vRealize Operations Manager – Windows Version – Installation

vRO_LOGO

Few weeks ago VMware released the announced during VMworld 2014 vRealize Operation Manager 6 which is the  successor of vCenter Operation Manager. Changing the name of the product this time is not just a marketing approach, but a very big change in the product architecture. Having the product installation in three different modes enable the choosing of the required platform for installation. SLES linux is not a well accepted platform in all environments which sometimes make us to choose another product. Currently vRealize Operation Manager could be deployed as s virtual appliance (similar to vCOPs),  on a Windows or Linux boxes. This is a great step ahead, since you can have the approved by your customer operation system, patched and configured according their requirements, and vROps on the top of it.

vRO install options - download

Inspired by the fact, that I can download a windows version of the product, I’ve decided to go through the installation and very basic configuration at the current article.

Let’s get started with the installation

VMware vRealize Operations Manager could be downloaded from VMware download page and the product could be used for 60 days in a trial mode, which is enough to explore its features and decide if its functionality covers your project requirements.

Bellow you can find a block diagram of a Windows/Linux installation:

Installation Diagram

Let’s assume that you have an Windows box prepared for the installation and installation files downloaded

vRO file downloaded

Run the installation by double click on the installation file and wait for until the decompressing completes. Once it is completed you should see a window like this:

vRO installation choose language

If English is your desired language click OK to continue…

The Introduction screen is giving you a bit more information of this what is following. Click Next to continue…

Introduction

End User Patent agreement with a link to the vmware patents. Click Next to continue…

End user agreement

License Agreement. You should scroll down in order to be able to accept it and continue. Once done, click Next to continue…

License Agreement

Choose your installation directory. The default one is shown on the screenshot bellow. Click Next to continue…

Installation directory

After the installation directory is selected you have an option to select where the vROps data will be stored. Click Next to continue…

vRO data folder

Pre-Installation summary gives you information about the installation. Check for any mistakes and click Install to continue…

Summary

Installation completion screen.

installation completed

Once you click Done, wait few minutes which are needed for the services to start and navigate to Start Menu -> VMware -> vRealize Operation Management Suite and click on AdminUI, which will load the vROps Admin Console

Admin web page

vRealize Admin Console. When you do it for the first time you should complete your installation. We are going to use a normal New Installation. If you want to add a new vROps node in an existing cluster then click Expand an Existing Installation.

Admin Cosole

After clicking on New Installation you will see an installation path and options. Click Next to continue…

Intro

Enter a password for the local admin account. The requirements are on the screen. Click Next to continue…

admin password

If you have certifacate prepared for the deployment you can use it now or setup it later. If you don’t have, you can use the default one. Click Next to Continue…

Choose Certificate

Select a cluster master node name and an NTP server. Click Next to continue…

deployment name

This was the cluster configuration part. Click Finish to complete it and move to the next step.

Ready for complete

After finishing the cluster config phase you should be re-directed to ProductUI panel. If not you can go there by navigating to Start Menu -> VMware -> vRealize Operation Management Suite and click ProductUI.

You will be welcomed with a question for the environment. If it is a new environment as ours, just select it and click Next. If you want to import a data from a previous vCOPs deployment you should select the second option and go through the importation process.

new environment

Read and Accept EULA  in order to continue. Once done, click Next to Continue…

ELUA

If you have a license key you can apply it now or later. If not, just you the evaluation period option. Click Next to continue…

License Keys

Summary screen and ready to complete the installation.

Finish

Once you click finish you can go back to the AdminUI and check if the vROps manager is started. If not, click on Start vRealize Operation Manager. The process could take few minutes.

Admin panel

Once the Manager is started, going back to the ProductUI you can configure the vCenter adapter and link your vROps to you vCenter deployment.

Ready

References:

vRealize Oprarations Manager Document Center

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Nikolay Nikolov

VDI Engineer
Nikolay has 9 years work experience in IT and 5 of them in the Virtualization technologies mainly based on VMware products. Currently works as VDI Engineer at MSD IT Global Innovation Center and he is an ex-member of VMware CoE at IBM. He holds VCIX6-DCV, VCIX6-DTM and VCP on DCV, DTM, NV and Cloud, Nutanix NPP certificate and also Master Degree of Computer Systems and Networks. Honored with vExpert 2015/2016 by VMware and Nutanix Technology Champion 2016/2017.

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Nikolay has 9 years work experience in IT and 5 of them in the Virtualization technologies mainly based on VMware products. Currently works as VDI Engineer at MSD IT Global Innovation Center and he is an ex-member of VMware CoE at IBM. He holds VCIX6-DCV, VCIX6-DTM and VCP on DCV, DTM, NV and Cloud, Nutanix NPP certificate and also Master Degree of Computer Systems and Networks. Honored with vExpert 2015/2016 by VMware and Nutanix Technology Champion 2016/2017.
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4 Comments

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  3. can we install vROPS on the vCenter server itself

  4. Hi Arum,
    I don’t think so. One of the prerequisites of the installation of vROPs on Windows is to not have Apache Tomcat installed on it, which will conflict if there is a vCenter Server is install on it, since it use the Tomcat.
    Thanks for your comment!

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