Change from vCenter Server to VCSA without migrating?

I am on vCenter server 6.0u3 and want to move to VCSA 6.7 before I upgrade my 2 hosts the same.

I have tried the windows migration tool and its failed twice. (Reading through the logs was way over my skill level). I though maybe I could upgrade the vCenter server to 6.5 to freshen things up then migrate it to VCSA 6.7 but 2 attempts at that including having to reset the vPostgres password (which did work) still failed to upgrade.

I think my woes started when I upgraded the 2008R2 to 2012R2. I lost my ability to log in to the web based vsphere client when at some point after doing that. I think the failed migration to VCSA is because I broke something with that upgrade.

Is there any reason why I cant just shut down the windows server and fire up the VCSA and configure it that way? I don’t care about the history data.

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  1. If you don’t care about the old vCenter configuration, you can totally just stand up the vcsa and import your hosts.

    I’ve done a number of updates to our VMware environment at work and vCenter upgrades were very hit and miss.

  2. If you are using Distributed Switches (vDS) i would export them an import them on new VCSA. So there shouldnt be a VM traffic interrupt.

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