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Update sequence for vSphere 6.0 and its compatible VMware products (2109760)

Purpose

VMware has made available certain releases to address critical issues and architectural changes for several products to allow for continued interoperability:
  • vCloud Connector (vCC)
  • vCloud Director (vCD) 
  • vCloud Networking and Security (VCNS, formerly vShield Manager) 
  • VMware Horizon View
  • VMware NSX for vSphere (NSX Manager) 
  • vCenter Operations Manager (vCOPs)
  • vCenter Server / vCenter Server Appliance
  • vCenter Infrastructure Navigator (VIN)
  • vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM)
  • vCenter Update Manager (VUM)
  • vRealize Automation Center (vRA, formerly known as vCloud Automation Center)
  • vRealize Automation Application Services (vRAS, formerly vSphere AppDirector)
  • vRealize Business, IT Cost Management (ITBM, formerly VMware IT Business Management)
  • vRealize Configuration Manager (VCM, formerly vCenter Configuration Manager)
  • vRealize Hyperic
  • vRealize Log Insight (vRLI)
  • vRealize Operations Manager (vROPs, formerly known as vCenter Operations Manager, vCOPs)
  • vRealize Orchestrator (vRO, formerly vCenter Orchestrator)
  • vSphere Big Data Extension (BDE)
  • vSphere Data Protection (VDP) 
  • vSphere Replication (VR)
  • vSphere ESXi 
  • vShield Edge / NSX Edge 
  • vShield App / NSX Logical Firewall (NSX LFw) 
  • vShield Endpoint / NSX Guest Introspection and Data Security (NSX Guest IDS) 
This article only encompasses environments running vSphere and/or vCloud Suite 6.0 and VMware products compatible with vSphere 6.0.

In an environment with vSphere 6.0 and its compatible VMware products, perform the update sequence described in the Supported Update Sequence table.

Notes
  • This article refers only to the latest versions of VMware products that are supported by vSphere 6.0 and its update sequence. For a complete list of VMware products compatible with vSphere 6.0, see VMware Product Interoperability Matrixes.
  • The VMware Storage Appliance is not supported in vSphere 6.0.

Resolution

This table describes the upgrade path in which the vSphere 6.0 and its compatible VMware products must be updated:

Supported Update Sequence

vCenter
SSO
External

vRA

VCM

ITBM

vRAS

vCD

VCNS

NSX
Manager

NSX
Controllers

View
Composer

View
Connection
Server

vCenter
Server

vRO

VR

VUM

vROPs/
vCOPs

VDP

vRealize
Hyperic

VIN

vCC

vRLI

BDE

SRM

ESXi

VMware
Tools

vShield/
NSX
Edge

vShield
App/
NSX LFw

vShield
Endpoint/
NSX
Guest
IDS

View
Agent /
Client

Seq. 1*








2 2 2








3 3








4 4







5 5








6








7*








8 8 8 8* 8 8 8
















9 9 9 9







10*









11 11










12 12 12

Note: Use the scroll bar in the table to view the complete list.

* Considerations when upgrading vSphere 6.0:

Note: 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 vCenter Server, 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.

Sample VMware product upgrade scenarios

Example 1

If you have the vCloud Director solution stack installed in your environment, the supported patch update sequence is:
  1. If applicable, upgrade the External vCenter Single Sign-On instance (sequence step 1)
  2. Update vCloud Director (sequence step 3)
  3. Update vCloud Networking and Security (sequence step 4)
  4. Update vCenter Server (sequence step 7)
  5. Update ESXi (sequence step 10)
  6. Update vShield Edge (sequence step 12)
Example 2

If you have SRM solution installed in your environment, the supported patch update sequence is:
  1. If applicable, upgrade the External vCenter Single Sign-On instance (sequence step 1)
  2. Update vCenter Server (sequence step 7)
  3. Update vSphere Replication (sequence step 8)
  4. Upgrade vCenter Site Recovery Manager (sequence step 9)
  5. Update ESXi (sequence step 10)
Example 3

If you have the vSphere Data Protection solution installed in your environment, the supported patch update sequence is:
  1. If applicable, upgrade the External vCenter Single Sign-On instance (sequence step 1)
  2. Update vCenter Server (sequence step 7)
  3. Update vSphere Data Protection (sequence step 8)
  4. Update ESXi (sequence step 10)
Example 4

If you have the vRealize Automation solution installed in your environment, the supported patch update sequence is:
  1. If applicable, upgrade the External vCenter Single Sign-On instance (sequence step 1)
  2. Upgrade vRealize Automation Center (sequence step 2)
  3. Upgrade vRealize Automation Application Services (sequence step 3)
  4. Update vCenter Server (sequence step 7)
  5. Update ESXi (sequence step 10)
Example 5

If you have a NSX for vSphere virtual networking solution installed in your environment, the supported patch update sequence is:
  1. If applicable, upgrade the External vCenter Single Sign-On instance (sequence step 1)
  2. Update NSX Manager (sequence step 4)
  3. Update NSX Controller on each cluster (sequence step 5)

    Note: During this sequence, additional VIBs may need to be installed on ESXi hosts.

