• You must back up all vRealize Automation appliances, at the same time.
  • When you back up the vRealize Automation appliance, disable in-memory snapshots.

Shut Down vRealize Automation 8.0

The following procedure outlines how you can automate the shutdown and startup of the vRealize Automation 8.0 application services.

This procedure is optional for vRealize Automation 8.0.1 or later.

Procedure

  1. Log in to the vRealize Automation appliance over SSH.
    Note: Perform this procedure only on one of the nodes in your vRealize Automation cluster. The application services of all cluster nodes can be stopped from one of the appliances.
  2. Navigate to /usr/bin and create a directory named backup
    cd /usr/bin
    mkdir backup
  3. Create two scripts titled start-vra.sh and stop-vra.sh.
    start-vra.sh
    #!/bin/bash
     # Clear services state
     /opt/scripts/deploy.sh --onlyClean>/dev/null 2>&1
     sleep 60
     # Start services
     /opt/scripts/deploy.sh >/dev/null 2>&1
     RETURN_CODE=$?
     sleep 60
     if [[ "$RETURN_CODE" -eq 0 ]]
      then
       echo "$LOG_PREFIX vRealize Automation services successfully started"
       exit 0
      else
       echo "$LOG_PREFIX vRealize Automation services failed to start"
       exit 1
     fi
    stop-vra.sh
    #!/bin/bash
     # Stop application services
     /opt/scripts/svc-stop.sh >/dev/null2>&1
     sleep 60
     # Stop infrastructure services
     /opt/scripts/deploy.sh --onlyClean >/dev/null 2>&1
     RETURN_CODE=$?
     sleep 60
     if [[ "$RETURN_CODE" -eq 0 ]]
      then
       echo "$LOG_PREFIX vRealize Automation services successfully stopped"
       exit 0
      else
       echo "$LOG_PREFIX vRealize Automation services failed to stop"
       exit 1
     fi
    
  4. Set the correct permissions.
    chmod 700 stop-vra.sh start-vra.sh
    chmod 700 /usr/bin/backup
  5. Set the scripts as pre-snapshot and post-snapshot executables in EMC Avamar
    1. Open the Avamar Administration Client.
    2. Go to Tools > Manage Datasets.
    3. Copy the built-in VMware Image Dataset and name the new dataset vRA 8 Backup.
    4. Edit the vRA 8 Backup dataset.
    5. Navigate to Options > Show Advanced Options.
    6. Set the Guest credentials, Pre-Snapshot Script, and Post-Snapshot script as seen in this example:
  6. Assign the dataset to only one vRealize Automation node. If assigned to more than one node, the system flags warnings for partially completed backups.