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Update VCSA 6.7

To update your VCSA follow the steps below. The pictures maybe show different version numbers, but I’ve tested it with the listed versions.

Tested with:

  • VCSA 6.7.0    (6.7.0.10000 Build 8217866)
  • VCSA 6.7.0a (6.7.0.11000 Build 8546234)

Preparation:

  • Check all dependencies! Go to VMware Product Interoperability Matrices and check for example the Interoperability of VMware NSX and vCenter. Maybe you need one interim step for your update/upgrade.

Installation:

If your appliance don’t have a connection to the internet you will have to download the FullPatch from VMware.

  • Select VC and 6.7.0
  • Select the FP file for the appliance (example)
    • VCSA 6.7.0a (VMware-vCenter-Server-Appliance-6.7.0.11000-8546234-patch-FP.iso)
  • Mount the ISO to you vCenter Server Appliance
  • Select Check CDROM instead of Repository in this guide.

With internet connection follow these few steps

  • Login to the appliance management (VAMI) https://your.vcenter.appliance:5480
  • Go to Update and click on Check Updates and then Check Repository (or CDROM for those who install from ISO)
  • With the “RUN PRE-UPDATE CHECKS” you can test your VCSA and gets the estimated downtime. For two installations in LAB the time never was so long. The update gets installed much quicker. Click on Stage and Install to install the update
  • Accept the License Agreement and click Next
  • [optional] Join or leave the CEIP (Customer Experience Improvement Program) and click on Install
  • You should always make backups ;)
  • After that the update will run several minutes.
       
  • The reboot step is not necessary anymore. After starting the services the update is done.
     
    My last step after every update is to look into Administration > Password expires.
    Since VCSA 6.5 u1d the root password expiration setting didn’t change its value but I rather take a look after the update.

Upgrade VCSA 6.5 to 6.7

The last days VCSA 6.7.0a gets GA. In this post I want to show the upgrade from VCSA 6.5 U1 to VCSA 6.7.0 (not a). In my other post (Update VCSA 6.7) I’ve made the update from 6.7.0 to 6.7.0a.

First thing to know is, there is no support to upgrade from 6.5 U2 to 6.7.0! So, if you are planning to update your existing VCSA 6.5 to Update 2 you have to wait for the (maybe) VCSA 6.7 Update 1 to migrate to 6.7.

There is also no support from Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 3 for vSphere 6.7 (www.veeam.com) Support will come with the next update.

VMware has made an KB article with important information before upgrade (kb.vmware.com)

Now lets start with the upgrade

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vCenter Server 6.5 Update 1g released

This week VMware released the Update 1g for vCenter Server.

With this update VMware fixes two issues.

First it provides a part of the hypervisor-assisted guest mitigation (CVE-2017-5715) and second it fixes an issue with putting ESXi hosts into an empty EVC Cluster.

The full information about the vCenter updates can be found here: vCenter 6.5 Update 1fg

Version: vCenter Server 6.5 Update 1g (6.5.0.15000)
Build: 8024368

How to update the VCSA can be found here: Update VCSA 6.5

vExpert 2018 – four in a row – wohoooo

I’m really glad about my fourth star. Thanks to VMware for recognizing me.

Looking forward to be part of the community next year too ;)

 

vCenter Server 6.5 Update 1f released

Just one month after releasing vCenter Update1e VMware released the Update 1f for vCenter Server.

The Update patches the vCSA operating system (Photon OS) against Spectre-1 (CVE-2017-5753) and Meltdown (CVE-2017-5754).
A patch for the Spectre-2-vulnerability (CVE-2017-5715) is still not availiable.

The full information about the vCenter updates can be found here: vCenter 6.5 Update 1f

Version: vCenter Server 6.5 Update 1f (6.5.0.14100)
Build: 7801515

How to update the VCSA can be found here: Update VCSA 6.5

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