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Upgrade VMware vCenter Server Appliance Via VAMI

If I’m not completely mistaken VMware introduced the Update vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) using the vCenter Server Appliance Management Interface (VAMI) in vSphere 6.0 U1 but don’t hold that against me. Anyway this post will tell you how to go about performing the update which is really simple to do. Just follow the below process to complete the upgrade.

  1. Log in to the VCSA VAMI via https://FQDN_oor_IP:5480
  2. Click Update and you’ll see what the current version is, in my case 6.7.0.21000 which is 6.7 U1b, and what available updates there are.
  3. You have a few configuration options which you reach by clicking SETTINGS in the user right corner. Set it to whatever meets your requirements. In this case, i’m just using default configuration.
  4. Via CHECK UPDATES link, also in the user right corner, you have some additional options
  5. Highlight the version you’re after and click either “STAGE ONLY” or “STAGE AND INSTALL”. In my case I did “STAGE ONLY” and when the process is finished you can “INSTALL” or “UNSTAGE”
    Just click INSTALL and the upgrade wizard will start.
  6. First accept the end user license agreement (EULA)
  7. Then decide if you wanna join the VMware Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP)
  8. Make sure you have a backup, which i actually had ๐Ÿ™‚ Then click Finish and there you go.
  9. Sit back and watch the upgrade process.
  10. When done verify the new version number appears in the VAMI Summary section and in this case i got 6.7.0.32000 which is what I needed. Old version i had was 6.7.0.21000 – remember?
  11. Check that all Services with Startup Type set to Automatic are actually started. You do that via the VAMI Services section.
  12. Second last thing to check is to verify the network configuration is still present & correct. Go to Networking in VAMI.
  13. Finally – log in to the vSphere Web Client (HTML5) and verify all looks good.

That easy!!!!