Upgrading from VCSA 6.0 to 6.5 Part 1

This is part two in a four part series on upgrading to vSphere 6.5

You can find the rest of the series here

This section of the tutorial will deal with the matter or upgrading, or as the case may be- deploying, VCSA 6.5. I say deploying as the upgrade process involves deploying a new VCSA 6.5 instance, then migrating from your old VCSA 6.0

If you haven’t already, download vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 here

On Windows, mount the ISO image and run the installer from-


You’ll be greeted with the following screen. Select Upgrade to continue

An overview of what’s going to happen

Usual Ts & Cs. Definitely worth a read before bedtime

Enter current VCSA and its host’s credentials including SSO and root passwords.Note: you must disable Fully Automated DRS and specify the host where the current VCSA resides or migration will fail later

The usual “I haven’t bothered to setup a CA” warnings

Specify to target host or vCenter settings. These can be different from the current VCSA if required

I still haven’t setup a CA

Select a folder. You are organising VMs into folders, aren’t you?

Select a compute resource. Again, DRS must be disabled or deployment will fail

Specify credentials for the new VCSA

Select a VM size. This is in my lab environment so Tiny will be more than sufficient

Select a datastore

As this is an automatic migration, you’ll need to assign a temporary IP address for the new appliance. It will adapt your current VCSAs IP settings after deployment

Confirm your settings


After some time, success

Check out part 3 of this guide for a look at migration of VCSA settings

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