• Updating the vCenter Server Appliance

    December 21, 2019

    VMware

    The vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA), like all software, receives updates. The VCSA makes it drop-dead simple to update. Before you start, the first thing to do is to back up the VCSA. After you have a backup, you can continue with the update.

    In the left pane, click Update, as shown in Figure 1.

    Figure 1
    Figure 1

    As noted on the Update screen, VCSA updates are cumulative.

    Select the most recent update available and click STAGE AND INSTALL, as shown in Figure 2.

    Figure 2
    Figure 2

    Select I accept the terms of the license agreement and click Next, as shown in Figure 3.

    Figure 3
    Figure 3

    Select I have backed up vCenter Server and its associated databases and click Finish, as shown in Figure 4. I know you are not going to lie, you did a backup first, right?

    Figure 4
    Figure 4

    The Staging and Installation begin, as shown in Figure 5.

    Figure 5
    Figure 5

    After about 10 to 20 minutes, you should be able to log in to the VCSA appliance management interface. The Installation shows success, as shown in Figure 6. Click Close.

    Figure 6
    Figure 6

    On the Update screen, you will see the VCSA’s current version and no Available updates, as shown in Figure 7.

    Figure 7
    Figure 7

    You can configure the VCSA to automatically check for updates.

    Click SETTINGS, as shown in Figure 8.

    Figure 8
    Figure 8

    Select Check for updates automatically, enter the update check frequency, and click Save, as shown in Figure 9.

    Figure 9
    Figure 9

    The only way to see the automatic check for updates schedule is to go back into SETTINGS.

    Exit the VCSA management interface.







    About Carl Webster

    Webster is a Sr. Infrastructure Consultant for Conversant Group and specializes in Citrix, Active Directory and Technical Documentation. Webster has been working with Citrix products for many years starting with Multi-User OS/2 in 1990.

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