VMware vCenter Server 6.0 Upgrade

You need to plan your upgrade before you start. The following aspects need to be checked (but are not limited to them):

  • UDP / TCP ports used
  • DNS name resolution (Forward, Reverse, Short, FQDN)
  • NTP time services
  • Server certificates
  • Plug-ins
  • Valid backup
  • Additional VMware products (f. ex. vCenter Chargeback, vSphere Auto Deploy) in use?
  • 3rd party products (Cisco Nexus 1000v) in use?
  • Target Deployment Model to be achieved
  • Guest OS
  • Database interoperability
  • Linked Mode in use?
  • Multisite Single Sign-On (manual replication)
  • Document Single Sign-On configuration

If you have changed your server certificates or the server name after installing vCenter server you should fix that before starting the upgrade or you should expect more time to succeed. I have had that two times onsite and it can cost a lot of time. You should use the SSL Automation Tool because it helps you.

Some needful Knowledge Base articles:

Upgrading to vCenter Server 6.0 best practices kb.vmware.com/kb/2109772

VMware Platform Services Controller 6.0 FAQs kb.vmware.com/kb/2113115

Check the VMware vSphere 6.0 Documentation Center:

http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-60/index.jsp#com.vmware.vsphere.upgrade.doc/GUID-B90D873C-6C97-4C09-886A-0ACCE4A4034C.html

vCenter Server 5.1 upgrade to vCenter Server 6.0

Let us start with the following complex scenario:

  • VMware vCenter Server 5.1 Update 3 (Build 3070521)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (Build 6.1.7601)
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 SP3 (Build 10.50.6000.34)
  • Three geographical sites in Europe, Asia and USA
  • VMware vCenter Server, vCenter Single Sign-On, Inventory Service, Orchestrator, and Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 SP3 running on VMs 105, 106, 107
  • VMware vSphere Web Client and Update Manager running on VMs 102, 103, 104
  • VMware vCenter Server 5.1 Linked Mode configuration
  • VMware vCenter Server 5.1 Multisite Single Sign-On configuration
  • For each site, a Platform Services Controller is required

It is needed to reconfigure the environment before starting the upgrade process because it would result in an Embedded Deployment Model. For more information on that, check: kb.vmware.com/kb/2130433 and kb.vmware.com/kb/2033620

This post is about upgrading from vCenter Server 5.1 Update 3 to vCenter Server 6.0 Update 1 devided in seven parts.

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Upgrade vCenter Server 5.1 to vCenter Server 6.0 Part VII

In part seven we upgrade the servers to version 6 update 1.

Upgrade of first VMware vCenter Server 6.0 on sw000105:

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For this message, please use kb.vmware.com/kb/2114754 and go ahead.

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During the upgrade process (which takes quite a while), you can see the changes around the installed services:

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Upgrade of second and third vCenter Server 6.0 on sw000106 and sw000107:

On server sw000106:

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On server sw000107:

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Upgrade vCenter Server 5.1 SSO Nodes to vCenter Server 6.0 Platform Services Controller (PSC) Part VI

In part six we upgrade the servers to version 6 update 1.

Install first VMware vCenter Server 6.0 Platform Services Controller on sw000108:

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Install second and third PSC on sw000109 and sw000110:

On server sw000109:

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On server sw000110:

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The next steps describe the installation of the vCenter Server components.

VMWARE VCENTER SERVER 6.0 PRE-UPGRADE TASKS Part V

The current environment based on vCenter Server 5.1 has vCenter Server and vCenter Single Sign-On installed on one machine which results in an embedded deployment model for the Platform Services Controller (PSC) 6.0 during the upgrade. If a Linked Mode / Multi Site configuration is required, changes to the current environment need to be done next. We need to change the configuration before the upgrade because it is not supported to replicate SSO data between embedded and external deployment model. Please check kb.vmware.com/kb/2130433 and kb.vmware.com/2125119.

