VMWare 6.5 to 6.7...



  • Getting ready to update all my stuff before school starts in about a month so I go to VMWare.com and log into my portal and I see this:

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    HUWAH!!!! So how do I upgrade if I can't go from ESXi 6.5.0 U2 to 6.7.0. ?



  • You download the latest KVM from Fedora. Problem solved.



  • @scottalanmiller said in VMWare 6.5 to 6.7...:

    You download the latest KVM from Fedora. Problem solved.

    Wow!



  • You would need to either roll back to 6.5U1 or wait for 6.7U1. I have done an accidental unsupported back-in-time upgrade like that before, and it caused me some major pain (documented here).

    This may be an option for you to roll back. How many hosts are we talking, and when did they get upgraded to 6.5U2?



  • @wls-itguy said in VMWare 6.5 to 6.7...:

    Getting ready to update all my stuff before school starts in about a month so I go to VMWare.com and log into my portal and I see this:

    alt text

    HUWAH!!!! So how do I upgrade if I can't go from ESXi 6.5.0 U2 to 6.7.0. ?

    From my understanding, U2 has some of 6.7 tech mixed in and that is why the upgrade is not supported. Need to wait for 6.7 ?? unfortunately.



  • @pmoncho said in VMWare 6.5 to 6.7...:

    @wls-itguy said in VMWare 6.5 to 6.7...:

    Getting ready to update all my stuff before school starts in about a month so I go to VMWare.com and log into my portal and I see this:

    alt text

    HUWAH!!!! So how do I upgrade if I can't go from ESXi 6.5.0 U2 to 6.7.0. ?

    From my understanding, U2 has some of 6.7 tech mixed in and that is why the upgrade is not supported. Need to wait for 6.7 ?? unfortunately.

    Yes, there are features backported from 6.7 to 6.5U2. This post details the backported features. The problem here is that 6.5U2 came out after 6.7, and the upgrade cycle does not allow you to upgrade to a release that came out before the release you are currently on based on the date.

    Again, you could still go back to 6.5U1 if you want to try it and then look at 6.7. Or, there is some functionality backported to 6.5U2. The next upgrade would be when 6.7U1 drops.



  • @scottalanmiller said in VMWare 6.5 to 6.7...:

    You download the latest KVM from Fedora. Problem solved.

    This answer is about as useful as the ones where the guy says he has to use IE/Edge due to corporate policy and someone answers "use Firefox, Problem Solved!"



  • Turns out I am actually on 6.5u1. Thought I was already on u2 but it must have been a dream.



  • @wls-itguy said in VMWare 6.5 to 6.7...:

    @scottalanmiller said in VMWare 6.5 to 6.7...:

    You download the latest KVM from Fedora. Problem solved.

    This answer is about as useful as the ones where the guy says he has to use IE/Edge due to corporate policy and someone answers "use Firefox, Problem Solved!"

    Right... both are WAY more useful than the assumed answer. Except you didn't mention a bad corporate policy demanding you have this issue, you just said you had a technical issue and an answer was given.



  • @black3dynamite said in VMWare 6.5 to 6.7...:

    @scottalanmiller said in VMWare 6.5 to 6.7...:

    You download the latest KVM from Fedora. Problem solved.

    Wow!

    Well it DOES fix the issue of getting up to date and without these kinds of support issues where the tracks don't cleanly upgrade.

    And now that KVM has Cockpit, I gotta say, managing KVM is now easier than VMware ESXi. ESXi being SO easy was always its key selling point. Now that it is no longer easier than the free alternatives AND has complexities like this, it makes its value less and less.



  • @scottalanmiller said in VMWare 6.5 to 6.7...:

    @wls-itguy said in VMWare 6.5 to 6.7...:

    @scottalanmiller said in VMWare 6.5 to 6.7...:

    You download the latest KVM from Fedora. Problem solved.

    This answer is about as useful as the ones where the guy says he has to use IE/Edge due to corporate policy and someone answers "use Firefox, Problem Solved!"

    Right... both are WAY more useful than the assumed answer. Except you didn't mention a bad corporate policy demanding you have this issue, you just said you had a technical issue and an answer was given.

    Actually I was just confused as to why you couldn't upgrade to 6.7 from 6.5u2. I didn't see that 6.5u2 came out after 6.7.



  • @wls-itguy said in VMWare 6.5 to 6.7...:

    @scottalanmiller said in VMWare 6.5 to 6.7...:

    @wls-itguy said in VMWare 6.5 to 6.7...:

    @scottalanmiller said in VMWare 6.5 to 6.7...:

    You download the latest KVM from Fedora. Problem solved.

    This answer is about as useful as the ones where the guy says he has to use IE/Edge due to corporate policy and someone answers "use Firefox, Problem Solved!"

    Right... both are WAY more useful than the assumed answer. Except you didn't mention a bad corporate policy demanding you have this issue, you just said you had a technical issue and an answer was given.

    Actually I was just confused as to why you couldn't upgrade to 6.7 from 6.5u2. I didn't see that 6.5u2 came out after 6.7.

    Yes, that mostly makes sense. Although still odd that there isn't an upgrade path either way. Very odd. That it came out after itself would not cause any issues. They would have known when creating it that it was going to break updates. So this remains a screw up either way. They could have made it not create a failure to update.



  • @WLS-ITGuy said in VMWare 6.5 to 6.7...:

    @scottalanmiller said in VMWare 6.5 to 6.7...:

    You download the latest KVM from Fedora. Problem solved.

    This answer is about as useful as the ones where the guy says he has to use IE/Edge due to corporate policy and someone answers "use Firefox, Problem Solved!"

    But it also solves all the future VMWare related issues and annoyances at the same time as resolving your current VMWare problem... I'd say it's a no-brainer solution.



  • What kind of license do you have? I just upgraded my environment from 6.5 to 6.7 but I used the custom ESXi images provided by Dell. You will want to do that for your brand of server. Make sure you start by upgrading vCenter to 6.7 first - if you have that.



  • if you are upgrading I highly recommend www.runecast.com, if you have a small environment it's not a big deal but Vmware now days has a lot more bugs that it used to and it's easy to run up on one in a bigger environment, runecast will check for compatbility with specific hardware and firmware versions and tell you which firmware, version of Vmware and patch versions you should be on to be the most stable.