DEPLOYING AND INSTALLING VCENTER OPERATIONS MANAGER STANDARD PART 1

image vCenter Operations Manager 5.8 was released recently in December 2013 with Build 1448123. In this post, we will go over how top deploy VCOPS appliance and will do the initial configuration. VCOPS Standard is provided as an vApp in ovf format and imported as an applicance in vSphere environment, and is managed via Administration Portal, web based console for configuration and management. vCenter Operations Management Suite Enterprise Edition has also windows installer.

To compare vcops editions, please check out the following links:

http://www.vmware.com/products/vcenter-operations-management/compare
http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/vcenter/VMware-vCenter-Operations-DS-EN1.pdf

vCOPs vApp has two VMs:

1. UI VM: to access the results of analyticals and to perform management tasks.

2. Analytics VM: this VM collects data and stores it in its scalable File System Database (FSDB).

With the release of 5.8, VCOPS now supports:

  • VMware vCenter Server 4.0 Update 2 and later, managing hosts running ESX/ESXi 4.0 and later.
  • vCenter Infrastructure Navigator 2.0
  • vCenter Configuration Manager 5.6
  • vCenter Operations Manager for View 1.5

Browsers:

  • Chrome 24 and 25
  • IE 8.0* and 9.0
    *some limitations with the Dashboards if IE 8 is used.
  • Firefox 18 and higher

You can get an evaluation license from: https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/evalcenter?p=vcops

Ports used:

22:  SSH access
80:  Redirects to 443
443: Admin Portal and the vcops
1194: tunnel between UI and Analytics VM

Requirements for up to 1500VMs:

Collected Metrics: 60000
vCPU: 4 vCPU (2+2)
Memory: 16 GB (UI: 7 Gb, Analytics: 9GB)
Storage: 900 GB (UI: 100GB, Analytics: 800 GB)
IO: 1500 IOPS

                      Installing vCenter Operations Manager

                      If the ESX host is part of a cluster, enable DRS in the cluster.

                      Create an IP pool for the vApp being deployed in advance and select that network during the .ova deployment.

                      vCenter Operations Manager supports only fixed and DHCP IP allocation.

                      IP POOL

                      Create an IP pool, the IP pool tab will be visible on Datacenter object.  Click Add:

                      IP pool 

                      Do not select the Enable IP Pool checkbox and do not specify a range of IP addresses. IP address for the virtual machines will be specified during deployment:

                       IP pool

                      Enter DNS information per your requirements:

                       IP pool DNS

                      Associate the IP Pool created to the network you will use for the vApp:

                       IP pool Associations

                      Deploy ovf

                      Accept License Aggrement

                      Select Datacenter

                      Select Deployment size

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                      Disk Options

                      The network you choose here needs to have an IP Pool associated. See previous steps if necessary.

                      Network Options

                      Do not select the transient IP allocation scheme during the deployment wizard.

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                      Enter the IP information, and deploy.

                      IP

                      Once the deployment completes, start the vApp.

                      Initial Configuration will be in Part2. Good Luck.

                      Bulent Tolu

                      Bulent Tolu

                      Sr. Systems Engineer at VMware
                      Bulent is an IT professional with Master's in MIS and 10-years of experience in broad range of Information Technologies. He is exposed to engineering/architecting, implementation/integration, and administration of various high-available IT systems and infrastructure. He has a passion to continually research, test and evaluate new technologies and follow industry best practices to secure and optimize IT systems. Currently, he lives in Istanbul and works as a Sr. Systems Engineer at VMware.
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