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VMWARE VSPHERE UPDATE MANAGER (VUM) - UPGRADE ESXI OS

July 31, 2016 12:51PM

Last article I configured Update manager (VM) and imported esxi ISO image. I will be updating my existing ESXi 5.5 to Esxi 6.0 using it. In the vSphere client, Select Esxi server need to be updated, This is running Esxi 5.5 as underlined, go to Update Manager tab in the right, and click attach to add esxi server upgrade baseline. (This procedure can be done on complete vcenter, virtual datacenter or cluster). Once baseline is attached scan it to check compliance.

PART 3.1 : VMWARE VSPHERE UPDATE MANAGER INSTALLATION ON WINDOWS 2012 R2
PART 3.2 : VMWARE VSPHERE UPDATE MANAGER PLUG-IN INSTALLATION ON VSPHERE CLIENT 
VMWARE VSPHERE UPDATE MANAGER (VUM) - IMPORTING ESXI ISO AND CREATE UPGRADE BASELINE
VMWARE VSPHERE UPDATE MANAGER (VUM) - UPGRADE ESXI OS

vum vmware update manager upgrade esxi server attach baseline

Here is the list appear of all baselines and groups. I have selected Host upgrade baseline, I created earlier manually containing ESXi ISO.

vum vmware update manager upgrade esxi server attach newly created upgrade baseline

I scanned to check compliance and it shows red box with cross mark means it is non-complaint. Click on Remediate to start downloading updates on the Esxi server and upgrade it at a time. (Stage will only download updates on ESXi server, it will be faster when you remediate at scheduled time)

vum vmware update manager upgrade esxi server attach newly created upgrade baseline and remediate

This is Remediation selection page, I have only one baseline and will click next 

vum vmware update manager upgrade esxi server remediate select baseline

Check I accept box for EULA., Next screen is warning about unsupported drivers after upgrading from Esxi 5.5 to Esxi 6.0, and someof the hardware may not work due to driver incompatibility and ESXi or some functions may not work this is also applies for VMFS Datastore compatibility as well, I am keeping it default

vum vmware update manager upgrade esxi server scan baseline and remediate vum vmware update manager upgrade esxi server scan baseline and remediate third party driver warning unsupported

Remediation (Esxi upgradation) can be scheduled through VUM update manage I requires Task Name, Schedule time can be selected in off hours, I am updating host immediately. vum vmware update manager upgrade remediate schedule time immediatly 

This settings is Before host remediation, Esx/Esxi hosts might need to enter maintenance mode. VMs must be shut down or migrated, If you are using clusters VMs will be automatically vMotioned and Esxi server is put into Maintenance mode. There are retry delay and Number of retries options incase it fails to go into maintenance mode.

vum vmware update manager upgrade remediate schedule maintenance mode

This is summary page and ready to complete, review the configuration and press Finish. In the background I can see, Update Manager VUM has put server into maintenance mode, Esxi server is restarted and OS upgrade is started, corresponding task can be viewed.

vum vmware update manager upgrade remediate schedule time Maintenacne Mode options and recent tasks

If everything is fine Server will boot up and new OS details can be views on ESXi summary tab and in the Update Manager tab Esxi is showing Green compliant on attached Baseline.

VUM Update Manager Esxi server compliant attached baseline green

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