Upgrade NSX 6.2.4 to 6.3.4 in a vCloud Environment

November 7, 2017 Jordansphere NSX

This document describes how to upgrade NSX in a VCD environment. We will be upgrading NSX from 6.2.4 -> 6.3.4

Current Components

Component Version
vCloud Director 8.20.0
ESXi 5.5 U3
vCenter 5.5 U3
NSX 6.2.4
Chargeback Manager 2.7.3

 

Check Interoperability Matrices

nsx_inter_pod4

 

Pre-installation

  1. Take a clone of  NSX Manager 
  2. Take backup of NSX manager configuration via GUI.
  3. Set DRS to Manual on target cluster(s)
  4. Disable HA on cluster(s)

       Extra precaution:

  1. Take snapshot of vCenter
  2. Backup vCenter DB

 

Shutdown vCD service(s)

  1. Log into each cell
  2. Stop VCD service
# service vmware-vcd stop
  1. Check service is shut down
# service vmware-vcd status

 

Upgrade NSX Manager

  1. Download NSX Manager 6.3.4 Upgrade Bundle from the VMware website

 

  1. Log into NSX Manager -> Upgrade button -> Upgrade {Upload the Upgrade Bundle) -> Install

 

The NSX Manager should restart with new version

 

  1. Check the vSphere web client shows the NSX Manager & correct version. If not restart the vSphere Web Client via the Services option from vCenter server

 

Upgrade NSX Controllers

  1. In the vSphere Web Client -> Home -> Network and Security -> Installation -> Management. Click the “Upgrade Available“ under the Controller Cluster Status -> Yes

 

Check controllers have installed successfully

 

Update ESXi Hosts

  1. In the vSphere Web Client -> Home -> Network and Security -> Installation -> Host Preparation.
  2. Select Upgrade available -> yes. Reboot each host one at a time.
  1. Disable host in VCD
  2. Put host into maintenance mode
  3. Reboot host
  4. Exit maintenance mode
  5. Enable host in VCD

Note: Check each host one at time by moving a VM and NSX edge

 

Start VCD Service(s)

 

When the controllers have installed correctly

1.Log into each cell

2. Stop VCD service

# service vmware-vcd start

3. Check service has started

# service vmware-vcd status

 

Post-install Tasks

 

  1. Check all services are running (on VCD)
  2. Provision VM
  3. Reploy Edge
  4. Move VM and Edges to each host.
  5. Alter a VDC network
  6. Remove snapshot
  7. Delete clone
  8. Set DRS to automatic
  9. Set HA to enabled

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