When you upgrade the vRealize Automation in the cloud management layer, start the procedure from the primary vRealize Automation virtual appliance using the upgrade .iso file. The upgrade process supports automatic upgrade of both the vRealize Automation virtual appliance and the vRealize Automation IaaS components.

Table 1. vRealize Automation Nodes in the SDDC

Region

Role

Fully Qualified Domain Name

Region A

vRealize Automation Appliances

vra01svr01a.rainpole.local

vra01svr01b.rainpole.local

vRealize Automation IaaS Web Servers

vra01iws01a.rainpole.local

vra01iws01b.rainpole.local

vRealize Automation IaaS Model Manager Servers

vra01ims01a.rainpole.local

vra01ims01b.rainpole.local

vRealize Automation IaaS DEM Workers

vra01dem01a.rainpole.local

vra01dem01b.rainpole.local

vRealize Automation Iaas Proxy Agents

sfo01ias01a.sfo01.rainpole.local

sfo01ias01b.sfo01.rainpole.local

Region B

vRealize Automation IaaS Proxy Agents

lax01ias01a.lax01.rainpole.local

lax01ias01b.lax01.rainpole.local

Prerequisites

  • Verify that current backups of the vRealize Automation virtual appliances and the vRealize Automation IaaS virtual machines exist.

  • Verify that a current backup of the external vRealize Automation database exists. The default name of the Microsoft SQL Server database is VRADB01.

  • Verify that the primary IaaS Web Server virtual machine vra01iws01a satisfies the following requirements:

    • Java SE Runtime Environment 8 64-bit update 161 or later is installed.

    • JAVA_HOME environment variable is set to the Java directory path.

  • Mount the upgrade .isofile, VMware-vR-Appliance-7.4.0.xxx-build_number-updaterepo.iso, on the primary vRealize Automation virtual appliance vra01iws01a.

Procedure

  1. Log in to the first vRealize Automation appliance.
    1. Open a Web browser and go to https://vra01svr01a.rainpole.local:5480
    2. Log in using the following credentials.

      Settings

      Value

      User name

      root

      Password

      vra_appA_root_password

  2. Click the Update tab and click the Settings button.
  3. Under the Update Repository section, select Use CD-ROM Updates and click Save Settings.
  4. Click the Status tab and click Check Updates to load the update from the upgrade .iso file.
  5. Verify that the update listed in Available Updates matches the version in this VMware Validated Design, click Install Updates and click OK in the Install Updates dialog box.
    Note:

    You can also follow the upgrade process within the logs on the vRealize Automation virtual appliance.

    • /opt/vmware/var/log/vami/vami.log - Logs the initial unpacking and staging of the upgrade bundle to the primary vRealize Automation virtual appliance.

    Once completed, additional logging is available in the updatecli.log

    • /opt/vmware/var/log/vami/updatecli.log - Logs the additional vRealize Automation upgrade processes, such as, the upgrade script execution.

  6. On the Status page, monitor the Update Status.

    After the upgrade completes, the System reboot is required to complete the update message appears on the Status page.

  7. On the System tab, click Reboot and click Reboot in the confirmation dialog box to restart the primary vRealize Automation appliance.

    The secondary vRealize Automation virtual appliance restarts automatically.

  8. Log in to the first vRealize Automation appliance.
    1. Open a Web browser and go to https://vra01svr01a.rainpole.local:5480
    2. Log in using the following credentials.

      Settings

      Value

      User name

      root

      Password

      vra_appA_root_password

  9. On the Update tab, click the Status button, and monitor the vRealize Automation IaaS upgrade for each Windows Server-based component.
  10. After the upgrade completes for the vRealize Automation IaaS components, use the vRA Settings > Cluster tab to verify that each vRealize Automation IaaS nodes and components are version 7.4.0.xxxxx.
  11. On the vRA Settings > Licensing tab, verify that the vRealize Automation product license information remains and a valid license is still available.
  12. If the upgrade process has removed the license, re-enter the license key.
    1. Enter the license key in the New License Key text box and click Submit Key.
    2. Verify that the license has been applied.
    3. Repeat this step on the vra01svr01b.rainpole.local virtual appliance.