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Upgrading VMware Aria Suite Lifecycle | 8.12 to 8.14 | Deepdive |

Updated: Oct 23, 2023


 

Pre-Requisites

  • Take Snapshots

  • Review Release notes


 

Note : For VCF aware VMware Aria Suite Lifecycle environments , wait for respective PSPACK or Product Support Packs to be released


 

Important Logs


Pre-Upgrade & Upgrade Phase


/var/log/vmware/capengine/cap-non-lvm-update/worflow.log
/var/log/vmware/capenginecap-non-lvm-updateinstaller-<<timestamp>>.log


Post Update Phase

/var/log/bootstrap/postupdate.log
/data/script.log
/var/log/vrlcm/vmware_vrlcm.log

 

Procedure


  • We may use one of the repository methods to upgrade


Check Online
URL
CD-Rom

  • In this example/demo , we will be using CD Rom method

  • Let's now deepdive and understand the uprgade procedure

  • Ignore the message which states that Suite Lifecycle is already upgraded. That will be removed in next version

  • Click on CD-Rom and then check for upgrades

  • It now reads the manifest and comes back stating that the uprgade is available


  • Give your conscent , agree that you have taken snapshot



  • Validations should go through

  • What do we check

Mandatory value check
Root password check
Disk space check on / filesystem
Requests in-progress check
VMware Aria Suite Lifecycle health check
VMware Identity Manager health check
  • Now click on Upgrade

  • Upgrade is now triggered


  • It would stay on 22% for a while as the rpm's are being verfified and staged into repo

Reference:  /var/log/vmware/capengine/cap-non-lvm-update/worflow.log
Prechecks 


2023/10/20 11:09:42.479602 workflow_manager.go:84: Fetching metadata for workflow
2023/10/20 11:09:42.480148 workflow_manager.go:354: Updating instance status to Running
2023/10/20 11:09:42.480601 task_progress.go:24: Starting task update-precheck
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2023/10/20 11:09:43.171868 task_progress.go:24: Reading appliance metadata complete.
2023/10/20 11:09:43.185705 workflow_manager.go:221: Task precheck_metadata completed


Staging

2023/10/20 11:09:43.186514 task_progress.go:24: Starting task stage
2023/10/20 11:09:43.250662 stage_plugin.go:124: Using stage directory: /storage/eb595996-31c9-432c-933e-fa354438df65/stage
2023/10/20 11:09:43.267429 progress.go:11: Staging update
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2023/10/20 11:10:43.268446 task_progress.go:24: Updates staged successfully
2023/10/20 11:10:43.288182 workflow_manager.go:221: Task stage completed


Post staging , goes ahead with pre installation scripts


2023/10/20 11:10:43.288321 task_progress.go:24: Starting task ext-pre-install
2023/10/20 11:10:44.745400 task_progress.go:24: Finished executing pre install extension script
2023/10/20 11:10:44.757120 workflow_manager.go:221: Task ext-pre-install completed


Validates Installation


2023/10/20 11:10:44.757212 task_progress.go:24: Starting task validate-install

2023/10/20 11:10:50.381346 workflow_manager.go:221: Task validate-install completed


  • Moves to 55% when the rpm installation begins






Starts Installing RPM's

2023/10/20 11:10:50.381492 task_progress.go:24: Starting task install
2023/10/20 11:10:50.647395 progress.go:11: Installing RPMs
2023/10/20 11:10:50.658173 installer.go:44: Installing RPMs
2023/10/20 11:10:50.658307 task_progress.go:24: Installing RPMs


