3 Replies Latest reply on Feb 23, 2017 12:37 AM by Sean_Kane

    New vCenter, ESXi Host and vSphere Upgrade

    Sean_Kane Novice

      Hello Everyone,

       

      I have a bit of an interesting situation I want to run past everyone. In one of my datacenters, I am going to be doing three things:

       

      1. Installing a new vCenter 6.0 server on-site (old vCenter server is located in a geographically remote location)
      2. Installing a brand new ESXi Host 6.0 (fresh out of the box Lenovo System x3550 M5)
      3. Upgrading two existing ESXi Hosts from 5.1 to 6.0
      4. Moving the existing ESXi hosts from a 5.1 vCenter to the new 6.0 vCenter

       

      The goal is to: add a locally installed vCenter Server, add more resources (all VM's cannot run on one host at this time) and upgrade the environment to vSphere 6.0.

       

      There are a lot of moving parts on this project, what are your thoughts on this process:

       

      1. Create and configure a new vCenter 6.0 Server (Appliance)
      2. Move the two existing ESXi 5.1 hosts from the old vCenter 5.1 Server to the new vCenter 6.0 Server
      3. Install ESXi 5.1 on the brand new server and add that ESXi 5.1 server to the vCenter 6.0 Cluster
      4. vMotion VM's from one 5.1 server to the two others, upgrade from 5.1 to 6.0
      5. Repeat #4 two more times to upgrade all ESXi hosts to 6.0
      6. All ESXi's are at 6.0 as well as the vCenter is now at 6.0

       

      Does that "6 step plan" sound like a reasonable plan? I can't foresee any reason that it would not work the way I want.

       

      Thanks in advance,

       

      Sean