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How to upgrade Esxi 5.x free version to Paid 6.x license in Vcenter?

Posted on 2016-09-18
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I have the license now for Essentials Plus.
We have 3 hosts and about 40 Vms so this package works nicely for us.

Only 1 of my hosts was on 6.x Free version I was able to attach the host with now issues to Vcenter Server 6.0

Our other 2 hosts are still 5.5 (free version)

The 6.0 VC server will not allow them to attach due to licensing limitations.

This totally makes sense as their licenses will not allow VC management.

Is there any way without having to drive to the datacentre and manually upgrading the 2 hosts to get these 2 brought over or upgraded to 6.0 then brought over?

Again the free 6.0 host we had came over no problem.

I have installed VUM but I think this will only be good for already attached hosts:/

Thanks
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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not sure how you are managing ESXi FREE with vCenter Server because vCenter Server will not manage FREE, unless are present you are running vCenter Server in evaluation mode, which will run out in 60 days. (expire). The FREE version license cannot be managed by vCenter Server.

as you upgrading to 6.0, this is easy.

see my EE Articles

HOW TO: Upgrade VMware ESXi 5.5 to VMware ESXi 6.0 using an ISO image

HOW TO: Upgrade VMware ESXi 5.1 and ESXi 5.5 to ESXi 6.0 with VMware Update Manager (VUM)

HOW TO: Upgrade VMware ESXi 5.5 to ESXi 6.0 in 5 easy steps
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by:j-teksolutions
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Hi I have the Paid Essentials Plus license for v6.

I was able to only attach the ver 6 host I had not the version 5.5s

So my ver 6 host is now using 1 of the 3 available host licenses in the essentials plus suite.

Hope this makes sense?
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Okay, this is to be expected, free hosts cannot be managed by vCenter Server.

 the details above will allow you to upgrade.
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by:j-teksolutions
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Yep for sure , I was simply hoping I could somehow get the other 2 x  5.5 Free version hosts to 6 and then apply the license I have for essentials to them without do this with the traditional method using the iso upgrade at the host in person
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You can, insert the ISO upgrade, - done apply licenses.
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by:j-teksolutions
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Ok think I am close - using the offline bundle from SSH

This is the error output:

error output
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I think I may try going to 6.0 rather than 6.0 U2 first
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not sure what is going on there...

make sure host is in maintenance mode, and VMs are off.

try this

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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by:j-teksolutions
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Thanks for your help!

OPTION 3 worked like a charm!
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