In the previous five post’s we went through installing and configuring the vROps virtual appliance, connecting to vCenter server, configuring Window Active directory as an identity source, create custom alerts and notifications and creating dashboards.
In this post we will be going through upgrading the vROps appliance to the latest version 8.3. Keeping appliances up to date is good from a security standpoint and also allows for new features and fixes to be applied.
To confirm if the upgraded version of vROps is supported by the existing vCenter version use the VMware interoperability matrix site.
Once this has been confirmed as supported we will need to download the .pak file that will be used to update the appliance.
To download go the following URL
Select the version and edition required in my case it Enterprise
Select upgrade type we will be upgrading from 8.2 so we will use 8.x, there is also a upgrade assessment tool that can be run to do a pre check.
Once the .pak files has been downloaded we are ready to start the upgrade. We will run the assessment first and view the report then process with the full upgrade.
To access the admin page use /admin at the end of the vROps URl. We can check the current version on the system status page.
Go to software update and click install a software update.
Click browse and select the .pak file and click upload
Once the file is uploaded click next
Accept the end user agreement.
Next you can review the update info and the last screen is to install.
The installation should now start, it took about 10 minute to complete.
Once the assessment is completed, we need to go to the support tab and select support bundles. Click on the download icon to download the zip file.
To view the report click the download and extract the zip file go to \apuat-data\report and click on the index.html.
If there are no issue reported in the pre assessment we can go ahead with the upgrade.
It is recommend to take a backup of the appliance before upgrading in case there are any issue during the install.
First part of the upgrade is to take the cluster offline, go to the system status page
Once the cluster is offline we can uploaded and apply the .pak file similar to the assessment tool.
Go to software update > Install a software update, select the upgrade pak file and upload.
Follow the wizard to start the upgrade.
The upgrade took 30 minutes to complete and the cluster to come back online. Once fully back online we can confirm that the version is now upgraded to 8.3.
In the next post we will go thorough configuring a custom SSL cert to replace the self singed cert to give better security.