Upgrading HPE SimpliVity using the CLI when Upgrade Manager is giving you headaches

So, you’re ready to upgrade your environment to a higher SimpliVity version right? Good stuff! It’s great to keep your environment up-to-date to receive new features and security updates.

For SimpliVity, you would typically use HPE SimpliVity Upgrade Manager. However, this software sometimes seems to have a mind of its own and will not launch, or actually fire off your upgrade.

This post is dedicated to using the CLI as a way to upgrade your environment, and is from this day on also my personal preferred method.

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How to Upgrade Your Entire HPE SimpliVity Environment including VMware vSphere, Firmware and Third-Party Software

This article is about upgrading your HPE SimpliVity environment, including all of the components that come with this upgrade: VMware vSphere, firmware and your third-party software.

I will describe the global steps, time estimation, do’s and don’ts and tips from my side as I have a lot of experience performing these kind of upgrades.

The information in this article is based on HPE SimpliVity 4.0.0.

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Exporting and Importing vSphere Distributed Switch Permissions using PowerCLI

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At my current assignment, I got busy with the replacement of an existing vCenter Server and migration of all linked objects. This included migrating the vSphere Distributed Switch Port Group objects, settings and permissions.

Exporting the vSphere Distributed Switch configuration is an easy-to-do job using the GUI. However permissions are not included. This post is dedicated to the script I wrote to export and import these permissions.

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How to deploy a vSphere 6 U1 lab in Fusion

While new versions of vSphere are being released and deployment methods have been changed, it’s currently not so straight forward to deploy a vSphere lab inside Fusion and Workstation. This due to the fact that there is no OVF-based vCenter Server Appliance install available anymore (as of vSphere 6) and there is some manual fiddling required to make this work. This article will describe the steps you need to take for deployment.

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Issue with an external VMware PSC High Availability deployment

Starting with vSphere 6, components for license, certificate management and SSO are being handled by the PSC (Platform Services Controller). This new part of a vSphere installation can be configured to be highly available.

I came across an issue where a fresh installation of vCenter Server 6.0 using an external high availability deployment of PSC would fail with a certificate or invalid credentials error. This article describes the issue and how it was solved.

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