Add flow-sync to vRealize Network Insight 4.2 - 5.1
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Add flow-sync to vRealize Network Insight 4.2 - 5.1


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VMware Aria Operations for Networks


vRealize Network Insight 5.2 brings additional features which help to replicate/copy flows from one Proxy VM to another utilizing the CLI command flow-sync.

Following this article will make this feature available in vRealize Network Insight 4.2, 5,0 and 5.1.
This cannot be run on any other version of vRealize Network Insight.


VMware vRealize Network Insight 4.x
VMware vRealize Network Insight 5.x
VMware vRealize Network Insight 5.1.x


To apply the update patch for vRealize Network Insight 4.2, 5.0, and 5.1, complete the applicable steps below.

vRealize Network Insight 4.2 and 5.0

  1. Log into the vRealize Network Insight Proxy VM as consoleuser via console or SSH.
  2. Run the following command to download the update patch:
tool-manager copy url
  1. Run the following command to install the update patch:
tool-manager run --name VMware-vRealize-Network-Insight-4.2-5.0-P1-flow-sync.bundle
  1. Run the following command to logout of the session:
  1. Repeat steps 1-4 on all other Proxy VMs in the vRealize Network Insight deployment.

vRealize Network Insight 5.1

  1. Download the flow-sync update patch from here.
  2. Log into the vRealize Network Insight UI as an Administrator user.
Note: The default admin@local account can be used.
  1. Navigate to SettingsInstall and Support > Overview and Updates, then under Product, select Click here.
  2. Click Browse to select the flow-sync update patch file and click Upload.
  • When the upload is complete, vRealize Network Insight show the Bundle Upload Complete message notification within 2-3 minutes and the bundle processing happens in the background.
  • Until the upload of the package happens, ensure that the session is not closed. If the session ends, you have to restart the upload process.
  • Do not refresh the page after bundle upload, until you see the Update Available message notification.
  1. In the Bundle Available message notification, click View details.
vRealize Network Insight Update screen appears.
  1. Read the Before you proceed instruction and click Continue.
  2. Wait for the pre-checks to complete, which verifies:
  • the disk space, including the space required for migration
  • the version
  • the NTP sync status
  • the bundle checksum
  1. Click Install Now.
You can see the approximate time required to complete the update process on your setup.
  1. Once the update process begins, the vRealize Network Insight Update screen provides the status of the update process.
  • If a node becomes inactive, the update process does not continue. The update will not resume until the node becomes active again.
  • Once the platforms are updated, you can resume your normal vRealize Network Insight operations even though the collector update happens in parallel. Until the update process is completely over, the Node Version Mismatch detected message is shown in the Install and Support page.
  1. Upon the completion of update process, you see the confirmation message.
All platforms and the collectors nodes are updated.

Additional Information

For instructions on using the flow-sync command, see Using the flow-sync command in vRealize Network Insight.