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VMware vCenter Server Appliance Upgrade 6.5A To 6.5B

I would initially advise to backup your appliance, I have completed this using Veeam. You will need to download the latest version of the VMware vCenter Server Appliance Update Bundle. This can be found here (You will need to be logged in). When you have downloaded this ZIP file you will need to browse to the VMware vSphere Appliance Management page. This can be found here https://VCSAFQDN:5480 (Replace with VCSA FQDN or IP). You will need to login using the appliance root credentials. If you have lost or forgotten these credentials you can use this KB to reset them.

VMware VCSA 6.5A 6.5B Upgrade VCSA Appliance Management Login - VMware vCenter Server Appliance Upgrade 6.5A To 6.5B

When you have logged in you will need to navigate to the Update tab. This will show you the current version of the VMware vCenter Server Appliance that you have installed. You will need to select ‘Check Updates’ this will then show you the latest version under the available updates section.

VMware VCSA 6.5A 6.5B Upgrade VCSA Appliance Management Update - VMware vCenter Server Appliance Upgrade 6.5A To 6.5B

Select ‘Install All Updates’ to proceed.

VMware VCSA 6.5A 6.5B Upgrade VCSA Appliance Management Install Update - VMware vCenter Server Appliance Upgrade 6.5A To 6.5B

You will need to accept the EULA to continue.

VMware VCSA 6.5A 6.5B Upgrade VCSA Appliance Management Update Accept EULA - VMware vCenter Server Appliance Upgrade 6.5A To 6.5B

The appliance will now start to upgrade to the latest version. You can click ‘Show Details’ for further information.

VMware VCSA 6.5A 6.5B Upgrade VCSA Appliance Management Update Installing - VMware vCenter Server Appliance Upgrade 6.5A To 6.5B

Shortly after you should see that this has now been completed successfully.

VMware VCSA 6.5A 6.5B Upgrade VCSA Appliance Management Update Complete - VMware vCenter Server Appliance Upgrade 6.5A To 6.5B

If you navigate back to the Summary tab of the VMware vCenter Server Appliance you will see the Health Statuses are now showing as ‘Unknown’, this is because the appliance requires a reboot after updating.

VMware VCSA 6.5A 6.5B Upgrade VCSA Appliance Management Services Unknown - VMware vCenter Server Appliance Upgrade 6.5A To 6.5B

You can now reboot the appliance from this page by selecting ‘Reboot’.

VMware VCSA 6.5A 6.5B Upgrade VCSA Appliance Management Reboot Appliance - VMware vCenter Server Appliance Upgrade 6.5A To 6.5B

This will now reboot and refresh the page once the appliance is back online. If not press F5 to refresh your browser page and log back in to the appliance.

VMware VCSA 6.5A 6.5B Upgrade VCSA Appliance Management Rebooting - VMware vCenter Server Appliance Upgrade 6.5A To 6.5B

You will need to log back in to the VMware vCenter Server Appliance and view the summary tab to confirm the ‘Heath Status’ is now showing as ‘Good’ for all services. You can also check the version on this page to confirm the update has been successful.

VMware VCSA 6.5A 6.5B Upgrade VCSA Appliance Management Upgraded - VMware vCenter Server Appliance Upgrade 6.5A To 6.5B

Thank you for reading! You can find more articles on vSphere 6.5 here.

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