For a high availability environment, the primary virtual appliance is the node that runs embedded PostgreSQL in the Master mode. The other nodes in the environment run the embedded PostgreSQL database in Replica mode. During upgrade, the replica virtual appliance does not require database changes.

About this task

Do not close the management console while you install the update.


Verify that you have downloaded the virtual appliance updates. See Downloading vRealize Automation Appliance Updates.


  1. Open the vRealize Automation appliance management console for the upgrade.
    1. Go to the management console for your virtual appliance by using its fully qualified domain name,
    2. Log in with the user name root and the password you specified when the appliance was deployed.
    3. Click the Update tab.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. Select to download the updates from a VMware repository or CDROM in the Update Repository section.
  4. Click Status.
  5. Click Check Updates to verify that an update is accessible.
  6. Click Install Updates.
  7. Click OK.

    A message stating that the update is in progress appears.

  8. (Optional) If you have not resized Disk 1 to 50 GB manually, complete the following steps:
    1. When the system prompts you to reboot the virtual appliance, click the System tab and click Reboot.

      During the reboot, the system adjusts the space required for the update.

    2. After the system reboots, log in again to the vRealize Automation appliance management console and verify that each service, except iaas-service, is listed as REGISTERED. Select Update > Status.
    3. Click Check Updates and Install Updates.
  9. To monitor the upgrade process, use a terminal emulator to log in to the secondary appliance where you are installing the update and view the updatecli.log file at /opt/vmware/var/log/vami/updatecli.log.

    Upgrade progress information can also be seen in these files: /opt/vmware/var/log/vami/vami.log and /var/log/vmware/horizon/horizon.log

    If you log out during the upgrade process and log in, you can continue to follow the progress of the update in the updatecli.log file.

    The time it takes for the update to finish depends on your site environment.

  10. When the update is finished, log out of the vRealize Automation appliance, clear the cache of your Web browser, and log in to the vRealize Automation appliance management console.
  11. Reboot the virtual appliance.
    1. Click System.
    2. Click Reboot and confirm your selection.
  12. Log in to the vRealize Automation appliance management console.
  13. Select vRA Settings > Cluster.
  14. Specify the master virtual appliance and click Join Cluster.
  15. Click Services and verify that all of the services, except iaas-service, are listed as REGISTERED.

What to do next

Upgrading the IaaS Server Components After Upgrading vRealize Automation6.x to 7.2