Based on VMware site Lifecycle Manager is:
“vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager delivers complete lifecycle and content management capabilities for vRealize Suite products. It helps customers accelerate time to value by automating the deployment, upgrades, and configuration, while bringing DevOps principles to the management of vRealize Suite content.”
So it looks like good tool for Day 0 operations and in merging with other solution like vRealize Log Insight and vRealize Operations Manager for Day 2 as well.
Let’s take a look on that tool.
First we need to deploy the ova file as most of the VMware solutions. The deployment is quite easy and we only need to complete some questions
- Choose Deploy OVF Template
- Select path to the file
- Set Machine Name and Select the place where we want put your VM
- Select correct vAPP for the resource
- Check summary and go next
- Accept License agreements
- Check content management ( Enable this feature if you want to use content management )
- Select storage when we want deploy your VM
- Select proper network for communication
- Customize Template with hostname, IP Address, DNS, Domain etc.
- Read Summary and press Finish
- Wait for deployment finish and power on VM.
- We can monitor the process of powering on
- After power on we got the address when we are able to configure the tool
Open web browser with provided IP addresses
vRealize Lifecycle Manager in version 1.3 provides us login page knows from other solutions
We should login with admin@localhost and password vmware. When we open the vRealize Lifecycle Manager web page first time we will be asked to set the root password
And next we see quick tutorial how to configure the solutions.
Firstly we need to set the place from where we will get the OVA files for deploy or upgrading. We can set the local path, NFS share or My VMware account.
To setup VMware account we only need login and password
After successfully configured registration we can see the all available solutions
We can download required element.
For this configuration we will use the local path.
After providing path we need to click Discover
Next check which element you need and press add
Wait till Mapping is in-progress. When this process will finish we are able to use package.
Next step for the configuration is create the certificate which will be used in deployment of the environment.
Continuing the configuration we need set the endpoint for our virtual machines. Go to the Datacenters and add new one.
When datacenters was created then need to point for vCenter Servers.
Providing required data.
Previously created element such as Datacenter, certificate, place with ova was done for creating environment. For this article we will deploy the vRealize Operations Manager.
Firstly we should add Environment
And provide required information.
Next step is choose what we want to deploy or upgrade.
Deployment of the solution require to fill in date such as license, network details, certificate previously creates and so on
After that we should run pre-checks.
When all is done and completed successfully we can download this configuration if some element will fail we can run deployment again without providing those detail again
And submit the deployment
This take a while but in time we can monitor progress
At the finish when deployment will finish with success status we have access to newly created tool
vRealize Lifecycle Manager provide much more configuration and functionality then I’ve describe here which we know when we dig in deeper in tool or reading the documentation provided by VMware.