How to upgrade Vmware vCloud Director from 5.1 to 5.5

First of all, you should download the installation package.

Secondly, you should upload it to your current active vCloud Director server via any Software that I use Winscp.

I will explain what I did. Open my WinSCP and choose SCP and typed my IP address of vCloud Director. After that, wrote my user name which is “Root” and then my password. After I logged on succesfully to the VCD I copied the new version of VCD into Tmp folder. When the copy job is finished, you can close the application because you don’t need it anymore.

It is time to connect to directly to VCD server via Putty. After I logged on to the server, I typed ./opt/vmware/vcloud-director/bin]# ./vmware-vcd-cell maintenance

The cell will response to all request to maintenance mode. If you have a load balancer, basically, you can block the acces to the cell you want to upgrade.

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How to upgrade Vmware vShield Manager from 5.1 to 5.5

Actually, it is really easy to do it. However, you should follow the sequence if you have vCloud Director and vShield Manager.

This is the sequence table copied from Vmware web site and the link below that you can find more information about the sequence.

  1. VCD
  2. VSM
  3. View Composer
  4. View Connection Server
  5. vCenter Server
  6. VR/SRM
  7. vCOPS
  8. VDP
  9. VSA
  10. ESXI
  11. vShield Edge
  12. vShield App
  13. vShield Endpoint
  14. View agent/Client


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Log in to vShield Manager and click on Settings & Reports and then to Update. First of all, you should upload the upgrade package and then you can run the installation. Choose "Uploaded Upgrade Bundle" and browse the file and upload it.


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Access to Vmware vSphere 5.5

There are 2 options you can use to access and manage vCenter Server 5.5. first option is Web client and the second option is still vSphere Client. There is one version vSphere Client will be alive and then it will be history. Vmware wants to use only Web client in the future. However, I remember that there were many decision taken before and most them had to postpone. We will see how series they are

Option 1 – WEB Client Access

https://YOURSERVERNAME.DOMAINNAME:9443/vsphere-client/ (example, https://server1.lab.local:9443/vsphere-client)


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Upgrade Vmware vSphere from 5.1 to 5.5 – Step 6 – ESXI upgrade

After everything has been upgraded to 5.5, we can now upgrade ESXI host to 5.5.

In order to do this, connect to your vSphere Client now and open Update Manager in Home Menu. If doesn’t there, that means you haven’t installed Update Manager client.

In vSphere Client, in the menu, open Plug-ins and choose Update Manager Client 5.5 and click on “Download and install ” link.

When the installation is finished go to Home again and look the bottom. You will see Update manager now.

Open Update Manager and go to ESXI Images tab. Select Import ESXI Images.


Click on browse button and choose your ESXI image file downloaded from

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Upgrade Vmware vSphere from 5.1 to 5.5 – Step 4 – vCenter Server

SSO, Web client and Inventory Service have been upgraded. I am going to upgrade vCenter server now. As you will all see that the process is almost automatic. The installation will mostly check what you have and confirm all other components have correct version.


As I said that the installation found my old version and wants to upgrade it

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Upgrade Vmware vSphere from 5.1 to 5.5 – Step 2 – vSphere Web Client

Step 2 is to upgrade current vSphere web client from 5.1 to 5.5. as you know we upgraded SSO in previous article. Actually it has almost the same steps of upgrading vmware from 5.0 to 5.5

In order to upgrade Web client, you need to access to the Internet. In addition, For Windows, no matter 32 or 64-bit OS you have, Internet Explorer, 8,9 and 10 and Llatest version of Mozilla and Chrome are supported

Let’s start to installation


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Upgrade Vmware vSphere from 5.1 to 5.5 – Step 1 – Single Sign-on

In this article, I will try to explain how to upgrade Single Sign-on. If you did it before from 5.0 to 5.1, it is almost same process. However, there are some differences we have to mention them here.

First of all, admin@system-domain has gone:) new SSO account is "administrator@vsphere.local"

for more information,

Besides, there are lots of information can be found in this link as well

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