OnCommand Workflow Automation 2.2 - Quick Upgrade Guide

The following notes were taken whilst upgrading my lab WFA 2.2RC1 box to WFA 2.2GA. The notes apply pretty much to any upgrade from WFA 2.0/2.X to 2.X (pre 2.0 WFA must be upgraded to 2.0 first.)

Part 1) Backup the WFA Database

A WFA user with the role admin or backup can do this.

Image: WFA User Roles
Method 1: Using the Web Portal

Log in to the WFA web portal (i.e. https://WFASERVER)

Click Administration
Click Backup & Restore

Image: WFA Backup & Restore
Click Backup
And save the file to an accessible location (example filename - WFA_V2.

Image: WFA Backup
Method 2: Using PowerShell script

From a PowerShell prompt (i.e. PS C:\>):

& 'C:\Program Files\NetApp\WFA\bin\Backup.ps1' -user backup -password ********* -path C:\Backups\WFA_Backup_20140525

Note 1: Execution policy must be set to unrestricted - see with the PS command:
- if this is not already so, first check if UAC is on, if UAC is on turn it off and reboot. Then run the PS command:
Set-ExecutionPolicy unrestricted

Image: WFA PowerShell Backup
Part 2) Uninstall the Existing Version of WFA

Start > Control Panel > Programs and Features >
Right-click the existing version of WFA
Select Uninstall

Image: Uninstalling WFA
Yes to ‘Please make sure to take a backup before...’
Yes to ‘Are you sure...’
OK to ‘WFA was successfully removed...’

Image: Uninstall Successful
Part 3) Install the New Version of WFA

This is a re-hash of the Installation part of this post: OnCommand Workflow Automation 2.2RC1 - Quick Install Guide

Download the software package from:

Installing the software:
Double-click the downloaded WFA-x64-V2.

Setup - WFA: Welcome to the WFA Setup Wizard
Click Next >

Setup - WFA: License Agreement
Accept the agreement
Click Next >

Setup - WFA: Server Configuration
Override the default server configuration or leave as default (HTTP Port 80 and HTTPS Port 443)
Click Next >

Setup - WFA: Checking Prerequisites
Click Next >

Setup - WFA: Customer Information
Enter ‘Site Name’
Enter ‘Company Name’
Click Next >

Setup - WFA: Administrator User
Create a user by providing -
Username: admin (default)
Password: *********
Click Next >

Setup - WFA: Select Destination Location
Leave as or change the default (C:\Program Files\NetApp\WFA)
Click Next >

Setup - WFA: Ready to Install
Click Install

Setup - WFA: Please read …
Click Next >

Setup - WFA: Completing the WFA Setup Wizard
Click Finish

Part 4) Restore the WFA Database

Log in to the WFA web portal (i.e. https://WFASERVER)

Click Administration
Click Backup & Restore

Under ‘Restore’
Click Browse... and browse to the backup file
Click Restore

Image: Restore WFA’s Database
The portal will go grey, you’ll notice mysqld.exe and NA_WFA_SRV.exe in ‘Windows Task Manager’ running at a high CPU% utilization, and then - finally - will receive the message in the web portal:

Successfully restored WFA's database from file: wfa_backup.sql.gz

PS OnCommand Workflow Automation is an awesome and completely free automation tool.


  1. does upgrading cause all workflow UUIDs to be recalculated? someone from netapp told me this, i really dont want to believe it. sounds outrageous


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