Using vCenter migration tool 6.0 U2M, vCenter 5.5 Windows to 6.0 VCSA

vCenter 5.5 Windows to VCSA 6.0  using 6.0 U2M

Hi all,

Today we will discuss about upgrading windows based vCenter server 5.5 to VCSA 6.0 upgrade with help of  vCenter migration tool. Let’s start…

Prerequisites for vCenter migration

First you have to download the latest vCenter 6.0 U2M iso from VMware download site.

Once the iso is ready, attach the iso to vCenter 5.5 server and run vCenter-migration-assistent.exc for migration validation check.


Provide the sso password for validation check..


Once validation check completed, waiting for migration to start…


Close look to current windows based vCenter server 5.5.0


We need to run migration tool outside vCenter server, Open your ISO file  run vcsasetup and select migrate option from the web based installation console. I am running this tool on my jump-host.


Select OK to continue:-


Accept EULA and click Next to continue:-


Provide all information for Application deployment target:-

Target server or host name:

HTTPS port:

Usser name:



Click OK on certificate warning:-


Provide new appliance Name:

OS user name: root

OS password:

Confirm OS password:

and click next:-


Provide the details of windows based source server.

Source Windows server:

Migration Assistant port:

SSO user name:

SSO password:

and click next to continue:-

If you want to migrate performance and other historical data, select Optional data to migrate.


Select Yes on Certificate Warning.


Provide the AD domain details and click next:-


Select the application size, I am going with Tiny configuration (up to 10 hosts, 100 VMs)

Click Next to continue:-


Select Datastore for deployment, this is lab environment so I am going with Thin disk mode.

Click Next to continue:-


Provide all required information for temporary network, and verify it..

Click Next to continue:-


Join the VMware customer experience improvement  program, Click Next to continue:-


Verify all information before proceeding for migration, all good, Click Finish..


In my lab environment its taken 35 min to complete the migration. Close the installation window.


Below screen shot shows, old vCenter powered down and new vCenter appliance powered on..


Now we have old vCenter server running on new 6.0 appliance with help of migration tool..


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Upgrade a vSphere Distributed Switch to a Later Version

Hi All,

Today we will discuss how to upgrade a vSphere Distributed switch 5.5 to 6.0.

The upgrade of a distributed switch is a non disruptive operation, that is, the hosts and virtual machines attached to the switch do not experience any downtime.

Before proceeding the upgradation for best practice I am going to export my vDS 5.5 configuration files.

Right click on vDS 5.5, go to settings and select Export Configuration…


Select “Distributed switch and all port groups” option, Click OK.


Once the configuration file exported, Select “Yes” to save in your local desktop.


In the below screenshot, current vDS version is 5.5.0 I am going to upgrade to 6.0.0


Right click on vDS 5.5 and navigate to upgrade, Select “Upgrade Distributed Switch” option.


Click “Next” to continue:-


Check host comparability and click “Next”


” Once upgraded the distributed switch cannot be downgraded to a previous distributed version. You will not be able to add older VMware ESX Server members that are not compatible with the new distributed switch”

Click on “Finish” button.



Verify vDS is upgraded to 6.0.0


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vSphere Web Client, [400] An error occurred

vSphere Web Client, [400] An error occurred

Hi All,

Today I am trying to access my vSphere Web client with my AD account.

I got the following error:-


  • The VMware vSphere Web Client displays the error:

    A server error occurred.

    [400] An error occurred while processing the authentication response from the vCenter Single Sign-On server. Details: Status: urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:status:Responder, sub status: null.

Check the vSphere Web Client server logs for details.

