Upgrade vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) and ESXi

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Last week I showed you The Fastest Way to VMware vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA). That installation was based on version 6.0.0, and just a few days ago Update 1b was released for both ESXi and VCSA.

In this post I’m going to show you the correct and fastest way to update both. Let’s get started!

Upgrade vCenter

VMware vCenter Server Appliance Uograde to VCSA 6.0 Update 1b-01

Make sure you have a valid backup, check this post on Altaro and Nakivo for free alternatives.

Best practices is always to upgrade vCenter before your ESXi hosts. Download the VC TP ISO Update and upload to your Datastore.

Attach the ISO to the vCenter VM.

VMware vCenter Server Appliance Uograde to VCSA 6.0 Update 1b-02

Use Putty to connect to your VCSA and run the following command:

VMware vCenter Server Appliance Uograde to VCSA 6.0 Update 1b-03

VMware vCenter Server Appliance Uograde to VCSA 6.0 Update 1b-04

VMware vCenter Server Appliance Uograde to VCSA 6.0 Update 1b-05

Upgrade vCenter

Update ESXi – Fast Method

This is the fastest way, but requires a decent internet connection.

Shut down all your running VM’s and enter Maintenance Mode.

Use Putty to connect to your ESXi host and run the following command:

ESXi 6.0 Update 1b

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Update ESXi – Slow Method

ESXi Update 6.0 U1b

Download the update from VMware and upload to your Datastore.

Shut down all your running VM’s and enter Maintenance Mode.

Use Putty to connect to your ESXi host and run the following command:

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Please be aware of a bug with VMware Tools and Templates. Read the following post for more details: Heads Up! Do Not Upgrade VMware Tools on Hosts with ESXi 6.0 U1b.

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