Upgrading to vROps 6.5

vROps 6.5 has been in talks since the day it was released. In my last blog I shared information on what’s new in vROps 6.5 so in this blog I’ll be showing how to upgrade your existing vROps environment to 6.5

In order to upgrade to vROps 6.5 customer has to be atleast on version 6.2.x but still it is always a recommended practice to confirm your upgrade path from VMware Interportability Matrices

Before starting up with the actual upgrade here are few pre-requisites:

  1. Take snapshots for each vROps node before the upgrade to keep as a roll back option
  2. Download the correct .pak files (OS & Product) from this link  and check the MD5 checksum after download for consistency
  3. Customer should have access to vROps admin UI & its login credentials (https://vrops_fqdn/admin)

The process of vROps upgrade remains the same irrespective of the number of vROps nodes in the environment. While uploading the .pak files it will automatically stage the files within all the nodes and initiate the upgrade process sequentially. Hence it becomes utmost priority to make sure to upload correct .pak files – always refer to VMware official Release notes before starting up with the upgrade process

Once all pre-requisites are met then actual upgrade process can be started via logging into vROps admin UI and under Software Update –> click on Install a Software Update and upload the OS.pak (vRealize_Operations_Manager-VA-OS- ) file first


Please keep the default options selected and click on Upload 

*Important note: If you are using any of the out-of-the-box Alerts, Symptoms, Recommendations or Policies which came with the product when you first installed it, checking this option may reset them back to default (with newer settings wherever applicable). This also applies if you have just renamed the out of the box content.A GOOD PRACTICE to manage Alerts, Symptoms, Recommendations & Policies would be to NEVER customize the one’s available out of the box, but to Clone from the existing one’s and customize the cloned Alert, Symptom, Recommendation or Policy


Once the upload is completed and .pak file signature validation is checked Staging process will start. This process may take some time depending upon the number of nodes present in the vROps cluster


Accept the EULA and click on Next


This is to remind that after this step upgrade process will start and one should confirm that proper snapshot backup of vROps nodes are taken


Click on Install to start vROps OS upgrade process


It may take several minutes for the upgrade to happen depending upon the environment. I have taken few screenshots of the entire process at different stages where vROps is preparing for system upgrade, performing pre-install steps, applying clearing etc. You can see from below screenshot that while installation is in progress the vROps version showing here is 6.5.x


Once the OS upgrade is successfully completed then comes product upgrade. Exactly similar approach can be followed to perform this upgrade, the only difference here is of the .pak file (vRealize_Operations_Manager-VA- ) to be uploaded


Once the upgrade process completes login to Admin UI under System Status and check vROps cluster status (it should be Online). Check node health (in my case I just have single node – Master) and version for each node


In the same page under Software Update we can see the current upgrade status – in my case it is showing the current version which as 6.5 and Status as Completed. For more information click on the highlighted cell to view various pre-upgrade stage checks performed



After confirming the checks from admin UI login to product UI (https://vrops_fqdn/ui/index.action) and it should land you to the homepage.

Notice the new options enabled for LogInsight & vRealize Business – this is due to inherited integration of vROps with these products. I have discussed about this integration in my earlier blog

Finally after clicking on About it should show you the current product version which is 6.5.0.x in my case

“Please don’t remember to remove vROps VM snapshot taken before starting of the upgrade activity”



This was all about upgrading vROps to 6.5 but the story doesn’t end here. vROps 6.5 comes with tones of new features and product enhancements. I’ll be posting another blog on 6.5 feature demonstration very soon… till then Happy reading….


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