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jmay
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Start fresh with new vCenter 5.5 install vs upgrade?

I've been trying to get my vCenter Server Appliance 5.1 install to migrate to 5.5 OK, but it's giving me headaches.  Some interface elements are missing, I can't get consoles to work, etc.

That said, can I just start with a fresh vCenter Server Appliance install 5.5 instead?  What settings are even stored within vCenter vs. the individual ESXi host machines?  Is this OK to do on a live system?

- John
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bleibold
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Contributor

Hey RaymondG,

I've done upgrades both ways, in place and standing up a new environment.  There advantages and disadvantages to both options.  For this latest upgrade, we did a bit of both, we moved to a new vCenter server but used the existing database.  It went fine, outside of a few issues with old SSL certs, the vCenter upgrade/move went smoothly with no downtime.

Bob

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