To start the migration process, you use the GUI installer to deploy the OVA file that is included in the installer ISO file as the target vCenter Server Appliance with an external Platform Services Controller

vCenter Server 5.5 with External vCenter Single Sign-On Before and After Migration
Example of a vCenter Server 5.1 or 5.5 external deployment before and after upgrade.

vCenter Server 6.0.x with External Platform Services Controller Before and After Migration
vCenter Server with external Platform Services Controller shown upgrading from version 6.0 to version 6.5

1

In the vCenter Server Appliance installer, navigate to the vcsa-ui-installer directory, go to the subdirectory for your operating system, and run the installer executable file.

For Windows OS, go to the win32 subdirectory, and run the installer.exe file.

For Linux OS, go to the lin64 subdirectory, and run the installer file.

For Mac OS, go to the mac subdirectory, and run the Installer.app file.

2

On the Home page, click Migrate.

3

Review the Introduction page to understand the migration process and click Next.

4

Read and accept the license agreement, and click Next.

5

Connect to the target server to which you want to migrate the source vCenter Server.

Option

Steps

You can connect to an ESXi host on which to deploy the target appliance.

1

Enter the FQDN or IP address of the ESXi host.

2

Enter the HTTPS port of the ESXi host.

3

Enter the user name and password of a user with administrative privileges on the ESXi host, for example, the root user.

4

Click Next.

5

Accept the certificate warning, if any, by clicking Yes.

You can connect to a vCenter Server instance and browse the inventory to select an ESXi host or DRS cluster on which to deploy the target appliance.

1

Enter the FQDN or IP address of the vCenter Server instance.

2

Enter the HTTPS port of the vCenter Server instance.

3

Enter the user name and password of a vCenter Single Sign-On user with administrative privileges on the vCenter Server instance, for example, the administrator@your_domain_name user.

4

Click Next.

5

Accept the certificate warning, if any, by clicking Yes.

6

Select the data center or data center folder that contains the ESXi host or DRS cluster on which you want to deploy the new appliance, and click Next

Note

You must select a data center or data center folder that contains at least one ESXi host that is not in lockdown or maintenance mode.

7

Select the ESXi host or DRS cluster on which you want to deploy the new appliance, and click Next.

6

(Optional) Review the warning message and try to resolve the warnings, if any, and click Yes.

7

On the Set up target appliance VM page, enter a name for the target vCenter Server Appliance, set the password for the root user, and click Next.

The password must contain at least eight characters, a number, uppercase and lowercase letters, and a special character, for example, an exclamation mark (!), hash key (#), at sigh (@), or brackets (()).

Important

The local operating system password is not migrated to the target appliance.

8

On the Connect to source page, enter the details for the source vCenter Server instance, and click Next.

a

Enter the IP address or FQDN.

b

Enter the user name and password of a user who has administrative privileges on the vCenter Server instance, for example, the administrator@your_domain_name user.

c

Enter the Migration Assistant Port you received in the Migration Assistant instructions.

9

On the Connect to source instance page, enter the details for the source Windows installation that you want to migrate.

Option

Action

vCenter Server IP Address/FQDN

Enter the IP address or FQDN of the vCenter Server Appliance that you want to upgrade.

vCenter Single Sign-On administrator user name

Enter the vCenter Single Sign-On administrator user name.

If you are upgrading vCenter Server Appliance 5.5.x, this is administrator@vsphere.local.

vCenter Single Sign-On administrator password

Enter the password of the vCenter Single Sign-On administrator.

vCenter Server HTTPS Port

Optionally, change the default vCenter Server HTTPS port number.

The default value is 443.

10

(Optional) Accept the warning message, if any, by clicking Yes.

11

Select the deployment size for the new vCenter Server Appliance for your vSphere inventory.

Deployment Size Option

Description

Tiny

Deploys an appliance with 2 CPUs and 10 GB of memory.

Suitable for environments with up to 10 hosts or 100 virtual machines

Small

Deploys an appliance with 4 CPUs and 16 GB of memory.

Suitable for environments with up to 100 hosts or 1,000 virtual machines

Medium

Deploys an appliance with 8 CPUs and 24 GB of memory.

Suitable for environments with up to 400 hosts or 4,000 virtual machines

Large

Deploys an appliance with 16 CPUs and 32 GB of memory.

Suitable for environments with up to 1,000 hosts or 10,000 virtual machines

X-Large

Deploys an appliance with 24 CPUs and 48 GB of memory.

Suitable for environments with up to 2,000 hosts or 35,000 virtual machines

12

Select the storage size for the new vCenter Server Appliance, and click Next.

Storage Size Option

Description for Tiny Deployment Size

Description for Small Deployment Size

Description for Medium Deployment Size

Description for Large Deployment Size

Description for X-Large Deployment Size

Default

Deploys an appliance with 250 GB of storage.

Deploys an appliance with 290 GB of storage.

Deploys an appliance with 425 GB of storage.

Deploys an appliance with 640 GB of storage.

Deploys an appliance with 980 GB of storage.

Large

Deploys an appliance with 775 GB of storage.

Deploys an appliance with 820 GB of storage.

Deploys an appliance with 925 GB of storage.

Deploys an appliance with 990 GB of storage.

Deploys an appliance with 1030 GB of storage.

X-Large

Deploys an appliance with 1650 GB of storage.

Deploys an appliance with 1700 GB of storage.

Deploys an appliance with 1805 GB of storage.

Deploys an appliance with 1870 GB of storage.

Deploys an appliance with 1910 GB of storage.

13

From the list of available datastores, select the location where all the virtual machine configuration files and virtual disks will be stored and, optionally, enable thin provisioning by selecting Enable Thin Disk Mode.

14

Configure the temporary network for communication between the source vCenter Server and the target vCenter Server Appliance, and click Next.

Option

Action

Choose a network

Select the network to which to connect the new appliance temporarily.

The networks displayed in the drop-down menu depend on the network settings of the target server. If you are deploying the appliance directly on an ESXi host, non-ephemeral distributed virtual port groups are unsupported and are not displayed in the drop-down menu.

Important

If you want to assign a temporary IPv4 address with DHCP allocation, you must select a network that is associated with a port group which accepts MAC address changes.

IP Address family

Select the version for the temporary IP address of the new appliance.

Can be either IPv4 or IPv6.

Network type

Select the allocation method for the temporary IP address of the appliance.

Static

The wizard prompts you to enter the temporary IP address and network settings.

DHCP

A DHCP server is used to allocate the temporary IP address. Select this option only if a DHCP server is available in your environment.

15

On the Ready to complete stage 1 page, review the deployment settings for the target vCenter Server Appliance and click Finish to start the OVA deployment process.

16

Wait for the OVA deployment to finish, and click Continue to proceed with stage 2 of the deployment process to set up and start the services of the newly deployed appliance.

Note

If you exit the wizard by clicking Close, you must log in to the vCenter Server Appliance Management Interface to set up and start the services.

The newly deployed target vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 with an external Platform Services Controller is running on the target server but is not configured.

Important

The data from the source vCenter Server is not yet transferred and the services of the target appliance are not started.