Upgrade vROps from 6.7.0 to 8.0.1

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In this blog post, we will see how to upgrade vRealize Operations (vROps) from version 6.7.0 to 8.0.1. The whole process takes about 30 minutes.

Bear in mind that, you will need new license keys after updating to the later version (after 8.0 version).

 

Note: You will see a version mismatch in some screenshots.

Download the required files

And also, proceed to download the Virtual appliance upgrade PAK file, that will be used later for the real upgrade:


Upgrade Assessment Tool
(optional but recommended)

The first thing to do is to install the Upgrade Assessment Tool in order to know if there are any problems before upgrading.

Although this is not mandatory it is highly recommended in order to know if there are any issues before running the real upgrade process.

The steps are:

  • Log in to the master node vRealize Operations Manager Administrator interface of your cluster at https://master-node-FQDN-or-IP-address/admin.
  • Click Software Update in the left panel (you can see an attempt I made previously) and then “Install a Software Update…”:
  • Follow the steps in the wizard to locate and install your PAK file. Upload the PAK file (the first file we downloaded) and check the first checkbox if you’re not sure if there is another one installed.
  • The PAK file will be uploaded from your local machine to vRealize Operations Manager. Uploading may take a few minutes. Once it is uploaded you will see something like this.
  • Once the uploaded PAK file, accept the EULA (step 2) if you agree, read the Update information (step 3) and finally click “Install”. You will see that the software update is being installed

Don’t worry this is just installing the Pre-Upgrade to 8.0.0 Assessment Tool, the real upgrade will be performed later

     

  • When the process is complete, click Support in the left pane. The Support screen appears. Select the Support Bundles option above the toolbar. The available support bundles are listed:
  • To review the report, extract the files from the ZIP file and open the HTML file.
    The file is located in \slice_<bundlenumber>_<nodeaddress>\apuat-data\report\index.html.
    This is my report, which it only gives me a warning about executing the proper Virtual appliance upgrade (we will see later)
  • After updating my Admin account I re-run the same process and checked that there were no errors.

So now, let’s go to the point and update the vROps master node!

 

Upgrade process

Before doing anything, remember to take a snapshot of the Master node that is going to be upgraded!

 

First, upload the .pak file we downloaded at the beginning of the Virtual Appliance upgrade PAK file (which is way larger than the Upgrade Assessment Tool  PAK file).

Once downloaded, go to the vROps admin interface (https://master-node-FQDN-or-IP-address/admin) and then “Software Updates” :

 

And then, upload the new file (which in this case is quite larger compared to the pre-upgrade assessment tool):

Once is staged (after you clicked upload), it will give you a warning regarding the cluster that will be restarted (obviously), just click NEXT:

Accept the EULA if you agree and read the Update information (which tells you that you must take a snapshot of the cluster you’re upgrading):

And proceed to install the update in step 4 by clicking INSTALL!

You will see on the same page that the upgrade is in progress:

It will take some time, and even you see that vROps is available, the cluster will still offline until the upgrade is finished. We just need to wait a bit more.

The whole upgrade took about 30 mins and it was upgraded successfully:


Finally, the cluster is online and the new version was applied correctly.

Remember to delete the snapshot that was created before proceeding with this upgrade. I hope this has been helpful to you.

 

vCenter Server 7.0 – Fresh install

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Prologue

With the release of vSphere 7 at the beginning of this month, I decided to make a post about how to install vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA) which is quite simple.

Which are the new features? Check this post from my friend Graham Barker to find out!

 

Let’s move on!

  • Proceed to download the “VMware vCenter Server 7.0.0” ISO file from my.vmware.com
  • Mount the ISO file and execute the installer.exe file :

Prerequisite: We need DNS if we want to deploy vCenter with an FQDN but if you don’t have it or you can’t for any reason, you can trick the installer and put the IP address as the hostname and it will work.

