If you have deployed multiple VMware Identity Manager virtual appliances in a cluster for failover or high availability, you can upgrade the nodes one at a time. Expect some downtime during upgrade and plan the timing of your upgrade accordingly.


  1. Take snapshots of the database and the VMware Identity Manager nodes.
  2. Remove all nodes except one from the load balancer.
  3. Upgrade the node that is still connected to the load balancer.

    Follow the process for an online or offline upgrade, as described in Upgrading VMware Identity Manager Online or Upgrading VMware Identity Manager Offline.


    Expect some downtime during the upgrade process.

  4. After the node is upgraded, leave it connected to the load balancer.

    This ensures that the VMware Identity Manager service is available while you upgrade the other nodes.

  5. Upgrade the other nodes one at a time.
  6. Verify that RabbitMQ is not running in cluster mode in the upgraded nodes.

    In 2.9.1 and later releases, RabbitMQ clustering has been disabled.

    1. Log in to each upgraded node one at a time.
    2. Run the following command:

      rabbitmqctl cluster_status

      The command should return status similar to the following for each node:

      sva-1:~ # rabbitmqctl cluster_status
      Cluster status of node 'rabbitmq@sva-1' ...
  7. After all the nodes are upgraded, add them back to the load balancer.