The version of the vRanger VA for this release is listed in Supported virtual appliance (VA) versions. Review the topics that follow for information on checking the version of your deployed VAs, and for procedures on updating them if necessary.
NOTE: The vRanger VA is now bundled with vRanger, and can be found in: C:\Program Files\Quest\vRanger
You can upgrade the vRanger virtual appliance using the Virtual Appliance Configuration dialog box. If your existing VAs have replication scratch disks configured, they are migrated to the upgraded VA as part of this process.
1 Click Tools, and then click Options.
2 Under the Virtual Appliance node on the Configuration Options page, click Configuration.
3 In the Configure Existing Virtual Appliance section, select the VAs to upgrade, and click Upgrade.
4 If not automatically populated, click Browse, and browse to the location of the latest Open Virtual Appliance (OVA) file.By default, the vRanger virtual appliance OVA files are located in the directory: C:\Program Files\Quest\vRanger.
▪ If you want to maintain the existing VAs, select Do not delete the old virtual appliance. Selecting this option deploys a new VA in parallel.
6 Click OK to begin the upgrade process.
The second disk — scratch disk — on your VA contains a hash file for each replicated VM. vRanger uses this file to identify changed data blocks during replication. When upgrading the VA, consider migrating the scratch disk from your legacy VA to the upgraded version. This migration ensures that your hash files are maintained. For more information, see Upgrading your VA.
NOTE: If you are using a VMware® vCenter™ version earlier than 5.0, the ability to change the datastore of the VA scratch disk used for replication is not available.For more information about the scratch disk, see the Quest vRanger User’s Guide.
The Virtual Appliance Deployment Wizard gives you the option of deploying a VA with or without a scratch disk. When deploying a new VA to upgrade an existing VA used for replication, do not create a scratch disk during the deployment process. You can add the existing scratch disk to the new VA:
2 From the VI Client, right-click the new VA, and select Edit Settings.
3 On the Hardware tab, click Add.
4 Select Hard Disk, and click Next.
5 Select Use an existing virtual disk.
9 Restart the VM by typing reboot at the prompt.
Due to the differences in application architecture, there is no upgrade path from vReplicator 3.x to vRanger 7.8. vRanger must be installed fresh — using the full installer — and replication jobs must be re-created.A new license is required for vReplicator customers migrating to vRanger 7.8. Request one using the form at: https://support.quest.com/licensing-assistance.
For the installation procedures, see Installing vRanger.
For more information, see the topic that discusses using the Startup Wizard in the Quest vRanger User’s Guide.vRanger replication jobs can re-use the existing target VMs created by the vReplicator jobs. This reuse eliminates the need to perform a full synchronization to start the new replication jobs. When configuring jobs, ensure that the host and datastore configuration matches the original job. vRanger recognizes the existing target VM and resume replication without sending the full VM.
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