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Cannot upload ESX 4.x Images in vSphere Update Manager 5

Everyone knows by now that ESX 3.x to ESXi 5.x upgrade is not supported and Administrators has to upgrade their existing ESX 3.x hosts to ESX  4.x and then upgrade the host to ESXi 5.x. Please note that vCenter 5.0 can still manage ESX 3.x hosts provided License Server is configured to manage the ESX 3.x hosts licenses.

But for some reasons , ESX 3.x to ESX 4.x upgrade cannot be carried out using vSphere Update Manager 5 since vSphere Update Manager 5 does not support ESX 4.x Images. Without ESX 4.x images , we might not be able to do in-place upgrade of ESX 3.x hosts to ESX 4.x hosts using vSphere Update Manager.

You would receive error message as shown below

” The Uploaded upgrade package cannot be used with VMware vSphere Update Manager”

This can be confirmed from the vSphere Update Manager Release notes that can be found here. Please find a snapshot of the Interoperability and Software Requirements section which clearly indicates that VUM 5 supports Host upgrades of ESX / ESXi 4.x to ESXi 5.0

People who have already upgraded to vCenter 5.0 & vSphere Update Manager can use the good old vSphere Host update utility to upgrade their existing ESX 3.x hosts while Customers who have not yet upgraded yet to vCenter 5.0 can try and upgrade all hosts to ESX 4.x and then upgrade the existing vCenter 4.x to vCenter 5.x.

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  1. November 9, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Thanks!!!

  2. Srinivasan M
    November 9, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Thanks a lot.

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