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VMWARE vcenter 5.5.0 39885 and need to update to 5.5.1c what is the best way ?

can I do this with VUM ,

what are the best instructions ?

any warnings ?
thanks
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NAMEWITHELD12
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gheistCommented:
Yes, you can do with VUM directly to 5.5 Update 2 (Update 1 has broken NFS support)
Install client plugin of VUM and you have new tab where you can remediate machines.
Check vendor's VIBs in addition if you are upgrading customized image.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Insert the cdrom media or iso, and run the setup, it will update components...

make sure you have a backup before you start
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NAMEWITHELD12Author Commented:
are you sure , I thought you can never update vcenter with VUM?

but you can also just click on the ISO named VMWARE VIM  and the file named "vmware-vcserver.exe" ?

i am looking at the properties on this and see "product version 5.5.0.42156" this look like it is the whole 3GB install , this was downloaded by someone else , it this the right version ?

thanks
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gheistCommented:
Ahh vcenter. No you need to install update package. Nothing to do with VUM
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NAMEWITHELD12Author Commented:
seems like pretty straightforward, I guess make a snapshot of the VCenter and just install next next next. I am trying to find the official instructions  but am having trouble ( slow internet )

thanks
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gheistCommented:
Is DB on same machine? Snaphot running state then
Otherwise shut down server and snapshot with idle DB
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NAMEWITHELD12Author Commented:
DB is on a separate server , so shut down the SQL server and snap the Vcenter ?

should I snap the SQL as well?

thanks
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gheistCommented:
No - shut down vcenter and make snapshot, and while vcenter vm is down make backup of SQL database.
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gheistCommented:
(you must disable lockdown on hosts to connect directly)
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NAMEWITHELD12Author Commented:
got it 10-4 ,

shut down vcneter

connect to the host directly

snapshot vcenter

run a SQL backup on the SQL VCenter DB

thanks!!!
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NAMEWITHELD12Author Commented:
my boss is gooing to be asking for this documented , do you know of any doc that outlines this procedure?

thanks
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NAMEWITHELD12Author Commented:
thanks , so the upgrade and UPDATE are the same process?
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gheistCommented:
Update would suffice, but for sake of management report create upgrade checklist and ksip the parts that dont apply for this first time.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Don't do a SNAPSHOT, it ,kills performance, and the Upgrade is SLOW!
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gheistCommented:
I agree. Actually you can link fresh install to restored DB backup if something goes amiss.
So download:
Exact vcenter version you have (number you mentioned is not a valid vcenter version)
Exact target version
Shut down vcenter
Backup DB
Start vcenter
Upgrade vcenter
Works - go home
Does not - make new VM with old vcenter version and connect it to DB
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NAMEWITHELD12Author Commented:
Andrew , thanks but time is not an issue , but this is the only vcenter we have , how slow is slow ?

we have 48 hours to complete it
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I would recommend a CLONE (backup), rather than a snapshot.

If all goes wrong, you can then delete the server, and start the CLONE.
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NAMEWITHELD12Author Commented:
ok will do ! Andrew !
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NAMEWITHELD12Author Commented:
Gheist

thanks for that ,

if I do have to reinstall VCenter what do I loose , will I still have the VDS and storage ?

will I have to reattach all hosts ?

thanks again!!!!!
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