Thursday 9 December 2021

Step-by-step VMware Cloud Foundation 4.3 design and install VRLCM

In my previous post Step-by-step VMware Cloud Foundation 4.3 design and install AVNs we have completed deployment of application virtual networks, where we will be hosting our vRealize suite products. As VMware Cloud Foundation is the private cloud it would be incomplete without automation, logs management, operations management. That's where vRealize suite comes in picture. 

Before we talk about vRealize suite, we need to be aware of the life cycle management. Not only in IT lifecycle management plays an important role. knowingly or unknowingly we do it in our day to day life.

    What is Life Cycle Management?

    Everything around us comes with an expiry, and from time to time we need to update, upgrade and decommission things. That thing could be anything from your mobile phone to a packet of milk. General definition of life cycle management is "Life Cycle Management (LCM) is an integrated concept for managing the total life cycle of goods and services toward a more sustainable production and consumption."  source: sciencedirect.com 

    As all individuals are not same, we all have separate triggers for performing LCM. For example one might upgrade his phone as soon as a new model comes, on the other hand some one else might change only when it stops functioning. 

    In same fashion in IT also we have different triggers for lifecycle management, and same concept applies in each layer/tower of IT. We can have broader classification based on Software and Infrastructure. We can further divide it in different towers with the bigger building block, such as Networks, Security, Servers etc in Infrastructure side.

    Trigger can be EOL, Change in vision etc, at the end of the day lifecycle management is needed and practiced everywhere vSphere is not different. Now the real question is how well we practice that? For vRealize suite products answer is vRealize lifecycle manager.

    As per VMware "Lifecycle management refers to the process of installing software, maintaining it through updates and upgrades, and decommissioning it.

    In the context of maintaining a vSphere environment, your clusters and hosts in particular, lifecycle management refers to tasks such as installing ESXi and firmware on new hosts, and updating or upgrading the ESXi version and firmware when required."

    vRealize life cycle manager

    VMware vRealize Lifecycle Manager comes free with VMware vRealize Suite. It is designed to simplify the deployment and on-going management of the vRealize portfolio products. It delivers fast time-to value, improved user experience and greater operational efficiency to vRealize Suite customers.

    Refer vRealize lifecycle manager FAQ

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    How to Deploy vRealize lifecycle manager?

    1) For deploying vrealize lifecycle manager, please login to SDDC manager and navigate to bundle management tab. Validate or download the applicable build number as per BOM for vrlcm.

    2) Once download is finished, navigate to vRealize suite tab. You will find that deploy button  is now available.

    3) Click on deploy button and you will be presented with installation pre-reqs.  Confirm all and begin.

    4) On the next screen review the network settings.

    5) Now populate appliance settings, FQDN will be looked up in dns database and accordingly IP will be assigned to the virtual appliance, NSX-T T1 gateway IP is referred to IP you have reserved for load balancer.

    6) Now on next screen review provided settings and click finish.

    7) Wait for all tasks to finish.

    8) After successful deployment you will be able to see vrlcm listed under management workload domain services.

    In my next post Step-by-step VMware Cloud Foundation 4.3 design and install WSA we will start deployment of vRealize suite products in VMware cloud foundation management domain.

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