How to easily update your VMware vCenter Server Appliance from 6.5.x to 6.5 Update 1 (VCSA 6.5 U1)

Posted by Paul Braren on Jul 28 2017 (updated on Jul 29 2017) in
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    Read the Release Notes. The simple update method that this article details means you won't need the ISO Download Page for:
    ESXi 6.5 U1 | 27 JULY 2017 | Build 5973321

    This upgrade is also known as version 6.5.0.10000 or 6.5U1, as seen in the vCenter Server Appliance Management Interface (VAMI), as pictured above. It's the web UI featured throughout in this article, no command line needed.

    More about this upgrade in VMware Security Advisor VMSA-2017-0013:

    Severity: Moderate
    VMware vCenter Server and Tools updates resolve multiple security vulnerabilities
    CVE numbers: CVE-2017-4921, CVE-2017-4922, CVE-2017-4923, CVE-2015-5191


    Warning:
    vCenter / VCSA 6.5 should be upgraded to 6.5 Update 1 (aka 6.5 U1) before upgrading your host(s) to ESXi 6.5 Update 1.

    If you're coming from any version prior to 6.5.0d, there's a another benefit to 6.5 U1. Using this VCSA version, coupled with ESXi 6.5.0d, will enable you to enable the new and greatly improved vSAN 6.6.1! See also:

    Yep, upgrading via VAMI works as advertised for any 6.5.x release. I began using it when upgrading 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, 6.5.0e in June, finally to 6.5 U1 here in July. This is a very easy upgrade, as shown screen-by-screen walk through below, and in the video below.

    Prerequisite

    Preparations

    Warning:

    1. You need to do your homework before upgrading, if you're wondering why, read this.
    2. Do this VCSA 6.5 U1 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.
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    If you're looking for how you get from 6.0.x to 6.5.x, that's more of a migration, and the right article for you is over here:

    Simple Upgrade from VCSA 6.5.x to 6.5U1 using VAMI

    TinkerTry-5-step-VCSA-update-65U1
    along the left edge of DCUI, click 'Update', then click on 'Check Updates', then 'Check Repository', then under Available Updates, click on 'Install Updates' then choose 'Install All Updates', accept the EULA, and when it's done downloading and upgrading, you'll be prompted to reboot the VCSA appliance

    Simple Upgrade from VCSA 6.5.x to 6.5U1 using VAMI - Video

    VCSA upgrade to 6.5.0b using VAMI. Upgrading to 6.5 U1 Build 5973321 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. Upgrading to 6.5 U1 Build 5973321 is essentially the same.

    Compresensitve walk thru screenshots from VCSA 6.5.x to 6.5U1 using VAMI

    Takes about 2 to 5 minutes to upgrade, if you have fast internet, and 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.

    go-to-ip-or-name-of-your-vcsa-TinkerTry
    in your browser, go to your VCSA IP or Name:5480
    login-to-your-VCSA-TinkerTry
    login with root and your password
    TinkerTry-5-step-VCSA-update-65U1
    along the left edge of DCUI, click 'Update', then click on 'Check Updates', then 'Check Repository', then under Available Updates, click on 'Install Updates' then choose 'Install All Updates'
    click-on-I-accept-then-click-Install-TinkerTry
    click on 'I accept' checkbox, then click on 'Install'
    wait-for-your-VCSA-TinkerTry
    wait for a bit, on SSDs, a bit is less than 2 minutes
    upgraded-successfully-VCSA-TinkerTry
    wow, you're done already
    click-on-Summary-then-click-on-Reboot-TinkerTry
    at left, click on 'Summary', then at right, click on 'Reboot'
    login-to-your-VCSA-TinkerTry
    login with root and your password
    click-on-Update-then-on-Check-Updates-then-on-Check-Repository-TinkerTry
    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, since you're at 6.5.0.10000 Build Number 5973321

    See also at TinkerTry

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