  4. Update vCenter Server (sequence step 7)
  5. Update ESXi (sequence step 7)
  6. Update NSX Edge (sequence step 11)
  7. Update NSX Guest Introspection and Data Security (sequence step 12)
Example 6

If you have a Cisco Nexus 1000V virtual distributed switch solution installed in your environment, the supported patch update sequence is:
  1. If applicable, upgrade the External vCenter Single Sign-On instance (sequence step 1)
  2. Verify with Cisco the compatibility for the Nexus upgrade procedure. This dictates the order for upgrading the vCenter Server and the ESXi hosts.
  3. Update vCenter Server (sequence step 5)
  4. Update ESXi (sequence step 7)
Note: If you are using the vSphere Client in your environment, VMware recommends that you upgrade the vSphere Client to version 6.0.

vSphere 6.0 and its compatible VMware products

This 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 6.0 and its compatible VMware products

Product

Latest Available Version

Recommended Action

Important Links

vCenter Single Sign-On (SSO)

Note: External Deployment Only

6.0

Upgrade to
Platform Services Controller 6.0.0

Release Notes

Update Procedure

vRealize Automation

6.1.1

Upgrade to 6.2.1

Release Notes

Update Procedure

vRealize Automation Application Services

6.1.1

Upgrade to 6.2.1

Release Notes

Update Procedure

vRealize Business Standard

1.1.1

Upgrade to 6.1.0

Release Notes

Update Procedure

vRealize Configuration Manager

5.7.2

Upgrade to 5.7.3

Release Notes

Update Procedure

vCloud Director (VCD)

5.5.2.1

Upgrade to 5.5.3

Release Notes

Update Procedure

vCloud Networking and Security (VCNS)

5.5.3.1

Update to 5.5.4

Release Notes

Update Procedure

VMware NSX for vSphere

6.1.2

Upgrade to 6.1.3

Release Notes

Update Procedure

Horizon View (View)

6.0.1

Update to 6.1

Release Notes

Update Procedure

vCenter Server / vCenter Server Appliance

5.5 Update 2

Upgrade to 6.0.0

Release Notes

Update Procedure

vRealize Orchestrator

5.5.2.1

Upgrade to 6.0.1

Release Notes

Update Procedure

vSphere Replication (VR)

vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM)

VR Version - 5.8.0.1

SRM Version - 5.8

Upgrade to 6.0

VR Release Notes
SRM Release Notes

Upgrading VR
Upgrading SRM

vRealize Operations Manager (vROPs)

vCenter Operation Manager (vCOPs)
vROPs Version - 6.0.1
vCOPs Version -
5.8.4
Update to:

vROPs 6.0.1
vCOPs 5.8.5

vROPs:
Release Notes

vCOPs:
Release Notes

Update Procedure

vSphere Infrastructure Navigator

5.8.3

Update to 5.8.4

Release Notes

Update Procedure

vSphere Data Protection (VDP)

5.8

Upgrade to 6.0.0

Release Notes

Update Procedure

vRealize Hyperic

5.8.3

Update to 5.8.4

Release Notes

Update Procedure

vCenter Update Manager

5.5 Update 2

Upgrade to 6.0.0

Release Notes

Update Procedure

vRealize Log Insight

2.0.5

Upgrade to 2.5

Release Notes

Upgrade Procedure

vSphere Big Data Extension

2.1

Stay at 2.1

Release Notes

Upgrade Procedure

vCloud Connector

2.6.1

Upgrade to 2.7

Release Notes

Update Procedure

vSphere ESXi

5.5 Update 2

Upgrade to 6.0.0

Release Notes

Update Procedure

vShield Edge / NSX Edge

vShield 5.5.3.1

NSX 6.1.2
Update to

vShield 5.5.4
NSX 6.1.3

vShield:
Release Notes

NSX:
Release Notes

vShield
Update Procedure

NSX:
Update Procedure

vShield App / NSX Logical Firewall

vShield 5.5.3.1
NSX 6.1.2

Update to

vShield 5.5.4
NSX 6.1.3

vShield:
Release Notes

NSX:
Release Notes

vShield
Update Procedure

NSX:
Update Procedure

vShield Endpoint / NSX Guest Introspection and Data Security

vShield 5.5.3.1
NSX 6.1.2

Update to

vShield 5.5.4
NSX 6.1.3

vShield:
Release Notes

NSX:
Release Notes

vShield
Update Procedure

NSX:
Update Procedure

Additional Information

vSphere 6.0 and its compatible third-party products

Product Important Links
Cisco Nexus 1000V Release Notes
Update Procedure

Note: VMware does not support Nexus 1000V Application Virtual Switch (AVS) mode in vSphere 6.0 or any vSphere version. For more information, see the Third-Party Switch Compatibility for ESXi section of the vSphere 6.0 Release Notes.

Tags

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See Also

Update History

05/17/2016 - Updated Resolution

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