How to Upgrade vCenter Server Appliance from 6.7 to 7.0 – Stage 2

In a previous article (How to Upgrade vCenter Server Appliance from 6.7 to 7.0 – Stage 1) I walked through the first phase of the upgrade process for vCSA 7.0 – Deploy the OVA File of the new vCenter Server Appliance. In this article I will cover phase 2 of the vCenter upgrade – transfer the data and setup the newly deployed vCenter Server Appliance.

Upgrade vCenter Server Appliance from 6.7 to 7.0 – Stage 2

In the last step of the phase 1, I was presented with the following screen:

Upgrade-vCenter-Server-Appliance-from-6.7-to-7.0-Deploy-VCSA-Completed

To start phase 2, click on “Continue” button. Stage 2 wizard starts shortly. Click “Next”.

Upgrade vCenter Server Appliance from 6.7 to 7.0 - Upgrade

The wizard will run now the pre-upgrade checks.

Upgrade vCenter Server Appliance from 6.7 to 7.0 - Pre-Upgrade Checks

Make sure you read and understand the warnings you may receive before moving on. In my case, I had few warnings about disabling fully automated DRS, a vRealize Orchestrator extension, and certain configuration files which will not be copied over. Click “Close”.

Upgrade vCenter Server Appliance from 6.7 to 7.0 - Check Result

We then need to select which data will be transferred to the new instance. I left the default (Configuration and inventory, no historical data). Click “Next”.

Upgrade vCenter Server Appliance from 6.7 to 7.0 - Select Upgrade Data

Now we need to decide if we enroll into CEIP – VMware Customer Experience Improvement Program. Click “Next”.

Upgrade vCenter Server Appliance from 6.7 to 7.0 - Configure CEIP

We can now check all the choices we made. We need to confirm we have a backup of the source systems and we can click on “Finish”.

Upgrade vCenter Server Appliance from 6.7 to 7.0 - Confirm

Are we sure? Yes we do 🙂 Click “OK”.

Upgrade vCenter Server Appliance from 6.7 to 7.0 - Shutdown Warning

Data transfer will start immediately. We are now at the first step (Copy data from source vCenter Server to target vCenter Server). Wizard will pass through different stages. After this step the original vCSA 6.7 will be powered off.

First step is completed, moving to the second step now – Set up target vCenter Server and start services. This starts one by one all vCenter services – you may watch the progress as displayed in the wizard.

Upgrade vCenter Server Appliance from 6.7 to 7.0 - Setup Target vCenter

Finally, the third and last step imports copied data to the target vCenter. Wizard will stop few services, then will import data, and will execute post-upgrade actions.

Upgrade vCenter Server Appliance from 6.7 to 7.0 - Import Copied Data

Read and understand the messages displayed about TLS protocols and Auto Deploy settings. When done, click “Close”.

Upgrade vCenter Server Appliance from 6.7 to 7.0 - Messages

Upgrade is complete now. You can find a link to vCSA Getting Started page. Click on it.

Upgrade vCenter Server Appliance from 6.7 to 7.0 - Stage 2 Completed

We can see the appliance start page now, with only one link to the vSphere Client (no more Flash client, good news).

Upgrade vCenter Server Appliance from 6.7 to 7.0 - Launch Page

And here is the HTML5 web client of vSphere 7.0!

Upgrade vCenter Server Appliance from 6.7 to 7.0 - Webclient

Enjoy the upgrade to vCenter Server 7.0 🙂

Constantin Ghioc

I usually play with vRealize Automation, vRealize Orchestrator and different AWS tools. In my other life, I’m a husband and a father, an amateur photographer and a Go enthusiast.

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