Perform the preparatory tasks before you upgrade vRealize Automation 7.1. Perform the preparation tasks in the order they appear in the checklist. See Checklist for Upgrading vRealize Automation 7.1. Backup Prerequisites for Upgrading vRealize Automation 7.1Complete the backup prerequisites before you begin your upgrade. Back Up Your Existing vRealize Automation 7.1 EnvironmentBefore you upgrade, shut down and take a snapshot of each vRealize Automation IaaS server on each Windows node and each vRealize Automation appliance on each Linux node. If the upgrade is unsuccessful, you can use the snapshot to return to the last known good configuration and attempt another upgrade. Downloading vRealize Automation Appliance UpdatesYou can check for updates on the management console for your appliance, and download the updates using one of the following methods.