Recently I got chance to Upgrade vRealize Automation 8.1 to 8.2 version in my test environment and it was a great learning while upgrading . I will share my experience through series of blog posts so that it can help audience to upgrade vRealize Automation 8.2. If they plan to upgrade their environment form vRA 8.1 to 8.2 .
Let's Start Below you can see all the steps to upgrade vRA 8.1 to 8.2 environment.
1- Upgrade vRSLCM 8.1 to 8.2
2-Upgrade vRA 8.1 to 8.2
First we need to upgrade vRSLCM 8.1 to 8.2
Let's Start to upgrade vRSLCM 8.1 to 8.2
Log on to your vRSLCM Appliance and click on Lifecycle Operations.
Go to Settings
Click on “System Upgrade”
Once you click in System Upgrade then after click on the ‘Check for Upgrade‘ button. Now you can see Upgrade new version is available as shown below.
Click on the “Create Snapshot” button which help us to create a Snapshot of vRSLCM
Provide the vCenter details.
Now you can monitor the snapshot request .
Let’s go for System Upgrade . vRSLCM will download the necessary files as shown below .
After file download , Installation will happen
vRSLCM will get reboot reboot to complete the installation . you will be see the following screen during the time
Once vRSLCM is upgraded, you can check the version under ‘Settings‘ – System Details
Now we have upgraded vRSLCM from 8.1 to 8.2
Note – After vRSLCM upgrade , we must be upgrade VIDM for old version to new version which is compatible with vRA. In my lab , I have updated version of VIDM 3.3.2 which is compatible with vRA 8.2 .
Below you can find the VMware Interoperability Matrix for reference
Now we going to upgrade vRA 8.1 to vRA 8.2 using vRSLCM.
1- Make sure you should have vRSLCM 8.2 installed
2- You should have VIDM 3.3.2 installed .
3- Configure your MyVMware account in vRSLCM or upload vRA 8.2 upgrade ISO.
4- Make sure that there is enough free space on the vRA 8 appliance. If not, vRSLCM will throw an error while downloading or uploading ISO in vRSLCM.
In my lab I am going to upload vRA 8.2 upgrade ISO . Let start !!!
First we need to download vRA 8.2 upgrade ISO file form VMware portal as mention below.
Now time to upload the iso form local system to vRSLCM.
Log on to vRSLCM Appliance and go to Settings – “Binary Mapping”
Go in Product Binaries and clock on ‘Add Binaries’
Choose “Local” and provide the ISO path (/data/binaries/OVA). Select ‘vRealize Automation‘ with version ‘8.2.0‘ and click “Add”
You can see that vRealize Automation 8.2 upgrade binaries have been added.
Upgrade to vRA 8.2 through vRSLCM
Make sure before proceed click on to trigger Inventory Sync.
you can monitor the status in Requests tab.
Once trigger Inventory Sync request complete successfully then go for Upgrade by clicking “Proceed”
we have uploaded the vRA 8.2 Binaries through ‘WINSCP‘ in vRSLCM . Now we can select it during the upgrade process and it is now available in the local vRSLCM Repository and click ‘Next‘ to continue.
During the precheck, I have encountered error and resolved it applying below workaround.
Increase disk 3 size for 8 GB to 25 GB and follow below workaround to resolve the issue.
SSH to the appliance.
Run the command: "vracli disk-mgr resize". The resize procedure will start in up to a minute. Progress could be monitored in the /var/log/disk_resize.log. It is expected to fail while resizing file system for logs disk.
Run the command: "/usr/sbin/resize2fs /dev/mapper/logs_vg-services--logs"
Run the command:
For vRA/vRO 8.0: "rm /var/run/disk_stats"
For vRA/vRO 8.0.1 and 8.1: "rm /var/vmware/prelude/disk-management/disk_stats"
Run the command "vracli disk-mgr" to verify if new disk space is visible.
Once the Pre-Check completed click Next to continue.
Review your Upgrade in the Upgrade Details click Submit for upgrade
Now you can monitor the vRA Upgrade Progress
Now we have successfully upgraded the vRA 8.2 . It will take 2 hours to complete in lab but in my lab it took much time as I had network issue .
Now you can verify the vRA new version through vRA Environment in vRSLCM you will see that vRA is now at version 8.2.0
Other way to Verify new version, browse to the vRA Appliance you will be see vRA 8.2.0 Version .
Now we have new upgraded vRA 8.2 version in our environment!!
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