You can upgrade Site Recovery Manager and migrate the Site Recovery Manager Server to a different host than the previous Site Recovery Manager Server installation.

About this task

To upgrade Site Recovery Manager and keep the Site Recovery Manager Server on the same host as the previous installation, see In-Place Upgrade of Site Recovery Manager Server.

To upgrade Site Recovery Manager and migrate the Site Recovery Manager Server to a different host, you create a new Site Recovery Manager Server installation on the new host, and connect it to the Site Recovery Manager database from the previous installation.

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.

Note:

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. To upgrade Site Recovery Manager 5.5 to a 5.5.x update release or to a 5.5.x.x patch release, see In-Place Upgrade of Site Recovery Manager Server.

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.

  • Log in to the host on which to install the new version of Site Recovery Manager Server.

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

Procedure

  1. Stop the Site Recovery Manager Server service on the old Site Recovery Manager Server host.
    Important:

    Do not uninstall the previousSite Recovery Manager Server installation.

  2. On the host on which to install the new version of Site Recovery Manager Server, double-click the Site Recovery Manager installer icon, select an installation language, and click OK.
  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. Enter information about the upgraded vCenter Server instance that you used with the previous Site Recovery Manager Server installation and click Next.

    Option

    Action

    vCenter Server Address

    Type the host name or IP address of vCenter Server. Enter the host name in lowercase letters. After installation is complete and you are configuring the connection between the protected and recovery sites, supply this host name or IP address exactly as you enter it here, because it is subject to case-sensitive comparisons.

    Important:

    Note the address format that you use to connect Site Recovery Manager to vCenter Server. You must use the same address format when you later pair the Site Recovery Manager sites. If you use an IP address to connect Site Recovery Manager to vCenter Server, you must use this IP address when pairing the Site Recovery Manager sites. If you use certificate-based authentication, the address of Site Recovery Manager Server must be the same as the Subject Alternative Name (SAN) value of the Site Recovery Manager certificate. This is usually the fully qualified domain name of the Site Recovery Manager Server host.

    vCenter Server Port

    Accept the default or enter a different port.

    vCenter Server Username

    Type the user name of an administrator of the specified vCenter Server instance.

    vCenter Server Password

    Type the password for the specified user name. The password text box cannot be empty.

  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. 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.

  9. Type the administrator and host configuration information and click Next.

    Option

    Description

    Local Site Name

    A name for this installation of Site Recovery Manager. A suggested name is generated, but you can type any name. It cannot be the same name that you use for another Site Recovery Manager installation with which this one will be paired.

    Administrator E-mail

    Email address of the Site Recovery Manager administrator, for potential use by vCenter Server. This field is required even though email notifications are not implemented in this version.

    Additional E-mail

    An optional email address of another Site Recovery Manager administrator, for potential use by vCenter Server.

    Local Host

    Name or IP address of the local host. This value is obtained by the Site Recovery Manager installer and needs to be changed only if it is incorrect. For example, the local host might have more than one network interface and the one detected by the Site Recovery Manager installer is not the interface you want to use. If you use certificate-based authentication, the Local Host value must be the same as the SAN value of the supplied certificate. This is usually the fully qualified domain name of the Site Recovery Manager Server host.

    Listener Ports

    SOAP and HTTP port numbers to use.

    API Listener Port

    SOAP port number for API clients to use.

    The Site Recovery Manager installer supplies default values for the listener ports. Do not change them unless the defaults would cause port conflicts.

  10. Provide the connection information for the Site Recovery Manager database that you used with the previous installation, and click Next.

    Option

    Action

    Database Client

    Select a database client type from the drop-down menu.

    Data Source Name

    Select an existing 64-bit DSN that connects to the Site Recovery Manager database that you used with the previous installation.

    Username

    Type a valid user ID for the specified database.

    Password

    Type the password for the specified user ID.

    Connection Count

    Type the initial connection pool size. In most cases, it is not necessary to change this setting. Before changing this setting, consult with your database administrator.

    Max Connections

    Type the maximum number of database connections that can be open simultaneously. In most cases, it is not necessary to change this setting. Before changing this setting consult with your database administrator.

  11. 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.

  12. Click Install.
  13. When the installation is finished, click Finish.