Upgrade vRealize Operations Manager to 6.6

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Over the past month or so, I’ve been dabbling with vROPs 6. In the midst of my dabbling…VMware released a upgrade to the product that came packed with a bunch of new features. Just to mention some:

Simplified usability and faster time to value capabilities:

  • New HTML5 user interface provides an easier and consistent experience.
  • The Getting Started dashboard allows for quick navigation.
  • Persona based dashboards provides for answers in one place. Dashboards are separated into categories such as Operations, Capacity and Utilization, Performance Troubleshooting, Workload Balance, and Configuration and Compliance.
  • Out of the box integration with vSAN and vRealize Automation provides quick time to value.

Fully Automated Workload Balancing:

  • Ensures performance across the datacenter’s with fully automated workload balancing, across clusters and across data stores.
  • Ensures DRS Configurations and provides the option to set DRS automation level for individual objects.
  • Predictive DRS takes action to preempt resource contention.
  • Utilizes operations analytics to optimize initial placement of workloads through vRealize Automation.

Naturally, after reading about these features…I wanted to try them first hand. So off to my lab I went to upgrade and give it a test drive. The upgrade process is simple, as I will outline in this post.

First, you will want to head over to VMware.com and download the upgrade appliance.

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Once that is downloaded, head over to the admin page of your vROPs appliance (https:// FQDN of vROPs appliance/admin). Under Software Update, select Install a Software Update…

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Browse to and select the downloaded .pak file. Click Upload.

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The upload process will begin.

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Once the upload is complete, you will be able to move forward in the upgrade. Click Next.

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Accept the EULA. Click Next.

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At this point, you are reminded to take a snapshot of your appliance before you begin the upgrade. I always do this since it can save you a lot of time and headache if something were to go wrong. So, take your snapshot and then click Next.

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Click Install.

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The installation will commence.

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After the installation is complete, you’ll be presented with a beautiful new login screen, if I may say so myself, on the admin page. Log in as the administrator.

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We can check the status of the upgrade and see that everything is complete.

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Now, navigate to the main vROPs login page and sign in

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That’s it. I’m really enjoying the new HTML5 interface.

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Once again, vROPs 6.6 introduces a lot of new features. Get out there and get to upgrading and take advantage of them!

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