Upgrade VMware Data Protection including monitoring

I faced multiple times the issue that the progress bar of the upgrade page of an VDP appliance does not show any status. Therefore I started search for an log file where it is possible to get at least basic upgrade status messages.

During my search I found the VMware KB: 2062947. This KB shows a log file which contains some status messages of the upgrade process.

Location: /usr/local/avamar/var/vdr/server_logs/
Log file name: vdr-configure.log

The log messages are shown mainly in the following format:

[pool-5-thread-5]-scheduler.AviStateMachine: Switching state from INSTALLATION_IN_PROGRESS to INSTALLATION_COMPLETE

I have seen a couple of these messages from failure to sucess.

Status messages:

PACKAGES_AVAILABLE Upgrade ISO found
DEPLOYING_PACKAGE Start Upgrade
INSTALLATION_IN_PROGRESS Upgrade in Progress
INSTALLATION_STALLED Upgrade failed see KB 2062947
INSTALLATION_COMPLETE Upgrade successful installed

So you can simple grep for these messages to get at least basic status messages.

tail -200lf /usr/local/avamar/var/vdr/server_logs/vdr-configure.log | egrep -wi --color 'PACKAGES_AVAILABLE|DEPLOYING_PACKAGE|INSTALLATION_IN_PROGRESS|INSTALLATION_STALLED|INSTALLATION_COMPLETE'

I will extend the list if I find more status messages.

VMware Data Protection backup issues

I’m running 10 VDP appliance in an environment and I’m facing massive issues with backup. Sometimes the backup of all VM’s was successful but most of the time only a few virtual machines were successful. If someone else is facing equal issues would be great if you could post an comment. In the meantime I have opened an SR with VMware. Hopefully they find the issue. Keep you up to date …