You can migrate your VMware vRealize ™ Automation 6.2.x environment to a new installation of vRealize Automation 7.2.

Before you begin

Procedure

  1. Obtain the encryption key from your source vRealize Automation 6.2.x deployment.
    1. To obtain the encryption key, start a command prompt as an administrator on the virtual machine that hosts the active Manager service and run the following command.

      "C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\vCAC\Server\ConfigTool\EncryptionKeyTool\DynamicOps.Tools.EncryptionKeyTool.exe" key-read -c "C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\vCAC\Server\ManagerService.exe.config" -v

      If your installation directory is not in the default location, C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\vCAC, edit the path to your actual installation directory.

    2. Save the key that appears after you run the command.

      The key is a long string of characters that looks similar to NRH+f/BlnCB6yvasLS3sxespgdkcFWAEuyV0g4lfryg=.

  2. In your target vRealize Automation 7.2 environment, start a browser and go to the management console at https://va-hostname.domain.name:5480 for your virtual appliance.

    va-hostname.domain.name is the fully qualified domain name of the virtual appliance.

  3. Log in with the user name root and the password you specified when the appliance was deployed.
  4. Select vRA Settings > Migration.
  5. Enter the information for the source vRealize Automation appliance.

    Option

    Description

    Host name

    The host name for the source vRealize Automation 6.2.x appliance.

    Root username

    root

    Root password

    The root password that you entered when you deployed the vRealize Automation 6.2 appliance.

  6. Enter the information for the target vRealize Automation appliance.

    Option

    Description

    Root username

    root

    Root password

    The root password that you entered when you deployed the vRealize Automation 7.2 appliance.

    Default tenant

    The default tenant you created when you configured single sign-on in the installation wizard, usually vsphere.local.

    Administrator username

    The tenant administrator user name that you entered when you deployed the vRealize Automation 7.2 appliance. Change existing value if necessary.

    Administrator password

    The password that you entered for the default tenant administrator when you deployed the vRealize Automation 7.2 appliance.

  7. Enter the information for the target IaaS database server.

    Option

    Description

    Database server

    The location of the Microsoft SQL Server instance where the restored vRealize Automation 6.2.x IaaS Microsoft SQL database resides. If named instance and non-default port is used, specify in SERVER,PORT\INSTANCE-NAME format.

    Cloned database name

    The name of the vRealize Automation 6.2.x IaaS Microsoft SQL database that you restored on the target Microsoft SQL Server.

    Authentication mode

    • Windows

      If you use Windows authentication mode, the IaaS service user requires owner rights on the database or sysadmin rights on the SQL Server. The same permissions apply when using SQL Server authentication mode.

    • SQL Server

    SQL Server Opens Login name and Password text boxes.

    Login name

    The Microsoft SQL login name to connect to the cloned database.

    Password

    The Microsoft SQL password to connect to the cloned database.

    Original encryption key

    The encryption key obtained from your source vRealize Automation 6.2.x IaaS environment.

    New passphrase

    A new passphrase to re-encrypt sensitive content stored in migrated Microsoft SQL database. A passphrase is a series of words used to generate an encryption key to protect data while at rest in the database, such as endpoint credentials. You use this passphrase each time you install a new IaaS component.

  8. Click Validate.

    The page displays the validation progress.

    • If all of the items validate successfully, go to step 9.

    • If an item fails to validate, inspect the error message and the validation log file on the Model Manager Data IaaS node at C:\\Program Files(x86)\VMware\VCAC\Server\InstallLogs_latest_timestamp\validate.log. Click Edit Settings and edit the problem item. Go to step 8.

  9. Click Migrate.

    The page displays the migration progress.

What to do next

Post-Migration Tasks for vRealize Automation