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
Select Enable Content Management option to enable content management.
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.
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.
use the following credentials to login into the life cycle manager web UI
The first thing you get after logging into the web UI is to update the root password
Click start to get started with the Life Cycle Manager
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.
Let us take care of the Product Binaries first.
Click on Product Binaries option on the tab
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
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
Click on Add Data Center to provide a name for the Datacenter
Next, we add the vCenter server
Now, Let us go ahead and create an Environment
Accept the EULA Agreement by scrolling down, once you accept it, the NEXT button will appear
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
Click on RUN PRE CHECK option to perform the pre-checks before it deploys the environment
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
Once you rectify the issue, run the pre-check again
Once the pre-check comes back clean, click on Next to move ahead
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
This process will take a long time … go, get some tea/coffee and it will still be deploying the environment …
This shows how to Install and configure vRealize Life Cycle Management and to create a vRA 7.4 environment.