Another prerequisite will be to have an ESXi host where we’re going to install our vCenter

Stage 1 – New deployment

1. We will proceed to select install as we are going to perform a fresh install from the scratch of vCenter Server 7.0.

2. I like that it tells you that External PSC is deprecated! Continue with NEXT.

3. Just put the details of a vCenter (if you have one) or an ESXi host where you want to deploy this new vCenter. In my case (and probably the most if you’re doing everything from the scratch) I am using a host called “johto.pokemon.jp” to deploy the vCSA.

Once you press next, accept the certificate warning if you know the fingerprint of the certificate.

4. Put the name of the VM and set the root password for the vCSA and continue.

5. I am going for the Tiny deployment as it is more than enough for my lab environment. In a production environment usually, you will deploy a small one that fits in many small companies (or in your lab if you’re testing it).

6. Continue by selecting a Datastore and check ” Enable Thin Disk Mode” which is usually the best deployment as it doesn’t allocate all the space and is also enabled by default. (Look even my VMFS-5 datastores work well).

7. Now, let’s configure the network settings. Here my Network you can see a portgroup “Std_mgmt” from my ESXi host. If you have an ESXi host with default portgroups, yours probably is called “VM Network“.

About the FQDN, as I said before (check the Prerequisite section in the beginning) you need to create an A record in your DNS in order to be able to deploy a vCenter with a name.

If you don’t have DNS because you’re installing vCenter and you don’t have it, you can use the IP address as FQDN and it will work.

8. And that’s all for stage 1, here we have a summary saying what is going to do. Be sure to review it: Once you’re ready, press FINISH.

 

It will start with Stage 1, which is the deployment of the VM where the vCenter Server resides:

After some minutes, STAGE 1 is completed, which means that the VM where the vCSA resides is deployed but not configured yet.

Stage 2 – Configuration

Let’s go to STAGE 2 where the vCSA will be configured.

1. Set an NTP server or let the ESXi host also enable SSH if you want to have access to the vCSA.

2. Configure the SSO, the default is the “vsphere.local” domain, in my case I created a custom one.

3. And the last summary after we finish Stage 2 when the vCenter will be fully configured.

4. After a while (15-20 min.), Stage 2 finished without errors!

5. Now I access the GUI from the URL provided in the previous screenshot and I see that is working flawlessly!

6. Enjoy your new vCenter Server with the only HTML5 interface and lots of new features that were mentioned at the beginning of this post.

 

We conclude this article where you can see how simple and easy is to install and deploy vCenter Server version 7.0.

 

 

vForum Online Spring 2020

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A few days ago VMware announced that VMworld will be online due to the current situation with COVID-19. Review the VMworld FAQs.

 

Therefore, as there will be only one big online event during the week of September 28, 2020.

 

So, why not attend a free mini-VMworld in less than a month?
That’s vForum Online!

vForum Online is a LIVE virtual event where you can access it directly from any device. Obviously there’s no travel required, so why not engage with more people and learn about new trends, features, and technologies?

When is it?

May 13th, 2020
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM PDT
12:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT
6:00 PM – 12:00 AM CEST

Why attend?

  • Lots of technical breakouts (+30) delivering practical guidance about many different VMware technologies.
  • Live Q&A video chats, this is very nice, I like to be able to answer questions when I am on a session and receive an answer or at least some guidance.
  • 10+ instructor-led Hands-On Labs where you can test many technologies like vSphere, vSAN, VMware Cloud on AWS, Carbon Black, and Workspace ONE.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone! From solutions/network/storage engineers to CxO should join this virtual event, and remember, it’s free.

There would be some sessions in Spanish and Portuguese!

Agenda

Do you want to know the schedule? Check out the detailed agenda here

Featured attendees

Pat Gelsinger – CEO, VMware, will be speaking at the event and there will be a VMware Expert Panel Discussion with:

Kit Colbert – CTO, Cloud Platform
Lee Caswell – VP, Storage and Availability
Pete Chargin – Sr. Director, vSphere Platforms
Dormain Drewitz – Director of Product Marketing

 

Register here!

 

That’s all! I will be there for a couple of hours and attend some sessions just to know a couple of things I am interested in and to chat with some of the experts that will be answering live.

vExpert PRO announcement

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Just a quick post about the vExpert sub-programs that have been announced recently.

