This blog is a walk-through upgrading from VCF 4.5.1 to VCF 5, my environment is nested using an advanced VLC build. The VCF build is running on my DELL PowerEdge R730 with a 4tb SSD.
Read the release notes.
Currently licensing is limited, so be sure if you want to go ahead with the upgrade. But this may change.
I am logged into sddc manager, under lifecycle management click release versions. If version 220.127.116.11 doesn’t appear means you may have not uploaded your manifest file. If your sddc manager is connected to the internet, then it should be there. Otherwise use this guide from VMware to do it manually.
The current bill of materials
In sddc manager under the inventory > click workload domains > click your domain you want to upgrade, management must be done first > Click update/patches tab > under available updates select cloud foundation 18.104.22.168 > click update now, this will upgrade SDDC Manager
This just means its restarting the services it will come back just refresh the page.
Retrieving update detail failed. VCF services are not available.Http failure response for /ui/api/internal/lcm/allBundles/upgrade/e458c8ed-08ee-4b70-864d-ee2d756a1746: 0 Unknown Error
This just means its restarting the services again it will come back just refresh the page.
Completed SDDC Manager
Click view bundles.
You can see where your up to in the upgrade.
Click update now to upgrade SDDC Manager drift
Completed SDDC Manager drift
Click update now to upgrade NSX-T – This will upgrade edges, transport hosts then nsxt manager
In production I usually upgrade the edges first, click next
Select your domain and click next
In production I usually do sequential, click next.
Click view status when it comes up.
One transport node failed “couldn’t stage the software” rebooted host and re-ran upgrade successfully. Most likely lab issue as it is all nested and slower.
Completed NSX-T took almost 6 hours in nested environment
Click update now for vCenter
Ensure you take a backup of your vCenter and click confirm (I usually do offline snapshots of the linked vCenters and sftp backup)
You need a temp IP address (it is upgrading by creating a new vcenter server on 8, then copying the data from the vcenter 7 to the vcenter 8 box, then powering off the vcenter 7 box and renaming it to original name. It leaves the old one there turned off)
Click next once you have entered your details
Click view status
This is what it looks like on the backend
Click update now to upgrade ESXi. (I’m using a custom esxi iso for testing purposes)
first host completed but post checks failed. Turned on ssh on all hosts then it was fine.
All done now