Saturday, 7 October 2017

Overview of the Upgrade process for ESXi host 6.5

You can upgrade a ESXi 5.5.x host or 6.0.x host, asynchronously released driver or other third-party customizations, interactive upgrade from CD or DVD, scripted upgrade, or upgrade with vSphere Update Manager. When you upgrade an ESXi 5.5.x host or 6.0.x host that has custom VIBs to version 6.5, the custom VIBs are migrated.

High level steps for upgrading ESXi:

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Methods supported for direct upgrade to ESXi 6.5 are: 
  • Use the interactive graphical user interface (GUI) installer from CD, DVD, or USB drive. 
  • Scripted upgrade. 
  • Use the esxcli command line interface (CLI). 
  • vSphere Auto Deploy. If the ESXi 5.5.x host was deployed by using vSphere Auto Deploy, you can use vSphere Auto Deploy to reprovision the host with a 6.5 image. 
  • vSphere Update Manager.

Monday, 2 October 2017

How to import/export vRealize automation blueprint using Cloud Client

In vRealize automation, export and import of blueprints is an easy way to share the blueprints across multiple locations of an organisation.

Use below steps to export blueprint from vRealize Automation using cloud client.
  • Login to vRA appliance server using "vra login userpass  --tenant <name>".  

  • List the current content list on vRA appliance to get required fields like Content ID & Content Type for exporting the blueprint.

  •  Run below command to export the required blueprint to specified path.

  •  Exit from the cloud client interface

  •  Navigate to path where blueprint is exported & extract the .zip file. 

  • Once extracted, we can open .yaml files with wordpad to see the information about the blueprint.

Follow below listed steps to import blueprint to vRA.

  • Login to vRA and run import command as in below screenshot

  •  Verify that imported blueprint is visible in the vRA portal.

  • To test it further, you can request the blueprint service from catalog and verify successful delivery of the service.  

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