Install and Configure vRealize Suite Life Cycle Manager 1.2

This post details the installation and configuration of the vRealize Suite Life Cycle Manager 1.2 which was recently released by VMware to automatically provision vRA components as part of their Cloud initiative.

First, Download the Life Cycle Manager ova from the vRealize Suite 2017 components and deploy it using the vCenter web client

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Select Enable Content Management option to enable content management.

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Provide the Hostname, default gateway, network IP address, subnet mask, DNS servers and the domain names in this window and click Next to finalize the deployment of the appliance.
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Click Finish to finalize the settings and to deploy the Life Cycle Manager Appliance

Once the vm has been deployed and powered ON, you will have to go to a web browser to configure the appliance.

https://IP_Address_of_the_Appliance/vrlcm

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use the following credentials to login into the life cycle manager web UI

username: admin@localhost

password: vmware

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The first thing you get after logging into the web UI is to update the root password

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Click start to get started with the Life Cycle Manager

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Once you click Next, it will say Done!

Now, we will create a New Environment in the lab

Click on Create Environment option to get started

Once you click on Create Environment option, you will be taken to a tab where it mentions that you will need to take care of a few things before you create the environment.

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Let us take care of the Product Binaries first.

Click on Product Binaries option on the tab

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I have used my VMware portal credentials to get the product binaries as I couldn’t get the local and NFS to work to get the product OVA’s.

Once you add the product binaries, let’s go and create a Certificate

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Once these two pre-requisites are done, Let us move ahead …

On the main page, click on the Datacenters option on the left-hand side to create a Datacenter before we create the environment

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Click on Add Data Center to provide a name for the Datacenter

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Next, we add the vCenter server

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Now, Let us go ahead and create an Environment

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Accept the EULA Agreement by scrolling down, once you accept it, the NEXT button will appear

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Provide all the required information. I have provided an existing SQL server and IAAS server, I have used 1 IAAS server for DEM Worker, Orchestrator, Proxy service
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Click on RUN PRE CHECK option to perform the pre-checks before it deploys the environment

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In this pre-check, you could get a validation failure which will need to be rectified before you run the pre-check again. its like shown in the picture below

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Once you rectify the issue, run the pre-check again

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Once the pre-check comes back clean, click on Next to move ahead

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Click Submit and the life cycle manager will do the rest.

to check the progress, you can click on Requests icon on the left side of the page and clicking on in progress as the pic below

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This process will take a long time … go, get some tea/coffee and it will still be deploying the environment …

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This shows how to Install and configure vRealize Life Cycle Management and to create a vRA 7.4 environment.

 

 

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SQL Connectivity Issue with vRA 7.4

Hello Peeps, Recently I was configuring vRA 7.4 at a customer’s place and came across an issue where the vRA appliance tries to talk to the external SQL server and fails with an error.

Here is the error:

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After digging into the logs on both vRA and on the SQL server, here is what was determined as the issue

The SQL server has TLS 1.0 disabled and the vRA appliance was trying to communicate to the SQL server using TLS 1.0 instead of TLS 1.2 as the client has disabled TLS 1.0 on all its windows servers.

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Troubleshooting steps tried:

Tried enabling TLS 1.0 and its Ciphers on the SQL server with no success

Checked with the Firewall team and they said that there is no firewall between the vRA appliance and the SQL server

Tried this in a different environment and it worked fine, just doesn’t work in this particular environment.

Conclusion:

 

Looks like the issue was with the SQL server and its Service Pack. SQL Server 2012 needs SP3 or higher to accept TLS 1.2 protocol. As soon as I upgraded my SQL server to SQL 2012 SP4, the communication worked fine and the vRA appliance was able to talk to the SQL server!!

Hope this helps in case you come across this issue.