Instead of upgrading your cluster of vRealize Orchestrator 7.0.x, 7.1 or 7.2 instances to 7.4, you can migrate the configuration to an Orchestrator node that is already installed on version 7.3 and join other newly installed Orchestrator 7.4 nodes to the new cluster.

Prerequisites

  • Set up a load balancer to distribute traffic among multiple instances of vRealize Orchestrator. For more information, see vRealize Orchestrator Load Balancing.
  • Deploy and configure an Orchestrator node on the target version. See Configuring a Standalone Orchestrator Sever.
  • Stop the Orchestrator server service of the source Orchestrator instances.
  • Back up the source Orchestrator database, including the database schema.
    Note: If you plan to preserve the source Orchestrator environment after migration, clone the source Orchestrator database to another database. Afterwards, configure the target Orchestrator to use the cloned instance, instead of the instance configured during installation. If you skip this step, the target Orchestrator will upgrade the source Orchestrator database and it will no longer work with the source Orchestrator environment.

Procedure

  1. Export the configuration from the source Orchestrator instance.
    1. Log in to Control Center as an root or as an administrator, depending on the source version.
    2. Open Export/Import Configuration in Control Center and click the Import Configuration tab.
    3. Select the type of files you want to export.
      Note: If you select Export plug-in configurations and the plug-in configurations contain encrypted properties, you must also select Export server configuration to successfully decrypt the data when importing.
    4. (Optional) Enter a password to protect the configuration file.
      Use the same password when you import the configuration later.
    5. Click Export.
    Orchestrator creates an orchestrator-config-export-hostname-dateReference.zip file that is downloaded on your local machine. You can use this file to clone or to restore the system.
  2. Import the configuration to the target Orchestrator instance.
    1. Log in to Control Center as root.
    2. Open Export/Import Configuration in Control Center and click the Import Configuration tab.
    3. Browse to and select the .ZIP file exported from the source Orchestrator instance.
    4. Enter the password that you used when exporting the configuration.
      Leave blank if you did not export the configuration with a password.
    5. Select the import type.
    6. If you are importing the configuration to an external Orchestrator server, choose whether to import the database settings.
      Note: 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.

    7. Click IMPORT to finish the migration.
      A message states that the configuration is successfully imported. The Orchestrator server service of the target Orchestrator instance restarts automatically.
  3. Reconfigure the Orchestrator cluster.
    1. Open the advanced Orchestrator Cluster Management page, at https://your_orchestrator_server_IP_or_DNS_name:8283/vco-controlcenter/#/control-app/ha?remove-nodes.
    2. Select the check boxes next to the source Orchestrator nodes and click Remove.
      Refresh the browser page by clicking the F5 button on the keyboard.
  4. Verify that Orchestrator is configured properly at the Validate Configuration page in Control Center.
  5. Deploy a new Orchestrator instance on the upgraded version.
  6. Join the instance to the vRealize Orchestrator 7.4 node.
    For more information, see Configuring an Orchestrator Cluster.
  7. (Optional) Repeat Step 5 and Step 6 for each node you are adding to the cluster.

Results

You successfully migrated a cluster of vRealize Orchestrator 7.0.x, 7.1 or 7.2 instances to vRealize Orchestrator 7.4.

What to do next

  • Verify that the vRealize Orchestrator cluster is configured properly by opening the Validate Configuration page in Control Center.
  • Log in to the Orchestrator client and verify whether the configurations of all installed plug-ins are correct.