If you are using vSphere Replication 8.0 as part of the VMware Site Recovery service, you can upgrade vSphere Replication 8.0 by using a downloadable ISO image.
Important: If you use the HTML5-based vSphere Client to deploy the OVF virtual appliance, on vSphere prior to vSphere 6.7 Update 1, the deployment succeeds, but the vSphere Replication fails to start.
- Download the
VMware-vSphere_Replication-8.1.x.x-build_number.isoimage from the vSphere Downloads page. Copy the ISO image file to a datastore that is accessible from the vCenter Server instance that you use with vSphere Replication.
- In the vSphere Web Client, right-click the vSphere Replication appliance virtual machine and select Open Console.
- Log in as the root user, and run the following command.
if [ -d '/var/run' ] && [ ! -L '/var/run' ] ; then mv -f /var/run/* /run/; rm -rf /var/run; ln -sf /run /var/; fi
- Right-click the vSphere Replication virtual machine and select Edit Settings.
- Increase the vSphere Replication Management Server appliance memory to 8 GB.
- On the Virtual Hardware tab, select .
- Navigate to the ISO image in the datastore.
- For File Type, select ISO Image and click OK.
- Select the option to connect at power-on and follow the prompts to add the CD/DVD drive to the vSphere Replication virtual machine.
- Power on the vSphere Replication virtual machine.
- In a Web browser, log in to the virtual appliance management interface (VAMI).
The URL for the VAMI is https:// vr_appliance_address:5480.
- Click the Update tab.
- Click Settings, select Use CDROM Updates, and click Save Settings.
- Click Status and click Check Updates.
The appliance version appears in the list of available updates.
- Click Install Updates and click OK.
- After the updates install, click the System tab and click Reboot.
- After the vSphere Replication appliance reboots, log in to the VAMI and repeat the steps to register the vSphere Replication appliance with vCenter Single Sign-On.
This registers the vSphere Replication appliance in the Lookup Service and vCenter Single Sign-On or updates an existing vSphere Replication registration.
- Log out of the vSphere Web Client, clear the browser cache, and log in again to see the upgraded appliance.
- Reboot the vSphere Replication appliance.
What to do next
- If your infrastructure uses more than one vSphere Replication Server, you must upgrade all vSphere Replication Server instances to version 8.1 on the on-premises site.
- Delete the virtual machine of the old vSphere Replication server.
Important: If the vSphere Replication appliance that you upgraded uses the embedded database, you must apply additional configuration to enable the support of up to 2000 replications. See http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2102463. No additional configuration is required for vSphere Replication appliances that are configured to use an external database.