vSphere 7 – VCSA upgrade

So Big News – as you have no doubt heard vSphere 7 is now GA so time to upgrade the homelab and take a look!

I am currently running (an increasingly under spec) vSAN 6.7 cluster consisting of 3 HP Gen 8 Microservers.  I keep threatening to take my lab into the cloud but there is something comforting about having the hardware sat in the corner of the room (albeit majorly time-consuming).  Anyway, onto stage 1 vCenter!

The VCSA upgrade process is pretty slick now and I had no bother following the basic instructions to complete the migration.  The 2 stage process spins up a new VCSA and then migrates the data from the existing one into it.  Very easy, for reference the steps I took are captured in the below video.  

*DNS is the potential hurdle here – make sure the new appliance can resolve both your ESXi hosts and existing appliance hostnames or use IP addresses instead*

 

Bonza! – a spanking new VC 

Onto stage 2 – updating the hosts here

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