You can upgrade the Site Recovery Manager Server on the same host as an existing Site Recovery Manager Server installation.

About this task

To upgrade Site Recovery Manager and migrate the Site Recovery Manager Server to a different host, see Upgrade the Site Recovery Manager Server with Migration.

Note:

If you are updating Site Recovery Manager 5.5 to a 5.5.x update release or to a 5.5.x.x patch release, you must perform in-place upgrade. You cannot perform upgrade with migration if you are updating Site Recovery Manager 5.5 to a 5.5.x update release or to a 5.5.x.x patch release.

When you upgrade an existing version of the Site Recovery Manager Server, the Site Recovery Manager installer reuses information about vCenter Server connections, certificates, and database configuration from the existing installation. The installer populates the text boxes in the installation wizard with the values from the previous installation.

An in-place upgrade provides a quick way to upgrade the Site Recovery Manager Server to a new release without changing any of the information that you provided for the current installation. To change any installation information, for example, database connections, the authentication method, certificate location, or administrator credentials, you must run the installer in modify mode after you upgrade an existing Site Recovery Manager Server.

If you connect Site Recovery Manager to a vCenter Server instance that is already running vSphere Replication as a registered extension, you must still select the Install vSphere Replication option. Selecting this option installs components that Site Recovery Manager requires to work with vSphere Replication. You can also install vSphere Replication after you install Site Recovery Manager by running the installer again in Repair mode.

If existing configuration information is invalid for the upgrade, the upgrade fails. For example, the upgrade fails if the database is not accessible at the same DSN, or if vCenter Server is not accessible at the same port.

Important:

If you created custom permissions that you assigned to the previous Site Recovery Manager instance, you must upgrade the Site Recovery Manager Server with migration. If you upgrade the Site Recovery Manager Server without migration, custom permissions are lost. See Upgrade the Site Recovery Manager Server with Migration.

Prerequisites

  • You completed the tasks in Prepare for Site Recovery Manager Upgrade.

  • Log into the Site Recovery Manager host to upgrade. Log in using an account with sufficient privileges. This is often an Active Directory domain administrator, but can also be a local administrator.

  • Download the Site Recovery Manager installation file to a folder on the Site Recovery Manager Server host.

Procedure

  1. Double-click the Site Recovery Manager installer icon, select an installation language, and click OK.
  2. If you are upgrading from Site Recovery Manager 5.0.x, click OK to confirm that you created a 64-bit ODBC DSN to connect Site Recovery Manager to the existing database.

    This prompt does not appear when you upgrade from Site Recovery Manager 5.1.

  3. Follow the prompts and accept the license agreement.
  4. Click Change to change the folder in which to install Site Recovery Manager, select a target volume, and click Next.

    The default installation folder for Site Recovery Manager is C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager. If you use a different folder, the pathname cannot be longer than 170 characters including the end slash, and cannot include non-ASCII characters.

  5. Select whether to install vSphere Replication and click Next.
  6. Provide the username and password for vCenter Server and click Next.

    You cannot change the vCenter Server instance to which Site Recovery Manager connects. To connect to a different vCenter Server instance, you must install a new Site Recovery Manager Server.

  7. (Optional) : If you are using credential-based authentication, verify the vCenter Server certificate and click Yes to accept it.

    If you are using certificate-based authentication, there is no prompt to accept the certificate.

  8. Click Yes to confirm that you want to overwrite the existing Site Recovery Manager extension on this vCenter Server instance.
  9. Select an authentication method and click Next.

    Option

    Description

    Use credential-based authentication

    1. Select Automatically generate certificate and click Next.

    2. Type text values for your organization and organization unit, typically your company name and the name of your group in the company.

    Use certificate-based authentication

    1. Select Use a PKCS #12 certificate file and click Next.

    2. Type the path to the certificate file. The certificate file must contain exactly one certificate with exactly one private key matching the certificate.

    3. Type the certificate password.

    4. The local host value must be the same as the Subject Alternative Name (SAN) value of the Site Recovery Manager Server certificate. This is usually the fully qualified domain name of the Site Recovery Manager Server host.

  10. Verify the Administrator E-mail and Local Host values and click Next.
  11. Select the 64-bit ODBC DSN from the Data Source Name drop-down menu, provide the username and password for the database, and click Next.
  12. Select Use existing database and click Next.
    Caution:

    If you select Recreate the database the installer overwrites the existing database and you lose all configuration information from the previous installation.

  13. Click Install.