VCF on VCD: Upgrade to VCF 5

VCF on VCD: Upgrade to VCF 5

Normally I am not that much into “step by step” upgrades of any kind, but since VCF 5 dropped today, I thought, maybe show how incredibly simple upgrading is.

So first of all, make sure that you see the version within “Release Versions”:

Then we can go and download the necessary components, in “Bundle Management”:

There we download all the necessary bundles:

  • VMware Cloud Foundation Update – Upgrade bundle
  • VMware Cloud Foundation Update – Configuration drift bundle
  • VMware Software Update – NSX
  • VMware Software Update – VMware vCenter Server 8.0U1a
  • VMware Software Update – VMware ESXi 8.0U1a

Once the bundles have downloaded, we can start the updates. First step is doing a Precheck, to make sure that the WLD is ready to be upgraded:

After this, we can select the correct version to update to:

And start the first update, the update of SDDC Manager:

It will show an informational page, during the upgrade:

(with additional details to be found when clicking “View Update Activity”):

And after it has finished updating, we have an SDDC Manager on 5.0:

Next step is to apply the drift bundle:

We can also see what the status is of the complete Upgrade path by clicking on “View Bundles”:

Then the NSX upgrade:

Which will ask a few questions, depending on the environment (for my environment they are not that difficult to answer, I still have to do some networking stuff in there :)):

It does take some time, but in my environment, after roughly 4 hours, the update is completed:

And the NSX environment is upgraded to version 4:

Next up: vCenter Server:

Again a couple of fields to fill out, like a temporary IP-address for the appliance, during the upgrade, but not a very difficult upgrade.

After that has finished:

The next step is to do the upgrade to the hosts:

Again, a few questions to answer (or leave default):

and away we go!

But pretty soon it fails:

I did notice that the NSX Managers had a service that was not started “Monitoring” (and also that they were very heavily using resources for CPU and Memory). I restarted each of the appliances and after they were restarted, the service was started (but the resource usage was still very high).

I retried the upgrade and this time it passed the NSX LCP part. And after roughly 22 minutes, the host completed:

After this, the other hosts were upgraded, but I received a failure at the third host. There I got the message:

Manual intervention needed as upgrade failed during install stage. Check for errors in the lcm log files located on SDDC Manager under /var/log/vmware/vcf/lcm. Please retry the upgrade once the upgrade is available again.

I tried to find the errors in the logs, but wasn’t able to find those easily. What I did find was that the installation of ESXi 8.0 had concluded and the host was healthy in the cluster. Before trying anything else and going with a comb through the logging, I tried to put the host in maintenance mode and do a reboot, and after that was done, the installation continued automatically and finished succesfully, for this host. The last host in the cluster then does the same. This time the method I tried before, did not work. What I did was reset the previous host from “ERROR” state to “ACTIVE” state, by using this blog: (note, this is NOT SUPPORTED) and rebooted the appliance.

After that, the upgrade of the hosts completes successfully:

Final activity that is left is applying the Configuration Updates:

Clicking “Apply All” and see it finish in a few seconds and then it’s all done.

All in all, it took a little under a week (but I didn’t have a lot of time available during the workweek :)).

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