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Been a while since I upgraded a vSphere cluster.
I have 8 nodes in the cluster.
All of my shared storage is vmfs5.
I took node 1 out of the cluster and put vSphere 6.0 on it.
I do not have the fibers connected to node 1 for the shared storage yet.
I'm thinking, I can connect the fibers and this new host will not cause me any issues, is this correct?
I can then start adding the vm's from node 2 to the new vCenter 6, and then upgrade that node.
The new vCenter 6 is currently on the local storage.

Has anyone done this recently and experienced any issues?

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Phil,

Very reluctantly I'll say yes, all is good.
I say reluctantly as I don't see the full plan, but I'm assuming you have gone thru the risks and a test/ trial.
It seems that you could have a period of time where you will have guests outside of vcenter management.

I have not tried this yet
https://labs.vmware.com/flings/inventorysnapshot
But apparently it will "copy vcenter config" and possibly allow you upgrade vcenter and then do ESX.

I haven't used it in anger yet as each vcenter I've had to work on in the last 12 months was severely busted and we had no choice but to rip and replace.

Generally I'd upgrade vcenter first, have it manage the downlevel hosts and rolling upgrade of the hosts to ESXi Next.

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Originally Posted by Generally I'd upgrade vcenter first, have it manage the downlevel hosts and rolling upgrade of the hosts to ESXi Next.


Yes, an there is no reason a esx6 should have problems accessing vmfs5 formatted storage

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