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vSphere 5.5 upgrade to 6.0 Update 2.0

Hi,
I need assistance in upgrading vSphere V5.5 to v6.0 Update2, so if anyone have done it before or know the complete procedure on how to do it, that will be helpful.

Thanks.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Very easy.....

Login to the console and do this... (or remotely via SSH)
Enter Maintenance Mode first, power off all VMs, and make sure you have backup of VMs, and Server is on the HCL, and Firmware Updated BEFORE you upgrade.

and if using vCenter Server, MUST be upgrade first!

esxcli network firewall ruleset set -e true -r httpClient
esxcli software profile update -p ESXi-6.0.0-20160804001-standard -d https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml
esxcli network firewall ruleset set -e false -r httpClient

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other methods are available see my EE Articles

HOW TO: Update (Patch) VMware ESXi 6.0.0 GA to ESXi 6.0.0b with VMware Update Manager (VUM)

HOW TO: Upgrade from vCenter Server 5.5 to 6.0

HOW TO: Install and Configure VMware vSphere vCenter Server 6.0 for Windows

HOW TO: Upgrade from vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 5.5 to 6.0

HOW TO: Upgrade VMware ESXi 5.5 to ESXi 6.0 in 5 easy steps

HOW TO: Update VMware ESXi 6.0.0 GA to ESXi 6.0.0b in 5 easy steps

HOW TO: Upgrade VMware ESXi 5.5 to VMware ESXi 6.0 using an ISO image
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LeoAuthor Commented:
Thanks Andrew.
Quick question,I have put steps in order what i am planning to

Step1: will be to turn off all the VMs,

Step2: will be to put the site under maintenance mode,

Step3: would be upgrade the vCentre first from the commands you mentioned,

Step4:would be to follow your procedure on "https://www.experts-exchange.com/articles/18959/HOW-TO-Upgrade-from-vCenter-Server-5-5-to-6-0.html "

Step5: https://www.experts-exchange.com/articles/18919/HOW-TO-Upgrade-from-vCenter-Server-Appliance-VCSA-5-5-to-6-0.html (Would the license will get transferred automatically?)

Step6: https://www.experts-exchange.com/articles/18819/HOW-TO-Upgrade-VMware-ESXi-5-5-to-ESXi-6-0-in-5-easy-steps.html

Is step 6 required?

Does that sound right? Did i miss anything?
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QlemoBatchelor, Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
vCenter should be updated as step 1, to reduce overall downtime.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You must START by upgrading vCenter Server first if you use it! That's the first thing you MUST do!

You must have new LICENSES for 6.0. 5.5 licenses will NOT work.

Step4/Step5 are vCenter Upgrades.

Step 6 is ESXi upgrades.
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LeoAuthor Commented:
Thanks Andrew, the order of the upgrade is all good?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, BUT do vCenter Server FIRST! no need to shutdown ALL VMs, and Maintenance Mode for vCenter Server upgrade.

and also get your licenses before you start!
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LeoAuthor Commented:
I am getting this error during upgrade....

Error: unsupported database driver

c:\Windows\system32\sqlncli.dll

Resolution: verify you're using vCenter Server with supported driver
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Your SQL database is not supported by the upgrade for vCenter Server 6.0.

see here

https://communities.vmware.com/thread/507003?start=0&tstart=0
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LeoAuthor Commented:
Thanks, in that article there is no solution on how to fix this issue :-(
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Upgrade SQL, delete the DSN. Re-install and Upgrade.
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LeoAuthor Commented:
Thanks Andrew, i have done the required changes.

Now its waiting on the attached screenshot for 4-5 hours, should i cancel it? or wait for it.
vSphere.jpg
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
4-5 hours seems extreme! time to cancel, it states a few minutes.
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LeoAuthor Commented:
I tried again, getting the same SQL error as i posted above :-(

I will repeat the process to upgrade SQL.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You may want to consider installing a new vCenter Server 6.0 standalone or using the appliance.

e.g. not an upgrade.

Upgrades do fail, at around 50% of the time.
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LeoAuthor Commented:
Thanks Andrew, we got involved a tech from VMWARE, and he was trying to check the properties for VCDB in SQL, he gave up, he tried to log in to SQL through sa, admin, and SDE account. none of them can show who is the owner of VCDB DB. Have you seen the attached error or know how it can be fixed?
VCDB.jpg
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, and when we have this much trouble with abandoned the Upgrade, and complete a new vCenter Server installation.
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LeoAuthor Commented:
kool will do as you said, do i have to migrate anything from old server to new one?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
No. Look at using the appliance, and to help you, disassociate the current hosts with vCenter Server.
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LeoAuthor Commented:
Thanks Andrew, last question :-) any article on how to disassociate the hosts with vCenter server?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Log directly to ESXi using the client, and click Disassociate with vCenter Server on the Summary page.
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