Useless1
Contributor
Contributor

Upgrade from 3.5 U5 to vSphere 5 but keep all host info in DB?

Hi,

I have 3 vSphere 3.5 U5 embedded hosts (Dell R710 1GB SD card) currently (Managed by vCenter 4.1) and due to the SAN not being on the HCL, was unable to upgrade.

Now I have a new SAN which is on the vSphere 4 and vSphere 5 HCL's so I am looking to upgrade.

It appears the best way to do this is to basically re-install... otherwise I need to upgrade to 4, then upgrade again to 5.

I take it if I do a rolling upgrade, i.e. evict one host from the cluster, upgrade it and then put it back in... I will not lose any historical data about the VM's themselves...

But can I do something similar with the hosts?

Also what version of vSphere 5 do I actually need, does embedded still exist?

Thanks

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PduPreez
VMware Employee
VMware Employee

Hi

I would also suggest to reinstall the hosts because you are still running on 3.5i and I prefer a fresh approach, but you will loose the host settings and historical data. So move all VMs of host, reinstall, reconfigure and create a new Cluster

The VMs data will stay in tact as that is kept in the vCenter which you need to upgrade first if your hosts are 3.5 Update 5 (minimum version supported in vCenter 5)

Also I would install the new Hypervisor using the Dell Image build found here  Smiley Wink

http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/download.aspx?c=us&cs=2684&l=en&s=pub&releaseid=R312519&Sy...

This ISO image should be used only to recover/reinstall the ESXi image to SD Card/USB Key on Dell Platforms.

Just some added information you might need:

Upgrade Virtual Hardware http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=101067...

Upgrade VMware Tools. On Microsoft Windows virtual machines, if you upgrade the virtual hardware before you upgrade VMware Tools, the virtual machine might lose its network settings

But here is a link I found that could help you with the whole upgrade process and decisions

http://communities.vmware.com/thread/330274

Please award points for correct/helpful answers :smileycool:

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