Dell EMC Converged Systems Upgrade Guide from VMware vSphere 5.5 to VMware vSphere 6.5

Use this guide to upgrade Converged Systems from RCM releases that support VMware vSphere 5.5 to an RCM release that supports VMware vSphere 6.5. This document also provides prerequisites and strategies to minimize system downtime.

See the RCM Portal on the Dell EMC Technical Resource Center for supported RCM releases for the Converged Systems.

This upgrade procedure is for Converged Systems that include the VMware vSphere Distributed Switch.

The target audience for this document includes build teams, deployment and installation personnel, sales engineers, field consultants, advanced services specialists, and customers.

See the following table for information about other upgrade instructions:

To upgrade this product See this document
VMware vSphere 6.0 to 6.5 Dell EMC Upgrade Guide from VMware vSphere 6.0 to VMware vSphere 6.5
VMware vSphere 5.5 to 6.0 Dell EMC Converged Systems Upgrade Guide from VMware vSphere 5.5 to VMware vSphere 6.0
Cisco DCNM Dell EMC Converged Systems Upgrade Guide from Cisco DCNM 7.2 to Cisco DCNM 10.x
Vision™ Intelligent Operations Dell EMC Vision™ Intelligent Operations Upgrade Guide
One RCM release to another within the same RCM train, for example, upgrading from RCM release 6.5.x to the next 6.5.x release.

Dell EMC upgrade guide for the Converged System you need to upgrade

Note: In this document, all upgrades are on AMP-2P, AMP-2HA, AMP-2RP, and AMP-2S.
Note: AMP-2V applies to Vblock System 240
Important: Starting with VMware vSphere 6.5, the Cisco Nexus 1000V is not supported. Dell EMC recommends migrating from the Cisco Nexus 1000V switch to the VMware Virtual Distributed Switch (VDS) before upgrading to vSphere 6.5.
Important: If you upgrade a Vblock System 720 from VMware vSphere 5.5 to 6.5, you must replace the HBA QLE2462 card with a QLE2562 card. If the Vblock System 720 conversion to the Vblock 740 is part of an upgrade then no HBA replacement is required. The Vblock 740 with AMP-2S uses eMGMT, which does not require an HBA card to connect the AMP server to the VMAX/VMAX3/VMAX All Flash through FC.

The Glossary provides terms, definitions, and acronyms.