With the release of the vCenter 6.0 Appliance VMware were busy rewriting the VAMI for Update 1. Here’s how to get your VAMI back….
Prior to VCSA 6.0 updating your appliance was simply a case of logging into the admin web interface (VAMI), choosing ‘Update’ and pointing it at your update file. In VCSA 6.0 however the VAMI was removed whilst in the process of being rewritten from the ground up ready for its glorious return in Update 1. So now that it’s here this is how you update the VCSA without the VAMI, and don’t worry, it’s pretty simple. Yay!
FIrst off, download the update from VMware- the file you want is VMware-vCenter-Server-Appliance-188.8.131.5200-3018521-patch-FP.iso. Once you have the file attach it to your vCenter Appliance.
Next, from the console or SSH session to your appliance, login as root
Option 1 then, is to Stage the update without installing, which will essentially copy all the files to your appliance in preparation for the installation. To do this run
software-packages stage –iso
You can check the update was staged by running the following to show you all staged updates:
software-packages list –staged
Finally to install your staged updates run the following…
software-packages install –staged
Alternatively you can just go straight ahead and install without staging first by running the following:
software-packages install –iso
You’ll then need to reboot your Appliance to complete your update. In all cases, you can add –acceptEulas to, unsurprisingly, automatically accept all EULAs.
Congratulations, you’ve updated to VCSA 6.0 Update 1, and you have your VAMI back! Browse to https://<yourVCSA>:5480 and again login as root, you’ll now have your ‘Update’ functionality back for future web-based updating fun, along with all other VAMI goodness. Enjoy.