August 2, 2020

Wow...I have not updated anything on this site for a long while. Been busy with baby duties and IRL stuff amidst this new COVID world.

My new job doesn't have a big VMware footprint if any at all. I've been mostly Azure focused lately.  I've kept up with the VMware news but I don't touch it everyday like I used to. 🙁

So anyway, with the new vSphere 7 out, I decided to upgrade my Home Lab since I haven't touched it in a while to check out the new numbered release.

Planning

After powering everything back on, I had a plan to upgrade all the components but needed to check the upgrade matrices for both vCenter and ESXi

vCenter Server 6.5 to 7.0 upgrade matrix:

Release Date
 
04/20/2020
05/19/2020
06/23/2020
07/30/2020
 
vCenter Server Release -
Build Number
vCenter Server 7.0.0
- 15952498
vCenter Server 7.0.0a
- 16189094
vCenter Server 7.0.0b
- 16386292
vCenter Server 7.0.0c
- 16620007
12/19/2019
vCenter Server
6.5.0 U3f
15259038
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
1/30/2020
vCenter Server
6.5.0 U3g
15505374*
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
2/27/2020
vCenter Server
6.5.0 U3h
15679215*
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
3/26/2020
vCenter Server
6.5.0 U3i
15808842*
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
5/28/2020
vCenter Server
6.5.0 U3j
16275158*
No
No
No
Yes
7/30/2020
vCenter Server
6.5.0 U3k
16613358
No
No
No
No

ESXi 6.x to 7.0 upgrade matrix:

Release Date
 
04/02/2020
06/23/2020
 
ESXi Release - Build Number
ESXi 7.0 GA -15843807
ESXi 7.0b Patch -16324942
05/12/2019
ESXi 670-201912001 Patch - 15160138
Yes
Yes
12/19/2019
ESXi 650-201912002 Patch -15256549
Yes
Yes
04/07/2020
ESXi 670-202004001 Patch - 15820472
No
Yes
04/28/2020
ESXi 670-202004002 Patch - 16075168
No
Yes
05/28/2020
ESXi 650-202005001 Patch -16207673
No
Yes
06/09/2020
ESXi 670-202006001 Patch - 16316930
No
Yes
06/30/2020
ESXi 650-202006001 Patch - 16389870
No
No
07/30/2020
ESXi 650-202007001 Patch - 16576891
No
No

Pre-work

Since I was running some really old 6.5 versions. I decided to go with the following which would allow me an upgrade path directly to 7.0

vCenter 6.5 Build - 15259038
ESXi 6.5 Build - 15256549

Of course I decided to run the HPE SPP on my server so I can get that new delicious iLO4 with the HTML5 Remote Console. Never having to use the gross .NET or Java versions again. 

Once all that planning and pre-work was done, it was time to start the upgrade. I've decided to do videos now of my lab to document the process of configuration. I'm just lazy. It's a lot more time consuming to do a ton of SnagIt screenshots, editing and organizing everything for each post. 

After spending a few hours getting the hang of Camtasia, it's a lot more fun to record and edit audio and video. 🙂

The Upgrade to vCenter 7.0

The Upgrade to ESXi 7.0

Below is a quick vid on how to upgrade your ESXi host by installing directly over an existing ESXi installation. I've created a previous post on how to upgrade your ESXi host using an Offline Bundle here

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