Migrate your 5.5.x and 6.x Orchestrator Windows standalone configuration to the Orchestrator Appliance.


  • Deploy and configure an Orchestrator node on the target version. See Configuring a Standalone Orchestrator Server.

  • If the source Orchestrator uses a SHA1 package-signing certificate, make sure to regenerate the certificate using a stronger signing algorithm. The recommended signing algorithm is SHA2.

  • Stop the source and target Orchestrator servers.

  • Back up the database of the source Orchestrator server, including the database schema.


    If you plan to use the source Orchestrator environment until the new one is fully configured, create a copy of the source database. Otherwise, you can configure the target Orchestrator to use the same database but in that case the source Orchestrator environment will no longer work because the database schema is upgraded to the version of the target Orchestrator.


  1. Download the migration tool from the target Orchestrator server.
    1. Log in to Control Center as an administrator.
    2. Open the Export/Import Configuration page and click the Migrate Configuration tab.
    3. Download the migration tool as specified in the description on the page, or download it directly from https://orchestrator_server_IP_or_DNS_name:8283/vco-controlcenter/api/server/migration-tool.
  2. Export the Orchestrator configuration from the source Orchestrator server.
    1. Extract the downloaded archive in the Orchestrator install folder.

      The default path to the Orchestrator install folder in a Windows-based installation is C:\Program Files\VMware\Orchestrator.

    2. Set the PATH environment variable by pointing it to the bin folder of the Java JRE installed with Orchestrator.
    3. Use the Windows command prompt to navigate to the bin folder under the Orchestrator install folder.

      By default, the path to the bin folder is C:\Program Files\VMware\Orchestrator\migration-cli\bin.

    4. Run the export command from the command line.
      C:\Program Files\VMware\Orchestrator\migration-cli\bin\vro-migrate.bat export

      This command combines the VMware vRealize Orchestrator configuration files and plug-ins into an export archive.

      An archive with file name orchestrator-config-export-orchestrator_ip_address-date_hour.zip is created in the same folder as the migration-cli folder.

  3. Import the configuration to the target Orchestrator server.
    1. Open Export/Import Configuration in Control Center and click the Migrate Configuration tab.
    2. Click Import.
    3. Select the type of files that you want to import.

      If the source and target Orchestrator servers are not configured to use the same external database, leave the Migrate database settings check box unselected to avoid upgrading the database schema to the newer version. Otherwise the source Orchestrator environment stops working.

      You must configure the database that the target Orchestrator will use before the migration.

    4. Click Finish Migration.
  4. If the target vRealize Orchestrator uses an authentication provider server that is different from the one used by the source Orchestrator, import to the trust store of the target Orchestrator the SSL certificate of the authentication provider it is configured to use.
    1. On the Certificates page in Control Center, click Import from URL.
    2. Provide the URL of the vRealize Automation or vSphere instance.


A message indicates that the migration finished successfully. The Orchestrator server service restarts automatically.

What to do next

  • On the Startup Options page, make sure that the Active Configuration Fingerprint and the Pending Configuration Fingerprint strings match.


    You might need to refresh the page several times until the two strings match.

  • Verify that Orchestrator is configured properly at the Validate Configuration page in Control Center.