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VMware provides now an “Upgrade” feature in a new release of vRealize Automation 8

Hello the VMware community. VMware has released yesterday a small but important update to vRA 8.

So what’s new?

Well, in the very first release of vRA 8, it wasn’t possible to upgrade from vRA version 7.x yet. it was just a matter of time before VMware brings up the functionality.

But from now on, you can upgrade your existing vRA 7.5 or 7.6 environment to 8.0.1. VMware also says that a migration is possible which would create a brand new vRA 8 platform and then migrate all the configuration from an existing vRA 7.x environment.

I can imagine that a lot of people was waiting for this feature which is quite important and especially when it comes to a major release of a product. So guys let’s go to our homelabs or test environment and do some upgrades.

VMware also developed a new migration assessment tool to collect “offline” data from your vRA, vRO or external vRO source environment. Then you can upload the collected data during the assessment phase of your new installation.

The new features below are part of vRA 8.0.1 as well:

  • Git Integrations
  • Blueprint Properties Editor
  • API enhancements for Networking and Deployments
  • Extensibility VA and ABX resiliency enhancements
  • vRO based catalog services now support array/number as inputs parameters
  • Custom forms enhancements

You can download the new release of vRA 8 below.

vRealize Automation 8.0.1 download

And here is the official release note where you’ll find more details about that new release, bugs fixes, known issues and so on.

vRA 8.0.1 Release Note

I’ll try soon to publish a new post describing the whole migration process, so stay put!

vRealize Automation 8.0 – Installation

vRealize Automation 8 was released last week and I wanted to share with you how to do the installation of that new version.

Like I stated in a previous blog post, vRA 8 comes in a brand new platform built on a container-based architecture running on Photon OS 2.0.

As you know, no more Windows machines is required but the vRA 8 appliance includes all the services such as Cloud Assembly, Service Broker, Code Stream, and vRealize Orchestrator that leverage the main product.

There are some prerequisites before installing vRA 8. You will have first to deploy the Lifecycle Manager and then the Identity Manager. Know that you can also migrate earlier version of LCM and IDM if you have older version running in your environment. However it is not possible to install each component by deploying their respective OVA files.

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