Upgrade from vSphere 5 to vSphere 5.1 – Part 3.1

Before you start:

Rule #1 – make sure you have a vCenter and VMware Update Manager database backup before start

Rule #2 – make sure you have a backup of vCenter server itself, if it’s VM make a clone just before you start upgrade.

Rule #3 – read docs from below links:

[box type=”warning”] vCenter Server 5.1 requires vCenter Single Sign On and Inventory Service. You must install or update these components in this order: vCenter Single Sign On, Inventory Service before vCenter server instance upgrade.[/box]

Step #3.1 – upgrading vCenter server to vSphere 5.1 – in place upgrade (upgrade on legacy OS)

  • Mount ISO with installation repository and start installation wizard and click on VMware vCenter server
  • Chose language version
  • Click next on Warning screen with information about upgrade of earlier version of vCenter server

  • Specify ODBC to vCenter DB
  • Upgrade existing vCenter DB and tick box below to confirm that backup was taken

  • Choose method on upgrade vCenter server agent on connected hosts to upgraded vCenter server

  • Run vCenter server as a system account
  • Specify vCenter server communication ports – if you change default settings make sure you wrote down ports number – you will save yourself a lot of work in the feature 🙂
  • Choose JVM memory configuration
  • Provide vCenter SSO administrator username and password

  • Provide URL to vCenter inventory services

  • Change installation folder if necessary and click Next
  • Click install and wait for installation to complete.
  • Connect suing vSphere client
Step #2- Installing vCenter inventory services.
Step#4 – Upgrading VMware vSphere Update Manager

Artur Krzywdzinski

Artur is Consulting Architect at Nutanix. He has been using, designing and deploying VMware based solutions since 2005 and Microsoft since 2012. He specialize in designing and implementing private and hybrid cloud solution based on VMware and Microsoft software stacks, datacenter migrations and transformation, disaster avoidance. Artur holds VMware Certified Design Expert certification (VCDX #077).