You can upgrade to NSX Manager only from vShield Manager 5.5. If you have a prior version of vShield Manager in your infrastructure, you must first upgrade to version 5.5 and then to NSX Manager 6.0. For information on upgrading to version 5.5, see vShield Installation and Upgrade Guide version 5.5.

You have upgraded to vCenter Server 5.5.

vShield Data Security has been uninstalled. For information on uninstalling the current Data Security software, see the documentation for that version.

vShield Edge instances prior to version 5.5, if any, have been upgraded to version vShield 5.5.


Pre-5.5 vShield Edge instances cannot be managed or deleted after vShield Manager has been upgraded to NSX Manager.


Do not uninstall a deployed instance of vShield Manager appliance.


Download the NSX upgrade bundle to a location to which vShield Manager can browse. The name of the upgrade bundle file is something like VMware-vShield-Manager-upgrade-bundle-to-NSX-buildNumber.tar.gz.


From the vShield Manager 5.5 inventory panel, click Settings & Reports.


Click the Updates tab and then click Upload Upgrade Bundle .


Click Browse, select the VMware-vShield-Manager-upgrade-bundle-to-NSX-6.0-buildNumber.tar.gz file, and click Open.


Click Upload File.

Uploading the file takes a few minutes.


Click Install to begin the upgrade process.


Click Confirm Install. The upgrade process reboots vShield Manager, so you might lose connectivity to the vShield Manager user interface. None of the other vShield components are rebooted.


After the reboot, log in to the NSX Manager virtual appliance by opening a Web browser window and typing the same IP address as that of the vShield Manager. For example,

The Summary tab displays the version of NSX Manager that you just installed.

Close any existing browser sessions accessing the vSphere Web Client. Wait for a few minutes and clear the browser cache before logging back in to the vSphere Web Client.

If SSH was enabled on vShield Manager 5.5, you must enable it on NSX Manager after the upgrade. Log in to the NSX Manager virtual appliance and click View Summary. In System-level components, click Start for SSH service.


Shut down the NSX Manager virtual machine and increase the memory to 12 GB and vCPU to 4.

All grouping objects from vShield Manager 5.5 are carried over to NSX. Objects that were created at datacenter, port group, Edge, or virtual wire level are now visible and available at the global scope. This is for backward compatibility of grouping object (Applications, ApplicationGroup, IPSet, MacSet , SecurityGroup) APIs. New grouping objects created in NSX 6.0.x are created at the global scope and cannot be nested within grouping objects carried over from 5.5.

All users and associated roles are carried over to NSX as well. For information on viewing roles in the vSphere Web Client, see User Management in NSX Administration Guide.