Jun 29 2015

Upgrade to vSphere ESXi 6.0 via Nutanix PRISM

So one of the cool things with the Nutanix PRISM interface is that more and more software components can be managed from this single interface. I created a post a while back where i showed how we can easily upgrade the Nutanix Operating System and you can fint it here.

This blog will be about upgrading the ESXi hosts from 5.5 to 6.0 via Nutanix PRISM. Since i’m using vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) i really don’t want to use a Windows Server Operating System based virtual machine (VM) just to run vSphere Update Manager (VUM) for upgrading and patching purposes.

Follow the below steps to perform the upgrade:

  • Verify existing ESXi host version, in this case via vSphere Client. yeah i know:)
  • Log in to Nutanix PRISM (either the Cluster FQDN or IP address or one of the Controller Virtual Machines (CVM) FQDN or IP addresses.
  • Click the wheel icon in the upper right corner and select “Upgrade Software”
    Screen Shot 2015-06-24 at 14.09.54
  • Select the “Hypervisor” tab and you’ll see the current hypervisor version. In my case ESXi 5.5.0 Screen Shot 2015-06-24 at 14.10.21
  • Click “upload a Hypervisor binary”
  • Select your JSON file which can be downloaded here and the ESXi offline .zip bundle. In my case VMware-VMvisor-Installer-6.0.0-2494585.x86_64.zip.
  • Click Upload now
    Screen Shot 2015-06-24 at 14.10.48
  • When the upload is finished you’ll select the “Upgrade -> Upgrade Now option
    Screen Shot 2015-06-24 at 14.10.57
  • Fill in the vCenter Server details and click upgrade:
    • vCenter IP Address
    • Username
    • Password
      Screen Shot 2015-06-24 at 14.11.12
  • Sit back and watch the upgrade process or do something else:)
  • Click close when the upgrade process is finished.
  • Verify the ESXi version via the vSphere Client as well
  • And select Upgrade Software and verify the ESXI host version from within PRISM as wellScreen Shot 2015-06-24 at 14.09.54

This completes the blog post about how you can upgrade your Hypervisor, in this case VMware ESXi, from with the Nutanix management UI PRISM meaning.


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  1. Stephen K Stetler

    Thanks for posting! I can’t wait to perform this update in my lab.

  2. Robert Pfannkuche

    Thanks for the info. nit picking a couple things

    “Select your JSON file and the ESXi offline .zip bundle. In my case VMware-VMvisor-Installer-6.0.0-2494585.x86_64.iso.”

    It says the .zip file but then you list the iso file instead of VMware-ESXi-6.0.0-2494585-depot.zip

    When I tried loading the iso file I got an error.

    Also I couldnt find the JSON file until I found the following webpage

  3. Anonymous


    Select your JSON file and the ESXi offline .zip bundle. In my case VMware-VMvisor-Installer-6.0.0-2494585.x86_64.iso.

    That step is wrong it should state to use the offline bundle (ie the .zip). This generated a case to support today ;).

  4. magander3

    good spot. i have changed to .zip instead and also added the link to the JSON file.



  5. magander3

    i have just changed the blog post. I stated .zip file in the text but typed the .iso file in the specification.


  6. JC

    What if you have 2 vCenter Servers? I have one for my servers and one for Horizon view on the same Nutanix cluster so it fails the precheck because 4 nodes are not managed by the one vCenter.

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