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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Install and Configure vSphere Data Protection (VDP) 6.1.8

In this post, I will be installing and configuring vSphere Data Protection 6.1.8 in vCenter 6.5 Environment

first, login into the vCenter 6.5 web client (flash) and Deploy the ova template and select the VDP.ova file to deploy.

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Select the Storage (Datastore) you want to deploy this appliance in and click Next
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Select the Network where you want to Deploy this appliance and click Next
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Provide the Network details such as DNS servers, IP address, Subnet mask, the default gateway of the appliance and click Next

Check all the information entered and click finish for the VM to be deployed in the environment.

Once the appliance is deployed, power in ON

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Once the appliance is powered on, go to the web browser to https://Appliance_IP_Address_or_FQDN:8543/vdp-configure to start the configuration of VDP

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In the Web UI, login as root and the default password is changeme , login into the web UI and change the root password

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Check the Network settings as these settings will be automatically populated from the values you set while deploying the appliance

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Provide a new root password for the VDP appliance
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Once you enter the details of the External PSC under SSO FQDN you can hit ‘Test Connection’

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We now create new storage as this is the first VDP appliance being deployed

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Click Yes to start the configuration
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Once the process completes, the appliance will restart and you can get into the main Web UI
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Use this URL to get into the VDP Configuration Web UI

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This is the UI you see when you login into the vCenter Web Client and click on VDP menu item

SSO Server test failed when Configuring VDP 6.1.8 during vCenter Registration

Recently, I came across an issue while configuring a new instance of VDP 6.1.8 appliance while performing vCenter Registration to the vCenter appliance 6.5 with an external Platform Services Controller.

below is the error message I have been getting

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I have provided the administrator account user credentials to the VCSA (vCenter server) with the default ports but still received the error.

Upon some deep troubleshooting, found out that the SSO server is the Platform Services Controller (PSC) since my environment had an external PSC and here is how you resolve this issue:

De-select the checkbox “Use vCenter for SSO authentication”, and add the Platform Services Controller hostname/IP in the new SSO entry line.

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Now, you can test the connection and it will be a success

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This is how the issue was resolved. Hope it helps someone out there.

This is with VDP version 6.1.8 connecting to VCSA 6.5 with External PSC

vSphere 6.5 and What’s New?

Looks like VMware finally got around to have a public statement on the release of vSphere 6.5 and here are some of its main NEW features

vCenter Server Appliance

  1. vCenter server appliance now has integrated Update Manager
  2. vCenter server appliance now has its native High Availability
  3. vCenter server appliance has better appliance management
  4. vCenter server appliance now has native Backup/Restore
  • HTML-5 based vSphere web client

Security

  1. VM-level disk encryption capability designed to protect against unauthorized access to data. (This is done using the vSphere storage policy framework)
  2. Encrypted vMotion capability
  3. vSphere 6.5 adds a secure boot to the hypervisor to protect both the hypervisor and guest operating system
  4. Enhanced audit-quality logging capability to provide more information about user actions like who did what, when and where if you need to investigate your environment

Host Resource management

  1. Enhanced Host profiles (updated graphical editor that is part of the vSphere Web Client now has an easy-to-use search function in addition to a new ability to mark individual configuration elements as favorites for quick access, Administrators now have the means to create a hierarchy of host profiles by taking advantage of the new ability to copy settings from one profile to one or many others)
  2. Auto Deploy (Easier to manage in vSphere 6.5 with the introduction of a full-featured graphical interface.  Administrators no longer need to use PowerCLI to create and manage deploy rules or custom ESXi images)
  3. Proactive HA ( Proactive HA will detect hardware conditions of a host and allow you to evacuate the VMs before the issue causes an outage.  Working in conjunction with participating hardware vendors, vCenter will plug into the hardware monitoring solution to receive the health status of the monitored components such as fans, memory, and power supplies.  vSphere can then be configured to respond according to the failure)
  4. vSphere HA Orchestrated Restart (vSphere 6.5 now allows creating dependency chains using VM-to-VM rules.  These dependency rules are enforced if when vSphere HA is used to restart VMs from failed hosts.  This is great for multi-tier applications that do not recover successfully unless they are restarted in a particular order.  A common example to this is a database, app, and web server)
  5. Additional Restart priority levels in HA (vSphere 6.5 adds two additional restart priority levels named Highest and Lowest providing five total.  This provides even greater control when planning the recovery of virtual machines managed by vSphere HA)
  6. Simplified vSphere HA Admission Control ( First major change is that the administrator simply needs to define the number of host failures to tolerate (FTT).  Once the numbers of hosts are configured, vSphere HA will automatically calculate a percentage of resources to set aside by applying the “Percentage of Cluster Resources” admission control policy.  As hosts are added or removed from the cluster, the percentage will be automatically recalculated, Additionally, the vSphere Web Client will issue a warning if vSphere HA detects a host failure would cause a reduction in VM performance based on the actual resource consumption, not only based on the configured reservations)
  7. Fault Tolerance (FT)  (vSphere 6.5 FT has more integration with DRS which will help make better placement decisions by ranking the hosts based on the available network bandwidth as well as recommending which datastore to place the secondary vmdk files, FT networks can now be configured to use multiple NICs to increase the overall bandwidth available for FT logging traffic)
  8. DRS Advanced options (VM Distribution, Memory Metric for Load Balancing, CPU over-commitment have their own check boxes in DRS)
  9. Network-Aware DRS (DRS now considers network utilization, DRS observes the Tx and Rx rates of the connected physical uplinks and avoids placing VMs on hosts that are greater than 80% utilized. DRS will not reactively balance the hosts solely based on network utilization, rather, it will use network utilization as an additional check to determine whether the currently selected host is suitable for the VM)

 

These are some of the main improvements in vSphere 6.5.

All this data has been taken from

http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2016/10/whats-new-in-vsphere-6-5-host-resource-management-and-operations.html

http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2016/10/introducing-vsphere-6-5.html