VCP6-DCV blueprint section 4:Upgrade a vSphere Deployment to 6.x – Objective 4.1 – Part 1

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So we are done with the storage part (for now, until we get to the troubleshooting part ) and now its time for upgrading vSphere deployment section. As usual i might not follow the blueprint order but i will try to cover all the subjects.

The following are the blueprint objective:

  • Configure download source(s)
  • Setup UMDS to setup download repository
  • Import ESXi images
  • Create Baselines and/or Baseline groups
  • Attach Baselines to vSphere objects
  • Scan vSphere objects
  • Stage patches & Extensions
  • Remediate an object
  • Upgrade a vSphere Distributed Switch
  • Upgrade VMware Tools
  • Upgrade Virtual Machine hardware
  • Upgrade an ESXi Host using vCenter Update Manager
  • Stage multiple ESXi Host upgrades
  • Align appropriate baselines with target inventory objects.


Some thoughts:

To cover this objective , i looked at blueprint resources and they mention that we need to use the VMware upgrade guide which dont cover most of the objective , so i find out that we actually need to use VUM(VMware Update Manager) document .

so i decided to install VUM i also noticed that you cant install VUM on active dirctory cluster (see this KB:

and since i used all my main computer resources i needed to find a way to install that , so i installed VUM as a VM which is VERY BAD practice but i am just studying so NOTE TO SELF: improve lab and add additional VM just for update manager or a vCenter server should not be an appliance

I am sure that in the futures objectives i will find out more about my lab design

Installing VUM:

You will have to install VUM from the Windows vCenter CD (even if you use vCSA) , so make sure download it. Installation is very simple so not going to focus on installation screenshots. The only thing you have to do after the install is to install the plugin for vCenter web client.




Configure download source(s):

Before you configure download sources make sure there is no firewall issues with the following ports

Source: VMware Installing and Administering VMware vSphere Update Manager document



Also you will have to have the required privileges: VMware vSphere Update Manager.Configure

To configure download sources click on Update Manager >> manage >> Setting >> Download Setting >> Edit. As you can see there is already default sources configured for you and you can have your own sources configured.



Create Baselines and/or Baseline groups:

To create baseline click on Update Manager >> manage >> Hosts Baselines >> add(+).


Choose a name for you baseline.


Choose Fixed or Dynamic


Apply the Criteria


Choose the patches to Exclude and then add additional patches (In my case i dont have anything to show), and then click on Finish .VUM15


Attach Baselines to vSphere objects:

to attached baseline to an object Right click on the object >> Update Manager >> Attach Baseline


And than choose the base line, click OK.



Scan vSphere objects:

To scan object for updates  Right click on the object >> Update Manager >> Scan for Updates.


Choose Patches or upgrades or both.


Once done you can check under the Update Manager tab for complaint.


Stage patches & Extensions:

To stage patches and extensions (basically means copy the patches to the object)   Right click on the object >> Update Manager >> Stage Patches 


Choose the baseline, and than continue with the wizard (choose the Hosts and Patches)


Remediate an object:

To remediate(Installing the patches)   Right click on the object >> Update Manager >> Remediate



Thanks for reading



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