How to easily update your VMware vCenter Server Appliance from 6.5.x to 6.5 Update 1 (VCSA 6.5 U1)
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.
VMware vCenter Server Appliance
Read the Release Notes. The simple update method that this article details means you won't need to hunt around for the OVA Download Page for:
vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 Update 1 | 27 JULY 2017 | Build 5973321
This upgrade is also known as version 184.108.40.20600 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 Advisory VMSA-2017-0013:
VMware vCenter Server and Tools updates resolve multiple security vulnerabilities
CVE numbers: CVE-2017-4921, CVE-2017-4922, CVE-2017-4923, CVE-2015-5191
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:
- VMware vSphere 6.5 Update 1 downloads available (VCSA 6.5 U1 / ESXi 6.5 U1), new vSAN 6.6.1 goodness baked right in
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.
- 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 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.
- 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.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
Simple Upgrade from VCSA 6.5.x to 6.5U1 using VAMI - Video
Comprehensive walk thru video including VCSA and ESXi upgrades
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.
See also at TinkerTry
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Jan 29 2017 by Michael White at Notes from MWhite