Update vRA 7.0 to 7.2

This post covers my update of vRA 7.0.1 to 7.2 in my lab. Compared to older versions this is getting really easy and while doing this in a production environment has additional complexity and consideration I created this post to highlight how far this process has come since version 5 days.


There is a great KB from VMware that covers this in detail here and as this is a lab so as such I have no backups, just a snapshot on both my vRA appliance(s) and IaaS server(s).

Update vRA 7.0 to 7.2 pre upgrade snapshot

Update vRA 7.0 to 7.2 pre upgrade snapshot

Upgrade vRA Appliance

The next step is to go to the appliance management page https://VRA-FQDN:5480 and click the check and then install updates buttons.

Then we wait while the installation happens:

After some time you will be presented with a success screen as shown. You may need to refresh the browser but this will not impact the ugprade.

I have then rebooted the vRA appliance

Once the reboot is finished check all the services are showing as REGISTERED

Update IaaS Servers

Next we need to upgrade the IaaS servers, this can be done with an MSI package or a shell script, I went with the MSI package as I only have 1 IaaS server in the lab there is also a pre-req for the script see here

First step is to update to .Net 4.5.2 which can be found form Microsoft Web Installer Here or Offline Installer Here

Once done on the IaaS server I navigated to https://VRA_FQDN:5480/installer and downloaded the package for installation from the IaaS Installer link


The installer will prompt you for the appliance credentials

And select upgrade

I had an error with Java version which required an upgrade (64-bit) and teh setting of the environment variable to match.

This was the most complicated part of the upgrade and is fairly simple, see below

One more screen and some credentials and the Next button starts the upgrade.