I’m not really sure how I overlooked this product all this time, because now that I’ve started to use it I realize how beneficial and how easy it really does make things. Here’s a quick walk-through of the installation of the vrealize lifecycle manager 8.0.1. Depending on your level of contract or partnership with VMware go ahead and log into my VMware to download the binaries for lifecycle manager. As of the writing of this blog 8.0.1 was the latest version of lifecycle manager for download and installation.
After downloading vRealize Life Cycle Manager (VLM) drill down to ui and then your particular os, in this case, win32 for me. Find installer.exe and start it up.
From here go ahead and click install as this is a new installation that we will be doing in this example
As you can see from the introduction page we realize lifecycle manager handles the lifecycle for the vrealize suite, Which includes installation configuration upgrading patch management configuration as well as even certs. It also makes things very easy for installation of VMware identity manager also known as workspace one access. It also handles the installation of vrealize automation.
In this next section of the installation you can simply go ahead and select I accept the terms of the end user license agreement and make the choice if you want to join the customer experience improvement program.
As you can see we are now on step seven of the installation using the easy installer. I skipped over sections four through six As those sections are self-explanatory and they the same sections that you would normally see in any type of installation such as this. As you can see under network configuration the information entered here will be used for all of the preceding selected installations.
On this section create or utilize a password. One thing of note within lifecycle manager is that you can store the password for use amongst other installations. This is the first of such a case in which the same password can be utilized for installation of VRA and the life cycle manager itself, as well as the installation of workspace one access/VIDM
Go ahead and input the virtual machine name for this lifecycle manager instance as well as its IP address and hostname. The optional configuration seen on the bottom half screen for lifecycle manager will create the reusable object within lifecycle manager for the vcenter. I would go ahead and fill this out.
You have the option not to install identity manager/workspace one access and you can instead do a standalone instance that can be pulled into lifecycle manager. In this case in my lab or in a new installation I went ahead and had the easy installer deploy identity manager.
On the second half of the identity manager configuration screen you are given the option to sink group members to the directory when you add a group from something such as active directory. I did not select us in this case but I did configure this later on directly from identity manager. I’ll be posting about that part of the installation and another blog post.
Here you have the option to install VRA. In my case I selected to skip the installation of VRA and continue on with the installation.
This is a typical summary so go ahead and check your settings then hit submit to start the installation.
You will note the installation process as the green dots progressively write up on this screen
Once the installation of lifecycle manager has completed you will see the URL as above based on what you input during installation. At this point in time identity manager is still configuring in the background. You can now go ahead and log into lifecycle manager
As you can see this is the main login screen for lifecycle manager so go ahead and login now. Local user default user is admin@local.
Here’s the main services screen of lifecycle manager. On the screen you can see the locker where you will manage and create certificates, you can create local certificates or you can import certificates from this section. Identity intent management to manage user access, you can also browse the marketplace for add-ons to products which I will go into in another blog post as well. From here go ahead and select lifecycle operations which will take you directly into the lifecycle manager suite itself
From this main dashboard you see here recent requests and in this first request to create an environment is the initial creation that was done during installation. As seen by the circle on the right-hand side it is still in progress. You can also see the same thing from the request section 2nd from the bottom on the left-hand side menu.
If you go to requests and select the active request for that installation the lifecycle manager has this neat tree that goes through and shows you what stage that it’s in. As you can see there are other branches depending on what options have been selected.
One thing of note is the addition and pull in of binaries/iso for products to install. This can be done from a content manager, from a local file or on an NFS share, or you can pull it down directly from my VMware. To use my VMware you need to add a password to lifecycle manager in order to authenticate, that pertains to your user account for my VMware. From the left-hand side pain click the key at the bottom. As you can see he will create an alias then add the password and confirm it. In this case for a my VMware account I do not need to add the username here as will be added in settings and this is only to store the password.
From the left pane go to settings and click on my VMware to bring up the menu
You will then click add my VMware account, enter your username and then from the credentials drop-down, select what ever password was created that pertains Your my VMware account
Now go back to settings and select binary mapping
As you can see from this screen identity manager and VRA binaries are already inside of lifecycle manager as they are the defaults that you are allowed to install with easy install. Let’s go ahead and select add binaries
From this next screen hit Discover and select the radio button next to my VMware
Select which products you wish to add, for this I just selected two versions of log insight and one of network insight
If you go back to requests you will see that they are now downloading from my VMware into your lifecycle manager