In my case, yesterday I received this message:Welcome to the vExpert PRO

This means that I’ve been selected to be a vExpert PRO!

 

Becoming a representative of your country/region and willingness to help others become aware of the vExpert program are the main functions of a vExpert PRO.

 

So, if you want to become a vExpert, start now and you can probably become one!
I wrote a couple of months ago a post about it: Want to be a vExpert?

If you want to check your region vExpertPRO, just take a look at the official directory.

Since yesterday I can say that I am part of the vExpert PRO program. Also congratulations to others like me that made it and the ones who continue!

vexpert-pro-badge

See you soon!

Post VMworld Europe 2019: Days 1 and 2

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Here I will explain a summary of days 1 and 2 (November 4th and 5th) of VMworld Europe 2019 from my perspective.

So, the first official day is on Monday (November 4th) where there aren’t many people like the next day (the second day, Tuesday 5th) but anyway there are many activities to do!

This time I was awarded a blogger pass, hence, I will have the honor to be with other bloggers at VMworld while enjoying some privileges like having a reserved seat in the general session, stay with other bloggers or join some special events.

The Community: vCommunity

I think that for almost everyone that is involved in the vCommunity, VMworld means vCommunity but why?

Easy, is the main event where you can meet again your friends, make new ones and have fun with them! By the way, vCommunity means virtual community and not VMware Community 😉

This year, I was able to help as a Champion for the Tech Level up Project which is the one who made The vTrail Map (A community guide for your virtualization journey)!

You can get the digital version here for free!

Many people from the vCommunity as Champions delivered lots of physical copies of the vTrail Map at VMworld just to engage them in our community.

 

1st general session

Although there weren’t bigger announcements like at the VMworld US, there were some new projects and features that were announced.

Day 1 (Now talking about November 5th) is more focused on announcements about new products, strategies and gives you a better vision of what VMware has to offer with new features, insights, etc.

 Here you have the link for the first session:

vBrownbag Tech Talks

On Day 1 there wasn’t much to do as we couldn’t record anything at the vBrownbag stage.

Gregg Robertson (vBrownbag member) likes to make fun of me a bit while I am performing tests on the stage:

 

On Day 2 we started the vBrownbag Tech Talks at the VMware Community booth from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Ariel Sánchez, Alastair Cooke and me recorded around 15 sessions where many people from the vCommunity among other companies that showed us their community programs, new features, versions, etc.

Although I was “anchored” at the VMware community booth recording people with the mixed audio and all of the vBrownbag members helping the presenters (and recording as well), it was so nice to spend time there with lots of new and old people from the community.

Also, I learned from each session that we recorded. If the topic is a bit interesting for me, it was great to hear about it and even ask the presenter.

Here you have a picture of me while I was recording my friend Jorge de la Cruz!

Enjoying VMworld

And here I share with you some events, moments and things that couldn’t be possible without the vCommunity.

All these moments are perfect to meet new people, engage with them and have fun!

vFit Run

In the early morning (6:45 AM) we did a run on the first day (November 4th) with some people from the community. It was so nice but at the same time painful to wake up at that time…

There was a second run scheduled for November 6th but I couldn’t attend so I assume that it wasn’t done.

vSoccer

So, a run for me in the morning and at night…soccer, no, vSoccer!

Jorge Torres organized a match between friends within the community and it was fantastic. We rent a field and after the match, we had a light dinner with some finger-food, omelets, etc. I absolutely recommend you to join the next one!

vStreetfighter

Well… this can happen at any hour… Gregg, Ariel and I love Street Fighter so, if you want to play with us at VMworld (or online) just let us know.

We have our own hashtag: #vStreetfighter

vBreakfast

Another amazing event from the vCommunity (organized by Fred Hofer). This is always done on the second day (November 5th) before the general session. There is a special place where we have a great breakfast and if there is a sponsor (Runecast) you will have it for free 🙂

But the main point here is, meet new people, talk with them and have a nice breakfast before going to the conference center!

 

And that would be all I wanted to share from the first 2 days, I will post the remaining ones in the same format.

I hope you enjoy it!