Remember, this is the stage where you can check install-<<timestamp>>.log as well. That's the lenghty log which installs all rpm's so will not describe it in detail 

ufdio:       1 reads,    17154 total bytes in 0.000013 secs
D: ============== /storage/f5e77458-7b7f-49c8-a66f-d0bf3b0cca38/stage/apache-ant-1.10.12-2.ph3.noarch.rpm
D: loading keyring from pubkeys in /var/lib/rpm/pubkeys/*.key
D: couldn't find any keys in /var/lib/rpm/pubkeys/*.key
D: loading keyring from rpmdb
D: opening  db environment /var/lib/rpm cdb:0x401
D: opening  db index       /var/lib/rpm/Packages 0x400 mode=0x0
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D: closed   db index       /var/lib/rpm/Providename
D: closed   db index       /var/lib/rpm/Requirename
D: closed   db index       /var/lib/rpm/Group
D: closed   db index       /var/lib/rpm/Basenames
D: closed   db index       /var/lib/rpm/Name
D: closed   db environment /var/lib/rpm
D: Exit status: 0


Once the installer log states Exit staus to 0 , it means that the upgrade part is now complete.


Workflow logs state that it has finished installing the RPM's


2023/10/20 11:15:27.232130 installer.go:32: Rebuilding RPM database
2023/10/20 11:15:27.875407 installer.go:57: Finished RPM installation
2023/10/20 11:15:27.875461 progress.go:11: Finished installing RPMs
2023/10/20 11:15:27.875762 task_progress.go:24: Finished installing RPMs
2023/10/20 11:15:27.946718 workflow_manager.go:221: Task install completed

  • Post this the post installation script starts

Reference:  /var/log/vmware/capengine/cap-non-lvm-update/worflow.log
 
2023/10/20 13:10:40.708519 task_progress.go:24: Starting task ext-post-install

2023/10/20 13:10:41.324567 progress.go:11: Starting to execute post install extension script

2023/10/20 13:10:41.334470 command_exec.go:49: DEBUG running command: /bin/bash -c /var/tmp/f5e77458-7b7f-49c8-a66f-d0bf3b0cca38/post-install-script.sh 8.12.0.7 8.14.0.4 0

2023/10/20 13:10:41.334522 task_progress.go:24: Starting to execute post install extension script
  • When it starts executing post install script, we need to check a 2 different logs, postupdate.log shown below to begin with


Reference:  /var/log/bootstrap/postupdate.log

  • During postupdate phase it checks

*** Begins Postupdate ***
*** RPM Checks ***
*** CAP User Creation  ***
*** Disable Password Expiration  ***
*** Update ulimit ***
*** Set Python  ***
*** Postgres Configuration  ***
*** Cleanup Inprogress Requests  ***
*** Starts Services ***
2023-10-20 11:15:28 /etc/bootstrap/postupdate.d/25-start-services starting...
+ set -e
+ echo 'Reboot not required so starting all service.'
Reboot not required so starting all service.
+ systemctl daemon-reload
+ systemctl restart vpostgres
+ touch /var/log/bootstrap/reboot-required
+ systemctl restart vrlcm-server
+ systemctl restart blackstone-spring
+ cp -f /var/lib/vrlcm/dev-build-upgrade.sh /usr/local/bin/vrlcm-cli
+ chmod 700 /usr/local/bin/vrlcm-cli
+ cp -r /var/lib/vrlcm/nginx.conf /etc/nginx/
+ cp -r /var/lib/vrlcm/ssl.conf /etc/nginx/
+ systemctl reload nginx
+ rm -f /var/lib/vrlcm/SUCCESS
+ rm -rf /tmp/dlfRepo
+ [[ ! -f /etc/triggerLicenseUpdate ]]
+ touch /etc/triggerLicenseUpdate
+ [[ -f /var/log/vrlcm/status.txt ]]
+ rm -rf /var/log/vrlcm/status.txt_backup
+ cp -r /var/log/vrlcm/status.txt /var/log/vrlcm/status.txt_backup
+ rm -rf /var/log/vrlcm/status.txt
+ /var/lib/vrlcm/populate.sh
  % Total    % Received % Xferd  Average Speed   Time    Time     Time  Current
                                 Dload  Upload   Total   Spent    Left  Speed

  0     0    0     0    0     0      0      0 --:--:-- --:--:-- --:--:--     0
  0     0    0     0    0     0      0      0 --:--:-- --:--:-- --:--:--     0
  • You would see the progress on postupdate will wait for sometime for populate.sh script to run

