VMware vSphere 6.0 reached end of general support 12 March 2020, with vSphere 6.5 scheduled for 15 October 2022, both referenced in the VMware Lifecycle Matrix. See also How to Install vSphere 7.0. Upgrade to vSphere 7 can be achieved directly from vSphere 6.5.0 and above, whereas vSphere 6.0 requires an intermediate upgrade to 6.5 or 6.7 first. For more information see the VMware Upgrade Matrix. Finally, the Windows vCenter Server and external PSC deployment models are now depreciated and not available with vSphere 7.0.
This post gives an overview of the vCenter Server converge process using the HTML5 vSphere client. The converge functionality was added to the GUI with vSphere 6.7 U2, and enables consolidation of external Platform Services Controller (PSC) into the embedded deployment model. This was previously achieved in vSphere 6.5 onwards using a CLI tool.
Following an upgrade of 4 existing vCenter Servers with external PSC nodes I log into the vSphere client. From the drop-down menu click Administration, on the left hand task pane under Deployment I select System Configuration. The starting topology is as follows:
You can view a VMware produced tutorial below, or the documentation here.
As the vCenter Server appliances do not need internet access I need to mount the ISO I used for the vCenter upgrade, see here for more information. This step is not required if internet connectivity exists.
For each vCenter Server with external PSC I select Converge to Embedded.
Next I confirm the Single Sign-On (SSO) details and click Converge.
If I am logged into the vCenter Server being converged I will be kicked out while services are restarted.
Alternatively if I am logged into another vCenter Server in linked mode I can monitor progress.
Once all 4 vCenter Servers have been converged I check that each of the vCenter Servers is using the embedded PSC, SSH to the vCenter appliance in
/usr/lib/vmware-vmafd/bin/vmafd-cli get-ls-location --server-name localhost
The command should return the vCenter Server for the lookup service, and not the external PSC node. Once you are happy there are no outstanding connection to the external PSC nodes remove them by selecting them individually and clicking Decommission PSC.
With the converge process now complete and the PSC nodes decommissioned, the topology is as desired with all vCenter Servers running embedded PSC.
At this point I needed to re-register any external appliances (such as NSX Manager) or third party services that are pointing at the lookup service URL, or referencing the old external PSC node. I also cleaned up DNS as part of the decommission process.