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How to upgrade vCenter Server 6.5 to vCenter Server 7 Step by Step

VMware has recently announced the newer version of vCenter Server 7 which included many new features, fixes & enhancements. vCenter Server 7 completely removed the Platform service controller functionality, Flash client as well as Windows based vCenter server. In this post we will see on how we can upgrade vCenter 6.5 to vCenter 7 step by step.

vCenter Server 7 includes many new features, functionalities as well as many things improved which were not present in previous versions. Below are some of the key features of vSphere 7:

  1. vSphere with Kubernetes
  2. Improved DRS
  3. Assignable Hardware
  4. vSphere Lifecycle manager
  5. Refactored vMotion
  6. Intrinsic Security

Above listed are the key changes to the vSphere but VMware has made many changes in existing features as well. So that can only be seen when you actually using the vCenter server 7.

In this post we are using below versions of vCenter server 6.5 & vCenter server 7. It is recommended to check for supported upgrade paths before you go for upgrade so you can avoid any issues later.

  • Current vCenter version: vCenter Server 6.5.0 8024368
  • New vCenter versions: vCenter Server 7.0.0 16749653

So let’s start the vCenter upgrade process:

Step 1:
You must download the vCenter server ISO file from VMware portal first.
Download & mount the ISO.

vcenter server upgrade 6.5 to 7.0

Step 2:
Open the ISO go to vcsa-ui-installer > win32.
Run the Installer to start the vCenter wizard.

vcenter server upgrade 6.5 to 7.0

Step 3:
You will see 4 options Install, Upgrade, Migrate & Restore.
In this case we are upgrading existing vCenter Server appliance from 6.5 so choose Upgrade option.

vcenter server upgrade 6.5 to 7.0

Step 4:
Click Next to continue.

vcenter server upgrade 6.5 to 7.0

Step 5:
Read & accept the license agreement. click Next to continue.

vcenter server upgrade 6.5 to 7.0

Step 6:
First we need to provide our source vCenter Server details which we want to upgrade.
So provide source vCenter server hostname & click Connect to source.

vcenter server upgrade 6.5 to 7.0

Step 7:
You will need to provide the source vCenter Server SSO & root credentials here.
You need to provide the ESXi host details on which source vCenter Server is running.
Click Next to continue.

vcenter server upgrade 6.5 to 7.0

Step 8:
Provide the ESXi host details on which you want to deploy the new vCenter Server. click Next to continue.

vcenter server upgrade 6.5 to 7.0

Step 9:
Here you can set the name for the new vCenter Server & set root password.
Click Next to continue.

vcenter server upgrade 6.5 to 7.0

Step 10:
You can choose the deployment size according to your environment.
You need to have adequate resources in your environment to deploy the new vCenter server.
Click Next to continue.

vcenter server upgrade 6.5 to 7.0

Step 11:
You can choose the datastore on which you want to deploy the vCenter Server.
If you want to go for thin disk than you can enable check mark “Enable Thin Disk Mode”.
Click Next to continue.

vcenter server upgrade 6.5 to 7.0

Step 12:
Configure networking for new vCenter Server.
New vCenter will use your existing IP only but first to deploy it will require one temporary IP address.
So provide the networking details & click Next to continue.

vcenter server upgrade 6.5 to 7.0

Step 13:
Review the configuration you have made & click Finish to start deployment.

vcenter server upgrade 6.5 to 7.0

Step 14:
vCenter deployment process may take sometime according to your environment.
Once completed you will see below screen. click Continue to go ahead.

vcenter server upgrade 6.5 to 7.0

Step 15:
Click Next to continue here.

vcenter server upgrade 6.5 to 7.0

Step 16:
Wizard will run pre-checks & it will give any warning or error if any can occur during process.
So make sure you don’t have any errors so that vCenter can be upgraded successfully.
Click Close to close the prompt.

vcenter server upgrade 6.5 to 7.0

Step 17:
Here you can select which data of your source vCenter Server you want to copy to the new vCenter Server.
Based on the data it will show you the estimated time.
Click Next to continue.

vcenter server upgrade 6.5 to 7.0

Step 18:
If you want to opt for VMware customer experience improvement program that you can do it here.
Click Next to continue.

vcenter server upgrade 6.5 to 7.0

Step 19:
Before starting make sure that you have taken necessary backups.
Review the configuration & click Finish to start the configuration.

vcenter server upgrade 6.5 to 7.0

You will get warning for existing vCenter Server shutdown. So don’t worry about that it is the process of upgrade.
Click OK to continue.

vcenter server upgrade 6.5 to 7.0

Configuration will take time according to your environment. Once completed you will see below screen.
You can click on Close to exit the wizard.

vcenter server upgrade 6.5 to 7.0

 

That’s it, Using this way you can easily upgrade your existing vCenter Server 6.5 to vCenter Server 7 step by step with minimal downtime.

Note: vCenter Server upgrade is not in place upgrade where your existing vCenter will be upgraded but here new vCenter is deployed & your source vCenter configuration & data will be copied to new vCenter Server so that you don’t loose anything.

If you face any error or any issues while upgradation you can simple power on the existing vCenter Server any time.

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Mayur Parmar

Hi I am Mayur Parmar. Independent Author & Founder of Mastering VMware. I am working in IT industry for more than 4 Years with knowledge of VMware , Microsoft Server's, Linux Server's.

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