Welcome to everything you need to know about VMware vSphere Update Manager, and everything you need to know to upgrade VMware vSphere!

You may also see Update Manager referred to as vSphere Update Manager, ESXi Update Manager, or vCenter Update Manager.

Are you still running ESXi 5.5 and need help upgrading?  Don’t worry.  Here’s what you need to do.  The quickest and easiest way to upgrade is to upgrade from vSphere 5.5 to vSphere 6.5.

Check out my VMworld 2017 Session, Upgrading to vSphere 6.5 the VCDX Way  This session will explain things like what order to upgrade components in.

Make sure all the hardware and software components are listed on the the VMware Compatibility Guide.

Either upgrade your vCenter to vSphere 6.5 or build a new one.

Upgrade ESXi from 5.5 to 6.5 using vSphere Update Manager on the VCSA.

Make sure you install your VMware vSphere licenses!

Once you have upgrade to vSphere 6.5, the upgrade to VMware vSphere 6.7 is your next easy upgrade!

It is also easy to upgrade to vSphere 6.7 U1.  The vSphere 6.7 U1 upgrade series includes how to upgrade vCenter, ESXi hosts, VMware Tools, and Virtual Machine hardware compatibility.

vSphere Update Manager makes it easy to manage and update ESXi, VMware Tools, and virtual hardware versions in your VMware vSphere environment.  It is an essential part to any VMware vSphere upgrade.  Read on to find everything you need to start panning your vSphere upgrade today!

How to Patch a VMware ESXi Host Using Update Manager
melissa • September 09, 2019 • No Comments

Keeping your VMware patches up to date is a critical aspect of maintaining your VMware vSphere environment.  Luckily, VMware  First things first, before patching ESXi, or

How to Upgrade the vCenter Server Appliance to vSphere 6.7 U3
melissa • August 23, 2019 • No Comments

I wrote this quick post to talk about how quick and easy it is to upgrade your VMware vCenter Server Appliance to vSphere 6.7 U3.

Updating VMware Tools and VM Hardware Compatibility with vSphere Update Manager 6.7 U1
melissa • October 17, 2018 • No Comments

Updating VMware Tools and VMware virtual hardware (which is also commonly referred to as VM hardware compatibility these days) are very important steps in your

Upgrade ESXi to 6.7 U1 Using VMware vSphere Update Manager
melissa • October 17, 2018 • No Comments

Thanks to VMware vSphere Update Manager, updating to ESXi 6.7 U1 is very easy.  The important thing to remember is that the first step in

Everything You Need to Upgrade the VMware vCenter Server Appliance to vSphere 6.7 U1
melissa • October 17, 2018 • No Comments

When it comes to upgrading your VMware vSphere environment, the first thing that needs to be done is upgrading your VMware vCenter Server Appliance, or

The VMware Compatibility Guide, First Stop for Successful Upgrades
melissa • August 21, 2018 • No Comments

When it comes time to upgrade a VMware Product, your first stop should be the VMware Compatibility Guide (also known as the VMware Compatibility Matrix).