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in blueprint - 17 Jan, 2016
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VCP6-DCV blueprint section 4:Upgrade a vSphere Deployment to 6.x – Objective 4.1 – Part 2

In this post we will continue covering the upgrade a vSphere deployment objective from the blueprint.

In this post we will cover the following:

  • Setup UMDS to setup download repository
  • Import ESXi images
  • Upgrade an ESXi Host using vCenter Update Manager
  • Stage multiple ESXi Host upgrades
  • Upgrade a vSphere Distributed Switch
  • Upgrade VMware Tools
  • Upgrade Virtual Machine hardware

 

Setup UMDS to setup download repository:

To install UMDS , you will need the Windows vCenter DVD again (same as VUM)

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From VMware Documentation :

The default location in 64-bit Windows is C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\Infrastructure\Update Manager.

To set up a download of all ESXi host updates and all virtual appliance upgrades, run the  following command: vmware-umds -S –enable-host –enable-va
To set up a download of all ESXi host updates and disable the download of virtual appliance upgrades, run the following command: vmware-umds -S –enable-host –disable-va
To set up a download of all virtual appliance upgrades and disable the download of host updates,run the following command: vmware-umds -S –disable-host –enable-va

Change the patch repository directory by running the command: vmware-umds -S –patch-store your_new_patchstore_folder

To add a new URL address for downloading patches and notifications for ESXi 5.x or ESXi 6.0 hosts, run the following command: vmware-umds -S –add-url https://host_URL/index.xml –url-type HOST
To add a URL address for downloading virtual appliance upgrades, run the following command: vmware-umds -S –add-url https://virtual_appliance_URL/index.xml –url-type VA

To start the updates downloads: vmware-umds -D

To create the bundle to export : vmware-umds -E –export-store repository_path

 

Once done you can now setup a shared repository for VUM:

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Import ESXi images:

To import ESXi image Click on Update manager >> Manage >>ESXi images >> import ESXi images

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Upgrade an ESXi Host using vCenter Update Manager:

Using the ESXi image from the import section we can now create a base line and attached that to the host

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Stage multiple ESXi Host upgrades:

To perform this task you will need to remediate the hosts in the cluster and follow the wizard (make sure you attached the baseline to all host that need to be upgraded!)

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Upgrade a vSphere Distributed Switch:

to upgrade vDS right click on the vDS and click on upgrade , click on upgrade vDS

VDSup

 

Upgrade VMware Tools:

To upgrade VMware tools you can do it via the setting of the VM or use VUM.

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Upgrade Virtual Machine hardware:

You need first to check the version of the HW compatibility of the VM and to actually do the upgrade right click on the VM>> Compatibility >> Upgrade VM Compatibility

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Thanks for reading

Mordi.

 

 

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