7 Replies Latest reply on Aug 3, 2019 10:58 AM by AlessandroRomeo68

    Upgrade 6.0 (Separate DB , PSC , VC)  to 6.7U2 (VCSA all in one)

    DDIMOS Lurker

      Hello guys,

       

      Im planning to upgrade my vcenter environment from 6.0.0 (Build 3634793) to latest 6.7u2a.

       

      currently i have 3 servers :

      1.DB - for SQL running on windows 2012r2

      2.PSC - Platform Services Controller running on windows 2012r2

      3.VC - vCenter running on windows 2012r2

       

      I want to remove this mess and create one VMware vCenter Server Appliance on Server 2016..(maybe later i'll create another one for HA.)

      whats is the proper way to Upgrade my environment?

       

      of course that later ill update my ESXi hosts one by one to 6.7u2 also..

       

       

      Thanks for help

        • 1. Re: Upgrade 6.0 (Separate DB , PSC , VC)  to 6.7U2 (VCSA all in one)
          IRIX201110141 Master

          "..one VMware vCenter Server Appliance on Server 2016.."

           

          The VCSA is a Appliance and runs on PhotonOS (The linux distri from VMware) so there is no Windows OS envolved. What you have to checked

           

          1. Is there a supported way to merge PSC+vCenter from Windows into a VCSA with embedded PSC into one step
          2. Maybe you can only migrate Windows PSC to VCSA PSC and Windows vCenter to VCSA. So at the end you have 2 VCSAs(1x PSC and 1xvCenter)
          3. VMware would like to see that all customers use the VCSA with embedded VCSA

           

          You have to find the latest PSC migrate howto. Problem is that the supportet ways have changed over time. I remember that the external PSC was the way to go for quite some time... but not anymore.

           

          Question:

          Is this a larger installation? Is vDS or VDI in the game? Is there only this one vCenter or multible(linked mode?)

           

          Just a fresh new install is not an option?

           

          Regards

          Joerg

          • 2. Re: Upgrade 6.0 (Separate DB , PSC , VC)  to 6.7U2 (VCSA all in one)
            brend26 Hot Shot

            Migrate the VC and PSC to 6.7U2 appliance. this will create 2 VM's and SQL will no longer be needed as 6.5 onwards we have vPostges DB.

             

            Once you migrated to 6.7 U2, use the converge tool to decommission the external PSC.

             

            Once you have the embedded VCSA, you can configure the VCHA for vCenter server high availability.

            • 3. Re: Upgrade 6.0 (Separate DB , PSC , VC)  to 6.7U2 (VCSA all in one)
              Amin Masoudifard Enthusiast

              Inside wizard of the VCSA setup, 3rd option is Migration. It's used only for Migration from windows-based vCenter Server to VCSA (Linux-based)

              Your SQL database will migrate to vPostgres database and data will merge inside the New DB into the VCSA.

              Nothing will happened to your vCenter managed objects like DVS. no need to worry

              Remember: Please take a full backup of your vCenter VMs and also its database before migration procedure

              Please mark my comment as the Correct Answer if this solution resolved your problem
              • 4. Re: Upgrade 6.0 (Separate DB , PSC , VC)  to 6.7U2 (VCSA all in one)
                DDIMOS Lurker

                Hello,

                 

                So i dont need to worry regarding SQL..thats fine..

                But what about PSC ? Do I need to upgrade or migrate PSC Server ? and how do i decommit this server after upgrade \ migrate ?

                 

                thanks

                • 5. Re: Upgrade 6.0 (Separate DB , PSC , VC)  to 6.7U2 (VCSA all in one)
                  brend26 Hot Shot

                  So i dont need to worry regarding SQL..thats fine..

                  But what about PSC ? Do I need to upgrade or migrate PSC Server ? and how do i decommit this server after upgrade \ migrate ?

                   

                  Please refer my previous update. You need migrate the PSC first and once VC & PSC migrated to appliance.. you can perform the convergence to decommission the external PSC.

                  • 6. Re: Upgrade 6.0 (Separate DB , PSC , VC)  to 6.7U2 (VCSA all in one)
                    Amin Masoudifard Enthusiast

                    If you choose Embedded (It's recommended because of after vSphere 6.7, external mode may be deprecated) then it will move PSC data, roles and services to the new VCSA and then do it for vCenter services.

                    Please mark my comment as the Correct Answer if this solution resolved your problem
                    • 7. Re: Upgrade 6.0 (Separate DB , PSC , VC)  to 6.7U2 (VCSA all in one)
                      AlessandroRomeo68 Hot Shot

                      Hi,

                       

                      There is a contradiction in what you wrote: "VMware vCenter Server Appliance on Server 2016" is an appliance... you can't install on an operating system.

                       

                      It is not possible to migrate from external PSC to embedded PSC. But this is something we're working on, so my recommendation is to upgrade to 6.7 and keep your external PSC rather than starting over with a new vCenter server. The goal is to provide a migration path in the future.

                      The only way to do this currently is to deploy a new vCenter server.

                       

                       

                      Alessandro Romeo