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 Step 10:  Upgrade vCenter Inventory Service on Primary

10.1: Select vCenter Inventory Service and click Install

vCenter Inventory Service installation

10.2: Leave the default language settings and click Ok

vCenter Inventory Service installation step 2

10.3: Click Next on the initial screen

vCenter Inventory Service installation Step 3

10.4: Accept the EULA and click Next

vCenter Inventory Service installation Step 4

10.5: Select to keep the existing data and click next

vCenter Inventory Service installation Step 5

10.6: Leave the FQDN set as default and click Next

vCenter Inventory Service installation Step 6

10.7: Leave the default ports and click next

vCenter Inventory Service installation Step 7

10.8: Select the inventory size that suits your environment and click Next

vCenter Inventory Service installation Step 8

10.9: Enter the details for SSO and click Next

vCenter Inventory Service installation Step 9

10.10: Click Yes to accept the cert

vCenter Inventory Service installation Step 9

10.11: Click Install to begin the installation

vCenter Inventory Service installation Step 11

It takes a while for the Inventory Service installation to really begin so be patient.

vCenter Inventory Service installation Step 12

10.12: Click Finish once it’s completed

vCenter Inventory Service installation Step 13

Step 11: Upgrade vCenter Server on Primary

11.1: Now is the time to update the vCenter Server as all the prerequisites have been installed. Select vCenter server and click Install

vCenter Server installation Step 1

11.2: Select Ok on the language prompt

vCenter Server installation Step 2

11.3: Click next on the initial screen. From here I got the following alert:

vCenter Server installation Step 3

11.4: I copied the certificates to the required folder from a backup I ran earlier, and put them into the folder on the D drive and restarted the VMware services. It took another 20 minutes for the issue to resolve itself. I then restarted the installation again.

If there are no issues you will see the below:

vCenter Server installation Step 4

11.5: Accept the EULA and click Next

vCenter Server installation Step 5

11.6: The DSN settings will be used for authentication. If you require local SQL credentials exit the setup and modify the ODBC connection settings before trying again. Otherwise, click Next

vCenter Server installation Step 6

11.7: If you are using Update Manager (which you should be really) you will see the below notification alert so just click Ok. The upgrade of Update Manager is part of the upgrade process anyway.

vCenter Server installation Step 7

11.8: Select Upgrade Existing vCenter Server database and confirm that you’ve taken backups of the certs and the databases, then click Next

vCenter Server installation Step 8

11.9: It depends on your environment but in my case I have left the agent upgrade as automatic. This upgrade doesn’t reboot the ESX hosts, it just updates the agent on each host which will cause them to disconnect from vCenter for a few moments and then reconnect. Otherwise this step will need to be performed manually. Select Automatic and click Next

vCenter Server installation Step 9

11.10: Enter login credentials and click Next. Make sure that the account being used has local administrator rights.

vCenter Server installation Step 10

11.11: Leave all the ports as default and click Next

vCenter Server installation Step 11

11.12: Select the inventory size to match your environment and click Next

vCenter Server installation Step 12

11.13: Enter the SSO credentials and click Next

vCenter Server installation Step 13

11.14: Accept the new thumbprint. Click Yes

vCenter Server installation Step 14

11.15: Verify the inventory service URL and click Next

vCenter Server installation Step 15

11.16: Select the folder of where to install the files and click Next

vCenter Server installation Step 16

11.17: Select if you want to be part of the CEIP, otherwise click Install

vCenter Server installation Step 17

11.18: The upgrade process will begin and update each of the components, including the database

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11.19: Once the installation is completed click Finish

vCenter Server installation Step 19

Once completed you can reboot the server before doing any other upgrades. In my case I had to change the service account being used for vCenter so there were a few extra steps required but they don’t need to be documented.

 

Step 12: Upgrade vCenter Update Manager on Primary

12.1: Run the vCenter installation software again. Select vSphere Update Manager and click Install

 

vCenter Update Manager installation Step 1

12.2: Leave the default for the language and click Ok

vCenter Update Manager installation Step 2

12.3: The MSI will begin to unpack. Click Ok on the detection of another version of Update Manager

vCenter Update Manager installation Step 3

12.4: You will now be brought to the initial Update Manager dialog. Click Next to continue

vCenter Update Manager installation Step 4

12.5: Accept the EULA and click Next

vCenter Update Manager installation Step 5

12.6: As part of the upgrade some of the baselines will be removed. Click Next

vCenter Update Manager installation Step 6

12.7: Enter the log in information and click Next

vCenter Update Manager installation Step 7

12.8: Verify the DSN and click Next

vCenter Update Manager installation Step 8

12.9: Select Yes to update the Update Manager Database and click Next.

vCenter Update Manager installation Step 9

12.10: Leave the settings for the ports and click Next

vCenter Update Manager installation Step 10

12.11: Enter the settings for connecting to your external internet firewall

vCenter Update Manager installation Step 11

12.12: Click Install to continue with the installation

vCenter Update Manager installation Step 12

12.13: If the service is running you’ll get a prompt to stop it.

vCenter Update Manager installation Step 13

12.14: Click Finish to complete the installation

vCenter Update Manager installation Step 14

12.15: Once Update Manager has been installed open plugins within vCenter and under Available Plug-ins click on Download and install plug-in.

vCenter Update Manager installation Step 15

12.16: Leave the language defaults and click Ok

vCenter Update Manager installation Step 16

12.17: Click Next

vCenter Update Manager installation Step 17

12.18: Accept the EULA and click next

vCenter Update Manager installation Step 18

12.19: It will warn about another installation of Update Manager being installed and click Install

vCenter Update Manager installation Step 19

12.20: Click Finish once complete. You will then see a certificate alert. Click Ignore

vCenter Update Manager installation Step 20

12.21: The Update Manager tab will now appear within vCenter

vCenter Update Manager installation Step 21

The next step in the process is to install SRM and the upgrade SRA in How to: VMware vCenter 5.0 to 5.5 Update 2 Upgrade – Part 4

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