vSphere Update Manager – vSphere 6
In vSphere 6 we can use various methods and tools to deploy ESXi hosts and maintain their software lifecycle.
To deploy and boot an ESXi host, you can use an ESXi installer image or VMware vSphere® Auto Deploy™. The availability of choice options results in two different underlying ESXi platforms:
- Using vSphere Auto Deploy – stateless mode
- Using an installer ESXi image – statefull mode
vSphere Lifecycle Manager Images: A Single Platform, Single Tool, Single Workflow
By introducing the concept of images, vSphere Lifecycle Manager provides a unified platform for ESXi lifecycle management.
You can use vSphere Lifecycle Manager for stateful hosts only, but starting with vSphere 7.0, you can convert the Auto Deploy-based stateless hosts into stateful hosts, which you can add to clusters that you manage with vSphere Lifecycle Manager images.
How to Upgrade ESXi 6.7 to 7 with vSphere Lifecycle Manager?
After upgrade VCSA 7.0, We prepare upgrade for ESXi 6.7. It is simular logic like in vSphere Update Manager: