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Update sequence for vSphere 5.1 Update 1 and its compatible VMware products (2037630)

Purpose

VMware has made available certain releases to address critical issues for several products including: 

  • vCloud Director (VCD)
  • vShield Manager (VSM)
  • Horizon View 
  • vCenter Server
  • vSphere Replication (VR)
  • vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM)
  • vCenter Operations Manager (vCOPS)
  • vSphere Data Protection (VDP)
  • vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA)
  • ESXi
  • vShield Edge
  • vShield App
  • vShield Endpoint
The scope of this article only encompasses environments running vSphere 5.1 Update 1 and VMware products compatible with vSphere 5.1 Update 1.

In an environment with vSphere 5.1 Update 1 and its compatible VMware products, follow the update sequence described in the Supported Update Sequence table.

Note: This KB article refers only to the latest versions of VMware products that are supported by vSphere 5.1 Update 1 and its update sequence. For a complete list of VMware products compatible with vSphere 5.1 Update 1, see VMware Product Interoperability Matrixes.

Resolution

The following table describes the sequence in which the vSphere 5.1 Update 1 and its compatible VMware products need to be updated:

Supported Update Sequence
VCD VSM View Composer View Connection Server vCenter Server VR / SRM vCOPS VDP VSA ESXi VMware Tools vShield Edge vShield App vShield Endpoint View Agent/ Client
Update Sequence Number 1
2
3
4
5*
6 6 6 6
7*

8

9 9 9 9

Notes
  • * If using a Cisco Nexus 1000V, refer to the vSphere 5.1 Update 1 and its compatible 3rd party products section of the Additional Information section of this article before upgrading the vCenter Server (5) or ESXi hosts (7). 
  • If you need to update multiple products in your environment, start with updating the product with the lowest sequence number. After you update the product, update the product with the next sequence number. If a product is not present in your environment, update the subsequent product. If you need to update two products with the same sequence number, the order of update does not matter.
Before you update the vCenter Server, you should disable vCenter Server from vCloud Director. Also, ensure that you stop or disable other VMware services so that they do not communicate with vCenter Server during the update process. For more information, see the product documentation.

Example 1:

If you have vCloud Director solution stack installed in your environment, the supported patch update sequence is as follows:
Step 1: Update vCloud Director (Update Sequence Number 1)
Step 2: Update vShield Manager (Update Sequence Number 2)
Step 3: Update vCenter Server (Update Sequence Number 5)
Step 4: Update ESXi (Update Sequence Number 7)
Step 5: Update vShield Edge (Update Sequence Number 9)

Example 2:

If you have SRM solution installed in your environment, the supported patch update sequence is as follows:
Step 1: Update vCenter Server (Update Sequence Number 5)
Step 2: Update vSphere Replication (Update Sequence Number 6)
Step 3: Update ESXi (Update Sequence Number 7)

Example 3:

If you have VDP solution installed in your environment, the supported patch update sequence is as follows:
Step 1: Update vCenter Server (Update Sequence Number 5)
Step 2: Update vSphere Data Protection (Update Sequence Number 6)
Step 3: Update ESXi (Update Sequence Number 7)


Example 4:

If you have a Cisco Nexus 1000V virtual distributed switch solution installed in your environment, the supported patch update sequence is as follows:
Step 1: Verify with the Cisco the compatibility for the Nexus upgrade procedure. This will dictate the order for upgrading the vCenter Server and the ESXi hosts.
Step 2: Update vCenter Server (Update Sequence Number 5)
Step 3: Update ESXi (Update Sequence Number 7)

If you are using vSphere Client in your environment, it is recommended that you upgrade the vSphere Client to version 5.1 Update 1.

vSphere 5.1 Update 1 and its compatible VMware products

The following table provides information about the current version of released VMware products and the recommended action required to patch to the next level. The table also provides reference links to release notes and update procedure documents.

vSphere 5.1 Update 1 and its compatible VMware products
Product Version Recommended Action Important Links
vCloud Director (VCD) 5.1.2 Update to 5.1.2 Release Notes
Update Procedure
vShield Manager (VSM) 5.1.2a Update to 5.1.2a Release Notes
Update Procedure
View 5.2 Update to 5.2 Release Notes
Update Procedure
vCenter Server 5.1 Update 1b
Update to
5.1 Update 1b
Release Notes
Update Procedure
vSphere Replication (VR) / vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM) 5.1.1 Update to 5.1.1
vCenter Operations Manager (vCOPS) 5.7 Update to 5.7 Release Notes
Update Procedure
vSphere Data Protection (VDP) 5.1 Update to 5.1.0.56.179
vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA) 5.1 Update to 5.1.3
ESXi 5.1 Update 1
Update to
5.1 Update 1
Release Notes
Update Procedure
vShield Edge 5.1 Update to 5.1.2 Release Notes
Update Procedure
vShield App 5.1 Update to 5.1.2
vShield Endpoint 5.1 Update to 5.1.0
 

Additional Information

vSphere 5.1 Update 1 and its compatible 3rd party products
Product Important Links
Cisco Nexus 1000V Release Notes
Update Procedure

See Also

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