Sometimes you don’t have an internet connectivity within your data center so to update your different appliances needs to be done an Off-Line way. This is possible for all VMware products appliances, such as vCenter server or ESXi, and also for vendor’s products, such as the one from Turbonomic. So Turbonomic Offline update is today’s topic.
If you don’t know Turbonomic, you might be interested. The Turbonomic software can automate Turbonomic’s real-time prescribed actions, so you will drive your data center to its Desired State. A healthy state where application performance is assured while maximizing utilization of the underlying infrastructure.
It’s fairly impossible to manage your workloads a manual way or relying only on VMware DRS to balance your workloads (if you have a license for DRS). The number and configuration of your VMs change daily, so to keep track of every possible metric and parameter is only possible for very small data centers or where the workloads do not evolve, or the volume of data isn’t changing much.
Let’s get back to our post today where we’ll update our Turbonomic appliance without going online within the product.
How To do an Offline Update of Turbonomic
Step 1: Login to the console and check disk space.
Use root’s default password vmturbo (if you haven’t changed it yet) and issue the command: “df -kh” (no quotes).
Make sure you have at least 5GB of disk space left. Some upgrades may require more disk space. The actual amount is mainly dependent on the size of your database, and it’s the space available to the database partition that is usually the determining factor.
If you have a large installation and a large database, at least 15GB is a more reasonable estimate.
Step 2: Gracefully shut down the VM.
Go use the download link to download the offline bundle. Depending on the OS you’re running, you might need a different update. Check the original document for your download link. In my case, I’m using CentOS (you can see when the appliance boots up).
Previously, Turbonomic used OpenSuse, but there are also some RedHat instances. Connect to the Turbonomic appliance with a “/update.html” (without the quotes) after the IP address or FQDN, in order to:
- Authenticate via a special web UI
- Apply Offline Update
- Choose the ZIP file you have previously downloaded (in my case the file’s name is “update64_centos-20180205180411183-6.0.6.zip”).
You’ll see that after hitting the update button, the ZIP file will get uploaded to the appliance > uncompressed > and then starts updating the product.
Then you’ll hit the update button and follow the progress message (in orange color). It might take some time.
This is it. Your Turbonomic appliance is now up-to-date. We had to do a minor
Some updates, however, require significant restructuring of your database files. This can take many hours, depending on the size of your topology and how much data is retained in your database. To enable your server to restart as quickly as possible, database restructuring is done in the background, table by table, while your server is running.
How to check if there is an update for my VMturbo product within the user interface? – Well, it is fairly simple. Go to the Admin TAB > Then click the Workflows menu on the left side > Chose Maintenance.
One of the parts will have Software Updates section. Click the Check button to check the online repo at VMturbo for an update. Read More here – >>
Turbonomic is a completely agentless product, API-driven, which automatically populates a rich, extensible data model which determines insight and action to automatically (or manually) executes actions based on workload demand and infrastructure supply. It is a real-time workload demand interaction.
What’s new in Turbonomic 6.0?
The new HTML5 UI is the default one – you can still switch to the old UI, but there is now (almost) feature parity between those two users interfaces. (some one-time creation functions needs to be done in the old UI).
Cloud Storage Control – helps you to choose a storage for your cloud workloads, from the performance perspective and cost perspective. Able to move workloads to higher (lower) storage tier for Azure and (or) AWS. Identify ghost VMDKs (zombies VMDKs) for Hyper-V.
There are many more features added to the 6.0 release as we already reported on it within our detailed post – Turbonomic 6.0 Released – HTML5 UI is GA.
More posts about Turbonomic:
- Turbonomic 6.0 Released
- Turbonomic 5.9 Introduces Public Cloud Cost Compare And Migration Scenarios
- What’s one of the main benefit of Turbonomic
- VMturbo Operations Manager Review [Sponsored]
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