Archive | November 2014

Upgrading vCAC 6.0 to 6.1 – tips and tricks (a.k.a. vRealize Automation)

Last night we upgraded our vCAC 6.0.1.1 production environment including our VCO installation on vCenter. Fortunately we prepared this change in our test environment, because we ran into some challenges. In this blog I want to share our experiences and the way we fixed this.

We started by cloning the vCAC appliance, the Windows server hosting the IaaS components, the vCenter SSO server and the vCenter Server on which we run vCenter Orchestrator.

After that we finished upgrading the hosts in our management cluster to vSphere 5.5 U2. Next we opened the administration portal of the vCAC appliance, selected the Update tab and clicked on Check Updates. Capture vcacEasy as can be. When the latest updates are displayed (6.1.1.0 Build 2216936 when I wrote this) click Install Updates. This takes a while, so I had my hands free to upgrade the OS of the IaaS node to Windows Server 2012 R2. That too just takes some time. Remember to file the IP settings, with our upgrade all went fine, just the IP settings got lost.

When vCAC appliance and OS upgrades are done, there are a few things you need to do:

  1. Copy the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\vCAC\ to another disk or e.g. the temp folder as a safety precaution
  2. Download a 64-bits edition of Java (8.25) from java.com (manual download, or you’ll end up with a 32 bits version) and install it
  3. Set the Environment variable JAVA_HOME to the Java install folder
  4. Verify that the %JAVA_HOME%\bin\java.exe file is available
  5. Open a browser and browse to https://<vCAC appliance>:5480/i/
  6. Download the DB upgrade scripts
  7. unzip them
  8. Open an admin command prompt
  9. browse to the dir where you have unzipped the database upgrade scripts
  10. run the following command: dbupgrade.exe -S <database server> -d <vCAC DB> -E <dbowner> (replace the names in between <> with your server or clustername, vCAC database name and user with sufficient rights on the DB)
  11. Download the IaaS upgrade files from the vCAC appliance
  12. Make sure you are logged in with the same account that was used to install the IaaS components in the first place
  13. Run the installation as administrator

When you configure the wizard and run the upgrade, don’t panic when it fails with errors like “server name cannot be empty”. That’s why you made the copy of the vCAC directory. Browse to C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\vCAC\Server\ModelManagerWeb\web.config and rename the web.config file to web.config.old. Browse to the copy you made and go to \\\vCAC\Server\ModelManagerWeb\and copy the web.config file to C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\vCAC\Server\ModelManagerWeb\

Now rerun the upgrade wizard. After the upgrade do not forget to repair MSDTC on the SQL server as described in kb.vmware.com/kb/2089503.

Next step is to upgrade VCO. You can combine this with the vCenter Server upgrade when these are on the same server. VCO will get upgraded with vCenter automatically, but to get it to work, you need to login to the configuration portal. Enable the VCO configuration service and open a browser. Go to https://<VCO server>:8283, login and re-establish the connecting with the SSO server. Logout and start the VCO client and try to login.

Finally, test all blueprints and workflows from your catalogue(s).

2015 vExpert Program kickoff‏

vExpertToday VMware kicked off the 2015 vExpert program via the VMTN blog. The applications will be open starting today and will close on December 12th with the announcement on February 5th 2015. They will hold a second round of applications and voting but will not have Q1, Q2 and a Q3 this year, only a Q1 and Q2 announcement.

For the current vExperts you will only need to fill out the fastrack application and not the full application since we already have your application from 2014. In order to stay a vExpert we will review the applications for the activities you have been doing since your 2014 vExpert award. Couple of fields we added this year are the blog and RSS feed URLs and the country field. Yes, many of you have already provided this information but since we are using the highly organized and structured database called Excel we ask that you please provide it again, makes the record keeping easier.

Next year VMware hopes to have the vExpert applications in an app that will store all of your data and make the application and communication process that much better.

For now, please go and read the announcement and apply for the 2015 vExpert program via the fastback application. The full blog announcement by Corey Romero can be found at http://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/2014/11/vexpert-2015-applications-open.html

Apply for vExpert 2015

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