How to easily update your VMware vCenter Server Appliance from VCSA 6.5.x to 6.5.0e
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:
- How to easily update your VMware vCenter Server Appliance from 6.5.x to 6.5 Update 1g (VCSA 6.5 U1g) with Spectre mitigation
Article below as it originally appeared.
vCenter Server Appliance 6.5.0e | 15 JUNE 2017 | ISO Build 5705665
- Full Patch for VMware vCenter Server Appliance 6.5.0e (2150416)
Product Patch for vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 containing VMware software fixes, security fixes, and Third Party Product fixes. This patch is applicable for vCenter Server and Platform Services Controller Appliances.
vCenter/VCSA 6.5 should be upgraded to 6.5.0e (aka 6.5 e) before upgrading your host(s) to ESXi 6.5.0d. There is currently no ESXi 6.5.0e version.
There's benefits to 6.5.0e, especially if you're coming from any version prior to 6.5.0d, since this VCSA version, coupled with ESXi 6.5.0d, will enable you to enable the new and greatly improved vSAN 6.6! See also:
- vSAN 6.6 arrives just 6 months after the last big release, baked right into those vSphere 6.5.0d bits that went GA today!
Yep, upgrading via VAMI 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 and 6.5.0d in April, and finally to 6.5.0e in June. 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:
- VMware vCenter Server Appliance Update Bundle
- You need to do your homework before upgrading, if you're wondering why, read this.
- Do this VCSA 6.5.0e 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.
- 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 6.5.0e using VAMI - Video
Comprehensive walk thru video including VCSA and ESXi upgrades
Simple Upgrade from VCSA 6.5 to 6.5.0e 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.
See also at TinkerTry
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- My vSphere 6.5 Upgrade Checklist – painful
Jan 29 2017 by Michael White at Notes from MWhite