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Update vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) from VAMI portal

This is a step by step procedure updating vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) using VAMI portal. Before making update to vCenter server make sure you properly backup vCenter server using article Backup VMware vCenter server using SMB protocol.  As I am testing update in DEV environment I have taken a snapshot of the VCSA vm. 

To start process, Login to vCenter Server VAMI portal with port 5480. Go to update section. Check the current Version. I have direct access to Internet on the vCenter server click CHECK UPDATES to know the available updates. Select the required or latest update and click STAGE AND INSTALL button.

Vmware vsphere vCenter Esxi VCSA vcenter server management vami portal update product version stage and install only upgrade appliacne snapshot update 1.png

In the Stage and Install Update wizard click I Accept End user license agreement., Click next.

VMware vSphere vCenter ESXi VCSA vCenter server appliance VM virtual machine end user license agreement upgrade and update to newer version.png

Next in the backup vCenter Server click, I have backed up vCenter server and its associated databases. Backup VMware vCenter server using SMB protocol. Click Finish button in the last.

Microsoft vmwere vsphere vCenter esxi stage and install update backup vCenter server appliance vcsa restore database upgrade.png

Upgrade Installation process starts and you can view the progress.

VMware vSphere vCenter ESxi installation in progress vcsa vami update upgrade progress rpm vsan vpxd vib configuration management portal 5480.png

Once the progress is started it is not advised to refresh or login to VAMI portal to check update when auto logoff is done, I found it gets stuck in between when you try to check the progress. You can leave the upgrade process and check it after given estimated minutes.

Vmware vSphere vCenter server vcsa appliance update installation succeeded stalled halt 90 % 98 % stopped stuck installation complete esxi virtual machine vm.png

Once installation is completed close the wizard. Login again and check the new Version. VCSA upgrade is successful.

vcenter server management vcsa vami portal product version 8 vmware vsphere esxi update upgrade lifecycle manager stage and install deployment configuration 5480 vami.png

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