If you want to upgrade the additional vSphere Replication servers, you must use a downloadable ISO image. To ensure a successful upgrade, follow the sequence of instructions.

Prerequisites

  • Download the VMware-vSphere_Replication-8.4.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.
  • Verify that you are currently running a version, which allows you to upgrade directly to vSphere Replication 8.4.
    • You can directly upgrade to vSphere Replication 8.4, only if the version of vSphere Replication you currently run is 8.2.x or 8.3.x.
    • If you run an earlier version of vSphere Replication, you must upgrade your vSphere Replication instance to version 8.3 first. For example, to upgrade vSphere Replication 6.5.1 to version 8.4, you must first upgrade 6.5.1 to 8.3.

Procedure

  1. Stop the vSphere Replication Additional Server virtual machine.
  2. In the vSphere Client, right-click the vSphere Replication Additional Server virtual machine and select Edit Settings.
  3. On the Virtual Hardware tab, expand Memory and change the memory size from 716 MB to 1024 MB.
  4. Power on the vSphere Replication Additional Server virtual machine.
  5. In the vSphere Client, right-click the vSphere Replication virtual machine and select Edit Settings.
  6. On the Virtual Hardware tab, select CD/DVD Drive > Datastore ISO File.
  7. Navigate to the ISO image in the datastore.
  8. For File Type, select ISO Image and click OK.
  9. Select the option to connect at power-on and follow the prompts to add the CD/DVD drive to the vSphere Replication virtual machine.
  10. Power on the vSphere Replication virtual machine.
  11. In a Web browser, log in to the virtual appliance management interface (VAMI).
    The URL for the VAMI is https:// vr_appliance_address:5480.
  12. Click the Update tab.
  13. Click Settings, select Use CDROM Updates, and click Save Settings.
  14. Click Status and click Check Updates.
    The appliance version appears in the list of available updates.
  15. Click Install Updates and click OK.
    The VAMI remains in Installation in Progress state. The installation process automatically performs system reboot. You can check if the installation is complete by going to the virtual machine console in the vSphere UI and verifying the vSphere Replication Appliance version, which must be 8.4.

    To open the new VRMS Appliance Management Interface, you must refresh your browser.

  16. Configure a password for the admin account by using the virtual machine console in the vSphere UI.
    1. Login to the vSphere Replication console with the root user and the old password.
    2. Assign the admin user password from the console by using the passwd admin command.

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