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Host PowerTools for VMware version 5.3 or later contains an updated operating system (Ubuntu 18.04) and other infrastructure related updates. 
As a result, there is no automated and direct upgrade process from previous versions (which are based on previous Ubuntu releases).
In order to upgrade to Host PowerTools for VMware 5.3 or later, users need to deploy the new Host PowerTools for VMware 5.3 and migrate the data from the older running instance.
This guide specifies the migration process to Host PowerTools for VMware 5.3 or later while preserving the data from the existing Host PowerTools for VMware instance - snapshots database and configuration. 

Do not deploy a new Host PowerTools for VMware 5.3 (or later) before performing the steps described in below.

  • Host PowerTools for VMware version 5.3 or later appliance is pre-configured with 2 vCPU and 10GB Hard disk.

Prerequisites

  • A vCenter login with the appropriate permissions to deploy a new virtual machine.
  • An instance of Host PowerTools for VMware 5.2.1 which will be migrated to a new Host PowerTools for VMware 5.3 or later. 
    • If you are running an older Host PowerTools for VMware release, first upgrade to 5.2.1
  • It is advised to backup the existing Host PowerTools for VMware instance.

Supported upgrade paths

From / To5.3.1
5.2.1(tick)

Note: do not upgrade HPTVM version 5.2.1 to 5.3. Upgrade straight to 5.3.1

Migration Process

  1. Login to the existing Host PowerTools for VMware instance.
  2. Navigate to the INFINIDAT Snapshots view screen: 
  3. Click the More Options menu on the view header and select Import / Export. The following screen appears:  
  4. Click Export.
    • Host PowerTools for VMware will export its data to a file (generating the file may take a few minutes).
    • Save the file on the local machine.
  5. Shutdown the existing Host PowerTools for VMware instance.
    • Make sure the Host PowerTools for VMware virtual machine will not restart at a later time. 

  6. Deploy the new Host PowerTools for VMware 5.3 or later and power-on

    Do not power-on the old PowerTools for VMware virtual machine

    DO NOT power-on the old Host PowerTools for VMware virtual machine after the new 5.3 or later instance is deployed; it will override the new Host PowerTools for VMware instance configuration.

    Do not take any snapshots using the new Host PowerTools for VMware instance before completing the migration process steps.

  7. Navigate to the INFINIDAT Snapshots view screen.
  8. Click the More Options menuon the view header and select Import / Export
    • The Import / Export screen appears:
  9. Click Select File.
    • Browse and select the file that was generated previously on the old Host PowerTools for VMware instance.
  10. Click Upload. 
    • Upon completion, the following message appears:

  11. The data has been migrated and the new Host PowerTools for VMware instance is now ready for use (take new snapshots, etc.).
  12. The old Host PowerTools for VMware virtual machine should be deleted from the vCenter server. 
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