I'm planning apply Update 2 complete to my VSphere plataform using Update Manager. My suite contains:
7 ESXi hosts 5.1.0
1 vCenter (with a remote SQL Server database)
1 Site Recovery Manager (with a remote SQL Server database)
1 Operations Manager
1 Infrastructure Navigator
Also, i have a remote datacenter with 3 ESXi host (5.1.0 too) for DRP purposes.
I need your wisdom and experiencie, because I've never apply any patch on my ESXi hosts.
Do you have a tip, a document, advices or something to take into account?
For the methods here is a link: http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=205835...
It talks about 5.5 but the methods apply to 5.1. As for the upgrade it's pretty simple. Upload the zip file to Update manager. Put a host in maint mode and do one at a time.
Please let me know if you have additional questions.
You can do the patching from command line as well with esxcli .
Hope this helps!!
Follow these steps :
**** Take a full backup of the Vcenter Database and all the other components database.
**** Take a snapshot of the DB and the VC server if they running on a VM.
1. Upgrade your Vcenter.
2. Using upgrade manager apply the patches to one host at a time ( put the host in maintenance mode and then patch it, moving the VMs off the host)
3. I am not sure if you are going to upgrade SRM ( please let me know ).
Let me know if you need any further information.