Upgrading Your vSphere Environment

This course walks through the design, planning, and implementation steps necessary to upgrade a vSphere environment.
Course info
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(94)
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Mar 5, 2015
Duration
5h 7m
Table of contents
Initial Inspection and Data Gathering
Future State Design - vCenter Server
Future State Design - ESXi Hosts
Planning Your Upgrade
vCenter 5.5 Upgrade with External SSO
Embedded SSO, SSL Certificates, and Linked Mode
Upgrading vCenter Server to 6.0
VMware Update Manager (VUM)
Upgrading ESXi Hosts
Description
Course info
Rating
(94)
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Mar 5, 2015
Duration
5h 7m
Description

Running a virtualized environment is already a complex and demanding task, especially when upgrading to the next version of vCenter or ESXi is on your list of things to do. This course is your upgrade companion, providing guidance on all of the planning, design, and deployment work necessary to continue being the triumphant VMware guru that you know yourself to be. We'll cover support guidelines, architecture pivot points, common pitfalls and gotchas, and do a step-by-step upgrade in a multisite data center scenario with plenty of lab demos.

About the author
About the author

Chris Wahl has acquired over a decade of IT experience in enterprise infrastructure design, implementation, and administration. He has provided architectural and engineering expertise in a variety of virtualization, data center, and cloud based engagements while working with high performance technical teams on global reaching environments.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Future State Design - vCenter Server
Hello there, and welcome to a module specially created just for you called the Future State Design of your vCenter Server. I'm Chris Wahl, and I'll be taking you along on this magical journey. As an overview this module will be entirely focused on the vCenter Server component of your vSphere environment. We're going to cover the update of your vCenter Server design. In a lot of cases an overhaul is necessary for vCenter's roles and where it's placed and what's installed upon it. Really we're going to have to look at all those things, so we'll want to dive pretty deep into what makes vCenter tick with versions of vSphere from 5. 0 all the way through 6. 0. Additionally, I'd like to spend some time with you reviewing the important iterations that vCenter has gone through as new features and roles were introduced from vSphere 5. 0, 5. 1, 5. 5, and 6. 0, so we'll cover all of those big humps along the road as different vCenter versions came out. Finally, we're going to make sure to pepper this discussion with different pitfalls that you might need to be aware of and more importantly how to avoid them. This is the real-world value add that is sometimes missing from the official documentation, so I'll share some of my war scars and battle stories, and hopefully I'll be able to save you some time by showing some of the grief that I've suffered through in the past, so let's get rocking.

Future State Design - ESXi Hosts
Welcome back to some more Future State Design. This time we're going to be talking about your ESXi Hosts. This module is going to really drill down into your ESXi host design as it relates to the upcoming upgrade project. We'll make sure to hit upon the important variations between major ESXi builds and the versions that go along with those builds, but we'll also put a magnifying glass to any tasks or steps that will make the host upgrades easier and potentially less risky.

Planning Your Upgrade
Welcome back to another amazing module in your vSphere upgrade course. Cue the applause. In this particular module we're going to talk about Planning Your Upgrade. Oh, I hear some moans out there. Who likes to plan? But realistically great planning results in great success as you know I've harped on before, so let's go into what we're going to cover. Now the overview of this course is pretty straightforward. We're going to create an upgrade plan and go over how you create one. We're going to talk about maintenance windows and backups and all those fun things that we all know and love including how to actually execute backups and request a maintenance window, as well as test and rollback planning so that you can make sure your upgrade was successful and if not roll back to a previous state. Are you fired up? If not, grab some coffee, go listen to some heavy metal, come back in a few minutes, and let's rock and roll.

vCenter 5.5 Upgrade with External SSO
Okay friends of mine it's time for the super-fun module where we're going to upgrade your vCenter Server to 5. 5. Put on your member's only jacket for this insane rollercoaster ride of awesome! But seriously, this should be a lot of fun because we're going to execute a vCenter Server upgrade, specifically 5. 0 to 5. 5 so that we can level-set some of those features and ultimately go to 6. 0 in the next module. I've developed a real-world scenario for you where we're going to use an embedded and external Single Sign-On server across two different sites. One is in Chicago, and one is in Austin, some of my favorite towns, and we're going to make sure that we have a distributed Single Sign-On installation with multiple sites so you can see what that looks like because a lot of folks have maybe a production data center or an active data center and another one for DR or preproduction, something like that.

Embedded SSO, SSL Certificates, and Linked Mode
If Chicago is a little too chilly for you, I think you'll enjoy this module where we're heading down to Austin. We're going to focus first on installing a site within Austin and connecting that to the SSO site in Chicago using an embedded SSO installation. We'll then take a look at the work involved with replacing the self- signed SSO certificates along with some tools and workflows that are very handy at making that as painless as possible. Although they're SSO certs, they're never going to be 100% painless. Finally, we'll look at what's involved and actually set up Linked Mode between the Chicago and Austin sites.

Upgrading vCenter Server to 6.0
Put on your hardhats because it's time for more upgrades. This time we're going to vCenter Server 6. 0. Just a quick overview. We're doing pretty much the same thing we did in the 5. 5 upgrade in that we're going to execute a vCenter Server upgrade or more specifically two, one in Chicago and then another in Austin; however, this time we're doing the workflow for an embedded and external Platform Services Controller going to vCenter 6. 0. Enough babble. Let's get to work.

VMware Update Manager (VUM)
Welcome to the portion of this course where we talk about VMware Update Manager loving called the VUM server. The road map for this module will cover a number of different topics. We'll start by working through a VMware Update Manager or VUM deployment. Once that's wrapped up we'll walk through the steps to build a custom ISO file for our ESXi hosts, which will be used for the next module where we finally upgrade those same hosts to version 5. 5. Finally, we'll set up a baseline for the host upgrades. That's it, pretty straightforward. Let's get to work.

Upgrading ESXi Hosts
Welcome to the final module in this course. After a lot of effort to upgrade the vCenters and make sure that our management layer is up to snuff, it's time to focus our effort on those hosts that are running in the Chicago Data Center. Specifically, we're going to make sure that the hosts are ready for the upgrade by preparing them followed by an attachment of the upgrade baseline and ultimately remediating the hosts, which is a fancy term to mean that we're going to do the upgrade by way of Update Manager. Buckle your seatbelt for a lot of fun.