  • The %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\VMWare\vCenterServer\logs\sso\vmware-sts-idmd.log file contains errors similar to:

    [YYYY-MM-DDT<Time> vsphere.local        c006bcab-1db9-43ea-bf27-ca8e6ab45251 INFO ] [VmEventAppender] EventLog: source=[VMware Identity Server], tenant=[vsphere.local], eventid=[USER_NAME_PWD_AUTH_FAILED], level=[ERROR], category=[VMEVENT_CATEGORY_IDM], text=[Failed to authenticate principal [vcenter@domain]. Access denied], detailText=[com.vmware.identity.idm.IDMLoginException: Access denied

This issue occurs when the domain in which the user you are attempting to log in does not exist as a VMware vCenter SSO identity source.

For more reference VMware KB 2111354

I resolved the issue, Added the AD authentication to my SSO service.

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vCenter 6.0 Installation and Configuration Part-5 vCenter Server Appliance upgrade from 5.5 to 6.0

vCenter Server Appliance upgrade from 5.5 to 6.0

Hi All,

Today we will discuss about how to upgrade an existing vCenter 5.5 appliance to vCenter 6.0 appliance.

I am using two ESXi servers with 4VPUs and 12GB RAM.

Pre checks:-

  1. Active snapshot of your vcsa5.5.
  2. Source ESXi and destination ESXi health status.
  3. SSL certificate validation.
  4. Port 22 and 443 should be open in the firewall.
  5. Sufficient storage.
  6. Database backup and comparability  if you are using external database.
  7. Network redundancy.
  8. Client Integration Plug-in in your windows host.
  9. Refer Upgrading to vCenter Server 6.0 best practices  KB2109772
  10. VCSA 6.0 iso Image.

In the below screen shot you can  find my existing vCenter appliance with vcsa5.5 on esxi1.vclass.local host.

I am log-in in to the vcsa5.5 web client.


It shows existing vCenter version 5.5.0.


In my windows server, I already installed VMware Client Integration plug-in 6.0, and it is active in my IE.

Mount the VMware-VCSA iso, and open

Double click on “vcsa-setup” file.


It will redirect to your web browser, ex. IE.

Select “Upgrade” option.


You can upgrade to vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 from following versions:

  • vCenter Server Appliance 5.1 U3
  • vCenter Server Appliance 5.5

Click “Ok” on supported update pop-up


Accept the EULA and click “Next” to continue..


Connect to your target server,

Provide the following details:-

FQDN or IP Address: esxi2.vclass.local

User name: root

Password: *********

Before Proceeding:

  • Make sure ESXi host is not in lock down mode or maintenance mode.
  • When deploying to a vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS), the appliance must be deployed to an ephemeral portgroup. After deployment, it can be moved to static or dynamic portgroup.

Click “Next” to continue..


Accept the Certificate Warning, Click “Yes”


Provide the Appliance name: vcac60 (VM name)

If you want the SSH access select the enable SSH option

Click “Next” to continue..


In the Connect source appliance field,

Select the existing appliance version, I am using vCSA 5.5, Selected vCSA 5.5 here


Provide the source vCenter details here:-

vCenter Server IP address/FQDN: vcva55.vclass.local

vCenter administrator user name: administrator@vsphere.local (default)

vCenter administrator Password: ******* (SSO Password)

vCenter HTTP Port: 443 (default)

Appliance (OS) root password: ******** (root password of your vcsa5.5 appliance)

Temporary Upgrade Files Path: /tmp/vmware/cis-export-folder

If you want to migrate the performance & other historical data click on Enable check box.

Provide the Source host details:-

ESXi host IP address/FQDN: esxi1.vclass.local (vcsa55 running on this host)

ESXi host user name: root

ESXi host password: **********

Click “Next” to continue..


It will validate the details, take several minutes…


Refer the warning pop-up:-

  • After upgrade postgres user password would be the same as vc user.
  • Port 22 will be used during upgrade process to transfer data over ssh if you use firewall between both machines, Please allow communication through port 22. If sshd service is not started on legacy system, the upgrade process will start it automatically on port 22.

Click “Yes” to continue..


Select the appliance size,

I am selecting “Tiny (up to 10 host, 100 VMs)”

Tiny VM configured with 2 vCPUs and 8 GB of memory and require  120 GB disk space.

