Upgrade from ESXi 5.5 to 6.5

Rupert Eghardt
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Hi Guys,

We've upgraded from VMWare ESXi 5.0 to ESXi 5.5
The VSphere client V6.0 no longer connects to the host.

Alternatively, I would like to upgrade to the free version of 6.5, but the website links doesn't seem to work.

Does anyone perhaps have a download link for the free version of 6.5?
Or a client which will work on ESXi version 5.5?
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AlexA lack of information provides a lack of a decent solution.

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VSphere client V6.0?

What do you mean the VSphere client? Are you talking about the VCSA? Or are you talking about the old full fat client?


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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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Correct, you need to download and use the new vSphere Client. (downloads and install it).

Try this version here...

http://vsphereclient.vmware.com/vsphereclient/5/1/1/2/5/0/8/VMware-viclient-all-6.0.0-5112508.exe

This is VMware vSphere Client 6.0 Update 3 the last version of the vSphere Client which is now defunct, because Host Client and Web Clients have replaced it.

The latest version of ESXi to download is ESXi 6.7.

https://my.vmware.com/en/web/vmware/evalcenter?p=free-esxi6
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Thank you Andrew,

We've tried version 6.7, but unfortunately the hardware does not support this version.

We should perhaps go with version 6.0 or 6.5?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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You'll not be able to download for FREE, unless you have a valid license.

The only FREE evaluation is 6.7.
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I don't mind a trial version

We are trying to upgrade to version 6 but getting the following error (see attached)
ESXI6-error.jpg
Rupert EghardtProgrammer

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VSphere client still unable to connect to the server after upgrade to 5.5

Client from this location:

http://vsphereclient.vmware.com/vsphereclient/5/1/1/2/5/0/8/VMware-viclient-all-6.0.0-5112508.exe
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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The only current trial versions that are now available are 6.7.

(the free version).

Older versions of ESXi are only available to registered, licensed users.

So vSphere Client 6.0 U3 does not work, or connect to the server, what is the error message, the server could be broken?

If you are still on 5.5 use this download

http://vsphereclient.vmware.com/vsphereclient/4/0/3/2/3/6/5/VMware-viclient-all-5.5.0-4032365.exe
Rupert EghardtProgrammer

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Thank you Andrew,

Here is the client connection error,
We are still on 5.5
Client-Error.png
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did you install this...

that error just means you do not have a matching vSphere Client installed for the version of ESXi 5.5 you have upgraded to, and what version or build is that 5.5 U1, U2, U3, because the client has to match.

http://vsphereclient.vmware.com/vsphereclient/4/0/3/2/3/6/5/VMware-viclient-all-5.5.0-4032365.exe
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Thanks Andrew,

The 5.5 is now connecting after the 5.5 Esxi upgrade.

Problem now is that the Virtual Server is present, but the data-store is empty.
Only 1.1Gb of data used.

Could this mean that the VM was lost in the upgrade process?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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Okay, the question is solved, we will deal with the upgraded issue and lack of VMs, in a new question.

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