Turbonomic 5.8 was released a few weeks back and today we have some news about it. The product has moved from Suse to CentOS already with version 5.7 and the move is well explained at Turbonomic website. Today, however, we'll learn how to update the appliance to the latest release. In fact, there are two ways to do that (Online and Offline). We'll learn How to Update Turbonomic Operations Manager and Check the New HTML5 Web UI.
Note that you don't have to run the v 5.7 in order to install the 5.8 for example. In fact, all builds are cumulative. Applying 5.8 onto any release of Turbonomic v5.0 or later will include all previous fixes.
The offline update needs you to download the upgrade patch first from a system which has internet access, shut down the Turbonomic Operations Manager product, and then apply the patches/upgrades. This is useful for situations where the appliance is installed in an environment which does not have an internet access for security reasons.
In this post, we will cover the case where the appliance does have an internet access. We'll also show the new web-based HTML5 user interfaces which are new (in Beta for now), but which does not need any Flash Adobe plugins installed.
How to check if there is an update for my VMturbo product?
Well, it is fairly simple. Go to the Admin TAB > Then click the Workflows menu on the left side > Chose Maintenance. On of the parts will have Software Updates section. Click the Check button to check the online repo at VMturbo for an update.
In my case there were updates. (apparently, the lab was running on older 5.6 release).
Her is the output:
loaded plugins: fastestmirror
Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
birt-runtime.i586 4.5-2 installed
vmt-bundle.i586 22.214.171.124-50183 installed
vmt-config.x86_64 126.96.36.199-50183 installed
vmt-persistence.i586 5.65.9-50183 installed
vmt-platform.i586 188.8.131.52-50183 installed
vmt-presentation.i586 184.108.40.206-50183 installed
vmt-reports.i586 220.127.116.11-50183 installed
vmt-ui.x86_64 18.104.22.168-50183 installed
vmt-bundle.i586 5.8.0-50925 vmturbo
vmt-config.i586 5.5-45382 vmturbo
vmt-config.x86_64 5.8.0-50925 vmturbo
vmt-persistence.i586 5.67.2-50925 vmturbo
vmt-platform.i586 5.8.0-50925 vmturbo
vmt-presentation.i586 5.8.0-50925 vmturbo
vmt-reports.i586 5.8.0-50925 vmturbo
vmt-ui.x86_64 5.8.0-50925 vmturbo
Before the update
IMPORTANT: Before proceeding with any update Turbonomic strongly recommends that you prepare a full backup.
- The installation procedure will check whether you have adequate disk space, but to save time, you may wish to perform a quick check before proceeding. To check the disk space usage on your server, SSH into the Turbonomic instance as root (default password is vmturbo) 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.
- Properly shut down the guest operating system – do not just power off the VM of the Operations Manager instance.
- Perform a snapshot (or clone the VM). This will provide a reliable restore point if you have any issues with the upgrade.
- Restart your instance.
This update may take some time to complete depending on the size of your topology and database.
PLEASE DO NOT RESTART the Turbonomic VM during this process if the UI is not responding!
Proceed with the update
The screenshot below is self-explanatory….
You'll then get this…
And then you'll get this red warning message…
5 min later in my lab, I had a message that I lost a connection to the appliance. Normal as the product was automatically rebooting… A few seconds later I checked my vSphere client and the IP address, to see if the network was up. It was. I connected back again to see this new message….
I hit the Try now button of course… -:).
After that, I was taken to the new UI. The UI is presented as “prototype” so it is not completely finished just yet. You have the possibility to provide feedback if you like. (icon down-left).
The new UI looks very nice and has different sections. It really differs a lot from the old UI, but it's much more polished and designed to feel more comfortable to work with.
Here is the view. If you click the gear icon and select the TV mode you'll end up in full-screen mode with a dark background.
Certainly useful for large TV/computer screen which is meant to be used for monitoring large enterprise farms or cloud provider environments.
Here is the view
How to enter the new web based UI if you closed the Introductory window?
During the first connection, you have the option to connect to the new web-based UI. If you close this window you're taken back to the old UI. You might wonder how to access the new UI while still on the old user interface.
It is fairly simple. On the right top, there is the gear icon. Click the Gear icon and then select the New User interface option.
If you want to go back to the old UI, just connect again (without the long URL), directly via IP or FQDN, to the appliance.
I'm quite nicely surprised with the new version, the look of the UI is very nice indeed. The product has evolved again and keeps evolving with every release. Depending on your environment and the features you're using you'll find your way through the new UI sooner or later. Keep in mind that the new UI is still experimental.
If you're running older version then the 5.4 of Turbonomic Operations manager, then you should check the upgrade process as the switch from Suse to CentOS requires you to install new VM and copy the historical data over.
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- Offline Update of Turbonomic Operations Manager (Green Circle registration required)
- Turbonomic Documentation page (Green Circle registration required)
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