How to upgrade VMware vRealize Operations Manager

Take a snapshot of your current vROPs VM before running the upgrade

The upgrade assessment tool (APUAT) generates 2 type of reports:

  • First report is relating to Metric reductions, usage of reduced metrics in custom content and proposed workaround.
  • The second report is doing pre-upgrade system checks and returning failures, if there are Upgrade blocking system issues.

Download upgrade assessment tool vRealize Operations X.XX – Upgrade Assessment Tool (Filename:APUAT-XXXX.pak)

  • launch a browser. Go to
    https://master-node-FQDN-or-IP-address/admin, where the address is the master node Administrator interface.
  • Click Software Update in the left panel.
  • Click Install a Software Update in the main panel.
  • Follow the steps in the wizard to locate and install your PAK file. Check Install the PAK file even if it is already installed.
  • Install the Upgrade Assessment Tool.
  • Wait for the software update to complete.
  • Access to Pre-upgrade assessment report – steps as below:
    • Navigate to the Support > Support Bundles tab.
    • Download the light support bundle that was generated from the installation of the Upgrade Assessment Tool.
    • In the downloaded support bundle, open the cluster_timestamp_nodeaddress/nodeaddress_timestamp_nodeaddress/apuat-data/report/index.html file.
    • A list of all potentially impacted user content, if any , will be displayed in the Impacted Components Summary page.
    • In the tab of “System Validation Checks”, you will find the report of system validation checks for upgrade and recommendations (if any).

If you have a large vROps cluster with more than 4 nodes, speed up by pre-copying upgrade files to all nodes. Follow steps in KB 2127895

If possible, remove all impacted Management Packs, if any, prior to initiating the upgrade.

Take a snapshot.

  1. Login to vROps \Admin UI.
    Take the cluster offline. Shut down all nodes in this sequence: Remote Collectors, Data nodes , Replica Node and Master Node. Now you know why I prefer to keep the deployment simple
  2. Login to vCenter.
    Take snapshot of all the nodes.
  3. Power on vROps nodes in the sequence starting Master Node, Replica Node, Data Nodes and Remote Collectors.

Upgrade:

  1. Login to vROps \Admin UI
  2. Take the cluster offline, if it comes online after powering ON. This reduces the time taken for upgrade
  3. Initiate vROps In-place upgrade
  4. Once the upgrade is completed, verify functionality. If all functionality is reported correctly, take the cluster offline, shutdown nodes and delete the VM snapshots.
  5. Once snapshots are removed, power on the nodes in sequence
  6. Once all nodes are powered on, bring the vROps cluster Online.
  7. Test solutions
  8. Test SRM
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