Updating the vCenter server appliance using VAMI (vCenter Appliance Management Page)

Updating the vCenter from the VAMI (vCenter Appliance Management Page) is widely used option since most of the vCenter servers are connected to internet and has been the easiest way to update the vCenter server appliance in the recent times.

How to Patch the vCSA using VAMI?

In Order to patch the vCenter server appliance login to the vCenter Appliance management page, use your web browser and connect to “https://<vCSA IP Address or hostname>:5480” and log in as root. We’re accessing the appliance management and not the vCenter Server. Note the port number (5480), which is a specific port destined for management of the vCenter Server appliance.

Once you login you will see the VAMI homepage,

VAMI homepage

Perform the below four steps to update the vCenter:

  1. Click on Update
  2. Select Check CD-ROM+URL
  3. Select the latest patch in the list.
  4. Select Stage and Install.
Steps to update vCenter

Accept the Licence Agreement and click NEXT

Accept License Agreement

Check the box Join the VMware’s Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP) and click NEXT

VMware’s Customer Experience Improvement Program

Now confirm that you have backed up the vCenter server and it’s databases. (Offline or Memory snapshot of the vCenter will suffice) and Click FINISH

Please ignore the Estimated Downtime it will maximum take 15 -20 minutes to complete the entire update process.

Now the process Staging and the Installation of the patch will begin

Installation of Patch

Verify that the vCenter is updated from the Homepage,

By the above process we have successfully updated the vCenter.