vSphere 6.5 is now GA. In this post I want to go through the upgrade process of the vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA). First thing I can say. It works really good :)
The upgrade process will create a new machine and transfer all data (you can choose between configuration + events + performance data) from the old one to the new vCSA.
Please think about, when to install the upgrade… All 3rd party software, which is using the vCenter must support the new version. If you have a lab this could be okay, but in your production it is not much fun, if backup or something else fails.
But now to the upgrade…
The German VMUG UserCON 2016 is over. My first time ever attending a VMUG User Conference. One day full of information, updates and networking. VMware invited the vExperts to fill the “vExpert Corner” with life and give UserCON attendees the chance to ask questions to solutions they want to implement and with this combined pitfalls they don’t want to fall over it.
So, I followed the invitation and was at the vExpert Corner, but also visit some sessions…
On March 15th VMware has released the Update 2 for vSphere 6.
The VMware Host Client is one cool new feature of the ESXi update. HTML5 based and used for configuring standalone ESXi Host. You can also configure vCenter controlled ESXi Host, but there are often better ways with the central vSphere Web Client.
VMware acknowledged a known issue (KB2136854) within ESXi 6.0 and 6.0 U1. CBT looses the information of I/Os during snapshot consolidation. The main backup isn’t affected but all data written during the consolidation task are missed.
ALL CBT incremental backups are potentially affected.
VMware currently has no resolution.
VMware released a patch for the CBT bug.
VMware ESXi 6.0, Patch ESXi600-201511401-BG: Updates esx-base (2137546)
Before you upgrade your ESXi 5.5 Server to the new version of ESXi 6.0, you have to check the support status of your hardware and the requirements of firmware and driver versions.