Install & Configure VRLCM 2.1 Part-1

This Blog Post is to Install & Configure vRealize Life Cycle Manager 2.1 in my lab environment.

The reason why I had to install vRLCM 2.1 is to install and configure vRA 7.4/7.5 in my environment.

Deploy the vRLCM OVF file in the lab and the below screenshots will show the configuration after deploying the appliance.

After you login into the vRLCM appliance, the self help starts and below are the screenshots.

Main Page after login using the local user. Click on Start to get started.
Click on Next to configure product binaries
Click Next to continue
Click Next to continue
Click Next to Continue
Click Next to Continue
Click on Got it to complete the Self Help.

Now, Let us change the root password of the appliance from the settings option -> System Administration and click on SAVE to move ahead with the configuration.

Change the root account password and click save to save the appliance credential

Next, we configure NTP Servers and DNS Servers from Servers and Protocol option

Configure the NTP Servers
Configure DNS Servers

Next, we configure the Product Binaries (Where we download the vRA 7.x version using the my vmware account or using the Product Binaries option)

Provide my vmware credentials and then select the product to download

In my case, I have downloaded vRealize Automation 7.6 version to install and configure in my lab.

We will continue with the vRA 7.6 configuration below.

First, Let us configure the Certificates in vRLCM so that the certificate can be used to Deploy the components through vRLCM.

Click on Certificate Management on the left hand side, I will be Generating an CSR as I would like to use my AD CA Signing Authority to generate an Certificate for this instance.

Some of the fields have been blurred for privacy .. Click Generate

Once the CSR is generated, use it to create an Cert and then download the Cert chain which will be in the .p7b format. Use this cert chain to create an pem file.

In my case, I used Cygwin in windows to create an pem file, but with an .cer extension. I had to open the csr file generated which contained the key certificate and then open the generated .cer file by using Cygwin to input the Domain Certificate (in this case, its the vrlcm certificate from the CA, Intermediate CA and Root CA into the Import field and imported it.

NOTE: These are the links which helped me to use Cygwin on my Windows machine to generate the PEM file from existing cert.p7b file

Use the Command ” openssl pkcs7 -inform PEM -outform PEM -in certnew.p7b -print_certs > certificate.cer ” after copying the certnew.p7b file into the C:\cygwin64\home\username directory to generate a new .cer file

Next, We create a Data Center

Next, We Add vCenter Server to this Data Center we created

In this case, I had to select the option ‘Consolidated Management and Workload’ as this is a lab environment. In a production environment, you would typically select either an Management or Workload Domain.

Since, This Post was getting too big, I have decided to split it into 2 parts. The Installation of vRA and its configuration is explained in the next part.

The link to Next Part —


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