I have an isolated VCSA which has no access to the Internet.
I have mounted a full patch ISO : VMware-vCenter-Server-Appliance-22.214.171.124100-15505668-patch-FP.iso
However when I run "software-packages stage --iso"
I get the following response:
[2020-02-05T14:53:28.036] : ISO mounted successfully
[2020-02-05T14:53:30.036] : ISO unmounted successfully
[2020-02-05T14:53:30.036] : Target patch version is not supported.
What am I missing here? Is there a trick to get this working?
what build number are you upgrading from?
you need to upgrade to 6.7 U1b before you can upgrade to U3+
I tried "VMware-vCenter-Server-Appliance-126.96.36.19900-11726888-patch-FP.iso" and that worked.
I then tried the "VMware-vCenter-Server-Appliance-188.8.131.52100-15505668-patch-FP.iso" and this still brings up "Target patch version is not supported"
So I tried "VMware-vCenter-Server-Appliance-184.108.40.206000-14070457-patch-FP.iso" and that also gave "Target patch version is not supported".
So I tried "VMware-vCenter-Server-Appliance-220.127.116.11000-13010631-patch-FP.iso", which then worked
Back to build 15505668? Nope still doesn't work.
So I do "VMware-vCenter-Server-Appliance-18.104.22.168000-14070457-patch-FP.iso", which works.
Back to build 15505668 again? which still doesn't work.
Now its late and I give up for now.
Annoyingly there are no release notes for U3c yet so its unclear whether there are any other pre-requisites.... Just out of interest, have you tried installing it via the VAMI?
You can still use VAMI when using the offline patch, you can specificy the CD drive when searching for updates rather than using the web. Unless youre saying even the VAMI is inaccessible from your network
IMO the documentation is really vague regarding updating/patching the vCSA.
On some places it states that all patches are cumulative, which apparently is not the case, and on others they write about difference between builds that are released on the download page vs. the patch portal, and then you have the release notes which sometimes contain information about unsupported updates, ...
For me it definitely requires clarification in a way everyone can understand!
Anyway, from what I read between the lines, it should be possible to update directly to the latest build that's available on the download page- currently is 22.214.171.124000-15132721 - which states "Use this package to update from any released VMware vCenter Server Appliance 6.7 to VMware vCenter Server 6.7U3b Appliance".
Assuming that the fp.iso has the same content as the updaterepo.zip, the fp.iso should work too. If it doesn't, then - as a last resort - the initial Update 3 release 126.96.36.199000-14367737 is what you may use as an intermediate step to Update 3c.
Note: From what I undaerstand, installation images on the patch portal, which are not available from the download page, are only meant for recovery/restore purposes.
It has just successfully done "VMware-vCenter-Server-Appliance-188.8.131.52000-14367737-patch-FP.iso".
So I'd guess the latest will now work, I'll try shortly to see if it at least stages, once it has finished rebooting.
I hadn't looked at using the VAMI, because in the past I had thought that it needed an Internet connection to be useful. Secondly, we try and use techniques that we can eventually script, as all this stuff may need to be automated at some point, which makes GUI based techniques unattractive.
So after doing "VMware-vCenter-Server-Appliance-184.108.40.206000-14367737-patch-FP.iso" I mounted "VMware-vCenter-Server-Appliance-220.127.116.11100-15505668-patch-FP.iso".
I did a stage of the iso on the CLI and this time no complaints, it staged correctly. I then unstaged it and had a look at the VAMI update. Yeah it looks pretty, but as I thought it would be tricky to automate, I would also argue that even to produce step-by-step written instructions would be easier using the CLI method, but maybe that's just me.
In any event at least the VCSA is up-to-date now.