As of April the 11th 2019 a new update of VMware vCenter Server Appliance is available. At the time of writing the latest version is VMware VCSA 67u2 Build 13010631 and the upgrade process is available either from the Update utility built into the appliance or simply providing the ISO file downloaded from the VMware Download Patch website. Should the Update section not show the latest version available from the Online Repository there is a workaround to fix this behavior as reported in this article.
What VMware VCSA 6.7 update 2 includes? The list is very long. The following is an extract from the official release notes:
- With vCenter Server 6.7 Update 2, you can configure the property
config.vpxd.macAllocScheme.methodin the vCenter Server configuration file,
vpxd.cfg, to allow sequential selection of MAC addresses from MAC address pools.
- vCenter Server 6.7 Update 2 adds a REST API that you can run from the vSphere Client for converging instances of vCenter Server Appliance with an external Platform Services Controller(PSC) into an embedded PSC.
- vCenter Server 6.7 Update 2 integrates the VMware Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP) into the converge utility.
- vCenter Server 6.7 Update 2 adds a SOAP API to track the status of encryption keys.
- Precheck for upgrading vCenter Server systems: vCenter Server 6.7 Update 2 enables a precheck when upgrading a vCenter Server system to ensure upgrade compatibility of the VMware vCenter Single Sign-On service registrations endpoints.
- vSphere Auditing Improvements: vCenter Server 6.7 Update 2 improves VMware vCenter Single Sign-On auditing by adding events for the following operations: user management, login, group creation, identity source, and policy updates.
- Virtual Hardware Version 15: vCenter Server 6.7 Update 2 introduces Virtual Hardware Version 15 which adds support for creating virtual machines with up to 256 virtual CPUs.
- Simplified restore of backup files: The vCenter Server Appliance Management Interface in vCenter Server 6.7 Update 2 adds version details to the Enter backup details page that help you to pick the correct build to restore the backup file.
- With vCenter Server 6.7 Update 2, you can use the Network File System (NFS) and Server Message Block (SMB) protocols for file-based backup and restore operations on the vCenter Server Appliance.
- vCenter Server 6.7 Update 2 adds events for changes of permissions on tags and categories, vCenter Server objects and global permissions. The events specify the user who initiates the changes.
- With vCenter Server 6.7 Update 2, you can create alarm definitions to monitor the backup status of your system.
- With vCenter Server 6.7 Update 2, events related to adding, removing, or modifying user roles display the user that initiates the changes.
- With vCenter Server 6.7 Update 2, you can publish your .vmtx templates directly from a published library to multiple subscribers in a single action.
- vCenter Server 6.7 Update 2 adds an alert to specify the installer version in the Enter backup details step of a restore operation.
- and a lot more..
For reference the steps below with the latest VMware VCSA 67u2 upgrade.
VMware VCSA 67u2 upgrade steps
From the Summary section it is possible to verify the main version the appliance is running on.
Moving to the Update section it is possible to use the Online Repository to check for the latest version available. Should this not display any new release (and these are available in the VMware Patch Portal) it is just a matter of fixing the Online Repository URL.
As soon as the update definitions are available it is possible to Stage (Download) or Stage ad Install.
Ideally the best practice would also be to run a Pre-Update check just to make sure of a smooth process.
Once ready the wizard starts by accepting the EULA to proceed.
Next (recommended) step is to take a Backup of the appliance before proceeding.
At this point the wizard has collected all the info to start the upgrade process. This includes stopping the VMware VCSA services first.
As soon as all the services are stopped the new update binary files are installed.
Next the wizard will automatically restart the services based on the new binaries.
Once completed the Update section now shows a new version running.
As part of the VMware VCSA 67u2 upgrade the new Clarity UI is now included in the upgrade.