It has been a while since my last post, (just had too much going on) but I have been putting it off for way too long and I finally upgraded my vRA lab to 7.5. Here are my notes.
My distributed enterprise vRA 7.4 environment consists of the following components:
- vRA VIP
- 2 x vRA appliances
- vRA IaaS Manager VIP
- 2 x Windows vRA IaaS Manager Service servers
- vRA IaaS Web VIP
- 2 x Windows vRA IaaS Web servers
- 2 x Windows vRA DEM + Agent servers
- vRO VIP
- 2 x external vRO appliances
- External SQL database for vRA and vRO
- Running SovLabs extensibility software
There are 2 options available to get to the desired state with either an in-place upgrade of your existing vRA environment or to build out a new greenfield vRA and migrate your data over (VMware calls this a side-by-side upgrade).
If you are currently running 6.2.0 – 6.2.4 or 7.0.x, or have vCloud Director or vCloud Air endpoints you have to migrate!
Always before upgrading, make sure you have successful backups of all your nodes and while you’re at it also take snapshots of all the servers and backup your vRA and vRO database! You can never be too careful, ever! The upgrade steps for vRA are the same as what I have blogged about here. For this exercise, I am performing an in-place upgrade of vRA from 7.4 to 7.5, so please review the documentation if you upgrading from 6.2.5.
- Also, verify that all appliances and servers that are part of your deployment meet the system requirements for vRA 7.5 and also consult the VMware Product Interoperability Matrix about compatibility with other VMware products.
- I also have SovLabs plugins installed so make sure to upgrade SovLabs to a vRA 7.5 compatible version. At the time of the post, I upgraded to 2018.3.1. Upgrade steps for SovLabs can be found here.