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Important information before upgrading to vSphere 6.0 (2110293)

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This article provides information that are important before upgrading to vSphere 6.0.


Compatibility considerations

vSphere 6.0:
Note: VMware vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA) is a legacy product and is not compatible with vSphere 6.0.

Upgrade considerations

Before upgrading your environment to vSphere 6.0, review these critical Knowledge Base articles to ensure a successful upgrade.
For vCenter Server (Windows):
For vCenter Server Appliance:
For vSphere Client:
For ESXi:
For vCenter Support Assistant:
For vRealize Automation:

For vRealize Operations Manager and vCenter Operations Manager:
For Virtual SAN (VSAN):

For NSX for vSphere 6.x

Database considerations

For customers who are using SQL Express and wish to upgrade to vCenter Server 6.0 while retaining their SQL database, see these articles:
Customers who forgot migrating their SQL Express to an external SQL Server are automatically migrated to VMware Postgres as their vCenter Server's database management engine.

Important: If you need to uninstall vCenter Server with embedded VMware Postgres, see:

Backup and Restore Considerations

Backup/Restore for vCenter Server and the vCenter Server Appliance deployments that use an external Platform Services Controller:

Prior to implementing vSphere 6.0, review this article for important information on backup and restore for vCenter Server and the vCenter Server Appliance deployments that use an external Platform Services Controller:

Managing Certificates

Starting with vSphere 6.0, the VMware Certificate Authority (VMCA) provisions vCenter Server components and ESXi hosts with certificates by default. Understanding the components and concepts of certificate management helps you make good decisions. For more information, see:

See Also

Request a Product Feature

To request a new product feature or to provide feedback on a VMware product, please visit the Request a Product Feature page.


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