An in-place upgrade provides a quick way to upgrade Site Recovery Manager Server without changing the information that you provided for the previous installation.

About this task

With an in-place upgrade, you upgrade Site Recovery Manager Server on the same host machine as an existing Site Recovery Manager Server installation. To upgrade Site Recovery Manager and migrate the Site Recovery Manager Server to a different host machine, see Upgrade Site Recovery Manager Server with Migration.

Note:

If you are updating Site Recovery Manager 6.0 to a 6.0.x update release or to a 6.0.0.x patch release, you must perform in-place upgrade. You cannot perform upgrade with migration if you are updating Site Recovery Manager 6.0 to a 6.0.x update release or to a 6.0.0.x patch release.

When you upgrade an existing 5.5.x or 5.8.x version of Site Recovery Manager Server to 6.0, you must provide the address of the Platform Services Controller that the upgraded vCenter Server instance uses. For the subsequent steps of the upgrade, the Site Recovery Manager installer reuses information about vCenter Server connections, certificates, and database configuration from the previous Site Recovery Manager installation. The installer populates the text boxes in the installation wizard with the values from the previous installation.

To change installation information, for example, database connections, certificate location, or administrator credentials, you must run the installer in modify mode after you upgrade an existing Site Recovery Manager Server.

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.

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.

If you are updating an existing Site Recovery Manager 6.0 release to a 6.0.x update release, not all of the steps in the procedure apply.

Prerequisites

  • You completed the tasks and obtained the information described in Prerequisites and Best Practices for Site Recovery Manager Upgrade.

  • Log in to the Site Recovery Manager host machine 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.

  • If you use an SQL Server database with Integrated Windows Authentication as the Site Recovery Manager database, use the same user account or an account with the same privileges when you upgrade Site Recovery Manager Server as you used when you created the Integrated Windows Authentication data source name (DSN) for SQL Server.

Procedure

  1. Double-click the Site Recovery Manager installer, select an installation language, and click OK.
  2. Follow the installer prompts to accept the license agreement, and verify that you satisfied the installation prerequisites.
  3. Choose where to install Site Recovery Manager Server, and click Next.
    • Keep the default destination folder.

    • Click Change to change the destination folder, and select a target volume.

    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 120 characters including the end slash, and cannot include non-ASCII characters.

  4. Enter information about the Platform Services Controller at the site where you are upgrading Site Recovery Manager Server and click Next.

    Option

    Description

    Address

    The host name or IP address of the Platform Services Controller for the vCenter Server with which to register Site Recovery Manager. 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:

    To facilitate IP address changes in your infrastructure, provide a fully qualified domain name (FQDN) whenever possible, rather than an IP address.

    Important:

    If the Platform Services Controller uses an FQDN rather than an IP address, you must specify the FQDN when you install Site Recovery Manager.

    HTTPS Port

    Accept the default value of 443 or enter a new value if Platform Services Controller uses a different port. Platform Services Controller only supports connections over HTTPS and does not support HTTP connections.

    Username

    The vCenter Single Sign-On user name for the vCenter Single Sign-On domain to which this Platform Services Controller instance belongs. This user account must be a member of the vCenter Single Sign-On Administrator group on the Platform Services Controller instance. Only members of the Administrator group have the necessary permissions to create or recreate the Site Recovery Manager solution user.

    Password

    The password for the specified vCenter Single Sign-On user name. The password text box can be empty.

  5. If prompted, verify the Platform Services Controller certificate and click Accept to accept it.
  6. Verify the vCenter Server instance with which the Site Recovery Manager Server instance to upgrade is registered, and click Next.

    You cannot change the vCenter Server instance that Site Recovery Manager extends during upgrade.

  7. Verify the Administrator E-mail, Local Host, and Listener Port values and click Next.
  8. Select a certificate type and click Next.

    Option

    Description

    Automatically generate certificate

    Use an automatically generated certificate:

    1. Select Automatically generate certificate and click Next.

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

    3. Click Next.

    Load a certificate file

    Use a custom certificate:

    1. Select Load a certificate file and click Next.

    2. Click Browse, navigate to the certificate file, and click Open. The certificate file must contain exactly one certificate with exactly one private key matching the certificate.

    3. Enter the certificate password.

    4. Click Next.

  9. Enter the password for the Site Recovery Manager database, and click Next.
  10. Select the user account under which to run the Site Recovery Manager Server service and click Next.
    • Select Use Local System Account to run the Site Recovery Manager Server service under the Local System account.

    • Enter the username and password of an existing LDAP user account to run the Site Recovery Manager Server service under a different user account. This can be any user account, including local users, that is a member of the built-in Administrators group.

    This option is not available if you use an SQL Server database with Integrated Windows Authentication. In this case, the Site Recovery Manager Server service runs under the account that you use to install Site Recovery Manager.

  11. Enter the address and port number of the vCenter Server instance on the remote site, and click Next.

    If the Site Recovery Manager Server instance that you are upgrading is not paired, you can leave these values empty.

    Important:

    The installer uses the address and port of the vCenter Server instance on the remote site to update many pieces of information in the Site Recovery Manager database. If you provide the address of the incorrect vCenter Server instance, or if you leave the text boxes empty when Site Recovery Manager is paired, you risk corrupting the data in the Site Recovery Manager database.

    If you have not upgraded vCenter Server on the remote site to 6.0, the default port is 80 (HTTP). If you have upgraded vCenter Server on the remote site to 6.0, the default port is 443 (HTTPS). You can check the port number for vCenter Server on the remote site in the vSphere Web Client.

    1. Connect to vCenter Server on the remote site in the vSphere Web Client.
    2. Select the vCenter Server instance.
    3. Click the Manage tab, click Settings, and click General.
  12. Click Install.
  13. When the installation is finished, click Finish.

What to do next

  • If you upgraded Site Recovery Manager from 5.5.x or 5.8.x to 6.0.x, log in to vSphere Web Client, or if you are already connected to vSphere Web Client, log out of vSphere Web Client and log in again. The upgraded Site Recovery Manager extension appears in vSphere Web Client. You might need to clear the browser cache for the upgrade to appear in vSphere Web Client. If the upgrade still does not appear, restart the vSphere Web Client service.

  • If you upgraded Site Recovery Manager from 6.0 to a 6.0.x update release or to a 6.0.0.x patch release, log into vSphere Web Client then restart the vSphere Web Client service. The upgraded Site Recovery Manager extension appears in vSphere Web Client.

  • Select Site Recovery > Sites > Site > Summary in the vSphere Web Client to verify that the build numbers for Site Recovery Manager Server and the Site Recovery Manager plugin reflect the upgrade.

  • Repeat the procedure to upgrade the Site Recovery Manager Server on the other Site Recovery Manager site.

  • When you have upgraded both sites, perform the post-upgrade tasks in Configure and Verify the Upgraded Site Recovery Manager Installation.