Update vCenter Server Appliance without internet connection

Last week i published a blog post where i outlined how to install an Apache web server on a CentOS virtual machine (VM). The web server was required to install, update and upgrade a few other applications and one of them was the vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA) from version 5.5.0 Update 1c to the latest available version 5.5.0 Update 2a version.

This is something i have done several times in the past with one exception. This time i didn’t have any internet connectivity so i couldn’t use the default repository vapp-updates.vmware.com.

I used the following procedure to successfully update my VCSA.

  •  Download the VMware vCenter Server 5.5 Update 2a Appliance ZIP file from the VMware download page found here.
    Screen Shot 2014-11-06 at 14.50.23
  • Copy the vCSA zip file to the jump PC available for accessing the vSphere environment.
  • Upload the ZIP file to my Linux based web server.
  • Unzip the zip file using the unzip command:
    • unzip VMware-vCenter-Server-Appliance-
  • created the visa directory in the web server document root
    • mkdir /var/www/html/vcsa
  • moved the unzipped content to the /var/www/html/vcsa directory
    • mv manifest /var/www/html/vcsa/
    • mv package-pool /var/www/html/vcsa/
  • run the command restore con to avoid potential permission problems
    • restorecon -r /var/www/html
  • Log in to the VCSA web management interface using the https://ip-address:5480 address. In my case
  • Click the update tab
  • Click the Settings button and change the Update Repository from “Use Default Repository” to “Use Specified Repository”. In my case
    Screen Shot 2014-11-06 at 14.21.11
  • Click the Status button and click Check Updates to verify if any updates are available.
    Screen Shot 2014-11-06 at 15.01.01
  • It take a few seconds before the check is finished.
    Screen Shot 2014-11-06 at 14.21.03
  • Click Install Updates and the following page appears.
    Screen Shot 2014-11-06 at 15.03.32
  • When the upgrade is finished you’ll have to log on again.
  • Go tho the Update section.
    Screen Shot 2014-11-06 at 15.11.13
  • As you can see you are required to reboot the appliance after the upgrade is completed.
  • You reboot the VCSA via the System tab.
  • Login once more after the reboot and verify the update has completed.
    Screen Shot 2014-11-06 at 15.14.15

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