Chapter 1. Upgrading to vSphere 5.5

In this chapter, we will cover the following recipes:

  • Downloading vCenter 5.5
  • Carrying out pre-upgrade checks
  • Upgrading the Single Sign-On (SSO) component
  • Upgrading the vSphere Web Client
  • Upgrading the vCenter Inventory Service
  • Performing an upgrade of vCenter Server
  • Upgrading ESXi to Version 5.5
  • Upgrading vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) to Version 5.5
  • Upgrading VMware Tools
  • Upgrading the virtual machine hardware
  • Scheduling the virtual machine hardware upgrade


At the time of writing this book, VMware vSphere 5.5 was the current major version of the core vSphere suite of products from VMware. The previous version was vSphere 5.1. The improvements and enhancements included in vSphere 5.5 make an upgrade worth ...

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