You must upgrade the database and configure all systems that have IaaS components installed. You can use these steps for minimal and distributed installations.

About this task

If you have multiple IaaS servers, perform the upgrade so that services are upgraded in the following order:

  1. Websites

    If you are using a load balancer, disable all Websites for load balancer traffic except the Website on which Model Manager data is install. Upgrade the Website on which Model Manager data is installed first.

    Finish the upgrade on one server before upgrading the next server that is running a Website service.

  2. Manager services

    Upgrade the active manager service before you upgrade the passive manager service and reboot the system where the passive manager service is installed.

  3. DEM orchestrator and workers

    Upgrade all DEM orchestrators and workers. Finish the upgrade on one server before you upgrade the next server.

  4. Agents

    Finish the upgrade on one server before you upgrade the next server that is running an agent.

If you are using different services on one server, the upgrade updates the services in the proper order. For example, if your site has Website and manager services on the same server, select both for update. The upgrade installer applies the updates in the proper order. You must complete the upgrade on one server before you begin an upgrade on another.

Note:

If your deployment uses a load balancer, the first appliance you plan to upgrade must be connected to the load balancer. All other instances of vRealize Appliance appliances must be disabled for load balancer traffic before you apply the upgrade to avoid caching errors.

Procedure

  1. If you are using a load balancer, prepare your environment.
    1. Verify that the Website on which Model Manager data is installed is enabled for load balancer traffic.

      You can identify this node by the presence of the <vCAC Folder>\Server\ConfigTool folder.

    2. Disable all other Websites for load balancer traffic.
  2. Right-click the setup__vra-va-hostname.domain.name@5480.exe setup file and select Run as administrator.

  3. Click Next.
  4. Accept the license agreement and click Next.
  5. Type the administrator credentials for your current deployment on the Log In page.

    The user name is root and the password is the password that you specified when you deployed the appliance.

  6. Select Accept Certificate.
  7. Select Upgrade on the Installation Type page and click Next.
  8. Configure the upgrade settings.

    Option

    Action

    If you are upgrading the Model Manager Data

    Select the Model Manager Data check box in the vCAC Server section.

    The check box is selected by default. Upgrade the Model Manager data only once. If you are running the setup file on multiple machines to upgrade a distributed installation, the Web servers stop functioning while there is a version mismatch between the Web servers and the Model Manager data. When you have upgraded the Model Manager data and all of the Web servers, all of the Web servers should function.

    If you are not upgrading the Model Manager Data

    Unselect the Model Manager Data check box in the vCAC Server section.

    To preserve customized workflows as the latest version in your Model Manager Data

    If you are upgrading the Model Manager Data, select the Preserve my latest workflow versions check box in the Extensibility Workflows section.

    The check box is selected by default. Customized workflows are always preserved. The checkbox determines version order only. If you used vCloud Automation Center Designer to customize workflows in the Model Manager, select this option to maintain the most recent version of each customized workflow before upgrade as the most recent version after upgrade.

    If you do not select this option, the version of each workflow provided with vCloud Automation Center Designer 6.1 becomes the most recent after upgrade, and the most recent version before upgrade becomes the second most recent. For information about vCloud Automation Center Designer, see Extensibility.

    If you are upgrading a Distributed Execution Manager or a proxy agent

    Enter the credentials for the administrator account in the Service Account section. All of the services that you upgrade run under this account.

    To specify your Microsoft SQL Server database

    If you are upgrading the Model Manager Data, enter the names of the database server and database instance in the Server text box in the Microsoft SQL Server Database Installation Information section. Use a fully qualified domain name (FQDN) for the database server name.

    If the database instance is on a non-default SQL port, include the port number in the server instance specification. The Microsoft SQL default port number is 1433.

  9. Click Next.
  10. Confirm that all services to upgrade appear on the Ready to Upgrade page, and click Upgrade.

    The Upgrading page and a progress indicator appear. When the upgrade process finishes, the Next button is enabled.

  11. Click Next.
  12. Click Finish.
  13. Verify that all services restarted.
  14. If the DEM orchestrator, DEM workers, or agents are installed on the same server where Model Manager Data has been upgraded, reboot the appliance.
  15. Repeat these steps for each IaaS server in your deployment in the recommended order.
  16. If your deployment uses a load balancer, reenable load balancer traffic for any unconnected nodes.
  17. After all components are upgraded, log in to the management console for the appliance and verify that all services, including IaaS, are now registered.

Results

All of the selected components are upgraded to the new release.