The list of my articles with “Update vCenter Appliance” is growing :)
This article explains the update to version 6.0.0 U2 (126.96.36.19900) of the VMware vCenter Server Appliance.
In my older articles I described the updates for earlier versions
- http://blog.ganser.com/975 Update from the first version of vCenter Server Appliance 6 to the 6.0.0 U1.
The update needs to connect an ISO image and CLI commands to be installed.
- http://blog.ganser.com/1165 Update from version 6.0.0 U1 to 6.0.0 U1b.
In this update was an error where the installation stucks at 70%, but in fact the update was complete. Only a manual reboot was necessary.
I prefer the update via Webinterface, but do also watch the progress with the console.
- Read the Release Notes at pubs.vmware.com
- I always deactivate HA in my cluster and set DRS to partial automated. This is not a must do.
- Take a snapshot of your vCSA.
- If your vCSA has no internet access go to VMware Product Patches and download the
With internet access your vCSA could download the patch directly
- Got to the Webinterface go to https://YOURVCSA.domain.local:5480
Password: password from your vCSA installation
- Select Update from the left and Check Update on the upper right
Now you have to choose Check URL or Check CDROM (connect the ISO before! Use a Datastore which is reachable from the ESXi)
- After one moment the available update is listed. Now choose Install all updates and accept the EULA
- The update takes a while.
The WebClient or the vSphere Client will fail after minutes, because vCSA processes will stop. After the update you have to reboot the vCSA.
In the last update the update stucks at 70%. If this happens check the update log /var/log/vmware/applmgmt/software-packages.log If one of the lines is “DEBUG:task_manager:UpdateTask: status=completed, percent=100 … reboot is required” the Update is complete, but reboot could not be initiated. Let’s do it for him :)
- If the update runs normal (this was my result for three updates of vCSA) you must inintiate the reboot.
- After the reboot the vCSA has a new version 188.8.131.5200