VCP 6.5 DCV Study – Week 4 – Section 4; Upgrade a vSphere Deployment to 6.x

This is week 4 out of 10 of my VCP 6.5 Study Plan. More info and links to the other weeks can be found at the Study Plan Intro page. Subscribe to to the Study Plan using this feed.

The fourth section of the 10 sections in the VCP 6.5 blueprint covers Upgrading vSphere.

Practice Exams

Simon Long’s VCP 6.5 Practice Exams – Section 4

Study Material

The fourth section is made up of 3 high level objectives;

Full Section 4 Objectives List


  • Objective 4.1 – Perform ESXi Host and Virtual Machine Upgrades
    • Configure download source(s)
    • Set up UMDS to set up download repository
    • Import ESXi images
    • Create Baselines and/or Baseline groups
    • Attach Baselines to vSphere objects
    • Scan vSphere objects
    • Stage Patches and Extensions
    • Remediate an object
    • Upgrade a vSphere Distributed Switch
    • Upgrade VMware Tools
    • Upgrade Virtual Machine hardware
    • Upgrade an ESXi Host using vCenter Update Manager
    • Stage multiple ESXi Host upgrades
    • Align appropriate Baselines with target inventory objects
  • Objective 4.2 – Perform vCenter Server Upgrades (Windows)
    • Compare the methods of upgrading vCenter Server
    • Backup vCenter Server database, configuration and certificate datastore
    • Perform update as prescribed
    • Upgrade vCenter Server
    • Determine the upgrade compatibility of an environment
    • Determine correct order of steps to upgrade a vSphere implementation
  • Objective 4.3 – Perform vCenter Server migration to VCSA
    • Migrate to vCSA
    • Understand the migration paths to the vCSA

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