  • This. is the time you may check following logs


Reference : /data/script.log 
  • There are bunch of updates which go through in the database



checking all service status
checking services are running
checking dependent service status
  % Total    % Received % Xferd  Average Speed   Time    Time     Time  Current
                                 Dload  Upload   Total   Spent    Left  Speed
^M  0     0    0     0    0     0      0      0 --:--:-- --:--:-- --:--:--     0^M  0     0    0     0    0     0      0      0 --:--:-- --:--:-- --:--:--     0
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delete sucess api count: 176:
delete failed api count: 0:
Starting postgres update script for vRSLCM specific tables
ALTER TABLE
ALTER TABLE
Disabling FIPS settings
ALTER TABLE
UPDATE 0

  • After populate.sh script is complete, then go ahead and check postupdate.log



+ [[ -f /var/lib/vrlcm/SUCCESS ]]
+ echo 'Creating INPROGRESS to block UI from loading...'
Creating INPROGRESS to block UI from loading...
+ rm -rf /var/lib/vrlcm/SUCCESS
+ touch /var/lib/vrlcm/INPROGRESS
+ exit 0
2023-10-20 11:22:58 /etc/bootstrap/postupdate.d/25-start-services done, succeeded.


*** Service Startups Conclude ***
*** Cleaning-up PSPACK db's starts ***
*** Fill CAP product info  ***
*** Updates upgrade status  ***
*** blackstone upgrade starts   ***
*** cleanup patch history   ***
*** Enable fips mode  ***
*** Create CAP update settings  ***
*** Disable VAMI ***
*** Creates flag to reboot VA ***
*** Postupdate task is now complete  ***

  • Since postupdate task. is now complete , we shall now see the whole upgrade procedure completed by CAPENGINE and documented under workflow.log




2023/10/20 11:15:28.274925 command_exec.go:49: DEBUG running command: /bin/bash -c /var/tmp/eb595996-31c9-432c-933e-fa354438df65/post-install-script.sh 8.12.0.7 8.14.0.4 0
2023/10/20 11:22:59.237676 
non_lvm_update_post_update_script_plugin.go:84: Post install extension script output Updating vami-sfcb.service - Removing vmtoolsd service dependency
already service is having restart policy
Finished installing version 8.14.0.4
2023/10/20 11:22:59.237734 progress.go:11: Finished executing post install extension script
2023/10/20 11:22:59.238148 task_progress.go:24: Finished executing post install extension script
2023/10/20 11:22:59.249143 workflow_manager.go:221: Task ext-post-install completed
2023/10/20 11:22:59.249404 task_progress.go:24: Starting task metadata_update
2023/10/20 11:22:59.870305 progress.go:11: Updating appliance metadata
2023/10/20 11:22:59.872860 task_progress.go:24: Updating appliance metadata
2023/10/20 11:23:00.044506 progress.go:11: Metadata update completed
2023/10/20 11:23:00.044835 task_progress.go:24: Metadata update completed
2023/10/20 11:23:00.059053 workflow_manager.go:221: Task metadata_update completed
2023/10/20 11:23:00.059324 task_progress.go:24: Starting task cleanup
2023/10/20 11:23:00.289545 progress.go:11: Removing stage path
2023/10/20 11:23:00.306077 task_progress.go:24: Removing stage path
2023/10/20 11:23:00.306810 cleanup.go:64: Removing update directory:  /storage/eb595996-31c9-432c-933e-fa354438df65
2023/10/20 11:23:00.912667 cleanup.go:72: Successfully removed update location
2023/10/20 11:23:00.983155 workflow_manager.go:221: Task cleanup completed
2023/10/20 11:23:00.983189 workflow_manager.go:183: All tasks finished for workflow
2023/10/20 11:23:00.983208 workflow_manager.go:354: Updating instance status to Completed



  • This concludes the upgrade of VMware Aria Suite Lifecycle to version 8.14


 

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