Virtual Platform Update -Vmware 5.5


We are currently thinking about updating our virtual infrastructure, we have the following products.

-Vcenter Server 5.5 - Quantity five vcenter.
-ESXi 5.5 - Quantity 32 hosts
-Vsphere Data Protection 6.1.2 - Quantity 6
-Site Recovery Manager 5.8 - Quantity 4

The order that we should follow for the update is the following:

1-Vcenter Server

Regarding the issue of licenses, I understand that you must have new licenses to update the platform, in each product? Or with the licenses that I currently have, can I update?

If you need new licenses, would you have to obtain 32 licenses for the ESXi, 5 licenses for the vcenters, 6 licenses for the VDP and 4 licenses for the SRM? For a total of 47 new licenses.

Attentive to your answers.
R@f@r P@NC3RVirtualization SpecialistAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Your figures are not correct.

If you have Support and Subscription, then you will be covered for updates to later versions for FREE.

If you do not have a valid support and subscription you will need to purchase new licenses.

vCenter Server Standard 6.0 - you will need 5, to cover 5 vCenter Server.

ESXi is licensed per CPU socket in the host, and this depends on whether you have Standard, Enterprise or Enterprise Plus.

(VDP is included in the license)

SRM requires a license, but you may want to check if updates are available for VDP and SRM.
R@f@r P@NC3RVirtualization SpecialistAuthor Commented:
Good evening Andrew,

Currently we have support with VMware, to have a support contract, can you do the update with the licenses that I already have? Or do I have to acquire others?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You can upgrade, but remember once you've upgrade to 6.x, all the 5.5 licenses will be removed, or no longer activate vSphere, so in effect you will be in 60 day evaluation mode!

You will then need to find you new Licenses in the MyVMware panel, and apply the new 6.x licenses for vSphere.
R@f@r P@NC3RVirtualization SpecialistAuthor Commented:
I understand, it means that in any case you can update the licenses or not, because I will have 60 days to get the new licenses.

and the order that should update is correct:


Is this the sequence I should follow for the update?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Latest version of SRM is 6.5, so you will want to check what version you want to upgrade to!!!

VDP is 6.1.5, so you may want to check your versions of those, you may not need to upgrade!

and check if the current versions SRM and VDP are compatible with 6.x.

e.g. WHAT do you want to upgrade and why!

SRM will need an upgrade to 6.1.2. (min)
VDP will need an upgrade to 6.1.3 (min)

to support vCenter 6.0 U3.

Your ordering is fine.

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