Updating my lab to vSphere 6.5 – part 1

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Since vSphere 6.5 is now GA, i decided to update my lab and provide a step by step guide for the upgrade. In this post i will discuss the vCenter appliance upgrade first and then i will create another post for upgrading the hosts in the lab. Prerequisites : Before you start the upgrade please read carefully the following KB article: https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2147548 This article contain important information before you start upgrading, the article includes what products are not supported and considerations before you upgrade.   In my lab i am using VUM and before I started the upgrade process i need to copy the migration-assistant directory to my VUM server and run the VMware-Migration-Assistant.exe see the following link: http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-65/index.jsp?topic=%2Fcom.vmware.vsphere.upgrade.doc%2FGUID-6A39008B-A78C-4632-BC55-0517205198C5.html   Current version: Before we start here is the current version of the…
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VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 1.3 – part 2

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In this post we will continue to discuss VMware Deploy and Configure Update Manager Components here are the objectives from the blueprint that i am going to cover: Perform VUM orchestrated vSphere upgrades Lab Setup: Using VMware workstation: Microsoft Servers 2012R2 for Services (DNS , DHCP, etc…) Microsoft Servers 2012R2 Installed with VMware Update Manager Vmware VCSA (update2) Two ESXi host with (update1)  Documents used: VMware Installing and Administrating VMware Update Manager The lab: Perform VUM orchestrated vSphere upgrades: For this objective I installed new lab in my VMware workstation and i will like to update both of my ESXi hosts to the latest version (update2) I followed the procedure from vmware documents (link : https://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-60/index.jsp#com.vmware.vsphere.upgrade.doc/GUID-EA533B15-00FD-4F76-AB6D-8902B3E69CBE.html)   here is a summary of the procedure : Configure hosts maintenance mode settings Configure…
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VCP6-DCV blueprint section 4:Upgrade a vSphere Deployment to 6.x – Objective 4.2

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In this post we will continue covering the upgrade a vSphere deployment objective from the blueprint. The following are the blueprint objective: Compare the methods of upgrading vCenter Server Backup vCenter Server database, configuration and certificate datastore Determine correct order of steps to upgrade a vSphere implementation Given a scenario, determine the upgrade compatibility of an environment Upgrade vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA)   Compare the methods of upgrading vCenter Server: Depending on your previous version of your vSphere environment  you can decide which upgrade path to use. in vSphere upgrade document you will find all paths to upgrade: for example upgrade from vCenter 5.X with embedded services [caption id="attachment_620" align="aligncenter" width="977"] Source: VMwar vSphere Upgrade document[/caption]   or if you want to upgrade vCenter 5.X with external services: [caption id="attachment_623" align="aligncenter" width="950"] Source:…
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