You upgrade the additional vSphere Replication servers by using a downloadable ISO image.

You must deploy your additional vSphere Replication servers before the vSphere Replication Management Server. If you deploy the vSphere Replication Management Server before the additional servers, you must restart the management server after you complete the upgrade procedure of the additional servers.

Important:

If you use the HTML5-based vSphere Client to deploy the OVF virtual appliance, the deployment succeeds, but the vSphere Replication fails to start.

Prerequisites

  • Download the VMware-vSphere_Replication-8.1.x.x-build_number.iso image 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.

  • If the vSphere Replication version that you run is not supported for direct upgrade to vSphere Replication 8.1, upgrade your vSphere Replication instance to a supported version. For example, to upgrade vSphere Replication 6.0 to 8.1, you must first upgrade 6.0 to 6.1.2, and then upgrade 6.1.2 to 8.1. See the interoperability matrix at http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/sim/interop_matrix.php for solution upgrade paths for vSphere Replication.

Procedure

  1. Log in to the vSphere Web Client on the site where you want to upgrade vSphere Replication.
  2. On the home page, select Hosts and Clusters.
  3. Right-click on a data center, host or cluster, and select Deploy OVF Template.
  4. Provide the location of the OVF file from which to deploy the vSphere Replication server, and click Next.
    • Select URL and provide the URL to deploy the appliance from an online URL.

    • If you downloaded and mounted the vSphere Replication ISO image on a system in your environment, select Local file > Browse and navigate to the \bin directory in the ISO image, and select the vSphere_Replication_Migrate_AddOn_OVF10.ovf, vSphere_Replication-system.vmdk, and vSphere_Replication-support.vmdk files.

  5. Accept the name, select or search for a destination folder or data center for the virtual appliance, and click Next.

    You can enter a new name for the virtual appliance. The name must be unique within each vCenter Server virtual machine folder.

  6. Select a cluster, host, or resource pool where you want to run the deployed template, and click Next.
  7. Review the virtual appliance details and click Next.
  8. Select a destination datastore and disk format for the virtual appliance and click Next.
  9. Select a network from the list of available networks, set the IP protocol and IP allocation, and click Next.

    vSphere Replication supports both DHCP and static IP addresses. You can also change network settings by using the virtual appliance management interface (VAMI) after installation.

  10. Set the password for the root account for the customized template, and click Next.
  11. Review the binding to the vCenter Extension vService and click Next.
  12. Review the settings and click Finish.

    The vSphere Replication appliance is deployed.

  13. Power on the vSphere Replication virtual machine.
  14. Open the console of the newly deployed vSphere Replication server.
  15. Enter the IP address of the additional vSphere Replication server that you want to upgrade.
  16. Enter the root password of the additional vSphere Replication server that you want to upgrade.

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