Estimating the upgrade time

This task allows you to estimate the amount of time you need to perform the upgrade.

Component upgrade time order of operations

Plan your upgrade using the minimum time that it takes to upgrade the software on each component. The minimum time estimates do not include the time for preparation, configuration, VM migration, backup, and download. Review the list of components and determine the upgrade time for the components in the system. If a component is not in the system, do not estimate the upgrade time for that component. For cluster configurations, include the master and subordinate components.

Order Component Upgrade time

(estimate)

Notes
1. Upgrading the components on VxRack FLEX VMware ESXi and Red Hat Linux (RHEL) nodes 1 hour per component, per node Upgrade one node at a time. Migrate any VMs before the upgrade and ensure the VxFlex OS rebuild and rebalance is complete before upgrading the next node.
2. Upgrading the components on VxRack FLEX Controller nodes 1 hour per component, per node. Per node
3. Upgrading Cisco Nexus Switches (3000 series and 9000 series) 2 hours
4. Upgrading VxFlex OS 2-3 hours Upgrade one node at a time. Migrate any VMs before the upgrade and make sure the VxFlex OS rebuild and rebalance is complete before upgrading the next node.
5. Upgrading VMware vSphere VMware vSphere patch upgrade VMware vSphere Infrastructure Management (VIM) components
  • VMware Platform Services Controller PSC-1 and PSC-2
  • VMware vCenter Server Virtual Appliance (vCSA)
  • VMware vSphere Update Manager (VUM) Server
2-3 hours
VMware ESXi hypervisor 2-3 hours per host (allowing for VxFlex OS rebuild and rebalance) Upgrade one node at a time. Migrate any VMs before the upgrade and make sure the VxFlex OS rebuild and rebalance is complete before upgrading the next node.
VMware vSphere 6.0 to 6.5 upgrade Refer to Estimating VMware vSphere Infrastructure Components upgrade time
6. Upgrading Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 1 hour per node Upgrade one node at a time. Ensure the ScaleIO or VxFlex OS rebuild and rebalance is complete before upgrading the next node.