Make sure you have selected "Upgrade".
If you are referring to the passage in the figure, you must enter the same name as your vCenter
This guide is well done, you can take it as an example:
I want to keep it the same name as we currently use as there are external systems etc that hook into vCenter.
How do these external systems connect to vCenter Server? I assume that they connect to it by it's hostname/FQDN, rather than its name in the vCenter Server's inventory?
What you specify during the upgrade is only the inventory name. The new vSCA will assume the current vCenter Server's identity (hostname, FQDN, IP address, ...).
If you want /need to keep the name in the inventory anyway , then either rename the current vCenter in the inventory, and specify the original name during the upgrade, or rename the new vCenter's name after the upgrade. Please note that in case you rename vCenter prior to the upgrade, you should also specify another datastore to avoid folder naming conflicts.
Noting that the upgrade procedure will make a new vCenter server machine. the old vCenter will be powered off once the upgrade succeeds.
For that, if you have any third party application contacting your vCenter machine name in the Inventory, so you have two options:
- Change the name in the inventory of the existing vCenter machine, then proceed with the upgrade, and the select the correct name during this process
- Upgrade the vCenter with new machine name, after successfully complete change the name to the needed one
Thanks. I successfully did the upgrade yesterday and named the new one with -new at the end of its name. Then changed the old one to -old and then removed the -new