5 Replies Latest reply on Apr 29, 2020 6:46 AM by seamusobr1

    vsan infra upgrade

    shankarsingh Novice



      We have 4 Hosts in vSAN stretched cluster where configured 2 hosts are in preferred site and 2 hosts are in secondary site  and Witness VM running on dedicated standalone esxi host .


      Now we planning to upgrade vSAN infra with below High level plan


      1. Upgrade VCSA from 6.0 U2 to 6.7 U2
      2. Upgrade Preferred site host 1 Firmware ,followed by ESXi host (6.7 U2)and then Host 2
      3. Upgrade secondary site host3 Firmware ,followed by ESXi host and then host 4
      4. Upgrade ESXi host on which witness appliance/VM running
      5. Upgrade Witness VM from 6.0 U2 to 6.7 U3 using Update manager
      6. Upgrade on-disk format from 3 to 7


      So my questions are below at respective steps that 


      Step 2 where deciding to place host in Maintenance Mode (MM) ,so should i keep host in MM  by selecting ensure accessibility or full data migration as we have only two hosts in preferred and secondary site  (attached screen shot know  disk space details) ?

      As Fw and ESXI upgrade takes around 4 hours,so Can I set  VSAN.ClomRepairDelay to higher value (4 Hours) If  i chose "ensure accessiblity while placing host in MM.


      Step 3  where upgrading standalone esxi host on which witness VM is running, as it’s standalone host, so I have to power off witness VM to upgrade ESXi FW and ESXi host .Is any risk involved in power off witness and performing maintains  on standalone host  ?


      Step 5 Once standalone host and witness VM up, then I will perform witness appliance upgrade via Update manager ,Is it correct and recommended method ?


      Thanks in advance for your time and help

        • 1. Re: vsan infra upgrade
          depping Champion
          User ModeratorsVMware Employees

          I would use "ensure accessibility". I would indeed increase ClomRepair, as that would prevent a potentially unneeded rebuild to kick off, which may cause congestion on the network.


          I probably also wouldn't bother upgrading the Witness VM with VM, I would deploy a new one and add that instead of the existing as a witness.

          • 2. Re: vsan infra upgrade
            shankarsingh Novice

            Hi depping,


            Thanks for your valuable suggestion .


            So When updating the cluster, it is preferable to upgrade the Witness ESXi first and then deploy new the virtual witness or vice versa ?? Any recommendation  ?




            • 3. Re: vsan infra upgrade
              Great_White_Tec Expert
              vExpertVMware Employees

              The recommendation is to upgrade all the hosts in Site A first, for instance, then all the hosts in Site B, and finally the Witness appliance. You can upgrade the witness using VUM in some case (smaller upgrades/patches); however, while moving into bigger releases such as 6.5 to 6.7. you need to deploy a new Witness appliance as some requirements need to be met. In this case, the CPUs from a 5.5-6.5 witness are not supported by vSphere 6.7.


              Like Duncan said, it is easier/faster just to deploy a new appliance.


              Here is some additional info:

              Upgrading a older vSAN Stretched Cluster | vSAN Stretched Cluster Guide | VMware

              vSAN Witness Host Versioning & Updating | vSAN 2 Node Guide | VMware

              • 4. Re: vsan infra upgrade
                shankarsingh Novice

                Hi, thanks for your valuable suggestion and now I’m ready for upgrade of vSAN Infra.


                I have one query about HW compatibility since we have C240-M4SX servers and having  Cisco 12G SAS Modular Raid Controller(UCSC-MRAID12G) which is supported matrix from Cisco and Vmware /VSAN HCL for ESXi 6.7 U2 and  vSAN 6.7 U2


                As  we are not using vSAN ready node, so  while checking HW compatibility, found strange thing about Cisco 12G SAS Modular Raid Controller ( since I targeted upgrade from 6.0 U2 to 6.7 U2,but I looked 6.7 U3 compatibility ) that as per vSAN HCL,RAID controller(UCSC-MRAID12G)  is supported till ESXi 7.0/vSAN7.0,however when  I checked Footnotes  for vSAN 6.7 U3 stating  that“Firmware 4.620.00-7322 is packaged within container 24.12.1-0433.Please use one of the following UCS releases for Storage controller firmware & Driver - UCS C-series Standalone releases – 4.0(2d) , UCSM-Managed C series releases – 4.0(2d)”


                But as per Cisco compatibility Matrix,6.7 U3 does not support UCSC-MRAID12G controller for firmware version 4.0(2d),but Vmware Matrix says that use 4.0(2d) for ESXi6.7 U3/vSAN6.7 U3


                So quite confused H/W compatibility   of vSAN HCL/Cisco HCL, So should it safe/supported  to  run vSAN 6.7 U3 on C240-M4SX with 4.0(2d) as per vSAN HCL ?

                • 5. Re: vsan infra upgrade
                  seamusobr1 Enthusiast

                  Interesting so are you saying that if you go from 6.5 u3 to 6.7 u3 you need to deploy a new witness. I have upgraded a few stretched clusters using Virtual witnesses with update manager and it upgraded without any issues. I can understand 6 - 6.7 though