So after updating my vCenter Server Appliance to 5.5, the next obvious choice was to update Site Recovery Manager and the vSphere Replication Appliance.
Note: the way I’m upgrading my demo environment is not according to best practice…. it’s merely a quick way to document and try out the upgrade process!
If you’re planning an upgrade of your production environment, then there is a recommended order for the upgrades:
- Upgrade vCenter Server on the protected site.
- Upgrade SRM Server on the protected site.
- Upgrade the storage replication adapters (SRA) on the protected site.
- Upgrade the vSphere Replication appliance on the protected site.
- Upgrade any additional vSphere Replication server instances on the protected site.
- Upgrade vCenter Server on the recovery site.
- Upgrade SRM Server on the recovery site.
- Upgrade the storage replication adapters (SRA) on the recovery site.
- Upgrade the vSphere Replication appliance on the recovery site.
- Upgrade any additional vSphere Replication server instances on the recovery site.
- Configure the connection between the SRM sites and vSphere Replication appliances.
- Verify that your protection groups and recovery plans are still valid.
- Upgrade ESXi Server on the recovery site.
- Upgrade ESXi Server on the protected site.
- Upgrade the virtual hardware and VMware Tools on the virtual machines on the ESXi hosts.
When you upgrade Site Recovery Manager, there’s no real need to do anything to your database as the upgrade preserves all information in the current SRM DB (so basically preserving your protection groups, inventory mappings and recovery plans, plan run history, etc).
However, if you’re not running 5.1 or later then you will need to create a 64bit ODBC system DSN (SRM 5.0.x used a 32bit ODBC DSN). Any deployment of SRM earlier than 5.0 will require a two-step upgrade, first to 5.0.x then to 5.5.
(Note: Don’t upgrade vCenter Server directly from 4.1.x to 5.5, as this will cause the upgrade of SRM to fail when moving from 4.1.x to 5.0.x… this is because SRM 5.0.x cannot connect to vCenter Server 5.5)
Fortunately I’m going to step through an upgrade from SRM 5.1, so my ODBC is already in place!
Job done…… now to upgrade the existing vSphere Replication Appliance…. You can upgrade the vRA either using vSphere Update Manager, via the online repository, or via an offline repository (like an ISO image).
Unfortunately like the VCA, I couldn’t find an 5.5 update using the online repository so had to mount the vRA 5.5 ISO image to the vRA and update via CDROM.
1. Log into the vRA management console (https://vra-IP:5480 or http://vra-IP:8080 if its vRA 5.0.x) and select the Update tab. Select Settings and then choose Use CDROM Updates and click Save Settings.
Voila….. it’s as easy as that!