Upgrading the VCSA and converting to embedded PSC

This week I’ve been playing in our vCenter lab and tested the upgrade to 6.7 U1 and also changing the deployment type to vCenter with embedded PSC.

I must say that the vCenter team has done a great job on the upgrade process over the last year. Both our migration from the Windows vCenter to the VCSA as well as the upgrade of a VCSA works well and there are lots of great documentation.

Our lab deployment consists of one vCenter VCSA running 6.7 and an external PSC. Both have been migrated from a Windows vCenter and later upgraded to 6.7...  continue reading

Upgrading to HPE OneView 4.1 – Failed!

After the release of the new and shiny version 4.1 of HPE OneView we have tried to upgrade one of our (smaller) OneView instances.

The update process is usually quite straight forward and it gets better in every release. The upgrade to 4.0 from 3.x had some issues with certificate handling post-upgrade, but it was manageable.

The upgrade from 4.0 to 4.1 should not be affected by the same so I had great hopes about a smooth upgrade. ...  continue reading

vSphere 6.5 upgrade – vCenter server. Check your database size

In my last post about upgrading vCenter to 6.5 I’ve outlined the steps I needed to do for the migration. Both pre-migration, the actual migration and some post-migration steps.

Today we were about to upgrade/migrate one of our oldest and biggest vCenters which presented some additional steps to consider for the pre-migration checks and tasks. This is also described in the VMware documentation so it shouldn’t be a surprise to those reading that before migrating.

Anyways, we started the migration and all seemed fine until the Deployment size of the Appliance were shown. The installer only gave one option, the x-large. ...  continue reading

vSphere 6.5 upgrade – vCenter server

In a previous post I talked about the upgrade of our vSphere environment. The first post described the upgrade and migration of the Platform Services Controller (PSC) from a version 6 running on Windows to a 6.5 Appliance.

Our upgrade path would be PSC -> vCenter -> Hosts. Our environment consists of several vCenters so this will take some time and we might upgrade hosts in a vCenter that has been upgraded to 6.5 before we finish upgrading all vCenters to 6.5

With that, let’s look at upgrading a vCenter server to 6.5! ...  continue reading

vSphere 6.5 upgrade – PSC

This month we started our upgrade journey from vSphere 6.0 -> 6.5 in production. We have had 6.5 running in lab for some time after the release last fall and we have enjoyed it so far.

As a part of this upgrade we plan to migrate to the vCenter appliance on both PSC’s and vCenter’s as this has gotten all functionality (i.e. Update Manager), and it scales to the same extent as the Windows one.

With the 6.5 release, even though it might not be an official VMware statement, I believe that the appliance is priority for VMware going forward and that the Windows version will eventually die (like the C#/Flash client story) so it seems that it would be wise to make the switch now.
Please be aware that if you upgrade your Windows vCenter 6.0 to Windows vCenter 6.5 you will not be able to migrate to a 6.5 appliance (https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2147548). ...  continue reading