It was time to upgrade the operations management layer of my homelab environment. This includes an upgrade to vRealize Operations Manager 7.5.
vRealize Operations Manager 7.5 What’s New!
vROps 7.5 introduces a lot of exciting new features, including:
- vSAN-aware performance optimization
- Return of the allocation model
- Identify orphaned (or “zombie”) virtual disks with reclaimable capacity
- Cloud migration planning
- Native application and OS monitoring
- New object relationship widget
- And much, much more!
Please refer to the very detailed write-up by Matt Jones at the VMware Blogs https://blogs.vmware.com/management/2019/04/whats-new-in-vrealize-operations-7-5.html.
Caution before upgrading to vROps 7.5
Before upgrading, you also want to check out the official release notes to plan your upgrade in a production environment accordingly. One important consideration is that the upgrade to vRealize Operations Manager 7.5, “resets out-of-the-box content as part of the software upgrade process even if the Reset Default Content button is unchecked during the upgrade.This implies that the user modifications made to default content such as alert definitions, symptom definitions, recommendations, policies, views, dashboards, widgets, and reports are overwritten. You need to clone or backup the content before you upgrade to vRealize Operations Manager 7.5.”
Also, take special consideration when you are upgrading from versions before vROps 6.7, and make sure you run the Pre-Upgrade Assessment tool. VMware recommends always running this pre-assessment tool by the way. Since I’m running a fairly simple homelab deployment, I’m just going to YOLO the upgrade…
Upgrading to vROps 7.5
Before we start we need to download the binaries from My VMware:
Next, logon to the management interface of the vROps deployment using the https://<vrops>/admin URL:
Select Software update, Install a software update and first upload the OS update PAK file. Select the file “vRealize_Operations_Manager-VA-OS-188.8.131.5265947.pak” and upload it to the vROps appliance:
Accept the EULA, click Next and start the upgrade by clicking Finish. Follow the installation progress:
After the OS update is installed, repeat the same process for the Application upgrade file “vRealize_Operations_Manager-VA-184.108.40.20665947.pak“
After a while, the cluster comes back online with v7.5 installed!
I will also take you through the steps of updating vRealize Log Insight and vRealize Network Insight in upcoming blogposts. Keep posted!