There are quite a few bugs that affects vRA 7.5 (full list here) so applying the HF4 patch is a must in my opinion. Below is the procedure to do so.
Start by taking a snapshot of your vRA appliance and the IaaS servers you have.
Download the patch from https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/60310
Make sure you meet the pre-reqs below before starting the install:
- Remove old / obsolete nodes from the Distributed Deployment Information Table.
- Ensure that VMware vCloud Automation Center Management Agent is the latest 7.5 version and is running on all IaaS cluster nodes.
- Ensure you have at least 1024 MB free on ‘C:\’ for each IaaS node.
- VMware vCloud Automation Center Management Agent service account requirements:
- Ensure “Log on as a service account” is enabled.
- Local Administrator
- Required username format should be in down-level domain format: domain\username, e.g. “vra\administrator“.
- On each vRA Virtual Appliance nodes, open the /etc/hosts file and locate the entry IPv4 loopback IP Address (127.0.0.1). Ensure that the Fully Qualified Domain Name of the node is added immediately after 127.0.0.1 and before localhost.
- If your environment uses load balancers for high availability, disable traffic to secondary nodes and disable service monitoring until after installing or removing patches and all services are showing REGISTERED.
Now log on to your vRA appliance
Check your connection status
Check all services are registered
Now navigate to vRA > Patches > New Patch > Upload Patch
Upload your patch
Once the upload is complete, click install
You can monitor progress of install by tailing /var/log/vmware/vcac/vcac-config.log
Patch now installed, click done.
Once Install complete, check your connection status and that your services are registered.
Please Note: You will get instances where the install will just loop (I know I have). In that case use the alternative method that VMware has provided here.
I hope this post was helpful. Thank you for reading.
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My name is Amine El Badaoui and I currently live in Aylesbury, a small town in the south east of England
I have been working in the IT industry for few years now and specialise in VMware virtualisation, data centre infrastructure and cloud technologies. Over the years I have obtained numerous industry certifications from Microsoft, Netapp and VMware.I currently work as a VMware Product Engineer @ https://www.rackspace.com/
This blog represents my random technical notes and thoughts. The thoughts expressed here do not reflect my current employer in anyway.