Small VM configured with 4vCPUs and 16 GB of memory and require  130 GB disk space. (up to 100 hosts, 1000 VMs)

Medium VM configured with 8vCPUs and 24 GB of memory and require  275 GB disk space. (up to 400 hosts, 4000 VMs)

Large VM configured with 16vCPUs and 32 GB of memory and require  325 GB disk space. (up to 1000 hosts, 10,000 VMs)

For more reference on vCenter size: VMware vCenter Server™ 6.0 Deployment Guide

Click “Next” to continue..


Select the detastore:-

Datastore: vclass-lun1 — 138.55 GB free space

I am not using Thin Disk mode here, If you are not having 120 GB free space in your datastore Enable Thin Disk Mode.


Set up temporary network settings for vCSA 6.0

Temporary network: MGT (management network)

IP address family: IPv4 (default)

Network type: static

Network address:

Subnet mask:

Network gateway:

Network DNS Server:

Before Proceeding make sure that:

  • The network address provided is different than the source appliance’s address.
  • The temporary network configuration provides connectivity to the vCenter server you are upgrading.

Click “Next” to continue..


Verify all the settings,

Click “Finish” for the completion.


Check the below screen shot:-

In the background VMware vCenter Server Appliance Deployment in progress…

In esxi1.vclass.local having my vcva 5.5 VM is running and esxi2.vclass.local having my vcac 6.0 VM in power down mode.


In the below screen shot:-

VMware vCenter Server Appliance Deployment wizard is Powering down the legacy system (vCSA 5.5 Appliance VM)

As you can see from the image vcva 5.5 VM is shutting down and vcac 6.0 VM waiting for the Powering down the legacy system.

In this time the total progress of the deployment is  ” Overall progress : (220/400)=100″


Now the migration from vCSA 5.5 to vCSA 6.0 is completed.

My vcva 5.5 VM is down and vcac 6.0 VM is up and running in my esxi2.vclass.local host.


If you want to download the support bundle :-

Go to https://FQDN:443/appliance/support-bundle or https://IP address/ (vCSA 5.5 FQDN or IP)

To view the vCenter web client

Go to https://FQDN:9443/vsphere-client/?csp or https://IP address:9443/vsphere-client/?csp (vCSA 5.5 FQDN or IP)

Use the same vCSA 5.5 Administrator user name and password for log-in to web client.

Click “Log-in” to continue..


Now we are on the vcva55.vclass.local web client. Name showing as vcva55 but the version upgraded to 6.0.


So  we successfully upgraded vCSA 5.5 to  vCSA 6.0!!!

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vCenter Server Install 5.5, Hangs

Hi All,

Today I am trying to install vCenter 5.5 on my Windows 2012 R2 server.

I used custom installation and successfully installed SSO, Web Client, Inventory Services.

Finally vCenter Server installation, Its hangs on ” Installing Directory Services…”

First time I am trying to install vCenter 5.5 on 2012 R2 server.

Finally find out the log from vminst.log with help of KB2061000

“C:\Windows\system32\cmd.exe” /c start /w C:\Windows\system32\ocsetup.exe DirectoryServices-ADAM /passive /norestart]”

In 2012 R2 server under system32 directory ocssetp.exe file is missing.


Copy the file from any Windows 2008 R2 server and paste in the 2012 R2  C:\Windows\system32\ directory.


Try to run the vCenter installation setup again, It will work!!!


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vCenter 6.0 Installation and Configuration Part-4 vCenter Server Appliance Deployment

vCenter Appliance 6.0 Deployment 

As discussed there are two types of vCenter server installation.

  1. vCenter Server with windows platform –  vCenter Installation
  2. vCenter Server appliance deployment.

Today we are discussing about how to deploy vCenter server appliance 6.0 to ESXi host..

First we will look in to the pre requests.

