If you use clustered external instances of vRealize Orchestrator with vRealize Automation, you must upgrade each vRealize Orchestrator node individually when you upgrade vRealize Automation.

About this task

You do not need to recreate the cluster. vRealize Orchestrator nodes remain part of the cluster after the upgrade.

For more information about upgrading external vRealize Orchestrator, see vRealize Orchestrator upgrade documentation.


  1. Shut down all vRealize Orchestrator instance nodes.
  2. Take a snapshot of each node.
  3. Upgrade the first node.
    1. Power on the vRealize Orchestrator node.

      Record identifying information for the first node. You use this information later in the procedure.

    2. Log in to the vRealize Orchestrator appliance configuration portal at https://orchestrator_server:5480.
    3. Select your upgrade method based on the instructions in thevRealize Orchestrator documentation.
    4. Select the Update tab in your configuration portal and click Settings.
    5. Choose your download method and click Save Settings.
    6. Click Status.
    7. Click Check Updates.
    8. Click Install Updates.
    9. Accept the VMware End User License Agreement.
    10. To complete the update, restart the vRealize Orchestrator appliance.
  4. If your clustered vRealize Orchestrator was previously configured with vRealize Automation authentication type, re-register the node.
    1. Login with root credentials to ControlCenter by going to https://your_orchestrator_server_IP_or_DNS_name:8283/vco-controlcenter in a Web browser.
    2. Navigate to Configuration Authentication Provider.
    3. Click Unregister.
    4. Re-register the instance by selecting Connect and entering your credentials. Enable the Configure License checkbox and select the vco administrators group
    5. Restart the vco service.
    6. Verify that the vco service appears as REGISTERED in the vRealize Automation appliance.
  5. Power on the next vRealize Orchestrator node.
  6. Repeat steps 5 and 6 for each vRealize Orchestrator node.
  7. From the Control Center, upgrade the vRealize Automation default plugins, which include vCAC Cafe and vCAC IaaS and NSX.
  8. Log in to the Control Center of the first vRealize Orchestrator node at https://vrohost1:8283/vco-controlcenter.
  9. Navigate to Manage Plugins.
  10. Select Browse > plugin-name > Install.
  11. Restart vco-server in your control center
  12. Wait for services to start on the first node, and then repeat steps 6-12 for each vRealize Orchestrator node.