VMware vRealize Operation 6.7 upgrade experience

I have upgraded our vRealize Operation 6.6.1 test environment to version 6.7. Please let me share my experience about the test.

Our test environment consists of one Remote Connector and one Data node.

First of all, I checked this blog articles:

https://blogs.vmware.com/management/2018/04/assess-upgrade-readiness-vrealize-operations-6-7.html

https://docs.vmware.com/en/vRealize-Operations-Manager/6.7/rn/vRealize-Operations-Manager-67.html#installUpdate

vRealize Operations Upgrade Assessment Tool

From my.vmware.com site (under 6.7 download page) you can download vRealize Operations Upgrade Assessment Tool. “APUAT-6.7.0.8224833.pak”

Install was very easy, just install pak file on the admin page. Install created a log file automatically. Download it, and browse to \apuat-data\report\ folder, and open the index.html file. As you can red in the VMware’s blog article, you are able to check your dashes, widgets and so on. Fortunately, I didn’t have to worry about metrics, tools find only one matric witch should be a problem.

vRealize_6.7_002_mod

vRealize Operations Upgrade Assessment Tool
vRealize Operations Upgrade Assessment Tool

I downloaded OS (vRealize_Operations_Manager-VA-OS-6.7.0.8183616.pak) and VA (vRealize_Operations_Manager-VA-6.7.0.8183616.pak) upgrade pak files, from my.vmware.com site.

vRealize Operation OS update process

I opened vRealize Operation’s admin page (“https://FQDNorIP/admin”) on System Status page hit “TAKE OFFLINE” button. Wait a few minutes.

Take Offline vRealize
Take Offline vRealize

After the nodes went to offline mode, switch to vSphere client and take snapshot from VM-s (deselect: Snapshot the virtual machine’s memory).

vRealize_6.7_000_SnapShots

Then go back vRealize Operation admin page and click “System Updates” link. Click “INSTALL A SOFTWARE UPDATE” blue icon and browse OS upgrade pak file (vRealize_Operations_Manager-VA-OS-6.7.0.8183616.pak). Select Install the PAK file is already to upload and install option. Then click “UPLOAD” button.

vRealize_6.7_006_Install_OS_Upgrade

Wait approximately 5-10 minutes, and you will see similar the picture below. The PAK file signature is valid. Next.

vRealize_6.7_007_Install_OS_Upgrade

Accept EULA, and go next.

vRealize_6.7_008_Install_OS_Upgrade

Read update information and click Next.

vRealize_6.7_009_Install_OS_Upgrade

Click “INSTALL” button.

You see the OS update process on the screen.

vRealize_6.7_010_Install_OS_Upgrade_MOD

Click the icon next to Status column for details.

vRealize_6.7_011_Install_OS_Upgrade

Wait 30-45 min for the end of the process. If you did everything right you will see a similar screen on your monitor. Status Completed. Don’t worry, under the update process admin page will disappear. Be patient, and hit the refresh button, the page will be returned. You have to relogin.

vRealize_6.7_012_Install_OS_Upgrade_MOD

vRealize Operation VA update process

Ok, now we can upgrade vRealize Operation, the OS upgrade process is done. Similar steps as OS upgrade, except you can browse the vRealize_Operations_Manager-VA-6.7.0.8183616.pak file and you can select “Reset Default Content…” option. After you fill the box, a warning message will appear. Read it and select I understood button 🙂

vRealize_6.7_013_Install_VA_Upgrade

vRealize_6.7_014_Install_VA_Upgrade

The admin page under this upgrade process will disappear too, don’t panic.

vRealize_6.7_018_Install_VA_Upgrade_MOD

It’s time to login to the new vRealize Operation Manager.

vRealize_6.7_019_NewVersion

vRealize_6.7_020_NewVersion

The OS and vRealize Operation upgrade process is done. Now I go and discover new features in vRealize Operation 6.7 🙂

If U have any question, don’t hesitate to contact me.

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