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Upgrade ESX3.5 to ESX4 with vSphere Host Update Utility

6 giugno 2009

Upgrade ESX3.5 to ESX4 with vSphere Host Update Utility

In this post, I would like to introduce vSphere Host Update tool. With this tool you’re able to update an ESX host without VMware Update Manager, just like the VMware Infrastructure Update utility. This utility tool is an optional tool & bundled inside vSphere Client installer, this means that you can install it while you are installing vSphere Client. In this post I will guide you through the upgrade process of an ESX 3.5 host which runs on HP Proliant DL380 G4.

Start the vSphere Host Update Utility here:
vSphere Host Update Utility 4.0

At the same time, fire-up your Virtual Infrastructure Client & login to the existing ESX3.5 server with Update 3, as shown as below. As a reminder, any upgrade on ESX host process only can be proceed while it is in maintenance mode.
existing ESX 3.5 server update 3

Now back to the new utility. First what we need to do is adding ESX host by clicking Add Host at the right top of the utility window & enter the ESX server IP address.
Add ESX host

After added the ESX host, so now we’re ready to upgrade. Select the host and press the upgrade button.
added ESX hosts

The ESX 4.0 Upgrade Wizard starts. You’ll have to add the upgrade iso file which you can download from VMware.com which available on 21st May 2009 onwards.
ESX ugrade wizard

Enter the credentials for your host. If you haven’t set the ESX host enter maintenance mode, you’ll see an error as below:
ESX credentials
So beware, any upgrade on ESX host process only can be proceed while it is in maintenance mode.

Then it will run compatibility check on ESX host.
compatibility check

Next you’ll be prompted to assign the Console OS disk size & disk location. At this practice, i assign 10GB.
Concole OS setting

At the next window, just tick the first option in order to make sure the existing ESX server will not be corrupted in case of any upgrade failure occurs.
post upgrade

Now, you are ready to complete the wizard & starts the upgrade process.
wizard complete

Firstly, it will copy the entire ISO image to the ESX server for a faster upgrade process & avoid any network interruption upon post-upgrade is running on.
copy ISO image

After finishing copied, it starts to install new packages for ESX 4.0.
Installing packages

While this process is running, your VI Client which connected to the ESX host will be disconnected as-well.
This is due to the new updates on Apache Tomcat & some web services.

Finally, you will successfully upgraded to the ESX 4 if everything goes smooth like my practice.
upgrade suceeded

And now, you can use vSphere Client to login to new ESX 4.0 to see the new interface of ESX 4.0.

Enjoy.

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