ESXi 6.0, Virtualization

Updating vCSA to Update 2

I run vCSA in my home lab to test out features for XenApp 7.8, specifically power management and MCS/PVS. I am a sucker for making sure things are up to date so felt its time to bring everything up to date in my lab since I have updated anything since I deployed it around 3 months ago.

First up was my vCenter appliance server.  This post will show you how to update it the easy way Smile 

The latest features in the latest version which is vCenter Server 6.0 Update 2 are:

  • Two-factor authentication for vSphere Web Client: Protect the vSphere Web Client using the following form of authentication:
    • RSA SecurID
    • Smart card (That is the UPN based Common Access Card)
  • Support to change vSphere ESX Agent Manager logging level: This release supports dynamic increase or decrease of vSphere ESX Agent Manager (EAM) logging levels without restarting EAM.
  • vSphere Web Client support: vSphere Web Client now supports Microsoft Windows 10 OS.
  • vCenter Server database support: vCenter Server now supports the following external databases:
    • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 3
    • Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Service Pack 1

    More information can be found here:

    So lets crack on!

    Firstly we need to enable SSH so we can connect via Putty. Connect to the VM Console and ensure SSH is enabled


    Once SSH is enabled we can connect via Putty to begin the update process. Once you have connected and authenticated type in the following command to begin:

    Software-packages install –url –acceptEulas


    Once the update process is complete you should see a success message


    Restart the appliance, log back in and the upgrade is complete!


    And that’s it, all done. Easy eh!

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