How to upgrade VMware Distributed Switch

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One of the parts of the upgrade process from vSphere 6.0 to vSphere 6.5 is to upgrade vSphere Distributed Switch.


First and most important prerequisites is to perform a backup of vSphere Distributed Switch. I described the procedure in this blog post How to backup and restore vSphere Distributed Switch. The second prerequisite is to create an ephemeral port for vCenter Server. I described it in the following blog Why vCenter Server needs an ephemeral PortGroup? post why it is important to have ephemeral portgroup for vCenter Server.

How to upgrade VMware Distributed Switch

  1. Log in to the vSphere environment.
  2. Click on Networking and select VMware Distributed Switch you want to upgrade. Please notice highlighted Upgrades available notification.How to upgrade VMware Distributed Switch - 1a
  3. To upgrade vDS click Actions / Upgrade and finally Upgrade Distributed Switch.
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  4. On the first screen click next to confirm the upgrade.
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  5. vCenter performs compatibility check if connected hosts are compatible. Click next to continue.
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  6. On the last screen, we see a summary of steps we did to upgrade VMware Distributed Switch (vDS).
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  7. When we click finish vDS is upgraded to version 6.5.
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This concludes the process of upgrade VMware Distributed Switch from version 6.0 to version 6.5.



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Wojciech Marusiak

Cloud Solution Architect at Microsoft
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  1. All of this sounds simple enough.  VMware warns that there may be a brief outage during the upgrade.  In your experience, is there an actual outage and how long does it last?  All of my hosts are at 6.5 and the most recent patches.

  2. Good morning,
    We will have to update our dvSwitch from 5.5 to 6.0
    There is a question for us. How long does it take, is there an interruption, loss of short ping or consequent.
    Thank you for your experience.
    Best regards

  3. Good morning all,

    I just update 6.0 to .6.5 . I must say very  well done Mr Wojciech Marusiak.  Agreed should be planned  change before update.