The vFabric Data Director Upgrade consists of two tasks, upgrading the Data Director virtual appliance and upgrading the database virtual machines (DBVMs). A particular upgrade might require that you upgrade only the Data Director virtual appliance or that you upgrade the database virtual machines as well.

The two upgrade tasks are performed from different locations and support different options.

Data Director Virtual Appliance Upgrade

Use VMware vSphere Upgrade Manager to upgrade the Data Director virtual appliance. As part of configuring the Data Director virtual appliance upgrade, you specify a remediation task. Remediation is the process in which vSphere Upgrade Manager applies patches, extensions, and upgrades to vSphere objects such as the Data Director virtual appliance.

Database Virtual Machine Upgrade

Use the Data Director administration UI to upgrade existing database virtual machines. Upgrading a virtual machine can require that you power off, power on, and reboot the virtual machine multiple times. You can specify when to apply the updates for powered on virtual machines, powered off virtual machines, and suspended virtual machines.