgrade, as shown screen-by-screen walk through below, and in the video below.


    • VCSA 6.5.x with Internet access/DNS configured

    If your VCSA has no internet access, consider downloading this offline update bundle instead:



    1. You need to do your homework before upgrading, if you're wondering why, read this.
    2. Do this VCSA 6.5.0d upgrade in a test environment first! Before attempting, you should be sure to have a full backup, such as the simple native VCSA backup button seen at top-right. You can also use a 3rd party backup solution such as NAKIVO or Veeam.
    3. At a minimum, do a snapshot (or backup) of this VCSA VM before upgrading, then make sure everything works alright after the upgrade, then remove the snapshot within a few days, to avoid performance degradation.

    If you're looking for how you get from 6.0.x to 6.5, that's more of a migration, and the right article for you is over here:

    Simple Upgrade from VCSA 6.5 to 6.5.0d using VAMI - Video

    VCSA upgrade to 6.5.0b using VAMI. Upgrading to 6.5.0d is essentially the same.

    Comprehensive walk thru video including VCSA and ESXi upgrades

    How to easily update your VCSA 6.5 to 6.5.0d Build 5318154 and ESXi to Build 5310538

    Simple Upgrade from VCSA 6.5 to 6.5.0d using VAMI - Screenshots

    Takes about 2 to 3 minutes to upgrade, if your VCSA VM is located on an SSD based datastore, such as the Samsung 960 EVO 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD I used for my home datacenter, featured in this video.

    in your browser, go to your VCSA IP or Name:5480
    login with root and your password
    along the left edge of DCUI, click 'Update', then click on 'Check Updates', then on 'Install Updates' and 'Install All Updates'
    click on 'I accept' checkbox, then click on 'Install'
    wait for a bit, on SSDs, a bit is less than 2 minutes
    wow, you're done already
    at left, click on 'Summary', then at right, click on 'Reboot'
    login with root and your password
    along the left edge of DCUI, click 'Update', optionally also clicking on 'Check Updates' then 'Check Repository', with the DCUI showing you confirmation that you're already done, we know you're at 6.5.0d since you're at Build Number 5318154.

    See also at TinkerTry