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Issues upgrading VCSA 6.5 to 6.7

I am trying to upgrade vCenter SA 6.5u3 (build 13873064) to 6.7.0b (build 8832884). I am using the Windows GUI installer. When I choose an ESXi server as the target for the install, I cannot proceed as no network interfaces are found; documentation says this is because non-ephemeral distributed virtual port groups are not supported and indeed in the log file I see “filterd out non-ephemeral dvPortgroup” and no networks are shown. All of my switches / port-groups are the distributed kind.

I read that I can instead choose the vCenter server itself as the target to install (and I assume it would then create the VM on one of the vSpheres) but at step 4, Application deployment target, after I enter the vCenter server information and click NEXT I get the following error:

“The host is locked down. Permission to perform this operation was denied.”

AFAIK vCenter is in no way ‘locked down’. SSH is enabled and I am able to login via SSH with the credentials I give it for root.

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The VCSA installer log reports the following:

`info: initializing vsphere API connection to vcenter.lan.local:443`

`2020-02-19T09:28:59.659Z – info: vimService apiType: VirtualCenter, version: 6.5.0`

`2020-02-19T09:28:59.659Z – debug: Logging in to vcenter.lan.local:443 as root`

`2020-02-19T09:28:59.807Z – error: Failed to login to vcenter.lan.local:443 as root: ServerFaultCode: Permission to perform this operation was denied.`

Keep in mind however that in other areas of the log, successful login to the vcenter.lan.local was logged including in the early steps where the server was logged into.

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Anyone have any idea what’s happening here? Also is there anyway to have this work with distributed switches?

Thanks


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