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Question regarding vSphere 5.5 to 6.5 Upgrade and vRA upgrade 5.8

My client is planning to upgrade from their existing vSphere 5.5 to 6.5. My question is in regards to the vSphere Replication Appliance.

vCenter is at 5.5 U3g and vRA is at While it is possible to upgrade from vCenter Server 5.5 U3 to 6.5 U2, vRA can only be upgraded to a maximum of 6.1.2 from

While I can then upgrade from vRA 6.1.2 to 8.1.1, the problem is that vRA 6.1.2 appears to not be compatible with any vCenter Server higher than 6.0 U3.

If that is the case, what would happen during the time if say vCenter is at 6.5 but vRA is at 6.1.2? Would vRA stop working during that period, and would it become functional again once I have upgrade it to 8.1.1? Or do I need to additionally have an interim upgrade of vCenter Server from 5.5 to 6.0, so that vRA remains functional?


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