Learn about the upgrade process of a vDistributed Switch. Watch the process of a vDistributed Switch upgrade.
- [Instructor] Alright, so let's go into my environment and look into how we can upgrade a distributed virtual switch. So let's start with our Networking. And as we can see here, I have a distributed switch in my environment. Look it out, it has a port group and it has the uplink assigned. Let's go ahead and take a look at that switch. We'll go to Summary. This'll give us an idea of what it's actually set at. We can see that it's version 5.5. We're at 6.5, so would like a virtual distributed switch to be running at the same level.
So in order to do this, we have to think about the virtual distributed switch itself. This is deployed at the vCenter server level. So if I go to my Lab, I go to Networks, I can see the switch here. I can go ahead and make a new distributed switch, managed distributed switch, add a distributed switch. So this is really where I want to work with the distributed switch. At this level, I'm unable to do those same maneuvers. You can see, I can set the distributed switch itself, but I don't have the ability to alter the virtual distributed switch on a massive scale.
And that's because I'm only dealing with inside the switch. Does that make sense? We're dealing with what's inside the switch at this level. And at this level, we're dealing with the virtual distributed switch itself, its configuration. So here we see, Distributed Switch. You can see New Distributed Switch. So where's the upgrade process? How do I do this? Well, let's look at Actions. Do I have the upgrade here? Does anyone see it? No, not there either. So how do I do it? I just simply right-click on the switch itself and I'm given the upgrade option.
Now when we upgrade to a virtual distributed switch, we will be given the options to move upwards. Right? We can't bring the switch down. I'm at 5.5. I couldn't go to 5.1. So in this case, let's move to 6.5. You can see it's giving us a list of features that will be available, port mirroring enhancements. If I went to 6.0, we would get network I/O control version three, IGMP/MLD snooping. So am I just getting these features right here at this level and not at 6.5? No, this is cumulative.
So whatever I got at 6.0, I'll get at 6.0 and I will get the 6.5 if I move to the 6.5 version. I'm going to go ahead and do that now. Going to click Next. We don't have any hosts attached to this. But if we did have hosts attached to this, what this would do is check for the compatibility. Is there any host that's running, oh, 6.0 instead of the 6.5? Would it be a compatibility issue? Next I click Finish. And as you can see, we've reconfigured. The new switch version is 6.5.
Easy peasy, lemon squeasy. It was actually a really easy process. The only thing I want you to note there is you could see some minor hiccups when you're doing this update in the actual connectivity. Because we're making changes on that level, you might see a small hiccup. There might be a couple packets dropped when we're doing the upgrade process. So be careful with that. Overall, very easy process. Like we said with data storage, make sure that your hosts are done first and that your distributed switch is done after that.
- Manually performing ESXi host and virtual machine upgrades
- Configuring a custom download source for Update Manager
- Importing ESXi images
- Creating baselines or baseline groups
- Attaching baselines to vSphere objects
- Upgrading an ESXi host using vCenter Update Manager
- Upgrading VMware tools, VM hardware, and Update Manager
- Performing vCenter server upgrades