  1. Windows system with client integration plug-in installed on browser (IE or Chrome).
  2. vCSA- 2 vCPU, 8 GB RAM and 120 GB HDD (Thik).
  3. ESXi Host- 2 CPU, 12 GB RAM
  4. vCSA All 6.0 iso image.

First we will install the client integration plug-in from the vCSA iso image.

Open the iso image VMware VCSA>vcsa> VMware-ClientintegrationPlugin-6.0.0

Double click on  VMware-ClientintegrationPlugin-6.0.0


Click “Next” on the Welcome wizard.


Accept and click “Next” on EULA.


Select the destination folder and click “Next”


Now we are ready to install the client integration plug-in

Click “Install” to continue:-


Client integration plug-in installation completed, Click “Finish”


Here my IE is configured with client integration plug-in.

Run the “vcsa-setup” from VMware VCSA>vcsa-setup.


It will redirect to your web browser as shown in the screen shot.

Select “Install”


Accept the EULA and click “Next”


Connect to your target ESXi server for vCSA 6.0 deployment.

Provide FQDN or IP Address, User Name and the Password of your ESXi host.

FQDN: esxi1.vclaass.local

User: root

Password: ***********

Click “Next” to continue,


Click “Yes” on the SSL Certificate warning


Provide the appliance name and root password for the virtual machine settings.

Refer the password requirements in help tab.

I am using “vcsa-app” as my appliance name.

Click “Next” to continue.


Select the deployment type here PSC.

I am selected  “Install vCenter Server with an embedded Platform service controller”.

Click “Next” to continue,


Set-up the SSO here,

I am creating new SSO with vsphere.local domain.

Default user name will be “Administrator”

Provide the SSO Password,SSO Domain name and site name.

If you want to change the SSO domain name refer the help tab.

Click “Next” to continue


Select the appliance size and click “Next”

I am selected “Tiny up to 10 hosts, 100 VMs”


Select one data store available in your target host.

I am going with Thin disk mode because I don’t have 120 GB single datastore here.

Click “Next” to continue


Select your database option and click “Next”

I am using embedded database(vPostgres)


Configure vcsa network settings:-

Choose a network, IP address family, network type, network address, FQDN, Subnet, gateway and DNS.

For time sync I am selected sync with ESXi host, If you have any other NTP server provide the details on the NTP field.


Now we are ready to deploy the vCSA 6.0

Review all the settings and click “Finish” to start the deployment.

It will take 30 Min.


Meanwhile I am going to add my “vcsa-app” to my DNS entery.

FQDN: vcsa-app.vclass.local



Check the below screen shot,

vcsa-app VM is successfully deployed to esxi1.vclass.local and it is up and running.


Find the vsphere web client URL from the installation completion page.


Copy and past the URL in to your web browser ( I am using google chrome because adobe plug in enabled on this browser)

Provide the user name, password and click “Login”

User Name: administrator@vsphere.local


Now we are on the vcsa 6.0 web client.


Now we completed our vCenter server appliance 6.0 deployment!!!

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vCenter 6.0 Installation and Configuration Part-3 vCenter Installation

vCenter 6.0 Installation

Today we are discussing about vCenter 6.0 installation.

First we will discuss about prerequisites to install a vCenter server.

Sizing Hardware for vCenter Server for Windows based installation

  • Two 64-bit CPUs or a single dual-core 64-bit CPU
  • 8 GB of RAM or more
  • 17 GB of free disk space
  • A network adapter (1 Gbps strongly recommended)
  • A supported version of Windows Server OS family ( I am using Windows 2012 R2 Server)

This is the minimum requirements, according to your environment with many esxi hosts and VMs must scale the vCenter server system accordingly.

  • External Database server ( SQL Server Optional)
  • External Platform Services Controller (Optional)
  • If you are using external SQL database, Need to create service account.

Here I am using nested lab, My vCenter server having 4 CPU, 8 GB RAM and 100 GB HDD (SSD).

