How to easily update your VMware vCenter Server Appliance from 6.5.x to 6.5 Update 1d (VCSA 6.5 U1d)
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.
It's that time of year when IT Pros lucky enough to have a few days off upgrade their home labs. This VMware update arrives just in time for the holidays, and this article gets you ready to start 2018 off right!
Read the Release Notes. The simple update method that this article details means you won't need the
VMware-VCSA-all-6.5.0-7312210.iso from the Download Page for:
vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 Update 1d | 19 DEC 2017 | Build 7312210
This upgrade is also known as version 126.96.36.19900 or 6.5U1d, 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.
- 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, 6.5 U1 in July, and finally 6.5 U1d here in December. This is an 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 U1d 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:
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.
- vSphere 6.5 Core Storage white paper - one home virtualization lab enthusiast's perspective
Dec 07 2016
- My vSphere 6.5 Upgrade Checklist – painful
Jan 29 2017 by Michael White at Notes from MWhite