Updating from vCenter 6.0.0a to 6.0.0b would have been a straight forward task I'd thought. Not so it seems.
First off, the appliance no longer auto-updates or has an admin UI - as it did in v5.
Now you have to download the patch ISO (not the normal install one), persuade it to mount and run a number of commands.
Simple isn't it.
The steps to do an upgrade are:
- Find the patch ISO you need from https://my.vmware.com/group/vmware/patch#search and download it.
- Fire up the vSphere client, and connect to the HOST that is running the Appliance.
- Open the Console for the Appliance VM
- Mount the ISO in the normal way
- SSH to the Appliance (if you haven't enabled this, you need to first, obviously)
- Run: software-packages stage --iso
- Accept the EULA (read it first, of course)
- Run: software-packages install
- Reboot appliance
- Repeat process for other patch ISOs as required
I'm wondering why it has to like this ... what was wrong with the semi-automated web interface method?