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How to deploy new vCenter 5.5U2 server in place of old 5.1 server.

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We have the following currently:

vCenter 5.1.0 running on a Server 2003 x64 VM
2 hosts running ESXi 5.0.0 (2 CPUs each)
1 host running ESXi 5.1.0 (1 CPU)
vCenter Server 5 Essentials license (6 CPUs)

We plan to install the latest (v5.5.0U2) vCenter server on a new physical server (running Server 2012 Standard) and have two questions:

1. Does our license for v5 cover any new release of v5 (v5.5.0U2 specifically)?
2. What's the best practice for replacing the old vCenter server?  Do we just install on the new one then connect the hosts to it, before removing the old vCenter VM?

Thanks in advance!
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1. Does our license for v5 cover any new release of v5 (v5.5.0U2 specifically)?

5.x licenses work for all versions of 5.x, so you are licensed for all Updates. But the license will not work for 6.0.

2. What's the best practice for replacing the old vCenter server?  Do we just install on the new one then connect the hosts to it, before removing the old vCenter VM?

Yes, this is the easiest method, but remove your hosts from the old vCenter, before adding to the new vCenter, otherwise they will nag you about being connected to your old vCenter Server.
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Thanks.  So "remove" the hosts rather than just "disconnect", right?  Presumably this doesn't affect the VMs running on the hosts?
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Yes, it's important to remove, not disconnect.

This does not affect the running VMs.
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Thanks very much.   Will let you know how I get on.
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All went smoothly - many thanks.
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