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Learning VMware vSphere by Rebecca Fitzhugh, Abhilash G B

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Upgrading vCenter Server

Keep in mind that the vCenter Server architecture has changed in vSphere 6. Refer back to Chapter 3, The Management Layer - VMware vCenter for more information.

Upgrade Paths

An infrastructure's vCenter Server 5.1/5.5 configuration will determine its configuration post-upgrade. If the outcome is not desired, consider installing a new vCenter Server rather than completing an in-place upgrade. However, if the vCenter Server is 5.0, there is no Single Sign-On installed and configured, therefore an option will be presented to choose whether the vCenter Server 6.0 configuration should be embedded or external.

The following image demonstrates a vCenter Server 5.1 or 5.5 simple installation, where all components were installed on ...

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