5 Replies Latest reply on Aug 5, 2013 6:26 PM by satya1

    steps to upgrade from 4.1 to 5.0 & question on 2005 express db

    mnisadmin Enthusiast



      I am a bit confused on the steps needed to upgrade from 4.1 to 5.0, both for the VC and ESXi hosts.


      I have ESXi hosts on 4.1 and also VC 4.1 running on W2k8 R2 64bit server with sql 2005 express db


      My first confusion is of the 2005 express db is supported for in-place upgrade. I read the doc and am confused


      MS SQL Server 2005 Express                               No After you upgrade to a database server that is supported by vCenter  Server, you can install or upgrade to vCenter Server.


      is it supported or not ??


      to clarify some steps -


      step 1  - perform in-place upgrade of VC (I have to start the autorun.exe and then VC will be upgraded. then enter the new license key)


      step 2  - migrate vm's from one ESX 4.1 host to others


      step 3  - perform an upgrade of this host


      step 4  - migrate vm's from ESX 4.1 host to ESXi 5.0


      step 5  - perform an upgrade of remaining ESXi 4.1 hosts


      step 6 - done ???


      can someone please guide me. Thanks