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Upgrade from Windows-based SnapCenter Plug-in for VMware vSphere

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If you are using the Windows-based SnapCenter VMware plug-in and want to use the new features provided by the SnapCenter Plug-in for VMware vSphere virtual appliance, you must upgrade.

Before you begin

If your backups of virtualized databases and filesystems are integrated with SnapCenter:

  • If the SnapCenter server is a VM, then it is a best practice to take a VMware-based snapshot before upgrading.

  • Make sure the SnapCenter server is upgraded. See the SnapCenter Plug-in for VMware vSphere Release Notes for information on supported upgrade paths.

About this task

There are three basic upgrade steps:

  1. Download the upgrade .iso file.

  2. Suspend backup jobs for the Windows-based SnapCenter VMware plug-in.

  3. Deploy the SnapCenter Plug-in for VMware vSphere OVA.

  4. Migrate the Windows-based VMware backup metadata.

    This step is performed only if you are upgrading from Windows-based SnapCenter VMware plug-in to the SnapCenter Plug-in for VMware vSphere virtual appliance.

Steps
  1. Download the upgrade .iso file.

    1. Log in to the NetApp Support Site (https://mysupport.netapp.com/products/index.html).

    2. From the list of products, select SnapCenter Plug-in for VMware vSphere, then click the DOWNLOAD LATEST RELEASE button.

    3. Download the SnapCenter Plug-in for VMware vSphere upgrade .iso file to any VM.

  2. Suspend backup jobs.

    In the SnapCenter GUI, suspend all jobs for the Windows-based SnapCenter Plug-in for VMware vSphere.

  3. Deploy the SnapCenter Plug-in for VMware vSphere OVA.

    Because this is a new installation of the Linux-based SnapCenter VMware plug-in, follow the steps for deploying the OVA.

  4. Migrate the Windows-based VMware backup metadata.