Today a short post on a VMware Knowledge Base article that was published recently. It’s about a failure to upgrade your vCenter Server to 7.0 update 2.
The upgrade fails with the message: “Insufficient space on the source export partition ‘/’ to accomodate all the data for upgrade data option ‘all’. I recently worked on this issue, and now there’s official workaround available.
During the upgrade the ‘Export Directory’ option is missing, in stage 2 the upgrade will fail. The bootstrap.log or upgrade-export.log files located at /var/log/vmware/upgrade you will find messages similar to (taken from the KB article):
2021-04-21T20:29:13.308Z INFO validate_utils Source export disk mounted on '/'. 2021-04-21T20:29:13.308Z INFO validate_utils Source disk '/' size requirements (GB): Total (with buffer): 1.9700000000000002; Available: 1.3 2021-04-21T20:29:13.308Z ERROR validate_utils The source disk '/' is too small to fit the export requirements. Required total GB: 1.9700000000000002. Available GB: 1.3 2021-04-21T20:29:13.310Z ERROR __main__ Export validations failed. 2021-04-21T20:29:13.310Z ERROR __main__ ERROR: Fatal error during upgrade EXPORT. For more details take a look at: /var/log/vmware/upgrade/export-upgrade-runner.log 2021-04-21T20:29:13.310Z WARNING root stopping status aggregation... 2021-04-21T20:29:13.315Z WARNING __main__ Destination repository /storage/seat/cis-export-folder/system-data/cis_upgrade_data.sfe does not exist. Skip merging. 2021-04-21T20:29:13.316Z INFO root Exiting with exit-code 1
This is a known issue affecting vCenter Server 7.0 update 2 and will be fixed in a future release. The workaround is to finish stage 1 of the upgrade, and then switch to the old upgrade interface at https://:5480/configure/ (instead of configurev2).
Full details are available in KB 83540.