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Once you have Windows Server, Database, ODBC and VIM setup iso, Plan for installation

  • Attach VIM setup ISO to your Server (through ILO or DVD)

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  • Open cd drive and double click “autorun” file.
  • Select vCenter Server for Windows and click “Install”.

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  • Click “Next” here..

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  • Accept the EULA and click “Next”

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  • Select deployment mode here.
  • I am going with Embedded Deployment (PSC and vCenter on the same server)
  • Select appropriate deployment mode and click “Next”

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  • Add the System Name and click “Next”

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  • Here you have to configure vCenter SSO domain, or Join to a existing SSO domain.
  • By default SSO domain will be “vsphere.local”
  • SSO user will be “administrator@vsphere.local”
  • Enter the SSO password and site name and click “Next”

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  • Select the database here
  • There are two options, embedded database or external database, I am using external database SQL 2014 express.
  • I already added my database “vgyanvc” to my ODBC.
  • Select the DSN Name from drop down menu and click “Next”

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  • Enter the vCenter service account user name and password and click “Next”

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  • Select default ports and select “Next”

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  • Select default Destination Directory and click “Next”

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  • Verify all the configuration items and click “Install”

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  • It will take 20 to 30 Min to complete.

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  • Once installation completed, Click “Finish”

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  • Select “Exit” on vCenter installer.

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Now we completed our vCenter server 6.0 installation!!!

Next:- What is vSphere Client, vSphere Web Client, How to configure it.

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vCenter 6.0 Installation and Configuration Part-2 PSC

What is Platform Service Controller in vSphere 6.0

Platform Service Controller (PSC) introduced with vSphere 6.0, handles the infrastructure security functions such as vCenter Single Sign-On, licensing, certificate management and server reservation.

The PSC includes a set of common infrastructure service:-

  • VMware vCenter Single Sign-On
  • VMware Licence Server
  • Certificate Authority
  • Certificate Store
  • VMware Directory Services

There are two different ways to install PSC, On the same vCenter server or an external server.

Below screenshot showing the installation options,

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If you are using multiple vCenter servers External PSC Deployment is the best option.

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vCenter 6.0 Installation and Configuration Part-1

How to Configure ODBC for vCenter

Today we are discussing about how to configure ODBC driver for vCenter external database.

I am using MSSQL 2014 Express database and I created a data base called “vgyanvc”.

Let’s start:-

Open ODBC Data Source Administrator (64-bit) from start menu.

Select System DSN and click on “Add..”

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From ” Create new data source” plane select “SQL Server native client 11.0”.

Click “Finish”

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Enter database name in the Name field: “vgyanvc”

Enter database server name in the server field: “vc.vgyan.local”

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Select SQL authentication here:-

  1. Windows authentication
  2. SQL server authentication (sa)

Select authentication and click next..

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Change the default database to your database name ex: vgyanvc, Click “Next”

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Select default options and Click “Finish”

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Database test completed successfully!!

Click “OK” here..

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Verify the ODBC configuration and click “OK” here..

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Now we can see the “vgyanvc” in ODBC.

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Thanks for reading!!!

Next vCenter 6.0 Installation…

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ESXi 6.0 Installation and Configuration Part-2

How to configure ESXi Network settings.

Log In to your ESXi server.

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Press “F2″for Customize system window.

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Enter login credentials here.

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First option is to configure password, We already configured the password during  the installation time. If you need to change the password again, this is the place to reset.

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Configure Management Network option providing privilege to configure the Network. Press “Enter” here.

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Select the the network adapter here.

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If your having any VLAN connection to your EXSi, add the VLAN ID here.

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Select IPv4 and press “Enter”

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Select the static IPv4 option and assign your IP here.

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I am disabling  IPv6 here because I am not using , If we disable the IPv6, need to reboot the ESXi once.

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Assign DNS IPs and Host name in the DNS Configuration field.

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Assign the DNS Suffix in the suffix field.

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Confirm the changes and reboot the host.

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Now we can see the Network changes here.



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