VMware releases certified Data Management for VMware Tanzu database templates and software updates to Tanzu Network. If you have configured a Tanzu Net Token, the Provider checks for new releases once a day at 12:00 AM GMT. If a new release is available, the Provider downloads the bits and pushes them to the Provider Repo.

If you have deployed Data Management for VMware Tanzu in an air-gapped environment, you obtain the database templates and software updates available in a new release from Tanzu Network or VMware Customer Connect as described in Manually Populating Templates and Software Updates, and manually populate the software in the Provider Repo.

You can initiate a Provider update when the software is available in the Provider Repo.

Audience

The procedure in this topic is performed by a Data Management for VMware Tanzu user in the Provider Administrator role.

Updating the Provider

A new Data Management for VMware Tanzu release may include software updates for the Provider VM.

Updating the Provider VM software is a manual operation. You initiate an update from the Update Manager view in the Data Management for VMware Tanzu Provider console. This view displays the current Provider version, the available updates and whether or not a reboot is required, and the update history for each Provider VM.

If a new Provider release is available, it displays in the Available Updates pane of the Update Manager view.

You must first stage, and then install, a Provider VM software update.

When you initiate a Provider VM software update, Data Management for VMware Tanzu first triggers a Provider backup, and then commences the update. If you have deployed a Provider HA cluster, DMS triggers the backup only on the Primary Provider node.

Review About Provider Software Updates and High Availability Mode before updating the software in a Provider HA cluster.

Prerequisites

Note: Installing a software update on a Provider VM puts the VM in maintenance mode, and places the Data Management for VMware Tanzu service offline. Ensure that you schedule and initiate this operation when you can accept the down time.

Procedure

Perform the following procedure to stage and install a Provider update:

  1. Select Update Manager from the left navigation pane.

    This action displays the Update Manager view.

  2. Examine the Available Updates and identify the update you wish to install.

  3. Click Stage to download the update to the Provider VM.

    The console displays a Stage in progress message. When staging is complete, the console displays a Ready to install message.

    Note: Staging the update may take some time.

  4. Click the History tab.

    When staging completes successfully, the Status of the Stage Operation Type, displays SUCCESS, and the Provider New Update Status is Ready for Installation.

  5. Examine the Reboot Required setting, and affirm that you wish to initiate the update.

    Note: Installing an update on a Provider VM puts the VM in maintenance mode, and places the Data Management for VMware Tanzu service offline.

  6. Click Install to initiate the software update.

    Note: Installing an update may take some time.

    Note: If the update requires a reboot, you will get logged out of the Data Management for VMware Tanzu console. Log back in.

About Software Updates and Version Compatibility

Data Management for VMware Tanzu guarantees compatibility between versions n and n-1 releases of the Provider APIs. If you do not have access to release deliverables that meet this criteria, you must manually update the Provider using the one or more of the following DMS API endpoints:

API Endpoint Description
/updatemanager/next-update Fetch the next Provider node update.
/updatemanager/stage Stage a Provider node update.
/updatemanager/apply Apply a previously-staged Provider node update.
/updatemanager/stage-apply Stage and apply a Provider node update.
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