To upgrade, you need to meet the requirements or perform the tasks that are listed in Upgrade installation requirements and tasks.

Table 1. Upgrade installation requirements and tasks

Before you upgrade

Review the release notes for important issues.

VMware Smart Assurance Release Note

Determine if the products are supported for your platform.

VMware Smart Assurance Support Matrix

Determine if your system meets the hardware requirements.

VMware Smart Assurance Support Matrix

Upgrade installation

Upgrade the products in the following order:

  1. Top-most SAM server

  2. An Aggregation SAM server if it is a hierarchical SAM deployment.

  3. IP Manager.

  4. Any order: Server Manager, MPLS Manager, and Network Protocol Manager.

After you install

Evaluate your custom code and review the tools for restoring user customization.

“Custom file migration use cases” on page 91

If your product is part of a deployment that requires the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) Publication 140-2, a U.S. government computer security standard governing cryptographic modules, perform the procedure to upgrade products in FIPS mode.

“Upgrading 9.5.1 products in FIPS mode” on page 60

If you installed the products as services, start them for the first time.

Verify the current state of the products and the Broker.

“Verify the product status” on page 110

(Optional) After performing an upgrade and modifying your configuration files on one installation, you can use the deployment utility to create a deployment package of your configuration changes and deploy the package on other installations. After deploying the package on other installations, you do not have to run the migrate utility to merge your customizations.

“Deployment utility overview” on page 97