Dell EMC Converged Systems Upgrade Guide from VMware vSphere 6.0 to VMware vSphere 6.5

This document describes the best practices and upgrade sequence for upgrading Converged Systems to the current release.

This upgrade procedure is for Converged Systems that include the VMware vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS).

The target audience for this document includes build teams, deployment and installation personnel, sales engineers, field consultants, advanced services specialists, and customers. Use these instructions to upgrade the following Converged System:

  • VxBlock and Vblock Systems 240
  • VxBlock and Vblock Systems 340
  • VxBlock and Vblock Systems 350
  • VxBlock and Vblock Systems 540
  • VxBlock and Vblock Systems 740
  • Vblock System 720

This document also provides prerequisites and strategies to minimize system downtime.

Note: In this document, all upgrades are on AMP-2V/AMP-2P/AMP-2HA/AMP-2RP/AMP-2S.
Important: Starting with VMware vSphere 6.5, the Cisco Nexus 1000V is not supported. Dell EMC recommends migrating from the Cisco Nexus 1000V switch to the VMware Virtual Distributed Switch (VDS) before upgrading to vSphere 6.5.
Important: The HBA QLE2462 card replacement with a QLE2562 card is required when you upgrade a Vblock System 720 from VMware vSphere 6.0 to VMware vSphere 6.5. If the Vblock System 720 conversion to the Vblock System 740 is part of an upgrade, then no HBA replacement is required. The Vblock System 740 with AMP-2S uses eMGMT, which does not require an HBA card to connect the AMP server to the VMAX/VMAX3/VMAX All Flash through FC. If the Vblock System 720 conversion to the Vblock System 740 is part of an upgrade, then no HBA replacement is required. The Vblock System 740 with AMP-2S uses eMGMT, which does not require an HBA card to connect the AMP server to the VMAX/VMAX3/VMAX All Flash through FC.

The Glossary provides terms, definitions, and acronyms.