To continue, we need to:

  • Isolate the vCenter Servers from Linked Mode
  • Install three new VMs for vCenter Single Sign On
  • Reconfigure vCenter Services
  • Remove the legacy vCenter Single Sign On services from the servers

Isolation from Linked Mode (on sw000105):

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We need to repeat the steps on the second vCenter Server (sw000106) in site Asia as well but not on the third or last server (sw000107).

Install new temporary VMware vCenter Single Sign-On on Server (sw000108):

Now we need to install a new Primary SSO Node which will substitute sw000105. We use SQL Express for SSO in the following.

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The next steps are about reconfiguring vCenter Server components to the new SSO.

Reconfigure the vSphere Web Client on sw000102 to the new SSO service on sw000108:

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I could start the Log Browser Service manually.

Repoint the Inventory Service from sw000105 to the new SSO service on sw000108:

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Repoint the vCenter Server Service from sw000105 to the new SSO service on sw000108:

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Remove the legacy Single Sign-On service from server sw000105:

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With that step we have reconfigured our first vCenter Server from site Europe. For the second vCenter server for site Asia and for the third on for USA, I have done the same with a temporary server joining the new existing SSO installation with reconfiguring like above.

VMWARE VCENTER SERVER 5.1 MULTI SITE AND LINKED MODE CONFIGURATION PART IV

The fourth part continues with the configuration of the THIRD site. The configuration of that environment differs a little bit because here we have installed all vCenter Server services on one virtual machine.

Third vCenter Server configuration (USA)

Server sw000107 will be used.

vCenter Single Sign On Third Node Installation (on sw000107):

The screenshots from creating the RSA database, vCenter Server database and vSphere Update Manager are not included in this part, please see Part I if needed.

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vCenter SSO Import from Part III (on sw000107):

According to kb.vmware.com/kb/2042849 (Step 6) we import the SSO data from the Primary Site Deployment into the Secondary Site:

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Next step is to install the Inventory Service.

VMware vCenter Inventory Service Installation (on sw000107):

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VMware vCenter Server Installation (on sw000107):

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VMware vSphere Web Client Installation (on sw000107):

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This post stops here with the installation screenshots. The VM sw000107 also has vSphere Update Manager and vSphere Client installed. The next important steps (looking into kb.vmware.com/kb/2042849, step 8) are the export of the SSO data from this VM (site USA) and the import of the SSO data into the Primary SSO (site Europe) and the second SSO (site Asia).

VMware vCenter Server 5.1 Multi Site and Linked Mode Configuration Part III

The third part continues with the configuration of the SECOND site.

Second vCenter Server Configuration (Asia):

Servers sw000106 and w000103 will be used.

vCenter Single Sign On Secondary Node Installation (on sw000106):

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For information on how to create the RSA database and RSA users, please check Part I. Here you see the configuration during the installation process only.

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vCenter SSO Import from Part I (on sw000106):

According to kb.vmware.com/kb/2042849 (Step 3) we import the SSO data from the Primary Site Deployment into the Secondary Site:

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After this step we go ahead with the normal installation process.

VMware vCenter Inventory Service Installation (on sw000106):

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VMware vCenter Server Installation (on sw000106):

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For information on how to create the vCenter Server database on Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2, the vCenter Server database user, and the ODBC configuration, please check Part I. Here you see the configuration during the installation process only.

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The next part is the installation of the vSphere Client which you can see in Part I as well. So we have finished the installation of the components on sw000106. We continue with the next server (sw000103) with the vSphere Web Client and the Update Manager.

VMware vSphere Web Client Installation (on sw000103):

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VMware vSphere Update Manager Installation (on sw000103):

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The installation of the components for sw000103 is finished now.

VMware vCenter Server 5.1 Multi Site and Linked Mode Configuration Part II

In the second part I will show some users and groups I created and used in Active Directory and/or in Single Sign-On:

vCenter Single Sign On Users and Groups from Primary Site Europe:

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vCenter Single Sign On Solution Users from Primary Site Europe:

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What we see in PSC after finishing the upgrade:

After the upgrade has been completed, you still have the connection to the Active Directory configured, but group memberships in your SSO groups are gone:

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So make sure you document before.