How To: VMware vCenter 5.0 to 5.5 Update 2 Upgrade – Part 3

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 Step 10:  Upgrade vCenter Inventory Service on Primary

10.1: Select vCenter Inventory Service and click Install

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10.2: Leave the default language settings and click Ok

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10.3: Click Next on the initial screen

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10.4: Accept the EULA and click Next

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10.5: Select to keep the existing data and click next

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10.6: Leave the FQDN set as default and click Next

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10.7: Leave the default ports and click next

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10.8: Select the inventory size that suits your environment and click Next

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10.9: Enter the details for SSO and click Next

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10.10: Click Yes to accept the cert

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10.11: Click Install to begin the installation

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It takes a while for the Inventory Service installation to really begin so be patient.

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10.12: Click Finish once it’s completed

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Step 11: Upgrade vCenter Server on Primary

11.1: Now is the time to update the vCenter Server as all the prerequisites have been installed. Select vCenter server and click Install

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11.2: Select Ok on the language prompt

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11.3: Click next on the initial screen. From here I got the following alert:

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11.4: I copied the certificates to the required folder from a backup I ran earlier, and put them into the folder on the D drive and restarted the VMware services. It took another 20 minutes for the issue to resolve itself. I then restarted the installation again.

If there are no issues you will see the below:

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11.5: Accept the EULA and click Next

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11.6: The DSN settings will be used for authentication. If you require local SQL credentials exit the setup and modify the ODBC connection settings before trying again. Otherwise, click Next

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11.7: If you are using Update Manager (which you should be really) you will see the below notification alert so just click Ok. The upgrade of Update Manager is part of the upgrade process anyway.

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11.8: Select Upgrade Existing vCenter Server database and confirm that you’ve taken backups of the certs and the databases, then click Next

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11.9: It depends on your environment but in my case I have left the agent upgrade as automatic. This upgrade doesn’t reboot the ESX hosts, it just updates the agent on each host which will cause them to disconnect from vCenter for a few moments and then reconnect. Otherwise this step will need to be performed manually. Select Automatic and click Next

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11.10: Enter login credentials and click Next. Make sure that the account being used has local administrator rights.

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11.11: Leave all the ports as default and click Next

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11.12: Select the inventory size to match your environment and click Next

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11.13: Enter the SSO credentials and click Next

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11.14: Accept the new thumbprint. Click Yes

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11.15: Verify the inventory service URL and click Next

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11.16: Select the folder of where to install the files and click Next

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11.17: Select if you want to be part of the CEIP, otherwise click Install

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11.18: The upgrade process will begin and update each of the components, including the database

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11.19: Once the installation is completed click Finish

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Once completed you can reboot the server before doing any other upgrades. In my case I had to change the service account being used for vCenter so there were a few extra steps required but they don’t need to be documented.

 

Step 12: Upgrade vCenter Update Manager on Primary

12.1: Run the vCenter installation software again. Select vSphere Update Manager and click Install

 

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12.2: Leave the default for the language and click Ok

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12.3: The MSI will begin to unpack. Click Ok on the detection of another version of Update Manager

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12.4: You will now be brought to the initial Update Manager dialog. Click Next to continue

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12.5: Accept the EULA and click Next

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12.6: As part of the upgrade some of the baselines will be removed. Click Next

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12.7: Enter the log in information and click Next

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12.8: Verify the DSN and click Next

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12.9: Select Yes to update the Update Manager Database and click Next.

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12.10: Leave the settings for the ports and click Next

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12.11: Enter the settings for connecting to your external internet firewall

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12.12: Click Install to continue with the installation

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12.13: If the service is running you’ll get a prompt to stop it.

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12.14: Click Finish to complete the installation

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12.15: Once Update Manager has been installed open plugins within vCenter and under Available Plug-ins click on Download and install plug-in.

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12.16: Leave the language defaults and click Ok

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12.17: Click Next

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12.18: Accept the EULA and click next

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12.19: It will warn about another installation of Update Manager being installed and click Install

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12.20: Click Finish once complete. You will then see a certificate alert. Click Ignore

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12.21: The Update Manager tab will now appear within vCenter

 

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The next step in the process is to install SRM and the upgrade SRA in How to: VMware vCenter 5.0 to 5.5 Update 2 Upgrade – Part 4


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